CCRA prepares to kick off #standing4them campaign

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CCRA’s campaign for Cyber Bullying Awareness Month in October will be #standing4them. This campaign is intended to reach not only the online community, but the world as a whole in taking a stand with the current and past victims of online bullying. Many states, including Texas, have already made it against the law to cyberbully and cyberstalk others.

There are many ways that anyone can help in this campaign! Simply spreading the word, that cyber bullying is a huge problem in our society is the first step. Second, stand up for those you see victimized online! If you don’t feel like getting involved, let someone know, such as a police officer, teacher, preacher, or friend. Finally, donating to organizations that provide education is a tremendous help. Never be afraid to speak your story and mind.

October 1, 2017 will be day one of our anti bullying campaign. We of course always encourage the stand against bullying of all forms, no matter the location or time.

Contact us today to find other ways to get involved!

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LaVergne detectives warn parents about signs of online predators

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LAVERGNE, Tenn. — Detectives in LaVergne asked parents Friday to watch out for ways predators might try to lure in children and teenagers.

Sgt David Durham with the LaVergne Police Department said he’s seen the way predators work to contact kids and teens.

“A lot of times you will see somebody taking a kid’s photo off the internet and using that as their profile so they can use that to get in good with the kids and say they go to that school,” Durham said. “They will use a persona to get the kids to trust. Then that’s when the conversation starts, and it progressively gets worse.”

Detectives encourage parents to ask their children and teens specific questions.

“Who is this person, How do you know this person; just the general follow up questions as a parent,” Durham said. “Is this your friend? Have you ever met this person before? Do they go to your school? Have you seen them at school?”

Investigators asked parents to monitor the social media accounts and websites their children use while familiarizing themselves with new apps and technology available.

Reblogged from http://fox17.com/

Jean Kasem files wrongful death and fraud suit in Washington, against Casey Kasem’s Adult Children

The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the radio personality’s three adult children from a prior relationship 40 years ago. Jean Kasem states that Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem, along with Julie’s husband and their attorney Troy Martin, perpetrated a “homicidal guardianship scam” and, per a statement, “forcefully entrapped and chemically restrained her husband in St Anthony Hospital and then killed him to go after Casey and Jean’s financial assets,” which is exactly what they are doing now. 

Jean Kasem has also accused the Kasem adult children of extreme harassment and making numerous fraudulent statements to authorities, as part of their scam to gain guardianship control over Kasem.

Kasem was “pronounced” dead on June 15th, 2014 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. According to Jean Kasem’s new suit, Kerri picked up her husband at their host family home on June 1st and forcefully took him against his will to St. Anthony Hospital, even though there was a hospital one block away and instead of a Doctor making a house call. Kasem was accompanied to the hospital by his personal physician, Dr. Donald Sharman, but was examined at St. Anthony by Dr. Joseph Regimbal, who reportedly cleared Kasem and praised the care being administered to him at home.

The suit claims that Kerri Kasem then kept her husband at St. Anthony for an “unauthorized overnight observation.” On June 2nd, an attending physician at St. Anthony, Dr. Ramon Basa, reportedly told Jean and Dr. Sharman that Casey could go home, while a judge also ruled that there was no compelling reason to keep Kasem in the hospital. But when Jean arrived to pick up Kasem, Dr. Basa had changed his mind and Kasem was kept entrapped in St. Anthony.

By June 6th, Jean Kasem and her daughter Liberty were reportedly told that Kasem’s adult children had “already begun the process” of withdrawing and withholding Casey Kasem’s hydration, nutrition and all proactive medical care” against Jean’s will or any authorization by Washington state judge Jennifer Forbes. Per the suit, Jean and Liberty were only given five minutes to see Casey before his death, were then told to leave his room and finally escorted out of the hospital chapel.

Jean Kasem’s new suit alleges that the Kasem adult children were able to gain guardianship over their father through a fraudulent media scam and a fraudulent Durable Power of Attorney document that Kasem purportedly signed in 2007 “at a UPS store on Hollywood Blvd., under duress and undue influence.” At the time, Kasem was allegedly without his attorney and on medication while recovering from a recent surgery.

