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April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

imagesSince 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. And we know that child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
*1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 5 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*In 13 seconds, another child will be abused in the U.S
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 – 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Today 6 children will commit suicide
*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (ages 15-24)
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*Natural mothers are the perpetrators of 93% of physical neglect, 86% educational neglect, 78% emotional neglect, 60% physical abuse, 55% emotional abuse.
*The typical pedophile molests an average of 117 children–most of whom do not report the offense
~Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who’s by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~
Go ahead….
IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!

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Take Action

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Take action to support healthy child development and help prevent child abuse and neglect in both big ways and small. Whether you donate to Prevent Child Abuse America, participate in one of our fundraising events, or join us by contacting your local office, your contribution makes a difference.

What can you do right now? Anything you do to support kids and parents can help reduce the isolation and stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.

Create a PINWHEEL Garden in your community!!

Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.

Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.

Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.

Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.

Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families, such as parent support groups, child care centers, and our state chapters and local Healthy Families America sites.

Advocate for public policies, innovative programs and issues that benefit children and families.

Ask your school/community/club/co-workers to participate in a WEAR BLUE DAY!

More Ways “YOU” Can Help 

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Child Maltreatment is Preventable

CDC works to stop child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, before it initially occurs. In doing this, CDC promotes the development of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments between children and their parents or caregivers. Children’s experiences are defined through their environments (such as homes, schools, and neighborhoods) and relationships with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Healthy relationships act as a buffer against adverse childhood experiences. They are necessary to ensure the long-term physical and emotional well-being of children.

Join CDC’s Initiative to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood initiative has a technical package that proposes evidence-based strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.

The Essentials for Childhood technical package is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to prevent child abuse and neglect. While child maltreatment is a significant public health problem, it is also a preventable one. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood technical package—along with your commitment to preventing child maltreatment—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

Downloadable Materials

Web-based Resources

Online Training

 

The Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime outlines strategies for how to respond if a child tells you that he or she has been abused.

Click Here  for information about child maltreatment and ways to prevent it in your home, school and neighborhood. The packet is compiled by our Families Are Magic Coordinator with the latest and most effective information and activities to empower community members to fight child abuse and neglect.

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month – CASA for Children

Prevent Child Abuse America

Official Site – Pinwheels for Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Childhelp

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Resources

Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE Blue Silicone Bracelet – Show your support by wearing this stylish bracelet.

Purchase Pinwheels for Prevention –  The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to his/her full potential within a nurturing environment.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

 

What can you do to help?

  • Use your voice! Call immediately to report known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Get educated. Learn to identify the subtle signs of child abuse and neglect.
  • Get involved. Contact your local CAS to participate and show your support.
  • Learn more. Visit our website to learn more on child abuse.
  • Be a better parent. Work on being more understanding, patient and kind.
  • Know your duty. It’s our moral, legal and ethical duty to report child abuse.
  • Discipline without punishment. Learn how to discipline your child without using physical force from the article, Yes, You Can! – Positive discipline ideas for you and your child.

More Victims Come Forward in Case of Man Accused of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida – A man accused of molesting children is facing additional charges after more victims stepped forward, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Michael McCabe, 47, of Port Orange, was arrested March 4 after four victims told deputies that McCabe had inappropriately touched them. Deputies said at the time that there could possibly be more victims, because McCabe would befriend families in need and to earn their trust before moving in to gain access to their children. READ MORE HERE

Woman Allowed Man to Rape Two Children

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Junius, N.Y. – A man and woman in Seneca County were arrested on child sex abuse charges after an investigation into child rape allegations. According to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Jacqueline Cady and 46-year-old James Mahaney were arrested Thursday after deputies investigated claims that Cady had allowed Mahaney to rape a young child. Seneca County Child Protection Services and the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes worked with deputies on this case. READ MORE HERE

Couple Charged In Deadly Case of Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MARSHFIELD, Missouri – A couple from Webster County face charges in a deadly case of child abuse. Jennifer Bolin and Michael Perrin are accused of punishing Bolin’s two toddlers by binding them tight in their bed sheets so they couldn’t move. One of the children — an 18 month old girl — died of suffocation. Court documents say Perrin swaddled the kids because they wouldn’t take a nap, and he admitted he may have done it too tight. If convicted, both Bolin and Perrin face life sentences. SOURCE

Mom Accused of Killing Sons

Posted by Sandra On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Woman Set Fire to Toddlers Beds; Locked House from Outside

MARTINSBURG, West Virginia – A woman jailed on murder charges in West Virginia on Thursday is accused of setting fire to the beds of her two young sons as her husband slept. A criminal complaint says Molly Joe Delgado of Falling Waters locked her family inside their trailer home and walked off with the key after starting the fire. Delgado, 29, was arrested Wednesday, six weeks after her children were killed, after Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms said she confessed to the arson on the night of Jan. 24. The complaint says Delgado secured the front door from the outside and went across the street to her mother’s home. READ MORE HERE

A Letter to My Abuser

Posted by Sandra On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A letter to my abuser

The following letter was shared with me by a courageous survivor.  Her decision to share with all of you is with the hope you will find connection and inspiration.  Just the act of writing a letter to an abuser can be incredibly healing.  You don’t even have to send it.  Making the decision to confront an abuser is a very individual decision. It may be helpful to discuss the desire with a professional as there are many factors to consider. READ THE LETTER HERE

