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Child Abuse

Stepmom's Gruesome Testimony Details Her And Ex-Soldier's Abuse Of 5 Year Old

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 03.14.2014 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) -- The stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who prosecutors allege was beaten to death by her father testified Friday that she and the former...

Under the Skin: How Childhood Adversity Takes Its Toll

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

These findings highlight an important and previously unreported link between early misfortune, unhealthy living and serious health risks in early adulthood. It's not to suggest that this is the only mechanism at work, but these hopeful findings identify actual behavioral targets.

Dottie Sandusky: Victims Were 'Manipulated, And They Saw Money'

Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime

Dottie Sandusky is breaking her silence. The wife of convicted child sex offender and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky insists that ...

Death Penalty Trial Begins For Ex-Soldier Suspected Of Killing 5-Year-Old Daughter

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the death penalty trial of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of killing his 5-year-old daugh...

We Are for the Child and the Social Worker

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

March is National Social Work Month. It's a good time to honor this profession that takes on such an important and difficult task.

A Boy Was Set On Fire - But There May Be No Conviction

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 03.07.2014 | Crime

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Now that prosecutors have persuaded a judge that a Texas man accused of setting an 8-year-old boy on fire as a teenager can be ...

Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...

Invest in Kids: Restoring the American Dream

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.

Gen Y: A Mother's View

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Rea Nolan Martin

For me, this generation holds more hope than any previous generation I could name, including my own.

Voices of Pain and Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The festival's mission, which it accomplishes every year, is to "raise awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world." This is no small feat.

God and Parenthood

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

As a father to older adopted children, I can attest to the horrors of trauma and the difficulty in reversing such trauma. This is why care and love of our children is imperative.

Jon Stewart Rips Kansas Rep's Child-Beating Bill

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.21.2014 | Comedy

Not much surprises Jon Stewart when it comes to politicians, but a new bill proposed by a Kansas representative that would allow people to legally hit...

Premature Opinionation and Three Considerations on How to Deal With It

Misha Lyuve | Posted 04.21.2014 | Entertainment
Misha Lyuve

The humanly natural process of creating opinions, even premature ones, would be merely entertaining, if we didn't relate to our opinions as the truth. Imagine what kind of a mess we end up in when this happens.

Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen: The Culture of Disclosure

Lauren Book | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

Eleven days ago, the New York Times published an open letter penned by Dylan Farrow detailing the abuse she endured at the hands of her adoptive fathe...

Moment Of Truth Nears For Pediatrician Accused Of Waterboarding Child

AP | Posted 02.12.2014 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the trial of a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daugh...

Point to Yourself

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give."

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

Starving, Abused Child Escapes Home, Couple Charged: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime

A Texas couple faces multiple charges after a starving 9-year-old, allegedly imprisoned in his own home, escaped through a window and begged a neighbo...

The Cost -- and Rewards -- of Speaking Out About Abuse

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Fifty
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

Why do people feel the urge to attack victims, to hate them, and to wish them to die? What is this dark shadow that comes out?

Woody or Dylan: Whose Story to Believe?

Kimberly Dark | Posted 04.06.2014 | Celebrity
Kimberly Dark

We've all been trained to believe, since childhood, that sexual predators are true crazies, deviants, and the stranger in the black sedan cruising the playground for victims.

Girl Allegedly 'Waterboarded' By Mother's Boyfriend Testifies

AP | RANDALL CHASE | Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A girl who claims she was waterboarded by her mother's companion, a former pediatrician, told a Delaware jury on Monday the ...

Woman Shocks Kids With Stun Gun, Calls It 'The Electric Chair': Cops

Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

A Florida woman was arrested last week after allegedly shocking three children with stun guns in an hour-long punishment she dubbed "the electric chai...

Grandma Allegedly Gags Girl With Dirty Underwear

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime

NEW STRAITSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio grandmother has been charged with child abuse for allegedly gagging an 11-year-old granddaughter with...

5-Year-Old Girl's Murder Could Bring First Death Penalty To Hawaii

Posted 03.25.2014 | Crime

Jury selection is underway for the first death penalty trial in the state of Hawaii. Capital punishment was abolished in Hawaii in 1957, but the ...

Leaving My Abusive World

Tracy Strauss | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

Growing up in an abusive home, as a girl I questioned my feelings, my perceptions, and my worth -- but never the realm in which I was raised.