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WANTED: Mark Timothy McBride

Posted by Sandra On February - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

$8,000 Reward Offered

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Mark Timothy McBride, 59, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during February. McBride, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, parole violation and probation violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

McBride has ties to the North Richland Hills/Fort Worth areas and has previously lived in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Prior to absconding from the North Richland Hills area in 2011, McBride had expressed an interest in living and working in Alaska. In 2006, McBride was convicted in Tarrant County on three counts of indecency with a child/sexual contact for incidents involving two 16-year-old girls.

For more information and updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=314

MARK TIMOTHY MCBRIDE: McBride is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. He may wear glasses.

TX Most Wanted Child Rapist

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from San Antonio, Jose Julio Arce Jr.

AUSTIN, TEXAS- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jose Julio Arce Jr., 56, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Arce is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Arce has ties to San Antonio (his last known address) and Laredo. In 1999, Arce was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in Bexar County and sentenced to 10 years in prison. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=350.

Arce is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. He has a mole on the right side of his forehead and multiple tattoos, including on his shoulders, arms, right hand and right wrist. He has prior work history in automotive services as well as landscaping and irrigation services. Arce was previously affiliated with the Texas Mexican Mafia gang and may be known as “Laredo.” READ MORE HERE

Man Sought for Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On January - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man being sought in a child rape case in Pierce Township has previous addresses in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, police said Monday. Officials are searching for Luis Gonzalez, 34. Clermont County officials said Gonzalez carried on a 4-month relationship with a child under the age of 13. The relationship began in September, officials said. Gonzalez faces one count of rape and one count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. Investigators said he has previous addresses in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington. He has also live in New York and Florida, and there are open warrants for his arrest in Florida. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police. READ MORE HERE

How To Deal With CPS

Posted by Sandra On January - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Making the decision to call Child Protective Services because you believe a child has been abused is never an easy decision to make. You don’t want to accuse an innocent parent, but if you really believe that the child has been mistreated then you really should do something to help that child.

Here are some tips to help you deal with Child Protective Services.

What Are The Signs To Look Out For?

Firstly, you want to make sure that you have some sort of evidence to back up your suspicion. Tell-tale signs that a child is being abused or neglected include:

  • You have seen constant bruising on the child
  • The child cringes, hides or raises an arm defensively for no good reason
  • The child becomes withdrawn
  • The child experiences a loss of appetite or looks malnourished
  • The child’s school work begins to suffer or they become uncontrollable in the classroom
  • You are aware that the child is left at home alone or unsupervised for a long period of time
  • You have evidence of drug or alcohol use by the parents (especially in front of the children)
  • An unsafe or extremely dirty home environment

What Does Not Constitute Child Abuse?

The following situations are not reason enough to call Child Protective Services:

  • A parent not vaccinating their child
  • Home-schooling
  • Custody battles
  • A child playing unsupervised in their own yard
  • A parent spanking a child (within reason)
  • Parents yelling at children
  • A one-time accident that causes injury to the child

What Happens After Child Protective Services Receive a Call?

You can make a call anonymously, but even if you give your name and contact information, this is never released to the family involved. After you make the call, Child Protective Services must follow up on it.

They will organize a social worker to visit the family and talk to the parents. This may be done on two separate occasions. After the visit, they will need to review the case and call references. They must then decide whether there is any need for further action.

If not, there will be no record of the call kept on file. If further action is needed, an investigation will be opened. In most cases, Child Protective Services do not wish to remove the children from their home. This is usually only done in extreme cases, where the child’s safety is in jeopardy.

If protecting children is something that you are very passionate about you may like to consider studying for a masters in political science online at a prestigious institution such as George Washington University. An online masters in political science will allow you to get involved with the rules and regulations that govern organizations such as Child Protective Services.

Another option that you have if you suspect a child is being abused is to simply call the police. They will then go and investigate and decide whether Child Protective Services need to be involved.

If you truly believe that a child is being abused or neglected, don’t hesitate to contact either the police or Child Protective Services.

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Best interests – If needed, you can phone Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) before filing a report. These counselors can help with the situation you’re experiencing and provide resources. Keep in mind that CPS is designed to operate with the child’s best interests in mind.

