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Experts discuss what can be done to help prevent sex crimes against children in Lake County

March 27, 2017 5:56 am Published by This information from the Lake County Department of Jobs and Family Services shows potential indicators, both physically and behaviorally, of sexual assault victims.

Teen sexual abuse: 9

Adult molested as a child: 4

Child sexual exploitation: 1

Child sexual abuse: 31

Child pornography: 2

Source: Lake County Prosecutor Victim Assistance Program

Over the past five years, Lake County Victim Assistance Program advocates have handled nearly 300 cases of reported child sexual abuse cases that resulted in criminal charges.

"The last reported case we had when a child was raped by a stranger was in 1988. estimates about one percent of his total cases involve sex crimes against children.

"I'm getting two or three cases a year of child offenses where there is some actual touching or worse," said the judge.

Nationally, an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthdays, according to Darkness to Light, a non-profit organization based in South Carolina that seeks to educate adults to prevent and recognize child sexual abuse. The median age for reported sexual abuse is 9, and most child victims never report the abuse.

Prevention tips

"In order to prevent the abuse, the adult must open their minds to the possibility that someone they know, trust and maybe even love could sexually abuse their child," said Grant. "I've had cases where the child was molested in the living room while the parent was cooking dinner in the kitchen.

Experts recommend reporting your suspicions in all cases of suspected abuse, both inside and outside the immediate family. Many times, adults are afraid to report their suspicions in case they're wrong. Grant said one trend she is seeing in Lake County is that more juveniles are abusing younger children.

Lake County has also seen a slight increase in adults who were molested as children come forward years or even decades later. In 2016, there were four adults who reported childhood sex abuse allegations.

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While most minor victims are molested by adults they know, parents must still be vigilant about the potential dangers involving strangers, Willowick Detective Greg Spakes said.

If you suspect a child has been or is being abused, call your local police department, Lake County Job & Family Services or the Lake County Prosecutor Victim Assistance Program's 24-hour hotline at 440-953-5823.

Montana Historical Foundation announces $117000 in grants – KPAX.com | Continuous News …

March 27, 2017 5:11 am Published by (Photo courtesy of For The Family of Gary Breitling GoFundMe page)

Gary Breitling of Sidney was the victim killed in the Las Vegas shooting Saturday according to a family member.

Gary Breitling of Sidney was the victim killed in the Las Vegas shooting Saturday according to a family member.

'Make America Great Again' gathering held in Helena'Make America Great Again' gathering held in HelenaSaturday, March 25 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:43:22 GMTMontanans gathered in Helena on Saturday to host a support event with the slogan, 'Standing up for America.' (MTN News photo)

A group of Montanans gathered in Helena on Saturday to host a support event with the slogan, 'Standing up for America.'

A group of Montanans gathered in Helena on Saturday to host a support event with the slogan, 'Standing up for America.'

2 people escape burning vehicle on I-90 near Missoula2 people escape burning vehicle on I-90 near MissoulaSunday, March 26 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-03-26 23:55:39 GMT2 people escaped unharmed from a car fire that broke out on I-90 near Missoula. (MTN News photo)

The Montana Highway Patrol reports that the two people in the car safely escaped without any injuries.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports that the two people in the car safely escaped without any injuries.

2 men sue to be added to ballot for Montana special congressional election2 men sue to be added to ballot for Montana special congressional electionSaturday, March 25 2017 11:26 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:26:43 GMTBreck is seeking to represent the Green Party (Breck campaign page)

Montana's special congressional election is just weeks away, but two more candidates are fighting to get their names on the ballot.

Montana's special congressional election is just weeks away, but two more candidates are fighting to get their names on the ballot.

A federal program gives Wyoming millions for community programs. Trump’s budget would cut it.

March 27, 2017 5:00 am Published by

A man bicycles past the Hotel Virginia building Friday afternoon in downtown Casper.

Wyoming could lose $3.47 million in federal funding for urban renewal, homeless shelters and food banks if Congress approves President Donald Trumpas budget recommendations.

Trump has proposed eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides funds to state and local governments.

But Joy Clark, who administers Casperas CDBG funds, said thatas not accurate in Wyoming.

Clark said that 95 percent of the money Casper received from the program last year went to serve low-income residents in some form a higher than the 70 percent of funds required to be spent on that population.

aWe have clearly been addressing the highest-need population here for years,a Clark said.

Trump wants to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the CDBG program, by 13.2 percent.

But Congress, not the president, is in charge of drafting and approving the actual budget. Matt Mead said in a statement responding to the proposed elimination of the CDBG program.

aWe are watching those federal announcements very closely,a said Liz Becher, Casperas assistant city manager.

Becher said the city will draft its upcoming budget assuming that the CDBG funding will continue.

In addition to helping low-income residents, Casper has used the funds for improving the city core, including downtown and the Old Yellowstone District, through sidewalk improvements and matching funds for facade improvements.

