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Accused Of Physical, Sexual Abuse
A woman has bravely told how she was sexually abused by her father and his friends which her mother did nothing to prevent.
The woman, now in her 50s, spoke about her horrific experience as a guest at the opening of new offices of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASASC) for North Wales which has helped her deal with the devastating trauma that’s affected her life.
The woman, whose identity is being protected, said her mother was present and aided and abetted the abusers from when she was a toddler until she left home at 16.
The offices in Parc Menai, Bangor officially opened by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones provide a service across North Wales’ six counties and last year 600 people were referred to them for support.
The woman said: “My father was abusing me and my mother was part of what was happening. I can’t remember a time that it wasn’t happening."
More people are coming forward to report rapes, with North Wales having the highest rate of rapes against children in England and Wales
“There were other people involved. It was absolutely terrifying and painful for a child, but I think the emotional hurt and betrayal of trust is what does more damage. I needed professional help, and I came to the wonderful Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre in North Wales."
“I had counselling that meant for the first time I was able to tell someone exactly what had happened. It was like this big secret that was on my shoulders the whole time. It meant so much to actually have someone say to me that they believed me and that it wasn’t my fault. It had a big emotional impact on me, I cried a lot at that time."
“It took a lot of hard work and commitment, but I started to rebuild my life. I’ve gone from someone who was on benefits and so depressed I wasn’t really doing anything to someone who is working."
“I’ve got a really good wide circle of friends. I’ve got a lovely life. I go on holiday. All of the things that I felt had been written off for me because of what other people had done to me. There are long term effects from what I experienced, I don’t have any children of my own. I never got married, but I try to focus on what I have got rather than what I’ve lost.”
“It’s a consequence of what has happened to me but compared to sitting in a cupboard feeling miserable about it, I do have a life and I didn’t before I came to RASASC North Wales.”
RASASC director Jane Ruthe said: “We help men, women, anyone of any gender. We work with people who have experienced recent rape. We work with people who have experienced childhood abuse, and perhaps not told anyone for many years."
“We work with people whenever they experienced sexual violence, whether it happened recently or a long time ago, whether they have ever told anyone before, whether they are going through a court case. We do also have a children’s service."
“One lady in her 80s who said that she’d actually been raped when she was in her late teens. She’d never been able to hug her children. She never phoned again and she never came in but she said she didn’t want to die without having told anyone.”
Mr Jones said: “The number of rapes and other serious sexual assaults, often committed by partners or people known to their victims, reported to the police are high."
“However, they remain under-reported and more needs to be done to encourage victims to come forward, regardless of when the crime was committed.”
Mr Jones hit out at the UK Government for failing to provide centres like RASASC North Wales.
He said: “While I very much welcome the fact that there is an ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, I feel that the Westminster Government was incredibly short-sighted in refusing to fund support centres such as this one in order to support the brave people who gave evidence to the inquiry. The need for such support is greater than ever.”
Survivors benefit greatly from counselling/support centres. For many it can turn their lives around completely. But many who never get that support suffer miserably all their lives and often fail to be the person they might have been.
Governments all over the world need to budget for dramatic increases in counselling services for the hundreds of millions of victims of child sex abuse.
Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey has died.
Mr Massey spent eight months in the notorious East Belfast residential home at age 16.
The facility opened on Belfast’s Upper Newtownards Road, close to Stormont’s Parliament Buildings, in May 1958 and closed in October 1980 following the sex abuse scandal.
Survivors’ campaigner Margaret McGuckin said: “So saddened to hear early today of Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey passing. RIP. Clint was a very shy insecure timid man when we first met.”
Clint and the other victims of Historical Institutional Abuse deserving of redress, continue to die rather than receive the help they so patently deserve.
She said the group had helped to support Mr Massey. “Sadly missed Clint by all your friends in Savia and further afield. God bless,” she added.
The chairman of a public inquiry into the abuse, Sir Anthony Hart, dismissed allegations of security force or state collusion in the abuse.
No credible evidence was found of complicity in exploitation of sex abuse at Kincora, or that prominent individuals within the establishment were involved.
Of course, if you are careful not to dig too deep...
Instead, failings by the health authorities and Royal Ulster Constabulary were blamed after dozens of residents complained of being targeted.
Following the public inquiry, recommendations were made in January last year to the Northern Ireland Assembly to award compensation to victims and survivors.
