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UPDATE on the Proposed Change to the Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Crimes
UPDATE on the Proposed Change to the Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Crimes

State lawmakers continue to look into changes in the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.

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Murfreesboro Suspect to face Felony Child Abuse Charges
Murfreesboro Suspect to face Felony Child Abuse Charges

A man wanted by police on felony child abuse charges has been apprehended in Murfreesboro. Officers say when they arrived at the apartment to locate Tamontez Grandberry, he was found hiding in a closet.

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Child Abuse Prevention Movement Adds Five New Trainers
Child Abuse Prevention Movement Adds Five New Trainers

"The Child Advocacy Center set an ambitious goal to train 5% of the adult population in Rutherford and Cannon Counties how to protect children from child sexual abuse utilizing the Darkness to Light Curriculum," said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer.

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Child Sex Abuse in Murfreesboro and Beyond - One out of Ten
Child Sex Abuse in Murfreesboro and Beyond - One out of Ten

"One out of ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday," according to Child Advocacy Center Community Education Coordinator Zach Sanders.

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Five Hometown Heroes to be honored
Five Hometown Heroes to be honored

Five Hometown Heroes will be honored at the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children, said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer.

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CHILD ABUSE--Impressionable Young Minds!
CHILD ABUSE--Impressionable Young Minds!

The public is encouraged to see a video about the impact of child abuse on impressionable young minds. It will be shown at 6:30 this Thusday night at MTSU's Ned McWherter Learning Resource Center.

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Become a Hometown Heroes Business and Help Child Abuse Victims
Become a Hometown Heroes Business and Help Child Abuse Victims

Support child abuse victims and honor the Hometown Heroes that help them by partnering with the Child Advocacy Center's 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 20.

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Should Child Sex Offenders Go Unpunished?
Should Child Sex Offenders Go Unpunished?

Murfreesboro Police are investigating an alleged rape of a female by her step father. Will Tennessee's statutes of limitations let this sexual offender roam freely? E-mail your thoughts anonymously to WGNS.

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She hides her scars beneath her clothing
She hides her scars beneath her clothing

Surrounded by trees adorned with thorns in Murfreesboro, Tennessee stands 19 year old Crystal Chaney. The Alabama native is maybe 100 pounds on a day she has eaten a full meal. Crystal and her boyfriend David are homeless.

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Prevention of Abuse and Violence toward Children and Youth
Prevention of Abuse and Violence toward Children and Youth

The Child Advocacy Centers in Rutherford and Cannon Counties are seeing 50 to 60 new cases each month...

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In Murfreesboro and beyond, children ages 7 to 13 are more likely to be sexually abused
In Murfreesboro and beyond, children ages 7 to 13 are more likely to be sexually abused

The National Center for Victims of Crime report that children between the ages of 7 and 13 are most vulnerable to child sex abuse. Those statistics are seen in Rutherford County as well.

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Domestic Violenc, Sexual Abuse and in our third segment today - From a Third World Country to Murfreesboro, TN
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Most child sex abuse is never reported in Murfreesboro and far beyond
Most child sex abuse is never reported in Murfreesboro and far beyond

According to the United States Department of Justice, only 30% of sexual assault cases are reported. Brenda was one of the cases that never went to police...

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Get trained to look for signs of child sexual abuse in Rutherford and Cannon Counties for free
Get trained to look for signs of child sexual abuse in Rutherford and Cannon Counties for free

The sexual abuse of children in our society is unfortunately quite common in this day and age. The Child Advocacy Center in Murfreesboro is aiming to reduce the numbers and to ensure offenders are prosecuted.

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Coffee County man charged with Aggravated Child Abuse or Neglect (Haley's Law)
Coffee County man charged with Aggravated Child Abuse or Neglect (Haley's Law)

The man allegedly became angry with his 4-year-old daughter, apparently struck the girl numerous times and allegedly left marks on her back and knees.

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A New Bilingual Voice Helping Child Abuse Victims in Murfreesboro area
A New Bilingual Voice Helping Child Abuse Victims in Murfreesboro area

In July, the Child Advocacy Center hired Puerto Rico native Uriel Arroyo to assist Hispanic and Latino families whose children were physically and sexually abused.

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"Hometown Heroes Walk for Children" on Friday afternoon

Local hometown heroes are scheduled to speak at the "Hometown Heroes Walk for Children" on Friday afternoon.

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Human bite marks, burn on fingers and more to 4 year old
Human bite marks, burn on fingers and more to 4 year old

A Manchester woman was arrested after being indicted by the Coffee County Grand Jury for inflicting injuries on her 4-year-old daughter.

