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
Thursday, 28 February 2019
YouTube shutting down comments on tens of millions of videos with minors after accusations of enabling ‘child porn'
Well, not really after 'accusations',
but after advertisers began to withdraw
© Global Look Press / dpa/ Raphael Knipping
YouTube has disabled comments under "tens of millions of videos" with children doing innocuous things such as yoga, after an investigation revealed the presence of preying pedophiles and sparked a mass exodus of advertisers.
In a blog post on Thursday, the video-sharing site said it had started closing down comment sections on videos featuring minors "that could be subject to predatory behavior." Such videos number in the "tens of millions," YouTube said, promising to expand the purge "over the next few months."
The Google-owned company said that only "a small number of creators will be able to keep the comments enabled on these types of videos."
The accounts that would be allowed to stay open to user feedback, will have to step up their moderating game and will be required "to demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior." YouTube said that it would directly engage with creators of these high-risk videos.
The platform did not specify the type of content at the center of its newest crackdown apart from noting that it features "young and older minors."
Thursday's update is part the company's ongoing efforts to stop big corporate advertisers from fleeing en masse after a viral exposé revealed how YouTube was inadvertently helping pedophiles thrive on the platform.
It all started with a vlog posted by YouTuber Matt Watson on February 17, in which he lambasted the hands-off approach YouTube allegedly takes on pedophiles by not only allowing them to share timestamps with children in comprising positions, but also automatically suggesting videos with the same type of content.
"I have discovered a wormhole, as I would call it, into a soft-core pedophile ring on YouTube. Here pedophiles are trading social media content, they are providing links to actual child porn," Watson said in the video.
Once you enter into this wormhole, the YouTube algorithm is glitching out to a point that nothing but these videos exist. So that facilitates pedophiles' ability to find this content.
The members of this no-so-clandestine ring, Watson said, are openly "trading unlisted videos" and links to actual pornography apparently "through some kind of glitch or error" in the YouTube programming.
Watson took a particular issue with that the videos in question have been monetized by YouTube, with YouTube effectively profiting from the pedophile-generated views by showing ads paid for by corporate giants.
"What this is – it is child exploitation," Watson said. Having racked up over 3 million views, his video was followed by an in-depth investigation by Wired last week. The magazine reported that Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fortnite, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Grammarly and others ran pre-roll advertisements along these.
Following the public outrage, Fortnite, McDonalds, Nestlé, AT&T, Kellogg and other companies removed their ads from YouTube, prompting the video-streaming service to limit monetization of some of the videos that include minors and encourage users to flag the videos by selecting “child abuse" in the reporting tool.
Following the latest policy update on Thursday, Nestle said that it had returned to the platform several days ago, after YouTube announced it was tightening the screws on content featuring minors. While the advertiser boycott is likely to be short-lived, their flight appears to be what had triggered YouTube to eventually take action against child predators in the first place. Reports of a 'pedophile ring' openly functioning inside YouTube have been circulating for years, but the platform had not taken any decisive action.
It would have been nice if YouTube had actually acted on the accusations rather than ignoring them until it started costing them money. It's pretty obvious where their priorities lie and it's not with protecting innocent children.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Thousands of migrant children allegedly sexually abused in US custody
Allegations ranged from adult staff members having relationships with minors to forcible touching, HHS documents show
Caution: There is definitely a political bias in this report
Hazar Kilani in New York and agencies, The Guardian
Children and workers at a tent encampment near the Tornillo port of entry in Tornillo, Texas, on 19 June 2018.
Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Almost 5,000 complaints of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in US custody have been filed over the past four years, according to government documents released this week. The allegations range from adult staff members having relationships with minors, and the showing of pornographic videos, to forcible touching.
According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents released on Tuesday on Capitol Hill by the Florida Democratic representative Ted Deutch’s office, the reports date back to October 2015, during the Obama administration. However, most of the sexual abuse and harassment reported occurred since Donald Trump took office.
Of course, that's when most of the kids were in these camps.
During a House judiciary committee hearing on Tuesday, Deutch addressed the documents and linked them to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration, regarding unlawful incursions of the US-Mexico border. The policy, widely regarded as a strong-arm attempt by the government to discourage immigration, resulted in almost 3,000 migrant children being forcibly separated from their families.
“These documents tell us that there is a problem with adults, employees of HHS, sexually abusing children,” Deutch said at the hearing.
The total number of sexual abuse complaints in 2018 was 1,261, an increase of 192 compared with 2017. While the majority of the sexual assaults were allegedly committed by other minors in custody, 178 out of the thousands of complaints filed were accusations against staff. The number of reported sexual abuse incidents involving staff against migrant children increased in 2018, with a total of 12 complaints filed in July compared with four in February.
