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TV host ‘Mr. Wonder’ Indicted for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mr Wonder Abuse apA former children’s television show host who vanished decades ago amid allegations he sexually abused children on a camping trip in Louisiana was indicted Thursday on rape charges. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley says a grand jury indicted 76-year-old Frank John Selas III on two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and eight counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Mosley said the charges relate to one alleged victim, who testified before the central Louisiana grand jury. READ MORE HERE

Abused Child Has Skull Fracture, Lacerated Liver

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20160227-110509SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – San Antonio police are investigating alleged child abuse after a young boy suffered a skull fracture and a lacerated liver, among other injuries. Marc Gutierrez, 18, was charged over the weekend with intentionally assaulting and causing bodily injury to a child. READ MORE HERE

Daycare Provider Sentenced to 30-Years

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

n4ifquSAN ANTONIO – A mother and owner of a northwest side day care was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday in a child abuse case stemming from 2012. That year, Iliana Archuleta’s 8-year-old son was taken to a hospital after suffering a seizure. Hospital staff reported signs of abuse to authorities, prompting a larger investigation. That investigation revealed that Archuleta’s three adopted children, 10-year-old twins- a boy and a girl- and the 8-year-old boy, were malnourished. READ MORE HERE

Murder-Suicide Kills Family of 4, Self

Posted by Sandra On February - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Police officers take cover behind vehicles lining the road during a standoff at a rural property near Belfair, Washington, February 26, 2016 in this handout photo provided by Mason County Sheriff's Office in Shelton, Washington. REUTERS/Mason County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

Washington state authorities on Saturday were seeking to confirm the relationship between a man who fatally shot four people at a rural home west of Seattle then turned the gun on himself following a tense standoff with law enforcement. Details of the slayings in Belfair, about 25 miles west of Seattle, remained under investigation, including when the victims were killed and why the gunman might have targeted them. READ MORE HERE

Five dead in Washington state murder-suicide

Washington State Shooting: Five Dead In Murder-Suicide

(Photo image: Police officers take cover behind vehicles lining the road during a standoff at a rural property near Belfair, Washington, February 26, 2016 in this handout photo provided by Mason County Sheriff’s Office in Shelton, Washington. REUTERS/Mason County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters)

Man Faces 144 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On February - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20160225-201112A Scranton man has been arrested on 25 different charges of child sexual abuse covering a 5 1/2 year long period. Jim Thorpe police say James Matthew Acevedo-Schneider was arrested on 144 counts of sexual abuse of a child, including rape, sexual assault, and indecent assault of a person under the age of 13. Police say the incidents occurred in Jim Thorpe from April 2000 until January 2006. READ MORE HERE

Child Murderer Sentenced to 18-Years In Prison

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sponaugle mugA Pratt man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for murder in the second-degree and abuse of a child, according to a news release from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Joseph D. Sponaugle, 29, was sentenced in Pratt County District Court to serve 220 months by Judge Francis Meisenheimer. Sponaugle was convicted in January of one count of second-degree murder, one count of abuse of a child and one count of endangering a child. READ MORE HERE

15-YO Boy Shot, Killed His 10-YO Sister

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Boy then cleaned her up, put her in a white dress and dumped her in a field

capture-20160222-202139FLORIDA – Disturbing new details emerged this afternoon in the case of a Florida teenager accused of murdering his 10-year-old sister, with the 15-year-old suspect claiming he shot the girl by accident and then dumped her body in a field. Fredrick Matthew Lochridge, 15, was arrested Sunday in the murder of his 10-year-old sister, Isabella Heffernan, after she was reported missing by her family and was later found behind her home in Fountain. According to an arrest affidavit released this afternoon, Lochridge admitted to shooting Heffernan with a .22 caliber rifle at around 3am on Sunday. READ MORE HERE


Stepfather Killed 2-YO Boy

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3173724000000578-3458509-image-a-68_1456155496202OKLAHOMA – The stepfather of a toddler who died from head trauma on Tuesday has been arrested on complaints of child abuse and child neglect. Branden Taylor, 30, of Tulsa, Oklahoma told police he kicked his wife’s 2-year-old son Michael Rigney in the face the day before he died and that the boy was ‘out cold,’ but he did not seek medical treatment. The boy was discovered with multiple bruises on his body, including the left side of his face, when police arrived to the home after his mother Tina called to report the boy was unresponsive. Branden is not facing any additional charges at this time because authorities have yet to determine if the child’s death was a homicide. READ MORE HERE


