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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

Friday, 31 July 2015

Jehovah's Witness sex abuse response 'deficient': Royal Commission

A sexual abuse expert hired by the Jehovah's Witness Church told a royal commission the organisation failed to meet acceptable standards in its approach to child abuse allegations.
Under cross-examination, Monica Applewhite told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Jehovah's Witness Church did not meet "best practice" in handling abuse claims.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jehovahs-witness-sex-abuse-response-deficient-royal-commission-20150731-gioy2c.html

Jehovah's Witness sex abuse report under fire at Royal Commission

An international consultant on sexual abuse hired by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church to evaluate their practices and provide expert testimony has never criticised the group in previous court cases, a royal commission has heard.
Dr Monica Applewhite​, an American researcher and consultant, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she had been an expert witness at four trials involving allegations of abuse within the Jehovah's Witness Church.
The commission heard she was never critical of the church in her evidence at the trials in the US and UK.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jehovahs-witness-sex-abuse-report-under-fire-at-royal-commission-20150731-giofjg.html

Met police launch inquiry into Kids Company over child abuse claims

Investigation into charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh is being led by the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command
 
The charity Kids Company, hailed by politicians and celebrities for its work with some of Britain’s most troubled youngsters, was on Thursday placed under investigation by Scotland Yard’s child abuse command.
The allegations, which the charity said were “historical but serious” are potentially damaging for the organisation, which is currently fighting for its financial life.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/30/met-police-launch-inquiry-into-kids-company-over-child-abuse-claims

Shocking child sex abuse testimony by Jehovah's Witness Elders

A group of Jehovah's Witness Church elders ignored their own strict religious standards in neglecting to punish or report a self-confessed child abuser in their ranks, an Australian royal commission has heard. A government investigation into child sexual abuse and its aftermath uncovered that the Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of abuse and sexual assaults going back more than 60 years to 1950.

http://www.examiner.com/article/shocking-child-sex-abuse-testimony-by-jehovah-s-witness-elders

She spoke about Jehovah’s Witness abuse, and her home was vandalized

Early this morning, Debbie McDaniel stepped out into her backyard to find her patio, windows, doors and furniture tagged with ominous warnings written in black marker.
McDaniel was just hours away from being the face of a Reveal investigation showing how Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse from law enforcement agencies and banish those who speak up about it.

https://www.revealnews.org/article/she-spoke-about-jehovahs-witness-abuse-and-her-home-was-vandalized/

Royal commission rejects abuse expert

A child sex abuse inquiry has raised questions over the evidence given by a US consultant employed by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has rejected the opinion of an international child abuse prevention expert employed by Jehovah's Witness Church to testify on its behalf.
Monica Applewhite, a US-based consultant who specialises in child abuse risk analysis for organisations, including churches, has been subject to intense questioning at an inquiry in Sydney on Friday.
Dr Applewhite has been employed by Watchtower Australia, the legal entity of the Jehovah Witness Church, to give expert evidence on its policies and publications at the hearing into the church.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/07/31/royal-commission-rejects-abuse-expert

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Trailer debuts for 'Spotlight' film on Boston Globe sex abuse investigation

The first trailer released Wednesday for the film "Spotlight," which follows the Boston Globe's investigation into clergy sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese in the early 2000s.
The investigation began in 2001 and published its first stories in January 2002. The reports ultimately led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law in December of that year.
In addition, it also spurred a national review of the church's policy regarding sexual abuse by clergy, and at their June 2002 meeting, the bishops approved the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," or Dallas Charter, and formed the National Review Board to report on dioceses' implementation of the charter and to study the sex abuse issue in the Catholic church. The investigation won the newspaper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/spotlight/

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/trailer-debuts-spotlight-film-boston-globe-sex-abuse-investigation

Second stage of public hearing into Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat

The second stage of Case Study 28 will be held from 23 November 2015 in Melbourne.
The first stage of the public hearing was held in Ballarat in May 2015. Because of the logistical issues relating to the anticipated level of interest in the community, the next stage of the hearing will held in the ceremonial court in the County Court complex in Melbourne.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-07/second-stage-of-public-hearing-into-catholic-churc

55 priests defrocked for sex abuse since 2001

More than 50 priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for clerical sex abuse since 2001, new figures show.

