At 4 years old, Raven Kaliana started earning money to support her family. What could a 4-year-old possibly do to make money? The unthinkable. Her parents willingly sold her into the sex industry. For 15 years, Kaliana endured commercial sexual abuse and made money for her family via child pornography. Her story is astounding, upsetting and inspiring. Somehow she survived the abuse and now as an adult she is driven by the belief that survivors of child sexual exploitation need to tell their story. To that end, she has created an autobiographical play in which children are represented by puppets, called Horray for Hollywood. The play has received critical acclaim, toured various countries and has been made into a film. She says that when she does Q&A sessions after the screening of her film, people often ask, "How could parents do this to their children?" Her answer might surprise you.
It's seems that way too often we find out about yet another teacher who took advantage of students sexually. It never stops being upsetting, does it? Or shocking. The latest teacher/student sex scandal hit the news comes from Tacoma, Washington where 24-year-old Meredith Powell was arrested on two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The former math teacher at Lincoln High School was arrested for incidents that allegedly took place with three male students from the school. The whole thing is nuts, but what I find particularly crazy is that Powell has admitted to her illegal behavior, but somehow still pled not guilty to the charges. I'm sorry, I know I'm not a math teacher, but that just does not compute, if you know what I mean.Continue Reading >
What I can only describe as sorry excuses for guardians will disgust you beyond belief. An 11-year-old Ohio girl reported to her teacher that she and her siblings were abused and raped by their mother, grandmother, and their mother's boyfriend. The women, 52-year-old Edwina Louis, 31-year-old Bobbi Sue Pack, and the man, 44-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez, have been arrested and charged with child endangerment. Sanchez was also charged with two counts of rape.
The children who attended online school Ohio Virtual Academy wrote a detailed e-mail to a teacher depicting the abusive and inhumane conditions they lived in.Continue Reading >
Darrika Shantel Driver is a 31-year-old mother from Georgia who currently finds herself in jail under charges of child cruelty and harboring a sex offender. What this mother is accused of doing boggles the mind and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Driver's boyfriend, Natavious Akeem Mays, was released from jail in October. He was doing time for having molested Driver's children. You would think that when he got out of jail, she would want nothing to do with him, but instead she let him move in, put her kids in danger, and lied to the police about where he lived. So, now she is in jail and I'm glad, BUT the very bad news is that police didn't find out about the situation soon enough.Continue Reading >
Woody Allen & Dylan Farrow child abuse allegations prove you never know what goes on behind closed doors
Although the child sexual abuse claims against Woody Allen are more than 20 years old, they have resurfaced after the long-time director recently received a lifetime achievement Golden Globe award. The main question remains the same: Did he sexually abuse Dylan, his and Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, when she was a child or were the allegations all part of Farrow's smear campaign after realizing Allen was having an affair with Soon-Yi Previn, another one of Farrow's adopted children? We'll most likely never know for sure, but that hasn't stopped people on both sides from bringing this topic back to the limelight.
On Saturday, though, we got to hear from Dylan Farrow herself for the first time ever.Continue Reading >
An Indiana mother has finally confessed to selling her baby for sex and child pornography multiple times.
Natasha Hillard was arrested back in March for letting her alleged business partner, 39-year-old Christopher Bour, sexually abuse her child and document it all through videos and photos. But though tue 25-year-old woman initially pled not guilty, Hillard changed her story this week, finally fessing up to her heinous crimes.Continue Reading >
Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday and while most of us are going to spend it with friends and family, you would be surprised to know about its dark side. There are sick people out there who will be trafficking innocent women as a means to attract game goers. The disturbing trend is popular during sporting games as big as this one and has even involved underage girls in the past.
Lawmakers are now trying to cut down on the sex trafficking in light of the festivities set to hit MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this weekend.Continue Reading >
There are people who go through things so horrifying I can hardly stand to think of them and somehow they manage to take all that hurt and pain and use it to mold them into a person who helps other people. It really is an amazing thing to do. When I heard that Flora Jessop, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints, actually walked up to her father and thanked him for molesting her as a child, I thought surely the woman was insane, but she's not. What she is, is inspiring. I found her reason or reasoning for thanking her father empowering and I think you may too.Continue Reading >
A despicable human being has been accused of raping her own children while other adults watched and I just can't understand how someone is capable of so much evil. Natalie Lynn Webb was arrested in Oklahoma and faces sexual abuse and child neglect charges. The offenses took place between December 2012 and March 2013 and involved three of the 30-year-old "mom's" four children aged between 3 and 8 years old.Continue Reading >
A 9-year-old little boy was held captive and sexually tortured for months in Huntsville, Alabama while being photographed and videotaped as part of a larger interstate child pornography ring. As if that weren't horrifying enough one of the two men accused of subjecting the child to these atrocities is his own father, 32-year-old Carl Philip Herold. The other man allegedly involved in the abuse is said to be Herold's domestic partner, Charles Walker Dunnavant. These two men lived together and kept the child in their home with no schooling or interaction with anyone other than themselves. They did take the child across state lines for what the court filing refers to as "criminal sexual purposes." The charges against these men are horrifying.Continue Reading >