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In the last few years 1,046 Priests have been indicted for sexual abuse of 3,454 children in their care. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! And what about other religions, their ministers, pastors, and church leaders? They are also not innocent of these kinds of crimes. I was approached at the age of 12 by a choir leader of a protestant church and I'll never forget that!

9-28-18 Catholic sex abuse
At least 3,600 people in Germany were sexually abused by Catholic clergy over a period of 68 years, according to a new report commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference and conducted by researchers from three universities. The study, which covered the years from 1946 to 2014, cited 1,670 German clergy members as perpetrators—but it did not name any of them, or any bishops who may have covered up their crimes. The true number of victims and perpetrators could be much higher, because government reviews in other countries have revealed many more victims than have church reviews. German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said the study was “shocking and probably just the tip of the iceberg.”

9-28-18 Chile abuse priest Fernando Karadima removed by Vatican
Pope Francis has removed the priest at the centre of Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal. In a statement, the Vatican said the pontiff had defrocked Fernando Karadima for "the good of the Church." The 88-year-old former priest had previously been sanctioned to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for having sexually abused minors. In June, the Pope accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops in the wake of the scandal.

9-27-18 Norway backs down in child protection scandal
Norway is set to review a series of controversial child protection decisions involving a prominent expert convicted of downloading hundreds of thousands of images of child sex abuse. For years the psychiatrist played a key role in recommendations on children being taken into care. He was given nearly two years in jail by an Oslo court in April. The decision to review his cases follows a public debate sparked by a BBC investigation. One family, whose two youngest children were kept in foster care following an intervention by the child psychiatrist, has already been reunited in the past few weeks following a court judgement. The Arnesens' story featured in the BBC investigation. Norway's child protection agency, Barnevernet, has come under attack from some parents and child welfare professionals who say it often takes children into care without adequate justification. The 56-year-old psychiatrist, who is not being named to protect his children, had admitted downloading nearly 200,000 pictures and more than 12,000 videos showing the sexual abuse or sexualisation of children. The court heard that some images appeared to show infants being raped by adult men. The psychiatrist, who is appealing against his sentence, said he had been viewing the material for 20 years. During that time the psychiatrist was appointed to the prestigious 14-member Child Expert Commission, which oversees childcare recommendations throughout Norway. He has also been employed as an expert by various local authorities across the country. His professional licence to work has been withdrawn but the Board of Health Supervision said after his conviction that they would not be re-examining previous cases he was involved in - despite calls from some parents to do so.

9-21-18 Canadian funfair rape plaintiff 'victim blamed'
A Canadian organisation is changing its defence over the alleged sex assault of a teen on its grounds after being criticised for "victim blaming". The woman, now in her 20s, is suing two organisations for failing to ensure her safety at a summer fair in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2008. The woman says she was assaulted by an employee who plied her with alcohol. Both organisations had said she showed negligence, including by drinking too much, in their statements of defence. The woman's civil suit was filed earlier this year against the Edmonton Northlands, a not-for-profit which hosted the fair; North American Midway Entertainment, which produced the event; and the estate of the man alleged to have assaulted her. He died in 2016. In the statements of defence filed in an Alberta court, both organisations deny the plaintiff's claims. They also said they are not liable if the incident did occur because the plaintiff, who was 13 years old at the time, was negligent by failing to take reasonable care of her own safety and for drinking excessively. The Northlands' claim also said she was negligent for "agreeing to party" with a male stranger. North American Midway Entertainment said she failed to seek assistance from security or other staff. The alleged perpetrator was an employee of the Indiana-based company, which is the largest operator of mobile amusement parks in North America. (Webmaster's comment: Always blame the female victim for her own rape, not the male brute who raped her!)

9-21-18 The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
“It’s a tempting premise,” said Rachel Monroe in Bookforum. Knowing that one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century closely echoed a true-crime story from the same era, author Sarah Weinman decided to track down every detail of the possible connection. Several years before Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita, 11-year-old Sally Horner of Camden, N.J., was abducted by a middle-aged man who for the next two years posed as her father while traveling the country and repeatedly raping her. Though her ordeal ended in 1950 just about the time the writing of Lolita began, Nabokov always maintained that Horner was not his inspiration. In the end, “I’m not sure it matters.” Weinman has done a service by resurrecting Sally Horner’s story, because her America betrayed her.

