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Dr. Phil to feature Burns child abuse case Monday

| April 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

The story of a former Brighton father convicted and sentenced to the county jail for abusing his daughter will be told on the “Dr. Phil” show Monday.

The story focuses on Joshua Quincy Burns, who was recently sentenced to three years’ probation with the first year in the Livingston County Jail for second-degree child abuse, and his wife, Brenda Burns, who refused to allow social workers with the state’s Department of Human Services to see her daughter, now 1. (more…)

Catholic bishop of Kansas City convicted of failure to report child abuse resigns

| April 22, 2015 at 07:43 am

ROME — In what is likely to be hailed as major step toward accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle sexual abuse allegations, the Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The announcement came Tuesday in a brief statement in the Vatican’s daily news bulletin, released at noon Rome time. Finn, whose resignation is effective immediately, will remain a bishop, but no longer lead a diocese. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City-Kansas has been appointed as the apostolic administrator of Finn’s diocese until Pope Francis names Finn’s successor. (more…)

How to recognize signs of child abuse or neglect

| April 21, 2015 at 07:23 am

Stories like the recent case out of Festus where a mother was charged in the death of her 17-month-old daughter are heartbreaking, and often leave us feeling helpless.

Organizations like Lutheran Family and Children’s Services work year-round to prevent child abuse and neglect. http://lfcsmo.org/. Christine Corcoran is statewide director of child welfare for Lutheran.

She joined us to talk about the signs of child abuse and neglect. The warning signs of abuse include:

  • Frequent injuries or unexplained bruises, welts, or cuts.


Scottish child abuse investigation unit is unveiled

| April 20, 2015 at 08:33 am

A national task force aimed at tackling child sex abuse in Scotland has been formally launched.

The National Child Abuse Investigation unit was unveiled by Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House and Education Minister Angela Constance.

The unit, based in Livingston, will help local divisions investigate child sexual abuse. It will investigate both current and historical allegations, as well as online child abuse.


Lord Janner child abuse allegations were not passed to me, former DPP says

| April 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

Lord Macdonald QC criticises local CPS officials for dropping pursuit of charges without consulting headquarters, helping Labour peer escape prosecution

A former director of public prosecutions has criticised Crown Prosecution Service officials for failing to present him with new evidence in 2007 of the Labour peer Lord Janner’s alleged abuse of children. (more…)

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Reminds of the Effects of Bad Parenting

| April 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

As we go through National Child Abuse Prevention Month, many of us will see eye-opening stories and public service announcements on social media. We may also sign our names to petitions, and even donate what we can afford to support organizations that advocate for children’s well-being.

But according to Marianna S. Klebanov, JD, efforts like these aren’t nearly enough. It’s crucial, she says, that child abuse prevention not become an issue that’s placed on the back burner until next April rolls around. Instead, let’s use this awareness month as a springboard to make important countrywide changes. (more…)

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

| April 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

PADUCAH – One in every 100 children in the United States has suffered abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to acknowledge communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the emotional well-being of children.

Child Watch Counseling and Advocacy Center Executive Director Lee Emmons said it is important to understand that child abuse does happen, but it is even more important to know that prevention does work.

“In Kentucky, there are 16,000 to 17,000 confirmed reports of child abuse every year. Somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of those occur in the eight counties in our area,” said Emmons. (more…)

Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin

| April 14, 2015 at 07:04 am

Almost 40 websites reported to Internet Watch Foundation for trading child sexual abuse content for cryptocurrency

Paedophiles are using the digital currency bitcoin to buy child sexual abuse images online, according to the Internet Watch Foundation. (more…)

Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school

| April 13, 2015 at 02:50 pm

One of Scotland’s leading schools is facing claims by former students that they were abused by paedophiles. Alex Renton reveals how the country’s archaic laws are failing to bring them justice

It was the happiest time of the school year. Kate, which is not her real name, and her class of 12- and 13-year-olds would soon leave Aberlour House, their home for a third or more of their lives. Next term most of them would start at the senior school, Gordonstoun, a famously severe Scottish institution that Prince Charles had once described as “Colditz in kilts”.


Reported child sexual abuse has risen 60% in last four years, figures show

| April 9, 2015 at 07:34 am

At the same time the number of arrests for child sexual abuse offences in England and Wales has fallen by 9%, freedom of information request reveals

There has been a 60% increase in child sexual abuse reported to the police over the past four years, according to official figures which make public for the first time the scale of the problem in England and Wales.

A House of Commons library analysis based on freedom of information releases by individual forces shows that the number of offences of child sexual abuse reported to the police has soared from 5,557 cases in 2011 to 8,892 last year. (more…)