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Christian Rape-A-Babe News!

News and Views about catholic clergy sexual abuse and related issues
     
Why only terrorists? Hang Catholic Rapist Priests too, deliver justice!

This would only be in line with their own hocus-pocus teachings.The catholic Church has continuously investigated sexual abuse and procedures by their own ilk, since the Council of Elvira in 309 C.E. and has nevertheless indulged in these crimes ever since, for nearly 2000 Years.If we now start to believe or trust, liars, criminals, cheats and deceivers, we have only ourselves to blame.

They lie in the name of their 'Lord',
let us speak out in the name of TRUTH
Catholic clergy Bible thumpers having trouble remembering
Let us tell them
WE HAVE TROUBLE FORGETTING

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Police investigating 718 cases of child abuse in Northern Ireland

Police are investigating more than 700 claims of child abuse in Northern Ireland, it can be revealed.
Officers are probing 718 "live" cases where the victim was aged under 18.
The figure is thought to include a number of historic allegations relating to children's care homes.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/police-investigating-718-cases-of-child-abuse-in-northern-ireland-30869048.html

Child abuse: Bathed in disinfectant, whipped with kettle flexes, beaten and forced to eat vomit... victims' harrowing testimonies

Harrowing accounts of how children were beaten and abused in care homes in Northern Ireland have dominated the news during 2014.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is investigating allegations between 1922 and 1995.
It was set up by the Executive to investigate institutions run by the State and churches or owned by the private sector or voluntary bodies. Victims have given a series of powerful testimonies of the abuse they suffered while in care.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/child-abuse-bathed-in-disinfectant-whipped-with-kettle-flexes-beaten-and-forced-to-eat-vomit-victims-harrowing-testimonies-30869096.html

Italian writer stirs a hornet’s nest with doubts about Pope Francis

ROME — For those in and around the Vatican, the most talked-about piece of rhetoric during the holiday season has been Pope Francis’s Dec. 22 blast at the Roman Curia. A close second, however, has been Vittorio Messori’s own Dec. 24 fusillade at the pope, published in the Italian paper of record, Corriere della Sera.
Under the headline, “Doubts about the turning point of Pope 

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/12/30/italian-writer-stirs-hornets-nest-with-doubts-about-pope-francis/

Schedule

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
January

Tues 20 – Fri 30 Private sessions in capital cities Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
Wed 28 – Fri 30 Private sessions in regional areas
February

Mon 2 - Fri 13 Public hearing: Case Study 22, Melbourne
Tues 3 – Fri 27 Private sessions in capital cities Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney
Wed 18 – Fri 27 Private sessions in regional areas
Mon 23 – Fri 6 Public hearing Sydney
March

Tues 3 – Tues 31 Private sessions in capital cities Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane
Tues 10 – Fri 20 Public hearing Sydney
Tues 17 – Fri 20 Private sessions in regional areas
Wed 25 – Fri 27 Public hearing Sydney

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/about-us/schedule

Former residents angered at plan to redevelop Parramatta Girls Home

Plans to redevelop a former home in Sydney where hundreds of women and children were physically and sexually abused have been criticised as being disrespectful to the former residents.
More than 30,000 people were sent to live at Parramatta Girls Training School from 1887 until it was forced to close in 1974.
This year, the former state-controlled child welfare institution was the subject of a public hearing as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-27/parramatta-girls-home-redevelopment/5989684

Child abuse linked to increased risk of migraine in adulthood

Past studies have indicated that children who are neglected or abused are at increased risk of numerous emotional and medical problems as adults. Now, a new study finds that such children are more likely to experience migraine than tension headache in adulthood.
The research team - including Dawn C. Buse, PhD, director of behavior at the Montefiore Headache Center and associate professor of clinical neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York - publish their findings in the journal Neurology

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287320.php

Salvation Army drops 17 places on charity reputation survey

One of Australia's best-known welfare organisations, the Salvation Army, has dropped 17 places from last year in the 2014 AMR Charity Reputation Index, a yearly survey which measures the overall reputation of the country's 40 largest charities .
The Salvation Army dropped from No.10 in 2013 to No.27 this year.
The results follows allegations of child sex abuse by Salvation Army staff that were the subject of a royal commission inquiry. More than 100 children came forward with reports of physical, sexual and indecent abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/salvation-army-drops-17-places-on-charity-reputation-survey-20141221-12bp36.html

Salvation Army's reputation declines after child sex abuse inquiry hearings: research

The Salvation Army's reputation has been severely damaged by evidence that children were abused in its homes in the past, research suggests.
In an annual index of the reputations of 40 of Australia's largest charities, the Salvation Army fell from 10th last year to 27th this year.
The Charity Reputation Index, published by research consultants AMR, is based on a survey of the public and considers issues such as trust, leadership and governance.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-22/salvation-army-reputation-declines-after-child-sex-abuse-inquiry/5983508

A Catholic Brother is locked up on 252 child-sex charges re 35 alleged victims

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 29 December 2014).
On 29 December 2014, a Sydney court refused bail for a former Catholic Brother who is charged with 252 child sexual assaults. Bernard Kevin McGrath (formerly a member of the St John of God Brothers) is charged with abusing 35 disabled boys while he worked as a Brother at a Catholic institution in the Hunter region, north of Sydney, in the 1970s and 1980s.
McGrath (born 22 May 1947) is a New Zealand citizen. In November 2011, Australian Police commenced extradition proceedings against McGrath while he was living in Christchurch, New Zealand. McGrath resisted the extradition application. In mid-December 2014, the New Zealand High Court finally authorised McGrath’s extradition to Australia and he was immediately brought back to Australia in police custody.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/346

Friday, 19 December 2014

Child sex abuse inquiry: WA Christian Brothers failed to prevent sexual abuse, royal commission finds

An inquiry into child sexual abuse at four Christian Brothers institutions in Western Australia has found that the organisation was aware of abuse allegations for decades - and the damage it could cause - but did not stop it.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined abuse at Christian Brothers institutions in Bindoon, Tardun and Perth between 1947 and 1968 and found management failed to prevent the sexual abuse of children living at the schools.
Some of the victims were as young as seven years old when they were sexually and physically abused by brothers and older boys.
Eleven of the schools' former residents gave evidence over the course of the Perth hearings in April and May.
The men recounted stories of painful abuse and psychological damage they have suffered as a result, which led to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism.
Sixteen brothers were named as perpetrators of sexual abuse, but only four were ever charged and of those, only one was jailed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-19/royal-commission-finds-christian-brothers-fail-to-prevent-abuse/5979610

Royal Commission hears the Crown breached rules over child abuse compensation

The Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told that a Sydney Barrister and a crown solicitor may have breached rules of legal practice over a child abuse compensation claim compensation claim made by residents of a children's home in the state's north-west.
The Commission has heard extensive evidence that in the 1970s and '80s, many children at the home were sexually and physically abused by the couple running the home, Bert and Edith Gordon, and their son-in-law Colin Gibson.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-19/bethcar-submissions/5978086

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Judge backs ex-Catholic brother's extradition

A decision by the New Zealand Government to extradite a former Catholic brother to Australia to face child-sex abuse charges has been backed by a High Court judge.
In a decision out today, Justice Cameron Mander has concluded that former Justice Minister Judith Collins made no error in deciding to extradite Bernard Kevin McGrath, 66, to stand trial on 250 charges of sexual offending.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11375770

Former Catholic Brother to be Sent to Australia to Face 250 Charges of Sexually Abusing Children

A High Court judge today backed a decision by the New Zealand Government to extradite a former Catholic brother to Australia to face 250 charges of child-sex abuse charges.
Australia requested the extradition of Bernard Kevin McGrath, 66, in November 2012 alleging that he raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at one of Australia’s most prominent Catholic religious orders – the St John of God Brothers between 1977 and 1986. According to court evidence the institution which specialized in accommodating boys, many of whom had intellectual disabilities, had an entrenched culture of sexual abuse.

http://www.newsrecord.co/former-catholic-brother-sent-australia-face-250-charges-sexually-abusing-children/

Student told he needed to be 'taught a lesson'

Tasmania Police has confirmed that two detectives have been sent to New Zealand to interview a further suspect in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
They will be speaking to former Hutchins School teacher Ronald Thomas, who, until recently, was thought to be dead.
Recently, police spoke to two former students at the school who indicated that they would like police to further investigate.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2773078/student-told-he-needed-to-be-taught-a-lesson/?cs=95

Police step in as Tas abuse hearing ends

AN alleged child molester named during a royal commission and widely thought to be dead will be pursued by police.
RONALD Thomas was a music teacher at Hobart's exclusive Hutchins boys' school in the 1960s when students say he abused them.
Contrary to evidence given to the commission in November, Thomas is alive and living in New Zealand. He has denied the abuse allegations.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abuse-victim-too-scared-to-report-rape/story-e6frfku9-1227160478914

Former Hutchins School student tells inquiry he was raped twice by French teacher

A former student at Hobart's Hutchins School has told an inquiry he was raped twice by a French teacher in the 1960s.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been examining how the Hutchins School handled claims of child sex abuse.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25804344/former-hutchins-school-student-tells-royal-commission-he-was-raped-twice-by-french-teacher/

Tas teacher excluded from abuse hearing

Allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Hobart school teacher, previously thought to be dead, will not be considered by a royal commission.

Ronald Thomas, 77, was accused at a commission hearing in November of abusing boys while a teacher at exclusive Hobart school Hutchins in the 1960s.

At the time the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told Thomas had left Australia and later died.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/hobart/2014/12/18/tas-teacher-excluded-from-abuse-hearing.html

Abuse victim too scared to report rape

A Hobart schoolboy twice raped by a teacher was too scared to speak up about the abuse out of fear he would be labelled a homosexual and arrested.

Timothy Rowland, 68, said he was aged 15 or 16 when he was a student at the exclusive Hutchins school and abused by French teacher Lyndon Alfred Hickman.

He told a royal commission hearing in Sydney on Thursday about the fear which has kept him quiet for more than 50 years.

When Mr Rowland's mother saw blood in his underwear at the time, he said he had been caned at school.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/hobart/2014/12/18/abuse-victim-too-scared-to-report-rape.html

Abuse accused to be interviewed in NZ

Tasmanian police are in New Zealand to interview a former Hobart school teacher named by a royal commission as a child molester.
Ronald Thomas was a teacher at exclusive Hobart boys' school Hutchins in the 1960s when the abuse is alleged to have occurred.
Detectives have spoken to two former students who made allegations against Thomas.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25810224/abuse-accused-to-be-interviewed-in-nz/

Tasmania police to probe Ronald Thomas pedophilia allegations

TASMANIA Police is investigating allegations of pedophilia against a former teacher who was believed to be dead until found alive in New Zealand by The Australian.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse this morning advised that it would put the case of alleged pedophile teacher Ronald Thomas “to one side” in light of the police investigation.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/tasmania-police-to-probe-ronald-thomas-pedophilia-allegations/story-fngburq5-1227160360156

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Hearing for Hobart abuse cases to resume

A royal commission will reconvene to hear more evidence of sexual abuse by teachers at an exclusive Hobart boys school.Former Hutchins student Timothy Rowland is named on the witness list for Thursday when the hearing resumes in Sydney.In November, four former students told the commission that in the 1960s they were abused by a group of male teachers, including then headmaster David Ralph Lawrence.One man waited more than 20 years for the school to acknowledge his abuse and apologise.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/hobart/2014/12/18/hearing-for-hobart-abuse-cases-to-resume.html

Church report into sexual abuse offers Catholic wake-up

Last Friday the Australian Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council released a ground-breaking report on child sexual abuse. That morning, ABC's Samantha Donovan interviewed the council's chief executive, Francis Sullivan, and asked him if he had received any response yet from the Vatican.
Sullivan laughed and said, "No, not at all."
"You're laughing there?" said Donovan.
Sullivan replied, "Well, I think they're all asleep at the moment ... [awkward pause] ... with it happening overnight."

http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=9A503E34B58654FCF4BCF5A0C4B50637?sy=nstore&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=25433&clsPage=1&docID=SMH141216OJ6EK7M5TEP


Waks welcome call to commission

A public hearing will be held in Melbourne on February 2 to examine the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The hearing will be before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse .
On their website the Commission states:
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
  1. The response of the Yeshivah Centre and the Yeshivah College in Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Cyprys, David Kramer and Aaron Kestecher.
  2. The response of the Yeshiva Centre and the Yeshiva College Bondi to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Daniel Hayman.
  3. The systems, policies, practices and procedures for the reporting of and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse of:
http://www.jwire.com.au/waks-welcome-call-commission/

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Update on Hutchins School public hearing and oral submissions into Bethcar Children’s Home

The Royal Commission public hearing into the Hutchins School will resume on Thursday 18 December 2014 at 10:00am AEDT.
The hearing will take place in the Royal Commission Hearing Room 1 in Sydney with a video link to the Federal Court in Hobart.
Oral submissions for the Bethcar Children’s Home public hearing will also take place on Thursday 18 December 2014 from 10:00am AEDT and will be held in the Royal Commission Hearing Room 2 in Sydney.
Both public hearings will be streamed live via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-release/1825/update-on-hutchins-school-public-hearing-and-oral-submissions-into-bethcar-children%E2%80%99s-home

Vic pedophile priest to walk free in weeks

A retired Victorian Catholic priest jailed for sexually abusing an alter server in the 1970s has had his sentence reduced following an appeal.

An 88-year-old Catholic priest who sexually abused an alter boy in Melbourne in the 1970s will walk free from jail within weeks, after successfully appealing the length of his sentence.
The now-retired priest, James Henry Scannell, had served 138 days of his two year sentence when the Victorian Court of Appeal reduced his jail time to 15 months, with 10 months of this suspended.
Scannell was found guilty of a single charge of buggery by a Victorian County Court jury in July, and he continues to deny committing the assault.
The joint ruling by Justices Mark Weinberg, Phillip Priest, Lex Lasry on Tuesday rejected Scannell's bid to have his conviction overturned but did allow a reduction in his prison term.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/16/vic-pedophile-priest-walk-free-weeks

Monday, 15 December 2014

Jewish group Yeshivah faces royal commission child sex abuse inquiry

One of Australia's leading Jewish groups will be the subject of a child sex abuse inquiry early next year, following a series of horrific assaults on young people.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing into Yeshivah Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne.
The hearing, to begin in February, marks the first time a Jewish institution has been the subject of a royal commission inquiry.

http://www.theage.com.au/nsw/jewish-group-yeshivah-faces-royal-commission-child-sex-abuse-inquiry-20141215-127et4.html 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Anglican Church proposes reparation scheme for child sex abuse victims

Sex abuse victims would have access to a reparation scheme with the power to award cash support and direct that the abuser be removed from their job - while still leaving open the possibility of the victim taking legal action – under a new proposal by the Anglican Church.
As the Anglican proposal is examined by victims and religious groups, the new Victorian government has launched a review into whether its existing Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal could be expanded to run a scheme for abuse victims.

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/anglican-church-proposes-reparation-scheme-for-child-sex-abuse-victims-20141213-125v2v.html

An ex-bishop is ordered to give evidence in court about an ex-priest

A retired Australian Catholic bishop, Most Reverend Ronald Mulkearns, has been ordered by a court to give evidence in a case against a former priest, Robert Claffey. This order was made by the Geelong Magistrates Court in Victoria on 12 December 2014 when ex-priest Claffey (now aged 70), was  charged with multiple incidents of indecent assault against seven children.
Bishop Mulkearns (born in 1930) was the head of the Catholic Church throughout the western half of the state of Victoria (with his cathedral in the city of Ballarat), from 1971 to 1997. Father Robert Claffey worked in west Victorian parishes under Bishop Mulkearns in the 1970s and 1980s.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/344

‘Priests should be trained to cope with celibacy’

Church in Australia says clergy should get psychosexual training
The Catholic Church in Australia has said compulsory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children and advised that all clergy should receive psychosexual training.
The findings are contained in a a report by the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which is co-ordinating the Australian Church’s response to the national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced by the government in 2012.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/priests-should-be-trained-to-cope-with-celibacy-302366.html

Friday, 12 December 2014

Families, not celibacy, to blame for child abuse, says Catholic cleric

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Catholic cleric has proclaimed that families are more likely than priests to abuse children and ­rejected a church report that linked celibacy to sexual abuse.
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said that celibacy could not be to blame for abuse, which occurred in every church, regardless of whether it was celibate.
“The thing about child abuse is most of it happens in families,’’ Archbishop Fisher told The Weekend Australian yesterday.
“It’s an awful thing, we hate to even touch on it, but it can’t be about celibacy … because you look around society at the ­moment, it’s in every church, celibacy or not. It’s in many families and they’re not celibate, generally speaking.’’

