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Hunger facts,

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. In fact, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics also lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food. Eight states exhibited statistically significantly higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2011-2013 United States 14.6% Arkansas 21.2% Mississippi 21.1% Texas 18.0% Tennessee 17.4% North Carolina 17.3% Missouri 16.9%Georgia 16.6% Ohio 16.0%

DID YOU KNOW: FYI

IN TEXAS
To help ease the transition between community colleges and four-year institutions, regular review of course tracks that are supposed to be transferable will begin. Some say it's just a first step in a long process to align Texas' junior colleges and 4-year universities.

Suicide Facts:

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Texas for college-age youth, and approximately one third of college students will deal with depression, according to the Texas Suicide Prevention Council. Rex C. Curry/Special Contributor) As students return to college this semester, lawmakers have passed two bills that would increase awareness for mental health programs at Texas universities.

IMMIGRATION:

For immigrants seeking occupational licensing: Licensing boards won’t be able to deny someone from getting an occupational license based solely on their immigration or citizenship status. (Assembly Bill 275 effective July 1; not yet signed) In Las Vegas, Nevada!

Wrongful convictions:

Those exonerated or deemed to have been wrongfully convicted can sue the state for damages. Anyone imprisoned for 20 years or longer can receive up to $100,000 per year of incarceration. (Assembly Bill 267, signed by governor.) In Las Vegas, Nevada!

Getting out of gang databases:

If you are notified by police that you are in a gang database, you will now have the ability to request to be removed. (Assembly Bill effective July 1; signed by governor.) In Las Vegas, Nevada!

Community service instead of court fines: A judge can now offer to let someone who can’t afford to pay their fines to instead perform community service. (Assembly Bill 416, signed by governor.) In Las Vegas, Nevada!

No jail time for traffic tickets:

Under the new law, the Legislature sets forth that people who are arrested for minor traffic violations can be released on their own recognizance unless they’re deemed a danger to the community. (Assembly Bill 434 effective Oct. 1; signed by governor.) Las Vegas, Nevada!

For immigrants arrested by police: Before a person arrested by police can be questioned about their immigration status, officers must disclose the purpose of such questions. (Assembly Bill 376 effective Jan. 1; signed by governor.) In Las Vegas, Nevada!

Office of New Americans: If you’re an immigrant, refugee or asylum seeker, this new agency directly under the governor was created to help you integrate into American life. (Senate Bill 538, not yet signed.) In Las Vegas, Nevada!


Help for nursing moms:
Public employers will have to give breastfeeding moms time and space to pump milk during their work shift. The law includes protections against firing or discrimination for those pumping on the job.

Texting:
Texas becomes the 47th state in the U.S. to institute a ban on texting while driving. The first offense can draw a fine between $25 and $99. Exemptions apply for device used for mapping and stereo system control.

If you believe a person in a vehicle is in distress and you break a window to reach him or her, you can't be sued for the damage caused to the automobile. The state already exempts criminal charges for "good Samaritans" in these cases.

Remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft are now banned over correctional and immigration detention centers.

ID requirements for credit, debit card users
S.B. 1381 gives retailers the right to prevent customers from using credit or debit cards if the customer cannot provide a government-issued photo identification that matches the name that is on the card.

New Texas law protects rent-to-own customers against criminal prosecution
Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes bill requiring children under 2 to ride in rear-facing car seats
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill declaring children's lemonade stands legal
Texas law will outlaw minors from buying popular cough medicine.

Starting in September, Texans under 18 years old will no longer be able to buy popular over-the-counter cough medicines like NyQuil and Robitussin under a bill Gov. Greg Abbott signed.

House Bill 1518, by state Rep. Garnet Coleman D-Houston, will prevent minors from buying products that contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant found in more than 100 over-the-counter cough medicines.

