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THE three women, who face charges of alleged horrific child abuse, were greeted by supporters as they walked out of a NSW jail after winning bail.
Therese Ann Cook, 59, her daughter Yyani Cook-Williams, 30, and Clarissa Meredith, 24, were greeted by about half a dozen supporters when they were released from Silverwater Correctional Centre on Wednesday night. The women were granted bail by NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum nearly one week ago.
The three women among seven people (4th story on link) to face a combined 127 charges related to the alleged abuse of three young boys between 2014 and 2016.
The women were charged in February along with Cook’s brother, Paul Christopher Cook, 52, and three others who can’t be named as they were underage at the time of the alleged offences.
They are linked to the Arcade Circus in Katoomba, NSW.
Police previously alleged Therese Cook abused two of the boys, then aged three and seven, before her co-accused got involved later.
She was accused of having intercourse with the seven-year-old and choking him with the intent of sexually assaulting him.
She faces 43 charges, including sexual intercourse with a person under 10, indecent assault of a person under 16 and assault occasioning bodily harm. Cook-Williams, her 30-year-old daughter, was alleged to have incited two of the boys to have sex with each other.
Her eight charges include common assault and aggravated sexual assault in company.
Meredith’s 13 charges include aggravated sexual assault in company, producing child abuse material and stalking or intimidation.
Their lawyer, Bryan Wrench, in February told a local court that one of his clients had video to show nothing happened.
After Muzaffarpur shelter home case of Bihar, a Buddhist monk of Bodh Gaya was detained for allegedly sexually abusing children. Reportedly, he had forced minor children in unnatural sexual activities.
Patna: After the social audit done by Tata Institute of Social Sciences which revealed shocking results about sexual abuse on inmates in shelter home in Muzzafarpur, Bihar, another case of sexual abuse was reported in Bodh Gaya. According to news agency IANS, a Buddhist monk was detained on Wednesday after minor children in Bodh Gaya alleged that they had been sexually abused by the monk. The monk was identified as Bhante Sanghpriya. After 15 children of Prasanna Jyoti Buddhist School and Meditation Centre in Mastipur are complained about the regular abuse to the district police.
Police official Anil Kumar confirmed that the monk had been accused of sexual abuse.
The meditation centre is located next to Buddhist holy shrine in Bodh Gaya. In the complaint lodged by children, they mentioned the accused monk runs the residential Buddhist school-cum-meditation centre. He had forced some minor children in unnatural sexual activities. Reportedly, the victims aged between 6 to 12 and they belonged to Assam.
This would be another addition to series of cases in Bihar, where minor children had been sexually abused. In the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, 34 girls were sexually abused for years as proved by medical tests. The report by TISS revealed in April that, over four years of its existence like most government-run shelters in the state, was inspected by multiple bodies but none flagged the “highly questionable manner” in which it was being run or that several girls had reported about violence and being abused sexually.
But, what are the odds that some inspectors have more money than they should?
The man, whose name is covered by a publication ban in order to protect the identity of the young female victim, appeared in a St. John’s courtroom via videolink from HMP Wednesday morning, where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of sexual interference. He’ll be sentenced Oct. 1.
That leaves him with five other charges: sexual assault, sexual exploitation, making child pornography, possessing child pornography, and observing or making a visual recording where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Privacy - does that mean a closed courtroom?
The man was denied bail Dec. 1, after a bail hearing that saw a number of people in the courtroom become emotional over the details of the allegations.
He was arrested after a two-month investigation by the RNC/RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s internet exploitation team, with help from RCMP in Gander, as well as the RNC’s Child Abuse Sexual Assault Unit.
RNC = Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
She penned her raw emotions in a moving victim impact statement read out in a Nottingham courtroom before 74-year-old David Woodward was locked up for two-and-a-half years.
What Woodward did to her when she was a young girl "has never gone out of my head" and "I still feel scared when men approach me", she revealed.
