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Child predator John Langworthy to face trial

*UPDATE* Langworthy pleads guilty If you were a victim of Langworthy’s child sex crimes in Dallas, please call Doreen in the Dallas police department at 214-671-4211. The Dallas police department wants to hear from you and she’ll be expecting your call. Doreen is the report intake specialist for the child abuse/exploitation unit and is a trained counselor . If you were or are a victim now of Langworthy's child sex crimes in Mississippi, please call Josh Frazier in the Clinton Police Department at 601-925-6106 or call  the main number and ask for Josh at 601-924-5252. We are grateful that the case against John Langworthy will move forward. Delaying or denying the trial would only have endangered kids and hurt victims.  An eight-count indictment charges him with sexually molesting five boys between the ages of 6-13 between April 1980 and December 1984, with the alleged abuse occurring at the boys’ Jackson homes, Langworthy’s sister’s home in Jackson, or in

Enabling a serial child sexual predator: Prestonwood Baptist Church and John Langworthy

UPDATE: Judge rules Langworthy will face trial . If you were a victim of Langworthy’s child sex crimes in Dallas, please call Doreen in the Dallas police department at 214-671-4211. The Dallas police department wants to hear from you and she’ll be expecting your call. Doreen is the report intake specialist for the child abuse/exploitation unit and is a trained counselor. If you were or are a victim of Langworthy's child sex crimes in Mississippi, please call Josh Frazier in the Clinton Police Department at 601-925-6106  or call the main number and ask for Josh at 601-924-5252. Our hearts ache for Langworthy's victims who, once again, are being forced to wait for justice. But in one sense, the real culprit isn't Langworthy or the justice system, but his former colleagues and supervisors at two churches who chose to protect Langworthy and their institutions over children, Prestonwood Baptist in Dallas, Texas and Morrison Heights Baptist in Clinton, Mississ

Cranberry Salad

My dear friend Lori sent me this recipe 7 years ago, and it has become one of our family's favorites during the holidays. My kids love it. Cranberry Salad 2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce 1 large tart apple, peeled and cut into tidbit size (I use Granny Smith) 1 large can pineapple tidbits, drained 1 cup pecan halves 3/4 cup boiling water 1 cup cold orange juice 1 large box strawberry jello Mix together the cranberries, apple pieces, pineapple, and pecans. In a separate bowl, add jello to boiling water and stir. Add orange juice, stir. Mix both together in your serving bowl and refrigerate until jellied. I usually make this the night before serving to be sure it's chilled. Merry Christmas!

Aaron the Hero: Silent No More

Part 1: Meet the teen who took on Sandusky, helping convict him of sexual abuse Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Part 2: Lonely fight for justice Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. "But his mother does believe him, and she says she makes it clear to the prinicpal she's not going home, she's going to war." Silent No More: Victim #1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky will be released on October 23, 2012. The Second Rage of Jerry Sandusky's Victim #1

This is my story

UPDATE: I had to get someone to listen  and Prestonwood Baptist Church and the Cone of Silence This is my story of how I came to be an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse and the personal price I would pay as a result. But I would do it again. I loved my church, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. I spent my years in high school as a dedicated member of the youth ministry, and while attending Baylor University, I spent my summers as an intern on the youth staff at Prestonwood. It was there I met my then youth music minister, John Langworthy . John soon became a close friend of our family, even living in our home for a while in the mid 1980s while on staff at Prestonwood and attending seminary. I was in his wedding in Mississippi. He was a friend and mentor. The person that I knew though was not reality. The reality was a wolf masquerading in sheep's clothing, albeit a very talented, charming, magnetic, charismatic one. The entire time I knew him, he was sexually m

Turn the light on sexual abuse

Pastor: Turn the light on sexual abuse  by Bob Allen, managing editor of the Associated Baptist Press: A Texas Baptist congregation heard straight talk from its pastor in a recent sermon about how to respond to sexual abuse. “There are so many people living in desperation and isolation, looking at the church being silent, and hearing that silence as even coming from God himself,” he said. “It’s time that they at least have an acknowledgment that what has happened to them has been soul-altering and life-changing.” Morgan gave similar advice to any in the congregation guilty of abuse – find a professional and report it – as frightening as it may be. “I don’t know what will happen to me. I could go to prison. Anything could happen,” he said, anticipating their thoughts. “That’s true, but you lost control of your life when you decided to abuse, and you will never get control of it back.” To bystanders, Morgan said, “To know something is going on like sexual abuse and to do

