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Top Child Sex Abuse Books

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Top 10 Books to Empower Kids About Their Bodies

touch2The stats on child sexual abuse are alarming.  I met author and mom, Jay Dale, on Twitter and she asked me if I was going to cover this issue. I usually post lists of books but wasn’t familiar with books on this topic, and honestly, I struggle with the Birds and the Bees Talk. Still, this is a really important topic and I am delighted that Jay agreed to guest post for me. Here’s a few more books:  READ MORE HERE

Exposing Incest Family Secrets

Posted by Sandra On April - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

imagesWhen I started writing publicly about my healing from sexual abuse, I did it to validate my own history and journey and to inspire hope in other survivors. It’s been wonderfully empowering to record my triumphs and to share the process with thousands of fellow journeyers. However, being so public about such intimate feelings and experiences has been costly. For the most part, I count it a bargain compared with the expense of silence, but that resolve isn’t always very convenient or comfortable. One of the recent costs for being so vocal is a lawsuit from my parents. They are suing me for defamation of character and emotional distress. Through their case, they want to shut down OSA and silence my voice. READ MORE HERE

 

Family Secrets and Keepers of the Lie

Family Sexual Abuse - Incest Survivors - Incest Help

Incest Dark Family Secrets - YouTube

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Family Secrets (2007)

In this message series Pastor Garry takes an up-close look into the life of the dysfunctional family of Ruth and Boaz. This family history included incest and prostitution! Could they have a future?

Fnd out how they made it, and how you can make it too. This is a six-part video illustrated message series.

Forgiving A Sexual Abuser

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

How do you forgive a sexual abuser? 

letterboys-1022x1024It’s been forty-one years since those bully boys stole my body, mind, and bits and pieces of my shattered soul. They posed as interested neighbors, ready to help my ancient babysitter. They’d take me off her hands, lessen her load. Which is strange if you knew me back then. I wasn’t a handful. I’d already learned the art of being invisible. And if I wasn’t occupying myself alone, I found ways to please people. I was a good little girl. Innocent, even.

Those friendly boys (brothers, boy scouts) took me into the woods. They invited friends to take turns. They violated me under too-tall evergreen trees. They took me home with them, stealing more of me in their bunk beds, a sheet draped over the bottom bunk so they could do it “privately,” all while their June Cleaver mom hummed pop tunes and made cookies just two rooms away. I wonder if she knew.  READ MORE HERE

 

Six Things to Know About Sexual Abuse and Forgiveness

Forgiving the parents after childhood sexual abuse

On Forgiving Your Sexual Abuser, and Yourself

Forgiving Your Abuser - About Holistic Healing

My journey of Healing and Forgiveness after Surviving Childhood

How Acknowledging Your Anger Can Help You Forgive 

Do I Need to Forgive to Heal from Abuse?

Clare’s story of childhood abuse - Forgiveness Project

What Is Child “Grooming?”

Posted by Sandra On April - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

downloadPerpetrators of child sexual abuse (CSA) may gain the trust of potential child victims and their caregivers by methodically “grooming” them. This process begins with identifying potential victims, gaining their trust, and breaking down their defenses. These grooming tactics are often directed at potential youth victims as well as the adult caregivers—parents, other youth-serving professionals, and the community-at-large. After gaining access to children and youth by achieving this trust, the perpetrator initiates some kind of contact that s/he finds sexually gratifying. This sexual contact may range from voyeurism to rape and other forms of child sexual abuse. Grooming helps the offender gain access to the victim, and sets up a relationship grounded in secrecy so that the crime is less likely to be discovered. READ MORE HERE

 

Child Sexual Abuse – 6 Stages of Grooming - Oprah.com

Grooming Children for Sexual Molestation

The Grooming Process | Department for Children and Families

Child Sexual Abuse & Grooming

Sexual Offender Tactics and Grooming

Child Abuse Awareness Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

Public Awareness & Creating Supportive Communities

 

images (2)Public awareness can be part of an overall approach to preventing child abuse and neglect. Find resources and information on sharing a message and educating the public, making an economic case for prevention, and creating community support and partnerships to prevent child abuse and neglect.

