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Lucas Co. Annual Child Memorial planned for April 30
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:36

Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month with its annual Child Memorial April 30 at 11:30 a.m.

The solemn ceremony will begin at Government Center, and participants will march to the LCCS offices for the raising of the child memorial flag.

This year’s ceremony will remember Julian Wielinski, age 2 months, who died in May 2009 after being thrown against an entertainment center by his father, and 2-year-old Isaiah Robinson, who died in December 2009 after allegedly being suffocated by his mother.

“These are two very tragic losses,” says Dean Sparks, LCCS executive director. “The deaths of these children are being felt by brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, even great-grandparents. My heart goes out to the affected families.”

The Web site reports that in 2007, almost five children died every day as a result of child abuse. More than three-quarters of them were under the age of 4. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families estimated that in 2007, 794,000 children were victims of maltreatment. In Lucas County, in 2009:

Postpartum depression: More than the “baby blues”
Written by Gerald F. Joseph, Jr., MD, President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:35

The joys of pregnancy and motherhood can be short-lived – or non-existent – for women with postpartum depression. An estimated 10 percent of new mothers struggle with this disorder that can be devastating for the mother, her infant, partner and family.

Mood changes after pregnancy, which may be caused by fluctuations in a woman’s hormone levels following delivery, are extremely common. As many as 80 percent of new mothers experience “baby blues” after childbirth. Within two to three days after delivery, many women with baby blues report feeling depressed, anxious, upset or angry (with the new baby or others around them). They may cry for no clear reason; have trouble sleeping, eating and making choices; or question whether they will be able to care for the baby. These feelings often go away on their own within a week or so.

With postpartum depression, however, the negative feelings don’t resolve and can develop into a depressive disorder that interferes with the mother’s ability to function normally. The symptoms, which typically surface between one and three weeks after delivery, are more severe than the baby blues and may include:

In Ottawa Co.- Observances mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:33

During the week of April 18 to 24, communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime.

The aim of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, themed “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect,” is to reinforce the ideals that inspired the decades-long struggle of the victims’ rights movement and challenge all Americans to honor victims’ rights.

Only a few decades ago, unfairness, indignities and disrespect confronted many victims of crime. “Victims of Crime in America,” the 1984 report of the President’s Task Force on Victim of Crime, described a “hellish” justice system focused on offenders and indifferent to victims’ needs. It told of one victim that was disabled by a crime who cashed in his life insurance to pay for heat and food and a sexual assault victim who faced taunts and jeers from her attacker when she was forced to sit beside him in a courthouse hallway before the trial. Then she was excluded from the trial.

At that time, victims’ only “right” declared one expert, was to “remain silent” in the face of inequities.

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