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“Evil 8” – Men Sentenced for Raping 11-YO Child, Including Her Father

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A pedophile who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl as her father watched has wept in court as a judge jailed him for more than 12 years. Ryan Trevor Clegg, 43, pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including four counts of sexual penetration against the 11-year-old, who was also raped by her father and abused by other men dubbed by the media as the Evil 8. Clegg’s offences against her occurred between January 2013 and November 2014 after he met her father through Craigslist, but his overall offending continued until March 2015, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday. READ MORE HERE


Mother Allowed BF to Repeatedly Rape Her Daughter

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A mother, who was unable to have a child, allegedly covered up her boyfriend’s repeated rape of her 14-year-old daughter in a bid to get her pregnant. The pensioner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of sexually assaulting his step-daughter and putting his hand in her underwear during a drive home from a KFC fast food restaurant in Slough. His reign of terror over the girl during the 1970s continued into her young teenage years when he began raping her in his downstairs ‘den.’ The court heard that she later became pregnant with his son. The jury was told that the victim’s mother, who died in 1995, did nothing to stop the abuse and colluded with her then partner to fabricate a story about her daughter being impregnated by a boy she met at a party. READ MORE HERE


Family Sues School After Bullied Son Commits Suicide

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

NEW YORK – The family of a 13-year-old boy who took his own life after months of bullying is now suing the Brooklyn Catholic school they said did nothing to save him. Daniel Fitzpatrick committed suicide at his Staten Island home on August 11, 2016, after writing a heartbreaking letter, suggesting he was relentlessly tormented by his classmates and teachers. His family have been outspoken about their pain since losing their son, and on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Holy Angels Catholic Academy. READ MORE HERE


Mother Indicted for Killing Her Four Children

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

TENNESSEE – A woman has been indicted on murder and child abuse charges in the stabbing deaths of her four young children. The Shelby County district attorney’s office says 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner was indicted Thursday. She is being held in jail without bond. Sheriff’s officials say Gardner cut her children’s throats at her apartment in unincorporated Shelby County on July 1. Authorities found the bodies of three daughters and a son, all younger than 5. READ MORE HERE


Mother Plotted To Let Man Rape Her Daughter

Posted by Sandra On January - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A woman who plotted to let a pedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years. The mother, who cannot be named for legal reason, planned a sex attack on the girl with Stuart Bailey in a series of ‘depraved’ text messages, Cardiff Crown Court heard. She also sent the 54-year-old a naked picture of the youngster and bought sleeping pills to drug her. READ MORE HERE


Child Rape Victim: ‘He was my best friend by day and my abuser at night’

Posted by Sandra On January - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A woman has revealed how she was abused as a child by the man she thought was her father – only to find out that he wasn’t her biological dad when she finally told her mother and the police about the attacks at the age of 22. Natasha Fennemore, now 24, from Bury, was abused by stepdad Steven Green between the ages of seven and 18. Green, now 46, of Derby, assaulted Fennemore in the bedroom of the family home, while her mum Tracey Green, 48, slept nearby, unaware of what was happening to her daughter. READ MORE HERE


Mother Sentenced to 43-Years for Killing Daughter

Posted by Sandra On January - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

ILLINOIS – An outraged Illinois judge on Tuesday sentenced a 34-year-old woman he dubbed a ‘monster mom’ to 43 years in prison for murdering her 11-year-old daughter with a single punch to the stomach after prolonged abuse. Nicholette Lawrence, of Waukegan, was arrested on September 5, 2014, after her daughter, Raashanai Coley, was found unresponsive at the family’s home on Gillette Avenue and later died. When she was questioned by police, Lawrence admitted that she had punched Raashanai in the stomach two days prior. READ MORE HERE


