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Jun 2, 2010
Have we been corrupted? Law enforcement doesn't look good. The very people who are supposed to serve and protect are now perpetrators? I know, I know... Don't let one spoil it for the rest. It's just disturbing to me.

Anyway, a Racine police officer is accused of SEXUALLY MOLESTING GIRL. Of course he is asking the judge to DISMISS THE CHARGES because he "didn't do it". He is expected to GO TO TRIAL. The abuse has supposedly been going on for 2 years. The teen girl, wanting to remain anonymous, SPEAKS UP and I'm proud of her for being strong and brave. He'd been showing her porn since she was 10, which is a form of sex abuse in and of it's self. Even though he's been suspended with pay, now this same officer is RESIGNING, which in my opinion, makes him look guilty. And now there are NEW CHARGES against the officer. The only attorney I hear talking is the defense attorney. So what, the one representing the girl is on a gag order? How depressing that we are only hearing one side, which will get public sympathy for a probable abuser, making the potential teen victim alienated and worse. Even *if* she was making it up, she obviously needs help. Counseling. A safe place to be herself. Support. I believe her.

To ensure that this type of situation ceases to happen, please continue to sign the federal APRIL'S LAW PETITION to protect our youth from sex predators on and offline. And here is the companion petition for APRIL'S LAW WISCONSIN. These are two separate petitions, and are not competing each other, but complimenting each other. Please sign both.

To help ensure our men aren't getting abused, please sign the SEAN'S VOICE PETITION, for our unacknowledged survivors of abuse. All too often, men are reluctant to report abuse, because they are often laughed at, not believed, or expected to be able to take it or like it. This petition is in memory of baby Sean, who died at the hands of his mother. When his dad tried to protect him, Sean's mother would press charges and get him arrested, and he was abused also. Double whammy and more. We would never arrest an abused woman, nor would we tell her not to go somewhere safe with her children. So why don't we know the signs of male abuse? Why are shelter spaces so few and far between for the men? This needs to change.

Thank you for your continued support, and, on a lighter note, some good news...

My son will be fully done with his 4th grade curriculum this Friday, and did a rocking job all summer. He has amazed his teachers online, impressed family and friends, and as Mom, I couldn't be more proud. It hadn't been an easy year, as his online teacher had scheduled 10 mandatory elluminate classes on top of the regular curriculum, and then added an online math and reading skill companions, and a math elluminate class, for a total of 13+ extra classes per week... Many families struggled to keep up, and some are doing summer school.

Here is my smart boy, who even through challenges and long days, not only got ahead in his reading levels, but kicked butt on science and social studies as well. He'll be entering 5th grade slightly ahead in most subjects.





We will keep reviewing math, and encourage reading. He likes Harry Potter and Star Wars, along with natural science type books to read.

I also have to give credit to Mike, who got up and taught my son Chad, and did a great job. I was just the sub or the principal... I felt mean at times... lol. But of course hard work and success comes with a price.





Mike was a very good sport about everything, and even the special liaison who makes the home visits was impressed with Chad's progress. And doesn't it figure, that kids always out last their teachers?

A favorite recipe from my house to you:
Chicken Cacciatore ala Lika:
2 large chicken breasts, cubed big. A medium onion, cubed. A garlic bulb (use at least 4 cloves), minced. About 4 celery stalks, sliced. A green bell pepper, cubed. 1 large tomato, cubed. (Optional: Sliced mushrooms). 12 oz tomato paste. Italian spices. Salt and pepper to taste.

In a kettle, melt 2 TBS butter, add some olive oil, and stew chicken and onion with parsley until outsides of chicken pieces are white. Add other veggies. Sprinkle in 1 tsp oregano, 3/4 tsp basil, dash of salt, crushed red pepper or fresh ground black pepper.

Add the tomato paste, and add 4 cans of water. Bring to boil, simmer for 2 hours. The sauce won't be as thick as spaghetti sauce. Serve over pasta of your choice. I recommend a thicker noodle like thick spaghetti (regular or linguini would work too). The heartier the sauce, the thicker noodle you'll need.

Chicken Cacciatore Pictures, Images and Photos

Enjoy! Don't forget to sign the petitions... Enjoy your summer!

p.s.  Please visit www.youthvoiceinitiative.org for more information about the cause.  Feel free to ask me anything!
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