Issue 121 – March 2015

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Issue 121 – March 2015

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.

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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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The 2015 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference will be held August 7 – 8, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport Windsor Locks, CT
Internet conference information:  https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference 2015
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.
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/ritual-abuse-and-extreme-abuse-clinicians-conference-2015/

This issue includes information on : Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, Westminster child abuse inquiry, Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan, Westminster child abuse scandal, Don Hale, paedophile ring, Barbara Castle, Geoffrey Dickens, Tom Watson, Liz Davies, VIP Pedophile Ring, MI5, MI6, Britain’s security services, Kincora children’s home, Peter Hayman, Rotherham abuse, Operation Sanctuary, Gary Glitter, Fred Talbot, Insurance and Child Abuse, Oxfordshire gangs, Oxford child abuse report, Rochdale child abuse claim, Essex child abuse, Jersey care inquiry, Haut de la Garenne children’s home, Jimmy Savile, Stoke Mandeville, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Knox Grammar School, Ian Paterson, Jehovah’s Witnesses, perversion files, The Boy Scouts of America, Bill Cosby, Helen Gumpel, Helen Selby, Child abuse royal commission, Rabbi Yosef Feldman, The Forgotten Children, children on Nauru, Australia’s Orthodox Jewish community, Manny Waks, violence against women in Turkey, aboriginal women in Canada, Online child abuse moving to Skype and Bitcoin, child sacrifice, Satanists Sacrificing Animals, Satanic rituals, Dutch backpacker held hostage in Melbourne, satanic sex abuse, satanic priest, Rape den initiation school, OpDeathEaters, Cyril Smith, Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret, Kasey McClure, sexual abuse, sex industry, child abuse images bust

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.

Prince Andrew Accuser Reveals New Sex Slave Allegation Details in Court Papers
Jan 21, 2015, By JAMES HILL ABC News Producer via Good Morning America
The woman at the center of an alleged sex scandal enveloping influential men on two continents today filed a sworn affidavit in federal court adding fresh detail to her claims and vowing “to pursue all reasonable and legitimate means to have criminal charges brought against these powerful people for the crimes they have committed against me and other girls.”
Virginia Roberts, now 31, alleges she was kept for four years as an underage sex slave of American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who in turn required her to have sexual relations with Britain’s Prince Andrew, renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz and “many other powerful men, including politicians and powerful business executives.”
She declined to name others in her statement – but her lawyers noted in a cryptic footnote that, if she had, the names would “have created significantly more media attention than the names that she did include.”….
Epstein pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of a minor to engage in prostitution. He served 13 months of an 18 month sentence in Florida prison. He was facing a potential 10 years to life sentence if he was prosecuted and convicted on the federal charges. Roberts and other women are trying to undo that agreement, claiming it was illegal because it violated their rights as victims of federal crimes….
A Palace statement earlier this month called her allegations “false and without any foundation,” and a spokesman for the Royal family declined Wednesday to respond to Roberts’ new affidavit….

http://abcnews.go.com/International/prince-andrew-accuser-reveals-sex-slave-allegation-details/story?id=28390590

Prince Andrew allegations: Flight logs back ‘sex slave’ abuse claims against royal heir
Jan 21, 2015 By Steve Robson, Christopher Bucktin
Flight records confirm the Duke and alleged victim Virginia Roberts were in the same locations she says she had sex with him….
Log details, published by the Daily Mail, from Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet show Virginia Roberts and publicly-held records of Prince Andrew’s engagements show they both in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands when she claims the had sexual encounters.
The Duke, 54, has issued categorical denials that she was “sexually abused” by him…..

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-allegations-flight-logs-5016477

Prince Andrew denies sex abuse claims By Laura Smith-Spark and Lindsay Isaac, CNN January 22, 2015 (CNN)In his first public remarks since being accused of having sex with an underage American woman, Britain Prince Andrews briefly addressed the allegation before a crowd in Davos, Switzerland.
“Firstly, I think I must, want, for the record to refer to the events that have taken place in the last three weeks. And I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace,” he said Thursday at the World Economic Forum.
Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace issued a statement which said, “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York [Andrew] had any form of sexual contact or relationship” with the woman. “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Andrew is a son of Queen Elizabeth II and a brother of Prince Charles, the next in line for the British throne….
The woman, identified by Buckingham Palace as Virginia Roberts, first named the prince in a civil motion filed December 30 in the U.S. District Court in southern Florida in which she claims she was forced to have sex with several men. She is referred to as Jane Doe No. 3 in the legal filings.
In the letter the woman’s lawyers sent to Buckingham Palace, attorneys Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards asked to interview Prince Andrew “under oath regarding interactions that you had with Jane Doe No. 3 beginning in approximately early 2001. Jane Doe No. 3 was then 17 years old.”
The letter includes a picture of the woman and Andrew which was taken around that time, they say. The lawyers also want to discuss subsequent interactions with their client in New York City later that year, the letter says….

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/22/europe/prince-andrew-sex-abuse-allegations/

Lawyers for Billionaire Sex Offender Linked to Prince Andrew Scandal Ask Judge to Keep Documents Sealed Attorneys for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein claim in a new court filing that the billionaire financier will be “irreparably harmed” if emails and letters his lawyers sent to federal prosecutors during plea negotiations are made public, and they’re asking a judge to order that the correspondence remain sealed.
Epstein’s legal brief, filed in U.S. District Court in Florida late Monday by attorneys Roy Black and Martin Weinberg, represents his first formal statements since explosive allegations emerged last month that he had forced a then-17-year-old girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other powerful men….
Epstein, an enigmatic financier who has palatial homes in Florida, New York, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, was the subject of wide-ranging state and federal investigations, beginning in 2005, looking into claims that he had illegal sexual contact with dozens of minor girls at his Palm Beach mansion and elsewhere. By mid-2007, he was facing a potential federal indictment for alleged sex crimes involving nearly three-dozen teenage girls. If charged and convicted, he could have faced 10 years to life in prison.
Instead, Epstein entered into the unusual and, at the time, confidential non-prosecution agreement with the federal government that resulted in him pleading guilty to two comparatively minor sex crimes in a Florida state court. He pleaded guilty to a count of solicitation of a prostitute and a count of solicitation of a prostitute who is a minor. He served 13 months in jail and must now register as a sex offender for the rest of his life — in any state where he owns a home….

http://abcnews.go.com/International/lawyers-billionaire-sex-offender-linked-prince-andrew-scandal/story?id=28524119

Prince Andrew got ‘daily massages’ at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida home: repairman
Jeffrey Epstein’s former handyman Juan Alessi said in a deposition that ‘Prince Andrew spent weeks with us’ in West Palm Beach and enjoyed massages every day. Underage-sex accuser Virginia Roberts has claimed massages at the mansion were ‘always sexual.’ Alessi’s testimony was revealed as another alleged victim, identified as a ‘well-known Hollywood actress,’ told RadarOnline the moneyman was a ‘monster’ who preyed on her when she was 13.
BY Dareh Gregorian NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 27, 2015
…. “Prince Andrew spent weeks with us,” Alessi testified. Asked if he got massages from Epstein’s “therapists” while he was there, Alessi answered, “I would say, daily massages.”
One of Epstein’s “masseuses,” Virginia Roberts, has said in court papers that “massages” at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion were “always sexual.”
“Epstein’s code word for sexual encounters was that it was a ‘massage,'” Roberts said in an affidavit filed in Florida federal court last week….
Alessi said he didn’t know what happened behind closed doors in Palm Beach, but one of the massage rooms was full of sex toys.
While the feds have said that Epstein preyed on as many as 40 underaged girls, Alessi said he “didn’t see that many young girls, you know, young underage girls at the house,” except for two — Roberts and another woman identified only as N. “She was still in high school,” Alessi said….
Epstein’s lawyer has called the allegations against his client “rehashed” and “stale.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/prince-andrew-sex-massages-epstein-home-repairman-article-1.2094073

US Government trying to block Prince Andrew’s alleged ‘sex slave’ from Jeffrey Epstein case Monday, 2 February 2015 – Washington ANI US Government is trying to bar Prince Andrew’s alleged ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts from Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit case with a new filing. On January 30, the government filed the declaration of FBI Special Agent Timothy R Slater, who joined the investigation of Epstein in 2006, Radaronline.com reported. It was noted in the declaration that sometime during January – February 2007 Slater called Roberts and told about the investigation of Epstein but she quickly became uncomfortable and expressed her desire to let everything in the past and demanded to not be bothered about this again. So now the government has been trying to prevent her from having any say in the ongoing civil suit. Sources have revealed that they are filling this evidence in order to do everything they could do to prevent the release of documents about what really went on relating to Epstein’s plea deal…. http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-us-government-trying-to-block-prince-andrew-s-alleged-sex-slave-from-jeffrey-epstein-case-2057560

Woman’s Claims About Prince Andrew, Others Reignite Sex Case MIAMI — Feb 2, 2015 By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer First came the allegations late last year that Britain’s Prince Andrew and a prominent American lawyer took part in a wealthy sex offender’s abuse of teenage girls aboard private jets, in luxury homes and on the financier’s Caribbean island.
The story, part of a long-running U.S. legal fight focused on the rights of the women, gained steam when Buckingham Palace took the unusual step of issuing a carefully worded denial of the kind of salacious claims that royal officials rarely acknowledge. Defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who represented the highly connected Jeffrey Epstein and was himself named in the latest court filings, then called the most outspoken of the four women a serial liar and practically dared her to prove her accounts.
Instead of letting the case play out from there, the woman known as Jane Doe No. 3 hit back with a 23-page affidavit detailing dates, locations and more about the powerful men she says Epstein forced her and the others to satisfy.
More than six years after Epstein pleaded guilty to Florida charges involving sex with underage girls, the case has erupted anew. Even Bill Clinton’s name has resurfaced as a guest of Epstein’s, although no one has accused the former president of impropriety. A Clinton spokesman declined to comment Friday.
Dershowitz has accused Jane Doe No. 3 of making up most or all of her claims, including a story about seeing Clinton on Epstein’s island years ago.
Jane Doe No. 3 and three others who say Epstein victimized them want a federal judge to make public and throw out the part of Epstein’s plea deal that guaranteed that neither he nor any co-conspirators would face federal charges. Federal prosecutors oppose the request, contending they did their best to confer with the victims but that the women aren’t entitled to details of the plea negotiations….

