So far in the 21st century nearly a third of a billion children have been sexually abused, most of them multiple times, some thousands of times. 6 out of 7 are girls. Anything you can do to get this message to as many people as possible will help save abused children all over the world, and maybe even some of the abusers. Please read "Save A Child from Sexual Abuse by 3:15 PM" under "First Time Visitor?" May God bless you and anoint this ministry.
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.
“Human trafficking—the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution—is on its way to becoming one of the worst crimes in the U.S.,” said prosecutor Krishna Patel.
In order to avoid detection (in some cases aided and abetted by the police) and cater to male buyers’ demand for sex with different women, pimps and the gangs and crime syndicates they work for have turned sex trafficking into a highly mobile enterprise, with trafficked girls, boys and women constantly being moved from city to city, state to state, and country to country.
For instance, the Baltimore-Washington area, referred to as The Circuit, with its I-95 corridor dotted with rest stops, bus stations and truck stops, is a hub for the sex trade.
No doubt about it: this is a highly profitable, highly organized and highly sophisticated sex trafficking business that operates in towns large and small, raking in upwards of $9.5 billion a year in the U.S. alone by abducting and selling young girls for sex.
Every year, the girls being bought and sold gets younger and younger.
The average age of those being trafficked is 13. Yet as the head of a group that combats trafficking pointed out,
Where did this appetite for young girls come from?
Look around you.
Young girls have been sexualized for years now in music videos, on billboards, in television ads, and in clothing stores. Marketers have created a demand for young flesh and a ready supply of over-sexualized children.
“All it takes is one look at MySpace photos of teens to see examples—if they aren’t imitating porn they’ve actually seen, they’re imitating the porn-inspired images and poses they’ve absorbed elsewhere,” writes Jessica Bennett for Newsweek. “Latex, corsets and stripper heels, once the fashion of porn stars, have made their way into middle and high school.”
“In a market that sells high heels for babies and thongs for tweens, it doesn’t take a genius to see that sex, if not porn, has invaded our lives,” concludes Bennett. “Whether we welcome it or not, television brings it into our living rooms and the Web brings it into our bedrooms. According to a 2007 study from the University of Alberta, as many as 90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls aged 13 to 14 have accessed sexually explicit content at least once.”
In other words, the culture is grooming these young people to be preyed upon by sexual predators. And then we wonder why our young women are being preyed on, trafficked and abused?
Social media makes it all too easy. As one news center reported,
Rarely do these girls enter into prostitution voluntarily. Many start out as runaways or throwaways, only to be snatched up by pimps or larger sex rings. Others, persuaded to meet up with a stranger after interacting online through one of the many social networking sites, find themselves quickly initiated into their new lives as sex slaves.
Debbie, a straight-A student who belonged to a close-knit Air Force family living in Phoenix, Ariz., is an example of this trading of flesh. Debbie was 15 when she was snatched from her driveway by an acquaintance-friend. Forced into a car, Debbie was bound and taken to an unknown location, held at gunpoint and raped by multiple men. She was then crammed into a small dog kennel and forced to eat dog biscuits. Debbie’s captors advertised her services on Craigslist. Those who responded were often married with children, and the money that Debbie “earned” for sex was given to her kidnappers. The gang raping continued. After searching the apartment where Debbie was held captive, police finally found Debbie stuffed in a drawer under a bed. Her harrowing ordeal lasted for 40 days.
Peter Landesman paints the full horrors of life for those victims of the sex trade in his New York Times article “The Girls Next Door”:
Andrea told me that she and the other children she was held with were frequently beaten to keep them off-balance and obedient. Sometimes they were videotaped while being forced to have sex with adults or one another. Often, she said, she was asked to play roles: the therapist patient or the obedient daughter. Her cell of sex traffickers offered three age ranges of sex partners–toddler to age 4, 5 to 12 and teens–as well as what she called a “damage group.” “In the damage group, they can hit you or do anything they want to,” she explained. “Though sex always hurts when you are little, so it’s always violent, everything was much more painful once you were placed in the damage group.”
What Andrea described next shows just how depraved some portions of American society have become.
“They’d get you hungry then to train you” to have oral sex. “They put honey on a man. For the littlest kids, you had to learn not to gag. And they would push things in you so you would open up better. We learned responses. Like if they wanted us to be sultry or sexy or scared. Most of them wanted you scared. When I got older, I’d teach the younger kids how to float away so things didn’t hurt.”
Immigration and customs enforcement agents at the Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va., report that when it comes to sex, the appetites of many Americans have now changed. What was once considered abnormal is now the norm. These agents are tracking a clear spike in the demand for harder-core pornography on the Internet. As one agent noted,
“We’ve become desensitized by the soft stuff; now we need a harder and harder hit.”
Sin is progressive, as I have stated many times. Soft porn becomes hard porn, becomes child porn, becomes bestiality, becomes more and more violent, even including the rape of babies and murder.
This trend is reflected by the treatment many of the girls receive at the hands of the drug traffickers and the men who purchase them. Peter Landesman interviewed Rosario, a Mexican woman who had been trafficked to New York and held captive for a number of years. She said:
“In America, we had ‘special jobs.’ Oral sex, anal sex, often with many men. Sex is now more adventurous, harder.”
Holly Austin Smith(image on the right)was abducted when she was 14 years old, raped, and then forced to prostitute herself. Her pimp, when brought to trial, was only made to serve a year in prison.
Barbara Amayawas repeatedly sold between traffickers, abused, shot, stabbed, raped, kidnapped, trafficked, beaten, and jailed all before she was 18 years old.
“I had a quota that I was supposed to fill every night. And if I didn’t have that amount of money, I would get beat, thrown down the stairs. He beat me once with wire coat hangers, the kind you hang up clothes, he straightened it out and my whole back was bleeding.”
“In Oakland Park, an industrial Fort Lauderdale suburb, federal agents in 2011 encountered a brothel operated by a married couple. Inside ‘The Boom Boom Room,’ as it was known, customers paid a fee and were given a condom and a timer and left alone with one of the brothel’s eight teenagers, children as young as 13. A 16-year-old foster child testified that he acted as security, while a 17-year-old girl told a federal judge she was forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a night.”
