News Items – Powell family tragedy, Miramonte Elementary, physical abuse and somatic symptoms

This week there were many new articles about child abuse and trauma crimes. These include the Powell family tragedy and the Miramonte Elementary School cases.  A new research study is showing the association between physical abuse and psychosomatic symptoms. There are additional opportunities for clinicians and non-clinicians to learn about trauma and its prevention through books, webinars and conferences.

Physically Abused Children Report Higher Levels of Psychosomatic Symptoms – ScienceDaily
“Our study demonstrates a clear association between high levels of psychosomatic symptoms and an increased risk of physical abuse” says Professor Janson. “The association was even stronger in abused children who also witnessed intimate partner violence at home.

Multiple psychosomatic symptoms can indicate child physical abuse – results from a study of Swedish schoolchildren
Carolina Jernbro, Birgitta Svensson, Ylva Tindberg, Staffan Janson
Acta Paediatrica Volume 101, Issue 3, pages 324–329, March 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02518.
full article

Abusers Target Impoverished Schools Feb 10, 2012
LOS ANGELES – The horrors alleged at Miramonte Elementary School echo previous cases of sexual abuse: vulnerable children, plied with attention and gifts and groomed to trust adult predators….Ellen Greenwald, a University of Texas-Dallas psychologist, says kids who are victims of sex abuse often fear that going to adults will get them in more trouble and that no one will believe them, or that adults will blame them.

Miramonte teacher was paid $40,000 to drop dismissal challenge
LAUSD says it paid Mark Berndt to settle his challenge because it was blocked from investigating and defending its firing of the Miramonte Elementary teacher accused of sexually abusing students.
By Howard Blume, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2012

Serial killer John Wayne Gacy had accomplices, lawyers say
By James Eng,  2/10/12 

West Memphis 3 judge speaks after 18 years
Feb 10, 2012 By Janice Broach
MEMPHIS, TN –      (WMC-TV)  “Frankly, everything I did was affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court,” Burnett said.

Josh Powell Told Sons He Had ‘Surprise’ For Them, Social Worker By CHRIS CUOMO, HARRY PHILLIPS and COLLEEN CURRY
TACOMA, Wash. Feb. 9, 2012

Josh Powell Threatened His Mother With Knife, ’90s-Era Court Documents Allege

Powell Family Tragedy: A Timeline of Events

Josh Powell Update: Documents report Powell killed pets, threatened mother with knife as a teen      By Crimesider Staff February 13, 2012  (CBS) PUYALLUP, Wash.

Powell’s story: cruelty, abuse from an early age February 10, 2012

Long before Josh Powell killed himself and his sons, the pages of his parents’ divorce file portrayed him as a seriously troubled teen who attempted suicide, killed pet gerbils, once threatened his mother with a butcher knife and early on adopted his father’s allegedly disparaging view of women.

As an adult, Powell appears to have repeated in his own marriage to Susan Cox Powell some of the same emotionally abusive behavior he witnessed growing up

Father-in-law dragged deeper into Powell saga
Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP)
He is now in jail on voyeurism and child pornography charges – and on suicide watch.

Charlie and Braden Powell: Family, Teachers Remember Powell Boys At Tacoma Funeral By RACHEL LA CORTE   02/12/12 TACOMA, Wash.

Confession, Not Prosecution, For Bishop Who Let Alleged Abusive Priest Off the Hook

Big sexual abuse racket suspected at orphanage
Staff Reporter NEW DELHI, February 13, 2012

Wellspring of Compassion- Self-Care for Sensitive People Healing from Trauma by Sonia Connolly
Sundown Healing Arts ISBN: 9780983903802 2012

Sonia Connolly, LMT helps sensitive trauma survivors regain self-trust and peace through intuitive, compassionate bodywork in Portland, Oregon. Her writing about trauma is inspired by twelve years of client sessions and twenty years of self-observation while healing from abuse.

upcoming webinar and conference on abuse issues
Survivorship  – Saturday, February 25  – 12 pm Pacific Time
“Resourcefulness as a survival tool. Drawing on both internal and external resources”

Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse 2012 Conference – On May 19 – 20, 2012
Executive Inn & Suite  1755 Embaracadero  Oakland, CA 94606

Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference 2012

A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse (ritual abuse) and torture will be held on August 10  – 12, 2012

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