Category Archives: Child Abuse

There are 5 forms of Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Family Violence, and Sexual Abuse.

SD SENATE CANDIDATE JOEL KOSKAN ACCUSED OF GROOMING, RAPING CHILD FAMILY MEMBER

Koskan, 44, could also face counts of rape, sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 and aggravated incest-related child

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SD SENATE CANDIDATE ACCUSED OF GROOMING, RAPING CHILD FAMILY MEMBER

A Republican running for South Dakota state Senate was charged with felony child abuse Thursday for allegedly grooming and raping a young family member for years, according to local reports.

Joel Koskan, a third-time candidate for the state Senate, allegedly groomed and abused the young girl for at least six years starting in 2014, court documents obtained by the Mitchell Republic revealed.

Koskan, 44, could also face counts of rape, sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 and aggravated incest-related child, according to a probable cause statement the outlet cited.

The Senate hopeful began grooming the child when she was 12 years old by having her sit on his lap, kissing her and giving long hugs, according to the court docs.

The child thought the behavior was “‘normal things’ that families were supposed to do,” an investigator wrote in the document.

She realized what Koskan was doing to her was abusive at a summer camp she attended at age 14 when counselors spoke about inappropriate physical contact with adults, according to the publication.

Koskan allegedly installed a camera in her bedroom after her return from camp that he would use to constantly watch her from an app on his phone.  He also required her to straddle him without underwear, the court documents allege.

The victim said he regularly touched her inappropriately and eventually allegedly began forcing sexual intercourse after she turned 17 years old on multiple occasions in the family’s homes across the state.

Koskan controlled the child as well with location tracking, required nightly phone calls, authority over her social media accounts and jurisdiction over what she wore, the documents say.

Koskan used GPS tracking via her phone and vehicle and learned through her location that she had gone to the sheriff’s office to speak about the reported abuse, according to the documents.

“You promised you’d never do this,” Koskan texted her on May 6. “I’m begging you, you don’t want to do this.”

Other text message exchanges between the victim and the Republican appeared to confirm her story, investigators said.

Koskan was taken into custody Thursday and has an initial hearing scheduled for Nov. 7.

Since news of the alleged abuse got out, Koskan has deleted his Twitter account and made his campaign website private.

The South Dakota Democratic Party has since called for him to immediately end his campaign, the Mitchell Republic reported.

“These allegations concerning Joel Koskan are deeply disturbing, and he should immediately end his campaign,” party chairman Randy Seiler said in a statement. “While he will still appear on the ballot, the choice for the voters of District 26 couldn’t be clearer. Partisan politics aside, Joel Koskan should not be voting in the legislature on issues that affect South Dakota kids — or any issues at all.”

State Republicans also denounced any alleged abuse.

“The allegation against Joel Koskan is very serious, and the South Dakota Republican Party unequivocally opposes child abuse in all forms,” South Dakota GOP Chairman Dan Lederman said. “The South Dakota Republican Party trusts the justice system to work through the allegation.”

If convicted, Koskan can be locked behind bars for up to 10 years.

WE HAVE BEEN IN AN STD PANDEMIC SINCE 2000

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Can you communicate with your Children? YOUR CHILDREN NEED YOU NOW!!!!

We now have 35 known STDs. In 1960, we only had two.

PARENTS:

  • Can you talk to your children?
  • Have you talked to your children?
  • Your child/children need you NOW, MORE THAN EVER!

The CDC released THE SYPHILIS CALL TO ACTION in April 2017
Penicillin is the only antibiotic that works, or has ever woked on Syphilis.

This Document was posted May 31, 2017

Teenagers make up one-third of the U.S. population, but they carry 50 percent of STDs.

One in four teens has an STD. (Over 80% of those infections have no symptoms, so they can go undetected, which is dangerous for the teen, their future sexual partners and their future children.)

From 1999-2014, the suicide rate in girls age 10 to 14 tripled.

