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Issue 113 – November 2013
The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.
The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.
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SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.
A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse (ritual abuse) and torture will be held on August 15 – 17, 2014, between 8 – 5 PM Saturday and Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA). This conference will help educate survivors of this abuse and their helpers. Pre-registration is preferred. For information write S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 E-mail: email@example.com, conference information is at: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/
Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference August 15, 2014 – A one day conference preceding our regular conference will be open to licensed practitioners in related fields to discuss issues in working with clients suffering from ritual abuse and extreme abuse symptoms. Students studying in related fields and retired licensed practitioners may write firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail for more information. Internet conference information is available at: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/ritual-abuse-and-extreme-abuse-clinicians-conference-2014/
CEUs are available.
CDs are now available from the 2013 Child Abuse and Ritual Abuse Conference – CDs include Nick Bryant talking about the Franklin Scandal continuing cover up, Janet Thomas, author of “The Battle of Seattle” and “Day Breaks Over Dharamsala”, and deJoly LaBrier, author of “Altogether Now, A Multiple’s Story of Hope and Healing.” http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/
This issue contains information on Penn State – Jerry Sandusky, Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, Elias Acevedo, North Wales care system, Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, Christopher Kloman, sex trafficking ring, Rev. Carlos Rodriguez, Jorge Juan Castro, Polish Archbishop Jozef Michalik, Sex Abuse, Father Finian Egan, Rev. Shawn Ratigan, Project Spade, massive international child porn bust, Turlock Couple Daycare, Catholic Church, child sexual abuse investigations, Mormon church, Kevin Annett, ITCCS, Yeshiva University, Hazing Ritual, Jimmy Savile, Tony Blair, Ray Teret, Chris Denning, Savile NHS abuse probe, Dame Janet Smith Review, Dave Herman, Paul Gambaccini, Cyril Smith, Dave Lee Travis, Geoffrey Portway, Ken Estabrooks, Ohio Daycare, Elyria child daycare worker, world wide pedophile ring, BoyLover.net,JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, cult leader, satanic killing, South Africa, Kirsty Theologo, Satanic trial, ritual purposes, CIA, Department of Defense, Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse, War on Terror, Ethics, MKULTRA, Neil Brick, Stop Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Today, http://ritualabuse.us, Child Abuse Recovery, CAR, http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com, child torture, Nazi mind-control, Project Paperclip, Dr. Green, Greenbaum, 2007 Extreme Abuse Surveys, Twenty-Two Faces, Christine Nicola, Judy Byington, Dissociate Identity Disorder, multiple personalities, Roseanne Barr, Nuremberg Code, Devon cult, US Twelve Tribes, Devon commune, Raven Kaliana, Hooray for Hollywood, Trauma, Masha Allen Lawsuit, Child P_rn Victim, Jeffrey Epstein, Criminal Restitution, rape, neglect, Cyber-blackmailers, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, PTSD, NSPCC, No One Noticed No One Heard, Madonna, Childhood Maltreatment, Sexual violence, Sexual Violence, Corey Feldman, Coreyography, Corey Haim, childhood sexual abuse, Witch-Hunt Narrative, Ross E. Cheit, Elizabeth Loftus, Sexting, Rehtaeh Parsons, Nicholas D. Kristof, Blind to Betrayal, Jennifer J. Freyd, Denial, Jersey historical abuse inquiry, Vic report, Victorian abuse, Royal Commission, Rape Laws, Lost in the Mall study
Resources and Information
Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques.
Penn State – Jerry Sandusky
Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims John Bacon, USA TODAY October 28, 2013
Penn State will pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the school said Monday. The terms of the settlements include confidentiality agreements, the school said in a press release. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are signed and three are agreements in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks. “The Board of Trustees has had as one of its primary objectives to reach settlements in a way that is fair and respects the privacy of the individuals involved,” Keith Masser, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “This is another important milestone in accomplishing that goal.” University President Rodney Erickson called the agreements “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State.”….
Sandusky, 69, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 criminal counts involving abuse over a 15-year period…. In July, a Pennsylvania judge ordered three former Penn State officials, including ousted former president Graham Spanier, to stand trial on criminal charges related to an alleged coverup that temporarily shielded Sandusky from law enforcement scrutiny….
Jerry Sandusky asks Pennsylvania high court to take case AP November 1, 2013 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky wants Pennsylvania’s highest court to take up his appeal of a 45-count child sex abuse conviction, saying in a petition released Friday that the trial judge should have instructed jurors regarding the length of time it took his victims to come forward.
The new filing also repeated other arguments that were recently rejected by the mid-level Superior Court, including a claim that Sandusky’s lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and that a prosecutor improperly referred to Sandusky’s decision not to testify….
The petition argues that Judge John Cleland’s decision not to issue the “failure to make a prompt report” jury instruction was catastrophic to the defense strategy….
The defense lawyers said most of the eight young men who testified against Sandusky waited years to disclose the abuse, although one told his mother about showering with Sandusky the same day. The others ranged from two to 16 years, they wrote. Cleland said he would not issue the jury instruction because he believed research indicates delayed reporting is not unusual in child sexual abuse cases, so a delay would not necessarily indicate dishonesty…. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/01/sandusky-court/3348953/
Ariel Castro, Michelle Knight
Houses next to Ariel Castro’s former Seymour Avenue property torn down
By Cory Shaffer Northeast Ohio Media Group August 26, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second time this month, excavators were biting into homes on Seymour Avenue Monday. The Cuyahoga Land Bank began demolishing two homes that sit between a vacant lot and the former site of Ariel Castro’s house at about 7 a.m. Monday….
Ariel Castro’s lawyer says suicide not ‘happy ending’ as victims remain silent By Lateef Mungin, CNN Thu September 5, 2013 (CNN) — The reactions to Ariel Castro’s death have ranged from tears to calling him a coward to demands for an investigation. But the three women who suffered in his control for about decade remained silent. Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry have not said a word about Castro’s death. While there were strong opinions about Castro from many, a spokeswoman said Wednesday the three women would not make a statement. Maria Castro-Montes, Castro’s cousin, said she cried when she heard the news and immediately thought of the victims. Would they be glad or angry about Castro’s death? “I just hope these victims can move past this now. I know they wanted him to live out a life sentence, but really, was he suffering behind bars?” She said. “I mean, getting meals, sleeping in a nice, warm, soft bed. You know, those girls didn’t even have that luxury when they were being held captive in his home. They were being raped. They were being tortured. They were being beaten.”
Nightly News September 06, 2013 Ariel Castro describes abduction during FBI interrogation
In video obtained of Ariel Castro’s FBI interrogation, the now deceased kidnapper of three Ohio women describes the chilling details of their capture and how he came close to getting caught on several occasions. NBC’s Kate Snow reports. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52942356/#52942356
Cleveland Browns game: Michele Knight’s first public appearance since Ariel Castro’s suicide
The Cleveland kidnapping victim beamed with her family at FirstEnergy Stadium nearly a week after Castro hanged himself with a bed sheet in his jail cell. By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In life, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro robbed a decade of Michele Knight’s happiness. In death, he will not have that power – not if she has anything to do about it. Knight, 32, was all smiles in her first public appearance since Castro….offed himself in a jail-cell last week after receiving life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years. The brave woman smiled widely with her family at the Cleveland Browns football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon….
Cleveland kidnapper, rapist Ariel Castro’s death left victim Gina DeJesus’ dad ‘speechless’
09/16/2013 By: Associated Press LORAIN, Ohio – The father of one of three Cleveland women held captive for a decade says his family is “speechless” and surprised by the kidnapper’s suicide in prison. The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports Felix DeJesus made the brief comments before appearing Saturday at the Hispanic Heritage parade in Lorain.
He said he and his wife were attending the parade along with one of the other victims, Michelle Knight, to draw attention to other kidnapping cases and efforts to reduce human trafficking….
Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father By Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer September 20, 2013 COLUMBUS…. That’s when the son’s heart sank. That’s when Ariel Castro, the son, said he understood that his father, his namesake, had been unmasked as something far worse than he could have ever imagined.
That’s when he began to have flashbacks. He remembered as a boy also running out of the house to get help for his mother who was being beaten, yet again.
He suddenly remembered making a similar emergency call to Cleveland police 20 years earlier, when Castro inflicted a savage Christmas Day beating on Grimilda “Nilda” Figueroa, two months after she had come home from brain surgery.
“When I heard Amanda Berry’s voice … when I heard her say his name, I knew that he was guilty. I mean who would make that up? Who would come up with a name like Ariel Castro or invent that kind of story?”
Since that fateful day in May, Castro’s life has been a continuing series of painfully-refreshed childhood memories and haunting questions. He continues to recall incidents and behaviors that long foreshadowed his father’s crimes.
“My father was always very secretive. Growing up on Seymour Avenue there were parts of the house we weren’t allowed in. He kept a lock on the attic and on the basement door, on the garage. He nailed the windows shut. It didn’t seem so weird at the time.”
But now that the three captive women are free, now that the elder Castro is dead, having hung himself one month into his life sentence, sordid truths about his possessive and savage nature are being revealed.
Up until Nilda Figueroa found the strength to finally leave Seymour Avenue with young Ariel and the couple’s three daughters in tow, Castro, whom she never married, would often lock her in the house when he was away.
Because of his own jealousies, he would literally incarcerate her, making wild, ungrounded accusations alleging infidelity to justify her home detention. She was his first prisoner.
The son says he now understands that his mother, who died in 2012 in Indiana, stayed with Castro as long as she could out of fear for her life. But she also stayed out of loyalty and compassion for her children.
Memories of the fear he often felt as a boy, whenever his father’s car pulled into the Seymour Avenue driveway at night have returned – a daily homecoming fear that he says he suspects Gina, Amanda, and Michelle undoubtedly confronted for the better part of a decade.
He remembers now how fiercely he determined as a young boy not to become anything like his father….
Perhaps there is sociopathic irony in the fact that Castro took three girls captive. Before Nilda left with their three daughters in the late 90’s, Castro reportedly doted on his girls – while heaping regular physical abuse on the son and the mother….
“When my father used to beat me, he would sometimes tell me how fortunate I was to have a father. He always said he didn’t have one. But the whole time, I would be thinking, ‘I wish I didn’t have one either.’ “….
Ariel Castro’s son struggles to remember the father he never really knew: Ariel Anthony Castro
By Special to The Plain Dealer on September 21, 2013
The last time I saw my father was about five months ago. I was in Cleveland for the weekend, and he asked me to stop by his house before I hit the road back to Columbus.
When I pulled up, he poked his head out from the back of the house and waved me to the backyard. I remember commenting to him that another of the neighboring houses looked freshly boarded up, and we recalled memories of my childhood friends who lived there decades ago. Today, the houses themselves are just memories, and so is my father, Ariel Castro.
I’m still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded. Instantly, my father became one of the most hated men alive. In no time, reporters from around the world demanded to know who this man was and what kind of background he came from. Just like that, my father went from captured to convicted to imprisoned to dead….
Ariel Castro’s son: ‘I am not my father and I can’t explain his actions’ 9/23/13 By Chris Francescani, Reuters The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has described in detail the overwhelming horror he felt when his father’s crimes were revealed to the world….
“I was horrified and disgusted and angered when I got the news of the unthinkable crimes my father committed,” he said. “I still am. He deserved to pay for his actions, everyday of those 1,000 years he could possibly serve. My anger with him kept me from visiting him in prison, even when he was moved to a facility just 20 minutes away from my doorstep.” Still, Castro said he does not hate his father. “I learned long ago that it’s not worth the effort to actively hate someone who will always be in your life.” Castro’s mother died a year ago. “Both of my parents are gone now, and my father’s punishment is between he and his Maker. Hate isn’t going to do anyone any good.” http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/23/20653775-ariel-castros-son-i-am-not-my-father-and-i-cant-explain-his-actions
Lawmakers’ schedule includes bills on Ariel Castro victims’ compensation, feral hog roadkill
Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group October 14, 2013 ….HB 197, the Survivors Abduction Act, may be voted on by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday. The measure would give state compensation to the three women held captive by Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, as well as others held in “involuntary servitude” for eight years or more. The bill would also provide such victims free college tuition and health care for life.
As Introduced 130th General Assembly Regular Session 2013-2014 H. B. No. 197 Representatives Barnes, Grossman Cosponsors: Representatives Antonio, Mallory, Patmon, Schuring, Wachtmann
To amend sections 2743.51, 2743.59, and 2743.66 and to enact sections 3333.27 and 5111.82 of the Revised Code to award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor’s lifetime; and to name the provisions of this bill the Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act. http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_197
Michelle Knight tells Dr. Phil, ‘I was tied up like a fish’ By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
Mon November 4, 2013 Dr. Phil previews his exclusive interview with Michelle Knight tonight on AC 360 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. (CNN) — Six months after she was freed from the “house of horrors” where Ariel Castro held her captive for 11 years, Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight is speaking out. In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw scheduled to air Tuesday and Wednesday, Knight describes a moment when Castro trapped her in a room and tied her up with an orange extension cord….
“It’s astounding to me that she had the strength that she did,” McGraw told “Anderson Cooper 360.” “She says that she was referred to as the unbreakable one. She fought him every step of the way.”….
In August, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping….
But since their rescue, Knight hasn’t shied away from speaking out. “After 11 years, I am finally being heard, and it’s liberating,” she said in a powerful statement at Castro’s sentencing describing the abuse she endured.
Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’ Marisol Bello, USA TODAY November 5, 2013
….Knight’s short stature, spiky red hair and lip and nose piercings belie the backbone of a fighter who can teach others how to survive in the worst of circumstances, say mental health experts who work with trauma victims. In her first public interview, Knight describes in graphic detail how her kidnapper, Ariel Castro, abused her and tied her up “like a fish.” With apparent poise, she described how Castro abducted her while she was lost trying to get to an appointment. He lured her into his house by telling her he had puppies that he would give her. He tied her up in the basement with rusted chains and put a helmet on her head. Knight was matter-of-fact as she talked about how Castro tied her up after he lured her into the house…. “I hated him,” she said. “I told him he was a monster.”….
Psychologists who work with trauma and sexual abuse victims say the Cleveland woman is an example of resiliency. “She’s a survivor,” says Charles Figley, professor of disaster mental health at Tulane University and editor of the Encyclopedia of Trauma. He says she took charge during her captivity, bore the brunt of Castro’s attacks and survived. “Now that she’s out, she’s taking charge again,” he says. By telling her story her way, it’s clear that Knight doesn’t want to be cast as a victim, he says…. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/05/cleveland-kidnap-michelle-knight-dr-phil/3443371/
Michelle Knight wanted to kiss the ground after rescue from Castro ‘hellhole’ By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN Wed November 6, 2013 (CNN) — Michelle Knight squeezes her eyes shut and cries as she listens to the 911 call that led police to rescue her from the house where Ariel Castro held her hostage for more than a decade. In the recording, fellow captive Amanda Berry begs police to come quickly, before Castro gets home. “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry,” she says. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now.” That frantic call six months ago finally brought authorities to the Cleveland home where Berry, Knight and Gina DeJesus had been Castro’s prisoners. The moment when police rescued them, Knight recalled in an interview broadcast Wednesday on the syndicated “Dr. Phil” talk show, was a “roller coaster of mixed emotion.” “I wanted to kiss the ground that I was walking on and thank God for letting me get out of that hellhole,” Knight told host Dr. Phil McGraw…. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/justice/michelle-knight-dr-phil/
Elias Acevedo, Neighbor Of Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro, Indicted For Murders, Rapes
The Huffington Post By Hunter Stuart 10/19/2013
A Cleveland man, described as a neighbor of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, faces 293 counts for the alleged murders of two women, and the rape of several others, including two children.
Law enforcement officials re-examined cases of other missing women in Cleveland following the Ariel Castro kidnappings and obtained the videotaped confessions from Elias Acevedo for two murders committed 18 years ago. Acevedo, 49, was also indicted Thursday with hundreds of other criminal charges, including rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping. Among those counts are charges related to the alleged kidnapping and rape of two girls, who were aged 8 and 11 at the time, according to NewsNet5…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/19/elias-acevedo-castro-neighbor-murder-rape-cleveland_n_4128293.html
Fourth woman makes rape allegations against neighbor of Ariel Castro … and his three other victims ‘are his family members’ Elias Acevedo, 49, has confessed to the kidnap, rape and murder of two women who disappeared in the mid-90s At the time of the women’s disappearance, Acevedo lived on the same block as Ariel Castro Following the discovery of Castro’s three kidnap victims, police increased their focus on missing persons Paternity testing shows that Acevedo fathered child with one member of his own family By Alex Greig and Hayley O’keeffe 24 October 2013
Four women have now come forward to say that a neighbor of notorious kidnapper and rapist Arial Castro raped them, with three of the alleged victims being family members. Elias Acevedo has confessed to the kidnapping, rape and murder of two women in a Cleveland neighborhood in the 1990s, at a time when he lived close to Castro, as well as additional rape and kidnapping charges.
