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
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Too soon to free man who had 180,000 child sex imagesJohn Weekes
WHEN he faced sentencing after storing 180,000 child exploitation images, the court was told he was no threat to society.
Less than four years later, Rockhampton man Nathan Daniel Green was back in the dock.
And that time, he faced charges not only for abuse images, but of indecent treatment of a child under 12. Now, a judge must figure out whether 33-year-old Green should be freed again.
In Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice Martin Burns said he wanted two doctors to examine Green and prepare reports and "give evidence to the court in person" before the court could decide.
In Queensland, jailed sex offenders due to be released can be placed on supervision orders, released on parole with supervision, or kept in continued detention.
In November 2011, Rockhampton District Court heard Green accessed and paid to view 10 child sex abuse websites.
At that hearing, prosecutor Dearne Galbraith said Green's actions were not spontaneous - Green kept 99% of content he accessed.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said Green had a psychology assessment a year earlier, and sought counselling afterwards.
The psychologist's report found Green, at the time of apprehension, "was well on the way to paraphilia, namely pedophilia," the Morning Bulletin reported at the time. But the report insisted Green had not yet entered that stage and was no threat to society.
I think the psychologist may be the threat to society!
Judge Grant Britton sentenced Green to two years, nine months, to be released after nine months.
Most of the material Green had at that stage featured victims under the age of 12.
Two years later, police were at Green's home. Green had been using his mother's computer to download tens of thousands of child sexual abuse images.
In March 2015, Green pleaded guilty to five charges in Gladstone District Court, including possession of child exploitation material and indecent treatment of a child under 12.
At that hearing, defence lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand said his client's re-offending demanded a lengthy period of supervision.
Judge Michael Burnett jailed Green for four years. The next hearing for Green will be on November 27.
'You clearly have an interest in sexual abuse':
Former Surrey headteacher found with nearly 3,000
sex abuse images spared jail
Thomas Melling was sentenced after downloading videos, which included
a toddler being forced to perform sexual acts
Caution: disturbing graphic details belowBY MARK SHALES
A former Haslemere headteacher, who downloaded thousands of child sex abuse images, which included a sick video showing a toddler being beaten and forced to perform sexual acts, has been spared jail for a second time.
Married Thomas Melling was convicted of sexually touching a child in 1999 after kissing one of his pupils.
On Monday (August 21), he was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court after admitting three counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child, one count of possessing extreme pornography and one count of possessing an indecent image of a child.
The 67-year-old was found with 912 category A images, the most serious, 622 category B and 1,268 category C, as well as two extreme pornographic images involving a dog and a horse. Moving images and videos were also recovered.
Melling was also found with 12 cartoon indecent images of children on two hard drives and a computer seized by police earlier this year.
The court heard on Monday one of the videos saved on his hard drives showed a woman pulling down a toddler's nappy and pinching her vagina to make her cry before forcing the child to perform oral sex on her.
Another video showed a girl aged between six and 10 years with her ankles tied together with rope being punched and penetrated by two men.
WhatsApp messages found on two Samsung Galaxy phones seized by police also showed Melling had shown interest in a nine-year-old child from a family in Kenya he was sponsoring.
He was made the subject of a three-year community order and ordered to carry out a 100-day treatment program in addition to paying costs of £480.
He was also made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting his use of the internet and banning him from travelling to Kenya, and made to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for a decade.
Prosecuting, Tim Devlin told the court Melling, who was still being supported financially by his teacher wife, was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1999 in an historic case that dated back to the kissing of a pupil at an undisclosed school in the early 1980s.
He was arrested and released with a caution when police officers, alerted by peer-to-peer file-sharing software companies, raided his home on April 27 this year. Police seized his hard drives and computer, where they found the revolting images, as well as two Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
Sentencing, Judge Peter Moss said: "Thomas Melling, you pleaded guilty at the magistrates' court to five offences relating to indecent images of children. There were in count one 912 category A images, in count two 622 category B images and in court three 1,268 category C images.
"There are two further charges, one of possession of two extreme pornographic images and the last count of possessing 12 prohibited images of children which I understand to be cartoons. Those are all serious offences."
"It's difficult for most people to comprehend why someone would want to look at let alone store such material and you definitely have stored this material."
He added: "You clearly have an interest in sexual abuse and indecent images of children, both boys and girls and this is not the first time appeared before a court.
"In 1999, you were convicted after a trial of activity with a child of sexual touching which involved kissing a pupil of yours when you were in a position of trust."
He continued: "By your viewing [the indecent images], it perpetrates the production of such material that others are creating."
Melling, of Woolmer Hill Road, Haslemere, only spoke to confirm his name.
His seized hard drives and computer were due to be destroyed but he was allowed to have his two Samsung Galaxy phones returned by the police.
'SHUT YOUR MOUTH'
Corbyn ally, Naz Shah, shares Twitter message telling Rotherham sex abuse victims to be quiet ‘for the good of diversity’
Naz Shah claims she accidentally liked and shared message from parody Twitter account
By Ben Lazarus
A PROMINENT Labour MP and key ally of Jeremy Corbyn shared a social media message telling victims of sickening sex abuse to shut up for “the good of diversity.”
