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Child Sexual Abuse

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Ashley wanted the abuse to stop. But Butch, her adoptive father, was always around.
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I met Ashley for the first time in March 2015 at a Noodles & Company in Indianapolis. Her adoptive father Craig Peterson had arranged the meeting. He initially reached out to me about an article I'd written, then shared bits of Ashley's story.
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Ashley stepped out of Sandy’s red-and-white van. The 10-year-old didn’t say a word, didn’t glance back at Sandy, her adoptive mother. And she refused to meet the hazel eyes of the man waiting in front of her.
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This is Part 2 of a five-part series was produced as a project for the 2017 National Fellowship. Other stories in this series include:
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Ashley would be exploited, abused and, ultimately, abandoned by people who said they cared about her. And her invisible wounds would persist for decades.
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The Boy Scouts of America are in trouble – to say the least. But, do the boy scouts who were molested and abused have even more far reaching troubles?  After all, according to files released by the organization, many of the child abusers were not prosecuted, their misdeeds covered up for years.  The

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"Adverse childhood experience" has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, pediatrics and even business. Do you know your own ACE score?

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Early media coverage of the Penn State University child abuse tragedy gets a "C" grade, says a report issued by the Ms. Foundation and Berkeley Media Studies Group. News reports fell short in addressing solutions for preventing child trauma.

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Contrary to popular belief, resilience is not innate. If you stress a child long enough and don't provide any nurturing to recover from the stress, research shows that the effects are damaging and long-term.

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Ellen Bass is the founding board president of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a Santa Cruz-based program that helps people of all ages learn how to stay safe, act wisely and believe in themselves. In her professional life, Ms. Bass is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books, including her most recent book of poetry, Mules of Love, which is the winner of the 2002 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.

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