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Judge orders child abuse suspect to be held

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Childhood sexual abuse is a huge epidemic around the globe. Research has shown parents, caregivers and many educators are unaware of the signs, symptoms and prevention of childhood sexual abuse adding to the rapid and growing statistics. This is unacceptable with over 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse; affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys.

Today ABCnews.go.com reported 19 year old Matthew Durham will remain in custody to allow prosecutors time to appeal his release. Durham is being charged with sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. United States District Judge David Russell ordered Durham's release to be on hold "pending resolution of an appeal." Prosecutors state Durham is a "danger" and "could flee."

Durham was set to be released to confinement in his family's Edmond home after a United States magistrate granted him bond on Monday.

Durham is facing a sentence to life in prison if convicted of "engaging in illegal sexual conduct in foreign places and other charges. He's accused of engaging in sex acts with up to 10 children aged 4 to 10 years earlier this year."

Learn how to protect your children from sexual predators. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.

For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at: http://dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com

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