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Child abuse
This week, actress and animal activist Pamela Anderson disclosed during a speech  given at the Cannes Film Festival in France to  her animal rights charity—The Pamela Anderson Foundation—, the horrific  sexual abuse she suffered as a child. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/18/showbiz/pamela-anderson-sex-abuse/. She told the audience that because of the abuse she had a hard time trusting humans  so...
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SCANDAL  “Benevolent” Bishops in Texas  Cover Up Sex Crimes for  Rev. Bruce D. MacArthur In 2012, Father Bruce Duncan MacArthur died in Clint, Texas, a small community near El Paso.  His long and  sordid  history of molesting ( by his own admission at least 30 girls) when he was working as a Catholic priest in...
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LESS TALK, MORE ACTION: ARE THE POPE’S WORDS HOLLOW?   Yesterday, Pope Francis promised Catholic Bishops “will be held accountable” for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/world/pope-clerical-sex-abuse/index.html?sr=fb070714popescandalVODtoplink).   Acknowledged by some as the Pope’s strongest statement yet of what abuse victims and their advocates have been saying for decades: that Catholic Bishops who...
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The Child You Save May Be Your Own: Parental Responsibility In Preventing  Sexual Exploitation in Youth Sports It’s mid-August. Children are back to school for academics, activities and athletics. Youth sports in particular can offer children valuable life lessons about team work and commitment but, as we have seen recently in the Jerry Sandusky case,...
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Why Cultural Taboos About Sexual Abuse Hurt Victims    I read with great interest earlier this week the story of  Ruzwana Bashir, an educated and accomplished  British-Pakistani woman who is the co-founder of peek.com http://www.peek.com/. Ms. Bashir, an Oxford and Harvard educated entrepreneur, recounts her story of childhood sexual abuse and the cultural obstacles and pressures...
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Global Crimes Against Children :  A Grim Report from Unicef Using data collected from 190 countries, a U.N report concluded   about 120 million girls around the world – slightly  more than one in 10 – have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20.  http://www.unicef.org/media/media_75530.html As if this finding is not grim enough,...
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Former Priest Sentenced to 30 years for Sexual Assault While Serving 60 years In  Murder-For-Hire Plot One of our previous cases was in the news again this week. Former Catholic priest John Fiala was sentenced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014  to 30 years in prison for having sexually abused a teenage boy, his own parishioner,...
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Silence : The Deadly Enabler of Child Sex Abuse A recent article Dallas Morning News article emphatically demonstrates how crucial it is not only for suspicions of pedophilic conduct to be reported to civil authorities, but for parents to take such preventative action. A 28 year old man and his 17 year old accomplice( posing...
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Signs of Sexual Trauma in Children: Red Flags Statistics about sexual assault of children from the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization are shocking. According to RAINN: 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12. 29% are age 12-17; 44% are under age 18; Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than...
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