A fourth woman has now come forward to report that she too was raped by Acevado, and paternity testing has shown that he fathered a child with one of his own family. Elias Acevedo, 49, has been charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton who was found strangled in 1994, and Christina Adkins, who was 18 and five months pregnant at the time of her disappearance in 1995. He faces 293 counts, including charges involving the rape and kidnap of children….
The Guardian reports that Acevedo led detectives to the spot where he dumped Adkins’ body in a manhole under a busy highway overpass on the Ohio city’s west side. Remains recovered from the manhole were sent for DNA testing and test results today proved the remains were those of Adkins. Acevedo has a long criminal history that dates back to 1988, including theft, receiving stolen property and a 2003 rape and kidnapping case for which he served three years in prison…. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474806/Fourth-woman-accuses-Ariel-Castros-neighbor-Elias-Acevedo-rape.html
Priest Describes How Church Shielded Him From Child Abuse Allegations September 09, 2013 Fox News Latino After then-Rev. Carlos Rodriguez confessed to molesting a minor to church officials in Los Angeles, they worked to shield him, frustrating police efforts to investigate the incident after the family of the victim reported it. Rodriguez continued to work in parishes, eventually being accused again of molesting other minors. His account of how the church handled the abuse allegations against him are part of a 330-page confidential personnel file on the priest that was released Monday along with files for five other priests who were also accused of molesting children while working for their Roman Catholic religious orders — the Vincentians, the Norbertines and the Augustinians — while assigned to parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Rodriguez’s file stands out among the dozens of priest files that have become public in recent months because it includes a candid and detailed autobiographical account of his actions and the steps his religious superiors took to shield him from the family and civil authorities.
The orders the Rodriguez got from his religious superiors after he confessed to molesting a 16-year-old boy just hours before were swift and decisive: Leave immediately. Check into a motel. Don’t tell anyone where you are going. Wait for further instructions….
In 2004, he pleaded guilty to molesting two brothers whom he met in 1988 on his first assignment after being released from the Maryland treatment center. The abuse came to light only in 2001, when one of the brothers wrote a letter about it to his parents….
From praying to preying? Pastor accused of raping his parishioners By Tom Watkins, CNN
Fri September 20, 2013 Jorge Juan Castro, an associate pastor, is being held in lieu of $2 million bail The alleged abuse began shortly after he arrived from Argentina Castro allegedly raped more than 20 undocumented immigrants He allegedly threatened to have them deported if they told (CNN) — It would not be surprising for an associate pastor to pray with his parishioners.
But Jorge Juan Castro wound up preying on them instead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday. He is accused of raping more than 20 women, many of whom are Spanish-speaking, undocumented immigrants. The alleged abuse began in October 2004, shortly after Castro took a job as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, and continued until September 2012, the department said in a news release…. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/20/justice/pastor-immigrants-rape/
Polish Archbishop Jozef Michalik Sex Abuse Comments Prompt Outrage: ‘Child Seeking Love’ Because Of Divorced Parents WARSAW, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Poland’s most senior Catholic cleric said children with divorced parents were sometimes more vulnerable to sexual abuse by priests, remarks that prompted a storm of outrage though the church later said it was a slip of the tongue.
The comments from Archbishop Jozef Michalik entrenched the view among some younger Poles that the church is out of touch with modern society and failing to properly confront allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
In comments shown on Tuesday by broadcaster TVN24, Michalik said child sexual abuse by priests was unacceptable, but the debate about it needed to be broadened out beyond the immediate physical or psychological wounds inflicted on the victims.
“And one has to say … how many wounds are inflicted when parents divorce? We often hear that this inappropriate attitude (paedophilia), or abuse, manifests itself when a child is seeking love,” said the clergyman, who is head of the Roman Catholic episcopate in Poland….
Irish priest found guilty of child sex abuse in Australia Padraig Collins Mon, Nov 4, 2013
Father Finian Egan (78) convicted on seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape
An Irish priest has been found guilty of child sex offences committed in New South Wales over a period of 26 years.
Father Finian Egan was convicted in the Australian District Court on seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape between 1961 and 1987, while he worked as a priest at two parishes in Sydney and one on the state’s central coast. He was found not guilty on one count of indecent assault.
Egan (78), who worked as a priest and youth worker in several dioceses, was found guilty of repeatedly abusing girls aged 10 to 17….
After Egan told the girl she had “beautiful hair”, she asked a nun to cut it off. “I thought if I didn’t have nice hair he wouldn’t be interested in grabbing hold of me,” she said. When the victim, who cannot be named, eventually told a nun about the sexual abuse by Egan, she was called a “filthy little liar” and forced to drink several doses of castor oil as punishment….
Egan had denied the allegations against him. In May 2008 Egan was allowed to go home to Ireland and say Mass, despite allegations of sexual abuse against him. The Irish Catholic Church was not warned about the allegations. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/irish-priest-found-guilty-of-child-sex-abuse-in-australia-1.1583655
US priest sentenced to 50 years for child porn Friday Sep 13, 2013 A priest whose case led to a criminal conviction against his bishop will likely spend the rest of his life in a federal prison after being sentenced to 50 years on Thursday for producing or trying to produce child pornography.
The Rev. Shawn Ratigan pleaded guilty in August of last year to five counts one for each of his five young victims. He was charged in May 2011 after police received a flash drive from his computer containing hundreds of images of children, most of them clothed, with the focus on their crotch areas….
A computer technician working on Ratigan’s laptop in December 2010 found hundreds of troubling images of young girls and reported it to officials with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Instead of turning the photos over to police or reporting suspicions about Ratigan, Bishop Robert Finn sent him away for psychiatric evaluation and later ordered him to stay at a convent where he could say Mass for the sisters and stay away from children.
The photos were given to police in May 2011 after Ratigan violated Finn’s orders.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Finn and the diocese in October 2011 with one misdemeanor charge each of failing to report suspected child abuse, because of the five-month delay between when the photos were found on Ratigan’s computer and when the diocese reported him to police.
Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and the diocese were required under state law to report the discovery to police because the images gave them reason to believe a child had been abused.
Finn was convicted of one count last September and sentenced to two years of supervised probation. The charge against the diocese was dropped….
Complaints against Ratigan, who was ordained in 2004 at the age of 38, began piling up in 2009 as parents became concerned he was spending too much time with children and taking too many photos of the youths while they played and participated in church events.
A May 19, 2010, letter from St. Patrick School Principal Julie Hess mentioned how several people had complained that Ratigan was taking compromising photos of children and allowed them to sit on his lap and reach into his pocket for candy. Vicar General Robert Murphy, who received the letter, spoke with Ratigan about setting boundaries with children, then gave a summary to the bishop. Finn later acknowledged that Murphy had briefed him on the memo, but he didn’t read it until a year later. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11124012
Irish priest arrested in Tenerife over claims he abused boys in Britain over a 36-year period
Francis Paul Cullen was arrested in the town of Arona
He is wanted for alleged indecent assaults in southern Derbyshire
Altar boys aged 7, 8 and 12 when first allegedly abused
It is claimed abuse took place between 1955 and 1991 By Anthony Bond 24 August 2013
…It is claimed the abuses took place in religious centres and churches….
Child Pornography Arrests
Project Spade, massive international child porn bust centred on Toronto, nets 348 arrests in ‘horrific sexual acts’ Diana Mehta, Canadian Press 14/11/13 TORONTO — At least 386 children have been rescued from sexual exploitation and hundreds of suspects arrested in a sweeping child pornography investigation that began with a Toronto man, police revealed Thursday. “It’s a first for the magnitude of the victims saved,” said Insp Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, of the force’s Sex Crimes Unit. “The amount of arrests internationally, also a first.” At least 348 people were arrested around the world as part of Project Spade, including 50 in Ontario and 58 from other parts of Canada….
School teachers, doctors, nurses, pastors and foster parents are among those facing charges in the wide-ranging operation that can be traced back to a business operating out of Toronto’s west end, police said. “Its success has been extraordinary,” Beaven-Desjardins said of the investigation which spanned more than 50 countries….
Police allege Brian Way, 42, had been running an “exploitation movie, production and distribution company” called Azov Films since 2005, and had made more than $4-million from the business….
Through his company, the man would allegedly contract people to create child porn videos involving kids, largely boys, between the ages of five and 12. Many of those videos were allegedly shot in Ukraine and Romania in apartments, dingy saunas and backyards. Police allege the videos were then distributed from Toronto — through the mail and the Internet — to customers around the world….
Police say the sheer amount of images and videos seized in their investigation — 45 terabytes worth — was staggering…. “Officers located hundreds of thousands of images and videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed.”
Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia By Amy Coopes Published September 15, 2013
SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings Monday, with warnings that widespread and “shocking” allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools. Justice Peter McClellan opened the hearings in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, announced by the government last November, saying that thousands of people had so far come forward. “It is now well known that the sexual abuse of children has been widespread in the Australian community, however the full range of institutions in which it has occurred is not generally understood,” McClellan said in an address….
The inquiry was established by former prime minister Julia Gillard in response to a series of child sex abuse scandals involving paedophile priests, though she insisted the probe would be much broader than the Catholic Church….
McClellan said a hotline set up for survivors of abuse to contact the commission had so far received 4,301 relevant calls….
the first of five public sessions to be held before the end of the year, will examine the “case study” of convicted paedophile Steven Larkins, who headed an Aboriginal children’s charity and was also a Scout leader. Larkins pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two boys — aged 11 and 12 — in separate incidents in 1992 and 1997, and is currently in jail for child pornography offences and forging a declaration of his fitness to work with juveniles. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/15/historic-child-abuse-inquiry-opens-in-australia/
Abuse victims await truth in Vic report AAP Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty – November 5, 2013 No amount of time or institutional muscle can match the power of the truth.
With the impending release of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry report, it appears the truth of institutional responses to child abuse is about to come out.
Abuse survivors have high hopes for the report’s findings, which come after an arduous 12 months of hearings around the state, involving often graphic and harrowing stories of sexual and physical abuse. Judy Courtin, who is doing a PhD on sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, said the release of the report was hugely significant for victims.
“I think it will be a huge day for the victims and their families,” she said….
Among the testimony was the startling accusation from police that the Catholic Church destroyed evidence, shielded pedophile clergy members and put its own image ahead of the needs of victims.
In its response, the church acknowledged past failures but said it was not aware of a single example of a clergy authority not cooperating with police….
Victims hope for truth in Vic report November 13, 2013 Care leavers have anxiously awaited the Victorian parliament’s report into child sex abuse, but what they really hope for is action from organisations. After 12 months of submissions on institutional abuse, the inquiry into child sex abuse handed down its report on Wednesday morning….
Vlad Selakovic, who was put into state care at seven after his mother died of cancer, said that after years of being forgotten, it was hard to have faith that much would change.
“The royal commission was announced a year ago – one year ago yesterday – but we’re still forgotten,” said Mr Selakovic, who travelled from Geelong to hear the outcome of the inquiry.
A ward of the state and former resident of the infamous Bayswater Boys’ Home, his childhood was marred by rampant abuse that blackened his life….
Victorian abuse report to feed into Royal Commission Wed 13 Nov 2013
The Victorian inquiry into how institutions and organisations responded to child abuse is the latest in dozens of state-based investigations concerned with the sexual abuse of children, either in institutional care, foster care, child migration, or child protection systems. The Royal Commission is expected to gather all of the previous Australian reports, identify the good and bad amongst the recommendations they made, and evaluate their effectiveness.
More sex abuse inquiry private hearings AAP November 05, 2013 THE child sex abuse royal commission will hold another round of private sessions in three cities this week due to strong demand from victims. Almost 700 people have shared their experiences since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse started private sessions in May.
Commissioners will again be in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide from Wednesday….
She said the private hearings showed where and how systems had failed child victims….
Child abuse report reveals a betrayal of trust ‘beyond comprehension’
‘Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,’ says report David Marr theguardian.com, Tuesday 12 November 2013 “We have called our report Betrayal of Trust,” said Victorian MP Georgie Crozier as she presented the findings of the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations. “Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,” she said. “Parents of these children experienced a betrayal beyond comprehension. And the community was betrayed by the failure of organisations to protect children in their care.” The report’s criticism of the Catholic church is unsparing. Its recommendations are radical. If adopted they would strip the Catholic church of its virtual immunity in the courts and compel religious leaders of all faiths to report child abuse to the police. The Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, has fallen short of accepting the committee’s recommendations but describes them as “a strong basis for reforms that will make a real difference for the future”….
“The Catholic church,” she said, “minimised and trivialised the problem; contributed to abuse not being disclosed, or not being responded to at all prior to 1990; ensured that the Victorian community remained uninformed of the abuse; and ensured that perpetrators were not held accountable with the tragic result being that children continued to be abused….
Catholic Church tried to strike deal with police over child sexual abuse investigations
Lateline Exclusive by Steve Cannane and Sashka Koloff 10/3/13
The Catholic Church tried to strike an agreement with New South Wales Police that would have helped shut down investigations into paedophile priests and placed police in breach of the Crimes Act.
Police records, accessed under freedom of information laws by Greens MP David Shoebridge, show two attempts were made to finalise memorandums of understanding (MOUs) between police and the church over how to deal with complaints of sexual and physical abuse by Catholic Church personnel.
The first agreement, which was unsigned, includes a clause that reads: “Church authorities shall make available the report of an assessment and any other matter relevant to the accused’s account of events only if required to do so by court order.” Barrister Geoffrey Watson SC says the agreement would have placed police in breach of the Crimes Act.
“If you become aware of a serious criminal offence, you’ve got to tell the police,” he told the ABC’s Lateline program. “When I looked at the MOUs they were really in effect trying to get the police to condone the failure to comply with that law, or even perhaps worse, get the police to participate in that.”
NSW Police say neither memorandum of understanding was ever signed, or in force.
But a senior official with the Catholic Church has told Lateline an agreement was operational and the church dealt with police under the provisions of the first draft agreement….
We had a line of communications with the police and all indications from the police were that the MOU was approved from their end.
Michael Salmon, director of the Professional Standards Resource Group of the Catholic Church in NSW http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-03/catholic-church-tried-to-strike-deal-with-police-over-child-sex/4997774
Mormon church denies lawsuit’s claims of sex abuse coverup Fri Nov 1, 2013. by Matthew Umstead MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a statement released Wednesday adamantly denied claims made in a lawsuit that it covered up sexual abuse of 12 children in Berkeley County by a member who has since been excommunicated and imprisoned.
The lawsuit filed Sept. 16 names Mormon church officials and excommunicated member Christopher Michael Jensen and his parents as defendants. It was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court on behalf of five families and 12 children among them.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind,” the church said in its statement, which was released by Martinsburg attorney William J. Powell, who is representing the church in this case….
The lawsuit alleges the church was repeatedly put on notice and/or had knowledge of Jensen’s “predatory acts,” but actively covered up the abuse and assisted him “in committing further unspeakable acts, by enabling (Jensen) to babysit for and live with other church families with young children.”….
“The church, in short, thwarted the protections that would have been triggered by reporting the abuses and provided (Jensen) the opportunity to abuse more and more children, which he did. This pattern continued for over five years, until (Jensen) was finally indicted in 2012,” the lawsuit said. http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/mormon-church-denies-lawsuit-s-claims-of-sex-abuse-coverup/article_609acc52-41c4-11e3-9c5a-001a4bcf6878.html
“Spiritual Assembly” to convene on September 22 in Rome and twenty one countries Posted on August 26, 2013 by itccs Italian politicians to meet with Kevin Annett and ITCCS to plan “comprehensive campaign to de-secularize” the Vatican Rome – The campaign for justice by victims of the Roman Catholic Church took a major step forward this past weekend when two political parties in Italy agreed to meet with ITCCS officials in September.
The meeting will plan what an internal statement calls “a comprehensive political and legal campaign to de-secularize the church and bring it under the rule of law and democratic control”.
This campaign will include as its aim the annulment of the so-called Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Vatican which protects the church from prosecution for its crimes against humanity.