About 3% of teens in twelfth grade reported taking large doses of cough medicine to get high, according to a 2017 study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In large doses, dextromethorphan can cause hallucinations and is also known as “robotripping." Coleman said he hopes the law will prevent teens from using cough medicine as a “gateway drug” to more dangerous substances.
“We know that young people will find anything that will alter their states, and particularly substances that are legal, and when used inappropriately, they get high,” Coleman said. “The first thing we need to do is crack down on the access to those types of of legal over-the-counter drugs.”

Domestic Violence Statistics: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

1. One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. 2. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

3. The majority (73%) of family violence victims are female. Females were 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse victims at the hands of a boyfriend.
4. The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.

5. Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults Teen Suicide: Rates and updates: 1 in 12 teens have attempted suicide CDC finds suicide among high school students on the rise The attempted suicide rate for high school students has risen from 6.3% to 7.8% in the last three years. Nearly 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it, according to the semi-annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More female teens than males have attempted or considered suicide, the survey found. The rate was highest among Hispanic females, at 13.5%, and lowest among white males, at 4.6%. Students struggled with suicide more during the first two years of high school - roughly ages 14 to 16. Rates dropped off slightly when students reached junior and senior year. Overall, the suicide rate among teens has climbed in the past few years, from 6.3% in 2009 to 7.8% in 2011, numbers which reflect the trend gaining national attention as more teen suicides are reported as a result of bullying.

05/19/2015 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  

Let's work together to say no to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE we all realize that it occurs every second to a female, male, transgender and more. But we have to put an end to the cycle. Remember we all at some point become affected in some manner, if you know someone in an abusive situation or the ABUSER, offer to get them help, before it's too late!

BREAK THE CYCLE of Abuse!

05/19/2015 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Let's work together to say no to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE we all realize that it occurs every second to a female, male, transgender and more. But we have to put an end to the cycle. Remember we all at some point become affected in some manner, if you know someone in an abusive situation or the ABUSER, offer to get them help, before it's too late!

BREAK THE CYCLE of Abuse!

Rates on Child Abuse updated:

05/18/2018 Texas has the highest rate of child abuse and neglect from any other state Texas reported years: (2008) -223 (2009) -279 (2010) -222 (2011) -246 (2012) -215 Physical abuse, which may range in severity from minor bruising to death. Sexual abuse, involving varying degrees of coercion and violence. Neglect, ranging from the failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter to the failure to provide medical care, supervision, or schooling. Exposing a child to dangerous conditions or hazards, including crime, may also be considered neglect. Harms Caused by Child Abuse and Neglect in the Home Children who suffer abuse and neglect may sustain a variety of devastating physical, psychological, cognitive, and behavioral problems. The effects vary with the age and personality of the victim and also with the type and duration of the abuse.

Research on promoting resiliency in children has found that abuse's negative effects can be buffered when children can form trusting relationships with adults, have structure and rules at home, are encouraged to be autonomous, and have access to health, education, welfare, and social services. Not only does child abuse and neglect harm the victims themselves, but also it harms families and communities. Non-offending parents not only must help their children recover from maltreatment, but also must deal with their own complicity in permitting the maltreatment to occur, or in failing to recognize the signs of abuse in their children. 

The risk of physical abuse decreases as the child gets older, although adolescents are also victims of it. Boys and girls are equally at risk of minor physical abuse, although boys are slightly more likely to sustain serious injuries. Physical abuse occurs disproportionately among economically disadvantaged families. Income also affects the severity of abuse. Sexual abuse. Children are at highest risk of sexual abuse from ages seven to 12, although sexual abuse among very young children does occur and is often undetected because of their inability to communicate what is happening to them.

Sexual abuse victims tend to be selected because they are vulnerable in some way (e.g., very young, passive, quiet, needy). Girls are significantly more likely to be sexually abused than boys, although it is possible that boys are simply less likely to report their victimization.

