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46 Child Abuse News Articles
from 2nd Half of 2014
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11-29-14 Missing boy: Atlanta false wall find after four years
Missing boy: Atlanta false wall find after four years
A 13-year-old boy reported missing four years ago has been found hidden behind a false wall at a house in Atlanta, Georgia. The boy's father and a woman have been arrested on charges including cruelty to children and false imprisonment.
11-27-14 Saving Kenya's children born of incest
Saving Kenya's children born of incest
Baby X is sleeping quietly, wrapped in a warm blanket and held close in a motherly embrace in a Kenyan orphanage and children's home. Like many others at Kanduyi Children's Home, in Bungoma county 400km (250 miles) west of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, he had to be rescued from his family before they killed him.
11-18-14 Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings running back suspended
Adrian Peterson: Minnesota Vikings running back suspended
Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has been suspended for the rest of the NFL season without pay. Earlier this month, the running back pleaded no contest to the misdemeanour charge of recklessly assaulting his four-year-old son. Peterson, who was initially suspended in September, will be required to follow a programme of counselling and therapy, with the timing of his reinstatement to the sport based on the results.
11-4-14 NFL star Adrian Peterson admits reckless assault on son
NFL star Adrian Peterson admits reckless assault on son
NFL running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanour charge of recklessly assaulting his four-year-old son. The Minnesota Vikings star will avoid a jail sentence after reaching a plea agreement with a court in Texas. The beating resulted in cuts and bruises to the boy's back, buttocks, legs and scrotum, local media reported. (Webmaster's comment: Seems children are property and can beaten bloody in America with little consequence.)
11-3-14 Bolivia ombudsman alarmed at sexual attacks on girls
Bolivia ombudsman alarmed at sexual attacks on girls
The Bolivian ombudsman has said he is worried about a rise in sexual attacks against girls and women. Rolando Villena said that local, regional and national authorities were failing to act in the face of a growing number of increasingly cruel attacks on young girls. Last week, a four-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Palos Blancos, north-east of La Paz. It was the third case of its kind in two weeks in Bolivia.
10-29-14 Switzerland's shame: The children used as cheap farm labour
Switzerland's shame: The children used as cheap farm labour
Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. Since the 1850s hundreds of thousands of Swiss children were taken from their parents and sent to farms to work - a practice that continued well into the 20th Century.
10-22-14 Indian girl, 3, 'raped' in Bangalore school
Indian girl, 3, 'raped' in Bangalore school
Indian police are investigating the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore. The child returned from school on Tuesday and complained of pain that had been caused by "an uncle in school", her parents told the police.
10-22-14 'It's rape': Sayreville High School players face charges of abusive hazing
'It's rape': Sayreville High School players face charges of abusive hazing
A small New Jersey town is reeling weeks after seven high-school varsity American football players were accused of charges ranging from hazing to aggravated sexual assault earlier this month. According to the victims, seniors on the Sayreville War Memorial High School team would run into the locker room, turn the lights off, pin them to the floor and, at the very least, grab their buttocks. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions between 19 and 29 September. Three of the players are facing more serious charges, including the sexual penetration of one victim. A Reader's Comment on the story: "Hazing ... is fine provided it doesn't cross into abuse. A bit of ritual humiliation can even be good." (Webmaster's comment: Many American's attitude on this kind of behavior is absolutely unbelievable. It's no wonder American society has descended into daily episodes of violence.)
10-21-14 Four infant bodies found in Canada storage locker
Four infant bodies found in Canada storage locker
The bodies of up to four infants have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, Canada, authorities say.
10-20-14 Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence
Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence
A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina. Details of 1,000 men who contacted the fake child, nicknamed Sweetie, were sent to police around the world. The Dutch charity called Terre des Hommes created Sweetie said men from 71 countries had tried to solicit her. One undercover operator said "Some of the men we interacted with literally give me nightmares." (Webmaster's comment: Sweetie was used before in Briton. See: Computer-generated 'Sweetie' catches online predators. 1,000 men is nothing, Millions of men are involved. See: Anti-pedophile police fight child porn 'epidemic'.)