One particular sex trafficking ring catered specifically to migrant workers employed seasonally on farms throughout the southeastern states, especially the Carolinas and Georgia, although it’s a flourishing business in every state in the country. Traffickers transport the women from farm to farm, where migrant workers would line up outside shacks, as many as 30 at a time, to have sex with them before they were transported to yet another farm where the process would begin all over again.
This growing evil is, for all intents and purposes, out in the open.
Trafficked women and children are advertised on the internet, transported on the interstate, and bought and sold in swanky hotels.
Educate yourselves and your children about this growing menace in our communities.
Stop feeding the monster: Sex trafficking is part of a larger continuum in America that runs the gamut from homelessness, poverty, and self-esteem issues to sexualized television, the glorification of a pimp/ho culture—what is often referred to as the pornification of America—and a billion dollar sex industry built on the back of pornography, music, entertainment, etc.
Call on your city councils, elected officials and police departments to make the battle against sex trafficking a top priority, more so even than the so-called war on terror and drugs and the militarization of law enforcement.
And the hysteria of climate change!
Stop prosecuting adults for victimless “crimes” such as growing lettuce in their front yard and focus on putting away the pimps and buyers who victimize these young women.
Finally, the police need to do a better job of training, identifying and responding to these issues; communities and social services need to do a better job of protecting runaways, who are the primary targets of traffickers; legislators need to pass legislation aimed at prosecuting traffickers and “johns,” the buyers who drive the demand for sex slaves; and hotels need to stop enabling these traffickers, by providing them with rooms and cover for their dirty deeds.
That so many women and children continue to be victimized, brutalized and treated like human cargo is due to three things: one, a consumer demand that is increasingly lucrative for everyone involved—except the victims; two, a level of corruption so invasive on both a local and international scale that there is little hope of working through established channels for change; and three, an eerie silence from individuals who fail to speak out against such atrocities.
But the truth is that we are all guilty of contributing to this human suffering. The traffickers are guilty. The consumers are guilty. The corrupt law enforcement officials are guilty. The women’s groups who do nothing are guilty. The foreign peacekeepers and aid workers who contribute to the demand for sex slaves are guilty.
Most of all, every individual who does not raise a hue and cry over the atrocities being committed against women and children in almost every nation around the globe—including the United States—is guilty.
April is child sex abuse awareness month. If you have managed to make it through this article without triggering PTSD, please find a way to share it with others, always with the caveat that it could be triggering to PTSD vulnerable people. The problem is getting worse every day and it needs to be brought into the light before it can even begin to get better.
Kentucky man guilty of sex abuse after victim testifies.
'This child was brave,' prosecutor says
Max Londberg, Cincinnati Enquirer
A Northern Kentucky man was convicted Thursday on multiple counts of child sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 10.
Jeremy C. Breeden, 41, was found guilty of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse.
The jury spent 10 minutes to recommend that Breeden, who lived in Bromley, face the maximum possible sentence: life.
The jury recommended life in prison for the sodomy conviction and 10 years for each count of sexual abuse.
Breeden's trial included testimony from the now-9-year-old victim, who Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders called courageous.
"This child was brave, as brave as the child was honest, and just a fantastic witness," Sanders said in a statement.
The child testified that about a year ago, Breeden committed the crimes when the child slept over at his house.
The child eventually told a parent. Breeden texted the parent and implored her to not report him to police, saying he would apologize to the child, help the child heal and rebuild the child's trust, according to the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
"Jeremy Breeden’s own attempts to talk the child’s mother out of calling the police ultimately secured his conviction," Sanders said. "The defendant smugly thought his words would convince this mother not to turn him in, but he thought very wrong because she was a ferocious advocate for her baby."
Breeden will be sentenced in May. In Kentucky, life sentences are eligible for parole after 20 years.
If Breeden is one day released, he must register as a sex offender and would remain on parole for life.
Prison Sentence For NY Man For Child Sex Abuse
By Michael Woyton, Patch Staff
OSSINING, NY — An Ossining man was sentenced to state prison for sexually abusing a child.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino jr. said Friday Luis Antonio Araujo-Cada, 35, will be going to prison for four years for second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony.
He appeared for sentencing before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace Tuesday.
Araujo-Cada pleaded guilty in February to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl whom he knew.
Authorities said he engaged in sexual acts with the child over a nine-month period.
4 years for 9 months of CSA on a 12 y/o, seems pretty soft to me. The girl will still be a child when he gets out. That's not very fair to the victim.
He was arrested Nov. 6 and was arraigned the same day.
In addition to the prison term, the judge sentenced him to 10 years post-release supervision. Upon release, he must register as a sex offender.
Long-time Denver soccer coach charged with
child sexual assault
Denver authorities asking any other victims to come forward
By KIRK MITCHELL | The Denver Post
A 58-year-old soccer coach who was involved with numerous youth soccer leagues across the Denver metro area has been charged with sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.
Marc Claire Francis allegedly molested a child in 1996, according to a news release by Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.
The Australia native has coached or held positions for the past 28 years for the former Colorado Storm and the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. He also has been affiliated with Arvada Soccer, Westminster Soccer, Sutton Soccer School and the Colorado Edge. He was also active in the United Soccer Coaches organization, the news release said.
Although no soccer players have accused Francis of molesting them, he traveled with soccer players and there is a public safety issue at stake, the news release said.
Anyone who thinks they may have been assaulted by Francis is asked to call 720-913-9000, extension 9104.
Francis’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 15.
Former Maryland State Trooper facing
sex abuse of minor charges
Brian Murphy was given three years' probation in 2008 for child porn
By: Fareeha Rehman
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A former Maryland State Trooper was arrested Friday, April 26 and is facing three felony charges related to sex abuse of a minor, according to court documents.
Brian Murphy, 45, of Middletown, will have a bond hearing on Monday, April 29 at Washington County Circuit Court.
Murphy was previously given three years probation for possessing child pornography in 2008, after the Austrian Federal Criminal Bureau tracked Murphy's Antietam Cable (now Antietam Broadband) account to a child pornography site, initiating a joint investigation by Maryland State Police and the FBI.
Ohio man sentenced for child sex-offenses
A West Toledo man avoided a prison sentence Friday based on his commitment to treatment for child sex-related offenses, a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge said.
