Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sudden Interest in Child Trafficking Ring as Time Runs Down for Madeleine Investigation

MADDIE GANG PROBE Cops given cash to probe ‘important’ new lead that Maddie was snatched by people trafficking gang

Detectives following tip off that tot was snatched by child trafficking group in what senior cops admit is final attempt at finding her


SCOTLAND Yard has been given more money to probe an “important” new lead in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The development is being taken so seriously that senior Whitehall officials have been briefed by the Met on its progress.

("Whitehall", a metonym for the United Kingdom's central government administration, similar to USA's 'Whitehouse'.)

               Scotland Yard are being given more money to probe new lead in Madeleine McCann’s
               disappearance. Detectives are following a tip that a gang of European traffickers
               snatched the tot after taking pictures of her.

It could end up proving that she is still alive, nearly ten years after she vanished.

The search for Madeleine has been extended by months after Scotland Yard was given more cash.

But senior cops admit the investigation of the new lead is the “last throw of the dice” in their hunt.

The Met is taking the development so seriously that leading Whitehall officials are being briefed on its progress.

A source said: “This is an important new line of inquiry which could provide an explanation on whether Madeleine was abducted and transported away.

Detectives are investigating tip-off that Madeleine was taken by child traffickers

“It raises hope that she could still be alive.”

Retired Yard detective Colin Sutton said the extra money for the last line of inquiry means “there must be something worthwhile”.

A focus of the inquiry is whether Madeleine, who vanished just days before her fourth birthday in May 2007, was abducted by traffickers.

One witness has claimed the youngster was photographed on the beach with her parents in the days leading up to her disappearance.

Madeleine was on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve.

The last-ditch move to discover her fate comes eight months after Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe predicted the force’s £12million Operation Grange probe was coming to an end.

he view from the apartment above the room that Madeline McCann
The view from the apartment above the room that Madeline McCann NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD

He had said that it was likely to conclude within a few months after a final matter was checked out.
Grange’s extension offers renewed hope for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, both 48, from Rothley, Leicester.

The couple also believe their daughter, who would now be 13, could have been kidnapped and sold by traffickers.

They have researched human trafficking comprehensively since Madeleine vanished and Kate has met representatives from several charities who help victims.

Reports following Madeleine’s disappearance suggested she could have been taken to Belgium or Morocco in North Africa.

Madeleine McCann Madeleine McCann MADELEINE MCCANN HANDOUT
      A poster released three years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, with a picture of
      what she may have looked like by 2010

She vanished from her bed in a holiday apartment while her parents ate a tapas meal nearby with friends.

The source said: “There is specific information which is being investigated.

“The team is trying to confirm or disprove it and will exhaust every possible avenue of information, as they always promised Mr and Mrs McCann they would.’’

The source said: “The Home Office has agreed to continue funding the police work until it is completed.

“At present, funding is due to run out next April when it will be reviewed again.”

A man seen by a friend of the McCann near the resort was later ruled out as an innocent Brit carrying his daughter

The child trafficking theory was first raised by private investigators working for the McCanns in late 2007.

They believed there could have been gang “spotters” working in the Portuguese resort.

There were reports of a man with binoculars looking at children on the beach and of men taking photos of kids.

The McCanns believe the pictures may have been shown to traffickers who then selected Madeleine.

The theory was given further credence by Scotland Yard who provided information about a Belgian paedophile ring to the Portuguese authorities in March 2008.

  There were reports of a man with binoculars looking at children 
on the beach near the resort

The Met’s clubs and vice unit received a tip that the ring had placed an order for a “young girl” just three days before Madeleine went missing.

Leicestershire Police, who at that point led the Operation Task effort to help find Madeleine, were also informed.

A friend of the McCanns said: “Trafficking into Belgium and North Africa has always formed a very strong part of the investigation.

“There is definitive hard evidence that this is happening and they have looked into the fact someone was targeting children and may well have been stealing to order.”

Kate and Gerry McCann walk with their twins Sean and Amelie
Kate and Gerry McCann walk with their twins Sean and Amelie TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD

In 2011, police in Portugal smashed a trafficking ring snatching young women and underage girls in the Algarve and Aveiro, in the north of the country.

Anti-child trafficking charity ECPAT International said Portugal was “attractive to traffickers” because of the ease in which children can be driven through borders.

So they have had all this information for 5 years or more... what's new? Why the sudden interest by Whitehall? It seems there must be something more they are not telling us. Let's hope and pray that there is more to this story and that it leads to the truth, quickly.

Kate and Gerry McCann
                      Kate and Gerry McCann released a plea to then-Prime Minister David
                      Cameron in 2010 when the Portuguese police shut down the enquiry

Police have carried out excavations in Praia da Luz looking for Madeleine’s remains.