She described feeling like she was a bad mother to her children and "I feel I shout at my kids a lot due to the anger I feel inside".
The woman went to police about lorry driver Woodward because she needed some sort of release, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
He denied two allegations of indecently assaulting her.
New Delhi (Sputnik) — The safety of children in the virtual world has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the Indian authorities.
According to a report published in English Daily Times of India, out of 187 calls received in 2017-18 on the Helpline, 39 calls were related to the online game 'Blue Whale' which pushed participants to end their lives.
Why is this game allowed to exist? Everyone involved at every possible level needs to be prosecuted for this horrifically evil program.
The children, entrapped by a challenge posed by a dominating administrator, dialed 1098 and reported the trauma which they were into, according to the helpline authorities.
The report reveals that in September last year, the helpline team received calls from two teenage girls who were on their way to Mumbai from Agra as per the directions of the blue whale game admin. They were threatened that their parents would die if they did not perform the "task."
"All 39 similar calls from children to 1098 in 2017-18 revealed a link with the Blue Whale Challenge. Some called to deal with the fear generated by the game, others were children in distress requiring physical intervention and then there were those seeking information about the game," the Times of India reports.
The other cases include videos with child sexual abuse material, corporal punishment depictions, pornography and stalking.
In most of the cases of online abuse 1098, there is a common thread —either online abuse ended in contact abuse or vice versa," Harleen Walia from Child Helpline was quoted by the Times of India as saying.
Childcare activists opine that India will have to gear up to fight the menace urgently. Shiney Elias, student counselor and program head of Jovita India, a child protection organization, told Sputnik that in most of the cases, parents themselves are not aware of the gravity of the problem and take children's ordeal as routine anxiety.
"We are lacking in trained professionals to deal with such cases, we also do not have any ways to sensitize the parents and guardians about the phenomenon which is fast spreading among our kids. We need to hurry up before the problem becomes insurmountable. In maximum cases when children approach their parents about the problem, they either are unaware of the gravity of the issue or brush it away as routine anxiety among the kids," Shiney Elias told Sputnik.
The highest percentage of cases reported to 1098 is of children in the age group of 11-18 years, the report added.
Yes, the problem will get worse; it will get exponentially worse. We are just seeing the very beginning of this problem. It needs to be tackled internationally. Hackers could spend their time outing the bullies on Blue Whale, or outing pedophiles until governments catch up, if that ever happens.
Survivors who were abused as children after being sent abroad under state-backed programmes are suing the Government for compensation.
Thousands of Britons, many in care or from poor families, were sent abroad to countries including Australia and New Zealand in the post-Second World War years partly to save on care costs.
But lawyer Alan Collins said on Wednesday he has lodged a lawsuit in London's High Court to pressure ministers into paying.
"The Government has not done anything as far as we can tell about implementing the recommendations to set up some type of redress scheme," he said.
"So we've told the Government, unless you're going to do it you're going to end up being sued. They took no notice so we've sued them.
"The victims, they want the Government to do what IICSA said and accept that it's a flawed policy and take responsibly and not just say fuzzy, warm words but actually mean it."
Mr Collins said the lawsuit was filed on August 22 on behalf of two survivors, one sent to what is now Zimbabwe, the other to Australia, who have strong cases backed by hard evidence.
He said he has been contacted by more than 100 survivors and hopes the action will pressure the Government into paying compensation to the rest in a "domino effect".
The March report said it was "essential" that all living former migrants, then around 2,000 people, should be paid compensation. In 2010 then-prime minister Gordon Brown formerly apologised on behalf of the UK government.
On Wednesday, a Department of Health spokeswoman said: "We want to reassure those affected we are committed to providing a timely response to the inquiry's recommendations."
Time is of the essence, Mr Collins said, with many of the survivors now in old age. "The problem is, they are such an elderly group that they are dying. We can't just sit around forever and a day and hope for the best," he said.