Antonio Ramos, 24, of the 4200 block of Burnham Avenue previously entered a no-contest plea to importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, for separate offenses involving a 13-year-old he targeted on social media and for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old boy he met through Cedar Creek Church, assistant county prosecutor Will Dailey said.
He was sentenced Friday by Judge Joseph McNamara to 30 days in a work-release facility followed by 30 days on an electronic monitoring unit. He will then be placed on five years of supervised community control.
As conditions of his community control, Ramos is not to have contact with the victims or any children. He is also supposed to complete sexual behavior treatment, and is banned from using social media or consuming alcohol.
While the judge could not forbid Ramos to attend church, he was ordered to not attend the church the victim attends. Whatever church Ramos does attend, he must inform the pastor of the violation and he must tell that pastor that he is required to stay away from children, the judge ordered.
Ramos will also be classified as a Tier I sex offender — requiring him to register annually at the sheriff’s office.
If he violates community control, he faces up to six years in prison.
Ramos’ attorney, John McMahon, told Judge McNamara his client had personal issues dating back to when he was a young child, and those issues possibly had bearing on the case. Judge McNamara said he acknowledged the issue, but he said he wanted to end the cycle of abuse so it is not continually passed down from abuser to abused.
“You had something very bad happen to you when you were young. I acknowledge that. It probably affected your psyche and created very dangerous sexual urges. While maybe it’s not your fault that you had those urges, it is your fault that you act out on them,” Judge McNamara said.
While Ramos indicated he is seeking counseling, the judge recommended he stay in counseling for the remainder of his life so he’s not put in a “position where you’re going to harm another child.”
“The most important thing is that you get treatment and we stop this cycle of abuse from continuing,” Judge McNamara said.
While the 8-year-old victim wrote a letter to Judge McNamara, no victims or victims’ family members were present to give statements on Friday.
“I just want to say I did it and I am very sorry for this, for what I did to these two people, these innocent people,” Ramos told Judge McNamara. “I just hope you give me a chance to prove to you that I’m not that person, I’m not.”
Mr. McMahon said his client was nervous for the hearing, as Ramos often clenched his hands together and swayed back and forth.
On Aug. 15, Ramos offered to give the 13-year-old boy $50 to give the teen a back rub, though the prosecutor said Ramos later admitted to police it was really to watch Ramos masturbate.
Additionally, Mr. Dailey said Ramos gained the trust of the 8-year-old boy’s mother through church and offered to babysit the boy. Between March 1, 2018, and July 1, Ramos and the boy undressed and Ramos rubbed the victim’s arms, stuck utensils in his mouth, and touched his genitalia, prosecutors said.
Illinois High School teacher charged
with sexual assault of child
ALEDO — Mark R. Artcher, 60, a Mercer County High School social sciences teacher, has been charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, class X felonies.
Artcher was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at a local hospital, where he was undergoing treatment, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police.
Following his release, he will be taken into custody at the Mercer County Jail, the release said. Friday morning, Artcher remained in the hospital, and no appearance had been scheduled.
Charges allege that, "on or about April 6, 2019 ... said defendant grabbed the buttock of (victim) with his hand, for sexual gratification."
The second count alleges that "on or about March and April 2019," the suspect "placed his hand on the vagina of (victim) for the purpose of sexual gratification.”
Each of the two counts names a separate child under 13 years old.
A statement from Mercer County School District Superintendent Scott Petrie said Artcher was placed on leave on April 24 "after it was made aware by local law enforcement of a situation involving allegations of child abuse.
“An investigation by DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services), multiple law enforcement agencies, and the Mercer County State's Attorney is ongoing. The District is cooperating fully in this matter. Given the active status of the investigation, the district cannot comment any further on this personnel issue,” the statement said.
Petrie said Artcher began teaching in the Aledo district in the 1989-90 school year.
Class X felonies are punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
The investigation was conducted by Illinois State Police investigators with the assistance of the Aledo Police Department, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Moline Police Department, according to the press release.
“The investigation is currently open and ongoing. Additional charges are anticipated upon review by the Mercer County State’s Attorney,” according to the press release.
Oklahoma man charged with child sexual abuse
A Haskell man has been charged with child sexual abuse after allegedly having intercourse with an underage girl for over two years.
Julian Robert Crawford, 24, was charged April 16 after he allegedly had oral and vaginal sex with an underage girl repeatedly between January 2016 and May 2018.
Crawford was first arrested in September 2018 in Haskell.
The affidavit also notes that Crawford insisted he hadn't touched the girl.
Crawford remains in custody on $30,000 bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. He is on the May 9 sounding docket.
A California fugitive wanted on child sexual abuse
is found living in the Keys
BY GWEN FILOSA
People on the lam must love South Florida. Once again, an out-of-state fugitive wanted for a violent crime has been found living in the Florida Keys.
Jason David Adams, 39, of California, had been recently living in the 2400 block of Palm Beach Road on Big Pine Key, about 30 miles north of Key West.
He fled from an arrest warrant issued in Sacramento, California, that accuses him of sexually abusing a 10-year-old, deputies said.
The warrant was issued on April 19 and charges Adams with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, said Monroe sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt.
After being tipped off by the FBI that Adams was likely in the Keys, Monroe deputies found Adams at a construction site Thursday morning. He was arrested without incident. Adams was booked into the Stock Island Detention Center and is being held without bond.
“He will be returned to California to face the charges,” Linhardt said.
Adams joins a list of fugitives found in the Keys this year.
In March, Donald Myotte was nabbed while illegally camping in Key West. He was wanted in Massachusetts on two counts of sexual assault on a disabled person.
In February, a Georgia man who violated his probation for child molestation by leaving his hometown was caught hiding out in the Lower Florida Keys.
William Sabec, 29, was arrested on two warrants from two different county judges in Georgia. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him in February at a bar on Big Pine. That arrest marked the fourth out-of-state fugitive arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in as many days.
After two decades, Michael Eugene Moore, a fugitive featured on “America’s Most Wanted”, was captured after a three-hour standoff in Palm Coast, south of Jacksonville, on January 26, 2019. He was accused of stabbing his wife 33 times in 1996.
