Child Abuse

A bill that would give victims of child sexual assault a window to bring old cases against their abusers is stalled in Albany.  A group advocating for the Child Victims Act is raising awareness about the measure in hopes of countering opponents of the bill … and perhaps making New York safer for kids. 

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Last year the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse saw over a thousand children from Onondaga County who are victims of abuse.  The facility's unique approach is being highlighted to focus more attention on child abuse and its prevention.

New Details Released in Oswego County Child Abuse Case

Sep 1, 2017
Oswego County Sheriff's Office

More details are out about the incredible case of alleged abuse against two children in the Oswego County town of Albion. It’s resulted in abuse and child endangerment charges against four people.  Oswego County Under-Sheriff Gene Sullivan says after reports of months of abuse of a ten-year-old, the investigation is looking for details.

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Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is looking for a pediatrician who might also be interested in learning how to treat victims of child abuse and neglect.  It’s the first-ever fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Upstate, and only the second in New York.

Director of the fellowship program Dr. Ann Botash says it makes sense to have at least one fellow in the field here in Syracuse. 

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The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse is one of three dozen across the state that can apply for a share of $10 million for the investigation of child abuse cases.  The grants would cover the cost of paying a trained forensic interviewer and video recording equipment.

Over 200 law enforcement agents, medical professionals, therapists, and educators gathered at the Oncenter to learn about ways to protect children from physical and sexual abuse.  The Stand Against Child Abuse Conference took place Tuesday in Syracuse.

Couple from St. Lawrence County Sentenced For Child Exploitation

Dec 17, 2015
Saint Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

  A couple from Saint Lawrence County was sentenced Thursday to hundreds of years in prison for the exploitation of six children, including two girls abducted from their family’s  roadside vegetable stand in August 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian sentenced 39-year-old Steven Howells II to 580 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to all 21 federal charges, which consisted of conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, involving six victims, and five counts of possession of child pornography. 

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  April is a month in which some local organizations are doing their best to prevent some of the worst crimes from scarring the lives of Central New York’s Children.  If you look around the community, one simple symbol might help.

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A former Miss America is in Syracuse to help kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Marilyn Van Debur shared a personal message to stop the harm to children.

  According to a study out of Cornell University, the Great Recession caused higher instances of child abuse and neglect. An analysis of instances of child abuse between 2005 and 2009 in all of the 3,144 counties and county equivalents in the U.S pointed to rising income inequality as a major factor in increased rates of child abuse.