32 Child Abuse News Articles
from 4th Quarter of 2017
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12-14-17 Australia child abuse inquiry: Messages from survivors
Harrowing stories from survivors shaped a landmark Australian inquiry into child sexual abuse. The royal commission held more than 8,000 private sessions with victims and gathered about 1,300 written accounts. After revealing their experiences, survivors were invited to write about the process of coming forward. More than 1,000 anonymous contributions were released in a book on Thursday to mark the official end of the five-year inquiry. The book, titled "Message to Australia", was described by one commission lawyer as "too heavy to lift". The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, set up in 2013, investigated allegations of sexual and physical abuse across dozens of institutions in Australia, including schools, sports clubs and religious organisations. The book contains notes, many of them handwritten, speaking about some of the trauma and suffering experienced by victims. But the dominant themes are of relief and gratitude from survivors who describe feeling like the process had given them a voice. Over and over, the messages express thanks to the commissioners for listening to stories of abuse with empathy and without judgement. Many messages detail how the process inspired new feelings of validation, empowerment and freedom. Others say the experience helped them heal. (Webmaster's comment: But the victims never really heal! Their wombs, their genitals, their rectums, and their minds are damaged for LIFE!)
12-11-17 India outrage over brutal rape and murder of six-year-old
Police in India are questioning several people in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a six-year-old in the northern state of Haryana.. Her body was found on Sunday close to her home from where she was allegedly abducted on the night of 8 December. The extent of the injuries to the child have horrified Indians, with many drawing parallels with the 2012 Delhi bus rape that caused massive outrage. The child's mother told BBC Hindi's Manoj Dhaka that they wanted justice. "It's been 24 hours and the police are yet to catch anyone," she said. Police have detained three of her husband's relatives for questioning but no arrests have been made so far. However no details have been released. The government has formed a special investigative team as public pressure mounts on authorities to catch those responsible for the crime. Locals, including activists and political leaders from the district, have gathered in the village to protest. In another incident, one man has been arrested over the alleged gangrape of a teenage cancer patient from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The girl has alleged that she was abducted and raped by two men, and when she approached a neighbour for help he raped her as well.
12-11-17 Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists
Children's rights activists have condemned the pardon of two child rapists by the Tanzanian president. Kate McAlpine, director of the Arusha-based Community for Children Rights, told the BBC she was "horrified but unsurprised". John Magufuli made the pardon in his independence day speech on Saturday. Singer Nguza Viking, known as Babu Seya, and his son Johnson Nguza, known as Papii Kocha, were pardoned for raping 10 primary schoolgirls. The president selected a group of prisoners to be released, who he said had corrected their behaviour. Ms McAlpine said the pardon illustrated Mr Magufuli showed a "lack of understanding about violence against children". She linked this latest speech to his June announcement where he banned pregnant schoolgirls from returning to school. "He has a blind spot when it comes to recognising children as victims. Pregnant schoolgirls are pregnant because they are victims of violence." Child rape cases in Tanzania tend to be dealt with between families, or rapists have been known to pay off police and court staff, Ms McAlpine said. "It's extremely rare for child rape cases to get to court in Tanzania," she said, and even rarer for the culprits to get life sentences.
12-11-17 Justin Bieber among celebs supporting bullied Keaton Jones
Captain America star Chris Evans has invited a bullied child to the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. He was one of many stars to tweet a message of support to Keaton Jones after seeing a video of the boy speaking about being bullied. Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld asked Keaton to be her date for the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere. While Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown said she wanted to be friends with him. The footage was originally published on Facebook by his mum Kimberley on Friday and has since racked up 22m views.
