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Faith’s Law, a Law Aimed at Eradicating Sexual Misconduct at Illinois’ Schools

January 5th, 2024   No Comments   Abuse, Sexual Abuse

Faith’s Law is a law named after prevention advocate and child sexual abuse survivor Faith Colson, who was sexually abused by a teacher at her high school in Illinois.  Years later, during the course of legal proceedings related to the abuse, Faith learned that several adults within her high school suspected that the teacher’s relationship with her was inappropriate but did not take appropriate action to report their concerns.  This motivated Faith to push for change to state laws related to educator sexual misconduct in K-12 schools.

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Sexual Abuse and Negligence at an Elgin Daycare

January 4th, 2024   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

A former employee of an Elgin daycare is facing six counts of sexual abuse in connection to the abuse of two children younger than 13 years old over the course of nearly 14 years, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.  The Kane County Child Advocacy Center and the Elgin Police Department conducted the investigation, which revealed that the man, Walaitis, allegedly abused two children who were under the age of 13 between December 2008 and July 2022 while working at The Learning Tree, Elgin West.  Those investigating said Walaitis was the victims’ teacher and held a position of authority, trust, and supervision over the children at the daycare center. Walaitis is now facing six felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  The attorneys at Justice for Kids are able to help victims of such abuse seek justice to remedy the wrongs suffered.

Jury Awards $485 Million in Damages in Foster Child Sexual Abuse Case

July 21st, 2023   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

A New Mexico jury has awarded $485 million in damages in a civil case involving a child sexually assaulted in foster care.

As reported by AP, the program allegedly placed the girl in the home of a foster parent despite knowing that he had been accused of sexual assault.

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Bill Reforming Sentencing for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking by Considering Child’s Involvement in Welfare System

Illinois’ General Assembly recently passed legislation that aims to reform criminal sentencing for minors, particularly those who are victims of child sex trafficking.  House Bill 3414 adds to the factors that judges must consider when sentencing a child found guilty of a crime.  Judges will now be required to consider a child’s involvement in the child welfare system, whether they have a history of domestic abuse or child-on-child sexual abuse, and the results of any mental health evaluations the child has undergone.  Sadly, many of these children are victims of sexual abuse or they are neglected disabled children.

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) placed a child sexual assault victim into the care of a pimp with a lengthy criminal history

DCFS licensed a three-time convicted felon as a foster parent and subsequently placed a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim into his care.  DCFS placed the girl with the 24-year-old pimp, Erick Johnson, just months after he was released from federal prison after a 24-month sentence on a firearms charge.  Before that, Johnson spent three years in state prison for two robbery convictions.  Despite all that, he passed placement clearance and was approved by DCFS to become a foster parent.  While the child was in his care,  he profited from tax money as a foster parent while he forced the juvenile into prostitution by putting up an advertisement on a known sex website.  The girl has been raped, trafficked, abused, beaten up , and she has been shot, leaving a bullet in her leg.  Nearly a year ago, a DCFS hired psychologist told the child welfare agency that the girl needed to be in a “secure residential treatment sex trafficking program.”  However, the girl has not received the treatment she needs for the trauma the agency’s carelessness caused.

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Investigative Report Reveals Chicago Public School Employees Sexually Groomed and Sexually Assaulted Students and Failed to Properly Report Sexual Contact with Students

February 20th, 2023   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

The Chicago Public Schools Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation of Chicago’s Publics Schools, revealing hundreds of teachers and school officials sexually groomed and assaulted students.  The investigation also found numerous incidents of teachers and school officials engaging in policy violations over the last four years by not properly reporting incidents of sexual grooming and sexual assault of students.  Chicago Public Schools are governed by clear and specific reporting protocols in the event a teacher or other school official initiates improper sexual contact with a minor.

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Another Sexual Abuse Cover-up by an Institution — the Southern Baptist Convention

May 26th, 2022   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

As reported by the New York Times,  a nearly 300-page report on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention has published online. Read more here.

Florida Law Enforcement Acts Swiftly to Apprehend a Therapist for Sexually Abusing a Child

August 12th, 2021   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

Sixty-year-old Robert Batie worked as a Psychotherapist at a counseling center located in Flagler County, Florida.  During his time there, Batie used his position as a trusted counselor to engage in several unlawful acts of sexual abuse, including sexual molestation of a minor.  Fortunately, the courageous victim reported the incident to the Flagler County Sherriff’s Office (FCSO) and the Sherriff immediately initiated their investigation into Batie.  FCSO soon discovered that Batie left Flagler County and relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida.

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WESH 2: Foster dad accused of abusing 4 children ordered back to jail

July 27th, 2021   No Comments   Abuse, Sexual Abuse

As reported by WESH 2 news in Orlando, a foster father accused of raping and molesting a young girl in his care is now facing additional charges involving a second young victim.

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Inspiring Story Told by Former Foster Care Child Who Was Abused and Neglected

June 2nd, 2021   No Comments   Foster Care, Sexual Abuse

Kenisha E. Anthony has become an agent for change within the foster care system.  She began her journey as a “ward of the state” when she was only four (4) years old.  Her parents struggled with drug addiction and Kenisha was taken from them.  She would then be placed in seven (7) different homes until finally “aging out” of the system at eighteen (18) years old.  Despite her optimism that things would get better with each home, Kenisha suffered terrible abuse and neglect.  The foster care system failed to protect Kenisha from sexual abuse and other dangers that they are required to prevent.  In the book, “Labeled: Ward of the State,” Kenisha writes her story and details her experiences in these homes.

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Father Christopher Ciomek of St. Peter Damian Parish in Bartlett, Illinois, has been removed from the ministry as a result of allegations of child sex abuse

April 21st, 2021   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

He is accused of abusing a minor approximately 30 years ago, during his years as a seminarian. The pastor has previously served at St. Monica Parish in Chicago, St. Theresa Parish in Palatine, the faculty of the Mundelein Seminary, and was an Associate Dean of Formation and Director of Chicago Seminarians. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) encourages victims of Fr. Ciomek and other priests to come forward: “Given that the average age at which a survivor comes forward is 52, and the fact that one allegation being made public often spurs others who were abused to speak out, we would not be surprised if more people come forward with allegations against Fr. Ciomek.” This one courageous victim has come forward, but there are many more victims of childhood sexual abuse that suffer in silence. Whether the abuse was caused by this priest, or other priests, victims should come forward to receive justice and closure.

10-Year-Old Child Sexually Assaulted Multiple Times

March 24th, 2021   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

Five men have been accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child and four of them are free to continue abusing children after continuous systematic delinquencies failed to hold the men accountable for their crimes. Although the government institutions responsible for protecting the little girl were well aware of the frequent sexual abuse she suffered, the system failed to take any action to protect her, leaving her in the hands and mercy of her abusers.

In May 2020, the Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) performed a rape kit test on the minor after a 37-year-old man assaulted her. The DNA results quickly identified the abuser as he has been a registered child sex offender for over fifteen-years. However, as a result of horrifying negligence, the CPD failed to arrest the sexual predator or take any additional steps to protect the child from him for nearly 10 months, providing him with the freedom he needed to continue sexually assaulting children without restraint.

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