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Online vulnerability: Are your children safe?

| March 15, 2017 at 03:42 pm

Rafael Nuñez - Online Safety

Without a doubt, Internet has a whole universe of entertainment for children to explore online. There, they can play, learn, create, and connect. Especially that, connect with other people. There’s where the hazard starts.

Are you really aware of all the danger your kids are exposed to when they’re online? Often, we hear and read about cases of children talking to strangers online, and how those strangers turned out to be way different (and older) than what your children expected. It is important that us, as adults, guide our kids to understand all the dangers and how vulnerable they are when navigating on the net on their own. (more…)

Japan: Reports of child abuse

| August 20, 2012 at 08:54 am

Child guidance centers throughout the country recognized and took action in a record 59,862 cases of child abuse during fiscal 2011, an increase of 3,478 from fiscal 2010 (statistics for Fukushima Prefecture for fiscal 2011 were unavailable because of the 3/11 disasters), the health and welfare ministry announced July 26.

The ministry explained that heightened awareness among people of child abuse has led to more people reporting even suspected cases to child guidance centers.

Still, it is alarming that the number of child-abuse cases has climbed for 21 straight years.

If the ministry’s explanation is correct, the trend pointed out by it is welcome. The law to prevent child abuse requires every citizen to report to a child guidance center, a welfare office or a local government if he or she notices child abuse. (more…)

Sex trafficking a problem in Snohomish County

| May 6, 2011 at 09:21 pm

Experts Lisa Paul, deputy prosecuting attorney at the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, and Dusty Olson, an advocate of Providence’s Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and co-founder of the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation and Intervention Network, discuss the problem of sex trafficking of children in Snohomish County.

When many think of sex trafficking, they think of prostitutes in Southeast Asia, Nepal, Bangladesh or another faraway country – anywhere but here in the United States, and especially not of our own kids in our own communities.

But it is happening here. (more…)

Man Gets Over 300 Years for Viewing Child Porn

| May 3, 2011 at 08:34 pm

A Sierra Vista man was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for looking at child pornography online.

A jury found 51-year-old Roland Salisbury guilty in March on several counts of committing sexual exploitation of a minor.

He was viewing the porn via a work computer and his cell phone.

Though it is unlikely that Salisbury will be released from jail, the judge at sentencing also required him to register as a lifetime sex offender.


Forum focuses on sex assault

| April 29, 2011 at 03:17 pm

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and officials who gathered at a forum at The Wellspring on Thursday described the problem as an “epidemic” in the region.

Among the attendees to Thursday’s forum were 4th District Attorney Jerry Jones; assistant district attorneys Cindy Lavesphere and Josephine Heller; Caroline Cascio, director of the counseling and family development center at The Wellspring; sexual assault therapist Melanie Clark; The Wellspring CEO Judy Bell; Ouachita Parish Coroner Dr. Teri O’Neal; and Jonathan Phillips, LSU Health Sciences Center assistant director of nursing.

Bell said the assembled group were on the front lines of addressing sexual assault in the region.

“We want to increase awareness of this problem in our area,” Bell said. “There have been some tremendous strides made in the past 18 months to address this problem.” (more…)

Sex offender is sent back for 6.7 years

| April 28, 2011 at 06:39 pm

A former Baker County resident who had been residing in the Bradenton-Sarasota area was sent back to prison for 6.7 years for violating probation in two sexual abuse cases dating back to 1997.

Fredrick Hollman, 50, admitted in circuit court here on April 19 to several violations including residing with his wife and children in the summer and fall of last year.

The defendant, a long-distance truck driver, also admitted to falsifying driving logs, a violation of federal interstate commerce rules. Terms of probation routinely require adherence to all statutes — local, state and federal.

Mr. Hollman gets credit for 1759 days he has already served of the original sentence of 60 months. Upon release in less than two years, he will be on sex offender probation.

The defendant was convicted of twin counts of lewd and lascivious acts on children less than 16 years of age. He was originally charged with six counts of the offenses in 2009. (more…)

Film Review: Trust

| April 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Well-acted drama about a teenage girl and an Internet predator has credibility issues.

For movie details, please click here.

The title of David Schwimmer’s understated drama Trust derives from children and parents who have too much of it when dealing with the perils of Internet chat rooms. Clive Owen provides a wrenching study of an apparently hip dad whose confidence in his 14-year-old daughter’s fearlessly independent spirit is destroyed when she falls afoul of a preying pedophile.

The film has problems with plausibility given the amount of publicity accorded the dangers of online relationships, and there are questions about the girl’s behavior. But the even-handed storytelling and moving performances should attract substantial grown-up audiences.

Without attempting to be too clever, Schwimmer and screenwriter Andy Bellin use onscreen titles to match online chats as the central characters are introduced. Annie (Liana Liberato) gets a top-of-the-line laptop for her birthday to go with her smart-phone, but besides her school pals she’s in constant touch with a boy in California she knows as Charlie. (more…)

Sexual abuse epidemic in schools (Warning:Graphic content!)

| April 5, 2011 at 08:07 pm

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Sexting Is Not Illegal. But Child Pornography Is.

| March 31, 2011 at 07:11 am

Last Sunday’s New York Times carried a story that I believe all parents of teenagers need to read.

How Sexting Changed So Many Lives

Here’s how the article began:

LACEY, Wash. — One day last winter Margarite posed naked before her bathroom mirror, held up her cellphone and took a picture. Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend.

Both were in eighth grade.

They broke up soon after. A few weeks later, Isaiah forwarded the photo to another eighth-grade girl, once a friend of Margarite’s. Around 11 o’clock at night, that girl slapped a text message on it.

“Ho Alert!” she typed. “If you think this girl is a whore, then text this to all your friends.” Then she clicked open the long list of contacts on her phone and pressed “send.”

In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students had received her photo and forwarded it. (more…)

Mexico: Acapulco’s Pasarela

| March 30, 2011 at 09:06 am

BY J. R. Huetteman

In a trip to America’s southerly neighbor, Acapulco’s “pasarela” is a gold-mine for touring pedophiles cruising to make connections with locals as young as ten years old to pay them 4 to 9 U.S. Dollars to “do it” with them. “Lucky” teens report making up to $42 a “connection,” and are usually drugged up before carrying out the requests of their connections. But for locals, it remains a dark yet open secret that la pasarela is a place for child prostitution and pedophiles. “At La Noria Street in downtown Acapulco, this is part of daily life.

It [child prostitution] is supposed to be illegal, but it’s not hard to find underage girls offering sex for money here,” a quote which is taken from the CNN report Foreign tourists seek children for sex in Acapulco. In the report, featured are people and organizations trying to make a difference from within. The stories of Rosario Santos who runs the New Hope shelter for street boys and girls who has rescued children as young as 10 and made her life’s mission protecting children from the tragedies of la pasarela; rights activist Rosa Maria Cruz Muller who tries to help as many children get off the streets as possible while pressuring officials to increase police vigilance and presence at la pasarela; and Melissa Monroy of the Acapulco’ Children’s Home, where 60 children are housed, fed and educated, most of whom have been sexually abused at la pasarela. (more…)