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Sexual predators want to be surrounded by vulnerable prey. Bad laws and policies make it easy.

Las Vegas martial arts instructor convicted of child sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (KSNV News3LV) -- A 50-year-old Las Vegas Taekwondo instructor was convicted last month of sexually abusing female students in California and Nevada. Marc Scott Gitelman was found guilty Sept. 8 of three felony counts after a two-week jury trial, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The counts included oral…Read More
Sexual predators want to be surrounded by vulnerable prey. Bad laws and policies make it easy.

Former Youth Villages employee indicted on sex charge

A former staff member of Youth Villages was indicted on statutory rape charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teen resident, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday. Deniro Smith, 26, faces charges of statutory rape by an authority figure, statutory rape by an authority figure/disciplinary professional and…Read More
Today @SeeTheTriumph: Reflections from a survivor of #domesticviolence on media stereotypes about abuse

The Media and Stereotypes about Abusive Relationships

See the Triumph
By Christine Murray, See the Triumph Co-Founder   The stigma surrounding intimate partner violence is complex and comes from many sources. In one of our most recent research studies, we looked at the different sources of stigma, as well as the different components of stigma that victims and survivors often face. The sources we identified…Read More
Some schools would rather protect their reputation than their students. Kids need the law on their side.

Courthouse News Service

School Can't Duck Child-Abuse Charges By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN       PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Pennsylvania school officials must face claims that they ignored signs that a teacher - now in prison for child sexual abuse - would assault second-graders, a federal judge ruled.     Paul Hochschwender was "formally admonished" by a Delaware…Read More
Not all kids have parents who protect them. They need to rely on the law, and on us.

FBI: Lancaster County Woman Gets 12 Years for Exploiting Her Own Child

  FBI: Lancaster County Woman Gets 12 Years for Exploiting Her Own Child PHILADELPHIA—Lori Hilbourn, 30, of East Lampeter Township, PA, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for manufacturing child pornography and distribution and possession of pornographic images that depicted her own child. In addition to the prison term, United States…Read More
Sex offenders want to work with kids. Bad laws and policies make it easy.

School administrator Jason Martinez on trial in child sex abuse case

DENVER - A former Colorado and New Mexico school administrator is on trial in Denver for allegedly sexually abusing two boys. In opening arguments Tuesday, a prosecutor said the two victims came from families that have been weakened by drug abuse, poverty and incarceration, and that made them the "perfect targets." The defense argued the…Read More
Today @SeeTheTriumph - The strength & perseverance of triumphing over past #domesticviolence #DVAM #stopabuse

Triumphing Over Abuse Means: Fighting the Uphill Battle -- Even If It's Every Day

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10/27/2015 0 Comments   By Allison Crowe, See the Triumph Co-Founder When we started the See the Triumph campaign, I had no idea how many powerful, painful, triumphant stories I would hear from survivors of intimate partner violence. When we have heard from our research participants about their experiences with leaving an abusive…Read More
Sex offenders want to work in schools. Bad laws and policies make it easy for them.

Ex-Montana high school coach, teacher sentenced for child pornography

Aja Goare - MTN News
BILLINGS - A former Billings high school coach and teacher who downloaded hundreds of images of child pornography will spend a decade in federal prison. Scott Nichols, 42, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings to 10 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for five felony charges related to child…Read More
Today @SeeTheTriumph: How Society Misses the Mark with Stereotypes about Survivors of #DomesticViolence #DVAM2015 #stopabuse

How Society Misses the Mark with Stereotypes about Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

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10/20/2015 0 Comments   By Christine Murray, See the Triumph Co-FounderIt’s an honor and a privilege to have an inside glimpse into the lives of survivors of past abuse through our research and outreach with the See the Triumph campaign. Every day, I see and hear examples of ways that survivors show courage, perseverance, and compassion…Read More
Lots of people who work with kids do it for the wrong reasons. Bad laws and policies hold the door open for them.

Ex-N.J. Boy Scouts leader sentenced to 20 years for child porn distribution
File Photo CAMDEN — A former Boy Scouts leader has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing child pornography over the Internet, U.S. Attorney General Paul J. Fishman announced in a statement. Gerrett Conover, 50, of Woolwich Township, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court Thursday. In…Read More
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