Inspired by the August 4 Brussels Declaration of the ITCCS that proclaimed the Roman Catholic Church to be a transnational criminal body under international law, the Italian parties agreed that the time has arrived for “decisive political action in Italy on behalf of all the victims of the papacy”.
He’s Out! International intervention frees Canadian Prisoner of Conscience Steve Finney – “Early morning call” to Ontario’s Attorney General spurred ITCCS leader’s release Posted on October 02, 2013 by itccs Kitchener, Ontario: The courage and resolve of Steve Finney himself, and phone calls from the ITCCS and a United Nations non-governmental body to the Ontario government, stopped cold an attempt by local judges and police to silence Finney and his campaign to confront child trafficking in Kitchener, Ontario.
Finney was released this afternoon in a sudden about-face by local authorities less than two hours after Ontario Attorney General John Gerretsen spoke with two human rights officials who have monitored Finney’s unlawful arrest and imprisonment.
According to one of these officials, who is a legal advisor to the ITCCS in Brussels,
“We can’t disclose the conversation we had with the Attorney General, out of mutual agreement with Mr. Gerretsen. But I can tell you that we informed him that we were preparing a motion at the United Nations to censure his government for its treatment of Mr. Finney. We were also going to name Finney as a prisoner of conscience if he wasn’t released, since he was clearly incarcerated because of his political beliefs.”
Kitchener Judge Michael Cuthbertson had just yesterday told Steve Finney that he would not be released on bail unless he formally renounced his involvement with the ITCCS, and denied anyone connected to ITCCS the right to offer sureties for Finney. The Crown Counsel had also attacked ITCCS in the bail hearing and suggested that Finney’s wife Amy Smart could be arrested for posting ITCCS videos on youtube. “I feel fantastic” said Steve Finney in a brief telephone interview soon after his release.
Political Persecution of Canadian activist Steve Finney in Ontario court to be investigated by International Human Rights Observers – Finney may be named as a Prisoner of Conscience and Political Prisoner Posted on October 02, 2013 by itccs Brussels: Steve Finney, the unlawfully jailed Canadian leader of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), was told yesterday by a Kitchener, Ontario court judge that he won’t be released on bail unless he disassociates himself from the Tribunal.
Ontario Court of Justice magistrate Michael Cuthbertson informed Finney through Duty Counsel Dave Woodbeck that no-one associated with the ITCCS would be allowed to post bail for him, and neither should Finney himself remain active with the ITCCS if he wished to “avoid another thirty days in jail”.
Steve Finney still faces no charges after his sudden arrest Sunday morning, the day after he spoke on international radio about his work to expose child trafficking in Kitchener involving government and police officials. Finney has been severely beaten by Kitchener police, assaulted and denied any contact or communication with anyone while in prison.
In response to such flagrant political persecution, the ITCCS and its United Nations affiliates have dispatched two accredited human rights observers to Kitchener to attend the Wednesday, October 2 bail hearing of Steve Finney.
YU Sex Abuse Extended beyond Boys High School By: JTA Published: August 27th, 2013
Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found.
The investigation commissioned by the university and carried out by the New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell followed reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys in the 1970s and ‘80s.
The report produced by investigators and released Monday confirmed that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place” at the high school, perpetrated by individuals in positions of authority and continuing even after administration members had been made aware of the problem. The probe also found sexual abuse at other divisions of the university but, citing pending litigation, did not describe them in any detail or specify where they took place.
“Up until 2001, there were multiple instances in which the University either failed to appropriately act to protect the safety of its students or did not respond to the allegations at all,” the report said. “This lack of an appropriate response by the University caused victims to believe that their complaints fell on deaf ears or were simply not believed by the University’s administration.”
While the report noted that Y.U.’s responses to allegations of abuse after 2001 improved significantly, it issued detailed recommendations for new policies at the school to prevent and report sexual or physical abuse or harassment. The report did not go into detail on the past instances of sexual abuse…. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/yu-sex-abuse-extended-beyond-boys-high-school/2013/08/27
Fifth Maine West Student Claims Sex Assault In Soccer Hazing Ritual August 26, 2013
(STMW) — A fifth Maine West High School athlete has stepped forward to claim in a new lawsuit that he was sexually assaulted in a hazing ritual at the school in the northwest suburbs.
Chicago lawyer Tony Romanucci filed the complaint Monday on behalf of the 16-year-old boy and his parents, none of whom are identified by name. The suit targets Maine Township High School District 207, Principal Audrey Haugan and former soccer coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. The boy claims he was sexually assaulted on Sept. 26 at the school in Des Plaines after Divincenzo and Rodriguez ordered the team to do a “campus run.”….
Jimmy Savile and other UK cases
Savile researcher at abuse conference in Belfast The conference will allow experts to share understanding of child sex abuse 9 September 2013 The man who unmasked Jimmy Savile as one of the UK’s worst paedophiles will be among the speakers at a conference on child abuse being held in Belfast. Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas is a child protection expert, criminologist, and TV presenter. Mr Thomas researched and presented the ITV documentary that exposed Savile’s history of sexual abuse. Also speaking will be Peter Spindler, the former lead officer on Operation Yewtree, the police investigation sparked by the Savile revelations. Speakers will address issues such as the motivations, influences and deterrents to offending. Other talks will look at how paedophiles infiltrate schools, charities and sporting bodies to gain opportunity and access to children…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24007180
Explosive tell all book by Jimmy Savile’s nephew JIMMY SAVILE’S nephew is to -reveal shocking details of how the DJ’s famous friends helped hide his decades of sex abuse. By Ciaran Hannah/Published 15th September 2013 Guy Marsden, 59, is writing a book with broadcaster and author Tony Horne about his disgraced uncle. Now Savile’s circle of celebrity pals are living in fear of being named in the book.
Guy will reveal fresh details of the secret paedophile parties the BBC star hosted, some attended by his showbiz friends. He will claim that Savile had influential members of the British legal system in his back pocket to allow him to act without fear of prosecution. And he will also expose Savile’s secret links with members of foreign royal families – suggesting he could have abused countless victims from overseas. Roofer Guy from Leeds, West Yorks, -decided to write the book after staying silent for years over the Jim’ll Fix It star’s – shameful secret life. He said: “I have written a book based on all my experiences of my uncle from the age of 13. I couldn’t live with the guilt of knowing so much and staying silent any longer….
A joint police and NSPCC report published in January declared that, with at least 450 victims, Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. Metropolitan Police Commander Peter Spindler said Savile “groomed the nation” by raising millions for charity while using his status as a platform for abuse. In July police discovered the names and -sexual details of hundreds of girls scrawled across a wall of a Manchester record shop….
New Savile abuse victims are STILL coming forward a year after paedophile presenter’s reign of terror was exposed
Police say Jimmy Savile abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years
Children’s charity NSPCC says more victims are still coming forward
Charity has also seen an overall surge in the number of child victims of sexual abuse and rape contacting them
The number of cases it is referring to police and social services is up 84%
By Daniel Martin 3 October 2013
The NSPCC is still receiving calls from victims of Jimmy Savile a year on from the TV documentary which exposed the serial paedophile’s reign of terror.
Police say there the former BBC broadcaster abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years – but the children’s charity said more were still coming forward.
The charity revealed that publicity over the scandal has led to an overall surge in the number of child victims of sexual abuse and rape contacting the NSPCC….
Pervert DJ Jimmy Savile harassed top music boss’ wife at a dinner party at Tony Blair’s Chequers country retreat
Music boss Alan McGee said disgraced DJ ‘pestered’ his wife Kate
Oasis boss was furious at ‘dirty old man’ but suppressed his rage
He said: ‘At Chequers it’s not done to break Jimmy Savile’s nose’
McGee also spoke of the air of menace that surrounded Savile
By Sam Webb and John Stevens 4 November 2013
Jimmy Savile harassed the wife of a record label boss at a dinner party hosted by Tony Blair at Chequers, it has been revealed. Alan McGee said he had wanted to punch Savile after he persistently chatted up and tried to kiss his wife Kate. The New Labour donor, who discovered rock band Oasis, said he resisted only because he did not want to embarrass Mr Blair. Mr McGee, 53, said: ‘At dinner, Kate was between Jimmy Savile and Judi Dench. Savile started to hit on Kate, kissing his way up her arms, kissing her fingers. ‘I was thinking, “What a dirty old man” but at Chequers it’s not done to break Jimmy Savile’s nose. Kate came over and said, “He’s a pervert”. He left her alone once she was next to me.’…. Powerful friends: Jimmy Saville with then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998. The event at Chequers took place a year later…. Savile once boasted he spent ‘11 consecutive Christmases at Chequers’, which is four miles from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he abused many of his victims. He is thought to visited Chequers only once while Mr Blair was in office. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487217/Jimmy-Savile-harassed-music-boss-wife-Chequers-dinner-party-hosted-Tony-Blair.html
Jimmy Savile’s ex-flatmate and driver will deny sex offences, court hears
Ray Teret is accused of 32 offences, including rape, against young girls and is bailed until next April theguardian.com, Friday 15 November 2013 Jimmy Savile’s ex-flatmate and chauffeur will deny he committed a string of sexual offences against a number of girls, a court has heard. Ray Teret, 72, is accused of 32 offences involving 14 minors and a 17-year-old. The former pirate radio DJ is charged with 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one count of rape, one count of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of gross indecency with a child under 13. Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child….
Former Radio One DJ Chris Denning re-arrested by Jimmy Savile detectives THE police squad behind the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation have re-arrested former Radio One DJ Chris Denning, it emerged this evening. By: Dion Dassanayake Published: Tue, September 10, 2013 Operation Yewtree, the squad set up after allegations against the Jim’ll Fix It star emerged, re-arrested 72-year-old Denning at an East London address. The former radio presenter, who was bailed until October, was originally arrested on June 3 2013 on suspicion of sexual offences and then released…. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/428399/Former-Radio-One-DJ-Chris-Denning-re-arrested-by-Jimmy-Savile-detectives
Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30′ hospitals involved 14 October 2013
Up to 30 hospitals are now under investigation as part of the inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals, the BBC understands.
Inquiries had originally just focused on Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary, with a further 10 trusts added in January. A final report will be published in 2014. The late DJ is believed to have abused hundreds of victims. The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, who also worked as a Radio 1 DJ and received a knighthood in 1990, died aged 84 in October 2011 – a year before the allegations were broadcast in an ITV documentary. Revelations that Savile had sexually abused children prompted hundreds of victims to come forward, including those who said they were attacked on BBC premises and at a number of other institutions. Savile had a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an office and living quarters at Broadmoor, and widespread access to Leeds General Infirmary…. The director of public prosecutions is also reviewing decisions not to prosecute Savile in 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24520001
Royal cover up: Police censor Jimmy Savile interview transcript
PAEDOPHILE Jimmy Savile named the royal family in his bombshell interview with police but any mention of them was removed from the released transcripts.
By Jonathan Corke 20th October 2013
The papers from a 2009 police quiz were released last week following a seven-month battle by the Daily Star Sunday. But the 26 pages….came with 96 redactions (crossings out). Today we can reveal the documents had been vetted by Buckingham Palace – and that the serial sex attacker’s royal connections were removed.
One reference Savile made about a cousin of the Queen was included in an internal police report released in January. But on Tuesday, when Surrey Police published the interview transcripts, there was no mention of her. Other references to royalty were also seemingly erased – and during our fight to obtain the records, police let slip Buckingham Palace’s involvement. Tony Smith, the force’s information access manager, made the reference as he explained why it was taking so long to release the documents.
He told us that, as well as going to a senior police chief outside the force, the papers had gone “to Buckingham Palace to consider…because they are mentioned in it”. There is no mention of Buckingham Palace or anyone from the royal family in the edited scripts. And Savile – given an OBE by the Queen in 1972, followed by a knighthood in 1990 – was someone who liked to name-drop his royal connections. The presenter, who died in 2011 aged 84, two years after Surrey’s bungled probe into sex abuse claims, often boasted of his friendship with Prince Charles. He was also a confidant of Princess Diana and claimed to have helped the Duchess of York as her marriage to Prince Andrew fell apart.
Crucially, in his 1974 autobiography Savile boasted of his friendship with the same cousin of the Queen he mentioned in the 2009 police interview….
More police officers to be investigated over link with paedophile Jimmy Savile MORE police officers are set to be investigated over their links to paedophile Jimmy Savile, we can reveal. By Jonathan Corke Published 10th November 2013 Ex-West Yorkshire Police inspector Mick Starkey, 61, is already under investigation over claims he acted “on behalf” of Savile during another force’s child sex abuse probe. But today we can disclose further -officers from West Yorkshire – Savile’s local force – may be quizzed. We have learned that, as well as -passing the Starkey allegations to the -Independent Police Complaints -Commission (IPCC), the force has made another referral. The IPCC told us it involves “a number of different officers” who had contact with the prolific child sex offender. A recent review by WYP found at least eight former or serving officers had attended a Friday Morning Club which the pervert held at his penthouse -apartment in Roundhay, Leeds. It established that most were invited by Starkey or another officer, known as “Sergeant B”. Four of the eight were said to have attended just once, while the other four “attended on a regular basis over a number of years”….
As we revealed last year, Savile had pals in several forces, including the Metropolitan Police.
Last week the IPCC asked Sussex Police to refer the conduct of two -detectives over their handling of an -indecent assault claim against him in 2008.
It is claimed police told Savile’s victim his lawyers would make “mincemeat” of her in court.
The probe – Operation Baseball – ended with Savile evading justice.
The IPCC said it has requested further information from the Met and Surrey Police about their dealings with Savile. Surrey’s two-year investigation into Savile also ended in him escaping justice over three claims…. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/350026/More-police-officers-to-be-investigated-over-link-with-paedophile-Jimmy-Savile
‘Police gunman told me to ignore paedophiles’, says ex-child protection officer A FORMER child protection officer claimed last night a Special Branch detective held a gun to his head to stop him investigating a VIP paedophile ring. James Fielding Sun, October 20, 2013
Chris Fay said he was pinned to a wall and throttled before being given a chilling warning to “back away” from allegations surrounding the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London.
Young boys in care were allegedly taken there in the Eighties to be abused by high-profile MPs and other powerful establishment figures. Mr Fay, who worked for the now-defunct National Association of Young People In Care, accused the Metropolitan Police of acting like “gangsters” when news of the scandal broke in 1990. He revealed how some Special Branch members routinely threatened him and his colleagues and even victims over a three-month period of intimidation. His shocking claims come as West Yorkshire Police faces accusations that the force protected paedophile Jimmy Savile…. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/437954/Police-gunman-told-me-to-ignore-paedophiles-says-ex-child-protection-officer
The Dame Janet Smith Review
….In connection with investigating Jimmy Savile, the Dame Janet Smith Review has been in contact with approximately 600 people and has had over 310 telephone conversations with witnesses, all of which have been noted. 120 witness interviews have now taken place and a number of these interviews have been with individuals who were subject to inappropriate sexual conduct by Savile. Witness interviews are continuing. http://www.damejanetsmithreview.com/updates/
Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate arrested for a second time over fresh allegations of historic child sex abuse Ray Teret arrested when he answered bail to separate allegations Was arrested in November last year with another man on suspicion of rape Police have stressed allegations are not connected to Savile inquiry By James Rush 24 October 2013 The former flatmate and chauffeur of Jimmy Savile has been arrested over new allegations of historic sex abuse against children. Former DJ Ray Teret, 71, was arrested when he answered bail in relation to a separate set of allegations. Teret, a friend of disgraced TV presenter Savile, was arrested and bailed in November last year with another man on suspicion of historic rape following an investigation into three separate claims of sexual abuse….
Police have stressed none of allegations against Teret are connected to the national inquiry into abuse by Savile, who was neither present or involved. Former pirate radio DJ Teret was known as Savile’s sidekick when they worked together at the Plaza Ballroom in Manchester. He was known as ‘Ugly Ray’ and Savile was so close to Teret he referred to him as ‘my son’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474762/Jimmy-Saviles-chauffeur-Ray-Teret-arrested-fresh-historic-child-sex-abuse-allegations.html
Jimmy Savile: IPCC say Greater Manchester Police in the clear over complaints 11 Nov 2013
Police had 17 reports by women from the region claiming abuse by the DJ during the 1960s A watchdog says it won’t take action against Greater Manchester Police over the way the force handled complaints about Jimmy Savile. When the DJ was exposed as a serial sex abuser last year, some 17 women came forward and reported to GMP that they had been molested by Savile from the 1960s.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation amid reports that police officers elsewhere in the country helped Savile cover up his crimes.
