3 Victims at Pre-school Bridgewater State University in Boston

According to the Boston Herald (full article, click here)

"Kyle P. Loughlin, who inappropriately touched the children between January and March 2015 while working at the BSU Children’s Center, pleaded guilty in Brockton Superior Court to charges including rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Judge Angel Kelly Brown sentenced him to 7 1⁄2 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation."

What you may not understand is that when a criminal pleads guilty he is pleading guilty to lesser charges than the crime he actually committed. There are many reasons why this leads to a false sense of security for the public.

 

Ex-Substitute Teacher faces Judge on child sex abuse charges

From NECN, read the whole story here.

Blake Rider, 37, of Forestdale, Massachusetts, was arraigned at Barnstable District Court on multiple charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, along with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office confirmed

Brian L. Maynard sentenced to 20 years in Child Sexual Abuse Case

I am glad that the Judge imposed a 20-year sentence. It's bad enough that the plea bargains continue to happen, which give society a false understanding of the actual crime committed. I don't know what test they speak of in the article, referenced by the Public Defender but I completely disagree with the results, "tests that found him to pose a relatively low risk to re-offend." There are numerous studies that show child molesters will continue to molest kids until the day they day, having an average of 118 victims in their lifetime.

For the news article, click here.

3 Women arrested for sexually abusing a mentally disabled child

Here is a link to the news story.

Did you know that disabled children have the highest rate of molestation? Disabled children are three times more likely to be sexually abused than children without disabilities. For children with mental health and intellectual disabilities that rate jumps to five times more. I have an autistic brother so this story is particularly scary to me. 

"In addition to contributing to the higher rates of sexual abuse against children with disabilities, ableism has structured our responses and supports for children with disabilities around notions of their dependency as opposed to supporting more independence. This has resulted in a culture of compliance that surrounds children with disabilities. Although all children are trained to be compliant to authority figures in our society, compliance is stressed to an even greater degree for children with disabilities. In this environment, children with disabilities are denied the right to say no to everyday choices such as what they will wear or eat, leaving them completely unequipped to say no when someone is trying to hurt them.

Children with disabilities are systematically denied basic information about sexual health and relationships. This practice can be traced to a desire to shield children with disabilities from the realities of life as well as a belief that people with disabilities are asexual. As a result, sexual education is rarely provided in special education classrooms and, when it is, it is not tailored to the needs of children with disabilities. Moreover, family members may have personal anxieties about their children having sex and therefore will not raise such issues with them or the schools. As such, children with disabilities are not taught about their bodies, do not learn to distinguish good touches and bad touches, and are never given a framework for healthy relationships. Without such fundamental lessons, children with disabilities have no language to describe what has happened to them when they are abused."

Former Cheer Coach gets life sentence for molesting students

Timothy Wells-Lee was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 42 years. All four students were under the age of 16, we know at least one of them was 14. This is one of the longest sentences I have read for this crime and I want to make sure it is well known. We need tougher sentencing for these crimes against our kids. This case also shows the need for youth-serving organizations to be more thorough in background checks and not rely solely on criminal background checks. They need to conduct a thorough check of all previous employment and scrutinize any gaps in employment or frequent employment changes. This coach worked at three different youth-serving organizations who all witnessed questionable behavior, documented here in the Memorandum Opinion from the appellate court.