“This works out, on average, to one sexual assault by HHS staff on an unaccompanied minor per week,” Deutch said. The point was angrily disputed by Jonathan White, a testifying official who has overseen child migrant detention matters at HHS.
He questioned whether the staff members involved in the allegations were members of HHS staff or affiliated to outside contractors.
“Those are not HHS staff in any of those allegations,” White said.
White also stated that when a sexual assault is reported, it is fully investigated. Reports deemed legitimate are then sent to the Department of Justice for prosecution, he said.
The Department of Justice received 29% out of the total of 4,556 reports initially filed, according to the data released by Deutch’s office.
HHS manages the care of tens of thousands of migrant children, most of whom had crossed the border alone. However, in August 2017, 3.6% of the children had been separated from a parent or a guardian. After they are detained at the US border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), they are placed in privately run shelters contracted by the government.
Officials say most of the allegations haven’t been substantiated and are defending the care they provide to immigrant children.
However, reports of sexual assault against minors are not the only tragedies coming out of the US detention facilities. Two Guatemalan children have recently died under US custody, shining light on the treatment of immigrants detained by authorities.
Oklahoma man wanted for child sexual abuse
found dead from gunshot wound
BY KFOR-TV AND K. QUERRY
NORMAN, Okla. – Authorities say a wanted fugitive has been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals began searching for Dawone White, who was wanted for multiple counts of child sexual abuse and one count of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16.
Investigators learned that White was at a home in the 1900 block of E. Lindsey St. in Norman.
As marshals made their way to the residence, they found White dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
I suspect the poor fool thought he could escape justice for his evils. He won't!
Virginia ex-school counselor gets sweet plea deal
for child sex abuse
Nolan Stout, Daily Progress
A former Albemarle County Public Schools employee has pleaded guilty to two charges of sex crimes against children.
Richard Sidebottom, 74, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13 and one count of indecent liberties with a child in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Wednesday morning. The agreement calls for a maximum active sentence of 2 years.
The bespectacled Sidebottom, clad in a suit, sat quietly throughout the hearing, speaking only to answer affirmatively to routine courtroom questions about the plea agreement.
In 2018, Sidebottom was charged with four counts of felony indecent liberties with children and object sexual penetration and aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania said the remaining charges will be dropped. After entering the plea agreement, Platania presented what would have been argued at trial.
Platania said the charges stemmed from encounters with Sidebottom’s then 4-year-old granddaughter in 2009 and an 11-year-old neighbor girl in 2018.
In 2009, Platania said, the granddaughter was visiting the Sidebottoms when the she privately told her mother that her grandfather had inappropriately touched her. A few days later, the girl revealed more information in a conversation with her mother, who took her to a family doctor.
In later counseling, the granddaughter said that Sidebottom would inappropriately touch her and make her touch him.
She vividly remembered, according to Platania, one time that she was watching television and Sidebottom said “let’s hop into bed and do this.” When Platania presented that evidence, Sidebottom closed his eyes and shook his head.
The case was referred to the Department of Social Services, which found merit to the claims. Platania said Sidebottom exhausted his appeals with the department by 2012 and it was referred to the Virginia State Police.
Sidebottom, who worked as psychologist and counselor for the county schools for more than three decades, had his teaching license revoked by the Virginia Board of Education on April 26, 2012, one year after his retirement. Platania said the license was revoked after the Department of Social Services appeals were complete.
Later that year, the case was presented to the city Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, which Platania said declined to prosecute “for a variety of reasons.” He declined to elaborate after the hearing.
The case was revived last year when a neighbor called Charlottesville officers to report inappropriate contact with their daughter.
Platania said Sidebottom would wait for the neighbor to get off the bus and say “I love you” and “you’re beautiful.” He said Sidebottom would invite her to the house to talk and would sit in a way that his genitals were purposefully exposed through the leg of his shorts. Sidebottom repeatedly shook his head as Platania detailed the incidents in court on Tuesday.
A city detective decided to pay Sidebottom a visit to discuss the allegations and arrived at the time the neighbor would typically be getting off the bus, Platania said. The detective noted that Sidebottom was sitting on his truck and visibly adjusted his shorts as the detective approached.
Platania said neighbors would have testified that he had been seen nude and masturbating at the windows of his home in clear view of children at other times.
As part of the agreement, Sidebottom’s attorney, Rhonda Quagliana, said that he would agree to a permanent protective order for the neighbor and register as a sex offender.
The plea agreement didn’t make the victims’ families happy, Platania said, but would bring some closure and avoid putting the children on trial.