But they have always thought there was a possibility she was taken further afield, possibly by traffickers, a predatory paedophile or someone who wanted to raise her as their child.

The Grange investigation was launched in May 2011.

      In April the Home Office gave an additional £95,000 to the probe, and have apparently done
      the same now

It followed a personal plea from Kate to then Prime Minister David Cameron after the Portuguese closed down their inquiry.

In October last year the Met probe was dramatically scaled down.

The Home Office granted the inquiry another £95,000 in April to continue for a further six months.

Sources say that has now been matched with a similar sum.

A family source said: “Kate and Gerry will not comment on any part of Operation Grange.”

The Met Police also declined to comment.

    Algarve, Portugal

350 CSA Victims; > 50 FA Clubs; As Prince William Gets Involved

FA President Prince William "concerned" about football sex abuse scandal

The Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the FA, requested a briefing on the scandal and has asked to be kept regularly updated

Prince William is said to have “concerns” over the ongoing revelations of sex abuse in football, it was revealed today.

The Duke of Cambridge , who is President of the FA, requested a briefing on the scandal and has asked to be kept regularly updated.

This development has some terrific potential if the Prince becomes deeply involved and learns the extraordinary level of child sex abuse that occurs in the Commonwealth, not just in the UK, and not just in football. It is the worst atrocity mankind has ever committed and it is, as usual, children who pay the price. The things he could accomplish if he gets energized about this are worth getting excited about.

A source told the Sunday Times: “The duke is going to be keeping in close contact with the FA.

“His focus as president is on how they are handling the issues in front of them and he has asked to be kept regularly updated.”

His apparent concerns come as more players have come forward claiming they suffered.

    Prince William, pictured here at a memorial service for the Duke of Westminster, has told 
    aides he wants to be kept updated on the scandal

So far about 350 victims have made allegations of child sexual abuse, more than 50 clubs have been mentioned and the FA has announced an internal review.

The NSPCC has launched a dedicated hotline which received more than 850 calls in its first week.

Last week the Mirror revealed former Chelsea player Gary Johnson told he was paid £50,000 by the club to keep quiet about the horrific abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of chef scout Eddie Heath.

Aston Villa fan Prince William became President of the FA in 2006 and celebrated 10 years in the role in April this year with a lunch at Wembley .

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge plays football with pupils as he visits the school on
    Lan Ong Street, Hanoi, Vietnam (Photo: Getty)

The 34-year-old prince has previously proved he is not afraid of voicing his concerns over scandals facing the game, making a speech this May ahead of the FA Cup final outlining the “huge disconnect” between the sense of fair play and allegations of corruption within FIFA.

He told FA delegates: “There seems to be a huge disconnect between the sense of fair play that guides those playing and supporting the game, and the allegations of corruption that have long lingered around the management of the sport internationally.

    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) reacts as her husband Britain's Prince William,
    Duke of Cambridge, (R) kicks a football in a football simulator during their visit to the National
    Football Museum in Manchester  (Photo: Getty)

“The events in Zurich this week represent Fifa’s Salt Lake City moment, when the International Olympic Committee went through a similar period of serious allegations.

“Fifa, like the IOC, must now show that it can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first.”

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Karen Danczuk's Brother in Jail for Raping Her, But Karen Feels Guilt

Karen Danczuk burst into tears as she revealed the true
extent of her brother's campaign of rape against her
on an emotional Loose Women episode

Michael Burke's story is below

The 33-year-old self-proclaimed selfie queen sobbed as she opened up about how paedophile Michael Burke staged years of sexual abuse.

                             video 0:55

Burke, 38, who this week was convicted of a string of sex attacks against Karen and other women, targeted his sister when she was aged between nine and 11.

"I knew it was wrong because it didn't feel right. I couldn't ask someone – it's not like I could tell someone at school – so I thought this was what everyone went through," she told the Loose Women panel on the first day of their new Never Too Late To Tell campaign, aimed at helping victims of abuse speak out.

Karen Danczuk broke down as she spoke to the Loose Women panel about brother Michael's horrific sexual abuse against her.

"[I felt] numb. Normal kids would be upset if they couldn't play with a toy or something, but for me, this was life."

Karen, holding a tissue to stem her tears, drew compassionate comments from the rest of the panel, who told her how brave she'd been to get it out in the open.

When asked what she'd say to her younger self, Karen said: "I look at young Karen as a third person now, as a result of my therapy. But I'd tell her, 'We did it.' I wish I could give her a hug, to be honest."

                            Emotional moment Loose Women launch Never Too Late To
                            Tell campaign against child abuse 0:55

"I just thought this was life," Karen said as she wiped tears from her eyes

    Her brother Michael Burke was this week warned he faces a lengthy jail term when he's
    sentenced later this month (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

She then dissolved into shoulder-shaking sobs, as Andrea Mclean gravely told the camera it was time to take a break.