The 6 months following an abortion, high school females were 10 times more likely to commit suicide than other females.

As STDs have become an epidemic in teens, so has depression.

STD Cases Soar in the US
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Daycare workers facing charges of felony child abuse after scaring children with masks

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4 Day Care workers each face three counts of felony child abuse, a 5th worker faces charges of failure to report abuse by a mandatory reporter and simple assault against a minor.

Videos on Facebook show a day care worker wearing a Halloween mask and yelling at children

HAMILTON, MS  –  Four people linked to viral video footage of Mississippi daycare employees using a scary mask to frighten young children are facing charges of felony child abuse, and a fifth person faces two misdemeanor counts.

The daycare’s owner, Sheila Sanders, is not facing charges.  She has said that at least four of the employees were fired after the video came to light.

The videos, one filmed in September and another this month, were posted on social media.  They show a daycare worker at Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, an unincorporated community in northeast Mississippi, wearing a Halloween mask similar to the one in the “Scream” movies and yelling at children who didn’t “clean up” or “act good.”

Children can be seen bawling, cowering in fear, and at times running from the masked employee.  Another employee gives directions, singling out which children have acted good or bad, The Associated Press reported.  The employee in the mask is shown screaming inches away from children’s faces, the video showed.

Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook said in a news release that four of the women each face three counts of felony child abuse.  A fifth woman, he says, faces charges of failure to report abuse by a mandatory reporter and simple assault against a minor — both misdemeanors.

“They can’t use corporal punishment, so we think they were using the mask to try to scare the kids into doing what they were supposed to be doing,” Crook said.

SKELETAL CHILD SAVED FROM BRINK OF DEATH IN HORRIFIC NEGLECT CASE, COPS SAY

.jpg photo of Wichita Falls Police BadgeSKELETAL CHILD SAVED FROM BRINK OF DEATH IN HORRIFIC NEGLECT CASE, COPS SAY

WICHITA FALLS, TX  –  When an exterminator entered room 124 at a Delux Inn in Wichita Falls, Texas, late last month, he thought he saw a skeleton lying in a pack-and-play crib.

But, according to a pair of probable cause affidavits filed in Wichita County Court, “When the head of the skeleton turned and faced the exterminator, he realized that the skeleton was a child who was alive.”

The unidentified exterminator told his supervisor what he had seen, and the supervisor called police.  Now the child’s mother, 32-year-old Catherine Lynn Jarvey, is charged with two counts of injury to a child and exploitation of a child, both felonies. She remains jailed on $70,000 bond.

In the affidavits, which are attached to a warrant for Jarvey’s arrest, a detective from the Wichita Falls PD’s Juvenile and Crimes Against Children Units who responded to the scene for a welfare check during the early-morning hours of Sept. 21, said the 6-year-old boy, who weighed only 15 pounds, had “hair growing all over his body,” “could not extend his arms and legs,” and “did not let out any noises.”  His head was “misshapen,” his spine was severely curved, and the detective could see the child’s rib cage, “which was curved inward and askew,” the affidavits state.

The boy could not walk, talk, or sit up, and was not potty trained, according to the filings.

A small refrigerator in the room contained peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, and sausages on a stick, as well as cans of Dr Pepper and Bud Light, the documents continue.  There were Capri Sun drinks, ramen noodles, canned food, fruit snacks, brownies, and breakfast cereal in a cabinet beneath the TV, and two bags of dog food beside the bathroom vanity.  Cops also found “numerous cans of Pediasure” baby formula, some of which had expired in 2020, as well as insulin, lancets, and syringes.

Responding officers took the 6-year-old to a local hospital for examination, where doctors found he weighed only 15 pounds—just 8 pounds above his birth weight and less than the 19 pounds he weighed at 18-months-old, according to the affidavits.  He was admitted to the pediatric ICU with severe malnutrition, dehydration, and failure to thrive.