“It’s a horrific set of allegations,” Platania said. “There’s really no agreement that can undo what’s been done.”
Perhaps not. But there is the possibility of preventing him from doing more. It's clear the man has a major problem and I don't think a year in jail is going to fix it.
Platania made a motion to revoke Sidebottom’s bond, but Judge Humes Franklin denied it. Franklin said allowing Sidebottom to remain on bond would allow the judicial process to move quicker.
“It’s not going to stop what’s coming at the end,” Franklin said.
OMG! Does the judge have absolutely no concern for the community and the kids who will be exposed to him?
After the hearing, the victims’ families were escorted from the courtroom. Shortly after, Sidebottom grabbed a cane in his right hand and departed the courthouse. He is free on bond until his sentencing hearing on June 20 at 1 p.m.
2 Alabama men plead guilty in child sex abuse crimes
Defendants in unrelated sex offenses against minors recently pleaded guilty, according to a press release from the Covington County District Attorney’s office.
Benjamin Ellis White, 32, of Opp, pleaded guilty to Rape I, a Class A felony, before Circuit Judge Lex Short. Judge Short sentenced White to 25 years. Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter prosecuted the case for the State. White was defended by Diana Mock.
White was charged after Covington County E-911 received a dispatch call from a minor child reporting her own recent rape. Opp Police Department responded and Sgt. Heather Koerner led the investigation of the incident. Through that investigation, White eventually confessed to officers that he had been having sexual intercourse with a young child multiple times over a number of years.
In the second case, George N. Scroggins, 87, of Florala, pleaded guilty before Judge Short to Sexual Abuse of a Child Under 12, which is a Class B felony. Scroggins’ plea followed his indictment by a Covington County grand jury in 2016. The case was set for trial in January and was continued at that time. Scroggins subsequently decided to enter a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 12 years. Bill Alverson represented Scroggins and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nikki Stephens.
In the Scroggins case, the Florala Police Department received a complaint of an inappropriate incident with Scroggins and a minor child, and that investigation led to further charges for incidents that happened over 20 years ago with other children. Police Chief Sonny Bedsole led the Florala investigation in conjunction with the Department of Human Resources.
District Attorney Walt Merrell noted that child sex crimes are among the hardest to deal with for multiple reasons.
“They are difficult to prove and successfully prosecute, but they also come with the most innocent of victims, many of whom have had their innocence forever stripped from them,” he said. “The physical damage may heal, but the emotional scars may last forever.”
The Covington County Child Advocacy Center conducted forensic interviews of the children, and in one case the child victim received counseling through the CAC.
Merrell said the men will be registered sex offenders for the remainder of their lives.
“Their communities will be aware of their misdeeds,” he said. “White will remain in prison for many years to come, and it is likely that Scroggins will die in prison.”
Merrell complimented Stephens, Jeter, the Department of Human Resources staff, the CAC staff, and all the law enforcement officers involved in the two cases.
Covington Co., AL
Oklahoma couple facing child sex abuse charges
By Jackson Boland, KTEN News
THACKERVILLE, Okla. -- A Love County couple has been jailed, facing multiple counts of child abuse and neglect.
One of the five children of Chester and Cynthia Voyles notified Thackerville schools about the alleged sexual abuse, and that's when the police were called.
The children were taken out of school and placed in protective custody.
The parents refused to take part in any interviews and police then filed a child abuse and neglect charge for their 31-year-old mother. Chester Voyles, 48, faces multiple charges of rape, sodomy and lewd molestation.
Ardmore police were able to locate the couple, and that's when the arrests were made.
"Carter County and Ardmore PD affected the arrest and were a big part in getting the parents into custody," Thackerville police Chief Kevin Collman said.
The Voyles went to court on Tuesday. Both were denied bail.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sex abuse
If this sounds familiar, it is because I posted this news in December when it actually happened.
Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty and is set to be jailed for child sexual abuse in the most sensational verdict since the Catholic Church became engulfed in worldwide abuse scandals.
Australian media has been unable to report the guilty verdict until now, due to a suppression order.
A second trial, over allegations Pell abused boys in a swimming pool in Ballarat in the 1970s, has now been abandoned due to lack of admissible evidence and the suppression order lifted.
I'm not sure why the timing is as such, but it was unfortunate that it was not made public before the Vatican Summit.
The cardinal was Archbishop of Melbourne when he abused the two 13-year-old boys and was managing the church’s response to widespread child abuse by priests through the “Melbourne Response”, which he designed.
Pretty cool, huh? Like the fox designing the henhouse.
He was found guilty in a retrial last December, with the verdict sending shockwaves through the Vatican and around the world. A jury in an earlier trial was discharged, in September, when it was unable to reach a verdict. His legal team will appeal against the conviction.
