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Child Abuse Awareness Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

4-YO Boy Kept In Dog Cage

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

25072593_BG2ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma – Rogers County Deputies arrested a Chelsea man accused of abusing his stepchildren. The Department of Human Services said it found Johnathon Lee’s four-year-old stepson locked in a wire dog cage. DHS removed three kids from the home, and now both the stepfather and the mother are in jail. An affidavit said Johnathon Lee, 31, admitted putting the boy in the cage to sleep overnight, during nap time and for discipline, for at least three weeks. READ MORE HERE

Teen Killed His Entire Family

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Police say teen used handgun, shotgun, knife and machete to kill family

Eldon-SamuelIDAHO –  A 14-year-old has been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder in Coeur d’Alene in the killing of his father and younger brother. The two were shot and killed Monday night in a home in the 1300 block of North First Street and police arrested the juvenile suspect in that shooting shortly after 9:30 p.m. Kootenai County Jail records show the teen was arrested at the same address as the shooting. READ MORE HERE

Father, Pregnant Stepmother Starved, Confined 5-YO Child

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Parents kept starving 5-year-old son in a locked closet under the stairs

article-2593601-1CB9610A00000578-595_634x677A father and pregnant stepmother have been arrested after they allegedly kept their five-year-old son locked under the stairs.  Police discovered a locked closet with a mattress after being called to a home following a disturbance last Thursday between Bradley Bleimeyer, 24, and his 16-year-old stepson. The teenager had allegedly objected to his younger stepbrother being kept under the stairs at the home in Spring, Harris County, Texas. READ MORE HERE

Warning – New Drinking Craze: NekNomination

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Three deaths in the UK have been linked to NekNomination
Youngest victim of Facebook drinking craze… a girl of NINE: Vodka and whisky cocktail puts her in hospital

article-2593805-1CB943A700000578-95_634x338A girl aged nine has become the youngest victim of the NekNomination drinking craze (in the U.S. it has been called the 24-hour drinking challenge). Rhiannon Scully was hospitalized after downing a cocktail of vodka and whisky, egged on by her friends who had seen similar stunts on Facebook. She was found riding home ‘all over the place’ on her electric scooter and still in her school uniform by her horrified mother, who picked her up and called  an ambulance. Rhiannon later had to have her stomach pumped and was monitored overnight in hospital. READ MORE HERE

I Was Raped When I Was A Child

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support

images (1)NOTE: These stories may contain mature content, as flagged by the community. Please click away if you do not want to see this content, or if you are not of age. 

He Did It . 

I was only 11 when this started happening . I was starting 5th grade. one night while sleeping with my little sister i wake up. i see her awake and i ask her “why are you awake?” she responds bk saying “he was in here.” she was referring to my older brother. i didn’t think much of it until my little sister stopped sharing a room with me. I was sleeping and what i feel was someone on top of me kissing my neck. i wake up and he was on top of me ! i pushed him off he got back up and smacked me . he got back on top of me and held me down . i was screaming help but he covered my mouth. he grabbed my boob and squeezed it hard . i felt the pain and after that he took my pants off and he forced is **** into me . he knew i would scream ! so he covered my face with a pillow . i couldnt breathe all i could o was just kick my legs . he kept forcing it in and out ! after he was done he whispered to me if you tell ill kill you . in the morning i saw blood and *** and tears everywhere ! i couldnt get up . after he left the house for while i ran to my dad crying . he didnt believe me ! he said he would talk to him . he did . the next 2 nights he came with a knife an ripped my shirt open and cut my chest .  READ MORE HERE

Sexual Abuse of Children with Autism

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Sexual Abuse of Children with Autism: Factors that Increase Risk and Interfere with Recognition of Abuse

downloadTwo main arguments are made with regard to children with autism and risk for sexual abuse. First, some children with autism may be targeted for abuse by sexual offenders who may view them as vulnerable children. Second, when children with autism are sexually abused, they may show this in ways that get ignored or misattributed to autism rather than to possible sexual abuse. Because of these two issues, there need to be reliable methods established for determining whether or not a child on the autism spectrum has been sexually abused, and these protocols need to be informed by the challenges encountered by individuals with autism, voiced by those along the spectrum as well as by researchers in the autism field. READ MORE HERE

Recognizing and Preventing Abuse | Family Services/Autism

Autism and the New Sexual Victimization

Are autistic children at greater risk for abuse? 