There have been 55 laicisations since 2001 - meaning they have been evicted from the clergy - after new rules were put in place to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church.

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/national/55-priests-defrocked-for-sex-abuse-since-2001-1-6877565

Child abuse royal commission summons George Pell, Ronald Mulkearns

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns will be summoned to give evidence to the child sex Royal Commission in November.
In a press release issued this afternoon the Royal Commission stated it anticipated Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Ronald Mulkearns would give evidence at the public hearing which will take place in Melbourne and not Ballarat due to logistic issues.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-abuse-royal-commission-summons-george-pell-ronald-mulkearns/story-fngburq5-1227463395113

Geelong court: Former Bishop of Ballarat Robert Claffey forced to give evidence

RONALD  Mulkearns, the former Bishop of Ballarat who now lives in Aireys Inlet, has been forced to give evidence in the committal hearing of a former priest charged with sexual assaults on children.
The former priest, Robert Claffey, on Thursday entered formal pleas in Geelong Magistrates’ Court of not guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault, one of committing an indecent act on a child under 16 and one count of buggery on a girl.

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/crime-court/geelong-court-former-bishop-of-ballarat-robert-claffey-forced-to-give-evidence/story-fnjuhoxe-1227462870394

Pell and bishop before abuse inquiry

Victims' advocates are sceptical a former Victorian bishop will reveal the full extent of what the church knew about pedophile priests when he and Cardinal George Pell appear before the child abuse royal commission.
Cardinal Pell has already agreed to return from Rome to give evidence to the inquiry into widespread abuse in the Ballarat diocese.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/07/30/15/09/george-pell-to-appear-at-abuse-commission

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Catholic Church prioritised protecting reputation over children in Ballarat abuse case, senior sergeant says

A senior sergeant on the 1990s Victoria Police attempt to charge a bishop with covering up the crimes of paedophile priests has broken his silence, saying the Catholic Church he encountered was more concerned with "brand protection" than protecting vulnerable children.Chris O'Connor, who led the force's Child Exploitation Squad in the 1990s, worked on Operation Arcadia, an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to prosecute Bishop Ronald Mulkearns for moving Gerald Francis Ridsdale from parish to parish in the Ballarat diocese, where the priest was able to abuse hundreds of children.

Ronald Mulkearns did not recall a complaint about priest Robert Claffey

Former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns has given evidence under oath that he did not recall a complaint being made about former priest Robert Claffey.
Mr Claffey is charged with historical sex offences dating back to 1970.
Bishop Mulkearns gave evidence this morning in Mr Claffey’s committal hearing at the Geelong Magistrates Court.
The court heard Mr Claffey offered his resignation to Bishop Mulkearns in 1989 after the bishop supposedly met with the father of an alleged victim.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ronald-mulkearns-did-not-recall-a-complaint-about-priest-robert-claffey/story-e6frg6nf-1227461443892

Just released from jail, a priest is in court again re more children from his early career

In March 2015, Victorian Catholic priest Father Leslie Sheahan, now 84, was jailed for three months for indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl in one of his parishes forty years ago. In July 2015, immediately after leaving jail, he was charged in court again with indecently assaulting two more girls from another of his early parishes. He is now awaiting the outcome of this new court case.
 In both court cases, the charges were laid in the Ballarat Magistrates Court by detectives from the Sano Taskforce in the Victoria Police sex crimes squad in Melbourne.
Father Leslie John Sheahan belongs to the Ballarat diocese, which covers the whole of western Victoria, extending to Mildura in the state's far-north, to Horsham in the far-west and to Portland on the south-western coast. The city of Ballarat is where the bishop is based.

http://brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/351

A bishop has a memory lapse about the alleged crimes of an ex-priest

A retired Australian Catholic bishop, Most Reverend Ronald Mulkearns, has been forced to appear in court to answer questions about a former priest, Robert Claffey (now aged 70), who is charged with multiple incidents of indecent assault against seven children. In court on 29 July 2015, Bishop Mulkearns was forced to admit that, yes, he had known about Father Claffey's "misbehaviour" but claimed that he could not remember the details.
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. Claffey is charged with having committed indecent assaults at various locations in western Victoria, including Ballarat, Warrnambool, Portland and Apollo Bay, between 1970 and 1992.