10-16-14 US author John Grisham 'sorry' for child porn comments
US author John Grisham 'sorry' for child porn comments
Author John Grisham has apologised for criticising the US justice system's "harsh" punishment of those viewing indecent images of children.
10-16-14 US author John Grisham questions child porn jail terms
US author John Grisham questions child porn jail terms
Author John Grisham has criticised the US justice system for handing down "harsh" prison sentences to those viewing indecent images of children. Mr Grisham said a "good buddy" of his had been jailed for three years for looking at child pornography. But the 59-year-old writer told UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph that he had no sympathy for "real pedophiles". His comments have attracted criticism from child abuse charities and some legal experts.
10-12-14 Nigeria singer Omawumi tackles child abuse
Nigeria singer Omawumi tackles child abuse
Omawumi Megbele is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, who gained attention as the 2007 runner-up on the reality TV show West Africa Idols and has subsequently won multiple awards in Nigeria. If You Ask Me, the soulful song Omawumi performs for Africa Beats, tells the story of a girl made pregnant by her own father, and demands action be taken to confront and stop child abuse.
10-10-14 Malala calls for child rights after joint Nobel Peace Prize
Malala calls for child rights after joint Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani activist has Malala Yousafzai urged children to "stand up for their rights" after becoming the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.
10-9-14 Ontario police resume 1985 search for missing schoolgirl
Ontario police resume 1985 search for missing schoolgirl
Police in Ontario, Canada, have resumed the search for a schoolgirl who went missing nearly 30 years ago.
10-8-14 Trial date set for NFL star Adrian Peterson
Trial date set for NFL star Adrian Peterson
A trial has been tentatively scheduled for December for an American football player accused of hitting his young son with a Tree Branch. The footballer is said to have punished his 4 Year Old son after he pushed another of his children off a motorbike video game. The "whooping" - how Mr Peterson allegedly referred to the incident in a police interview - resulted in cuts and bruises to the boy's back, buttocks, legs and scrotum, local media have reported. Mr Hardin has described his client as a "Loving Father" who had "used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas". (Webmaster's comment: Like Pat Benatar sang "Hell is for Children". And what else would you expect from Texas, the State with the highest rate of Deaths from Child Abuse, and even higher than in the Rest of the World.)
9-30-14 Kennel 'used to punish Kerala schoolboy for talking'
Kennel 'used to punish Kerala schoolboy for talking'
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala are investigating reports that a five-year-old boy was locked in a dog kennel by his teacher for talking to another child in class.
9-23-14 Demanding justice for women and children abused by Irish nuns
Demanding justice for women and children abused by Irish nuns
An inquiry last year into Ireland's Magdalene laundries, where for decades thousands of women were forced to work by nuns, found no evidence that workers were abused. But those who experienced life inside laundry walls angrily reject this, and are insisting that the nuns be held accountable. For decades, Ireland ignored the stories told by the former Magdalene laundry workers. After all, weren't people told by the priests that they were just fallen women, or the criminally insane, who deserved to be locked up for most of their adult lives and work, without pay, to atone for their sins? (Webmaster's comment: Seems the Catholic church is still running a cover-up. We have a very good movie on the Magdalene Sisters and the Catholic nun's abuse of women and children at The Magdalene Sisters).
9-20-14 Understanding black America and the spanking debate
Understanding black America and the spanking debate
The NFL football star Adrian Peterson's child abuse scandal has sparked a national debate in America about spanking children and the growing illegality of certain kinds of "abusive" corporal punishments. In a personal piece, author Stacey Patton describes the complex legacy of corporal punishment in black America. As a young child, my adoptive mother stripped me naked and whipped me with switches, belts, hangers, shoes, and extension cords. Her reasons? Because the Bible said it was right, she loved me, she wanted to protect me from the mean streets, drugs, early pregnancy, and white people who she said wanted to beat me up, lock me in a jail or leave me for dead in the streets.
9-16-14 Radisson suspends Minnesota Vikings sponsorship
Radisson suspends Minnesota Vikings sponsorship
The Radisson hotel chain says it is suspending its sponsorship of Minnesota Vikings, an American football team. It comes after one of the team's players, Adrian Peterson, was charged with child abuse in Texas after hitting his son with part of a branch. The Minneapolis team have reinstated the player after dropping him.
