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Child Abduction

Posted by Sandra On January - 11 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Some important information about kidnappings in the U.S.

Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor from the custody of the child’s natural parents or legally appointed guardians. 20 percent of the children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in non-family abductions are not found alive. In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home.

The first step in protecting your child from potential abductors is to know what you’re dealing with. Here are some important — and potentially surprising — facts about child abductions in the United States:

    • Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.
    • In 2001, 840,279 people (adults and children) were reported missing to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The FBI estimates that 85 to 90 percent of those (roughly 750,000 people or 2,000 per day) reported missing were children. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours.
    • Based on the identity of the perpetrator, there are three distinct types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a relative of the victim or “family kidnapping” (49 percent), kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or “acquaintance kidnapping” (27 percent), and kidnapping by a stranger to the victim or “stranger kidnapping” (24 percent).
    • Family kidnapping is committed primarily by parents, involves a larger percentage of female perpetrators (43 percent) than other types of kidnapping offenses, occurs more frequently to children under 6, equally victimizes juveniles of both sexes, and most often originates in the home.
    • Acquaintance kidnapping involves a comparatively high percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of female and teenage victims, is more often associated with other crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and residences, and has the highest percentage of injured victims.
    • Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males, occurs primarily at outdoor locations, victimizes both teenagers and school-age children, is associated with sexual assaults in the case of girl victims and robberies in the case of boy victims (although not exclusively so), and is the type of kidnapping most likely to involve the use of a firearm.
    • Only about one child out of each 10,000 missing children reported to the local police is not found alive. However, about 20 percent of the children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in nonfamily abductions are not found alive.
    • In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child’s home.
    • Most potential abductors grab their victims on the street or try to lure them into their vehicles.
    • About 74 percent of the victims of nonfamily child abduction are girls.
    • Acting quickly is critical. Seventy-four percent of abducted children who are ultimately murdered are dead within three hours of the abduction.
    • One in five children 10 to 17 years old receive unwanted sexual solicitations online.
    • In a 1998 study of parents’ worries by pediatricians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, nearly three-quarters of parents said they feared their children might be abducted. One-third of parents said this was a frequent worry — a degree of fear greater than that held for any other concern, including car accidents, sports injuries, or drug addiction.
  • International Parental Child Abduction – Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • Child Abduction: Resources for Victims and Families
  • Preventing Abductions – KidsHealth
  • Facts & Stats – Child Find of America
  • 12 facts on child abductions | Parent24
  • National Child Kidnapping Facts – Polly Klaas Foundation
  • Facts on Parental Child Abduction
  • Child Abduction Facts | Child Rescue Network

Bikers Against Child Abuse Protect Child At Court Hearing

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on Bikers Against Child Abuse Protect Child At Court Hearing

The girl stepped into the courtroom with her new biker friends.They had provided a motorcade escort to her family — two motorcyclists ahead of a donated car (no identifying plates) and two behind. They cocooned the 13-year-old when she entered the Wyandotte County building.The bikers, with prosecutors and counsel, surrounded her as she and her parents walked down the hallways and to their seats before a judge. READ MORE HERE

4-YO Girl Tortured, Killed

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on 4-YO Girl Tortured, Killed

MICHIGAN – A 4-year-old girl who died after allegedly being tortured by her mother and boyfriend had been so badly burned that her big toe fell off and melted skin was found in the bathtub. The gruesome details surrounding Gabby Barrett’s death emerged after the little girl’s mother Candice Diaz, 24, and her boyfriend Brad Fields, 28, were captured by police on Tuesday. The couple had sparked a nationwide manhunt after going on the run from Sumpter Township on New Year’s Day after Gabby died. They were arrested 792 miles away in southern Georgia. READ MORE HERE

Former Missionary Sentenced to 40-Years for Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on Former Missionary Sentenced to 40-Years for Child Sex Abuse

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children while working as a missionary in Haiti. A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 36-year-old Daniel Pye was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted in November of three counts of traveling in foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. READ MORE HERE


Killer Jon Venables Charged With Indecent Child Abuse Images

Posted by Sandra On January - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

One of toddler James Bulger’s killers has been charged over indecent images of children and his trial is to be held in private at an unnamed court, the Crown Prosecution Service has said. Jon Venables was returned to prison in November after he was allegedly caught with child abuse images. The CPS released a statement on Friday revealing that he had been charged and was to face trial. READ MORE HERE



Posted by Sandra On January - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Bullying: Experts share advice for parents, students


Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.

