In Virginia, a school janitor pleads guilty to 150 child sexual abuse-related charges. Faculty and leadership saw plenty of red flags. Now the school board denies they are responsible to protect the children in their charge. Michelle Booth Cole of Safe Shores - The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center warns of the dangerous precedent of allowing school leaders to shirk their responsibility to protect children.
The scars child pornography leaves are often fundamentally different from those borne by victims of child sexual abuse alone. Illegal images of children traded around the world can now haunt victims for decades, reopening the wounds of abuse again and again.
"I’ll never forget the way people used to look at me when I would tell them that we had a successful year at our Children’s Advocacy Center because there was a 25-percent increase in the child sexual abuse cases we saw. All wide-eyed and somewhat exasperated, their response would sound something like, 'More children being abused is considered success?' "
The Washington Post editorial board praises prosecutors in Maryland for their dogged pursuit of justice in physical abuse cases, especially fatal ones. Montgomery County prosecutors aren't just fighting for those children; they're also tackling the "junk science" sometimes used by the defense that muddies the water of public understanding and puts more kids' lives at risk.
Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos built a career on shock, but a glib endorsement of sex between children and adults appears to be his downfall. Yet as NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar writes in Huffington Post, America has missed the real conversation we need to have about Milo: child sexual abuse and the myth of consent.
When child athletes report sexual abuse by coaches, doctors, and other professionals in their sports, the response can be slow or non-existent. Now a senator is working on a bill that would require sporting federations including governing bodies of Olympic sports—like USA Gymnastics—to act on abuse complaints immediately.
Little Caylee Burkholder was just 20 months old when police say her father punched her in the stomach, killing her. While the community wonders if a faster response time from child welfare authorities might have saved her life, others say her county near Pittsburgh simply doesn't have enough caseworkers to handle all the reports of child abuse. It's time for governments and communities to invest in child welfare—lives hang in the balance.
From his easygoing film and TV characters, you'd never know that Ashton Kutcher harbors the heart of a warrior. He and ex-wife Demi Moore started Thorn, an organization that uses technology helps to liberate women and children from sex trafficking. Learn about his visit here to Washington yesterday, where he met with lawmakers to discuss Thorn's work and federal support for trafficking victims.
It's time to amend the federal law governing Olympic sports to explicitly require sporting federations to protect child athletes from predators in the ranks—as many other Olympic nations have done for decades.
When young children aren't eating and aren't growing, doctors call it "failure to thrive." But what's behind this problem? Read about how a wider understanding of toxic stress is uniting communities across the urban-rural divide as they tackle this public health crisis.
Maryland is one of 18 states where all residents have a legal responsibility to report child abuse. Now, after a nightmarish child pornography case that stretched over five years without anyone alerting child welfare authorities, state lawmakers are considering legal penalties for those who fail to make the call.
Child abuse is on the rise in America for the third straight year. What's behind the uptick, and is the nation investing enough in resources to help the growing numbers of abused children?
If you're reading this, you've already overcome the hurdles of discomfort and hopelessness that often prevent society from talking about child abuse. How do we turn that talk into action? Emily from West Virginia Child Advocacy Network tells how she broke the silence, activated millennials, and laid the groundwork for a brighter future in her state. You can do it, too.
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Ordinary people have the power to rescue children. Read the story of how one clever flight attendant—with a little training from the airline and her union—saved a little girl from the living horror of child sex trafficking.
"Think of it this way: St. Louis is a river town. At the riverfront, the Mississippi is wide because major and minor tributaries flow in north of the city. However, at its headwaters in Minnesota, the river is wadeable. Similarly, addressing [childhood traumas] upstream could reduce their compounding influence on health and quality of life."
A "big data" breakthrough in Florida may advance the prediction and prevention of child abuse. This new approach may help child welfare authorities identify repeat abusers by changing "the focus from a child’s risk of being abused to the adults in a child’s life who present the greatest threat."
In some 20-25% of Children's Advocacy Center cases, a child is sexually abused by another child. Yet the science shows that with treatment, 98% of these children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors never go on to hurt anyone again. See new resources from NCA on addressing youth with problematic sexual behaviors, healing their victims, and preventing sexual abuse by children.
A judge once told her she was a "blight on society." Yet like so many who went through childhood trauma, her experience drives her to serve others. Today, Capt. Joye Henrie serves her country as an Air Force psychologist, compassionately helping her fellow servicemembers of all stripes to overcome mental health issues, stigma, and the looming crises of substance abuse and suicide.
Our own Dr. Michelle Miller (left), who coordinates NCA's mental health projects to serve child victims of abuse and their families, was surprised with the Montana Department of Justice's 2017 Children's Justice Award last week at a statewide conference. The Big Sky Country native is presented with the award by Dana Toole of the Montana DOJ here. Hats off, Michelle!
He was like a second father to her. Then he tried to destroy her life. Read Jenna Quinn's powerful memoir of overcoming sexual abuse, getting help from her Children's Advocacy Center, and finding the strength in family, community, and herself to become a warrior for all the children that came after her.
A reporter explores the most difficult story of her life—her own. Read as a journalist's drive to seek justice for children takes her back to the Virginia gymnastics studio where she was sexually abused as a child.
Growing access to Children's Advocacy Centers is more important than ever. The number and rate of child victims of abuse has risen again for the third straight year, with an estimated 683,000 American children abused. Read the latest government data in Child Maltreatment 2015 to learn about the nation's most pressing abuse issues, perpetrators, info by state, and more.
"If there was one thing the community could do to reduce the rates of alcoholism, depression, cancer, heart attacks, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neighborhood violence, what was it?"
Like all close-knit communities, faith groups of any creed can become magnets for child sexual abusers who may exploit a community's instincts for self-protection and mistrust of the broader society. Learn more about the ongoing scandal rocking Jehovah's Witnesses leadership at New York's Watchtower Society.