25 Child Abuse News Articles
from 2nd Quarter of 2015
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6-30-15 My 25 years as a prostitute
My 25 years as a prostitute
Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don't fall into the same trap. Some people will find Brenda's account upsetting. (Webmaster's comment: Worth the read! She deserves great praise for her honestly and courage telling us what it really was like.)
6-30-15 South Sudan conflict: Army 'raped and torched girls
South Sudan conflict: Army 'raped and torched girls
South Sudan's army and allied militias "abducted, torched and gang-raped girls" during fighting against rebel forces, a UN report says. Investigators found that at least 172 women and girls were abducted and subjected to sexual violence, it added.
6-29-15 DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape
DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape
An Afghan court has passed a landmark judgement, using DNA evidence to convict a man for the multiple rape of his daughter. The victim who cannot be named to protect her safety, was abused for more than 10 years, bearing two children. Violence against women is endemic in Afghanistan and victims of sexual abuse are often themselves jailed for "moral crimes".
6-23-15 Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring
Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring
Fifteen people have been arrested on human trafficking charges as part of a joint operation between Bosnian and French police. They are accused of forcing young Bosnian women and children to pickpocket on their behalf in France.
6-23-15 Sex-themed e-books given curfew in Germany
Sex-themed e-books given curfew in Germany
Germans will be able to buy adult-themed e-books only between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00, under new rules. It follows a complaint that a sexually explicit e-book titled Schlauchgeluste was too easy for children to obtain. It follows a complaint that a sexually explicit e-book titled Schlauchgeluste was too easy for children to obtain.
6-19-15 Manitoba apologises to indigenous families for 'cultural loss'
Manitoba apologises to indigenous families for 'cultural loss'
The Canadian province of Manitoba has apologised to indigenous families for decades of forced adoptions. Hundreds of thousands of indigenous children were taken away from their parents by welfare services and put into the care of mostly white families between the 1960s and 1980s in Canada.
6-15-15 Vatican ex-envoy Wesolowski faces child sex abuse trial
Vatican ex-envoy Wesolowski faces child sex abuse trial
The Vatican is to put its former envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, on trial on child sex abuse and child pornography charges. Jozef Wesolowski is accused of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic from 2008 to 2013. He is under house arrest in the Vatican. Wesolowski, 66, is also charged with possession of child pornography, dating from his return to Rome in 2013.
6-10-15 Paedophile priests: Pope Francis set up tribunal
Paedophile priests: Pope Francis set up tribunal
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up child abuse by paedophile priests. The unprecedented move followed a recommendation from the Pope's newly-created panel on clerical sex abuse. Victims' groups have long called for the Vatican to do more to make bishops accountable for abuse on their watch.
6-10-15 The children taken from home for a social experiment
The children taken from home for a social experiment
In the 1950s, a group of Inuit children were taken from their families in Greenland to be re-educated as model Danish citizens. More than 60 years later, they want the Danish government to apologise for an experiment that did enormous damage.
6-5-15 US archdiocese faces criminal charges for role in abuse case
US archdiocese faces criminal charges for role in abuse case
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is facing criminal charges after US officials said church leaders ignored reports that a priest was molesting children. Archdiocese is charged as a corporation with failing to protect children, but no individuals were charged. If convicted, the archdiocese would be fined several thousand dollars. (Webmaster's comment: Several Thousand Dollars? Pocket change for the archdiocese. A single Sunday's collections. Hundreds of thousands would be more like it, if not millions.)
6-3-15 Canada 'cultural genocide' against First Nation - report
Canada 'cultural genocide' against First Nation - report
A study has found rules that required Canadian aboriginals to attend state-funded church schools were responsible for "cultural genocide". The report released on Tuesday found that First Nation children were often physically and sexually abused. "They were stripped of their self-respect and they were stripped of their identity," said Murray Sinclair, one of the study's authors.
5-29-15 'Perverted' man, 64, jailed for historical sex abuse
'Perverted' man, 64, jailed for historical sex abuse
A "perverted" man has been jailed for 22 years for abusing a boy he groomed for sex in the 1970s. He had been grooming the victim for sex for several years, during which he abused the child on a regular basis and ensured his silence by threats of violence.
5-29-15 China executes teacher for sexually abusing 26 girls
China executes teacher for sexually abusing 26 girls
China's top court said it has executed a primary school teacher found guilty of raping or sexually abusing 26 girls. He preyed on pupils aged 4 to 11 who were "young and timid." The court said there have been more than 7,000 child sex abuse cases in recent years and that the trend is on the rise.
5-27-15 Corporal punishment: Irish smacking law violates European charter
Corporal punishment: Irish smacking law violates European charter
A rights watchdog has found the Republic of Ireland violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment, including smacking at home. Corporal punishment was banned in Irish schools in 1982 and, by 1996, it was a criminal offence to hit schoolchildren. However, the Republic of Ireland is one of the few European countries that does not ban physical punishment by parents.
