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Pregnant 19-year-old accused of raping boy, 14

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  HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Broke and pregnant after a childhood her grandmother describes as a nightmare, police say 19-year-old Mekenzie Leigh Guffey sought help from the place that many young mothers-to-be turn to in Alabama's rural, northeastern corner: A social worker. That decision helped land her in jail on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. She's accused of rape and other offenses. Police Chief Jason Hepler said he got wind of an illicit relationship between the two from the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which was notified after Guffey sought assistance through a Medicaid program that assists area women. Guffey was jailed within days.
 Living through a rough childhood doesn't make up for having sex with a juvenile, Hepler said, and the young woman showed little sign of shame.
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1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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The church robbed us of our sons : mothers

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  Anne Levey is racked with guilt. Once a devout Catholic, Ms Levey still has faith in God — but she can’t bring herself to step inside a Catholic Church. She doesn’t accept dogma from any church, not since her son Paul was sexually abused at the hands of disgraced paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale. “I blame myself, every day I blame myself,” she says. “I can’t help it.
 “You go to bed and you’re thinking about it. You wake up and you’re thinking about it, but you just have to keep going. You live with it every day, the guilt, regret and the shame.”
Ms Levey is one of scores of secondary victims of the child sexual abuse scandal caught up in a cycle of entrenched pain. READ FULL STORY

1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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Pastor Charged in Child’s Death

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READING, Pa. (AP) — A pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child — his own granddaughter — from medical neglect. The novel prosecution is raising hopes among some advocates that it might spur change in a church that has resisted it.
Faith Tabernacle Congregation has long told adherents to place their trust in God alone for healing. As a result, dozens of children, mostly in Pennsylvania, have died of preventable and treatable illnesses. Church members reject modern medicine as a bedrock tenet of their faith, even as some have faced manslaughter charges in child deaths dating back 35 years.
 Until now, though, no leader in the sect has ever faced charges.
"It could be a new tool to save the lives of these children," said Rita Swan, one of the nation's top experts on faith-based medical neglect. She leads the group Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty, which works to eliminate religious exemptions in state laws requiring parents to provide appropriate medical care.
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1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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Alcohol Misuse in the Family? If Only My Doctor Had Asked

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  It was October 2012. I had been invited to give a lecture on secondhand drinking (the negative impacts of a person's drinking behaviors on others) to Stanford Medical School students enrolled in Dr. Stanley Fischman's Eating Disorders and Addiction Rotation. Dr. Fischman asked me to speak with his rotation students on a regular basis given my decades experience with loved ones' alcohol misuse, my own eating disorders, and my relevant work experience. He wanted his students to understand the other side of a person’s alcohol misuse – secondhand drinking (SHD) – because it affects 90 million Americans. That’s five times the number of people whose drinking causes SHD, yet medical practices are primarily focused on the drinker and the health impacts the drinker experiences. During my lecture, I explained drinking behaviors, which are at the root of SHD. Drinking behaviors occur when a person consumes more alcohol, thus more ethyl alcohol chemicals, than their liver can metabolize. When this happens, the ethyl alcohol chemicals interrupt the chemical portion of the brain's cell-to-cell communications. This suppresses normal neural network functioning responsible for judgment, memory, pleasure/reward, emotions, breathing.... In other words, it changes a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. READ FULL STORY

1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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A WAY BACK HOME: ART AS RECOVERY FOR RAPE VICTIMS IN CHICAGO

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At first, the photographs seem unremarkable—a pair of well-worn shoes, a flannel shirt, gray sweatpants.

Floating on a black background, hung on a clean white wall, these 12 photographs show what 12 rape victims wore at the time of their assault. The series, titled “Well, What Were You Wearing?” by Katherine Cambareri, offers a simple yet poignant look into the realities of rape. READ FULL STORY

1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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500 Kids Have Gone Missing in DC in 2017 —Officials Asking FBI for Help

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  Washington, D.C. — A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter. The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” It was signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress. “Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said. READ FULL STORY

1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. 9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries. They are protected by New York State laws. Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.
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