Repeat Victimization For many children who have experienced maltreatment, the efforts of police, child protective services, and other social services have been insufficient to prevent repeat victimization. In 2005, approximately 6 percent of victims experienced another incident of abuse or neglect within six months of a substantiated finding of maltreatment. 14 One study found that the highest risk of subsequent abuse was within 30 to 60 days after the initial report. Situations that increased the risk of subsequent victimization included caretaker substance abuse and criminal behavior, and the lack of police involvement in the initial investigation. Perpetrators Child abuse occurs in all cultural, ethnic, occupational, and socioeconomic groups.

A parent's likelihood of mistreating his or her children is rarely the result of any single factor, but rather results from a combination of circumstances and personality types. While certain factors may be prevalent among perpetrators, the mere presence of a situation or particular trait does not mean that maltreatment will always occur. Physical abuse Caretakers who physically abuse their children tend to experience high stress (e.g., from single-parenting, health problems, unemployment, poverty) and may have poorly developed coping skills. cont...


They may also struggle with personality factors such as low self-esteem, poor impulse control, depression, anxiety, and low frustration tolerance. Their expectations for their child may exceed the child's developmental capacity. As a result, they may not interact well with their child and tend to use more punitive discipline.

Perhaps because mothers spend more time with their children, perpetrators are slightly more likely to be female than male. Further, normal adolescent defiance and rebellion increases family tension and may frustrate parents, who respond with excessive punishment. When confronted, physically abusive caretakers tend to offer illogical, unconvincing, or contradictory explanations for the child's injury. Sexual abuse. Sexual abusers are usually in a position of authority or trust over their victims.

They are usually male and typically in their early 30's, although a significant proportion are adolescents (e.g., siblings or babysitters).Offenders who victimize family members tend to have only one or two victims (usually female), while non-relative offenders tend to have a much larger number of victims (usually male). Their feelings of inadequacy, depression, isolation, rigid values, and deviant arousal patterns contribute to their offending.

Once they have selected a vulnerable victim, perpetrators generally "groom" the victim by progressing from nonsexual touching to sexual activity. They may use their authority to force their victims to participate, or may use various forms of enticements and coercion. Using bribes, threats, isolation, or physical aggression, perpetrators also persuade their victims to remain silent about the abuse so that other adults cannot intervene.

Sexual abusers tend to rationalize and minimize their behavior, deny the sexual intent, or project blame onto the victim. That said, most sexual abusers are not attracted exclusively to children (that is, they are also sexually attracted to adults), and they have relatively low recidivism rates, particularly as they get older.

Neglect. Single female caretakers are mostly likely to be reported for neglecting their children. Younger mothers, those with large families, and those who experienced neglect themselves are also more likely to neglect their children's needs.

Economic hardship and isolation from social activities and peers are also contributing factors. They may also have a substance abuse problem that limits their ability to care for themselves and creates a chaotic lifestyle that compromises their parenting abilities.

Environmental Factors Families living in areas challenged by poverty and unemployment, particularly when coupled with the individual and family factors described above, are at higher risk of child abuse and neglect. The degree of social support available to parents, along with community attitudes about raising children and using punishment, can also contribute to the risk of child maltreatment. Understanding Your Local Problem The information provided above is only a generalized description of child abuse and neglect in the home. You must combine the basic facts with a more specific understanding of your local problem.

Carefully analyzing your local problem will help you develop a more effective response strategy. Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Date Verified 1.2.2014 Child abuse can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.

Number of children annually who are abused : 681,000

Number of children annually who received preventative services from Child Protective Services 3,300,000

Number of children that die every day as a result of child abuse and 4% of children who die from abuse, are under the age of 4 years of age.

Percent of abused children that will later abuse their own children 30 %

Percent of men in prison that were abused as children 14 % Percent of women in prison that were abused as children 36 %

Annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States $124,000,000,000

53.06Percent of child abuse perpetrators that are female 

46% Percent of homeless youth that ran away to escape abuse 

25 % of Abused children are more likely to experience teen pregnancy


REMEMBERING the children of past and present ABUSE! If you are someone is potentially involved in abuse against a child, please seek help. There is plenty of assistance available to prevent harm to a child.

