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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.

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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.

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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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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

Facts About Child Trafficking

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

ChildTraffickingV1Dec292012Think it’s not happening in your neighborhood? Think again. Get the facts on child sex trafficking, and let your voice be heard. There are fewer crimes in society that trigger greater public outrage than sex trafficking of children.   Trafficking is a serious problem in the United States, yet many of the stereotypes surrounding the issue and the counter-productive approaches to fixing the problem, make it increasingly difficult to address the real dilemmas and oppression of those children in need of help. At present, the commercial sexual exploitation of children has become a staple of often scary tabloid and other media coverage.  The sensationalist sex trafficking narrative commonly depicted in mass media by celebrities and activists doesn’t always reveal the full story of this complex and misunderstood phenomenon, which is often buffeted by data and themes that detract from potential remedies.  Here are 10 child sex trafficking statistics that you most likely did NOT read…. READ MORE HERE

 

What You Need to Know

  • Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.
  • An estimated $9.5 billion is generated in annual revenue from all trafficking activities, with at least $4 billion attributed to the worldwide brothel industry. (Ibid.)
  • An estimated 2 million children, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multibillion dollar commercial sex industry. (UNICEF)
  • An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (UNICEF)
  • Around the world between 50 and 60 percent of the children who are trafficked into sexual slavery are under age 16.
  • Human trafficking is the second-largest organized crime in the world.
  • 25 percent of all child sex tourists around the world are U.S. citizens.
  • The largest number of people trafficked into the United States come from East Asia and the Pacific (5,000 to 7,000 victims). The next highest numbers come from Latin America and from Europe and Eurasia, with between 3,500 and 5,500 victims from each. (U.S. Departments of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 2004. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.)
What You Can Do
The government has taken steps to address trafficking both nationally and globally. But we want them to take more action—find out how you can use your voice (and words) to help stop child sex trafficking. READ MORE HERE

Walking Merchandise: child trafficking and the snakehead trade from Walking Merchandise on Vimeo.

Child Trafficking from James Pedrick on Vimeo.

MORE RESOURCES:

Federal Human Trafficking Legislation
Center to End the Trafficking & Exploitation of Children 
Journal of Applied Research on Children, Vol. 2, Iss. 1
Sex Trafficking 101 Presentation

Human Trafficking of Children in the United States-A Fact Sheet 

Stop Child Trafficking, Child Slavery, and Exploitation | UNICEF USA

Check out our Human Trafficking Resource Database, with information on anti-trafficking partners across the state.

New research on child trafficking is available in Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal of Applied Research on Children.

10 Ways Ordinary Families Can Fight Child Trafficking

 

 

Deadly Fraternity Hazing Rituals

Posted by Sandra On January - 3 - 2014 Comments Off

Stripped naked, beaten with a paddle and forced to wear nappies

article-2532104-1A5DE07500000578-337_634x685A former member of one of the most notorious university fraternities in America has spoken of his experiences being beaten, locked in a basement and forced to stand in a waist-high bucket of ice as part of his attempts to join the exclusive organisation. Justin Stuart, who was 19 at the time, was an aspiring member – or ‘pledge’ – in a branch of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Salisbury University in Maryland. Along with others, he was subjected to cruel and dangerous ‘hazing’ rituals in order to enroll in the group. READ MORE HERE

Meet the Deadliest Fraternity: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Hazing Rituals

Ohio frat disbanded after hazing costs pledge a testicle

What Hazing Is Like at the Deadliest Frat 

Fraternity Hazing Has Deadly Consequences

Corporal Punishment In Schools

Posted by Sandra On January - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

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Should Your Child Be Spanked at School? In 19 States, It’s Legal

Corporal punishment is still active in schools nationwide in the United States. Two-thirds of Tennessee school children attend “Paddling Schools” TODAY! Corporal Punishment is Prohibited in Nashville and Memphis schools. Florida, Alabama and Tennessee among states where Schools Can Paddle Students Against Parents’ Wishes. It is one of the most controversial methods of child discipline, but spanking in school — usually with a wooden or fiberglass paddle — is still allowed by law in 19 states. The practice is most prevalent in the Midwest and South. According to a report from the Juvenile Information Exchange, more than 28,500 students in Georgia were spanked in 2008, mostly in rural counties. The number is much smaller in Florida — around 3,600 last year — but that’s where the issue is getting new attention.

