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November 25, 2014
Child abuse survivors operate in crisis mode
by Sandrine Rattan
The effects and negative impact of child abuse on adult survivors are wide-ranging. First it must be understood, that the world of children revolves around their parents or primary caregivers. Moreover, parents and or caregivers are the primary source of safety, security, love, understanding and all the other nurturing elements that are usually associated with that bond. However, when children are abused, the trust which was developed between the children and the “abuser” is violated.
When the primary relationship is one of betrayal, a negative set of beliefs develop immediately that often affect the victim's capacity to establish and sustain significant attachments throughout their life.
Research has shown, that survivors often experience conflicting relationships and chaotic lifestyles.
The lives of many survivors are often characterised by frequent crises and turmoil including job disappointments, failed relationships and financial setbacks. In most instances, these situations exist as a result of unresolved abuse issues which occurred during childhood.
The reasons are complex, but for many survivors, on-going internal chaos prevents the establishment of regularity, predictability and consistency.
Many victims operate their lives in crisis-mode, responding with stop-gap measures which are unable to resolve the underlying issues. According to Dr Bessel van Der Kolk, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, “People have a range of capacities to deal with overwhelming experiences. Some people, kids in particular, are able to disappear into a fantasy world, to disassociate, to pretend like it isn't happening, and are able to go on with their lives. And sometimes it comes back to haunt them.”
A number of studies have explored the psychological effects of childhood trauma and subsequent health concerns. Research has also found that child abuse contributes to depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, personality disorders, sexual disorders as well as suicidal tendencies.
A study conducted by psychologists Palmer, Brown, Rae-Grant and Loughlin in 2001 with 384 survivors of child abuse, found that they had a tendency to be depressed, have low self-esteem, and also had challenges functioning effectively in their family environment.
The link between Child Abuse and Medical Challenges:
Child abuse negatively impacts the health of victims. Prior studies have amassed support for these relationships in younger adults, yet fewer studies have looked at the effects of abuse on health in older adults along with the psychological variables, that may influence the abuse-health relationship. A study published in “Psychology and Violence” examined data obtained from a two-wave panel study in Florida's Miami-Dade County. The study explored the impact of child abuse on current medical problems among older adults who were screened on physical disability status. Conducted in South Florida, the researchers used a multi-ethnic sample that is representative of the general population in the area. The results showed that child abuse was associated with a number of health problems. The authors concluded that there are severe effects of child abuse on the health of older adults.
The lessons learnt from these amazing revelations are that the childhood phase of one's life needs to be preserved and nurtured with emotions which would leave lasting and positive memories, that should not only be cherished, but also act as a guide to position individuals in the right direction as they traverse through the various stages of adulthood.
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The Paedophile Next Door: Documentary to show self-confession from 'man sexually attracted to children as young as four'
by Nicola Methven
39-year-old Eddie admits openly that he has been sexually attracted to girls as young as four since he was in his 20s - but insists he has never committed a crime
A self-confessed paedophile is to out himself in a television documentary to ask for more help for people sexually attracted to children in a bid to stop them becoming criminals.
Channel 4's The Paedophile Next Door will feature 39-year-old Eddie admitting openly on camera that he has been sexually attracted to girls as young as four since he was in his 20s, but insisting has never committed a crime.
The programme looks at so-called "virtuous paedophiles" and suggests radical changes are needed to child protection that include treatment and therapy for those who come forward despite never having committed any sex offences.
An adult victim of child abuse will come face to face with a man who admits to being a paedophile in a Channel 4 film which urges men who are attracted to children to own up and seek help.
Ian McFadyen, who was abused by a paedophile ring which operated in his school more than 30 years ago, will tell the man: “Some years ago, I would have probably attempted to kill you”.
But both survivor and paedophile, called Eddie, agree that the current system to protect children is not working.
Ian said today: "It was not a comfortable meeting but we are heading towards the same goal."
Dr Sarah Goode, an expert on the subject of paedophilia, says that British children today would be better served if some of the men who might be inclined to abuse them - believed to number up to 250,000 - could be prevented from doing so.
She said that those men who had sexual feelings towards children but were determined not to act on them could be helped through support groups which work in a similar way to addiction therapy.
In the film Eddie claims to be a paedophile who is attracted primarily to girls aged four to six years old but has never abused any.
He says he is speaking out on camera because he is desperate for help to manage his “unwanted desires” and thinks other men like him should also seek support.
On the eve of the film being screened, former victim Ian agreed that it was important to change the way that we deal with the issue of child sex abuse.
"There are many Eddies out there," he said. "They are a ticking timebomb. We'll never stop all child abuse but our current procedures are antiquated.
"If we don't talk about it, less children will be protected. It may be uncomfortable to talk about but for somebody that has survived that, it is less uncomfortable than the act being perpetrated."
As many as 1 in 50 British men feel some degree of sexual attraction towards children, Dr Goode said.