9-14-18 Dalai Lama to meet alleged Dutch abuse victims
The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is to meet victims of alleged sexual abuse in the Netherlands. The group requested the meeting to discuss abuse reportedly carried out by former or current Buddhist teachers in several countries. "We found refuge in Buddhism with an open mind and heart, until we were violated in its name," they wrote. A spokesperson said the Dalai Lama was "saddened" to hear about the abuse and "constantly condemned" such behaviour. The victims will present their written testimonies during the meeting on Friday. The Dalai Lama is currently on a European tour. The meeting comes a week after Rigpa, an international Buddhist organisation active in the West, apologised for alleged abuse carried out by its founder Sogyal Lakar, also known as Sogyal Rinpoche. Mr Lakar is best known for his 1994 book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which sold over three million copies. Last month, an independent investigation by a lawyer commissioned by Rigpa found that some members of Mr Lakar's "inner circle" were "subjected to serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse by him". The report added that senior members of the organisation had knowledge of some of the issues and "failed to address them, leaving others at risk". Mr Lakar, who stepped down as the head of Rigpa last year, declined to be interviewed for the investigation due to health issues. (Webmaster's comment: Sexaul abuse by spiritual leaders and religious members is worldwide!)

9-10-18 'Children jailed as adults' seek justice from Australia
More than 120 Indonesians who say Australia wrongly jailed them as adults - when in fact they were children - have launched a bid for compensation. The BBC's Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke visited remote Rote Island to hear how they became caught up in human trafficking.. Siti Rudy's eyes fill with tears when she recalls the long months in 2009 when, with no news, she assumed her son Abdul was dead. "I cried and cried because as the youngest he was the one who looked after me," she says, sitting on the cement floor of her home, a one-bedroom house in Oelaba village on Rote, the Indonesian island closest to Australia. "After a long time he called me and told me he was in jail in Australia. That was a very hard thing to hear." Abdul says he unwittingly became, in the eyes of the Australian authorities, a people smuggler, carrying asylum seekers into Australian waters. He says he was offered around $100 (£77), a significant amount of money in this area, to work on a boat transporting rice. He didn't know or ask where it was going. Australia intercepts any boats attempting to bring refugees or asylum seekers to its shores. Under Australian policy at the time, any crew members of those boats found to be children should have been returned home - rather than face charges. But Abdul was convicted as an adult and jailed for two-and-a-half years. His family and village officials say he was just 14 at the time. "I was scared I would be beaten up," he says. "I was so far from my family and held for a long time. That's what was frightening but I got used to it after a while," he says. I have interviewed many men in Abdul's position over the years - they all go very quiet when they talk about their time in jail. Lawyers say several children were physically and sexually abused, and still suffer psychological trauma.

8-30-18 Dutroux murders: Belgian child-killer's letter angers parents
An infamous child killer who abducted, raped and murdered girls in Belgium in the 1990s has enraged victims' families with a letter offering to answer their questions. Marc Dutroux was jailed in 1996 and has for years sought release from prison. Now his lawyer has written to the six families in an attempt to help "heal their wounds, in some very modest way". Several families have rejected the approach as a cynical move aimed at securing parole. Now 61, Dutroux was a seasoned criminal when he and his wife Michelle Martin were arrested for abduction and rape in 1986. Jailed in 1989, he was released on parole after just three years. In 1995 and 1996 he kidnapped six girls. He murdered two teenagers, An Marchal and Eefje Lambrecks, and two eight year olds, Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo, starved to death in his cellar. Two girls aged 12 and 14 survived. Giving evidence against him in court, Sabine Dardenne had asked him, "Why didn't you kill me?" Dutroux had claimed he was part of a paedophile network involving well-connected figures, and police incompetence in his case led to widespread accusations of a cover-up. When he grabbed a policeman's gun and briefly escaped from a court in 1998, two government ministers resigned. His ex-wife was given early release from prison in 2012. (Webmaster's comment: No forgiveness and no redemption! Throw away the key!)

