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, 30 April 2017
Madhur Bhandarkar murder plot: Model gets 3 years in jail
Preeti Jain and two other accused found guilty of plotting to kill the Bollywood director 12 years ago
Image Credit: PTI
A Mumbai court on Friday sentenced model and aspiring actress Preeti Jain for plotting the murder of award winning Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar 12 years ago.
The Sessions Court, which also fined her Rs 10,000, found two other co-accused — Naresh Pardesi and Shivaram Das — guilty and awarded them three years in jail. Two more accused were acquitted.
Shortly after the verdict, Jain moved an application for bail which was granted on a surety of Rs 5,000.
When the matter was first highlighted in 2005, Jain had charged Bhandarkar with rape but the case was quashed by the Supreme Court in 2012 after she dropped the charges against him.
Earlier, in July 2004, Jain filed a complaint with police alleging that Bhandarkar raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 on the pretext of giving her important roles in his films.
The director denied the allegations.
In her statement then, Jain claimed that “we had sex 16 times and Madhur made promises of giving me a lead role in his films”.
The question is: should lying, or promising something but not delivering, in order to seduce someone be considered 'rape'? In a way, it borders on prostitution; but I think it should certainly be considered a criminal act to seduce a girl/woman under pretense. Bhandarkar should also be in jail!
However, he didn’t cast her in any of his films.
Barely months later, police investigations revealed that Jain had hired a contract killer to eliminate Bhandarkar and was arrested.
During the long trial, the court examined 51 witnesses including Bhandarkar.
The prosecution said Jain had paid Rs 75,000 (1167 USD) to contract killer Pardeshi to kill Bhandarkar.
When he didn’t carry out her bidding, she demanded the money back. When mafia don Arun Gawli learnt of the plot, he alerted the police, leading to Jain’s arrest.
This is curious. A mafia don calls the police to protect one of his assassins from a girl? And, apparently, no-one in the police or government bats an eye.
After the verdict, Jain merely expressed “shock”.
Mumbai-based Bhandarkar is a renowned director of various blockbusters like Chandni Bar, Fashion, Traffic Signal and Page 3 among others.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Scotiabank goes 'code blue' for sexually abused children
- God bless them
Scotiabank employees Avanell Sylvester and Kevin Leung
British Virgin Islands: Avanell Sylvester couldn’t help but cry as she spoke about children who have been sexually abused. She knows some of them.
It is for that reason that she has been championing at her workplace – Scotiabank in Road Town – the cause to have her colleagues wear blue in support of the ‘Break the Silence’ campaign, which was implemented by the Social Development Department.
The campaign is intended to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of child abuse in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Statistics from Social Development show a total of 32 reported cases of child sexual abuse in the BVI for the year 2015. Five of the cases involved offences against boys. There were a total 27 cases of child sexual abuse reported last year. Six of those involved male victims. More than five cases have been reported to Social Development this year already.
“I know persons who have been sexually abused… Some were abused by someone close. Being that I didn’t see or know of these things [initially], it’s kinda hard. So that is why I always stress that you ask questions if you see any change in the behaviour [of a child] or whatever. Even if the child does not want to open up, eventually they will; hence why I always support every year, and encourage Scotiabank employees to support as well,” Sylvester said.
Her colleagues certainly rallied behind her yesterday (April 28) by brandishing their blue shirts in the signature red financial institution.
“I would like to encourage and see more people in the community wearing blue and support Social Development in all their efforts,” Sylvester further told BVI News Online.
Branch Manager Ryan Best said his team was happy to join the movement.
“We started supporting the British Virgin Islands ‘Break The Silence’ on child sex abuse three years ago. Last year, we did it and all staff participated. Of course, it is a fundraiser. Avanell Sylvester is the one that spearheads it [at Scotiabank]. Every time it comes up, she would encourage the staff to get involved. The programme is run across the entire BVI. You can pay for the shirt. Pay $16 and a portion of it goes towards the Social Development board.”
The bank manager added: “It (awareness) is a very important aspect of our society, because there are people who are touched by abuse. And, as Avanell is saying, you need to look for signs and be vigilant. Listen. Some things might be a cry for help. Take things seriously. We support it as a bank.”
Road Town, BVI
Meanwhile, a social worker at Social Development Laurel Freeman said her department is grateful for the positive community response.
“The department feels good that the BVI community is in support of us ending and breaking the silence about this atrocity against our children. I just want to thank the BVI community for their overwhelming support on behalf of the survivors in our community,” she said.
