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Why Does Child Abuse Occur?

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

imagesHarm, or risk of harm to children and young people, can occur when stress, tiredness, lack of skills, information and support combine to make the pressures of caring for children overwhelming. There is generally not a single factor that results in the abuse or neglect of a child; it is usually a combination of various factors. In addition, the duration (such as the duration of an illness) or intensity (such as the level of drug or alcohol abuse) can make it more or less likely that a child will be at risk for abuse. When trying to understand child abuse and neglect, we often look at possible factors in the adult, factors based on something in society, and factors based on something about the child.

·1 in poor, middle class, well-to-do homes
·2 in any ethnic, cultural, occupational, religious and age groups
·3 in child’s own home or outside it
·4 in rural areas, suburbs, cities
·5 involving one or both parents
Tragically, though, it most often happens at home and usually the abuser is known to the child. Generally, the abuser is a caretaker. A caretaker can be a parent, stepparent, relative or baby-sitter

There is no easy answer to this question, because many factors are involved. However, child abuse is most likely to occur when parents are struggling with:

  • Stress…Pressures from money problems, everyday frustrations, illness or heavy responsibilities.
  • A painful childhood…Adults who were mistreated as children may, without meaning to, continue the pattern of abuse with their own children.
  • Alcohol or other drugs…can blind a parent to a child’s needs or may reduce inhibitions and tolerance levels so that parents may be more likely to lash out.
  • Isolation…Without friends or relatives nearby, parents can feel overwhelmed by the demands of raising a child.
  • Inexperience with children or unrealistic expectations…If parents don’t know what to expect from children, they may expect too much. Besides lacking the parenting skills necessary to raise a child, the parents may have no models of successful family relationships from which to learn.
  • Immaturity…Very young, insecure parents often can’t understand their child’s behavior and needs.
  • Unmet emotional needs…Parents may expect children to take care of them and to satisfy their need for love, protection and self-esteem.

Child abuse and neglect are complex problems. There is no one single cause. Different forms of child abuse are caused by different factors or different combinations of factors. Some of the factors which can lead to child abuse are described below. At the core of all forms of child abuse is a lack of basic respect for children.

Community tolerance of violence against children.
There is still some acceptance in the community for the use of physical force for the purposes of discipline and punishment of children. When held strongly by individual parents, these attitudes can support the physical and emotional abuse of children. This behaviour would not be tolerated between adults.
Lack of community understanding about the consequences of child abuse and neglect on children.
Research has shown that the general public have a poor understanding of the true extent of the problem of child abuse in Australia. As a result, child abuse does not readily register as an issue of community concern. This leaves all of us without the knowledge and the confidence to know what to do to prevent child abuse in the first place or take action if we are worried about the safety of a child.
Adults who are sexually and physically violent.
Some adults engage in physical and sexual violence towards other adults and children. This violence may often stem from individual psychological problems, low self esteem and a history of abuse and violence in their own childhood. Sex offenders hurt children because of a range of complex psychological and emotional problems.
Parents under stress.
Child abuse can occur when parents experience stress and find it difficult to ask for or use support. Stress can be caused by unemployment, financial problems, divorce and separation. Parents under stress can sometimes transfer their feelings of frustration onto their children. The stress can also affect their judgment and decision making as a parent.
Parents with health or mental health problems.
Child abuse and neglect can sometimes occur when parents have a personal problem or illness which affects their ability to parent their children. Many parents with a mental illness that is being treated and who receive adequate support can parent their children well. Parents who have a mental illness that is unrecognised or untreated or who lack important supports may neglect or abuse their children. Their illness may make it difficult for them to identify or meet their child.s growing needs for security or stimulation.
Parents with alcohol or drug problems.
Parents who are addicted to illicit drugs or alcohol can leave their children in unsafe environments or without adequate supervision. When substance or alcohol affected, some parents may be more prone to using violence against their partners and/or their children. Without adequate support, parents with an intellectual disability may sometimes not be able to care for their children.
Parents lack parenting skills.
Sometimes child abuse and neglect can be caused by parents who have poor parenting skills. This may be because they did not have positive role models in their own parents. Sometimes, a lack of confidence and low self esteem prevent parents from knowing how to change harmful or negative parenting styles.
Families who are isolated.
Families who are socially isolated are sometimes not able to find people to support them if they start having problems with their children. Often families who are isolated have no extended family network and often feel left out of their community. Sometimes, families experience isolation because of the loss of a parent through death or separation. Some families experience isolation because they become homeless and have to live in temporary accommodation.

Prevention is the only sure cure for child abuse and neglect. Through family education and support programs, the vicious and tragic cycle of abuse can be stopped. Our plan for prevention includes:

  • Helping parents learn to raise and nurture their children without physical or emotional violence. This can be done through support groups and parenting programs and through public awareness campaigns.
  • Organizing and supporting early intervention programs like Healthy Families Virginia, that provide continuous support to families from the birth of a child through age five.
  • Training teachers, day care workers, doctors and other professionals about how to prevent abuse and how to recognize and treat abuse when it does occur.
  • Supporting laws and programs that protect children from the pain of abuse.

