Pamela Stalcup

How the USA Gymnastics child sexual abuse scandal was preventable

By Rush L. Russell; The Star Ledgar

TheStarLedgarA major investigation published by the Indianapolis Star recently uncovered pervasive failings by USA Gymnastics to report cases of child sexual abuse by coaches.

Sound familiar?

The story repeats many of the same elements as the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State in 2011. In each case, it appears the institutions were more interested in protecting their reputations than reporting horrific crimes happening in clear view on their watch.

How many times does this have to happen before we take stronger action? What needs to happen to stop it now?

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Home health visits can ease child-care stress

By Rush L. Russell, Daily Record

DailyRecordWe have now experienced two party political conventions and are headed into the final stretch before the presidential election in November. Major issues dominating the race include terrorism, the economy and jobs, health care, race relations, crime and law enforcement, immigration, and international relations.

It may not be unusual for a presidential campaign, but rarely, if ever, will you hear a word spoken about our children and what can be done to create stronger, healthier, and successful families and a more competitive workforce for our future.

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It’s almost April: Time to make purple baby hats

By , Courier News

It’s almost April, time to make some purple baby hats for the third year, I’m inviting readers to make purple baby hats for Click for Babies.

For the third year, I’m inviting readers to make purple baby hats for the Click for Babies campaign. This is a project started by the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, which partners in the Garden State with Prevent Child Abuse NJ to distribute educational packets to the parents of newborns about the dangers of shaking their infants. A hand-made purple baby hat is included with every packet.

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