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/families-not-celibacy-to-blame-for-child-abuse-says-catholic-cleric/story-fngburq5-1227154488536

How priests were introduced to celibacy

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CELIBACY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
IN the 1st century Peter, the first pope, was a married man and so were many of his successors until the 16th century.
* 2nd and 3rd Century - The age of Gnosticism, when it was believed a person cannot be married and be perfect. However, most priests were married. * 4th Century - Council of Nicea decrees a priest could not marry after ordination; Council of Laodicea decreed priests may no longer sleep with their wives; Pope Siricius left his wife in order to become pope. * 6th Century - Pope Pelagius II's policy was not to bother married priests as long as they did not hand over church property to wives or children. * 7th Century - French documents show the majority of priests were married.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/how-priests-were-introduced-to-celibacy/story-fni0xqi4-1227154359049

Child abuse claims: Partner defends retired teacher

The partner of a retired teacher at the centre of child abuse allegations at a Tasmanian school in the 1960s has defended him today.
Ronald Thomas, 77, was last month named by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse investigating allegations of abuse at a Hobart school in the late 1960s.
It was believed he had moved to South Africa when police indicated he would be arrested, and had later died.
However, he was tracked down by The Australian newspaper to Manawatu this week, where he is now retired.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11372700

Catholic Church won't end celibacy vow

Any move to end celibacy vows for Catholic priests is a long way off despite a report saying the practice could be a factor in child abuse cases.
 The Catholic church is not considering abandoning its requirement for priests to be celibate despite a report which acknowledges the policy may contribute to child abuse.
A report from the church's Truth Justice and Healing Council has, for the first time in Australia, drawn a link between priests' vow of celibacy and the child abuse that has been revealed in disturbing detail before the current royal commission.


http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/12/catholic-church-wont-end-celibacy-vow

Catholic Church: Psychologist Bettina Arndt questions how priests can be trained to cope with enforced celibacy pressures

For decades, sex therapist Bettina Arndt has been helping Australian couples develop a better understanding of their sexuality.
But the clinical psychologist admits to being a little dumbfounded about how the Catholic Church in Australia can train its priests to better cope with the pressures of a lifestyle of enforced celibacy.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25761452/catholic-church-psychologist-bettina-arndt-questions-how-priests-can-be-trained-to-cope-with-enforced-celibacy-pressures/

Christian Brother Peter Lennox in court re allegations from 40 years ago

Christian Brother Peter Lennox (now aged 75) who had a senior role in Catholic schools at Manly (in Sydney) and Goulburn (in southern New South Wales), has appeared in court charged with committing offences against schoolboys. The offences allegedly occurred in the 1970s when the boys were aged between 13 and 15. The case, which is being investigated by Sydney detectives, is scheduled to come up for another mention in court in Sydney on 17 December 2014.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/340

Christian Brother David Standen is now facing additional assault charges

Christian Brother David Standen, who has taught at Catholic schools in Sydney and regional New South Wales, is facing additional child-sex charges when his case comes up for another mention in court in February 2015. More former students have contacted the police regarding Brother Standen, a court has been told.
The police investigation is being conducted by a unit of detectives at Goulburn, southern NSW, where one of Brother Standen's former schools is located.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/303

Melbourne priest Terry Pidoto is to face a criminal trial

Father Terry Pidoto, who has had a long career as a Catholic priest in parishes around Melbourne, has been ordered to face a judge in the Victorian County Court, charged with multiple child-sex offences. A court day is scheduled for late 2015 for a judge to hear submissions from lawyers about procedures for the subsequent trial.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/289

Celibacy and child abuse: why is the Catholic church pre-empting the Royal Commission?

It’s a mistake for the Catholic church to get into debates about its folk devils. It should let the Royal Commission lead on the question of celibacy and child abuse
 The representative of the Australian Catholic church to the royal commission into child abuse has claimed that “obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to [child] abuse in some circumstances”.
In their 2014 activity report the Truth Justice and Healing Council also recommended that priests undergo “Ongoing training and development, including psycho-sexual development”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/12/celibacy-and-child-abuse-why-is-the-catholic-church-pre-empting-the-royal-commission

Celibacy may be linked to sexual abuse, Catholic Church concedes

Obligatory celibacy may have contributed to sexual abuse in some circumstances,  the Australian Catholic Church has conceded in a report recommending that priests be given "psychosexual training".
It also says the abuse of priests' powers over others - called "clericalism" - may also have contributed to the way the church responded to claims of abuse, including its tendency to disbelieve or turn a blind eye to allegations of abuse.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/celibacy-may-be-linked-to-sexual-abuse-catholic-church-concedes-20141211-125k9n.html

Child sex abuse inquiry: Catholic church concedes celibacy may have contributed to child sex abuse

The Catholic Church concedes its vow of celibacy may have led to the abuse of children at the hands of the clergy and says ongoing training, including psychosexual development, is necessary for priests.
The Catholic Church has conceded that its vow of celibacy may have led to the abuse of children at the hands of the clergy.
The church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council to respond to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse today released an activity report conceding that "obligatory celibacy" may have contributed to decades of child abuse involving the clergy, and that ongoing training was necessary for priests.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-12-12/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-catholic-church-concedes-celibacy-may-have-contributed-to-child-sex-abuse/1398505

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Inquiry into sexual exploitation of children in care in Victoria 'delayed' by government department, Children's Commission briefing states

A crucial inquiry into the sexual exploitation of children in out-of-home care was allegedly delayed because of the refusal of the Victoria Department of Human Services to share information with the Child Safety Commissioner.
The inquiry, by the Commission for Children and Young People, was triggered by revelations that groups of paedophiles are targeting children living in residential care units across the state, using drugs, alcohol and cigarettes to lure them away from the units.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-11/victorian-inquiry-into-sexual-exploitation-of-children-in-care/5959672

Celebrity no longer protection for abusers as survivors speak up

This year has seen the conviction of many high profile public figures for child sexual abuse. They include entertainer Rolf Harris and actor Robert Hughes. Testimony regarding Swami Satyananda Saraswati at Mangrove Mountain ashram is currently being heard, and former Bega Cheese CEO Maurice Van Ryn has pleaded guilty to child sex offences. We are beginning to see that celebrity status or positions of power no longer confer immunity from prosecution. Such cases also underline that people regarded as familiar, reassuring and beyond reproach may in fact pose a high risk to children.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/celebrity-no-longer-protection-for-abusers-as-survivors-speak-up-20141211-124rao.html

Australian police investigate reports of 'dead' teacher

Australian police are investigating reports a former Tasmanian teacher accused of sex crimes, who had been thought dead, is living in New Zealand.
Ronald Thomas, 77, who taught in Tasmania in the late 1960s, has been found living in the Manawatu hamlet of Tangimoana, more than four decades after he evaded arrest and quit Australia.
He retired after teaching in New Zealand for three decades, The Australian newspaper reported.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/64040048/Australian-police-investigate-reports-of-dead-teacher

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Children were raped, beaten and drugged at Mangrove Yoga Ashram, say victims at Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

IN the foothills of Mangrove Mountain, some went in search of peace at a yoga ashram, instead their children were drugged, raped and beaten.
Disturbing details have been revealed of the abuse suffered by children in the 1970s and 80s at a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram on the NSW Central Coast.
The ashram north of Sydney was founded by a disciple of the Indian guru who established the Satyananda Yoga movement, which helped spread the practice around the world.

http://www.news.com.au/national/children-were-raped-beaten-and-drugged-at-mangrove-yoga-ashram-say-victims-at-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse/story-fncynjr2-1227151800583

Satyananda ashram sex abuse victims want $1 million in compensation

Victims of horrific assaults committed at a yoga ashram on the NSW central coast have asked for $1 million each in compensation, a sex abuse inquiry has heard.
Six of the nine victims who have given evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse about the trauma they suffered at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain in the 1970s and 1980s have formally requested financial redress throught their legal counsel.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2755432/satyananda-ashram-sex-abuse-victims-want-1-million-in-compensation/?cs=4219

Ashram suffered 'swamiji says' syndrome

The Indian headquarters of the Satyananda yoga movement expressed its disgust and threatened to withdraw all support for its Australian ashrams after one of the communities was investigated over sex scandals.