Man Who Raped Baby Sentenced to 25-Years

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

25117956_BG2An Angelina County judge has sentenced a Lufkin man who sexually assaulted a baby boy to 25 years in prison. District Judge Barry Bryan’s sentencing comes after a mental health evaluation for Randy Lee Casper, 38. The evaluation was performed by Sam Houston State University, and it found that Casper was competent of the crime he pleaded guilty to last October. The evaluation also found that Casper had an I.Q. lower than 70. READ MORE HERE

Adult Survivors of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Sad womanRecovery from sexual assault is a complicated and controversial concept. Some people believe that with counseling and time you can recover completely from a sexual assault. Others maintain that some aspect of a sexual assault will be with the victim of the assault forever. Some argue that recovery is the wrong term because it is associated with illness or disease and that the effects of a sexual assault should not be viewed in such a light. No matter what your perspective on this debate may be, the information provided below may help you think about different aspects of the process following a sexual assault. READ MORE HERE

Common victim behaviors of survivors of sexual abuse

Effects of Sexual Assault – Victim Service Center

Dancing In The Darkness: Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Man Charged With Raping 6-YO Child

Posted by Sandra On March - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Man charged with raping girl, 6, and possession of child pornography

5336552009f69.preview-620A man made an initial court appearance Friday on 22 charges alleging he repeatedly raped a 6-year-old girl and had child pornography depicting at least 18 victims. James Hubert Hopkins, 44, appeared on the charges in Yellowstone County Justice Court. He faces four felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and 18 counts of sexual abuse of children. Judge Pro Tem Michele Sullivan set Hopkins’ bond at $250,000, told him to have no contact with any children, including his own, and to undergo GPS monitoring if he posts bail. READ MORE HERE

Man Found Guilty of Murder

Posted by Sandra On March - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Mauldin found guilty in child abuse case

606585_1MARTINSBURG -A Martinsburg man indicted on child abuse and neglect charges in connection with the death of his 3-year-old son was found guilty Friday on all counts following a four-day jury trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The jury of eight men and four women reached a verdict at about 1:40 p.m., finding James N. Mauldin, 22, guilty of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian by child abuse; child abuse causing serious bodily injury; malicious assault; two counts of gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury; and one count of presenting false information regarding a child’s injuries. READ MORE  HERE

Mother’s BF Brutally Murdered 10-MO Infant

Posted by Sandra On March - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Infant, 10 months, dies after his mother’s boyfriend angrily ‘threw him down a flight of stairs and forcibly put him in his crib’ causing deep brain injury and a rib fracture

article-2592988-1CB48BC300000578-484_634x1125A 10-month-old baby died on Friday night after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly beat him. Eddie Widdick, 23, of Jermyn, Pennsylvania was charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of his girlfriend Ashley Nelson’s child on Wednesday for allegedly bludgeoning the boy so badly he suffered deep brain injuries, hemorrhages in both eyes, bruises on the head and torso, and a rib fracture. An autopsy will be performed on the baby Silas on Monday and more charges will be filed against Widdick following the autopsy, First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico said Saturday. He also said that homicide charges are likely. READ MORE HERE

Pedophile Caught, Released, Caught Again

Posted by Sandra On March - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

imagesTROY, N.Y. – The city man accused of sexually abusing three little girls was arrested Friday in Pinellas Park, Fla., capping 14 hours of twists and turns in the case that has captured national attention. Acting on a tip, Pinellas Park Police found Jesse P. Sawyer, 25, in a church shelter at about midnight. At that point, he was detained but not arrested. The FBI and Troy Police provided verbal confirmation of the federal warrant for Sawyer’s arrest, and scrambled to provide a copy of the document itself. READ MORE HERE

Sex crimes fugitive was living near church preschool

N.Y. child rape suspect in custody, Pinellas Park police say

Mother Tortured, Starved, Choked Her Children

Posted by Sandra On March - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Florida mother, 43, ‘choked, tortured and starved her teenage children for more than 8 years while her husband stood by and did nothing’

article-2591801-1CA6E26700000578-42_306x423A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said. Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing. She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times. She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again. READ MORE HERE

Definitions: Rape and Sex Assault

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Legal Definitions of Rape and Sexual Assault

imagesSexual Assault: the sexual exploitation, forcible penetration, or an act of sexual contact on the body of another person, male or female, without his or her consent. Rape is an act of power and control, in which the victim is humiliated, degraded, and left with feelings of shame, guilt, and anger. If you are forced against your will to have sex with someone, that is rape. NC General Statute 14-27 defines rape and sexual assault as the following:

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First Degree Rape – a person is guilty of rape in the first degree if the person engages in vaginal intercourse:

  1. With a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years and the defendant is at least 12 years old and is at least 4 years older than the victim;
  2. With another person by force and against the will of the other person and; employs a dangerous or deadly weapon or an article which the other person reasonably believes to be a dangerous or deadly weapon; or inflicts serious personal injury upon the victim or another, by one or more other persons.