Now the watchdog has announced it will conduct a further enquiry into a West Yorkshire Police inspector who ‘acted on behalf of’ Savile inappropriately by contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009….
Pervert Jimmy Savile manipulated BBC security staff so they would allow girls into his dressing room 6 Nov 2013 By Andy Lines Handwritten message reveals how the twisted celebrity deliberately cultivated a phony friendship with doormen at the corporation
Serial pervert Jimmy Savile frequently manipulated BBC security staff so they would allow girls into his dressing room. A handwritten message, published by the Mirror today, reveals how the twisted celebrity deliberately cultivated a phony friendship with doormen at the corporation so they would never question his requests. The sickeningly chummy note, addressed to “BBC security friends” and signed with his customary smiling face drawn inside an expansive J at the start of his name, was scrawled on notepaper from Stoke -Mandeville hospital where he was a fundraiser. A BBC insider said: “It perfectly illustrates the position of power Savile had. “He flattered and made friends with -security staff and this enabled him to carry out his horrenous attacks. “He even wrote this on headed notepaper of the National Spinal Injuries Centre. This was not unusual.” Savile used BBC studios to abuse dozens of girls and young women…. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pervert-jimmy-savile-manipulated-bbc-2680344
Retired DJ Dave Herman arrested in Virgin Islands, accused of trying to arrange sexual abuse encounter with minor By Jason Grant/The Star-Ledger October 24, 2013
Federal authorities have charged Dave Herman — who ruled the morning 1970s rock airwaves as a renowned disc jockey at New York’s WNEW-FM — with trying to transport a 7-year-old Bergen County girl to the Virgin Islands to sexually abuse her.
Herman, now 77, who lives in both Airmont, N.Y. and St. Croix, was arrested earlier today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the St. Croix airport, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement.
Herman is scheduled to appear tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon in St. Croix federal court, authoritities said.
Federal authorities, citing documents filed in the case, allege that starting in November 2012, Herman initiated a series of chats on a Web site with a female undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to authorities, Herman thought he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother — she referred to herself as “Kris” — who had a 6-year-old daughter she called “Lexi.”
During the following months, Herman then had multiple phone and online discussions with the undercover officer, during which he indicated that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter “Lexi.”
He also attempted to arrange sexual encounters with the child in both New York and Bergen County, authorities added….
David Herman Complaint
BBC radio presenter Paul Gambaccini arrested in sex abuse inquiry Sat 2 Nov 2013
Veteran BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested as part of a wider British inquiry set up to examine sexual abuse stemming from claims against late presenter Jimmy Savile.
The US-born radio and TV presenter, 64, confirmed his arrest in a statement but denied the allegations. He was released on bail following his arrest on Tuesday, which the BBC had previously refused to confirm. The BBC said the DJ would not be presenting his weekly radio show for “coming weeks”. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-02/bbc-dj-paul-gambaccini-arrested-in-sex-abuse-inquiry/5065708
How MP Cyril Smith got away with child abuse Thursday 12 September 2013 UK
During his lifetime Cyril Smith was one of the UK’s best-known politicians. But a new investigation shows that security services held on to a file with evidence of the Liberal MP’s child abuse.
But an investigation by Channel 4′s Dispatches programme shows that UK security services held on to evidence of the Liberal MP’s child abuse.
Ready to prosecute
In the late 1960s Lancashire police carried out several investigations into Smith’s behaviour, compiling an 80-page file. The suggestion is that police were ready to prosecute.
However, veiled threats from local Liberals – including Jack McCann, Smith’s predecessor as MP for Rochdale, who spoke to the DPP on Smith’s behalf – meant the case was dropped and the file locked away in a safe at Special Branch, which has responsibility for national security….
Dave Lee Travis Charged With Two More Offences The Huffington Post UK 01/10/2013
DJ Dave Lee Travis has been further charged with two offences of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16 between January 1 1992 and December 31 1993.
The 68-year-old, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, has been accused of assaulting a woman aged over 16 between January 1 1992 and December 31 1993, Scotland Yard said.
Travis, of Mentmore, in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, has already appeared in court to face 12 counts, including indecent assault and sexual assault.
The ex-Radio 1 DJ was first charged on August 15 as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the disgraced television presenter.
Ex-council leader Derek Osbourne jailed over child abuse images Former leader of Kingston council given two-year sentence after admitting to possessing, making and distributing indecent images
Press Association theguardian.com, Tuesday 29 October 2013 A former Liberal Democrat council leader who admitted possessing images of child abuse has been jailed for two years.
Derek Osbourne, 59, who stepped down as leader of Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, in June, was told that the public interest “cries out for custody” and he must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/29/council-leader-derek-osbourne-jailed
Arrest in investigation into abuse in North Wales care Thu 31 Oct 2013 Police investigating historical cases of child abuse in the North Wales care system made their 14th arrest.
A 60-year-old man from Oswestry in Shropshire was detained for questioning on suspicion of a number of cases of child cruelty. The offences are alleged to have taken place against three boys between 1978 and 1984, when they were aged between 15 and 16…. http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2013-10-31/arrest-in-investigation-into-abuse-in-north-wales-care/
Members selected for Jersey historical abuse inquiry
Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie Mr Cameron and Ms Leslie will hear from victims and witnesses, if the States ratify their selection 5 November 2013 Two members have been chosen to sit on the committee conducting an inquiry into historical abuse in Jersey. Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie will join the committee’s chair, Frances Oldham QC, if their selection is ratified by States members in December. The panel will then be ready to begin hearing from victims of abuse and other witnesses early next year…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-24821939
Turlock Couple Who Ran Daycare Accused Of Child Pornography, Recording Children November 13, 2013 TURLOCK (CBS13) — A couple who ran a Turlock daycare is accused of possessing child porn, and the wife is accused of secretly recording children. Investigators are looking for children who were in the Ceres home of Angele and Adam Henry. Adam Henry was arrested by Ceres Police in September, but on Wednesday, the FBI came knocking. He’s accused of receiving and distributing child pornography.
His wife Angele Henry was also arrested for child pornography, as well as allegedly using a hidden camera to record an “underage person’s body in a private room.” The couple’s Burman Drive home is listed on Angie’s List as not just a home, but the Turlock Early Enrichment Center.
describes abuse Adam Henry Criminal Complaint http://cbssacramento.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/adam-henry-complaint.pdf
Huronia institution cemetery a painful reminder of neglect and abuse
As part of the $35 million settlement with former residents of Huronia Regional Centre, Ontario will offer a formal apology and a promise to maintain the cemetery and create a registry of all those buried there. By: Rachel Mendleson News reporter, Published on Tue Sep 17 2013
Most of the 2,000 children and adults buried in the unkempt field across from Huronia Regional Centre were laid to rest in unmarked graves. Others are identified by numbers scrawled on small slabs of concrete hidden amid overgrown grass. For former residents of the government-run institution for the developmentally delayed in Orillia, the cemetery has served as a painful reminder of the neglect and abuse they have long insisted occurred there.
But that may soon change. On Tuesday, the Ontario government settled a historic class-action lawsuit with former residents of Huronia. The terms include $35 million, a formal apology — and a promise to maintain the cemetery and create a registry of all those buried there….
Under the terms of the settlement, 65,000 documents — including internal government documents, police reports, eyewitness accounts and letters from concerned parents — will also be made public.
Man in kid-cannibalism case to be sentenced Geoffrey Portway pleaded guilty last May By Laura Ly CNN Sep 16, 2013 (CNN) —The Boston-area man who planned to kidnap children, rape and eat them is awaiting sentencing Tuesday and is seeking a prison term of 18 years followed by lifetime supervised release, according to court documents.
Geoffrey Portway, 40, who pleaded guilty in May to distribution and possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a crime of violence, submitted a document through his attorney to Massachusetts District Court on Friday, providing information to be used in imposing a sentence “sufficient but not greater than necessary,” the court document says.
The document includes background on the case, cites similar cases, and reasons for why Portway agrees to a term of 18 years, with a maximum of 21 years and 10 months. Such reasons included the contention that he “never engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor,” that Portway will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release, limiting his future employment options, and there was “no evidence that (Portway) ever acted out any of his fantasies.”
Portway, a former computer operator, also agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution fees.
Federal authorities are recommending that he go to prison for at least 27 years, according to other court documents filed last week.
“Portway has pled guilty to some of the most vile and heinous crimes known to our society,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing recommendation….
McNeil: Home probe to proceed October 31, 2013 By DAVID JACKSON PROVINCIAL REPORTER
An inquiry into alleged historical abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children should start in the spring, but Premier Stephen McNeil is less definite about his new government’s position on court action by former residents. McNeil had called for a public inquiry for months, and he made it an election promise. After his first official cabinet meeting Thursday, he said he’s hoping that the terms of reference will be set by the end of the year. He said the government would then allow the inquiry to happen through the spring…. http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1164206-mcneil-home-probe-to-proceed
Christopher Kloman, Ex-Teacher, Sentenced To 43 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Students The Huffington Post 10/19/2013 His victims waited decades for justice, but they finally got it.
Christopher Kloman, a former teacher at an elite Virginia prep school, was sentenced to 43 years in prison for sexually molesting five female students in the 1960s. The girls, adults now, were between 12 and 14 years old at the time.
Kloman, now 74, taught at the Potomac School in McLean, Va., from 1965 to 1994. According to WUSA, victims came forward after one of them, Ann Sullivan, ran into her former teacher while he was substitute teaching at her son’s school two years ago.
“As a mature woman, a lawyer and a mother, I was fed up,” Sullivan testified at a hearing Friday, according to the Washington Post. “I was more than fed up. One girl is too much. One generation is too much. … The girls at my son’s school were the exact same age I was when he assaulted me.”
Sullivan’s chance encounter with her attacker in 2011 sparked a criminal investigation that culminated in Kloman being charged with four counts of indecent liberties and one count of abduction with intent to defile. He pleaded guilty those charges….
NBC News September 06, 2013 Police free teens caught up in sex trafficking ring Three adults are accused of running a teen prostitution ring out of a Kentucky massage parlor. WAVE’s Sherrell Hubbard reports. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/52937533/#52937533
Sexually explicit photos of bound, gagged children spur arrest of Wilton Manors man
Warning: Story contains explicit content
By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel August 26, 2013 Children as young as 6, bound and gagged in sexually explicit photos, and online chat logs expressing the desire to torture, rape and massacre young children have spurred the arrest of a Wilton Manors man, according to a federal criminal complaint. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-pilot-child-porn-charges-20130826,0,5265997.story
Sex abuse victims coming forward By Imran Ali Saturday Nov 2, 2013 Cops report increase in complaints Fresh allegations and reports of sexual abuse in Northland are flooding police hotlines following recent sex cases. Police believe successful prosecutions and convictions in high-profile cases are giving victims, and people aware of abuse in the region, confidence to lodge fresh complaints. The Far North – and Kaitaia in particular – has recently been rocked by a stream of cases of young boys and girls being sexually exploited by family and friends.
Ken Estabrooks may have abused more than 260 victims: investigators CTV Atlantic Monday, September 30, 2013 A former Saint John police officer is on track to become the most prolific sex abuser in Canadian history. Private investigators believe Kenneth Estabrooks may have abused more than 260 victims and both the city and investigation company are urging people to come forward. “Our master investigative list consists of 263 individuals we believe were exposed to and possibly sexually assaulted by Ken Estabrooks,” says investigator Laura Bradbury, who describes the former Saint John police sergeant as a sadistic offender. Estabrooks was convicted in 1999 of indecent assault against four young people between 1957 and 1982 and served a six-year prison sentence. http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/ken-estabrooks-may-have-abused-more-than-260-victims-investigators-1.1477055
Heather Koon Raped Babies At Ohio Daycare, Filmed At Least One Incident: Police (UPDATED) 10/07/2013 She was trusted to take care of defenseless children, but now one Ohio daycare worker is accused of doing the unthinkable — and filming it.
Heather Koon, 25, faces two counts of rape after police say they found video on her laptop of her “engaging in sexual conduct with an unknown infant.” An investigation also revealed an additional victim, according to WOIO.
Police allegedly found the video on Koon’s laptop at the apartment where her boyfriend, James Osborne, lives. Osborne is a registered sex offender. Both Koon and Osborne were arrested Oct. 4 within hours of each other, and were held at Lorain County Jail….
Elyria child daycare worker charged with rape Jason Nguyen Oct 7, 2013
LORAIN — Deputies say they have proof one woman raped two toddlers at a daycare center.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 25-year-old Heather Koon for having sex with two infants at ABC KIDZ daycare in Elyria….
Deputies found a video of Koon raping the babies on a laptop after they checked up on her boyfriend, James Osborne. Osborne is a sexual offender and was listed under another address.
Deputies arrested Osborne and then took the laptop.
Koon is charged with two counts of rape….
Local attorney charged in world wide pedophile ring Dave Culbreth Oct. 12, 2013 CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Investigators from several places around the world say former Cape Coral attorney Rex Powell was the leader of a ring which had a chat room called BoyLover.net which had 70,000 members until it was shut down. The investigation started five years ago but until they arrested all 184 men the court documents were sealed, until Friday….
Powell was a lawyer based in Southwest Florida from 2007 until he was arrested in late 2011. “He was well respected, had a good clientle, appeared to be an up and coming lawyer,” added Pepper.
According to documents obtained by FOX4 from Federal Court in Indianapolis investigators, “recovered videos and stills depicting a boy who was between 22 months old and 5 years old engaged in sex acts with John Rex Powell.” Powell was known in local circles simply as “Rex”. The documents go on to say, “there are images and videos of Powell engaged in sexual acts in Florida, California, France and Australia.”….
Powell is one of the three main men. Of the other two, one has already been sentenced to 40 years in prison. FOX4 is told Powell is working on a plea agreement and is set for trial in federal court in Indianapolis later this month….
Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, newly released documents show By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News
A Colorado court on Friday released a long-sealed 1999 grand jury indictment of JonBenet Ramsey’s parents for child abuse resulting in death, but it gave no specifics and did not accuse them of killing her.
Prosecutors declined to act on the indictment and charge John or Patsy Ramsey at the time, and years later they publicly exonerated the couple and suggested an unknown intruder was the culprit.
Yet the Boulder Police Department — which put the Ramseys under an “umbrella of suspicion” soon after the 6-year-old beauty queen’s slaying in 1996 — portrayed the belated document release as a vindication of their investigation.
“The grand jury of 12 objective jurors ultimately agreed with investigators that probable cause existed for the filing of charges,” the department said in a statement….
The Ramseys’ lawyer, L. Lin Wood, however, called the unsealing of just four pages of the grand jury record a “miscarriage of justice” and noted that the panel did not have the benefit of DNA evidence that cleared the couple years later….
On the child abuse count, the grand jury wrote that the Ramseys “did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey.”
On a second count of accessory to a crime, it alleged that each parent “did render assistance to a person” with the intent to prevent their arrest or prosecution, knowing they had “committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death.”….
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Black Jesus’ murder: Leader of 6,000-strong cannibal rape cult hacked to death by villagers in Papua New Guinea jungle after killing yet again
Stephen Tari called himself ‘the true Christ’ and had previously been accused of raping, murdering and eating young girls John Hall Friday 30 August 2013
The leader of a vicious cannibal rape cult has been hacked to death in the jungles of Papua New Guinea after he escaped from prison and murdered a local woman.
Preacher Stephen Tari, whose 6,000-strong sect called him “the true Christ” and refereed to themselves as “flower girls” or “disciples”, had been serving a lengthy jail term after being convicted of a brutal rape three years ago.
The 40-year-old, who had previously been accused of raping, murdering and eating three girls in front of their traumatised mothers, was one of 48 prisoners to break-out of a remote jungle prison six months ago.
The charismatic cult leader, who wore white robes and is said to have regularly drunk the blood of his “flower girls”, quickly returned to his home village of Gal after the escape, but could only manage six months before killing yet again….