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

READ MORE HERE

 

 

Adult Survivors of Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On March - 30 - 2014 Comments Off

Sad womanRecovery from sexual assault is a complicated and controversial concept. Some people believe that with counseling and time you can recover completely from a sexual assault. Others maintain that some aspect of a sexual assault will be with the victim of the assault forever. Some argue that recovery is the wrong term because it is associated with illness or disease and that the effects of a sexual assault should not be viewed in such a light. No matter what your perspective on this debate may be, the information provided below may help you think about different aspects of the process following a sexual assault. READ MORE HERE

Common victim behaviors of survivors of sexual abuse

Effects of Sexual Assault - Victim Service Center

Dancing In The Darkness: Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Definitions: Rape and Sex Assault

Posted by Sandra On March - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

Legal Definitions of Rape and Sexual Assault

imagesSexual Assault: the sexual exploitation, forcible penetration, or an act of sexual contact on the body of another person, male or female, without his or her consent. Rape is an act of power and control, in which the victim is humiliated, degraded, and left with feelings of shame, guilt, and anger. If you are forced against your will to have sex with someone, that is rape. NC General Statute 14-27 defines rape and sexual assault as the following:

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First Degree Rape - a person is guilty of rape in the first degree if the person engages in vaginal intercourse:

  1. With a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years and the defendant is at least 12 years old and is at least 4 years older than the victim;
  2. With another person by force and against the will of the other person and; employs a dangerous or deadly weapon or an article which the other person reasonably believes to be a dangerous or deadly weapon; or inflicts serious personal injury upon the victim or another, by one or more other persons.

READ MORE HERE

Statutory Rape Definitions

Statutory Rape Laws by State

Contents

  1. Statutory Rape — Criminal Offenses
    1. Sexual Intercourse with Minors
    2. Definition of Offenses
  2. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements
    1. Inclusion of Statutory Rape in Reporting Requirements
    2. Mandatory Reporters
    3. Who to Report to
    4. State Response

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NOTE: Each state has it’s own definitions of child sexual abuse and rape. Here is just one example of the laws as defined in New York :

Article 130 – NY Penal Law

SEX OFFENSES
130.00   Sex offenses; definitions of terms.
130.05   Sex offenses; lack of consent.
130.10   Sex offenses; limitation; defenses.
130.16   Sex offenses; corroboration.
130.20   Sexual misconduct. A MISD
130.25   Rape in the third degree. E FELONY
130.30   Rape in the second degree. D FELONY
130.35   Rape in the first degree. B FELONY
130.40   Criminal Sexual Act in the third degree. E FELONY
130.45   Criminal Sexual Act in the second degree. D FELONY
130.50   Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree. B FELONY
130.52   Forcible touching. A MISD
130.53   Persistent sexual abuse. E FELONY
130.55   Sexual abuse in the third degree. B MISD
130.60   Sexual abuse in the second degree. A MISD
130.65   Sexual abuse in the first degree. D FELONY
130.65-a Aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree. E FELONY
130.66   Aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree. D FELONY
130.67   Aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree. C FELONY
130.70   Aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree. B FELONY
130.75   Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. B FELONY
130.80   Course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree. D FELONY
130.85   Female genital mutilation. E FELONY
130.90   Facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance. D FELONY
130.91   Sexually motivated felony.
130.92   Sentencing.
130.95   Predatory sexual assault. A-II FELONY
130.96   Predatory sexual assault against a child. A-II FELONY

Child Trafficking Escalating

Posted by Sandra On March - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

Child Trafficking Increases at Alarming Rate

images (1)On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes. As darkness descends, the fading light lays bare an open wound in the fabric of society. The most vulnerable among us are being offered up as prey for those with unspeakable appetites. Children are being trafficked sexually in this country at an alarming rate and right now 300,000 are at risk of being prostituted. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the average age of a sex-trafficked child is 13-14 years old. Each pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year, and the average pimp has four to six girls.  READ MORE HERE


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20 Ways You Can Fight Child Trafficking

After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businessesfirst responderslaw enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

READ MORE HERE

Parent Education Programs

Posted by Sandra On March - 21 - 2014 Comments Off

images (1)Parent education programs focus on enhancing parenting practices and behaviors, such as developing and practicing positive discipline techniques, learning age-appropriate child development skills and milestones, promoting positive play and interaction between parents and children, and locating and accessing community services and supports. The following programs and resources have been useful in supporting parents and strengthening parenting skills.

