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Austin Diocese Implicated in Child Abuse Suit
John Doe claims he was victim of sexual abuse in the Seventies
News Story  March 31, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...On March 10, Father Milton Eggerling became the seventh Austin-based priest to be accused of sexual abuse (according to the Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States). Attorney Tahira Khan Mer­ritt filed a civil suit for her client, John Doe 120, who claims he was sexually abused by Eggerling from the ages of 11 to 16...."

Appeal Filed for Fran Keller: The Oak Hill Daycare 'Ritual Abuse' Fiasco
Appeal cites outdated medical evidence and Brady violation
DAILY News  January 14, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Fran Keller was sentenced to 48 years in prison for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl, Christy Chaviers, who'd been an infrequent drop-in at the home-based daycare center Keller and her husband Dan ran in 1991. (Dan was also convicted and sentenced to 48 years; the appeal filed this morning concerns only Fran Keller's conviction.) After a day at the Kellers in the summer of 1991, Christy told her mother, Suzanne Stratton, that Danny Keller had spanked her; that allegation quickly morphed into an allegation of sexual abuse..."

Child-Care Center or Baby Jail?
State allows family detention centers to skirt the rules and become child-care centers
News Story  March 17, 2016, by Dina Samir Shehata
"...Accord­ingly, at least two mothers and children, often of different genders, are living, sleeping, and dressing in the same space. "The standards that generally prevent such arrangements are in place to prevent harm to children, including sexual abuse, exposure to discipline by an unrelated adult who is not a caregiver, and inappropriate nudity among unrelated children and adults," wrote Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorneys Jerome Wesevich and Robert Doggett..."

Exoneration for Child Counselor Targeted by Strayhorn
After a four-year battle with the state, Bebe Gaines wins the right to work with foster kids again
News Story  August 22, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...The camp provided relationship-based counseling to mostly adolescent boys at risk of spending their lives in prison: They had been severely abused, and many had already been identified as sexual predators. They were "some of the most disturbed kids I'd ever seen," testified psychologist David Poole, who has worked as a contractor for Child Protective Services since 1975 and had done evaluations of several Woodside children..."

Counseling Program for Drug Abuse in Limbo
County officials scrambling to find alternate site for program after East Austin neighbors protested possible lease.
News Story  January 4, 2008, by Kimberly Reeves
"...Travis County officials are scrambling to find an alternate site for a grant-based drug and substance-abuse counseling program after neighbors protested a possible lease in an East 11th Street building owned by Ebenezer Baptist Church. Commissioners have heard plenty of objections from the Guadalupe Association for an Improved Neighborhood over the county's proposed lease..."

Believing the Children
In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...And in fact, the Chronicle's reinvestigation of the Fran's Day Care case has revealed serious problems with the state's case against the Kellers – including questions about the quality and reliability of the state's medical evidence and forensic interviews. Moreover, the sensational nature of the charges themselves, in a period of hysterical national rumors about supposed "satanic ritual abuse" at day care centers, made it virtually impossible for the Kellers to receive a fair or even rational trial..."

Mysterious Skin
With this disturbing story about the lingering affects of child sexual abuse, Gregg Araki creates a film that is psychologically rich, emotionally haunting, and technically superior to anything he has ever done.
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Film Review  July 1, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...And although the film’s subject matter is disturbing and its outlook bleak, Mysterious Skin is not without hope and possibility. Adapted by Araki from a first novel by Scott Heim, the movie explores the long-term effects of child sexual abuse..."

Freddy Got Fingered
Freddy's tagline – “This time you can't change the channel” – pretty much sums it up. MTV provocateur Green thinks he's got you where he wants you, but apparently he's...

Film Review  April 20, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Did I mention he masturbates an elephant? No? Must have slipped my mind. There's also a wealth of child sexual abuse jokes, plenty of dull non sequiturs, and Anthony Michael Hall..."

Can Keller Conviction Stand Without Physical Evidence?
Hearing in Austin ritual abuse case questions evidence of sexual abuse
DAILY News  August 27, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...When a child is sexually abused, there isn't necessarily physical evidence to prove any abuse happened. But whether the lack of any physical evidence of abuse is significant in the case of Fran Keller, convicted of sexually assaulting a child left in her care back in 1991, is a central issue in an appeal of that case currently pending in a Travis County court...."

Call Me Lucky
Bobcat Goldthwait directs doc about fellow comic Barry Crimmins
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Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The answers to the Crimmins mystery became clear in the early Nineties, when he started talking in his act, as well as in an article in The Boston Phoenix, about the sexual abuse he had experienced as a child. At this point Crimmins became a comic/activist, who devoted a great deal of his time to the protection of children from child predators..."