News topics of Children harmed through abuse are listed below:

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - 2014 The parents of a 22-day-old baby found starved to death in Florida have been charged with first-degree murder, police said on Tuesday, accusing them of neglecting the suffering infant.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 2014 The body of a missing 14-month-old Maryland boy was found in an Ohio creek.

Facts on HIV/AIDS Updated November 2014 HIV/AIDS: Remain one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

As a result of recent advances in access to antiviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people now live longer and healthier lives. In addition, it has been confirmed that ART prevents onward transmission of HIV

At the end of 2013, 11.7 million people were receiving ART in low- and middle-income countries; this represents 36% [34–38%] of the 32.6 million [30.8–34.7 million] people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries. Progress has also been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission and keeping mothers alive. In 2013, close to 7 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV – 970 000 women – received antivirals (ARVs). WHO has released a set of normative guidelines and provides support to countries in formulating and implementing policies and programmed to improve and scale up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for all people in need. This fact file provides current data on the disease, and ways to prevent and treat it.

Unwanted Pregnancies:

Teen Pregnancy Statistics and Teen Pregnancy Facts The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually.

Thirty-four percent of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 — about 820,000 a year. Eight in ten of these teen pregnancies are unintended and 79 percent are to unmarried teens.The teen birth rate has declined slowly but steadily from 1991 to 2002 with an overall decline of 30 percent for those aged 15 to 19.These recent declines reverse the 23-percent rise in the teenage birth rate from 1986 to 1991. The largest decline since 1991 by race was for black women. The birth rate for black teens aged 15 to 19 fell 42 percent between 1991 to 2002.

Hispanic teen birth rates declined 20 percent between 1991 and 2002. The rates of both Hispanics and blacks, however, remain higher than for other groups. Hispanic teens now have the highest teenage birth rates. Most teenagers giving birth before 1980 were married whereas most teens giving birth today are unmarried. 

School Dropout Rates:

Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.

The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries. The dropout rate has fallen 3% from 1990 to 2010 (12.1% to 7.4%).

The percentage of Latino students who graduate have significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4% received their diploma vs. the 61.4% in 2006. Asian-American and white students are still far more likely to graduate than Latino and African-American student.


Transgender: Story

Teen suicide note, my death needs to mean something. The suicide of a transgender teen is catching national attention in part because of a suicide note she left behind online.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, Ohio, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-71 about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, R.I.P youngster. 

Experiences with Violence: Negative attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people put these youth at increased risk for experiences with violence, compared with other students. 

1 Violence can include behaviors such as bullying, teasing, harassment, physical assault, and suicide-related behaviors. LGBTQ youth are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide.

A nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7–12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. More studies are needed to better understand the risks for suicide among transgender youth. However, one study with 55 transgender youth found that about 25% reported suicide attempts.According to the gay bullying statistics from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, about one fourth of all students from elementary age through high school are the victims of bullying and harassment while on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Unfortunately the primary reason for bullying is due to something that may set themselves apart from the norm, and that includes sexual orientation.


More than one-third (36 percent) of LGBT undergraduate students have experienced harassment within the past year, as have 29 percent of all respondents. Those who experienced harassment reported that derogatory remarks were the most common form (89 percent) and that students were most often the source of harassment (79 percent). Twenty percent of all respondents feared for their physical safety because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and 51 percent concealed their sexual orientation or gender identity to avoid intimidation. 84% of respondents identified as LGBT.16% of respondents identified as heterosexual or uncertain 71 percent felt that transgender people were likely to suffer harassment, and 61 percent felt that gay men and lesbians were likely to be harassed.