READ MORE HERE

Baby Safe Haven Laws

Posted by Sandra On March - 12 - 2014 Comments Off

BABY SAFE HAVEN – ABANDONED INFANT PROTECTION LAWS

About Safe Haven Laws

images (1)Each state has a law in place to allow an unharmed infant to be relinquished to the proper authorities, no questions asked. The National Safe Haven Alliance works with states to promote these laws and increase public awareness that options exist. Together, the Alliance and states work together to save the lives of innocent infants and to protect the lives of their mothers.

Since the first safe-haven law was enacted in Texas in 1999, all U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed safe-haven legislation, and every state has reported lives saved through the existence of these laws. Due to less-than-perfect-reporting methods, we are unsure of the exact number but know that in the past decade, these laws have saved well over 1,000 infants. READ MORE HERE

Infant Safe Haven Laws - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Report Abuse At CyberTipLine

Posted by Sandra On March - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

Report an incident

Information entered into this form will be provided to law enforcement for possible investigation. You can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24 hours a day at 1-800-THE-LOST.  The CyberTipline® receives leads and tips regarding suspected crimes of sexual exploitation committed against children. More than 2.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been made to the CyberTipline between 1998 and Dec. 2013. If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipline.

Purpose and function

The CyberTipline is operated in partnership with the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service, military criminal investigative organizations, U.S. Department of Justice, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program, as well as other state and local law enforcement agencies. Reports to the CyberTipline are made by the public and Electronic Service Providers. ESPs are required by law to report apparent child pornography to law enforcement via the CyberTipline (18 U.S.C. § 2258A).

Reports are continuously triaged to help ensure children in imminent danger get first priority. Analysts review reports and:

  • Examine and evaluate the content.
  • Add related information that may be useful to law enforcement.
  • Use publicly available search tools to determine the geographic location of the apparent criminal act.
  • Provide all information to the appropriate law enforcement agency for potential investigation.

The CyberTipline reporting mechanism assists law enforcement and prosecutors in their detection, investigation and prosecution of child sexual exploitation crimes. The CyberTipline helps make law enforcement’s efforts more efficient and maximizes the limited resources available in the fight against child sexual exploitation. The value of the CyberTipline as a source of leads for law enforcement has been greatly enhanced by collaboration with ESPs.

In addition to referring CyberTipline reports to law enforcement for potential investigation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® engages with the Internet industry on voluntary initiatives to reduce child sexual exploitation online.

 

Possession, Manufacture and Distribution of Child Pornography

Federal law defines child pornography as the visual depiction of a minor younger than the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct (18 U.S.C. §2256). It is a crime to possess, manufacture and/or distribute child pornography (18 U.S.C. §2251 et seq.)

Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts

It is a crime to use the Internet to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child younger than the age of 18 to meet for sexual acts or to attempt to arrange such a meeting (18 U.S.C. §2422(b)).

Child Sex Trafficking

It is a crime to knowingly recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide or obtain by any means a child younger than the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act. It is also illegal to benefit, either financially or by receiving anything of value, from participation in a prostitution venture in which children are victimized (18 U.S.C. §1591).

Sex Tourism Involving Children

It is a crime for a U.S. citizen to travel to another country intending to engage in sexual activity with a child younger than 18 that would be illegal if it occurred in the U.S. (18 U.S.C. §2423). Individuals who commit these crimes are subject to prosecution in the U.S. even if the crime was committed on foreign soil.

Extrafamilial Child Sexual Molestation

Extrafamilial child sexual molestation is the sexual abuse of a child by someone other than a family member.

