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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner Investigated

Posted by Sandra On August - 31 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

37AFE5E300000578-3767648-image-a-35_1472669655398Children’s services are investigating Anthony Weiner after a lewd selfie he took of his erect manhood while lying in bed next to his four-year-old son and sent to a woman was revealed. The Administration for Children’s Services has launched a probe into the disgraced former Congressman. The agency’s officials showed up at the apartment in Manhattan’s Union Square that Weiner shared with his estranged wife Huma Abedin on Tuesday, the newspaper reports. READ MORE HERE


FBI: Brittanee Drexel was Raped, Shot, Fed to Alligators

Posted by Sandra On August - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

FBI: Teen who vanished in 2009 was raped, shot, fed to alligators

brit-drexel-800A teenager who vanished from Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2009 was repeatedly raped in a gang “stash house” for several days – then she was shot dead and fed to alligators when her disappearance generated too much media attention, the FBI said last week. The shocking new details about the mysterious disappearance of 17-year-old Rochester, N.Y., native Brittanee Drexel came largely from a “jailhouse confession” that was subsequently substantiated by others with “tidbits” and “secondhand information,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz testified in a federal court transcript. READ MORE HERE

Missing Teen Brittanee Drexel Shot and Thrown in Gator Pit

Brittanee Drexel: Father, Son Allegedly Implicated in Case Have Previous Arrests

Brittanee Drexel: Transcript details homicide claims

Missing Spring Breaker Was Raped, Shot And Fed To Alligators

Boy Scout Leader Charged With Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On August - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Babysitter Charged With Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On August - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Amber Heard Donates ALL $7M Divorce Settlement from Johnny Depp to Charity

Posted by Sandra On August - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The $7m will divided equally between ACLU and Children’s Hospital LA

37462A7F00000578-0-image-a-31_1471308958448Amber Heard is giving away every penny from the $7 million divorce settlement she got from Johnny Depp to charities that help battered women and sick children. Heard, 30, revealed she is donating the money to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she says she has worked as a volunteer for 10 years. The money will be divided equally between the two charities.  ‘Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,’ Heard said about the bitter divorce battle with her famous ex-husband. READ MORE HERE


Child Rapist Sentenced to Life

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

PabonA former Marietta resident is heading to prison for life after being convicted Thursday of repeatedly raping a child, officials said. Michael Angelo Pabon, 50, was already behind bars in Cherokee County when his trial in Cobb County began Monday, Cobb District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kimberly Isaza said. In May 2013, Pabon had pleaded to child molestation and was sentenced to 15 years, Isaza said. READ MORE HERE

Pedophile Sisters Sexually Abused Boy Over 10-Year Period

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Julie-and-Jennifer-FellowsBRITAIN – Sisters believed to be Britain’s first deaf female pedophiles have been told to expect “very significant sentences” for sexually abusing a six-year-old boy. Sick Julie Fellows, 30, and sister Jennifer, 32, repeatedly molested the youngster over a 14 year period. Worcester Crown Court heard the sisters first started abusing the boy when he was aged six in 2000. Julie was 14-years-old when she lured the boy into a petrol station toilets where she touched her private parts. On another occasion she performed oral sex on the youngster, the court heard. READ MORE HERE

13-YO Girl Was Abducted, Raped by 137 Pedophiles

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Ian McGlasson set up a profile online and pimped her out to others

372466F900000578-3735760-image-a-2_1470990586197A schoolgirl was abused by 137 different pedophiles after her profile was posted on a swingers website without her knowing. The girl says she was abducted from near her school and raped at the age of 13 only to be groomed soon after by another man on social media. The same predator would abuse the youngster repeatedly over two years, setting up her profile online and pimping her out to other pedophiles. Paula Smith (a fake name) eventually spoke out against the tirade of abuse, but shockingly only three of her tormentors were brought to justice. READ MORE HERE


U.S. Navy Serviceman Charged with Beating Infant to Death

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Father charged with murder and child abuse in the death of son, Chandler Berry 

3727A42300000578-3736135-Berry_has_been_charged_with_murder_in_the_death_of_his_5_month_o-m-15_1471016042767VIRGINIA – A U.S. Navy serviceman has been charged with murder in the death of his infant son earlier this year. Police say 23-year-old Montreaz Berry, of Hampton, was arrested Thursday, more than six months after his son’s death. Authorities say Berry assaulted 5-month-old Chandler Berry at a Hampton home and then called police to report an unresponsive baby at around 1.40pm on January 27.  READ MORE HERE


Police Search for Child Predator Who Attacked Children at LegoLand

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

3152F27800000578-3736235-image-a-8_1471012500263Police are hunting a sex attacker who targeted two six-year-old girls at Legoland during the school holidays. The girls were in playing in the Castaway Camp area of the Windsor theme park in Berkshire when when they were sexually assaulted. Thames Valley Police have asked parents who took pictures at the park to examine them as they might have inadvertently captured an image of the sex attacker. READ MORE HERE


An Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
An Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd, from Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Advocates

“The voiceless have a voice. A journalist’s job is to amplify it.”

