Tag Archives: Child Sexual Abuse Legislation

Child Safety Should Come First

Excerpt from IowaStateDaily Thousands of people from around the nation are reported for suspected child abuse each year, and too many of these reports, approximately 40 percent, are overlooked without any investigation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) boast about protecting the majority of abused children, but what happens to all of the kids to whom they turn a blind eye and leave in the hands of a possible abuser? And more importantly, how is an oversight of this magnitude leaving …

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Beemer Case Highlights Need for Training Adults in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH CEO, Darkness to Light Lyme, CT A December 26 The Day article by Karen Florinstates that in 1998, 13-year-old Timothy Beemer and 14-year-old Christina Beemer disclosed to a counselor at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau that their father, Robert Beemer, had been sexually abusing them for years. The abuse extended to two younger siblings and a cousin, and in 2000, Beemer was sentenced to eight years in jail. Throughout the investigation and following his incarceration, Beemer continued to seek out and sexually …

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The Legislative Horizon

By Stephanie March While there has been progress in the justice system regarding child abuse legislation, there is still a very long way to go. Victims and survivors of child abuse and human trafficking are often faced with barriers in obtaining justice. Not only is the process consuming and traumatic for the survivor but it is limited by time constraints. The statute of limitations in most states prevents many adult survivors from obtaining closure through the justice system. By the time the child grows up …

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Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The …

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Awareness must lead to prevention

Blog by Joanne Johnson Often, child sexual abuse is only discussed by the media after something goes horribly wrong. All one has to do is Google it to read about the most recent child sexual abuse horror stories. Awareness is a significant part of ending child sexual abuse, but for it to be effective, we must take action. It’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented. Our conversations about abuse don’t have to revolve around the “aftermath” of a particular case.  It is …

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