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Child Abuse

The Child Within All of Us

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.14.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Pajama Program exists for a very simple reason: it reflects the child that lives within all of us, the child who is desperate for love, to belong, to matter to someone, even just to snuggle up on someone's lap.

David Lohr

Murder Charges Thrown Out For Parents Who Allegedly Caged One Child, Buried Another | David Lohr | Posted 12.15.2011 | Crime

Parents who kept a mentally disabled 6-year-old daughter in a makeshift cage covered in her own feces won't face murder charges for another child, an ...

John Rudolf

Calls Mount To Reform Child Abuse Statutes Of Limitations In Wake of Scandals | John Rudolf | Posted 12.13.2011 | Crime

NEW YORK -- On Dec. 7, William Fitzpatrick, district attorney for Onondaga County in upstate New York, said he found credible the allegations of two f...

Child Abuse: New US Data Shows Continuing Drop

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 02.12.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK -- Fears that persisting economic woes would increase child abuse in the U.S. have proved unfounded, according to the latest federal data. A...

Teen Beaten By Man From Church.. At His Parents' Request

AP | Posted 12.12.2011 | Los Angeles

IRVINE, Calif. -- An Irvine couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man believed to be relied on in their church to violentl...

Nubia Barahona: New Case Docs Reveal More Frustrated Attempts To Help

Posted 12.09.2011 | Miami

Police reports and interviews released Thursday by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle detail yet another instance in which adults co...

Sweet Isabella

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Books and pajamas provide not only bedtime comfort and pretty pictures, they are often the only clean clothes a child has at the time and the only reading opportunity they'll have for a while.

Abuse Victims May Experience Brain Changes Similar To Combat Soldiers: Study

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living

Victims of child abuse may experience changes in their brains similar to those seen in soldiers, according to a new, small study. The findings, pu...

Horsing Around in the Shower

Lee Woodruff | Posted 02.04.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

Abuse of power is an age-old story. But those who wield their authority over a child for sexual pleasure are in a whole other category entirely. How do you effectively teach a young child to respect their elders, yet be continually alert for transgressions?

Stop Denying the Power of Denial

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 02.01.2012 | Sports
Vicky Alvear Shecter

On some levels, we all want to erase the Jerry Sanduskys and Bernie Fines of the world from our collective memories. Their alleged crimes are simply too horrible. But denial never works.

Sammy's Story

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

In 10 years I can say a lot has surprised me. But what strikes me as unforgivable every single day is that thousands of children never enjoy the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.

When Good Parents Leave Their Baby Home Alone

Jacoba Urist | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Jacoba Urist

At a party last week, a couple told us a "funny" parenting story. They were staying in Paris, and decided to leave their 1-year-old asleep in his Pack 'n Play, and get a drink at a place nearby. No need for a babysitter.

Penn State Shocker. Really?

Diana Nyad | Posted 01.31.2012 | Sports
Diana Nyad

We cannot let the Penn State case come and go, fade from the front pages, until we learn of the next shocking incident of long-term, cover-up molestation. These situations are happening everywhere we live. On virtually every block of America's city and suburban neighborhoods.

Sharon Hinojosa Sentenced: Michigan Mother Convicted Of Killing Kids Gets Life

AP | By ED WHITE | Posted 12.01.2011 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Calling it a "horrendous" crime, a judge sentenced a Detroit-area mother to life in prison Wednesday for setting a fire that trapped and ki...

Missing Girl's Mom Released From Jail With No Charges

Posted 11.30.2011 | Black Voices

A week after she was taken into custody by police on suspicion of child abuse, the mother of missing Arizona girl Jhessye Shockley was released withou...

Family Matters

Oren Wunderman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Miami
Oren Wunderman

If you're having trouble caring for yourself or your family this season, reach out to a trusted loved one, friend or professional. Show your children that there is strength, not weakness, in seeking help.

Advocacy Center Certifies Four New Therapy Dogs

John Harden | Posted 01.28.2012 | Impact
John Harden

A new group of dogs has been certified to join the Therapy Dog Team at Children's Advocacy Center in Cleburne, Texas. The four new certified dogs are...

Oakdale Resident Brings Community Together To Fight Child Abuse | Posted 01.25.2012 | Impact

When Oakdale resident Pete Singer was a child, a horrific chain of events took place in the family of a friend. The boy's abusive father killed his...

The Emperor's New Clothes, 2011 Edition

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 01.22.2012 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

I think fear is a real quandary for society. All we have at the moment is exposure of crimes and a salute to the victims, the brave ones who courageously stand up to these bullying organizations and institutions.

The Penn State Scandal: Why Was It So Hard to Do the Right Thing?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Over the past several weeks of the Penn State scandal, I have been astonished by the number of people who failed to do the right thing. I'm fairly convinced the reason is because each of them found the right thing hard to do.

What Should the NCAA Do About the Penn State Sex Scandal?

Kelly Moore | Posted 01.21.2012 | Sports
Kelly Moore

Is there any other penalty for the NCAA to enforce against the Penn State football program but the so-called death penalty?

Morally Bankrupt Sandusky Was "Just Behaving Like a Jock"

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 01.16.2012 | Sports
Wendy N. Powell

According to his attorney Joe Amendola, "He (Jerry Sandusky) was just behaving like a jock" As expected, this horrifying story is getting worse and wo...

"Go, And Sin No More"

William F. McMurry | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
William F. McMurry

One priest abused 90 of our 243 victims. This priest testified under oath that he told his archbishop of his crimes. The archbishop told him to "go and sin no more." The priest did not follow his archbishop's advice.

Would the Next Courageous Marketer Please Rise Up

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.17.2011 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

The stigma of brand vs. "scary charity" association was in the minds of brand marketers, not in those of shoppers and consumers.

Despite Scandal, US Makes Headway vs. Sex Abuse

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 11.18.2011 | Parents

NEW YORK -- Amid the furor over the Penn State sex abuse scandal, it's an easily overshadowed fact: The United States has made huge strides over the p...