More than a survivor of child sexual abuse, an overcomer and Olympic champion

Kayla Harrison's Challenging Road to the Olympics Olympian shares story of sexual abuse in hope of rescuing others Giving a voice to childhood sexual abuse victims “Don’t wait,” Clohessy said. Police might tell a victim they’ve had many complaints about a particular molester. It’s very rare that a molester has only one victim, Carpenter said. The average serial pedophile might have abused 80 to 100 children. Adults who were molested when they were children should put aside any misgivings about reporting their abuse because they don’t recall exact dates or don’t have a lot of information to give prosecutors, Clohessy said. “Prosecutors understand that victims are suffering, nervous and fearful of being disbelieved,” Clohessy said in a phone interview from his office in St. Louis. “So, they’re not put off by a victim saying ‘I don’t remember what year it was.’ ” Sexual-abuse investigators are trained in interviewing people who have survived that ab


1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) First it was simply, “Oh my God. That is horrifying.” Then it became “Oh My God. All those boys.” Then it became, “Oh my God – why didn’t he do something.” Didn’t you feel all the whispers? Did you not smell the fear? The news and the names, and the timeline were fuzzy and unclear. Then it became crystal clear. Years. 14. So. Many. Broken. Boys. A crazy side bar – a missing DA, and a drowned laptop destroyed and car found. Parked and empty. Dottie. Really? Then the Board of Trustees got clued in, went monkey crazy and fired a Pope. Some, a small percentage, took to the streets and turned Beaver Canyon into chaos. The cameras branded the students as calloused and capable of only worshipping football and tailgates. The students branded the swarms of cameras and microphones on campus and in their face 24/7 for days on end as calloused — capable only of worshipping ratings. There was a Powerful Man with a (repor

There's a Jerry Sandusky in every town

Vigilance is imperative: There's a Jerry Sandusky in every town | The Seattle Times Adults who see children as sexual objects look like the friendly neighbor, coach, teacher or youth worker who takes an extra interest in a child. Our collective failure to recognize the patterns of grooming beneath the engaging demeanor of the abuser continues to leave vulnerable children at risk — not just those unlucky children way over in Happy Valley, Pa., but each and every child in our own community. Jerry Sandusky guilty: Justice for victims and an end to silence by Jerome Elam in The Washington Times For survivors of child abuse this was an act of courage unparalleled by any other event in our lives.

Michael Reagan shares his story as he relates his experience as a child abuse victim to the Jerry Sandusky case

Michael Reagan mentioned the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) during his interview last night on Piers Morgan Tonight . The hotline has been flooded with calls ever since from people needing help. Here is the video of that interview of him sharing his story of abuse as a child and his strong warning about child predators:   It takes everything away from you when an adult does this to you as a child. Too many wives are protecting too many husbands in the world we live in today.  [Predators] don't get better as they get older.    My abuser taught me how to throw a football, taught me how to throw a baseball, taught me how to do trampoline, taught me how to yo-yo, taught me how to do those things where I could impress my father, make me feel good about myself.   So he endeared himself to me, and then from that point, it just went to the 'nth' degree.

Secret History of Sexual Abuse: Great is the truth, and it prevails

"Prep-School Predators: The Horace Mann School’s Secret History of Sexual Abuse" appears on the front page of the New York Times magazine today. It is a detailed, moving, important, well-written account by Amos Kamil of alleged widespread child abuse at the elite private school in New York City. It is well worth the time to read it in full. A few notable excerpts: -When the Penn State scandal came out last year, I kept getting tangled in the questions everyone else was getting tangled in: How does an institutional culture arise to condone, or at least ignore, something that, individually, every member knows is wrong? Andrew’s story came back to me in a rush. The questions of Penn State, I realized, are the questions of Horace Mann and perhaps every place that has been haunted by a similar history. -But several faculty members of that era said that, to their knowledge, the school said nothing — not to the students, not to their families and not to the police.  -

Church musician accused of sexually assaulting teen inside Fort Bend County church

KPRC Investigators said Grimsley contacted the teen through Facebook, where he posted pictures of himself playing the guitar. Brady said Grimsely also sent the girl text messages. He tried to get the girl to meet with him again and asked her to send him pictures of certain body parts, investigators said. The teen's family found the messages and called detectives, officials said. Grimsley is accused of assaulting the teen at Zion Watchtower Baptist Church in Richmond, Texas. Thankfully this child's family members were observant and found the messages from this abuser to her and contacted law enforcement immediately, rather than report it to church authorities. Kids are always safer when child sex crimes are reported to law enforcement as soon as these crimes are discovered so that abusers are exposed and investigated by professionals. Hopefully anyone who saw, suffered or suspected child sex crimes or has knowledge of such by Mr. Grimsley will contact law enforceme

Culture of secrecy

Evidence in clergy abuse trial shows a culture of secrecy Together, the evidence pointed to a long-standing culture in the hierarchy - and at times the ranks below - that chose secrecy over transparency and the welfare of the institution over victims. "It was all about the good of Mother Church," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said in arguments to the judge Thursday. "They cared about money, they cared about the business of the church, not the flock and not the parishioners."