Georgia man gets time-served for keeping teen sex slave
in dog cage and violent sex
By Gabrielle Fonrouge
Michael Wysolovski, 33, got credit Thursday for the eight months he has already spent in jail while charged with first-degree cruelty to children and interstate interference with custody — and will be allowed to remain out on probation for the rest of his 10-year-sentence, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The victim, who clutched a stuffed animal and spoke in a soft voice during his sentencing, detailed her fear of showering and rain because of “water torture” she claimed to have endured. She called her “spirit” and “sense of self” “irreparably broken” and said she now constantly checks locks in an obsessive way to ensure she is safe.
“The psychological damage Michael Wysolovski inflicted is beyond imagination,” the victim said.
Wysolovski, who must register as a sex offender, was cuffed back in June 2017 when FBI agents and local police discovered a 17-year-old North Carolina girl inside his home who’d been missing for more than a year.
The girl was malnourished, had ringworm and was suffering from back issues she developed after she was repeatedly kept in a dog cage, her father said in a victim impact statement, according to the outlet.
Wysolovski met the girl on an anorexia forum online when she was just 15-years-old when she told the man, who is about twice her age, that she was unhappy at her home.
Predators are always looking for that vulnerability.
He convinced her to come live with him and when she was 16, she walked 3 miles from her Charlotte home and met up with him on the side of a freeway.
Wysolovski convinced the girl to act out rape scenes with him in a “consensual non-consensual” relationship that’s common in BDSM (bondage, domination, submission, masochism) couples but that typically come with very strict guidelines on what’s allowed, what’s not and a safe word that can be used when the play becomes too much or gets dangerous.
At 16, was the girl into BDSM, or did the creep introduce her to it? It appears to be the latter, but, disgustingly, it is not a crime, apparently to introduce children to perversion.
Prosecutors said Wysolovski started to violate the terms of their agreement over time where he refused to use the safe word and used “excessive force” like biting and other physical violence.
While the victim, who’s anorexic, originally encouraged Wysolovski to control her eating habits, which included keeping a daily journal of how many calories she consumed, he later used food as punishment and would only feed her if she agreed to sex acts.
In Georgia, the age of consent is 16, so Wysolovski could not be charged with child molestation or similar child sex abuse charges and could only be charged with child cruelty, which can be used for crimes against someone 17 and under.
Wysolovski pleaded guilty to the child cruelty charge because he caused “excessive physical pain during sexual intercourse,” officials said.
Prosecutor Michael DeTardo said the nature of the suspect’s relationship with the victim was in a “gray area” of consent due to the kinky nature of their sex acts and Georgia’s age of consent. He said getting a rape conviction would be risky if it went before a jury.
The victim’s family and DeTardo said a lifetime sex offender registration was a priority and Wysolovski’s attorney refused to accept a plea deal that included prison time, which led prosecutors to accept the deal with only time served.
The victim and the family also didn’t want to go through a trial, which would’ve been re-traumatizing, they said.
Someone needs to study this theory. Is it likely to be re-traumatising to have to testify at the trial of your abuser, or is it likely to have a more positive outcome. So many survivors say that speaking out was the best thing they could have done. But, perhaps, that was after some years and when they were ready. Perhaps recent trauma is best left buried in the recesses of the mind for awhile. It would be nice to see some research on this subject.
Wysolovski tried to say that he was helping the young woman escape a bad home situation but the judge shot back at him saying he didn’t see an ounce of remorse for his crimes.
“I can’t see even the most twisted definition of what you did as help,” Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil said.
Gwinnett Co., GA
Illinois man charged with possession of
child pornography, sexual assault
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- An Illinois man is facing additional charges Friday stemming from his sexual abuse of two minors, police say.
The St. Clair County State Attorney's office originally charged 51-year-old Richard Engelke Jr. with seven counts of possession of child pornography in March.
The charges came after Engelke was a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into child sexual assault allegations.
Engelke is facing an additional count of child pornography and five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.
These charges come after further investigation into his alleged sexual assault of two minors who were under the age of 13 at the time of the assault. These victims were acquaintances of Engelke, and were known by the sheriff's department at the time of the original charges.
Engelke, of Belleville Illinois, is in custody at the St. Clair County Jail with a bond of $500,000.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department believes all victims have been identified, however, they continue to ask that adults with concerns about a minor having unsupervised contact with Engelke reach out to investigator Keeney at 618-825-5309.
Former Kansas YMCA worker sentenced
for child sex abuse at center
By: Associated Press
WICHITA, Kan. - A former worker at the Wichita YMCA was sentenced to 27½ years in prison for sexually assaulting two young children.
22-year-old Caleb Gaston was sentenced Friday. He pleaded no contest in February to two counts of rape.
Authorities say in January 2018, Gaston sexually abused a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old in his care at the YMCA branch's Kid Zone. Police arrested him after the 4-year-old girl reported that he had hit her and then touched her inappropriately.
KAKE-TV reports that before sentencing, Gaston apologized and said he had never had legal troubles until he became convicted to drugs.
Before the YMCA incidents, Gaston was fired from another day care job after complaints he had inappropriately touched children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment couldn't substantiate the allegation.
Drug addictions are responsible for some of the most horrific crimes against children, often committed by a parent or parents.
Again I say - men should never be hired to look after little children. Those that do should be held in great suspicion.
Only 6 weeks out of prison, Washington State man
again is accused of sex trafficking a teen girl
BY KRISTIN M. KRAEMER
A Tri-Cities man released from prison six weeks ago is back behind bars on allegations he gave money and drugs to a second teen girl in exchange for sex.
Jesus Rodriguez, 27, just finished serving a one-year, nine-month term for similar charges involving a different girl.
The new charges are for a crime in late 2016 and early 2017, though a federal grand jury just indicted him on the allegations last week. That is the same time frame for the Benton County Superior Court case that sent him to prison.
Documents from the older case show that, Rodriguez “reached out to several other younger-aged females randomly within the Moses Lake and Tri-Cities areas.” The girls all were strangers to him and may have been befriended through Facebook.
Rodriguez was investigated at the time by the Kennewick and Moses Lake police departments and the FBI, documents show.
SEX TRAFFICKING AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Rodriguez was arrested Thursday while at work, and immediately was taken to U.S. District Court in Richland.