8-24-18 Children massacred
In a hideous mistake, the Saudi Arabian–led coalition fighting in Yemen bombed a school bus, killing 51 people, 40 of them children. The 500-pound, laser-guided bomb that obliterated the bus was manufactured by U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin, and the State Department had approved its sale to Saudi Arabia. Up to a third of all Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen over the three-year-long war have hit civilian targets, according to the United Nations, and most of the bombs dropped were supplied by American companies. “The U.S. is not investigating strikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition,” said Pentagon spokesperson Rebecca Rebarich. Saudi Arabia is supporting the Yemeni government against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

8-16-18 'Your word against God's': Survivors of Pennsylvania clerical abuse
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report naming more than 300 clergymen accused of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The document said hundreds of young boys and girls, as well as teenagers, were abused by clergy. Along with the report, the office of the attorney general in Pennsylvania released this video with testimony from three victims.

8-14-18 Pennsylvania priests 'abused thousands of children'
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen. The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by members of six dioceses in the state for the last 70 years. Officials say the probe found systematic cover-ups by the church. The report is the latest inquiry into allegations of sex abuse by Catholic clergy worldwide. After an 18-month investigation, "over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the church's own records," the grand jury states in the report released on Tuesday. "We believe that the real number - of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward - is in the thousands." The document states that young boys and girls, as well as teenagers, were abused by clergy. "All of them were brushed aside by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all," the report reads. But officials warned there may be more indictments as the investigation continues. While the report names hundreds of priests, some names remain redacted due to claims that naming them violates their constitutional rights. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference on Tuesday that his office is working to remove those redactions. "Church officials routinely and purposefully described the abuse as horseplay and wrestling and inappropriate conduct. It was none of those things. It was child sexual abuse, including rape," Mr Shapiro said. Due to alleged cover-up efforts by the church's senior officials, most of the cases are too old for prosecution, the grand jury noted. (Webmaster's comment: REMOVE THE STATUE OF LIMITIONS ON CHILD SEX ABUSE! THESE EVIL BASTARDS SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH IT!)

8-14-18 Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home
A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has ruled. The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid jail. Wilson, 67, is the world's most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse. His lawyers said they would lodge an appeal on Tuesday. A magistrate said Wilson would commence his sentence immediately at a relative's home, where he would be monitored by a tracking device. He will be eligible for parole after six months. As he left court on Tuesday, Wilson did not respond to an abuse survivor who confronted him to demand an apology. During his trial, Wilson denied knowing that paedophile priest James Patrick Fletcher had abused altar boys in the 1970s. However, the court ruled in May that Wilson had been alerted to the abuse by victims, and failed to report it. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006. Magistrate Robert Stone said Wilson had stayed silent out of a desire to protect the Church's reputation. Last month, he ordered Wilson to be assessed for home detention. Magistrate Stone said the senior clergyman had shown "no remorse or contrition" during the trial. (Webmaster's comment: Staying home for 12 months? That is not a sentence!)

8-14-18 South Africa to eradicate pit latrine toilets in schools
South Africa is to get rid of all pit latrines in state schools within two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a toilet in March. "This is an initiative that will save lives and restore the dignity of tens of thousands of our nation's children," President Cyril Ramaphosa said. Pit latrines are holes in the ground covered with a platform - and many are shoddily built. More than 4,500 state schools in South Africa have pit latrines. Lumka Mkhethwa's death in March in rural Eastern Cape province came four years after another five-year-old, Michael Komape, had also died after falling into a school toilet in the northern province of Limpopo. The case in March led President Ramaphosa to launch an audit of sanitation facilities in the country's 25,000 schools. The Sanitation Appropriate for Education (Safe) programme will be funded in partnership with private groups including the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the UN children's agency (Unicef). "The Safe initiative reaches beyond the bricks and mortar of water and sanitation. It seeks to contribute to building a cohesive society in which schools are the heartbeat of wholesome communities," Mr Ramaphosa said.