And use of the word 'atrocity' is no exaggeration in the slightest. The BVI is home to fewer than 30,000 residents. The numbers of sexually abused children stated above probably represent a small portion of the real number. If BVI is similar to most countries on the planet, they should expect about 80 children being introduced to child sex abuse each year. Of course, many children (75-80%) are abused multiple times, often for years, so in any given year the number of children being sexually abused is probably in the hundreds.
Friday, 28 April 2017
Stories from the USA (4); Canada (1); UK (2);
The Netherlands (1); Africa (1)
Pushmataha County man arrested on charges of
child sex abuse
Anthony David Williams
ANTLERS, Okla. -- Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested a Pushmataha County man on Wednesday for several counts of child sexual abuse.
In July 2016, OSBI special agents began an investigation into allegation of abuse by Anthony David Williams, 37.
Agents interviewed several children between 7 and 11 years old when they lived with Williams when their mother dated him several years ago. During forensic interviews, the children disclosed Williams had touched them inappropriately.
Williams was booked into the Pushmataha County Jail.
Pushmataha Co., OK
Philip Chicoine pleads guilty to 40 charges for helping live stream overseas child sex abuse
Bre McAdam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan man has pleaded guilty to 40 child pornography charges related to live streaming the sexual abuse of children in Romania and the Philippines, and then sharing the images with others.
Philip Michael Chicoine, 27, entered guilty pleas Friday to 14 counts of distributing child porn, five counts of arranging to commit a sexual offence against a person under 18, seven counts of luring a person under 18, five counts of making sexually explicit material available to a person under 18 and six counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing, accessing and making child porn. The Crown indicated it expects to withdraw 23 of the 63 charges against him at the conclusion of sentencing.
The facts of the case were not read out in Saskatoon provincial court, but police have said Chicoine offered women in Romania and the Philippines money to show him live streamed and previously-recorded videos of child pornography.
The offences happened between 2011 and 2017, according to the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit. Police discovered evidence of the live streaming during a search of Chicoine’s home after he uploaded child porn to a social media account.
According to the ICE unit, three Romanian women have been sentenced in connection to the case and the child victims are now safe. However, police are still looking for victims in the Philippines as they pursue suspects in that country.
Chicoine’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 19.
Jackanory presenter jailed for child sex abuse as victim recalls horror of being assaulted by star
John Earle, 87, was boarding school teacher when he targeted the then
nine-year-old Iain Peters
By Carl Stroud
A FORMER Jackanory storyteller has been jailed for a series of sexual assaults on a young boy who was left with a “terrible burden of shame” for nearly 60 years.
John Earle, 87, who presented TV programmes for youngsters in the 1960s and 1970s, was deputy headteacher at a school in Okehampton, Devon, when he carried out the attacks on Iain Peters, who was just nine when his ordeal began.
Now 69, Peters has waived his right to anonymity to describe the lifetime of fear, shame and insecurity he has suffered since his school days.
His comments came after Earle, of Upton Lyne, Devon, was sentenced to four years in prison at Exeter Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault between 1957 and 1961 at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how Peters, who lived with his parents in Kenya, was sent to Upcott House Preparatory School because his grandparents lived nearby.
Prosecutor Richard Crabb said the abuse started one night when Earle, who was the son of the school’s headmaster, came into Peters’ dormitory and picked him up out of his bed and carried him to his own room in the school before abusing him.
Afterwards he gave him some buttered toast which was seen as a “treat”. After he ate it, Earle told him it was “their little secret”.
Peters told police the abuse occurred regularly, at least once a week during term-time.
In a victim statement which was read out in court by Mr Crabb, he said: “As a result of the crimes John Earle committed against me, I have felt extreme fear, shame and insecurity for 50 years.
“I put on an outward facade of bravado.”
Victim Iain Peters waived his right to anonymity to tell of the ‘burden of shame’ he has been troubled by for nearly 60 years CHANNEL 4 NEWS
Peters said the offences had affected his education and his job prospects, adding that he had always carried out dangerous and low-paid jobs.
Earle, who started his television career on a show called Treasure House before working on the BBC children’s science programme Tom Tom, entered court using two walking sticks and used a hearing loop to listen to the case against him.
His appearances as a Jackanory storyteller marked the end of his television career and in the intervening years he has written books about Dartmoor and ran an expedition centre there, becoming an expert on trekking on the moors.
The frail 87 y/o being helped into court
Nicolas Gerasimidis, for the defence, said the offences were an “aberration” for Earle as a man and that he had had access to a “vast number of young people” in the years since the offences but there had been no repetition.”
