She shot to fame with a provocative Calvin Klein ad campaign in the seventies and starring roles in the films The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love in the eighties. Yet behind the glitz and glamour that accompanied her celebrity, Brooke Shields recalls a childhood that was overshadowed by her mother’s dependency on alcohol. In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir There Was A Little Girl the 49-year-old has turned the spotlight on her relationship with her mother Teri Shields, who passed away at the age of 79 in 2012. READ MORE HERE
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Hollywood star reveals he suffered horrific child abuse
Hollywood actor Alan Cumming has revealed the horrific abuse he suffered as a child, at the hands of his father. The X Men star has opened up about his troubled childhood in his new autobiography, Not My Father’s Son. The Scottish actor talks in detail about his tough upbringing, and says that his father Alex, who died in 2010, used to beat him throughout his childhood. In one particularly troubling chapter, Alan recalls a time when his father held him down and cut his hair off with a pair of clippers used for shaving sheep. “My head was propelled forward by his hand, the other one wielding a rusty pair of clippers that he used on the sheep. They were blunt and dirty and they cut my skin, but my father shaved my head with them, holding me down like an animal,” wrote Alex. READ MORE HERE
Rose was just 15, a student at Central Bucks South — and lonely. She logged on to the social networking site Myspace, sharing secrets with an older man about her troubled and abusive home life. He told her what she wanted to hear: that he’d take care of her. He bought her a Chanel purse, spent hundreds of dollars on meals for her and treated her to manicures and pedicures. He made her feel pretty, wanted. Rose, whose real name is being withheld, left home and moved in with him. Soon, they moved out of the area where she had been raised. And then he began asking for “favors.” READ MORE HERE
Jane Fonda opens up about her mother’s suicide and history of sexual abuse
Jane Fonda, 76, told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused and eventually committed suicide. Fonda made the personal revelation at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, which provides comprehensive free treatment for sexual assault victims. She hosted the Rape Foundation’s annual fundraising brunch on Sunday at billionaire Ron Burkle’s Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills. READ MORE HERE
A new book has expressed in detail the sexual activities of a Satanic sex cult that apparently controlled a single cul-de-sac in the village of Kidwelly, Wales, and submitted a young girl from the age of seven to varied sexual abuse in a bid to appease the imagined God of an Edwardian sadist. The book, called the ‘Devil on the Doorstep‘, tells of the group which followed the teaching of ‘The Great Beast’ Aleister Crowley, who inducted the girl into their ring after she witnessed her mother performing sexual acts as part of a pseudo-religious ceremony when she was only seven years old. At the age of eleven the group leader took her virginity and she was soon being subjected to group orgies. READ MORE HERE
Redfoo reveals he was victim of bullying as mixed race child and opens up about mother’s abusive ex boyfriend in candid interview
Redfoo may have made a name for himself as a wild-haired, leopard-print wearing party rocker. But underneath the brightly colored exterior, the X Factor judge hides a tough past of school-yard bullying and domestic abuse. Opening up about his difficult childhood on a special edition of Sunday Night this week, the former LMFAO singer revealed he was called ‘Oreo’ and ‘zebra’ while being chastised for being of mixed race. READ MORE HERE
At some point during their childhood, one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused, and an estimated 85% of those children are abused by people they know. At age 12 and age 14, actress Jan Broberg was kidnapped, repeatedly sexually abused, and raped by a close family friend, and was so brainwashed that she believed that her abuser was her soulmate. Now, a grown-up and well-adjusted Broberg is currently filming a documentary to tell her story, in hopes of educating families about how to protect their children from being preyed upon, especially by those they know. READ MORE HERE
Robert Montagu was abused by his father, the 10th Earl of Sandwich
When Robert Montagu, younger brother of the Earl of Sandwich, first decided to publish his memoir, he thought he’d present it as fiction, using a pseudonym, such was the painful nature of the story that was about to unfold. His was a disturbing tale about an innocent seven-year-old boy whose father confused love with lust and abused him on an almost daily basis until he was 11. Yet Robert, son of the 10th Earl of Sandwich, knew all too well this was not fiction. And when A Humour Of Love is published next month, it will be under his own name. READ MORE HERE
Furious families demand the truth about child sex abuse scandals
A secret Catholic Church report found an Australian parish priest had been internally investigated and found guilty of child sex abuse, despite no criminal charges ever being laid against him. A report into a confidential investigation into Father Peter Searson of the Doveton parish, south east of Melbourne, in 1997 found he was guilty of the offences, ABC’s Four Corners reports. While Cardinal George Pell rejected a church cover-up of Father Searson’s crimes when he gave evidence at last year’s Victorian inquiry into child sex abuse, he did not make reference to the internal 1997 investigation or the finding that he had sexually abused children in his parish. READ MORE HERE
Editor’s Note: This material was sent to us from a prison from a convicted child molester. As Editor, I have chosen to publish it, without any editing, to offer an opening to others to understand something more about those who sexually abuse children. Whatever a reader may think of the content of the material, it is an effort by a child molester to produce a primary prevention approach.