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

Father Ronald Mulkearns, ex-Catholic bishop of Ballarat testifies in priest’s child sex case

KEEPER of secrets Father Ronald Mulkearns has broken his silence about how he handled complaints of child sexual abuse while the Catholic bishop of Ballarat for more than two decades.
Until now Fr Mulkearns has avoided giving evidence at inquiries into institutional sexual abuse, citing health issues, meaning three decades of secrets from his tenure in Ballarat have remained sealed.
But he has been forced to testify in a prosecution against former priest Robert Claffey who is charged with a string of sexual assault charges.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/father-ronald-mulkearns-ex-catholic-bishop-of-ballarat-testifies-in-priests-child-sex-case/story-fni0fee2-1227461470212

Survivor encourages Canberrans to detail childhood abuse before royal commission

A woman who was sexually abused as a child while in institutional care has encouraged Canberrans to share their own experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
During an information session in Woden on Wednesday afternoon, Jane Rosengrave spoke of her experience detailing multiple instances of abuse.
"I want people to know what I have been through," she said. "I want them to see how hard my life has been and learn from the mistakes of the past," she said.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/survivor-encourages-canberrans-to-detail-childhood-abuse-before-royal-commission-20150729-gin1z2.html

Child sex abuse royal commission hears Jehovah's Witness Church did not sanction self-confessed paedophile

A paedophile who admitted to molesting his daughters was not believed or sanctioned for it by the Jehovah's Witness Church, the royal commission into child sex abuse hears.
It is the second day that church elder Dino Ali has been questioned about the way he responded to one particularly shocking case of abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-29/jehovahs-witness-didnt-report-confessed-paedophile-inquiry-hears/6656982

Former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns remembers ‘misbehaving’ priest

FORMER Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns has finally broken his silence about clergy sex abuse within the Catholic Church, telling a court he remembers a priest "misbehaving" in a sexual way.
Bishop Mulkearns was forced to give evidence against former priest Robert Claffey who has pleaded not guilty to a string of sexual assault charges.
Appearing in Geelong Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Bishop Mulkearns, now retired, underwent a compulsory examination revealing evidence about child sexual abuse for the first time in almost two decades.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3243564/mulkearns-remembers-misbehaving-priest/?cs=12

Elder stood down for adultery, not abuse

Despite confessing to molesting his daughter, a Jehovah's Witness senior official was first stood down by the church for adultery, a royal commission has heard.
Church elder Dino Ali admitted on Wednesday that a judicial hearing in 1989 dealt with the adultery matter before allegations of sexual abuse, because they were dealing with "one issue at a time".
He also said they could not be sure the man's confession was true, based on his history of lying.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/07/29/03/36/church-elders-face-sex-abuse-inquiry

Jehovah's Witness elders ignored child sex abuse rules of evidence, royal commission told

A group of Jehovah's Witness Church elders ignored their own strict religious standards in failing to punish a self-confessed child abuser in their ranks, a royal commission has heard.
The sex predator admitted to molesting his daughter to a committee of church elders, who also heard corroborating statements from the victim, her sister and mother.
However, the evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was that the confession and three witness statements did not amount to proof in the eyes of the elders investigating the claim, all of whom were friends of the perpetrator.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/jehovahs-witness-elders-ignored-child-sex-abuse-rules-of-evidence-royal-commission-told-20150729-gimnwb.html

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Time to get the facts right about child sexual abuse

This week’s disclosures about child abuse and its cover-up by Jehovah’s Witnesses has again shown why the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse matters so much.
The sect is the commission’s 29th case study since September 2013. And there is still a long way to go because the depravity that destroyed young lives, which was hidden for decades, was so widespread. The commission’s report should provide insights and guidance about the best strategies for preventing such crimes and dealing with them in future. Current and past church leaders and others are morally obliged to co-operate. The vast majority are doing so.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/time-to-get-the-facts-right-about-child-sexual-abuse/story-e6frg71x-1227460782107