Police break up ‘drug-fueled orgy’ at Masonic Lodge after finding women dancing naked on stage and men filming sex acts By Daily Mail Reporter 1 September 2013
Police in Michigan have broken up a shocking ‘drug-fueled orgy’ being hosted at a secretive Masonic Lodge – and this wasn’t the first time it’s happened, authorities warn. Officers were called to the prominent building in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan – which sits across a park from police headquarters – about 2.15am Sunday. They found five women dancing on stage naked. They also reportedly discovered a couple having sex in the lodge and several men standing around filming the action. ….Police sources told WWMT that officers found a ‘drug-fueled sex party’ in the building and sent the revelers home. The Battle Creek Freemasons refused to comment on camera for the TV station, but insisted that the orgy was not part of the secret society’s rituals. They said the party was not sponsored by their group at all. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408655/Police-break-drug-fueled-orgy-Masonic-Lodge-finding-women-dancing-naked-stage-men-filming-sex-acts.html
Sadistic cult leader sentenced to 26 years Man abused and enslaved six women and dozens of children, some of whom continue to support him By Stuart Winer and Spencer Ho October 17, 2013
A man who headed a religious cult that physically, mentally, and sexually abused a group of women and their children was sentenced to 26 years behind bars by the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday. The man, 58, who has remained unnamed in the media, was also ordered to pay a total of NIS 100,000 (some $28,000) to his victims. A second man, who was an accomplice in the crimes, was sentenced to six years in prison. The separate trial of a third man involved in the case is still underway.
Prosecuting lawyer Sagi Ofer had asked for a sentence of 65 years for the cult leader and 20 years for his deputy….
Last month the man and his assistant were found guilty of sex offenses, violence, confinement in conditions of slavery, and abuse of women and minors, including some of who are his own children. The court found that the man exploited his family’s religious faith, and their belief in him as a spiritual leader, in order to perpetrate the crimes against them….
The case shocked the country when it came to light in August 2011 after one of the women broke free and alerted authorities to the conditions that the man imposed on his followers. According to the court verdict, the group was composed of the man, six women, and 17 children. The convicted man convinced women to join with him in what initially appeared to be a pleasant life. However, once under his control, the women faced continued physical and sexual abuse, as did their children….
The women and children were subject to daily “confessions” and “judgments” and were punished by means of imprisonment, starvation, physical and mental abuse, humiliation, sexual abuse, and severe violence, according to the indictment. Police found numerous torture devices when they searched the house. http://www.timesofisrael.com/sadistic-cult-leader-sentenced-to-26-years/
Kristy Theologo case
Theologo ‘strangled’ twice before satanic killing South Africa Tuesday 1 October 2013 JOHANNESBURG – On the night of 21 October 2011, Kirsty Theologo was strangled and fell to the ground. She managed to get up and was strangled once again – until she “passed out.” A South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Ekurhuleni, heard testimony on Tuesday from Robin Harwood, who is one of the four people on trial for her murder. Courtney Daniels, Robin Harwood, Harvey Isha and Lindon Wagner have already pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder, and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Two others, Lester Moody and Jeremy King are already serving sentences for their part in the killing. They both entered into a plea agreement with the state and were sentenced to 17 years behind bars, five of which were suspended. Theologo died following an apparent satanic ritual in which she and her then 14-year-old friend were doused with petrol and set alight. In his testimony, Harwood told the court that he was controlled by an evil spirit during the incident. Judge Geraldine Borchers asked Harwood why he believed that and he replied, “because we were experimenting about the dark world and evil.”…. http://www.enca.com/south-africa/theologo-strangled-twice-killing
Satanic trial: Alleged mastermind testifies October 10 2013 By Naledi Mailula
Johannesburg – There was talk of having sex with Kirsty Theologo and her friend before they were set alight in an apparent satanic ritual, the Johannesburg High Court heard on Thursday.
“Lester (Moody) said we must sleep with the girls, not rape them,” Linden Wagner, the alleged mastermind of the ritual, told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court. He said he did not agree with the suggestion. Earlier, Wagner told the court that he and four of the other accused had been prepared to sell their souls on the day Theologo and her friend were doused with petrol and set alight in an alleged satanic ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg, in October 2011. Theologo died of her burns a week later, but her 14-year-old friend survived the attack….
Satanic murder suspect apologised October 10 2013 By Naledi Mailula Johannesburg – Murder accused Linden Wagner wanted to apologise for his role in the alleged satanic killing of Johannesburg teenager Kirsty Theologo and the assault of her friend, a court heard on Thursday.
Wagner told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, that he had written letters to the girls and their families, which they had initially refused to accept….
He looked at Theologo’s friend, seated in the public gallery, while he said this. She raised her middle finger at him. She was 14 at the time of the attack….
The girls were assaulted and Theologo was set alight as part of an apparent satanic ritual at a hill in Linmeyer, in October 2011….
Wagner, Harvey Isha, Robin Harwood, and Courtney Daniels are on trial for Theologo’s murder and the attempted murder of her friend, and for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. All have pleaded not guilty.
Two other accused, Jeremy King and Lester Moody, confessed to the crime and were each sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment, five of them suspended….
Satanic trial evidence summarised November 4 2013 By Naledi Mailula Johannesburg – Evidence presented in the trial of four people accused of murdering Kirsty Theologo was summarised on Monday by a prosecutor in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.
Linden Wagner, Courtney Daniels, Robin Harwood, and Harvey Isha are charged with murdering Theologo, 18, and attempting to murder her 14-year-old friend in October 2011….
He said he poured petrol on her and set her alight as part of a Satanic “soul-selling” ritual, which was meant to awaken the beast spoken of in the Bible.
He and the others then chanted a poem calling on the beast to awaken, but nothing happened.
Wagner said he and his co-accused had hoped to gain certain things from the ritual. He was hoping to gain power.
He told the court they drew a five-pointed star and put a Bible in a fire….
Two others, Lester Moody and Jeremy King, earlier confessed to the killing and were sentenced to 17-years in prison, five of which were suspended.
Murder accused ‘expected Satan to appear‘ October 11 2013 By Naledi Mailula ‘Satanic’ murder accused ‘wanted power’ Satanic murder suspect apologised We had to ‘finish them off’: Wagner Satanic trial: Alleged mastermind testifies
Johannesburg – The alleged mastermind of a deadly satanic ritual expected Satan to appear after calling on him in a chant, the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, heard on Friday.
“I expected something to happen,” said Linden Wagner, who wrote the poem that he and his accomplices chanted after he assaulted and set alight his friend Kirsty Theologo, 18, and throttled her 14-year-old friend. “In American films, people who sold their souls died physically and then came back to life,” he said. On Wednesday, Wagner testified that he had wanted to sell his soul so he could gain power. “When you sell your soul, you gain something. You can gain money, power and fame,” he said.
The attack on Theologo and her friend occurred at a hill in Linmeyer, in Johannesburg south, in October 2011. Theologo died of her injuries a week later, but her friend survived….
Harwood believed Theologo satanic sacrifice part of God’s plan: psychologist Sapa 24 October, 2013 One of the men implicated in the death of Kirsty Theologo after an alleged Satanic ritual found God through the incident, the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge heard. Clinical psychologist Suzette Heath said Robin Harwood seemed to believe his role in Theologo’s killing was all part of God’s plan. Theologo, 18, was doused with petrol and set alight on a hill in Linmeyer in October 2011 as part of a “soul-selling” ritual. She died in hospital a week later, while her friend, who was 14-years-old at the time, survived the attack. “The whole thing went wrong so he [Harwood] believes this is how God led him to meet with Him [God],” said Heath…. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/10/24/harwood-believed-theologo-satanic-sacrifice-part-of-god-s-plan-psychologist
Kirsty Theologo’s satanic murder: 2 guilty 7 November 2013 Two of four people accused of killing Kirsty Theologo were found guilty of murder, attempted murder and assault today. Linden Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty of all three charges by the high court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge. They are yet to be sentenced. Harvey Isha was acquitted of all charges while Courtney Daniels was found guilty of common assault…. http://www.citypress.co.za/news/kirsty-theologos-satanic-murder-2-guilty/
Mixed feelings over Theologo verdict 2013-11-07
Johannesburg – Two men were convicted of the satanic murder of Kirsty Theologo on Thursday while a young woman escaped jail, evoking mixed feelings outside court.
A fourth accused, Harvey Isha, was acquitted of all charges.
Linden Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty in the high court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court of the assault, murder and attempted murder of Theologo, 18, and her friend who was 14-years-old old at the time….
Wagner had told the court that something had come over him when he attacked his friend Theologo.
He admitted that he had intended to sell his soul that night in return for power but nothing had happened.
He gave a detailed account of how a five-pointed star was drawn at the place where the girls were to be sacrificed. A fire was made and a bible was thrown into it. He and some of his co-accused then cut their hands and dripped their blood into the blaze.
Some of them had planned to eat Theologo’s flesh, drink her blood and burn her body.
Wagner said his and the other ritual partakers souls were meant to be received by the beast referred to in a Bible passage in the book of Revelations….
Theologo family calls for tough sentences FRIDAY, 08 NOVEMBER, 2013
JOHANNESBURG – Kirsty Theologo’s family on Thursday said while they’re happy two of the four people accused of killing her have been convicted of murder, they’re feeling anxious ahead of sentencing on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty by the high court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court of the premeditated murder of the 18-year-old and the attempted murder of her 14-year-old friend, who sustained severe burns in the attack.
Theologo’s mother Sylvia says she’s relieved the trial is almost over and hopes Judge Geraldine Borchers will hand out lengthy sentences to the two convicted killers.
Thursday’s judgment marked the end of the ordeal for co-accused Harvey Isha, who was acquitted of all charges…. http://ewn.co.za/2013/11/07/Theologo-family-calls-for-tough-sentences
Satanic Ritual Murder Sentencing Postponed for 2014 By Mara Ispas SA Breaking News – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 Johannesburg – The two men found guilty of the satanic ritual murder of Kirsty Theologo will only be sentenced in February 2014, announced Judge Geraldine Borchers on Friday. The judge postponed the sentencing because of an operation she was scheduled for, and said she could only continue the trial on 11 February 2014…. Wagner and Harwood reportedly killed Theologo because they wanted to sell their souls to the devil. http://za.news.yahoo.com/satanic-ritual-murder-sentencing-postponed-2014-143358159.html
‘Satanic’ child sentenced to eight years for killing friend Sapa 11 October, 2013
A satanist teenage girl who confessed to killing her friend was sentenced to in effect eight years in juvenile prison by the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.
Judge Geraldine Borchers imposed a sentence of 10 years, two of them suspended, and ordered that it be served in the juvenile section of the Leeuwkop prison.
In a statement, the teenager confessed to killing Keamogetswe Sefularo on March 1, near Randfontein, after Sefularo decided to leave a cult….
The court heard that the girl had hoped to gain financially from satanism.
She believed her spirit would be able to get into key holes and into a bank where she could steal money, said Borchers. It was horrific that such a young person could be lured into satanism because of a desire for money, she said….
describes crimes Four arrested for ritual killing of five-year-old in Nigeria Africa Saturday 26 October 2013 KANO – Four people were arrested in south-eastern Nigeria in the ritual killing of a five-year-old boy whose body was mutilated before being dumped in a water tank, police said Saturday…. Kidnappings for ritual killings are rampant in Nigeria, particularly during election campaigns…. http://www.enca.com/africa/four-arrested-ritual-killing-5-year-old-nigeria
describes crimes Gory: Father beheads stepdaughter for ritual purposes Crime & Punishment of Friday, 11 October 2013 Source: Daily Graphic The entire Kyekyewere community in the Tarkwa Nsuaem municipality in the Western Region was thrown into a state of shock when a resident of the community beheaded his four-year-old stepdaughter. The suspect, identified as Kwesi Qaison, 45, was said to have beheaded the stepdaughter, Effua Otoo, for ritual purposes, but an angry mob lynched him afterwards.
describes crimes Randfontein teen confesses satanic killing of friend South Africa Friday 4 October 2013 JOHANNESBURG – A 15-year-old Johannesburg girl has confessed to stabbing her friend to death as part of a Satanic ritual. The teenager has told the Palm Ridge High Court she killed her schoolmate in order to move up the ranks of a Satanic cult in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The accused says Keamogetswe Sefularo posed a threat to the group, because she could identify its members and knew about the cult’s practices. She claims these rituals include visiting graveyards and members cutting themselves and sucking each other’s blood….
Malawi woman, boy nabbed for aborted ritual killing By Collins Mtika, Nyasa Times September 5, 2013 Police in the northern region district of Chitipa have arrested a 29 year old woman and a 14 year old boy for an aborted ritual killing of a five year old child.
Northern Region Police Spokesperson Norah Chimwala confirmed the arrests saying the incident happened at Kamphoyo Village, Traditional Authority Nthalire.
The duo will answer charges of kidnapping contrary to Section 260 of the Penal Code and attracts a maximum sentence of 10 years,
The first suspect Wezzie Mbambala of Nthalire Village, Traditional Authority Nthalire in the district had promised the boy (name withheld) MK15,000 if he could deliver the Heart of a young boy.
Mbambala wanted to sell the Heart to a businessman who would then use it for charms to enrich him, she claimed in her warn and caution statement….
Military, CIA Required Docs to Aid Torture Nov 8, 2013 By Chris Kaiser Since Sept. 11, 2001, military and intelligence health professionals have participated in the abuse and torture of suspected terrorists held in prisons outside the U.S., a comprehensive new report said.
And they did so because the Department of Defense (DoD) and the CIA “required [them] to act contrary to their professional obligations,” according to the report.
Those are two of eight findings included in the 200-page report, “Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror.” The report is based on 2 years of review of records in the public domain by the 19-member Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers….
Medical, Military, and Ethics Experts Say Health Professionals Designed and Participated in Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment and Torture of Detainees; Seek Policies To Assure Conformance With Ethical Principles
New York, NY — An independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts today charged that U.S. military and intelligence agencies directed doctors and psychologists working in U.S. military detention centers to violate standard ethical principles and medical standards to avoid infliction of harm. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers (see attached) concludes that since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) and CIA improperly demanded that U.S. military and intelligence agency health professionals collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody.
These practices included “designing, participating in, and enabling torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees, according to the report. Although the DoD has taken steps to address some of these practices in recent years, including instituting a committee to review medical ethics concerns at Guantanamo Bay Prison, the Task Force says the changed roles for health professionals and anemic ethical standards adopted within the military remain in place….
Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the “War on Terror” A task force report funded
by IMAP/OSF November 2013 Institute on Medicine As A Profession Columbia University, College of Physicians and surgeons 630 West 168th street P&S Box 11, New York, NY 10032
The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United states resulted in U.S. government- approved harsh treatment and torture of detainees suspected of having information about terrorism.1 Military and intelligence-agency physicians and other health professionals, particularly psychologists, became involved in the design and administration of that harsh treatment and torture—in clear conflict with established international and national professional principles and laws.2
In 2010, the institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the open society Foundations convened the task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in national security detention centers (Task Force) to examine what is known about the involvement of health professionals in infliction of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody and how such deviation from professional standards and ethically proper conduct occurred, including actions that were taken by the U.S. department of defense (dod) and the ciA to direct this conduct….
The Task Force has determined that actions taken by the U.S. government immediately following 9/11 included three key elements affecting the role of health professionals in detention centers:
1. The declaration that as part of a “war on terror,” individuals captured and detained in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere were “unlawful combatants” who did not qualify as prisoners of war under the Geneva conventions. Additionally, the U.S. department of Justice approved of interrogation methods recognized domestically and internationally as constituting torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
2. The DOD and CIA’s development of internal mechanisms to direct the participation of military and intelligence-agency physicians and psychologists in abusive interrogation and breaking of hunger strikes. Although the involvement of health professionals in human rights violations against detainees progressed differently in the military and the CIA, both facilitated that involvement in similar ways, including undermining health professionals’ allegiances to established principles of professional ethics and conduct through reinterpretation of those principles.
3. The secrecy surrounding detention policies that prevailed until 2004–2005, when leaked documents began to reveal those policies. secrecy allowed the unlawful and unethical interrogation and mistreatment of detainees to proceed unfettered by established ethical principles and standards of conduct as well as societal, professional, and nongovernmental commentary and legal review.
Are Children Being Tortured in CIA Mind-Control Experiments? September 1, 2013
Did the 1995 President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments do nothing when victims testified that children were being kidnapped, raped and tortured in CIA mind-control experiments?
If the CIA mind-control program MKULTRA ended in 1964, then why are there mind-control survivors claiming that after 1964 they were tortured in government experimentation? Why are survivors claiming that even today the US government is exploiting children in mind-control experiments?….Survivors are holding a Press Conference to request a Congressional Investigation on Wednesday, September 4th at 7 PM at the Henry George School of Social Science 121 East 30th Street New York, NY 10016.