Neglected Infant Found Living in Feces

Posted by Sandra On January - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MORGAN COUNTY, ALABAMA – Court documents reveal new details about a Morgan County child abuse investigation and the living conditions at the home. 28-year-old Arik Nathaniel Young and 25-year-old Chelsea Renea Stainforth are the parents of the alleged victim, a 6-month old child. Both are charged with willful abuse of a child. In the affidavit asking a judge to allow the search warrant, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators wrote there were feces where the child and sibling would play. The investigator also alleges the baby suffered two broken leg bones for at least two days before receiving medical care. READ MORE HERE

Police Search for Child Rapist

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Twice-convicted sex offender, Bruce Feathers, wanted by Denver Police

DENVER, Colorado — Authorities are asking for the public’s help to find a wanted sex offender. Bruce Earl Feathers, 39, has been convicted of sexual assault charges involving a child twice. He was convicted of sex assault on a child in 1996 and aggravated sex assault on a child in 2002. READ MORE HERE

18 Victims Suing Gymnastics Doctor

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DETROIT — A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts was sued Tuesday by 18 women and girls, the latest legal action over alleged assaults, mostly at his clinic at Michigan State University. The lawsuit against Dr. Larry Nassar, Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and a Lansing-area gymnastics club was filed in federal court in western Michigan. It makes claims of civil rights violations, discrimination and negligence. The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people who allege sexual abuse, but one of the plaintiffs, Rachael Denhollander, 32, of Louisville, Kentucky, talked publicly about the lawsuit. She said she was assaulted by Nassar while seeing him for wrist and back injuries at age 15 in 2000. READ MORE HERE


Boy Found Locked In Bathroom; Had Been There for 1-Year

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — A Utah mother has been charged with child abuse by authorities who say she locked her 12-year-old son in a filthy bathroom without lights for at least one year, leaving him dangerously malnourished. The boy’s father found him in the mother’s house Friday night in the small southeastern Utah city of Toquerville near the state line with Arizona, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Crouse said on Tuesday. Authorities found feces throughout the bathroom, one blanket, a few empty cans of beans and a camera that may have been used to capture what was going on in there, Crouse said. The boy was likely kept in the dark, he said. Investigators found 3 square feet of duct tape mounted on the light switch so it could not be turned on. The door had locks on the outside. READ MORE HERE


UPDATE: 4:47 p.m.  – Authorities say two siblings of a 12-year-old boy found dangerously malnourished and locked in a filthy bathroom say their brother had been there for at least one year. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Crouse said Tuesday the children said they hadn’t even spoken to their brother through the door in six months. He declined to give their ages, but said one was old enough to understand things. The boy was found Sunday at his home in the small southeastern Utah city of Toquerville near the state line with Arizona. READ MORE HERE

The Best Mentors a Child Can Have

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Why Business Owners Are the Best Mentors a Child Can Have

Growing up, children are exposed to many different types of professionals via career fairs, special guests who visit their schools, and even their own parents. Sometimes children are brought directly into fold, with field trips to colleges, such as the University of Maryland and the Franklin Institute. Many of these professionals can have a marked impact on a child’s life, inspiring them to grow up and become highly regarded movers and shakers in the business world. While one-time visits can be extremely influential on a child’s life, mentorship programs have much more staying power. From there, internships and apprenticeships can be established, enabling each adult involved to benefit, just as much as the children they are guiding and leading. For business owners interested in giving back to the community, becoming a mentor is a valuable experience.

Why Mentorship?

Children already have a ton of things to worry about, such as extracurricular activities and school dances, so they may be a little skeptical when they are first told about mentorship opportunities. If they are younger, they won’t yet know that an MBA is a great investment, nor will they have any idea of what they want to do after high school. This is one of the primary reasons that involving business owners in mentorship programs is essential. Many people end up going into the first careers that seem viable because they weren’t prepared enough to make sound choices. By working closely with children at a younger age, they have the chance to learn what they enjoy doing versus what they might want to do as a secondary option.