12-1-17 Girls and self-harm
Cutting, swallowing pills and poisons, and other forms of self-harm are on the rise among American girls—even those as young as 10 years old, new research reveals. A 15-year study of emergency room visits that occurred at 66 different hospitals across the country found that self-inflicted injuries among girls and young women increased by an average of 8.4 percent each year between 2009 and 2015. These behaviors surged even more dramatically among preteens, jumping nearly 19 percent annually during this six-year period. A similar trend did not occur among boys. It’s unclear what is prompting more girls to engage in self-harm, but the study’s authors speculate that cyberbullying, social isolation, and poor sleep tied to excessive smartphone use could all play a role, The Washington Post reports. Self-harm techniques may also spread through social media in a phenomenon known as “social contagion.” The study’s lead author, Melissa Mercado, warns that self-harm is a key risk factor for suicide, and recommends that parents, teachers, and doctors take it seriously. “Suicide is preventable,” Mercado says.
11-27-17 YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results
YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases. Over the weekend many people reported that typing "how to have" would be completed with several variations on "s*x with your kids". Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked "s*x" word. Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear. "Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it as soon as we were made aware," said a YouTube spokeswoman. "We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this autocompletion," she added. YouTube has not yet given an explanation of why the phrase "how to have s*x with your kids" was suddenly being so widely suggested. Charlie Warzel, writing on Buzzfeed, suggested that the use of the asterisk replacing the "e" in the word "sex" across lots of different searches suggested deliberate action was behind it. "The results are very specific and could be the result of a co-ordinated campaign to game the algorithm," he said.
11-25-17 Teacher detained in Beijing nursery 'needle abuse' probe
Beijing police are holding a 22-year-old female teacher suspected of carrying out abuse at a nursery school. Officers are probing claims children at the nursery - run by RYB Education Inc - were pricked with needles, fed pills and stripped naked. RYB says it "deeply apologises" for the matter, which has sparked outrage in China, where there've been a number of scandals involving childcare centres. Police also held a woman for spreading false information about the case. At least eight children attending the RYB Education pre-school in the upscale Chaoyang district are said to have been injected with unknown substances. RYB Education issued a statement on Thursday (in Chinese) saying it was co-operating with police and would "not shake off the responsibility" if any wrongdoing was found. It is one of China's most well-known early childhood education providers. Parents told local media they had discovered needle marks on their children's bodies and that their children were fed pills or syrup before their naptime. One father told state broadcaster CCTV that his child had said that every day after lunch they would be given two white pills, and told to "go to sleep". The case has sparked an intense outcry and reignited anxieties over childcare standards in China, which has seen other cases of abuse at nurseries in recent years.
11-24-17 Trudeau apology to aboriginal children
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has issued a formal apology to former residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some 150,000 indigenous children over more than 100 years were separated from their families and forced to have a state-run education. More than 3,000 children died while at the schools and others suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Survivors of five schools in the Atlantic province were left out of a previous 2008 national apology. (Webmaster's comment: In America the "Trail of Tears" Death Marchs killed 6,000 Native Americans out of 16,000. That's 37% compared to the Japanese Bataan Death March in WWII where 25% of the prisoners died! In the America Death Marchs the Indian men, women, and their Children were treated worse than any animal would have been.)