Unsolicited Obscene Material Sent to a Child

It is a crime to send obscene material to a child younger than the age of 16 if the sender knows the recipient is younger than the age of 16 (18 U.S.C. §1470).

Misleading Domain Name

It is a crime to knowingly use a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors (18 U.S.C. §2252B(b)).

Misleading Words or Digital Images on the Internet

It is a crime to knowingly embed words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors (18 U.S.C. §2252C).

SOURCE: CyberTipLine

Protect Against Child Predators

Posted by Sandra On March - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Getty_stranger_danger_articleAs unpleasant and frightening as it may be for parents to think about the possibility of their child being hurt by a predator, it’s crucial that parents talk with their kids about personal safety. Teaching your child how to protect himself against child predators is as important as other measures you use every day to keep him safe, such as making sure he uses a seat belt. By teaching your child how to avoid possible dangers and what to do if he finds himself in a potentially threatening situation, you will empower your child to know what to do in the event you are not there to protect him. Here are some important tips every parent should know about how to keep your child safe. READ MORE HERE

Keeping Your Child Safe

Posted by Sandra On March - 4 - 2014 Comments Off

How to Keep Your Child Safe

imagesIt’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child is snatched from the playground in broad daylight never to be seen or heard from again. And it feels like it’s happening all the time. But while it may seem like we are in the midst of a kidnapping epidemic, the truth is much less scary. According to data from the U.S. Justice Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), kidnappings are on the decline. Each year, between 200 and 300 kids are taken in “stereotypical” kidnappings (i.e. grabbed from their homes or playgrounds and then murdered or held for ransom), and 50 to 150 are murdered. Officials expect this year’s total number to dip to near 100, hopefully dragging down the murder rate accordingly. And despite what you might reasonably think after hearing the terrible stories of Elizabeth Smart (who was returned safely home more than nine months after her abduction) and Samantha Runnion, the specter of kidnapping by strangers should not be parents’ primary concern; parents themselves perpetrate more than 98 percent of all kidnappings, according to the DOJ. While about 700,000 missing children reports were filed in 2001, only a tiny percentage of those cases were non-family abductions. And here’s one piece of positive news: 94 percent of kidnapped children are returned to their parents. READ MORE HERE

10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Jim Higley: 25 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Abductors 

Dr. Phil.com – Advice – Top Five Ways for Parents to Protect Children

Is a Code Word Enough to Keep Your Child Safe from Strangers?

The Best Ways In Keeping Children Safe

How to keep your child safe from predators

How Can I Keep My Kids Safe Without Making Them Fearful

Keeping Children Safe - Polly Klaas Foundation

How to Keep Your Child Safe from Abduction

Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet – Parenting.com

 

 

Parent, Student Bullying Advice

Posted by Sandra On March - 2 - 2014 Comments Off

Bullying: Experts share advice for parents, students

download (2)The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every seven minutes a child is bullied. Bullying became a household term in the 2000′s after the issue rose to national prominence in the wake of tragic stories of children and teenagers who had taken their lives because they were being picked on in school. Bullying is defined as repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, according to StopBullying.gov. Although countless nonprofit organizations and school programs have sprouted up to tackle the issue, it seems bullying is not going away. READ MORE HERE

MORE ARTICLES ON BULLYING ADVICE:

Bullying: The advice you got is wrong. Here’s what really works 

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies - KidsHealth

Anti-bullying advice

Dr. Phil.com - Advice - Dealing with Bullies

Bullying Advice - Bullystoppers.com

Expert Advice on Bullying - Parents.com

Alcohol and Child Abuse Link

Posted by Sandra On February - 23 - 2014 Comments Off

02f7d24b29bbbd2065_nrm6b9eyuCollege students with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) drink more alcohol than their peers, according to a new study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In addition to the problems normally associated with alcohol abuse, the students’ heavier drinking also exacerbates their PTSD symptoms, the study found. “The study doesn’t identify what traumas led to the students’ stress disorder, but it’s safe to assume a good portion of them are survivors of child abuse and/or neglect,” says Rayne E. Golay, psychotherapist, child advocate and award-winning author of The Wooden Chair, a novel that illustrates the post-traumatic stress in the wake of child abuse and neglect. READ MORE HERE