Frequency of Bullying

There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:

  • The 2010–2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
  • The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.


The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every seven minutes a child is bullied. Bullying became a household term in the 2000’s after the issue rose to national prominence in the wake of tragic stories of children and teenagers who had taken their lives because they were being picked on in school. Bullying is defined as repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, according to StopBullying.gov. Although countless nonprofit organizations and school programs have sprouted up to tackle the issue, it seems bullying is not going away. READ MORE HERE


Revealed: Shocking Bullying Statistics 2014

Bullying Statistics, The Ultimate Guide

The BULLY Project

Bullying: The advice you got is wrong. Here’s what really works 

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies – KidsHealth

Anti-bullying advice

Dr. Phil.com – Advice – Dealing with Bullies

Bullying Advice – Bullystoppers.com

Expert Advice on Bullying – Parents.com














Petition For Removal Of Cyber-bullying


To report a website or blog you think may be harassing anyone, please use these:


FBI in connection to the Internet Crime Complaint Center





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A 501 (c) 3 Corporation Offering *Awareness *Education *Training *Resources *Healing for Schools, Workplaces, & Communities

ABUSE BITES is a non-profit organization educates the public on bullying. They are the ABC’s to stopping Abuse, Bullying, Violence, and Poverty — The Abuse Bites Corporation, helping kids, teens, adults, families, and entire communities be a safer, healthier, and productive. Founded in 2005 by lifelong Abuse Survivor, Lisa Freeman–a middle school drop out, abused runaway, who suffered through two horrifically abusive marriages. Yet at 26, this single mother, went on to college and overcame every obstacle in her path to reclaim her life. Today she’s an Award Winning Author, Speaker, the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA, and a Certified Pet Therapist & Dog Trainer.

Abuse Bites & A Time to Heal work to raise awareness and educate communities on abuse, bullying and violence prevention to bring equality and healing to all humanity through writing, speaking, teaching, and pet therapy. Our goal is to encourage others to be the CHANGE, so we can CHANGE HEARTS & SAVE LIVES. Abuse Bites & A Time To Heal came together in 2006 after Lisa Freeman saw the devastation and effects of bullying/abuse not only in her own family and pets, but in the entire USA & World. She began doing extensive research and put the Abuse Bites educational program together to offer healing and hopehad her curriculum approved, and began speaking in schools, libraries, churches and work places all over Michigan.

What Statistics Say

  • 1 out of 10 kids are bullied on a regular basis
  • 40 % of all teens/kids are Cyber Bullied
  • In 85% of all Playground Bullying there is no intervention
  • 160,000 kids miss school every day for fear of bullying
  • 1 teen dies every 1/2 hour in the USA from bullying/bullycide
  • Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are 63% more likely to be bullied than others
  • 86% of people in the workforce experience bullying, a whopping 71.5 million, & most of them fear speaking up




Ugly Ted Needs A Best Friend!

Ugly Ted may not be your typical looking teddy bear, but with a beautiful inner soul and lovable heart, he is as adorable and desirable as any of the other teddies out there.

Ugly Ted is truly tired of being bullied, harassed and made to feel lonely. While other “prettier” teddy bears are treated with love and respect, Ugly Ted can only dream of feeling accepted and being apart of a family.

“Ugly bears need love too, as they are not ugly inside. No matter what someone looks like, or where they are from, always remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated”, Ugly Ted says.

It’s now up to us to protect bullying victims like Ugly Ted and shower them with the much needed love they deserve.

Please give Ugly Ted a home and a hug by opening your heart and sharing tender loving care! Help make this world a little more beautiful!

