Are You a Victim of Medical Identity Theft? Read more ….
Between 1979 and 1981 a series of high-profile missing-children cases became national headlines. Three such cases contributed to the shock of the nation’s consciousness bringing attention to the seriousness of child victimization and forever changing the response by law-enforcement agencies to reports of missing children.
The Penn State Child Sexual Abuse Scandal & Three Strategies to Protect Your Children: Air Date 11/16/11
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been accused of abusing eight (so far) young boys, resulting in scandalous allegations, charges of a coverup, the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier and violent protests by some Penn State students.
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The Hunt for the Notorious D. B. Cooper & Keeping Communities Safe Despite Budget Cuts: Air Date 11/02/11
On November 24, 1971, a skyjacker and extortionist who became known as D. B. Cooper parachuted out of a Northwest airlines flight–and into infamy–somewhere over Ariel, WA with $200,000 of the airline’s money, never to be seen or heard from again. This case has intrigued law enforcement and amateur sleuths alike, including me, for more than 40 years.
Domestic Violence in the Latino Community; Bullying Prevention; Legal Website Where Crime Pays! Air Date 10/19/11
Domestic violence occurs in all cultures and on all socioeconomic levels, but Latino victims (overwhelmingly women) appear to be younger, poorer and less educated than other groups and a lot are undocumented immigrants.
With an estimated 4 million victims a year, it’s a good bet that domestic violence — and it’s devastating consequences to the women, men, children, relatives, friends and even co-workers of those involved — will touch the life of every single American at some point in time.
A friend who’s been raped may confide in you after the attack (sometimes years after). When someone tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted simply listen quietly and let the person express her/his feelings. And, don’t ask probing or judgmental questions like “Why did you leave the party with someone you didn’t know?” Remember it’s not the victim’s fault, even if they did something “stupid” that made them vulnerable.
Despite all your awareness, alertness and the other skills that have been proven to maximize safety, there’s no surefire way to prevent a crime. If you’ve been raped, go immediately to a hospital emergency room (ideally with a friend) for an examination.
Most rapes involve someone known to the victim, so consider these hard questions beforehand to help you act decisively, if necessary. Under what circumstance(s) would physical resistance be called for? Could I hurt someone I know and trust, if he was trying to assault me? Could I treat a boyfriend or good friend who was trying to rape or assault me the same as I would treat a stranger?
If you were raped, assaulted, bullied or harassed by a date, boy/girlfriend, classmate, roommate, campus acquaintance or even someone you worked with, would you be emotionally able to report the incident to the police or the appropriate authorities?
Sherlock Holmes was using forensic science before we even HAD the word forensic. From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, this week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone explores the real forensics behind the fictional detective’s greatest cases.
Are you afraid to disagree with your boyfriend or partner or fear making him/her angry? Has your boyfriend/partner hit, punched, pushed, shaken or choked you? Or, are you afraid he/she will? Are you afraid to breakup with him/her? These are some of the signs of an abusive relationship.
Sometimes the bad guys put substances in the punch bowl or into a drink at a party, bar or club to make a the target of a sexual assault dazed, confused and unable to resist. These are called date rape drugs.
Most rapes are not committed strangers but by someone you already know: a boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, blind date, friend of the family, someone who lives nearby, works with you, delivers packages to your home. Physical force may be involved or simply the threat of force. There may only be emotional badgering or intimidation.