child abuse 

Mo'Nique's Brother Confessing Molestation May Help Other Survivors

The brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo'Nique publicly apologized Monday in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for molesting his sister when she was 7 and he was 13. That was good news for the Rape, Assault and Incest National Network (RAINN) i...

Report Cites 220 Cases of D.C. Teachers Abusing Students

The Washington, D.C. school district, already rocked by infighting with its teachers, is getting another black eye from reports of more than 200 cases of staff going overboard disciplining students in the last school year. A company that used t...

L.A. to Focus More On Protecting Kids, Less On Reuniting Families

Angel Montiel was reunited with his parents after they enrolled in parenting classes and agreed to drug testing and other services. Now his mother is spending 15 years in prison. She pleaded no contest to beating the toddler to death. Angel i...

Mom Forced Son to Kill Hamster as Punishment for Bad Grades

Sure, many parents can be strict about homework and grades, but one Georgia mom allegedly took discipline a step too far when she demanded that her son's pet be killed as punishment. Now she's facing some punishment of her own in the county jail. ...

Lawmaker: Who Lied About Tiger Woods Abusing His Children?

Tiger Woods and his family pose for a photo last February in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Dom Furore / Woods Family / Getty Images
Reporters around the world jumped last month when they heard investigators from the Florida Department of Children and Fam...

Would You Bust a Bad Mother?

Liv Tyler stepped up to help a crying kid -- would you? Photo: Getty Images
Actress Live Tyler recently found herself in a situation that I'll bet many of you have been in as well: She witnessed a woman losing her temper with a child in public...

Girl Asks Santa to Make the Abuse Stop

When most kids write to Santa, they ask for things like baby dolls, Legos, or even a shiny new bike. But a nine-year-old girl in Texas had a much more important request. She asked Santa to please stop a male relative from touching her and her older s...

Man Arrested for Posting Baby Swinging Video

When I watched this video of a man swinging a baby in an alarming manner , I thought it was fake. Actually, I still think (and truly hope) it's not real. But shortly after I watched the original video, it was pulled from YouTube for violation of user...

Mom Brands Daughter a Wimp

These days, given that I'm married and have three kids, I try to keep my violent nature suppressed. Most of the time, I succeed pretty well, but every once in a while I come across a story that makes me want to dig out the electric carving knife and ...

Children See -- Parents as role models

We've all seen it -- a child says something wildly inappropriate and shocks the adults around her. Her parents shake their heads, "We don't know where she gets this stuff." It's happened to me, and because my kids spend nearly all day, every day with...

PD*Poll: Do you spank?

Here are the facts: at a July 4th parade in Iowa, a young mother spanked her toddler. A police officer witnessed the spanking and wrote the mom a ticket, citing her with child abuse now, she's suing the state. Who is right? Well, that depends. On a l...

Study finds 1/3 of abused babies are newborns

I distinctly recall during one of those first hazy weeks of new motherhood, walking the floors in the wee hours of the morning trying to calm my wailing baby and thinking, "If I just threw him out the window, it would be quiet again." Of course I did...

Women caught on nanny cam arrested

When I watched this video last night, it gave me the chills. Though the babies aren't technically being "harmed", the general lack of empathy and concern coming from this nanny turned me cold. It's hard to see in the first shot, but that's a baby she...

Thirteen-year-old girl is both victim and perp

In most criminal cases, you have a victim and you have a perpetrator. The criminal and the one upon whom the crime was visited. The purse snatcher and the purse's owner. The shooter and the deceased. The rapist and the raped. In Utah, however, it see...

Halle Berry's violent childhood

Actress and soon-to-be-mom Halle Berry has opened up for the first time about her childhood trauma with an abusive father. She tells James Lipton on The Actor's Studio that while her father Jerome physically abused her mother and sister, he never tou...

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