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Martin Pearse read out a statement on behalf of Mr Peters, who said the “terrible burden of shame” that had blighted his life had now been lifted.
Stevensville man sentenced to 100 years for
child sex abuse
By Don Fisher
An 82-year-old Stevensville man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl.
Gary Gene Dowdle admitted guilt to three charges, including sexual assault and sexual abuse of children. Prosecutors say the girl reported to Colorado authorities that she was assaulted by Dowdle several times between the ages of 4 and 6.
At his sentencing hearing, Ravalli District Court Judge James Haynes followed the state's recommendation of a 100-year sentence in the Montana State Prison with no possibility for parole until he serves 25 years, when he'd be 107-years-old.
Second Old-Catholic Priest Suspended on
Child Sex Abuse Claims
By Janene Pieters
The Netherlands - The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.
Last week the Old Catholic Church suspended another priest, Nico S., after he was arrested in Cambodia. The Cambodian authorities found a large number of nude photos of boys under the age of 15 in his possession. It is believed he paid the boys to pose naked for him. After his arrest the Church admitted that they knew about S.'s sexual preferences for young boys.
After that arrest a 58-year-old social worker from Amsterdam told the Volkskrant that he was abused by another Old Catholic Church priest in 1973. The priest took nude photos of the then boy and made him perform sexual acts. The victim reported this to the church and an independent complaints committee in 2014. The complaint was ruled well-grounded, but the priest was not suspended. He was only banned from working with young people.
The victim was not satisfied by that measure, but according to him, Bishop Schoon convinced him not to start a legal procedure. The Church denies this. But the bishop acknowledges that more should have been done with the victim's complaint and therefore decided to suspend the priest after all.
The Old Catholic Church calls on any other victims to come forward.
Conway man jailed for alleged sexual abuse of child
By Jo Brown
CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – A Conway man was jailed after a teenager in his care told a counselor she had been sexually abused over the course of a number of years, according to an incident report from Horry County Police.
The report details how on March 9 an Horry County Police officer accompanied an employee with the Department of Social Service to a home on Copperhead Road in Conway. The DSS worker explained they received a report of alleged sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl living in the home.
According to the police report, a counselor reported that the victim was repeatedly abused by 41-year-old Henry Lawson III while she was in 7th and 8th grade. The victim told the counselor that the abuse happened “every few months” until the victim told Lawson she would tell her mom if he didn’t stop. The victim said the abuse stopped until her junior year of high school, the report states.
The victim told the counselor she laid on the couch to go to sleep and when she woke, “she felt funny.” The victim’s legs were laid over Lawson’s lap when she woke and she asked why he touched her, the report states. The victim stated Lawson replied because he wanted “to see how many fingers would fit.” Lawson then reportedly told the victim to not tell anyone, or he would have to leave the home, according to the report.
On March 9, police and DSS went to the Conway home where a safety plan was developed by the DSS worker to keep Lawson away from the victim and only have supervised visits with the two other children who live in the home.
Lawson was arrested Thursday on one count of criminal sexual conduct third degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct second degree. Lawson was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, and released hours later on a $5,000 bond.
Santa Maria man convicted of child sex abuse charges sentenced to probation
A Santa Maria man accused of multiple counts of child sex abuse and forced lewd acts upon two children was sentenced to five years probation Thursday at the Santa Maria Superior Court.
Gerald Francis Gault, 68, also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and stay away from any locations where children may be present, including parks, schools and playgrounds. He cannot have any contact with children without prior approval from the Probation Department, must participate in sex offender treatment and periodically undergo a polygraph examination to ensure that he is following probation rules.
The unnamed victims in the case, who were reportedly family members, were under the age of 9 and 16 when the incidents occurred. The crimes reportedly spanned the course of several years from spring 2013 to January 2016. Gault was arrested and booked into custody Jan. 5, 2016.
The prosecution reached its decision after speaking with the families of both victims, taking into consideration the further trauma both girls could potentially suffer through the jury trial process, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Karapetian. They also weighed the evidence in the case, considered the defendant's criminal history, then accepted Gault's offer for an early disposition and admission of guilt.
Dry eyes were hard to find in the Santa Maria courtroom Wednesday when one of the young girls read her victim impact statement aloud.
"I never pictured myself in a courtroom for something like this, and although it is hard to talk about, a part of me is glad to be here today," she began.
"I thought Gerald Gault loved me, but I don't think so at all now," she continued. "I'm sorry that he's not getting the punishment I'd hope for, but I accept your decision."