Former Kentucky player Michael Porter charged with sex abuse

USA Today Porter, who is married and still living in Lexington, turned 25 last week. The citation says he met the minor when he was "a group leader at a church function." Porter's bail was set at $22,000 and he was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Thankfully this brave victim came forward and reported these crimes. It takes great courage for victims of child sexual abuse to come forward and report a perpetrator, especially when that perpetrator is a respected member of the community and befriended the child at church. But it's important that every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes speaks up. That's the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoing, and start healing. R ead more here:

Heritage of Covering Up Child Abuse

                                    These survivors of abuse are to be commended for their courage and bravery for speaking out. Just as in all cases of abuse, a molester/abuser does not harm every single child he or she comes in contact with. So naturally there will be members of the Homestead community who will always have favorable memories of their life there who were not harmed. While abuse may not have happened for one, this does not mean that abuse could not have happened or be happening currently to others. Alex Hannaford at The Texas Observer and Brett Shipp at WFAA are doing important work of shining the light of truth and exposing abuse, which will hopefully protect other kids, and help those abused heal. The same cannot be said of mega-church pastors like Jack Graham who have failed to report child sexual abuse by fo

The 'Monsters' Among Us: Child Sex Abusers in Our Midst

The 'Monsters' Among Us: Child Sex Abusers in Our Midst | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction These events brought a sickening dose of reality to our hallways. While the stories don't signal a trend, they do mean that all faith-based institutions can no longer afford to assume that predators are somewhere "out there," over the clean Christian rain-bow. They are not just in college locker rooms and Catholic rectories either. They are on our evangelical faculty and work in our community nonprofits, and we must respond to them in a way that bears the judgment—and mercy—of the gospel

John Langworthy criminal trial in Mississippi

*UPDATE* Langworthy pleads guilty   If you were a victim of Langworthy’s child sex crimes in Dallas, please call Doreen in the Dallas police department at 214-671-4211. The Dallas police department wants to hear from you and she’ll be expecting your call. Doreen is the report intake specialist for the child abuse/exploitation unit and is a trained counselor. If you were or are a victim of Langworthy's child sex crimes in Mississippi, please call Josh Frazier in the Clinton Police Department at 601-925-6106 or the main number and ask for Josh at 601-924-5252. December 18, 2012-  UPDATE: Judge rules Langworthy will face trial See  here  for the latest update as of Nov. 26, 2012 . The criminal trial of confessed child molesting minister John Langworthy, originally set for April 2, has been scheduled for *July 30 in Hinds County in Jackson, Mississippi. He is charged with 8 felony counts of gratification of lust for 5 victims, boys between the ages of 8-12. Th

The coach and the cardinal: the seduction of the leader

April is child abuse prevention month and sexual assault awareness month . Here is a list of activities across the state of Texas to spread awareness.   Child Help , f ounded in 1959 by Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp's approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Rod Napier, chairman of the Napier Group and a founder of the University of Pennsylvania's graduate program in organizational consulting and executive coaching, addresses the organizational breakdown of demanding and confronting the truth. Two iconic Pennsylvania figures, Joe Paterno and Anthony Bevilacqua, passed away this year. Both the longtime Penn State footb

Lawsuit against Methodist church in Houston: failing to stop abuse

I was interviewed for this story:  News Radio 740 KTRH A local woman accuses Methodist preacher Kendall Graham abused her for years and says church officials did nothing to stop it.  She's seeking $25 million in damages. Referred to as Jane Doe in court documents, the victim claims Graham and his wife invited her move in with them when she was 10-years-old after her mother died, but by age 14 the pastor was sexually abusing her. Graham and his wife eventually divorced, the victim gave birth to her own child then married her abuser.  Defense attorneys say Jane Doe is bitter he filed for divorce from her. David Clohessy is director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP.  He calls it a classic child predator case. "If you are a child sexual predator, you'll do everything you can to gain more access to kids," says Clohessy.  "And what better way to gain access than to bring her into your home and raise her as your daughter." The victim dec