Even after he was convicted of child sex offences in December, the private nature of the hearings granted him a clear path. But on Tuesday, he got a taste of the outrage and disgust reverberating around the world as he made that walk as a convicted paedophile.
"You're an absolute pig. Burn in hell," a heckler yelled at Pell, as police pushed through a media scrum.
Reaction to the decision rippled out from the courtroom, spanning from the highest office in the land to the everyday Catholic left to grapple with their faith.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was "deeply shocked at the crimes".
"It is the victims and their families I am thinking of today, and all who have suffered from sexual abuse by those they should have been able to trust, but couldn't," he said. "Their prolonged pain and suffering will not have ended today."
PHOTO: The boys were abused at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
(ABC News: Danielle Bonica)
ictorian Premier Daniel Andrews said "good people of faith" had "been betrayed".
His sentiments were confirmed by comments from Catholics on talkback radio in Melbourne.
"I grew up in very strict Catholic family, but I have no faith whatsoever," a woman from country Victoria told ABC Radio Melbourne.
"They've let us all down, and they're still letting us all down."
'That institution is doomed'
Some of Pell's first years as a priest were spent giving sermons at the parish of St Alipius in Ballarat, and he spent a decade as the director of the Aquinas College for Catholic education.
The current parish priest, Father Peter Sherman, said he first heard the nature of Pell's offences this morning. "I think people will be very sad. I don't think there's any winners in the sexual abuse issue," he said. "People will scratch their heads about this — I will."
Francis Sullivan, who was once in charge of coordinating the Catholic Church's actions after the child abuse royal commission, said the church had been "brought to its knees".
"It's really hard for a lot of Catholics," the former chief executive of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council said. "As a Catholic myself, I think, God, has it come to this?
"When you have a cardinal being convicted, it's more than a person being convicted in a way — it's like our whole approach to life has been put through the wringer."
The church is not the only institution left to wonder about its relationship with Australia's highest-ranking Catholic.
At his old school in Ballarat, Pell's name has literally been scratched off the windows of a building, housing the music and art rooms, which was named in his honour.
Pell attended the prestigious St Patrick's College in Ballarat from 1949 to 1959, and had since been inducted as a legend of the school — an honour that has also now been stripped.
"We believe that it's untenable and not appropriate to have our students walk through a building that carries Cardinal Pell's name when the jury has found that he is guilty of offences relating to child sexual abuse," college headmaster John Crowley said.
The headmaster came under fire in 2015 when he gave Pell a private tour of the school as calls mounted for the prelate to answer questions for the royal commission.
At the time, he said: "It was a great thrill to be able to escort His Eminence around the college grounds and witness the way he interacted with staff and students alike".
A statement from the school on Tuesday said it "reserves the right to revisit" the stripping of Pell's school honours if he successfully appeals the ruling.
College's 'deep remorse'
Mr Crowley said it was not an easy decision to scrub his name from the school's honour lists.
"[But] it's a commitment that we have made to our current families, and boys in our care that we will role model behaviours which aspire to the highest possible standards," he said.
The college will also put a line through Pell's name on a board listing the school's ordained alumni, something it has done with five other clergymen, including convicted abuser Gerald Ridsdale.
According to the college's website, the strikethroughs "stand both as a symbol for the bravery of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and their families, and for the college's deep remorse for the pain and suffering caused by the actions of these individuals".
Even in the sporting sphere, the decision is having ramifications.
The Richmond AFL club removed Pell as a vice-patron, tweeting the club had "formed a view that his association is no longer tenable or appropriate".
Vatican awaits the 'course of justice'
The Vatican's first response to the conviction came late on Tuesday night. Acting Holy See spokesman Alessandro Gisotti read a statement to reporters at the Vatican, but did not take questions.
"This is painful news that, as we are well aware, has shocked many people, not only in Australia," he said.
"We await the outcome of the appeals process, recalling that Cardinal Pell maintains his innocence and has the right to defend himself until the last stage of appeal.
"In order to ensure the course of justice, the Holy Father has confirmed the precautionary measures which had been imposed by the local ordinary on Cardinal George Pell when he returned to Australia.
"That is, while awaiting the definitive assessment of the facts, as is the norm, Cardinal Pell is prohibited from exercising public ministry and from having any voluntary contact whatsoever with minors."
He added that no additional measures would be taken against Pell until appeal proceedings were over.
Recently, Pope Francis told a summit on the issue of abuse in the church that clergy who preyed on children were the "tools of Satan".
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said bishops were "shocked" by the guilty verdict.
"The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal's legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served," he said in a statement.