9-13-14 US footballer Adrian Peterson arrested for child abuse
US footballer Adrian Peterson arrested for child abuse
An American football player has been arrested in Texas for allegedly hitting his young child with a tree branch.
9-13-14 Actress Samantha Morton tells of childhood sexual abuse
Actress Samantha Morton tells of childhood sexual abuse
Actress Samantha Morton has said she was sexually abused by two residential care workers while in a children's home in Nottingham as a teenager.
9-11-14 India police charge toddler for 'coercion and intimidation'
India police charge toddler for 'coercion and intimidation'
Two policemen are to be suspended for charging a one-year-old child with "coercion" ahead of a by-election in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2011, a five-year-old boy in Bihar state was charged with disrupting the peace during village council elections. And in 2006, the Bihar police charged a six-year-old girl with attacking them and helping her father escape from police custody.
9-10-14 Timothy Ray Jones to be charged with killing five children
Timothy Ray Jones to be charged with killing five children
A US father will be charged with murdering his five children and dumping them in another state, say police.
9-5-14 One in 10 girls sexually abused, says UN report
One in 10 girls sexually abused, says UN report
About 120 million girls around the world - slightly more than one in 10 - have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20, a UN report says. The children's agency Unicef also says 95,000 children and teenagers - most of them in Latin America and the Caribbean - were murdered in 2012 alone. Nigeria had the highest number of child homicides - 13,000, while the US had the highest homicide rate among countries in Western Europe and North America. The study revealed that about six out of 10 children aged between two and 14 were subjected to physical punishment from their carers on a regular basis. It notes that children around the globe are routinely exposed to violence, including bullying. Slightly over one in three students aged 13-15 experience regular bullying in school. The document draws on data from 190 countries.
8-28-14 Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to US 'suspect in beating of girl'
Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to US 'suspect in beating of girl'
Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the US is suspected of beating a girl with a wooden chair leg but will not be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, officials say.
8-26-14 Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds
Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds
At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found. Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said. Prof Alexis Jay: "It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse the child victims suffered". Five men from the town were jailed for sexual offences against girls in 2010, but the report said police "regarded many child victims with contempt".
8-7-14 FGM: UK police investigate 'dozens' of cases since 2011
FGM: UK police investigate 'dozens' of cases since 2011
Police forces have revealed there have been dozens of investigations into female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK over the past three years. The NSPCC said it was "encouraging" more cases were being reported despite no convictions. Police said every case was "thoroughly investigated". The practice has been illegal in the UK since 1985 but the first prosecutions, which are currently ongoing, were not until this year. (Webmaster's comment: It took 28 years, a full generation, for anyone to do anything despite "cutting off women's genitals" being illegal. This shows how little the people in the UK care about the rights of women children. In the United States FGM has been illegal since 1996, yet there has been only one prosecution. It is estimated 230,000 women children are at risk in the United States of having FGM performed on them. It obviously happens all the time being performed by doctors from the same cultures or at home with whatever is handy.)
8-4-14 Google Tip-Off Alerts Police To Alleged Child Porn in US Man's Gmail Account
Google Tip-Off Alerts Police To Alleged Child Porn in US Man's Gmail Account
Google's automatic email scanning technology has tipped off authorities about a 41-year-old man in Texas who was allegedly distributing explicit images of children via his Gmail account.
8-4-14 Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images
Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images
Google has revealed the identity of a user after discovering child abuse imagery in the man's Gmail account in Houston, Texas, according to a local news report. Google has said it searches Gmail to prevent the spread of child abuse imagery. (Webmaster's comment: Good, but that single arrest leaves 2,999,999 pedophiles to go. The scope of this problem is way beyond even 100,000 arrests.)
7-31-14 Australia asylum: 'Cover-up on child health', inquiry told
Australia asylum: 'Cover-up on child health', inquiry told
A psychiatrist says the Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention. His claim came a day after church leaders accused Australia of holding children in "inhumane" conditions.
7-29-14 How many men are pedophiles?