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/womans-claims-prince-andrew-reignite-sex-case-28657678

Virginia Roberts claims FBI has videos of her having underage sex with Jeffrey Epstein and ‘powerful friends’ Ms Roberts also claims she feared for her life during the allegedly abusive ‘sexual activities I was forced to endure’ Adam Withnall Sunday 08 February 2015
The woman at the centre of the underage sex allegations against Prince Andrew has said she believes the FBI holds video evidence of her having sex with Jeffrey Epstein and “some of his powerful friends”. In a sworn statement in the US courts, Virginia Roberts revealed this week that she believes Epstein “maintained videos in some rooms where I had sex with other powerful people” – and that “some kind of major cover-up is going on to protect” the billionaire financier. Now 31 years old, Ms Roberts has claimed that when she was 17 she was forced to have sex with Epstein and a number of his friends while she was his “sex slave”. The age of consent is 18 in Florida, where two unnamed women are petitioning for Epstein to be prosecuted. Among the friends and associates she claims to have had sex with is Prince Andrew. She said she had sex three times with the prince while she was aged 17. Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have stridently and repeatedly denied the claims….
Epstein’s lawyers have repeatedly denied Ms Roberts’ claims, and did so again in a recent filing….
The financier was convicted in 2008 of one count of soliciting sex from an underage girl and sentenced to 18 months in jail. Mr Epstein only served 13 months in jail before before being released and forced to register as a sex offender. It has been alleged that Mr Epstein received special treatment from US prosecutor after lobbying from Prince Andrew, something Buckingham Palace has also denied. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/prince-andrew-sex-allegations-virginia-roberts-claims-fbi-has-videos-of-her-underage-sex-with-jeffrey-epstein-and-powerful-friends-10031803.html

Images of child abuse found in Vatican City Holy See’s prosecutor general says two cases involving indecent material came to light last year, along with other crimes Rosie Scammell in Rome Sunday 1 February 2015 Two cases of child pornography possession were uncovered within the walls of the Vatican last year, along with numerous other crimes in the city state, the Holy See’s prosecutor general has announced. Following worldwide allegations of sex abuse by priests, Gian Piero Milano, the Holy See’s Promoter of Justice, said the Vatican was now taking action against paedophilia in the heart of the Catholic church. Unveiling the Vatican’s justice report, Milano stopped short of naming those accused of possessing child pornography. Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi however identified Josef Wesolowski, a disgraced former ambassador, as one of the people facing charges. Wesolowski was stripped of his diplomatic immunity last year following accusations that he abused young boys during his time as envoy to the Dominican Republic. The Polish former archbishop is currently awaiting trial at the Vatican, in what will be the first sex abuse trial ever held at the Holy See…. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/01/images-child-abuse-found-vatican

Westminster child abuse inquiry to hear Margaret Thatcher was presented ‘allegations of unnatural sexual proclivities’ Secret document suggests claims against ‘public figures’ were taken to the PM at height of alleged paedophile scandal Adam Withnal Wednesday 21 January 2015
A UK academic has uncovered a file which he claims could contain allegations of “unnatural” sexual activities against public figures at the height of the Westminster child abuse scandal.
Dr Chris Murphy, a security and intelligence lecturer at the University of Salford, found the classified document while searching the National Archives in Kew.
While its contents have not been made public, Dr Murphy said he was immediately alerted by the title showing it had been taken to the then-Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
The title read: “PREM19/588 – SECURITY. Allegations against former public [word missing] of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects 1980 Oct 27 – 1981 Mar 20.”
According to Sky News, the Cabinet Office has been made aware of the file and it will be made available to the ongoing panel inquiry into the alleged existence of a paedophile ring involving senior Westminster figures….

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/westminster-child-abuse-inquiry-to-receive-evidence-of-unnatural-sexual-proclivities-9991716.html

‘Unnatural Sex’ File Given To Abuse Inquiry The secret document was not handed over to a review into child abuse, the chief executive of the NSPCC tells Sky News. UK, Wednesday 21 January 2015 By Tom Parmenter, Sky News Correspondent A secret file on “unnatural” sexual behaviour was not handed over to a Government backed review that looked for official documents linked to child abuse.
The file prepared for then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s was found recently at the National Archives in Kew and is entitled: “PREM19/588 – SECURITY. Allegations against former public [word missing] of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects 1980 Oct 27 – 1981 Mar 20″.
The Cabinet Office still holds the file. Thirty-five years after it was prepared it remains closed on grounds of national security….
It is highly likely Margaret Thatcher saw the documents, and was briefed on the security implications, but the identities of those within them remain secret.
Dr Murphy added: “The fact that this file is concerning the Prime Minister and these allegations are being taken to the Prime Minister I think would strike anybody of being potentially of some interest.”….
Mrs Thatcher’s former press secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham, told Sky News he could not recall the file.
He did, though, confirm that both he and Mrs Thatcher were aware of allegations against a Government minister in the early 1980s.
Sir Bernard would not name the individual, but said: “I asked him about it and he denied it, so no, I didn’t do anything else. What was the alternative?”….
Officials at the Cabinet Office have previously attempted to block requests for information relating to Cyril Smith, the late Liberal politician who is now known to have abused youngsters….

http://news.sky.com/story/1411734/unnatural-sex-file-given-to-abuse-inquiry

Leon Brittan and the Westminster child abuse scandal: ‘his fingerprints were over everything’ Tomas Hirst Mar. 6, 2015 Don Hale, former editor of the Bury Messenger, has alleged that former Home Secretary Leon Brittan was actively involved in a cover up of child abuse by a paedophile ring including prominent Westminster MPs.
In an interview with the Daily Beast Hale alleges that a dossier on the abuse handed to him by Labour peer and then Cabinet Minister Barbara Castle, and later seized by Special Branch officers, was suppressed by Brittan. He says the then Home Secretary “was mentioned in everything you picked up, his fingerprints were over everything, he was the instigator”.
Brittan passed away in January following a long battle with cancer. Over the past few years he had faced growing questions over what he knew about allegations that a network of paedophiles had operated in Westminster during the 1980s.
He admitted receiving a file from Geoffrey Dickens, then a Conservative MP, regarding the allegations but insisted that he had acted properly in passing the documents over to officials for examination. A review in 2013 supported his claims.
However, Hale’s allegations put the spotlight back on Westminster as the scandal continues to gather pace. Days after Brittan’s death, Labour MP Tom Watson who has been pivotal in bringing the case back into the public domain said he spoke to several people who allege they were raped by the late politician. One male victim was a child when he was allegedly raped by Brittan….
Liz Davies, a former social worker who was employed in Islington during the 1980s, told the Daily Beast that she had collected evidence suggesting that as many as 61 boys had been victims of a network of sexual predators “that stretched from Westminster to Northern Ireland, Wales, and the island of Jersey in the Channel”….

http://www.businessinsider.com/westminster-child-abuse-scandal-and-leon-brittan-2015-3

How Thatcher’s Government Covered Up a VIP Pedophile Ring
Now that most of the major figures are dead, the truth is emerging about the systematic sexual abuse of children by members of the British government. 03.06.15 Nico Hines
LONDON — A newspaper editor was handed startling evidence that Britain’s top law enforcement official knew there was a VIP pedophile network in Westminster, at the heart of the British government. What happened next in the summer of 1984 helps to explain how shocking allegations of rape and murder against some of the country’s most powerful men went unchecked for decades.
Less than 24 hours after starting to inquire about the dossier presented to him by a senior Labour Party politician, the editor was confronted in his office by a furious member of parliament who threatened him and demanded the documents. “He was frothing at the mouth and really shouting and spitting in my face,” Don Hale told The Daily Beast. “He was straight at me like a raging lion; he was ready to knock me through the wall.”
Despite the MP’s explosive intervention, Hale refused to hand over the papers which appeared to show that Leon Brittan, Margaret Thatcher’s Home Secretary, was fully aware of a pedophile network that included top politicians.
The editor’s resistance was futile; the following morning, police officers from the counter-terror and intelligence unit known as Special Branch burst into the newspaper office, seized the material and threatened to have Hale arrested if he ever reported what had been found.
More than 30 years later, an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse rings, murder, and cover-ups has been launched by the British government after Scotland Yard detectives said they believed statements by victims who claimed they were systematically abused as young boys at sex abuse parties attended by judges, politicians, intelligence officers, and staff at the royal palaces.
In 1983, a controversial MP, Geoffrey Dickens, had made a series of incendiary claims about active pedophiles in the corridors of power. He handed a file containing the names of alleged perpetrators to Leon Brittan; publicly the authorities shrugged off the claims and no trial or prosecution would follow. The dossier mysteriously disappeared….
Baroness Castle, then Barbara Castle, a Labour member of the European parliament, told Hale she did not trust Brittan to investigate the allegations thoroughly….
Worried about the integrity of the Home Office investigation, Castle had tried to interest the major newspapers in the classified documents but she turned to Hale when they rejected her overtures. “She was saying, ‘I’ve been everywhere else, I’ve been to the nationals, nobody would touch it with a barge pole, but what do you think?’” Hale recalled. “As a journalist of course I was interested.”
Great Britain’s notoriously tough libel laws insured that obviously he couldn’t repeat the allegations included in the Home Office papers that about 16 MPs and members of the House of Lords, and 30 high-profile figures from the Church of England, private schools, and big business, were members of, and advocates for, the Paedophile Information Exchange. The shadowy group, which operated partly in the open, campaigned for the age of consent to be abolished and incest to be legalized. It also allowed pedophiles to send each other secure mail and to meet in person….
There is growing evidence that MI5 and MI6, Britain’s security services, took a similar view. MI5 is alleged to have repeatedly blocked investigations into a sex abuse ring at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland in order to protect its intelligence-gathering operation.
The longtime deputy director of MI6, and former High Commissioner in Canada, Peter Hayman was himself allegedly a pedophile, and was ultimately named as such in parliament by Geoffrey Dickens. Hayman had been caught with explicit material in 1978 but no charge was brought. Secret files discovered at the National Archives this year revealed that the attorney general at the time believed it wasn’t in the public interest for Hayman to be prosecuted. Prime Minister Thatcher ordered his depravity to be concealed from the public….

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/06/britain-s-horrific-vip-pedophile-cover-up.html

Raids on 4 homes in MP child sex ring scandal Ollie McAteer for Metro.co.uk Sunday 8 Mar 2015
Police have searched two homes belonging to the late Lord Brittan as part of an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse. In a highly secretive exercise, detectives from the Met’s Operation Midland raided houses in Pimlico, Westminster, and in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, which belonged to the former home secretary….
Leon Brittan was home secretary, and later trade secretary, under Margaret Thatcher. He died at his Pimlico home in January, aged 75….

http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/08/raids-on-4-homes-in-mp-child-sex-ring-scandal-5094175/

Britain Condemns Leaders in Town of Rotherham for Ignoring Reports of Child Abuse By STEVEN ERLANGER FEB. 4, 2015 LONDON — The British government on Wednesday severely criticized legislators in the northern English town of Rotherham for a culture of “complete denial” that led to a long-running ring involving the sexual abuse of up to 1,400 children from 1997 to 2013.
A report into the scandal by a senior official at Britain’s Department for Communities and Local Government found a deep-rooted culture of cover-ups and bullying, and grounds for possible criminal indictments.
The Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council leader, Paul Lakin, has resigned, and the council’s cabinet is also set to resign. Earlier, Shaun Wright, the police and crime commissioner of South Yorkshire, stepped down over the scandal.
The work of the council will be given to five commissioners appointed by the British government, which will call early elections in Rotherham next year to choose a new council.
“This inspection revealed past and present failures to accept, understand and combat the issue of child sexual exploitation, resulting in a lack of support for victims and insufficient action against known perpetrators,” the report said…..
To address another child abuse scandal, Home Secretary Theresa May appointed a New Zealand High Court judge on Wednesday to lead an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of children by powerful figures in British society that date from the 1970s….

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/world/europe/britain-child-abuse-scandal-rotherham-city-council.html

Rotherham abuse: Researcher’s warning ‘ignored in 2002′ By Alison Holt Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News 9 February 2015 A former Home Office researcher says a bullying culture at Rotherham Council led to her warnings of child sexual exploitation being suppressed in 2002, years before action was finally taken. A report this month by government official Louise Casey concluded the council was not “fit for purpose”. The way many in the authority denied a 2014 finding children were exploited between 1997 and 2013 was criticised. The council says it is investigating researcher Adele Gladman’s claims. At the time of the claims, Ms Gladman was undertaking research for a Home Office pilot. But she found her findings about the scale of sexual exploitation in Rotherham were also met with denial….
Ms Gladman was based at Rotherham Council when she carried out the work for the Home Office. She describes being subjected to bullying and intimidation after her research found a small number of men, mainly of Pakistani heritage, were sexually exploiting a significant number of young people.
She says the council sent her on race awareness training and effectively suppressed her report.
“I had every aspect of my professionalism questioned,” she said. “I had every aspect of my work questioned. I had data removed over a weekend so that I couldn’t substantiate my findings. Fortunately I had made copies.” She says the bullying she faced went beyond the local authority and remembers a police officer approaching her outside her office. “He and a colleague said words along the lines of ‘Wouldn’t it be a shame if these perpetrators found out where you and your family lived’. “And I took that as a direct threat to my personal safety. The message was very clear.”…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31327781

Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police Complaints have been made about the late Pc Hassan Ali alleging he was unwilling to pursue claims of exploitation By Telegraph reporter 09 Feb 2015 A child abuse lawyer has revealed more damning evidence could emerge in the Rotherham scandal that shows a link between police and perpetrators. David Greenwood, of Switalskis Solicitors, represents 38 of the 1,400 children found to have been sexually exploited in the South Yorkshire town. He revealed that two of them asked him to make official complaints about Pc Hassan Ali – who died in hospital this week following a collision with a car – alleging he was unwilling to pursue their claims of exploitation. Mr Greenwood said the officer’s death would not be the end of the matter, and the wider scandal “is not going away”. He said: “I’m pretty certain it will be bigger than it is even now. “I think that evidence will emerge of links between perpetrators and police. It may be there was, as I have said, an unofficial policy of not pursuing these complaints….
The National Crime Agency is leading the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Earlier this month, a police officer and two councillors in the town were accused of having sex with underage girls. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11399556/Rotherham-abuse-lawyer-More-evidence-will-link-perpetrators-to-police.html

Essex Police under investigation over ‘failings’ by child abuse unit Essex Police apologise to alleged victims of child abuse after ‘uncovering problems’ with 30 investigations over a three year period By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 11 Feb 2015 A police force has apologised to alleged child abuse victims after uncovering “concerns” with 30 investigations dating back to the 1960s. Cases involving 59 victims that were investigated by Essex Police are now being re-examined after various allegations were made against detectives working in one of the force’s child abuse units. Some detectives have been accused of failing to arrest suspects or carry out thorough investigations, while others have allegedly been dishonest or have lacked integrity while carrying out their duties.
One officer has been suspended and 11 others placed on restricted duties after a decision was made to refer 30 investigations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11405598/Essex-Police-apologises-to-child-abuse-victims-after-its-revealed-30-investigations-were-flawed.html

New Allegations Of Child Abuse Emerge After Former British Home Secretary Leon Brittan’s Death Dina Spector Jan. 26, 2015 Leon Brittan’s death last week has reignited claims that the former home secretary was involved in the cover-up of a secret Westminster paedophile ring that operated in the 1970s and 1980s. Days after Brittan’s death, Labour MP Tom Watson said he spoke to several people who allege they were raped by the late politician. One male victim was a child when he was allegedly raped by Brittan.
“Many have urged me over the past two years to reveal allegations against Brittan using parliamentary privilege,” Watson told the Mirror. “This allows MPs to say things that are not subject to libel laws. Some will ask why I’ve waited until his death to speak out. The reason is simple. I didn’t want to prejudice any jury trial he might one day face.”
Brittan’s death also underlines how slowly and ineffectually the British police are moving in their investigation of the Westminster child-abuse ring. The prime suspects are literally dying. Former MP Cyril Smith — another accused child abuser — died in 2010. Peter Hayman, the former deputy director of MI6 who was convicted of gross indecency, died in 1992….
Brittan remains the subject of an investigation into the disappearance of a 40-page dossier naming eight senior civil servants and politicians who were allegedly involved in a secret paedophile ring.
In 1983, Brittan was handed a dossier written by conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens while serving as home secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Dickens died in 1995. In July last year, Brittan was surrounded by allegations that he failed to properly investigate the claims. Brittan maintained that he handled the documents correctly.
Last year, he told the Daily Mail that he gave the names to the Director of Public Prosecutions…. http://www.businessinsider.com/leon-brittan-death-and-child-abuse-allegations-2015-1

Rape and prostitution probe: 20 Tyneside men charged 5 February 2015 A huge investigation into sexual crimes against women and girls as young as 13 has resulted in 20 men being charged.
More than 100 potential victims have been interviewed as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Sanctuary. Nineteen men appeared at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court. The charges brought include rape, arranging child prostitution, sex trafficking, sexual assault, supplying class A drugs and false imprisonment, relating to 12 women and girls….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-31151445

Northumbria Police have charged 20 people with sexual offences as part of Operation Sanctuary 5 February 2015 By Adam Luke Northumbria Police Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman says it’s the largest number of charges that they have placed before a court
Twenty more people have been charged with sexual offences as part of police’s Operation Sanctuary probe.
The charges follow the 13-month investigation into allegations of offences committed against vulnerable women and girls across the North East.
So far, 31 people have been charged as part of the operation and the latest charges relate to 12 victims, aged between 13 and 25….
“To date, this part of the investigation has involved speaking to over 100 potential complainants, a dozen of whom have been identified as victims in relation to today’s charges….

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumbria-police-charged-20-people-8587632

Gary Glitter breaks down in tears over child abuse images 28 January 2015 Gary Glitter broke down in tears as he explained to jurors why he had been in possession of child abuse images. Sobbing uncontrollably, the 70-year-old said he had been in a bad place in his life, and was struggling financially, with alcohol and with drugs. He issued a tearful apology to his fans, saying: “I lost my own dignity, and I am so sorry. I am very sorry.” Glitter, on trial under his real name Paul Gadd, denies 10 charges relating to three girls between 1975 and 1980. In November 1997, when he went to pick up a Toshiba laptop he had handed to a PC World branch in Bristol, he was arrested, Southwark Crown Court in London heard. The engineer who examined the machine had discovered images on it related to child abuse. Mr Gadd subsequently admitted responsibility for a “large number” of images – depicting a full range of sexual activity taking place between men and very young children – being on his computer.
He was jailed for four months in 1999 for the collection of 4,000 images….
I did not try to rape her or any other child.”….
He is also charged with four counts of indecent assault on a fan in 1977 at hotels in Leicester and Birmingham when she was aged 12 and 13; plying the same girl with alcohol, and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her. Two further charges allege he indecently assaulted a girl of 13 on a date between October 1979 and December 1980, in his dressing room at a venue in Watford where he was performing. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31015347

Gary Glitter, former British pop star, convicted of child sex abuse Gary Glitter — who is now 70 years old — could spend the rest of his life in prison. A London jury found him guilty of six crimes: one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of unlawful sex with a girl under the age of 13, which carries a life sentence. BY Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, February 5, 2015
Former British glam rocker Gary Glitter was found guilty of sexually abusing against three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
The “Do You Wanna Touch Me?” singer — who is now 70 years old — could spend the rest of his life in prison, the Guardian reported….
The singer was first arrested in October 2012, the first in a series of arrests under Operation Yewtree, a national child abuse scandal investigation.
The one-time pop star was charged in June following a 20-month investigation. One of his victims was 8 years old when he tried to rape her in 1975. Two more were girls were 12 and 14 when he attacked. Some of the girls were his fans.
Glitter was cleared of three charges: two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug to facilitate sexual intercourse. Still, the six other convictions could carry hefty prison time. The unlawful sex charge carries a life sentence….
The crimes sat unpunished for 40 years because of the “immunity of fame”, prosecutors said….
His career peaked in the early 1970s. He is best known for “Rock & Roll (Part 2),” a hit in both the United States and Britain. He fell into disgrace after being convicted and imprisoned on child abuse charges in Vietnam.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/gary-glitter-pop-star-convicted-child-sex-abuse-article-1.2104387

Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex offences Singer convicted of string of offences in 1970s and 1980s, including attempted rape of an eight-year-old child Karen McVeigh Thursday 5 February 2015
Former Glam rock star Gary Glitter faces spending the remainder of his life in prison after being found guilty of a series of child sex offences on three young girls, aged between 8 and 13.
A jury of five men and seven women took two days to convict the flamboyant star, now 70, of six offences, committed in the 1970’s and 1980’s, including the attempted rape of an eight-year-old child and having unlawful sex with a 12-year-old girl, a charge which carries a life sentence.
Judge Alistair McCreath told him: “In light of verdicts, I am remanding him in custody.”
Glitter was cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse. He will be sentenced on 27 February….
-His predatory sexual offences against his child victims, including fans that helped propel him to stardom, went unpunished for 40 years because of the “immunity of fame”, the prosecution said during the trial.
However, that vanished after the singer’s fall from grace when he was found to have a “voracious” appetite for child abuse images. He was convicted in 1999 of building up a library of 4,000 such images, some involving children as young as two….
The jury did not hear about Gadd’s 2006 conviction and three-year prison sentence for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12, because it occurred in a Vietnam court, outside the jurisdiction of the UK….
His first victim, who first went to police in 1998, has faced a long wait for justice. A court decided that it was not at that time possible to try him for on charges related to her allegations.
Gadd was also tried in 1999 over the alleged sexual assault of a fourth teenage fan, a former girlfriend who said they began a sexual relationship when she was 14. He was acquitted after a controversial summing up, which drew complaints from children’s groups, in which the judge told the jury: “Some 14-year-olds look like sophisticated young ladies, a nightmare for many publicans.”….

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/05/gary-glitter-guilty-child-sex-offences

Fred Talbot: TV weatherman hid history of child abuse By Tom Mullen BBC News 13 February 2015
Former television presenter Fred Talbot found fame aboard a floating weather map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, but behind his quirky on-screen persona a history of child abuse lay hidden.
The 65-year-old, who has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys, trained as a biology teacher in the 1960s. During his trial Talbot claimed he left teaching to pursue a media career, eventually becoming the light-hearted weatherman seen on ITV’s This Morning programme.
But the real reason was more sinister. Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard he had resigned from his job at Altrincham Grammar School after propositioning two schoolboys during an astronomy session at his home….
After a three-week trial, the jury convicted Talbot of indecently assaulting two former Altrincham Grammar schoolboys during school trips between 1975 and 1976. Both boys are thought to have been 14 at the time. He was cleared of eight other charges of indecent assault. During one school trip in the 1970s, Talbot was said to have staged a naked orgy involving 10 drunken schoolboys on a canal barge, before sexually abusing one of them on board….
He was also spoken to by police in 1992 in connection with the allegations, although no further action was taken at the time…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-31323793

MI5 accused of covering up sexual abuse at boys’ home Court case to address alleged cover-up of British state involvement at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland Vikram Dodd and Richard Norton-Taylor Sunday 15 February 2015
MI5 is facing allegations it was complicit in the sexual abuse of children, the high court in Northern Ireland will hear on Tuesday. Victims of the abuse are taking legal action to force a full independent inquiry with the power to compel witnesses to testify and the security service to hand over documents. The case, in Belfast, is the first in court over the alleged cover-up of British state involvement at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. It is also the first of the recent sex abuse cases allegedly tying in the British state directly. Victims allege that the cover-up over Kincora has lasted decades….
Amnesty International branded Kincora “one of the biggest scandals of our age” and backed the victims’ calls for an inquiry with full powers: “There are longstanding claims that MI5 blocked one or more police investigations into Kincora in the 1970s in order to protect its own intelligence-gathering operation, a terrible indictment which raises the spectre of countless vulnerable boys having faced further years of brutal abuse….
Children are alleged to have suffered sustained sexual abuse after being taken from the east Belfast children’s home, run by a member of a Protestant paramilitary organisation, to be offered to men.
Lawyers for the victims will argue in court that “there is credible evidence (and it is therefore arguable) that the security forces and security services were aware of the abuse, permitted it to continue and colluded in protecting the individuals involved from investigation or prosecution”, according to papers lodged with the Belfast high court….
Three men were jailed for their part in abuse at Kincora in 1981, but attempts to establish the truth about British state involvement have been blocked. It has persistently been alleged that William McGrath, Kincora’s housemaster and the leader of an extreme evangelical Protestant group called Tara, was an informant for British intelligence. McGrath was jailed for sexual offences in 1981 and is now dead.
There have been limited inquiries into Kincora, but officers of the former Royal Ulster Constabulary, army intelligence officers, a former Northern Ireland ombudsman, and the judges conducting those earlier inquiries all said the truth about what went on there – and why it was allowed to continue for so many years – had been suppressed.
RUC officers were repeatedly refused permission in the 1980s to interview a senior MI5 official about the affair….

