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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downloadIf your child is feeling anxious, depressed or withdrawn, do not pass it off as “teen syndrome.”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

(MORE LINKS BELOW VIDEO)

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. 

Nation Wide Resources

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

Were You Raped As a Child?

Posted by Sandra On December - 2 - 2013 Comments Off

Child Rape: For Survivors

imagesThis article is primarily intended to provide information and support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse who experienced penetrative contact. A secondary aim is to give information that may facilitate understanding for people who support survivors of child rape. While all child sexual abuse is serious, there are some specific problems associated with rape. I wrote this article because, while we see that there are many articles and webpages available about child sexual abuse in general, it is more difficult to find information that narrows the focus to rape. A Google-search of the words child rape tends to throw up links about arrested offenders and specific parts of the world in which child rape is sadly endemic, but relatively little on the subject itself. READ MORE HERE

 

 

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Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault | RAINN |

I’m not a rape victim; I’m a survivor

Child Sexual Abuse: Info and Resources – Rape Victim Advocates

 

10K Child Abuse Reports Daily

Posted by Sandra On December - 1 - 2013 Comments Off

Assessing Child-Abuse Reports a Complex Challenge

download (1)The calls, reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect, come in at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day, to hotlines and law-enforcement offices across the country. They add up to 3.4 million reports per year — a daunting challenge for state child protection agencies, which must sort out the flimsy or trivial claims from the credible and potentially dire ones, and make decisions that balance the rights of parents with the welfare of children. Many states, after initial screening, deem more than half the reports they receive to be unworthy of further investigation. “In child protection, you are always walking a difficult line,” said Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of Vermont’s Department for Children and Families. READ MORE HERE

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Report Child Abuse

  1. Child Abuse Laws
  2. Child Abuse and Neglect
  3. Child Abuse Defense Attorney
  4. Child Sexual Abuse
  5. Child Abuse Statistics
  6. Sex Offender Registry
  7. Child Neglect Laws
  8. Free Legal Documents

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Child-On-Child Rape Epidemic

Posted by Sandra On November - 25 - 2013 Comments Off

Silhouette-of-woman-whos-sisters-are-sex-slaves-to-asian-gangs-2290522Teenagers have carried out thousands of rape and sex attacks on other youngsters in a hidden epidemic of abuse, a report reveals today. More than 2,400 children, some as young as 11, are known to be victims of child sexual exploitation by gangs barely older than them, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England warns. And a further 16,500 are at risk nationwide, says a study by Bedfordshire University. READ MORE HERE

Keeping Your Teen Safe

Posted by Sandra On November - 22 - 2013 Comments Off

Parenting-Top-Tips-for-Taming-Your-Tweenager-Protecting-and-Connecting-with-your-Pre-Teen_articlelargeIn addition to the pressures of grades, dating, picking a career path and substance abuse, teenagers face the very real threat of violence on a day-to-day basis. The Center for Disease Control reports that the number of acts of violence amongst youth between the ages of 10 and 24 has been cut in half over the past 15 years, but still remains 50 percent higher than any other age demographic. Luckily, teens don’t have to face these dangers alone. Parents can take several proactive measures to minimize the risk of a physical attack or threat on their child.

Control Internet Use

The millennial generation, or those born between the mid-1980s and 2000, represent the first generation of Americans who have never known a time in their lives where they could not connect to the Internet for information, communication and games. The Internet offers teens a means of connecting with friends and relaxing after school, but also poses serious threats. The i-SAFE Foundation reports that two in five teens have been bullied online, one in three have been threatened, and half have done cyber bullying of their own.

Control your teen’s online time by shutting off your web router when you are not home and keeping their computer use confined to a living room where you can monitor them. Keep a close eye on their social media activity since, as a parent, you have the authority to watch over and even delete their profiles if cyber bullying gets out of hand.

Your Home as Your Castle

Many schools have begun to take drastic measures to make sure students remain safe and free from harm. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that between five and seven percent of high schools use metal detectors in order to prevent students from bringing weapons onto the premises, in addition to other safety measures. Parents cannot always make sure teens remain safe at school, but you can ensure that they never feel threatened in your own home from any external danger. Never leave your family’s safety to chance, especially if you believe that your teenager’s peers may take the threat of violence to your very doorstep.

Find Strong Mentor Models

Many teens turn to or suffer from violence when they seek to fit into a social situation. Teens look for mentors as they struggle to understand their own identity and their place within the community. If they cannot find positive mentors, they may look to peers who act like adults, such as gang leaders. Mentoring.org reports that providing teens with a positive role model makes them nearly 50 percent less likely to abuse drugs or engage in violent behavior, and 25 percent less likely to abuse alcohol. Mentors can be any member of the community or a volunteer from an organization, and can be a means for a teenager to communicate with an adult who is neither a teacher nor a parent.

 

AUTHOR: Marcus Beatty

Marcus is a retired social studies teacher and grandfather of 12 who blogs from his log cabin.