11-24-17 Trudeau apologises for 'deep harm' of residential schools
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has issued a formal apology to former residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some 150,000 indigenous children over more than 100 years were separated from their families and forced to have a state-run education. Survivors of five schools in the Atlantic province were left out of a previous 2008 national apology. The federal government last year reached a deal with those survivors. The class-action settlement for former pupils amounted to C$50m ($39m; £29.5m). Mr Trudeau made the apology from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in central Labrador. "For every Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut child in Newfoundland and Labrador who suffered discrimination, mistreatment, abuse, and neglect in residential schools - we are sorry," he said. "While this long overdue apology will not undo the harm done, we offer it as a sign that we as a government and as a country accept responsibility for our failings." Between 1884 until 1996, when the last of the schools closed, children were removed and separated from their families and communities and sent to residential schools - church-run institutions and government-funded boarding schools. The landmark Truth and Reconciliation report, released in December 2015, said the policy was an attempt to weaken indigenous culture, and amounted to "cultural genocide". The children were often not allowed to speak their language or to practise their culture. "They were made to feel ashamed of who they were," Mr Trudeau said. More than 3,000 children died while at the schools and others suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
11-14-17 #MeAt14: Raising awareness around the age of consent
Women and men are posting pictures of themselves when they were younger to highlight how a 14-year-old child is too young to consent. The social media movement #MeAt14 began at the weekend in response to allegations published in The Washington Post against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. The Republican firebrand has vehemently denied the allegations, branding the report as "completely false." The controversy escalated when Fox News host Sean Hannity became mired in a debate over the use of the word "consensual", in regards to the accusations, on his radio show. However, Hannity has since apologised, saying he "misspoke". Twitter users have been posting the term #MeAt14 alongside pictures of themselves in their early teens and asking rhetorically how a child of 14 can be mature enough to give consent. The first person to tweet the hashtag was North Carolina Lawyer Catherine R L Lawson, late on Thursday evening. It has since been used more than 50,000 times. She told the BBC: "I shared a picture of me at 14 to illustrate there is no acceptable version of this story; teenagers can't consent to a relationship with a grown man, ever. "It's not a question about the legal age of consent, but about affirming a shared social value that children deserve our protection." The legal age of consent is different for each state in the United States, ranging from 16, which is the minimum, to 18. The movement began to gain momentum when Daily Show co creator Lizz Winstead tweeted a picture of herself asking: "Who were you at 14?" and asked others to do the same.
11-13-17 France to reassess child sex laws after controversial cases
France is to consider a change to its laws around sexual consent, according to the minister for gender equality. Marlene Schiappa said the government was considering setting a fixed age below which sex was automatically a serious offence. It comes after two cases where men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls. In France the age of consent is 15, but prosecutors still have to prove sex was non-consensual to prove rape. In an interview with French television programme BFM Politique, Ms Schiappa said that as a member of the government she "could not react to court decisions". But Ms Schiappa added she was looking at measures where "below a certain age...that there is no debate on the sexual consent of the child". Despite its age of consent, France currently does not have any law which defines sex with someone below a fixed age as rape. Currently in France if there is no violence or coercion proved, people may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor and not rape - this has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (£66,000; $87,000). Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but punishments for rape have much harsher sentences. Ms Schiappa said her government was debating a defined age for irrefutable non-consent, between 13 and 15, as part of a new anti-sexism and sexual violence bill to be introduced in 2018.
11-10-17 US gymnast Aly Raisman angry at paedophile team doctor
In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is the latest athlete to accuse former US team doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing her. Nassar has admitted to child pornography charges and is awaiting sentencing. More than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits against him, alleging he abused them under the guise of treatment. Raisman won team and floor gold at London 2012 and team gold in Rio last year. She also has two Olympic silver medals and one bronze to her name from those Games.
11-10-17 Migrant girls found dead
Police in the Italian port city of Salerno launched a murder investigation this week after the bodies of 26 teenage girls—ages 14 to 18—were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. Twenty three girls, believed to be migrants from Nigeria and Niger, were found floating next to a partially sunken rubber boat; another three were found during another rescue operation. Italian officials are investigating whether the teenagers, who were making the perilous sea crossing from Libya to Europe, were sexually assaulted or tortured before their death. Two men have been arrested so far. “It is very likely that these girls were, in fact, victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation,” said Federico Soda, a director of the International Organization for Migration.
11-10-17 Outcry in China as nursery abuse footage goes viral
Videos showing toddlers being mistreated at a Shanghai day-care centre have sparked an outcry in China after being circulated widely online. The first video, viewed tens of millions of times, shows a woman wrenching a backpack from a small girl's back and then pushing her into a table, where she hits her head. The footage was released by police after parents said they had found injuries on their children and demanded to see what the centre's surveillance cameras had recorded. Two other videos have since emerged - more surveillance footage showing a woman force-feeding a child and making her cry and another video in which a child tells her parents that she had "something spicy" rubbed on her face, which is thought to have been wasabi. The children in the videos were aged between 18 months and two years old. It is understood that about 25 children attended classes at the centre, which was set up in February this year and used by employees of the online travel company Ctrip. One mother said her 18-month-old daughter had kept crying after attending nursery, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported. "My daughter had peed six times in an hour and the teacher beat her with a quilt. She did not change her nappy in time and when she did change the nappy, she pulled up one of the baby's legs while having her stand in a corner of the room, rather than letting her lie down," she said. A parent surnamed Wang said that after they complained to Ctrip the company chose a day's footage at random and they were shocked by the results. Ctrip told news website The Paper that it would arrange medical checks and psychological support for the children and their parents.