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/15/mi5-kincora-childrens-home-northwen-ireland-sexual-abuse

Insurers accused of hampering child abuse inquiries By Tim Whewell 23 February 2015
A BBC investigation has found evidence that some local authorities in England and Wales may have allowed fear of losing insurance cover to alter their approach to child abuse inquiries.
File on 4 has also been told of cases where insurers attempted to suppress information about abuse allegations.
An ex social services chief called the behaviour of one company “disgusting”.
The Association of British Insurers said the investigation “raised a number of serious matters”.
When Colin Lambert, then leader of Rochdale Council, proposed an investigation last year into a possible cover-up of child abuse in the town, he was shocked by a response from council officers.
Former pupils at the Knowl View special school for boys have alleged they were victims of sexual assaults by Rochdale’s former MP, the late Cyril Smith and others, in the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s.
Mr Lambert says he was told an inquiry could lead to problems with the council’s insurers.
“I can recall a conversation with officers that this could lead to the insurers withdrawing cover,” he says. “Holding an actual open inquiry would expose exactly who did know what – and therefore the council probably would have been liable. And that then opens up the insurers to claims.”….
The File on 4 investigation has found other cases across Britain, over many years, in which councils have expressed concern over the danger of losing insurance cover – and some in which insurers have attempted to suppress information about abuse allegations.
Tim Hulbert, former director of social services in Bedfordshire, says insurers “instructed” him on what to do when he was helping set up an inquiry into alleged child abuse at a children’s home in the early 1990s.
He said: “I had a phone call from the insurers who were anxious to influence the terms of reference of the inquiry, so they didn’t actually produce circumstances which would increase the likelihood of claims….
In North Wales in 1996, Clwyd County Council refused to publish the report of an inquiry it had set up into abuse in its children’s homes following legal advice that it would risk losing its insurance cover.
The government-appointed Waterhouse Tribunal on North Wales abuse later said the insurers had “acted throughout with the honourable intention” of preventing the council acting in such a way that they would be forced to repudiate liability for claims.
But when the Clwyd report by John Jillings was eventually published on a BBC Freedom of Information request in 2013, it revealed that the insurers had objected to the panel’s proposal for notices in the press appealing for information about abuse….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31594120

Insurance and Child Abuse File on 4
With a growing number of compensation claims arising from cases of historic sexual abuse and more recent high profile cases of sexual grooming, Tim Whewell investigates the key role which insurance companies play. In representing the local authorities where scandals occurred, insurers naturally seek to limit liability but are they doing so at a cost to victims? Lawyers say they have to battle to get access to files and other information – causing further distress and delaying help for those damaged by abuse. Some say the fight is getting harder as insurance companies have toughened their approach in recent years. And, with a national inquiry into historic cases of child sex abuse, how much influence did insurance companies have on the way some past investigations were carried out? File on 4 talks to senior local authority insiders who say they were told to alter their approach to abuse investigations to protect the insurers’ interests. But was that at the expense of children at risk? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0537662

300 victims groomed and assaulted by Oxfordshire gangs, report finds Serious case review finds failings by police and social services as it identifies hundreds of victims By Telegraph reporter
A damning report is expected to disclose that more than 300 young people have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs in Oxfordshire over the past 15 years. Systemic failures by police and social services meant victims were subjected to years of sexual torture, rape and trafficking, it is understood….
The report comes after seven men were jailed for a string of horrendous child sex crimes against six victims, aged between 11 and 15, over a seven-year period….
It is expected to condemn Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire social services for failing to act. Key findings are will expose how police officers and social workers failed to believe the girls when they detailed the abuse they were suffering, and dismissed their complaints….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11443868/300-victims-groomed-and-assaulted-by-Oxfordshire-gangs-report-finds.html

Oxford child abuse report’s key findings 3 March 2015
Up to 370 girls may have been the victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) across the county over the past 15 years. It comes after a gang of men were jailed in 2013 for abusing six girls in Oxford between 2004 and 2012.
Here are the key findings of the report by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB).
The report found no evidence of wilful professional neglect or misconduct by police or social services but said there a “worrying lack of curiosity” about what was happening to the girls.
It said the issue of child sexual exploitation was not widely understood and officials failed to notice the signs of the abuse over a number of years.
Some of the girls were abused using objects such as knives and baseball bats while others were bitten, scratched, beaten or burnt.
The report said much of the extreme abuse was not escalated to senior managers but should have been.
In response to the question, “Could CSE have been identified or prevented earlier?” report author, Dr Alan Bedford, said: “The simple answer is yes.”
Professional work was not good enough and the failure to recognise the signs of CSE, and the fact that cases were seen in isolation, meant it continued for longer than could have been the case….
The language used by professionals indicated they saw the girls as the cause of their extreme behaviour instead of as victims and they received much less sympathy as a result, the report said.
“The child victims and their families feel very let down,” wrote Dr Bedford. “Their accounts of how they perceived professional work are disturbing and chastening.”….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-31708492

Thousands of Vulnerable Children Go Missing from Britain’s Protective Services By Leah McGrath Goodman March 3, 2015 A general view showing housing in Rotherham on September 1, 2014 in Rotherham, England. South Yorkshire Police are launching an independent investigation into its handling of the Rotherham child abuse scandal and will also probe the role of public bodies and council workers. A report claims at least 1,400 children as young as 11 were sexually abused from 1997- 2013 in Rotherham Care Homes but no council staff will face disciplinary action.
Many of the child sex abuse scandals that have shocked Britain in recent years involve victims who were supposed to be under the protection of the state—children identified as at risk by child protective services and in the care of local authorities.
Many in Britain have characterized the abuses as a thing of the past. Surely such horrors could never happen today. But an analysis of the most recent official data shows that each year the government loses track of around 2,000 vulnerable children in care, even as reports of human trafficking inside the country are on the rise….
Bad record-keeping has been a feature of the abuse scandals. Last autumn, a review by the U.K.’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children found that between 1979 and 1999, the U.K. Home Office had “lost or destroyed” 114 files relating to reported child abuse by high-ranking people, including senior politicians. The review came after a report last year from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, revealed that at least 1,400 minors were subjected to widespread, organized child-sex abuse from 1997 to 2013, including many who were in care….
The U.K.’s Human Trafficking Centre’s latest assessment shows a total of 2,744 people, including 602 children, reported as trafficked for exploitation in the U.K. in 2013, up 22 percent from 2012. The organization stresses that the numbers reflect only what’s been reported and are rough figures. Not all reports indicate confirmed trafficking, but, at the same time, the totals could be much higher, as not all incidents are reported. Victims were forced to work in brothels, hotels, private homes or on the street as sex workers, and also forced into domestic servitude or to work on building sites or in farms and factories…. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/03/13/britains-missing-children-310701.html

Oxford officer was silenced over sex abuse fears Police treated abuse victims as if they were ‘wayward girls’, report says Paul Peachey Tuesday 03 March 2015 A council worker who wrote a series of increasingly exasperated emails warning of child abuse by Asian men in Oxfordshire was silenced after an official complaint by senior officials about his attitude, it has emerged.
Details came to light in a report published yesterday revealing that 373 girls were likely to have been victims of grooming, rape and trafficking after police and social services failed to take victims and their own staff seriously.
The worker, an ex-detective, raised repeated concerns with the director of children’s services and other officials at the county council in 2007 after seeing a 13-year-old in bed with an adult. He also reported a stream of men going into a flat every night and emerging in the early hours.
But instead of dealing with his complaints, a senior council official complained about his behaviour and his manager made an unreserved apology for the “unprofessional way” in which he had acted….
The serious case review, produced by Dr Alan Bedford, found that children as young as 12 were treated by police as “wayward girls”, complicit in their own abuse, despite being groomed by adults who had ensnared them through drink, drugs and menace.
One detective reported that a 14-year-old girl had initiated sex with two adult men, and reports used the term “boyfriend” for men in their 30s seen with girls as young as 13….
The report said the victims’ accounts were often ignored or seen as exaggerated when they did come forward to authorities….
In one incident, a girl told of how she turned up at a police station after 2am covered in blood after a sex attack. “They dismissed me as being naughty, a nuisance. I was bruised and bloody,” she told the report.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/oxford-officer-was-silenced-over-sex-abuse-fears-10083504.html

Ten men charged over Rochdale child abuse claim 2 March 2015 Ten men have been charged by police investigating child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. The men are accused of a catalogue of serious sex offences against seven females aged between 13 and 23 at the time of the alleged abuse, police said. They were held under Operation Doublet, investigating child sexual exploitation of teen girls by older men in Rochdale. The offences are alleged to have happened between 2005 and 2013. They include rape, conspiracy to rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault…. “So far, 65 people have been arrested as part of Operation Doublet and the investigation continues…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-31695832

Essex child abuse: Increase in case probes ‘not surprising’ 23 February 2015
Concerns over the handling of child abuse cases by an Essex Police team are “not surprising”, the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.
Eight extra cases have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on top of 30 already being looked into. The investigations relate to a team covering north Essex.
Essex PCC Nick Alston said the increase was “distressing”. The force has been asked to comment but has yet to do so. “As the review into the quality of child abuse investigations instigated by Essex Police progresses, regrettably I do not find it surprising that it has identified further cases of concern and fresh referrals to the IPCC,” he said….
Some cases are said to involve a “lack of honesty or integrity” by officers, and are based on allegations of historical abuse dating to the 1960s and 1970s….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-31588234

Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse ‘was common’ 10 February 2015
Consensual sex and sexual abuse were both common at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in the 1980s, a care inquiry has heard. Witness D, now in his 40s, told the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry he was too scared to report the abuse he suffered to the authorities. He was in the home from 1981 until he left care in 1984. His testimony suggested there was widespread abuse of residents by other residents…. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-31375308

‘Beast of Jersey’ claims heard by abuse inquiry 18 February 2015
The Jersey Care Inquiry is examining historical abuse in the care system
A notorious sex offender dubbed the “Beast of Jersey” would sit girls on his knees and abuse them, the island’s care inquiry has heard. In a statement, Witness 205, a female former resident of La Preference children’s home in St Martin, said Edward Paisnel was a regular visitor. She said he encouraged young female residents to call him “Uncle Ted”. The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is investigating child abuse in Jersey’s care system dating back to 1945…. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-31521864

Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse 16 January 2015 A former resident of the Haut de la Garenne children’s home was abused by a member of staff and residents in the 1960s and ’70s, an inquiry heard. A witness known as Mr K, aged 50, gave evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (ICJI) by video link from the UK. Mr K said he was at the home for 13 years, and described the time as “horrific”. He told the inquiry he felt he missed out on his childhood completely….
Mr K said corporal punishment at the home was excessive, that he had been given three or six lashes with a cane for misbehaving, and then put in a detention cell.
“Staff went overboard and I actually think some of them enjoyed it; one time I was hit so much that the cane broke on me,” he said….

