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Child Abuse

Woman's Violent, Sexual Obsession With 11-Year-Old Started On Xbox, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime

For nearly two years, Jessica Carlton was obsessed. The 44-year-old woman would sit in her Grand Rapids, Michigan home, allegedly chatting over ...

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

Jail for Cosby? The Case for Serial Rape

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.14.2015 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

In a case like Cosby's where we now have an unsealed court document that may act as a corroborating piece of evidence and lend credibility to some of the stories, there should be a remedy for these women to have their day in court.

2 Other Family Members Charged In Death Of Boy Beaten For Eating Cake

AP | Posted 07.14.2015 | Crime

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The mother and uncle of a 9-year-old boy who police have said was handcuffed and beaten for eating birthday cake without permission ...

Police Search For Man Accused Of Abusing Baby

AP | Posted 07.10.2015 | Crime

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a 31-year-old Tampa Bay area man suspected of kicking, punching and biting an 11-month old b...

Malnourished Teen Weighing 47 Pounds Found In Cockroach-Infested Home

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime

Police searching a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for drugs found a 15-year-old boy weighing just 47 pounds lying on a cot and covered in cockroaches...

Prosecuting Child Abuse Just Got (a Bit) Easier

Joan Meier | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime
Joan Meier

In one fell swoop, and a unanimous one at that, the Supreme Court in Ohio v. Clark both helped ensure child abusers may be successfully prosecuted, and resolved several open questions about the scope of the Sixth Amendment confrontation right.

Two Stories of Homeless, Teenage Mothers

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Imagine being homeless. Now imagine being a homeless teenager. Now imagine being a homeless teenage mom. I met two of them in Massachusetts, my hometown.

FBI Seizes Child Porn Website With 215,000 Users

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Crime

A Federal Bureau of Investigation search warrant has provided a rare glimpse into the increasingly complex efforts of U.S. law enforcement to combat c...

2 French Soldiers Arrested Over Child Sex Abuse Allegations In Africa

AP | Posted 07.02.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — Two French soldiers were arrested Thursday over allegations of child sex abuse in Burkina Faso. It is the second case of alleged sexua...

Foster Youth Questival 2015

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

After four years, and taking dozens of novice climbers up Mt. Shasta, I know that I have helped to impart a little beauty into those lives. And to know that beauty, calm and sense of accomplishment lives on without me makes it all worth it.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

Supreme Court Allows Use Of Child Abuse Evidence

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in cour...

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

How to Smear a United Nations Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

After the first article about the child sex abuse scandal in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving French troops appeared, a UN Spokesperson sounded off to a journalist about Kompass.

Papal Tribunals

Martin Marty | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Can Pope Francis and thousands of Catholic--and other--personnel recover, emerge, and get back to their vital work, regaining trust?

A Father's Day Tribute to My Mother

Karl Wilder | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Karl Wilder

I call my mother every Father's Day. There was a man in the house, but I have made no secret about the fact that he was never a father to me, in any sense of the word. When I needed my mother, she was there. When I needed a father, she was also there.

In Response to the Duggar Family: Responding to Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

For Children's Advocacy Centers, many of our most heart-wrenching cases involve families in which sibling abuse has occurred. Parents are distraught about the victimization of one child, while terribly worried about the legal consequences to another child.

The Greatest Myth of Child Sexual Abuse

Paul Mones | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Paul Mones

Perhaps the most enduring and pervasive American myth concerning child sexual abuse is that nice guys don't molest children; and it's a pernicious myth because it denies the reality of a victim's suffering.

Children Are in Need of Families, and You May Be the Perfect Fit

Rita Soronen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Rita Soronen

There are many ways to help make a difference, but the most direct and surest way to make a profound, life-changing impact in the life of a child who has experienced abuse or neglect is to adopt a waiting child from the foster care system.

Thank You, Dr. Ellen Pence

Tania Bradkin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Tania Bradkin

Did you know that 1 in 4 women in the United States are victims of domestic violence? I was surprised by how little has been done to recognize Dr. Ellen Pence, the woman who founded the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP) utilized in all 50 states.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

The Danger Of 'It Wasn't Really Rape'

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

Jim Bob claims that, "This wasn't rape or anything like that. This was touching over the clothes." This perception that touching is somehow less traumatic than penetration is not only false, it is incredibly damaging to victims, and helps perpetuate a culture of victim-blaming.

6 Tools to Help Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Stacey Steinberg

In light of the Duggar abuse scandal, protecting children from sexual abuse is on many parents' minds. Avoiding all risk is unlikely, but there are steps parents can take to minimize their child's risk of sexual abuse. These tools will also help children get help if victimization occurs.

Mother Of Daughter Killed By Army Father Pushes For 'Talia's Law'

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime

The 2005 beating death of 5-year old Talia Williams followed months of gruesome abuse at the hands of her father, Naeem Williams, then an active-duty ...