What Happens After I Call? — Child Abuse Reporting

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

First and foremost, take photos and/or video of the abuse you have witnessed or seen. This will be valuable evidence to substantiate the abuse you are reporting. Also, the more reports that are submitted about the same abused child, the more chances something will be done quicker. Have the child’s teacher, neighbors, friends, church folks or whoever has any contact with the child, start complaining LOUDLY and OFTEN.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are more articles on steps you can take to protect your child:

UK: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents-and-carers/guides-for-parents/sexual-abuse/sexual-abuse-2-pdf_wdf92436.pdf
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ARTICLE:
The Shame of Governmental Child Protection — with “Melody,” a former CPS worker

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

http://www.govabuse.org/

http://fightcps.com/

http://www.massoutrage.com/

 

Must See Film: “Gaslighting”

Posted by Sandra On January - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20170105-170727The Gaslighting Campaign has been created to bring international awareness to the complex issues surrounding child poverty, youth offending and abuse. The campaign goal is to create change using dramatic films based on true events. Gaslighting is one of two films to be utilized by our national affiliates for awareness and educational purposes.

THIS FILM CONTAINS SCENES THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FILM “GASLIGHTING”

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U. S. – Child Helpline 1-800-4-A-CHILD

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Police Search for Child Abusers

Posted by Sandra On January - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

jarrodcothrumDURANT, Oklahoma – Police continue their search for a Durant couple after a child was discovered to be severely abused. Warrants for Jarrod Cothrum, 37, and wife Christina Cothrum were issued last week. According to reports, a toddler was brought to a Durant hospital back in October with several bruises on his face, head and back. Police said the mother told them she had recently had a miscarriage and her husband blamed the child and beat him. Authorities say she told her other children not to talk to police about the abuse or they would be taken away from her. READ MORE HERE

Man Wanted for Child Molestation

Posted by Sandra On December - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Advice for Child Abuse Survivors: How to Overcome Social Anxiety at College

Posted by Sandra On October - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Advice for Child Abuse Survivors: How to Overcome Social Anxiety at College

imagesSocial anxiety can be a result of many things, and is often seen in adults or young people who suffered from abuse or bullying as a child. For students with social anxiety, getting a college degree can be a lot more difficult, as for them, simply going to class could be something that makes them feel like having a panic attack. However, along with the right treatment and support, there are many things that you can do in order to make college easier on your social anxiety. Use college to your advantage in order to overcome social anxiety and achieve your college degree.

Online Classes

Many colleges offer online classes as an alternative to classes on campus. The best thing about studying online for your degree is that you can do it on your own, from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s good to get as used to being around other people as much as possible in order to help you overcome your anxiety problems, having the option of online classes for when you’re having a particularly bad day can be comforting. Online classes are available for a range of different degree topics, for example this master of science in nursing at Bradley University.

Counseling

Many colleges will have free counselling and therapy services which students are welcome to attend. Although you may also be getting counselling from a therapist or other health professional recommended by your doctor, it’s also a great idea to take advantage of any free additional counselling services offered to you by your college. College counsellors are specifically trained to help students in situations such as yours.

Making Friends

Social anxiety can make you become your own worst enemy when it comes to making friends. However, true friends will always stick by you even when your anxiety is bad, and they won’t judge you or make fun of you for it. College is one of the best times in your life when it comes to making friends, and with so many people there, it’s no surprise that most people meet their best friends for life when they’re studying for a college degree. Don’t worry about ‘fitting in’ – simply be yourself, and you’ll attract the right friends for you.

Relaxation Therapies

When it comes to managing social anxiety at college, there are plenty of things that you can do at home. Therapies such as mindfulness meditation have been proven to be highly effective when it comes to dealing with anxiety and stress problems, and can help you to regain control. Along with that, art and music therapies are also becoming more and more popular when it comes to managing anxiety issues, for example adult coloring books, which can provide you with a great distraction when you need to relax and wind down. These can be very useful if you’re doing a stressful course, such as a masters of science in nursing.

College can be a stressful time in the life of any young person, but if you have social anxiety, it can be even more difficult. Thankfully, your college years are the best time to work on overcoming your social anxiety for good.

 

Sexual abuse survivors often begin the healing process during college

College-student survivors of incest and other child sexual abuse

Missing Erica Parsons Body Found 5-Years After Disappearance

Posted by Sandra On September - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ericsparsonsmissingROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The body of a Rowan County girl who was last seen in November 2011 has been located, according to Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. In August 2016, investigators with the sheriff’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained information that confirmed Erica Parsons was likely deceased. On Tuesday, Rowan County detectives and special agents with the FBI recovered skeletal human remains of a young girl who was identified as Erica. READ MORE HERE

How police found Erica Parsons

Sheriff: NC girl was likely dead long before she was reported missing

Erica Parsons Updates | Facebook

Do You Recognize This Girl?

