Tag Archives: Child Sexual Abuse

Feeding Child Predators

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Three and a half years ago we thought it was just indifference….

Child abuse poll a ‘mistake’ – Facebook

In what has become a seemingly regular occurrence, Facebook is being asked: how on earth did this happen?

On Sunday Facebook asked an unspecified number of users their thoughts on how child abuse images should be handled on the network.

It gave a scenario in which an “adult man” asks a 14-year-old girl for “sexual images”, and then a list of possible answers.

One option read:  “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.”

A follow-up question offered options on how policies should be enforced, such as “Facebook decides the rules on its own” or “external experts decide the rules and tell Facebook”.

As noted by the Guardian, none of the options allowed the user to suggest that the proper course of action in this scenario would be to inform child protection agencies or call the police.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s head of product.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on FB. We regularly work with authorities if identified.  It shouldn’t have been part of this survey.

“That was a mistake.”

Data set

The company is no longer running the survey.

The BBC understands Facebook’s team was instructed to find out how users felt was best appropriate to deal with illegal content on the network.  The site is not, of course, considering changing how it deals with child abuse imagery.

Over the network’s head looms the prospect of more regulation.

By asking users if they feel more comfortable with Facebook determining the rules on how unacceptable content is handled could be an attempt to build data to back up its likely argument that it can regulate itself.

Another option, whereby experts advise the network, is also a possibility.  In the past, Facebook has turned to outside experts when developing new technologies, particularly those aimed at younger users.

However, the site as criticised over its choice of experts – many of which it had funded, as reported by Wired magazine.

Facebook has had a tough time dealing with negative publicity recently.  At an event for US conservatives last month, in the wake of another school shooting, the company demonstrated a virtual reality shooting game set in a train station.

It later pulled the demonstration, saying it regretted its inclusion on its stand. 

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.

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/

Where A Childs Voice Is Heard And Respected

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Where A Childs Voice Is Heard And Respected.

Button Ball fundraiser supports Davis House
programs for families affected by Child Abuse

Franklin, TN  –  Davis House Child Advocacy Center, a Franklin-based nonprofit that provides services to children who have faced sexual or severe physical abuse, will host its major fundraising event of the year, Button Ball 2018 (formerly Legacy Ball), on Saturday, March 3, at The Factory at Franklin.

NewsChannel 5 anchor Rhori Johnston will return as Master of Ceremonies, and Heidi Schwartz will again provide a unique Paint Your Event experience with a memorable interpretive live painting, capturing the evening on canvas. This painting will then be featured in a live auction at the close of the Ball.  A special guest speaker (a former child client of Davis House) will share her story.

The evening will start with a wine reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  Dancing will follow the dinner, program and live auction.  A “Not-So- Silent Auction” will also take place to add to the excitement.

This black-tie- optional gala draws well over 300 attendees annually.

Ticket prices are $125 per person.  Online ticket registration and business sponsorship opportunities are available at davishousecac.org/buttonball2018.

Businesses interested in providing silent auction items can contact Tara Tidwell, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator, at 615-790-5900 x 104 or tara@davishousecac.org.

“Button Ball is our way of having fun while fighting the very serious problem of child abuse,” says Marcus Stamps, executive director of Davis House. “Children facing abuse need to know they can count on adults in the community to help them and give them hope.  These are our children, and we need to be there for them.  Public investment in Davis House is necessary to eliminate child abuse and for us to continue delivering the level of service our community has become accustomed to as we serve these children and their families.”

National statistics indicate one in ten children will be victims of sexual abuse by their 18th birthday.

Button Ball emphasizes the Button Jar story, which Davis House utilizes with all child clients and which is used to engage the public in their mission.  The children who come to Davis House for the first time feel as if they are the only one.  They feel alone.  They are scared, sometimes ashamed, and often embarrassed about why they are there, even though it is not their fault.  Each child on their first visit to Davis House picks out a button from the button box. They place their button into the Button Jar, which contains all the buttons from the children who have come before them.  On the jar are the words “You Are Not Alone.”

“Each button represents a child,” Stamps adds. “So to those of us at Davis House, a single button is worth everything.”

Davis House is an accredited child advocacy center by the National Children’s Alliance and is committed to providing a safe environment where a child’s voice is heard and respected.

Davis House served 465 new child clients last year in its four-county service area of Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties.

With three locations, our Centers work to empower non-offending parents to protect their children, provides healing and hope through advocacy and counseling services, and actively participates in the state mandated Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) as it responds to allegations of child abuse.

Davis House Child Advocacy Center combats child abuse by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention.

For additional information about Davis House Child Advocacy Center and the services provided, please visit www.davishousecac.org.

Child Predators – The Washington Agenda Pt-2

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It is time for every person to be judged and sentenced equally.

Sewer Rats protecting Sewer Rats

Pretty much ties it all together in a dirty #AntiChild knot.  What is “NOT” surprising is the fact that Dennis Hastert and Jerry Sandusky was big-buddy Child Predators, right along with so many big names like Ed Savitz from PA, philanthropist Samuel Rappaport (Democratic member of the PA House of Representatives), Lawrence Scott Ward (in prison for Child Porn), former DNC Chair, Ed Rendell, and even a Podesta (not surprised, shame on you Hillary AND BILL)….

It’s real easy to see why OUR LAW MAKERS SAID NOTHING as every chance at a normal childhood, along with their rights, was taken from Our Children, while being given to the perverse.  EQUAL JUSTICE????  The “have-nots” draw sentences in the 2 and 3 digit range, while the “SEWER RATS” use their revolving door card.
Robert StrongBow

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