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Posted by Sandra On October - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Scholarships for Survivors of Crime

istock000001667961mediumSince the pursuit of education is one of the most vital parts of healing, empowerment, self-esteem, and independence, many public and private organizations have established scholarships for survivors of crime to help get on the right track to a brighter future. Due to the devastating impact of violent crimes on human development, many victims often suffer from long-term effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiousness, fearfulness, and other disturbing symptoms that make it difficult to function, let alone pursue a degree. Luckily, the following are 25 of the best scholarship opportunities that are available to provide crime survivors with the financial support and resources for recovery in pursuing their dreams. READ MORE HERE


National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Scholarships For Sexually Abused Children – Grants – Financial Aid
Dr. Phil Foundation – Grants for Victims of Abuse
Grant Links | Pandora’s Project
Money & Help For Victims of Crimes
Scholarship Fund – The Genesis Alliance
Sexual Abuse Specialist Training Scholarship Program
College Scholarships for Students Living with PTSD or Mental Illness
Children Impacted By Crime Scholarship Fund
Funding Opportunities | National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Financial Aid and Scholarships : Kids Matter Inc.


Educational Opportunities for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

The best thing that a battered woman can do for herself is to further her education. This way, she can become independent so she can support herself and her children all on her own; but the first thing she must do is to get out of the abusive relationship that she is in. Once she finds the courage and the help that she needs to get out of the situation she is in, she will want to better her chances of finding stable employment through higher education. For this she will need funding. Fortunately for her, there are several organizations that provide scholarships and grants to survivors of domestic violence. With a little research, women will find that there are many groups out there that want to help them get the education they need in order to turn their lives around. READ MORE HERE


Domestic Violence: Grants for Survivors and Advocates
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
College Scholarships for Domestic Violence Victims
College Grants & Scholarships for Domestic Violence Abuse Victims
Domestic Abuse Victim College Scholarships – FinancialAidFinder
Find College Scholarships and Grants for Domestic Violence Victims

FBI Rescues 82 Children

Posted by Sandra On October - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

FBI rescues 82 children in sex trafficking sweep

sex_sting-8ba69579-fill-735x490PHILADELPHIA – An FBI operation focused on combating child sex trafficking around the world resulted in the arrests of 15 suspected pimps and associates in the Philadelphia region, authorities announced Tuesday. Eighty-two minors were rescued and 239 alleged traffickers and their associates were arrested as part of this year’s Operation Cross Country, an annual international crime-fighting effort, according to the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. READ MORE HERE

Mom Murdered Her 8-YO Son

Posted by Sandra On October - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mom murdered son when he learned of affair she was having with his grandfather

capture-20161022-110557SICILY – A mother who murdered her eight-year-old son when the boy allegedly discovered she was having an affair with his grandfather has been jailed for 30 years in Italy. Veronica Panarello throttled her son Loris Stival with electrical cables and abandoned his body in a remote gully in Santa Croce, Sicily. Panarello had tried to pretend her son had been abducted, telling police she had taken him to school and that he had disappeared by the time she came to collect him in the afternoon. READ MORE HERE


FBI Search for Serial Child Abductor

Posted by Sandra On October - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

161015-ohio-child-abducter-mbe-201p_2_2ab95affdc04f7a31a9eee7323b56430-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000The FBI is asking for help finding a suspected serial child abductor caught on surveillance footage. The suspect is wanted for the May 21 abduction of a six-year-old girl in Cleveland and forensic evidence has tied him to the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Elyria, Ohio, in February, the FBI said in a press release. A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest. READ MORE HERE

Advice for Child Abuse Survivors: How to Overcome Social Anxiety at College

Posted by Sandra On October - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Advice for Child Abuse Survivors: How to Overcome Social Anxiety at College

imagesSocial anxiety can be a result of many things, and is often seen in adults or young people who suffered from abuse or bullying as a child. For students with social anxiety, getting a college degree can be a lot more difficult, as for them, simply going to class could be something that makes them feel like having a panic attack. However, along with the right treatment and support, there are many things that you can do in order to make college easier on your social anxiety. Use college to your advantage in order to overcome social anxiety and achieve your college degree.

Online Classes

Many colleges offer online classes as an alternative to classes on campus. The best thing about studying online for your degree is that you can do it on your own, from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s good to get as used to being around other people as much as possible in order to help you overcome your anxiety problems, having the option of online classes for when you’re having a particularly bad day can be comforting. Online classes are available for a range of different degree topics, for example this master of science in nursing at Bradley University.


Many colleges will have free counselling and therapy services which students are welcome to attend. Although you may also be getting counselling from a therapist or other health professional recommended by your doctor, it’s also a great idea to take advantage of any free additional counselling services offered to you by your college. College counsellors are specifically trained to help students in situations such as yours.

Making Friends

Social anxiety can make you become your own worst enemy when it comes to making friends. However, true friends will always stick by you even when your anxiety is bad, and they won’t judge you or make fun of you for it. College is one of the best times in your life when it comes to making friends, and with so many people there, it’s no surprise that most people meet their best friends for life when they’re studying for a college degree. Don’t worry about ‘fitting in’ – simply be yourself, and you’ll attract the right friends for you.