Posted by Sandra On September - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Shocking Photo of Child Wrapped in Duct Tape Circulating Online

16-489-1A shocking photo has been submitted to Fugitive Watch of a little girl wrapped induct tape, with tape across her mouth. The photo appears to be from a Facebook account with the name Carlos Bautista. The post is written in Spanish saying the girl is 12 years old and is being offered for as a servant or sex slave. It also appears to say she cleans and mops and is good for other things. READ MORE HERE

Jacob Wetterling’s Remains Found

Posted by Sandra On September - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Jacob Wetterling’s Remains Found 27 Years After Disappearance

downloadCNN – The remains of Jacob Wetterling, a Minnesota boy abducted from a rural road 27 years ago, have been found, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. The release didn’t say whether anybody has been charged. The sheriff’s office said investigators will evaluate new evidence and “expect to be in a position to provide more detailed information early next week.” The abduction of the 11-year-old boy led to the 1994 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, which requires states to maintain sex offender registries and guidelines. READ MORE HERE

Authorities confirm: Jacob found

Jacob Wetterling’s remains found on a farm

Jacob Wetterling’s Remains Have Been Found

Yahoo: Remains of Minnesota boy missing since 1989 found

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An Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor

Posted by Sandra On August - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
An Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd, from Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Advocates

“The voiceless have a voice. A journalist’s job is to amplify it.”

1-ccCFBSCdn_ka4FJv1aWzhQDreamcatchers for Abused Children, Inc. is honored to have our organization included in this open letter to The New York Times Public Editor, Liz Spayd, as we stand in full support of this much needed movement to create change. On behalf of the Peaceful Hearts Foundation, we are listed as one of 38 Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Organizations and/or Advocates, urging Liz to cover the Child Victims Act of New York. We would like to personally thank Nancy Levine for all of her hard work, effort, and dedication to this important issue. Please join us, along with the 43 million plus survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States alone as we work to create change, break the silence, and bring light to this epidemic plaguing our nation.

READ THE OPEN LETTER HERE

Can we, the community of survivors of child sexual abuse and advocates, count on The Times to elevate its editorial sensitivity to covering news that affects us? Would you be willing to address questions about The Times’ absence of recent coverage of the Child Victims Act and an appearance of a conflict of interest?

  • List of 38 Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Organizations and/or Advocates Supporting This Movement

    Matthew Sandusky, Executive Director, Peaceful Hearts Foundation
    Phil Saviano, Boston survivor and activist portrayed in the movie Spotlight
    Peter Brooks, Horace Mann Action Coalition, Interschool Network Against Sexual Abuse
    Mike Pistorino, child abuse survivor and advocate
    Gary A. Greenberg, Fighting for Children PAC, Protect NY Kids
    Andrew Willis, Co-Founder and CEO, Stop Abuse Campaign
    Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President and Co-Founder, Road to Recovery, Inc.
    John Salveson, President, Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse
    Ronald Savage, survivor and Founder, United Coalition Association
    Kristen Houser, MPA, Chief Public Affairs Officer, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
    Sandra Potter, CEO and Founder at Dreamcatchers for Abused Children
    Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse
    Christopher M. Anderson, Executive Director, MaleSurvivor
    Blair Corbett, Founder and Executive Director, Ark of Hope for Children
    Whitney Gabriel, Board Member, Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute (CMRPI)
    Sara Kabakov, survivor, advocate
    Judy Mitzner, survivor, advocate
    Ana Wagner, Organizer, Brooklyn Bridge Walk for a Window
    Bill Murray, CEO and Founder, NAASCA (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)
    Jill Jones-Soderman, Executive Director, The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts
    Catherine Goodwillie, Executive Director and Board Chair, We are SAFE (Sexual Abuse Forever Ending)
    Lisa Newman, President and Founder, LIFE Keys Child Project
    Sheri Rettew, Executive Director, Hope Clinic
    Charmill D. Vega, survivor advocate and Founder, Prevent 5Kids, Inc.
    Shane McNamara, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Survivors & Mates Support Network
    Yerachmiel Lopin, Founder and Proprieter of anti-abuse website, Frum Follies
    Rabbi David Ingber, Founder and Spiritual Director, Romemu
    Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, Founder, The Jewish Mindfulness Network
    Billye Jones, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty, NYU Silver School of Social Work
    Marti Leimbach, survivor and author of Age of Consent: A Novel
    Rachel Thompson, author, advocate, entrepreneur, mother, Founder, #SexAbuseChat (Twitter)
    Elizabeth C. Sorvillo, attorney, advocate
    Michael Dolce, survivor, attorney, activist
    Michael Broussard, Theatre Artist and Survivor Advocate
    Cliff H. Mason II, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Mason Report®
    Nikki DuBose, Executive Board Member, Peaceful Hearts Foundation
    Melanie Blow, COO, Stop Abuse Campaign
    Tammy Lerner, Vice President, Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors, supporters, and anyone who cares about eradicating child sexual abuse are encouraged to join community leaders in inquiring about The Times’ absence of coverage of the Child Victims Act of NY and appearance of a conflict of interest. Contact Public Editor Liz Spayd at public@nytimes.com or Twitter: @spaydl

