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  • Bullying – Will It Ever End?

Bullying – Will It Ever End?

Bullying. What is it? Everyone has their own definition but I think we can unanimously agree it isn’t a moral activity by any stretch of the imagination. Not just limited to classrooms, bullying occurs everywhere, whether it be in the workplace, within families, in Internet forums, amongst social groups and so on. Now, what do all bullies have in common? They are typically worse in groups. Isolate a bully and he / she becomes far less powerful and menacing. The explanation behind the group mentality is that their “groups” act as both a shield and an instigator. Similarities can also [...]

By |2018-08-31T12:14:56-05:00August 29th, 2018|Bullying|0 Comments
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“The Pope is on their side”

The Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” over the sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, and has said Pope Francis is “on the side” of survivors. The grand jury report, nearly 900 pages long, was the result of one of the largest US investigations into sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It detailed both the scale of abuse and the extraordinary lengths the church went to conceal and protect the perpetrators. “Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the church [...]

By |2018-08-23T13:13:41-05:00August 16th, 2018|Community|0 Comments
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New Kentucky Law Strives to Aid Neglected and/or Abused Childre

The author states a Kentucky law has “good intentions” but is burdensome for school districts around the state because the law requires child abuse and neglect background checks of public school personnel, student teachers, contractors, and parents on school based decision making councils. A letter from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is responsible for processing the checks, is required to verify a check has been completed. Prior to the new law, criminal background checks were required for all school system employees and school volunteers. Now, the background checks include a state social worker’s substantiation of child abuse or [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00August 3rd, 2018|Community|0 Comments
  • Art 4 A Purpose

Art 4 A Purpose

Image taken from art4apurpose.org A shout out to Art 4 A Purpose, a similar organization like us. empowering children and their communities to recognize child abuse and get help through art. Art 4 a Purpose invites the community to view its annual Cake Decorating, Coloring and Art Contest on display at CoMMA through Thursday, June 28. The organization is using the event to further its mission of using the arts to raise awareness of child abuse.  Artists, photographers, writers and coloring artists from across Burke County, NC have submitted works that seek to educate the public of the [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00June 15th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Law Enacted in NY Town to Curb Bullying

Around a quarter to a third of American students have said they’re bullied at school, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A main problem with this is many parents and guardians are unsure how to respond to bullying incidents—regardless of whether their kids are the victims or the perpetrators. North Tonawanda, a town located in western New York, instated a new rule on October 1 that allows parents to be fined $250 or be sentenced to 15 days in jail if their child violates city laws two or more times within a 90-day span. City laws include [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00May 31st, 2018|Bullying|0 Comments
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What Is Medical Child Abuse?

A New York Times Opinion piece from 2011 dives into this important, but not wildly covered, issue. The term “medical child abuse” dates from the mid-1990s, as a condition related to Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disturbance in which a parent induces illness in a child to get attention. It has caught on with doctors over the last decade. But what constitutes “unnecessary medical care” — the heart of the test for medical child abuse — is vague and subjective. After all, doctors often disagree with one another when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of complicated conditions. [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00May 24th, 2018|Abuse|0 Comments
  • HPF Heroes

Hands Off!!

I was abused by a priest beginning at age 5. Raped and impregnated by same priest while still in elementary school. Miscarried. Lost the baby, my innocence and my childhood. Endured several surgical procedures while still in elementary school and continuing throughout my first year of high school. Final result...a total hysterectomy. No children for me ever. I would forever carry that undeniable void. It is a life long pain, a loss that I grieve daily. Mother kept 'my secret'? My 'dirty little secret'? To this day I still do not know what my siblings were told about 'my dirty [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00April 30th, 2018|HPF Heroes|0 Comments

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance: Another Resource Protecting Children From Abuse

April is Child Abuse National Prevention Month. During April, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) undertakes a multi-tiered effort to encourage Pennsylvanians to get a clearer picture of the tragedy of child abuse and what role they can play in preventing it. PFSA believes that every citizen in Pennsylvania has a vital role to play in protecting our children. This center is designed to help you do just that! It’s a complex problem and the child welfare system is also complicated. They want to help you understand the issues, communicate with key legislative leaders and use your voice to ensure the safety [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00April 29th, 2018|30 For 30|0 Comments
  • Rhett at Rowan College for Take Back the Night

Take Back The Night!

The Humanity Preservation Foundation (HPF) was honored to speak at Rowan College Burlington County's "Take Back the Night" event. This took place on Tuesday April 24, 2018.  The event was coordinated by the "Service Learning Students" (pictured). At Take Back the Night, president/co-founder of HPF, Rhett Hackett, spoke to a group of students and faculty. He told his personal story of child sexual abuse, his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and consequently the launch of Humanity Preservation Foundation. His presentation included the topic of their recent campaign "HandsOFF" as well as the launch of their victim support project "PULSE.” [...]

By |2018-08-23T13:13:22-05:00April 28th, 2018|30 For 30|0 Comments

How Is Vermont Protecting Your Children

Teresa is an advocate for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, and a child abuse victim herself.  It's been almost 30 years since she moved to Vermont and away from a life she swore she'd leave behind. "There was a lot of physical and sexual abuse, all in relation to my surroundings," says Teresa.  "There was probably between 7 and 10 abuse cases that I went through...stepfather, uncle, neighbors, friends of friends." Teresa teaches the nurturing program, offered through Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, an advocacy group geared towards stopping child abuse before it happens. "It teaches parents empathy and learning from past behaviors [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:40:13-05:00April 28th, 2018|30 For 30|0 Comments