Forty-three percent of the respondents rated the overall campus climate as homophobic. Every two years the Massachusetts Department of Education conducts a version (MYRBS) of the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, exploring the health-related attitudes and behaviors of high school students. The 2003 survey found that LGBT students, when compared with their heterosexual peers, were: over 5 times more likely to have attempted suicide in the past year; over 3 times more likely to have skipped school in the past month because they felt unsafe at or en route to school; and over 3 times more likely to have been threatened or injured with a weapon at school in the past year. Taken from the Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People, 2003 The Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Crimes committed in 2002 due to bias against the victim’s perceived sexual orientation represent 16.7% of reported hate crime incidents – the highest level in the 12 years since the agency began collecting these statistics—according to data released Oct. 27 in the FBI report "Crime in the United States in 2002."Sexual orientation bias represents the third highest category of reported hate crimes.

May 5, 2015

Have a safe & Fun (Cinco DE Mayo)

Fun Facts:

The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5th, 1862. The French army was big and powerful. They were sent to Mexico to collect war debts. The French army had better training, better equipment, and outnumbered the Mexicans by as much as 10 to 1 by some estimates. At a town called Puebla, the Mexicans won a big victory against this army, holding the road to Mexico City and sending the much larger French army headed for the hills.

Cinco DE Mayo is nowhere near the most important holiday in Mexico; in fact, most Mexicans don’t celebrate it at all. You’ll find the biggest Mexican Cinco DE Mayo parties in Puebla, Mexico and in the USA. Traditional Cinco DE Mayo celebrations involve large parades, lots of dancing and music, and plenty of food and drink.

In Georgia, The Forsyth Sheriff's Office released an emotional video of deputies finding a newborn baby in the woods, cooing "It's alright, I got you. FORSYTH COUNTY, GA — As rescuers carefully opened a plastic grocery bag, one crooned, "I'm so sorry" to the crying newborn baby girl inside, left abandoned in the woods. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office continues to search for the baby's mother and to follow leads regarding the newborn who was found in a wooded area earlier this month. As of June 25, authorities said they are still receiving tips from across the country on the possible identity of the girl they have named Baby India.

(NOTE) MOTHERS PLEASE DON'T HARM YOUR KIDS, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION OF UNCERTAINTY AND OR CONFUSION AND NOT INTERESTED IN KEEPING YOUR CHILD. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY AND WE WILL ALLOW YOU TO DROP THE BABY WITH US, AND WE WILL FIND APPROPRIATE HELP FOR THE CHILD. BABIES DESERVE AT LEAST THAT! SO PLEASE DON'T JUST ABANDONED OR THROW A CHILD AWAY, CONTACT US TO ARRANGE A TIME FOR PICK UP OR DROP OFF. NO QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED. THANK YOU, CEO: LARRIETTA MACK

In Georgia, The Forsyth Sheriff's Office released an emotional video of deputies finding a newborn baby in the woods, cooing "It's alright, I got you. FORSYTH COUNTY, GA — As rescuers carefully opened a plastic grocery bag, one crooned, "I'm so sorry" to the crying newborn baby girl inside, left abandoned in the woods. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office continues to search for the baby's mother and to follow leads regarding the newborn who was found in a wooded area earlier this month. As of June 25, authorities said they are still receiving tips from across the country on the possible identity of the girl they have named Baby India.

(NOTE) MOTHERS PLEASE DON'T HARM YOUR KIDS, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION OF UNCERTAINTY AND OR CONFUSION AND NOT INTERESTED IN KEEPING YOUR CHILD. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY AND WE WILL ALLOW YOU TO DROP THE BABY WITH US, AND WE WILL FIND APPROPRIATE HELP FOR THE CHILD. BABIES DESERVE AT LEAST THAT! SO PLEASE DON'T JUST ABANDONED OR THROW A CHILD AWAY, CONTACT US TO ARRANGE A TIME FOR PICK UP OR DROP OFF. NO QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED. THANK YOU, CEO LARRIETTA MACK

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