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Erin's Law Teaches Kids to Fight Being Lifelong Victims

One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country's correctional facilities. And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly's most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut's citizens have seen in a long time. It's headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk and he should sign it into law.
They call this law "Erin's Law" after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school's drills -- tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE's eight ways to say no to drugs -- never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13.

Former Penn State quarterback and Assistant Coach Mike McQueary was Sexually Abused: Report

Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and Nittany Lions assistant football coach who was a key prosecution witness in Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial, confided to players that he was a victim of sexual abuse, according to a new ESPN The Magazine report. According to the report, it was during a meeting with PSU football receivers and tight ends on Nov. 7, 2011 -- three days after prosecutors released a damning grand jury presentment outlining Sandusky's sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period -- that the then-Nittany Lions receivers coach, McQueary, told the players that he too had been sexually abused when he was a boy. The report cites two players who were present at the meeting.

Western Connecticut State University Professor Charged with Sexually Assaulting 15 Year Old

A 73-year-old professor at Western Connecticut State University was arrested in New York on Monday after allegedly driving there to meet a 15-year-old and engage in sexual acts, according to the New York State Police. Paul S. Hines, of Danbury, was charged with a third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, the police said in a news release. Hines was arraigned in Somers Town Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail, where he was being held without bail, the release states. According to the release, Hines had been communicating with the 15-year-old over the Internet. Hines allegedly drove to the child's house in Somers and engaged in sexual contact with the child, according to the release. A spokesman for the university confirmed that Hines is a professor there, but declined to comment further. The university's website lists Hines as a professor of organic chemistry.   Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant

Dramatic Increase in Number of Forcible Rapes in Bridgeport

The following article was published in the CT Post. The statistics from the report are troubling.  Bridgeport's Mayor Finch is launching his own investigation. The article follows: Just a few sex offenders are apparently responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of forcible rapes in the city reported by the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. The FBI statistics, released Monday, showed the number of reported cases of forcible rape had tripled here to 388 in 2012 from 116 in 2011. This number was also three times higher than the combined number of rapes reported in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and Waterbury in 2012.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence Event in Fairfield, April 27th

On Saturday, April 27th, a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held in Fairfield, Connecticut at 9 am.   The event will be benefit The Center of Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County.  At the end of the event Dawn Daniels mother of Jerry Sandusky's first victim along with his therapist will speak. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is a project of Venture Humanity, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.  Men literally walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate their communities and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services. The Center for Women and Families is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency. The Center provides free and confidential services to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and severe child sexual and/or physical abuse. Our services are offered to residents of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull. REGISTRATION, START POINT, AND PARKING INFORMATION Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  Please arrive no later than 8:50 AM. Start Point is at The Fairfield Train Station (165 Unquowa Road, Fairfield). FREE Parking is available at The Fairfield Train Station. EVENT SCHEDULE The Walk will start at approximately 9:00 AM at the Fairfield Train Station and ends at the Fairfield Town Hall on Old Post Road with a closing ceremony and refreshments to follow.

Author Barry Lopez Confronts his Own Childhood Sexual Abuse in "Sliver of Sky"

We saw this article written about author Barry Lopez and his book about his own childhood sexual abuse.  We were really struct by the following quote from his NPR interview to explain why he wrote his book and why abuse victims are compelled to file lawsuits.  "I had become impatient with the cast of newspaper articles that suggested that in the legal pursuit of pedophiles what young men and women were most interested in was winning a financial judgment or in punishing, seeking vengeance. And it struck me that that was the last thing, really, you'd be interested in as somebody who had been serially molested. What had been taken from you was a sense of self-worth and dignity, and the only way you can get those things back is in open, unjudged relationships with other people, and then you ... have a chance to develop again a sense of self-worth. ... So what you really want, in the simplest terms, is for somebody to believe what happened, to take you at face value and not to manipulate you in a courtroom, for example, to seek justice." Below please find the summary of Barry Lopez's interview on NPR with excerpts from his book Sliver of Sky.

2 Connecticut Men Plead to Lesser Charges in Abuse Case

Two men who were accused of sexually abusing their adopted children have pleaded no contest to lesser felony charges and will avoid jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.

123 child victims of Internet sex abuse identified -- one just 19 days old, US officials say

In just over a month, more than 120 sexually exploited children -- one just 19 days old -- were identified in an international operation that found them depicted in child pornography on the Internet, U.S. officials said Thursday. In Operation Sunflower, led by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigation unit from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7, 123 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified, ICE Director John Morton said at a press conference in Washington. Of that group, 44 children had been living with their abusers, and 79 children were exploited by people outside of their home or were victimized as children and are now adults. Seventy female and 53 male victims rescued; 110 of the victims were identified in 19 U.S. states and the rest were identified in six foreign countries.

Sports Illustrated Features Two Champions Who Came Forward About Child Sexual Abuse

In an inspiring and gripping article, Sports Illustrated's December 17, 2012 edition features the stories of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison.  Both are survivors of child sexual abuse.  R.A. Dickey suffered abuse by a 13-year-old babysitter and later a teenage boy and Kayla Harrison by her coach of many years.

Boy Scout Files Uncover 22 Connecticut Residents Suspected of Abuse or Inappropriate Behavior

Donald Fricke was remembered as a popular leader among his Milford Boy Scouts. One off his supervisors in the 1980s said the heavyset volunteer who passed himself off as a clergyman was well-liked by the boys, always willing to donate his time and never was a disciplinary problem. Except that the supervisor never knew until 1985 that Fricke, who worked as a custodian for the Milford Recreation Department, was convicted and sentenced to probation in 1966 for fondling a Scout during a camping trip. Fricke admitted as much in a 1985 Connecticut Post article. "Once somebody was found out, they were supposed to be kaput with the Boy Scouts," said Edward Quirk, who served as a volunteer leader with Fricke in the 1980s. "The name was supposed to go on "a black list." Apparently it went into a black hole instead. And Fricke, who died at 47 in 1991, found his way back into Scouting in 1979 and stayed on for six years until his prior act was discovered. No allegations of immoral conduct were made against him except for that 1966 incident. Fricke's name is among 22 Connecticut residents in files of 1,247 volunteer leaders from across the country accused or convicted of immoral acts from 1959 to 1985. The files were maintained by the Boy Scouts of America and released to an Oregon jury in 2010; on Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court allowed the public release of those files, which fill 14,500 pages.

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