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Abuse scandals spur positive change

Before Jerry Sandusky grabbed headlines with allegations he’d sexually abused boys while Penn State University officials looked the other way, there were the headlines about pediatrician Earl Bradley, and questions about why years of complaints never revealed his sexual abuse of his patients. They weren’t the only examples Delawareans have seen in which people trusted to care for children were found to have abused them. There were the allegations of decades of abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Teachers too showed up …

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Time to talk about sex abuse. Recent high-profile cases raise awareness of what adults can do to help protect kids.

Sometime in 2009, a grand jury in Pennsylvania quietly began investigating child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky after a teen boy came forward to authorities and alleged the retired Penn State football coach touched him inappropriately over a four-year period. Later that same year in Delaware, Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted more than 100 patients, mostly girls younger than 3. Sandusky’s recent conviction on more than four dozen child sex abuse charges was a painful bookend to Bradley’s …

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AG Biden, DE Community Leaders Launch Prevention Initiative

Attorney General Beau Biden, child advocates, and community leaders in Delaware are on a mission to protect the children of the state from sexual abuse.  On Wednesday, AG Biden unveiled the plan to train 35,000 Delaware adults using D2L’s Stewards of Children in a joint press conference with Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk of Christ Church in Delaware City, YMCA of Delaware President Michael Graves, and Prevent Child Abuse Delaware Executive Director Karen DeRasmo. “It is not a child’s job to protect him or herself from …

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