Ways to Get Involved

You can reach out to local schools to find out how they match students with mentors. Alternatively, you can find non-profits and begin volunteering your time at programs where students come to meet after school. Programs such as the Boys and Girls Club are always on the lookout for professional mentors who aren’t afraid to dedicate both time and resources to the betterment of the youth. You will find that it is easy to form a bond with younger students as you get to know them and see an ambitious glimmer of hope in their eyes. Talk to them about MBA career opportunities versus what they’ll need to do to run their own companies, and be sure to answer all of their questions as thoroughly as you can.

Starting Your Own Mentorship Program

Another option is to get involved with the younger generation on your own. If you have a business that would be conducive to hosting a mentorship program, invite parents to bring their children in and learn about the business industry from an early age. You might want to hold a seminar that teaches children the very basics about becoming business owners, or run a summer camp that allows kids to get hands on training.

Think back to when you were a kid who was eager to grow up and start working. You likely dreamed about becoming your own boss, but you probably had no idea of what being a business owner actually entailed. Being a mentor is a way to give kids a realistic glimpse into business ownership without overwhelming them or stifling their dreams.



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Job Titles for People Who Want to Prevent Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Despite efforts by law enforcement, medical professionals, teachers, families and others to prevent abuse, abuse still exists today and affects the lives of millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide. Abuse comes in all different forms; whether it is physical, sexual, psychological, or even financial, and can happen to anybody, from middle-aged men to elderly women and small children. The more people that we have fighting abuse and raising awareness, letting victims know that it’s okay to speak up and offering them safety, the better we can improve the situation regarding abuse in all forms around the world. We’ve listed some of the best career choices for anybody who’s passionate about standing up to abuse.


Every day, nurses work with victims of all different forms of abuse. Nurses could work with assault victims in the ER, whilst mental health nurses play a vital part in caring for victims who have been strongly emotionally affected by the trauma that they have experienced. Nurses can often play a vital role in spotting the signs of abuse in patients who may be too frightened or unable to speak up. A rewarding career, nursing is also filled with many opportunities, for example studying on an RN to MSN program after graduating. Click the link for masters in nursing program details or contact your preferred university for a RN to MSN program guide.


Counselors and therapists play a huge part in the recovery process of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of others, and likewise, can often help abusers to change their behaviors and stop hurting people. However, working as a counsellor is no easy task, and you will need to be thick-skinned, mindful, and able to detach yourself from situations and the stories that you will be hearing day-to-day in your job.

Social Worker

Social workers work with a wide range of different people in order to safeguard, protect, and help them to achieve their best. Social workers are most often known for working with vulnerable children, who may be at a higher level of risk when it comes to mistreatment, abuse and neglect. As a social worker, it will be your job to assess situations and step in if you believe that things have or could be taken too far. Social workers have a stressful job with high levels of responsibility. However, the fact that you have the ability to prevent abuse and mistreatment makes it a hugely rewarding profession.


As a teacher, you will be working with children every day and you’ll often be their first port of call when it comes to many of their issues. As a teacher, your job gives you the responsibility of safeguarding and looking after the children that you teach, which means looking out for any signs that they are being mistreated, such as sudden changes in behavior or suspicious marks or bruises.

Sadly, abuse still goes on a lot more often than many realize, even in an age where there’s more awareness than ever before. If you’re determined to spend your career fighting and preventing abuse, these career paths could be perfect for you.

Child Rapist Sentenced to 15-Years

Posted by Sandra On January - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20170105-174857CANTON A 46-year-old city man was recently convicted of rape and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. A Stark County jury found Jack P. Shreve guilty of single counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. He was acquitted of a second rape count. Shreve sexually abused the young girl earlier this year, said Daniel Petricini, assistant Stark County prosecutor. DNA evidence and the girl’s testimony led to the conviction, he said. Testifying was difficult and traumatic for the victim, Petricini said. A therapist, police and child sex abuse investigators were also witnesses, he said. The defendant did not testify. READ MORE HERE


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