Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mother Sues Army for Silence That Led to Abuse of Child

A mother, who claims that the United States Army remained silent on a sex abuse investigation that ultimately allowed the man to abuse and rape her daughter and videotape the proceedings, has sued the military for $30 million.
The man in question has been convicted on child pornography charges and child rape charges involving the girl. The crime was discovered back in 2008 when the child was six years old. However, according to the lawsuit that the mother has now filed against the US Army, the Army failed to warn the child's mother after it began investigating child abuse charges against the man.
Instead, officers went out of their way to assure the mother that she had nothing to worry about regarding the child. The Army also delayed notifying the TennesseeDepartment of Children's Services that the girl was in danger, for a period of 10 months.
The woman has a family relationship with the man, and says that since the ordeal, her life has been shattered. She is a single mother with two children, and has lost her job and house because of the ordeal since the abuse came to light.
The US Army has had a chequered history as far as sexual abuse and sex crimes   investigations are concerned. In fact, the Army has been widely criticized for its poor handling of sex abuse investigations. Congress is currently considering a number of measures that will actually eliminate key decision-making powers that are currently vested in the military, especially when it comes to sex abuse and sex assault investigations. Those powers could be given to civilians and independent prosecutors.

Friday, 23 August 2013

History of Sexual Abuse May Increase Suicide Risks

Drug users who have been subjected to emotional or sexualabuse during childhood may be susceptible to a high risk of suicide or suicidal fantasies as adults. That information comes from a new study that was conducted in Vancouver, Canada, and analyzed more than 1,600 drug users.
The analysis found that drug users, who had a history of physical or sexual abuse in their childhood, had a much higher risk of suicide attempts. In all these cases, the sexual abuse ranged from severe to extreme abuse.
However, interestingly enough, if the abuse was less severe in intensity, it did not necessarily boost the risk of suicide as adults. According to the research, less severe physical or emotional or sexual abuse did not result in any significant increase in suicide risks.
According to the research, as many as 80 of the participants reported that they had made 97 suicide attempts. That is a rate that is five times higher than the suicide rate in the general population. Persons, who had suffered severe to extreme childhood sexual abuse, were much more likely to have attempted suicide. The rate among these persons was 2.9 to 3.5 times higher for emotional abuse, and 2.5 to 2.8 times higher for sexual abuse. In the case of physical abuse, the rate was between 1.62 to twice as high as for the general population.
The researchers recommend that doctors screen for sexual or emotional abuse in a person's history, and intervene whenever the person's history suggests extreme or severe childhood sexual abuse.
A history of sexual abuse can be extremely traumatic for a person. He or she may need years of psychiatric counseling and therapy to recover, and even then, the emotional scars may never completely heal. While no amount of compensation can make up for the trauma, a sexual abuse lawsuit can help a victim recover