Emotional viewers took to Twitter to praise Karen's bravery, and thousands sent in their messages of support to the ITV show.

"Karen you're such a brave women, you truest are an inspiration to so many others. Stay strong and keep smiling," wrote one.

    Karen was praised for helping "thousands" of Loose Women viewers come to terms with their
    own sexual abuse (Photo: Loose Women Karen Danczuk)

"Watching the amazingly courageous @KarenDanczuk on @loosewomen . Crying here too Karen, what a selfless act in sharing your journey so soon," said another.

A third tweeted: "Can't believe how incredibly brave Karen is being & this will certainly make a difference! You will never be alone!"

Earlier in the show, Saira Khan welled up as she described the burden of her own childhood sexual abuse being lifted after she spoke out about it on the show.

A month ago, Saira broke down on live TV as she came clean about her uncle molesting her when she was just 13.

She was widely praised for having the confidence to talk about it after her abuser died, and was told by hundreds of Loose Women viewers that she'd helped them, too.

It comes as Penny Lancaster , Gregg Wallace and ex-footballer Paul Stewart all spoke out about their own sexual abuse - the latter having sparked a huge FA investigation into the prevalence of sexual assault within youth football.

Who is Michael Burke?
Karen Danczuk’s brother and convicted rapist

The 38-year-old collapsed in the dock after being found guilty of eight rapes against three different victims

MICHAEL Burke, 38, was convicted of eight rapes against three different victims, including his own sister, Karen Danczuk.

She broke down in court and described him as a “monster” who had “robbed me of my childhood”.

Michael Burke arriving at Manchester Crown Court for the jury's verdict ANDY KELVIN / KELVIN MEDIA

Who is Michael Burke?

Michael Burke, 38, is the older brother of ‘selfie queen’ Karen Danczuk – the estranged wife of Labour MP Simon Danczuk.

He is the second eldest of taxi driver Martin Burke – originally from Galway, Ireland – and wife Susan’s five children, of whom Karen is the youngest.

They lived in a small end-of-terrace house in Rochdale, Manchester, but the couple’s marriage broke down and Martin reportedly moved out of the family home in 1990.

Michael Burke with his sister Karen Danczuk when they were children STEVE ALLEN

Karen claims that it was around this time when her mother moved in one of her lovers and the abuse by her brother began, the Daily Mail reports.

Which makes one wonder whether Michael was being abused by mother's lover? Single moms need to be very careful about who they bring into their homes. Too many are not.

The 33-year-old came forward with claims she had been raped and sexually abused by a family friend in February 2015, before later naming Burke as her attacker.

The divorced dad-of-three was arrested and questioned by Greater Manchester Police, but bailed pending further inquiries.

The security guard told the Daily Mail after his arrest: “I just told them the truth – that we had a good upbringing and that we all used to get on.

“I said I was closer to her [Karen] than my brothers. Then they asked me things that no brother ever wants to be asked about their sister.

“It was really intimate stuff abut whether I had touched her. It made my stomach turn.”

What was Burke charged with?

Michael Burke was rearrested in April 2015 after ‘new information came to light’ and was charged with a a string of sex attacks relating to three victims.

The case was brought before a jury at Manchester Crown Court in November, where Burke denied all charges.

He claimed that he was the victim of “a conspiracy ” by the three complainants and added: “I will prove it eventually. These allegations have been wholly made up against me.”

The court heard how Burke was accused of 15 rapes, one attempted rape and one indecent assault against three females over an 18-year period starting from the early 1990s when he was a teenager.

A jury found Burke guilty of raping his sister three times when she was aged between nine and 11.

He was also convicted of four rapes of a second complainant when he was a teenager and she was 12 and 13 — and of raping a third woman of a similar age to himself between January 2008 and March 2010.

Burke shook his head while hearing evidence in the three-week trial and collapsed in the dock when the guilty verdict was read.

The judge told him a custodial sentence was “inevitable”.

Karen Danczuk waived her right to anonymity to encourage people to come forward about sexual abuse NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD

Why did Karen Danczuk waive her right to anonymity?

The mum-of-two waived her right to anonymity in the hope it would encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

She gave an exclusive interview with The Sun branding her brother a “monster” for raping her as a girl.

Karen added: “He is sick, I hope he rots in hell. He robbed me of my childhood. I was so damaged, my education suffered and I’ve battled anxiety and depression in my adult life.”

The 33-year-old has become a celebrity in her own right following her marriage to MP Simon Danczuk, who she split from over claims he became jealous of the attention she was receiving from her revealing selfies.

She said that taking busty selfies became a way of dealing with the abuse she had suffered as a child.

Karen told this newspaper that her brother would target her on Sunday nights, because he knew that she wouldn't be wearing underwear as that was 'bath night'.