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Recognizing Child Abuse in Rutherford and Cannon Counties
Recognizing Child Abuse in Rutherford and Cannon Counties

Sharon De Boer, director of the Child Advocacy Center in Murfreesboro, told WGNS they have a huge caseload...

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Murfreesboro man convicted for the sexual abuse of a 4-year old child wants to get out of prison
Murfreesboro man convicted for the sexual abuse of a 4-year old child wants to get out of prison

We have more news on an 80 year old man originally charged with the sexual battery of a little girl who was under the age of 6 when the crime unfolded.

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52-Year old man charged with child abuse after alleged punch to the face of a child under the age of 6
52-Year old man charged with child abuse after alleged punch to the face of a child under the age of 6

One punch landed on the left eye of the victim who was under the age of six.

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Child abuse, Child endangerment and Child welfare in Rutherford County
Child abuse, Child endangerment and Child welfare in Rutherford County

If a child is missing, abducted or endangered, the Rutherford County Child Abduction Response Team will immediately launch a coordinated search, said Sheriff's Detective Phil Brooks, who leads the team.

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Man allegedly lost his temper in dealing with 5-year old - Murfreesboro suspect arrested
Man allegedly lost his temper in dealing with 5-year old - Murfreesboro suspect arrested

Police asked Smith about the injuries to the five year old and the report shows "Mr. Smith admitted to losing control on two occasions and hitting the child too hard."

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Battle Avenue Woman Arrested on Child Abuse Charges
Battle Avenue Woman Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

A 30-year old Battle Avenue woman has been arrested on child abuse and neglect charges. Jatika Floyd was arrested last Friday by Murfreesboro Police Detective Tommy Roberts after indictments were handed down by the grand jury this month.

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Alabama man arrested in Murfreesboro for child abuse
Alabama man arrested in Murfreesboro for child abuse

Blakemore is accused of physically abusing the eight year old daughter of a girlfriend while in Murfreesboro.

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The Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse is having a Child Abuse Prevention Event
The Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse is having a Child Abuse Prevention Event

Rutherford County Coalition Against Child Abuse is taking part in "Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee's (PCAT's) Pinwheels for Prevention®" campaign by planting a pinwheel garden in honor of the happy, healthy childhood all children deserve.

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Smyrna Police taking part in
Smyrna Police taking part in "Pinwheels for Prevention" campaign to fight child abuse

The Smyrna Police Dept. is taking part in the Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee's (PCAT's) Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign by planting a pinwheel garden in honor of the happy, healthy childhood all children deserve.

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Child Abuse Charge Against Smyrna Man

A 20-year old Smyrna man has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated child abuse after a Rutherford County Grand Jury indictment.

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

"If we see someone in our community who is really struggling in their parenting, or who is having a difficult time, we can reach out to those people and offer our support," she says.

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Flag raised for 3 Local Children Who Died in 2014 as a Result of Child Abuse
Flag raised for 3 Local Children Who Died in 2014 as a Result of Child Abuse

"November 19 marks the end of the 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth," announced Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer."

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198 Dispatched calls to locations in Smyrna involving child abuse / neglect in 2013
198 Dispatched calls to locations in Smyrna involving child abuse / neglect in 2013

In 2013 there were 198 dispatched calls from dispatchers to Smyrna Police Officers involving suspected child abuse or neglect.

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Adults can learn what to do when they suspect child sexual abuse in Rutherford County
Adults can learn what to do when they suspect child sexual abuse in Rutherford County

Many adults want to know how to respond when a child tells them they have a secret and don't want to tell.

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Did you know that if you report suspect child abuse you will remain anonymous?
Did you know that if you report suspect child abuse you will remain anonymous?

One in ten children are victims of sexual abuse by the time they turn 18.

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Murfreesboro woman arrested on
Murfreesboro woman arrested on "Aggravated Child Abuse" charge after alleged burning incident - Court date nearing

UPDATE: Court date set for August 21st for a local woman who confessed to burning a little girl "multiple times with a cigarette."

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2014 Healing Field this weekend in Murfreesboro
2014 Healing Field this weekend in Murfreesboro

At 8:00 AM on Saturday May 24, the grassy field will be transformed into a field of 800 three foot by five foot American Flags...

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Grandmother Reaches Out for Help for Abused Grandchildren

Dealing with abused children is like being dropped into a lake of oil in a foreign country with the children, said a grandmother whose two grandchildren in her care suffered physical, mental, and verbal abuse.