Magistrate Judge Mary K. Dimke entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf to three felony counts: online enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, child sex trafficking and receipt of child pornography.
Rodriguez, whose nickname is “Chewy,” was ordered held by the U.S. Marshals Service until he has a detention hearing next week. He was booked into the Benton County jail just before 3 p.m. as a contract inmate.
The indictment does not give any details about the new case, other than to say he allegedly enticed and trafficked the girl in December 2017, and the following month received pictures of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted in federal court, he faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison for the online enticement and child sex trafficking charges. The child pornography charge carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years.
In the prior state case, the teen girl disclosed that she had been picked at random on Facebook by Rodriguez, and the two primarily chatted through the social media site and its Messenger app.
He was 25 at the time.
SEX FOR MONEY AND THC
Their conversations revolved around sex for money and for THC, a cannabis extract, and Rodriguez’s requests for nude photos of the girl, according to court documents.
Several meetings were arranged, and Rodriguez would pick her up in his truck so the two could have sex, documents said. He paid her $120 on one occasion.
Kennewick police Detective Rick Runge was assigned the case and, with the girl’s permission, started posing as the teen on her Facebook and Facebook Messenger accounts to communicate with Rodriguez.
They scheduled another date in early February 2017. But that time, Rodriguez was met by officers and a police dog in the parking lot of a Kennewick store.
He had a 9mm gun in a holster on his truck’s dashboard when arrested, court documents said. There was no round in the chamber, but the magazine did have 13 rounds, documents said.
Rodriguez was charged in February 2017 with commercial sex abuse of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor. The exploitation charge was dismissed a year later as part of a plea agreement.
‘I HOPE YOU CAN ... MOVE ON’
When interviewed for a presentencing report, Rodriguez denied knowing the girl was underage until after he was charged and received information in court. He got married a couple months after his arrest while out on bail.
Asked by the community corrections officer if he had anything to say to the teen victim, Rodriguez answered: “I am sorry I did what I did and I hope you can find a way to redirect your life and move on.”
Ross Esparza, the community corrections officer, noted that Rodriguez had to be asked several times before giving that answer, at which point he did not appear to have sincere remorse.
However, Rodriguez said he wanted to apologize to the community because what he did was wrong and he knows he made a mistake, the report said.
‘DEVIANT SEXUAL APPETITE’
“He also wanted it noted that he was taking full responsibility for his actions and behaviors and that he appeared in court and did not run from the charges he was facing, as he states facing them and dealing with them will help him learn and grow as a person and to finally move on with his life,” Esparza wrote. “He showed no ill will towards the legal system.”
The report also said that Rodriguez claimed to be working on making himself a better person as “he was lost in many aspects of his life and reached out of his inhibitions while engaging in this behavior.”
But Esparza added that Rodriguez’s behavior of befriending many young girls on Facebook was “predatory in nature in demonstrating his desires to satisfy his deviant sexual appetite.”
Rodriguez was sentenced in March 2018.
A state Department of Corrections official on Thursday told the Herald that Rodriguez was released from prison March 11, and currently is being supervised out of the Kennewick area. His sentence includes three years on community custody.
Almost half of the child sexual abuse images reported to the Internet Watch Foundation last year were hosted in the Netherlands, the organisation says.
It confirmed more than 105,000 web addresses were connected to illegal images in 2018, with 47% of the content hosted in the Netherlands.
It warned that the country was becoming a "safe haven for child sexual abuse".
The Dutch government has acknowledged an increase in reports of child abuse images and has pledged to tackle it.
Such material should be "expunged from the internet," it said in a report early in 2018.
What was in the report?
The IWF is an independent organisation that lets people report illegal child sex abuse images that they spot online.
The organisation works with websites, social networks and law enforcement to have the images taken down and investigated. Since 1996, it has assessed more than a million reports.
In its annual report, the IWF said 105,047 web addresses were hosting child sexual abuse images in 2018.
That is a large increase compared with 2017. The IWF said that improvements in its technology had helped it detect more illegal images.
Susan Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF, said the UK had created a "hostile environment" for people wanting to share illegal images.
Just 0.04% of the images reported in 2018 were hosted in the UK, the report said.
If the UK can clean it up, all countries can do the same if they had any real desire to save children from being destroyed.
But Ms Hargreaves said the Netherlands needed to "stand up and do what's right".
A majority of the reported photographs - 82% - were found on image-hosting services, rather than on social networks or private websites.
Some of these services are based in the Netherlands due to the low cost of web-hosting there.
The IWF declined to name any of the image-sharing sites that had been found hosting child abuse images. It told the BBC it works with companies to make sure that content is removed.
It said it had also offered its support to the Dutch organisation responsible for dealing with illegal images in the country.
One of the reasons the number of images hosted in the United States was lower is because US tech giants such as Facebook are quick to remove them before reports reach the IWF.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed the IWF's report. He said tackling child sexual abuse imagery was one of his "personal missions".
I like that guy!
Doctor in Tasmania suspended for 6 weeks
after calling for rape of women
An emergency department doctor in Australia has been suspended by the medical board for six weeks after he repeatedly called online for women to be raped.
Dr Christopher Kwan Chen Lee, 31, was suspended by the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal after being found guilty of “professional misconduct” for making egregious and racist comments in a Singaporean online forum.
An investigation into Dr Lee’s conduct was launched by the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal in December 2016 after online posts that were “readily identifiable from his own words and photographs as an Australian medical practitioner” were discovered.
In one particularly offensive post, Dr Lee wrote: “This kind will NEVER learn. She needs to be abandoned in India and repeatedly raped in order for her to wake up her idea.”Lee revealed in other posts that his wife also worked in the hospital, and once wrote that “If my marriage fell apart, it would not end in divorce. It would end in murder.”
In the tribunal, Lee admitted writing the posts, but said he was “relatively young and inexperienced” at the time and “did not full appreciate” their impact on his medicine career. The doctor also claimed that despite his comments, he had not let his personal views affect his work. In other words, he doesn't regret saying the idiotic things he said, he only regrets that it might adversely affect his career. How can such an attitude possibly not affect his work?
