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Were You Abused as a Child? This Might Interest You

Posted by Sandra On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

crying-child-20160520145555-jpg-q75dx720y432u1r1ggcOne of the most common fears among adults who were abused as a child is the fear of being an abusive parent themselves. They have heard it said time and again that children who were abused often grow up to be abusers themselves, and though it would be misleading to say this never happens, it doesn’t need to be the case and often isn’t true at all. If you were among the tens of thousands of young adults who was abused, physically, emotionally or even sexually as a child, here is some information that might interest you. Before writing off having kids of your own, know this.

Not All Abused Children Grow Up to Be Abusers

Oddly, whenever a story surfaces about a child who has been abused, the first thing people say is that the offending adult must have been abused as a child. Sometimes this is the case but not always. According to cureviolence.org, their research indicates that approximately 1/3 of those who were abused as a child will carry on the tendency based on their personal history. This means that 2/3 of abused children grow up to be a perfectly ‘normal’ parent with no tendencies towards abuse as an adult. However, how can you know which group you fall within until you have children? Is it safe to become a parent now knowing?

The Best Place to Find Your Answers

There are people who specialize in counseling adults who were abused as a child, and although you might simply consult with a psychologist, social worker or even a psychiatrist, there is someone who might even be better suited to finding the answers you seek. Believe it or not, a counselor with a masters criminal justice dual major who is now working as a criminologist would probably be your best bet. The reason for this is because they are not only trained in psychology but are also expert in criminology, or in plain English, the study of the criminal mind. And, yes, child abuse is a crime and it takes a criminal mind to perpetrate horrors such as child abuse.

Why a Major in Criminal Justice?

You may be confused because most of us equate a degree in criminal justice with the legal system. We think of a criminal justice masters program from top ranked schools like Boston University Metropolitan College as preparing students to rise within the ranks of police departments or within the legal profession, but many psych undergrads go on to major in criminal justice to offer a better foundation in criminal psychology. Many counselors see the need to study how the criminal mind works, patterns of behavior, social causes and societal demographics that lead to being an abuser. These are the counselors, often within the legal system, who deal with the abusers themselves as they re-enter society after incarceration, as well as counseling the victims of abuse.

Because they are trained to spot those triggers more keenly than a counselor with a general psych degree, they would be best equipped to help you determine if you are prone to being an abuser and if so, how to get the treatment and therapy necessary so that the pattern stops here and now in your generation.

Hot Car Death Dad Given LIFE

Posted by Sandra On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Serial Abductor Arrested

Posted by Sandra On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

21650735-mmmainCLEVELAND, Ohio – A Lorain man authorities called a “serial abductor” was arrested in the kidnapping of a 6-year-old Cleveland girl and the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old Elyria girl, the FBI said. Justin Christian, 29, was arrested late Friday and is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on charges of kidnapping and rape. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said they will present the case to a county grand jury. The arrest was announced Monday at a press conference held with federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams called Christian “a monster” and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called Christian a serial abductor. READ MORE HERE

ARRESTED | Alleged kidnapper busted after months on the run

‘A monster’: Authorities arrest Lorain man in child abduction


Daycare Owner Charged With Attempted Murder

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Minneapolis woman hung child, struck 2 with minivan

nataliia-karia-1280_1479927421921_7110193_ver1-0A Minneapolis in-home day care provider was charged Tuesday with attempted murder for allegedly hanging a toddler from her basement ceiling last week. Nataliia Karia, 42, was also charged with one count of assault for other injuries to the 16-month-old boy, and two counts of criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian and a bicyclist with her minivan as she drove away from the scene, according to the criminal complaint. Karia remains hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Prosecutors plan to seek bail of $2 million. READ MORE HERE

Documents Reveal How Boy Survived Attempted Hanging in Minneapolis

Nataliia Karia charged after allegedly hanging 16-month-old baby


Woman Gets Justice for Childhood Rape 26-Years Later

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

nintchdbpict000283258320A woman who was raped by her stepdad as a child saw him jailed 26-years later after she forced him to confess on his doorstep. The brave victim – now 40 and a mother of two – confronted Jeff Aitken, 60, over his vile sex abuse in a showdown at his home in Stevenston, Ayrshire. A police investigation followed, and after his conviction she said: “He can rot. It shows you never give up on justice. He destroyed my childhood, teenage years and adulthood.” But in a message of hope to other victims of historic abuse, she added: “Don’t give up hope. It’s hard but never give up.” READ MORE HERE