READ MORE HERE

Statutory Rape Definitions

Statutory Rape Laws by State

Contents

  1. Statutory Rape — Criminal Offenses
    1. Sexual Intercourse with Minors
    2. Definition of Offenses
  2. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements
    1. Inclusion of Statutory Rape in Reporting Requirements
    2. Mandatory Reporters
    3. Who to Report to
    4. State Response

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NOTE: Each state has it’s own definitions of child sexual abuse and rape. Here is just one example of the laws as defined in New York :

Article 130 – NY Penal Law

SEX OFFENSES
130.00   Sex offenses; definitions of terms.
130.05   Sex offenses; lack of consent.
130.10   Sex offenses; limitation; defenses.
130.16   Sex offenses; corroboration.
130.20   Sexual misconduct. A MISD
130.25   Rape in the third degree. E FELONY
130.30   Rape in the second degree. D FELONY
130.35   Rape in the first degree. B FELONY
130.40   Criminal Sexual Act in the third degree. E FELONY
130.45   Criminal Sexual Act in the second degree. D FELONY
130.50   Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree. B FELONY
130.52   Forcible touching. A MISD
130.53   Persistent sexual abuse. E FELONY
130.55   Sexual abuse in the third degree. B MISD
130.60   Sexual abuse in the second degree. A MISD
130.65   Sexual abuse in the first degree. D FELONY
130.65-a Aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree. E FELONY
130.66   Aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree. D FELONY
130.67   Aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree. C FELONY
130.70   Aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree. B FELONY
130.75   Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. B FELONY
130.80   Course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree. D FELONY
130.85   Female genital mutilation. E FELONY
130.90   Facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance. D FELONY
130.91   Sexually motivated felony.
130.92   Sentencing.
130.95   Predatory sexual assault. A-II FELONY
130.96   Predatory sexual assault against a child. A-II FELONY

High School Science Teacher Charged with Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

eeae97578d6db4290aa950756cb5b443A Ward Melville High School science teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a female student, police said. Special Victims Section detectives arrested Stephen Malusa, 47, after an investigation revealed that he had abused the female student in May 2013, police said.  Malusa, of Selden, was charged with third degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip and is being held on $45,000 bond or $15,000 cash bail.  READ MORE HERE

9-MO Baby Killed by Abuse

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Morgan-County-babyMurder charges have been filed against a Morgan County man after the weekend death of a 9-month-old baby in his care, an official with the local sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Donald Justin Lee, 21, was arrested Saturday night and charged with cruelty to children. Charges were upgraded to felony murder on Monday, Morgan sheriff’s Capt. Christopher Bish told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. READ MORE HERE

FBI Searching for Man, Child

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

FBI search for murder suspect and missing child

25084232_BG1ATLANTA, GA — The FBI is asking for your help as they search for a murder suspect and a missing child. Federal officials are searching for Kahlil Malik Tatum, who was charged with the murder of his wife in Washington, D.C. Authorities say Tatum fled D.C. and has ties to Atlanta. He is described as 5’7″ tall, weighing 170 pounds. Police say he has a distinctive tattoo on his left upper arm. READ MORE HERE

Man Charged With 1st Degree Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

jones-640x360RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he raped a 12-year-old child. Jeremy Samuel Jones, 26, of 204 Farrington Drive, Apt. B, is charged with one count each of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to arrest warrants, the alleged offenses happened between Sunday and Tuesday. The warrants do not say how Jones knows the child. READ MORE HERE

Children’s Choir Director Arrested for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

StoryMarshalls Creek, Monroe County – The founder and director of the Pennsylvania Singing Boys Choir is charged with rape. Bernard Schade, also known as Ken Werner, had contact with thousands of children in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Now, police and the FBI are concerned there may be more victims. State Police say Schade raped an 11-year-old boy who performed in his choir. It allegedly happened in 1996 at Schade’s home in Marshall’s Creek. Court documents show he now has a Wind Gap address. READ MORE HERE

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