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

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Sundance, Austin Jones, Woody Allen, R Kelly, Common Lead Perverted Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Episode XVII

Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty
to child sexual abuse

A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty today to sexual abuse of a child.

Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, entered the plea as part of an agreement that includes a sentence of six years to life. He plans to plead guilty to a second charge involving the same victim later this week, his attorney Steven Shapiro said.

His acceptance of the plea deal was a surprise since he had just been charged earlier this month and it came during his first court appearance. Shapiro said his client decided to waive his right to other hearings to resolve the case quickly and avoid further harm to his family.

Van Wagenen wanted to "acknowledge wrongful conduct," Shapiro said.

Prosecutors charged Van Wagenen with inappropriately touching a girl between the ages of seven and nine on two occasions between 2013 and 2015 in two northern Utah cities.

He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on July 2.

Van Wagenen co-founded a Utah film festival that came to be known as Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford and was the Sundance Institute's founding executive director, but hasn't been with the organisation for more than two decades.

He was a producer on the 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful, a story of an elderly woman who longs to return to her home that earned the late actress Geraldine Page an Academy Award for her starring performance.

He has worked over the years as a film instructor at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and as a director and producer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a variety of projects, including temple videos.

Van Wagenen resigned from his part-time instructor position at the University of Utah's Film and Media Arts Department on February 15 after being put on administrative leave on February 5, university spokesman Chris Nelson said.

Van Wagenen's resignation came after a man came forward to accuse Van Wagenen of molesting him as a boy in 1993. No charges have been filed in that case, which was made public by a website that serves as a watchdog for The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church.

He was the executive director of the 2018 historical tale Jane and Emma about a black woman's friendship with the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

YouTube star Austin Jones gets 10-year sentence after asking minors to send him lewd videos

Allegedly sexually abused as a child - Jones obviously did not get the help he needed to prevent him from passing his abuse on to another generation. This is one of our biggest failures in this great atrocity of child sexual abuse.

Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY 

CHICAGO  — A former YouTube star with a large teenage following was sentenced in Chicago federal court to 10 years in prison for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos.

Prosecutors sought an 11-year prison sentence for Austin Jones on Friday. The defense wanted the minimum available five years.

Jones of Bloomingdale, Illinois pleaded guilty in February to child pornography.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old singer admitted to reaching out to 30 other girls online before his arrest on child pornography charges in 2017. In addition to giving the girls suggestions for poses and underwear choices, Jones frequently gave them "lines" to recite.

In a court filing last week, prosecutors said Jones "preyed on their youth, their vulnerabilities and most glaringly, their adoration of him." A defense filing contended Jones' life was "marred with abuse, pain, loss and death." It asserted he suffered sexual abuse as a child.

His YouTube channel has more than 534,000 subscribers and includes a cappella covers of Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Fall Out Boy. Some of Jones' music videos garnered millions of views on YouTube, which he parlayed into tours.

British director reveals harrowing sexual assault as a child at age 9 in the Midlands

The bully, watched on by his younger brother, abused the Room for Romeo Brass filmmaker after his dad Arty was wrongfully suspected of murder

By Molly Pike, James Rodger, Head Of Trends

'This is England' director Shane Meadows has revealed that he was sexually abused as a child.

The filmmaker has spoken out after he was sexually abused in the Midlands - at the age of just nine. The director, aged 46, was sexually assaulted by an older boy.

The bully, watched on by his younger brother, abused the 'Room for Romeo Brass' filmmaker after his dad Arty was wrongfully suspected of murder.

Shane appeared in the press as a child after the story kicked off and he became known locally for the accusation against his dad, the Mirror reports.

Arty was arrested on suspicion of murder after he found the body of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Susan Maxwell.

Shane Meadows collects his award Best Music Film prize for Stone Roses doc Made Of Stone at the 2014 NME Awards, at Brixton Academy, London

Shane recalled one occasion when he went to the park and was approached by two brothers, who made him go into the woods.

The older brother sexually abused him over a long period of time, which left a lasting impact on Shane.

The harrowing incident unfolded in Uttoxeter, Staffs. (Staffordshire).

He told  The Observer: "I was so affected and [the abuse] only happened once. I’ve had at least three breakdowns as a result; it’s caused me a lifetime of anguish."

Shane initially dealt with it by pretending it didn't happen but began experiencing the classic signs of trauma, such as wetting the bed.

He claims he eventually forgot about the incident, but every five or six years he'd have bouts of depression or anxiety attacks, which he compared to being "dragged to the pits of hell".

Two years ago he went to a clinical psychologist and was diagnosed with PTSD.

He recalls his therapist asking him if he'd change what happened to him.

Shane said: "He said to me, ‘Imagine you could go back and make that event not happen. The risk is that you quite possibly wouldn’t be doing what you’d be doing now. Would you go back and change it?’

"And I know I wouldn’t. Having experienced that, and the empathy that comes with it… I’d never swap that in a million years."

Accused Child Sexual Abuser Woody Allen's Next Movie Will Be Released In Europe

"A Rainy Day in New York" was produced by Amazon Studios, which shelved the movie's U.S. release and severed ties with the director.

By Marina Fang, HuffPost US

Amazon Studios may have shelved Woody Allen’s movie “A Rainy Day in New York” in the U.S. due to child sexual abuse allegations against him, but the film is now set to be released in Italy and several other European countries.