For months, she cried alone in her bed at night, the girl recounted. She endured physical pain from the incident, and wanted to tell her mother but was afraid to do so for fear of Gault coming back to seek revenge.
"I'm learning to deal with what happened," she said. "When I look back, I hope this will just be a bump in my life, and I won't live in fear."
While the little girl stayed composed, her mother fought hard to speak articulately through sobs during her victim impact statements.
"Nothing in your life as a parent prepares you for having your innocent child be sexually abused," she began. "My daughter was only 9 years old when she shared [this] with me, and that was in January of 2016. Our family has been in a crisis ever since."
Her daughter had kept Gault's secret to herself due to fear and, also, because she loved him, her mother added.
"I wish I could say I'm at peace with the decision for the [prosecution] to allow a plea bargain, but the fact is Gerald has committed sexual acts to an innocent child, and she was less than 9 years old."
"I've been trying to teach my daughter to trust the law and judicial system," she said. "Instead, today I'm forced to explain how justice in this case has to mean 'good enough.'"
While she still feels anger and sadness, her mother also noted that she is filled with resolve, and will work to help her daughter regain her sense of self. Her mother also thanked Santa Maria Police officials who came to her daughter's rescue during the times she felt so vulnerable following the abuse.
As part of the deal, Gault, who was represented by defense attorney Addison Steele, pleaded to a count of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 10 by use of force, violence and fear, and another count of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 16.
The remaining counts were dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.
Gault has been in custody for a little over a year, and was released upon his sentencing Thursday morning. In addition to his sentence, he is not allowed to leave the county, maintain residence only approved by the Probation Department, submit to search and seizures, have no contact with any of the victims and stay at least 150 yards away from the victims. His probation expires April 27, 2022.
"The guilty plea to these charges ensured that Gerald Gault was held accountable for molesting his grandchildren," Karapetian said.
"It took tremendous courage for these two victims to come forward and report their abuser," she added. "Now they can move forward on their path of healing, knowing that their grandfather was held accountable for what he did to them."
Plea deals which allow a pedophile who molested his granddaughters, to walk after only a few months in jail, is not what I would call being held accountable.
Salford man jailed for 22 years for
child rape and sex abuse
By Crime Reporter
A Salford man who sexually abused and beat his victims to ensure their silence has today been jailed for 22 years.
David Glausiusz (47) of Leigh Road, Broughton Park, Salford has been jailed for three counts of rape of a child under the age of 13, six counts of sexual assault against a child under the age of 13, three counts of assault and three counts of child cruelty after being found guilty at an earlier hearing.
Sentencing Glausiusz at Minshull Street Crown Court, Judge Rudland praised GMP’s investigation, telling the court: “there will be no place that the police light will not shine to protect the vulnerable.”
In April 2014, a referral was made to Salford Children’s Social Care raising concerns about a young boy.
Extensive enquiries by officers and staff from the Salford Borough, along with partners, established the boy had been sexually and physically abused by Glauciusz.
Months of further enquiries, both locally and internationally, identified a number of other victims, some of which had later made disclosures to police that Glauciusz had raped them, struck them with a piece of wood and stood on their stomach.
In court, it was proved that Glauciusz was guilty of a number of recent and non-recent abuse against his victims including children as young as seven.
While investigating, officers discovered his victims had been convinced by Glauciusz that they would not be believed if they reported his crimes. He had also tried to threaten them about potential repercussions in the community if they reported it.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “The astounding bravery shown by those who suffered at the hands of Glauciusz has helped put a stop to his prolific and frankly evil actions.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.
– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.
– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.
– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.
DRC: Five UN peacekeepers suspended over fresh sexual abuse claims
Five peacekeepers are accused of acts of sexual abuse and exploitation in the first three months of 2017.
By Elsa Buchanan
UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, Monusco (Reuters)
A UN peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been suspended over claims that he had a child with an underage girl.
Reports of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations (UN) personnel of vulnerable people – often the very people that these UN workers were supposed to protect – have been surfacing for years.
The UN's mission to DRC (Monusco), the largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission in the world, is no exception. It has been hit by a series of child sex abuse scandals in recent years.
The military observer is among five peacekeepers accused of acts of sexual abuse and exploitation in the first three months of 2017, according to Adama Ndao, head of the conduct and discipline team for the Monusco, who was quoted by BBC on Friday (28 April).
Two South African soldiers and two non-military Monusco officials, from Burundi and Niger, are among the accused, Ndao said.
