“Shipwreck: the sun breaking through the clouds after a storm” by William Joy (1859), Photographer/Source Christie’s Auctions, (PD-Art, PD-Age)
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We close 2020 on a tragic note: the sexual assault and battery of a newborn by a 14 y.o. boy living in the same Florida foster home [1A].
Assailant Sexualized as a Toddler
The teenage assailant is thought to have been sexualized as a toddler, when his biological mother exposed him to pornography and engaged in sexual activity in his presence.
History of Prior Assaults
“If someone is predatory, they are going to focus in on someone that is vulnerable. Putting a young child in a situation like that is beyond shocking.”
-Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Thomas Dikel [1B]
The couple who fostered then adopted this boy (the Kleins); the non-profit responsible for overseeing child welfare locally (Kids Central); and the entity providing case management services (The Center) were all aware of the boy’s dangerous proclivities, since he had sexually assaulted other children.
Nonetheless, Kids Central and The Center continued to send foster children to the Kleins’ home. Continue reading
Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Justice, Law, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Rape, Religion, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault
A kiddie pageant mother who padded her four year old daughter’s chest and bottom to simulate Dolly Parton is now in a custody dispute with the child’s father.
It is difficult to say whether kiddie pageants are more disturbing or the so called “reality” shows based around them. To many of us, the pageants are a short step away from kiddie porn. Clearly, children should not be sexualized so early.
The adults operating and parents participating in such pageants take the view that the activity is harmless — even positive — for the children taking part.
Young children are not, of course, aware why they are being encouraged to gyrate and smile on cue. They simply do or attempt to do what their parents ask of them. These primped and padded little girls quickly, however, learn the meaning of “failure” and all too soon learn to associate failure and success with their looks.
Watching little egos alternately inflated and battered is painful. Which is why many of us turn the pageants off.
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