Factors That Contribute to Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Sexual Abuse Facts

Father Arrested for Attempted Murder

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Father Intended On Burying His Daughter Alive

252B0BD100000578-0-An_Indian_father_has_been_arrested_for_attempted_murder_after_tr-a-3_1422547366176INDIA – An Indian father has been arrested for attempted murder after trying to bury his ten-year old daughter alive. Locals in Putia village, in Tripura, northeast India, alerted police that Abul Hussein was trying to bury his daughter in the backyard of his home. When police arrived at his home he had had tied his daughter’s hands with rope and taped her mouth before burying her up to her chest. READ MORE HERE


TV Star Heidi Montag’s Father Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

20150130__MontagMug~p1_200COLORADO – The father of reality television star Heidi Montag was arrested Thursday by Aspen police on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child and sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust. William Montag, 67, of Glenwood Springs, was wanted on a statewide warrant from Arapahoe County. Aspen police said he was arrested at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, where he works. READ MORE HERE

$163K Reward Offered for Info On MI Teen’s Murder

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Reward increased to $163K for info on teen’s murder

downloadDETROIT – The Detroit Crime Commission and Chief James Craig announced Friday that the award for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Dec. 22 deadly shooting of Paige Stalker has been raised to $163,000. The 16-year-old from Grosse Pointe was killed when a gunman opened fire on the parked car she was in on the Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border. READ MORE HERE

Reward increased in Paige Stalker murder case

Vigil held for murder victim Paige Stalker on 17th birthday

Rapist Gets 50-101 Years

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

50 to 101 Years In Prison For Child Rape

gary-krollSTERLING TOWNSHIP — A man from Wayne County is headed to prison for child rape. Gary Kroll of Sterling Township, near Hamlin, was sentenced Thursday to 50 to 101 years behind bars. A jury convicted Kroll in November of sexually abusing four girls under the age of 13. READ MORE HERE

National Safe Haven Laws

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

How to Surrender an Infant Under Safe Haven Laws

BABY-SAFE-HAVENIn all 50 United States and Puerto Rico, there are safe haven laws designed for a parent to surrender a newborn child to designated ‘safe havens’. Designed to protect infants from neglect or abuse, most states do not ask questions about why you are turning over custody of the child. If you or someone you know is pregnant and do not feel that the child can be raised safely under the care of either parent, the infant can be usually relinquished without risk of prosecution. READ MORE HERE


Law Details & Safe Haven Organizations by State 

Laws – National Safe Haven Alliance

Safe Haven Laws – USLegal

Infant Safe Haven Laws – Child Welfare Information Gateway

Saudi Arabian Air Force Sergeant Gets 35-Years for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

download (2)A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the courtroom floor as the boy’s mother sobbed that her son’s life was ruined and Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley imposed the mandatory sentence for sexual assault with a minor under the age of 14. READ MORE HERE

Study: Child Abuse & Neglect Laws Are Not Being Enforced

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

download (1)Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That’s according to a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result. The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died. Federal officials say they’re encouraged that the numbers are lower than they were in 2012. But children’s advocates say abuse is so often not reported that it’s impossible to know if there’s really been a decline. READ MORE HERE

CA Boy Scouts of America Suit Settled

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

downloadCALIFORNIA – A lawsuit alleging the Boy Scouts of America negligently allowed boys to be sexually molested by Scout leaders has been settled during the first week of a trial in a Santa Barbara courtroom. The final settlement, announced on Thursday, involved undisclosed financial terms, said Timothy Hale, an attorney for the plaintiff, who was identified in court papers as “ John Roe. ” The victim had been molested as a 13-year-old boy in 2007 by a volunteer scout leader, according to a court filing by his attorneys. The filing further alleged the Boy Scouts had concealed records of abuse of boys by Scout leaders and other volunteers over the years. READ MORE HERE

Daycare Employee Charged With Felony Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

54ca8dd77dc00.imageSOUTHERN PINES – An employee at a Southern Pines daycare was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury after a 10-month-old received a serious head injury Wednesday. Wendi Jean Hargrove, 35, of Aderdeen, was charged after the Southern Pines Police Department began investigating reported child abuse at the Humpty Dumpty Daycare. READ MORE HERE


Mother Pleads Guilty To Felony Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

web1_CHILD-DEATH-FOLO-JAN29_web_2NEVADA – A 39-year-old North Las Vegas woman pleaded guilty to felony child abuse Wednesday for keeping a filthy home where eight children lived. Geneva Morgan’s 3-month-old son, Donald Hemmings III, died Jan. 20, while she was jailed on eight felony charges of child abuse, neglect or endangerment. She accepted a deal with prosecutors Wednesday to plead guilty to one of those charges, which names all eight victims, while the other counts were dismissed. READ MORE HERE

Brave Mother Tracked Down Daughter’s Traffickers

Posted by Sandra On January - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

imagesWASHINGTON – A Washington State mother took the law into her own hands after discovering her daughter was part of a human trafficking ring. Police say the mother found her teenage daughter’s photo on Backpage.com and called the number listed. She then arranged a meeting at one of the hotels used in the ring. Investigators say the operation was run by three men in their twenties who marketed the teenage girls for sex online and arranged for meetings at different hotels. READ MORE HERE