FBI Most Wanted Caught!

Posted by Sandra On June - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Accused child rapist arrested after 23-years on the run

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 3A former Dorchester man accused of raping two young boys in the early 90s was arrested in North Carolina Wednesday, after authorities said he spent 23 years on the run. John Joseph Hartin, 46, was taken into custody without incident at his Walkertown home, according to an FBI statement. The arrest comes after a four-year multi-state media campaign from the bureau, offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Hartin’s capture. READ MORE HERE

Global Hunt for Child Rapist!

Posted by Sandra On June - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

download (2)URGENT! An international hunt has been launched for an Indian-origin man found guilty of repeatedly raping a six-year-old child in the UK. Pedophile Vijesh Kooriyil fled to India earlier this week, just a day before his trial was due to commence in Oxford on Tuesday. The 29-year-old business manager boarded a plane to Delhi on Monday night and was unanimously convicted of two rapes and sentenced in absentia to an extended prison term of 18 years at Oxford Crown Court on Friday. READ MORE HERE

UK launches global hunt for Indian-origin child rapist

UK launches global hunt for Indian-origin child rapist

Murderer On The Loose

Posted by Sandra On May - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Police seek public’s help in finding boy’s killer

downloadTEXAS – Houston police are calling on the public to help find the man who fatally stabbed an 11-year-old boy as he walked home from school this week, and the reward for information in the case has risen to $15,000.  “The murderer is still on the loose at this point,” Houston homicide Lt. Robert Blain told reporters Friday after the surprise announcement that charges had been dropped against the initial suspect, Che Lajuan Calhoun.  “It is very important we get this suspect off our streets before he commits another senseless crime ,” Herman said in a release.  Police are seeking a black man with a tall thin, build. He was seen wearing black pants and a black shirt, with a green jacked over his shoulders. He would have been covered in blood from the brutal attack, Blain said. READ MORE HERE

Hundreds pay their respects to Josue Flores

Man falsely accused in boy’s stabbing hopes police find Josue’s killer

Boy’s death strikes fear in northside neighborhood

Wake to be held for 11-year-old murder victim, Josue Flores

Missing Carlie Trent Found Safe

Posted by Sandra On May - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

UPDATE: (5/12/16) Carlie Trent Rescued; Uncle Arrested

$12,500 Reward for Tennessee Girl’s Safe Return

carlie_trent_main_art_c5f241df259b56c3cfc176174d16207f.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000An AMBER Alert was issued 6-days ago by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Rogersville Police Department for 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent. Carlie was taken out of school last Wednesday by her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson, who has no custodial rights to Carlie, under false pretenses.

Carlie is 4-foot-8 weighing 75 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and grey tank top with blue jeans. Simpson, 57, is a white male, 5-foot-10, weighing 157 pounds. Simpson is balding, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark colored shirt and jeans.

Simpson was driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with Tennessee plate registration: 173GPS. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off the hood.