Kids TV Host, Accused Molester, Found 30-Years Later

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Man Found as Youth Leader With New Name

screen_shot_20160201_at_3.05.00_pm_1.png.CROP.promovar-mediumlarge.05.00_pm_1An unnerving story out of San Diego: Law enforcement agents believe they’ve found a man wanted since 1979 on child molestation charges who was living under a new name and working in a number of roles that involved close contact with children. The man—Frank Szeles, allegedly a.k.a. Frank John Selas—had originally been charged in Louisiana with sexually abusing a number of children he’d met through his role as a local kids’ TV host named “Mr. Wonder.” He’s believed to have been in California since 1985. From the AP:

The man who faced a San Diego judge Wednesday denied he is the 76-year-old fugitive named Frank John Selas III who allegedly fled to Brazil in 1979 after Louisiana authorities secured a warrant for his arrest. Back in Louisiana, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators are convinced the right man is in custody. Meanwhile, officials in California are suddenly facing fears that Selas could have preyed on other children during the 37 years that he eluded capture.  READ MORE HERE

CHP Officer Charged With Child Molestation

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Dan-Deal-225x300Yreka, California — Yreka Police arrested 48-year old CHP officer Daniel Deal Tuesday night on child molestation charges. Deal is currently charged with Lewd Acts With a Child between the ages of 14 and 15, though the investigation is ongoing. YPD tells NBC5 News the alleged abuse occurred in the last year in Yreka on multiple occasions. YPD, along with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Deal has since bailed out of Siskiyou County Jail. READ MORE HERE

4-YO Girl Strapped In Car Seat, Set On Fire

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Former School Worker Pleads Guilty to Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

greenhouse_10weymouth-4_metroA 38-year-old woman has admitted she raped a teenager while she was employed as a food services worker at a Weymouth middle school, according to prosecutors. Janelle Foley pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child on Wednesday, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office. A trial was set to begin this week. Foley was indicted in March 2014 and charged with raping a 15-year-old boy, who authorities said was not a student at Chapman Middle School where Foley worked at the time the crimes occurred. The mother of four was accused of sexually assaulting the victim during parties at his family’s home. READ MORE HERE

Woman, Husband, Ex-Husband Charged With Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

56c0e175308ec.imageELKTON — Detectives arrested a woman, her husband and her ex-husband on Friday after an investigation revealed they beat their children inside their Elkton residence with their fists, shoes, ladles and other objects, or played supporting roles in those attacks, police reported. Officer Sean Murphy of the Elkton Police Department started his investigation on Monday. Agents from Child Protective Services had contacted his agency and alleged that physical child abuse had been occurring inside a residence in the 100 block of Huntsman Drive, according to police. READ MORE HERE

8 Teens Arrested for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Judge: Teen Who Murdered Entire Family To Be Released At Age 21

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Judge ruled Thursday that Nehemiah Griego, now 18, can be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody when he’s 21 

capture-20160213-184913A judge has cleared the way for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen’s attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated. Nehemiah Griego was 15 when he opened fire in his family’s home south of Albuquerque, killing his mother as she slept and then his nine-year-old brother and two sisters, ages five and two, authorities said. Griego’s father was the last to die in the family. The teen waited in a bathroom and ambushed the gang member turned pastor after he returned home, sheriff’s officials said. READ MORE HERE


Couple Charged With Over 137 Counts Each of Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

downloadOKLAHOMA – A man and woman arrested, each accused of more than 100 counts of sexual child abuse. Jamala Monroe, 28, and Zicole Monroe, 22, were each arrested last week, accused of abusing a 14-year-old girl. The alleged acts, taking place in an apartment off of N. Macarthur. With more complaints brought forward on Thursday, their jail registry now reads like a horror story. The alleged pattern of assault seems to have spanned months. “A total of 137 counts of sexual abuse of a child were added to both people,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with Oklahoma City Police. READ MORE HERE

Profile of a Child Molester

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 2 COMMENTS

Through a Rapist’s Eyes


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A Profile of the Child Molester and Grooming Techniques

During my two decades of work as an investigative reporter, I interviewed hundreds of convicted child molesters in prisons across America. My objective was to uncover how they had lured children and teens into abuse and worse. My intention was also to generate a criminal profile that could be shared with parents and law enforcement. Instead, I found child molesters and abductors to be a diverse group that possesses no tidy criminal profile and does not discriminate by race, gender, class or age.