Adopt Ugly Ted!

World’s ugliest teddy bear and anti-bullying advocate. The newest innovation in kid’s toys, Ugly Ted’s unique philosophy emphasizes inner beauty and is a child’s new best friend, as well as their greatest teacher.
Fully dedicated to creating a more caring world for today’s youth, Ugly Ted is donating a portion of its proceeds to many different charities.

Why Nursing is a Good Career for Those Who Want to Help Children

Posted by Sandra On December - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

When it comes to choosing where you want to go with your nursing career, there are several different jobs and specialties out there to choose from. If you want to use your nursing career in order to help children in your local area and further afield, the good news is that there are many options that you might want to consider to reach this career goal. We’ve listed some of the best nursing job titles that are the perfect choice for anybody who wants a rewarding career with children.

#1. Registered Pediatric Nurse

A pediatric RN will generally work with children at hospitals or doctor’s offices. They provide routine checkups to children of all ages, and many will work in children’s hospitals or on children’s wards. As a pediatric RN, your job will include a number of tasks, such as providing developmental screening and immunizations, routine checkups, and treating common childhood illnesses such as chicken pox. You may also be required to work caring for children who are more seriously ill or injured. You’ll also need to work closely with parents and families and have excellent communication skills to help families get through difficult times.

#2. Labor and Delivery Nurse

Labor and delivery nurses work with OB/GYNs to help bring new life into the world on a daily basis. Both Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) can go on to study to become a Labor and Delivery Nurse. You may be able to complete an additional study program once you have gained your online nursing degree, or get training on the job. Your tasks will include monitoring vital signs for mothers and babies, checking for and being aware of potential complications to inform the doctor when necessary, assisting new mothers with breastfeeding and other tasks, and adapting to a very fast-paced environment.

#3. School Nurse

If you want to work with children but would rather work with older kids, then a school nurse could be the perfect job for you. School nurses are there to make sure that children are safe and happy whilst attending school, and provide basic care to them on a day to day basis. As a school nurse, you may be asked to help with administering prescription medications to children, dealing with wounds and injuries that occur whilst in school, making sure that health requirements are met, give immunizations, and lead health education programs. As a school nurse, you will also be very active in safeguarding children and ensuring that their home life is safe.

#4. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse

As a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nurse, you will generally be dealing with children who are suffering from life-threatening injuries or illnesses. You will be expected to monitor the vital signs of critically ill children and work with doctors, healthcare providers and patients to aid a child’s recovery. PICU nurses will first be required to be an RN and it may help to have a master of science in nursing for some hospitals.

Are you considering any of these nursing careers? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

4 Major Advances in Children’s Healthcare

Posted by Sandra On December - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BHG7M1 Boy being given medicine

There are millions of children, both in the United States and around the world, who are alive today thanks to some of the recent advances we have made in the provision of children’s health care. As time goes on, we gain a deeper understanding of how to diagnose, treat, and prevent a number of serious conditions, which previously would have proven to be fatal in many cases.

Although we take many of these discoveries for granted in our modern world, they are actually the result of many years of hard work from a number of gifted individuals and should be celebrated as such. In this article, we take a look at just some of the major advances in children’s healthcare that have transformed the industry in recent times.


Vaccines are arguably the most significant healthcare innovation of the last century. Both adults and children have benefited from the introduction of vaccines, but they have proven to have made a great difference to infant mortality rates across the world. There is still a drive amongst public health officials to continue to increase the uptake rate of vaccinations amongst parents.

Reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has for a long time been one of the major challenges facing the healthcare industry. SIDS, sometimes known as crib death, still has no clearly defined cause. It involves children aged one or younger falling asleep and then not waking up. In 1993, there were 4,700 cases of SIDS and researchers were struggling to establish a cause. They soon discovered that when children slept on their fronts rather than their backs, they were far more likely to be affected by the condition. As a result of the ensuing public awareness campaign encouraging parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs, rates of SIDS have dropped dramatically.