“I would always pretend to be asleep and lie with my back to him, facing the wall. I was terrified and confused but I didn’t know what else to do," she said.

Holding back tears, Karen said: “It was so sore. I remember screwing up my face trying not to cry and wishing for it to be over. I would not dare tell anyone.

“Now I’ve got children of my own that makes me feel sick. I was living in a hell-hole — there was no love in my house. It wasn’t a normal household.”

Karen, who now has a new partner named David Eescudero, tweeted a quote after the guilty outcome, which said: "Pain is temporary, victory is forever."

Artificial Intelligence Toolkit Spots New Child Sexual Abuse Media Online

iCOP toolkit could help police catch abusers early

Amsterdam, New artificial intelligence software designed to spot new child sexual abuse media online could help police catch child abusers. The toolkit, described in a paper published in Digital Investigation, automatically detects new child sexual abuse photos and videos in online peer-to-peer networks.

The research behind this technology was conducted in the international research project iCOP - Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P Networks - founded by the European Commission Safer Internet Program by researchers at Lancaster University, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and University College Cork, Ireland.

There are hundreds of searches for child abuse images every second worldwide, resulting in hundreds of thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos being shared every year. The people who produce child sexual abuse media are often abusers themselves - the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 16 percent of the people who possess such media had directly and physically abused children.

Spotting newly produced media online can give law enforcement agencies the fresh evidence they need to find and prosecute offenders. But the sheer volume of activity on peer-to-peer networks makes manual detection virtually impossible. The new toolkit automatically identifies new or previously unknown child sexual abuse media using artificial intelligence.

"Identifying new child sexual abuse media is critical because it can indicate recent or ongoing child abuse," explained Claudia Peersman, lead author of the study from Lancaster University. "And because originators of such media can be hands-on abusers, their early detection and apprehension can safeguard their victims from further abuse."

There are already a number of tools available to help law enforcement agents monitor peer-to-peer networks for child sexual abuse media, but they usually rely on identifying known media. As a result, these tools are unable to assess the thousands of results they retrieve and can't spot new media that appear.

The iCOP toolkit uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to flag new and previously unknown child sexual abuse media. The new approach combines automatic filename and media analysis techniques in an intelligent filtering module. The software can identify new criminal media and distinguish it from other media being shared, such as adult pornography.

The researchers tested iCOP on real-life cases and law enforcement officers trialed the toolkit. It was highly accurate, with a false positive rate of only 7.9% for images and 4.3% for videos. It was also complementary to the systems and workflows they already use. And since the system can reveal who is sharing known child sexual abuse media, and show other files shared by those people, it will be highly relevant and useful to law enforcers.

"When I was just starting as a junior researcher interested in computational linguistics, I attended a presentation by an Interpol police officer who was arguing that the academic world should focus more on developing solutions to detect child abuse media online," said Peersman. "Although he clearly acknowledged that there are other crimes that also deserve attention, at one point he said: 'You know those sweet toddler hands with dimple-knuckles? I see them online... every day.' From that moment I knew I wanted to do something to help stop this. With iCOP we hope we're giving police the tools they need to catch child sexual abusers early based on what they're sharing online."

This is great, could be a game-changer.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Girl Gets 2 Years Probation for Drowning Newborn Son

B.C. mother who drowned newborn son at home before
taking university exam gets probation
Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — A mother who drowned her newborn son in a sink before leaving her home to write a university exam has avoided time behind bars, though a judge described her actions as “abhorrent.”

Courtney Saul, 19, was sentenced to two years’ probation in provincial court in Kamloops, B.C.

    Thompson Rivers University

Saul was a student at Thompson Rivers University when her baby, George Carlos, was born on Dec. 15, 2011.

Court heard Saul gave birth alone in the bathroom of a basement suite where she was living.

“She held the baby for some time, but she had an exam that day,” Crown lawyer Will Burrows said. “Because she had the exam, she didn’t know what to do. She finally decided she should drown the baby. She did that in the sink and then she went to her exam.”

Afterwards, Saul wrapped the baby’s body in a T-shirt and a shower curtain and placed it in an empty computer box. She put the box inside a backpack, which she placed in the trunk of her car.

It is an abhorrent act

Saul would later tell investigators she hoped to bury the baby in her hometown of Lillooet.

The body was discovered three weeks later, when she loaned her car to an acquaintance, who was involved in a collision.

Firefighters opened the trunk to cut power as a safety precaution. A police officer noticed a backpack in the trunk and opened it, revealing a computer box with an odd bulge. He opened the box and found the baby’s body.

Saul was later arrested. While in custody, police recorded a conversation she had with her mother.

“During her meeting with her mom, Ms. Saul admits she’d had the baby,” Burrows said. “She said she didn’t know she was pregnant until very late in the pregnancy.”

Saul confessed to police and was charged with infanticide. Court heard the charge was stayed a short time later and, in 2015, Saul was charged with second-degree murder.

