Tag Archives: child sexual abuse

Who can we count on to protect our children?

According to the Boston Herald. A troubled teen told DCF workers he played a game in which six toddlers at a Worcester-area home day care touched him inappropriately, but child welfare officials didn’t share that information with all the families, according to the grandmother of two of the boys.The teen — who had been sexually abused in foster care in the past — told investigators with the Department of Children and Families in 2012 he felt “urges” during the game, which he played with all …

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How to respond to child sexual abuse disclosures, with celebrity examples

“I believe you.” When a child discloses sexual abuse, this simple statement can make a world of difference in the recovery and healing process. False reports are extremely rare. It’s been hard to miss the press on the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow child sexual abuse controversy. Since Farrow’s open letter in the New York Times, people all over the world (including many well-known celebrities) have weighed in on the issue. This weekend, Scarlett Johansson added her voice: “I think [Woody Allen will] continue to know what …

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Study shows adults need education on the issue of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article by Jon Hand for the Democrat & Chronicle here. A major obstacle to preventing the sexual abuse of children is getting people to realize that it is a common problem. A local survey released this month shows that Rochester-area residents believe child sexual abuse is “more of a national problem than a significant issue in Rochester” and more of a problem in low-income communities. That’s not true, said Mary Whittier, Bivona Child Advocacy Center executive director, who is preparing for her …

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Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary says he was a victim of child sexual abuse

Read the entire article from ESPN here. A former assistant football coach and key prosecution witness in the upcoming conspiracy trial of three former Penn State leaders accused of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse crimes told his players during a November 2011 closed-door meeting that he, too, was sexually abused as a boy, sources told ESPN The Magazine. Mike McQueary confided to a dozen Nittany Lions players that he could relate to the helplessness of the young boy he had seen with Sandusky in …

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A New Prevalence Statistic: 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they reach 18

Many of you are familiar with the statement, “One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.” This statistic came from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Over the past two decades, it has been widely used within industries that study, work with, or advocate for children. Until recently, it was also found in Darkness to Light’s prevention and education resources, including the original version of our Stewards …

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Patti Marlowe speaks about living a parent’s worst nightmare: Finding out her daughter had been sexually abused

JAMESTOWN, NC — Outside of a restaurant on a cold afternoon in December 2005, Patti Patti Marlowe learned a secret her daughter had kept from her, from everyone, for 10 years. The family — Marlowe’s new husband, stepchildren and her 16-year-old daughter — was at a restaurant after church. Marlowe’s daughter was urgent. “Mom, I have to tell you something.” They went to the bathroom to be alone. It wasn’t private enough. They went outside. What Marlowe’s daughter told her changed her forever. “My knees just …

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Dear World, Let Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke Be a Lesson to You

After the spectacle that was the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance at this year’s VMA awards, a mother wrote a blog that has now gone viral, entitled “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.“ Last week, a father wrote this response, countering, “I’m no feminist. Miley Cyrus is an adult and should be held responsible for her actions. But where are the men in all of this?” In an interview, Miley had this to say: “You’re thinking about it more than I thought …

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Sandusky “Victim 10″ Speaks Out About Abuse

This week, ABC News Philadelphia shared the first public interview with “Victim 10″ from the Sandusky trial, who settled his case against Penn State on Tuesday. The interview reveals an all too familiar pattern. Our Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training addresses issues such as grooming, one-on-one situations, secrets, and long-term effects. The importance of these topics is emphasized by Victim 10′s story, which unfortunately provides a textbook example of child sexual abuse. “Jerry Sandusky took an instant liking to me,” he said. “He …

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Growing Roses

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” — George Eliot   Most people can agree that the rose is one of nature’s most beautiful flowers. A vase of roses can brighten a room, and there is nothing quite like a rose bush filled with blooms of any variety or color. In fact, a healthy rose bush is part of and helps support a healthy ecosystem. Whether wild or landscaped, it adds an aesthetic touch to …

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Wade Robson – Dancer, Choreographer, Child Sexual Abuse Survivor

Wade Robson shocked the world with his recent announcement that he was a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of late pop icon Michael Jackson. Perhaps the most startling aspect of this statement was the fact that Robson vehemently supported Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial and after Jackson’s death in 2009 stated, “Michael Jackson changed the world and, more personally, my life forever. He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe …

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