All the accused have been suspended pending the result of official investigations.
Under Congolese law, anyone under 18 is considered a minor, and the underage girl has been put under the care of the UN children's agency (Unicef), Ndao said.
All the other cases involve alleged victims over 18. Two women have demanded paternal recognition from the peacekeepers they had sex with. One of the complainants has already had her baby. The other is still pregnant.
Last month, the UN agreed to settle for a 7% reduction of Monusco personnel – from 19,815 to 18,316. This figure includes military personnel, military observers, police personnel and members of formed police units.
Scandals involving UN troops in recent years have included a DRC paedophile ring and prostitute trafficking in Kosovo and alleged sexual abuse cases by European troops against children in the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR).
The head of an advocacy group that leaked a UN report revealing that a dozen French peacekeepers had been suspected of sexually abusing children in the CAR in 2015 accused the UN of attempting to "cover-up" its findings.
Amid European immigrant debate, dangerous conditions go unaddressed, report saysBy Al Powell, Harvard Staff Writer
Athens' Pedion tou Areos Park, Greece
Closed borders, unsafe holding camps, and increasing desperation have created an “emergency within an emergency” concerning child sexual abuse and exploitation among migrants who are stalled in Greece, according to a new report by Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB Center).
The report released last week describes abuses in the crowded, makeshift holding camps, unstaffed at night and with inadequate lighting, where lone men and those associated with criminal gangs prey on children left unattended.
Older boys and girls are allowed to leave camp and sometimes engage in prostitution in hopes of saving enough to pay traffickers to smuggle them to their destination country, often Germany, Britain, or Sweden. The sex they provide brings in so little cash, €15 an encounter, that smugglers’ fees often remain out of reach. Drug use increases the danger the child will become trapped in the commercial sex industry, said the report, “Emergency within an Emergency: The Growing Epidemic of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Children in Greece.”
While the report focuses its attention on that country, it’s co-author, Jacqueline Bhabha, research director of the FXB Center, said the situation is likely similar in other European nations, such as Serbia and Italy. She cited a 2016 Europol report that said 10,000 children known to have entered Europe during the refugee crisis have disappeared. While some likely have united with family members or are working in the unofficial economy, some have been preyed upon and trafficked, said Bhabha, professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The investigation underlying the report was conducted last November at four locations in Greece, on two islands that are frequent entry points for migrants, Lesbos and Chios, and in two cities where many migrants are held after their initial entry, Athens and Thessaloniki.
The report’s primary author, Vasileia Digidiki, a research fellow at the FXB Center, interviewed 24 experts, including psychologists, government officials, and physicians. Because of ethical concerns, she didn’t interview children who had been raped or otherwise abused. She also conducted field observations, visiting sites her interview subjects identified as hubs for the local sex trade and the sexual exploitation of children, including Athens’ Victoria Square and Pedion tou Areos Park. What was happening was obvious, she said.
“You can see it,” Digidiki said. “You see the child waiting, a client approaching. You see the initial contact and see them going away together.”
Authors Jacqueline Bhabba and Vasileia Digidiki say their report is just the tip of the iceberg.
Photo: Courtesy (1) of Jacqueline Bhabha; (2) courtesy of the FXB Center
The report outlines the preconditions and the context of the crisis, though it doesn’t define the numerical scope of what is happening, in part because its illegality and the shame felt by its victims keep it in the shadows, and in part because it is not yet of enough concern to a government agency that can conduct further investigations.
“At the moment, nobody’s in charge. It’s nobody’s problem, it’s on nobody’s desk,” Bhabha said.
Bhabha avoided blaming the Greek government, saying the nation has shouldered an overwhelming burden during the refugee crisis, especially as it occurred as Greece was struggling to emerge from financial crisis.
The migrants’ plight has worsened as more nations have closed their borders. Migrants find themselves stranded for longer periods in first-stop countries such as Greece, which previously they would have passed through to their final destinations. Now, Digidiki said, people — including children who often have been tasked with earning money to send back home — grow increasingly desperate to move on. If they can’t do it legally, they try to raise the money to pay smugglers.
Though commercial sexual exploitation is a clear focus of the report, also important are physical violence and sexual assault in the camps where migrants are held. Psychological violence can include the lasting fear, shame, and humiliation of such violations, sometimes worsened when children are blackmailed with images of their abuse. Then there are child marriages, in which girls are married off to older men, a practice often hidden because marriage under 18 is illegal in most European countries.