In an angry email to the Mangrove Mountain Ashram in October the Munger ashram in India said that Australia was 'willing and happy to hide behind the guru's dhoti' and suffer the 'swamiji says' syndrome.'

The email is understood to reflect the position of Swami Niranjan, the world leader of the movement.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/12/10/ashram-suffered--swamiji-says--syndrome.html

Yoga guru’s helper does not believe child abuse victims

A SATYANANDA yoga devotee says she is not convinced child abuse took place at an ashram north of Sydney, despite living there at a time when 11 former child residents have told a royal commission that they were physically and sexually abused.
The publicity surrounding the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing has “tarnished” her “pure life”, said the woman, identified only as Muktimurti, who joined the Mangrove Mountain ashram as a teenager in 1978.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/yoga-gurus-helper-does-not-believe-child-abuse-victims/story-fngburq5-1227150447361?nk=6943b76f96faa9a9c8c65421983ffde5

Former Aussie teacher living in NZ denies abuse

A former teacher accused at an Australian royal commission of child abuse has spoken out from his New Zealand home, denying the allegations and that he fled Australia to avoid arrest.
Ronald Thomas, 77, was accused at the commission of abusing boys while a music teacher at Tasmania's Hutchins School in the late 1960s.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse heard evidence from a former police chief last month that Mr Thomas had admitted molesting a boy but fled the country to South Africa before he could be arrested.

'Dead' teacher accused of child abuse found alive in Manawatu

A teacher accused of abusing boys he taught in Tasmania in the late 1960s, has been found living in the Manawatu more than four decades after he evaded arrest and quit Australia.
Ronald Thomas, 77, has retired after teaching in New Zealand for four decades, The Australian newspaper reported.
The New Zealand Teachers' Council confirmed he had taught here, and was seeking his file.
New Zealand police were also investigating whether he had been the subject of complaints.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/64017321/Dead-teacher-accused-of-child-abuse-found-alive-in-Manawatu

Unravelling the tale of Ellen, the child spirit haunting the old Parramatta Girls home

129 children died at former Parramatta orphanage in 1800s
    Many of the children buried in pauper’s graves in nearby cemetery
    Aboriginal elder first reported seeing child spirit in the building
    Stories behind the orphan children now being investigated

Her presence has been felt for years — from light movements against a wall to visions of a forlorn face in a window.

The spirit, believed to be that of a nine-year-old girl called Ellen,was a resident of the segregation rooms of the old Parramatta Girls Home but may have died much earlier, according to Bonney Djuric.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/unravelling-the-tale-of-ellen-the-child-spirit-haunting-the-old-parramatta-girls-home/story-fngr8huy-1227149941583

Accused Hobart teacher denies fleeing

A teacher under investigation by the Royal Commission into child abuse is living in New Zealand, but denies he tried to evade authorities.

A former Tasmanian teacher at the centre of pedophile allegations has denied he fled the country to avoid arrest and says he never made any confession.
Ronald Thomas, 77, was accused at the commission of abusing boys while a teacher at Tasmanian school Hutchins in the 1960s.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse heard evidence last month that Mr Thomas had admitted to molesting a boy but fled the country to South Africa before he could be arrested.
It was thought he had since died.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/10/accused-hobart-teacher-denies-fleeing

Found: the alleged pedophile the royal commission said was dead

AN alleged pedophile teacher who evaded arrest and was believed by a royal commission to have died is living a happy retirement in rural New Zealand, The Australian can reveal.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has heard Ronald Thomas, now 77, habitually and violently abused boys when he was a young music teacher at Hobart’s elite Hutchins School in the late 1960s.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/found-the-alleged-pedophile-the-royal-commission-said-was-dead/story-fngburq5-1227150549730

Hutchins teacher accused of sexual abuse and believed dead found living in NZ

A former Hobart private school teacher who was accused of sexual abuse in the 1960s and believed dead has been found living in New Zealand.
Last month, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held open hearings in Hobart on alleged sexual abuse at the Hutchins School in the 1960s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/dead-hutchins-teacher-accused-of-abuse-found-alive/5956710

Royal Commission: Satyananda yoga ashram dumped by head body after sex abuse claims

The headquarters of an international yoga organisation has angrily threatened to dump its Australian affiliate amid claims of horrific sexual abuse committed at an ashram on the central coast.
In a scathing email read to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, managers at the Bihar School of Yoga in India accused the Australian offshoot of taking no responsibility for claims of child abuse committed at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-satyananda-yoga-ashram-dumped-by-head-body-after-sex-abuse-claims-20141210-123zz2.html

Child sex abuse inquiry: Head of NSW yoga retreat apologises to victims

The chief executive of a yoga ashram on the New South Wales Central Coast has apologised for mistakes made in dealing with child abuse victims, including some whose Facebook posts about the abuse were deleted.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the handling of abuse complaints made against a former spiritual leader at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram dating back to the 1970s and '80s.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25734290/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-head-of-nsw-yoga-retreat-apologises-to-victims/

Indian bosses give Mangrove Mountain ashram a slap in the face

THE Mangrove Mountain ashram was accused by its bosses in India of “swami says syndrome” and “hiding behind the guru’s dhoti” in its handling of the revelations that a former guru raped children, the child sex abuse royal commission heard today.
The email sent in October this year contained a stinging rebuke after it was announced that the Satyananda Yoga Ashram was being investigated by the commission over its handling of sexual abuse allegations made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati between 1974 and 2014.

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/indian-bosses-give-mangrove-mountain-ashram-a-slap-in-the-face/story-fni0cx12-1227151348279?nk=308c3d9fe267c8f0a011c8c688def25e

Yoga – Can It Be Tainted by Faulty Leaders?

A look at the Satyananda Yoga hearing and the true purpose of yoga

Yoga has made a giant move across the globe, reaching into nearly every westernized country and beyond, asking people to stretch not only their physical bodies, but their minds and spirits as well. What happens when the yogic tradition, which has led you to personal liberation, suddenly turns out to have abused children and others through the same lineage and teachings which taught you to meditate? Can the message of yoga be tainted by faulty leaders?

http://guardianlv.com/2014/12/yoga-can-it-be-tainted-by-faulty-leaders/

Paedophile priest spends first day of freedom facing new charges

A NOTORIOUS paedophile priest jailed for horrific crimes against children has spent his first day of freedom back in court on new charges.
The former priest, who cannot be named, was released from prison yesterday after serving a seven-year stint.
It was his second time behind bars for sex crimes on kids.
The man was bailed and ordered to appear at the County Court after being committed to stand trial on 15 fresh charges.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/paedophile-priest-spends-first-day-of-freedom-facing-new-charges/story-fni0fee2-1227150952160

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Kids were not food-deprived at Indian ashram in Australia: Doctor

Children at an ashram of an Indian guru, who died 17 years ago, in Australia, were not deprived of food, the ashram's resident doctor has said.
Henry Sztulman, a general practitioner and resident of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram from 1979 to 1990, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, that he was distrustful of the children's allegations as reported to police in 1987, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/kids-were-not-food-deprived-at-indian-ashram-in-australia-doctor-114120900668_1.html

Australia’s Underage Yoga Sex Cult: The Survivors Speak Out

An Australian Royal Commission aims to find out how sex abuse in the yoga cult founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati flourished so heinously.
Indian guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati is celebrated in the yoga community as the founder of the international yoga movement Bihar Yoga and the purveyor of popular Tantric-based meditation techniques.
But few know that his Mangrove Mountain ashram in New South Wales, Australia, was a cloistered den of systemic sexual and physical abuse in the 1970s and 1980s—and is now at the center of a Royal Commission inquiry.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/09/australia-s-underage-yoga-sex-cult-the-survivors-speak-out.html

Employee tells royal commission yoga ashram should not be 'held to ransom' by compensation demands

A worker at a New South Wales yoga ashram who denies fetching teenage girls from their beds at night and taking them to their spiritual leader, who sexually abused them, says the organisation should not be 'held to ransom' by people seeking compensation.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is looking at the handling of 11 complaints made against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati over the past 40 years, relating to abuse that happened in the 1970s and '80s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-09/royal-commission-yoga-ashram-should-not-be-held-to-ransom/5955732