However, just days after the report, powersharing collapsed at Stormont, meaning no government has been in place to approve the release of funds. – Press Association
Victimized again by the government!
by Mike Wilson Orangeville Banner
ORILLIA — Eight southwestern Ontario residents have been arrested following the execution of 10 search warrants across the province by the Ontario Provincial Police's child sexual exploitation unit.
The individuals reside in Stratford, Fordwich, Formosa, Walkerton, Orangeville, Owen Sound and Kintore.
A total of 36 charges were laid ranging from child pornography charges to possession of marijuana.
"Our most fundamental responsibility as a society is to protect our children from those who would do them harm," said OPP commissioner Vince Hawkes. "The OPP will continue to aggressively identify and pursue individuals who use technology to exploit children. These investigations highlight the many OPP, municipal and First Nations officers who are working diligently to keep our children safe."
Summary of Search Warrants Executed and Charges Laid
OPP say that there are no connections between the following cases, and that they are all independent investigations. None of the charges against any of the accused have been proven in court.
On Feb. 6, 2018, members of the OPP's child sexual exploitation unit, OPP digital forensics unit and the Huron County OPP detachment executed a search warrant at a residence in Fordwich after receiving a report from a social media outlet that an unknown person had uploaded an image of child sexual abuse to the internet.
As a result of the search, police claim that computers were seized that contained images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 6 police arrested 49-year-old David Harold Banks of Fordwich and charged him with two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, and one count of making child pornography available.
Police also allege that they located a quantity of stolen property and illegal drugs during the search. As a result police arrested 23-year-old Justin Horrigan of Fordwich and charged him with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of cannabis resin, and one count of failure to comply with recognizance.
On Feb. 7 members of OPP's child sexual exploitation unit, OPP's digital forensics unit and the Walkerton OPP detachment executed a search warrant at a Formosa residence following an online, undercover investigation.
Police claim that they seized computers that contained images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 7 police arrested 47-year-old Daniel Bruce Davidson of Formosa and charged him with one count of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, and one count of making child pornography available.
On Feb. 7 members of OPP's child sexual exploitation unit, OPP's digital forensics unit and the Walkerton OPP detachment executed a search warrant at a Walkerton residence following an online, undercover investigation.
Police claim that as a result computers were seized that allegedly contained images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 13, 2018, police arrested 31-year-old Justin A. Campbell of Walkerton and charged him with three counts of possession of child pornography, and two counts of making child pornography available.
On Feb. 5, 2018, members of OPP's child sexual exploitation unit, OPP's digital forensics unit and Stratford police executed a search warrant at a Stratford residence following an online, undercover investigation.
Police say that as a result of their search, computers were seized that contained images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 5 police arrested 35-year-old Ernest Jordan Hesse of Stratford and charged him with one count of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, and one count of making child pornography available.
In January 2018, during the course of an online, undercover investigation, the Sûreté du Québec identified an offender seeking to have sexual relations with two girls, ages six and eight.
Further investigation was conducted by the OPP and on Feb. 7, 2018, the child sexual exploitation unit, accompanied by Orangeville police executed a search warrant at an Orangeville residence.
In addition to evidence of this offence, police claim that they located computers containing images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 7 police arrested 40-year-old Christopher M. Robinson of Orangeville and charged him with two counts of agreement to commit a sexual offence against a person under 16 years of age, two counts of invitation to sexual touching a person under 16 years of age, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, and one count of making child pornography available.
In January 2018 the OPP child sexual exploitation unit received an investigation from the Department of Homeland Security in Buffalo, New York, after an agent identified a group of individuals exchanging videos and images over the internet of children being sexually abused.
Further investigation by the child sexual exploitation unit resulted in OPP investigators, accompanied by Owen Sound police, executing a search warrant on Feb. 15, 2018 at an Owen Sound residence.
During the execution of the search warrant, police claim to have located computer equipment containing images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 15 police arrested 29-year-old Jacob Robert Baker of Owen Sound and charged him with two counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.
On Feb. 22, 2018, members of the child sexual exploitation unit, St. Thomas Police, OPP's digital forensics and Oxford County OPP detachment executed a search warrant at a residence in Kintore after receiving information that an unknown person using the internet was in possession of images of child sexual abuse.
Police claim that two computer devices were seized that contained images of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 22, 2018, police arrested 36-year-old Lee David James Hughes of Kintore and charged him with two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography, one count of breaching probation, one count of breaching court order, and one count of possession of cannabis marijuana.