"In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable."
Pell will return to court for a pre-sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Pope Francis demanded ‘concrete’ measures
against child sex abuse. Where are they?
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican on Sunday, concluding a summit on clerical sex abuse.
By Editorial Board WAPO
WAS THE Vatican’s just-completed summit on child sex abuse, convened by Pope Francis amid a crisis of credibility that has crippled the Catholic Church’s moral authority, really intended simply to prepare the way for genuine reforms in the indefinite future?
Victims’ groups had hoped for much more, as had many of the faithful in the United States and elsewhere. They were heartened, briefly, when the pope opened the unprecedented four-day conference by demanding what he called “concrete” measures to deliver something real that would uproot the scourge of clerical sex abuse and hierarchical coverup.
In the end, those concrete measures were a chimera — widely debated, held up to intense canonical scrutiny, but ultimately put off to some future date. The contrast with the pope’s own words could not have been sharper, or more disappointing.
Child sex abuse, the pope declared in his various remarks, is akin to human sacrifice, and the “wrath of God” should be visited upon the “ravenous wolves” who commit it. He called for an “all-out battle.”
His rhetoric suggested a no-holds-barred approach; so did his earlier pledges to apply a “zero-tolerance” policy, meaning, at the least, that any priest credibly accused of assaulting a minor would be removed from ministry.
Yet at the conclusion of four wrenching days in Rome — days when nearly 200 bishops and cardinals heard unstinting testimony and criticism by victims and their advocates — the result was dismayingly vague. What had been held up as a policymaking conference resembled more closely an encounter group, in which awareness was raised, sensitivity enhanced and heartfelt emotions expressed.
That’s not good enough — not for the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, nor for the 70 million in the United States. For the U.S. bishops, the shortcomings in Rome should serve as a gauntlet thrown down. They must act in coming months.
A meaningful and, yes, concrete agenda for the U.S. bishops would start with taking up measures they were on the verge of adopting last November when the Holy See intervened to stop them. That would include establishing a code of conduct for bishops, who have been instrumental in covering up the church’s crimes, as well as a commission of lay Catholics to review allegations of misconduct by bishops. In addition, it would mean reversing the church’s steadfast opposition to changes in state laws that prohibit survivors of pedophile priests from filing lawsuits years after the abuse took place. Moreover, it would mean a shift in rhetoric that would recognize not only the church’s obligation to root out abuse but also its unique history as a haven for abusers.
Let the American bishops act if the pope will not.
The real issue at the summit should have been getting the church right with God, which it so very clearly is not! Yet there was little in the way of confession of sins, nothing but empty promises in the way of repentance, not even the recognition that they have sinned spectacularly against God and man, and certainly no acceptance of responsibility - it was all the Devil's fault. Shades of Flip Wilson there.
The Catholic Church still seem to think that they have a moral authority, though somewhat tainted by evil people. But I don't believe the Catholic Church has had anything remotely resembling a moral authority in at least a thousand years.
Revelation 17 is waiting.
More than a year ago, YouTube promised to police children's content better
Videos with tips on how to slit one's wrists have been found in cartoons targeted at children on YouTube and YouTube Kids. (Volurol/Shutterstock)
A U.S. pediatrician is raising an alarm about instructions on how to slit one's wrists posted in YouTube videos targeted at children — showing that inappropriate content continues to slip through the online streaming site's filters.
On Feb. 15, one such suicide sequence was found nearly five minutes into a cartoon on YouTube by emergency room pediatrician Dr. Free N. Hess, who reported it on her blog, Pedimom and to The Washington Post, which published a story on its website Feb. 24.
Seven months earlier, Hess had posted a complaint from another mother, who also worked as doctor, who had found the same video sequence on YouTube Kids, a video app that is specifically targeted at children and billed by YouTube as "a family-friendly place for kids to explore their interests."
In that video, a man appears four minutes and 45 seconds into the video.
"The man quickly walked in, held his arm out, and tracing his forearm, said, 'Kids, remember, cut this way for attention, and this way for results,' and then quickly walked off," the woman reported anonymously.
In both cases, the videos were eventually removed after they were reported to YouTube.
Someone should be in prison for this. Is there even a law against it?
Following complaints more than a year ago, Youtube said it had taken steps to add more moderation and step up enforcement of guidelines for videos aimed at children. (YouTube)
When asked about the videos in an email exchange with CBC News, the video site responded that YouTube is not intended for kids under 13.
So, it's OK for 13 y/o kids to be counselled in how to commit suicide?
As for YouTube Kids, it said: "We work to ensure the videos in YouTube Kids are family-friendly and take feedback very seriously. We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video.