Relaxation Therapies

When it comes to managing social anxiety at college, there are plenty of things that you can do at home. Therapies such as mindfulness meditation have been proven to be highly effective when it comes to dealing with anxiety and stress problems, and can help you to regain control. Along with that, art and music therapies are also becoming more and more popular when it comes to managing anxiety issues, for example adult coloring books, which can provide you with a great distraction when you need to relax and wind down. These can be very useful if you’re doing a stressful course, such as a masters of science in nursing.

College can be a stressful time in the life of any young person, but if you have social anxiety, it can be even more difficult. Thankfully, your college years are the best time to work on overcoming your social anxiety for good.


Sexual abuse survivors often begin the healing process during college

College-student survivors of incest and other child sexual abuse

Police Need Your Help: YouTube Video Shows Crying, Tied-Up Girl

Posted by Sandra On October - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS


Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg, of Antigo, Wisconsin vanished in 2009

  • Authorities are asking for public help to determine the origin of a video posted months after she vanished

3951123000000578-3833249-image-m-87_1476222920752WISCONSIN – Authorities in Wisconsin are asking for public help to determine the origin of a disturbing video posted online in 2009 that some believe may show a missing girl tied up in a basement. The video, titled ‘Hi Walter, I got a new gf today!’ posted by the user ‘Hi Walter, it’s me, Patrick!’ shows a man talking to the camera about his new girlfriend, then shows a female, apparently bound, in a small bathroom crying. Fifteen-year-old Kayla Berg, of Antigo, vanished a couple of months before the video was posted in 2009. READ MORE HERE

VIDEO: Content May Be Disturbing To Viewers



Does This Mysterious Video Show Missing 15-Year-Old Kayla Berg Gagged And Bound?

Police investigate YouTube video in Kayla Berg’s 2009 disappearance




Antigo police have forwarded the video to the FBI, which has long been involved in the case and has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Berg or an arrest.


(Note: all content and videos have since been deleted, but you can still read his “About”)


6th Grader Stabbed In Chest With Pencil At School, No One Called 911

Posted by Sandra On October - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Student Needed Emergency Trauma Surgery to Repair Punctured Lung

20305-single-3ww-lCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A middle school student in Colorado was stabbed in the chest with a pencil during a fight, but the school did not call police or an ambulance. Kyle Nipper was stabbed when he got into a fight with another 6th grader at Carmel Middle School on Friday. The School District released a statement saying his injuries “did not appear to be severe at the time.” READ MORE HERE


Colorado 6th Grader Stabbed In Chest With Pencil, Lung Is Punctured, School Doesn’t Get Him Medical Treatment

Parents: 6th grader stabbed in chest with pencil suffered punctured lung but school didn’t call 911

6th Grader Stabbed In Chest With Pencil

One Girl Under Age 15 Married Every 7-Seconds

Posted by Sandra On October - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

downloadOne girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready. “Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children,” said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt. READ MORE HERE


Child Rapist Gets 50-100 Years Prison Sentence

Posted by Sandra On October - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

tyrellHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A convicted child rapist will serve 50-100 years in prison. Jonathan Tyrrell, 54, formerly of the 1200 Block of Chestnut Street of Harrisburg, was sentenced today by Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah E.Curcillo. Tyrrell was convicted of Rape of a Child with Serious Bodily Injury; Unlawful Contact with a Minor; and Corruption of Minors after a jury trial in July of 2016. The victim, who was 8 years of age at the time of the rape, described the assault in her testimony at trial. She also relived the aftermath which required her to receive reconstructive surgery at Harrisburg Hospital. READ MORE HERE

9-Month Old Brutally Raped

Posted by Sandra On October - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ben_taylorWEST VIRGINIA – An infant is clinging to life, and her mom’s boyfriend is behind bars in association with what authorities are calling the “worst case of sexual assault” that they’ve seen in 20 years. The Dreamin Demon reports that 32-year-old Benjamin Taylor is facing a variety of charges, which stem from the horrifying incident that took place on Monday morning. Police in Ripley, West Virginia say that they became aware of Taylor’s alleged actions when his girlfriend called 911 to report that her infant daughter was unresponsive. The nine-month-old victim’s mother told authorities that she woke up from her sleep to find that the little girl was missing — and so was her 32-year-old boyfriend. It didn’t take long for her to locate the infant, however, but under absolutely terrifying circumstances. The nine-month-old baby girl was found in the basement of the apartment building where the family has been residing. She was reportedly covered in blood and unconscious at the time of the discovery. READ MORE HERE

Man charged with sexual assault of 9-month-old child

West Virginia man charged with sexual assault of 9-month-old child

6-YO Girl Nearly Starved to Death

Posted by Sandra On October - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

barton3_1435353146945_20358498_ver1-0_640_480JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado – An Evergreen couple pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse charges for starving their 6-year-old daughter nearly to death. Katherine and Jason Barton will face at least 10 years in prison and up to 24 each after they pleaded guilty to third-degree felony child abuse with serious bodily injury Monday in First Judicial District Court. Court testimony shows the Bartons wouldn’t allow their daughter to interact with other children and that she weighed just 25 pounds when she was taken to hospital in June 2015. READ MORE HERE

