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Child Abuse

MD Expands Opportunities for Abused, Undocumented Children

Christina Wilkes | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Christina Wilkes

The new bill recognizes that if these children succeed, Maryland succeeds. Hopefully more states will follow the lead of Maryland and a handful of other jurisdictions and close this harmful gap between federal and state laws.

Despite Progress in Helping Abused Children, More Needs to be Done

Ariel Zwang | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Safe Horizon is the country's largest provider of supportive and healing services, from the youngest to the oldest victims of crime and violence. Through our experience we knew that what happened to Sarah was all too common.

MANHUNT: Fugitive Cult Leader Allegedly Said Sex With Kids Normal 'Because It Was In God's Word'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

State and federal authorities are searching two states Wednesday for Victor Arden Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who is accused of ...

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

The Practice of Child Marriage in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We as a society must start to realize that the practice of child marriage must cease to persist, for the sake of the future of these girls that are married to early. Child marriage is a cultural issue, but it is also a social justice issue and a national health issue in Nigeria.

Community Service For Steubenville Coach Accused Of Failing To Report Abuse

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

A Steubenville, Ohio, high school coach implicated in the failure of some school officials to report a 16-year-old girl's rape will perform 20 hours o...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Supporters Worry Colorado Bills Target Pot-Using Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

Bills recently introduced in the Colorado Senate may criminalize what's now the legal use and cultivation of marijuana by parents, according to some m...

Valuing Volunteers

Michael Piraino | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The reward for volunteering is not measured in dollars. It is measured in lives lifted up. The lives of both those who are helped and those who volunteer.

Men Allegedly Tie Toddler To Tree So They Can Smoke Weed

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.04.2014 | Crime

Two Utah men have been arrested after one of the men allegedly dragged his friend's child across a street by a leash before tying the boy to a tree an...

Mom Who Fatally Beat Son She Apparently Thought Was Gay Convicted Of Murder

Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices

An Oregon woman has been convicted of fatally beating her young son in a homeless shelter just days before his 4th birthday. The Oregonian reports...

Judge Warns Ex-Soldier In Capital Murder Trial, Suspects Testimony Was Coached

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 04.03.2014 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) -- The judge presiding over the capital murder trial of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter said We...

The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

Dan Arel | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Can a Vatican-appointed commission bring about real change and be trusted to give a non-biased and honest report about the scale and severity of the abuse and offer real solutions that will be accepted by the Church?

'This Is Not Prostitution -- This Is Child Rape.'

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

As a human rights movement, the anti-trafficking movement must urge for laws, policies, and practices that hold both the trafficker and the buyer accountable for their crimes.

Couple Locks 4-Year-Old In Dog Cage For 14 Hours A Day: Cops

Posted 04.01.2014 | Crime

Police in Oklahoma arrested a couple who are accused of keeping a 4-year-old boy locked in a wire dog cage for 14 hours a day. Suzanne Satterfield...

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

Set It Free Today

Ry Black | Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Ry Black

My name is Ryan Black, and I was sexually abused as a child. It's been 20 years since I first admitted that to myself out loud and first to my mother. For me it was the first step down the slippery slope of healing.

Child Abuse: The Deadly Cost of Inattention and Inaction

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The Miami Herald investigated 477 deaths of children that were a part of the child welfare system in the State of Florida. It also highlights another critical fact: our nation's most vulnerable cannot be protected on the cheap.

Teenagers With Anxiety and Depression: There's Hope -- Big Hope

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

I recently began a series of classes on mindfulness and meditation to help those challenged with chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. About two we...

The Most Tragic Consequence of Child Maltreatment

Michael Piraino | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The abuse and neglect of children can have awful consequences that last a lifetime. And sometimes that lifetime is all too short. Child maltreatment k...

A Bone to Pick About Animal Protection Legislation

Abigail Perdue | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime
Abigail Perdue

On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. Although the enactment of new anti-cruelty measures in South Dakota is a step in the right direction, more remains to be done.

Jaw-Dropping Film Will Change The Way You Feel About Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact

"Sometimes someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again, and then it all comes back: every word, every ...

The Solitary Confinement of Children: Child Abuse by Any Other Name

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Marsha Levick

Use of solitary confinement on a child is nothing short of government-sanctioned child abuse. We need to end the practice now.

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 03.12.2014 | 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.