NSW ashram ‘not to blame’ for abuse

A woman who lived at a NSW ashram where children were abused says she doesn’t think the retreat should pay compensation.
 An ashram should not be held responsible for abuse inflicted on children by its former spiritual leader and his second-in-command, two yoga devotees have told a royal commission.
Muktimurti, a longtime resident of the Mangrove Yoga Ashram on the NSW Central Coast, said on Tuesday she did not know if physical and sexual abuse as alleged by former child residents had taken place.
Muktimurti said she did not really believe the allegations against ashram leader Swami Akhandananda when he was brought to trial.

http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2014/12/09/nsw-ashram-blame-abuse/

Royal Commission: Witness casts doubts over abuse

A long-term resident of a yoga ashram at the centre of a sex abuse inquiry wept as she said she saw no evidence of multiple child rapes despite living in close quarters with the victims and their abuser, the centre's former leader Swami Akhandananda Saraswati✓.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-witness-casts-doubts-over-abuse-20141209-1237cg.html

Doctor denies over-prescribing morphine to children at yoga ashram

GP Henry Sztulman, who lived at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram where children were abused, tells royal commission he only prescribed morphine twice

A doctor has denied over-prescribing morphine to children at a New South Wales yoga ashram where he lived for a decade.
Former child residents at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram have given evidence that they were drugged, beaten and raped by the spiritual leader, Swami Akhandananda.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/09/doctor-denies-over-prescribing-morphine-to-children-at-yoga-ashram

I didn't give kids morphine: ashram doctor

SYDNEY Dec 9 AAP - A doctor has denied over-prescribing morphine to children at a NSW yoga ashram where he lived for a decade.
FORMER child residents at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram have given evidence that they were drugged, beaten and raped by the spiritual leader, Swami Akhandananda.
Practices at the NSW Central Coast retreat during the 70s and 80s are being examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Henry Sztulman, a GP who lived at the ashram for 10 years, denied allegations by witnesses that he prescribed morphine regularly for minor ailments like an infected toe.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/i-didnt-give-kids-morphine-ashram-doctor/story-fni0xqi4-1227149993811?nk=308c3d9fe267c8f0a011c8c688def25e

Royal Commission: Satyananda ashram doctor did not see sex abuse

The resident doctor at a yoga ashram at the centre of a child sex abuse inquiry said he did not believe the rape claims when he first heard them.
Dr Henry Sztulman, a qualified general practitioner and resident of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram from 1979 to 1990, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he was distrustful of the children's allegations which were reported to police in 1987.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-satyananda-ashram-doctor-did-not-see-sex-abuse-20141209-1237cg.html

Ashram devotee ‘not sure’ if child sex abuse happened

A CURRENT devotee of a yoga ashram north of Sydney says she is not convinced that child sex abuse took place there during the 1970s and 1980s, and “the alleged victims are being venal” if their claims are false.
The woman, identified as Muktimurti, said in her statement to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that she finds it “morally questionable” for the victims to now seek financial compensation.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/ashram-devotee-not-sure-if-child-sex-abuse-happened/story-fngburq5-1227149853651

Monday, 8 December 2014

I'm not a monster, says abuse witness

A woman who was second in charge at a NSW yoga ashram 30 years ago says she's not "the monster" being portrayed by child abuse victims.
Shishy was in a position of power at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram in the 1970s and 80s, where children were emotionally, physically and sexually abused by Swami Akhandananda.
She had sex with an under-aged boy and former residents of the ashram have told the sex abuse royal commission she violently slapped children and even procured some for Akhandananda for sex.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/12/08/00/07/ashram-child-abuse-inquiry-continues

Clergy abuse survivor wants answers on prosecution of senior Hunter priest

A clergy abuse survivor says it is crucial the Attorney General does not sit on the case of a Hunter Catholic priest referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions six months ago.
A Special Commission of Inquiry, focussing on two dead Hunter Valley paedophile priests, recommended a senior church figure be referred to the DPP.
A confidential section of the Commission's findings contained details about potential criminal proceedings against that church official.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-08/clergy-abuse-survivor-wants-answers-on-prosecution-of-senior-hu/5950380

Royal Commission: Threat to kill Satyananda ashram whistleblower Shishy

A former senior member of a yoga ashram at the centre of a sex abuse inquiry said the leader of the movement plotted to kill her because she wanted to go public with allegations of abuse.
The woman, given the name Shishy, was second in charge at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain on the NSW central coast in the 1970s and 80s.
In her statement, tendered to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, she said she went to India to alert the movement's leader, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, of the abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-threat-to-kill-satyananda-ashram-whistleblower-shishy-20141208-122g9t.html

Mangrove Mountain Ashram claims: Handmaiden says she was raped with gun, had to drink guru’s urine

Shishy arrived at ashram as virginal 16-year-old
    Guru made her drink his urine as method of contraception
    However, she became pregnant twice and had two abortions
    Saraswati also cut out her moles, she had to sew them up herself
    Wanted to tell commission her side after rough ride from media

THE handmaiden to a guru who had sex with his young followers has revealed that she had to drink his urine as a form of contraception.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/mangrove-mountain-ashram-claims-handmaiden-says-she-was-raped-with-gun-had-to-drink-gurus-urine/story-fni0cx12-1227148329798

Yoga 'handmaiden' had abortions

The "handmaiden" of a yoga master who horribly abused children was herself beaten by him and forced to drink his urine, an inquiry has been told.
A royal commission into child sexual abuse at Mangrove Yoga Ashram on the NSW Central Coast has heard that Shishy, who had legal guardianship of children at the retreat in the 1980s, was completely controlled by the spiritual leader Swami Akhandananda.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/12/08/00/07/ashram-child-abuse-inquiry-continues

Yoga ‘handmaiden’ raped with loaded shotgun

AN AUSTRALIAN woman was sexually abused with a loaded shotgun by an Indian yoga guru who also forced her to drink his urine as a form of contraception, a royal commission has heard.
The woman, identified only as Shishy, said that she later heard the founder of the international Satyananda yoga movement, Guru Satyananda Saraswati, apparently plotting to kill her as she was “a great danger to … the organisation.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/yoga-handmaiden-raped-with-loaded-shotgun/story-e6frg6nf-1227148461835

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Woman denies procuring girls for sex, admits witnessing assaults at yoga ashram

A woman has told an inquiry that she did not procure girls for sex at a Central Coast yoga ashram but was present when two young girls were sexually assaulted.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against the former spiritual leader and director of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in New South Wales, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, in the 1970s and '80s.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25713592/child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission-woman-denies-procuring-girls-for-sex-admits-witnessing-assaults-at-yoga-ashram/

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Yogis’ son tells of ‘bad apple’ at ashram

THE son of an elderly Sydney couple who run the NSW yoga school at the centre of child sexual abuse claims says he was aware there was a “bad apple” in the organisation “who hurt a lot of people”.
Brian and Mary Thompson (known as Vivekananda and Hridayananda) have refused to comment publicly on witness testimony this week on abuses at the Satyananda yoga school in the 1970s and 80s to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/yogis-son-tells-of-bad-apple-at-ashram/story-fngburq5-1227146486153

Friday, 5 December 2014

'Violent discipline' part of yoga culture, royal commission hears

A former senior member of a yoga centre where children were allegedly sexually and physically assaulted described "violent discipline" as an acceptable part of ashram culture, a royal commission has heard.
A number of former child residents of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain left the hearing room as a former senior member, known as Shishy, gave evidence.
The commission has previously heard evidence from former child residents that Shishy allegedly subjected them to fierce beatings and summoned teenage girls for sex with the ashram's leader, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.


http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/violent-discipline-part-of-yoga-culture-royal-commission-hears-20141205-120qm8.html

Yoga handmaiden had sex with boy

The "handmaiden" of a sexually abusive yoga master had sex with a 14-year-old boy only because her guru ordered her to, an inquiry has heard.
The woman, known as Shishy, was the handmaiden, sexual partner and second-in-charge of Swami Akhandananda at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram on NSW's Central Coast during the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/12/05/14/00/abusive-guru-s-handmaiden-breaks-down

Sobbing ashram accused Shishy begs for forgiveness for ‘honour’ slaps


    Commission adjourned early as Shishy was led weeping from hearing
    Said being slapped was an \u2018honour\u2019 though she regretted it now
    Began sleeping with guru at 16 even though sex was banned
    Commission investigating reponse of ashram to abuse claims

THE former handmaiden to a paedophile guru has broken down and sobbed uncontrollably at the child sex abuse royal commission as she pleaded for forgiveness from the victims.