The suit also names Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s largest health care system with over $26 billion in annual revenue, who declined to comment.

Kerri Kasem and her lawyer, Troy Martin, argue that Jean Kasem’s new suit is an attempt to stall a wrongful death lawsuit the Kasem adult children filed against Jean and Liberty in 2015.

Jean states, “Casey was killed in Washington State. All of the witnesses are there, Casey’s personal physician, Dr. Donald Sharman and Casey’s Pathologist, Dr. Eric Kiesel. Washington is the proper jurisdiction and proper court. Their baseless lawsuit was only filed in California for money.”      

Casey Kasem’s Washington State death certificate is still listed as a “Pending” investigation into his manner and cause of death.

Texas Wants To Close Loophole In Online Predators Law

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A Texas State Representative is pushing to close a loophole in the law designed to protect people from being victimized by predators online.

“The perpetrator uses non-physical forms of coercion such as blackmail to acquire sexual content… either photos or video of a child or an adult… to obtain money, or to engage in sex with the victim” State Representative Tony Dale said during a Monday Morning press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

“This new bill addresses a gap in law where it is currently not illegal to threaten or extort people to provide such material” Dale said, adding “If such material is published–as I said, that’s already illegal–but blackmailing people today for these purposes is not specifically illegal.”

Investigators will tell you the online anonymity provided by social media continues to be a big challenge to them in protecting potential victims from harm.

“You can be who you want to be, and unfortunately our children may start chatting with these individuals… believing they are one of their peers” said Captain Jerry Medders with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Dale is pushing for his bill to get a hearing before a Texas House committee.

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Lee County man arrested in online predator sting

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A Golden Gate man was arrested Wednesday after he asked an undercover detective who posed as a 12-year-old girl on social media for nude pictures and tried to meet the fictitious girl “with the goal to engage in sexual activity,” according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

William Gregory Vega, 26, faces three felony charges of obscene communication — using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual activity, and lewd and lascivious exhibition using a computer — and one felony charge of public order crimes for using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony. Vega was booked at the Lee County Jail on $45,000 bond.

Wednesday while investigating possible narcotics leads, an undercover detective using an “investigative Facebook account” received a Facebook message from a user named “Greg Vega,” according to a sheriff’s office arrest report.

The detective responded to Vega and told him that his name was “Shelly” and that “Shelly” was using her older sister’s Facebook account. When Vega asked for Shelly’s age, the detective said she will turn 13 in October, the report stated. Over the course of the lengthy online conversation, the two exchanged phone numbers, and Vega soon thereafter sent the detective a text message.

The text message conversation “quickly turned into one of a sexual nature,” deputies wrote, after Vega asked about nude pictures and inquired about Shelly’s dating habits.

When “Shelly” told Vega that her mother did not allow her to send pictures, Vega replied with “You gotta be more sneaky” and “She wrong you should be able to take pics,” the report stated. Eventually, Vega asked “Shelly” if she wanted to have sex and sent her a sexually explicit video of himself, according to the report.

Vega later asked “Shelly” if she wanted to “meet up,” and the two agreed to meet near the stage area of Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Deputies then staked out the park and set up surveillance in and around it.

Deputies followed Vega as he made his way to the park, where he then sat down on a picnic table near the stage area, according to the report.

He “appeared to make eye contact” with the detective who was sitting on the stage, portraying 12-year-old “Shelly,” the report stated. Vega then began walking toward the detective, “making his intentions of contact clear and obvious,” and was arrested, according to the report.

Source: http://www.naplesnews.com/

Secret text codes that teens are using

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Keeping children safe while they are using their gadgets is very important to parents and grandparents alike. There are numerous inappropriate apps and websites out there that you wouldn’t want a child to be using.

We also need to worry about cyberbullying, online predators, sexting, and even the risk of internet addiction. One way to know what your teenager is up to is to take a look at what they are texting to others. However, monitoring those text messages won’t always tell the entire story.

