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Utah Big Brothers Big Sisters Sued for Sex Abuse by Mentor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah organization has been sued by a man who claims the group did not do enough to stop a former mentor from sexually abusing him when he was a boy over a period lasting nearly five years.
The mentor, Antonio Cardenas, pleaded guilty to child sex abuse involving the same alleged victim in 2012 and is now serving a 35-year prison sentence.
The group was served with the lawsuit Tuesday and its president and CEO, Nancy Winemiller Basinger, said in a statement Wednesday that the organization was saddened that a child was exploited by one of its former mentors. The statement did not address in detail the allegations of the lawsuit.
Basinger said the organization uses strict guidelines created with help from national experts to keep children safe — but the lawsuit alleged they were not followed during the years that Cardenas preyed on the boy. His mother had sought out a male role model because her son's father was not involved with the boy's upbringing.
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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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4th grade teacher recorded girls changing in bathroom

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  Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) - Webster Police say a State Road Elementary School teacher has been arrested, accused of recording two female students with his cell phone while they were changing clothes inside a bathroom earlier this month. According to police, Terrance Hoctor, 44, was arrested and arraigned Wednesday, and charged with two counts each of felony unlawful surveillance 2nd and endangering the welfare of a child. Webster Police Chief Joseph Rieger commended the young victims for coming forward with the information about the phone found in a second floor bathroom.   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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4 L.A. County social workers to face trial in horrific death of 8-year-old boy

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  A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that four social workers should stand trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were assigned to protect, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a chill through the ranks of child protection workers nationwide. Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Villar said that “red flags were everywhere” during the months before Gabriel Fernandez died and that the social workers mishandled evidence of escalating abuse and failed to file timely reports on what was happening in the boy’s home before he was allegedly killed by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013. The judge said the workers’ conduct amounted to criminal negligence. “[Gabriel’s mom] was in the system — that was a red flag, he missed school...had injuries, and his teacher called,” Villar said. “All of this shows that the mother was uncooperative and the parties should have known at that time something was wrong.” Some defendants broke down in tears after Villar announced that the case would move forward. One of them, Patricia Clement, placed her head in her hands in disbelief. “When the judge announced it, I wanted to throw up,” she said later. READ FULL STORY

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Lawsuit: Archdiocese, Boy Scouts knew of abuse

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A lawsuit naming the Boy Scouts of America as a defendant in a child sex abuse case that allegedly occurred on Guam decades ago, and involving a former scout and altar boy, was filed in the Superior Court of Guam yesterday.

While previously filed lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana as a defendant in similar lawsuits alleging abuse of former altar boys, yesterday's filing was the first recent child sex abuse case on Guam to directly name the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council as defendants.

Anthony "Tony" Flores, 55, a former altar boy and boy scout, alleges in the lawsuit he reported sexual abuse to the archdiocese when he was 16, but was told to "be quiet."

 In addition to the Boy Scouts of America and the archdiocese, the lawsuit also names the alleged abuser, Louis Brouillard, a former priest who served on Guam, as a defendant.

The Yona resident alleges Brouillard used his position as a Catholic priest and Boy Scout leader to sexually abuse him when he was 16 "multiple times in multiple occasions," including at an annual Boy Scout Jamboree and in a car while traveling to a baptism and other church-related activities. Brouillard was assigned to the San Vicente Ferrer Catholic Church.

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

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BBC finds Facebook failed to remove child porn

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  A BBC investigation has revealed that 80 per cent of child abuse images it reported to Facebook were not removed. Facebook responded to the allegations by requesting the BBC send examples of the material to it, then reporting the team to the authorities for sending them. Facebook is regularly in the headlines for some of its incongruent moderation practices - removing photos of breastfeeding mothers, but allowing violent footage of beheadings, for instance. However, in this instance, the BBC is suggesting the content and its validity on the site is black and white. The BBC described the content as “images from groups where men were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material”, including: “pages explicitly for men with a sexual interest in children; images of under-16s in highly sexualised poses, with obscene comments posted beside them; groups with names such as ‘hot xxxx schoolgirls’ containing stolen images of real children; an image that appeared to be a still from a video of child abuse, with a request below it to share ‘child pornography’.” It also claimed to have identified five convicted paedophiles with profiles on the platform, none of whom were removed after the BBC reported them. 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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Graham Spanier’s court fight will open Tuesday in Dauphin County court

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  Former Penn State President Graham Spanier's trial on child endangerment charges is set for opening arguments and possibly early prosecution testimony Tuesday. Attorneys from both sides spent most of Monday in a jury selection process that was notably different from the two other Jerry Sandusky-related trials for its high reliance on secrecy in jury selection. Shortly after 6 p.m., Senior Judge John Boccabella took the bench to declare the main jury of seven women and five men selected. All sides will reconvene Tuesday morning for selection of four alternate jurors. After that, and potentially the resolution of any still-unsettled pre-trial motions, the case-in-chief will begin. 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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