Showing posts from December, 2011

Encouraging survivors of sexual abuse

Penn State sex abuse case gives courage to victims across the United States.  - Detroit Free Press Since the child sex abuse scandal broke at Penn State University in November, victims of sexual abuse -- many of whom had remained silent about their suffering for years -- have been speaking up across the country, seeking counseling, calling hot lines and contacting attorneys. An unprecedented increase in reports of abuse seems to have been inspired by the fall from grace of the university's revered football coach, Joe Paterno, and the school's president, Graham Spanier. "If the powerful come down, the powerless really do feel they have a shot," said Marci A. Hamilton, a lawyer from Bucks County, Pa., and author of "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children." The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) , based in Chicago, reported that in the last six weeks, it had been deluged with e-mails and phone calls from survivors. &

The Prayer

They will call him Immanuel- which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:23 Merry Christmas!

If you were a victim of sexual abuse by John Langworthy at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas

Sgt. Byron Fassett in the Dallas police department child exploitation unit is ready to take your call if you were abused by John Langworthy during his time in Dallas while on staff at Prestonwood Baptist Church  in the mid to late 1980s or if you have information about these crimes. Langworthy was fired in the summer of 1989 by Prestonwood for the known sexual abuse of several boys. The staff heard directly from victims but failed to report the abuse to the police as required by mandatory reporting laws enacted in TX in 1971. Please call Byron at 214-671-4200 . I have spoken with Byron. If you need to leave him a message, please do. He will call you back. To report a case of abuse in Mississippi, contact Jamie McBride , Assistant District Attorney for Hinds County, who is handling the criminal case of John Langworthy there, at 601-968-6568.  Langworthy is facing eight counts of gratification of lust. Two of the counts stem from Clinton cases and the other six were filed in Jackson,

Penn State's Culture of Loyalty

Did Penn State's Culture of Loyalty Allow Abuse to Flourish?   by  R.M. Schneiderman in The Daily Beast The accusations against Curley and Schultz reveal an undeniable repugnance. And while it is easy to understand why Paterno—who has since been fired—and McQueary would initially report the incident in the shower to their superiors, it is mind-boggling to think that they would remain silent when they realized that nothing was being done about it. Like the Catholic Church and other institutions beset by scandals, Penn State appears to have been plagued by a culture that valued loyalty over justice. Preserving the image of the institution —an economic juggernaut, whose vaunted football team pumped an estimated $59 million into the local economy every home game— seems to have been more important than protecting yet another child from an alleged serial predator . Did the culture of loyalty also allow abuse to flourish when Dr. Jack Graham, Neal Jeffrey and others at Prestonwood Ba

Vigilance: the only protection against child sexual abuse

The North Bay Nugget, Ontario, CA, by Andrea DeMeer Add the Scouts to the list of bodies — including but not limited to the church and some minor sports associations — that admit to fumbling the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of one of society's greatest ills. In a bid for transparency, Scouts Canada has initiated a third-party review of its handling of past sex abuse cases and its current volunteer screening practices. While this may offer closure for some victims, it is foolhardy to suppose it will make the Scouts a safer place for children. There is no safe place . Like most youth groups, the Scouts follow a process of vetting volunteers that includes a criminal record check. While sounding impressive, a criminal record check is worth approximately the paper it's printed on . This procedure identifies only individuals who have been apprehended and charged; the vast majority of abusers never encounter the law. Again, like other groups, Scouts Canada adheres to a &quo

Chad Foster, former Second Baptist Church youth pastor arrested again on new charges

UPDATE 4/1/2013 : Chad Foster sentenced to 5 years for sexual assault of a child MSNBC : Investigators said Chad Foster, 33, first met the 14-year-old girl when he worked as a youth minister at Second Baptist Church in Houston. The communications continued as Foster later became a youth minister at The Community of Faith Church in far northwest Harris County, authorities said.     "If you're a person who does a lot of fishing, where do you go?  You go to the water where the fish are. Same with predators," said Sgt. Gary Spurger of the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.   He said there are more victims in this case that he's heard want to come forward but haven't done so yet. Investigators believe there could be other victims.  If you need to report a case, call 281-401-6228. Houston Chronicle: 15,000 sexts evidence against youth pastor, authorities say .  KHOU:  Youth minister accused of raping teen now charged with online solicitation of a min

After Penn State & Syracuse, Congress Examines Child Abuse Prevention | C-SPAN

Shining the light on child sexual abuse:  C-SPAN: Subcommittee Hearing - Breaking the Silence on Child Abuse: Protection, Prevention, Intervention, and Deterrence Kids are not only victimized by the perpetrators but also by the institutions that are filled with adults who do not stand up for the victims [and report the abuse.] - Mr. Sheldon Kennedy , Former NHL player and Co-Founder, Respect Group Inc ., Alberta , Canada, testifying before the United States Senate Education subcommittee on children and families on December 13, 2011...his full remarks are powerful and they are documented  here . From Kennedy's website :  Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career (Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins) and played for Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. He was also Captain of the Memorial Cup winning Swift Current Broncos in 1989. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Juni

Shattering the Silence

Silence is common in child sexual abuse cases . As police investigate allegations of child molestation by coaches at Penn State and Syracuse, nagging questions linger about signs that may have been missed — or ignored "It's not that it's so invisible. It's that it remains a silent crime. People worry if they say anything they could ruin someone's life," said Maia Christopher, executive director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Beaverton, Ore. "Now everyone is asking what did you see and who did what (at Penn State). We know that people did see things and did not respond in a way that could help." "We don't like to think that these things go on and are done to people we know and love," Donovan Rice said. "I think people recognize it more than we are willing to admit. We're not honest with ourselves about how many times we have felt uncomfortable about what another adult is doing. It's time we get

A Facade of Goodness: response to Penn State on Focus on the Family

Best-selling author Dannah Gresh and her husband, Bob — who reside near Penn State and have a son attending the university — offer an inside perspective on the response of local Christians to the allegations of sexual misconduct levied against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky in a recent Focus on the Family broadcast . That children should be protected is a transcendent truth. If it happens in your school, don't go to the school. Go to the police. If it happens in your church, don't go to the church. Go to the police! Prestonwood Baptist Church did not even do what was LEGALLY necessary in reporting child sexual abuse. Just one person would have had to stand up...ring the bell. The media is doing what we should have done a long time ago. The media is holding accountable those leaders that we did not. Stand up for what is right and let God handle the rest.  Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescu