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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Major fail in US culture being safe for children


How often do we see signs of abuse but take no action?  Child abuse is a crime.

A child in an abusive home is at high risk for getting caught in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking according to current research. The damage done to the psyche from physical, emotional or sexual abuse leaves a child extremely vulnerable to anyone who will show some attention and bestow some sense of worth upon him or her. These children are the ones sought out by exploiters because they have a fundamental belief that they don’t deserve anything better than more abuse.


Child sex trafficking then becomes the most egregious and devastating form of child violence. Sadly, because the scenario involves the selling of sex, these minors often go unnoticed by the system and are not classified as abused. Instead, they are sometimes criminalized themselves. Additionally, perpetrators are rarely caught, charged and convicted.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In an excerpt of the Presidential Proclamation for the month, President Barack Obama asserts that the biggest part of prevention of child abuse is having healthy families.


“Over half a million American children suffer neglect or abuse every year. A strong and well-informed family unit is the surest defense against child abuse, and parents and caregivers who have support from relatives, friends, neighbors, and their communities are more likely to provide safe and healthy homes for their children. Trusted friends and active community members can help ensure families get the support they need by offering their time and resources, taking an active role in children’s lives, and fostering a safe environment for young people to learn and grow. By coming together in service to our communities, we do more to meet our obligation to do right by the next generation.”


The President’s number of abused children is low by commonly cited reports, the most recent from ChildHelp indicating that 6 million US children suffer abuse and neglect every year. Representing about one in 12 children, this figure shows a huge fail in American families and culture for achieving the goal of being safe and healthy places for minors.


Since abused children are far more likely to become abusers or victims of further abuse and/or trafficking, it makes sense to aim prevention efforts at the families. But, what does it take to turn around a whole generation of families that are abusive and dysfunctional before these values become inculcated into their children? President Obama hit on some key points. Healthy members of the community need to invest in their extended families, their neighborhoods, schools and religious or civic groups as role models, mentors, support and especially as those who value children.


If we don’t honor our most vulnerable in these ways, they will become easy prey for the profiteers who choose to sexually exploit the emotionally damaged ones.


If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1 800-4-A-child (1 800 422-4453).

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Major fail in US culture being safe for children – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Thoughts on child abuse from sex trafficking victims who have been there


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Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to recognize the harsh reality that millions of children in America are abused each year. It is also an opportunity to talk about ways to prevent abuse. Teen girls who have been rescued from child sex trafficking, and are now residing at StreetLightUSA were asked about their observations on child abuse.

There are many types of abuse: emotional, physical, sexual and verbal.”

“Abuse is inhumane treatment. It is misusing a person or thing for a purpose it was not meant for.

“Abuse is hurting someone on purpose or putting down someone’s self-esteem.”

“Physical abuse is hurting someone [to bring about] obedience.”

Thoughts on child abuse from sex trafficking victims who have been there – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Secret Service prostitution scandal: Another name for sex tourism?

Obama says he will be "very angry" if the allegations of secret service agents and military members engaging in prostitution are verified.

The security clearances of 11 of President Obama‘s secret service agents were pulled on April 16 as part of a prostitution scandal investigation. The agents were in Cartagena, Colombia last week to prepare advance security measures for the President’s attendance at the Summit of the Americas in that city. At least one agent was reportedly entertaining a prostitute in his room beyond the hotel’s curfew of 7:00 AM, and she complained to police that the man owed her money, which was then paid on the spot. All of the agents and some military personnel were sent home for inappropriate behavior.

Prostitution is illegal in Colombia, but is overlooked by police within designated tolerance zones. Many of the preliminary comments by White House officials focus on the possible breach of security and potential for blackmail that have been engendered with the agents’ behavior. While these in themselves are extremely serious issues, almost nothing is being said about the legal and moral impropriety of government staff supporting the international sex trades.


Secret Service prostitution scandal: Another name for sex tourism? – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Criminal charges will be amped up if secret service escorts are underage

Six secret service agents have been dismissed or voluntarily stepped down due to a prostitution scandal.

Secret service agents and military personnel, numbering at least 11 of each, are already in legal hot water over the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. Investigators from that country have given notice over the past two days that they are verifying the ages of the females to see if any of the escorts are under 18.


Using children for prostitution is illegal in both the US and Colombia. Criminal charges will be filed against any men who hired minors, possibly in both countries.


Six of the secret service agents have already resigned, retired or been dismissed, due to their involvement in the sexual escapade in which the US men were observed drinking heavily and partying on the beach with the women and inviting them back to their rooms. A party room to hold 30 had been reserved earlier in the evening.


No word has come out yet to identify any sanctions, besides separation from their jobs, which may be levied against the agents. If criminal charges are only set up related to involvement of minors, the implications from this incident are enormous:


  • If government officials are going to cavort with prostitutes, make sure that you pay them what was promised so no one raises a fuss (so you don’t get caught)
  • Extra-marital sexual activity is expected (and the norm, perhaps?) for US contingents who are away from home, especially if the supervisors encourage the whole unit to indulge. (Just don’t get caught.)
  • Make sure that the escorts are not juveniles.
  • Be sure to charge all the refreshments and entertainment to the public tab, since the hotel stay does involve work-related activities (even if these events are after-hours).
  • Just for good measure, post sexually-charged comments and pictures on your social media
  • In most other lines of work, blog comment consensus seems to be that what people do on their free time doesn’t matter, and it matters in this case only because sensitive information and the security of the president may have been at stake.