The film-makers hope that the programme, called The Paedophile Next Door, will encourage others like Eddie to "out" themselves. Dr Goode said: "I think quite a lot of men will come forward as a result of Eddie's courage.
"We need to change our culture. Britain is lagging behind other countries - we need to differentiate between attraction and action and create a climate where people who are troubled by these feelings can seek help. We need to be far more grown-up about child protection."
In the film Eddie writes a letter to his estranged mother telling her that he is a reluctant paedophile and has since travelled to Europe for treatment.
Ian, who went to school with Nick Clegg, said he had written to the deputy Prime Minister requesting that he helps bring about changes to the current system, which is failing children.
Ian said: "I tried to pass him the baton but he didn't so much drop the baton as chuck it away.
"The response I got was that what happened to me in the 70s could not happen now."
* The Paedophile Next Door, C4, 9pm, Tuesday 25 November
Charges not filed despite ‘substantiated child abuse'
7-month-old suffers spiral fracture of femur at day care
by Adam Schrager
MADISON, Wis. - A Columbia County mother is frustrated no criminal charges have been filed after her 7-month-old son suffered a spiral fracture of his femur at a day care.
One of the leading child abuse doctors in Wisconsin told police Sam Stanton's injury was consistent with abuse, and Columbia County Child Protective Services substantiated child abuse against the owner of the day care for her alleged actions on July 19, 2013. However, Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey last week determined she did not have a criminal case she could prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
"It's saying if you can't speak and you can't point to the person who did something, they'll never be caught," said Heather Stanton, Sam's mother. "I mean, he was 7 1/2 months old. It's not like he can call 911."
Stanton said when she picked Sam up from the Bunny Hop Day Care in the village of Fall River nearly a year and a half ago, her parental intuition and a look on her son's face let her know something was seriously wrong.
"I will never, ever, ever, ever forget in a million years the look of terror on his face and the noise that he made," she said. "There were no words for him at 7 1/2 months old, so this noise, you can only describe it as 'I can't handle this, something's wrong and this is how I'm telling you something's wrong.'"
Stanton brought Sam to the UW Children's Hospital where he was treated by Dr. Barbara Knox, an internationally known expert in cases of child abuse. Her medical report said a spiral fracture of the femur is gravely concerning for non-accidental trauma.
The injury happens when a child's leg is twisted. It can happen accidentally if a child is climbing down from a high chair and their foot gets caught, but Sam was immobile at that point, leading Fall River police to launch a felony physical-abuse-of-a-child investigation.
Officers first explored Stanton as a possible suspect, giving her a forensic voice stress analysis test which she passed. Then, they questioned the day care owner and her adult-aged daughter, both of whom were in the home-based day care when Sam was there.
They told wildly disparate stories and when Fall River police read the day care owner her Miranda rights, she obtained a lawyer and did not correspond with them further. Stanton remains frustrated over not knowing what happened.
"Who did it? That's the question," Stanton said. "No one's admitting there was an accident. No one's saying anything about anything."
That's one of the reasons that Kohlwey said she is asking anyone with information about this incident to come forward, but that she does not feel she knows conclusively what happened to Sam.
"We don't have proof here that Sam was injured deliberately or in a criminally-negligent manner and we also don't have proof beyond a reasonable doubt who injured him," Kohlwey said. "I would love that every crime would get solved and even more so when it's a baby that's getting injured, but we don't solve all crimes."
The State of Wisconsin's Division of Children and Family Services allowed the day care to close voluntarily in September, 2013, after concluding that corporal punishment, defined by state law as spanking, hitting, pinching, shaking, slapping, twisting, throwing, happened at Bunny Hop.
A spokesman for DCF said it is on a case-by-case basis that the state determines whether it would shut down a day care or allow the provider to voluntarily close. Compliance history plays a factor. Earlier allegations of improper discipline from 2001, 2004 and 2006 were not substantiated by Columbia County Child Protective Services.
Sam Stanton is coming up on his second birthday. After spending six weeks in a cast, he's gone through physical therapy and he is now moving well. Yet, his mother said she will continue to advocate for justice, if not for Sam, then for the next kid she fears may come through those caregivers. State law allows the former day care owner to look after four kids up to the age of 7 without any state regulation.
"How do you let go? Do you just walk away and forget? I can't," she said. "If somebody else's kid (gets hurt), I'll never sleep again."
Police: Student led high school prostitution ring
by The Associated Press
VENICE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a 17-year-old Sarasota High School student organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools.
The teen was arrested Friday on felony charges of human trafficking of a person under 18.
Venice police say at least one act of prostitution took place, which led to the arrest of 21-year-old John Michael Mosher. He's accused of paying $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Police Capt. Tom Mattmuller told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1vjm1ub) another arrest is expected Tuesday.
Officials say the ring was uncovered when four students confided to administrators at Venice High School.
Documents indicate the teen and at least one other student concocted the plan over the summer to prostitute teens for money and alcohol.