The Relationship Between Parental Alcohol or Other Drugs & Child Maltreatment

The relationship between parental alcohol or other drug problems and child maltreatment is becoming increasingly evident. The risk to the child increases in a single parent household where there is no supporting adult to diffuse parental stress and protect the child from the effects of the
parent’s problem. The following is a summary of what is know by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. READ MORE HERE

 

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MORE ARTICLES:

Alcohol Abuse as a Risk Factor for and Consequence of Child Abuse

Child maltreatment and alcohol - World Health Organization

Childhood Trauma and Adult Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol misuse and child maltreatment 

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Steps If CPS/DHS Won’t Help

Posted by Sandra On February - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

What to do if CPS or DHS won’t help an abused child you’ve reported?

imagesSo, you’ve reported an abused child to CPS/DHS and nothing came of it? We hear these stories often and we have some suggestions for you: First and foremost, take photos and/or video of the abuse you have witnessed or seen. This will be valuable evidence to substantiate the abuse you are reporting. Also, the more reports that are submitted about the same abused child, the more chances something will be done quicker. Have the child’s teacher, neighbors, friends, church folks or whoever has any contact with the child, start complaining LOUDLY and OFTEN.

 

 

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE NEXT:

1) Contact LEGAL AIDE and find legal representation — your case should be tried in a court of law to petition the court for an abuse or neglect investigation, temporary guardianship, and/or full custody.

2) Contact the NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE — make a national abuse report. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD

3) Call the police or dial 911 directly – especially if the child is in immediate danger! If the child has current immediate/obvious bruising, abuse, neglect or any signs that the police or EMS workers can visibly see, I guarantee CPS will be forced to step in after they contact them. (Having police reports to coincide with CPS reports helps to bring the case immediate attention!!)

4) Contact the CPS office and ask to speak the the SUPERVISOR—report the worker behind the recommendation. You probably initially spoke to an intake worker. Next time ask to speak to the Intake Worker’s supervisor (they are who decides whether a case is accepted or not). There are two types of investigations: a GPS case/investigation- General Protection Services (and) a CPS case/investigation – Child Protection Services.

5) Contact the child’s school and speak directly to his teacher, principal, coach or school counselor. They are mandated reporters and can help to bring attention to the child’s abuse.

6) Document, document, document. Take pictures. Tell the children that if they are hit they are to call the police IMMEDIATELY and reassure them that you will never get angry at them for calling the police. Tell them that if they become that afraid, they are to run to a neighbor’s house and call the police. Police take that kind of stuff very seriously BECAUSE of the number of children who have been seriously injured or worse because of neglect and abuse that went unpunished. Record and document everything—-keep a journal with dates, times, notes. Write down in detail what the child did to be “punished” for, when and where thy were hit and with what object, etc… Remember to take pictures and/or video of any/all abuse. This is crucial!! If possible, install a “nanny or spy cam” to catch the abuse on tape.

7) If all else fails, please contact your state governor’s office and speak to the commission’s office!!! They will record an “in-take” report and investigate. Contact your state legislature/governor’s office/District Attorney and ask for assistance. Report the CPS office that is behind this unacceptable recommendation. Do not take no for an answer…be persistent. Call them, write them, go in person to their offices and tell them you need help.

NOTE: The laws state that parents are allowed to parent as they see fit provided the child isn’t being physically/emotionally/mentally abused nor neglected to the point that it puts the childs life in danger. Physical abuse is the easiest to prove in a court of law. Emotional/Mental Abuse is about impossible to prove with a younger child, especially if there aren’t other kids in the home displaying the same behaviors and if the behaviors aren’t extreme. Spanking isn’t illegal, spanking with an implement is highly frowned upon, but if it isn’t causing severe pain, bruising or impairment, it’s not (technically) illegal….Just morally and ethically wrong.