After all, losing a job with the government still brings the accrued pension, and it is likely that the men will be able to get other jobs. That doesn’t seem to address the common perception that engaging with prostitutes is just business as usual for government workers, nor provide any serious consequences for actions that could have had disastrous results. Perhaps a woman causing a ruckus about a broken agreement is what was needed to bring to light the behavior of those charged with the protection of the President of the United States.

Criminal charges will be amped up if secret service escorts are underage – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Octomom film deal: $100K self-pleasuring footage is ‘not porn’

Nadya Suleman, Octomom, and family in 2010 launching a celebrity vegan shake. The mom of 14 has signed a porn film deal.

Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom of California, has signed a porn film contract for $100,000 with Steve Hirsch’s Vivid Entertainment on May 1. The video will be shot this summer and will only show Nadya doing self-pleasuring acts. Because no other actors will be involved, Miss Suleman claims that this is not porn, which she has vowed never to do.

In 2009, Octomom was offered $1 million to do a porn film by Hirsch, but declined because she didn’t want her 14 kids to find out. In March 2012, however, with mounting debts and imminent foreclosure on her house, she did a series of nude shots for a British magazine for $8,000 rent money, still maintaining that she would not sign up for a porn flick.

The contract with Vivid Entertainment coincides with Suleman filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy yesterday with $500,000 to $1 million in debt. Recently, she has worked with Dial A Star, in which she got $14 a minute for talking to callers on the phone. She also receives $2000 a month in welfare from the state of California.

Apparently money troubles can make a woman change the way she defines life experiences. According to Wikipedia, “Pornography or porn is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter.” True, shots of one person in pleasuring acts would be considered soft porn, but the ultimate purpose of the adult film is still the same, even if no one else is involved.

A one-time contract is not likely to end Suleman’s financial troubles with her debt so high and the numerous expenses of raising so many children. The easy money in nude pictures paved the way for her convictions to broaden a bit more to do a soft porn film, which is likely to open up other opportunities in the adult sex industry. The slippery slide into hardcore films may get a little steeper with each financial carrot that is placed before her.

Nadya Suleman was investigated by Child Protective Services last week after her hairdresser took pictures of her squalid home and showed them to the police. She was cleared of any wrongdoing, but a year ago, she feared that the children could be taken by the agency after she appeared in a dominatrix fetish video. Perhaps she is naïve about the seamy side of the porn industry, and doesn’t realize where it can lead and the physical and emotional pain it can bring to the participants.

What do you think? Is doing porn films a good way for a single mom to make a living?

Octomom film deal: $100K self-pleasuring footage is ‘not porn’ – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.

Phoenix homeschooling: July 30-August 4

Phoenix homeschool events this week include free admission for teachers to the Musical Instrument Museum.


Summer is winding quickly to a close, so Phoenix homeschoolers have a short time to take advantage of special summer activities

Here is what is happening July 30-August 4

This week and all month long:

All year long free activities in the Phoenix area

Other Events and Opportunities

If you want to try out some unit studies, check out some of the special days in July for ideas.

July 30:

  • Cheesecake Day
  • Father-in-law Day
  • Paperback Book Day

July 31

Whatever your interests, there is probably an event in the Phoenix area that will be a great fit.

If you have an event that you would like to have featured on this column, please send an emailwith the details. The more advance notice that is given, the more opportunity homeschoolers in Phoenix and surrounding areas will have to know about it and put it on their calendars.


Phoenix homeschooling: July 30-August 4 – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com.

Homeschool families invited to host international students for 2012-2013

Hosting  a foreign exchange student is a great way to share cross-cultural experiences and develop international friendships.

Educatius International is a non-profit organization the matches foreign F1 Visa students with host families in the United States. Currently, 10 families in the Phoenix area, including homeschoolers, are needed to open their homes to Brazilian high schoolers who will be here for the school year. Hosts will receive $500 per month, and the students pay for their own activities.

The students are on a scholarship program through the government called “Win the World”, which has a goal of improving the foreign language learning in the public high schools. A letter from the U.S. Consulate in Recife describes the program:

Brazil, and particularly the Brazilian Northeast, is undergoing a period of rapid economic growth while preparing to host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Foreign language skills–particularly English–are vital for increased international commerce as well as receiving tourists for these mega events. Traditionally, the public school system has served youth from lower socio-economic classes. These students rarely have access to extracurricular English courses. Win the World was created with this challenge in mind. Win the World began in October 2011, offering special English classes to 18,000 public high school youth in Pernambuco. The best students from the first semester were chosen to participate in an exchange program to spend a semester overseas, including in the US, all expenses paid.

In order to choose the students that would be sent abroad, the secretariat analyzed the students’ academic history, grades, attendance record, class participation, etc., choosing only the best and most dedicated students.

Hosts are needed in the Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Deer Valley areas. Even though it is short notice before school begins again, interested families are asked to respond to this cultural opportunity very quickly so the students can be placed. For more information, please contact Lisa Partridge, a homeschool mom who has hosted students previously through Educatius International and will be hosting again this year.

The local contact for the exchange program is Melanie Smith.

Cell: 602-820-6642
Fax: 480-323-2635

Homeschool families invited to host international students for 2012-2013 – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com.