Jehovah’s Witness elder warned teen not to report father’s sex abuse to police

A teenager who revealed she and her three sisters were sexually abused by their father, a senior ­Jehovah’s Witness, was warned by an elder not to report the abuse to police because if she did so, she would be “disfellowshipped”, or excommunicated.
The woman, known as BCG, told the royal commission into child sexual abuse that her father sexually abused her when she was 17, while her mother and six siblings were away.
She said she used “to pray to Jehovah to put angels” around her bed to stop her father’s abuse but it did not stop.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/jehovahs-witness-elder-warned-teen-not-to-report-fathers-sex-abuse-to-police/story-fngburq5-1227460803130

Catholic Church slams false claim by Victoria cops of 43 suicides

The Catholic Church has ­attacked Victoria Police’s exaggeration of suicide deaths due to clergy abuse, warning that false and misleading information amplifies the trauma caused by offending.
Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan has, however, also warned the church against falling into the trap of believing that police are waging a vendetta.
Mr Sullivan said was he seriously concerned after The Weekend Australian revealed police had vastly overstated the number of people who had committed suicide as a result of clergy abuse.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/catholic-church-slams-false-claim-by-victoria-cops-of-43-suicides/story-fngburq5-1227460803681

Jehovah's Witness abuser quoted scripture while assaulting daughter, royal commission told

As a child growing up in a strict Jehovah's Witness household she was taught to obey her father as head of the family and warned that outsiders were "worldly people" who served Satan.
In a harrowing day of evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the woman detailed how her father repeatedly sexually abused her and her three sisters.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jehovahs-witness-abuser-quoted-scripture-while-assaulting-daughter-royal-commission-told-20150728-gim9rh.html

Reflections: Child abuse survivors set up campaign group

A new support service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse has been unveiled in Loughborough.
Reflections was founded by survivors of childhood abuse who want provide support to other victims.
Chairman Phil Lafferty said he has already started a petition calling for tougher sentencing for paedophiles.
Mr Lafferty said he hopes to meet with Justice Minister Michael Gove to discuss child abuse sentencing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-33667997

Jehovah’s Witness ‘ministerial servant’ held in high regard by congregation while assaulting daughters

A TEENAGE girl prayed to Jehovah to put angels around her bed and stop her father from sexually assaulting her but no-one listened, she told the sex abuse royal commission today.
While the rest of the Jehovah’s Witness branch held her father in high regard as a “ministerial servant”, he was flogging her at home until she bled and had sex with her and three of her sisters, the commission was told.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/jehovahs-witness-ministerial-servant-held-in-high-regard-by-congregation-while-assaulting-daughters/story-e6frg6n6-1227460189924

Abuse hearing would `sully Jehovah's name'

A JEHOVAH'S Witness elder has denied he tried to discourage an abuse survivor from going to the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
JIM Bello an elder in a congregation in Western Australia visited the woman, referred to as BCB, in 2012 to discuss her allegations of abuse by an elder in the church in the 80s and 90s.
On Tuesday Mr Bello said he had been told by a branch oversees to visit BCB and her husband at their WA farm to see if he could help and to gain information.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/national/jehovahs-witness-inquiry-continues/story-fnjbnvyj-1227459503547

Jehovah's Witness elders kept police out of sex abuse cases

A WOMAN whose father sexually abused her and her three sisters was refused permission by a North Queensland Jehovah's Witness congregation to contact police, the Royal Commission into Child Abuse heard on Tuesday.
The woman, 41, told the commission her father beat, berated and sexually assaulted her during the 1980s.
He was a respected congregation member involved in organising Bible studies and door-to-door counselling. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Is your school adequately managing its response to the risk of child abuse?