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Where the states stand on corporal punishment:

Alabama–Legal
Alaska–Illegal
Arizona–Legal
Arkansas–Legal
California–Illegal
Colorado–Legal
Connecticut–Illegal
Delaware–Illegal
District of Columbia–Illegal
Florida–Legal
Georgia–Legal
Hawaii–Illegal
Idaho–Legal
Illinois–Illegal
Indiana–Legal
Iowa–Illegal
Kansas–Legal
Kentucky–Legal
Louisiana–Legal
Maine–Illegal
Maryland–Illegal
Massachusetts–Illegal
Michigan–Illegal
Minnesota–Illegal
Mississippi–Legal
Missouri–Legal
Montana–Illegal
Nebraska–Illegal
Nevada–Illegal
New Hampshire–Illegal
New Jersey–Illegal
New Mexico–Legal
New York–Illegal
North Carolina–Legal
North Dakota–Illegal
Ohio–Legal
Oklahoma–Legal
Oregon–Illegal
Pennsylvania–Illegal
Rhode Island–Illegal
South Carolina–Legal
South Dakota–Illegal
Tennessee–Legal
Texas–Legal
Utah–Illegal
Vermont–Illegal
Virginia–Illegal
Washington–Illegal
West Virginia–Illegal
Wisconsin–Illegal
Wyoming–Legal

SOURCE:  Family Education

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State

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State Laws on school corporal punishment

Corporal Punishment Schools – Huffington Post

Corporal Punishment in Schools

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MORE EXTERNAL LINKS ON SCHOOL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

 

‘Medical’ Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On December - 23 - 2013 Comments Off

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Medical child abuse (Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy)

ONE OF the highest responsibilities medical professionals hold is to recognize and report child abuse. An in-depth Globe series, however, exposes how little guidance and assistance doctors and nurses receive from the state about keeping young patients safe from “medical child abuse,” an ill-defined umbrella term used when parents are suspected of acting against the best interests of their child in a medical setting. Medical child abuse is the modern-day equivalent of what was once known as Munchausen by proxy, a mental disorder in which a parent may intentionally sicken a child in a bid for attention or sympathy. The Globe series focused on Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old Connecticut girl who has been in state custody at Children’s Hospital for 10 months, much of that time in a locked psychiatric ward, after doctors accused her parents of endangering her by seeking treatment for a rare metabolic disorder. Children’s believes she needs psychiatric help instead. The hospital alerted the state’s child protection agency after Justina’s parents threatened to discharge her. READ MORE HERE

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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Medical Child Abuse – Department of Pediatrics

Dana Ullman: The Epidemic Of ‘Medical Child Abuse

Munchausen syndrome by proxy (medical child abuse)

Child Abduction Information

Posted by Sandra On December - 20 - 2013 Comments Off

According to the Department of Justice, each year more than 200,000 children become victims of family abduction. In an effort to increase awareness and educate the public on how common family abduction is and the importance of getting involved, the Public Service Announcement Child Abduction by a Parent or Family Member is a Crime has been developed. Through the launching of this PSA, the Task Force and CIR aim to create awareness and increase the reporting and investigation of family abduction cases.

FACTS & STATS ABOUT MISSING CHILDREN
downloadAn estimated 2,300 children are missing every day in the United States.  Missing children can victims of family abductionnon-family abduction, or they can be runaways.
 