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-30842891

Jersey care inquiry: Police told of Savile abuse 15 January 2015
A Jersey care home resident told police in 2009 that he had been abused by Jimmy Savile, an inquiry has heard. Savile, who died in 2011, was never prosecuted over the allegations, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) has already been told. The abuse happened at Haut de la Garenne in 1976, the victim told police as part of their investigation into alleged offences at the home. Police have said there was insufficient evidence for investigating Savile. The victim’s interview with police investigating abuse at the care home was read to the inquiry in Jersey. Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 – a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary. He is now believed to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex abusers and is thought to have assaulted hundreds of people between the ages of five and 75. But was never charged with any offence. The DJ was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers at the island’s annual parade three times, the last time in 2002…. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-jersey-30834994

Jimmy Savile: Hospital staff knew of abuse, report finds Report finds that NHS hospital staff knew about Jimmy Savile abuse, hospital staff apologise for failings By Charlotte Krol, and AP, video source Sky 26 Feb 2015 Two new reports into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) entertainer Jimmy Savile have found that victims’ complaints about his activities were ignored. The reports released on Thursday showed an extensive pattern of abuse by Savile at numerous National Health Service (NHS) hospitals where the celebrity broadcaster was given wide access to patients, even though he was known by some staff to be a sexual predator.
Savile was so famous in Britain that he had met British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and received a knighthood. The reports detailed numerous cases of abuse of patients who were helpless to protect themselves. One report concluded he had abused roughly 60 patients at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he was an active fundraiser. The victims included an eight-year-old boy who had tonsil surgery, an 11-year-old girl being treated for cancer, a pregnant mother and a 19-year-old paralyzed woman. The report suggests his crimes were known to some hospital staff as early as 1973, but no action was taken, allowing his attacks to continue for 20 years….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/11438623/Jimmy-Savile-Hospital-staff-knew-of-abuse-report-finds.html

Jeremy Hunt to apologise to Savile victims as ‘horrific’ scale of abuse emerges
An official report will reveal that Jimmy Savile allegedly assaulted and raped at least 44 victims at a single hospital By Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor 25 Feb 2015
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, will apologise to dozens of hospital patients who were abused by Jimmy Savile amid new allegations about the “horrific” scale of abuse.
An official report, published by barrister Kate Lampard on Thursday, will disclose allegations that Savile assaulted and raped at least 44 victims at Stoke Mandeville hospital.
The victims, some of whom were as young as eight, say that their complaints about Savile’s behaviour were ignored by the authorities.
A former children’s doctor has also been convicted of sexually assaulting young girls at the hospital in the 1970s and 1980s, raising fears that there may have been a paedophile ring operating at the hospital.
The victims are calling on the government to make it a criminal offence not to report child abuse, an approach known as “mandatory reporting”. David Cameron has previously suggested that he is supportive of new legislation.
The report will also examine allegations about Savile’s activity at a further 43 hospitals across the country.
One woman told the inquiry that she was abused when she was eight-years-old and recovering from cancer surgery. At the time she had 144 stitches across the lower part of her body as a result of an operation.
She says that when she raised her complaint with a ward sister, she was met with the response: “Be quiet, you silly girl. Do you realise how much he has done for the hospital.”….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/11434635/Jeremy-Hunt-to-apologise-to-Savile-victims-as-horrific-scale-of-abuse-emerges.html

The great dictator: Inside the mind of Jimmy Savile “I’ve got a great aptitude for dead people”: the grotesque details in the latest Savile report confirm the star’s pyschopathy, says the man who spent a decade getting to know him
By Dan Davies 26 Feb 2015
There was a framed picture in the bathroom of Jimmy Savile’s flat overlooking Roundhay Park in Leeds. It contained pictures of the most fearsome dictators of the 20th century and there, among the images of Hitler and Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, was Savile’s business card from Stoke Mandeville. I know because I spent many days at the flat. In fact, in all I spent six years interviewing him before his death – part of a decade long quest to find the real Jimmy Savile….
In 1978, five years before he had posed for the cameras with Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the opening of the new National Spinal Injury Centre, the moment when his fame and status within Britain were at their peak, Jimmy Savile described what he got out of the association with the Buckinghamshire hospital. “There are forty wards at Stoke Mandeville… and they are all filled with people; I will be able to do exactly what I feel like doing. If I feel like going on the ladies’ ward and pulling their legs, I can do that. If I want to go the kids’ ward and have a bit of a knock about, I can do that.”
Some might say that this would have seemed innocent at the time. Not true. In the same period a detective constable with the Thames Valley Police was contacted by a nurse at the hospital because staff were said to be worried that Savile was touching girls inappropriately during hospital visits. When the police officer reported the matter to a senior colleague, he was told: “Jimmy Savile is a high-profile man. He must be OK. He could not be doing anything irregular. Don’t worry about it.” It was, tragically, just one of many missed opportunities….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/11437966/The-great-dictator-Inside-the-mind-of-Jimmy-Savile.html

Jimmy Savile scandal: DJ’s brother abused patients, visitors and staff at psychiatric hospital
Report uncovers complaints, from at least five patients, one visitor and one member of staff against Jimmy Savile’s brother Johnny
By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 26 Feb 2015
Jimmy Savile’s older brother, Johnny, abused at least seven patients, visitors and staff at a psychiatric hospital in south London, a report has found. Johnny, who died in 1998 worked as a recreation officer at the Springfield Hospital in Tooting between 1978 and 1980. But an investigation into his activities at the unit revealed how he traded on his association with his famous older brother to sexually abuse people at the hospital.
Allegations relating to five patients, one visitor and one member of staff have now been uncovered.
The report stated that “on the balance of probabilities” Johnny Savile raped at least one of the victims.
He was eventually dismissed for gross misconduct, relating to a sexual matter, in 1980….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/11436419/Jimmy-Savile-scandal-DJs-brother-abused-patients-visitors-and-staff-at-psychiatric-hospital.html

Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield 25 February 2015
…The trio, aged 21, 23 and 28, were held on suspicion of committing child sexual exploitation offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009.
At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report published in August found.
Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other English cities, beaten and intimidated, the Jay report said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-31631785

Was Man Murdered For Exposing Paedophile Ring? 12th March 2015 Police investigating Westminster-linked child abuse are examining whether a man was murdered because he was about to expose a paedophile ring operating within a London council.
Sky News has obtained details of an internal investigation documenting sexual assaults and abuse carried out by officers within Lambeth Council in the 1990s.
The unpublished report reveals claims from those within the council that Bulic Forsythe, a manager in the housing department whose murder sparked a nationwide appeal in 1993, may have discovered council property was being used to carry out abuse.
That abuse involved senior figures in Lambeth who were using council premises for the rape of women and children, according to the report’s remarkable findings.
They used the basement of Lambeth’s housing headquarters, the report says, because “sexual assault could be performed without fear of interruption by other staff”.
A senior staff member is accused of watching material with “sadistic, bestial and paedophile themes” which “may have been home-produced by staff of people with whom they associated”.
One female staff member was subject to a rape on council premises “of horrendous proportions”, such that she was still suffering from serious injuries one month on.
She described being raped alongside children and animals by senior figures in the council.
Although the report, which was prompted by alleged breaches of the council’s equal opportunities policy, recommends a criminal investigation, its findings were never formally investigated by the police at the time.
Instead, the perpetrators within the council were dismissed from their positions. The report has never before been made public.
It also reveals that colleagues of Bulic Forsythe, whose family have long believed he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on events at Lambeth, also feared he had been killed as part of a cover up.
“The murder of Bulic Forsythe was seen by some witnesses as a possible outcome for anyone who strayed too far in their investigation or for those who asked too many questions,” the report says….

http://www.mix96.co.uk/news/national/1553070/investigation-into-lambeth-council-abuse-claims/

Establishment child abuse: Council staff feared civil servant was murdered for planning to expose colleagues, report claims Staff reportedly feared a civil servant was killed as a possible outcome for anyone who ‘asked too many questions’ Kashmira Gander Wednesday 11 March 2015
Police investigating a historic sex abuse ring in Westminster are attempting to uncover whether a man was murdered in the Nineties because he planned to expose child abuse at a London council.
An unpublished internal investigation into abuse by staff within Lambeth council seen by Sky News reveals claims that a civil servant was planning to expose how council property was used to carry out sexual assaults.
Bulic Forsythe was beaten to death at his flat in 1993 after he reportedly told a colleague that he knew about a sex ring operating at children’s homes.
The case featured on a Crimewatch reconstruction, in which police appealed for help in tracking down three smartly dressed men who left the flat the day after the murder, but the case remains unsolved.
The report alleges that Forsythe died three days after he told a colleague he planned to report members of staff, and it was feared he was killed as a possible outcome for anyone who “asked too many questions.”
Other shocking allegations detailed in the document include senior Lambeth civil servants using council premises to carry out rapes, with one female staff member claiming she was raped alongside children and animals by senior council staff….

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/establishment-child-abuse-council-staff-feared-civil-servant-was-murdered-for-planning-to-expose-paedophile-ring-10101575.html

Child abuse at Westminster: We haven’t even begun to awaken from the nightmare
Some politicians are finally beginning to realise that they can’t bury these scandals under the carpet. But real action is needed, and fast. by Simon Danczuk 11 March, 2015 “The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken,” warned the eminent social thinker Lloyd Demause back in 1974. Over forty years later this nightmare is not only still with us but is arguably more vivid. Barely a week passes these days without further revelations about endemic child abuse.
Demause’s seminal essay on the evolution of childhood is a reminder that children have always been cruelly exploited. In ancient Greece boy brothels flourished and men kept slave boys for abuse. In the literature of the time, Petronius describes the rape of a seven-year-old girl with women clapping in a long line around the bed. And infants in imperial Rome were castrated in the cradle to be used in brothels by men who liked buggering young castrated boys.
These horrors quite rightly sound like chilling tales from centuries ago. But like the heads of the Hydra, once one monstrous horror is cut off at the source another springs up, manifesting itself differently throughout the ages. What remains constant over the centuries is a kind of droit de seigneur; the right of powerful people to sexually exploit vulnerable children from lower social classes. Historians of the future will undoubtedly look back at our age as a time when MPs like Cyril Smith and other powerful figures abused children in care. When paedophile gangs in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxfordshire abused poor working class children on an industrial level. And when famous personalities like Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile used their celebrity to cruelly trap and abuse vulnerable young fans.
Despite huge amounts of media coverage and outraged social commentary around these crimes, politicians have shown a remarkable tin ear to growing public concern over child abuse….

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/03/child-abuse-westminster-we-havent-even-begun-awaken-nightmare

Child abuse civil claims: Victorian Government to remove time limit for legal action 2-24-2015
The Victorian Government is set to abolish a major legal hurdle for child abuse victims who want to sue their attackers. Legislation will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament to remove the time limit imposed on child abuse victims who want to launch civil claims. Currently under the law there is a 12-year time limit to take action over alleged abuse. Changes will mean people who suffered abuse as a child decades ago will be able to seek civil damages. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said victims should not be penalised for not acting immediately….

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/legal-hurdle-for-sex-abuse-victims-set-to-be-abolished/6243576

Knox Grammar School was home to ‘large paedophile cohort’, victim tells inquiry By Ashleigh Raper A former student of a Sydney private school says students were sexually abused so often, he was not sure it was wrong when he was assaulted by a teacher in the playground.
Former Knox Grammar student Scott Ashton told the royal commission into child sexual abuse of the shock, shame and confusion he suffered after being abused at the school in the 1980s.
He said it was clear the school harboured “a large paedophile cohort” and the abuse led to him becoming a sex worker as teenager.
Students were abused at the exclusive boys school, on Sydney’s north shore, over a 33-year period from the 1970s until 2003….
Mr Ashton said, in 1986, an acquaintance invited him to a sex party where he was paid for sex work, and which was attended by about 10 Knox Grammar teachers and some students.
He said a few of the teachers in attendance were later convicted of child sex offences.
Five former teachers were convicted, but the commission has been told the problem was worse than first thought.
Allegations that three other Knox staff members abused students were heard on Monday.
The commission also heard there was evidence the school knew about abuse but never told police, and the alleged perpetrators have not faced criminal proceedings….
Knox Grammar School’s lawyer, Geoffrey Watson SC, asked to speak before any of the witnesses on Monday. He said that the school conceded what happened was disturbing and damaging. “There is no excuse,” Geoffrey Watson SC said. “The school owed a primary responsibility to those students, and to those parents, to keep them safe from this sort of thing. “The school humbly and sincerely apologises for its failure.”…. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/knox-grammar-royal-commission-hears-child-abuse-rife-at-school/6247698
Former Knox head admits he impeded child abuse investigation on purpose
Ian Paterson told police investigating paedophile teachers at the school he was not aware of any complaints, which he admits was a lie, royal commission hears Bridie Jabour and agencies
Tuesday 3 March 2015
The former headmaster of Knox Grammar school has admitted deliberately impeding a police investigation into paedophile teachers working at the school.
Ian Paterson was approached by Inspector Elizabeth Cullen from the child protection enforcement agency about complaints of child sex abuse at the school in 1996. Paterson told Cullen he was not aware of any complaints, which he has admitted was a lie.
He made the admission in his second day of evidence at the royal commission into institutional responses to child abuse.
He also directed Cullen to files he knew would contain no information. It was not until 2009 that teachers from Knox were charged with child sex abuse offences which dated back to the 1980s.
In reply to counsel advising the royal commission, David Lloyd, Paterson agreed he knew this would impede the investigation.
Paterson told the inquiry on Tuesday he did not believe a student who complained a teacher touched him inappropriately in the 1980s because the student was a “drama boy”.
He also admitted to not contacting police after another student had his genitals groped by a man in a balaclava – suspected to be a teacher – while the boy was in his bed in one of the boarding houses.
Paterson said he did not report either incident to police because it did not occur to him and he was not aware groping was a crime.
He began his evidence with a statement apologising to the victims of child sex abuse at the school, which he was the headmaster of from 1969 to 1998. During that time there are multiple allegations of child sex abuse by multiple teachers with charges laid against some teachers in 2009.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/04/former-knox-head-admits-impeded-child-abuse-investigation-purpose