"We are making constant improvements to our systems and recognize there's more work to do."
The incidents occur more than a year after widespread complaints about Youtube videos that feature twisted versions of children's shows such as Peppa Pig, showing torture, characters drinking bleach, and Peppa eating her father.
Following those reports, Youtube said it had taken steps to add more moderation and step up enforcement of guidelines for videos aimed at children.
It added that it takes a few days for content to migrate from the main YouTube platform to YouTube Kids, and hoped that users would flag inappropriate content in that time.
It seems to me that if you can't control the content any better than that, that perhaps there is way too much content. At the very least, there should be a way to track the origins of every video posted on YouTube and a way to hold them responsible for inappropriate content.
Monday, 25 February 2019
California parents plead guilty to shackling,
torturing their childrenThe Associated Press
David Turpin, far right, and wife Louise, far left, listen to the judge along with attorney Allison Lowe during a courtroom hearing Friday in Riverside, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to torture and years of abuse that included shackling some of their 13 children to beds and starving them to the point it stunted their growth.
David and Louise Turpin will spend at least 25 years in prison after entering the pleas in Riverside County Superior Court to 14 counts that included cruelty toward all but their toddler daughter, and imprisoning them in a house that appeared neatly kept outside, but festered with filth and reeked of human waste.
The couple was arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter called 911 after escaping from the family's home in the city of Perris, about 96 kilometres southeast of Los Angeles.
The children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29 at the time, were severely underweight and hadn't bathed for months. They described being beaten, starved and put in cages.
David Turpin appeared stoic as he pleaded guilty, but Louise Turpin's face turned red and she began crying and dabbed her eyes with a tissue.
The two face prison terms of 25 years-to-life when they are sentenced April 19, Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. "The defendants ruined lives so I think it's just and fair that the sentence be equivalent to first-degree murder."
Louise and David Turpin face prison terms of 25 years-to-life when they are sentenced April 19, Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
Hestrin said he was impressed by how resilient the children were when he met with them, though he said the guilty pleas were important to spare them from having to testify at a trial.
The couple had faced dozens of additional counts if they went to trial. During a preliminary hearing, a judge tossed out a single count involving their youngest daughter, finding she was the only child who didn't suffer abuse.
Children deprived of food, necessities
The Turpins had led a mostly solitary, but seemingly unremarkable life until the teenager jumped from a window and ran for help.
David Turpin, 57, had worked as an engineer for both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.
The family led a nocturnal existence and slept during the day, which kept them largely out of sight from neighbours in a middle-class subdivision.
In a recording of the 911 call played in court last year, the girl who escaped said two younger sisters and a brother were chained to their beds and she couldn't take it any longer.
"They will wake up at night and they will start crying and they wanted me to call somebody," she said in a high-pitched voice. "I wanted to call y'all so y'all can help my sisters."
The intervention by authorities marked a new start for the children who lived in such isolation that the teen who called for help didn't know her address and some of her siblings didn't understand the role of the police when they arrived at the house.
Two girls had been hastily released from their chains when police showed up but a 22-year-old son remained shackled.
The young man said he and his siblings had been suspected of stealing food and being disrespectful, a detective testified. The man said he had been tied up with ropes at first and then, after learning to wriggle free, restrained with increasingly larger chains on and off over six years.
A police car drives past the Turpin home in Perris, Calif., back in January 2018.
(Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)
Authorities said the children were deprived of food and things other kids take for granted, such as toys and games, and were allowed to do little except write in journals.
Although the parents filed reports with the state that they home-schooled their children, the oldest child had only completed the third grade and a 12-year-old couldn't recite the full alphabet.
An investigator testified that some suffered from severe malnutrition and muscle wasting, including an 11-year-old girl who had arms the size of an infant.
The kids, whose names all begin with the letter J, were rarely allowed outside, though they went out on Halloween and travelled as a family to Disneyland and Las Vegas, investigators said. The children spent most of their time locked in their rooms except for limited meals or using the bathroom.
'They can now move forward with their lives'
All the children were hospitalized immediately after they were discovered. Riverside County authorities then obtained temporary conservatorship over the adults.
Jack Osborn, an attorney who represents the seven adult children in probate court, said they were happy the guilty plea spared them from testifying.
"They are relieved they can now move forward with their lives and not have the spectre of a trial hanging over their heads and all the stress that would have caused," Osborn said.
Neighbour Marcela Torres leaves a message for the children on the front door of the Turpin home.
(Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)
(Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)
The adult children are all living together, attending school and getting healthy while leading lives similar to their peers. He said they value their privacy.
The social services agency tasked with overseeing the younger children declined to comment on their cases, citing confidentiality laws.