What we’re talking about is the fact that there is a handful of secret texting codes that you might not know about. They could be referring to bullying, drugs, sex or even suicide and you might not recognize it.

If you are worried about this being an issue for someone you care about, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with today’s lingo. On the next page, we posted a list of secret texting codes. Just as a warning, it does contain graphic language.

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Online predators push Irish children to share compromising pictures within 4 to 5 questions

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Detective Superintendent Declan Daly heads up the recently formed Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) and in an exclusive interview with Independent.ie he revealed how his officers have witnessed an increase in children being targeted for naked pictures online.

D-Supt Daly called on parents not to be naive and to educate both themselves and their children about the dangers online.

“The internet has many fantastic uses but one of the downsides is that at any given time there are perpetrators who are looking to target our children sexually and exploit our children.

He continued: “A child who’s innocently online may be unaware that they are being targeted by an online predator.”

The GNPSB was set up in 2015. Previously it operated at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit (DVSAIU) in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI).

However garda chiefs felt it was important to create an independent unit that dealt specifically with crimes of a sexual nature.

The sensitive nature of the work carried out by the skilled detectives means that many details of the crimes they work on cannot be published.

However D-Supt Daly explained that he wants to make parents and children aware of the serious dangers that exist. The unit is in constant contact with policing bodies across the globe including the FBI in the US, Interpol and Europol. Police and agents alert gardaí to the presence of particular predators and photographs online. The GNPSB then process the information and disseminate it to districts across the country where local garda units deal with perpetrators and victims.

D-Supt Daly explained that they have seen a “worrying increase” in self-taken child images ending up in the hands of predators.

“This is where a child takes an image of themselves, either partially clothed or fully unclothed and posts that image online,”he explained.

“The child then either knowingly or unknowingly maybe gives that image to somebody. Maybe emails that image to another child, or what they believe is another child, but ultimately that image makes its way onto the internet by a number of means. Obviously you have the difficulties there.”

Asked how children fall for this plot D-Supt Daly explained that criminals often operate a form of ‘catfishing’ where they pretend to be someone they are not.
“At any one time there are perpetrators pretending to be young children and then trying to build up credibility with a child.

“For example, an adult male posing as a teenage girl to try and get pictures of young boys. The boy believes that he’s interacting with a young girl and innocently sends the image, believing that he is sending it to a young girl. He may or may not find out that it is an adult that he is interacting with.”

Although he could not provide specific numbers for the amount of these cases that have happened D-Supt Daly explained that at any one time his unit would be carrying out several investigations.

He explained that conversations between predators and victims develop worryingly fast.

“What we find is that when we look at the interacting that would happen between a suspect and a victim. It progresses into a request for images, or to meet, very quickly.”

Asked how quickly, the garda chief responded: “Within four or five questions. Obviously I can’t put a figure on every case but what we have seen is a suspect will be online and he will be eager to find out somebody who is amenable to his advances or his interaction.
“They seem to get down to the point very quickly. They ask name, age, sex, location and then it’s into that sexualised chat very quickly.”

Gardaí use a number of tools to follow the footprint that leads to the criminals but D-Supt Daly said parents need to take control of the situation before it gets to that point.

He urged mothers and fathers to educate themselves and to adapt real-world thinking to the online sphere.

“If a parent is in the house and they looked out the window and they saw their child speaking with a stranger, they would react immediately because they would be horrified to think: ‘Who is my child talking to? What is my child talking to this person about? What danger does this person pose?’ So when the child comes in we would ask our child a number of questions about this interaction.

“However on the internet we give our children access. And how many strangers do our children speak to without any critique or questions posed?”

He added that communication between parent and child is crucial so that the child is not “overly criticised” for communicating with a stranger.

]“What you don’t want is a situation where a child is simply not going to interact with the parent and not going to come forward and tell their story,” he said.

“If a child is a victim of sexplay, for example, you want that communication piece that the child is confident and able to go to parents and say ‘somebody is trying to target me online and I’m worried about it’. You don’t want the child holding that in, you want them to tell you.”