Former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson’s admissions rock Royal Commission March 04, 2015
THE former headmaster of Knox Grammar has addressed allegations he groped a teenage girl at a school musical production in 1989.
Lucy Perry, the CEO of a global women’s health charity has told a child sex abuse inquiry Ian Paterson cupped her bottom and put his hand near her genitals during rehearsals for a joint school production of Guys and Dolls.
Dr Paterson said on Wednesday it was “absolutely not” true that he had inappropriately touched the then 15-year-old girl.
Giving evidence at the inquiry, Dr Paterson earlier admitted deliberately impeding a police investigation into pedophile teachers working at the school.
Fronting the royal commission into child sex abuse, Ian Paterson said on Wednesday that when a police inspector from the child protection unit approached him in 1996 about six teachers at Knox about whom there had been complaints, he did not give her full information….
The admission follows evidence given yesterday, when the man who was the principal over three decades of sex abuse at the prestigious Sydney school said he didn’t know touching was a crime and “wasn’t aware” that touching, groping, and cases of sexual molestation reported to him were a matter for the police.
Appearing before the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse, former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson confronted claims he had covered up sex abuse over his 30 years at the school’s helm from 1969 to 1998….
When a boy complained in 1989 that teacher Damien Vance had groped and propositioned him Dr Paterson told the 15-year-old to take time out — go to the library and think about the allegations.
When pressed by David Lloyd, counsel assisting the royal commission, as to why he did not tell police Dr Paterson said: “Because the boy was a drama boy”….
Dr Paterson didn’t report the incident to police of the Department of Family and Community services (then DOCS). He said it never crossed his mind.
He denied covering up the attack for the sake of the school’s reputation, but had not considered “touching” a crime.
“I’m not aware that was a matter for the police or a crime.”
GLOWING REFERENCES FOR OFFENDERS
In 1991 Vance was given a “strong” reference by Dr Paterson. The reference allowed Vance to register with the Victorian Department of Education as a permanent teacher.
Dr Paterson was questioned about another incident, where a balaclava-wearing man hid under a boy’s dormitory bed and groped a 14-year-old student.
He had not considered this a “very grave sexual assault” and defended not calling the police.
The man was believed by students to be teacher Chris Fotis, the school’s boarding master at the time.
Fotis was later asked to resign over a separate incident when he was caught masturbating in a car outside the school, but didn’t leave without a glowing reference from Dr Paterson….
Fotis, a Knox old boy, was hired without any reference check. It later emerged he had two sex assault convictions….

http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/former-knox-grammar-headmaster-ian-patersons-admissions-rock-royal-commission/story-fns0kb3z-1227247304556

Did leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses cover up child sex abuse February 16, 2015
In San Francisco, a woman is suing the Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was a child. The Center for Investigative Reporting has shed light on accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up of child sex abuse. Special correspondent Trey Bundy of the CIR’s Reveal reports on how the organization is using the first amendment to fight these charges.
GWEN IFILL: Next: an investigation into child sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witness and accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up within inside some of the group’s 14,000 U.S. congregations….
TREY BUNDY: The case hinges on letters from Jehovah’s Witness leaders to the heads of local congregations. For almost 20 years, they have ordered them to send reports like this one for every known child abuser, to hide these cases from their congregations, and not to cooperate with law enforcement or the courts, unless instructed to.
They have refused judges’ orders to turn over these abuse reports, so no one knows how many cases like Conti’s are out there.
JAMES MCCABE, Jehovah’s Witnesses lawyer: Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child abuse of any form.
TREY BUNDY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that they comply with the law. And their lawyers argue that the First Amendment gives them the right to set child abuse policies as they see fit….
TREY BUNDY: Clarke never called the police. He followed Watchtower protocol. He wrote to New York headquarters, asking how to deal with Kendrick’s confession. They told him not to investigate the matter further.
Instead they said, “Provide him with strong scriptural counsel to avoid a repetition of such a serious offense.”
MICHAEL CLARKE: We don’t make that public to the congregation. It’s confidential.
TREY BUNDY: The elders didn’t warn other members that one of their own was a child abuser.
MAN: And that’s the policy and the practice of Jehovah’s Witnesses that you learned as an elder, correct?
MICHAEL CLARKE: Yes.
TREY BUNDY: Clarke says the elders told Kendrick not to be alone with children. But he was still allowed to join in congregation activities that included minors. A year later, one of those minors was Candace Conti….
TREY BUNDY: When Kendrick moved to the Oakley congregation, no one was told he was a child molester, not even Roger Bentley, who served as an elder there for 30 years. He reviewed this letter of introduction from Kendrick’s old congregation.
ROGER BENTLEY, Former Elder, Oakley Congregation: There’s no indication at all that he’s guilty of child abuse.
TREY BUNDY: So no mention of child abuse, but any mention of children?
ROGER BENTLEY: Well, if you read it, it very specifically says he’s a very interesting individual who has taken the lead with some young ones in the congregation and helped them from veering off course….
TREY BUNDY: The courts continue to grapple with the question: Should freedom of religion outweigh the responsibility to protect children?
In Candace Conti’s case, the jury overrode the First Amendment claims and decided the Watchtower and the North Fremont congregation were negligent and didn’t adequately protect her from abuse.
Kendrick maintains he never molested her. Pending appeal, she was awarded more than $15 million in compensation and damages. It’s the first time a jury has ordered the Watchtower to pay for its child abuse policies.
But for Kendrick’s other victim, her case against the Watchtower was thrown out. Even though Kendrick confessed to the abuse in this deposition and served about eight months in jail, the judge affirmed that the Watchtower’s policies were protected by the First Amendment. It wasn’t liable because the abuse occurred at home and not in the course of religious activity. The Watchtower had no obligation to warn the family about Kendrick’s past.
Kendrick is now free and still an active member of the Oakley congregation….

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/leaders-jehovahs-witnesses-cover-child-sex-abuse/

NSW may extend time limit on child sex abuse claims Royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has shown survivors do not disclose or act on their experience until decades after abuse Brad Hazzard Attorney general Brad Hazzard: under the NSW Statute of Limitations people abused as children generally have three to 12 years from the time of the offence to launch a civil claim. Australian Associated Press Thursday 22 January 2015
The NSW government is considering lifting the time limit in which survivors of child sexual abuse can sue for damages.
The NSW attorney general Brad Hazzard said the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse had uncovered widespread claims about abuse and the legal barriers survivors face in pursuing justice many years after the crime.
“It is well documented that many survivors of child sexual abuse do not disclose their experiences or act on them until decades after the abuse, well after the time period has ended,” Hazzard said on Friday.
The government has released a discussion paper on whether to amend the Limitation Act 1969 and wants to hear from the public.
Under the NSW Statute of Limitations people abused as children generally have between three and 12 years from the time of the offence to launch a civil claim.
“People who have suffered at the hands of others sometimes take 20, 30 years just to build up the courage to be able to say anything … it’s a bit strange that there’s a limitation in the law that says you can’t bring proceedings,” Hazzard told ABC radio on Friday….

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/23/nsw-may-extend-time-limit-on-child-sex-abuse-claims

Boy Scouts settle sex abuse case, sealing years of ‘perversion’ files By Associated Press January 29, 2015 The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.
The announcement of the settlement in the Santa Barbara case came after three days of trial. The terms were confidential at the Boy Scouts’ request, said Tim Hale, the plaintiff’s attorney.
“I can’t go into details about the number, but it was a great result,” Hale said.
Hale had won the right to use the “perversion” files as trial evidence to try to show the Boys Scouts were negligent by not properly training, educating and warning parents, Scouts and volunteers about the dangers of sexual abuse.
Former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. The Boy Scouts of America have agreed to settle a lawsuit by a 20-year-old California man who was molested by Stein in 2007.
He told jurors in his opening statement that they would receive a CD with 100,000 pages of internal documents from 1971 to 2007 during their deliberations. Many of the files have not been seen outside the Scouts.
Hale said Thursday that the settlement will keep the files from being made public. Past settlements in similar cases in Texas and Minnesota also kept them secret….
The release of the more recent files — from 1991 to 2007 — could have revealed how much the Scouts improved their efforts to protect children and report abuse after several high-profile cases and the implementation of a youth protection policy in the late 1980s. Previous large verdicts against the Scouts focused on cases where alleged abuse occurred before the policy was put in place.
In 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the Scouts to make public a trove of files from 1965 to 1985. The records showed that more than one-third of abuse allegations never were reported to police and that even when authorities were told, little was done most of the time.
Those documents came to light after a jury in 2010 imposed a nearly $20 million penalty against the Scouts in a molestation case in Portland, Oregon, that dated to the early 1980s.

http://nypost.com/2015/01/29/boy-scouts-settle-sex-abuse-case-sealing-years-of-perversion-files/

Boy Scouts of America Settles California Child-Abuse Suit Case Involves Man Molested When He Was 13 Years Old in 2007 by Scout Volunteer John R. Emshwiller Jan. 29, 2015 A lawsuit alleging the Boy Scouts of America negligently allowed boys to be sexually molested by Scout leaders has been settled during the first week of a trial in a Santa Barbara, Calif., courtroom.
The settlement, announced on Thursday, involved undisclosed financial terms, said Timothy Hale, an attorney for the plaintiff, who was identified in court papers as “ John Roe. ”
The victim had been molested as a 13-year-old boy in 2007 by a volunteer scout leader, according to a court filing by his attorneys. The filing further alleged the Boy Scouts had concealed records of abuse of boys by Scout leaders and other volunteers over the years.
In a written statement, the Boy Scouts organization said it “is pleased that this matter has been resolved.” While declining to comment on the specifics of the case, the statement said “even a single instance of child victimization or abuse is intolerable and unacceptable.”
Unknown in the wake of the settlement is what will happen with the extensive internal files the plaintiffs obtained from the Boy Scouts regarding how the organization handled past cases of suspected child abuse. Mr. Hale said he favors making them public, but that they are subject to a protective order by the judge….

http://www.wsj.com/articles/boy-scouts-of-america-settles-california-child-abuse-suit-1422561742

New accuser emerges as Cosby cancels shows in Boston Feb 8th 2015
BOSTON (AP) – A former fashion model and actress who appeared on one episode of “The Cosby Show” in 1987 is the latest of several women to accuse Bill Cosby of making unwanted sexual advances toward them. Helen Gumpel, formerly known as Helen Selby, said Sunday that Cosby made sexual advances and lewd gestures toward her while she was on the set of the show. She said she was called to the show’s set for what she thought was another audition shortly after filming the one episode….
“I never thought of myself as a victim because I refused his advances,” Gumpel said. “But my career was a victim.” A Cosby spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The 77-year-old entertainer faces sexual assault accusations from at least 15 women. He denies the allegations and has never been charged with a crime….

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/02/08/new-accuser-emerges-bill-cosby-cancels-shows-in-boston/21140358/

Child abuse royal commission: Rabbi Yosef Feldman resigns as director of Yeshiva centre Tue 10 Feb 2015 Rabbi Yosef Feldman at the royal commission Photo: Rabbi Feldman called for leniency for paedophiles who had been treated and had not offended for decades during his testimony. (ABC News)
The director of the ultra-orthodox Jewish Yeshiva centre in Sydney has resigned after last week telling a royal commission hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman’s evidence at a Melbourne hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was widely criticised by Australia’s broader Jewish community.
In a statement, Rabbi Feldman apologised for the comments he made to the royal commission and said he would step down from all responsibilities as the director on the board of management at Yeshiva….
During the royal commission hearing, Rabbi Feldman said not all abuse cases should be referred to police and that paedophiles should be granted leniency.
“I would be asking for more leniency on people who have shown that they haven’t offended in the last 20 years or decades ago, and have psychological analyses that this is the case,” he said on Monday….
Vic Alhadeff from the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies said Rabbi Feldman was unfit to be a leader in the Jewish community.
“The remarks which have come to light are repugnant to Jewish values. They are not representative of the Jewish community,” he said….