11-8-17 Corey Feldman reports child abuse claims to police
Eighties child star Corey Feldman has filed a report with police after vowing to expose an alleged paedophile ring in Hollywood. Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they are launching an investigation after receiving the actor's report. LAPD did not confirm the nature of the allegations. Feldman's spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. Feldman, now 46, has long alleged Hollywood figures molested young actors including himself and Corey Haim. He appeared last week on The Dr Oz Show, announcing a $10m (£7.6m) fundraising campaign for a film he wants to produce about the alleged abuse scandal. "Right off the bat, I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today," Feldman said. In his 2013 autobiography, Coreyography, Feldman detailed abuse he says he and Haim suffered in Hollywood. He blamed it for Haim's drug problems and untimely death in 2010 at the age of 38. Feldman told ABC's Nightline in 2011: "There is one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim, and that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. "And that person needs to be exposed but unfortunately I can't be the one to do it."
11-4-17 Texas releases disabled migrant girl Rosa Maria Hernandez
A 10-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant with cerebral palsy, detained last month after undergoing surgery in Texas, has been released to her family. The release of Rosa Maria Hernandez was confirmed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro. Her detention, which came after border agents stopped the ambulance taking her to hospital, caused an outcry. Mr Castro said it was still not clear if she faced deportation from the US. The ACLU had filed a lawsuit earlier this week seeking the child's release. "Rosa Maria is finally free," said ACLU lawyer Michael Tan in a statement on Friday. "We're thrilled that she can go home to heal surrounded by her family's love and support." He added: "Despite our relief, Border Patrol's decision to target a young girl at a children's hospital remains unconscionable. No child should go through this trauma and we are working to make sure it doesn't happen again." (Webmaster's comment: A child arrested on the way to the hospital for surgury. This could only happen in Trump's America!)
11-3-17 Disabled girl detained
Disabled girl detained: Civil liberties groups this week demanded the release of a 10-year-old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy who was taken into federal custody after the ambulance taking her to the hospital was pulled over. Rosa Maria Hernandez has been receiving treatment for her disorder since she was brought across the Mexican border to Laredo, Texas, by her parents when she was 3 months old. Last week she was being rushed to a hospital in Corpus Christi at 2 a.m. for emergency gallbladder surgery when immigration officials stopped her ambulance at a checkpoint. Hernandez was allowed to proceed to the hospital with an adult cousin, but armed Border Patrol agents waited outside her room during surgery, then transferred her to a facility for migrant children in San Antonio. Hernandez has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old and has never been away from her family. The ACLU has sued for her release.
11-3-17 Girl, 16, paraded naked in Pakistan after 'honour' row
Villagers in a remote area of north-west Pakistan are in shock after armed men forced a 16-year-old girl to walk half-naked through the village, claiming it was to redeem their family honour. Local residents say the woman was targeted because of her brother's long-forgotten secret affair with a woman from the assailants' family. The incident, which came to light on Thursday when the media got wind of it, took place last week near the remote town of Chaudhwan, some 80km (50 miles) west of Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Police have arrested eight men and are searching for a ninth. Witnesses say the girl was attacked in broad daylight when she went to fetch water from a pond. "I and my [female] cousins were returning after filling our pitchers when these men caught up with us," she told local journalists. "They shoved me around, and I fell down. Then they cut my clothes with scissors. One of my cousins tried to cover me with her dupatta [a long scarf], but they snatched it away." She tried to escape and ran into a nearby house, but they followed her. "I ducked beside a cot and tried to hold on to it but they dragged me out. A neighbour tried to intervene but they threatened him with their guns." Locals and the police say her ordeal continued for nearly an hour, after which the men let her go.
