When it comes to crime, Florida seems to be a fertile ground for crimes to be either highly entertaining and ridiculous or especially gruesome and horrific. 9 year old Maddie Clifton’s case, one of a preteen being killed by her teenage neighbor, Joshua Philips, is a tragic example of the latter.
Maddie Clifton was just a child.
But so was her killer, Josh, at only 15 years old.
After decades in prison for taking Maddie’s life, Joshua is now an adult and displays remorse, regret, and sorrow. He files appeals and is an ongoing catalyst in conversations about how to ethically, acceptably, and successfully sentence minors who commit serious crimes. Was he too young to understand the depths of murder? Or was it an accident a still developing mind didn’t know how to handle appropriately? Could Joshua have simply been a child of evil? And… Is he still?
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Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
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Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 1(800)656-HOPE)
The nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. (For TTY services, call 1(800)810-7440)
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1(800)799-7233 (Eng. & Span.)
They also have an online chat feature available. Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Highly trained, experienced advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. (For TTY services, call: 1(800)787-3224)
The Trevor Project: 1(866) 488-7386
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
The GLBT National Hotline (age 26&up): 1(888)843-4564
The GLBT National Youth Talkline(youth serving youth through age 25): 1(800)246-7743
Both provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.
Pride Institute: 1 (800) 547-7433
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community.