Jessica Borelli, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychological science at University of California, Irvine, said children who suffer such trauma face many challenges but she has seen people make miraculous recoveries. The guilty pleas from their parents, she said, could help, especially since many abuse survivors struggle with feelings of self-doubt.
"It is a pretty clear affirmation of how they were mistreated," she said. "If there is any part of them that needs validation that how they were treated was wrong and was abuse, this is it."
The children have not spoken publicly, though they will be allowed to speak at the sentencing if they choose to, Hestrin said.
"I was very taken by their optimism, by their hope for the future, for their future," Hestrin said. "They have a zest for life and huge smiles and I am optimistic for them and I think that's how they feel about their future."
69y/o Texas man facing charges of indecency,
continuous sexual abuse of childJohn Tufts, San Angelo Standard-Times
SAN ANGELO — Deputies with the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office arrested a 69-year-old San Angelo man last week after he was indicted on charges of indecency with a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child, court documents state.
Deputies arrested Hector Naegele Nunez on Feb. 14, 2019, where he was booked into Tom Green County Jail and released the next day in lieu of $130,000 bond.
A trial for Nunez has been tentatively scheduled for August 2019, according to online court records.
A grand jury also indicted the man on charges he inappropriately touched a child younger than age 17 in July 2000, a second-degree felony, according to an indictment.
Oklahoma couple arrested for rape and child abuse
The couple were a nurse and a corrections officerBy Andrew Brasier
ALTUS, OK (TNN) - A married Altus couple has been arrested on multiple felony charges according to a press release from Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy.
39-year-old John Carl Welker and 43-year-old Patricia Lynn Welker were arrested Friday, February 22 on charges of First Degree Rape, Forcible Sodomy and Willfully or Maliciously Engages in Enabling Child Sexual Abuse.
According to the press release, the couple are accused of abusing 3 children. The oldest victim, now 22 years old, told investigators the sexual abuse began when she was 9 and continued until she was 21.
John Welker is a former corrections officer and Patricia Welker is a registered nurse. They were both taken to the Jackson County Jail, where they are awaiting their initial court appearance.
$252,000 bond set in two child sexual assault casesBy Daniela Hurtado
in North Dakota
in North Dakota
MANDAN, N.D. - UPDATE: More charges have been filed against Jeremy Frohlich, but now in Burleigh County.
The affidavit says Frohlich is accused of touching a child inappropriately in Bismarck. Documents say Frohlich is also accused of making the girl touch him.
The affidavit say Frohlich denied to officers the allegations made against him.
Police say they asked him about his opinion on whether or not a person who molests kids needs psychiatric help and Frohlich is accused of breaking down in tears. Officers say Frohlich told them he needed help.
He needed help a long time ago!
Burleigh County Judge James Hill set Frohlich’s bond to $250,000 in cash and no contact with the victim.
The affidavit says 33-year-old Jeremy Frohlich is accused of touching a child younger than 10-years-old multiple times inappropriately.
Documents say the girl told investigators he used a white substance to touch her that he kept next to the bed in the night stand.
Police say they did a forensic interview with a 16-year-old who says several years prior, Frohlich touched him inappropriately. The affidavit says Frohlich is accused of making a boy touch his genitals and put also “put a cream down there.”
Friday, Mandan Police Department executed a search warrant of Frohlich’s home where they found lubricant in the nightstand and a bag inside the closet with several different kinds of lubricants.
Frohlich is charged with two counts of class A felony gross sexual imposition. A judge set his bond Monday at $2,000 in cash and to have no contact with the victims.
Alabama man charged with child sex abuse
Shannon Scott Self is being held in the Marshall County Jail with a $250,000 bond, according to Steve Guthrie, sheriff’s office spokesman.
Guthrie said no further information can be released at this time due to the sensitivity of the case.
Alabama man, 47, faces charges for years ofBy Neal Wagner
child sex abuse
child sex abuse
COLUMBIANA – A 47-year-old Alabaster man is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $16,000, after he was arrested and charged with sexually abusing an underage victim over a multiple-year period.
The charges came after Colin-Martinez allegedly subjected a victim younger than 12 years old to sexual contact by touching her genitals and breasts “numerous times for several years,” according to Colin-Martinez’ arrest warrant.
Sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.
As of Feb. 25, Colin-Martinez did not yet have a court date listed in Shelby County District Court.
Pennsylvania man arrested for 5 years of
child sexual abuseBy: Myles Snyder
ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) - An Annville man has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a teenaged girl for a period of five years.
Lebanon County detectives said the sexual assaults began when the girl was 13 years old and continued until she was 17. They said the abuse occurred in a home in 300 block of Weavertown Road.