Identified only as Shishy, she has admitted slapping the children at the Mangrove Mountain ashram where she lived with the guru, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, in the 1970s and 1980s but said it had been considered an honour to be slapped.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sobbing-ashram-accused-shishy-begs-for-forgiveness-for-honour-slaps/story-fni0cx12-1227146006478

Child abuse royal commission: woman admits having sex with a 14-year-old boy at Satyananda Yoga Ashram

A woman has broken down while admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old boy at a yoga ashram on the NSW central coast.
The woman, now in her mid 50s and known as Shishy, is central to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram during the 1970s and 1980s.
Shishy was second in charge at the commune at Mangrove Mountain. She was also accused of physically assaulting child residents.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25699622/child-abuse-royal-commission-woman-admits-having-sex-with-a-14-year-old-boy-at-satyananda-yoga-ashram/

Auslan videos launched on Royal Commission website

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission has made new videos available on its website and YouTube channel to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about its work. The videos are presented in Auslan and are captioned.
“The Royal Commission is dedicated to ensuring our information and processes are readily available to all audiences,” said CEO Philip Reed.
“These videos will enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to access information about the Royal Commission including its purpose, the work it has been doing and how people can be part of it,” he said.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CARoyalComm

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wild sex and abortions at ashram, abuse royal commission told

THE Indian guru who set up the global Satyananda Yoga movement had “aggressive, violent sex” with a succession of women and may have raped a seven-year-old child, a royal commission has heard.
Australian woman Bhakti Manning told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that she caught a venereal disease after being “groomed” by Guru Satyananda Saraswati and that several of his sexual partners were sent to have abortions.
Another witness described being the child victim of ritual rape at the Mangrove Mountain ashram north of Sydney, which was established by Satyananda’s disciple, Swami Akhandananda, who was sent to Australia in 1974.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/wild-sex-and-abortions-at-ashram-abuse-royal-commission-told/story-fngburq5-1227145298339

Brutal initiation ceremony at Satyananda yoga movement 'saw seven-year-old girl sexually assaulted after leader licked her blood'

An enquiry into child sex abuse at Australia's oldest yoga ashram has found children were subjected to sexual abuse, starvation and neglect
    Two women have now told the Royal Commission they were sexually abused by the man who founded the worldwide yoga movement
    One of them described how she was stripped, cut and sexually assaulted by him while a number of men watched on
    Celibacy was a requirement at the ashrams and people would be beaten if found to be having sex

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2860429/Brutal-initiation-ceremony-Satyananda-yoga-movement-saw-seven-year-old-girl-sexually-assaulted-leader-licked-blood.html




Child abuse royal commission: victim recounts being raped during ritual at Satyananda Yoga Ashram

A young girl was raped by the head of a global yoga movement, Satyananda Sawaswati, on his visit to a New South Wales ashram, an inquiry has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain on the state's central coast was also told a group of swamis abused the girl in a ritual setting.
The girl, known as APR in the hearing, moved to the ashram with her mother, father and sister in the late 1970s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/victim-recounts-being-raped-during-ritual-at-satyananda-ashram/5945010

A Marist Brother pleads guilty to an offence from 42 years ago

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 4 December 2014)
Marist Brother Peter Pemble (now aged 66) has admitted that he acted indecently against a schoolboy while working at a Catholic boys' school in New South Wales early in his career, more than 40 years ago. The incident occurred at Maitland (in the Hunter region, north of Sydney) in 1971-1972, when Brother Pemble was in his twenties. Later in his career, Brother Peter Pemble became the principal of several Catholic schools in Sydney.


http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/306

Royal Commission into child sex abuse hears of assaults and beatings at yoga ashram

THEIR gurus preached chastity and abstinence but at their Mangrove Mountain ashram, children as young as three were sexually assaulted and beaten, the Royal Commission into child sex abuse was told this week.
The commission heard that Guru, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati beat children with a wooden staff while his partner, known as Shishy, lined them up in a group from oldest to youngest and slapped them across the face one by one.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/royal-commission-into-child-sex-abuse-hears-of-assaults-and-beatings-at-yoga-ashram/story-fngr8h0p-1227144669451

Child abuse royal commission: Yoga movement did not view child abuse as crime, victim says

Child sexual abuse was not considered a crime at a New South Wales yoga retreat where young residents were frequently targeted, a royal commission has heard.
Bhakti Manning is one of 11 former child residents and visitors to the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, at Mangrove Mountain on the state's central coast, giving evidence for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/child-abuse-royal-commission-satyananda-yoga-ashram/5935968

Global yoga guru was a violent sexual abuser, royal commission told

Outwardly he preached "abstinence, chastity and austerity" but behind closed doors the international yoga master Swami Satyananda Saraswati groomed and violated a young follower, a royal commission has heard.
The founder of the globally renowned Satyananda yoga movement forced one of his followers into degrading sex acts while she was living at his ashram in India in the 1970s and 80s, the commission heard.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/global-yoga-guru-was-a-violent-sexual-abuser-royal-commission-told-20141204-11zybd.html

Guru had violent sex with girl-inquiry

A woman didn't speak about her sexual abuse at Satyananda ashrams because no-one there would have considered it a crime, a royal commission has heard.
Bhakti Manning told the inquiry that in ashram society "what a guru does is done for the good of the disciple".
Ms Manning said the guru, who founded the eponymous worldwide yoga movement, subjected her to aggressive violent sexual acts after she went to his famous Munger ashram in India when she was just 17.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/12/04/08/26/famous-yoga-master-accused-of-abuse

Yoga guru may have raped seven year old, royal commission told

THE Indian guru who founded the international Satyananda Yoga movement engaged in “aggressive, violent sex” with a succession of women and may have raped a seven-year-old child, a royal commission has heard.
Guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati, as well as his successor Swami Niranjananda, both had a sexual relationship with an Australian woman, despite the worldwide movement they led preaching abstinence in the pursuit of a spiritual life.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/yoga-guru-may-have-raped-seven-year-old-royal-commission-told/story-e6frg6nf-1227144720052

Hutchins School sexual abuse inquiry sparks more allegations from Tasmanians

A public inquiry into sexual abuse allegations at a private boys' school in Hobart has prompted more people to come forward.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has held several days of hearings into Hutchins School.
Former students gave evidence about abuse suffered at the hands of a teacher and former headmaster David Lawrence in the 1960s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/hutchins-school-sex-abuse-royal-commission-sparks-calls/5940034

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Famous yoga master accused of abuse

A woman has told an enquiry she was sexually abused by Satyananda Sarswati - the man who founded the worldwide yoga movement with branches across the world including Australia.
In a statement to a royal commission examining child sexual abuse at a NSW Satyananda ashram, Bhakati Manning said she was abused by two senior swamis in ashrams in Australia and "by the spiritual founder of Satyananda yoga".
She said the abuse happened when she was 15 at the Mangrove Yoga Ashram on NSW's Central Coast.
She was 17 when she travelled to the famous Munger ashram in India in 1976 to study with the respected yogi whom she had met in Australia.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/famous-yoga-master-accused-of-abuse-20141203-3lqp6.html

Child abuse royal commission: Mindset of NSW yoga retreat 'as dangerous as ever', witness tells hearing

A former resident of Australia's oldest yoga ashram has received applause after delivering a passionate call for justice at the child sexual abuse royal commission in Sydney.
The commission has been looking at the handling of 11 complaints made against former spiritual leader Swami Akhandananda Saraswati over the past 40 years, relating to abuse that happened in the 1970s and '80s.
The issue came to a head around Easter this year when the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in New South Wales sent an email to former members detailing a "healing ceremony" that formed part of its 40th anniversary commemorations.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25680873/child-abuse-royal-commission-mindset-of-nsw-yoga-retreat-as-dangerous-as-ever-witness-tells-hearing/

'Healing ceremony' insulted abuse victims

A NSW ashram where children were beaten and raped held a healing ceremony and sent victims an email through Facebook saying how successful it had been.
The email sent earlier this year by the Mangrove Yoga Ashram heaped insult upon deep injury, a woman has told a royal commission hearing into abuse at the NSW Central Coast ashram.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/12/03/12/21/kids-spied-on-couples-having-sex-inquiry

Ashram children starved, drugged, tortured, royal commission hears

Children living at Australia's oldest yoga ashram were starved, tortured and drugged, according the evidence presented at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Families who brought their children to the Satyananda Yoga Ashram in the 1970s and 1980s thought they were giving them a better life but the commission heard the youngsters were subjected to horrific sexual and physical abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ashram-children-starved-drugged-tortured-royal-commission-hears-20141203-11z3mb.html

Church turned blind eye to abuse in mission, elders say

Indigenous elders removed from their families to Mona Mona mission dormitories as children are calling for the Seventh Day Adventist Church to recognise the physical and sexual abuse that occurred in its care.
 Ronnie Richards was forcibly removed from his family in Georgetown in Far North Queensland at the age of five.
He and his brother were taken 400 kilometres away to the Mona Mona Mission.
“I was stolen from up there, away from my mother and my family you know?” he says. “I never, ever seen my mother again.”