Man Indicted for Kiddie Porn, Sexual Assault

Posted by Sandra On January - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kevin-Motkya1-230x30023-year old Kevin Motyka, of Howell Township, was indicted on Friday by a Monmouth County Grand Jury. The 17-count indictment charges Motyka with 2 counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, 7 counts of second degree Sexual Assault, 5 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child involving the manufacture and distribution of child pornography; as well as permitting a child to engage in child pornography. Motyka is also charged with  2 counts of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child involving sexual conduct and the possession of more than 100 items of child pornography, as well as a lone count of fourth degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child related to possession of child pornography. READ MORE HERE

Wanted By The FBI

Posted by Sandra On January - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


capture-20150127-224745INDIANA – Charley Hollin is wanted for kidnapping and child molestation. On January 20, 1999, a ten-year-old female resident of Seymour, Indiana, was allegedly abducted at knife point outside a local girl’s club and later sexually assaulted. After the molestation occurred, Hollin reportedly made the victim leave the car naked, and her clothes were thrown out of the car after her. On February 3, 2000, an arrest warrant was issued for Charley Hollin in the state of Indiana, Jackson County, for two counts of confinement and three counts of child molesting. Additionally, on April 5, 2007, a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court, District of Indiana, after Hollin was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. READ MORE HERE


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Charley Hollin.


If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Field Office: Indianapolis

Teen Stabbed Sister 40x’s, Killing Her

Posted by Sandra On January - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

dota_stabbed_inline_19e32lq-19e33ifCHICAGO – A 15-year-old Chicago-area girl pleaded guilty in juvenile court on Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of her younger sister in a quarrel over household chores, local media reports said. The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed her 11-year-old sister 40 times with a kitchen knife. The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago reported the attack took place last January when the two girls were home alone in Mundelein, Illinois. READ MORE HERE


Police: Girl, 14, stabs sister 40 times

Girl aged 14 stabs 11-year-old sister 40 times

Chicago-area Teenager Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Death Of Sister

Mother Accused Of Putting Fecal Matter Into Hospitalized Son’s IV

Posted by Sandra On January - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

0eyYZmiACINCINNATI, Ohio — A grand jury indicted a West Virginia mother on charges that she intentionally put fecal matter into her son’s IV as he received treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Candida Fluty, of Kermit, is charged with felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. Her nine-year-old son Elijah was born with Hirschsprung, which affects the bowels. The Hamilton County prosecutor’s office said the nine-year-old has had several surgeries and has a colostomy bag. He was last admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital this month. READ MORE HERE

Man Raped, Killed His Newborn

Posted by Sandra On January - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


Parent Tips for Abuse Prevention

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

7071152003-child abuse preventionThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers these tips for parents. Please feel free to use them in any print or broadcast story with appropriate attribution of source. Sexual abuse is a difficult subject for most people to discuss, and especially difficult for parents to discuss with their children. But as frightening as the topic may be, sexual abuse is a serious and, unfortunately, common problem that affects both boys and girls. In most cases, the person who sexually abuses a child is an adult or older child known to the victim, often an authority figure that the child knows, trusts or loves. The offender usually uses coercion and manipulation, not physical force, to engage the child.


What parents should know about child sexual abuse:

  • Most offenders are known to the child; they may be family members, relatives, friends, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and others in positions of authority.
  • Children most susceptible to sexual abuse have obedient, compliant and respectful personalities. They may be children from unhappy or broken homes, as these youngsters may be eager for attention and affection.
  • Children who are victims of sexual abuse can display many or few behavioral symptoms. They may withdraw from family or friends, display poor school performance, experience depression, anxiety, or exhibit aggressive and self-destructive behavior. Or they may not display any outward abnormal behavior.
  • Child sexual abuse often involves more than a single incident, and can go on for months or years.
  • Sexual abuse includes any kind of sexual act or behavior with a child, and includes activities involving genital contact as well as non-contact events- such as showing pornographic images to children, taking pornographic photographs of a child…



Couple Accused of Child Torture

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

torresesjpg-277d73e2b66e94c8-620x330A Michigan couple faces life behind bars after being charged with first-degree child abuse after torturing their relative’s 2-year-old son. Steven A. Torres and Erica Jackson-Torres were watching the boy in their home. Then last weekend, the boy’s injuries, thought to have occurred on January 18, were discovered. It is unclear, according to the police report, if the mother found the injuries or if they were reported by someone else. However, the report does make it clear the injuries were disturbing. READ MORE HERE

Woman: My Father Abused, Raped and Impregnated Me

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

2515AE7700000578-2926598-image-a-63_1422285874036 (1)A woman has shared the shocking story of how she was sexually abused by her father and had his baby when she was a teenager. Helen Rees (not her real name) agreed to appear on today’s This Morning and be interviewed by presenters Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley on the condition she would not be identified. Speaking to them with her face turned away from the cameras, she revealed how she and her younger sister and older brother grew up In Ireland in fear of their father. READ MORE HERE


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