Child Abuse

Governor Rick Scott has signed a claims bill into law to help further compensate a young abuse survivor who—along with his sister—suffered for years, while under the supervision of the state’s child welfare agency.

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This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the man she says abused her decades earlier.

Reporter Tennessee Watson says she was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid in the 1980s. More than 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account of the painful process of seeking justice in her own case exposes discrepancies in prosecutors’ responses to reports of child sexual abuse and spotlights a lack of accountability.

Researchers say they have positively identified the remains of a 15-year-old boy who died at a Florida reform school where guards were accused of brutality throughout its troubled history.

University of South Florida anthropologist Erin Kimmerle said Tuesday the remains of Robert Stephens, who died in 1937, were positively identified. According to his death certificate, the teen was stabbed to death. His DNA was matched with his nephew.

Anthropologists found the remains of 51 people buried at the school.

A new survey commissioned by a sexual abuse survivor says child abuse occurs more frequently than people think, and reporting the suspected abuse does not happen as much as it should.

Child Abuse Prevention

Apr 15, 2015
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As April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we take a closer look at efforts to identify and prevent child abuse in Florida. Following an investigation by the Miami Herald on a series of child abuse-related deaths of children that were already known to the Florida Department of Children and Families, state lawmakers passed large-scale child welfare legislation in 2014 that included some major changes in how DCF operates. We’ll take a closer look at the department’s progress in implementing provisions of that legislation. We’ll hear explore child welfare legislation that could come out of the current state legislative session. We’ll also take a closer look at the role of Child Protection Teams operating right here in Southwest Florida.

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