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Child Abuse

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.

'Failure to Protect' Laws Punish Victims of Domestic Violence

Adam Banner | Posted 12.04.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

True justice is not measured by what we think we would do in a similar situation; it is measured by the law and how the law applies to certain facts. It is time to stop using the law to blame the victims, and instead find solutions that truly protect our nation's children from violence and abuse.

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

An Open Letter to the Man Who Abused Me

Karl Wilder | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Karl Wilder

So men, think about this. Imagine being old and trotting around an oxygen tank. You no longer inspire the fear you could pretend was respect, and when you die no one comes to your funeral because no one loves you.

Complicated Grief: Grieving the Loss of Your Perpetrator

Peggy Oliveira | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Peggy Oliveira

Not only do you grieve the loss of the abuser's life, but often grieve the loss of hope for the relationship to be something different or for the abuser to take responsibility for the abuse and ask for forgiveness.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Adrian Peterson: 'I Won't Ever Use A Switch Again'

USA Today | Posted 11.20.2014 | Sports

It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the...

Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

Ebola, Africa and the Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.

Dwight Howard Investigated For Child Abuse

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2014 | Sports

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Authorities in Georgia are investigating child abuse allegations against National Basketb...

Woman Gets 78 Years For Waterboarding Her Children

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

A Missouri mom will spend 78 years in prison for waterboarding her three children, among other tortures. St. Louis woman Lakechia Stanley, 34, was...

Outrage: Trafficking 100,000 Children in USA Must Be Stopped!

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Sadly, the news about backpage.com is not new. In 2012 ABC News in Phoenix reported 51 arrests as a result of a police action against this web site and in 2013, NBC News also ran an expose on backpage.

5 Kids Shot With BB Guns By 5 Adults And Forced To Watch Sex Acts: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

Five adults in Pennsylvania have been accused of abusing five children by shooting them with BB guns and forcing them to watch the adults have sex, am...

Police Uncover New Leads In Child's 17-Year-Old Murder Mystery

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.15.2014 | Crime

The 1997 disappearance of 6-year-old Peter "Peter Boy" Kema, Jr., is one of Hawaii's most notorious, unsolved crimes. Peter Boy disappeared on the Big...

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

Man Pleads Guilty To Keeping Kids In Filthy Home

AP | Posted 11.14.2014 | Crime

DENVER (AP) -- A father accused of neglecting his four young sons and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment pleaded guilty Thursday to felony chil...

Parenting, An Unexpected Trigger

Dawn Daum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I don't know what people picture when they think of someone who would dare admit that she was molested as a child, but I don't think it is me. Nor do I believe it is the face of the several female and male friends of mine who are also survivors living "normal" lives.

How Do We Unlearn the Lies Learned In Childhood?

Brian F. Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Brian F. Martin

Every day we have opportunities to unlearn lies we may have learned. Many of the lies that we believe about ourselves were seeded in childhood. Especially if you grew up in violent home. A home in which the violence could have been physical or nonphysical.