1-ccCFBSCdn_ka4FJv1aWzhQDreamcatchers for Abused Children, Inc. is honored to have our organization included in this open letter to The New York Times Public Editor, Liz Spayd, as we stand in full support of this much needed movement to create change. On behalf of the Peaceful Hearts Foundation, we are listed as one of 38 Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Organizations and/or Advocates, urging Liz to cover the Child Victims Act of New York. We would like to personally thank Nancy Levine for all of her hard work, effort, and dedication to this important issue. Please join us, along with the 43 million plus survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States alone as we work to create change, break the silence, and bring light to this epidemic plaguing our nation.


Can we, the community of survivors of child sexual abuse and advocates, count on The Times to elevate its editorial sensitivity to covering news that affects us? Would you be willing to address questions about The Times’ absence of recent coverage of the Child Victims Act and an appearance of a conflict of interest?

  • List of 38 Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Organizations and/or Advocates Supporting This Movement

    Matthew Sandusky, Executive Director, Peaceful Hearts Foundation
    Phil Saviano, Boston survivor and activist portrayed in the movie Spotlight
    Peter Brooks, Horace Mann Action Coalition, Interschool Network Against Sexual Abuse
    Mike Pistorino, child abuse survivor and advocate
    Gary A. Greenberg, Fighting for Children PAC, Protect NY Kids
    Andrew Willis, Co-Founder and CEO, Stop Abuse Campaign
    Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President and Co-Founder, Road to Recovery, Inc.
    John Salveson, President, Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse
    Ronald Savage, survivor and Founder, United Coalition Association
    Kristen Houser, MPA, Chief Public Affairs Officer, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
    Sandra Potter, CEO and Founder at Dreamcatchers for Abused Children
    Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse
    Christopher M. Anderson, Executive Director, MaleSurvivor
    Blair Corbett, Founder and Executive Director, Ark of Hope for Children
    Whitney Gabriel, Board Member, Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute (CMRPI)
    Sara Kabakov, survivor, advocate
    Judy Mitzner, survivor, advocate
    Ana Wagner, Organizer, Brooklyn Bridge Walk for a Window
    Bill Murray, CEO and Founder, NAASCA (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)
    Jill Jones-Soderman, Executive Director, The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts
    Catherine Goodwillie, Executive Director and Board Chair, We are SAFE (Sexual Abuse Forever Ending)
    Lisa Newman, President and Founder, LIFE Keys Child Project
    Sheri Rettew, Executive Director, Hope Clinic
    Charmill D. Vega, survivor advocate and Founder, Prevent 5Kids, Inc.
    Shane McNamara, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Survivors & Mates Support Network
    Yerachmiel Lopin, Founder and Proprieter of anti-abuse website, Frum Follies
    Rabbi David Ingber, Founder and Spiritual Director, Romemu
    Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, Founder, The Jewish Mindfulness Network
    Billye Jones, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty, NYU Silver School of Social Work
    Marti Leimbach, survivor and author of Age of Consent: A Novel
    Rachel Thompson, author, advocate, entrepreneur, mother, Founder, #SexAbuseChat (Twitter)
    Elizabeth C. Sorvillo, attorney, advocate
    Michael Dolce, survivor, attorney, activist
    Michael Broussard, Theatre Artist and Survivor Advocate
    Cliff H. Mason II, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Mason Report®
    Nikki DuBose, Executive Board Member, Peaceful Hearts Foundation
    Melanie Blow, COO, Stop Abuse Campaign
    Tammy Lerner, Vice President, Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors, supporters, and anyone who cares about eradicating child sexual abuse are encouraged to join community leaders in inquiring about The Times’ absence of coverage of the Child Victims Act of NY and appearance of a conflict of interest. Contact Public Editor Liz Spayd at [email protected] or Twitter: @spaydl

USA Gymnastics Ignored Abuse Claims

Posted by Sandra On August - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

USA Gymnastics Ignored Sexual Abuse Complaints According to New Report

GymnastOn the same week the Summer Olympics are set to begin in Rio, USA Gymnastics executives are coming under fire for reportedly not doing enough to alert authorities of sexual abuse claims against coaches affiliated with the organization. The Indianapolis Star published a detailed report on Thursday that examines several cases of alleged abuse. Years of sexual abuse against gymnasts who were competing to represent Team USA at the Olympics went unreported and ignored by the national gymnastics body despite complaints, according to the horrific new allegations uncovered. More than 50 coaches across the country had complaints made against them, and the official USA Gymnastics organization systematically dismissed or ignored complaints unless victims or victims’ parents complained, according to the report.