Royal Hobart Hospital
The posts were deemed socially unacceptable with “extreme sentiments which are disrespectful of women and comment upon violence towards or sexual abuse of women,” tribunal chair Robert Webster wrote in his decision.
Lee, who was previously cautioned for accessing a patient's health records unnecessarily and without their permission 21 times between 2015 and 2016, was suspended for six weeks from May and ordered to undergo training in ethical behavior, communications and use of social media.
Some Australians have taken to Twitter to criticize the punishment as too lenient and are calling for the national health service to inform the public exactly where Lee will be employed so patients can decide whether or not to be under his care.
Too lenient is an understatement! He should have been fired and refused the right to ever practice medicine in Tasmania again. The reason why he was fired should follow him wherever he goes. But, no, in 6 months he will be back practicing on women even though he hates them so much. I think the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal needs some people with some courage and moral outrage.
Thousands protest against child sex abuse in Istanbul
after rape of 5 y/o girl
Thousands marched in the streets of Istanbul in protest on Wednesday night after the reported rape of a child in the Küçükçekmece district.
The five-year-old girl was found by her family in a pool of blood outside her home on Monday, Turkish news outlets reported.
The girl was taken to hospital and is still receiving treatment, secularist daily Cumhuriyet reported.
Another girl aged seven was targeted in her home in Küçükçekmece on Wednesday, Cumhuriyet reported. The attacker entered the home when the girl’s mother left to buy bread, but fled when the girl screamed as he attempted to remove her clothes, the report said.
No suspect for either attack has yet been found.
Marches and protests were held around the city on Wednesday night, with women’s groups coming out in force to demand action against sex offenders.
A women’s platform staged another demonstration in the western Turkish city of Izmir.
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has also spoken out against the attack on Monday.
The Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services released a statement promising to provide support to the victim and her family, while the Istanbul governorate strongly condemned the attack in a statement on Wednesday.
The governorate, however, warned that “fake news” about the attack had been spread via social media, and said “some circles” had attempted to use the incident to provoke social chaos.
The AKP government has come under fire for its response to a series of child sex abuse cases in recent years.
AN ISOLATED, disabled man contacted girls and boys and engaged in highly sexualised conversations with them.
Lee Challinor, 47, from Wrexham, sent videos of himself engaging in a sexual act upon himself and asked the children to send him images of themselves. Mold Crown Court heard he even asked a boy of 13 to meet at a hotel in London for sex to take place.
What he did not know was that in two cases he was speaking to under cover police officers, one from the Metropolitan Police and the other from the North Wales force.
Police found evidence that he had been in touch with 10 others who said they were children, including one abroad, but despite a police investigation it could not be established that they were in fact children.
When arrested at his Wrexham home he was found to have indecent images on his phone and computers and there was evidence that some had been distributed, said prosecuting barrister Myles Wilson.
Challinor, of Queensway in Caia Park, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was jailed for 32 months.
He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life and a life-time sexual harm prevention order was made.
Judge Niclas Parry said the reality was that over a two-and-a-half year period he engaged in "highly sexualised, crude and vulgar" social media conversations with at least 12 individuals he believed to be children aged between 12 and 15.
The contact and the sexual communication was initiated by him and the amount of communication was substantial. It involved him encouraging them to engage in sexual acts on themselves and caused them to watch himself engaging in sexual acts.
One suggestion was that a child should engage in sexual acts with her grandfather who had dementia.
He exposed himself to those he believed to be children and he suggested to a boy of 13 that they met up in a hotel for penetrative sexual acts. There was a significant disparity in ages because he was aged between 43 and 45 at the time.
Two of the "children" he was communicating with turned out to be police officers and it could not be established to the required proof that the 10 others who said they were children actually were. He would therefore be sentenced on the basis that there were not children.
"You should understand that if these were real children, and it could be shown that they were real children, then the starting point would be five years and the sentence could go up to 10," the judge warned. Mercifully, therefore, no real children were involved.
It was a disturbing case and Judge Parry said Challinor would have continued to offend until he was stopped.
However he was a man of effectively good character, he had shown genuine remorse and the judge said he could not ignore his medical condition. He suffered from cerebral palsy and his first custodial sentence would be difficult for him.
Challinor admitted 26 offences – attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to cause a child to look at images of himself indulging in an indecent act, and attempting to have sexual communication with a child.
He admitted making 14 category A images of child sex abuse, 20 at category B and 92 at category C.
And he admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child, possessing four extreme images involving humans and animals, and three charges of distributing indecent images of child sex abuse.
Defence barrister Sion ap Mihangel said Challinor was apologetic. He had stopped using on-line chat rooms.
The barrister said: "He felt lonely and isolated. It was suggested by others that he should get on to Facebook to broaden his outlook and that spiralled out of control."
He used other social media outlets and at the time of the offending was said to be "in a dark place" and struggling to come to terms with bereavement. At the time he had no real appreciation of the full implications or the seriousness of what he was doing or how prolific he was.
There had been a lack of structure within his home which led to him committing the offences. Issues in his life could be tackled in custody and there would be a sexual harm prevention order in place on his release.
His over-all sentiment at present was one of shame.
Ex-army officer spent £8,000 watching
live child abuse online
A former British Army officer has admitted live-streaming sick images of children being abused in the Philippines.
Andrew Whiddett, 70, spent over £8,000 on the pictures (pictures is probably a poor choice of words here) between January 2015 and July 2017.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed that he had discussed wanting ‘to sexually abuse a child when he visited the Philippines that October’.
According to the NCA, the former lieutenant colonelbegan offending after leaving the Army and returning home from his work as head of security at the British Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
From that point in early 2015 until his arrest in Heathrow for sending payments to the Philippines, he was in regular contact with ‘known Filipino child sex abuse facilitators’.
In November 2015, Whiddett, who won an MBE for service in Northern Ireland, paid £31.41 for access to footage of a nine-year-old girl being abused, and a year later he even flew to Manila, the Filipino capital.
Investigators were able to prove 49 illegal payments, but when he was arrested in October 2017, he admitted to making 158 payments.
Whiddett, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, said these were for live adult sex shows and declined to answer any questions in a further interview in March 2018.
The NCA said the information it handed over to Filipino officials led to one further arrest and six children aged three to 14 being protected.
