child sexual abuse

Florida officials received a report in May of alleged child sexual abuse at the Homestead migrant shelter, marking the seventh report of such abuse at the controversial federal facility.

State Sen. Lauren Book will be training 50 Miami-Dade elementary school counselors in recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse in Doral on Friday.

Book — a Democrat who represents much of Broward County and is a former kindergarten teacher — created the curriculum with her foundation, Lauren’s Kids. The lesson plans are designed to teach children how to identify sexual abuse and ask for help if they need it, and it's now being used in 65,000 classrooms around the world, including here in South Florida.

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Trying to help human-trafficking victims get a new start in life, Florida lawmakers in 2013 unanimously passed a bill aimed at helping victims expunge records of crimes they might have committed under duress.

Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday said reports of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Florida prompted her to launch a statewide investigation and led to a website where people can anonymously report allegations.

On 100 acre stretch of land, seven houses sit in various stages of construction. The exposed, wooden beams are decorated with motivational quotes and Bible verses like, "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom” from Corinthians.


A bill allowing victims of sexual and physical abuse to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court passed the Florida House.

A bill allowing young sexual abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court cleared its first Senate hearing Monday.

Sex-Predator Crackdown Approved

Mar 13, 2014

Bills aimed at keeping violent sexual predators behind bars unanimously passed in Florida’s House Wednesday, closing dangerous loopholes that set free offenders who then molested, raped and murdered more children.

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Florida men accounted for a large contingent of the 255 arrested in a nationwide crackdown on predators who use the Internet to draw children into pornography, the  Orlando Sentinel reports. 


One of the men was from a Sanford-based missionary group. Three of the child victims were from Florida.