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Former Christian School Principal Guilty of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On August - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

PrincipalPORT ANGELES, WA — The former principal at a Christian school in northwestern Washington has pleaded guilty to raping and molesting children as part of a plea deal. Douglas J. Allison, 55, was arrested by Clallam County Sheriff’s detectives last March and charged with 12 counts of child molestation and rape after two girls reported they had been assaulted by Allison at the Mountain View Christian School in Sequim. READ MORE HERE

Family Dead In Murder-Suicide

Posted by Sandra On August - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mark Short, wife Megan and children Liana, Mark, and Willow found dead

13880249_1068467423221689_1521458214154790682_nA murder-suicide note was found at the bloody scene where a young family of five were shot dead in Pennsylvania, police have said. Parents Mark Short, 44, and Megan Short, 33, and their children Liana, eight, Mark Jr, five, Willow, two, were all discovered with fatal gunshot wounds. Police also found a handgun near one of the parents but they refused to say which one – or who they believed was the shooter.  ‘This is an apparent tragic domestic incident,’ District Attorney John Adams confirmed. It has emerged that the youngest child Willow had undergone a pioneering heart transplant at one week-old. READ MORE HERE


WILLOW’S HEART JOURNEY (Short’s Facebook Page for their youngest child)




Beaten Infant Removed from Life Support

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

11217823_GWALTON COUNTY, Georgia – The jailed parents of a severely injured Georgia infant have both agreed to remove her from life support following a court order. Jamie and Justin Whited, the parents of Dinah Paige Whited, agreed to take their now 5-month-old daughter off life support as she remains in a vegetative state following injuries related to alleged child abuse. The parents, who have neither been tried or convicted on charges of child abuse, both made the decision during a court appearance on Aug. 3, following a court order by Walton County Juvenile Court Judge David Dickinson. Dickinson issued an order to remove “all life support measures, and to allow Dinah Paige Whited to die,” the newspaper reports. READ MORE HERE

Two Infant Bodies Found In Storage Tote; Woman Arrested

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

molly-jojola2PARK CITY, Utah — A 28-year-old woman has been charged after roommates found the bodies of two infants in a closet. Police responded to the home of 1287 Empire Ave. in Park City on September 3, 2015 on reports of a suspicious finding. A roommate of Molly Jojola told police that she and some friends had been cleaning out Jojola’s room when they found a large plastic tote in the closet that smelled bad. READ MORE HERE

Bodies of two babies found in Park City home

Utah woman left stillborn babies in tote, charges state


15-YO Teen Arrested for Distributing 1,000+ Child Porn Images

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

6232167_GMUSTANG, Oklahoma — A teen is arrested for distributing over 1,000 sexually explicit images of young children on the internet. “Our preliminary look was over 300 videos and images, but when we really got a look at it there was over 1,000,” Chris West, the Canadian County Undersheriff, said. Those graphic photos and video clips, all of children under 4-years-old, were posted online. READ MORE HERE

5-YO Poisoned by Mother

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

mother_1469729163532_1774254_ver1.0GAITHERSBURG, Maryland — A Maryland mother has admitted to poisoning her 5-year-old son to death last year before setting her car on fire with the child inside. Media outlets report 35-year-old Narges Shafeirad pleaded guilty on Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of Daniel Dana. An autopsy revealed Daniel died of a Diphenhydramine overdose in June 2015 after prosecutors say his mother forced him to swallow medicine containing the common antihistamine. READ MORE HERE

Psychological Abuse is Chasing Your Kids Everywhere

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Psychological Abuse is Chasing Your Kids Everywhere

imagesPsychological abuse is something that doesn’t get as much attention as it should, especially from parents of teenagers. They just let them do whatever it is the latter-desire, and soon they find out that their kids are feeling depressed, developed a habit to abuse, gotten into drugs, or are bullying someone. All of these actions are often a result of psychological abuse that they may have gone through while their parents dwelled in a state of denial. As a parent, you need to make sure that your teens don’t go down this road because it’s not a pretty one.It can literally scar or even destroy them for life. So do keep an eye on your kids and stop being shy of using iOS or Android parental control apps for their protection. Your only concern should be to ensure that they don’t face any of the following problems because they can lead to psychological abuse.

