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New Connecticut law: Jail time for not reporting child abuse

People who are required by law to report child abuse and fail to do so may face felony charges under one of several new state laws set to take effect on Tuesday. Teachers and other "mandated reporters" who fail to report suspected child abuse now face fines between $500 and $2,500, but the new penalty will be much tougher -- up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. "One of the things that has always bothered me was when you have individuals in an organization who know about child abuse, they sometimes shuffle people around instead of reporting it to authorities," state Rep. Gerald M. Fox III, D-Stamford, co-chairman of the legislative Judiciary Committee said. "With the new law, if you know about it and do not report it, you're liable for a Class D felony for intentional interference." The law, a couple years in the making, is aimed at stopping incidents like the pedophile scandals at Penn State University, or among Catholic priests and bishops. The new law, one of dozens that take effect on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, would cover incidents going forward from that date. As reported in CT Post by Ken Dixon

Sexual abuse is a "gateway experience" that often leads to drug addiction later in life

Lesser known fact about Sigmund Freud - early in his career he was all but laughed out of his field for suggesting that sexual abuse within families was a significant social problem. To remain respected he recanted his findings. Toward the end of his career he went back to his original claims and backed them up, demonstrating that this ugliness was indeed not simply at the fringes of society.

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.

Newtown Connecticut Man Faces Sentencing for Child Sex Assault and Porn

A Newtown man is facing sentencing for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and taking photos and video of the abuse. Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Wilson is to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in February to producing child pornography and faces 21 to 26 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

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.

YMCA Counselor Arrested for Child Porn

An employee at the Westerly YMCA and a camp counselor at the YMCA's Camp Harrington in Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with possession and transmission of child pornography. Dana Gingerelli, 20 of Westerly R.I., was arrested on Thursday morning by Rhode Island State Police. Police initiated the investigations after reports that child pornography was being shared on the internet. Upon search of Gingerelli's residence on Canton Street in Westerly a smartphone with child pornography on it was discovered. Futher investigation revealed that the phone belonged to Gingerelli and that the illegal images had also been transferred from the device.

The Price of a Stolen Childhood - Restitution for Victims of Child Porn

This article was a feature story in The New York Times Magazine last week. It speaks of victims of child pornography and possible restitution they may receive.  The story features 2 victims and their struggles into adulthood. The detective spread out the photographs on the kitchen table, in front of Nicole, on a December morning in 2006. She was 17, but in the pictures, she saw the face of her 10-year-old self, a half-grown girl wearing make-up. The bodies in the images were broken up by pixelation, but Nicole could see the outline of her father, forcing himself on her. Her mother, sitting next to her, burst into sobs.

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.

Easton Connecticut Residents Want Accused Predator's Name Taken Off Park

The following article was featured in the CT Post.  Since the article was written the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to change the parks name on November 9, 2012.  The article shows how difficult it can be for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward.  The article is below. Ted  Alexander Jr. always was the last one dropped off after Boy Scout meetings. The driver, his Boy Scout leader, would take the 8-year-old to a parking lot  on Black Rock Turnpike and they would wrestle in the car. Sometimes, the man  would shove Alexander's head into Toth's crotch. The man was Stephen  Toth.

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