Punishing the victims: Sexually exploited kids in the U.S.

Excerpt from trust.org On March 16, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States held an extraordinary hearing. It was an examination of the United States government’s treatment of American girls and boys who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The petitioners, led by Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Human Rights and Malika Saada Saar from Rights4Girls, told the Commission about the practice in dozens of states of police arresting underage kids on charges of prostitution. Instead of being offered shelter, trauma care, and services appropriate to trafficking victims, hundreds of abused teenagers are instead...
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The NFL Confronts Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NFL Presentation William GayRecently, the National Football League provided to the public a moving presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault that was given to all 32 clubs. Using the voices and experience of coaches and players, the NFL addresses the seriousness of these issues, their long-reaching consequences, and the need to actively work to create safer communities for women and children. You’ll see many of D2L’s philosophies echoed throughout the presentation – talking about it, bystander intervention, and the importance of prevention, to name a few. We at Darkness to Light applaud...
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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Excerpt from clevelandclinic.org Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on the brain is an increase in a protein called S100B. S100B is a protein usually found in the brain. But when the protein makes its way to the blood, this is a sign that the barrier that separates the brain...
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Workshop Helps Illustrate Abuse Symptoms

Excerpt from dailyitem.com MIFFLINBURG — Sexually abused children don’t show many physical signs, said a Valley physician who works with these young victims. They have less-than-obvious psychological symptoms that easily can be written off to something else. Helping adults see these signs is the goal of “Stewards of Children,” a free, two-hour interactive training session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 404 Market St. in Mifflinburg. Parents, guardians, any adult who works with or volunteers with children are encouraged to attend this workshop, sponsored by the YMCA. This is not, however, the mandated child abuse reporting training...
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Taking On Child Sex Abuse In a Difficult Climate

Excerpt from "Letter to the Editor" on desmoinesregister.com State Sen. Janet Petersen deserves credit for taking on the issue of child sexual abuse in a difficult political climate, but the opposition she's encountering shows how little this crime is understood even by lawmakers and others who should know better. Iowa State House This is especially true concerning the retroactive "window" provision for civil actions, which Petersen had to remove to make the SF107 bill more palatable to her colleagues and to lobbyists from the Iowa Catholic Conference and the Iowa Association of...
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Mother Should Enforce Daughter’s Boundaries

Excerpt from "Dear Prudence" on Slate.com Recently, the following question was sent to Slate.com's "Dear Prudence," Emily Yoffe: Q. Daughter Doesn’t Want to Visit Grandfather: My father is in his 80s and lives in an assisted-living home. He has always had an excellent relationship with his grandkids, including my daughter, age 13. My daughter is an early bloomer and very sensitive about her new body. She also looks much older than she is. A few weeks ago, when we were visiting my father, a few other male residents asked her to “come and give them a kiss”...
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Steps Against Juvenile Sex Trafficking

Excerpt from NYTIMES.com The impression that America’s sex-trafficking problem mostly involves young people smuggled from overseas has given way to broad recognition of a cruel homegrown reality: the tens of thousands of juveniles who are exploited each year by traffickers in this country. On Capitol Hill, a consensus is emerging on new initiatives to confront this human-rights problem and help its victims, often runaways or homeless youngsters who have been forced or coerced into prostitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week unanimously approved a pair of anti-trafficking bills with wide backing from victim advocates and other experts, and the full...
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Who Is Responsible for Keeping Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse?

By: Jayneen Sanders Some advocates believe it is solely an adult’s responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse. While I totally agree that adults must:
  1. Educate the child in their care in Body Safety Education
  2. Become educated themselves in: grooming techniques used by perpetrators, statistics on child sexual abuse, the signs that a child is being sexually abused, what to do if a child disclose
  3. Believe a child when they disclose
  4. Educate the wider community in the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse
  5. Let friends, family and those who come in contact with their child know that their child is educated in Body Safety and to respect their
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Letter to the Editor: Learn More About Child Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from ydr.com You have probably heard something about the recent legislative changes regarding child abuse and child protection. For some of you, this may have raised some questions, including how will you recognize the signs of abuse and how will you respond when you suspect abuse. Darkness to Light is an organization that was founded with the goal of reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light has created a prevention training program called Stewards of Children. For those of you who have found yourself seeking more information in light of the recent legislative changes, this training...
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Pocono Family YMCA offers program to spot signs of child sex abuse

Excerpt from poconorecord.com Child abuse does not necessarily involve violence or anger. Abuse often involves adults using their power over children as objects for their own gratification. Parents take their children for regular pediatrician visits, make sure they receive all their immunizations and eat nutritious food — all in order to protect their child. "But if parents are not educated on how to identify the signs of sexual abuse in children or what steps to take to be proactive and prevent it, they are unable to protect their child from abuse," said Susan Scarborough, executive assistant at the Pocono Family...
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