8-11-18 The horror story inside an Indian children's home
"The sun rose very slowly for us every morning," a girl rescued from a shelter home in India's Bihar state told an investigator recently. She had cupped her hands together forming a small bowl shape and smiled wanly. Daylight bled easily into dusk outside, but inside the dank, windowless home, the nights seemed to be without end. Unknown visitors, she said, would often appear in the dark and sexually assault her. She was one of 44 girls aged between seven and 17 who lived in a three-storey house in a fetid lane in Muzaffarpur, a grubby town better known for cheap clothes, lacquered bangles and organised crime. They were orphans, runaways, trafficked and the destitute from one of India's poorest states, where 46% of the population is below 17 years of age. On the afternoon of 30 May, officials arrived at the house and asked the girls to leave. They marched silently into police vans, which drove them to three other homes elsewhere. Alarm bells had begun ringing in March when officials received a 100-page report about the condition of shelter homes in Bihar by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), one of India's top social science schools. Seven researchers from the Mumbai-based school had spent six months in 38 districts, visiting 110 shelter homes, the majority - 71- of them housing children. (They had also visited old age homes, short-stay homes for distressed women and adoption centres.) The confidential report, parts of which this correspondent has seen, said the conditions at the Muzaffarpur home, run by a local newspaper owner, Brajesh Thakur, were "deplorable", and that it was being run in a "highly questionable manner". Most disturbingly, several girls reported sexual assault and violence inside the home.

8-10-18 Migrant kids abused
A 25-year-old worker at a shelter for immigrant boys will stand trial later this month for molesting eight children, reported this week. The alleged crimes occurred at a facility run by Southwest Key, a federally funded nonprofit that houses more than 1,500 children in Arizona, California, and Texas, including some separated from their parents under “zero tolerance” immigration policies. The Trump administration has touted these shelters’ safety, but recently revealed cases suggest a history of abuse. Levian Pacheco is accused of performing oral sex on two teens and groping six others over an 11-month period beginning in 2016. Last month, a worker at Southwest Key in Phoenix was charged with abusing a 14-year-old girl. In five years, Southwest Key has received more than $1.3 billion in federal funds, including $500 million so far this year.

8-8-18 US suspect was 'training children to commit school shootings'
A man arrested after 11 malnourished children were found in a remote desert compound was training them to commit school shootings, US media report. According to prosecutors' documents, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was teaching some of the children, who are aged one to 15, how to use weapons. Mr Wahhaj was one of two armed men arrested at the scene on Friday in New Mexico. Three women were also arrested. Police say the remains of a boy were also discovered at the compound. Found on Monday, the remains are those of Mr Wahhaj's missing three-year-old son, Abdula-Ghani Wahhaj, the Taos News reports. Mr Wahhaj is suspected of abducting the boy from his Georgia home in December, and it was the search for him that led to the arrests. The toddler suffered from seizures according to the missing person's report filed by his mother. But Mr Wahhaj believed the boy needed to be exorcised, say court papers. Prosecutor Timothy Hasson filed the documents on Wednesday, but did not discuss the accusations in court, the Associated Press reported. Mr Hasson requested that Mr Wahhaj be held without bail. "He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner," Mr Hasson wrote in court documents. CNN reports the legal filings also warn that if "released from custody, there is a substantial likelihood defendants may commit new crimes due to their planning and preparation for future school shootings". The complaint cites a foster parent of one of the 11 children as saying Mr Wahhaj "had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings", US media say.

8-7-18 German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark net
A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany. The Freiburg court also jailed her partner, the boy's stepfather, for 12 years. The boy was nine when the trial began in June. The German nationals, 48 and 39 years old, had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years. The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines. On Monday the court jailed a Spanish man for 10 years for sexually abusing the boy repeatedly. Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse. The couple were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography. The boy is now living with foster parents. The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them. (Webmaster's comment: Evil creatures like this should have all gotten life in prison!)

