TBT Reporter Uncovers Child Abuse in Some of Florida's Religious Group Homes and Boot Camps

10/31/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the Tampa Bay Times reporter who just wrote a three part series on extreme physical and sexual abuse at 30 religious group homes around the state. The stories are gripping in their detail…. And some of the descriptions may not be suitable for young children…..

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…………………………………………….. n a series of reports that began this past Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times our next guest has reported on physical injury, sexual abuse of minors and cruel punishment at religious group homes around the state. The story says that children have been bruised, bloodied and choked to unconsciousness in the name of Christian discipline. The reporter on the series - Alexandra Zayas joins us now.

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