Turkey Withdraws Plan to Legalize Child Rape After Outrage

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The law would have deferred sentencing for men who have married girls under age 18, which opponents say would essentially legalize child rape.

turkey-withdraws-child-rape-law-after-international-outrageTURKEY – Turkish leaders plan to rework a bill some say would have legalized child rape, as long as the attacker married the victim, after it sparked protests across the country last week. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirimsent on Tuesday sent the bill, which would have applied to at least 3,000 men currently in prison, back to be changed by a parliament subcommittee after people in Turkey and around the world said the law appeared to consider child rape permissible. The ruling party in Turkey, the Justice and Development Party, also known as AK Party, brought the bill to the floor of the Turkish parliament amid opposition from some in the legislative body and several women’s rights groups. The bill is aimed at reducing the number of husbands sent to jail — leaving wives and children alone — by deferring sentencing for men who marry girls under age 18. READ MORE HERE

Turkey withdraws child rape bill after street protests

Turkey Drops Legislation Protecting Child Marriage

Men would be off the hook for child rape if they marry the victim


Singer Rebecca Ferguson “I Was Molested At 8-Years Old”

Posted by Sandra On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20161123-114539The former  X Factor star, now singer, broke down as she revealed she was just eight years old when she was assaulted in a children’s home. When Rebecca Ferguson was asked for her thoughts on former contestants revealing child sexual abuse, she broke down and made the heartbreaking admission. Trying to hold back tears, Rebecca said: “I was abused when I was in a children’s home, I was eight years old. I’ve never spoken about it. You feel dirty like you’ve done something wrong.” READ MORE HERE

Infant Abused by Grandma Suffers Brain Injury

Posted by Sandra On November - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Dad Drowned 4-YO Daughter

Posted by Sandra On November - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

healdsburg_dad_1479769597875_2307985_ver1-0_640_360A Healdsburg father has been arrested in connection with the death of his 4-year-old daughter, authorities said Monday. Gerardo Mendoza Ordaz, 42, of Healdsburg, was taken into custody and was being held Monday on suspicion of homicide. Police said they believe the father intentionally drowned the girl in a baptismal pool at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, located in the 200 block of Matheson Street in Healdsburg. READ MORE HERE

Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Charged with Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On November - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Woman Confronts Parents Who Molested Her

Posted by Sandra On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3a799ebf00000578-0-image-a-14_1479384408451A woman who was sexually abused by her parents as a child has confronted them two decades later, after their release from prison. The depraved couple, named only as Jim and Justine, were convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison each in 1996 for the incestuous attacks on their teenage daughter Amanda, which lasted for around three years. In a harrowing episode of Dr Phil, the victim, now in her 30s, confronted her biological parents, revealing how their abuse wrecked her life. READ MORE HERE


5-YO Boy Died In Foster Care; Drugs In His System

Posted by Sandra On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3a7a8e9e00000578-3945964-image-a-23_1479393707095The young boy who died while in the care of a foster home agency had at least four drugs in his system, including heroin and diazepam, as well as burns and bruised on his body, child protection sources have revealed. The five-year-old, who suffered from epilepsy and hepatitis C, died in 2015 in a Uniting Care run foster home in Pennant Hills, north west Sydney – the same agency who ran the home where Girl X infamously died of a drug overdose in 2014. READ MORE HERE


Former TV Anchor, Charles Pugh, Sentenced to Up to 15-Years

Posted by Sandra On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
Former Detroit City Council President & TV Anchor Sentenced for Child Molestation

charlespughhomeDETROIT – Former Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh learned how much time he faces in prison on Wednesday. Pugh pleaded guilty this past month to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the former Detroit leader engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with a 14-year-old boy in 2003 when Pugh was a reporter and anchor at WJBK-TV. Pugh was sentenced Wednesday to 5 1/2 to 15 years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender. READ MORE HERE


