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Child Abuse Prevention Tips

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Allow Experts To Testify

Monday, December 19th, 2011

TO: Pennsylvania State Senator Greenleaf, 12th District:    Pass House Bill 1264 allowing experts to testify in sex assault cases

Why This Is Important

Pennsylvania is the only state in the U.S. that does not allow experts to testify in sex abuse cases. House Bill 1264 would allow experts to address questions about victim behavior in sex assault cases, including why a person abused in childhood might wait for decades to report the assaults.

This bill has already passed in the State House in Pennsylvania by a 197-0 margin. But since last June 2011, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Stewart Greenleaf, has not done a thing about it, telling the Philadelphia Weekly that he has concerns about it. (15 Dec 2011 ‘PA’s Backward Expert-Witness Law Creates Advantage for Jerry Sandusky’ by Tara Murtha)

Chillingly, as the trial for Sandusly approaches, the Wall Street Journal reports, “In Pennsylvania legal circles Mr. Amendola is known for attacking the credibility of alleged victims, especially those in sexual-assault cases.” (16 Dec 2011 ‘Sandusky’s Lawyer Defends Himself’ by John W. Miller and Jennifer Smith)

With Sandusky’s lawyer getting ready to attack the credibility of the alleged victims it is time for Sen. Greenleaf to stop stalling and pass 1264.

“If victims finally get the courage to come forward and report the abuse, they should not be further victimized by having the very normal behaviors and reactions of a sex assault victim looked upon as abnormal by a court or jury who simply isn’t educated in these things.”

                                                       -Rep. Cherelle Parker, D-Philadelphia, co-sponsor of House Bill 1264

To sign the petition and/or write a letter visit:


Preventing Murder

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

With a bit of congressional support, a simple test can save many lives.  The Crisis Shelter is set to implement this Lethality Assessment Program here in Lawrence County.

By Editorial, Friday, October 28,8:00 PM

IN 2009, ONE-FOURTH of the District’s 144 homicides were linked to abusive relationships. The following year, according to the advocacy group D. C. Safe, the number of domestic-violence homicides fell by half.

In Maryland, there has been a 41 percent drop in the number of homicides linked to domestic violence over the past three years. 

The rate of violent crime overall has been declining, but not that fast. The dramatic drop in domestic-violence deaths in Maryland and the District is due largely to a simple but effective tool that helps identify women most at risk of being killed by their husbands or boyfriends. It is a tool that, if used nationwide, could save hundreds of the approximately 1,200 women killed every year by partners or former partners.

To read more click on the link below.

Preventing murder

Sexting…what is it?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The newest craze among teens is to send nude or seminude photographs of themselves to others via cell phone or other media sharing devices.  Staggering statistics show that your child may be affected.  You say, “What’s the big deal?”  Anything you send via text or picture message can be shared with others around the world.  Nothing is temporary on your computer.  There is no “taking it back” once you push send. 

 Teens and Parents, consider the consequenses. 

 Teens – one felony is added for each picture and for each time it was forwarded to someone else.  Each charge could bring up to 7 years in prison and hefty fines.  So if you received a nude picture of your girl/boy friend then forwarded it to 5 of your friends, you could face up to 6 felony charges.  That means you could face up to 42 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

 Parents – you have the responsibility of talking with your children about the risks associated with sexting and teaching your children how to use technology safely.  Teach your children that reporting the receipt of sex text messages to a trusted adult is the only responsible option.  Forwarding such messages is considered dissemination and storing it on the phone is considered possession.  You have 100% of the decision making power in allowing your child to have a cell phone or another media sharing devise.  Talk with your children about the great responsibility that comes with the privilege. 

To read more….. SAVE-Parents_vol 2 Sexting   and    SAVE-Teen_vol 2 Sexting 


Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Physical stalking is following someone, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing one’s property.  Cyberstalking involves using the internet or other electronic means toharass..  

U.S. crime statistics show that 1 in 12 women will be stalked in their lifetime, as will 1 in 45 men. The landmark “Stalking in America” study determined that about 1,000,000 women and 400,000 men are stalked each year. Stalking abuse initially consists of psychological violence and often escalates and culminates in physical violence.    Read more…   Stalking for Website




Monday, June 6th, 2011

Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.  Cyberbullying must have a minor on both sides of the interaction. 

Examples are:
~~ “I hate you.  Everyone else hates you.  You should die.”
~~”Fat and Ugly! See pictures of the ugliest kid at school.”
~~”Vote for the uglist kid by clicking here.”

Read more in our GET INFORMED, GET INVOLVED Newsletters                    SAVE-Parents_vol 1 Cyberbullying
SAVE-Teen_vol 1 Identity Safety, Cyberbyllying

Fight For Zero

Monday, June 21st, 2010


Visit the Crisis Shelter’s newest website,, that enables victims of domestic violence to chat live with a professional, without charge, 24 hours a day.  This site provides instant support and feedback to those seeking help through a chat room and/or email capability.  It also offers domestic violence and sexual assault facts and information, a free risk assessment and directions for next steps and safety planning.

The chat room is unique in that it is completely anonymous and confidential.  The site was designed with these factors being a major consideration in the planning. If a visitor to the site prefers email to chat, they can simply send an email and a trained professional will respond immediately.

Although this website offers round the clock support, it is not meant to replace the 24 – hour hotline;  it simply adds another avenue for support.

Shelter staff members spoke to organizations/agencies to acquaint them with this FIGHT FOR ZERO initiative and what the Crisis Shelter offers and how to access it.  Part of the initiative is to get people to become more active bystanders so that if they know someone who may need Crisis Shelter services we are asking them to point them to our website or hotline.  This website requires additional staffing for chats and emails;  if you would like to help in this area, volunteers are offered an 80-hour training to assist in responding to chats and emails.

If interested in helping or to obtain more information, email