5-8-15 Arrest over China child beating video
Arrest over China child beating video
A man who allegedly randomly attacked a toddler in China's Shaanxi province has been arrested, state media report. Security camera footage of a man repeatedly stamping on the two-year-old on a pavement in Luochuan County has sparked outrage in China. It became the most talked-about topic on social media, with many criticising people who passed by without helping. (Webmaster's comment: China is no different than America when it comes to child abuse. Nobody wants to do anything about it. They just figuratively and literally walk on by!)
5-7-15 Children 'more likely to confide in pets than siblings'
Children 'more likely to confide in pets than siblings'
Children who are facing adversity, such as illness or parents splitting up, are more likely to confide in their pet than brothers or sisters, according to research. Matt Cassels at Cambridge University says far too little attention has been paid to the significant role of pets in young people's emotions. "They may feel that their pets are not judging them," said Mr Cassels. Mr Cassels, a postgraduate psychiatry researcher, says that the place of pets in the lives of young people has not been adequately recognised and the scale of its importance has been under estimated.
5-5-15 Children monitored to gauge pollution impact
Children monitored to gauge pollution impact
A multimillion pound study has been launched to assess the impact of the environment on the health and development of children. For two weeks, more than 1,000 families from across Europe will monitor and log everything that they come into contact with inside and outside the home to measure the pollutants that they are absorbing.
5-1-15 Central African Republic child abuse: UN denies 'cover up'
Central African Republic child abuse: UN denies 'cover up'
The United Nations has denied allegations it covered up child abuse by French troops in the Central African Republic, calling them "offensive". Soldiers from France, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea have been accused of child sexual abuse. A high-ranking UN employee has been suspended on suspicion of leaking an internal report on the allegations. A UN spokesman said the report had not been made public in order to protect the identity of victims, witnesses and investigators. The report alleged soldiers assaulted hungry children in exchange for food.
4-30-15 Hollande: 'No mercy' on CAR child abuse claims
Hollande: 'No mercy' on CAR child abuse claims
French President Francois Hollande has said there will be "no mercy" for any soldiers found to have abused children in the Central African Republic. The authorities are probing claims that 16 French soldiers abused children at a camp for internally displaced people.
4-30-15 France probes CAR child abuse claim
France probes CAR child abuse claim
The French government has said it is carrying out two separate investigations into claims that its soldiers abused vulnerable children at a camp in the Central African Republic. The soldiers, who were serving as UN peacekeepers there, are accused of sexually abusing young boys over a period of six months last year.
4-21-15 Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?
Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?
When there's a news report of a child going missing it's easy to jump to the worst conclusions, but sometimes the reality is not quite so alarming. It's a similar story with one widely used statistic about missing children in the US - it is not quite what it may seem. But just 115 of the 797,500 missing children were subject to what is defined as a "stereotypical" kidnapping - that is, they were abducted by a stranger and detained overnight, perhaps permanently, or taken at least 50 miles away.
4-6-15 Search for justice after China school abuse
Search for justice after China school abuse
The BBC's Celia Hatton, reports on one family's battle to get justice for their abused son. Last December, a teacher at the school - a man named Li Jian - was sent to prison. For years, he had abused the Zhangs' son and several other teenage boys. Li Jian was jailed for less than three years - and not charged with rape. Li Jian admitted to forcing the students back to his home. There, they were bound and gagged, tortured and raped, a court heard. Li Jian threatened his victims with death if they told anyone what took place in his apartment.
4-2-15 Australia investigates 'cage' for special needs child
Australia investigates 'cage' for special needs child
Australian officials have voiced shock over reports a Canberra school built a cage-like structure in a classroom for a child with special educational needs. Australian media said the child in question was 10 and had autism.
4-2-15 India's Badaun: Police investigate 'rape of two girls'
India's Badaun: Police investigate 'rape of two girls'
Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state are investigating the alleged kidnap and gang rape of two girls at gunpoint. Relatives say the cousins were raped by men from a neighbouring village in Badaun district late on Tuesday. The girls, said to be 12 or 13, have been examined and medical reports are awaited. Five men have been detained.
4-1-15 Saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation, even though the practice is illegal. Faced with FGM, many had nowhere to turn - until now. A safe house has opened in the north of the country to offer protection when they need it most. Girls as young as 10 have found refuge in the safe house. Veronica is 14. She is one of 134 girls to find refuge at the safe house in Mugumu during the six-week-long "cutting season", that traditionally occurs every two years in Serengeti District. All of them have stories about the pressure put on them by family to undergo FGM, a traditional pre-requisite to marriage amongst the Kurya people who live in the area. "My parents said I should be cut because I'd finished primary education and reached maturity. They wanted me to marry. I told them I didn't want to. That infuriated my dad." "My father started beating me, and that's when I decided to run away. He said I should have FGM so I'd get a bigger dowry. The five cows he would get would be sold to pay for my younger brother's boarding school." (Webmaster's comment: FGM: A horror story that just won't quit! They often die from this male desired mutilation.)
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