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

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

India - Priest Sentenced 40 Years for Child Rape

Clergyman was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting the girl at a
Salvation Army church in the southern state of Kerala in 2014
Gulf News, AFP

New Delhi: An Indian court has sentenced a Christian priest to 40 years in prison for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl at the church where he worked, the prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Sanil K. James was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting the girl at a Salvation Army church in the southern state of Kerala in 2014.

The 37-year-old is also being investigated for the alleged rape of another girl during the same period.

“The court said the priest deserved the maximum punishment for this cruel act,” special prosecutor Pious Mathew said.

Prosecutors told the court James had raped the girl, now aged 13, several times inside the church complex over a period of two months.

The judge ordered that he should not get remission and also imposed a 20,000 rupee (Dh1,087 or $295) fine.

He was given two 20-year sentences, one under India’s stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences act and one under a separate section of the criminal law covering the rape of children.

Activist Smriti Minocha said the length of the term was highly unusual in a country where even those sentenced to life usually only serve 14 years.

“Courts normally award life sentences to rape convicts but sentencing him to 40 years is exceptional,” said Minocha, director of the women’s justice initiative at the Human Rights Law Network, a Delhi-based NGO.

Kerala, India
“Most of the cases of child sexual abuse remain undocumented, it’s only grave acts like rape and molestation which are reported.”

Child sexual abuse is common in homes, schools and residential care facilities across India and critics say the authorities have a poor record in bringing offenders to justice.

More than 18,000 children were sexually assaulted in 2014, according to India’s national crime records bureau.

A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 said it was alarmed by widespread violence and sexual abuse of children in India.

It said one in three rape victims in India was a minor and half of the abusers were known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.