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-11/rabbi-yosef-feldman-resigns-after-royal-commission-evidence/6085654

‘Australia is ashamed,’ Human Rights Report Records Hundreds Child Abuse Cases In Detention
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay February 13 2015 The Australian Human Rights Commission submitted an inquiry report late on Wednesday night. The report comes with the recommendation of a royal commission.
The royal commission has to examine the impact on hundreds of children being detained for long periods in immigration detention centres. The report, called “The Forgotten Children,” also asked for the release of all the children from mainland detention and from the detention centre on Nauru. The commission examined hundreds of incidents of child abuse that included more than 30 cases of sexual assault as well. The report was then submitted to the Australian government on Nov. 11.
The report happens to be the largest survey ever conducted in the world involving children in detention. There were 1129 children whom the inquiry staff interviewed in a period of more than 15 months. The interview period spanned both the Labor and Coalition governments and went on from January 2013 to March 2014.
According to reports, there were 233 recorded cases of child abuse and 33 cases of reported sexual assault, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The royal commission is going to examine “the use of force by the Commonwealth against children in detention and allegations of sexual assault against these children.”
The report has asked 119 children on Nauru to be removed into the Australian community. The report notes that children who are detained indefinitely on Naaru have been “suffering from extreme levels of physical, emotional, psychological and developmental distress.”….

http://au.ibtimes.com/australia-ashamed-human-rights-report-records-hundreds-child-abuse-cases-detention-1420904

Kids In Detention Have Spoken Their Minds About Australia In The New “Forgotten Children” Report
By Justin Pen 12/2/2015 The Report’s findings are shocking, including that “prolonged detention of children leads to serious negative impacts on their mental and emotional health and development.” Within the last 24 months, 167 babies have been born in detention. The average length of detention for children and their families is one year and two months. There have been hundreds of incidents of actual or threatened self-harm….
According to the detainees, water is a rare and precious resource. Several used their submissions to discuss its scarcity and, consequently, the minute-long showers they have to take. Last January, Guardian Australia reported water pumps at Manus Island had broken down, forcing a thousand men in detention to shower with bottled water.
Medical care is also reportedly sporadic. In 2013, a group of doctors wrote a 92-page “letter of concern” that alleged “numerous unsafe practices and gross departures from generally accepted medical standards” were a regular occurrence at the Christmas Island detention facility….

http://junkee.com/kids-in-detention-have-spoken-their-minds-about-australia-in-the-human-rights-commissions-new-forgotten-children-report/50970

The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)
Australia currently holds about 800 children in mandatory closed immigration detention for indefinite periods, with no pathway to protection or settlement. This includes 186 children detained on Nauru. Children and their families have been held on the mainland and on Christmas Island for, on average, one year and two months. Over 167 babies have been born in detention within the last 24 months. This Report gives a voice to these children.

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/forgotten-children-national-inquiry-children-immigration-detention-2014

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/document/publication/forgotten_children_2014.pdf

Rabbis’ absolute power: how sex abuse tore apart Australia’s Orthodox Jewish community
Yeshivah leaders in Sydney and Melbourne chose to preserve the prestige of their faith over the safety of children. A national inquiry that reverberated around the world painted a devastating picture of how individuals were abandoned and ostracised as they fought to end the code of silence
David Marr Wednesday 18 February 2015 2
Orthodox Judaism has never been exposed to such scrutiny. From a Melbourne courtroom, the torment of the Chabad rabbis was streamed live to the world as the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse probed the city’s secretive and powerful Yeshivah community.
Sharp divisions in the Jewish world have been exposed. Two rabbis, including one of the nation’s most prominent, have been forced from their posts. Whistleblowers, humiliated and ostracised for years by Yeshivah, have been dramatically vindicated. More victims have come forward. More criminal charges may follow. Yeshivah schools face a nightmare of civil litigation.
The cast is Jewish, yet the bones of this story are familiar to anyone who has followed the scandal of child abuse in Christian schools and parishes. Rabbis and bishops have shown over the years much the same failings when faced with a choice between guarding the prestige of their faiths and the safety of children. This story is about the dangers in any cult of blind obedience to holy men….

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/19/rabbis-absolute-power-how-sex-abuse-tore-apart-australias-orthodox-jewish-community

Manny Waks: I’m the ‘troublemaker’ who blew the whistle on Jewish abuse scandal
Manny Waks is still living with the impact of years of abuse inside Australia’s Yeshivah centres. Before he can reclaim his life, he says, more people must resign in the wake of the child sex abuse royal commission
Melissa Davey Sunday 15 February 2015
When he was 18 years old, Manny Waks turned his back on life within the Orthodox sect of Judaism known as Chabad. But the effects on his life remain profound.
Now 38, Waks is still unable to read a novel, so dictated was his childhood by religious texts. Until the age of about 29, he believed rubbing his eyes with his fingers after waking up in the morning would cause him to go blind unless he carried out a religious washing ceremony first.
But the most damage has been caused by the repeated sexual abuse he suffered within the umbrella organisation for the movement in Australia, known as Yeshivah….
Since Waks first spoke publicly in 2011 about the abuse he suffered, he has helped to expose the centres, and the schools, synagogues and activities attached to them, as communities within which child sex abuse was covered-up, denied or ignored.
The rabbinic law of mesirah – the prohibition of a Jew informing on a fellow Jew to secular authorities – was used by leaders to keep victims silent, the commission heard. When victims did go to police, they were labelled mosers, or “informers”, a charge so serious they were threatened with exclusion so severe it was akin to being excommunication, which would mean being ripped away from a culture, identity, religion and community. It meant everything from marriage prospects to opportunities for religious honours would be forever taken away….
It does not matter that peak Jewish bodies have publicly said the concept of mesirah does not, and should never, apply to cases of child sexual abuse. Even today, Waks says, victims remain fearful of being shunned.
“The fact that to this day I am the only victim who has been willing to be named should say plenty,” Waks says.
“It is easier for me than for other victims, because I am no longer in that world. Most child sex abuse victims prefer anonymity because of a range of taboos and stigmas attached to them. It’s very sensitive.
“But within the Yeshivah community, those issues and barriers are multiplied tenfold, and by speaking out against them, your life will potentially be over. You will feel the consequences, you will be damaged goods.”
In 1988, when he was 11 years old, Waks was abused by a member of the Yeshivah centre known only to the commission as AVP because he left the country before he could be charged.
The man abused Waks multiple times….
Waks confided in a classmate at the Yeshivah college, who told other children. Soon, Waks felt like everyone knew about what was happening to him, and he faced daily taunts and bullying – including being called “gay” because he had been abused by a man….
Waks says Chabad has “all the hallmarks” of a cult – “every waking moment was dictated for us”, he said. He still has difficulty reading books or watching movies for pleasure, so heavily was his studying of religious texts and documentaries. He did not know what his secular birthday was until he was 15. His relationship with his father, who used a disciplinary approach to ensure his children adhered to Yeshivah values, is fractured….
Manny Waks believes the past two weeks of evidence means resignations now need to happen. Some of the rabbis were involved in malicious attacks against him and his family, it was revealed. They were so brutal that Waks relocated his wife and three children to Europe.
“Where was anyone at the time we were being abused, when we were going to the police?” he asks. Waks is now establishing a global organisation to investigate child sex abuse within the Jewish community.
“These leaders, these people, are the ones who are the biggest miscarriages of justice. They will do anything to protect themselves, their reputation and their institution, and that’s what’s so astounding and so offensive to the core….

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/16/manny-waks-i-was-the-yeshivah-troublemaker-i-hope-now-everyone-can-see-why

Brutal slaying leads to protests over violence against women in Turkey
By Glen Johnson February 14, 2015 Reporting from Ankara, Turkey
The slaying of a young Turkish woman during an alleged attempted rape has prompted angry street protests across Turkey and demands that the government do more to combat violence against women.
Police on Friday discovered the charred corpse of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old psychology student, in a riverbed in southern Mersin province. She was killed while fighting back a sexual assault by the driver of a minibus she took to go home, authorities say.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the slaying, including the driver, authorities told local media. Protesters took to streets of major cities in Turkey on Saturday, as the victim was buried in her hometown.
Women’s rights activists argue that the Islamist ruling party, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is not doing enough to halt such violence—or to ensure those guilty of crimes against women receive adequate punishment. Many argue that Turkey’s judicial system is sympathetic to perpetrators of such crimes.
The number of gender-related homicides of Turkish women has soared in recent years. Authorities reported fewer than 100 in 2002, compared to almost 300 in 2014….

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-slaying-of-turkish-woman-leads-to-street-protests-over-womens-rights-20150214-story.html

Silent no more  How do you tell the story of aboriginal women in Canada today? You can do it with horror stories and grim statistics: 1,200 missing and murdered; 54% more likely to suffer assault, abuse, threats of violence. You can do it with politics: national outrage, political roundtables, calls for a formal inquiry. Or you can reach out to the people most directly affected and give them the tools to tell their stories. This unique project put cameras in the hands of 12 aboriginal girls from Maples Collegiate in Winnipeg and taught them how to document the reality of their lives. We took the conversation to the frontlines. Here’s what the girls had to say. We all need to listen….
At least half say someone in their family has been sexually abused. Some talk about what their own mothers endured. Every single girl says her grandparents suffered abuse at residential schools….
what it’s like for young aboriginal women to just go on, day-to-day, in the shadow of the headlines. What it’s like to face grim statistics about your future: 54% of girls like you will be sexually assaulted, beaten, choked or threatened with a gun or a knife; you are four times more likely to be victims of a homicide….
The RCMP report on murdered and missing aboriginal women released last May showed how close the majority of victims are to perpetrators; 40% of aboriginal women die at the hands of spouses or boyfriends, 23% are killed by family…. 1,181 documented cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women…. http://news.nationalpost.com/silent-no-more/

Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin: Europol February 24, 2015 Like using legitimate, mainstream chat sites to broadcast the abuse, payment using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin also makes the criminals harder to trace than if they were taking credit card payments
Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe’s policing agency warned on Tuesday.
“Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially,” Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online.
Compiled by Europol’s EC3 cybercrime centre, together with Eurojust, NGOs, credit card and online giants such as Google and Microsoft, the report paints a disturbing picture of rising online child abuse.
The sale of child abuse live streams over legitimate chat sites or video chat apps is much harder to trace than when the abuse is sold from a website.
“The research shows that the live streaming of abuse for payment is no longer an emerging trend but an established reality,” the report said.
Criminal gangs recruit disadvantaged children or their own children for the abuse.
“These persons offer homeless children or children from their own family for the sexual abuse by individuals, live in front of a camera, in the European Union or developing countries, for financial gain,” the report said.
Filippino police recently busted a paedophile ring that streamed live sex involving children as young as six, the report said….

http://phys.org/news/2015-02-online-child-abuse-skype-bitcoin.html

Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

Gov’t drafts plan to fight child sacrifice   Feb 24, 2015 By Jacquiline Emodek
THE ministry of Gender, labour and social development with support from UNICEF, Makerere University, World Vision, Plan Uganda and ANPPCAN Ugandan Chapter have drafted the National Action Plan to end child sacrifice and child mutilation. The plan complements the Trafficking in Persons Act (2009) and the Children Act 59 (2000) which promote the protection of rights of children in Uganda. Speaking during the symposium towards eliminating child sacrifice and the mutilation of children in Uganda on Monday at Hotel Africana, Sulaiman Madada the state minister for the elderly and disabled said that the plan is a step towards curbing the vice that is compromising the protection of children. Police records and media reports indicate that cases of child sacrifice and the mutilation of children linked to ritual murders have increased since 2006. http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/665213-gov-t-drafts-plan-to-fight-child-sacrifice.html

Satanists Sacrificing Animals in Bolivia, Activists Say LA PAZ – Animal rights groups allege that animals are being sacrificed in Satanic rituals at a spot off the highway linking the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto known as the “Devil’s Curve,” the La Razon newspaper reported Sunday.
Supposed Satanists are performing the rituals on Tuesdays and Fridays at a four-meter (13-foot) rock that serves as an altar near a place where animals are sold for sacrifices, the newspaper said.
Rabbits, chickens, dogs and black cats have been sacrificed, with the rituals usually taking place in February and August, said Susana del Carpio, director of the animal rights group Animales SOS….
Police destroyed an altar at the site bearing the inscription “Tio Lucifer” (Uncle Lucifer) three years ago following the discovery of a human body nearby.
Investigators suspected that the body may have been linked to the Satanic cult.
Supposed Satanic groups mix Indian beliefs about animal sacrifices, especially of llamas, to Pachamama (Mother Earth) to bring about prosperity and produce good harvests with other ideas….