Lastly, CPS or DHS should be utilized only to protect children in danger. It should never be used for individuals who do not agree with the way a family or other parent is raising the child. DHS is always going to try to rehabilitate the parent. Jurisdictions vary, but you need to keep reporting to DHS (CPS or whatever it is called where you live) EVERY TIME. They have to come out and investigate each report by law. Stay in close touch with the school counselor and make sure the children know that the counselor is someone to be trusted and they will NEVER be in trouble for telling the counselor the truth.

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ARTICLES:
The Shame of Governmental Child Protection — with “Melody,” a former CPS worker

IF YOU ARE “FALSELY” ACCUSED OF ABUSE BY CPS:

http://www.govabuse.org/

http://fightcps.com/

http://www.massoutrage.com/

 

Shocking Proposed Spanking Bill

Posted by Sandra On February - 18 - 2014 Comments Off

Proposed bill would allow spanking children to the point of bruising

user1863_1164424011imagesA Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks. Current Kansas law allows parents to smack their children, as long as it doesn’t leave marks. But now State Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising. READ MORE HERE

Proposed Kansas bill would allow spanking that leaves marks

Proposed Kansas bill would allow stronger spanking 

Proposed bill would allow teachers to spank children up to 10 times with hand

U.K. Child Mercy Killings

Posted by Sandra On February - 14 - 2014 Comments Off

Mercy killing of children already happening in the UK says right to die doc Michael Irwin

High-angle-view-of-a-girl-lying-on-a-hospital-bed-3146853Sick children have secretly been given deadly ­overdoses by British medics in illegal mercy killings, a doctor has claimed. The shock suggestion was made by retired GP Michael Irwin and it sparked an urgent probe as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to investigate “whether the law was broken”. It came just hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children.  READ MORE HERE

 

Belgium to legalize mercy killing for ill children of all ages

 

 

Abused Children in DCF Care

Posted by Sandra On February - 9 - 2014 Comments Off

Savage toll of abuse for children in DCF care

dcf-big2Kadyn Hancock’s aunt said she repeatedly tried to warn state officials that the 13-month-old’s mother might hurt him. But no one heeded her pleas, and Kadyn’s mother killed her baby in 2010. Last summer, child advocates questioned why social workers did not remove 3-month-old Chase Gideika from his troubled home before he was brutally killed, allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend. Now the disappearance of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver — missing and feared dead after social workers allegedly failed to check on him for months — is once again raising alarms that the state is unable to protect some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents. READ MORE HERE

State Looks Closer at Child Protective Services

America’s dead children and Child Protective Services

FBI REAL STORY HUMAN TRAFFICKING - CNN iReport

The Vatic Project: CPS Involved In Child Trafficking Rings

CPS Corruption and Human Trafficking Exposed

CPS alarmed at number of foster deaths

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Posted by Sandra On February - 3 - 2014 Comments Off

Bullying Breakdown: 7 signs your child may be bullied

downloadIf your child is feeling anxious, depressed or withdrawn, do not pass it off as “teen syndrome.” These warning signs may indicate serious physical, emotional, or psychological distress. Pay attention to a change in your child’s behavior, and take immediate action if you suspect he is a victim of bullying. I’m not a medical doctor, and my advice should not be substituted for medical consultation. If you suspect that your child is being bullied, seek immediate professional help. Here are several ways to detect that your child may be experiencing bullying: READ MORE HERE

Stopping bullying: Listen, focus and work with your kids

Bullying Must Be Addressed at Home and in School

Gym class bullying turns kids off fitness

Warning signs your child is being bullied

Your Child Is Being Bullied. Now What?

Stop Bullying: How to help the youngest

 

 

 

UNICEF 2014 Child Abuse Stats

Posted by Sandra On February - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN 2014 IN NUMBERS

imagesThirty years have passed since The State of the World’s Children began to publish tables of standardized global and national statistics aimed at providing a detailed picture of children’s circumstances. Much has changed in the decades since the first indicators of child well-being were presented. But the basic idea has not: consistent, credible data about children’s situations are critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to realizing the rights of every child. READ MORE HERE

Superbowl Child Sex Trafficking

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.

24633675_640When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S. ”The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed. READ MORE HERE

The Ugly Truth Behind The Super Bowl And Sex Trafficking

NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking | Super Bowl 2014 Facts

Ahead of Super Bowl, a push to raise awareness about human trafficking (+video)

NJ Officials Continue Push To Crack Down On Human Trafficking

Bullying Epidemic Growing Rapidly

Posted by Sandra On January - 24 - 2014 Comments Off

stop-bullying-sourceBULLYING and cyber-bullying is a serious (and sometimes even deadly) growing epidemic. It is negatively affecting our youth and we, as parents, need to be pro-active and vigilant in helping to protect our children!! It is a universal problem faced by kids of every age in today’s society. It happens in schools, neighborhoods, and homes every single day.

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students (Source: National Education Association). Social media has allowed this disturbing new trend to escalate to extreme levels. Youth today cannot hide from bully attacks as it can happen through different forms of communication: in person, social media, email, text messages and/or phone calls. It is time for parents, schools, law enforcement and communities nationwide to take a stand against this type of disturbing behavior, blatant personal attacks, and public humiliation. We must work together in order to find solutions to this global problem…. Before we have to endure anymore heartbreaking stories like “Amanda Todd.” (see video below)

 

AMANDA TODD’S STORY — VIDEO SHE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO COMMITTING SUICIDE

“I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyone’s future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ?” - Amanda Todd (Published on her YouTube video on 9/7/12)

Amanda Todd’s Final Video (4 Hours Before Death)
She recorded this video on October 10, 2012 @ 11am, 4-hours later she killed herself…. RIP Amanda Todd

TEENS REACT TO AMANDA TODD’S DEATH AND BULLYING

BULLYING STATISTICS:

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.

Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying.

71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.

Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school.

—Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.

Prevent Bullying | StopBullying.gov

What You Can Do | StopBullying.gov

How to Stop Bullying on Facebook: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

 Need help? In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

How to Identify a Pedophile

Posted by Sandra On January - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

dsmi-0507-ejinpk027A pedophile will usually exhibit a series of personality characteristics that are common in this type of offender. It is important to understand that these characteristics alone do not conclusively determine that a person is a pedophile. But if these indicators, combined with a pattern of behavior that arouses suspicion, are present then there may be enough probable cause to believe that the person is a pedophile. READ MORE HERE

INSIDE THE LIFE OF A CHILD PEDOPHILE – Pedophile Documentary:

Hardest Prisons: Predators – The Most Disturbing Inmates (Prison Documentary)

What Science Reveals About Pedophilia

Pedophiles Hiding in Parks and Playgrounds

Characteristics and Behavioral Indicators of a Pedophile

Dr. Phil.com – Advice – The Five Stages of Grooming By a Pedophile

Protecting Kids From Sexual Abuse: It’s More Complicated ‘Than See Something Say Something’

Adolescent Porn Addiction

Posted by Sandra On January - 19 - 2014 Comments Off

Adolescent addiction: When pornography strikes early

downloadJustin was 11 when he first saw pornography. He’d been looking for remote-controlled cars and found a cool YouTube video showing one making a huge jump. He watched it repeatedly on his home computer, trying to ignore the sketchy video suggestions popping up on the side. But when his friend showed him the pornographic website those sketchy videos brought up, he was instantly hooked. ”At that moment, I wanted more,” said the 18-year-old Justin, which is not his real name. “I looked up more. It was a constant need. I had no idea what it was. I was never happy with what I found. Even if it met my sexual preference, it didn’t make me happy. I (just started) clicking and clicking and clicking and never stopped.” READ MORE HERE

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More than 40% of children under 12 have watched pornography – and experts say it’s turning teenagers into SEX ADDICTS

Advice for Parents of Teen Porn Addicts - Focus on the Family

How to Overcome an Addiction to Porn As a Teenager: 8 Steps

Teenagers and Pornography Addiction: Treating the Silent Epidemic

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