The publication of photos following the case were briefly banned by Judge Ainley, but he quickly rescinded this, telling the court the order had been made ‘in error’.
NCA senior investigating officer Gary Fennelly said: ‘Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him. ‘He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of his own home. ‘Anyone like him should realise the NCA and UK police will never give up our pursuit of offenders who commit these horrific crimes. ‘The NCA does important work with international law enforcement partners in the Philippines to combat these sorts of crimes.’
With no previous convictions, Whiddett is currently on bail and will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on May 22.
Royal Stoke University Hospital doctor guilty of downloading 22,000 child sex abuse images
By John McDougall Matt Simpson Senior Live Reporter StokeonTrentLive
A Royal Stoke University Hospital doctor downloaded and viewed thousands of images of children being sexually abused.
Royal Stoke U. Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgeon Cristian Bogdan was arrested by Cheshire Police's Paedophile and Cyber Investigation team in 2017, as officers began a search of his home.
The search revealed a number of IT devices which stored more than 22,000 still images, videos and cartoons depicting child sexual abuse.
The 42-year-old initially made no comment following his arrest, but on January 9 this year he handed himself in at Macclesfield Police Station with a prepared statement admitting searching for, downloading and viewing the indecent images.
Bogdan today pleaded guilty to the offences at Chester Crown Court, reports CheshireLive.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised the charges based on the discovery of 13,096 still pictures, two videos and 9,742 cartoons of child sex abuse on computers at his home.
A CPS spokeswoman said further investigation proved he had actively searched for the images.
Speaking after the guilty pleas were entered, Damion Lloyd of Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "At work Bogdan held down a difficult and respected job.
"At home he was searching for and downloading thousands of images of children being sexually abused.
"In interview he tried to downplay the amount of images he had, claiming he’d downloaded them in bulk and deleted most of them but it was clear that he was continually actively seeking out these dreadful images of abuse.
"He had no previous convictions and had a responsible job yet he risked all of that in the pursuit of these crimes.
"Sexual abuse has a dreadful impact on victims and the sexual abuse of children can have long lasting effects for the rest of their lives.
"To view the images of this abuse and to make images of it is a crime and the Crown Prosecution Service , working with the police, will do all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice."
WhatsApp is hotbed for child pornography in India
Dozens of public groups with hundreds of members operated on the popular app
Anthony Cuthbertson The Independent Tech
WhatsApp users in India are using chat groups to share child sexual abuse images and videos within the popular messaging app, an investigation has revealed.
Researchers at online security think tank Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF) uncovered dozens of WhatsApp groups with hundreds of members viewing and sharing the content.
The groups have since been shut down after the researchers alerted WhatsApp, but while active they were reportedly operating as public groups discoverable by anyone.
CPF's investigation, which took place over two weeks in March, is not the first time WhatsApp has been linked to the transmission of child sexual abuse material.
In December, Israeli researchers revealed that WhatsApp groups with up to 256 people were openly sharing videos and pictures of children subjected to sexual abuse. In 2017, an investigation led by Spanish police led to the arrest of 38 people in 15 countries suspected of using WhatsApp to circulate child sexual exploitation materials.
A WhatsApp spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from The Independent on what measures it was taking to shut the groups down following the latest investigation. The firm has previously said it has a "zero-tolerance policy" for accounts sharing "this vile content".
A comment provided to Indian daily newspaper The Economic Times stated: "WhatsApp cares deeply about the safety of our users and we have no tolerance for child sexual abuse."
It continued: "We rely on the signals available to us, such as group information, to proactively detect and ban accounts suspected of sending or receiving child abuse imagery. We have carefully reviewed this report to ensure such accounts have been banned from our platform."
According to WhatsApp's own figures, the Facebook-owned app bans around 250,000 accounts each month for sharing child abuse images and videos. With an estimated 1.5 billion monthly active users, this represents around 0.01 per cent of worldwide users.
Filipino Children Exploited Daily For Pedophiles In Countries Like Canada
Officials describe it as a humanitarian crisis.
By Samantha Beattie
MANILA, Philippines — Fourteen-year-old Chang cried as she took off her clothes in front of a webcam. On the other side of the world, paying pedophiles watched the "sex show" in real time.
Chang had entered the house with the bamboo fence in her fishing town, believing she would smile, say "hi" to the camera and earn enough pesos for a new pair of pants. Once inside, Chang's neighbours coerced her into exposing herself to pedophiles in places like Canada, Australia or the United States.
"They threatened me that if I did not do what they asked, they'd tell my parents," Chang told HuffPost Canada.
She ignored her father's warning to avoid the house, where everyone in the community seemed to know bad things happened. Instead, she told him she was hanging out with friends. "I was so nervous and scared," she said.
Chang was groomed and sexually abused for three months in 2015, facilitated by five adults on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. She kept going in part because her best friend, who lived there, said she would be physically abused or kicked out of the home if Chang didn't show up.
"I feel pity to her and I go there," Chang said.
"Chang" was rescued in 2015 from a neighbour's house where she was sexually abused for three months. She asked for her identity to be protected, so she can continue to heal free of stigma.
SAMANTHA BEATTIE/HUFFPOST CANADA
One day, police officers stormed the house and arrested the suspects. Chang sat frozen on a bed in one of three rooms, watching it unfold. She remembered what a teacher had once told her: In stressful situations, don't react. Stay calm. "I see my perpetrator. They handcuff him," she said. "I just did nothing."
Social workers rescued Chang, her best friend and 10 other victims who were in the house at the time of the raid; the youngest was six years old.
Police seized computers and hard drives, sex toys and condoms, and remittance receipts, according to local media. Two men and three women later pleaded guilty to child pornography-related charges. All were sentenced to prison for 20 years, except for one offender who received a life sentence.
Chang, now 18, lives in a shelter for victims of violence near Manila. Chang shared her story with journalists at a private location near the shelter where she lives.
She agreed to share her story to raise awareness about the global crime that irreversibly changed her life, and is affecting an unknown number of other Filipino children.
Sitting on a chair on a veranda grasping a plastic bottle of water, her sneakered feet did not quite touch the floor. Her voice was quiet but she spoke clearly, with determination.
"I deal with my anger through crying because I can't fight with (the perpetrators)," she said. "I was just a child and they're adults."