So who are these sexual offenders?

  • Males and Females
  • Young Adults, Middle-Aged Adults, and Seniors
  • Upper Class, Middle Class, and Disadvantaged
  • All Races & Ethnicities
  • Vocationally Diverse

One child pornography sting operation by the U.S. Justice Department and Customs Postal Inspectors resulted in well over two hundred arrests. The occupations of those arrested was a virtual rainbow of American life, representing 44% of all occupations listed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

How many child molesters live in the United States?

Approximately 400,000 convicted pedophiles currently reside in the United States, according to Department of Justice estimates.*

Are there really female child molesters?

Yes. A 2000 statistical report by the US Department of Justice* found that female offenders victimized:

  • 12% of victims under the age of 6
  • 6% of victims ages 6 – 12
  • 3% of victims ages 12 – 17

How many victims does a child molester average?

Interviews guaranteeing complete confidentiality and immunity from prosecution, conducted by Emory University psychiatrist Dr. Gene Abel*, uncovered that:

  • Male offenders who abused girls had an average of 52 victims each.
  • Men who molested boys had an astonishing average of 150 victims each.
  • Only 3% of these crimes had ever been detected.

How do child molesters get into situations where they can exploit children?

Few child molesters are able to resist their powerful urges to initiate contact with children and will go to great lengths to do so. Common strategies include:

  • Befriending parents, particularly single parents, to gain access to their children.
  • Offering babysitting services to overextended parents or caregivers.
  • Taking jobs and participating in community events that involve children.
  • Attending sporting events for children and/or offering to coach children’s sports.
  • Volunteering in youth organizations, offering to chaperone overnight trips.
  • Loitering in places children frequent – playgrounds, malls, game arcades, etc.
  • Spending time in Internet gaming and social communities, learning the online interests and lingo of youngsters.
  • Becoming foster parents.

What is the most common method used by child molesters?

The Affection Lure. (See Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide) Most victims of abuse are “groomed” over a period of weeks, months, or years. The Affection Lure is used both offline and online to seduce unsuspecting youngsters in need of love and attention. Child molesters have repeatedly told me: When there’s a physically or emotionally absent parent in the picture, it makes the child more vulnerable than ever.

Which age group is most often targeted by child molesters?

In the interviews I conducted, the majority of molesters cited a preference for children on the brink of puberty. This is the age of sexual awakening, making it easy for molesters to prey on the sexual curiosity and ignorance of youngsters. To quote one of the sexual offenders I interviewed, “Give me a kid who knows nothing about sex, and you’ve given me my next victim.”

While we as parents are inclined to give pre-teens and teens more freedom and less supervision, this age group is actually the most vulnerable to abuse and abduction. We must talk frankly and often to our children about “the birds and the bees” and not allow sex offenders to educate our children for us.

Wouldn’t a vigilant parent be able to detect a child molester, just by their actions?

Not necessarily. Remember, sex offenders who prey on children:

  • Are notoriously friendly, nice, kind, engaging and likeable.
  • Target their victims, often insinuating themselves into that child’s life – their family, school, house of worship, sports, and hobbies.
  • Are professional con artists and are expert at getting children and families to trust them.
  • Will smile at you, look you right in the eye and make you believe they are trustworthy.

Do kids and teens ever sexually abuse other children?

Sadly, yes – and many of these juvenile offenders are victims of sexual abuse themselves. A U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report* found that:

  • 23% of all sexual offenders were under the age of 18.
  • 40% of offenders of victims under age 6 were themselves juveniles
  • 13% were 7-11 years old; 27% were 12-17 years old.
  • 39% of the offenders of victims ages 7-11 were juveniles.
  • 27% of the offenders of victims ages 12 -17 were juveniles.

What types of assaults were these?

Juvenile offenders under the age of 12 were responsible for:

  • 23% of forcible sodomies
  • 19% of forcible fondlings
  • 17% of sexual assaults with an object
  • 7% of forcible rapes

Juvenile offenders ages 12 – 18 were responsible for:

  • 36% of forcible sodomies
  • 27% of forcible fondlings
  • 23% of sexual assaults with an object
  • 17% of forcible rapes

When and where did these assaults usually happen?