Against the backdrop of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, it is essential that school principals take the time to review the obligations they and their staff have to reduce the risk of child abuse (including physical, sexual and verbal abuse) at school. This is particularly important as the obligations of schools and their personnel move from simply being a “duty of care” issue to a statutory obligation.
In Victoria for instance:
  • a principal, school teacher or nurse must disclose to Child Protection a reasonable belief that child abuse has occurred (or may occur); and
  • any adult at the school must disclose to Victoria Police a reasonable belief that an adult has sexually abused a child under the age of 16.
Failure to comply with these obligations is a criminal offence.

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=d00c9bd5-75a0-47ec-979b-9e9364d1862e

Norfolk child sex abuse case: Marie Black guilty

A woman has been found guilty of the sexual abuse of children.
Marie Black, 34, of Norwich, stood trial with nine others, including five women, at Norwich Crown Court.
She was said to be at the centre of abuse and denied 26 charges. A jury has convicted her of all but three counts.
She was found guilty of offences including rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Two men were found guilty of child sex abuse charges and a woman of assault.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-33674221

Prisoner, Hey Dad! star Maggie Kirkpatrick on child sex charges

AN Australian TV legend who has starred in Prisoner, Hey Dad! and Home and Away has been charged with child sex offences.
Maggie Kirkpatrick, best known for playing “The Freak” on acclaimed small-screen soapie Prisoner, says she will fight to clear her name when she faces court in August.
Victoria Police’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team charged Kirkpatrick, 74, with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under the age of 16.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/prisoner-hey-dad-star-maggie-kirkpatrick-on-child-sex-charges/story-fnpp4dl6-1227459283034

Ken Clarke abuse claim: MP denies molesting Ben Fellows

Ex-chancellor of the exchequer Ken Clarke has denied molesting an actor who claims he was sexually assaulted by the MP as a young man.
Ben Fellows, 40, of Solihull, alleges the Conservative MP plied him with alcohol and abused him in 1994.
Mr Fellows is on trial at the Old Bailey in London where he denies perverting the course of justice by making a false claim against Mr Clarke.
The 75-year-old politician told the court the claim was "preposterous".
Jurors have heard that in 2012 Mr Fellows told national news reporters Mr Clarke had assaulted him in the office of political lobbyist Ian Greer during a cash-for-questions sting by ITV's The Cook Report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-33677402

Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed more than 1000 cases of child sexual abuse since 1950 to 'protect their wives' Royal Commission told

Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed notes relating to 1006 cases of child sexual abuse dating back to 1950 to 'protect their wives.'
The opening day of the royal commission in Sydney on Monday heard that the cases were instead handled internally with the victims asked to attend 'meetings', often with their abuser.
'We do not want our wives knowing our stuff - what sort of things we are dealing with,' Max Horley, an elder for the Jehovah's Witness congregation in Western Australia said.

Child sex abuse royal commission hears Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report 1,000 alleged perpetrators

More than 1,000 members of the Jehovah's Witnesses have been identified by the church as perpetrators of child sexual abuse since 1950, but not one was reported to police, an inquiry has heard.
The Sydney hearing was told the church adopted a scriptural response to abuse, which it abhorred, and had files relating to 1,006 alleged perpetrators, dating back to 1950.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-27/jehovahs-witnesses-child-sexual-abuse-royal-commission/6649340

Facts, not hysteria and hearsay

Victims of child sexual abuse have fought a long, painful battle for justice. Their cause, sadly, has been set back by the incompetence of, and shameful distortions by, Victoria Police. As John Ferguson revealed on Saturday’s front page, the police force vastly overstated the number of suicides related to child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in the state. After claiming 43 church-related suicides had taken place, police now concede the real figure was one suicide in which church-related sex abuse was a contributing factor.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/facts-not-hysteria-and-hearsay/story-e6frg71x-1227457790004

Child abuse inquiry: Jehovah’s Witnesses never reported offenders

At least 125 allegations of child sex abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses did not proceed to further investigation because the church’s internal practices required at least two observers of the abuse to come forward, the royal commission will hear.
And of the 1006 alleged offenders identified by the church since 1950 not a single one was reported to the police or other “secular authorities”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-abuse-inquiry-jehovahs-witnesses-never-reported-offenders/story-fngburq5-1227458506467

