Vernay-lah Laventure is the eleventh abused child to die in Erie County in the last four years. Most child abuse is both predictable and preventable. Erie County has a choice to make some real changes, or to maintain the status quo and ensure more abused and murdered children.
Senator Kennedy will join members of Eain’s family, local leaders and service providers in calling on New York State Governor Cuomo to fund programs that prevent child abuse in Erie County before it happens, rather than focusing only on a CPS response.
It’s hard to feel sympathy for the plight of persecuted black men with Cosby constantly in the news — facing not a single criminal charge. There’s little chance people will ever care about the very real problem of injustices perpetrated against black men so long as Bill Cosby evades justice with the President’s tacit approval.
There is a national trend to “protect” kids from learning about child sexual abuse. The Amy Berg documentary “An Open Secret”, which focuses on sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood, is the latest victim of this over-zealous, faux “protection” craze. The movie has been slapped with an “R” rating, limiting the number of theaters that will show it and making it all but impossible for teens and pre-teens to see it. Children don’t need protection from a film discussing what they need protection from.
The police and the Department of Children’s Services had a long history with the family of Jermyle Campbell. These same systemic breakdowns sentence five children every day to a preventable death. As ugly as these mistakes are, we need to look at them, and learn from them, so we can keep kids from dying.
Another day, another shooting. Only this time, it is my town. Yesterday it was someone else’s home, but today, it is mine. Lives lost. Hearts broken. Peace shattered. It happened elsewhere yesterday, but today, it happened here. How do we stop it?
“An Open Secret” does a fantastic job at pulling the universal elements of child sexual abuse out of an obscure sub-set of cases. And as such, it is both bone-chilling and enlightening. A parent, or anyone with an interest in the subject, stands to learn a lot from it.
Children’s advocates from across the nation are mourning the death of Joseph “Beau” Biden, who used his short political career to establish some of the most complete child protection laws in the nation in his home state of Delaware.
Based on the Safety Strategies booklet, we offer the following safety planning suggestions to help people who are currently facing safety risks due to a current or former abusive relationship
The Stop Abuse Campaign announced today that Barry Goldstein, JD, has been named Director of Research to support their mission to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences.
t’s scary to think that dating violence can happen in relationships. But, by knowing the warning signs to look for you, you can be more equipped to recognize a potentially abusive relationship and take action to stay safe if you have a potentially abusive partner.
Many people struggle with how to help a friend or other loved one who is in an unsafe, abusive relationship. Talking to a friend who you are worried about can be daunting. The fear of interfering, being wrong, or possibly driving them away can keep many people from reaching out. If you are concerned for someone’s safety in a relationship, you can turn to many available resources that may help you start the conversation. According to Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (2014), some important things to consider when talking to a friend include the following: