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Resource ID: #13052
Subject: Children
Source: New Times (Phoenix)


New Times tells the story of Benita Venegas, a girl robbed of her hearing at birth, robbed of a homelife by an indifferent mother and of her virginity at age 12, becoming a mother at age 14. Her mother, Amelia Fernandez, allowed two adult brothers to use her as a sex toy for a three-year period. Now, her foster parents can't fathom why Child Protective Services Phoenix police detectives and Maricopa County prosecutors ignored the girl's plight for so long--even after receiving more than two dozen complaints from school officials about sexual and physical abuse. (Oct. 13 - 19, 1994)

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