The peak time for juvenile assaults was 3 pm, after school. Other spikes in the number of incidents were at the traditional meal times of 8 am, noon and 6 pm. Most of these assaults happened in the home of the victim, the home of the offender, or another residence.*

How many of these assaults were by family members?

  • 49% of offenders of victims under age 6 were family members.
  • 42% of offenders of victims ages 7-11 were family members.
  • 24% of offenders of victims ages 12 – 17 were family members.*

Are there groups of organized child molesters that prey on children?

Yes. Small groups of militant and highly organized child molesters operate worldwide, and many claim genuine concern for the welfare of children. The actual number of members in these organizations is unknown, though their power is evident. One pedophile organization’s newsletter correctly identified ten sting operations in five different states. Another exposed and compromised four federal sting operations. Clearly, these organizations have connections.

What are their beliefs and goals?

In general, these groups believe that sex with children is harmless; some even claim that sexual relations are healthy for children. Their goals include decriminalizing child molestation and lowering the age of consent.

Where do they meet?

In addition to attending conferences and conventions, members now meet primarily via the Internet where they may swap methods, success stories, even names, descriptions, and images of children. Since the early 1980’s, they have exploited the Internet to communicate with one another, spreading their propaganda to anyone who will listen.

Aren’t their activities illegal?

Most of these groups and members are careful to keep their public activities within the realm of protected civil liberties.

In 2006, a new political party (PNVD) was established in the Netherlands. Commonly referred to as “the Pedophile Party,” it seeks to lower the age of consent from 16 to 12. Opponents had asked The Hague District Court to bar the party from registering for national elections, but Judge H. Hofhuis ruled: “Freedom of expression, freedom … of association, including the freedom to set up a political party, can be seen as the basis for a democratic society.”

Are these groups a real threat?

While the average child molester does not belong to an organized group, we would be foolish not to take seriously any group whose members are committed to sexual activity with children.

A group of RAPISTS and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.  They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or  other style that can easily be grabbed–most likely a woman with long hair .  Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing.  They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly.  Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5: 00a.m. and 8:30a.m.

5) The #1 place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. #2: office parking lots/garages.  #3: public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance. Keys are NOT a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon.  So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell,  look them in the face e and ask them a question, like what time is it or make general small talk: ‘I can’t believe it is so cold out here, or We’re in for a bad winter. Now you’ve seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP! or STAY BACK!  Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back.  Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them.  If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the Arm (between the elbow and armpit)OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD.  One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands – the guy needed stitches.  Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it – it hurts.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN.  I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful.  You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble.  Start causing trouble and he’s out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible.  The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply.  Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts!!! You may feel a little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

Things You Need to Know About Child Molesters

Understanding the Perpetrator | Sexual Assault Prevention

The Etiology of Sexual Offending Behavior and Sex Offender


1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in  New Orleans : If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you….chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.  RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.  The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.)  DON’T DO THIS!  The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.  AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a)    If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car.  Your Air Bag will save you.  If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it.  As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.  It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.  Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs.(Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.



(SOURCE:  http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-61175.html)

(SOURCE:  http://www.ripleycounty.com/sheriff/rape.htm)


FBI Investigating Midwest Academy Abuse Claims

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

312C4C2300000578-3445487-image-a-21_1455395397820IOWA – A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete ‘isolation boxes’ for days or weeks and wouldn’t let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students. Six former students recently described the abuse they say they suffered while attending Midwest Academy in Keokuk, a city along the Mississippi River where Iowa borders Illinois and Missouri. They said the dark, cell-like punishment rooms were often filled with the sounds of students’ screams and motivational recordings piped in through speakers. Surveillance cameras and staff members kept watch. READ MORE HERE


School Volunteer Used Students to Make Child Porn

Posted by Sandra On February - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

635905418256760157-CarrawayGLENARDEN, Maryland — Deonte Carraway, 22, was a volunteer at Judge Sylvian Woods Elementary school in Glenarden, where police said he admitted to making child pornography with 10 students during the school day. “Man…What a scumbag!” said one father who declined to be identified. The man said he had been up since 3 a.m. – sleepless and sickened by the allegations against the volunteer he said he never trusted. READ MORE HERE

School volunteer admits to producing child porn, police say

Volunteers Needed for Research

Posted by Sandra On February - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Male Partners of Women Who Are Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Needed for Dissertation Research

images (2)I am Tonya Thomas, a doctoral candidate in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University currently completing my dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Alba Nino. I am conducting a study about the therapeutic needs of male partners of women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Participants in this study will be asked to share information about their experiences while in couple’s therapy with the survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This study has been approved by the Alliant International University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

I am writing to ask if you would kindly share the attached flier with others who may be interested in participating in my study, or who may have contact with potential participants. This study is focused as you will see on the partner’s experience of conjoint/couples therapy, and not on the sexual abuse survivor. Below is a bit more of what I’ll be sharing with potential participants before they are interviewed.

