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WANTED: Sex Offender on Run

Posted by Sandra On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


Convicted child molester, Jamie Torres, is running under the radar in the Tri-Cities, where he’s wanted for failing to register as a sex offender — a felony crime he’s been busted for several times already — both in Franklin County and Benton County. Torres is also a High-Violent Offender whose been convicted of assault. READ MORE HERE

Convicted Sex Offender Raped, Impregnated Girl

Posted by Sandra On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after sexually assaulting and getting a 12-year-old girl pregnant. Jose Anthony Caracciolo, 50, is already behind bars and serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for transporting the girl out of state for sex, and had pleaded guilty in September 2014 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Investigators with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office first became aware of Caracciolo’s crimes in New Jersey in April 2013 after police in the town of Egg Harbor looked into the girl’s pregnancy. READ MORE HERE

Accused Child Rapist Surrenders

Posted by Sandra On May - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man accused in a 2015 child rape turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night, officials said. Kayoiunderne Hicks, 29, surrendered to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals said in an email. Hicks is charged in Cleveland Municipal Court with one count of aggravated rape, records show. The incident took place in June 2015, court records state. The rape victim is a child younger than 6, the marshals said. READ MORE HERE

Child Rapist Given Life Sentence

Posted by Sandra On May - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BUCYRUS, OH – He told police he raped a 5-year-old girl, and now could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Donald C. Fisher, 56, of Bucyrus, was sentenced Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years after he entered a plea of guilty to one count of first-degree felony rape. READ MORE HERE

11-MO Abused Baby Dies

Posted by Sandra On May - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DETROIT, MI – Detroit police are investigating after an 11-month-old baby died due to alleged child abuse. According to police, the baby was left with family on May 17 around 7 p.m. By 9 p.m., the family had taken him to the hospital due to difficulty breathing. The baby was in critical condition and after investigating at the hospital, they determined the baby had been abused and notified Child Protective Services. READ MORE HERE

Stepmom Receives 24-Year Sentence for Abusing Stepsons

Posted by Sandra On May - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A Knox County stepmother will spend more than two decades behind bars for abusing her stepsons. On March 12, Jessica Cox was found guilty of beating, burning and starving her two stepsons. She was convicted on 24 of the 29 counts against her. That includes 23 counts of aggravated child abuse and 1 count of reckless endangerment. READ MORE HERE

Creative Therapies are Helping Abuse Survivors to Recover

Posted by Sandra On May - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Whether it is psychological, emotional or sexual, being a victim of abuse can leave emotional and mental wounds that are much more difficult to heal than cuts and bruises. Survivors of childhood abuse may often find it immensely difficult to cope with the damage to their own mental health and the intense, negative thoughts and feelings that plague them for a long time after the actual abuse has ended. Going through abuse in childhood can lead to mental health issues in adulthood, which can hinder an individual’s ability to find peace and happiness in their life.

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts, trust issues, and distressing memories are all common problems dealt with by individuals who have survived childhood abuse and trauma. Therapy can help abuse survivors find an outlet for these negative feelings and learn new, healthier ways to combat them and improve their life and wellbeing. Creative therapies have become more and more common in recent years; here are just some of the reasons why they can be so effective.

Reason #1. An Outlet for Negative Feelings:

Often, abuse survivors find it very difficult to put their feelings, experiences and thoughts into words. Many have been conditioned not to speak about the abuse and will find it difficult to finally open up and bare all about what has happened to them. This is especially true for younger children or those who have only just begun to seek help. Creative therapies such as art therapy provide an outlet for these thoughts and feelings without requiring the patient to communicate verbally; for example, they can draw pictures to represent their feelings and emotions.

Reason #2. Provides a Distraction:

Another reason why creative therapies have become so popular amongst survivors of abuse is that they provide a welcome distraction from negative feelings and thoughts. Whether taking part in a group or as an individual, many creative therapies allow the patient to totally immerse themselves in what they are doing and focus on letting their creative juices flow, which in turn can help them to think more positively towards themselves and aid with recovery from associated mental health problems such as depression. Simple tasks such as working to create a card or paint a picture can give the patient something positive to focus on and work towards.

