Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse and assault

A Chicago Tribune team obtained and analyzed 523 reports that children were sexually assaulted or abused inside city public schools from 2008 through 2017. A close examination of more than 108 cases found repeated child protection failures by the district, including haphazard background checks, mishandled investigations, blaming of young victims and complete secrecy about egregious…

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Illinois DCFS failed to help parents who accidentally suffocated baby

An Illinois couple is arrested after their 2-month-old baby dies. Police said the living conditions in their home were so horrible that they contributed to the death of the baby and put the health and safety of their seven other children in jeopardy. Trash was allowed to accumulate for years, bugs and vermin infested the…

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Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP

Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no type of school is immune. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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Legal loophole allows hundreds of sex offenders to slide under the radar

A little-known legal loophole is allowing hundreds of child sexual predators in Minnesota to slide under the radar, leaving parents in the dark about the danger they may pose. Records obtained by KARE 11 reveal that admitted child molesters, rapists, and people who’ve been caught with child pornography are not on Minnesota’s sex offender registry…

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Thousands of Massachusetts kids in state custody reported as runaways

Kids in state custody ran away more than 3,400 times over a three-year period, according to figures obtained by Boston’s WBZ-TV. Some of those children ran away repeatedly, while 30 of the kids were missing for a year or longer, the records show. The WBZ I-Team received the data from the Department of Children and…

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Why does Minnesota have so many American Indian children in foster care?

Minnesota has more American Indian children in foster care than any other state, including those with significantly larger Indian populations, according to a Star Tribune analysis of federal and state data. Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state’s foster care population —…

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Sexual abuse case highlights legal, school system failures

A Virginia juvenile court judge released court records on a sex abuse case involving two teenagers and their 11-year-old neighbor after a request from WJHL-TV. The station’s investigation found legal and school system failures that allowed the teens, who both played baseball, to remain on the team and at school after pleading guilty to aggravated…

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A tradition of child sex abuse in USA Gymnastics

Tomorrow is the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the Indianapolis Star published an investigation into systemic sex abuse inside USA Gymnastics (USAG), one of the flagship athletic organizations behind this year’s American Olympians. The Star, part of the USA Today Network, found that top gymnastics executives have, for…

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Texas’ Child Protective Services leaves many endangered children unseen on a day-to-day basis

According to data analyzed by The Dallas Morning News, on any given day over the past two months, there were more than 3,400 children on the Child Protective Services radar that weren’t seen once by a caseworker in Texas. On an average day in Texas, about 700 children classified as extreme cases will go unseen.…

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