A tale of child abuse nearly beyond belief

A tale of child abuse nearly beyond belief

Every story about child abuse is horrific and tragic, but some rise to the level of incredulity. Such is a case in North Carolina, dating back to 2013, when deputies found an 11-year-old boy chained to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck. Making it even more inexplicable is the fact the boy’s foster parents were a social services supervisor in the county and a nurse. The two entered guilty pleas for child abuse and other offenses, but you need to read the doled out sentences. You also need to read the boy’s account of what happened – […]

U.S. kids suffer high rates of assault, abuse, study finds

Long-term effects include poor mental and physical health, experts say By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/child-development-news-124/u-s-children-teens-suffer-high-rates-of-assault-abuse-700821.html MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than one-third of U.S. children and teens have been physically assaulted — mostly by siblings and peers — in the past year, a new study finds. And one in 20 kids has been physically abused by a parent or another caregiver in the same time period, the researchers said. “Children are the most victimized segment of the population,” said study author David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. […]

Viewpoint: Compassion in schools great step to help kids

Paula F. Sherlock, chief judge of Jefferson County Family Court, penned a piece for the Courier-Journal praising the Compassionate Schools Project to be launched this fall in three Jefferson County Public Schools  elementary schools. She noted that with all the judges see and experience in their courtrooms, they appeciate the steps JCPS is taking to teach children to be resilient, to be compassionate and to learn to control their emotions as they navigate the difficult waters of their childhood. Read her viewpoint here.  

Southern Indiana foundation grants $15,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County funds will benefit agency’s New Albany child advocacy center NEW ALBANY, Ind. (June 24, 2015) – Family & Children’s Place received a $15,000 grant from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Ind., which will be used to improve and enhance technology and services at the agency’s New Albany child advocacy center. “We are thrilled by this award, which will enable us to better serve client children and families, better protect their private information and improve information sharing between family advocates, case workers, law enforcement and prosecutors to speed child abuse investigation, prosecution and recovery,” said […]

Adverse childhood experiences common in Kentucky, Indiana

A 2014 survey of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) found that 49 percent of Indiana and 46 percent of Kentucky residents have experienced at least one ACE – stressful or traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic or experiencing violence, or growing up with substance abuse, mental illness or crime in the home. More startling is that 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively, have experienced three or more ACES, which have been found to contribute to the risk of adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness and a higher risk of and for violence. The data is from, “Adverse Childhood Experiences: National […]

Congratulations, Steve Gutermuth

Congratulations to Family & Children’s Place Board Chair Steve Gutermuth for his selection as one of “20 People to Know” in wealth management by Business First of Louisville. The objective, reports the business weekly, is to introduce its readers to people who are achievers within their organizations but who are not typically on the front lines for their businesses. Steve is managing director of Green Square Capital. Steve is a champion and powerful advocate for children who have been injured by abuse and their families.  Read about Steve and his Q&A here: http://bit.ly/1HkfnM8  

Congratulations, Jason Groneck

Family & Children’s Place is pleased to see board member Jason Groneck among the 2015 Business First of Louisville Forty Under 40 honorees. Jason, a principal architect with GBBN Architects Inc., is a longtime supporter of and advocate for the agency, which works to stop and prevent child abuse and to help child victims and their families heal. Jason and his fellow honorees were revealed this week by the weekly business publication and will be featured in the Forty Under 40 special publication in the Sept. 25 weekly edition of Business First. Plans also are under way for a Forty […]

Drop a dime to help abused kids recover

Family & Children’s Place is thrilled to be one of three nonprofits in Lucky’s Market “Bags for Change” program, and to go head to head to compete for dimes that will add up to dollars to support our fight to free Louisville area children and families from abuse forever. Starting June 28 and running through Sept. 26, Lucky’s Market shoppers who bring in reusable bags can take a dime off their bill or donate a dime to a nonprofit of their choosing – preferably us! Lucky’s uses a wooden dime to represent the 10-cent donation, and we encourage shoppers to drop […]

Real men, real crimes: The underreported sexual abuse of boys

Medical Daily, which covers health and science news according to two core principles: to contribute to readers’ understanding of what is a very complex and constantly changing field of information, and to keep in mind the ultimate “smell test” – that stories be the kind of things you talk about at a bar with your friends, reports on the underreported sexual abuse of boys. Author Susan Scutti tackles society’s “taboo” that prevents so many boys and men from speaking up about the abuse they have suffered. Read the report here.

Newsweek: Hunt for abusers happening in wrong places

Writer Abigail Jones tackles a complicated and moving story in the June 23, 2015, issue of Newsweek, telling the story of Lauren Book, who ensured years of abuse by her nanny, her recovery and work today to educate children, parents and educators about child abuse. The piece tackles a number of subjects, including the myth of “stranger danger.” The reality is that most children who are abused, know their abuser. And breaking the myth that abuse happens “in those neighborhoods, ” over there,” with other kids,” “not our kids.” As Book says, “Yes, it does happen to blonde-haired, blue-eyed kids who […]

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