March 13, 2007
To Catch a Predator - MSNBC
Several months ago I watched the TV program "To Catch a Predator". WOW what a public service this program is doing!!!
Two major things:
(1) Making parents more aware of the dangers of sex offenders in chatrooms talking to kids.
(2) Getting sex offenders off the street and put behind bars.
This program is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT . . .
I'm hoping that this will bring about an awareness that make people be supportive of much stronger laws to put sexual predators behind bars.
Tonight I watched an interview which you can watch online at MSNBC - To Catch a Predator Videos
March 10, 2007
CNN to air sex-abuse documentary
by Ron Cassie
BALTIMORE - To Pat Goles, it was divine intervention.
His son Michael had faced the Baltimore Catholic community’s damnation after making sexual abuse charges in 1993 against popular Calvert Hall chaplain “Father Jeff” Toohey. Then, in 2004, his son, who remained troubled and unvindicated, got a phone call from a man only several blocks away in Atlanta. He had just come forth with similar allegations.
The second man, CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts, was a previous Toohey victim. Roberts talks extensively on camera for the first time about the sexual abuse he suffered at Calvert Hall on “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday night.
In an hourlong segment, Roberts, 34, discusses the abuse — emotionally at times — which he said took place from 1987 to 1990. He reveals the struggle to overcome the psychological damage, including a suicide attempt, and the decision to ultimately come forward and press charges with Goles.
December 02, 2006
My Dad Died Yesterday
This article has been edited with 2 words removed and will be back up soon.
October 25, 2006
Gift from a Blind Husband and Wife Traveling by Train
I met a really nice couple getting off the train yesterday in Portland. They were BOTH blind. The husband had a seeing eye dog, and both he and his wife were using a cane. But it was difficult navigation for them getting off the train in the crowd with all the noise of the train still along with the noise of the crowd. The train staff was helping the husband, and his wife was trying to find her direction behind him. We made instant "friends" for the time that it took me to help safely navigate their way to the train station.
They had a great attitude towards the train staff and me and appreciated the help. As we got into the train station and I helped them find a seat to wait for their next train and asked the Amtrak staff to look after them. They were so appreciative. And it sure made me start thinking that there are worse things to bear than the scars of experiencing child abuse.
November 07, 2005
Laveranues Coles - a survivor of sexual abuse
I say a big "Thank You" to Laveranues Coles !!
This is very helpful to male survivors of sexual abuse. Having a male come forward who has proven himself in a "macho" sport (and is admired by millions as a football star) gives men more freedom to let others know that they have been abused.
Abuse is tough on us girls - very tough. But I think it is even tougher on men. It's okay for us girls to cry and show emotion and people give sympathy. But it must be many times harder for men to speak up about this.
Having Laveranues come forward will be a huge breakthrough for many men.
Thank you, Laveranues !!
October 10, 2005
TWO FUGITIVES FROM "OPRAH'S CHILD PREDATOR WATCH LIST" CAPTURED!
Tune In to The Oprah Winfrey Show LIVE on Tuesday, October 11
CHICAGO, IL — Today, after hearing the exciting news of the capture of two child predators, just 48 hours after the launch of Oprah's Child Predator Watch List, Oprah said, "This is a great day and we're just getting started." On Tuesday, October 11, The Oprah Winfrey Show will broadcast live as Oprah presents the first $100,000 reward and shares the details of the tips, the big breaks and the captures of these fugitives.
September 06, 2005
Sex scandals shock Spokane
September 6, 2005
The Associated Press By Nicholas K. Geranios
SPOKANE -- It's been a year of staggering news for a region that likes to bill itself as a good place to raise a family. The Spokane area seems awash in pedophiles.
Local residents were already reeling from months of revelations about pedophile Catholic priests when a judge ruled last week that individual parishes, parochial schools and other church property may be sold to pay off victims and their lawyers.
September 03, 2005
Judge says therapy-death jury can hear of previous abuse allegations
September 3, 2005
By The Associated Press
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A judge has ruled that the jurors who will hear the case of a Springville couple accused of causing their 4-year-old daughter's death by forcing her to drink too much water may be told about previous allegations of child abuse.
Fourth District Court Judge Claudia Laycock ruled Thursday that the allegations cannot be used to prove guilt in this case but can be used to establish a pattern of behavior for the defendants, Richard and Jennete Killpack.
August 31, 2005
DCF plans to reduce child abuse by half with prevention program
The Associated Press by Brendan Farrington
August 31 2005
TALLAHASSSEE - The Department of Children & Families announced a five-year plan Tuesday to cut child abuse rates in half by working with communities and other agencies to improve prevention programs and better target families needing help.
"No agency is expected to be responsible for prevention of child abuse and neglect on their own," said Beth Englander, who directs DCF's child welfare office. "The statewide plan reflects conventional wisdom and belief that plans across the state need to be connected."
June 18, 2005
CPS trying to hire 850 new child abuse investigators
June 8, 2005 [Associated Press]
AUSTIN — Child Protective Services is looking for a few good men and women to join its ranks. Hundreds of new workers, actually, are needed for the state agency.
College graduates are being sought for 850 new child-abuse investigator positions that will be created in the next two years, said Darrell Azar, spokesman for CPS' parent agency, the Department of Family and Protective Services.
By mid-2007, CPS also will hire 1,670 other new employees, according to agency documents, including some 400 supervisors and 77 family-based safety services caseworkers, who also will need a bachelor's degree.