CHILD SEXUAL MOLESTATION
Recognizing, Stopping, Surviving
From Victim, To Molester, To survivor
My name is Randall Blake and I am currently committed at the Big Muddy Correctional Center in Ina, Illinois under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act. I have no release date as I am here for therapy in the Sex Offender Treatment Program. I was arrested on the 13th of July, 1995 and have been in this program for over six years. You may ask why I even bother to do this as I have no release date. The reason is YOU, each and everyone who is reading this now.
I have made a total of 14 contact victims, both male and female, ranging in ages from 6 to 19 years old. The number of secondary victims belonging, not only to my victims’ families, but to my own also are uncountable. What I have done is now almost unbearable to me now that I reflect upon it.
Thankfully, God has given me the courage to set myself out to you and take responsibility for my action. As embarrassing and humiliating to me as it is, it is nothing in comparison with the harm I have caused to my victims. I pray that by reading this, it will help you to believe when a child tells you about something like this and you will help him, or her, to get the treatment and justice they need to become survivors in a healthy way. Let them know you care and that with God all things are possible.
‘My dad murdered my mother – and then sold me to Yemen as a wife when I was 13′
With her dark hair neatly pinned back, glamorous sense of style and remarkably unlined skin, Gabriella Gillespie, 50, looks every inch the professional mother-of-five. But her immaculate looks conceal a dark secret, for unlike her neighbors in the quiet Bristol suburb that she calls home, Gabriella is a former child bride. Now, more than 20 years after escaping her violent rapist husband, she has written a memoir in the hopes that telling her story will help prevent other girls from going through the same trauma. READ MORE HERE
Horrific abuse of 8-year-old only uncovered when her own mother bashed her to death with a vacuum cleaner pipe
A Queensland girl, who was bashed to death by her mother, became ‘invisible’ in the system as her one year absence from school went undetected until it was too late, a court heard on Friday. The eight-year-old was found dead at her Cairns home after being repeatedly hit with a vacuum cleaner pipe in November 2011. Her mother, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is serving a seven-year sentence after last year pleading guilty to manslaughter. The girl’s stepfather was receiving Centrelink payments while the child’s school was told the family had moved overseas. He was sentenced to three years in jail on the same charge for ignoring the abuse. READ MORE HERE
CHARLESTON, IL — A Gibson County man who saved a newborn baby’s life 18 years ago surprised her at her high school graduation. Little Skyler James was saved by current AMR Rep. Charlie Heflin in 1995. Skyler recently graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, Illinois. Following the ceremony, little did she know she was in for an emotional reunion. The story begins back in November, 1995 on a very cold morning in Champaign, Illinois. “My birth mother abandoned me,” said Skyler. “I was left in a cemetery. That night, there was a call put out to the dispatchers.” READ MORE HERE
A Donegal woman who was raped and sexually abused from the age of seven until she was sixteen, has broken her silence. Arylene Murphy is telling her story to let others know just how much the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre can help. This is the first time that the Ballyshannon woman, who will be 50 next month, has ever spoken publicly about the sexual abuse she endured from the age of seven to the age of sixteen. Not understanding what had happened to her, she, like so many others, turned to drink and drugs in an effort to escape her pain. READ MORE HERE
Horrific ordeal of woman nearly killed in Biblical sacrifice when she was just two-years old
Susannah Birch remembers the day her mother prepared her for a ritual Old Testament sacrifice, cutting her throat with a kitchen knife and preparing to roast her in the oven of the family home in the small Queensland town of Dalby. It was the Australia weekend in January 1989, when Birch was two years old and the only child of parents John and Linda Andrew who were Seventh Day Adventists. In a seemingly ordinary domestic scene, the family house was undergoing a bathroom renovation, John Andrew had been watching a cricket test on television and had gone to work. READ MORE HERE
In a book by the female Robertsons, the reality show’s stars don’t shy away from serious topics
Personal Stories, Advice, and Support
He Did It .
