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ChildFirst trains young attorneys on how best to help child victims

Hancock County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Aimee Herring was one of a handful of professionals across the state invited to present at the Indiana ChildFirst Forensic Interview training as a part of Zero Abuse Project’s National Forensic Interview Training — a five-day, 37-hour course. “When we come to the table with the common goal of protecting children, we can all learn something from each other,” Herring said.

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‘Scouts Honor’: Netflix reveals the Boy Scouts’ child sexual abuse cover-up

On Sept. 6, Netflix will debut “Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America,” a documentary about how one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S. — with over 700,000 members — tried to cover up one of the most widespread child sexual abuse scandals in history. The project will prominently feature Zero Abuse Project Board member, Detective Michael Johnson.

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SD sees progress with CAST for child abuse case workers

In the past couple of years, the University of South Dakota has seen its first groups of students earn certificates with CAST, where participants get a deeper understanding of child maltreatment and how to respond. The University of South Dakota’s Department of Social Work Chair Kelly Bass is the director of the new program. He said integrating realistic cases through simulation has helped USD’s model see some early success.

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States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality

States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality Zero Abuse Project staff speaks to the necessity of mandatory reporting in the faith community in a new story centering

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Law Will End Time Limit on Maryland Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Governor Wes Moore has signed legislation which eliminates the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, effective October 1, 2023. The bill was signed days after the release of the Maryland Attorney General’s report documenting the sexual abuse of over 600 children by priests and others within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. READ MORE

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ChildFirst training helps bring closure for childhood sexual abuse cases

Teams of law enforcement officers, child advocates, prosecuting attorneys, doctors, and others who investigate sex crimes against children received a special training from Zero Abuse Project’s signature forensic interview program, ChildFirst. The event was the first in-person version of this crucial training to happen in-person in Indiana since the pandemic began in 2020. READ MORE

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Menlo Church leadership acknowledges abuse from decades ago

Menlo Church leadership acknowledges abuse from decades ago A Menlo Park megachurch is apologizing for several instances of abuse from decades ago that “had not been addressed in a way that honored the survivors at the time” after information about them was unearthed in recent years and in the aftermath of a 2021 investigation by Zero Abuse Project. READ MORE

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Ouachita Baptist University Hosts “Keeping Faith”

Ouachita Baptist University’s community & family services program in the Pruet School of Christian Studies and the Title IX department discusses the crucial need for hosting “Keeping Faith,” Zero Abuse Project’s signature faith-based course that empowers faith communities to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect, while providing details of the impact on

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Lessons from the SBC Sexual Assault Crisis

Zero Abuse Project CPO Victor Vieth authors this piece in the January/February issue of the Sexual Assault Report discussing the Southern Baptist Church, including an overview of the case against the SBC, failures of the investigation, and recommendations for reforms. Now in its 26th year of publication, Sexual Assault Report is a bimonthly report letter written for professionals working to prevent and prosecute

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