Bradburn was arrested Feb. 15 and placed in Lebanon County Correctional facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Thursday, according to court records.
Virginia youth pastor pleads guilty to child sex abuse
MANASSAS, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - A former youth pastor from Virginia pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a child sex abuse case involving a teen from his church.
Baird is the son of the head pastor at Life Church (3rd story on link).
Baird is looking at up to 10 years in prison and will be sentenced in May.
A jury convicted Baird last year for sexually abusing a different 16-year-old from the church.
Baird served less than a year behind bars for the first offense, and had to register as a sex offender.
Pedophile to be extradited from California to Texas on
child sex abuse chargeBy KRISTIN HOPPA firstname.lastname@example.org
A registered sex offender in California is set to be brought back to McLennan County on charges that he sexually abused a boy in China Spring for a year and failed to register while he was here, officials said Friday.
Sheriff's office investigators got a report Daul had sexually abused an 8-year-old boy in China Spring starting in June 2017, and the boy told them a 10-year-old girl had witnessed the abuse, according to an arrest affidavit. Officials learned Daul had moved to McLennan County in 2017 and lived in the China Spring area more than a year before the boy reported the alleged abuse, January said. Daul left in July last year, January said.
He was registered as a sex offender in California, with his address listed as "transient" but had not registered while living in McLennan County, according to the arrest affidavit. He had been convicted of two sex crimes against children in California.
"If he thought he could come to McLennan County and hide out, he was wrong," Sheriff Parnell McNamara said. "We will absolutely not tolerate a registered sex offender from California coming to our county and abusing an 8-year-old child."
Daul was arrested last week in the San Francisco area after local officials got the two felony warrants against him.
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Sex education is absolutely necessary in terms of making children aware of predators in their environment and online. Politically correct sex education is, however, indoctrination into normalization of LGBTQ lifestyles. Transgenderism is a mental illness called gender dysphoria. It has similarities to anorexia and bulimia and should not be encouraged any more than those two horrible diseases.
The UK Conservative government is set to announce plans for the introduction of lessons on homosexuality and transgenderism for primary school students, despite an official petition against the move, signed by over 100,000.
The Sunday Times reports that the new curriculum has been finalized after a six-month consultation with the Department of Education, and will be rolled out across UK schools starting from the 2020-21 educational year.
It will be taught to pupils from the age of five, and it will be illegal for parents to take their children out of the classroom for the lessons in secondary school, meaning that at least a term’s worth of sex education classes – and likely far more – will be attended by each student.
A popular petition to parliament demanding that the opt-out be retained for the length of the child’s school education will be debated in the House of Commons on Monday, though it is not expected to affect the schedule for the implementation of the legislation.
Tango Makes Three - a story of two gay penguins for primary schoolers. © Simon & Schuster
The proposal has encountered resistance from conservative communities, including some Muslims and Jews. In a letter expressing opposition, prominent rabbis expressed fears that some parents would rather take their children out of the education system altogether – which they are allowed to do – rather than subject them to the new curriculum.
Questions discussed during the non-assessed lessons, as listed in the current proposals for the curriculum, will include: “When is it OK to let someone touch me?” for 3-year-olds, and “Why are we all different? Is it OK to be different?” at age seven. At 11, children will discuss “What is the difference between transvestite and trans-sexual?” and by 16, they will be told “how to disclose positive HIV status to a sexual partner, family and friends.”
As you can see there is some stuff here that is good. The first lesson is absolutely essential. The second could be very good, or it could be very bad depending on the specifics - there should probably be no specifics in regard to sexuality taught to 7 year olds.
The lesson on transvestites and transsexuals could also be good, except that it will almost certainly be taught that both are normal behaviours. I have no problem with the last topic except that it will, in all liklihood, be assumed that most 16 year olds are sexually active. That may be true, but in teaching that, it puts unnecessary pressure on those who are not.
My Princess Boy extols the virtues of transvestism. © Simon & Schuster
Among the teaching materials for primary school children who are currently being trialed at a predominantly-Muslim school in Birmingham are 'Tango Makes Three,' a book about two gay penguins who nurture an egg taken from another family, and 'My Princess Boy,' which celebrates a dark-skinned child who loves to cross-dress.
The other aims of the curriculum include educating students on issues that have become more prevalent in Britain over last two decades, such as female genital mutilation, sexting, revenge porn, and potential imbalance of power between the sexes in relationships.
Political correctness is rapidly destroying culture and normalizing that which is dangerous and unhealthy, not to mention, an abomination to God. It is terribly disappointing that a Conservative government would introduce such material to children. It is truly frightening what a Labour government might do if a Conservative government is will to go so far out of whack.