Family/Parental Abductions
An estimated 203,900 children were victims of a family abduction in 1999.  A family abduction occurs when a family member takes or keeps a child in violation of the custodial parent’s/guardian’s legitimate rights.
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Family/Parental abduction findings:

bullet78% of abductors are the non-custodial parent
bullet35% of children were between 6-11 years old
bullet24% of the abductions lasted between 1 week and 1 month
bullet82% of abductors intended to affect custody permanently
bullet21 % are other relatives
bullet42% of children were living with a single parent
bullet15% were living with another relative/foster parent
bullet66% were taken by a male relative

Reasons why family members become abductors:

bullet They are dissatisfied with custody decision in court
bullet They have been denied visitation for not paying child support
bullet They are protecting the child and/or themselves from abuse
bullet They are angry with the break-up of the relationship
bullet They are angry with the other parent’s new partner/lifestyle
Non-Family Abductions and Stereotypical Kidnappings

An estimated 58,200 children were victims of a non-family abduction in 1999.  Non-family abductions occur when someone who is not a relative abducts and detains a child without lawful authority or parental permission with the intention to keep the child permanently.  In 1999 there were also 115 stereotypical kidnappings.  A stereotypical kidnapping occurs when a stranger or slight acquaintance transports a child 50 miles or more from home and either kills the child, holds the child for ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.

Non-family abduction and stereotypical kidnapping findings: 

bullet 81% were 12 years old or older in non-family cases
bullet 58% were 12 years old or older in stereotypical kidnappings
bullet In 40% of stereotypical kidnappings, the child was killed
bullet In another 4%, the child was not recovered
bullet 86% of the perpetrators are male
bullet The abducted children are predominantly female
bullet Nearly half of all victims were sexually assaulted
Runaways

Over 1.5 million children had a runaway or throwaway episode in 1999.  Runaway cases occur when a child of 14 years or less leaves home without permission for at least one night.  For older children, a runaway is defined as a child who stay out for at least two nights.  Throwaway episodes occur when a parent or other household adult tells a child to leave the house without arranging alternative care and prevents the child from returning home.

Runaway/throwaway findings:

bullet Two-thirds of children are between 15 and 17 years old
bullet The male-female ratio is equal
bullet More than half returned home in the same week
bullet 99% return home
bullet 21% are physically or sexually abused at home
Why children run away from home:
bullet 42% have family problems
bullet 14% because of peer pressure
bullet 5% because of drug or alcohol abuse
bullet 4% because of physical abuse

 

 Child Find of America Inc. is a national not-for-profit organization that locates missing children through active investigation and publicity, prevents child abduction through education, and prevents/resolves incidents of parental abduction through conflict management and mediation. 

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Sex Offender – Rapist Statistics

Posted by Sandra On December - 12 - 2013 Comments Off

The Rapist isn’t a Masked Stranger

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Providing facts and myths about sexual abuse is one of the ways to raise awareness about sexual abuse. Awareness of the facts is one of several preventative measures that can be taken to assist you in making better decisions to keep you and someone you know safe.The facts, myths, and statistics provided below are selections from studies and provide factual information based on the research team’s findings. The information is not intended to diminish the possibility of risk to you or someone you know.

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The fact, myths, and statistics are divided into several categories:

 

Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.1

73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.1
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.1
28% are an intimate.1
7% are a relative.1

More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home.2
  • 4 in 10 take place at the victim’s home.
  • 2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative.
  • 1 in 12 take place in a parking garage.43% of rapes occur between 6:00pm and midnight.2 
    • 24% occur between midnight and 6:00am.
    • The other 33% take place between 6:00am and 6:00pm.

     

    The Criminal

    • The average age of a rapist is 31 years old.2
    • 52% are white.2
    • 22% of imprisoned rapists report that they are married.2
    • Juveniles accounted for 16% of forcible rape arrestees in 1995 and 17% of those arrested for other sex offenses.2
    • In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated — 30% with alcohol, 4% with drugs.3
    • In 2001, 11% of rapes involved the use of a weapon — 3% used a gun, 6% used a knife, and 2 % used another form of weapon.2
    • 84% of victims reported the use of physical force only.2
    Rapists are more likely to be a serial criminal than a serial rapist.