Couple Convicted of 94 Rape, Abuse and Drug Charges

Posted by Sandra On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A husband and wife who drugged children with crack cocaine and used one boy as a human dartboard have been convicted of nearly 100 offences. Nicholas Taylor, 47, and Joan Taylor, 44, subjected ten youngsters to a campaign of shocking abuse before getting them hooked on class A drugs to make them ‘more compliant’ before sexually assaulting them. When police raided their home in Northampton they also found a baseball bat under the bed which they used to threaten their child victims. The bat was inscribed with the words ‘The Pain’. The couple was found guilty after a seven week trial at Leicester Crown Court of nearly 100 offences committed against 11 victims between 1996 and 2006. READ MORE HERE

 

TLC’S “The Willis Family” Star Arraigned for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 16 - 2017 Comments Off on TLC’S “The Willis Family” Star Arraigned for Child Rape

TLC’s reality star, Toby Willis, has denied four charges of child rape which he was arraigned for on Monday in Tennessee. The 46-year-old was arrested in October for allegedly raping a nine or ten-year-old girl 12 years ago. He initially faced a single count of child rape but the charge has been quadrupled. Officials would not address whether the charges relate to one girl or if they believe he had several victims on Thursday. Willis’s formal plea hearing will be held on July 11 and his trial has been set for the following week in Ashland City, Tennessee, in July. Willis was one of the stars of The Willis Family, a now canceled TLC show which followed his country music-singing brood. READ MORE HERE

 

U.S. Gymnastics Sex Scandal Update: President Resigns

Posted by Sandra On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases. The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee’s board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down. Penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on Thursday. “My decision to step aside as CEO is solely to support the best interests of USA Gymnastics at this time,” Penny said in a statement. READ MORE HERE

 

Justin Bieber Imposter Charged With 931 Counts of Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A 42-year-old Australia man who allegedly pretended to be Justin Bieber on social media in order to lure children into sex has been charged with 931 child sex offenses after detectives allegedly uncovered evidence on his computer. Queensland police appealed for “extra vigilance” among young fans of pop star Justin Bieber, best known for his 2010 hit son “Baby,” after laying hundreds of charges against a man pretending to be the star online. Specifically, the man is accused of tricking young victims from overseas into sending him explicit images. READ MORE HERE

Ex-University Coach Faces 261 Child Sex Charges

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

PENNSYLVANIA – Former Life University wrestling coach Ron Gorman faces 261 child sex charges, including 36 counts of child rape. Gorman, 51, is from Pennsylvania. He once worked there as a youth wrestling coach. The alleged incidents date to 2006 and involve multiple children, records show. One, a former athlete who is now 20 years old, told police he was 10 when the alleged abuse began. He said he was 15 when it ended. READ MORE HERE

“Blue Whale Challenge” Suicide Game Warning to Parents

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

British police are warning parents about the dangers of a sick social media ‘game’ that’s said to be responsible for hundreds of teenage suicides in Russia. The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ encourages at-risk participants to take part in a series of tasks like cutting themselves every day for 50 days. They are then instructed to kill themselves on the final day of the sick ‘challenge’. READ MORE HERE

 

Foster Parents Face 300 Charges

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

FLORIDA – A couple have been charged with more than 300 counts each of child sex abuse involving 11 biological, adopted and foster children, some younger than 12. Daniel Spurgeon, 47, and his 52-year-old wife, Jenise Spurgeon, were arrested in Cape Coral, Florida, on outstanding warrants stemming from an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in Florence, Alabama, where the couple had lived years earlier. According to the Florence Police Department, in July 2016, detectives in Alabama were contacted by their counterparts in Florida about abuse allegation involving the Spurgeons and 10 of their children, which sparked an investigation into their past conduct. READ MORE HERE

 

Man Accused of Molesting Over 80 Boys

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The man had previously been convicted of sexually abusing children in Switzerland

A Swiss man will go on trial this month on allegations he sexually abused more than 80 boys — some as young as nine — in Thailand. The unnamed man is accused of taking thousands of pornographic pictures of the boys, molesting some of them and pushing some into prostitution, prosecutors in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg said in a statement. The abuse is alleged to have taken place since 2001. The man will go before the Gruyere criminal court on charges of human trafficking, encouraging prostitution, sexual acts with children and child pornography, prosecutors said. READ MORE HERE

Mass Grave Of Children Found

Posted by Sandra On March - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Remains of young children and babies found

  • Human remains found at site of Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Ireland
  • They were discovered in what appears to be some type of sewage container, disused in 1937
  • Scientific analysis puts the age of death between 35 fetal weeks up to 3- years old
  • Radiocarbon dating confirms the remains are from the time the home was in operation – many are likely to be from the 1950s.
  • There could be as many as 800 dead
  • In the 1970s, local boys found a pile of bones in an underground chamber

A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers and their children in Ireland, an official report revealed today. The remains were found in a disused sewer during excavations at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. The ages of the dead ranged from 35 foetal weeks to three years old and were mostly buried in the 1950s. READ MORE HERE

 

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has discovered a significant number of human remains in what appears to be a decommissioned sewage chamber in Tuam. The Commission has completed two test excavations of the Galway site and today confirmed that “significant quantities of human remains have been discovered” in a structure which appears to be “related to the treatment/containment of sewerage and/or wastewater”. READ MORE HERE

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