Below is the info presented to participants who have met criteria:

This research project is a qualitative study designed to help researchers and therapists better understand the therapeutic needs of the male partners of female childhood sexual abuse survivors. Participants in this study will be asked to share information about their experiences of therapy while in couple’s therapy with the survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

Academic and Professional Publication of this Research Study:
The results of this study will be presented in a doctoral dissertation and published in scientific journals, and may be presented at professional meetings, conferences, or published articles, as long as you are not identified and cannot reasonably be identified from it. Findings of this study may be published for professional and academic purposes. Publications will include descriptions of themes, quotes, and statements that emerge during the interviews, however names or any identifying information will not be disclosed or revealed in any published materials.

Potential Benefits:
The direct benefit to you may be that you learn more about your experience and have the opportunity to reflect on positive changes you have made in your life and your relationships. Others may benefit too in learning about your experience, knowledge, and information gained from this study. And, therapists may learn to more effectively provide assistance and therapeutic services to partners of childhood sexual abuse survivors.

Potential Risks:
There may be risks to participate in this study. Although the focus of this research study is on your experience, feelings of mild anxiety may arise after reflecting on the impact of couples’ therapy and your relationship with your intimate partner who has experienced childhood sexual abuse. Answering these questions may result in you having to reflect on painful and traumatic experiences of your relationship and the experiences you had or didn’t have in therapy.

You may temporarily feel that you are back in that time being described. If any of these occur and feel unmanageable, you may stop the interview at any time. You may also take a break at any time throughout the interview. Time will be spent at the end of the interview to answer any questions or concerns and/or process any emotions that may have surfaced during the interview. The researcher will spend whatever time is necessary to make sure you do not leave feeling emotionally overwhelmed or at risk. Resources and/or referrals to your local area will be made upon request.

Confidentiality and Anonymity Statement:
As a participant in this research study, you have the right to privacy and all information leading to identification will be kept confidential, unless otherwise required by law. *California law mandates the filing and reporting of reasonable suspicions of child (if the child is still under the age of 18) or elder abuse. Participation in this research could result in the researcher being required to report child or elder abuse. For example, if information is disclosed where children under the age of 18 are currently living with or are in close contact with someone who has been identified as abusing another person, regardless if they have or have not been legally charged, will be reported to the local child protection services or the police. It is also possible that under certain circumstances, data could be subpoenaed by court order. Additional reportable exceptions to confidentiality include suicidality and homicidality. *Indicate appropriate state for participant’s geographic location.

The researcher will take every precaution to keep the participant’s identification anonymous by use of a pseudonym chosen by the participant or assigned by the researcher. The audio recording of the interview will be transcribed by an outside professional transcription service who has signed a confidentiality agreement binding him/her to keep all information heard through the interview confidential. No demographics or other identifying information will be provided to the outside professional transcription service. If identifying information is mistakenly disclosed during the recorded interviews, the identifying information will be removed during the transcription process. She/he will return all audio recordings and transcribed data to the researcher upon completion of this interview.

Storage of and Destruction of Data:
Demographics or any other identifying information will be stored separate from the audio recordings and transcribed data in order to keep confidentiality and anonymity of the research participant. Unedited data transcripts will only be seen by the researcher, the transcriber, and the dissertation committee chair to ensure anonymity. Upon publication of the doctoral dissertation, any and all identifying information of the participant will be destroyed by the researcher. Hard copy files with identifying information will be shredded, electronic copies with identifying information will be deleted, and the email account used for communication during the study will be deleted by the researcher. All data and audio recordings where the identifying information has been removed, will be kept by the researcher indefinitely for future use, upon signed approval by the participant on the consent form.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions regarding this research study or your participation, you may contact any of the following between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Tonya Thomas, M.S., Friends University
Doctoral Student of Alliant International University, Irvine, Ca.

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alba Nino
Assistant Professor – Alliant International University
(858) 635-4708

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