The investigation is an outgrowth of two center reports last year. One was an examination of the migrant experience on Lesbos, and the second a report on the plight of child migrants. It was apparent as those reports were being assembled that child sexual exploitation needed a closer look, Bhabha said.
The new report contains numerous recommendations, including increasing the presence of trained police in camps; physical improvements such as adding lighting and separating sanitation facilities for men and women; and providing areas for families with children and children traveling alone. The report also recommends improving child welfare services, integrating migrant children into the education system, improving data collection, and raising awareness in the local population.
Bhabha said she believes what the report describes is just the tip of the iceberg. The broader goal, she said, is to put the problems on the radar screens of officials in Greece and other nations, so additional investigations and multinational solutions can begin to be devised. There is some urgency, she said, because the fighting in their homelands is still driving migrants to the road. Also, spring has arrived and will bring more migrants.
“There aren’t any quick-fix solutions,” Bhabha said.
Number of cases deemed 'unfounded' drops from 29 per cent in 2010 to 7 per cent in 2016By Murray Brewster, CBC News
The military plans to bring in independent, external reviewers to examine each case
deemed to be unfounded. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada)
The number of sexual assaults deemed "unfounded" by military police has declined dramatically, according to a new report by the Department of National Defence.
In addition, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, has — since January — told 77 military members they were on track to be kicked out after they were found guilty of sexual misconduct.
The statistics were released Friday as part of the Canadian Armed Forces' effort to stamp out assault and inappropriate behaviour within the ranks.
On the surface, the numbers could appear to suggest that claims of sexual misconduct are being taken more seriously by military police.
The report says a review of case complaints filed between 2010 and 2015 shows military police considered 28.8 per cent of them to be unfounded. That rate dropped to 14.5 per cent in 2015 and 7.2 per in 2016.
Over the entire six-year period there were 166 cases that military police did not pursue. Officials said Friday the Canadian Forces Provost Martial has reopened and is reviewing those cases.
In addition, the military plans to bring in independent, external reviewers to examine each case deemed unfounded to ensure they've been handled properly and the alleged victims are confident in the process.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Survivor kills paedo uncle found guilty of manslaughter - UK
Polanski's rape victim wants inquiry into his case - USA/France
Man charged with almost 30 CSA offences from the 1980s - Australia
Former soldier gets 18 months for sex abuse of 13 y/o - UK
Pro-footballer/nanny gets 11 years for CSA of boys - UK/Spain
Police Chief investigated over Tettenhall College CSA case - UK
Child sex abuse victim GUILTY of manslaughter after killing his paedophile uncle who abused him decades ago
A jury found Kevin Caddick not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter on the direction of a judge
Kevin Caddick, 36, was accused of murdering John Mathers, who was previously jailed for abusing his nephew when he was just five or six-years-old.
Mr Mathers died weeks after the assault left him with an "unsurvivable" brain bleed and fractures to his jaw and ribs.
Caddick denied murder but admitted manslaughter over the November 12 attack at Mr Mathers' mother's home, Gazette Live reports.
Prosecutor Mark Giuliani told jurors at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday that the Crown could no longer ask them to convict Caddick of murder.
On the direction of Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the jury found him not guilty of murder and guilty of manslaughter amid concerns over discrepancies in statements from Mr Mathers' mother, who was the lone witness.
The jury had previously been told how Mr Mathers was jailed in 2012 for sexually abusing Caddick in 1986 to 1987.
Caddick said he lost control on the day of the attack because of the effects of the abuse and the way Mr Mathers’ responded when he questioned him about it at the home in Netherfields, Middlesbrough.
Caddick denied going there to attack Mr Mathers, but said he was in the area and coincidentally saw him staring from a window.
He said he asked “why did you do that to me when I was a kid?” and “saw red” when Mr Mathers replied he had gone to prison for it, thinking it sounded like a justification.
As he explained why the murder trial was abandoned the prosecutor said jurors were to hear expert evidence from two psychiatrists.
Dr Christopher Green, to be called by the defence, believed Caddick’s responsibility was diminished and he lost control at the time he assaulted Mr Mathers, formerly Harry Oldfield.
The prosecution’s psychiatrist Professor Don Grubin believed it may have been diminished responsibility but it depended on the facts.
Mr Mathers’ mother Jeanetta Oldfield previously did not accept she or he had said anything at the time of the attack.
But under cross-examination on Wednesday, she accepted she and her son might have said something in response to what Caddick said.