In August, following a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this year, Saul’s charges were downgraded back to infanticide.

She told police the pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault. She said she’d passed out at a party and woke up without her clothes on.

“She believed someone had sexual intercourse with her while she was unconscious,” Burrows said.

So, did she report the rape at the time? If she was raped and recently realized that she was pregnant, she might well have been in a traumatic state and not able to deal with reality. The fact that she left the child's body in her trunk for 3 weeks might support that theory. 

I am not without sympathy for this girl but find it inexplicable that she held him in her arms for some time before deciding to kill him. And yet, bonding is not something that happens easily to a sexually abused person. Is the woman going to get some psychological counselling? She needs it!

I would like to see the police pursue an investigation into Saul's apparent rape. They have DNA to work with; it shouldn't be too hard.

I would also like to encourage girls to stop drinking or drugging until you pass out. It is incredibly stupid that you leave yourself so vulnerable. You know there are predators everywhere just waiting for an easy target.

Saul and her mother cried in court as the offence was detailed.

    Kamloops, British Columbia

I know I made a mistake

Defence lawyer Murray Armstrong noted the circumstances.

“This is certainly a tragedy in all senses of the word,” he said, adding Saul remains troubled by the events but is moving forward.

“Nothing is going to change what happened, but certainly now Ms. Saul is not a risk to anybody,” he said. “In terms of punishment, there’s no punishment greater than the guilt and remorse she feels.”

When asked by Judge Len Marchand whether she had anything to say, Saul, who has since moved back to Lillooet, managed six words before crying.

“I know I made a mistake,” she said.

Marchand noted Saul’s remorse, but also the seriousness of her offence.

“It is an abhorrent act and it was inflicted on a vulnerable and completely helpless person,” he said.

But Marchand said mitigating factors — including Saul’s lack of a criminal history and the circumstances of how she became pregnant — were powerful.

In addition to her two-year probation term, Saul was ordered to surrender a sample of her DNA to a national criminal database.

Was the complete lack of a prison sentence partly to do with the idea that had she killed the child a few minutes earlier it wouldn't have been a crime? Has abortion made the murder of babies a matter of convenience? Was her exam so much more important than her son's life?

How do you answer such questions? And why did Saul have no-one that she could call or talk to about her predicament? I've lived in Kamloops; they have some great churches there, some very caring people, why was there no connection?

I'm asking the pastors in Kamloops, do you have a presence on Thompson Rivers U campus? Do you have a 'crisis centre' on campus? You should have.

Lebanese Campaign Urges Abolishment of Law that Protects Rapists Who Marry Victims

Turkey just backed down from adopting such a law as this, but it has been in place in Lebanon for some time. 

   A campaign poster by Abaad highlighting the negative effects Article 522 has on Lebanese women.
   Published: 13:35 December 2, 2016 Gulf News

Joseph A. Kechichian, Senior Writer

Beirut: Article 522 of the Lebanese Penal Code shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practised in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family’s so-called “honour.”

Activists say that such ‘protection’ is, more often than not, a second trauma for victims — something that parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee met to discuss a few days ago.

Deputy Élie Keyrouz, a Lebanese Forces MP, proposed to abolish the article entirely, but parliament moved to postpone the debate on the proposal until next Wednesday.

The Lebanese Forces’ Department of Women’s Affairs not only called to abolish the article but also to prosecute the rapists — insisting that 522 stands as an insult to “women and violates their dignity and the safety of the family and stability.”

The hashtag #Undress522 has also been launched to trigger online discussion and awareness on the matter.

It teamed up with local NGO, ABAAD, which made visual inroads as it displayed in front of parliament building at Nijmeh Square a woman dressed in a white wedding dress made with bandages, to say that this was not acceptable.

The idea for the visual was taken from a powerful video made by Danielle Rizkallah that shows how a woman is beaten and raped before her bruises are covered with bandages that resemble a white dress.

Model Galina Yordanova played the role and stood outside parliament to sensitise lawmakers to the plight under the slogan “A White Dress Doesn’t Cover the Rape”.

ABAAD recently issued a comprehensive 271-page study in Arabic by Azza Charara Baydoun, “Domestic Violence” which dotted the i’s and crossed every imaginable t in the ultraconservative Lebanese society that skirts with liberalism in public, but insists on ancient norms in private.

The heavily researched and annotated book confirms that 4 per cent of Lebanese women are subjected to verbal abuses, 8 per cent to physical assaults, 13 per cent to financial constraints, 17 per cent to rape, and a whopping 41 per cent are routinely subjected to legal violence since the current law protects the man instead of his victim.

According to an ABAAD commissioned survey, “60 per cent of the Lebanese population is in favour of repealing Article 522 with 84 per cent considering that it protects the rapist from prosecution and punishment.”

