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Since the coronavirus outbreak there has been a dramatic drop in child abuse reports.

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This morning we welcome Tim Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY.)

The mobile Child Advocacy Center parked in Johnstown
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New York state has a new strategy to bring services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse. Specialized Winnebagos are being deployed to rural and underserved areas.

Eduardo Talentino (left) and Charlene Patterson (right)
New York State Police

A New York State police child abuse unit in Orange County has arrested two people accused of violating state education law.

Psychotherapist Teresa Gil joins us this morning discuss her new book: "Women Who Were Sexually Abused Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation." The book is made up of stories of mothers who survived sexual abuse as children reveal the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of this special group of women.

Unraveling the veil of silence and capturing the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children, this book offers a first step in both supporting mothers and disrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse that keeps these mothers isolated and alone in their mothering challenges and successes.

Teresa Gil, PhD, has been a psychotherapist, professor, and trainer for more than 25 years. She has a private practice working with women, children, and families dealing with recovery from child abuse and trauma. She is a full professor and teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, and Psychology of Women at Hudson Valley Community College.

Police say a 10-year-old central New York girl is recovering in hospital after she was beaten repeatedly, served food doused in hot sauce and dragged behind a vehicle.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, is inspired by her time at a law firm in Louisiana working on the retrial defense of death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley. She shows how ''the law is more personal than we would like to believe and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.''

Child Abuse Prevention Conference Being Held In Albany

May 10, 2017
Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse NY
Prevent Child Abuse NY

The second day of the 22nd annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference is being held Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.  The meeting is organized by the non-profit group Prevent Child Abuse New York, now in its 37th year.

New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.


A leading child welfare organization in Massachusetts is opening a new family support center in Springfield, a city plagued by high rates of poverty and child abuse and neglect.

 The Children’s Trust is partnering with the pre-school provider Square One to open the organization’s eighth family center in the state.  The centers are described as community hubs where people go to get support navigating the joys and challenges of parenting.

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A state panel is moving closer toward recommending how Connecticut can better help children exposed to domestic violence, including those involving a homicide

Allegations that emotionally disabled children were abused by staff at a public school in western Massachusetts are being investigated by law enforcement.

Calling the findings in an investigative report by an advocacy group “troubling,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced Monday that his office will look into what went on in the Therapeutic Intervention Program at the Peck School in Holyoke.

Spring Valley Police Dept.

Authorities in Rockland County say a Spring Valley mother who couldn't handle her 4-year-old son tied him to a bush while she went into an apartment to baby-sit.

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Community leaders recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month during a recent event at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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An event at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Friday afternoon recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.


The commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has resigned following the deaths of three children on her watch.  Child welfare advocates say the focus now needs to shift to fixing problems at the state agency and preventing child abuse.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who had previously rejected DCF Commissioner Olga Roche’s resignation offers, said Tuesday he had reluctantly agreed to accept it now, believing the troubled child welfare agency can’t move forward with her at the helm.

Saratoga County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement officials in Saratoga County have announced the arrest of a Capital Region priest on charges that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year old girl.

On Tuesday, April 22, James Michael Taylor, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Albany Diocese, was arrested at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office on the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.


The death of a 2-year-old child has prompted Vermont officials to begin internal and external  investigations into the state Department of Children and families and how the state responds to child abuse matters.


Vermont Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Doug Racine says Governor Peter Shumlin has asked him to get an outside evaluation of the Department of Children and Families' role following a 2-year-old girl’s death from a fractured skull.

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On Thursday, the Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center is holding its 2nd annual child abuse prevention conference.  Christa Collier, Director of Kids’ Place, said the event is intended to raise awareness of child abuse among Berkshire County adults.

A coalition of community organizations in Berkshire County are joining together to create a united front against child abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

According to most recent statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, over 77,000 reports of child abuse were reported annually in the Commonwealth.  In those same statistics, Pittsfield, and North Adams were rated as communities with a higher occurrence of abuse.

“Step Up Prevention” was the name of the event, where children and families, state and city officials, and advocates came together to acknowledge issues of child abuse and neglect. The event, hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund, lined children’s shoes on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall. Children’s Trust Fund CEO Alicia Lenahan remarked that Pittsfield is the final stop in the yearly event…

Berkshire County Kid’s Place received $23,000 in federal funding to find ways to better serve children and families in their local area. Under the National Children’s Alliance in agreement with the US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, almost $10 million was distributed to 91 abuse prevention organizations across the country.