A humanitarian crisis
The police bust was an early indication of a disturbing trend emerging in the Philippines. Four years later, police and experts say online sexual exploitation of children is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis, and they need help.
"This crime is fuelled by demand from western countries," said Sam Inocencio, the Philippine national director of International Justice Mission, an organization that works closely with police, prosecutors and the government to rescue, protect and rehabilitate victims.
Children play where a fire recently destroyed a block of makeshift homes in a low-income area of Manila SAMANTHA BEATTIE/HUFFPOST CANADA
The kind of online abuse that Chang experienced is orchestrated by pedophiles, who dictate to offenders and their victims what kind of sexual acts or abuse they want to watch. "It's one of the most evil abuses committed against children .... And the idea that perpetrators from abroad don't even have to leave their own homes to direct the live abuse of children located in the Philippines, that's just mind-blowing," Inocencio said.
UNICEF described the Philippines as a "global epicentre" for the livestream child abuse trade, and among the top 10 countries for producing sexual content of children. It also found that almost one in five children had been sexually violated.
"The Philippines is gaining prominence for this vicious online activity," said anti-trafficking Philippine National Police (PNP) Col. Sheila Portento. "Vulnerable and innocent children are most likely the target of thousands of foreign customers and buyers of sexually explicit materials exploiting the cyberspace."
“Jan said ‘Surin’ often took her daughter to his home. When the girl was seven years old, however, it was revealed that ‘Surin’ had allegedly molested or raped her over the previous five years.”
In the latest in a string of serious child abuse cases, relatives of the alleged victims, in this case three girls aged 6, 10 and 14 and a 9 year old boy from the same family, fear they won’t get justice.
The male suspect, allegedly the head of a rubber plantation in Chumphon’s Lang Suan district, is now on bail and is accused of threatening the family.
The 14 year old victim’s 52 year old mother Jan (not her real name) also claimed that the 50 year old suspect – identified only as ‘Surin’ – has threatened her family after he was was earlier arrested for allegedly raping and sexually molesting the children over a number of years, but later was released on bail.
Chumphon police chief Pol Maj General Sajarat Saksilpchai, said he had instructed the case investigator to proceed with legal action against the suspect for the alleged victim intimidation and to gather tighter evidence to prosecute him for the alleged sex crimes.
Jan said that she, her husband and their teenage son and two-year-old daughter, moved from Sakhon Nakhon in 2007 to find rubber tapping jobs in Sawi district. They got to know plantation owner Surin who was kind to the family and invited them to build a shack on his land in tambon Bang Maphrao of Lang Suan district, she said.
Jan said Surin often took her daughter to his home. When the girl was seven years old, however, it was revealed that Surin had allegedly molested or raped her over the previous five years.
Jan said that Surin then offered 20,000 baht to hide the scandal and she accepted as her family lived on Surin’s land and she tried to block Surin from taking advantage of the girl again.
The girl claimed, however, that she continued to be a target of Surin’s alleged sexual advances.
In February this year, Jan said she found out that her 9 year old nephew had allegedly been raped and her two grand-daughters had allegedly avoided Surin’s sexual advances on multiple occasions.
Because of the latest incidents, Jan said she filed a police complaint. She said a medical examination of all four children backed her allegations. She said her family has now moved out of the area to stay on another community leader’s land.
Jan claimed that she decided to come forwards to tell the story to Thai journalists this week because Surin allegedly had some men, driving in a van, shown the four children’s photos to the villagers in her new neighborhood earlier this week, as to ask for a direction to the family’s new home – which was a threatening gesture that made the family worried they might not get justice.
They might get more than injustice.
Truro woman experienced sexual abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
Lynn Curwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tracey-Dorrington Skinner experienced a variety of abuse as a child. Today, as the executive director of The Lotus Centre, she’s able to help other abused women. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. — Tracey Dorrington-Skinner first experienced sexual abuse while at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
It didn’t end there.
“I experienced years of verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and I had a lot of issues because of it,” she said. “if I hadn’t had children, I don’t think I’d be here today. I had to survive for them.”
Dorrington-Skinner was born in 1965 and spent the first years of her life in Truro, where her alcoholic father often beat her mother. After her parents separated she and her siblings, along with her mother, lived with their grandmother. Once, when her mother was away, her grandmother had to go into hospital, so she called social services.
“They took us to the Home for Colored Children, and what was supposed to be a weekend ended up bring years,” she said.
Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children
When I was a small boy I drove past this orphanage every week as my parents took me to Dartmouth for groceries. I always wondered about the place and who was in it.
I don't remember ever seeing kids playing around there.
She was seven years old when she went into the home, where she experienced abuse from staff and other residents.
Staff members fondled her at first, and as she grew they moved on to rape and used sexual abuse as a punishment. They made sexual comments and set up female residents to have sex with the adolescent males. Sexual favours were often required in exchange for a drive in the home’s van.
Children were also told they were stupid and would amount to nothing, she said.
“I felt obligated to have sex and was constantly walking around in a state of heightened anxiety,” recalled Dorrington-Skinner. “Even after I left, when I was about 20 years old, one of the men from the home came, saying he was there to check up on me. He wanted sex and I didn’t feel I could refuse.”
She became involved with drugs and experienced depression, leading her to seriously consider suicide. Eventually, she connected with a therapist who was able to help her.
“She helped me understand how I was treated as a child affected me as an adult,” she said. “I still feel anger but I’m able to enjoy my life and help others.
“The biggest thing I’m able to help people understand is that they’re going to be okay. I can validate what they’re feeling is normal."
Ex-pastor Renato Bosi found guilty in
child sex abuse case in Guam
Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
A 59-year-old former Baptist pastor for the Living Lighthouse Church accused of molesting a girl was found guilty on Thursday of all counts.
Renato Capili Bosi was charged after a then-14-year-old girl said he touched her inappropriately while she lived with him.
Jurors deliberated for about an hour.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, Bosi was convicted of: two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as first-degree felonies; two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as misdemeanors; and and child abuse as a misdemeanor.
Information gathered from the Judiciary of Guam website: www.guamcourts.org. If you believe you have been the victim of sexual assault, contact police as soon as possible. Pacific Daily News