Leaked letter reveals allegations that Southern Baptist leaders mishandled sex abuse claims
A letter obtained by the Washington Post outlines new allegations that Southern Baptist Convention leaders mishandled sexual abuse claims.The state of play: The letter, written by Russell Moore, former head of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claims that institutional leaders bullied a sexual abuse victim.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Moore specifically names people in the SBC's Executive Committee who he says intimidated any person whonews.yahoo.com
Justice Department Alleges Conditions at Lowell Correctional Institution Violate the Constitution
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida today concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the conditions at Lowell Correctional Institution (Lowell) in Ocala, Florida, violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. Specifically, the department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that Lowell fails to protect prisoners from sexual abuse by the facility’s staff. Our investigation found that staff sexually abused women incarcerated at Lowell and that these women remain at substantial risk of sexual abuse by staff. In addition, prisoners are discouraged from reporting sexual abuse and investigations of sexual abuse allegations are inadequate. Additional information about the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is available on its website at www.justice.gov/crt.justice.gov
Mother claims her autistic son was abused at Jefferson Elementary School
HOUSTON – A young mother from Houston’s Fifth Ward is angry and concerned for her children and others after she says she witnessed a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School physically abusing her 5-year-old autistic son just as she arrived to pick him up for school. Worst of all, she said it appeared her son was having trouble breathing. “It was as if he was gasping for air, it was as if he was having trouble breathing,” Renee said. Houston Independent School District released the following written statement:“Allegations of improper handling of a student have been made against a staff member at Jefferson Elementary School. Please know that HISD places great value on our students, and their safety and well-being are of the utmost importance.”
Police searching for man accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child
HOUSTON – Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding a man who is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a child. He was subsequently charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for any information leading to Garcia’s location and arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or online at Crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.
Southeast Texas LINK Coalition addresses overlap between domestic violence, animal cruelty
HOUSTON – In response to the rise in domestic and animal violence cases, local agencies are partnering to form the Southeast Texas Link Coalition to combat the abuse. The Southeast Texas LINK Coalition aims to bring together agencies from across Southeast Texas to build a cohesive network that combats both animal violence and human violence. “By launching the southeast Texas Link coalition we hope to prevent, combat, and educate the public on the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty,” said Dr. Malone. A representative of the coalition said since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases. Animal abuse cases are expected to go up as well.
Here’s what to do if you think someone is a victim of domestic violence
HOUSTON – Domestic violence is on the rise nationally and both our local police and hospitals are noticing the surge. This week, officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call, where Sgt. “We know what happens all too often in these domestic violence situations when a woman has had enough and that abusive husband ends up committing murder,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said. Fisher said risk factors for domestic violence are social and financial stress. The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to relieve this problem with a plan to provide $160 million for victim assistance.
Justice Department Awards over $9 Million to Combat Elder Fraud and Abuse
The Department of Justice today awarded grants totaling $9.4 million to combat elder abuse and financial fraud targeted at seniors across the United States. Elder abuse is an intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult. A National Elder Justice Coordinator oversees the department’s work to combat elder fraud, and each of the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices has a prosecutor dedicated to addressing elder justice issues. This past March, the Attorney General announced the results of the largest elder fraud sweep ever conducted, with prosecutors charging more than 400 defendants and the charged elder fraud schemes causing alleged losses of over a billion dollars. Also in March, he launched a national initiative to pursue nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care and a National Elder Fraud Hotline managed by OVC.justice.gov