Another 73 per cent consider that the Article increases pressure on women to marry their rapists with the same number considering that the Article reflects society’s preference for preserving a family’s ‘honour’, rather than seeking justice for a woman’s suffering.

Backward people are in desperate need of re-defining what honour really is.

    Lebanon is about 54% Muslim, 40% Christian, and 5.6% Druze

Abducted California Woman Probably Victim of Human Trafficking Attempt

A California woman abducted while jogging was branded by two female captors who kept their faces covered during the three weeks they held her, a sheriff said in seeking the public's help to solve a crime that has riveted and unnerved the community.

The Spanish-speaking suspects also kept the head of 34-year-old victim Sherri Papini covered at times, limiting her ability to provide descriptions so authorities could draw sketches, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said at a news conference Wednesday.

The abductors may have been trying to humiliate and wear down Papini by branding her and cutting off her long hair, Bosenko told "Good Morning America" .

"I would think that that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message," he said, emphasizing that the brand was a message, not a symbol.

At the news conference later in the day, the sheriff said authorities still lack a motive for the abduction.

"We do not know if she was a specific target or if this was a random abduction," he said.

Bosenko declined comment on where Papini had been branded or where she was held by her captors.

He said he is not sharing all the details of the investigation and asked for the public's help in finding the two women, saying authorities are trying to do a sketch of the suspects based on Papini's limited recollections.

Papini told investigators the younger woman had long curly hair, thin eyebrows and a thick accent. The older suspect had straight black hair with some gray and thick eyebrows.

The sheriff warned residents to remain cautious until the suspects are identified.

Papini, the mother of two small children, disappeared while jogging Nov. 2 near her home in Redding, about 140 miles north of Sacramento. She was released near Interstate 5.

Her husband Keith Papini has said his wife was covered with bruises and burns and was chained at the waist and wrists when she was found.

In a written statement Tuesday to "Good Morning America," he also addressed social media chatter doubting his wife's story of abduction and assault.

"Rumors, assumptions, lies, and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting," he wrote.

The sheriff has said the case is puzzling for a number of reasons, including motive. He said no ransom demand was made and the Papinis are of modest means.

Bosenko told the AP on Monday that investigators have no reason to doubt the harrowing tale told by Sherri Papini.

Keith Papini said his wife weighed just 87 pounds and the bridge of her nose was broken when she was tossed from a vehicle along the interstate with her hands restrained and a bag over her head.

Bosenko said Sherri Papini was unable to recall any details about her abduction when first questioned soon after being found.

He said victims of traumatic experiences sometimes suffer from memory loss regarding the events.

No kidding! The poor woman was undoubtedly in shock. Experts have spoken out today to suggest that the branding, the cutting off of her hair, the chains, etc., are trademarks of Mexican human trafficking cartels. The Hispanic women who abducted her fit well with that theory. 

One suspects that the very pretty 34 year old was mistaken for a much younger woman. He believes that when her face began appearing everywhere, the woman was just too hot a commodity and they dumped her. 

As shocking as this case is, it probably happens quite frequently across the US and Mexico as it certainly has been happening in Europe for many years - not with Mexican cartels but with Albanian, Romanian, etc., gangs. 

Thank God she is home. Let us pray she gets the help she needs to recover from this horrible ordeal. And let us pray for the many girls who are abducted and trafficked around the world.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

JW's Practices Against Child Sex Victims is Cultish and Unbiblical

Jehovah's Witnesses' process for handling child sex abuse allegations keeps authorities in the dark

Radio-Canada's Enquête investigates allegations that the closed religious movement fails to protect children
CBC News

    The policies of Jehovah's Witnesses are established by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society,
    based in New York state. (Radio-Canada)

Mélanie Poirier was 10 when she started taking piano lessons and it would prove to be an experience that changed her life forever. At that very first lesson, she said, her piano teacher sexually assaulted her. It went on for five years.

"Week after week, at every piano lesson, he would masturbate in front of me. And he would ask me to touch him," Poirier told Radio-Canada's investigative program, Enquête.

Her father, Benoît Poirier, was in the next room waiting for her lesson to be over, completely unaware, she said.

Poirier said she couldn't tell her father, who was a Jehovah's Witness elder, or anyone else what was happening because her piano teacher was also an elder in the congregation that her family belonged to in a Montreal suburb.

"He was well-known, an elder, an example to follow," she said.

The biggest obstacle, however, was the fact she didn't have a second witness to the alleged abuse — a key requirement of the church's internal judicial system.

"If I told anyone, nothing would have happened. I wouldn't be believed. The elders wouldn't have even stopped to listen to me," Poirier said.

    Former Jehovah's Witness Mélanie Poirier on confronting her alleged abuser 1:00

Internal policies — and no police

The Poiriers are among several former Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec and the United States who spoke to Enquête about the church's policies for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse and their failure to protect victims.

