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Memphis CAC Teaches About Child Abuse

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Kris Crim with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

Child Abuse prevention: One in five children
sexually assaulted in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, TN  –  There have been three child rape cases reported within days in Shelby County, and thousands within the past few months.

“90 percent of the time the abuser is someone that the child knows.  60 percent, it’s someone within the family’s circle,” said Kris Crim with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

Crim said many kids will keep the abuse a secret, because they feel confused or scared.

It’s why he’s been teaching adults about abuse through Stewards of Children program.

The course talks about what to look for.

“Often physical signs are not present.  Sometimes they are.  Often times they are not.  We have to be in tune with emotional behavior.  Things that may be happening like too perfect behavior or children acting out in certain ways,” he said.

Also, the program addresses conversations to have with children.

“Teaching children that no can be an appropriate response to adults if there’s an uncomfortable touch or something that makes them feel uncomfortable,” said Crim.

He said studies show one in five children in Shelby County are sexually abused by their 18th birthday.  That’s double the national average.

“We know that over 80 percent of sexual abuse occurs in isolated one-on-one situations,” he said.

Child advocates said predators may not have a prior record or be listed on a sex offender registry.

They can come off as warm and loving to the outside world.  It’s why they get away with the horrific acts.

It’s important to listen to your gut and talk to your child if something just doesn’t feel right.

If you suspect abuse, call the Tennessee Child Abuse hotline at 1-877-237-0004.  You can remain anonymous, and you don’t have to know all the facts.

If you don’t report abuse, you can face criminal charges in Mississippi and Tennessee.

For more information about the Stewards for Children program, check out the Child Advocacy Center’s open enrollment sessions:

  • March 7, 1-3:30 p.m., Community Foundation office, 1900 Union Ave.
  • March 17, 9-11:30 a.m., Memphis Child Advocacy Center, 1085 Poplar Ave,
  • April 4, 1-3:30 p.m., Community Foundation
  • April 21, 9-11:30 a.m., Memphis Child Advocacy Center
  • April 30, 1-3:30 p.m., Community Foundation

Pre-registration is required.  Contact Keita Cooley at 888-4362 or kcooley@memphiscac.org.

Our Protectors Come In One Size – Heroes

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Thank You All!!!!

The impacts of Child Abuse, through the
eyes of an officer

SPOKANE, WA  –  As the first ones to arrive on the scene of a crime, law enforcement officers see the impacts of child abuse firsthand.

“It’s something that you don’t get over quickly – it may never leave you,” said Spokane Police Officer John O’Brien.  “It doesn’t get easier to deal with.  It’s really hard to understand what’s going on in the minds of a parent or guardian that would do that to a child,” he said.

He says child abuse can affect anyone, in any situation.  It’s not limited to a certain neighborhood or demographic.  That’s part of what makes it difficult to address.

“A crime against an adult is horrible as it is, but when you have an innocent, defenseless child who doesn’t know they’re going to be victimized it’s devastating.  There’s no way for that child to fight back or protect themselves,” O’Brien said.

Especially when a child’s life ends because of abuse.

“Officers, you know we have this uniform and we have a tough exterior at times but we are human and we have those same emotions it’s hard to see a child killed at the hands of another person,” O’Brien said.

When law enforcement responds to a child abuse call, they have a chance to break the cycle of abuse.  That’s something that sticks with them.

“You often wonder did that make a difference?  Did that turn the tide for them, that they’ve got clean, done any of the programs that have learned how to be a parent?  Because parenting is not easy at times,” O’Brien said.

That’s why — police say— the community’s help is so critical.

“We can do our part, but we also want the community to help us do that part to say something to partner with us so that we can stop or do our best to at least reduce or eliminate child abuse,” O’Brien said.

TX Attorney General CEU Arrest Child Sex Offender

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Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena Texas.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
Lorena Man for Possession of Child Pornography

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.

Investigators discovered child pornography being shared from a device with an IP address connected to Scott’s home in Lorena.

While executing a search warrant at his home, investigators located child pornography and seized several digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.

Scott, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 1991 of child molestation in Indiana.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC

For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

KY Is Fighting Child Abuse

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Kentucky Is Fighting Child Abuse and Neglect.

Do your part to fight Child Abuse in Kentucky

As we embark on a new year, we at Kosair Charities are looking ahead to a commonwealth that ensures all of our kids are free from abuse.  Through our Face It Campaign, Kosair Charities is committed to ensuring hardworking and dedicated nonprofits in Louisville and across Kentucky have the resources they need to end the plague of child abuse and neglect, and to end it now.

The Face It Campaign works closely with over 40 partner organizations to prevent child abuse and neglect in our communities by focusing on education, awareness, practice, and policy improvements.

The Face It policy team has been hard at work identifying priority policy changes needed at the state level.  In years past, we’ve secured state funding for the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel and closed gaps in education around abuse and neglect for professionals who regularly interact with children.  We continue to look upstream in our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by advocating for common sense policies that lead to large-scale, proactive differences.  Kosair Charities is the safety net to ensure all children in Kentucky have better tomorrows.

Each year during the Kentucky General Assembly, Face It partners actively work on several policies that focus on preventing and ending abuse.  The 2018 priorities keep kids safe by prioritizing adequately funded systems, increasing transparency, and ensuring a child’s voice in court is heard.

  • We aim to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect with adequate funding and improvements in how we respond to and support families.  For children who cannot remain safely with their parents, grandparents and other relatives often step up to help raise them, commonly known as kinship care.  Kinship care offers a beneficial alternative to foster care and helps to relieve trauma children often face upon removal from their home. Regardless of where a child is placed, children do best when the entire system of child welfare prioritizes supporting families or swiftly finding a permanent family for children who can’t return home.
  • Our goal is to increase transparency by recommending moving functions related to appeals and cases within the Office of the Ombudsman to outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  To ensure children are protected and cared for, to increase transparency and accountability, and reduce potential conflicts of interest, several states locate their Ombudsman’s office for children’s services in an independent location. These measures would keep kids at the center of the Ombudsman’s Office’s decisions.
  • We want to see policymakers keep kids safer from abuse by allowing adults to whom a child has disclosed abuse to testify in court.  When adults are held accountable in the court system, kids are safer from abuse.  If a child has been a victim of abuse, trauma and fear may affect their ability to testify in court.  Their fear or inability should not prevent a judge from hearing accurate information about a child’s experience, which is crucial in reaching an informed decision in child abuse cases.  If a child has disclosed information about abuse to an adult, that adult could testify about that disclosure.

Everyone plays a role in ending child abuse and neglect in the commonwealth. Kosair Charities works on every level of the system to ensure children have the supports they need to be safe and healthy with opportunities to thrive. Learn more at faceitabuse.org

Michigan Father Arrested For Child Abuse

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Father, 22, arrested for Child Abuse.

Man arrested in Escanaba on Child Abuse charge

ESCANABA, MI  –  Escanaba Public Safety was notified Friday of an infant who was brought into OSF St. Francis Hospital emergency room with signs of physical child abuse.

Escanaba Public Safety questioned the 21-year-old mother and 22-year-old father of the infant, and arrested the father for child abuse.

He was taken to the Delta County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $500,000 cash bond.  The mother was released.

The infant has been transferred to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted by OSF St. Francis Hospital, State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services, and the Delta County Prosecutors Office.