Charles Pugh sentenced to up to 15 years in prison

Charles Pugh sentenced to 5 1/2-15 years in prison in sex assault


Missouri Child Abuse Case Worst Local Police Have Seen

Posted by Sandra On November - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

s071877225-300A young child clings to life after a horrific case of child abuse in Wentzville, Missouri. This is likely one of the worst cases of infant abuse that police in Wentzville have ever dealt with. It all began Thursday with a six-week-old doing what babies do, cry. Police say the infant’s father, Robert Burnette, couldn’t deal with the crying so he shoved his fingers down the baby’s tiny throat. He was trying to reach the boy’s larynx to stop the crying. Investigators say they got these details from the child’s mother, Megan Hendricks, who investigators say stood by and watched and made no attempt to stop the abuse. READ MORE HERE

Dad Accused of Shoving His Fingers Down 6-Week-Old Son’s Throat to Stop Crying as Mom Stood By

Baby severely injured in alleged child abuse; 2 arrested

Uncle Murdered 10-YO Niece

Posted by Sandra On November - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

kayla-gomez-1st-day-of-school-640x480Law enforcement officials in East Texas are reporting the alleged murderer of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco is a previously deported illegal alien from Mexico. Officials with the Smith County jail confirmed to Breitbart Texas that Gustavo Gonzalez, 24, is currently being held in the jail on an immigration detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Gonzalez was also confirmed to be a Mexican national by the jail official. READ MORE HERE

Uncle Charged In Death Of Child Found In Well; Was In US Illegally


Child Rapist Given $750,000 Bail

Posted by Sandra On November - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20161108-213406A 40-year-old Campton Hills man has been charged with raping a girl younger than 13 over a three-year span. Donald R. Lumbert, of the 4N700 block of Brookside Drive, faces five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child younger than 13 and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to Kane County court records. READ MORE HERE

Child Rapist Arrested by U.S. Marshals

Posted by Sandra On November - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

robert-taylor-wdtnDAYTON, Ohio – A Dayton man is in custody after members of multiple law enforcement jurisdictions arrest him for charges related to child rape. Robert Taylor, 53, is accused of raping a child under the age of 13 “over the course of several years,” according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals. READ MORE HERE

Man Charged With Shaking 2-MO Infant

Posted by Sandra On November - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

reeseandrewyoungFARGO, North DakotaA man is charged in Cass County Court after court documents say he admitted to shaking an infant. Reese Andrew Young is charged with one count of child abuse and one count of aggravated assault/domestic violence. Court documents say the charges stem from Young grabbing a two-month-old by the ribs and shaking him, causing a brain bleed and extreme pain. READ MORE HERE

Pedophile Jailed for 4-Years

Posted by Sandra On November - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
FERRARI PRESS AGENCY...A DEPRAVED ex-pat Brit who travelled hundreds of miles to the UK from his home in The Provence in the sick hope of sexually abusing twin girls aged eight has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.   Married 52-year-old Richard Chapman was caught in a police sting. SEE FERRARI COPY 

FERRARI PRESS AGENCY…A DEPRAVED ex-pat Brit who travelled hundreds of miles to the UK from his home in The Provence in the sick hope of sexually abusing twin girls aged eight has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Married 52-year-old Richard Chapman was caught in a police sting. SEE FERRARI COPY

A depraved ex-pat Brit who traveled hundreds of miles to the UK from his home in The Provence in the sick hope of sexually abusing twin girls aged eight has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. Married 52-year-old Richard Chapman was caught in a police sting. He engaged in online communications with a female officer in the false belief she was the youngsters’ mother and told her they were the “perfect age” for his sordid plan. READ MORE HERE


8 Arrested for Raping Three Young Girls

Posted by Sandra On November - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

_91957211_rotherham_menROTHERHAM – Eight men who sexually abused three teenage girls in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003 have been jailed. The men are Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Waleed Ali, Masoued Malik, Asif Ali, Naeem Rafiq, Basharat Hussain and Mohammed Whied. They were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court, having been convicted of a total of 16 charges after a trial. The judge said their victims had been “targeted, sexualised and subjected to degrading and violent acts.” READ MORE HERE




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