Missing Erica Parsons Body Found 5-Years After Disappearance

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ericsparsonsmissingROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a Rowan County girl who was last seen in November 2011 has been located, according to Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. In August 2016, investigators with the sheriff’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained information that confirmed Erica Parsons was likely deceased. On Tuesday, Rowan County detectives and special agents with the FBI recovered skeletal human remains of a young girl who was identified as Erica. READ MORE HERE

How police found Erica Parsons

Sheriff: NC girl was likely dead long before she was reported missing

Erica Parsons Updates | Facebook

Pregnant Woman Set Herself On Fire, Baby Died After Being Born

Posted by Sandra On September - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

downloadKENT, Washington — Police here say a woman who was very late in her pregnancy set herself on fire. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where the child was delivered at nearly full term, police say. The infant died shortly after it was delivered. The King County Medical Examiner says the infant lived little more than two hours and died of asphyxia. READ MORE HERE

Kent police: Suicidal pregnant woman lit herself on fire

Pregnant woman sets self on fire; baby dies

Mom, Boyfriend Arrested for 6-YO Boy’s Murder

Posted by Sandra On September - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

largerHARLEM – A 6-year-old Harlem boy covered in bruises died after being rushed to the hospital by his mother, police said Tuesday. The child’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, had been the subject of five child abuse allegations stretching back to 2010, sources said. But she told detectives her muscle-bound boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, beat little Zymere Perkins with a broken broomstick for defecating in an ice bucket, sources said. READ MORE HERE



Survivor: “My Father Took My Virginity At Age 11”

Posted by Sandra On September - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Karen Lockhart was abused by her father Albert Starkie from age of seven

38de4dbe00000578-3811265-image-a-22_1475053577250A woman whose father took her virginity when she was just 11 has bravely spoken out about how her ‘life was stolen’ decades after the horrific abuse. Mother-of-one Karen Lockhart, now 57, was assaulted by her father Albert Starkie over a five-year period starting when she was just seven-years-old. She was forced to carry out sex acts on him at Tatton cinema in Manchester at the age of nine and she was abused at the family home in nearby Wythenshawe. After keeping the awful truth hidden for 50 years, Ms Lockhart decided to tell police and Starkie, 80, has now been convicted of child abuse offences. READ MORE HERE


12-YO Girl Molested After Being Groomed On Facebook

Posted by Sandra On September - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

38de31e000000578-3811082-image-a-19_1475042657027A wannabe rapper has been charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl after grooming her on Facebook. Noor Raad raps under the name of Thundah MC and was arrested at his Sydney home in the suburb of Bankstown on Tuesday. Raad was arrested after a tip-off was made to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad that an underage girl had been procured online for sex. READ MORE HERE


11-YO Boy is Britain’s Youngest Sex Offender

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

014ed66d000004b0-3807975-image-a-119_1474899974968An 11-year-old boy has become Britain’s youngest male-on-male rapist after he admitted attacking a nine-year-old boy 15 times. The child from Blackpool, Lancashire, was only caught when the victim’s mother heard suspicious whispering on the baby monitor in her son’s bedroom. The boy, who is now 12, also sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy and then twice sexually assaulted an 11-year-old disabled boy while on bail for the rapes. READ MORE HERE


School Crossing Guard Saves Child From Abduction

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

S.C. Elementary School Shooting

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

14-year-old gunman wounds 3

Joey Taylor walks with his daughter Josie Taylor after picking her up at Oakdale Baptist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Townville, S.C. Students were evacuated to the church following a shooting at Townville Elementary School. A teenager opened fire at the South Carolina elementary school Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

TOWNVILLE, South Carolina — A teacher and two young students were injured when a 14-year-old allegedly opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday afternoon. 911 dispatchers received the initial call around 1:45 p.m. from a teacher who was in a classroom, reporting an armed male on the campus, officials said at a press conference Wednesday evening. The shooting left a 6-year-old boy in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Scott Stoller, Anderson County’s director of  emergency services. READ MORE HERE


South Carolina school shooting: 2 children, 1 teacher wounded

South Carolina school shooting suspect killed father before attack

Police: Teen shooter killed dad before school rampage – USA Today

Teenage Gunman Hurts Three at South Carolina School – NBC News


Royal Navy Officer Arrested In Police Sting

Posted by Sandra On September - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3,000 images of children and babies being abused found on his computer

3892c8cd00000578-3796632-image-m-26_1474290852465-1UK – A former Royal Navy chief petty officer and prison guard has been jailed after attempting to meet a nine-year-old girl for sex. Married father-of-three Geoffrey Grimster-Shepherd was caught by undercover police posing as a woman named ‘Tracey’ in an online chatroom – where he detailed how he would like to have sex with her and her stepdaughter ‘Katy’. The 58-year-old was arrested after travelling from his family home in Cornwall to Gillingham in Kent, where he had arranged to meet Tracey in a McDonald’s. READ MORE HERE





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