8-6-18 New Mexico: Police find 11 starving children in compound
Police in the US state of New Mexico have rescued 11 malnourished children who were being kept in squalid conditions in a remote desert compound. They said the children, aged one to 15, had no shoes, were wearing rags and "looked like Third World refugees". Five adults were found at the scene, including two heavily armed men. Police searched the site after receiving a message from a third party that read: "We are starving and need food and water." It is not clear how the group ended up at the compound in Amalia, near the state's border with Colorado. Police described the compound as a small underground caravan covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told ABC News the children were hungry, thirsty and filthy. "I've been a cop for 30 years. I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable," he said. "They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared." No fresh water was found at the site, and the only food there was a few potatoes and a box of rice, police said. Two armed men, Siraj Wahhaj and Lucas Morton, were arrested at the scene, and charged with several counts of child abuse.

8-3-18 Arizona care worker accused of migrant shelter child abuse
A former youth worker at a shelter for migrant children in Arizona has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing eight boys under his care. Levian Pacheco, 25, is charged with committing 11 sex crimes between August 2016 and July 2017 at the privately operated housing centre. Records show he is HIV-positive, and some of the boys are undergoing testing for the sexually transmitted virus. The news comes days after another care worker was charged with a sex crime. Prosecutors say the boys Mr Pacheco allegedly targeted at the Casa Kokopelli facility in Mesa were all between the ages of 15 to 17. He was employed by Southwest Key, a Texas-based non-profit that is the largest organisation contracted by the US government to house undocumented immigrant children. A number of the over 2,000 children who were separated from their parents after crossing the US-Mexico border without papers have been held at Southwest Key facilities. (Webmaster's comment: Exactly what you would expect of the brutes employed by ICE. Trump provided them with ready-to-abuse children.)

7-31-18 India death penalty: Does it actually deter rape?
India's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Monday that will see the death penalty handed out to anyone convicted of raping a child under 12. The amendment to the Prevention Of Child Sex Offences (Pocso) act was made at the behest of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who said she believed this would deter sexual crimes against children. It came soon after a series of high-profile cases against children, including the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir, and the more recent rape of a young girl in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. India's official crime data show the number of reported rapes of children increased from 8,541 in 2012 to 19,765 in 2016. In 2013, following the outrage over the rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in the capital Delhi, the government announced that the death penalty would be applicable to those convicted of rape resulting in death. The new amendments will enable a court to hand out a death penalty to someone convicted of raping a child under 12, even if it does not result in death. Despite these changes to the law, however, India is a country that is reluctant to carry out the death penalty. It is currently prescribed only for the "rarest of rare" cases - the interpretation of which is left to the court. The country's last execution was on 30 July 2015. Although welcomed by many, the new amendment has also been criticised by a number of activists who have questioned whether the death penalty is really an effective deterrent. (Webmaster's comment: 20,000 rapes of children in India is bad, but over 800,000 children are raped every year in United States.)

Death Sentence To Rapists

7-20-18 Church rape cover-up
Chilean police have charged a prominent Catholic priest with molesting seven children—the first cleric to be arrested after a raid on church files last month. Óscar Muñoz Toledo, 56, admitted to clergy in January that he had abused a child, and the Vatican was investigating his case but had not referred it to Chilean authorities. In May, all of Chile’s bishops collectively offered their resignation to Pope Francis because of the longstanding cover-up of priestly abuse of children; he accepted five of the resignations. Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, who has also been accused of hiding abuse, said the church would cooperate with the investigation, and added that he felt “great pain” for Muñoz, his family, and the victims.

7-19-18 Indians, Hispanics and Nigerians defend Kylie Jenner over baby's pierced ears
When new mother Kylie Jenner shared a video cuddling her five-month-old daughter Stormi many of her millions of social media followers noticed her baby's ears were pierced. The video posted on her Instagram channel last week has created a debate about consent and the acceptable age at which children can have their ears pierced. Many people defended the reality TV star saying early ear piercing is common in many different cultures. But some people voiced their concern that, at five months old, Stormi was too young, while others went as far as to call it "child abuse". The voices of opposition were challenged by those who shared their own experiences of being pierced when they were babies including how piercing children's ears was common in some Spanish-speaking, African and Indian communities. On Instagram there were similar messages of support in response to Jenner's original video: "Mexicans pierce their babies ears by one-and-a-half months," read one. "We pierce babies' ears in Iraq before they are six months old all the time. Stop criticising everything people do," read another comment. In the past few days Stormi's piercings have become a global conversation. However, many have raised the point Stormi, as with other young children with pierced ears, had no say in the matter. "If this starts a conversation on the importance of holding off permanent body modification of your children until they are old enough to understand, then so be it," read one tweet. (Webmaster's comment: This is Child Abuse pure and simple the same as Female Genital Multilation!)