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Monitor Your Child’s Cellphone

Posted by Sandra On November - 19 - 2013 Comments Off

Parents should read their child’s mobile phones to prevent sex abuse

downloadParents are leaving their children at risk of sexual abuse because they don’t check the messages they receive on their mobile phones, a report has warned. More than half of parents – 56 per cent – thought it was ‘most intrusive’ to check on texts youngsters aged between nine and 14 had received. But the study into child sex exploitation found that pedophiles often try to contact children through their mobile phones rather than their computers. Smartphones are now a ‘key tool’ used by sex offenders targeting children, according to Parents Against Child Exploitation, which commissioned the study along with Virtual College’s Safeguarding Children e-academy. READ MORE HERE

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31 U.S. States Allow Convicted Rapists to Sue for Child Custody

Posted by Sandra On November - 11 - 2013 Comments Off

31 U.S. States Allow Rapists Custody and Visitation Rights

pregnant-woman-300x200Editor’s note: Shauna R. Prewitt is a lawyer in Chicago. She is the author of “Giving Birth to a ‘Rapist’s Child': A Discussion and Analysis of the Limited Legal Protections Afforded to Women Who Become Mothers Through Rape,” written for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) — When I was in law school, my criminal law professor introduced us to the crime of rape by reading us a quote from Lord Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century English jurist: “In a rape case it is the victim, not the defendant, who is on trial.” It was not merely a history lesson. I had lived it. READ MORE HERE

The 31 states where rapists can sue for custody and/or visitation are: 
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

31 States Still Allow Custody and Visitation Rights for Rapists

How to Avoid Online Predators

Posted by Sandra On November - 7 - 2013 Comments Off

Sex Abuse In SchoolsThe National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that as of 2012, there are nearly 750,000-registered sex offenders throughout the nation and more than 100,000 offenders are lost in the system. Some of the ways a sexual predator can find your child is through chat rooms, blogs, social networking, discussion boards and email. This is troubling when paired with a report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau stating that more than 60 percent of children aged 3 to 17 years and 82 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds access the Internet.

Know How a Predator Seduces Your Child

  • The first thing a predator does is show your child attention. He listens to and expresses sympathy for your child’s problems.
  • He may offer gifts.
  • He stays abreast of the music and hobbies that children enjoy.
  • He may evaluate your child to determine if they can meet outside of the Internet.
  • He will ease them into sexual conversations or gradually start showing them sexually explicit material.

Minimize Your Child’s Risk of Becoming a Victim

Use current news stories to discuss potential online dangers with your child. Let him or her know that they can talk to you about anything.

Pay attention to age limits on the social networking sites as they are there for your child’s protection. The majority of sites require users to be at least 13 years of age. Have your child choose a gender-neutral name to use online.

If your kid accesses the Internet elsewhere, find out what precautions those establishments and friends’ parents use to protect children’s safety while online.

Do not allow your children to have their own email until you feel comfortable about it. Have them use the family email address. Eventually, you can request that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) create a separate email address for them, so they’re mail can still remain in your email account.

If your child still encounters an online predator, do not blame him or her. The offender is always at fault. may

Monitor Her Activity and Know What Information She is Sharing

She should not release information related to her age or location, including her school, grade, extra-curricular activities or any websites that could indicate where she lives, as a report from the California State Assembly Republican Caucus explains. You can purchase monitoring software like guardiansoftware.com or Software4parents.com. There are also safety settings built into the Windows programs (7, 8 and Vista), be sure to use them.

If she is going to use a chat room, she needs to remain in the public area. A private chat room may be referred to as a whisper area. These rooms are especially dangerous because chat monitors are unable to read these conversations. Security measures should also exist beyond the computer screen; you’ll want to purchase one of the best security systems available so your kids can stay safe at home, whether online or not.

If You Believe Your Child is a Target

  • Look for pornographic files or sexual communication on your child’s computer.
  • Always monitor their live electronic communications including instant messaging, email and chat rooms.
  • If your child receives sexually explicit pictures or an individual solicits them through any online source, contact your police department and give them all the documentation related to these instances.

 

Melissa White

Melissa earned a master’s degree in counseling and works for a nonprofit that helps the mentally ill. She writes about relationships and family for a number of blogs.

Reasons Children Don’t Tell

Posted by Sandra On November - 5 - 2013 Comments Off

8 Reasons Children Don’t Disclose Abuse

timthumbFor many adults, it’s difficult to understand why a child would ever be silent about the fact they are being abused and not actively seek help. Countless courtroom juries charged with determining the fate of alleged perpetrators have questioned that same behavior, often leading to doubts of the validity of abuse charges or claims. After all, who in their right mind would ever put up with horrible treatment without trying to find refuge or stop it? In most cases, the sad fact is children will NOT immediately tell someone they’re being abused. As we peel the layers of this onion and try to understand what may seem to be odd behavior to many, please keep these key child abuse facts in mind: READ MORE HERE

Sisters Speak Out About Incest Life With Father for 12-Years

Posted by Sandra On November - 2 - 2013 Comments Off

Sisters reveal how they were molested by rapist dad – who was the local Santa

article-2480268-19150C0800000578-514_634x421Two sisters have revealed how they suffered in silence for 12 years as their own father sexually abused them. Nicola Twomey, now 22, and Emma Wills, 27, were repeatedly abused by Kevin Twomey, who turned their family home in Port Talbot, South Wales, into a place of fear and pain. The abuse of Nicola started when she was just five-years-old and culminated in Twomey raping her when she was a teenager. READ MORE HERE

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