Mr Giuliani said: "That, of course, was the trigger that both psychiatrists accepted would mean that the defendant, given his history and what had happened to him as a young child by John Mathers, would have caused his responsibility to be diminished, or for him to lose control.
“Professor Grubin was asked to reconsider his opinion in light of the evidence that Jeanetta Oldfield gave.
“Professor Grubin is now of the opinion that, at the time that the defendant assaulted Mr Mathers, his responsibility was dismissed.
“In those circumstances, it would have been difficult for the Crown to ask you, or indeed any reasonable jury, to convict of murder."
Caddick now faces sentence tomorrow for the unlawful killing of Mr Mathers. He was remanded in custody.
Netherfields, Middlesbrough, UK
Roman Polanski child sex abuse victim demands inquiry
Curiously, I had to find this story on an Australian news site,
not an American one
Staff writer, PA
News Corp Australia Network
THE woman who was sexually abused as a child by Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has criticised prosecutors over his latest bid to end the long-running case.
Samantha Geimer says she is “outraged” by an alleged cover-up of misconduct as she backed the filmmaker’s request to unseal evidence given by a former prosecutor.
Polanski has spent nearly 40 years on the run after pleading guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with the then 13-year-old Geimer, who waived her right to anonymity several years ago.
Samantha Geimer has called for an investigation into alleged misconduct in the case.
Samantha Geimer has called for an investigation into alleged misconduct in the case.Source:AP
In a letter addressed to District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Michele Hannisee, Geimer says her call for an investigation into alleged misconduct in the case “fell upon deaf ears”.
“I am outraged that you continue to cover up the misconduct that has occurred in this case, which began 40 years ago and continues today,” she wrote.
“You refuse to investigate the truth, you seek to hide testimony and defame those who produce relevant evidence and facts with accusations of criminal activity, facts you ignore to serve yourselves.”
Samantha Geimer, aged 13, had dreams of becoming an actor, but instead was raped by director Roman Polanski.Source: News Limited
“I cannot help but see the irony of behaviour that mimics the despicable behaviour of our new administration in Washington, DC.
“You and those (who) have come before you have never protected me; you have treated me with contempt, using a crime committed against me to further your own careers.
“Celebrity cases should not be misused by those like yourselves for some limelight and career advancement.”
After a court hearing on Tuesday, Polanski’s lawyer Harland Braun said Geimer supported his client’s request to unseal evidence given by retired prosecutor Roger Gunson in 2010.
Polanski, who now lives in France, fled the US in 1978 after spending 42 days in jail when he feared a now-deceased judge was going to extend his sentence.
Braun says Gunson’s evidence could help Polanski’s argument that he has already served his time in the 1977 case by spending more than 300 days in jail and house arrest in Switzerland during a failed extradition effort in 2010.
Polanski, who now lives in France, fled the US in 1978 after spending 42 days in jail when he feared a now-deceased judge was going to extend his sentence.
Prosecutors have urged him to return to America to face sentencing and have said he not receive special treatment as a “wealthy celebrity”.
Earlier this month a Los Angeles judge refused to assure the 83-year-old he would not serve more jail time if he came back to the US.
Polanski won the Oscar for best director for 2002 film The Pianist and also earned nominations for 1974’s Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and 1979 film Tess.
WA man charged over 80s child sex abuse
A 49-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with almost 30 historic child sex offences allegedly committed against boys when he was 16 years old.
WA Police allege that between 1983 and 1985 he sexually abused four boys who were aged between seven and eight at the time of the first offence in the suburbs of Mundijong, Whitby and Mardella.
The Mundijong man has been charged with 15 counts of indecent dealing with a child, nine counts of doing an indecent act, three counts of carnal knowledge against the order of nature and one count of committing an act of gross indecency.
Former soldier jailed for child sex abuse
A FORMER soldier and power station worker has been jailed for 18 months for the child abuse he committed more than 13 years ago.
Craig Sellers’ sex crimes have had major effects on both his victim and his family, York Crown Court heard.
Camille Morland, prosecuting, said the victim had suffered from mental illness including panic attacks and depression, as well as psychologically as a result of Craig Sellers’ sexual abuse of her.
She had difficulty forming relationships with people and had kept silent about what had happened to her for years. But she had recently had counselling, which was helping her come to terms with it.
An NSPCC spokesperson said after the hearing: “She has shown incredible bravery in speaking out to ensure that he now cannot endanger children."
Andrew Semple, defending, said Sellers’ sister would have to substantially change her day to day routine to care for their elderly mother, who has mobility problems, while her brother is in jail.
Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Sellers he had exploited his friendship with a Selby woman.
“You used the opportunity of being in her (the woman’s) house to satisfy your sexual urges with the young girl who lived there,” he told Sellers, aged 46.
“You give the impression of being self confident, somewhat arrogant and certainly capable of dominating a young girl, which is what you did.”
Sellers, of Kellington Lane, Eggborough, denied three charges of indecent assault of a girl when she was aged 13 or 14, but was convicted by a York jury last month.
In addition to the 18-month jail sentence, he was also put on the sex offenders’ register and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order banning him from any contact with the victim, both for ten years.
Mr Semple, handing in an Army discharge record, said Sellers had served his country “with distinction” for nine years in Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. As a civilian, he had worked for 21 years at Ferrybridge before giving up his job after his trial. He provided regular care for his mother.
The judge delayed sentencing Sellers after the trial so he and his family could make arrangements for his mother’s care during his imprisonment.
Eggborough, Yorkshire, UK
Ex-pro footballer who worked as a nanny is jailed for child sex abuse
A Spanish ex-professional footballer who came to Britain posing as a male nanny so he could sexually abuse children has been jailed for 11 years.
Jose Castellano-Gonzales, 25, from Tenerife, used the glamour of his high-flying career in Spain to entice families with football-mad sons.
He was signed to the B team at Tenerife at a time when the A team were in La Liga, the top division, and playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Castellano-Gonzales was employed by a family in Devon in 2015 as an au pair for their three sons, but he abused one of the boys and three of his school friends.
He also sexually assaulted a fifth child when he was hired by a second family in Bedfordshire.
Castellano-Gonzales denied 13 sex assaults involving five boys aged eight to 11 but was convicted by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.
The families of his victims wept as he was found guilty - and then gasped as he continued to protest his innocence.
Asked by Judge Geoffrey Mercer if he had anything to say before he was sentenced Castellano-Gonzales, wearing a tracksuit, replied: "Simply that I'm innocent."
You clearly have a sexual interest in young boys.
To describe what you did as a breach of trust is a gross
The damage you have caused is untold and what you did has totally understandably had profound effects on whole families.
– JUDGE GEOFFREY MERCER
Castellano-Gonzales was told that he would have to serve a further year on licence and he was also given a sexual harm prevention order barring him from interacting with boys under the age of 16.
When the details of the order were explained he asked the judge: "Is this order just for the UK?"
Ex-police chief faces investigation over handling of college child sex abuse allegations
A former West Midlands chief constable is facing possible investigation over the handling of a historical child sex abuse case.
The complaint against Chris Sims centres on why a meeting between him and alleged victims of abuse at Tettenhall College – including one man from Shropshire – never took place, despite one being requested by Theresa May.
The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said it had received a complaint by alleged victims Andrew Wood and Mark Shelton.
It is understood another police force is to be asked to look into the complaint.
But the pair have also been offered the chance of a meeting with current Chief Constable Dave Thompson and Jonathan Jardine, who runs Mr Jamieson’s office.
Mr Wood, originally of Wombourne, and Mr Shelton, of Shifnal, were expecting a meeting with Mr Sims in early 2015 to discuss problems with their case.
It followed an intervention by the then-Home Secretary in February of that year after it was brought to her attention by then Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, Paul Uppal.
At the time, prosecutors were deliberating whether to bring charges against ex-Tettenhall College head Colin Cope after video footage emerged showing him laughing, joking, driving his car, carrying a table and climbing stairs eight months after he was deemed too sick to stand trial for sex crimes.
He was charged with 11 offences on five boys at the Wolverhampton school in the 70s.
He denied any wrongdoing. When the trial collapsed, Cope was said to be taking 12 types of medication for numerous illnesses.
Mr Wood, 58, and Mr Shelton, 59, hoped the footage captured in 2010 would allow the case to be resurrected after it was halted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 2009.
But Cope died aged 84 in March 2015 – just a month after the two men’s meeting with Mrs May.
Mr Wood said: “We have not been happy with how the case has been handled for many years.
“Meeting Mr Sims would have been a chance to go through our concerns and the case but we have been ignored.”
Mr Wood and Mr Shelton were among five ex-Tettenhall College pupils who were paid a total of £129,000 in a civil claim in an out-of-court settlement in 2012 by the boarding school.
The school did not admit liability. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the complaint and are seeking to arrange a meeting to discuss the topics raised.”
Mr Sims, a former Staffordshire Chief Constable and recently an adviser to police chiefs, declined to comment.