7-19-18 Australia PM says Pope must sack archbishop over cover-up
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called on Pope Francis to sack a Catholic archbishop found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in May of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest, but has resisted calls to resign. The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime, Wilson has said he will appeal the verdict. Mr Turnbull said: "The time has come for the Pope himself to sack him." Two weeks after Wilson was sentenced to detention, the prime minister said that the "ultimate authority in the Church" must now intervene. "There are many leaders that have called on him [Wilson] to resign - it is clear that he should resign," he told reporters in Sydney. Throughout his trial, Wilson denied having known about the abuse of altar boys by a priest colleague, James Patrick Fletcher, in New South Wales in the 1970s. But a court disagreed, with a judge saying that Wilson had remained silent in a bid to protect the Church's reputation. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and later died in jail. Earlier this month, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said only the Pope had the authority to compel Wilson to resign. Some bishops had "offered their advice privately", said Archbishop Mark Coleridge in a statement. It came after a magistrate ordered Wilson to be assessed for a maximum 12-month sentence in "home detention" - meaning he is expected to avoid jail.

7-12-18 Iranian man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child
Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for publicly flogging a man who was convicted of consuming alcohol when he was 14 or 15. Local media published photographs of the man - identified only as "M R" - being given 80 lashes in a square in the eastern city of Kashmar on Tuesday. Prosecutors say he was arrested in the Iranian year of 1385 (March 2006-March 2007) and sentenced the next year. It is not clear why the punishment was carried out more than 10 years later. The photographs show a young man tied to a tree being flogged by a masked man in uniform. A small crowd of people can be seen watching at a distance. "The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities' warped priorities," Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Director, Philip Luther. said in a statement. "No-one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief." Article 265 of Iran's Islamic penal code states that the punishment for consumption of alcohol by a Muslim is 80 lashes. More than 100 other offences are punishable by flogging, including theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud, as well as acts that Amnesty said should not be criminalised, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, "breach of public morals" and consensual same-sex sexual relations.

7-11-18 Child sex crime: Does India have a growing problem?
India feels like it is going through an upsurge of sexual violence against children, with reports dominating the news week after week and prompting public anger. In June, hundreds came out on to the streets in central India protesting over the rape of a seven-year-old girl. Has there been a rise in the sexual abuse of children, defined as anyone under the age of 18, or is it that more cases are coming to light? It's partly down to more reporting by India's rapidly expanding media sector, dominated by television and mobile news providers. There have also been changes to the legal definition of rape and a new requirement that makes it mandatory for the police to record complaints of sexual assault. The current debate was sparked in part by the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir earlier this year. The trial of the men alleged to be involved started in April and led to a wider discussion about the prevalence of child sexual abuse. India's Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi, said she was "deeply disturbed" by the Kashmir rape case and other cases that had come to light. In acknowledgement of growing public concern, the Indian government introduced the death penalty for anyone convicted of raping a child younger than 12. (Webmaster's comment: In India here were 20,000 cases of child sex abuse reported in 2016. In America there were 14.4 MILLION known cases in 2016. 21% of American children have been sexually abused by adults according to the CDC.)