10-31-17 India uncles convicted of raping and impregnating child, aged 10
A fast-track court in India has convicted two men of raping a 10-year-old girl who gave birth to a baby girl in August. Both the men were the child's uncles. The sentencing is set for Thursday. Her pregnancy was discovered in mid-July when she complained of a stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. The second uncle was arrested after the baby's DNA sample did not match that of his older brother, the first suspect. The final arguments were completed by the defence on Monday. On Tuesday, the two men were declared guilty in court. The older uncle's trial took a month, while the younger uncle has been convicted in a remarkable 18-day trial, BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra reports from Chandigarh. The harrowing case of the 10-year-old has made headlines for weeks, both in India and globally. She was 30 weeks pregnant when a local court in Chandigarh turned down her abortion plea on the grounds that her pregnancy was too advanced. A doctors' panel had advised that a medical termination would be "too risky". Later, the Supreme Court also refused to allow an abortion for her on similar grounds. Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors certify that the mother's life is in danger. The girl was not aware of her pregnancy, and was told her bulge was because she had a stone in her stomach, says the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi. She gave birth in August and the baby was given away to child welfare authorities for adoption. The girl initially told police and child welfare activists that she had been raped several times in the past seven months by the first uncle, who is in his 40s. (Webmaster's comment: Campaigners say 50% of abusers are known to the child or are "persons in trust and care-givers" JUST LIKE IN AMERICA!)
10-29-17 Me too: I was sexually harassed at 11
Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women have been sharing their stories of sexual harassment online using the hashtag #metoo. Here, Shaimaa Khalil writes about her first experience of harassment as a child growing up in Egypt. It was the first time I was sexually harassed but of course not the last. Some later incidents were much worse. But that day had a lasting effect. It informed the way I felt about walking the streets of Egypt and how I behaved in them. All my life I wanted the freedom to do things on my own, and here I was, confronted with the reality for Egyptian women - that with the freedom to be in the streets came harassment. My mother laid down some rules:
- It will happen. It's normal.
- Don't smile. Frown preferably.
- Walk fast. Don't linger.
- Wear long shirts that cover your behind.
- Do not bring attention to yourself in any way.
In the years to come, these rules would sometimes work, but often wouldn't. Sexual harassment would become a part of mine and my friends' lives. Our experiences varied from verbal harassment, to inappropriate touching, to groping, to having men try to rip our clothes off. The culprits were everyone from random men on the streets - shopkeepers, doormen- to teachers, co-workers and relatives. But we wouldn't dream of speaking up. As with all Egyptian women, we had to balance harassment on the streets against more restrictions at home. In 2013 a UN report said that 99% of the women it surveyed in Egypt had been sexually harassed. "We don't need a report," one of my friends laughed at the time. "Just come and live with us for a bit!" (Webmaster's comment: Women are fair game for male brutes the world over!)
10-28-17 Ghana investigation after child rape 'pardon'
Ghana investigation after child rape 'pardon'
Ghana's inspector general of police has ordered an investigation into the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl after national outrage over the case. The parents of the child said a local chief told them nothing could be done because the community gods deemed the suspect innocent. Many said the case demonstrated a culture that shielded sex attackers. Local police are also now under investigation following accusations of poor handling of the incident. Ghana's police chief David Asante-Apeatuhas has summoned the commander of Central Region for questioning after a public outcry about the handling of the incident. The 18-year-old suspect has not been arrested since the attack nearly two weeks ago, the BBC's Thomas Naadi reports from the capital, Accra. The case has caused concern, dominating radio and social media conversations with the hashtag #JusticeForHer trending on social media. There is also anger about the traditional leader's alleged attitude to the rape. People have donated more than $4,000 (£3,050) towards reconstructive surgery for the girl, who has been discharged from hospital, after a GoFundMe website page was set up by someone in the US. (Webmaster's comment: When a child of up to 12 years is raped by an adult it most often means extreme physical damage to her genitals and to her reproductive system. Her guts are torn to shreads! He deserves life imprisonment and total castration!)
