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Online child predator protection

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
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As the popularity of the Internet increases daily, so does the number of children who are being solicited by online predators.

The recent case of the 11-year old St. Tammany Parish girl who was abducted and taken to Mississippi is another tragic case of an innocent child being manipulated and eventually assaulted by an online predator.



Courts overwhelmed with child abuse victims restitution claims

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

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Criminals living behind bars for downloading and viewing child pornography are facing more than prison time as a novel — and judicially vexing — series of lawsuits has spread across the country and into Greenville.

Federal prosecutors from coast to coast are receiving requests from victims who a decade since their abuse are seeking millions of dollars in restitution from those who have been convicted of child porn charges but weren’t directly involved in the abuse.



Child abuse in foster care

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

FORTY ALLEGATIONS of child abuse have been made against foster carers living in two local health office areas in Dublin.

In three of the cases the carers had not undergone Garda vetting, which is mandatory under national guidelines.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) told Minister for Children Barry Andrews about the abuse cases in March following an audit of its foster care services, which revealed serious deficiencies in a system catering for 90 per cent of the 5,500 children in State care.



“Worst case of child abuse ever seen…”

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors are calling it the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen.

Investigators say Andreia Huffman and her husband, Jason Dunikowski, from Slavic Township, abused their nine children inside their home and left an 8-year-old boy hog-tied underneath a table at night. The boy was not allowed to attend school and suffered numerous broken noses after having his face smashed into the wall.

The torturous acts finally came to an end when the boy’s brother called Cleveland’s Child Abuse Hotline.



Child Brides Flogged In Afghanistan

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


New York Times:

The ordeal of Afghanistan’s child brides illustrates an uncomfortable truth. What in most countries would be considered a criminal offense is in many parts of Afghanistan a cultural norm, one which the government has been either unable or unwilling to challenge effectively.

Read the whole story here:

New York Times

Child abuse officer arrested

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Glen Boulton

Police officer who headed child abuse unit accused of string of sex offences on young girls

A police officer who headed a child abuse investigation unit is facing a string of child sex offence charges, it has emerged.

Detective Inspector Glen Boulton of West Midlands Police is accused of six sex offences involving two girls aged under 16.


Couple charged in boy’s death in Utah

Posted by Sandra On May - 30 - 2010 1 COMMENT
FARMINGTON, Utah — Aggravated murder charges were filed Friday against the mother and stepfather of a 4-year old boy who police said was beaten to death then disfigured and buried in the mountains.
Stephanie Sloop, 27, and Nathanael Sloop, 31, did not enter pleas during their initial court appearance. They were being held without bail in the death of Ethan Stacy.

Man found guilty of sex crimes against a child

Posted by Sandra On May - 30 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Francisco Sarabia

CARLSBAD — One little girl grew up with a part of her life that was different than other girls, although she did not know it at the time.A male relative would periodically ask her to undress and would inspect her genital area to make sure she was “clean.”

The routine did not begin to feel wrong until she got older, when the man gave her objects and he showed her how to masturbate so she would not have to go out with boys.



Child abuse deaths increase

Posted by Sandra On May - 30 - 2010 4 COMMENTS

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA – There were four times as many child abuse and neglect deaths in Sacramento County in 2008 than 2007, according to a report prepared for the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

The numbers showed 12 children’s deaths were ruled homicides compared to three in 2007. Biological parents were responsible for most of the deaths, according to the report, and half of the victims were known to Child Protective Services.



Church Covered Up My Rape as Teen

Posted by Sandra On May - 30 - 2010 2 COMMENTS

Tina Anderson as a teen. She alleges she was raped and impregnated  by a New Hampshire church deacon in 1997, then the church covered up the  crime.

A woman now living in Arizona alleges she was raped twice 13 years ago by a prominent member of her church at the time, the fundamentalist Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, N.H.

Tina Anderson says the rapes resulted in her becoming pregnant when she was only 15.



Why Are Statistics Rising?

Posted by Sandra On May - 28 - 2010 1 COMMENT
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Why are child abuse statistics on the rise?  There are a myriad of reasons from more reporting, an increasing population, changing definitions to better recording systems.  But the fact remains that national child abuse statistics are rising and that is most disconcerting.



Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Sandra On May - 28 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Child Abuse

Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible sign, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse or child neglect, also leave deep, long lasting scars. Some signs of child abuse are subtler than others. However, by learning common types of abuse and what you can do, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal from their abuse and not perpetuate the cycle. Learn the signs and symptoms of child abuse and help break the cycle, finding out where to get help for the children and their caregivers.



Hot Car=Child’s Death

Posted by Sandra On May - 28 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
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Toddler Dies in Hot Car After Day Care Mix-up

MEEKER, OK — A 2-year-old girl is dead after she was left inside a car for close to 7 hours Wednesday.

The girl’s mother, Sarenity Morse, says a friend was supposed to drop the young girl and two other children off at the Tender Care Daycare Wednesday morning.



N.J.–Mom Blew a .39 With Three Kids In Car

Posted by Sandra On May - 28 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Police: Mom Blows .39 With  Three Kids In Car

Mahwah, NJ – Georgette Massi, 36, is accused of driving drunk with three children in her car. Massi had a BAC of .39 – nearly 5 times the legal limit. Jesus! At that level, I’d be way past puking and incapacitated and into a coma of sorts. She was pulled over Wednesday afternoon for swerving and driving at a low rate of speed.




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