Child abuse survivors are uniting under Kevin Annett’s International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS http://www.itccs.org ) to fight child exploitation networks. Among those joining Annett will be Neil Brick of Stop Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Today (SMART http://ritualabuse.us ) and Child Abuse Recovery (CAR http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com ).
Are taxpayers funding child torture? October 24, 2013
…. petition asking for a Congressional investigation of the CIA mind-control of children, http://www.change.org/petitions/request-congressional-investigation-cia-mind-control-of-children
In 1945 Nazi mind-control experts of World War II concentration camps were brought into the US under the CIA Project Paperclip. One was a 17 year-old turncoat with a background in Cabalistic mysticism who is known to many mind-control survivors as Dr. Green, or Greenbaum….
Respondents to the 2007 Extreme Abuse Surveys confirm Hammond’s accusations. There were 124 who responded “yes” when asked if one of their perpetrators went by the name “Dr. Green” and 257 who responded “yes” when asked if government sponsored secret mind-control experiments were performed on them as a child. http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/
“The protagonist of Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities, remembers being in a human sacrifice ritual with a brainwashing consultant named Dr. Green,” stated Colin A. Ross, MD in the biography’s foreword. “According to many patients with similar memories, Green is a German mind-control specialist who came to the US after Word War II. In the 1990s therapists were accused of ‘implanting’ false memories of ritual abuse, including recollections of Dr. Green and his Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Omega mind-control programming.” (Twenty-Two Faces, Byington, Tate Publishing: Oklahoma, 2012) http://www.22faces.com ….
In a 1995 Congressional Hearing on government-sponsored human experimentation, Christine Nicola testified that from ages 4-14 and along with other children, Dr. Green subjected her to sexual abuse, radiation, drugs, electrodes, electric shock, dislocated joints and other mind-control experiments. He kept her tied in a cage next to his office at Kansas City University. Nicola stated she was being trained to be an assassin through subjection to trauma so severe that it split her mind into parts, or created multiple personalities. 1995 Congressional Hearing MKULTRA Victim Testimony B Christine Nicola: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXDASDDrDkM http://goo.gl/tGuKg8 ….
Why are Survivors of CIA Mind-control Claiming Children are Tortured Today? Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner September 6, 2013
Survivors of CIA mind-control are sending letters to Capitol Hill requesting a Congressional investigation of the CIA mind-control program that began in 1950 and supposedly shut down in 1964. Survivors hope to bring public awareness for children still subjected to this illegal human experimentation.
Survivors claim that beginning at age four or even in infancy and for the purpose of creating “CIA Super Spies,” they were subjected to chemicals, radiation, drugs, hypnosis, electric shock, isolation, sleep, food and other deprivations, along with verbal, emotional and sexual abuse.
These survivors of child abuse so severe it created Dissociate Identity Disorder or multiple personalities, are brave to speak out. In the 2007 Extreme Abuse Surveys there were 147 survivors who answered “yes” when asked if they were currently being accessed or abused against their will by government mind-control perpetrators. http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/ ….
Survivors are banding together under the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS http://www.itccs.org), Child Abuse Recovery (CAR http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com) and Stop Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Today (SMART http://ritualabuse.us) to ask members of Congress….
Survivors Ask Congress to Investigate CIA Mind-control of Children Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner September 11, 2013 From ages four through fourteen Chris DeNicola testified that she was subjected to radiation, drugs, electrodes, plus endured sexual and other abuses. The torture was directed by head of the CIA mind-control program, a Dr. Green. Tests were designed to split her young mind into parts, create multiple personalities and train her to be an assassin. http://goo.gl/tGuKg8
Survivors of CIA mind-control experiments are requesting Congress to investigate. The petition can be signed by going to: http://www.change.org/petitions/request-congressional-investigation-cia-mind-control-of-children
….According to survivors, the torture of children is continuing today. There are 21 mind-control survivors, therapists and supporters including Actress and Activist Roseanne Barr who signed a letter to members of Congress asking for an investigation of the CIA mind-control program. http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com
….The CIA employed doctors and psychologists to monitor its “enhanced interrogation” of detainees at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and other US detention sites. These professionals may even have committed unlawful human experimentation according to a medical ethics watchdog, the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Their concerns are recorded in an April 2013 leaked report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
….The Nuremberg Code states that voluntary consent of subjects is essential and that all unnecessary physical and mental suffering should be avoided. Two years after the Nuremberg Code 195 countries ratified the Geneva convention which banned medical experiments on prisoners. Evidently, children haven’t been accorded this same basic protection. Survivors of CIA mind-control talk of being sold by relatives into the CIA mind-control program to suffer a childhood of rape, torture and witness to murder.
Are Mind-Control Survivors Breaking Their Silence? Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner September 14, 2013
Survivors of the CIA mind-control program are speaking out about their childhood torture. They are outraged that as children, they were emotionally, physically and sexually abused by US government and military employees in brainwashing experiments, claim our tax payer dollars are still being used to exploit children and are requesting a Congressional investigation.
Several survivors have agreed to testify, although after the 1977 and 1995 Congressional hearings, testimonies were hushed up. http://goo.gl/i8uTbG http://goo.gl/xLm4kf http://goo.gl/tGuKg8
To support the petition “Request Congressional Investigation: CIA Mind-control of Children” addressed to President Obama and members of the US Senate and House of Representatives go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/us-congress-survivors-request-investigation-cia-mind-control-of-children ….
The petition requesting Congress for an investigation is sponsored by a coalition of child abuse advocates: Neil Brick, Stop Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Today (SMART http://ritualabuse.us), Judy Byington, Child Abuse Recovery (CAR www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com) and Kevin Annett, International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS www.itccs.org).
The Devon cult that canes tiny children to ‘cleanse their sins’: As social services launches an investigation, a mother’s shocking testimony lifts the lid on the mysterious commune squatting on a farm ‘Vicki’ has lifted the lid on the commune she escaped from in 2005
Then a vulnerable, single mother, she was ordered to beat her son
The commune is linked to the controversial US Twelve Tribes cult
Forty children were taken in to care at two German branches recently
The NSPCC has now raised concerns with Stentwood Farm in Devon
By David Jones 4 October 2013
In recent weeks, via an undercover TV documentary screened in Germany (where similar communes have been raided) and later by personal accounts of former members — including a British mother who escaped the Devon commune with her son — details of the brutal discipline to which they are routinely subjected have started to emerge.
Supposedly to cleanse them of sin and prepare them for salvation when the world ends (the cult insists it will, within the next century or so), they are repeatedly ordered to bend over to be thrashed on their bare bottoms with a willow rod soaked in resin to make it more pliable.
And as these so-called ‘correction’ sessions are central to the cult’s beliefs — a mishmash of Judaism and Christianity devised by its messianic leader Eugene Spriggs, a former carnival showman from Tennessee — the children are often thrashed several times a day….
In Germany, the child protection authorities clearly agree. Shocked by scenes in this month’s TV documentary, immediately after it was screened they raided the cult’s two Bavarian communes and took all 40 children into protective care, where they remain pending court proceedings.
Given that the law prevents German parents from striking their children at all, and the film showed a four-year-old boy being led to a punishment cellar and caned until he scream….
I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse
Aged four, Raven Kaliana’s parents took her to a film studio where she was sexually abused in front of cameras. For most of her childhood they regularly trafficked her to the sex industry. Now she campaigns against child abuse
Nuala Calvi The Guardian, Friday 4 October 2013
One of Raven Kaliana’s earliest memories is being taken to a family portrait studio by her parents, at around the age of four. The studio was in the basement of a department store in a town 50 miles from their home. Once they had arrived, they waited for another couple to arrive with their own child.
“Would you like to have your picture taken with this cute little boy?” her mother asked, before the parents left the kids with the photographer and retired to the cafe upstairs. But while they sat eating ice cream, the images being made in the studio down below were far from happy family portraits. Raven and her companion had just been sold into the child abuse industry.
It was to be the beginning of a 15-year ordeal, which saw Raven regularly trafficked by her parents and other members of an organised crime ring from her home in a middle-class suburb in the American north-west to locations all over the US and abroad. In her teens, the crimes were often perpetrated in Los Angeles, where many film studios provided ample opportunity for the underground child abuse industry in the 70s and 80s….
Inevitably, as she grew older, Raven’s value to her abusers decreased and subsequently the kinds of films she was required to take part in became more extreme and violent.
Yet from a young age, she had learned from her parents to rationalise and deny what was going on within the family. “It’s the same way that someone who has a problem with alcohol will rationalise their behaviour – ‘It’s only this many drinks. It’s before noon but, oh well, just today’.
“I remember my mother saying things like, ‘Oh, they’ll never remember it,’ like people do when they get their babies’ ears pierced. I told myself that my parents meant well, that what I was going through was what was necessary to help my family. It was paying our mortgage.”….
Her adult life has been driven by the belief that it is important for survivors of child sexual exploitation and trafficking to tell their stories, in order to make people realise that these aren’t crimes that happen “somewhere else, to someone else”. She moved to the UK to create Hooray for Hollywood, an autobiographical play in which the children are represented by puppets, while the adults – their parents – are only shown up to waist height, from a child’s eye view. This critically acclaimed drama has toured the UK, Poland and France, and has been made into a film….
Britain’s Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre, a division of the police, says the number of indecent images of children in circulation on the internet runs into millions, with police forces reporting seizures of up to 2.5m images in single collections alone, while the number of individual children depicted in these images is likely to be in the tens of thousands. The commonest way that offenders found their victims was through family and personal relationships….
For Raven, the psychological effects of her abuse have been extreme. From an early age she began to experience dissociative amnesia – a psychological phenomenon common in victims of inescapable trauma, in which painful experiences are blocked out, leading to gaps in memory. “I started putting things into little rooms in my mind, and it was like: OK, we don’t look in that room,” she says. “When there’s no relief, there’s no one stepping in to save you, and it’s clear you’re just going to have to endure something, then your mind just does that. As a child, dissociation is a serious survival advantage, but in adulthood it can become a disability.”
It was at the age of 15 that the coping mechanisms of denial and dissociation began to break down. “At school, I started getting flashbacks – like remembering being in a warehouse the night before – and I could feel in my body it was true, but it was terrifying because I didn’t want those things to be true.”….
The therapy made it possible for her to move on and start to enjoy life. “I realised that it is possible to get your life back. I started to gain an appreciation for life and a recognition that I only have so many breaths, so I’ve got to use them well.”…. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/05/sold-mum-dad-images-child-abuse
Hooray for Hollywood, began as a play and is also available as a short film. Both puppets and performers communicate a fractured tale for adult audiences, set within the child pornography industry. This criminal underworld is revealed in flashes and glimpses from a child’s vantage point. Laced with black humour and a haunting live violin score by Susanna Ferrar, it presents a window on both human frailty and resilience. It is based on a true story. http://www.hoorayforhollywood.co.uk
Child Abuse and Trauma Issues
Masha Allen Lawsuit: Child Porn Victim Sues Viewers For $150K Apiece By MARYCLAIRE DALE 08/27/13 PHILADELPHIA — A child pornography victim from Pennsylvania is using a law that carries her name to seek at least $150,000 each from her father, 13 other jailed men and anyone else who viewed explicit images of her.
“Masha’s Law” is named for Masha Allen, a Russian orphan adopted at age 5 by divorced Pittsburgh-area millionaire Matthew Mancuso. He’s in prison for making and posting about 200 sexually explicit images of her that authorities believe have been viewed millions of times online.
The FBI sought the identity of the child known as the “Internet Girl” or “Disney World Girl” and located Masha in 2003, when she was 10. She is now 20 and has changed her name to regain some measure of privacy after testifying in Congress….
Her class-action lawsuit, filed Friday in Philadelphia under the name Jane Doe, targets doctors and other professionals like Mancuso who have assets that could be seized. All of the named defendants are in prison for exploiting her….
“Scarred by years of brutal exploitation, she must now also bear the humiliating knowledge that untold numbers of men … continue to take sadistic pleasure in viewing and distributing graphic visual depiction of her pain and degradation,” the lawsuit said….
Mancuso, an engineer in his mid-40s, had sought to adopt a girl between the ages of 4 and 6, explaining that he wanted to make up for his strained relationship with his teenage daughter, according to the Congressional hearing transcript. He then repeatedly raped and sexually abused Masha on camera, sometimes during trips to Disney World.
Mancuso, who lived in Plum, is serving a 15-year federal sentence for child pornography. He also faces a state sentence for child rape and incest when he leaves federal prison….
A Big Win for Child Crime Victims By James R. Marsh on September 2, 2013
In a groundbreaking decision, a Florida federal court recently handed crime victims a significant victory, ruling for the first time that victims are entitled to confer with an assistant United States attorney before the Government enters a pre-charging, non-prosecution agreement with a defendant. Jane Doe v. United States, 08-cv-80736-KAM (S.D. Fla.). The case involved billionaire hedge fund operator Jeffrey Epstein, who induced minors to prostitute themselves, and then was granted what appears to be a special, sweetheart deal by the Feds without any victim notification or input, much less approval….
A. Facts Jane Doe (a pseudonym used to protect her identity) is a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire hedge fund operator, who induced her and other minors to prostitute themselves. The FBI investigated Epstein and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida accepted it for prosecution.
In the summer of 2007, the government sent standard victim notification letters to Jane Doe and other victims. Shortly thereafter, it entered into a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, but “without first conferring with [his victims] and without alerting [them] to the existence of the agreement either before or promptly after the fact.” Id. *1….
Epstein agreed to plead guilty to two state court charges—solicitation of prostitution and solicitation of minors to engage in prostitution—and received an 18 month sentence (of which he served only 13). Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, a defendant convicted of promoting commercial sex with a minor under these circumstances would be sentenced to significantly more time, at least two and probably three or four times what Epstein received in Florida state court. The non-prosecution agreement also contained a special provision in which the federal prosecutor and Epstein expressed their “anticipat[ion]” that the “agreement will not be made part of any public record.” Id….
Criminal Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography and Online Exploitation After Five Years – Supreme Court Brief Finally Completed! Over five years ago, I began an unprecedented effort to obtain criminal restitution for victims of child pornography and online exploitation. A few minutes ago, our United States Supreme Court brief was finally delivered to the printer. The oral argument in this groundbreaking case is scheduled for January 22, 2014. Marsh Law Firm’s ChildLaw Blog Commentary, insight and analysis on children’s law, policy and current issues. http://www.childlaw.us/after-five-years-supreme-court-brief-finally-completed/
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Bill expanding child abuse victims’ rights to sue heads to governor By Patrick McGreevy September 6, 2013 SACRAMENTO — The Senate approved a measure Friday that would make it easier for some child abuse victims to sue private or nonprofit employers for failing to protect them from molesters.
The bill, which is opposed by the Catholic Church, squeaked by on a 21-8 vote and now heads to the governor. The bill would allow some child abuse victims more time to file lawsuits against private institutions such as parochial schools, but would not apply to public schools. Some victims for whom the statute of limitations has expired would get a new one-year window during which they could bring a lawsuit. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) disclosed during the floor debate that he was a victim of child abuse by a family member. He said the legislation is needed because it sometimes takes decades for people to admit they were molested. “I was alone trying to understand what happened to me for many years,” Lara said. “I couldn’t go to anyone.”…. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-senate-supports-extending-statute-of-limitations-for-child-abuse-victims-20130906,0,4906855.story
Almost a quarter of men ‘admit to rape in parts of Asia’ By Tulip Mazumdar Global health reporter 9 September 2013 Almost a quarter of men surveyed in a UN report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape. Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey. It is the first multi-country study to examine how widespread violence against women is and the reasons behind it. Of those who admitted rape, just under half said they had done so more than once. The prevalence of rape varied between countries. In Papua New Guinea, more than six out of 10 men surveyed admitted forcing a woman to have sex. It was least common in urban areas of Bangladesh, where it was just under one in 10 and Sri Lanka where it was just over one in 10. In Cambodia, China and Indonesia it ranged from one in five to almost half of all men surveyed. Percentage of men admitting rape
Papua New Guinea Bougainville Island – 62% Indonesia Papua Province – 48.6%
Indonesia urban – 26.2% China urban/rural – 22.2%
Cambodia – 20.4% Indonesia rural – 19.5% Sri Lanka – 14.5% Bangladesh rural – 14.1% Bangladesh urban – 9.5% Source: United Nations
Part of the research has been published in The Lancet Global Health.