Bad Relationships

Teenage is the phase where young romances and relationships begin to get serious. If the person your kid is interested in is fine and all, then you have very little to worry about. They both would be influencing each other, and if both of them are emotionally intelligent, then they will make things work. However, things can go from bad to ugly if your kid gets involved with the wrong person. There is a strong likelihood that they would suffer from regular emotional abuse, which is bound to eventually affect them at a psychological and emotional level. This may lead to depression, and in order to cope with it, they might start taking drugs, resort to violence, or bully someone else to vent their frustration. When they are in this kind of rage, they are a danger to themselves and the people around them.

Parents Can be a Problem Too

This problem is not restricted to relationships though as you might equally be contributing to their psychological abuse. Nothing damages a child more than seeing their parents fighting each other. They just can’t accept this thought and it continues to wear them down as the fighting and shouting refuses to die down.

Another way in which parents impact the psychology of their children is by having really high expectations from them. They want them to excel at everything, which is something that they obviously can’t do. Some can’t do it because they just aren’t ready for it, and some can’t do it because don’t understand it. However, parents don’t take that into consideration and just keep on pushing their kids to do better. This causes enormous stress, which may lead to psychological abuse.

In the School

Bullying and cyber-bullying has been a trend that is simply refusing to call it a day. Unfortunately, it too contributes heavily towards psychological abuse. If not dealt with at the right time, bullying can really ruin your kid’s life and push them to a point where they don’t even want to achieve anything. They may have experienced so much psychological abuse that they think they aren’t good for anything. They simply give up.

How to Best Handle These Situations?

It is important for you to help your kids when they are going through any of the aforementioned ordeals, and the only way you can know it for sure is by keeping an eye on their activities. Use available monitoring technology if you have to because the mental well-being of your youngsters is not something you should take chances on.

Fighting Child Abuse with the Help of Parental Controls

Posted by Sandra On August - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Fighting Child Abuse with the Help of Parental Controls

parent-controls-1As a parent, you can leave nothing to chance while engaged in an uphill battle against child abuse. One of the biggest challenges that you are likely to face throughout the battle is timely detection of the threat. While physical abuse is easy to spot, detecting psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse is a different ball game altogether. Fortunately, technology has provided an excellent solution to the problem in the form of parental controls. Often described as an essential parenting tool in today’s day and age by popular tech sites like TechoMag, they allow parents to spot signs of trouble in time and pull their kids out of nightmarish situations. There are several ways in which parental controls have been playing their part in the war against child abuse.

Unblinking Supervision of Online Interactions

The advent of web-connected devices and social networking sites has massively increased kids’ susceptibility to emotional and psychological abuse. The kind of freedom and lack of policing on digital platforms has resulted in kids being subjected to insults, name calling, threats, blackmailing, and rejection on frequent basis. This is precisely why anxiety and depression has grown so common among the younger generation in recent years. Parental tools resolve this issue to a large extent by empowering parents to view everything their kids do and come across online. It not only allows them to quickly become aware of their kids’ ongoing ordeal, but also counters the problem of kids remaining silent about their sufferings and trying to face everything on their own.

Defense Against Dangerous Elements

Internet is a huge and unpredictable beast. Allowing kids to roam it freely is perhaps one of the biggest mistake a parent can make. The cyber space is plagued with threats like online predators, sexual predators, blackmailers, and so much more. Equipped with a cunning mind and the skill to persuade the impressionable minds of their young targets, these dangerous elements are relentless and unforgiving. Parents have a better chance of keeping their kids safe from the clutches of such people by deploying a parental control on guard duty. Aside from supervision, these tools also allow internet filtering in order to erect an impenetrable digital wall separating kids from web areas where dangerous elements are known to exist in abundance. Of course this may not go down well with the kids, but there is no other reliable way to keep them at a safe distance from predators and other threats.

Protection That Extends Beyond the Cyber Realm

When parental controls are mentioned, the first thought that pops into mind is digital protection. Yes, they provide digital protection, but their capability and benefits do not end there. As a matter of fact, parental controls are known to have played a considerable role in helping parents save their kids from becoming victims of sexual abuse by revealing their exact coordinates through GPS tracking and allowing them to reach their kids in time. Location tracking has become a standard feature in parental controls, and has been serving its purpose exceptionally well. If the prevalence of smartphones and popularity of social networking sites among the younger generation gave predators and other dangerous element the idea that they would be able to freely hunt their prey, they are mistaken because as long as parental control tools are around, parents will continue to have the upper hand.




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