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Texas Teachers are Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse

By Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, CEO Darkness to Light and Jenna Quinn, MS, Founder of Jenna’s Law Jenna Quinn is a hero, and her courage is changing the lives of children in Texas. Sexually abused by her basketball coach, a family friend, Jenna remembers all too well the fear and shame that kept her silent. From age 12 to age 14, Jenna suffered through progressive violation of her trust and physical boundaries, followed by two more years of sexual abuse. The once outgoing, popular teenager …

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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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Educators Arrested for Failing to Report Abuse

Excerpt from WMBFNews.com DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A substitute teacher and staff member from Darlington High School were recently arrested for failing to report alleged abuse by a pastor who is accused of inappropriately touching a boy, according to Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson. Two days before the arrest of pastor Jamron Reames, a Darlington High School student went to 22-year-old Corey Wells and 24-year-old Brandon Johnson, according to a Darlington Police report. The victim said he went to Wells, a music appreciation teacher, who …

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Chaucie’s Place launches campaign to train teachers in Stewards of Children

Excerpt from Current In Fishers Are You All In? Chaucie’s Place has kicked off a child sexual abuse prevention initiative. Chaucie’s Place will train every Hamilton County school district in Stewards of Children®, a child sexual abuse prevention program specifically for adults. Stewards of Children is a a prevention program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to a disclosure or suspicion of abuse. “Just for a moment, think what that will mean to the children in our community…every single school district …

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Educators who suspected child abuse say they were told to check with parents first

Excerpt from Omaha.com by Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau LINCOLN — A dispute sparked by a student arriving at school with a scratched face and dried, smelly feces on his hands and wrists wound up in court Monday. North Platte teacher Christie Copper and school guidance counselor Stephen Spiehs reported the late March incident to state authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect. On Monday, the two filed a complaint in Lincoln County District Court claiming that school administrators responded to the case by directing …

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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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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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The role of educators in prevention

Educators may be the single most important group in the prevention and recognition of child sexual abuse. Not only do they see and work with large numbers of children every day, but children who disclose abuse often tell a teacher. In fact, educators are the source of over half of the abuse reports made by professionals to the authorities. How can we let sexual abuse happen to our community’s children when there are effective and inexpensive strategies for both prevention and intervention? Training for educators, …

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The need for educational reform

Government agencies and educational institutions constantly work together to develop strategies to improve academic achievement, particularly for children who are disadvantaged. The problem is that in many cases, we are treating a symptom rather than the root issue. Even the best educational strategies mean nothing to a child traumatized by sexual abuse. So how does child sexual abuse relate to academic achievement? The answer might surprise you. Research shows that children who are sexually abused perform at far lower levels than those who haven’t experienced …

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