10-28-17 Iceland election: Voters go to polls after paedophile row
Iceland election: Voters go to polls after paedophile row
Icelanders are going to the polls to select a new government after a row over a paedophile led to the collapse of PM Bjarni Benediktsson's coalition. The scandal erupted after it emerged that Mr Benediktsson's father had written a letter saying the paedophile should have his "honour restored". Iceland's second snap election in a year comes amid deep voter distrust, despite a thriving economy. Last year a tax haven scandal forced the then prime minister to resign. Leaked information from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca showed at the time that PM Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson owned an offshore company with his wife, but had not declared it. Mr Gunnlaugsson has denied wrongdoing and is standing in the current election with his new Centre Party. (Webmaster's comment: A paedophile has deliberately chosen to hurt and rape children. Why would such a creature deserve to have their "honour restored"?)
10-27-17 Japan teen 'forced to dye hair black' for school
Japan teen 'forced to dye hair black' for school
An 18-year-old Japanese girl is suing her local government after her school made her repeatedly dye her naturally-brown hair black, media reports say. The girl says she was told she would have to leave the high school near Osaka if she did not comply with a rule requiring students' hair to be black. It is being reported that she says the dye damaged her hair and her scalp. Kaifukan high school said its policy was to ban students from dyeing or bleaching hair. The school's instruction to the girl to dye her hair was reportedly despite her mother telling the school that she was born with brownish hair. Reports say the girl has not attended school since September last year. She is said to be asking for $19,300 (£14,700) in damages. Local media say that Osaka prefecture is asking the court to reject the claim. Kaifukan's headteacher Masahiko Takahashi did not comment on the lawsuit. (Webmaster's comment: Froced to dye her hair in spite of a rule that she must not dye her hair. Nuts!)
10-26-17 Rosamaria Hernandez: Texas holds disabled migrant girl, 10
Rosamaria Hernandez: Texas holds disabled migrant girl, 10
US Border Patrol's arrest of a 10-year-old Mexican girl with cerebral palsy as she was on her way to hospital for emergency surgery has provoked outcry. Texas immigration agents stopped an ambulance carrying Rosamaria Hernandez for gall bladder surgery at 02:00 local time on Tuesday. The armed officers waited near her bedside and detained her when she awoke, family members told US media. Rosamaria is now being held at an immigration centre for young migrants. She was brought to the US illegally by her family when she was three months old, and had been living in Laredo, Texas, near the border with Mexico, according to her mother. When she was apprehended, the girl was being transported from a medical facility in Laredo to a children's hospital in Corpus Christi for an operation. The ambulance was stopped at a Border Patrol "interior checkpoint" - a check station set back many miles from the US southern border - where agents reportedly allowed her to continue on to the hospital under police supervision. Her cousin, who was travelling with her, told activists working on her legal case that agents tried to pressure the family to sign documents in order to transfer Rosamaria to a hospital in Mexico, but she refused. The entire time Rosamaria was in hospital, armed Border Patrol agents waited outside her hospital room, the US citizen cousin, Aurora Cantu, told US media. After she awoke, she was transferred to a detention centre in San Antonio, Texas, for undocumented migrant children who arrive in the US unaccompanied by an adult. (Webmaster's comment: I'm surprised the Immigration Agents didn't just shoot the child on the spot. After all she is non-white!)