Naz Shah retweeted and liked a post on Twitter by an account parodying left-wing writer Owen Jones which said: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”
Her actions have reignited the furious row over Pakistani sex gangs which last week saw Labour MP Sarah Champion hounded out of Labour’s front benches for writing an article in The Sun addressing the issue.
Ms Shah, who later deleted the retweet and unliked the post, was a key figure in leading the furore against a column written by The Sun’s Trevor Kavanagh about the grooming sex scandal last week.
Equality and Human Rights Commission chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath immediately condemned the Labour MP last night.
She said: “Ms Shah should know better.
“We need to keep the victims of these horrific crimes at the heart of the debate and always remember that diversity is not served by silence.”
The British-born Muslim MP, 43, who was once a key aide to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, accused Mr Kavanagh of using “Nazi-like terminology”.
She organised an open letter to The Sun signed by 107 MPs demanding action.
Ms Shah, who served on the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, wrote The Sun’s piece was “irresponsible” and that it set “a dangerous precedent.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised her for the letter on his Facebook page.
Last year, Shah, the Bradford West MP, was suspended by Labour for anti-semitic online posts.
In one, she shared rants on Facebook calling for Israel to be uprooted and dumped in America. In another she likened Israeli policies to those of Hitler and also wrote: “The Jews are rallying.”
She later blamed her anti-semitism on “ignorance”. Ignorance, racism, arrogance, stupidity, etc., etc.
A total of 20 girls gave evidence during the trials at Newcastle crown court, which saw 17 men and one woman jailed for grooming.
A spokesman for Ms Shah said: “This was a genuine accident eight days ago that was rectified within minutes. To suggest otherwise is absolute nonsense.
“Her record speaks for itself. Naz has been working for over 20 years on the issues of child abuse, violence against women and grooming, which is well documented.
Maybe, but for which side?
Judge finds victim impact statement 'very compelling'
Saipan pervert gets 12 years for sexual abuse of a minor
By Bryan Manabat Variety News Staff
A victim-impact statement submitted to the court was the main aggravating factor considered by Judge Kenneth Govendo in sentencing 33-year-old Sidney A. Aldan to 12 years in jail for sexual abuse of a minor.
The judge read a letter from the victim, who is now 15 years old, stating that Aldan deserves the maximum sentence for what he did to her.
“I would like you to know, your honor, that what that monster did to me took away my childhood life, and he broke me into a million pieces — it hurts so much.”
The victim said she does not know what her future life will be like because of what she is going through.
“Will I ever overcome this? Will I ever live a normal life?”
She said she still cannot explain the pain she is going through.
“I feel like a million nails are stabbing all over my body. I just feel so sad and I hurt deep inside…that sometimes it makes me think I should just take my life and end everything.
“I never had a chance to be a happy child or even just a normal child. I was child growing up, always worried and scared and I found myself asking when would all this ever end.”
Judge Govendo found the victim’s statement “very compelling,” adding that she is still deeply suffering to this day.
During the sentencing proceeding on Tuesday afternoon, Aldan was represented by Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski while the government was represented by chief prosecutor Michelle Harris who asked the court to impose the maximum sentence, citing the victim’s very young age and Aldan’s prior violent incidents with his partner.
Aldan, through his counsel, presented a letter of apology to the victim, and a letter of apology to the community.
Dominski recommended a 10-year sentence for Aldan, saying the incident “is not as extreme as other cases,” and that the defendant is a “hard worker.”
But Harris said imposing the minimum range would be “an outrageous miscarriage of justice —it does not serve the community and it does not serve the victim.”
Judge Govendo sentenced Aldan to 20 years in prison, suspended except for 12 years to be served day by day without parole or early release but with credit for the 541 days he had already served.
Aldan will also be placed on probation for eight years and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, $125 in court costs in addition to probation fees. Moreover, he will register as a sex offender.
The judge said he wants to send a message to the community that such acts will not be tolerated.
Aldan pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree during a change-of-plea hearing held on Feb. 7, 2017.
Pervert with 275,676 images of abuse caught by new unit dedicated to finding child sex offenders
BY JASON EVANS
A 42-year-old man with a staggering 275,676 images and 6,220 videos of abuse - including a large number of the most extreme images, has been jailed.
Forensic investigators also found evidence that Ian David Croker, from Narberth, he had been filming men in public toilets.
Croker was caught by a new Welsh police unit dedicated to tracking down offenders who view and share indecent images of children on the internet.
He pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and to voyeurism and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Polit's Martyn Griffiths
Dyfed-Powys Police’s online investigation team - Polit - was launched in March this year in response to a growing concern about people accessing indecent images on the web.
It has already carried out 16 warrants on suspects in the first five months of its existence.
