We hope you will decide to report your attack to the police. While there’s no way to change what happened to you, you can seek justice while helping to stop it from happening to someone else. Reporting to the police is the key to preventing sexual assault: every time we lock up a rapist, we’re preventing him or her from committing another attack. It’s the most effective tool that exists to prevent future rapes. In the end, though, whether or not to report is your decision to make.
WEST POINT, Utah — A teenager was arrested Thursday in the deaths of his two younger brothers, ages 4 and 10, at the family home in a Utah subdivision of new houses and tidy lawns, police said. Authorities believe the boys died from knife wounds and that the 15-year-old boy acted alone in what appeared to be an unplanned attack, Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson said. “As result of the emerging details, the 15-year-old juvenile has officially been taken into custody,” Richardson said.
Police are investigating if 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina committed suicide because she was bullied online and at a school known for below-average student happiness. 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in Queens Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. According to the report, a classmate said Molina was teased in school and online about cutting herself compulsively. Students reportedly told the news organization that Molina’s 15-year-old sister had posted since-removed photos of Gabrielle’s cut arms on Instagram.
PALMDALE, CA — The mother of an 8-year-old boy found not breathing in a Palmdale apartment was arrested on suspicion of child abuse Thursday. Rescue officials received a call about a child needing help around 11 p.m. Wednesday. The boy was found unconscious, with markings around his ankles suggesting he may have been tied up, detectives said. He was also found to have cigarette burns on his body and a skull fracture. The boy was transported to an area hospital where he remained in critical condition. Authorities believe the boy may have been tortured.
PORT CANAVERAL, FL — More than two hours before the Disney Dream left port here last August, a Disney Cruise Line crew member was captured on ship surveillance video molesting an 11-year-old girl in an elevator – a crime Disney Cruise Line said it believes it must by law report immediately. But a Local 6 investigation reveals the incident was not reported until the next day, long after the ship had slipped out of port, enabling the 33-year-old suspect to evade investigation and prosecution by Florida authorities. Disney Cruise Line at first claimed last week it did report the crime while the ship was still in port on Aug. 5. Then, after being told by Local 6 and Port Canaveral police that was not true, the cruise line changed its account.
A 15-year-old girl has been abducted in Iowa, and police say the suspect in the case was found dead from apparently self-inflicted injuries before they could question him. Kathlynn Shepard and a 12-year-old friend disappeared soon after exiting their school bus in Dayton, Iowa on Monday afternoon, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Around 4:30 p.m., the 12-year-old girl ran to a rural residence about five miles away in Pilot Mound and asked for help.
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Sandusky police are investigating the stabbing death of an 11-week-old baby girl. The baby was stabbed at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a Dewey Street residence and transported to Firelands Hospital where she died early Friday morning, according to Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech. Police said 19-year-old Denzel Castile was fighting with family members when officers arrived at the house. He grabbed the baby and ran down a hallway, where he stabbed the girl in front of police and family, Orzech said.
VANCOUVER, WA — A Beaverton police officer already facing charges of food stamp fraud is now accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old child. The SWAT team was called out to a Vancouver home Wednesday leading to the arrest of Christopher Warren. It all began unfolding around 3:20 p.m. on the 9200 block of Northeast 14th Way. Detectives from the Children’s Justice Center utilized the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team to serve a warrant at a home.
A retired Church of England priest found guilty of a catalogue of historic sex attacks on young children at a Barnardo’s home has been jailed for 10 years. Canon Gordon Rideout, 74, abused more than a dozen girls and boys at the now closed home at Ifield Hall in Crawley, West Sussex, over a four-year period. The former Anglican clergyman from Polegate, East Sussex, also indecently assaulted two girls at an army site in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. At Lewes Crown Court, Rideout was found guilty of 34 counts of indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape on 16 children between January 1962 and January 1973. He was cleared of one count of indecent assault on a boy at a second Barnardo’s home in Essex. As he was sentenced today, the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said Rideout had caused ‘immeasurable and destructive suffering’ over a long period of time.
A North Texas husband and wife have been charged with felony injury to a child after their 4-year-old adopted son was found dead at their home. Police in Cleburne, Texas arrested David, 46, and Angel Cook, 35, on Monday after an autopsy report indicated Buddy Cook’s death was a homicide. The body was discovered March 22. Earlier Child Protective Services affidavits said Buddy apparently died of dehydration and malnutrition and the parents didn’t seek medical attention.
Maine — A 20-year-old Orono man was charged Tuesday with murder in connection with the death of Nichole Cable, a 15-year-old girl from Glenburn. Police discovered a body they believe is Cable’s on Monday night in a wooded area of Old Town. Kyle J. Dube was charged with intentional and knowing murder, police announced during a press conference at the former Superior Court building. Dube’s arrest came nine days after Cable was last seen alive on Mother’s Day evening. Hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement personnel had spent many of those days searching for the missing girl, combing the woods and fields for miles around Cable’s home.
Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. A central characteristic of any abuse is domination of the child by the perpetrator through deception, force, or coercion into sexual activity. Children, due to their age, cannot give meaningful consent to sexual activity.
Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, Gabrielle Union and Christina Ricci headline innovative RAINN campaign to help survivors of child sexual abuse. Nearly half of all victims of sexual assault are under the age of 18. It’s never too late for anyone – - adult survivors or children – - to get help. Contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or online @ rainn.org to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through.
The bruises to a 2-year-old boy who investigators say was beaten extend from his “head to his knees,” and it’s some of the worst injuries one Washington County Sheriff’s official said he’s ever seen. The boy’s mother, Amanda Percell, 22, and a man investigators said is her boyfriend, Andres Lorenze Allen, 29, 533 Browning Road, Telford, are both charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect or endangerment.
HAUGHTON, LA – Authorities arrested three Ark-La-Tex daycare workers, accused of child abuse involving at least eight children, ranging in age from 1 to 4, in alleged incidents over the past two weeks. Investigators say they received a tip this week about the alleged abuse happening at the TLC Child Care and Learning Center, located in the 4600 block of Highway 80 East in Haughton, Louisiana. On Wednesday (5/15/13), the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 23 year old Tronica Peterson of Haughton and 25 year old Antionikia Moncrief of Minden. Each faces two counts of simple battery and cruelty to a juvenile. And, 31 year old Fanisty Kennon of Haughton faces six counts of simple battery. Authorities say Peterson videotaped several of the incidents.
ROSWELL, N.M – Police are looking for a man who is wanted on numerous child abuse charges. Taylor Adams, 20, is wanted in Roswell for 15 counts of sexual assault on a child and nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call Roswell police.
A girl not yet 13 years old and still in 6th grade invited her classmate to her home and murdered her, hacking off her head and arms and bagging them out of resentment of her being prettier than herself. Recently, Guangxi Hechi City Intermediate People’s Court pronounced its final judgment: The defendant’s parents is to compensate the plaintiff 108,000 yuan for all sorts of expenses.
JACKSON, MI – Bella and Corey Austin were sitting in dirty, cold water and Daniel Ronquillo said he started to put new water in the tub. He said he turned on the hot and cold water and left the bathroom, only returning when he said he heard 2-year-old “C.J.” screaming. “I couldn’t believe what I was looking at,” he testified Wednesday, May 15. Their skin, floating in the tub, looked like wet toilet paper.
A Missouri woman believed she had found a blanket filled with puppies under a tree — but it was really a newborn boy. Kaitlin Norton, a 20-year old Ellisville, Missouri woman, gave birth to a baby boy in her boyfriend’s basement laundry room, then abandoned him under a pine tree wrapped in a blanket. Norton had concealed the pregnancy from everyone and her boyfriend, who was away at school, was unaware that Norton was pregnant.
ORLANDO, FL — A central Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to the statutory maximum of 20 years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography and 25 years of supervised release. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). According to court documents, Jose Manuel Rivera Jr., 35, of Melbourne, downloaded and collected more than a dozen movies depicting the sexual exploitation and abuse of prepubescent children, some as young as three years old. Rivera also admitted to molesting a toddler on two separate occasions when the child had previously lived in his family’s home.
An 11-year-old girl found wandering alone and disoriented in China was the victim of horrifying abuse at the hands of her father, it has emerged. The young girl’s mouth had been stitched up with fishing cord and her head submerged in boiling water, her skin had been pierced with sewing needles, and she had been hung upside down and beaten, according to reports. The girl, named as Xiao Li, who is now recovering in hospital, has scars all over her body and chunks of hair are missing from her scalded scalp.
On the photo-sharing app Instagram, search the keywords #Fairfax, #Rockville or #DC and up pops hundreds of photos from children. Among them, until recently, were many from Kyle, a 12-year-old. His full name, Gaithersburg middle school and favorite Montgomery County hangouts were on public display before his parents put a stop to it. Technically, Kyle was not supposed to be on Instagram, the mobile app owned by Facebook. The company’s policy sets the minimum age at 13. But Kyle said he was able to join easily, no questions asked. Within minutes of setting up his account this past fall, he was uploading “selfies” of his cherubic face and blond mop top and tagging photos of friends with their names.
A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt, Albuquerque police said Thursday. The young girl was playing in her yard at an apartment complex in Albuquerque’s North Valley when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl’s mother.
National Missing Children’s Day is May 25. News of abducted children frightens us all, but there are precautions we can take to protect our kids. Child safety is a team effort between parents, caregivers, attentive adults and the children themselves. Consider these steps to improve your child’s safety: Talk to Your Kids Talk to your kids about potentially [...]
Two mothers have been charged with cruelty after leaving their children at a beach bar to go on a Mother’s Day booze cruise, police said. Billie Jean Williams, 27, and 28-year-old Mary Joyce Daffron were arrested after their children, aged eight and six respectively, went up to staff at Gator Joe’s Bar and Grill in Ocklawaha, Florida and said that their mothers had gone. The mothers allegedly left their children in the care of a man they had just met while they went on a booze cruise on Lake Weir on Sunday.
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