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Awareness, enforcement help reduce child sex abuse

Increased public  awareness of how child predators operate, along with better law enforcement and  policies to protect children, may be helping to reduce child sex abuse despite  this year's headlines about cases connected to institutions like Penn State, the  Boy Scouts and the BBC. A recent report from the University  of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children  Research Center found incidents of child sexual abuse have been declining in  the U.S. for 20 years, with some statistics showing decreases as steep as 60  percent. The findings may be surprising  given the high-profile cases in the news. But many of those incidents took place  years, sometimes decades, ago. Ironically, experts say, publicity surrounding  such scandals may help reduce the problem.

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.

Swim Coach Banned for Life in Sexual Abuse Case

USA Swimming banned coach Rick  Curl for life for an improper relationship with a teenage swimmer in  the 1980s. Curl, who ran one of the  nation's largest swim clubs near Washington, D.C., and coached 1996 and 2000  Olympic gold medalist Tom  Dolan, was scheduled for a hearing Wednesday before the National  Board of Review. But he informed the governing body he was waiving his right  to challenge the case. Curl voluntarily gave up his  membership and will be added to USA Swimming's list of banned individuals, which  is published on the organization Web site. The coach was accused of  starting a relationship with a 13-year-old female swimmer in the 1980s. Kelley  Davis Currin said she received a $150,000 settlement from Curl not to go to  law enforcement with details of the illicit four-year relationship, but decided  to come forward after the sport was rocked by a sexual abuse scandal two  years ago.

Personal Trainer Accused of Sexual Assaulting Clients in Fairfield

A Personal Trainer in Fairfield, Patrick Myers, is accused of sexually assaulting numerous clients some of which were under age. The following article was published in the Connecticut Post regarding gym managers covering up the assaults. Under Connecticut's mandated reporting law, the gym manager is responsible for reporting Patrick Myers actions to authorities immediately. Another arrest has been made in connection with the case of a personal trainer from Branford who has been charged with sexual assaulting clients in Fairfield. {He has worked as a trainer at Fitness Edge in Kings Highway Fairfield and other Fairfield Connecticut Gyms.} This time, a manager at one of the local gyms where Patrick Myers, 44, worked was charged with interfering with an officer for what police said was intentionally concealing information and misleading police during their investigation of Myers.

Do You Know Who is Coaching Your Child?

With the fall season of sports approaching, do you know who is coaching your children?  Coaches are given full access to children in a variety of situations.  The Jerry Sandusky case has created a heightened awareness; however, are you going to question your neighbor who is the elementary school soccer coach. The US Soccer Youth Soccer Association has the following on their blog in regards to coaches and background checks: "We believe all coaches involved in youth soccer should be subject to background checks and that coaching licenses be required as part of the risk management process.  We also believe that each coach should be issued a registration card, certifying that they have completed the risk management process and have attained the required coaching certification."   The below story was recently reported in regards to a High School Soccer Coach. A former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Penn State Receives Punishment for Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal

NCAA President Mark Emmert issued a landmark ruling Monday morning, crippling Penn State's ability to compete on the field for years to come by banning the football team from bowl games for four years, reducing initial scholarships to 15 a year for four years and fining the school $60 million.Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired in November following revelations of sexual abuse by former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Southeastern University Conference Commisioner Discusses Penn State's Freeh Report and Schools' Duties

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney saw this article in the Connecticut Post and thought it was very relevant to the mandated reporter laws in Connecticut.  Excerpts of the article are below: Southeastern  Conference Commissioner Mike  Slive said a recent report criticizing Penn State's handling of sexual abuse  allegations serves as a stark reminder to schools and athletic programs  nationwide that they can't let one individual "derail the soul of  an institution."
Slive briefly but pointedly  referenced last week's report by a special investigator in his opening address  at SEC media days Tuesday. "We must maintain an honest and  open dialogue across all levels of university administration," Slive said.  "There must be an effective system of checks and balances within the  administrative structure to protect all who come in contact with it, especially  those who cannot protect themselves.

Report Slams Penn State's 'Total Disregard' in Sandusky Case

Senior Penn State administrators exhibited a "total disregard for the safety and welfare'' of the children who were sexually abused by former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an internal investigation of the university. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,'' the investigation concluded. It cited former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, former head football coach Joe Paterno and Athletic Director Tim Curley, now on leave, as never demonstrating "through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest." The 267-page report by former FBI director Louis Freeh comes less than three weeks after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 victims during a span of 15 years. Sandusky remains in a central Pennsylvania county jail awaiting formal sentencing.

Ex-Peace Corps Worker From Connecticut To Plead Guilty In Sex Assault Case

A former Peace Corps volunteer charged last year with sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa plans to plead guilty in Connecticut, authorities told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

'The Sandusky 8' Describe Seduction, Molestation and Betrayal

Below is an article that appeared in CNN.com describing the sexual abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky and their struggles.  It took these victims a tremendous amount of courage and fortitude to come forward.  Their stories are very familar to other victims of sexual abuse and we applaud their courage.  By coming forward and speaking out, they will help other victims of sexual abuse and possibly prevent other children from becoming victims.  Their stories are below as reported to CNN. The words came haltingly, punctuated by ragged sighs, groans and cracking voices as two teenage boys just days out of high school bared their darkest secrets to a packed courtroom. One sat up straight, bit his lower lip and then seemed to break down, his slender frame wracked by sobs as he buried his head in his hands. Two days later, the other cracked his knuckles and fidgeted. His childish "yeahs" and the eye patch he wore over an injury made him seem younger than his years, more vulnerable.

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