The team, based in the force’s headquarters in Carmarthen , is made up of digital media investigators, forensic examiners, intelligence officers, and analytical staff – and its job is to track offenders and gather evidence of their online crimes.
Also caught by the team was Michael Nathan Cohen, from Kidwelly.
The former senior probation officer was caught red-handed watching a child abuse film when police raided his house on the morning of June 27.
Dyfed-Powys Police detective sergeant Mathew Davies said the officers chose to swoop on the 71-year-old’s house in the morning after analysis of intelligence showed that was the time of day he was most likely to be downloading images.
Cohen was still in his dressing gown when officers knocked on his door – on his computer they found more than 150 images and films of child abuse.
He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.
The team works with national and internal agencies including the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and the American National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as with police forces around the world.
Once individual computers used for downloading the images from the net have been identified, Polit swings into action – executing warrants at the addresses linked to those computers, arresting suspects and seizing computers for analysis.
Detective Davies said: “We are working closely with partner agencies in both the United Kingdom and US to identify offenders operating online viewing and sharing indecent images of children.
“The implementation of the Polit team at Dyfed-Powys embraces the need for improved digital working and makes a substantial contribution to the efficiency of bringing those offenders who commit this type of crime quickly to justice.
“The investment recognises the changing nature of crime – offenders are increasingly using the internet and technology to harm children.
“If people choose to engage in this type of hideous and despicable crime then they can expect that specialist police officers will detect their activity.
“Safeguarding young people and vulnerable persons is a priority for Dyfed-Powys Police and we would urge anyone with information about offences involving children to contact us.”
Detective Sergeant Davies said: “It is important to realise that downloading and watching indecent images and films is not a victimless crime.
“This has a huge impact on the young people involved, as well as the families of those who are offending.
“I would like to warn people living in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area that we are proactively targeting those who carry out such activities, and the next knock at the door could be officers from my team."
Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi announces Bharat Yatra on Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking
New Delhi: Nobel Peace Laureate, Sh. Kailash Satyarthi, is embarking on a historic Bharat Yatra to spearhead the fight against child trafficking and child sexual abuse across the country.
This yatra (pilgrimage) is the manifestation of his belief in ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat’. The yatra will pass through 22 states covering 15,000 Kms and union territories over 35 days. The Yatra will start from Kanyakumari in the south, stretching across western India. Guwahati will lead the yatra from the eastern part of the country, while Srinagar will flag off the northern stretch. The culmination of the Yatra will be in the national capital of Delhi, on the 15th of October.
Kailash Satyarthi has been campaigning for the freedom, safety and security for children across the globe for the past 36 years. He has led the historic Global March Against Child Labor in 1998 that prompted the ILO to pass international conventions against the worst form of child labor, in addition to the Shiksha yatra in 2001, after which the Right to Education was included as a fundamental right in the Constitution of India. As a prolific thought leader, he has played a catalytic role in influencing social and political policies of our country. He won the Nobel Peace prize (2014) for his continuous efforts and struggle for the rights of children. The yatra will flag off from Kanyakumari on the 11th of September, from the Vivekanand Memorial, commemorating the anniversary of the great leader’s address at Chicago in 1893.
Announcing the Bharat Yatra with the parents of the survivors, Sh Kailash Satyarthi said,
“Today, I declare a war on child sexual abuse and trafficking. Today I am announcing Bharat Yatra, the biggest movement in history to make India safe again for children. I refuse to accept that the innocence, smiles and freedom of our children can keep getting stripped and raped. These are not ordinary crimes. This is a moral epidemic haunting our nation.”
As the architect of some of the largest civil body movements for a cause in the last four decades, Mr. Satyarthi’s lifelong mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against children. Mr. Satyarthi and his foundation KSCF have been preparing the ground for several months to launch the Yatra in September. As part of this ground work, Mr Satyarthi has travelled the length and breadth of country meeting citizens, faith leaders, employees and corporates, Parliamentarians, social organisations among others, all of whom have pledged their whole-hearted support to the Bharat Yatra, terming it as a necessary fight for our country to embark on and a noble cause to work towards.
Recently he met parliamentarians in Delhi to apprise them of the issue of child trafficking and child sexual abuse and seek their support in spreading the awareness against the menace. Last month he spoke with and inspired over 500 LinkedIn employees in Bangalore, about the need for corporations such as LinkedIn to take a strong stand for the future of our country and will continue to do this over the course of the next few months. He has been meeting with several faith heads in New Delhi and across the country to ensure that the fight permeates all sections of society, pan-India. The curtain raiser to this march in Delhi, saw the launch of the video for the Bharat Yatra, which highlighted the appeal of children across the country to unite and fight for their freedom, safety and security. The campaign is expected to reach 1 crore stakeholders of the country.
Bharat Yatra is the launch of the three year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases, strengthening institutional response including medical health and compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time bound manner.
The launch also saw families of victims of trafficking and abuse who narrated the emotional and physical trauma they had to endure because of the misdeeds of a few. The families pledged their support hoping that it would bring about the revolution, the country needs to sustain its fight against the exploitation of children.