How many men are pedophiles?
The Pope was recently reported to have said that about 2% of Catholic clergy are pedophiles. But how does this compare with society as a whole - is it more or less than average?
7-26-14 Judge 'falls asleep' during child rape case
Judge 'falls asleep' during child rape case
A judge is being investigated after he was accused of falling asleep during a child rape trial at Manchester Crown Court, forcing it to be abandoned. The case will be re-listed as soon as possible, say the Crown Prosecution Service.
7-24-14 Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery
Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. There's a direct link between the scarcity of wildlife, the labour demands of harvests and this dramatic increase in child slavery.
7-21-14 Hot car deaths: The children left behind
Hot car deaths: The children left behind
Every few days in the US, there are local media reports about young children dying from heatstroke, or being rescued, after being left to bake in parked cars. Why does it happen so often?
7-18-14 Could a child sex robot treat pedophilia?
Could a child sex robot treat pedophilia?
During a robotics conference last week, ethicists discussed the moral implications of using childlike-robots to help treat pedophiles. The theory is that these machines would help provide a non-harmful outlet for an individual's sexual inclinations as part of a treatment programme. It's like providing methadone to heroin addicts, the reasoning goes. The concern is that a child sex robot could encourage pedophiles to act on their impulses instead of serving as a safe outlet for them. (Webmaster's comment: Using the same logic we should provide realistic life-like "robots" that scream and bleed for all people with sick minds to practice on; children to bully and abuse, women to bully and abuse, children to rape, women to rape, gays to violently assault, minorities to violently assault, i.e. imitation human beings to violently assault AND maybe even kill. This is a VERY BAD IDEA and will do nothing towards teaching behavior discipline to people with behavior problems or to help curb these problems in society.)
7-17-14 Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog
Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog
There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog. They include photos posted to publicly-accessible parts of social networks. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a record number of reports in the first week of July, four times the weekly average. (Webmaster's comment: With 112 million known child abuse images on the Internet - see story Anti-pedophile police fight child porn 'epidemic' below - and tens of thousands more being added every week, we haven't begun to address this problem yet.)
7-17-14 India six-year-old 'raped in Bangalore school by staff members'
India six-year-old 'raped in Bangalore school by staff members'
A six-year-old schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police say.
7-10-14 Teen sexting prosecution prompts outrage
Teen sexting prosecution prompts outrage
On Wednesday the Washington Post reported on the case of a 17-year-old from Manassas, Virginia, who is facing felony charges for manufacturing and possessing child pornography after he allegedly texted nude images of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend. The case raises a number of challenging questions. Why was the girl, who allegedly started the string of explicit texted images, not also charged with child pornography? Should child pornography laws be applicable in cases of teenage sexting? Is it appropriate that, if convicted, the teen will have to register as a sex offender for life? (Webmaster's comment: In another twist the prosecutors want to force the boy to have an erection so they can take pictures! This is all just plain NUTS, as is the story below.)
7-8-14 Sniffer dog finds child abuse images
Sniffer dog finds child abuse images
A suspect has been arrested after a dog trained to detect electronic circuitry found a memory stick containing images of child sexual abuse hidden in a tin box inside a metal cabinet.
7-8-14 Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry
Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry
Retired senior judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, 80, has been named as the chairman of a wide-ranging review into historical child sex abuse.
7-4-14 Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months
Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months
Rolf Harris has been jailed for a total of five years and nine months for 12 indecent assaults against four girls - including one aged just seven or eight. (Webmaster's comment: "SEVEN or EIGHT" He should have gotten 50 years not 5.)
7-3-14 Father 'killed toddler left in hot car'
Father 'killed toddler left in hot car'
A man accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him inside a hot car will stand trial, a judge has ruled.
7-3-14 Masai women in Kenya meet to discuss practice of FGM
Masai women in Kenya meet to discuss practice of FGM
The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), where women's genitals are altered or injured for non-medical reasons, is rife in parts of Africa. Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth. Despite these complications, cultural and religious beliefs mean millions of girls are still at risk of being mutilated. Anne Soy reports from Kenya where there is a generational divide between proponents of FGM and those who want to abandon the tradition.