Paedophiles repeatedly promoted to positions of authority in Jehovah’s Witness church royal commission told

Officials in the Jehovah’s Witness Church destroyed notes, including those involving allegations of sexually assaulting children, in case they fell into the “wrong hands” — like those of their wives.
Church Elder Max Horley told the child sex abuse royal commission today that it was protocol to destroy notes including those he made during meetings between another elder Bill Neill and the teenage girl who accused him of abusing her.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/paedophiles-repeatedly-promoted-to-positions-of-authority-in-jehovahs-witness-church-royal-commission-told/story-fni0cx12-1227458483269

Jehovah's elders knew of child sex abuse

A royal commission has heard Jehovah's Witnesses elders knew of more than 1000 cases of child abuse since 1950, but never reported them to police.

Jehovah's Witnesses destroyed notes about child sexual abuse to stop them falling into the wrong hands and to "protect their wives", a church elder has told a national hearing in Sydney.
The opening day of a royal commission hearing into abuse within the controversial church has heard how more than 1000 cases of child abuse since 1950 were dealt with internally and never reported to police.
It has also heard that victims were made to confront their abusers and left feeling as if they had sinned.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/07/27/jehovahs-elders-knew-child-sex-abuse

Jehovah's Witnesses did not report 1006 alleged sex abusers to police, royal commission told

The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia received allegations of child sexual abuse involving more than 1000 of its members over a 60-year period but did not report a single claim to police, a royal commission has heard.
Instead, the church, which has almost 70,000 active members, followed its policy of handling allegations internally.
The opening day of the hearing into the Jehovah's Witnesses at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told that church elders blamed at least two victims for their sexual abuse.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/jehovahs-witnesses-did-not-report-1006-alleged-sex-abusers-to-police-royal-commission-told-20150727-gil1u7

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Music mogul in fight to expose child abuse

THE mentor of singer Jessie J has told how the abuse he suffered at a children’s home linked to a Westminster paedophile ring has inspired him to fight for justice for the victims. 
 
Music mogul Raymond Stevenson, who discovered the former Voice judge when she was 15, said he and his friends were regularly beaten and drugged at Shirley Oaks in Surrey.
Dozens of others were sexually abused and Raymond, 51, believes the investigation is being hampered because it reaches into the heart of government.
He said “very powerful people” were involved in the abuse and the cover-up, including a Labour minister known as The Godfather.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Nine-month sentence for former Trinity principal slammed

CHILD abuse victim advocacy group Bravehearts has called for a review of paedophile sentencing practices following the "far too lenient" nine-month jail sentence of former Trinity Catholic College Lismore principal Peter Pemble.
The former Marist Brothers senior educator, now 67, was sentenced on Thursday in the Newcastle District Court.
Brother Peter Pemble was not long out of teachers' college when he was sent to Marist Brothers High School at Maitland in 1971, Judge Peter Berman said. 

Labor backs abuse victim redress

The ALP national conference has committed a future Labor government to assisting victims of abuse, acting on the royal commission's recommendations.
Labor has pledged to act on the recommendations of the royal commission into child sexual abuse, including a redress scheme for victims.
The inquiry was set up by the Gillard government in 2013 and is due to report in December 2017.
The ALP national conference being held in Melbourne on Saturday passed a resolution to act on the commission's findings, in consultation with victims, and to report annually to the parliament on the implementation of the recommendations.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/07/25/labor-backs-abuse-victim-redress

Friday, 24 July 2015

Former Trinity principal jailed for child sexual assault

A former principal of Lismore’s Trinity Cathoic College has been jailed for nine months for sexual assaults on a child in Maitland in the early 1970s.
Brother Peter Pemble also admitted assaulting two other boys during that period but has never been charged.
Fairfax media reported that the paedophile Marist Brother was sent to the Marist Brothers High School at Maitland in 1971, shortly after finishing at teachers college.
Judge Peter Berman, who heard the case in the Newcastle District Court, said Pemble had selected a boy the following year to help him organise sporting activities before isolating him on at least two occasions and indecently assaulting him.