South Yorkshire man jailed for sexual offences
against children as young as two
A South Yorkshire man who committed a string of sexual offences against children as young as two has been jailed. Adam Blunt admitted nine offences, including rape and sexual assault, against six victims aged under 13.
The 28-year-old, of Race Street, Barnsley, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday to 25 years behind bars.
He had admitted one count of rape, one of assault by penetration, five counts of sexual assault, one of possessing indecent images of children and another of taking indecent images of minors. South Yorkshire Police said the lengthy investigation into his crimes began after officers received a report relating to a victim he had abused numerous times.
Detective Constable Helen Swift, who led the investigation, said: "It took tremendous courage for the victims to come forward and report the horrific abuse they had suffered. I would like to personally thank and commend them for the way they have conducted themselves throughout the lengthy and protracted investigation. It was through their brave actions we were able to bring Blunt to justice and remove the threat he posed to members of the public.
"Blunt's victims have had their childhoods tarnished by the horrendous abuse they have suffered. However I now hope they are able to begin their steps in the recovery process and take some solace in knowing he is behind bars for a very long time.
"Tackling child sexual abuse remains our number one commitment and I would encourage anyone who has suffered this type of abuse, to report it to police. "No one should have to sustain this appalling abuse and support and advice is available for all victims.
If you have been, or know a victim of sexual abuse, please report it to officers who will work to try and bring offenders before the courts. "You can also call and text the national child sexual exploitation helpline Say Something on 116 000."
Australian military tolerated child sex abuse, Royal Commission finds
Senior military staff tolerated initiation rites - including physical and sexual abuse - among junior recruits, a royal commission inquiry has said. Those who reported abuse were told it was a "rite of passage."
The shoulder insignia of an Australian
soldier is seen at the Williamson airfield
(Getty Images/I. Hitchcock)
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday published its findings that Australia's military had enabled sexual abuse of teens for decades.
The inquiry investigated reports of abuse that took place at two former Australian military training bases in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Survivors who testified said they were 15 or 16 years old at the navy and army bases when the abuse took place. Teens were subjected to practices that included a junior recruit being held down while boot polish was forcibly smeared on his genital or anal area.
Others testified that they were forced to perform sexual acts on other recruits or senior staff members.
Junior navy recruits testified that "they made, or attempted to make, reports about incidents of abuse to staff and that they were not believed."
Senior staff also told them that the abuse was "a rite of passage" or they did not take any action on the reports.
Sexual grooming of cadets
The Australian Defense Force's (ADF) cadet program, which admits children as young as 13, was also investigated. A total of 154 incidents of abuse were recorded at the cadet program since 2001, the report said.
The ADF cadet training manuals falsely stated that the age of consent was 14, the report said. They noted that it is actually over 16 in Australia, depending on the jurisdiction.
The false information increased the risk of child sex abuse, the inquiry found.
Survivor testimony also showed that both boy and girl cadets were groomed by much older instructors and sexually abused.
The Royal Commission on child sexual abuse has held hearings for more than three years into abuse at churches, schools and government agencies. The commission is expected to deliver its final list of recommendations to the government in December.
Computer tech ‘plumbed depths of depravity’ trying to arrange child sex abuse online image
AN IT technician was caught by undercover police after arranging to sexually abuse children.
Steven Byrne was told by a judge that he had “plumbed the depths of depravity” after hearing the vile nature of his offending.
Byrne, who was given an extended prison sentence totalling eight years, was arrested during a police operation to catch paedophiles online.
Leeds Crown Court heard Byrne made contact with a fake profile set up by officers in an internet forum. Byrne believed he was chatting to a father-of-three and sent messages about wanting to have sex with babies and children.
Byrne stated that he was looking for parents who were prepared to let him have sex with their children. During the course of the internet exchanges Byrne also sent graphic images of child abuse.
Deborah Smithies, prosecuting, said Byrne arranged a meeting at an ASDA car park in Doncaster in June this year believing a he was meeting a parent and child and intended to sexually abuse the youngster. Byrne, of Elm Place, Knottingley, was instead met by police officers and arrested.
He pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating a child sexual offences and three offences of making indecent images of a child.
The prosecutor said: “The view expressed is that this defendant presents a high risk of serious harm to children.”
Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Byrne, in IT technician, pleaded guilty to offences at an early stage.
He said: “The defendant has indicated that he does not want access to the internet ever again.”
He's an IT tech, and he doesn't want to access the internet? Sure!
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told Bryne he considered him to pose a serious risk of causing physical or physiological harm to children in the future.
Byrne must serve a custodial period of four years, followed by a further four years on licence upon release.
He said: “You have plumbed the depths of depravity. It is difficult to imagine a more depraved case such as this. “There was an element of determination here and I am satisfied that had it not been undercover officers, sexual activity of the kind described would have taken place with a child.”
Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain, District Commander of Wakefield Police, said: “Protecting young children from harm has been our key priority in Wakefield District and we have invested heavily, as has the rest of the force, in our specialist child protection teams.