Sexual entitlement’ Nearly three quarters of those who committed rape said they did so for reasons of “sexual entitlement”. Report author Dr Emma Fulu said: “They believed they had the right to have sex with the woman regardless of consent….http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24021573
New report finds that effects of child abuse and neglect, if untreated, can last a lifetime
By Brigid Schulte, Published: September 12, 2013
In the first major study of child abuse and neglect in 20 years, researchers with the National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that the damaging consequences of abuse can not only reshape a child’s brain but also last a lifetime.
Untreated, the effects of child abuse and neglect, the researchers found, can profoundly influence victims’ physical and mental health, their ability to control emotions and impulses, their achievement in school, and the relationships they form as children and as adults.
The researchers recommended an “immediate, coordinated” national strategy to better understand, treat and prevent child abuse and neglect, noting that each year, abuse and neglect costs an estimated $80 billion in the direct costs of hospitalization, law enforcement and child welfare and the indirect costs of special education, juvenile and adult criminal justice, adult homelessness, and lost work productivity….
The report, produced at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that while rates of physical and sexual child abuse have declined in the past 20 years, rates of emotional and psychological abuse, the kind that can produce the most serious long-lasting -effects, have increased. Rates of neglect have held fairly steady. Researchers said they do not know why….
Every year, child-protection agencies receive 3 million referrals for child abuse and neglect involving about 6 million children, the report found, though with unreported instances, the actual number is probably much higher, the researchers said. And, the report noted, about 80 percent of the children in investigated abuse and neglect cases are not removed from the home.
Child victims are equally likely to be male or female, the report found. The majority are younger than 5. About 80 percent of the perpetrators are parents, the vast majority biological parents. More than half of the perpetrators are female.
Cyber-blackmailers ‘abusing hundreds of UK children’ 20 September 2013 describes violence
Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing sex acts online, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has warned. Abusers posing online as children talk victims into sexual acts or sharing of images, then threaten to send pictures to the child’s family and friends. Ceop said in 12 cases over two years, 424 children had been blackmailed in this way – 184 of them in the UK. Deputy chief executive Andy Baker said the abuse “escalates really quickly”….
The biggest case, known as Operation K, involved 322 children around the world being blackmailed, including 96 in the UK. The victims were mainly boys aged 11 to 15, who were targeted by a gang from a non-European country. The suspects are due to stand trial in the coming weeks.
The gang used more than 40 fake online profiles and more than 40 different email addresses to carry out their abuse. Scott Freeman: “You need to educate your children” The network of abuse was exposed after a social networking site noticed suspicious activity and a British child told their parents…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24163284
Traumatic events do not occur at random 30 September 2013
Dr. Katie McLaughlin is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University in 2008. Her research seeks to identify psychological and neurobiological mechanisms linking child trauma exposure to the onset of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Today, Katie writes about what population-based data can tell us about trauma in U.S. children and adolescents….
We sought to understand how common traumatic experiences are in the lives of U.S. youths by conducting a study examining trauma exposure and PTSD in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), a nationally-representative sample of 6,483 adolescents aged 13-17. This study is the largest population-based study examining trauma exposure and PTSD in U.S. youths, and the findings reveal trauma and PTSD are significant public health problems in this population….
Trauma Exposure is Pervasive among U.S. Youths
A majority of U.S. youths have experienced a traumatic event by the time they reach adolescence. Sixty-two percent of teenagers have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, including interpersonal violence, serious injuries, natural disasters and death of a loved one, and 19 percent have experienced three or more such events. The prevalence of trauma exposure among children and adolescents is nearly as high as the prevalence in adults based on similar population-based studies.
Traumatic Events do not Occur at Random
Some types of trauma occur more frequently to younger children, including physical abuse by a caregiver, witnessing domestic violence, and kidnapping. Approximately half of all children who will experience these types of trauma in their lifetime have been exposed before the age of 8.
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Volume 52, Issue 8 , Pages 815-830.e14, August 2013 Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a National Sample of Adolescents Katie A. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Karestan C. Koenen, Ph.D. ,Eric D. Hill, M.S.P.H., Maria Petukhova, Ph.D., Nancy A. Sampson, B.A., Alan M. Zaslavsky, Ph.D., Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D.
Although exposure to potentially traumatic experiences (PTEs) is common among youths in the United States, information on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) risk associated with PTEs is limited. We estimate lifetime prevalence of exposure to PTEs and PTSD, PTE-specific risk of PTSD, and associations of sociodemographics and temporally prior DSM-IV disorders with PTE exposure, PTSD given exposure, and PTSD recovery among U.S. adolescents.
Data were drawn from 6,483 adolescent–parent pairs in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), a national survey of adolescents aged 13 through 17 years. Lifetime exposure to interpersonal violence, accidents/injuries, network/witnessing, and other PTEs was assessed along with DSM-IV PTSD and other distress, fear, behavior, and substance disorders.
A majority (61.8%) of adolescents experienced a lifetime PTE. Lifetime prevalence of DSM-IV PTSD was 4.7% and was significantly higher among females (7.3%) than among males (2.2%). Exposure to PTEs, particularly interpersonal violence, was highest among adolescents not living with both biological parents and with pre-existing behavior disorders. Conditional probability of PTSD was highest for PTEs involving interpersonal violence. Predictors of PTSD among PTE-exposed adolescents included female gender, prior PTE exposure, and pre-existing fear and distress disorders. One-third (33.0%) of adolescents with lifetime PTSD continued to meet criteria within 30 days of interview. Poverty, U.S. nativity, bipolar disorder, and PTE exposure occurring after the focal trauma predicted nonrecovery….
Effects of child abuse can last a lifetime: Watch the ‘still face’ experiment to see why
By Brigid Schulte, Published: September 16, 2013
In one of the most sobering findings, the report highlighted that advances in brain research now show that child abuse and neglect damages not only in the way a developing child’s brain functions, but changes the actual structure of the brain itself, in such a way that makes clear thinking, controlling emotions and impulses and forming healthy social relationships more difficult…..
Some infants, however, become so distressed that that they’re unable to console themselves. Tronick and other researchers have found that neglect leads to increases in the heart rate, a flush of the stress hormone cortisol and to cell death in key regions of the brain.
In recent studies, Tronick and colleagues in Milan, have found that four-month-old infants exposed to the still face will remember it two weeks later, rapidly showing physiological changes to negative responses that infants exposed to it for the first time do not….
In studies of infants at orphanages who are fed and clothed, but not held, talked to or played with have found that some neglected children, literally, fail to grow. “Some of them actually died,” he said….
The report found that one of the biggest risk factors for child abuse and neglect is if the parent him or herself was abused or neglected. So Tronick and others are working to train professionals and educate and treat parents in an effort to break the cycle. And, one hopes, put an end to the wrenching effects of The Still Face.
Children who report abuse are often ignored, says NSPCC Emily Dugan Author Biography Sunday 06 October 2013 When children tell adults they are being abused, their confidants only take action in just over half of cases, according to a study by the NSPCC. Eight out of 10 abused under-18s tried to tell an adult, according to research based on interviews with 60 young adults. But adults acted in only 58 per cent of cases. The insight comes as several high-profile cases reveal the failure of social services and other agencies to react to signs of children being ill-treated.
Previous research concluded that abuse is under-reported and that most children don’t speak out, often carrying their secret for years. This has led some to dismiss the idea of asking children themselves what is going on….
It took an average of seven years for those children who had been sexually abused to successfully tell someone about what was happening and to get help. Pam Miller, co-author of the report called No One Noticed, No One Heard, which is published tomorrow, said: “We were surprised at the number of people who had told someone about their abuse as a child, particularly given the extreme amount of abuse they suffered. “We keep hearing in these serious case reviews of all these missed opportunities …. We, as professionals, don’t pay attention often to what the child might say, because our minds are already closed to the idea that they might tell us stuff….
Madonna: I was raped at knifepoint Singer writes of how she was held up at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop and burgled three times in first year in New York Shane Hickey theguardian.com, Saturday 5 October 2013
Madonna has detailed how she was raped not long after she moved to New York City at the age of 19, in a revealing account of her life to date.
In an article for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the singer said she was forced on to the roof of a building at knifepoint and attacked. The first-person account, which accompanied a fashion shoot, spans Madonna’s life from growing up in the US midwest and moving away from home, to her marriages and children.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time,” she wrote…. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/05/madonna-raped-knifepoint-new-york-20s
The truth is that the effects of child abuse are long-lasting, not just on its victims but on the health system’s bottom line October 7, 2013 Rebecca Reeve Churches have begun to acknowledge how they ”failed” abused children. Scouts NSW recently told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it, too, had ”failed” young boys. But such admissions are insufficient if society’s largest institution, government, fails to invest fully in child protection….
Research published in the journal Economic Record and conducted by Dr Kees van Gool and myself at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation shows that in addition to the human cost of child abuse there are lasting health effects for victims and therefore substantial and very long-term costs for the health system…..
In all cases the outcomes are worst for victims of combined physical and sexual abuse.
We found that the average annual healthcare costs of people who had been sexually abused as children were more than double those of the people who had not been abused. For those who had been both sexually and physically abused, annual healthcare costs as adults were six times higher. The study also found the probability that a woman would attempt suicide rose from 1.2 per cent within the general community to 17.5 per cent among women who had suffered combined physical and sexual child abuse.
Among men, the probability of drug abuse rose from 7.5 per cent generally to 25.8 per cent for those who had suffered combined abuse. The probability of alcohol abuse increased from 6.6 per cent for women who had not been abused to 17.9 per cent for women who had suffered combined abuse. For men, the probability rose from 32.1 per cent to 49.8 per cent…. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-truth-is-that-the-effects-of-child-abuse-are-longlasting-not-just-on-its-victims-but-on-the-health-systems-bottom-line-20131006-2v282.html
Childhood Maltreatment: Altered Network Centrality of Cingulate, Precuneus, Temporal Pole and Insula Martin H. Teichera, Carl M. Andersona, Kyoko Ohashia, Ann Polcaria Biological Psychiatry 2 October 2013 Abstract Background
Childhood abuse is a major risk factor for psychopathology. Previous studies have identified brain differences in maltreated individuals but have not focused on potential differences in network architecture….
Results Marked differences in centrality (connectedness, ‘importance’) were observed in a handful of cortical regions. Left anterior cingulate had the second highest number of connections (degree centrality) and was a component of the ‘rich club’ in the control network but ranked low in connectedness (106th of 112 nodes) in the network derived from maltreated-subjects (p<0.01). Conversely, right precuneus and right anterior insula ranked first and 15th in degree centrality in the maltreated network versus 90th (p=0.01) and 105th (p<0.03) in the control network.
Conclusions Maltreatment was associated with decreased centrality in regions involved in emotional regulation and ability to accurately attribute thoughts or intentions to others and with enhanced centrality in regions involved in internal emotional perception, self-referential thinking and self-awareness. This may provide a potential mechanism for how maltreatment increases risk for psychopathology. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006322313008573
Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn’t. By Melissa Healy October 7, 2013 Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4% of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds.
While those most likely to report initiating unwanted sexual contact in their early to mid-teens were boys, girls were among the perpetrators as the age of respondents increased….
The research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, appears to be first to gauge how widespread sexual violence is among Americans of high-school and college age. It was based on surveys conducted between October 2010 and March 2012 with 1,058 people ages 14 to 21 who participated in a broader longitudinal study called “Growing Up With Media.”….
In all, 8% of those responding — 84 of 1,058 respondents — reported they had kissed, touched or made someone else do something sexual when they knew the person did not want to (characterized as “forced sexual contact”). About 3% reported they had gotten someone else to give in to sex when the perpetrator knew the other person did not want to (characterized as “coercive sex”). Also, 3% acknowledged attempting rape, meaning that he or she had been unable to force someone else to have sex. And 2% — a total of 18 individuals — said they had forced another person to have sex when they knew the person did not want to, a completed rape.
Coercive tactics, including arguing, pressuring, getting angry or making someone feel guilty, were most commonly reported by those who acknowledged attempted or completed rape. And the study found that 75% of the cases of sexual violence occurred in the context of a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Ten of the respondents — just under 1% — acknowledged having threatened or used physical force to get someone to engage in sex….
The study also found that perpetrators of sexual violence of all types were unlikely to accept responsibility for their acts. One in seven believed that he or she was “not at all responsible for what happened,” and almost 4 in 10 said they considered the victim somewhat or completely responsible for the reported incident. And only two of the respondents reported being arrested for the transgression….http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sexual-assault-teens-20131007,0,1369499.story
Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents Michele L. Ybarra, MPH, PhD1; Kimberly J. Mitchell, PhD2
JAMA Pediatr. October 07, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2629
….Results Nearly 1 in 10 youths (9%) reported some type of sexual violence perpetration in their lifetime; 4% (10 females and 39 males) reported attempted or completed rape. Sixteen years old was the mode age of first sexual perpetration (n?=?18 [40%]). Perpetrators reported greater exposure to violent X-rated content. Almost all perpetrators (98%) who reported age at first perpetration to be 15 years or younger were male, with similar but attenuated results among those who began at ages 16 or 17 years (90%). It is not until ages 18 or 19 years that males (52%) and females (48%) are relatively equally represented as perpetrators. Perhaps related to age at first perpetration, females were more likely to perpetrate against older victims, and males were more likely to perpetrate against younger victims. Youths who started perpetrating earlier were more likely than older youths to get in trouble with caregivers; youths starting older were more likely to indicate that no one found out about the perpetration.
Conclusions and Relevance Sexual violence perpetration appears to emerge earlier for males than females, perhaps suggesting different developmental trajectories. Links between perpetration and violent sexual media are apparent, suggesting a need to monitor adolescents’ consumption of this material. Victim blaming appears to be common, whereas experiencing consequences does not. There is therefore urgent need for school programs that encourage bystander intervention as well as implementation of policies that could enhance the likelihood that perpetrators are identified.
Corey Feldman’s ‘Coreyography’ Details Sexual Abuse He, Corey Haim Faced The Huffington Post By Cavan Sieczkowski 10/21/2013 In his new memoir, Coreyography, Corey Feldman details the sexual abuse he and fellow child star Corey Haim endured in Hollywood at the hands of men they worked with and considered friends. Due out Oct. 28, the book also describes years of drug abuse both he and Haim faced.
On the 1986 set of “Lucas,” Haim told Feldman that “an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the guys do. So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers … and Haim allowed himself to be sodomized,” Feldman wrote, per an excerpt obtained by Page Six.
After relaying the incident to Feldman, Haim asked, “So, I guess we should play around like that, too?” Feldman dismissed him, saying, that’s “not what kids do, man.” But Feldman went on to suffer abuse himself, specifically by a man named “Ron,” whom his father hired as his assistant. Ron allegedly took advantage of him after turning him onto drugs.
Both Haim and Feldman battled substance abuse issues for years. Feldman, now 42, reached a breaking point when he was arrested for heroin in 1990 at 19 years old. After two more drug arrests, he got sober. Haim was in and out of rehab for addiction 15 times before his death in 2010.
“Corey was raped at the age of 11,” Feldman writes, via the New York Daily News, “and like many, many victims, drug use became an easy, if also tragic, way for him to escape the weight of that shame.”…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/corey-feldman-sexual-abuse_n_4136524.html
Corey Feldman details Hollywood sexual abuse in his memoir ‘Coreyography’ By Stephan Lee on Oct 22, 2013 Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim — known at the height of their popularity as “the Two Coreys” — were iconic ’80s teen stars who dealt with more adult problems behind the scenes. In his upcoming memoir Coreyography (Oct. 29), Feldman, 42, details the sexual abuse he and Haim experienced while working in Hollywood.
According to Feldman, Haim told him about an incident on the set of the 1986 film Lucas:
“Haim started to confide in me, about some intensely personal stuff, very quickly … Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about Lucas, the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself. At some point during the filming, he explained, an adult male convinced him that its was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the ‘guys do.’ So, they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.”
Feldman recalls that Haim, 11 years old at the time, said, “I guess we should play around like that, too?”
While Feldman never acted on his friend’s suggestion, he did encounter more sexual abuse later on from the adults around him, including an older male Feldman had hired as his assistant who he calls “Ron Crimson” in the book. Crimson allegedly performed oral sex on Feldman after he encouraged a teenaged Feldman to take a cocktail of pills. Feldman writes that in his teen years he was constantly surrounded by pedophiles…. http://shelf-life.ew.com/2013/10/22/corey-feldman-memoir-sexual-abuse-claims/
Corey Feldman: Pedophilies rampant in Hollywood; he and Corey Haim their victims By Nicki Gostin October 22, 2013
In his new memoir “Coreyography,” former child star Corey Feldman weaves a harrowing Hollywood tale of sex, drugs and profound loneliness on his road to stardom. Feldman’s book covers parental abuse, twisted friendships and devastating drug abuse….