Web Predators Aren't the Problem
Dewhurst's plan to get 'Texas tough' on child molesters doomed to fail
DAILY News  January 17, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...A more recent study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire found that the number of kids getting unwanted sexual advances on the Internet was in fact declining. In general, according to data compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than 70 percent of sexual abuse of children is perpetrated by family members or family friends.” Re-read that last sentence..."

Spotlight
This terrific newspaper movie gets all the elements right
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Film Review  November 20, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The movie retraces the probe conducted in late 2001 and early 2002 by the “Spotlight” investigative team of The Boston Globe into allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, as well as the church’s systemic cover-up of the misconduct. The team’s series of reports, which uncovered more than 1,000 victims and 70 pedophile priests, was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize..."

The Young One
In 1961, while still working in Mexico, the great surrealist/moralist/atheist filmmaker Luis Buñuel released his only English language film, The Young One. New 35mm prints of this rarely seen work...
Film Review  September 17, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Thirty years after its making, the film remains a searing social document -- as startling, uncompromising and unconventional as ever. Taking on the twin themes of racism and sexual abuse, The Young One is a wonderful example of Bunuel's distinct blend of social realism and shameless melodrama..."

Family Law Attorneys Say Keller Is Innocent
Veteran practitioners support Fran Keller's bid for freedom
DAILY News  February 20, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Keller and her husband, Danny, were each convicted and sentenced to 48 years in prison for the alleged sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl, Christy Chaviers, who'd been an infrequent drop-in at the home-based daycare center that the couple ran back in 1991. In the summer of 1991, Christy told her mother, Suzanne Stratton, that Danny Keller had spanked her; that allegation quickly morphed into an allegation of sexual abuse, and before too long the allegations expanded again to include wild tales that the Kellers had performed strange rituals while abusing Christy and at least two other children occasionally left in their care – stories seemingly prompted by insistent and repeated questioning by parents, and with the apparent approval of Chaviers' therapist, Donna David Campbell, who concluded that Christy had been a victim of "ritual abuse."..."

Freedom for the Kellers
Fran and Dan released after 21 years for 'satanic abuse'
News Story  December 6, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Keller and her husband Dan were each convicted and sentenced on Nov. 30, 1992, to 48 years in prison, for the alleged sexual abuse of 3-year-old Christy Chaviers, who, in the summer of 1991, was an infrequent drop-in at the couple's home-based day care near Oak Hill..."

Highway 61 Revisited
Music Story  November 6, 1998, by Raoul Hernandez
"...It was and there weren't, but after 10 long years Trachtenberg had paid his dues, so when a prime-time slot opened in 1995, Wednesday nights, 8pm-midnight, he leaped at the chance. Three years later, this past July, he also quit his longtime job at Brackenridge Hospital's Child Sexual Abuse Center, a job he had had for nine and a half years..."

Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba co-stars in this Netflix drama about child soldiers in Africa
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Film Review  October 16, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Commandant (he has no other name) takes a liking to Agu, and becomes something of a surrogate parent, although by the time the psychological abuse extends to sexual abuse, the film’s litany of indecencies may push the bounds of sustainability. The boy’s hazing and first kill are shown in graphic detail, and Agu’s voiceover narration charts his descent..."

From the Eyes of the Abused
Ya'Ke Smith on his feature film debut, 'Wolf'
Screens Story  March 16, 2012, by Belinda Acosta
"...Given the high-profile sexual abuse scandal that's stained the Catholic Church, it's no surprise that it's the subject of numerous narrative features and documentaries. These films approach the subject in some now-familiar ways..."

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Falsely accused of sexual assault as a teen, Michael Arena is free but not exonerated
News Story  October 8, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Michael never confessed to the crime – because no sexual abuse of his cousin ever happened. The real story would be revealed years later when Stephanie admitted to lying (she believed) in order to help her mother LaVonna as she navigated an ugly divorce from the Arena brothers' uncle..."

Children and Testimony
Inexperienced interviewers can lead children to make up stories
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The thinking was that "children don't lie to get into trouble; they lie to get out of trouble," he said. "And it mainly came from the social workers; that's where it got started." The lore became that children were too frightened to tell about abuse and that social workers – with little training in child development – needed to use "vigorous methods to get kids to talk." For nearly a decade, he said, "you had these so-called experts, without a scientific basis, promoting ....."

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