“Byrne has been convicted following a thorough and detailed investigation by my officers who took the decision to arrest him at the earliest opportunity to prevent him having the opportunity to carry out his horrible and wicked intentions.
“We continue to encourage anyone who has information about sexual offending against children or anyone in Wakefield to contact us at Wakefield District Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Child sexual abuse: Police file case against
popular talk show doctor
By Team Asianet Newsable
The police have registered a case against an eminent psychologist from the Thiruvananthapuram, India Medical College Hospital for allegedly sexually abusing a minor boy.
The accused has been identified as Dr K Girish, an assistant professor of psychology at the Medical College, who is known for making appearances on channel talk shows to offer psychological advice.
The case was filed after the 13-year-old's parents filed complaints to the Kerala Chief Minister, the state police chief and the city commissioner, alleging that no action has been taken, though several days have passed since they lodged a complaint with the local police station.
The incident happened when the boy and his parents visited Dr Girish's private clinic for counselling earlier this month on the directions of the boy's school teachers, who suspected he had learning disability, according to reports.
"We took our son to Girish's clinic on August 14 as directed by the school. After speaking to us for a while, he had our son alone in his room for around 20 minutes. When our son came out, he looked shaken. Later at home, he broke down and told us about the abuse. Girish kissed him several times and also touched his private parts. We immediately contacted childline, who informed the matter to the Thampanoor police the next day," says the boy's mother in the complaint filed to the commissioner.
However, the case was handed over to Fort police station a day later as the incident happened within its limits. Though they recorded the boy's father's statement, there was pressure on the family to reach a compromise, according to the complaint.
It is understood that the law forbids doctors who practice at Medical Colleges from running private clinics. However, Girish's even has a website in which he has advertised his clinic.
Dozens of police officers under investigation over child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham
A total of 35 police officers are under investigation over the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham - three years after a damning report laid bare the scale of the issue.
Three years ago this week, Professor Alexis Jay published a report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which revealed that around 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013 while those in authority turned a blind eye.
Prof Jay was commissioned to write the report by Rotherham Council, with its shock findings triggering a series of resignations, including that of the council leader, chief executive and head of children's services.
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner at the time, Shaun Wright, who had previously been Rotherham Council's cabinet member responsible for children's services, also stepped down.
The National Crime Agency was drafted in to investigate historic offences over the 16 years referred to in the Jay Report and the Independent Police Complaints Commission started investigating how South Yorkshire Police handled reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years in question.
There are currently 35 police officers still under investigation today. An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC’s large scale investigation into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham is progressing well.
"The IPCC will publish an over-arching report outlining its findings once all 88 investigations have concluded. This decision has been taken because many of the themes emerging from the investigations are similar, and many of the investigations are very closely linked and often overlap."
"There are currently 35 officers under investigation."
The Jay Report found that vulnerable young girls, who were mainly white, were treated with contempt by police officers when reports of child sexual exploitation were made.
Men of largely Pakistani heritage were said to have been responsible for the abuse, which involved children being trafficked, raped, beaten and intimidated by men while those in authority failed to act.
Frontline staff raised the issue but managers downplayed their concerns. Prof Jay said there had been 'blatant' failings at Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police.
Since the publication of the report, there have been a number of successful prosecutions of offenders and tackling child sexual exploitation is now a South Yorkshire Police priority, with extra staff made available to tackle the issue and all officers trained in how to identify signs of children being at risk and how to safeguard them.
German soldiers sue over dismissal for
'sadistic sexual' practices and hazing
Four soldiers are challenging their dismissal for alleged sexual abuse and hazing in the Bundeswehr. The outcome of the case may put further pressure on Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
Germany's Pfullendorf barracks
Six months after a sexual and hazing scandal rocked the Bundeswehr four dismissed soldiers are challenging the case in court.
Allegations that soldiers at the Pfullendorf military base in the southern state of Baden Württemberg engaged in "sadistic sexual" practices and bizarre hazing rituals sent shockwaves through the defense establishment in January.
Among other allegations, trainers were said to have forced female soldiers to pole dance.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the time called the behavior "repulsive and disgusting," and cracked down by transferring the base commander and dismissing five soldiers.
But in the intervening months, much remains unclear about what was happening at the base.
Von der Leyen has been criticized amid reports of declining morale in the German military
Prosecutors have already invalidated some of the accusations, while there remains a lack of evidence for others.
Now four of the dismissed soldiers are suing to get their jobs back.
Test for von der Leyen
Germany's DPA news agency reported that the case may put pressure on von der Leyen, who has been accused of by some in the military of mismanagement and politicization. The criticism has extended beyond the case of Pfullendorf to her handling of right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr and dipping morale in the force.
Christian Trull, a former major general, for example, accused the defense minister in the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" newspaper on Wednesday of "exaggeration and alarmism."
If the court rules to reinstate the four soldiers it will validate criticism of the defense minister.
A verdict is expected on Thursday.
