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Baltimore County middle school teacher charged with sexual abuse of student

A teacher at Northwest Academy of Health Sciences is charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old student, police announced on Thursday.
According to investigators, the abuse took place during school hours and involved kissing and sexual acts in the teacher’s classroom through February and March.
At times the teacher would write hall passes for the student, excusing her from scheduled classes, police noted.
Chadwick F. Zamarron, 35, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice, second- and third-degree sexual offense and sex abuse by a person in authority.
Police say the investigation began last week when the student told her mother about a sex act she had performed on the man.

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Woman facing over 300 counts of child abuse held on $2M bail

A judge has set bail at $2 million for a former foster parent charged with more than 300 counts of child abuse, human trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child.

The TimesDaily reports (http://bit.ly/2oUNzcW ) that Lauderdale County District Judge Carole mandated at Tuesday’s bond hearing that $500,000 of Jenise Spurgeon’s bail must be in cash.

Fifty-two-year-old Spurgeon of Florida and her 47-year-old husband Daniel W. Spurgeon were foster parents in Florence for seven years and have each been charged in both Florida and Alabama. The Spurgeons were arrested in July in Florida, where Daniel Spurgeon remains in jail. Jenise Spurgeon was arrested in March in Florence after posting bail in Florida.

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Parents Accused of Child Abuse After Dad ‘Pranks’ Kids for YouTube Views

YouTube has created a path to success that didn’t exist a decade ago. Now teenagers can make millions of dollars showing how they do their makeup, families can make a fortune producing goofy rap songs about parenting, and an anonymous lady who just unwraps toys made $5 million in a single year. That sort of success is extremely rare, but people know it exists, and that is causing some problems because YouTube video production is a largely unregulated industry. If you wanted to send your children to Hollywood to be actors or put them in commercials or on reality TV, there are laws and regulations in place to protect them and their money.

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Spotting the signs of child abuse

Van Wert County Crime Victims Services Director Christina Eversole said recently that there are not a lot of convicted child abuse cases in Van Wert County. That doesn’t necessarily mean that more aren’t happening, Eversole said.
In many cases, individuals are afraid to report for fear of causing hard feelings in families or with friends and neighbors. Now, in the midst of Child Abuse Awareness Month (April), Eversole suggested several things that can and should be done when there is suspected child abuse.

“Documentation of stuff, whether written or pictures, is so important,” said Eversole. “You can call Children’s Services anonymously. Be in contact with law enforcement; you can always ask for a safety check of a situation where you might suspect child abuse.

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Child Abuse Prevention Steps

Tips and Strategies
From the Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center
Child sexual abuse affects both boys and girls of all ages, in all kinds of neighborhoods and communities. The majority of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are people that the child, their family, and their communities know and trust. In fact, 90% of abused children know their abuser. Perpetrators of child sexual abuse do not always use physical force and often use games, lies, and/or threats to engage children and keep them from disclosing the abuse to helpful adults.
When we’re talking about preventing child sexual abuse, it is important to keep the focus on adult responsibility, while teaching children skills to help them protect themselves.

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Strengthening families prevents child abuse

Parenting is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous privilege. It’s rewarding to watch our children learn, grow and thrive. Most parents work hard to give their children the best opportunities and ensure they feel safe and loved.

But parenting can be a tough job, even under the best of circumstances. Tension and conflict often increase when parents encounter stressful circumstances such as raising children alone, facing unemployment or homelessness, or suffering from substance addiction or poor mental health. Sometimes parents need extra help to create loving homes where children can thrive.

April is recognized in Florida and throughout the nation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog

A domestic abuse victim whose baby was subsequently put up for adoption was failed by South Wales Police, the police watchdog has concluded.

The teenage mum was initially not treated as a victim of abuse despite eyewitness evidence of an assault, of which he has now been convicted, and evidence of abusive messages.

Her local authority, the Vale of Glamorgan, is also now being investigated over its handling of her case, which saw it enrol her on joint counselling sessions with her abusive partner.

The father of the 18-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, believes the public bodies’ handling of the allegations led to her child, now two, being taken away from her against her will.

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Child Abuse Is The Biggest Issue Affecting Young People In Crisis

Kids Helpline (KHL) duty of care interventions for children and young people in crisis situations have jumped more than 150 percent over four years, with child abuse overtaking suicide attempts as the number one cause for action for the second year running.

Of 1,907 emergency duty of care interventions launched during 2016 for children and young people who were deemed to be at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, 38 percent were due to abuse according to the 2016 Kids Helpline Insights Report released on April 5. A further 34 percent were caused by suicide attempts and 28 percent caused by other issues

The report also showed that, of the 181,165 contact calls made in 2016 to the KHL, 66,963 were by children and young people seeking access to counselling services.

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Commonwealth gymnast faces string of child abuse claims

A gymnastics coach who has represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games has been charged with a string of sex offences against three teenage girls.

Ryan McKee, 25, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the girls over a five-year period between March 2010 and August 2015.

McKee, from Kinning Park, Glasgow, represented Scotland in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

He denies the charges and is due to stand trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court in August.

Court papers claim in each of the charges that he was in the course of his employment as a gymnastics coach.

It is alleged he repeatedly kissed each of the girls, who cannot be identified.

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We all have roles to play in child abuse awareness, prevention

As you are getting ready to begin your day, pick out something blue to wear. Not to support your favorite University of Kentucky Wildcats team, but to show your commitment to giving all of Kentucky’s children the opportunity for a great childhood.

Today is “Wear Blue Day,” one of the many designated days throughout April that encourages action to support Child Abuse Prevention Month. The overall goals during April are to raise awareness and the understanding of child abuse, and find ways in our local communities to strengthen and support families while educating children on their right to be safe.

The number of Kentucky children who died from abuse, as well as overall cases of abuse, continues to be on the rise.

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