    46% of rapists who were released from prison were re-arrested within 3 years of their release for another crime.4

    • 18.6% for a violent offense.
    • 14.8% for a property offense.
    • 11.2% for a drug offense.
    • 20.5% for a public-order offense.

    References
    1. U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.
    2. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics. 1997 Sex Offenses and Offenders Study. 1997.
    3. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics. 1998 Alcohol and Crime Study.1998.
    4. 2002 Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 1994 Study. 2002
  • SOURCE  http://www.rainn.org

 

 

Cyberstalking: Protect Yourself

Posted by Sandra On December - 9 - 2013 Comments Off

Cyberstalking Dangers: How to Protect Yourself 

Word on keyboardNo thanks to social media and other communication channels, cyberstalking activity is fast on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, prompting 38 states to implement legislation directly addressing cyberstalking activity. Given these trends, it’s more important now than ever before to protect yourself and your loved ones from dangerous individuals out on the Internet. Read on for a brief overview of cyberstalking’s risks and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

Real-life Risks of Cyberstalking

Cyberstalkers can have a variety of motivations that drive their unlawful activity. In some cases, they may simply be aiming to scare other individuals, rattling their confidence and security. Cyberstalking can serve as a form of bullying, especially among teens and other youth. But when cyberstalking is turned to in the aftermath of a failed relationship, it can increase the risk of domestic assault and other violence. Even kidnappings are a risk of this activity, and even if no physical contact is ever made, cyberstalkers may use these tactics to gather personal, confidential information about individuals and use this information to commit identity theft.

How Cyberstalkers Operate

Some instances of cyberstalking may seem harmless because of the sense of disconnect that can be created through online relationships, but experts say not to underestimate the effort a stalker will undertake in order to reach his victim. Furthermore, a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 85 percent of all stalkers—whether cyber-based or otherwise—suffer from some form of personality disorder. That means the mental processes and logic those individuals use might not be recognizable to people who haven’t had such mental health issues.

The actual tactics used by cyberstalkers can depend on their motives. In many cases, cyberstalkers can appear friendly and seek to build a relationship. Over time, they will gradually push for their victims to be more open regarding private information—this is especially true when trying to commit identity theft. But cyberstalkers can also be very aggressive, sending harassing messages all throughout the day in hopes of strong-arming their victim into the kind of behavior they are seeking. Because so many different strategies can be used, it’s sometimes difficult to tell when cyberstalking activity is occurring. As a result, the best bet is to take a preventative, cautious approach.

Prevent Cyberstalking and Protect Your Family

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, individuals should always avoid interacting with people who are strangers online, and they should never share personal information under any circumstances. Never agree to meet a stranger in real life, or if you do, never meet them by yourself. If interactions become hostile at any point, cease communications and consider reporting the individual to local authorities.

If illegal activity is an issue, consider protecting your personal information by enlisting the services of a fraud monitoring service such as LifeLock, which can pick up on stolen identities as soon as illegal activity starts. Know the privacy and rights of use policies for the various social networks and other communication platforms you use, and report any individuals who violate these policies. And if you continue to be harassed, consider contacting your cyberstalker’s Internet service provider about the activity—these companies have the power to cut off service to individuals that violate proper use and the ISP’s terms of service.

 

About the Author: Anne Scott

Anne is a stay at home mom who is obsessed with health and nutrition. She sells her own healthy snacks as a side business.

More Rape Victims Speaking Out

Posted by Sandra On December - 3 - 2013 Comments Off

Why The “Rape Girls” Are Speaking Out

grid-cell-4843-1386099622-35Courtney Andrews made the decision somewhere around Birmingham. It was Nov. 13, and she was driving from Athens, Ala., to Mobile, Ala. — a 350-mile stretch from one end of the Heart of Dixie to the other — when her phone rang. There were four, five, six reporters who wanted her contact information, Andrews’ aunt told her. Did she want to talk to them? Andrews, a 20-year-old exercise science student at Mobile’s University of South Alabama, paused. “I’m kind of a shy person. I was like, am I really about to do this? Is this really about to happen?” READ MORE HERE

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