Protecting Children with Autism from Sexual Abuse

Excerpt from article in The Tennessean. It’s a taboo that parents at the Brown Center for Autism don’t want to talk about. Their children, and all kids with developmental disabilities, are four times more likely to be sexually abused than their peers. That’s especially scary for parents of children who cannot speak. Protecting those children is the idea behind a training program gathering momentum in Nashville — an approach that Juli Liske, founder of the Brown Center, thinks holds great promise for guarding against the …

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Microsoft child pornography tip leads to arrest

Excerpt from PC & Tech Authority article. A Pennsylvania man has been charged with possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, following a tip-off from Microsoft. The suspect, named as 20-year-old Tyler James Hoffman, is alleged to have uploaded the offending photos to the company’s OneDrive cloud storage service via his Microsoft Live email account on his smartphone. According to the police report, which was filed with the Monroe County Court last week, Microsoft detected in April that an image of child abuse had …

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Focus on child sexual abuse needs to include mental health services for survivors

Excerpt from article by Clare Allan for The Guardian There is a sense of national outrage at the seemingly endless stream of revelations concerning the sexual abuse of children by people in the public eye. While such outrage is understandable, I can’t help being struck by the simultaneous lack of concern about the cuts to the services and support many survivors of sexual abuse depend on. Around half of people using mental health services report histories of sexual and/or physical abuse and there is masses …

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Delaware child predator task force hits 203 convictions

Excerpt from delawareonline.com article. Delaware’s Child Predator Task Force, dedicated to tracking predators lurking on the Internet, has reached a milestone of 203 convictions since its creation seven years ago. “Protecting children is all of our responsibility and requires all levels of government working together,” Attorney General Beau Biden said in a statement. “Delaware’s children are much safer because of the Child Predator Task Force’s work.” More than half of all convicted child predators victimize an average of 19 children during their lifetime, said Camille …

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Lieutenant brings Stewards of Children to Police Dept.

Article by Emily Meeks with High Point Enterprise Jokes exchanged between comrades as the sign-in sheet passed around the room. But that tone changed the moment the video began. Officers dressed in their uniforms equipped with weaponry belts silenced their radios and watched intently as victims of childhood sexual abuse told their stories. These officers are part of a training the High Point Police Department has incorporated into its curriculum. From an awareness program targeted at parents and community members, Darkness to Light has transformed …

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Texas Schools Required to Provide Abuse Prevention and Response Training for All Employees

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in compliance with recent Texas legislation, district and charter schools within the state are required to provide all employees with prevention and recognition training concerning child sexual abuse and other forms of child maltreatment. Statistics for child sexual abuse are staggering. In the United States alone, 400,000 children born this year will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Studies show that school personnel identify 52 percent of child abuse cases classified as causing harm to the …

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Google it

Having trouble understanding the prevalence of child sexual abuse? Just Google it. By now, you’ve probably heard the statistic that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. For many, seeing this number and actually understanding it are two different things. We hear statistics every day, and at some point we forget that these numbers represent actual children. You may think: Yes, this number is too high. Yes, someone needs to do something about it. I’m glad my children are …

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5 things every parent and youth serving organization must remember from Matthew Sandusky’s courageous interview with Oprah

Last night, Matt Sandusky sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an emotional, eye-opening interview detailing his abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky. Oprah promoted the interview as a “must watch” for parents. In addition to parents, everyone in a position or organization that serves youth needs to understand these important messages provided by Matthew’s first-hand account of child sexual abuse: 1. Grooming is a gradual process. “It started from the first moment he met me…when he picked me up for the football game for the …

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$10K grant fuels fight against sexual abuse of children

Excerpt from The Newport Daily News The Newport County YMCA in Rhode Island is providing training for its staff and members of the community. “The image of a bogeyman driving a white van with no windows can be a reality, but in many cases, it’s someone that you know and trust who is doing this.” – Sara Meirowitz, Newport County YMCA development director “Statistics show that in the United States, one out of every 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse by the …

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Disney employees arrested in child sexual abuse stings

Excerpt from CNN report. Since 2006, at least 35 Disney employees have been arrested and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography, according to a six-month CNN investigation that examined police and court records, and interviewed law enforcement officials and some of the men who have been arrested. Five Universal Studios employees and two employees from SeaWorld have also been arrested. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted, with the remaining …

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