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2367872&CategoryId=14919

Tourist tells of rape ordeal Jan 22, 2015 Kaitlin Thals PM News Reporter
Melbourne couple plead guilty to abusing a Dutch tourist over six weeks.
A Dutch backpacker who was held hostage in a Melbourne hotel room for six weeks, while her captors repeatedly raped and bashed her, tells a court she is tormented and physically scarred from the ordeal.
The female backpacker was tortured and forced to endure psychological manipulation “of the highest order” at the hands of a Melbourne man who claimed to be possessed, a judge says.
Alfio Anthony Granata, 48, has pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping and assaulting the woman with weapons in his Preston hotel room during a six-week ordeal.
His former partner, Jennifer Mary Peaston, also pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court on Wednesday to intentionally causing injury to the woman.
The 23-year-old tourist was too scared to leave the couple’s hotel room, and was stabbed, raped, beaten and forced to sleep in the shower.
The court heard Granata variously believed he was possessed by the devil and an ancestor named Toto, and once collected the woman’s nails, hair and blood in an envelope to perform a supposed ritual to destroy her soul….
Judge Frank Gucciardo said the footage depicted the two women facing a “psychological onslaught” at the hands of Granata.
“What’s displayed is psychological torture and manipulation of the highest order,” he said….

http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/01/22/victorian-couple-guilty-raping-dutch-tourist/

Pastor held over ‘satanic sex abuse’ March 3 2015 By Shain Germaner Johannesburg – A suspected satanic ritual at a Boksburg church is at the centre of a case in which a 9-year-old boy was allegedly raped and molested by his grandparents, uncle and pastor. The case was originally not pursued in 2013, when the boy was younger. However, the SAPS’s Occult-Related Crime Unit was later brought in to investigate, culminating in the arrest of all four alleged abusers last month. ….Lieutenant-Colonel Hendrik de Jager said interviews with the child had revealed that over a period – possibly of several years – the group had allegedly raped and molested the boy multiple times.
On one occasion, the grandparents and uncle had allegedly taken the child to their place of worship, the Full Gospel Church of God in Witfield, Boksburg, where the pastor was based.
The four adults donned masks and red robes and constructed a circle of red stones, surrounding the child while they prayed in strange tongues.
They gave the child something to drink, while the pastor and uncle took off their clothes and began having sex. The child was asked to touch the private parts of each of the adults while they, in turn, fondled him. De Jager said the child was then told to take off his clothes. The uncle then stood behind him and penetrated him – though it was not clear if this was done with an object.
The lieutenant-colonel told the court that the granting of bail to the four accused would be detrimental to the child’s mental health, as there had been numerous threats against the boy and his parents. De Jager said a man who identified himself as a relative had phoned him to get off the case and threatened to strangle the child and his mother. The parents had also reported that the uncle’s wife had driven past their house screaming: “We’re going to get you!” He said the reason the boy was particularly frightened of the grandfather was that the elderly man had pointed a gun at the child and threatened to kill him if he spoke about the abuse.
De Jager said that, based on information from the child, police were able to find the grandfather’s firearm – further proof of the alleged threat.
Defence lawyer Henk Strydom insisted that his four clients would deny all the allegations, and that they wished to prove their innocence in court. He insisted that the State’s case was weak, as the medical reports taken in 2013 had indicated there were no signs of abuse. Strydom said police had found no evidence of any satanic rituals going on at the church. No red robes or masks were ever found. De Jager said the lapse in time between the laying of the charge and now meant much of the evidence could have been hidden…. http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/pastor-held-over-satanic-sex-abuse-1.1825989

Four alleged rapists, molesters granted bail The magistrate granted bail, saying the case against the four accused wasn’t strong enough. Masego Rahlaga March 3, 2015 JOHANNESBURG – Four men accused of raping and molesting a nine-year-old boy at a church in Boksburg were granted bail in the Germiston Magistrates Court.
The boy’s grandparents, his uncle and a priest have been implicated and appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon.
The magistrate granted bail, insisting the case against the accused was not strong enough and gave the state time to investigate further.
The suspected satanic ritual allegedly happened at the Full Gospel Church of God in Boksburg.
The case was originally opened in 2013, but not pursued until the police’s occult-unit stepped in. It was revealed in court on Monday that the abuse occurred over a period of several years and that the child and his parents had been threatened multiple times by the alleged perpetrators.
The four are expected back in court on 17 March….

http://ewn.co.za/2015/03/03/Alleged-rapists-molesters-granted-bail-in-Boksburg

Alleged satanic priest gets bail Sapa 04 March, 2015 The grandparents of a nine-year-old boy, his uncle, and a pastor were granted bail after a suspected satanic ritual that led to the boy’s alleged rape and molestation, according to a media report….
Magistrate Sharlotte Sithole said the medical report from 2013, when the boy was seven years-old, had no indications of sexual abuse or penetration. On Monday, investigating officer Lt-Col Hendrik de Jager described the boy’s ordeal and said interviews revealed that over a period, possibly several years, the child was allegedly raped and molested multiple times by the group.
He said that there were threats to the boy and his mother, but on Tuesday Sitole said that there was no evidence of the threats.
The Star reported that De Jager said the uncle and grandparents allegedly took the boy to the pastor’s church once, where the adults donned masks and red robes and made a circle with red stones.
They surrounded the child, “prayed in strange tongues” and the child was asked to touch their genitals. He was also allegedly penetrated from behind by his uncle.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2015/03/04/alleged-satanic-priest-gets-bail

‘Rape den’ initiation school branded girls with hot irons: testimony Sapa 04 March, 2015
An initiation school in Mpumalanga was used as a sex den where 21 girls aged between nine and 17 were repeatedly raped and physically abused, the Nelspruit circuit of the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.
One of the 21 girls testified against Johan Jabulani Mlombo, 48 and his wife, Sister Mapalase Khoza, 41, both from Masoyi near Hazyview, a Sapa correspondent reported.
The couple have been charged with assaulting and raping the girls at their initiation school in Mahushu, on August 29, 2012.
Both accused have pleaded not guilty to 27 charges of rape, three of sexual assault, and 19 of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They have been granted R1000 bail each.
….”I was the sixth victim to be called that night. She told me I had to see the big initiation and after we entered the main house, accused two asked me to enter inside a dark room.
“When I refused, she pushed me inside, closed the door, locking me inside with a male person. She did not enter but remained outside,” she said.
The girl testified the man inside gave her a cup of water to drink. He then told her never to tell anyone what was going to happen next.
“Although it was dark inside, I could feel he was naked on top and covered with a cloth at the bottom, because I touched and felt him. Using his hand, he removed my panties, climbed on top of me and raped me,” she said.
The girl testified she had been at the initiation school since June 2012.
“My parents wanted to remove me from this initiation school but accused two (Khoza) refused. We were forced to fetch firewood guarded by two people.”….

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2015/03/04/rape-den-initiation-school-branded-girls-with-hot-irons-testimony

Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke Horror Movie ‘Regression‘ Releases SCARY Trailer: Hermione Granger Faces Satanic Cult In SHOCKING New Role
“Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson a.k.a. Hermione Granger will enter the world of the dark arts once again, but this time in a horror movie revolved around a satanic cult.
Ethan Hawke also stars in the new film, titled “Regression,” which deals with some pretty dark and disturbing subject matter, including incest, sexual abuse, satanic orgies and the murder of animals and babies.
Plot Details: “Set in 1980 in a small Minnesota town where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals and even babies, for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in from all around the country-they believe they’ve uncovered a national and possibly supernatural conspiracy. Is the abuse real, or something else?”
“Regression” is set for an August 28th, 2015 release date.

http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/46432/20150212/emma-watson-ethan-hawke-horror-movie-regression-release-scary-trailer-hermione-granger-face-satanic-cult-shocking-new-role-watch.htm

Regression International TRAILER (2015) Emma Watson Horror Movie HD
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Child Abuse and Trauma Issues

OpDeathEaters : Anonymous calls for Global protest on 13th February By Vijay on January 27, 2015
OpDeathEaters – Anonymous announce a worldwide protest march on 13th February 2015 to bring the political apathy about paedophiles to world notice The hacktivist group which stands for anything remotely related to exploitation has taken the issue of ‘Paedosadists’ or child abusers seriously. The seriousness stems from the fact that the prime accused of the elite invite only VIP Westminster paedophile ring have passed away. The deaths of Leon Brittan, Cyril Smith and Jimmy Saville in the UK has allowed them to escape persecution, leaving their victims with no justice and they have escaped accountability to the world for their actions….
Anonymous hopes that the world wide protest march on 13th February 2015 will bring this fact to the world notice. They also want to point of lack of political will and a lethargic work from the investigation agency which led to the paedosadists escaping accountability to their innocent victims. They hope that their march will end the political apathy to the paedophiles and their rings across the world by naming and shaming them….

http://www.techworm.net/2015/01/opdeatheaters-anonymous-calls-protest-13th-february.html

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced, Report Finds January 27, 2015 Pam Fessler Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That’s according to a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result. The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.
Federal officials say they’re encouraged that the numbers are lower than they were in 2012. But children’s advocates say abuse is so often not reported that it’s impossible to know if there’s really been a decline. “This is just something that’s chronically underreported,” says Elisa Weichel, a staff attorney with the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which published the report Tuesday…. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/27/381636056/child-abuse-and-neglect-laws-arent-being-enforced-report-finds

Spoken-Word Artist Captures Pain and Fear of Child Abuse Kelsey Timmerman Co-authored by J.R. Jamison 02/04/2015 Taking a story someone has lived and translating it into a story you write — as if you were them — is not for the faint of heart, especially when that story is about child abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking….
Yewande was the artistic director for Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret. She wrote and performed this first-person story of Kasey McClure who suffered years of sexual abuse from her father before she left home and fell into the trap of the sex industry….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelsey-timmerman/spokenword-artist-capture_b_6607344.html

Police may charge data centre in largest ever child abuse images bust by Lisa Vaas on March 4, 2015 Canadian police have seized over 1.2 petabytes of data from the dark net – more than four times the amount of data in the US Library of Congress – in what could be the largest child abuse image investigation ever.
In what would be a game-changing shift in prosecutorial tactics, police are considering going beyond the traditional method of prosecuting individuals and will potentially also press charges against the owner of the drives that hold that material – most likely, an Ontario data centre that houses the abusive images.
As Motherboard reports, police developed in-house password cracking software that’s slowly churning through the massive information trove.
Up to 7500 people – the number of unique IP addresses associated with the data seized – from nearly 100 countries could be implicated….
Police have developed password-cracking software that can cycle through 500,000 possibilities per second in order to sift through the seized data, which contains approximately 1.5 million compressed, password-protected RAR files, stored and analysed on the additional hardware they’ve had to purchase for the job.
Out of the 7500 IP addresses police have identified, 2200 of the users are in the US, 843 are in Germany, 534 are in Japan, 457 are in Russia, 394 in Canada, 380 in the UK and 374 in France. Until all the files have been password-cracked, however, there’s no saying how many of those files actually contain child porn….

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/03/04/police-may-charge-data-centre-in-largest-ever-child-abuse-images-bust/

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