I was only 11 when this started happening . I was starting 5th grade. one night while sleeping with my little sister i wake up. i see her awake and i ask her “why are you awake?” she responds bk saying “he was in here.” she was referring to my older brother. i didn’t think much of it until my little sister stopped sharing a room with me. I was sleeping and what i feel was someone on top of me kissing my neck. i wake up and he was on top of me ! i pushed him off he got back up and smacked me . he got back on top of me and held me down . i was screaming help but he covered my mouth. he grabbed my boob and squeezed it hard . i felt the pain and after that he took my pants off and he forced is **** into me . he knew i would scream ! so he covered my face with a pillow . i couldnt breathe all i could o was just kick my legs . he kept forcing it in and out ! after he was done he whispered to me if you tell ill kill you . in the morning i saw blood and *** and tears everywhere ! i couldnt get up . after he left the house for while i ran to my dad crying . he didnt believe me ! he said he would talk to him . he did . the next 2 nights he came with a knife an ripped my shirt open and cut my chest . READ MORE HERE
A slim, pretty and vivacious blonde, Cynthia Duckett charmed everyone she met. To her neighbors, she was a doting mother to her daughter Terrie and her younger son Paul. Along with her partner, Peter Bond-Wonneberger, they seemed to be a wonderfully happy family. Yet beneath the facade, they were falling apart. Peter was meting out savage beatings to Cynthia’s children, and in his thrall, she turned a blind eye. READ MORE HERE
College student shares spring break nightmare of kidnapping, rape
MICHIGAN – A student at Michigan State University, who will remain anonymous, went on a spring break trip like many college kids do. But she encountered a horrifying experience — one she is now sharing with others to warn about the dangers of thinking you’re invincible. She was with her friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at a club. They decided to go back to the hotel for the night, but she says she couldn’t find her friends so she was going to get a cab by herself. READ MORE HERE
‘Illegitimate son’ of Mr. T filed $5.4 million lawsuit against The A-Team star because he ‘abandoned’ him and caused him to join a gang
A man claiming to be the illegitimate son of Mr. T filed a $5.4 million lawsuit last year claiming that the TV star had abandoned him at a young age causing him to become emotionally unstable and join a gang. In the legal papers, Alexander Taylor, 25, of San Diego, California, claimed that the actor – real name Laurence Tureaud – walked out of his life because ‘he did not fit into Mr. T’s public image.’ According to the June 2013 lawsuit, Taylor ‘was born May 25, 1988 to Vanessa Taylor (mother) and Mr. T (father)’. READ MORE HERE
Country singer, Jimmy Wayne, is on mission against child abuse
The problem of child neglect and abuse is personal for country singer Jimmy Wayne. His mother was in and out of prison, so from age 8, Wayne was in and out of North Carolina’s foster-care system. When he was 13, his mom and her fifth husband abandoned him in a Pensacola, Fla., parking lot. At age 16, he was a homeless high school dropout. An elderly couple took him in — saved him, he says — and he survived. Now he travels the country as an advocate for agencies, programs and policies that help other kids do the same. READ MORE HERE
Who can forget the golden locks of Lucy Ewing? She was the pretty petite blond on the hit series “Dallas” in the 80’s and 90’s. The actress who played the teen Ewing, Charlene Tilton, says found inspiration from her time in foster care. Tilton took time to talk about this dark chapter in her life. She shared it with a teen girl currently in foster care at Doris Bergman’s 6th Annual Valentine and Oscar Style Suite and Lounge at Fig and Olive Restaurant in West Hollywood. She gave Harmony a big hug and words of encouragement. She talked about her own journey of going from foster home to foster home. She describes her mother as severely mentally ill. She remembers deciding as a child that she could never depend on anyone. READ MORE HERE
‘We used to cry and scream he was hurting us, but nothing would stop him’
Two women who were sexually abused as children by their stepfather have spoken out in a bid to help other victims after his crimes went unpunished for nearly two decades. Katie Shortman, 24, and Dellisa Shortman, 25, have bravely spoken out after Paul Ward was jailed for four years when he admitted two counts of indecent assault. Ward, 50, of Sale, Greater Manchester, began abusing his two stepdaughters in the early 90s, when they were aged just five and six. READ MORE HERE
Sitting in his wheelchair beside his parents Tuesday night, Billy Travis flails his arm and lets out a small squeak. Mother Kim Travis immediately responds, checking him and making sure his head is positioned OK, saying something like “Oh I know,” with a cheerful tone. The 7-year-old is likely having a seizure — one of five larger ones he has in an hour and a half — and isn’t registering a word of what Kim has said due to a traumatic brain injury suffered nearly three years ago. Kim and her husband Bob know the outlook for Billy is grim and that he will never respond the way their other children do, but they’re still doing everything they can to keep him comfortable. READ MORE HERE
‘I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different’
Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow penned an open letter Saturday on a New York Times blog, publicly accusing the controversial filmmaker of sexually assaulting her when she was a young girl. Farrow’s first-person account, which appeared on reporter Nicholas Kritoff’s blog, marks the first time that Miss Farrow, the daughter of actress Mia Farrow, has directly addressed the alleged sex abuse. In gut-wrenching detail, Dylan Farrow wrote in her statement how at age seven, her adoptive father, Allen, allegedly led her by the hand to a dim attic on the second floor of their house. READ MORE HERE
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