sexual abuse

Lawsuit Details a Dozen Years of Sexual Abuse Inside Now-Closed L.A. Youth Detention Facility


Lawsuit Details a Dozen Years of Sexual Abuse Inside Now-closed L.A. Youth Detention Facility

In a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles County, survivors of “predatory” county probation employees describe rapes and other sexual assaults at a juvenile detention facility over more than a decade.


Why We Need To Shift the Power in Sexual Assault Investigations

Louise Godbold of Echo Training argues that any effort to make the process trauma-informed must be be led by survivors of abuse


Write the Truth and Show the Pain of Child Sexual Abuse

As professionals who deal with maltreatment cases in a variety of forums, we write about child sexual abuse. Our audience includes attorneys, social workers, health and education professionals, and sometimes the general public.


California Goes After License of Dr. Patrick Clyne, Pediatrician Long Suspected of Child Abuse

The state of California has taken its first formal action to end the medical career of Santa Clara County’s former chief pediatrician for children in foster care, 20 years after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused boys living in his home and patients as young as 6 years old.


Patrick Clyne, California Doctor Long Accused of Abusing Foster Youth, Is Sued

The former chief pediatrician for Santa Clara County’s foster care system – a one-time foster and adoptive parent who has been accused of sexual abuse by more than a dozen children and teens since 2001 – is now facing his first lawsuit.


LAPD Child Abuse Investigations Audit Raises New Questions

This week, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released a much-anticipated report focused on its response to the nearly 4,000 allegations of serious child abuse it had marked “no investigation” from January 2018 through June 2019.


Languishing in Residential Care Made Me Worse. Unconditional Love Helped Get Me Better.

People talk a lot about how important it is that every foster kid grows up in a loving home. While well intentioned, most of them are approaching that idea from an abstract understanding.


Poetry Contest 2nd Place: The Drug in Me

This poem was one of two 2nd place winners in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.    I am white and crystalized, My world is through the eyes of people that see dark skies, I take him or her through it all, I am running through the veins when they overdose and fall, I love the addicts who come back for more, I get inside little girls and close the door, I don’t want to be me but I’m too scared to die, I can see everyone lie, I watch men rape girls and sell me, I am hard to make so they pay their fee, I see the men who think their able to treat them and me this way, I know it’s all because they shoot me into their bodies every day, My name is tweak but the guys with the flashing lights call me methamphetamine, Why live when people only want you to use, I want to win but they always get caught and I lose, I always end up taking a family away, Why can’t they just love me without all these prices to pay?


Injustice System

We launched a writing contest to see what former foster youth had to say about their time in care or their experiences with the justice system. The contest gave youth the opportunity to write on one of three themes: “What does home mean to you?”