Meanwhile, von der Leyen is facing a host of other problems:
Von der Leyen under fire
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wanted to show she's not blind to problems among her own troops. In light of the most recent scandal, she openly criticized army leadership, saying the Bundeswehr had an "attitude problem." But Bundeswehr officials found her comments to be outrageous. Their response to the defense minister's criticism: "Leadership goes from the top down."
A fake Syrian refugee
The story causing the uproar: Bundeswehr lieutenant Franco A. was allegedly planning a terrorist attack and led a double life, pretending to be a Syrian refugee. He was granted partial asylum status as a war refugee in December 2016. His alleged goal: another attack blamed on a refugee. Bundeswehr officials are said to have known about Franco A.'s right-wing tendencies since 2014, but did nothing.
Abuse in Bad Reichenhall mountain rangers unit
The Bundeswehr is currently investigating 275 cases of suspected right-wing extremism. But they're also dealing with other types of scandals. In March 2017, the public learned about the case of a lance corporal who had suffered months of abuse in a Bavarian mountain rangers unit. The victim reported being threatened and sexually harassed in 2015 and 2016. Prosecutors investigated 14 people.
Female recruits forced to pole-dance
The biggest scandal of von der Leyen's term so far: the horror stories coming out of the Staufer army base in Pfullendorf. In January, it was revealed that superior officers there forced recruits to undress and perform sexually-motivated acts and filmed them. Female recruits were forced to pole dance as part of an "entrance exam." The top Bundeswehr training commander was fired as a result.
Many cases of right-wing extremism investigated
According to a report from Germany's federal parliamentary commissioner for the Bundeswehr, Hans-Peter Bartels, 2016 wasn't a great year for the Bundeswehr, either. There were around 60 incidents related to alleged right-wing extremism or "violations against the bases of Germany's free democratic constitutional structure." Troops shared anti-Semitic images and music or did the Nazi salute.
Death on board the Gorch Fock
The Bundeswehr wasn't immune to scandals before von der Leyen became defense minister in December 2013. One that garnered significant public attention was the death of a 25-year-old recruit on the Navy training vessel Gorch Fock in 2010. The woman fell from the rigging during an exercise. As a consequence, other cadets refused to climb the rigging. Officer training on the ship was suspended.
The birth of the Bundeswehr
Directly after World War II, Germany was not allowed to have an army. The Bundeswehr had its start in West Germany in 1955. After reunification, the Bundeswehr took in 20,000 soldiers from East Germany's armed forces. A big change came in 1999, when the Bundeswehr first participated in an international conflict: the Kosovo War. Before that, they had only gone abroad for peacekeeping missions.
No more mandatory service
Today the Bundeswehr has roughly 178,200 active soldiers. As of March 2017, 11.4 percent of them are women. Until 2011, men were required to do mandatory military service, the length of which varied between nine and 18 months. Today, the Bundeswehr has to appeal to young people to recruit soldiers. The most recent scandals are making that that more and more difficult.
Author: Carla Bleiker
Oklahoma detective charged with child sex abuse
65 y/o man goes to trial for years of abuse of <11 y/o
Mobile man charged with sodomy of 6 y/o
16 y/o North Carolina boy charged with child sex abuse
Camp for 100s of homeless sex offenders must move - Florida
Red Sox child sex scandal gains new traction
Oklahoma Detective Charged With
Child Sexual AbuseBY MATTHEW NUTTLE, NEWS9
WOODWARD COUNTY, Oklahoma - Authorities have charged a Woodward Police detective with two counts of child sexual abuse.
Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) arrested 47-year-old Patrick Gandara for the crimes on Friday, August 13.
If convicted of even one of the two felony counts, Gandara could face 25 years to life in prison.
Child sexual abuse trial opens in LimestoneJean Cole
A Limestone County man accused of sexually abusing a girl over several years is standing trial this week in Limestone County Circuit Court.
Jury selection and the prosecution's opening arguments were held Monday in the trial of William Wesley Bryant Jr., 65, of 22315 New Garden Road, Elkmont. Testimony began Tuesday morning.
Bryant was first arrested Sept. 17, 2015, on one count of sexual abuse of a child under age 12. A Limestone County grand jury later formally charged him with one count of first-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 12, records show.
An 11-year-old girl told a school official in 2015 she was being abused, an official said at the time of his initial arrest. The girl said the abuse had occurred on multiple occasions over the past seven years, according to court records. The school counselor notified the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Human Resources.
The prosecution gave its opening statement Monday following jury selection. The defense waived its opening statement.
First-degree sodomy is a Class A felony punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $60,000.
Sex abuse of a child under age 12 is a Class B felony punishable by two to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $30,000.
Man Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of
6-Year-Old Child In Mobile
By Brad Gunther
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — William Bradley Noletto, 37 of Mobile, has been booked into Mobile Metro Jail and charged with sexually abusing and sodomizing a 6-year-old, according to Nikki Patterson with the Mobile District Attorneys Office.