10-24-17 Sherin Mathews: Father of missing girl changes story
Sherin Mathews: Father of missing girl changes story
The US father of an adopted girl found dead after she was reported missing has changed his story to say he watched her die as she choked on milk. Wesley Mathews previously claimed he left Sherin Mathews, three, outside the family home in north Texas after she refused to drink her milk on 7 October. Sherin, who was adopted from India last year, was found dead on Sunday in a culvert half a mile from home. Mr Mathews, 37, is being held for causing felony injury to a child. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. According to the police warrant, Mr Mathews and his lawyer visited Richardson Police Department voluntarily on Monday where he provided an "alternate statement of events" to officers. He told detectives that on the night of Sherin's death, he had been trying to get her to drink her milk in the garage of the Dallas suburbs home. "Eventually the 3 year old girl began to drink the milk," the police warrant says of the suspect's version of events. "Wesley Mathews then physically assisted the 3 year old girl in drinking the milk. "The 3 year old girl began to choke. "She was coughing and her breathing slowed. "Eventually Wesley Matthews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believes she had died." Police say he has admitted to removing the girl's body from the home. (Webmaster's comment: Another male brute is exposed!)
10-21-17 Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation
Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation
Police in Brazil say they have arrested 108 people in the biggest operation ever against paedophiles in Latin America. Suspects were arrested in 24 states and the capital, Brasilia. Justice Minister Torquato Jardim said those detained were part of a ring that shared pornographic images of children through computers and mobile phones. The operation comes at the end of a six-month investigation, which involved US and European immigration officials. Investigators have found more than 150,000 files containing disturbing images. They were accessed through the dark web, a part of the internet not reached by most search engines. Among those arrested were retired policemen, civil servants and people in charge of football youth clubs. Mr Jardim said the paedophiles use sophisticated techniques to evade police investigations. "They store their illegal, criminal photos in a computer of someone in another part of the country or even abroad," he said. "And often the people storing the content are unaware," added Mr Jardim. The operation initially targeted suspects of sharing illegal paedophile material. But after seizing dozens of computers, mobile phones, CDs and hard drives, investigators found out that the criminal group was also producing pornographic material to distribute on the internet. The files contained disturbing images of babies and young children being abused. Some of the children and teenagers denounced their own parents or other relatives to officers taking part in the operation. It is not clear if the paedophile ring operated independently in Brazil or if it was connected with other criminal networks abroad. (Webmaster's comment: Great, but there are over 1000 times as many to go.)
10-20-17 Scotland has banned smacking children – so should everyone else
Scotland has banned smacking children – so should everyone else
Spanking children doesn’t make them better behaved – but it can put them at risk of mental illness, and should be outlawed everywhere. Smacking children was outlawed in Scotland this week. Remarkably, parents in the rest of the UK can still use physical violence to punish or discipline their children, provided it can be considered “reasonable punishment”, a term not properly defined in law. Smacking is allowed in the majority of other nations. Around the world, smacking is common. A 2014 report by UNICEF found that 80 per cent of the world’s children are subject to some form of violent punishment at home. A survey of just over 4000 adults in the UK, conducted this July, found that the majority – 59 per cent – felt that “smacking should not be banned”. Only a fifth of those asked thought the practice should be outlawed. Another survey of US-based adults found that 76 per cent of men and 65 per cent of women feel that sometimes children need a “good hard spanking”. For those with any shred of doubt, there is no good evidence that smacking will benefit a child. Parents might find that children are more obedient if they fear another smack, but this effect is only temporary. In the long run, children who are smacked are more likely to misbehave, and to engage in delinquent, criminal or antisocial behaviour. Worse, they are more likely to develop mental illnesses. The science isn’t even new. Smacking is thought to be the most studied aspect of parental behaviour, with reams of research published since the 1960s. Almost all of it finds that physically punishing children can have disastrous consequences in later life. (Webmaster's comment: I'm sorry, but violent children need physical discipline. A violent, bullying youth will not respond to talk alone. They only understand hurting and when it hurts to bully they will stop! They learn that their bullying behavior has painful consequences for them. And they need to learn that before they become an adult and end up in prison.)
10-19-17 Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?
Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?
