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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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‘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.

52 Ways to Protect Your Teen

Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation – KidsHealth

Protect Your Teens — from social media

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

How to Monitor your Kid’s Cell Phone Activities

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

American Psychiatric Association Changes ‘Pedophile’ Definition

Posted by Sandra On November - 1 - 2013 Comments Off

Not All Pedophiles Have Mental Disorder: American Psychiatric Association

imagesIn a move toward de-stigmatizing pedophilia, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), distinguishes between pedophiles who desire sex with children, and those who act on those desires. The former group — those who want to have sex with children, but whose desires are not distressing or harmful to themselves or others — is no longer classified as having a psychiatric condition in the updated DSM. READ MORE HERE

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The media report that the APA was planning on changing pedophilia to a “sexual orientation” was incorrect. Please refer to link below:

Pedophilia ‘Sexual Orientation’ Error Sparks Right-Wing Freakout

Help for Adult Abuse Survivors

Posted by Sandra On October - 28 - 2013 Comments Off

downloadIncreasing public awareness of child abuse through media coverage, documentaries, films, study discussion programs and setting up Child Help lines throughout the world has focused attention on the many children who suffer from the abusive behavior of some despicable adults. The emphasis has been justly directed towards the children and much of the available resources are being poured into the training of social workers, mental health professionals and police to provide effective intervention when childhood abuse is disclosed or reported.

While the concentration of resources and focus on children is necessary and of fundamental importance, it is sometimes ignored by both professionals and the public that children who are currently, or until relatively recently, being abused, will eventually grow up into adults. Those children who have benefited from positive therapeutic intervention may have been able to repair much of the damage resulting from child abuse so that they are able to lead healthy and well adjusted adult lives, but those who were not provided with positive therapeutic intervention, or who never disclosed the secret of the abuse, may remain deeply scarred. The hidden scars of childhood abuse may stay with these victims throughout their lives.

The scars of childhood abuse are often deeply buried, or hidden, and cannot be seen on the surface. They often penetrate deep inside the psyche of the child where they have the propensity to influence and direct behavior both in the childhood and adulthood. This often results in destructive behavior patterns and inhibit the survivor from being able to live a free, mentally healthy or satisfying life. Many survivors feel permanently scarred and damaged by the abuse, and believe themselves to be unable ever to heal from the experiences, much less lead a happy or normal life.  HAVOCA wants to challenge these ideas and provide the help, support and guidance necessary to help victims start their healing journey. HAVOCA believes every victim of abuse can become a survivor, and every survivor has the ability to become a thriver!  READ MORE HERE

Dysfunctional Family Life Hurts

Posted by Sandra On October - 26 - 2013 Comments Off

Dysfunctional_Family-1When you grow up in a dysfunctional family, you experience trauma and pain from your parents’ actions, words, and attitudes. Because of this trauma you experienced, you grew up changed, different from other children, missing important parts of necessary parenting that prepare you for adulthood, missing parts of your childhood when you were forced into unnatural roles within your family. For some of you, it has led you to attempt to flee the pain of your past by alcohol or drug use. Others of you feel inexplicably compelled to repeat the abuses that were done to you on your own children or with your own spouse. Others of you have felt inner anxiety or rage, and don’t know why you feel as you do. You were innocent, and your life was changed dramatically by forces in your family you had no control over, and now you are an adult survivor of that trauma. This article will discuss what these families are like, what is the impact of growing up in these families, and what you can do to begin the process of healing. READ MORE HERE

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Understanding Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns in Your Family

32 Ways You Know You Grew Up In A Dysfunctional Family

Understanding and Dealing With a Dysfunctional Family

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families | Psych Central

 

Halloween Sex Offender Laws

Posted by Sandra On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off

imagesThere are a growing number of states that have enacted laws restricting the activities of sex offenders on Halloween. The type of restrictions imposed on sex offenders during Halloween hours generally range from “no passing out candy” to “no driving after dark”, among other things. While the laws are primarily meant to protect children from potential threats by former sex offenders and child predators on Halloween, critics believe these Halloween restriction laws infringe on an individual’s fundamental rights — at least on one “scary” day of the year. –  READ MORE HERE 

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Posted by Sandra On October - 24 - 2013 Comments Off

slider-mainToo many families experience the nightmare of having a child go missing. I know what it is like to be that child. I know what it is like to think that one false move may lead to not only your own death but the death of family members as well. Nobody can ever blame a child for their actions when they are being threatened, bullied, forced, or coerced into doing something unthinkable. That is why the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation” was created, because what if we could prevent future crimes against children? Wouldn’t it be worth it to do everything to bring home that one child?

What if you were that one child?

Or what if it was you who helped prevent/bring home that one child?