7-11-18 India Delhi school 'locks girls in basement' over fees delay
Police in India's capital Delhi have registered a complaint against a girls' school where 16 students were locked up in the basement for five hours. The girls were reportedly detained because their parents had not paid the school fees. All the detained girls are kindergarten students and are believed to be between four and six years old. School officials told local media that the students were kept in an "activity centre" but did not comment further. Parents say they found out their daughters were being detained when they went to the school to pick them up but did not find them in the classroom. According to the police complaint lodged by the parents, the girls were in the school's basement from 7.30am to 12.30pm. The parents alleged that it was very hot in the basement and that the girls were "hungry and thirsty". "We will be able to name the people responsible for the children's ordeal after our investigation concludes," a police official told the BBC. Some parents have said they had already paid the school fees. "Even after I showed the proof, the principal was not apologetic or remorseful," a parent told Indian news website NDTV. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has reportedly set up an inquiry.

7-11-18 US cannot reunite dozens of child migrants with their parents
The Trump administration has said 27 young migrant children are "not eligible for reunification" with their parents, according to a court filing. Twelve other children's mothers or fathers have already been deported from the US, said the government. "Legitimate logistical impediments" are delaying reunions for many of the 102 children under five years old who were taken from parents, US officials say. Nearly 3,000 children were split from undocumented adults entering the US. The government was bound by a court order to reunite children aged five and under by 10 July. The Department of Justice (DoJ) and American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) joint status report on Tuesday detailed why the 27 children cannot yet be reunited with their families. The parents of 10 children were being still held in criminal custody after crossing the US border without papers, and have yet to be fully assessed, said the report. Eight other children's parents have a "serious criminal history" including narcotics, human smuggling, murder and robbery. Two other children cannot be reunited with parents because of a possible threat of child abuse. Five children had been separated from adults who were not their parents. Another child's parent is being treated for a communicable illness. The location of another child's parent has been unknown for more than a year. Records show both parent and child might even be US citizens. Some 75 of the 102 separated children have been determined eligible to be reunited with their families, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But as of Tuesday afternoon, the government said it had only reunited four of those children with their parents. It said it expected to reunite another 34 by the end of the day, in accordance with the deadline. (Webmaster's comment: In India they lock children in basements for 5 hours. In America we tear them away from their parents and lose them.)

7-6-18 The quiet destruction of the American teenager
In the United States, one in four teenage girls have cut or burned or otherwise harmed themselves deliberately, according to findings from sociologists reported recently in The New York Times. This statistic cannot be stage-managed. It is a stark, unignorable indictment of this country and the way that we are raising our children. It is not a state of affairs that can be explained away. A quarter of American girls, with no intention of committing suicide, mutilate themselves. We must ask ourselves how things came to be this way and what we can do to make ours a world in which young people are not miserable. It is important to begin by observing that although the number of boys engaging in this behavior is also alarmingly high — the national average for boys and girls combined is around 18 percent — in all but two states the percentage of girls who have injured themselves is double that of boys. The sexual disparity is unmistakable. The problem is hardly a new one. For years researchers observed that the rate of self-harm among girls between the ages of 10 and 14 was increasing rapidly. Last fall the Centers for Disease Control, drawing upon emergency room admissions data, reported that it had tripled since 2009. It seems facile to suggest that there is any single overarching explanation for this phenomenon. But Jean M Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has argued that economic uncertainty and other economic factors, the demands of education, and the use alcohol and drugs do not account for the meteoric increase. The answer she proposes is the use of smartphones and social media.

7-5-18 Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies'
A woman working at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby. Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases. Police took action after the state's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint. The charity has not responded to BBC requests for comment. "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre," a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha. "We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating." Police also recovered 140,000 rupees ($2,150; £1,625) from the centre, which is located in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi. Nobel-laureate Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The sisterhood has more than 3,000 nuns worldwide. She set up hospices, soup kitchens, schools, leper colonies and homes for abandoned children. The Missionaries of Charity also runs centres for unmarried pregnant women but no longer arranges adoptions.