Reason #3. Deal with Repressed Memories:

It is not uncommon for survivors of childhood abuse to have a range of repressed memories that can become very difficult to deal with. The unique thing about creative therapies, such as art therapy, is that it gives the patient better access to their subconscious. Creativity is largely controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, which is also where memories are stored. Because of this, art can help survivors come to terms with their experiences and face repressed memories to deal with them with the help of a trained medical professional such as a counsellor.

Even after the abuse has ended, the ramifications for mental health can be devastating for the survivor. Creative therapies provide an outlet for the negative feelings and increase the chance of dealing with repressed memories and thoughts that are getting in the way of a full recovery.


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Father Arrested for Murder

Posted by Sandra On May - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

NEVADA – Las Vegas police arrested the father of a 3-year-old boy late Friday after the child reportedly drowned in a bathtub that afternoon and had apparent signs of abuse. The father, Brandon Nicholson, faces multiple felony charges including murder by child abuse, police said. About 2:10 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a home on the 4600 block of Vegas Drive to investigate the possible drowning incident. READ MORE HERE

Pope: Vatican Has 2,000 Sex Abuse Case Backlog

Posted by Sandra On May - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.” Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the Vatican’s handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis’ sex abuse advisory commission in March. Collins quit because of what she said was the “unacceptable” level of resistance within the Vatican to implementing the group’s proposals to better care for victims and protect children from priests who rape and molest them. READ MORE HERE

Pope Francis acknowledges Vatican’s 2000-case sex abuse backlog

Pope acknowledges 2,000-case backlog in sex abuse cases


PA: Convicted Rapist Arrested for Kidnapping, Murder

Posted by Sandra On May - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Police arrested Bove after a brief car and foot chase that ended in Sharon, PA Thursday

PENNSYLVANIA — Police have found the body a young female believed to be a 13-year-old girl abducted Tuesday, authorities said Thursday night. An Ashtabula man suspected of kidnapping Kara Zdanczewski of Ashtabula was nabbed Thursday afternoon by police in Sharon, Pa., authorities said. The suspect did not bring Kara back home after an outing, police said. The Pennsylvania State Police Major Crimes Unit identified the man as 46-year-old John R. Bove, of Ashtabula. Initial reports, however, identified the man as from Pennsylvania. Bove is a registered sex offender in the state of Ohio, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s database. He was convicted of rape in 1990 in New York. READ MORE HERE



NCAA Referee Charged With Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On May - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SOUTH CAROLINA – When the University of South Carolina became NCAA women’s basketball champions early last month, longtime referee Wesley Dean was spending his 57th day in Cobb County jail on child molestation charges. Weeks later, a Cobb grand jury indicted him on two molestation charges and a count of enticing a child for indecent exposure, court records show. As of Thursday afternoon, Dean remained in jail without bond. READ MORE HERE

29 Suspects Face 170 Charges of Raping 18 Children

Posted by Sandra On May - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Twenty six men and two women appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child neglect, child abduction, supplying drugs and making of indecent images of children. The 29th defendant, who is in custody, did not appear for the hearing on Thursday. The defendants were greeted by protesters outside the court building, where a number of police were on duty. The allegations are non-recent sexual offences, dating back to between 2004 and 2011, and relate to 18 women, who were children at the time. The youngest child involved was 11 years old. READ MORE HERE


Shocking Child Sex Dolls Sold

Posted by Sandra On May - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

“Adrian’s Act” Would Hold Anyone Accountable Who Fails to Report

Posted by Sandra On May - 7 - 2017 Comments Off on “Adrian’s Act” Would Hold Anyone Accountable Who Fails to Report

‘Adrian’s Act’ would hold anyone who keeps quiet on child abuse accountable

A Kansas City, Kansas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create an added penalty in child abuse cases in the wake of the death of a young boy who had been tortured and abused in his family’s home. Rep. Louis Ruiz, a Kansas City, Kan., Democrat, introduced Adrian’s Act on Friday. Ruiz said he and other members of the Wyandotte County delegation felt they should take responsibility and try to help. READ MORE HERE

Kansas Democrat introduces Adrian’s Act after death


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