Patterson says detectives were notified Tuesday about an alleged incident that happened over the past weekend. The child is said to be known to Noletto and reported the incident to their mother who then called the police.
WKRG viewers may recognize Noletto, he was interviewed for a story News 5 did in January this year.
Teen charged with sex offense, child abuse
A 16-year-old Lexington, N.C. boy is accused of first-degree sex offense and felony child abuse after medical staff at Brenner Children’s Hospital told police they found evidence of sexual assault on a child.
The incident is alleged to have occurred in Lexington. Doctors who examined a juvenile male found evidence of the abuse, according to a media release from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office says a thorough investigation preceded the arrest of Taylor James Moore, 16, of Gandy Lane in Lexington.
The teen was jailed under a $200,000 secure bond.
Tent camp of homeless sex offenders in Florida
‘has got to close,’ county says
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
Seven years after Miami-Dade County shut down a camp housing about 100 homeless sex offenders under a bridge in Miami, it’s now trying to deal with an encampment on the outskirts of Hialeah that has almost three times as many people registered to live there.
Police and social workers on Monday night visited the roughly 30 tents set up near warehouses that sit by railroad tracks outside Hialeah’s city limits, the legally registered homes of almost 300 people convicted of sex offenses against minors and barred from living within 2,500 feet of schools, parks, daycare centers and other places where children congregate.
30 tents; 300 people - that's 10 people per tent - cozy!
“This has got to close,” said Ronald Book, the powerful head of Miami-Dade’s homeless board who has also lobbied for the county’s tough residency restrictions on sex offenders. “The complaints have continued to grow and grow and grow.”
The encampment, in the area for about three years, stands as the latest replacement for the one under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami that brought global attention to the county’s restrictions on homeless sexual offenders. More than 100 sex offenders lived in the encampment, some delivered there by probation officers after the convicts couldn’t find another place to legally reside.
Miami-Dade is taking action against a persistent homeless encampment of sexual offenders near Hialeah. Homeless Trust workers alongside city employees and police officers, canvased the tents Monday night, August 21, 2017, to talk to their occupants about finding them places to live that don't conflict with county rules on how close offenders can be to schools and parks.
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Book said about 270 offenders are registered as living in the tent village outside Hialeah, sitting on either side of the 3500 block of Northwest 71st Street. There is no electricity, running water or bathroom facilities, leading to complaints of human waste being tossed roadside and around the warehouses whose fences front the tents. Others use bathrooms at a Wal-Mart and a Walgreens about a mile away.
Claudia Marie Baker, 58, who said she spent nine years in prison on child-pornography charges, has lived in a tent there for about a year. “My sister has five different real estate people looking for places for me,” said Baker, who said she was convicted as a man, Gregory Baker. “Every place they picked, it was too close.”
The 2,500-foot restriction is far tougher than Florida’s 1,000-foot rule, but matches the limit for some local governments across the country, including Lake County near Orlando and Pasco County north of Tampa. In dense Miami-Dade, hemmed in by the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, the 2,500-foot rule eliminates wide swaths of Miami-Dade’s housing stock as an option. The county also bars sex offenders from homeless shelters where families are housed, making most of the tax-funded emergency housing off limits, too.
Miami-Dade adopted the 2,500-foot limit in 2010 after the Tuttle controversy, replacing a patchwork of city laws that generally had the same distance in their sex-offender restrictions.
The renewed focus on a replacement tent camp also revives attention to Book’s unusual role at the center of both issues: a volunteer board chairman who serves as the county’s de facto homeless director, and a top crusader for Miami-Dade cracking down on the same sexual offenders left homeless by the residency rules he helped enact. One of the most powerful lobbyists in both Miami-Dade and the state of Florida, his position landed him at the center of the Julia Tuttle controversy, with some tent residents naming the encampment Bookville.
Book’s daughter, Lauren Book, was the victim of sex abuse at the hands of the family’s nanny, and the experience propelled both Books into becoming advocates for tougher penalties for sex crimes against minors. Lauren Book, 32, started a foundation dedicated to the cause, and then won a state Senate seat last year as a Democrat representing Broward County.
In 2010, when county commissioners were considering the proposed 2,500-foot limit for sex offenders, both Books spoke in favor of the rule. That day, commissioners not only voted to pass the legislation but also renamed it the Lauren Book Child Safety Ordinance.
Both Books were on hand Monday night, too, when the county invited media to cover the launch of outreach efforts at the tent encampment. After darkness fell on the tent camp in Miami-Dade, Sen. Book described the squalid village as part of a problem that requires some sort of legislative fix.
“I think the local law has caused unintended consequences,” she said. “You’re seeing it.”
Red Sox child sexual abuse scandal another disgraceful portion of Tom Yawkey's legacy
Former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey’s record of virulent racism has been recounted numerous times in the debate to rename Yawkey Way. But another disgraceful portion of his ownership tenure often goes unmentioned.
