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Hero Story 4 April 2019

June 1, 1990, Columbus, Ohio. This was the day I was born, miraculously, to a drug-addicted mother who couldn’t take care of me. I was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, diagnosed with bilateral cleft palates which made it hard for me to breathe, mild cerebral palsy, significant hearing impairment, and legal blindness. I came out tiny and nearly impossible to feed properly. Immediately, I was placed in the foster care system for a chance at a better life, though, my foster dad and siblings treated me like I was a disease that didn’t belong in their family. Still, I had [...]

By |2019-04-01T19:06:54-05:00April 1st, 2019|30 For 30|0 Comments

Hero Story 3 April 2019

Well here goes. I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I was physically emotionally and sexually abused by my mother. I never told a soul until triggered at the age of 39 by the birth of my son. He looked just like me and seeing that helpless baby boy rocked my world. It has touched every corner of my life. Everything from an eating disorder to suicide attempts to being a hustler selling myself in a search for a way to take control over my body. I carry much shame around all of this but am proud that I never [...]

By |2019-04-01T19:04:30-05:00April 1st, 2019|30 For 30|0 Comments

Hero Story 2 April 2019

In 1974, at the age of 14, I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger, a recidivist sexual predator hunting for boys in my childhood hometown of Lincoln, Rhode Island. I’m writing not to tell my story, but to share what I’ve learned in conversations and discussions with hundreds of survivors over the past ten years, to introduce you to my ‘5 Steps You Can Take to Keep Kids Safe,’ and to dive deep into Step 3, Know What To Do. My 5 Steps to Keep Kids Safe are 1. Know the facts 2. Know the signs 3. Know [...]

By |2019-04-01T19:01:06-05:00April 1st, 2019|30 For 30|0 Comments

Hero Story 1 April 2019

I was born into a family that did not know how to cope with their pain. My father was an abusive alcoholic. We got relief when he would work out of town. When he was home, we all walked on eggshells. We didn’t know when the explosion might occur. I don’t remember when the sexual abuse started. I know it was pre-verbal. I carry memories of being a baby and being in pain and feeling very alone. I am certain my brother was also abused. How else would he know to abuse me, especially at such a young age. when [...]

By |2019-04-01T18:52:13-05:00April 1st, 2019|30 For 30|0 Comments

Colorado Hotline Receives Record Number of Child Abuse Calls in 2018

Concerned Coloradans called the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline almost 222,000 times in 2018, according to a new report from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). December marked the end of the fourth year of the public awareness campaign, which is put on by the CDHS. The 24/7 hotline — 1-844-264-5437 — received a record of 221,969 calls in 2018, which is a 10,500 increase from 2017. Thanks to the people who made the calls, social services agencies investigated the safety of more than 57,042 children in 2018. Of those children, 13,289 were experiencing abuse or neglect, according to [...]

By |2019-01-15T06:55:26-05:00January 15th, 2019|HPF News|0 Comments

Japan is Cracking Down On Child Abuse

Some public child consultation centers and police are stepping up efforts to share information about suspected child abuse cases after a series of serious cases occurred. The central government drew up a package of emergency measures on child abuse following the death of 5-year-old Yua Funato in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward in March, not long after she and her family moved to the capital from Kagawa Prefecture. The package calls for close information sharing between police and child consultation centers on suspected serious abuse, such as cases that have resulted in injury as well as possible neglect and sexual abuse cases. [...]

By |2018-10-21T13:58:04-05:00October 21st, 2018|Abuse|0 Comments

First Time Federal Gov Is Investigating Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Cases

The Department of Justice is not only investigating child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, but also in Buffalo, New York. The U.S. attorney in Buffalo served a subpoena to the diocese, opening an investigation into whether diocesan clergy took children across state lines for sexual purposes, which would constitute child trafficking. That investigation, along with federal subpoenas served to seven Pennsylvania dioceses, marks the first time the federal government has investigated the Catholic Church for sexual abuse cases. The investigation was prompted by the release in August of Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse. That report identified over 300 predator priests [...]

By |2018-10-21T13:49:08-05:00October 21st, 2018|Abuse|0 Comments