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/03/church-turned-blind-eye-abuse-mission-elders-say

Yoga guru plotted to murder child sex victim, abuse commission hears

A YOGA guru plotted to murder a child sex victim to prevent her giving evidence against him in a criminal trial over his abuse, a royal commission has heard.
Giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the abuse victim, who cannot be identified, said her parents had previously transferred legal guardianship of her to the Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/yoga-guru-plotted-to-murder-child-sex-victim-abuse-commission-hears/story-e6frg6nf-1227143609652?nk=016631b2da738090ef7313465dec6b01

Ashram kids spied on couples having sex, inquiry told

Children were forced to spy on couples having sex at a NSW ashram, an abuse inquiry has heard.

Children whose parents sought a utopian life at an ashram became subject to physical abuse and depraved sexual practices by a yoga master and his partner.
On the second day of a hearing into an ashram at Mangrove Mountain on the NSW Central Coast a woman has told how she was forced from the age of 15 to have sex with the spiritual leader Swami Akhandananda when she lived there in the 80s.
The woman was 10 or 11 in 1978 when she and her parents went to live at the ashram.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/03/ashram-kids-spied-couples-having-sex-inquiry-told

Haunting images hide Mangrove Mountain Ashram child abuse shame

Dressed in faded orange robes and running across fields, these are the first pictures of life inside the isolated Mangrove Mountain ashram where parents thought life would be ‘Utopian”, but where their children were raped by the guru.
One of the young girls in these pictures, now aged 47, has told the child sex abuse royal commission today how when she left the ashram at the age of 18, she had no idea how to live in society, use cutlery or wear a bra.
She said the children were sent out on sex patrols at night to catch any adults breaking the celibacy rule.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/haunting-images-hide-mangrove-mountain-ashram-child-abuse-shame/story-fni0cx12-1227143290170

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Retta Dixon compensation offer to survivors 'too little too late', alleged victim Kevin Stagg says

An offer of compensation from a religious group at the centre of the Retta Dixon sexual abuse claims is too little, too late, an alleged abuse victim has said.
Retta Dixon was a home for Aboriginal children, many of whom have identifed as being part of the Stolen Generations, which existed in Darwin until it closed in 1980.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25669077/retta-dixon-compensation-offer-to-survivors-too-little-too-late-alleged-victim-kevin-stagg-says/

Pope’s Vatican watchdog on abuse: Wrong priest for the job

Why put a priest who covered up sexual abuse in charge of policing it?
That’s exactly what Pope Francis did when he appointed the Rev. Robert J. Geisinger as the Vatican’s “promoter of justice.” While the pope has met with abuse victims and pledged himself to zero tolerance, the appointment of Geisinger is a step backward. To signal his resolve on an issue that has deeply wounded so many, he should rescind the appointment.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/12/02/pope-vatican-watchdog-abuse-wrong-priest-for-job/s3dFDN4mjNggk85RkGZprM/story.html#

Abuse victims reject NSW ashram's apology

Children were physically and sexually abused at a NSW ashram by the yoga swami to whom their parents entrusted them, a royal commission has heard.
A NSW ashram blocked abuse victims from its Facebook page, threatened them with defamation action and until this year never apologised for the sexual exploitation of girls by its founding spiritual leader.
A royal commission is examining how a retreat, now known as the Mangrove Yoga Ashram, handled sex abuse complaints against Swami Akhandananda Saraswati who ran the NSW Central Coast compound from 1974 to 1986.
Children were physically and sexually abused at the ashram where some parents handed guardianship of their children as well as property and income over to Akhandananda and his partner Shishy.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/02/abuse-victims-reject-nsw-ashrams-apology

Ashram apologises to child sexual abuse victims it threatened to sue

Satyananda Yoga Ashram apologises to victims at the royal commission eight months after threatening legal action over their online posts
 An ashram where children were sexually abused has apologised to the victims, eight months after threatening them with legal action for damaging its brand.
Aaron Kereghan, solicitor for the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, on Tuesday apologised to the victims at a royal commission in Sydney, and said his clients realised an apology sent electronically to victims earlier this year would be seen as trivial.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/02/ashram-apologises-to-child-sexual-abuse-victims-it-threatened-to-sue

Swami used Ashram girl to procure others

A royal commission has been told about an ashram in NSW where children where sexually exploited, made to do hard labour and were beaten.

An ashram where children were sexually abused has apologised to its victims, eight months after threatening them with legal action for damaging the ashram's brand.
Aaron Kereghan, solicitor for the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, on Tuesday apologised to the victims at a royal commission in Sydney, and said his clients realised an apology sent electronically to victims earlier this year would be seen as trivial.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/02/swami-used-ashram-girl-procure-others

Child abuse royal commission: Yoga leader told children sex acts would aid 'spiritual growth'

The spiritual leader of a New South Wales yoga retreat sexually abused child residents after summoning them to a hut and asking them for a massage, an inquiry has heard.
Children were also allegedly directed to travel around Australia with the man, known as Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, and perform sexual acts in his bed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-02/yoga-leader-told-children-sex-acts-would-aid-spiritual-growth/5931610

Yoga ashram under the spotlight at sex abuse inquiry

Children as young as three were repeatedly molested by the former leader of Australia's oldest ashram and threatened with death if they ever disclosed the crimes, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The opening day of an inquiry into the Satyananda Yoga Ashram and its former leader in Australia, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, heard 11 children were abused while living at the ashram in the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/yoga-ashram-under-the-spotlight-at-sex-abuse-inquiry-20141202-11y6wg.html

Yoga master 'groomed children for sex'

Parents handed over legal guardianship of their children to a yoga master who beat and sexually exploited the young girls, an inquiry has been told.

The child sexual abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney heard some parents living at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain in NSW in the 1980s signed over legal guardianship of their children to Swami Akhandananda and his partner Shishy.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/12/02/yoga-master--groomed-children-for-sex-.html

Gurus ‘gods’ to abused children at NSW ashram

CHILDREN at a yoga centre on the NSW Central Coast were sexually abused by gurus they were convinced to think of as “God like” divine beings who were worthy of “utter devotion”, a royal commission has heard.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain, which is part of a wider international movement founded in India by the late Guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/gurus-gods-to-abused-children-at-nsw-ashram/story-fngburq5-1227142044549

Guru accused of sexual, physical assault of children at ashram

Children as young as three sexually, physically abused
    Guru had sex with teens but punished married couples
    Swami’s partner fled Mangrove Mountain ashram

HER mother thought the ashram was an idyllic place where children could roam free but Alecia Buchanan has told how the reality was something else.