The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. There's a reason "casting couch" has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power to sexually exploit women. We should have heeded the warning signs. The smoke has been there for a long time. Of course the faint plumes were evidence of a fire raging, a fire we both did not imagine and yet knew was burning. How could we have been so blind? The answer to this question will also give you the answer to the next question: Can we seriously doubt that Hollywood is also turning a blind eye to a very real child sex-abuse scandal? The evidence is there, just as it was in the cases of Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein. In 2011, former child star Corey Feldman warned that pedophilia in Hollywood was "the big secret" and "the number one problem." Feldman alleged that he was abused and that his friend was raped on a movie set at the age of 11. But he didn't just talk about instances of abuse. In a later interview, he described a system whereby young children were groomed by powerful older men who formed an organized network, with "publicists" providing cover. He would "love to name names," but feared the legal risks, he said. Precisely such an organized system for grooming and abusing children is described by a documentary; one molester described in the film pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation, but the rest of the network has never been named, let alone investigated or charged. The title of the documentary? An Open Secret.
10-18-17 US girl banned from First Communion ceremony for wearing suit
US girl banned from First Communion ceremony for wearing suit
Cady Mansell, a nine-year-old from Indiana, was banned from her First Communion ceremony because she wanted to wear a white suit. Cady's mom shared their story on Facebook. Now she tells the BBC why they've moved churches. (Webmaster's comment: The Catholic church wants to control your life and you must obey. Even the clothes you wear can not be your choice.)
10-13-17 A legal loophole for pedophiles
A legal loophole for pedophiles
Can an 11-year-old girl consent to sexual intercourse? asked Olivia Elkaim. Most French people would surely say no. Yet last month, prosecutors in Pontoise said that a 28-year-old man who lured his 11-year-old neighbor to his apartment and had sex with her could not be charged with raping a minor, because the sex was supposedly “consensual.” Prosecutors charged him instead with assaulting a minor, meaning he could get five years in prison instead of 20. The investigators said there was no proof that the man used “violence, coercion, threat, or surprise,” and so, under French law, that makes the sixth-grader a willing participant. Police even cited text messages of a sexually suggestive nature that the girl had once sent to a friend as evidence that she willingly submitted. The case “has provoked outrage” across France. Psychiatrists say current French law is simply “not adapted to the psychological situation of children.” Children may indeed exhibit sexual curiosity, but they aren’t emotionally equipped to stand up to adults. Activists are now calling for a statutory rape law, which most other Western countries have, to set an age below which consent to sexual relations is not legally possible. It should not be the child’s responsibility to explicitly say no.
10-4-17 Canada pastor and wife face 25 sex assault charges
Canada pastor and wife face 25 sex assault charges
A Canadian evangelical pastor and his wife are facing more than two dozen charges related to sex offences. British Columbia RCMP charged Samuel Emerson, 34, with 25 sex offence charges on Tuesday, including 13 charges of sexual assault. His wife, Madelaine Emerson, 37, is facing two sexual offence charges and one charge of uttering threats. The alleged assaults took place between 2014-17 but police believe there could be more victims. "Calling the police to report a sexual assault is a very difficult thing to do especially when the suspect is someone you knew and trusted, and can leave lifelong emotional scars," said police Cpl Scotty Schumann in a press release. "Our highly skilled investigators take sexual assaults very seriously, and, supported by our Surrey RCMP Victim Services workers, are here to listen and provide emotional support." The pastor preached at Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church, a non-denominational church in Surrey, British Columbia. He is charged with 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching for a sexual purpose and one count of sexual touching of someone under the age of 16. His wife is charged with one count of sex assault, one count of being in a position of authority and touching for a sexual purpose and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. The church was not immediately available for comment.
10-4-17 Glee actor Mark Salling admits possessing child sex abuse images
Glee actor Mark Salling admits possessing child sex abuse images
Former Glee actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of images of child sex abuse. Salling, 35, now faces between four and seven years in prison and has been ordered to pay about $50,000 (£38,000) to each victim. The actor was arrested in 2015 after a tip off he was in possession of images of children being sexually abused. Investigators eventually found thousands of images on his laptop and hard drive. Salling was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse in May 2016, and faced a possible 20 years behind bars. But documents obtained by several outlets show he has entered into a plea deal with California's district attorney. As part of the agreement, Salling will be subject to 20 years supervised release and will have strict restrictions placed on his contact with under-18s, according to celebrity website TMZ.
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