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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 |October 21st, 2018|Categories: 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 |October 21st, 2018|Categories: Abuse|0 Comments
  • 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 |August 29th, 2018|Categories: 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 |August 16th, 2018|Categories: 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 |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: 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 |June 15th, 2018|Categories: 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 |May 31st, 2018|Categories: 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 |May 24th, 2018|Categories: Abuse|0 Comments