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Child Abuse

Obamas Honor Work Of 12-Year-Old Child Slave Turned Activist During India Trip

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact

Promoting gender equality was vital in President Obama's message to India, so it made sense that a 12-year-old female activist who has overcome incred...

The Voiceless in a Failing System

Matt Hartman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

In this country, the plights of youth in the foster care system are often brought to attention in the abstract, with former foster parents or social workers commenting on the difficulties and the problems of the system. Yet, the voice lacking is that of the youth who experience the system.

A Fitting End to a Dysfunctional NFL Season

Geoff Livingston | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.

There's No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute

Cindy McCain | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Cindy McCain

Girls are sold for sex in this country with the same disregard for human dignity as those other nations, and they are often tortured in the same ways when they try to escape.

Pope Francis' Silent Response to the Filipino Girl: What He Might Have Been Thinking

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

God doesn't intervene, not because he fails to recognize an atrocity for what it is, and not because he doesn't love us enough to intervene, but because he knows that nonintervention is the lesser of two evils.

What I Discovered Reading My Childhood Diaries As An Adult

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

I knew in order to be true in my sharing of the past, I needed to find my childhood diaries. That is where I escaped to, writing and drawing in books which I worked so hard to hide -- however, not always successfully.

Sandusky, Paterno Legacy: Punishing the Innocent Some More

Pat LaMarche | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime
Pat LaMarche

Pennsylvania's logical solution is to make virtually everyone who comes in contact with a kid a mandated reporter. That means that if they don't report the abuse, they could go to jail themselves.

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a nation it's time to close our hypocrisy gap in the treatment of our children and value and protect our children -- all of them. We need to examine with urgency how we treat our children and the gap between what we say and what we do.

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 01.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

Dear Father Who Shook His Baby

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

Why did you do it? I know your son was probably crying and crying and crying, because that's just what babies do at this age. Why didn't you just put him in his crib and walk away, go outside, call someone to come and help you?

Human Trafficking Is Still Globe's Fastest-Growing Crime Despite Increased Awareness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Federal officials may be paying closer attention to the dangers of human trafficking, but the crime remains an ever-growing illegal activity around th...

Child Welfare Reform: Effecting Real Change -- At Last

Sidney Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Sidney Goldberg

It stretches the imagination that anything similar to child welfare's enduring status quo would not evoke public outcry in other fields such as law, business or medicine. Child welfare involve families too and they deserve nothing less than the most competent assistance.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 01.04.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 12.31.2014 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.

Brothers Arrested For Child Porn Fantasized About Killing: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.26.2014 | Crime

An investigator testified that two brothers arrested on child pornography charges had discussed fantasies of sexually assaulting and killing a baby. ...

The Discourse Of Compassion Shaping Some Of Our Most Important Current Controversies In Sports

Andrei Markovits | Posted 12.23.2014 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.

The Treacherous Intersection of Faith and Child Abuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Secrecy is essential to the crime of child molestation and when it encounters the sacred secrecy inherent to some religious organizations, an atmosphere is created in which the predator can thrive.

Mother Accused Of Scalding Toddler With Boiling Water, Pouring Bleach In Her Eyes

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

A Missouri mother and grandmother are both in jail on charges of child abuse after a toddler was found badly burned. Katie Grimes, 25, was arrested...

786 CHILDREN DEAD: Abuse, Neglect Reportedly Occurred In Plain View Of Authorities

Associated Press | HOLBROOK MOHR AND GARANCE BURKE | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities ...

Childhood Psychological Abuse Has Long-Lasting Impact

Douglas LaBier | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The findings of a recent study from the American Psychological Association are right on target. The study confirms that childhood psychological abuse has lasting, significant damage, equal to or exceeding the long-term consequences of physical abuse.

Man Convicted Of Killing Little Girl, Putting Body In Dryer

AP | Posted 12.12.2014 | Crime

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Jurors convicted a man Thursday of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her...

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a l...

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 12.09.2014 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.