Childhood Cancers

The most common childhood cancer affects the bone marrow and blood – it is called acute lymphocytic leukemia and, until relatively recently, it was an automatic death sentence. Fortunately, we have since made significant advances in the way that we diagnose and treat this type of cancer. We are now able to spot it earlier and treat it more aggressively. As a result, patients have a much better chance of surviving and recovering. Whereas in 1975, as many as three-quarters of those who were diagnosed with the disease would ultimately die because of it, today the survival rate is over 90%.

Side Effects Reporting

Prior to the advent of the internet and instantaneous communications, the process of reporting any side effects experienced while using medicines was a lengthy one that relied on the submission of physical documents. Now, however, there are systems in place to make reporting side effects easy; there is also a much greater awareness of what side effects exist, how to spot them, and the most appropriate way of reacting to them. Websites such as Side Effect Answers have made this information freely and widely available.

Childhood healthcare has progressed at a great speed in recent years and, fortunately, innovations in the field are continuing to improve the lives of children across the globe.

China Child Abuse Scandal Causes Outrage

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a US-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger. Police in Beijing’s Chaoyang district said in a statement Saturday that an investigation into a kindergarten run by Beijing-based RYB Education has led to the criminal detention of a 22-year-old female teacher on suspicion of abusing children. The statement, posted on the district police account on the Sina Weibo microblog platform, identified the woman only by her surname, Liu—CNN notes Chinese police often don’t provide suspects’ full names—and didn’t provide further details on her. RYB Education, meanwhile, said it was “extremely shocked and distressed” about the crimes the teacher is suspected of committing. The statement didn’t provide details of Liu’s alleged abuses. READ MORE HERE


Pedophile On The Run for 7-Years Finally Caught

Posted by Sandra On November - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A sex offender managed to escape justice for seven years by living among monks on a small, Welsh island. Paul Ashton was arrested for downloading thousands of indecent images of children on to his computer. Police raided his home in Bracklesham Bay, Sussex, and seized his computers and electronic devices for analysis in 2004. Ashton was bailed and police discovered a huge haul of more than 5,000 child abuse images. His address was searched again a few months later and more computer equipment was seized. But Ashton fled his home and failed to answer bail.  He remained at large for seven years until 2011, when an anonymous tip-off to Crimestoppers Most Wanted led police to discover him hiding out on Caldey Island. READ MORE HERE


Children Rescued After 4-Years of Abuse

Posted by Sandra On November - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A couple who embarked on a four-year child cruelty campaign against two children were jailed for a total of 11 years today. Lisa Pratt, 36, and Andrew Clent, 30, from Bampton, West Oxfordshire were convicted of willfully assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting two child victims, who both suffered from physical and psychological harm. Among some of the alleged offences include stopping children using the toilet, force-feeding them and even suffocating a child with a towel until they passed out. READ MORE HERE


Facebook Aids In Child Rapist Apprehension

Posted by Sandra On November - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Police say a child predator in Memphis is locked up thanks to help from Facebook. Their computer software apparently flagged inappropriate pictures of a child on Facebook messenger and alerted federal and local authorities. A several-months-long investigation landed Zachary Abram behind bars, charged with exploitation of a minor and statutory rape. READ MORE HERE

Child Abuser Sentenced to 40-Years

Posted by Sandra On November - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A Spring Arbor woman convicted of abusing her two sons faced Judge McBain Wednesday in Circuit Court. She received her sentencing related to the child abuse incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015. Tina Harbert, 42, was previously found guilty as charged to two counts of Child Abuse in the First Degree. She was sentenced to 5-20 years on each count. READ MORE HERE

Stepmom Charged With Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On November - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 – A Texas couple is facing charges after police said an investigation led them to a horrific case of child abuse. According to a court affidavit,the suspected physical abuse came to light on Sept. 19, when a school teacher in Bexar County contacted police and reported seeing bruises on one of the victims at school. When investigators from the San Antonio Bexar County Sheriff’s Office arrived they examined the 5-year-old girl and contacted Child Protective Services. READ MORE HERE


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