The child hadn’t seen a doctor since 2019, which Jarvey blamed on transportation issues, the filings go on.  At the same time, a second child of Jarvey’s living with her seemed fine, had received redehygular medical checkups, and “looked to be average height and weight for a 10-year-old female,” according to the detective.  The dogs were also seemingly well cared for, the affidavits state.

Kevin Thomas, the children’s father, shares custody with Jarvey, according to unrelated court records.  He told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that he hasn’t seen Jarvey in more than a year, and said they haven’t been together in more than three years.

“I don’t know what she was doing,” said Thomas, who explained he is following developments in the case on television.  “I’m still trying to get my kids back.  I’ve been trying to find them for about a year now. I hadn’t been able to find them until I heard about what was going on.”

Hospital staff said the 6-year-old was near-death, and that his was among the most appalling cases they had ever witnessed.

“| see patients for neglect every day,” Dr. Elizabeth Peeler of the Cook Children’s Medical Center C.A.R.E. Team in Fort Worth told cops, saying the child was a “near fatality,” according to the affidavits.  “This is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.  This is really egregious.”

Jarvey, who remains detained, was unable to be reached.  In an email, court-appointed lawyer S. Aaron Holland declined to comment.

The boy, whose name The Daily Beast is aware of but withholding, hadn’t eaten for as many as 48 hours when he was rescued, emergency room staff believed.  Jarvey told detectives that her son had been diagnosed with multiple disorders, including alobar holoprosencephaly, hydrocephalus, pectus excavatum, and scoliosis.

Jarvey, the filings add, told officers that “she is used to having CPS and law enforcement called after people see [her son] because his appearance is so abnormal.”  She also allegedly said she missed her son’s feeding times that day because “things kept coming up,” such as getting her daughter ready for a dental appointment.

“Catherine stated to Dr. Peeler and to [the detective] that the [child] was fine on 9/21/2022,” the affidavits say.  “Catherine stated that she did not believe that the [child] needed to go to the hospital.”

The child exploitation charge Jarvey is facing stems from $841 in monthly Social Security disability payments and $250 a month in food stamps, which were intended to be used for her son’s care and feeding.  Yet, according to court filings, Jarvey didn’t spend it on him.

Jarvey’s alleged neglect “resulted in a near fatality,” the affidavits state.  However, Jarvey’s boy is “showing the ability to gain weight and his medical condition is stabilizing.”

As of a week ago, the child weighs 17 pounds, 13 ounces “and is improving daily.”

ONLY 1 IN 5 PARENTS HAVE DONE THIS

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Child Exploitation has multiplied exponentially siince this administration has actively pushed the WOKE agenda against Parents and Our Children.

Requests to share nudes?  It happens younger than you think.

If you’ve read Thorn’s latest research report, then you know that kids are navigating online grooming and receiving requests for nudes often at far younger ages than many people think.

But despite a majority of parents thinking they should talk with their children about sharing nudes before the age of 13, only 1 in 5 parents have done so.

To compound the issue, kids often face shame and blame as they recover from negative digital experiences.  This can exacerbate the harm they experience and further isolate kids who are in trouble.

So where does that leave kids and their parents?   How can parents gain confidence to have these difficult conversations early and often with their children?

Enter Thorn for Parents – a digital resource hub designed to help parents have earlier, more frequent, and judgment-free conversations with kids about digital safety.

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BE YOUR KID’S SAFETY NET

Kids today face a very different set of challenges.  There’s a whole new landscape where a child’s relationship with technology and normal sexual development overlap, with a whole new set of experiences online.  And they need your help to navigate it safely.

Topics

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Whether this is your first time talking to your child or you’ve broached a topic before, here are some areas to learn more about and guide conversations.

SEXTING & NUDES

When and how to have conversations about consent and the risks of sharing nudes.

DEVICE ACCESS & MONITORING

What access your child likely has, and things to consider when it comes to monitoring their behavior.

ALL ABOUT THE PLATFORMS

A guide to the places kids interact online — usage, risks, and privacy across the digital landscape.