As his star began to rise in hit movies like “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” — Feldman, now 42, had no guidance or support from his parents. His mother — a former Playboy model who suffered from depression and drug problems — tortured her son about his weight and, at one point, force-fed him diet pills. He says his father was a musician who routinely encouraged his young son to get high with him. Feldman talked to FOX411 about his chaotic upbringing….
FOX411: You write that Corey Haim was raped by a very powerful Hollywood player on the set of ‘Lucas’ and he tried to initiate something with you.
Feldman: In his mind that was just what guys do, that’s what he tried to sell me on. He wasn’t bisexual. He didn’t understand what was right and wrong. He’d been manipulated and lied to and used and abused. So was I, but I wasn’t yet at that point. He told me, to me it was the craziest story I had ever heard. I had to explain, ‘No man that’s not how it goes.’ But then a few months later the same thing happened to me, though not as graphically.
FOX411: You say that pedophilia is common in Hollywood.
Feldman: I think there’s a lot more of it than we’d like to believe and a lot more of it in all paths of life…. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/10/22/corey-feldman-pedophilies-rampant-in-hollywood-and-cory-haim-their-victims/
Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim. Dube SR, Anda RF, Whitfield CL, Brown DW, Felitti VJ, Dong M, Giles WH. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Jun;28(5):430-8.
Source National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3724, USA.
Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a worldwide problem. Although most studies on the long-term consequences of CSA have focused on women, sexual abuse of both boys and girls is common….
METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted from 1995 to 1997 among 17,337 adult HMO members in San Diego, California….
RESULTS: Contact CS A was reported by 16% of males and 25% of females. Men reported female perpetration of CSA nearly 40% of the time, and women reported female perpetration of CSA 6% of the time. CSA significantly increased the risk of the outcomes. The magnitude of the increase was similar for men and women. For example, compared to reporting no sexual abuse, a history of suicide attempt was more than twice as likely among both men and women who experienced CSA (p<0.05). Compared with those who did not report CSA, men and women exposed to CSA were at a 40% increased risk of marrying an alcoholic, and a 40% to 50% increased risk of reporting current problems with their marriage (p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: In this cohort of adult HMO members, experiencing CSA was common among both men and women….These findings strongly indicate that boys and girls are vulnerable to this form of childhood maltreatment… PMID: 15894146 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15894146
The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children Hardcover – February 13, 2014 by Ross E. Cheit
In the 1980s, a series of child sex abuse cases rocked the United States….In the early 1990s, a new narrative with remarkable staying power emerged: the child sex abuse cases were symptomatic of a ‘moral panic’ that had produced a witch hunt. A central claim in this new witch hunt narrative was that the children who testified were not reliable and easily swayed by prosecutorial suggestion. In time, the notion that child sex abuse was a product of sensationalized over-reporting and far less endemic than originally thought became the new common sense.
But did the new witch hunt narrative accurately represent reality? As Ross Cheit demonstrates in his exhaustive account of child sex abuse cases in the past two and a half decades, purveyors of the witch hunt narrative never did the hard work of examining court records in the many cases that reached the courts throughout the nation. Instead, they treated a couple of cases as representative and concluded that the issue was blown far out of proportion. Drawing on years of research into cases in a number of states, Cheit shows that the issue had not been blown out of proportion at all. In fact, child sex abuse convictions were regular occurrences, and the crime occurred far more frequently than conventional wisdom would have us believe….
Loftus Misrepresents Important Case September 26th, 2013
In a recent TED talk about memory, psychology professor Elizabeth Loftus misrepresented the basic facts of a case study that led her to hire a private investigator and write an article that caused the subject of the case study to sue her for invasion of privacy. Loftus has mentioned the civil suit frequently in recent appearances and told audiences how terribly unfair it was that she was sued. Given the importance of these events to Professor Loftus, one wonders why she misrepresented the basic facts of the underlying case.
Loftus said the case was about a women who “accused her mother of sexual abuse based on a repressed memory” (See the 13-minute mark of this talk). That is not true. The accusation against her mother came in an evaluation when the child was 6 years old! What makes the underlying case so important is that the girl forgot the details, which had been videotaped at the time, and recalled them spontaneously at age 17…. http://blogs.brown.edu/recoveredmemory/2013/09/26/loftus-misrepresents-important-case/
Sexting, Shame and Suicide A shocking tale of sexual assault in the Digital Age By Nina Burleigh September 17, 2013 ….In Nova Scotia, Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, was taken off life support and died this April, three days after her mother discovered her hanging in the bathroom of their Halifax home. According to her mother, the teen got drunk at a party in 2011 and was gang-raped by four boys, who snapped a picture of the scene and posted it online. Her mom said Rehtaeh was mercilessly bullied by classmates for the next two years, even after the family moved to a new town to get her away from the abuse. In early August, Canadian authorities charged two 18-year-old boys with disseminating child pornography.
Diane Rosenfeld, director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, says such incidents are far more common than just those that wind up in court or involve suicide. Most, she says, don’t make the local news or even reach school administrators because the girls are too embarrassed to do anything. Rosenfeld and her students work with girls, sometimes filing civil suits and encouraging them to graduate. Many are too humiliated to stay in school.
Rape stats may be no higher than in years past, but the numbers are as shocking as ever. Every two minutes, a sexual assault happens in the U.S., and nearly 50 percent of the victims are under the age of 18, according to Katherine Hull, a spokeswoman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: “The demographic of high school- and college-age women is at highest risk for sexual assault.” More than half of the incidents go unreported, advocates say. The ability to record and communicate gang-sex assaults has added a new enhancement to an old and ugly crime against women. From Instagram to Snapchat to texting, young people with raging hormones and low impulse control are passing around what amounts to child pornography. And the bodies most frequently watched and passed around are female….
But recent Saratoga High graduate Jessica Hayes describes a school environment where disrespecting girls is neither rare nor effectively addressed. Hayes recalled two ugly incidents with football players that occurred during her own freshman year. A boy from the team unzipped her sweater in the middle of the quad, exposing her bra. When she kneed him, she was disciplined. Months later, a group of four or five boys surrounded her at a football game and tried to intimidate her into going under the bleachers with them. She punched one boy and ran, and then endured “20 to 30 harassing texts a day” for months. During her freshman year, she ate lunch in her mother’s car, rather than with the other students.
“If you feel disrespected, the office staff doesn’t do much to help you,” Hayes says. “If something does happen, the girls feel you have to deal with it on your own. It would have been so hard for Audrie to go back to school. Half the people have seen her naked, half the people think she’s a whore, and judge and bully her. Teachers know. They can’t not. They hear about it.”….
On April 11th, seven months after Audrie’s suicide, the Santa Clara County sheriff arrested the three boys on charges of misdemeanor sexual battery, felony possession of child pornography and felony sexual penetration. When they arrested the boys, police seized new phones and other electronic gadgetry their parents had bought to replace what authorities took in the fall. Police found new pictures of other nude teen girls on some of their phones, prompting them to add on new charges in July. Sources close to the case tell Rolling Stone that police discovered one of the boys was trying to make money selling the pictures.
Two of the boys have admitted that the felony charges against them are true, according to sources close to the case, and they are awaiting sentencing – which could range from community service or time in a juvenile-detention center. Their records will be sealed when they turn 18. The third boy may be upgraded to adult court, where the sentence is harsher and a sexual-assault charge would remain on his file for life. California prosecutors are limited by a statute requiring a sexual assault committed by a minor age 14 and over to be “forcible” in order to directly qualify for adult court. A sexual assault on an unconscious victim is not considered forcible….
Writer Laurie Halse Anderson published an influential book in 1999 called Speak, about a high school rape and its effects on a victim. Since then, she has spoken at high schools and middle schools around the U.S., and estimates she has talked to a million kids about rape. “What really strikes me is that, when it comes to recording sexual assaults and wanting to show it off, the young men committing them are not seeing them as crimes, they see them as pranks. And there’s no point in pulling a prank unless you share it.” Anderson said parents and educators need to talk to younger boys about informed consent. “When I speak to students, I tell boys that if a young woman isn’t of age, she isn’t capable of giving informed consent, and if she’s drunk or high, there’s no informed consent. And those cases, if you have sex, you can go to jail. And the jaws drop, because right away, they think of the sex they had at a party last weekend, where everybody was wasted.”…. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/sexting-shame-and-suicide-20130917
Another Teen Sexually Assaulted http://www.childlaw.us/another-teen-sexually-assaulted
describes violence From the Streets to the ‘World’s Best Mom’ By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF October 12, 2013 NASHVILLE — WHEN men paid Shelia Faye Simpkins for sex, they presumably thought she was just a happy hooker engaging in a transaction among consenting adults.
It was actually more complicated than that, as it usually is. Simpkins says that her teenage mom, an alcoholic and drug addict, taught her at age 6 how to perform oral sex on men. “Like a lollipop,” she remembers her mom explaining.
Simpkins finally ran away from home at 14 and into the arms of a pimp.
“I thought he was my boyfriend,” Simpkins remembers. “I didn’t realize I was being pimped.”
When her pimp was shot dead, she was recruited by another, Kenny, who ran a “stable” of four women and assigned each of them a daily quota of $1,000. Anyone who didn’t earn that risked a beating.
There’s a common belief that pimps are business partners of prostitutes, but that’s a complete misunderstanding of the classic relationship. Typically, every dollar earned by the women goes to the pimp, who then doles out drugs, alcohol, clothing and food.
“He gets every penny,” Simpkins explains. “If you get caught with money, you get beat.”….
Sex trafficking is one of the most severe human rights violations in America today. In some cases, it amounts to a modern form of slavery….
BLIND TO BETRAYAL: WHY WE FOOL OURSELVES WE AREN’T BEING FOOLED by Jennifer J. Freyd and Pamela J. Birrell (Wiley, 2013). Molly Dragiewicz, Queensland Institute of Technology The Criminologist The Official Newsletter of the American Society of Criminology Vol. 38, No. 5, September/October 2013 p. 60-61
Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrell’s “Blind to betrayal: Why we fool ourselves we aren’t being fooled”….expands upon Freyd’s earlier work on betrayal trauma theory (Freyd, 1996; Smith & Freyd, 2013)….However, the most interesting contribution of the book for criminologists may well be the authors’ atten-tion to the relationship of power to the social construction of reality. The authors argue that vulnerability to or dependency on the perpetrator contributes to failures of recognition of abuse. In other words, targets of abuse may be “blind” to the harm being done tothem while it is unsafe to recognize it. As a result, some memories of abuse are visible only later, when they attain the resources to survive the trauma.
Recent scholarship has highlighted the connections between psychological phenomena like individual perceptions of reality and the collective power relations that shape them (Salter, 2012; Zurbriggen, 2009). As critical scholars argue, pervasive forms of violence and abuse serve to reproduce social hierarchies, reinforcing some hegemonic community values even as they transgressother social norms. Like Stanley Cohen’s earlier book, States of Denial (2001),
Blind to Betrayal examines victim, perpetrator, and bystander denial of horrific events and traces connections between psychology, culture, and politics. Freyd and Birrell argue that “betrayal blindness means not seeing what is there to be seen” (p. 1) and emphasize the way that betrayal and vulnerability shape the experience of trauma.
Using examples from popular culture and research, the authors illustrate the dynamics of interpersonal and institutional be-trayal in a range of contexts. The book describes Freyd’s two-dimensional model for traumatic events, which incorporates the extentto which events are terror or fear inducing and the level of social betrayal involved. The authors argue that events that are both terror or fear inducing and high in social betrayal are the most traumatic (p. 57). Thus, Freyd and Birrell stress the multiplication of trauma by social betrayal. They also note the gendered nature of the phenomenon, wherein “betrayal traumas are frequent, particularly for girls and women” (p. 58). This observation agrees with other scholarship on the routine negation of girls’ and women’s accounts of abuse (Richie, 2012; Salter, 2012)….
One of the most important parts of the book is found in Chapters 10 and 13 where Freyd and Birrell discuss the phenome-non of scholars’ participation in organized resistance to the disclosure of violence and abuse. Freyd uses the example of her ownexperience, in which her mother created a non-profit organization called The False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) in re-sponse to learning that Jennifer Freyd had disclosed her experience of childhood abuse to her partner. The FMSF website says,The False Memory Syndrome Foundation was formed by a group of accused families and several professionals at the Uni-versity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore. This nuclear group had come together with other families to try to figure out what had happened to cause the dramatic change of behavior in their now-adult children, to try to cope with the pain from the loss of their children and to address the legal nightmare of being accused of abuse. (The False Memory Syndrome Foundation, n.d.)
The organization has an advisory board made of up PhDs who share a belief in “implanted” and “false memories.” They advocate for those who claim they have been falsely accused, and promote research that allegedly shows disclosures of abuse are not credible,especially when delayed.This example of scholars mobilizing to discredit survivors of abuse is not unique. Criminologists rarely discuss the role of self-interest among scholars who may be perpetrators as well as survivors of violence and abuse. However, it is a mathematical certainty that some scholars are indeed perpetrators of violence and abuse. Freyd’s discussion of the harassment and discrediting tacticsof the FMSF, including recruiting her own colleagues in the campaign to discredit her, will probably be familiar to some ASC members. Freyd and Birrell’s discussion of these dynamics took courage, since scholars who talk about campaigns against them are sometimes silenced when attempts to defend themselves result in claims of ad hominem attacks….
Rape Laws Offer Little Protection Nov 8, 2013 By Rita Buckley , Contributing Writer, MedPage Today Since 2000, the United Nations Security Council has issued nine sexual-violence-related resolutions to seemingly little effect. One in three women worldwide have still been raped or sexually assaulted, and 65 countries report more than 250,000 rapes and attempted rapes to the United Nations each year.
These figures don’t even account for the vast majority of rapes, which go unreported, Akiyode continued. A 2007 government document in England found that between 75% and 95% of rapes will never come to light, and the American Medical Association calls rape the single most under-reported violent crime.
In many nations, rape is rarely reported due to social stigma and cultural norms and traditions, such as ‘honor killings’ of victims, she pointed out. According to the United Nations, 2008 rape figures recorded by police worldwide varied between 0.1 per 100,000 in Egypt to 26.6 per 100,000 in the United States to 91.6 per 100,000 in Lesotho.
In the U.S., one in three American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, Akiyode told MedPage Today, adding that women are 10 times more likely than men to be victims of rape and nine times more likely than non-victims to attempt suicide.
Nor is the situation improving, she said. In Nigeria, only 18% or so of rape victims contact police. Egypt’s interior ministry claim of 20,000 rapes each year (or 0.1 rapes per 100,000 individuals) is belied by conservative estimates of 200,000 annual rapes….
Lost in the Mall study’s theory and methodology are not reliable under either Frye or Daubert standards By: Wendy Murphy, JD; Megan Mitchell, JD (expected 2013); Alexa Sardina, PhD (expected 2014)
Study Name and citation : Loftus, E. & Pickrell, J. E. (1995). The Formation of False Memories. Psychiatric Annals, 25(12), 720 – 725. (Commonly known as the “Lost in the Mall” study).
Theory Advanced by the Study: False childhood memories can be implanted into adults by repeatedly stating the false memory as true.
Conclusion: The study’s theory and methodology are not reliable under either Frye or Daubert standards….
For example, any attempt to use the Lost in the Mall study to prove or disprove that a person is telling the truth about sexual abuse should be unsuccessful simply because memories about getting lost in a mall have nothing to do with memories of being sexually or physically violated.
Put another way, the capacity to make a person falsely believe they were once lost in a mall does not “fit” and bears no relevance in a dispute over whether a person can be made to falsely believe they were sexually abused as a child….
While other studies come close to replicating the methods used in Lost in the Mall, the results themselves have never been replicated. This is important because replication of results is what makes the methodology and statistical significance of the original experiment reliable.3
Lost in the Mall fails the reliability test under this factor for two reasons. (1) It has not been repeated using the same methodology4 and (2) similar studies have obtained widely varied results….
The fact that an error rate was never calculated indicates an attempt to avoid publishing unwanted results.12 An attempt to account for this glaring anomaly is apparent because the author writes about “clarity ratings” as a seeming alternative to an error rate. This raises even greater concerns and adds nothing to an assessment of reliability because “clarity rating” is a meaningless term under Daubert…. http://wendymurphylaw.com/LOSTINTHEMAIL.pdf