Where, I guess, they don't seem to mind watching movies by pedophiles. Or, at least, that's what Allen is hoping.

Variety first reported Sunday that the Italian film distribution company Lucky Red plans to release Allen’s movie in the fall. Distribution companies in several other European countries also have deals to release the film, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

FilmNation, the company that handled international sales for “A Rainy Day in New York,” sold the movie when it was initially filmed in 2017, a spokeswoman for FilmNation told HuffPost on Monday. Allen’s company handled the individual distribution deals, the spokeswoman said.

Representatives for Lucky Red and for Allen did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

“A Rainy Day in New York” has yet to see the light of day. Last year, Amazon Studios, which produced the movie, severed ties with Allen and canceled a deal to release it, plus three more of his films.

As the Me Too movement escalated in 2018, it renewed attention on Dylan Farrow’s 1992 allegation that Allen, her adopted father at the time, sexually abused her when she was 7 years old.

In response, “A Rainy Day in New York” actors Rebecca Hall, Timothée Chalamet and Griffin Newman announced they would donate their salaries to anti-sexual assault advocacy organizations, including Time’s Up and RAINN.

A number of actors have said that they will no longer work with Allen, including Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino.

Earlier this year, Allen sued Amazon for $68 million in damages.

Lawyers for Amazon Studios responded last month, saying the company was “justified” in terminating the deal with Allen because he’d made a series of comments about Me Too “suggesting that he failed to grasp the gravity of the issues or the implications for his own career,” thus “effectively sabotaging” the studio’s efforts to promote and distribute his film “Wonder Wheel” in the fall of 2017.

At the time, Allen expressed sympathy for disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, whom numerous women have accused of sexual assault, saying he was “sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up.” Allen also lamented what he called a “witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”

The director also attacked Farrow, accusing her of “cynically using” the Me Too movement for personal gain.

He didn't explain how Farrow 'gained' from speaking out about her abuse.

Despite Farrow’s child abuse allegation, Allen, 83, is currently working on his next movie, set to begin filming in Spain this summer, after securing financing from a Spanish production company.

R. Kelly's lawyers say he can't read;
judge reinstates civil sex abuse lawsuit

Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY 

A default judgement against R. Kelly has been withdrawn after his lawyers say the singer didn't respond to a lawsuit because he's illiterate. 

Cook County Judge Moira Johnson reinstated the civil sex abuse lawsuit Wednesday after Kelly's attorneys, Raed Shalabi and Zaid Abdallah, said the embattled singer didn't respond because he couldn't read the documents, according to the Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times.

And, apparently, didn't have enough sense to call his lawyer when he received legal documents he didn't understand.

"The Defendant suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read, in essence he cannot," Shalabi and Abdallah said in an April 26 filing obtained by the Sun-Times.

Shalabi told USA TODAY that Kelly "got served (the paperwork) while he was in jail" in March, adding that the singer, "didn’t know what the documents were."

"Once we found out there was a judgment against him we filed a motion to vacate right away," Shalabi added.

The lawsuit was filed by one of Kelly's alleged four victims in his criminal sexual abuse case. She has been identified only as "H.W." 

The victim alleges that she began a sexual relationship with Kelly in 1998, when she was 16. Kelly has denied all allegations. 

Later in the day, Kelly appeared at a hearing in his child support case, where the singer's attorney forked over $62,000 to Kelly's ex-wife to avoid another jail stint. 

A check was handed over for Drea Kelly, the mother of Kelly's three children, during Wednesday's hearing in Chicago. The latest payment comes months after Kelly was jailed in March for failure to pay $161,000 in back child support. 

He was released after three days behind bars after someone came forward and paid the the overdue amount. "He's not a deadbeat dad," Kelly's attorney Lisa Damico told reporters after Wednesday's hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. "All he wants to do is do right by his kids."

Good grief! Seriously?

Rapper 'Common' says he was molested
by a family friend as a child

The rapper and actor says he recovered the memories two years ago while preparing for his role in “The Tale,” a film about child rape.

By Janelle Griffith, NBC News

Common, on Wednesday explained why he decided to open up in his latest book about being molested as a child — to help others.

The rapper, actor and activist, whose real name is Lonnie Lynn, said in a series of tweets that he wrote his new memoir, "Let Love Have the Last Word," in part to help lift the stigma of sexual abuse.

"I hope being open about my childhood trauma can give others the strength to do the same and help them on their healing journeys," he said. "We all have experienced pain and suffering. It’s nothing to be ashamed of."

He also said that he made the disclosure for cultural reasons.

"I talked about being molested because, as a Black man, many men have hidden that," Common, 47, said. "Many people have hidden that. And you carry that weight with you. But at some point, you’ve got to let it go."

In the book, which was released Tuesday, Common says it wasn't until two years ago, while preparing for his role in “The Tale,” alongside Laura Dern, that he uncovered memories of being molested, according to People. The 2018 film is a true story about child rape.

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he wrote. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”

He wrote that the abuse happened at age 9 or 10, during a family trip to Cleveland, when he had to share a bed with his godbrother’s relative, whom he refers to as “Brandon.”

After the incident, he said he felt "a deep and sudden shame for what happened."

The Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning rapper has since forgiven his abuser, he said in the new memoir, and he is still working through what he endured with the help of his therapist.

“I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence,” he writes. “This is love in action and I intend to practice it.”

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