Ms Buchanan, 48, has told the child sex abuse royal commission today how her mother allowed her to live at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram at Mangrove Mountain north of Sydney from the age of 13.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/guru-accused-of-sexual-physical-assault-of-children-at-ashram/story-fni0cx12-1227141908737

Sexual abuse victims at Retta Dixon home will be offered compensation and an apology

SEXUAL abuse victims at the Retta Dixon home will be offered compensation – and an apology – from the religious organisation that ran the notorious Darwin facility.
The home for indigenous children has been at the centre of recent royal commission hearings into institutionalised child sexual abuse.
The Reverend Trevor Leggott, the head of Australian Indigenous Ministries, the group which ran the home for 20 years, said last month he knew nothing about the horrendous crimes until the national inquiry was under way.


http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sexual-abuse-victims-at-retta-dixon-home-will-be-offered-compensation-and-an-apology/story-fnk1w5y0-1227141883267

Mission to compensate Darwin abuse victims

The Christian mission that operated a home where numerous Aboriginal children were sexually abused has decided to sell a property to pay them compensation.
Aboriginal sexual abuse victims from the Retta Dixon home in Darwin look set to receive financial compensation from the Christian mission that ran the facility.
The Rev Trevor Leggott, head of the Australian Indigenous Ministries (formerly the Aboriginal Inland Mission), has filed a statement with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/12/02/mission-compensate-darwin-abuse-victims

Monday, 1 December 2014

Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations

JEWISH organisations across Australia have been asked to provide documents to the federal government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Subpoenas have been sent to large organisations, such as Yeshiva in Sydney and Yeshivah in Melbourne, as well as specific people within organisations. The subpoenas ask the individuals or organisation to provide any relevant information that the Royal Commission would need to uncover where systems have failed to protect children.

http://www.jewishnews.net.au/royal-commission-subpoenas-jewish-organisations/38698

The Hutchins School board reassures parents their boys are safe

The Hutchins School in Hobart, which has been the focus of historic child sex abuse allegations, is assuring parents of current pupils that their boys are safe.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held five days of hearings at the Federal Court in Hobart, where allegations dating back to the 1960s were heard.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-01/hutchins-school-says-boys-are-safe-despite-paedophile-claims/5932212

Children sexually abused at NSW yoga retreat, witness to tell royal commission

Children were groomed and physically and sexually abused at a yoga retreat on the New South Wales Central Coast, a witness at a child sex abuse inquiry has said.
Bhakti Manning will give evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse over the response of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram to allegations of child sexual abuse by the Ashram's former spiritual leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-01/child-abuse-inquiry-to-investigate-central-coast-yoga-retreat/5932454

Salvos hope donations dry spell is over

The Salvos are hoping a donations dry spell is over and its annual Christmas appeal will raise $15 million to fund vital welfare services.
The tough federal budget and Salvation Army-related revelations before the child abuse Royal Commission triggered a shortfall in the Salvos' Red Shield Appeal Doorknock earlier this year.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25654315/salvos-hope-donations-dry-spell-is-over/

NZ judge reserves decision on former Hunter priest's extradition appeal

A New Zealand judge has today heard an extradition appeal by a former Hunter priest, wanted on more than 250 charges of child sexual abuse.
Former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath, 66, is facing 252 charges of child sexual abuse, alleged to have occurred in the Lake Macquarie region in the 1970s and 80s and involving 35 victims.
Now living in New Zealand, he has been fighting extradition to Australia for years and was ordered by New Zealand's Justice Minister to surrender to Australia in August.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-01/nz-judge-reserves-decision-on-former-hunter-priest27s-extradit/5931190

Manny Waks steps down, announces big plans for his future

MANNY Waks is preparing to take his fight for a Jewish community free of child sexual abuse global.
The Caulfield man has stepped down as CEO of the Australian advocacy group he founded two years ago, Tzedek, and revealed he is working on a “major global initiative to address the issue of child sexual abuse within the global Jewish community’’.
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Manny Waks steps away from Tzedek
He will also relocate his family overseas this summer.
“While we have made significant progress, we still have a long way to go. Therefore I will proudly remain a victim advocate and dedicate myself to this cause for as long as I possibly can,’’ he said.
“Just as I felt compelled to speak out publicly in 2011, I feel compelled to continue this critical work.’’

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/central/manny-waks-steps-down-announces-big-plans-for-his-future/story-fngnvlpt-1227140818599

Friday, 28 November 2014

Australia vs. Vatican on UN Torture Treaty: Is UK Next? Is Pope Francis Fearful?

On Tuesday (11/25), Pope Francis rebuked legislators in an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg as follows: “As the European Union has expanded, there has been growing mistrust on the part of citizens towards institutions considered to be aloof, engaged in laying down rules perceived as insensitive to individual peoples, if not downright harmful …” Ironically, his remarks reminded some of criticisms of the Vatican.

http://christiancatholicism.com/australia-vs-vatican-on-un-torture-treaty-is-uk-next-is-pope-francis-fearful/

Marist Brother John Maguire is convicted in Sydney

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted 28 November 2014)
In Sydney District Court on 25 November 2014, Marist Brother John Dennis Maguire was convicted on child-sex charges. Maguire had been charged with multiple incidents of committing an act of indecency. The victim was a student at a Catholic boys' boarding school in Sydney (St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill) in the early 1980s.
A jury spent several days hearing evidence. The jury then found Maguire guilty on six of the incidents and not guilty on two other alleged incidents.
The case was heard by Judge P. Witford.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/342

Paradise lost: Satyananda Yoga Ashram is the subject of royal commission hearing

When Sanatan Saraswati first arrived at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram more than three decades ago he thought he had found paradise.
Set at the foot of Mangrove Mountain in the lush NSW Central Coast hinterland, the retreat was a place of serenity and spirituality.
Then in his early 30s and disillusioned with mainstream society, he was looking for something more and thought he had finally discovered it among the small community of yoga devotees led by a charismatic director, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/paradise-lost-satyananda-yoga-ashram-is-the-subject-of-royal-commission-hearing-20141127-11v3rl.html

Press Vatican on Aust child abuse: UN

The UN wants the Abbott government to take on the Vatican over documents relating to child abuse by Catholic clergy.
In a report handed down in Geneva on Friday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture welcomed the work of the national royal commission into child sexual abuse.
However, the Australian government should take "all appropriate measures" to get "all evidence" from the Vatican to ensure meaningful investigations can be carried out.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/press-vatican-on-aust-child-abuse-un-20141129-3lgqh.html

Senior orthodox Jewish leaders face cover-up inquiry over child sex abuse

Some of Australia’s most senior orthodox Jewish leaders are under investigation for allegedly failing to report multiple instances of child sexual abuse.
The Sunday Age has obtained witness statements and tape recordings from this month’s successful prosecution of a former Bondi Yeshiva authority figure, Daniel Hayman, that indicate senior Jewish leaders failed to act on complaints of abuse and cast doubt over their public statements on the scandal.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/senior-orthodox-jewish-leaders-face-coverup-inquiry-over-child-sex-abuse-20140627-zsoqz.html

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Angry scenes as Christian Brother jailed

Survivors of child abuse at the hands of a Christian Brother have erupted in anger as a judge sentenced him to a two year non-parole period.
 Angry scenes erupted in a Sydney court after an ex-Christian Brother was sentenced to at least two years in jail for indecently assaulting boys at NSW schools more than 30 years ago.
Desmond Eric Richards, 76, pleaded guilty earlier this month to abusing four boys between 1972 and 1982 in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Strathfield in Sydney's inner west.
District Court Judge Peter Zahra on Thursday sentenced him to a non-parole period of two years after imposing a maximum sentence of three years and three months for the offences.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/27/angry-scenes-christian-brother-jailed

Christian Brother jailed for at least two years for indecently assaulting boys in NSW schools

A Christian Brother has been jailed for at least two years for indecently assaulting boys in New South Wales schools.
Desmond Richards, also known as brother Neil, was arrested after returning to Australia from the Vatican in 2013.
The 76-year-old previously taught at schools run by the Christian Brothers Catholic order across NSW.
District Court judge Peter Zahra sentenced him to at least two years' jail for indecently assaulting four boys aged between 11 and 13 in the 1970s and 1980s.
The court heard the offences were committed at schools in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Sydney and at a school camp near Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/christian-brother-jailed-for-indecently-assaulting-boys/5922036

The church kept quiet about Brother Neil Richards' crimes but now he is in jail

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 27November 2014)
Helped by Broken Rites, some of the victims of Christian Brother Desmond Eric ("Neil") Richards have achieved justice. On 27 November 2014, the Sydney District Court gave him a jail sentence of 3 years and 3 months, with a minimum of two years behind bars before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.
Catholic Church authorities had known for years about Richards' crimes but the crimes were concealed from the police (and from the public). And the Christian Brothers appointed him to be in charge of their worldwide website in Rome.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/314