Among those policies: complainants are made to answer inappropriate questions if they report an assault, and their stories must be corroborated by a second witness for a case to even be heard by an internal judicial committee. Until this past summer, accusers were also forced to confront their alleged abuser before a panel of elders.

    Policies for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse are guided by a strict interpretation of
    biblical scripture. (Radio-Canada)

Radio-Canada also heard allegations that a five-year-old boy from a Quebec congregation was made to repeat his story in front of the man he said abused him. The boy's mother told Enquête the allegations were dismissed because the child did not have a second witness to the alleged assault.

In its investigation, Radio-Canada obtained a questionnaire designed to guide Jehovah's Witness elders interviewing children alleging sexual abuse. It includes the question: "How many elders believe the victim is to blame or willingly participated in the act?"

The questionnaire was drafted by the headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, in the state of New York. The Watchtower Society declined Enquête's request for an interview.

Rules rooted in scripture

The Watchtower Society's leadership bases its policies on a strict interpretation of biblical scripture.

Its policy on making an accuser justify her or his allegations in the accused's presence, for example, is based on a line from the Book of Matthew:

"If your brother commits a sin, go and reveal his fault between you and him alone." — Matthew 18:15

An elders' manual distributed to congregations cites the books of Deuteronomy and John as the basis for the two-witness policy.

"There must be two or three eyewitnesses, not just people repeating hearsay." — Deut. 19:15

"No action can be taken if there is only one witness." — John 8:17

Jehovah's Witnesses have an issue with Biblical scripture; it is that they use a unique interpretation based on a single codex, a single compilation of scriptures that, while early, was not reproduced in any quantity. It is therefore considered to be less accurate than those codices that were widely distributed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It explains why they have some bizarre and even blasphemous beliefs about Jesus Christ. 

Verse 8:17 of John is interpreted incorrectly above. 17 Yea and in your law it is written, that the witness of two men is true. 18 I am he that beareth witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

As you can see, Jesus is speaking and referring to what is written in the Law, specifically Deu 19:15. Christians do not live under the Law, but under grace. Legalism is not Christianity. 

In verse 17 Jesus does not restrict the witness of a single accuser in any way. He merely states that even in the Jew's own Law, the witness of two men is accepted as true. He then goes on to claim Himself and His Father as witnesses to Whom He really is. 

Here are a few preceding verses to put this into proper context: 12 Later, in one of his talks, Jesus said to the people, “I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path.”

13 The Pharisees replied, “You are boasting—and lying!”

14 Jesus told them, “These claims are true even though I make them concerning myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. 15 You pass judgment on me without knowing the facts. I am not judging you now; 16 but if I were, it would be an absolutely correct judgment in every respect, for I have with me the Father who sent me. 17 Your laws say that if two men agree on something that has happened, their witness is accepted as fact. 18 Well, I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”

So, obviously, Jesus was just using the Pharisees own scriptures to prove Himself. He was not making a policy statement, and to interpret it as such is a gross aberration of scripture.

Avoid police policy

While the Watchtower tells elders it is the "absolute right" of members to report allegations of child abuse to police, doing so is effectively discouraged by an organizational emphasis on dealing with such matters internally and avoiding "unnecessary entanglement with secular authorities," as stated in an internal document from 2014.

A recent Royal Commission in Australia found the Jehovah's Witness church there had recorded allegations of child sexual abuse against 1,006 members. Not one allegation was reported to authorities outside the church.

Since 1997, the Watchtower leadership has required that every allegation of child sexual abuse brought to a congregation's attention be sent to the organization's national headquarters. 

Earlier this year, a California court ordered the Watchtower Society to submit a database of the alleged pedophiles among its ranks, but the society has yet to do so.

    Mélanie Poirier and her father, Benoit, both left their congregation in suburban Montreal after
    going through the church's judicial process. (CBC)

'Catastrophic' complaint process

Mélanie Poirier kept her story of alleged weekly assaults by her childhood piano teacher to herself for 20 years, until she met another alleged victim of the same man. Together, they decided to bring their case to the congregation's elders.

Both women were made to defend their allegations in a meeting at which their alleged abuser was present.

"I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn't difficult — it was catastrophic," Poirier said.

"He asked me questions. He said I was mistaken, my memories were wrong, why do I want to do this to him. I was revictimized that evening," Poirier said.

Based on his alleged victims' testimony, a judicial committee composed of elders expelled Poirier's former piano teacher from the Jehovah's Witnesses. He appealed, however, twice — meaning Poirier and the other alleged victim were made to confront the man a total of three times.

The story doesn't end there. Poirier's alleged abuser soon joined another Jehovah's Witness congregation, despite never having admitted to any wrongdoing or repented for the sin he was accused of committing — conditions set by the Watchtower Society for regaining membership.