7-3-18 Roblox 'gang rape' shocks mother
A US mum has written a Facebook post describing her shock at seeing her child's avatar being "gang raped" by others in the online game Roblox. Amber Petersen said her seven-year-old was playing the game, which is marketed at children, when she showed her the screen and asked what was happening. She also shared screenshots, which showed two male avatars attacking her daughter's female character. Roblox said it had banned the player who carried out the action. Ms Petersen said in her post that she felt "traumatised and violated on so many levels" following the experience. The screenshots she shared included a representation of male genitalia. "Parents/Caregivers... not only do I urge you to delete this app, I hope you will take another look at all of your devices and their security settings," she wrote on Facebook. Roblox said it was "outraged" that a "bad actor" had violated its community policies and rules of conduct. "We have zero tolerance for this behaviour," said a spokesperson. "Our work to ensure a safe platform is always evolving and remains a top priority for us." Roblox is a popular multiplayer game marketed at children and has been compared to Mojang hit Minecraft. Players can create their own games and also join in games created by others. (Webmaster's comment: Our rape culture spills over into our children's playground.)

7-3-18 Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse
A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest in New South Wales. On Tuesday, the court ordered Wilson to be assessed for "home detention" - meaning he will probably avoid jail. Magistrate Robert Stone said the senior clergyman had shown "no remorse or contrition". He will be eligible for parole after six months. Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, despite relinquishing his duties in the wake of his conviction. In May, a court found he had failed to report his colleague James Patrick Fletcher's abuse of altar boys to police. Wilson, then a junior priest in the Maitland region, had dismissed young victims in a bid to protect the Church's reputation, Magistrate Stone ruled. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail two years later. (Webmaster's comment: 12 Months! It should have been 12 Years!)

7-1-18 National Redress Scheme: Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins
Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse. Survivors faced long-lasting abuse at the hands of institutions, including religious organisations. Some 60,000 Australians will be eligible for compensation.the scheme, known as the National Redress Scheme. Australian authorities believe a A$4bn ($3bn; £2.23bn) compensation plan will help to ease the pain of victims. Financial redress was a key recommendation of a Royal Commission into decades-long child abuse in Australian institutions. The Commission spent five years investigating suffering and abuse in religious organisations, schools, charities, sports clubs and the military. The Australian government accepted almost all of the landmark inquiry recommendations. If victims apply for the redress scheme, they sign away their right to sue. "We stand united in support of the estimated 60,000 people who were abused by trusted organisations that should have protected them," Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement. Many state governments and religious groups, including the Catholic Church, have joined the scheme. The maximum award per victim has been capped at A$150,000 (£84,000; US$111,000). The average payment is likely to be around A$67,000 (£38,000; $50,000). Doug Goulter faced years of sexual abuse in a Melbourne children's home and then in a Sydney jail from the age of 17. He told Australian broadcaster ABC the impact of the abuse had lasted a lifetime. "Even with the people you love, you can't be too intimate, and you can't even talk to them about it because they don't want to feel your pain," Mr Goulter said. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States we should do the same but be sure to include the parents and relatives which are behind most of the abuse!)

7-1-18 Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia
The wedding of a girl of 11 to a man of 41 has prompted outrage in Malaysia and calls for the minimum age for all marriages to be changed to 18. Her Thai parents say they consented for her to become the Malaysian's third wife if he agreed she could stay at their home until she was 16. Malaysia's government says it has no record of the marriage, which occurred in Thailand, and is investigating. The UN children's agency said it was "shocking and unacceptable". "It is not in the best interest of the child," said Unicef's Malaysia representative, Marianne Clark-Hattingh. Photos have emerged showing the adult groom holding the girl's hand after the marriage ceremony. He already has two wives and six children aged between five and 18, local media reports say. The girl's Thai family work in the north-eastern Malaysian state of Kelantan, tapping rubber from trees. Malaysian activists say the groom is a prosperous trader while the girl's parents have lived in poverty. While the current legal age for marriage in Malaysia is 18, Islamic sharia courts can approve Muslim marriages for those under the age of 16. However the Malaysian government said local religious authorities had no record of this marriage. Without permission from a religious court the marriage would be unlawful and the groom could face up to six months in jail, the ministry for women, family and community development said. "Marrying an 11-year-old girl is like the behaviour of a child predator or paedophile," activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi told AFP news agency. Activists say about 16,000 Malaysian girls under the age of 15 are already married, AFP reports. Last year Malaysia passed a law on sex crimes against children but did not criminalise child marriage.

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from 3rd Quarter of 2018

Child Abuse News Articles from 2018 2nd Quarter