Clark said the city has partnered with the owners of several historic buildings in Casper, including the Coca-Cola building, the historic Virginia Hotel and the old fruit warehouse that now houses Raccaas pizzeria, Art 321 and Urban Bottle.

aIt has to be used for a commercial business with the owner involved and only for specific rehab like windows that are very aged and leaking and would prevent the public coming into the business from being safe,a Clark said.

Widauf, in Cheyenne, said that while the CDBG funding went toward essential projects, many in the public are unaware of it.

aI try to get the awareness out there, but it kind of flies under,a Widauf said.

Julian Golley and Grant Fielder visited Holy Trinity Primary School with the SuperSchools initiative

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Century City Supports the NEA

March 26, 2017 10:03 pm Published by

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Area school leaders eye federal education cuts

March 26, 2017 9:52 pm Published by March 26, 2017 at 11:52 p.m.

From helping to pay for pre-K programs to teacher training, federal education funding has a direct impact on area schools and so do proposed cuts, said Gilmer ISD Superintendent Rick Albritton.

That's why many East Texas school districts are looking at a recently released budget proposal from President Donald Trump and how it would affect their programs if his proposed spending cuts are approved by Congress.

"Cuts to education funding always affect school districts," Albritton said.

In his proposed $59 million budget, Trump called for a 13.5 percent decrease or about $9.2 billion in funding for the Department of Education.

Trump's proposed budget includes a $168 million increase for charter schools, about 50 percent more, and $250 million for a private-school choice program.

Proposed cuts include federal work-study funds, which help college students work while taking classes; federal programs that help disadvantaged middle and high school students prepare for college; the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, which provides aid to college students with "exceptional financial need"; reading programs; Pell Grant reserve funds; grants for teacher training; and funding for after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Area school districts use federal funding in a variety of ways, much of it supplemental funding that assists students who are struggling or economically disadvantaged. Districts also use it to pay for professional training, to lower teacher-student ratios, to fund Region 7 Education Center services and for things such as Head Start programs.

Hallsville ISD uses federal grants for such things as to help pay for teacher training, adult basic education, the Individuals with Disabilities Act and education for economically-disadvantaged students and homeless and delinquent students, district spokeswoman Carol Greer said.

"These grant programs, which cover many areas of a child's education, are essential to the success of HISD's students," she said.

In Spring Hill ISD, Superintendent Steven Snell said his district uses federal funds as part of the Title I program, which focuses on schools with high concentrations of poverty. "Those have a much higher impact on what we do."

At East Texas Charter High School, Superintendent Terry Lapic said his school chooses not to use federal funding, so any potential budget cuts or increases would not affect his campus.

Longview ISD officials said they are waiting to see which cuts will make it through the budget process, but they know any cuts will impact all public schools.

"However, as we have always done in the past, we will continue to offer the best services at the highest level for all students," Assistant Superintendent Jody Clements said. The district doesn't use federal money to completely fund programs, but rather supplement them, Albritton said.

Albritton said Gilmer ISD is looking at proposed federal and state budgets to see how district funding is going to be affected in the future.

"We hope to know more by May," he said.

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Three Local Schools Receive Surprise Grants

March 26, 2017 9:52 pm Published by The Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 Technology Foundation will award nine school districts with nearly $70,000 in grant funds to support education technology programs.

The new technology projects chosen came from a pool of nearly 50 applications submitted by districts from across the region.

Four of the selected districts, including three in Hill County, were awarded grants during surprise visits to educators Monday, March 20.

Hillsboro, Whitney and Aquilla independent school districts were awarded over $22,000 combined. Im really excited to see what its going to do on our campus with our kids math skills.

The Whitney intermediate campus received $7,448 after math teacher Kelli Moore submitted a project to create engineering/agricultural and artistic maker spaces that will allow students to create and explore ideas through research, invention and design activities.

Aquilla elementary campus received nearly $4,800 to increase reading fluency in elementary classrooms through integrated technology.

The project was submitted by campus principal Andrew Christian and assistant principal Jana Pratka.

According to a Region 12 press release, five more schools are scheduled to receive surprise awards in early April.

Since its creation in 2012, the ESC Region 12 Technology Foundation has awarded nearly $280,000 to 31 school districts and two charter schools in Central Texas.

Increased philanthropy can reduce cases of suicide, says ex-PTDF boss

March 26, 2017 9:18 pm Published by Increased philanthropy can reduce cases of suicide, says ex-PTDF boss News Breaking News, Nigeria News and World News The Guardian Nigeria Increased philanthropy can reduce cases of suicide, says ex-PTDF boss Muttaka Rabe Darma yesterday said the increasing cases of people committing suicide in the country can be greatly reduced if wealthy Nigerians increase their acts of philanthropy gestures.

Darma made the call while speaking with newsmen in Katsina, insisting that such philanthropic gestures and welfare programmes would go a long way to ease troubles of those contemplating suicide due to life's challenges.

"My appeal to our wealthy individuals and government is that they should do more for the needy in the society. The idea of people committing suicide because of life's challenges should be of serious concern to all of us.


"We should do more than what we can in terms of coming up with various welfare programmes and philanthropic gestures that will soothe the pains of many.


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