Enquête contacted Poirier's old teacher, who is still a Jehovah's Witness and doing door-to-door work. He denied the allegations and refused an interview.

Poirier left the Jehovah's Witnesses soon after her ordeal, as did her father. Benoît Poirier said he's never recovered from seeing his daughter treated the way she was, and he's encouraging others to come forward with their stories.

"You're not sullying the organization by speaking out," he said. "These people are traitors, abusers, criminals.… They're sullying the organization with their actions."

Poirier has since taken her case to police in Laval, Que.

'Yes, I have been Raped,' says Westwood Actress Evan Rachel Wood

'I am still standing. I am alive. I am happy.
I am strong. But I am still not OK'
The Associated Press

    Actress Evan Rachel Wood, who stars in HBO new hit show Westworld, revealed in an
    online posting that she has been raped twice. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

Evan Rachel Wood has revealed that she has been raped twice

The revelation comes in a letter to Rolling Stone that Wood made public on Twitter on Monday.

In the note, she writes, "Yes, I have been raped."

"I am still standing. I am alive. I am happy. I am strong. But I am still not OK," she says. "I think it's important for people to know that, for survivors to own that, and that the pressure to just get over it already should be lifted."

Wood says was assaulted once "by a significant other" she was together with at the time, and by a bar owner during a separate incident. She says she initially questioned herself over both incidents, which she says took place "many many years ago."

The Westworld actress posted the letter after the incidents were mentioned in a Rolling Stone profile of her published earlier this month.

Wood says in the letter that she believes being raped "was one of the many factors" behind a suicide attempt when she was 22.

Iraqi Refugee who Raped 10yo Boy at Austrian Swimming Pool has Conviction Overturned

The good news is, he is still in custody until
his re-trial next year

    © Nora Stribrna / Reuters

An Iraqi refugee who raped a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool, calling it a “sexual emergency,” has had his conviction overturned after a court in Austria concluded that the 20-year-old attacker may have been unaware the boy did not want to be abused.

The assailant, identified as Amir A., was taken to the Theresienbad pool in Vienna in December of last year as part of the integration process into Austrian society. He was also provided with a 15-year-old translator to help him integrate.

Once at the pool, Amir A, who had worked as a taxi driver in Iraq, dragged a 10-year-old schoolboy into the changing rooms, locked the door and violently sexually assaulted him.

 The boy, known only by his first name, Goran, told a lifeguard he had been attacked, and the police were called. He suffered severe internal injuries and was rushed to a children's hospital. He is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After the incident, Amir A. reportedly returned to the swimming pool as if nothing had happened, continuing to have fun and using the diving board.

The assailant, who came to Austria via the Balkans in September 2015, confessed to the rape, saying he had acted because of a “sexual emergency” as he had not had sex for four months. When asked if such actions were legal in his home country, he admitted he knew that “such acts were forbidden in any country of the world,” Kronen Zeitung daily reported.

So, he dragged the the boy into the changing room; he locked the door; he caused severe internal injuries to the boy; he knew it was illegal behaviour; but he didn't know the boy didn't want to be sexually assaulted! How does that make any sense? Anyone suffering severe internal injuries is going to be screaming in pain; how can that be interpreted as consent? Did the rapist cover the boy's mouth to mask the screaming? Isn't sodomy by an adult with a 10 year old child considered rape regardless of circumstances, in Austria?

In June, a court found Amir guilty of grave sexual assault and rape of a minor, and sentenced him to six years in prison. A court awarded the boy’s family €4,730 (US$5,150) in compensation after prosecutors described him as suffering “profound despair,” the newspaper reported.

But on Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial, Heute reported.

The court ruled that while the verdict with regard to the serious sexual abuse of a minor was “watertight,” the written verdict on the conviction of rape cannot be sufficiently proved.

The new trial is likely to take place in 2017, until which time the 20-year-old will remain in custody. In the event that the charge of rape is proved in the new trial, the attacker could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, Vienna Online reported.

The mother of the victim, who herself moved to Austria as a Serbian refugee, said her son suffers from severe panic attacks and can only sleep with the  help of medication. He "screams and cries" and is "often frightened," she said, as reported by Heute.

There have been a number of reports of similar attacks by asylum seekers at swimming pools across Austria and elsewhere in Europe.

A 37-year-old mother and her four-year-old son were subjected to a sexual assault in the quiet southern Austrian town of Klagenfurt in March, Kurier daily reported.

Authorities in the Austrian town of Mistelbach issued a temporary pool ban for refugees following a sexual assault by a “dark-skinned’ man on a 13-year-old girl in June.  According to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the girl was first followed by a young man into the women’s changing room. Once there, he forced her to perform oral sex. The girl, however, fiercely resisted and started shouting, forcing the attacker to flee.