Eight years before longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky faced child sexual abuse charges, the Red Sox settled a longstanding child molestation case of their own. John Henry, who purchased the team in late 2001, paid $3.15 million to seven men who say former clubhouse attendant Don Fitzpatrick sexually abused them during his more than 20-year tenure with the club.
A victim came forward to the team in 1971, but Fitzpatrick remained with Red Sox until 1991, when a man showed up at a nationally televised game in Anaheim and held up a sign that read, “Don Fitzpatrick sexually assaulted me.” The Red Sox paid out an $100,000 settlement and Fitzpatrick left the club four days later.
There are now 20 alleged victims, most of whom tell a similar story: Fitzpatrick, who presided over the visitor’s clubhouse, lured them in with promises of employment and access. The men who successfully sued the Red Sox for Fitzpatrick’s misconduct, dubbed the “Winter Haven Seven,” were lured in at the team’s former Spring Training headquarters in Winter Haven, Fla. Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty in 2002 to four counts of attempted sexual battery against boys younger than 12 between 1975 and 1989 in the central Florida city. He died in 2005 without serving any time.
As Yahoo’s Jeff Passan details in an extensive story about the scandal, Fitzpatrick was a favorite of Tom and Jean Yawkey. The couple operated a home for disadvantaged boys in South Carolina, and often took wayward youths under their wing. Tom Yawkey took a particular liking to Fitzpatrick, an orphan who played pepper with batboys outside Fenway Park prior to Red Sox home games.
Two sources told Passan that Yawkey “protected” Fitzpatrick when his “tendencies to gravitate towards young boys became apparent.” Red Sox players reportedly instructed young boys, especially African-Americans, to stay away from Fitzpatrick. Passan reports that one player saw Fitzpatrick sodomizing a young boy in the team shower and alerted the team, but Fitzpatrick kept his job (much like how ex-Penn State coach Mike McQueary says he caught Sandusky molesting a boy in the locker room shower).
It’s uncertain how much the Yawkeys knew about Fitzpatrick’s monstrous behavior. But if players were aware of it, then it’s fair to assume the rumors had percolated up to the owner’s box. Fitzpatrick’s swift removal after the 1991 incident, and the Red Sox’ willingness to settle, also indicates they had knowledge of their beloved clubhouse attendant’s sick tendencies.
Yawkey’s 44-year tenure as owner, which lasted from 1933 until 1976, was a low-point in franchise history. The Red Sox were basement dwellers for the majority of those years, largely due to his refusal to integrate. Yawkey hosted tryouts for Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Billy Williams, declining to sign all three.
The work of the Yawkey Foundation, which has donated more than $350 million to charities across the city, is laudable. But Yawkey’s Red Sox ownership was an embarrassment. And his racism might be the least of it.
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Boko Haram has dramatically increased the use of children in suicide bomb attacks on civilians in Nigeria, UNICEF reported Tuesday.
There has been a four-fold increase in the use of weaponized children as part of the Islamist insurgency which has ravaged the country’s northeast for eight years, UNICEF said in a statement.
So far this year, 83 children have been used as "human bombs," the majority of whom were girls.
Such attacks are used to sow fear among the population, especially of children who have been released, rescued or escaped from Boko Haram or similar Islamist terrorist groups.
“There is an extraordinary level of tension obviously in these communities and... people are afraid of children who have been victimized in this absolutely appalling way," UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said, as cited by VOA News.
"There are instances of children being ostracized by their communities and worse. Terrible things are happening to children after already horrific things have happened to them,” she added.
In total, 55 attacks used girls, often younger than 15 years old, 27 used boys and one even used a baby strapped to a young girl to carry out a suicide bomb attack.
A total of 19 children were used in such attacks last year, reports AP.
UNICEF described such terrorist attacks as an "atrocity," while stressing that the children involved are "victims, not perpetrators."
"There were two girls taught by Boko Haram to be suicide bombers ... The girls confirmed that they were taught that their life was not worth living, that if they die detonating the bomb and killing a lot of people, then their lives will be profitable," Nigerian aid worker Rebecca Dali said, as cited by Reuters.
This is Islamic insanity!
So far, 1.7 million people have been displaced by the Islamist insurgency in the northeast of the country, 85 percent of whom come from Borno state, the main focus of such attacks.
The insurrection is now in its eighth year, having claimed the lives of more than 20,000 and forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes, reports Reuters.
At least 170 people have been killed since June 1 of this year.
Mercado added that while Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for all such attacks, no other group is yet known to employ such tactics.
In response to the Islamist threat, Nigeria launched the Mobile Strike Force which is designed to specifically end the Boko Haram-led insurgency.
According to the Nigerian Bulletin, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru said: “That is why we launched MST. We finally want to wreck them. This force will have various fighting platforms and equipment to attack deep into the hinterlands and achieve the conduct of long range voyages. All these will undoubtedly help us to succeed in Operation Lafiya Dole and improve our efficiency.”
Operation Lafiya Dole is the name of the operation to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram and capture Abubakar Shekau. A recent shake-up at the top of the Nigerian Army should bring new energy to the operation. It has certainly gone on too long.