Warrants have been issued for Simpson for kidnapping. If you have seen the child, subject or vehicle, please call the Rogersville Police Department at 423-272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Missing 9-YO Tennessee Girl Carlie Trent

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation gives update on search for Carlie

 

 

Deadly Keyless Car Ignition Warning

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

102261405-467783561.530x298A Florida mom and her infant son nearly died because she forgot to push a button. “To see my son in my arms, passed out from the lack of oxygen was a moment that I would never wish on anyone,” said Constance Petot. First responders told her that another 20 minutes of carbon monoxide poisoning and she and 13-month-old Parker and “it would have been over.” Petot is one of at least 60 U.S. drivers who have parked cars with keyless ignitions in their garages, only to forget to push a button and turn the vehicles off. She survived the effects of car exhaust seeping into her home, but not everyone is so lucky. At least 21 people have died. READ MORE HERE

Keyless ignition deaths mount

Hidden Dangers of Push-Button Start – Consumer Reports

Keyless Automobile Ignition Systems Are Fatally Flawed

Warning about keyless car ignitions

 

Police Search for Kidnap Suspect

Posted by Sandra On April - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

160400104-composite-sketchOrlando, Florida – Police are searching for a man who grabbed and attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old boy in Ontario Friday night, authorities said. The teen was walking to a relative’s home about 11 p.m. when a man hiding behind bushes in the 900 block of North Beryln Avenue jumped out and grabbed him, according to an Ontario Police Department news release. READ MORE HERE

Profile of a Child Molester

Posted by Sandra On February - 13 - 2016 2 COMMENTS

Through a Rapist’s Eyes

 

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A Profile of the Child Molester and Grooming Techniques

During my two decades of work as an investigative reporter, I interviewed hundreds of convicted child molesters in prisons across America. My objective was to uncover how they had lured children and teens into abuse and worse. My intention was also to generate a criminal profile that could be shared with parents and law enforcement. Instead, I found child molesters and abductors to be a diverse group that possesses no tidy criminal profile and does not discriminate by race, gender, class or age.

So who are these sexual offenders?

  • Males and Females
  • Young Adults, Middle-Aged Adults, and Seniors
  • Upper Class, Middle Class, and Disadvantaged
  • All Races & Ethnicities
  • Vocationally Diverse

One child pornography sting operation by the U.S. Justice Department and Customs Postal Inspectors resulted in well over two hundred arrests. The occupations of those arrested was a virtual rainbow of American life, representing 44% of all occupations listed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

How many child molesters live in the United States?

Approximately 400,000 convicted pedophiles currently reside in the United States, according to Department of Justice estimates.*

Are there really female child molesters?

Yes. A 2000 statistical report by the US Department of Justice* found that female offenders victimized:

  • 12% of victims under the age of 6
  • 6% of victims ages 6 – 12
  • 3% of victims ages 12 – 17

How many victims does a child molester average?

Interviews guaranteeing complete confidentiality and immunity from prosecution, conducted by Emory University psychiatrist Dr. Gene Abel*, uncovered that:

  • Male offenders who abused girls had an average of 52 victims each.
  • Men who molested boys had an astonishing average of 150 victims each.
  • Only 3% of these crimes had ever been detected.

How do child molesters get into situations where they can exploit children?

Few child molesters are able to resist their powerful urges to initiate contact with children and will go to great lengths to do so. Common strategies include:

  • Befriending parents, particularly single parents, to gain access to their children.
  • Offering babysitting services to overextended parents or caregivers.
  • Taking jobs and participating in community events that involve children.
  • Attending sporting events for children and/or offering to coach children’s sports.
  • Volunteering in youth organizations, offering to chaperone overnight trips.
  • Loitering in places children frequent – playgrounds, malls, game arcades, etc.
  • Spending time in Internet gaming and social communities, learning the online interests and lingo of youngsters.
  • Becoming foster parents.

What is the most common method used by child molesters?

The Affection Lure. (See Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide) Most victims of abuse are “groomed” over a period of weeks, months, or years. The Affection Lure is used both offline and online to seduce unsuspecting youngsters in need of love and attention. Child molesters have repeatedly told me: When there’s a physically or emotionally absent parent in the picture, it makes the child more vulnerable than ever.

Which age group is most often targeted by child molesters?

In the interviews I conducted, the majority of molesters cited a preference for children on the brink of puberty. This is the age of sexual awakening, making it easy for molesters to prey on the sexual curiosity and ignorance of youngsters. To quote one of the sexual offenders I interviewed, “Give me a kid who knows nothing about sex, and you’ve given me my next victim.”

While we as parents are inclined to give pre-teens and teens more freedom and less supervision, this age group is actually the most vulnerable to abuse and abduction. We must talk frankly and often to our children about “the birds and the bees” and not allow sex offenders to educate our children for us.

Wouldn’t a vigilant parent be able to detect a child molester, just by their actions?

Not necessarily. Remember, sex offenders who prey on children:

  • Are notoriously friendly, nice, kind, engaging and likeable.
  • Target their victims, often insinuating themselves into that child’s life – their family, school, house of worship, sports, and hobbies.
  • Are professional con artists and are expert at getting children and families to trust them.
  • Will smile at you, look you right in the eye and make you believe they are trustworthy.

Do kids and teens ever sexually abuse other children?

Sadly, yes – and many of these juvenile offenders are victims of sexual abuse themselves. A U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report* found that:

  • 23% of all sexual offenders were under the age of 18.
  • 40% of offenders of victims under age 6 were themselves juveniles
  • 13% were 7-11 years old; 27% were 12-17 years old.
  • 39% of the offenders of victims ages 7-11 were juveniles.
  • 27% of the offenders of victims ages 12 -17 were juveniles.

What types of assaults were these?

Juvenile offenders under the age of 12 were responsible for:

  • 23% of forcible sodomies
  • 19% of forcible fondlings
  • 17% of sexual assaults with an object
  • 7% of forcible rapes

Juvenile offenders ages 12 – 18 were responsible for:

  • 36% of forcible sodomies
  • 27% of forcible fondlings
  • 23% of sexual assaults with an object
  • 17% of forcible rapes

When and where did these assaults usually happen?

The peak time for juvenile assaults was 3 pm, after school. Other spikes in the number of incidents were at the traditional meal times of 8 am, noon and 6 pm. Most of these assaults happened in the home of the victim, the home of the offender, or another residence.*

How many of these assaults were by family members?

  • 49% of offenders of victims under age 6 were family members.
  • 42% of offenders of victims ages 7-11 were family members.
  • 24% of offenders of victims ages 12 – 17 were family members.*

Are there groups of organized child molesters that prey on children?

Yes. Small groups of militant and highly organized child molesters operate worldwide, and many claim genuine concern for the welfare of children. The actual number of members in these organizations is unknown, though their power is evident. One pedophile organization’s newsletter correctly identified ten sting operations in five different states. Another exposed and compromised four federal sting operations. Clearly, these organizations have connections.

What are their beliefs and goals?

In general, these groups believe that sex with children is harmless; some even claim that sexual relations are healthy for children. Their goals include decriminalizing child molestation and lowering the age of consent.

Where do they meet?

In addition to attending conferences and conventions, members now meet primarily via the Internet where they may swap methods, success stories, even names, descriptions, and images of children. Since the early 1980’s, they have exploited the Internet to communicate with one another, spreading their propaganda to anyone who will listen.

Aren’t their activities illegal?

Most of these groups and members are careful to keep their public activities within the realm of protected civil liberties.

In 2006, a new political party (PNVD) was established in the Netherlands. Commonly referred to as “the Pedophile Party,” it seeks to lower the age of consent from 16 to 12. Opponents had asked The Hague District Court to bar the party from registering for national elections, but Judge H. Hofhuis ruled: “Freedom of expression, freedom … of association, including the freedom to set up a political party, can be seen as the basis for a democratic society.”

Are these groups a real threat?

While the average child molester does not belong to an organized group, we would be foolish not to take seriously any group whose members are committed to sexual activity with children.

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A group of RAPISTS and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:


1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.  They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or  other style that can easily be grabbed–most likely a woman with long hair .  Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing.  They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly.  Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5: 00a.m. and 8:30a.m.

5) The #1 place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. #2: office parking lots/garages.  #3: public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance. Keys are NOT a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon.  So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell,  look them in the face e and ask them a question, like what time is it or make general small talk: ‘I can’t believe it is so cold out here, or We’re in for a bad winter. Now you’ve seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP! or STAY BACK!  Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back.  Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them.  If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the Arm (between the elbow and armpit)OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD.  One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands – the guy needed stitches.  Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it – it hurts.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN.  I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful.  You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble.  Start causing trouble and he’s out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible.  The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply.  Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts!!! You may feel a little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

Things You Need to Know About Child Molesters

Understanding the Perpetrator | Sexual Assault Prevention

The Etiology of Sexual Offending Behavior and Sex Offender

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MORE SAFETY TIPS:
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in  New Orleans : If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you….chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.  RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.  The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.)  DON’T DO THIS!  The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.  AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a)    If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car.  Your Air Bag will save you.  If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it.  As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.  It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.  Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs.(Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

 

 

(SOURCE:  http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-61175.html)

(SOURCE:  http://www.ripleycounty.com/sheriff/rape.htm)

 

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