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Murfreesboro Police release special note to the public dealing with child abuse

The Murfreesboro Police Criminal Investigations Division Special Victims Unit is tasked with investigating child abuse cases.

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Over 3-Million Children Witness Domestic Violence in their Home

Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Many of those children (30%-60%) become a victim of the abuse themselves.

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Sharon De Boer, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center, says many children never report child abuse and child sexual abuse to a trusted adult. Experts estimate that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday and 90 percent of those victims never report the abuse.

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2014 Healing Field in Murfreesboro
2014 Healing Field in Murfreesboro

At 8:00 AM on Saturday May 24, the grassy field will be transformed into a field of 800 three foot by five foot American Flags...

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Man Accused of Aggravated Child Abuse to Remain Behind Bars Until Court Date Due to ICE Detainer
Man Accused of Aggravated Child Abuse to Remain Behind Bars Until Court Date Due to ICE Detainer

In the report that WGNS obtained, it states that the 35-year old was mad at the child because the child was not counting numbers correctly. The child had multiple bruises on his back, buttocks, face and neck when police got involved in the case.

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Exchange Club of Murfreesboro to Host Local Event Raise Funds to Help Fight Child Abuse
Exchange Club of Murfreesboro to Host Local Event Raise Funds to Help Fight Child Abuse

The event, benefiting the Exchange Club Family Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. will be held at Stone’s River Country Club in Murfreesboro.

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Child Abuse a Very Real Issue for Rutherford County
Child Abuse a Very Real Issue for Rutherford County
In Rutherford County, child abuse is a very real concern and many times, these concerns are known too late and the situation is not fully realized until it hits the courts. 
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Do You Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse to Look Out For? You Should...
The program helps to teach the signs of child abuse and child sexual abuse to caregivers in our community.
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DA's Office Works To Protect Children and Hold Perpetrators Accountable
With child abuse cases “The key to successful prosecution starts with a thorough investigation of the allegations,” said District Attorney General William C. Whitesell, Jr.
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Troubling: Responding to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
The "Our Kids" clinical team comprised of nurse practitioners and social workers are on-call 24/7 to respond to emergencies. The Our Kids clinical team members attend nine Child Protective Investigative Team meetings in 8 eight different counties each month to ensure that every child who needs a referral for an evaluation gets the services they need. 
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Who Does DCS Depend on in Child Sexual Abuse / Child Abuse Cases in Rutherford County?
Every day, staff members of the Department of Children’s Services field calls, visit homes, meet with families – and comfort children who are victims of abuse and neglect in Rutherford County.
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WGNS Talks to the Child Advocacy Center About the Detrimental Problem of Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Rutherford and Cannon Counties
“The national statistic is that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday...” 
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Imagine Hearing a Child Close to You Utter The Words,
Imagine Hearing a Child Close to You Utter The Words, "Someone touched me."
Imagine your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew sharing a secret that a person you trust has sexually abused them.  
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Fighting Child Abuse in Rutherford County is a Worldwide Fight
“Diverse organizations are working for a global transformation against child abuse, increasing public awareness, and collaborating to assist victims and prosecute perpetrators,” said Sharon De Boer, executive director of the Child Advocacy Centers in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. 
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Man Convicted of Attempted Child Abuse in Rutherford County Asked Courts to Let Him Out of Prison
According to court records, Graham received a suspended sentence for the crimes and was ordered to serve the sentence under supervised probation.
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UPDATE: Mother Arrested After 1-Year Old Allegedly Found Alone Outside in a Puddle
“She stated after she had put her children to bed she did a line of cocaine at approximately 10:30 PM, 4-18-13.”
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Pinwheels Twirl on South Church to bring awareness to Child Abuse
A sea of over 700 blue pinwheels will twirl in the front lawn of the Rutherford County Juvenile Justice System for the next week as a part of Child Abuse Awareness month.


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Help the Exchange Club Family Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The waiters include Sheriff Robert Arnold; Miss Tennessee USA – Brenna Mader; Miss Tennessee Teen USA – Emily Suttle; Members of the Rutherford County Legislative Delegatio...

 
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Two men face child rape charges
Two men indicted on child rape charges in Rutherford County.
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Lebanon Police ask for public's help in locating former Smyrna resident wanted on child abuse charges
Lebanon Police ask for public's help in locating former Smyrna resident wanted on child abuse charges
Crawford has family in Madison and in Tullahoma and has recently lived in Smyrna and Lebanon, according to police. He is approximately six feet, three inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
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