We do have options. radKIDS is a program that was created not to react to a heinous crime committed against a child, but to prevent crimes from happening to children. There are many incredible people who devote much of their time, energy, and resources to going out and hunting down child perpetrators. The “Internet Crimes Against Children” task force are some of those people. How can we afford to not support those who stand as guardians and rescuers, who do everything they can to prevent crimes and protect our children? Every child in the world deserves to have a life without abuse in any form. Children are the future. READ MORE HERE

ELIZABETH SMART FOUNDATION: FACEBOOK PAGE

Sextortion Newest Online Trend

Posted by Sandra On October - 21 - 2013 Comments Off

Online child abuse study examines nasty new trends including sextortion

downloadreport by a European expert group on the commercialisation of child sex abuse online suggests that sexual images and videos shared between youngsters may become a major target for traffickers, who are using increasingly aggressive tactics to gain remote power over vulnerable kids. The study was put together by the European Financial Coalition against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (EFC), a group headed by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) with members including child protection organisations and commercial firms such as Google, Microsoft and PayPal as well as law enforcement bodies. READ MORE HERE

Live streamed videos of abuse and pay-per-view child rape among horrible trend

The Free Parent Helpline

Posted by Sandra On October - 19 - 2013 Comments Off

Getting Help Is Easy with the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN

imagesWhether you’re a new parent overwhelmed by the demands of caring for an infant or a veteran parent whose teenage child is out of control, asking for help is never easy. Too often parents are isolated and without much support. They confront the toughest and most important job in the world with the sense that they have to go it alone. But no one can go it alone.

The Parent Helpline can help you find programs and services in your community that can help. 1-800-CHILDREN is a free, confidential, multi-lingual information and referral service for anyone who has questions or concerns about a child or family. A trained Helpline Specialist is available to assist you everyday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m you can leave your name and number with our answering service, and we’ll get back to you the following morning. If you live outside of New York, you can find your state’s Prevent Child Abuse chapter by calling 1-800-CHILDREN or at Prevent Child Abuse America.  READ MORE HERE

Child Abuse Resource Guides

Posted by Sandra On October - 16 - 2013 Comments Off

guide2013_cover2013 RESOURCE GUIDE: Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being:  A Network for Action

This Resource Guide was developed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being. It was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy—Strengthening Families. The resources featured represent the work of a broad-based partnership of national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE

 

 

 

Commit to Prevent Child Abuse 2013 Community Resource Packet

The theme of this resource packet, Commit to Prevent Child Abuse, highlights the commitment we each must make to create positive change. By working together, we can create nurturing and supportive communities through education, collaboration and advocacy. In recent years, research has caused us to take a step back and re-evaluate the way in which we talk about prevention and the tools we use to present our message to the public. This resource packet contains information, campaign ideas and strategies that have been formaed with this research in mind. The goal of this work is help steer the conversation away from focusing on the problem of child abuse to focusing on the solutions of e?ective prevention. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE

 

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters

This guide is designed to help you better understand the mandated reporter statute and to outline appropriate actions you should take if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected. This guide includes information on:

– The process for reporting suspected child maltreatment
– The partnership with law enforcement, child protection and licensing agencies
– Conditions of neglect and abuse that should be reported
– Some behaviors and characteristics of children and families who may need help
– Relevant state statutes

VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE

 

Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence

WHO and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) have prepared the world’s first ever international guide on how to prevent child maltreatment. Preventing child maltreatment: a guide to taking action and generating evidence is aimed at helping to expand the number of studies into the magnitude and consequences of the maltreatment problem, and to increase investment in large-scale experimental studies of programmes to prevent the maltreatment of children aged 0-14 years. VIEW RESOURCE GUIDE HERE

 

Abuse Help Guide

Abuse can affect virtually anyone from all walks of life, including men, women, children, and seniors. It can take the form of physical battery, emotional bullying, sexual abuse, neglect, or even self-inflicted harm. Whatever your situation, you deserve to live without pain and fear. Whether you’re the abused, the abuser, or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that there is help available. By learning about the different types of abuse and what you can do to stop or prevent it, you can make a huge difference in your own or someone else’s life. READ MORE HERE

 

Reporting child abuse in your home or in a custody situation:

  1. Stay CALM. Do not let your emotions dictate your actions, and do not vent your emotions onto the people who are assigned to investigate your case (CPS, law enforcement officers, etc.).
  2. IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY: Call 911 or your local police.
  3. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING from this point forward, including times, dates, and places. KEEP all documents from all professionals who have an opinion about the child abuse. This includes therapists, doctors, policemen, and teachers. If a professional informs you that they have an opinion or a suspicion of child abuse, have them document that suspicion, preferably in the form of an affidavit. Be sure to get a copy of any opinions from professionals regarding your child’s case.
  4. HAVE YOUR CHILD EVALUATED. Talk to medical and psychology professionals. If possible, have your child evaluated at a Child Assessment Center.
  5. BEGIN INVESTIGATION. Talk to law enforcement officers to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse. Any reasonable belief of abuse or neglect should be reported to the police. If you have been too afraid to voice allegations in the past, let them know. If you have previously reported abuse, communicate the fact that you are trying to protect the child from further harm
  6. TALK TO CPS. If the abuse is not criminal, talk to CPS to initiate an investigation into the allegation of child abuse.
  7. GET AN ATTORNEY. Get an attorney and start proceedings to gain full custody of your child and terminate the abuser’s parental rights.
  8. CALL JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN. If you encounter a problem with completing steps 3-6, call JFC at 1-800-733-0059. Office hours are M-F 8-5 pm Central Standard Time.


Child Abuse Online Resources

Prevent Child Abuse America
Dedicated to providing information on child abuse and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

Stand for Children
Advocate for improvements to, and funding for, programs that give every child a fair chance in life.

American Humane
Devoted to preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals.

Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of America National Data Analysis System CWLA, in cooperation with the nation’s state child welfare agencies, provides a comprehensive, interactive child welfare database. Internet users can create customized tables and graphs, as well as access information on child abuse.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families.

Child Trends Data Bank
Source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.

Children’s Action Alliance
Helps promote the well-being of children and their families through research, policy development, media campaigns and advocacy.

Children’s Defense Fund
Mission is to ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse
Exchange among researchers in child maltreatment field.

Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is an online bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect prevention program for coaches and community leaders.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau
Government site featuring information on child abuse, statistics, and resources related to child welfare.

Zero to Three
Publications, reference guides to programs, projects and professional developmental services promoting the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers.

Cyberbullying Research Center
http://cyberbullying.us/

Mobile Device Safety for Kids
http://www.scratchwireless.com/pad/mobile-device-safety-for-kids/

NSPCC – Online Safety
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents/online-safety/online-safety_wdh99554.html

The 14 Rules of Online Safety for Children
http://blog.kanetix.ca/the-14-rules-of-online-safety-for-children/

FBI: Internet Safety Tips for Kids
http://www.fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids-safety

Internet and Mobile Safety Resource Bank
http://educatorlabs.org/resources/listing-category/internet-and-mobile-safety/
(this is a resource on our site I thought you might be interested in)

Parent Guide: Talk With Your Kids about Internet Safety
http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0006-talk-your-kids

Building a Barrier Between Adolescents and Substance Abuse
http://www.lakeviewhealth.com/building-a-barrier-between-adolescents-and-substance-abuse.php

Teen Health Issues
http://www.teenhealthissues.org/

The Guide to Baby-Proofing Your Home
http://www.improvenet.com/a/baby-proofing-your-home

Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids
http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Fire-Prevention-Preparedness-and-Recovery.17335.html#kids

Family Fire Safety Tips
http://www.ready.gov/fires

Safety in the Home: Checklists
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/home-safety.php

 

Child Abuse/Child Advocacy Community Resources

 

National Child Abuse Hotline (ChildHelp USA)
(800) 422-4453

 

American Academy of Pediatrics
www.aap.org

 

ABA Center on Children and the Law
www.abanet.org/child

 

American Humane Society, Children’s Division
www.amerhumane.org

 

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
www.apsac.org

 

Center for Effective Discipline
www.stophitting.com

 

Child Abuse Prevention Network
http://child-abuse.com

 

Child Welfare Home Page
www.childwelfare.com

 

CIVITAS Child Law Center at Loyola Chicago School of Law
www.luc.edu/law/academics/special/center/child_family.shtml

 

Coalition for America’s Children
www.connectforkids.org

 

Family Development Resources, Inc.
www.nurturingparenting.com

 

Hilton House Child Abduction
www.hiltonhouse.com

 

National Association of Council for Children
www.NACCchildlaw.org

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
 http://www.missingkids.com/home

 

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse & Neglect Information (NCCAN)
http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

 

National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
www.childabuse.org

 

National Court Appointed Special Advocates (NCASA)
www.nationalcasa.org

 

Packard Foundation Center for the Future of Children
www.futureofchildren.org

 

Project No Spank
www.nospank.net

 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
http://www.ncjfcj.org/

 

Stop it Now!
www.stopitnow.com

 

University of Michigan Child Welfare Law Program
www.law.umich.edu/CentersAndPrograms/childlaw/

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
www.acf.dhhs.gov

 

U.S. Department of Justice
www.ojp.usdoj.gov

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Help for child sexual abuse:

1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) Stop It Now

1-800-656-HOPE Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

If you need professional help…

Do you feel angry and frustrated and don’t know where to turn? In the U.S., call 1-800-4-A-CHILD to find support and resources in your community that can help you break the cycle of abuse. In other countries, visit Chiworld.org for helplines.

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