Drum Corps International ("DCI") has been under scrutiny for its lax hiring policies and procedures that it places on participating organizations across the United States.
Today, it was reported that Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett was arrested for sexually abusing a child while volunteering as a chaperone at NewSprings Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. Hazlett, 28, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The longstanding tradition of clergy abuse and subsequent cover ups by religious organizations has shown itself again in Pennsylvania. A recent grand jury investigation has revealed the names of 34 priests against whom there is compelling evidence of child sexual abuse.
Acts of sexual abuse against children are not uncommon. According to the United States Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Website, approximately 1.8 million children throughout the country have suffered through sexual abuse. 62,939 cases were reported in 2012 alone.
Few things are more destructive to a person's life than being sexually abused as a child. Predators steal the innocence from children who looked up to and trusted adults and replaces that inner light with dark hole in their hearts.
Before selecting a day care facility for your children, make sure to properly research the day care provider. We see far too many cases in which vulnerable children have suffered sexual abuse or other serious injuries at day cares. Often, these tragic incidents happen as a result of chronic institutional failures. Identifying day care providers who have had problems in the past can help you protect your child in the future.