http://www.echo.net.au/2015/07/former-trinity-principal-jailed-for-child-sexual-assault/

A prominent Marist Brother is jailed — 40 years after the crime

One of the Marist Brothers' most senior educators in Australia, Brother Peter Pemble, was jailed on 23 July 2015 (aged 67) for a child-sex crime which he committed 40 years earlier when he was in his twenties. In court, Pemble pleaded guilty to the offence, which was committed against a junior boy in a Marist school at Maitland (in the Hunter region, north of Sydney) in the early 1970s. Eventually, Brother Peter Pemble became the principal of several Catholic schools in Sydney. The victim finally spoke to police, 40 years after the crime, because he still feels hurt by the sexual abuse and the cover-up.

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

1986 letter by MI5 chief reveals how allegations of child abuse at Westminster were covered up

MORE revelations are due to come out about historic Westminster child abuse allegations, an MP has warned.
Simon Danczuk spoke out yesterday after the Cabinet Office released a forgotten MI5 letter about a politician with a “penchant for small boys”.
Written by then-head of MI5, Sir Anthony Duff, the 1986 note made no reference to child safety but concluded that the unnamed MP had denied the allegation, adding that “the risk of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger”.
Apparently “overlooked” during a 2014 Home Office investigation, it has now been published in a supplement to a review on whether the government covered up abuse allegations in the 1980s.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/1986-letter-by-mi5-chief-reveals-how-allegations-of-child-abuse-at-westminster-were-covered-up.5555

I won't name child abuse MP: Fury as Mrs Thatcher's Cabinet chief defends failure to act over senior Tory

    Senior civil servant in Thatcher government accused of 'shocking' attitude
    Ex-Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong defended apparent abuse cover-up
    Was warned by security services in 1986 that MP had ‘a penchant for boys’
    Said he believed decision not to investigate claims was ‘correct at the time’
The most senior civil servant in the Thatcher government was accused of a ‘shocking’ and ‘cavalier’ attitude last night after he defended an apparent child abuse cover-up.
Former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong was warned by the security services in 1986 that an MP had ‘a penchant for small boys’.

Catholic Brother Bernard Hartman jailed for three years over sex attacks on children in 1970s and 1980s

THE Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne knew a Marianist brother was a sexual predator of children decades ago but it was not until today his victims finally saw him jailed.
In another scandalous blow to the church, Brother Bernard Hartman was jailed for three years, with one year suspended, for sustained sexual attacks on two young girls aged under 11 in the 1970s and a male student in the early 1980s.
County Court Judge James Parrish described the offending as “blatant” and a grave breach of Hartman's position as a teacher at St Paul's College in Altona North.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/catholic-brother-bernard-hartman-jailed-for-three-years-over-sex-attacks-on-children-in-1970s-and-1980s/story-fni0fee2-1227455355954

I met Britain's spymaster at Kincora, says abuse survivor

Kincora whistleblower Richard Kerr has claimed that he met one of Britain's most senior spymasters in the notorious home where children were abused.
Sir Maurice Oldfield, the former Director and Controller of Intelligence in Northern Ireland, had been at the home in 1978, Mr Kerr claims.
He left Northern Ireland under a cloud of sexual innuendo two years later.
A closet homosexual, he was accused of making a pass at a man in the bar of the Old Crow Inn in Comber, but no charges were ever brought and his friends said it was black propaganda by intelligence rivals while the police denied dealing with any complaint.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/i-met-britains-spymaster-at-kincora-says-abuse-survivor-31400247.html

VIP child abuse and a conspiracy of silence

A letter allegedly unearthed from an old Whitehall store cupboard provides yet more evidence that a paedophile ring at the heart of the British establishment was cynically covered up.
The then head of MI5, Sir Antony Duff, is reporting to Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong on investigations into an MP with ‘a penchant for small boys’.

Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle meets with members of pontifical commission on sex abuse

One of the most severe critics of the church's handling of the sex abuse scandal spent several days last month briefing members of the Vatican commission appointed to advise Pope Francis on the issue.
In a phone interview Monday, Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle confirmed that he met with four members of the commission in London after he was approached to consult with the group by commission member Marie Collins of Ireland, who was raped by a priest as a youngster.
Doyle said he personally knew Collins and has "the highest regard and respect for her. I was really encouraged when she was appointed a member of the commission." He said they met following a conference in the United States in April and Collins asked him then if he would be interested in serving as a consultant to the commission.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Kincora Boys' Home: MI5 and the Westminster paedophile ring

It has been closed for over 30 years after a child sex abuse scandal broke in the early 1980s, but the grubby tale of Kincora Boys Home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is once again dirtying the news agenda – with more details emerging about who was involved and what they did.
Kincora was supposed to be a haven for boys aged 15 to 18 from troubled backgrounds, including those most at risk of abuse. But for some of the 168 who passed over its threshold, the experience was one of being tossed from the furnace into the fires of a man-made hell.


 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/kincora-boys-home-mi5-westminster-paedophile-ring-1512230

Thatcher government warned about MP who had a penchant for small boys

Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations could be damaging for the administration 
The Thatcher government were warned by spy chiefs about allegations an MP had a "penchant for small boys" which risked causing a political embarrassment, documents have revealed.
Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations could be damaging for the administration.


http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/uk-news/thatcher-government-warned-mp-who-9714152

Child Abuse: PM Tells Police - No Limits

David Cameron tells police investigating child abuse allegations against politicians they should go "as high as they like".
Police should be able to investigate child abuse allegations against high-profile politicians "without fear or uncertainty" of how high up in Government they can go.
David Cameron said police should be able to take action on any new information and urged anyone who knew anything about "these terrible crimes against children and young people" to come forward.

http://news.sky.com/story/1523821/child-abuse-pm-tells-police-no-limits

Former NSW school principal sentenced to jail for indecent assault

A former Catholic school principal has been sentenced to 18 months' jail for indecently assaulting a Hunter Valley school boy.
Peter Pemble, 67, sexually abused the boy at Maitland's Marist Brothers' High School in the early 1970s.
He went on to become principal at St Gregory's college in Campbelltown in western Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-23/former-nsw-principal-sentenced-to-jail-for-indecent-assault/6642536

Kincora boys' home abuse: Files handed to HIA inquiry

New government files containing allegations about abuse at the Kincora Boys Home in east Belfast have been handed over to the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.
The papers should have been disclosed as part of a previous search of Home Office documents.
However, they were not discovered as they were not properly catalogued.
It is known they include Kincora abuse claims passed to the authorities by ex-Army press officer Colin Wallace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-33632706

Public hearing into Victorian state run youth training and reception centres

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 17 August 2015.

The public hearing will inquire into the experiences of former child residents at Turana Youth Training Centre, Winlaton Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre between the 1960s and early 1990s.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-07/public-hearing-into-victorian-state-run-youth-trai

Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing on 27 July 2015 at 10:00am.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.
2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-07/public-hearing-into-the-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses

Spy chiefs warned Thatcher government about 'embarrassing' sex abuse claims

Spy chiefs warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a "penchant for small boys" risked causing it political embarrassment, documents have revealed.
 Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations could be damaging for the administration.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/spy-chiefs-warned-thatcher-government-about-embarrassing-sex-abuse-claims-31397687.html

Is religion doing enough to root out abuse?

From when Karen Morgan was 12, until she was well into her teens, she was sexually abused by her uncle - a ministerial servant with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
He would go upstairs, on the premise that he was saying a prayer with his niece, then sexually abuse her.
Now in her 30s, Karen wasn't understood when she first told her parents what her uncle, Mark Sewell, was doing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33609927

Child abuse documents name key figures in British politics

FAMOUS figures from Westminster have been named in documents relating to child abuse.

Government has revealed to Sky News the titles of abuse documents which include names of leading British political figures from the 1970s and 1980s.
They relate to well-known people from Westminster, who have died, including Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary secretary Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister Sir William van Straubenzee.
The papers also refer to the Kincora children's home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/593060/child-abuse-documents-name-key-figures-in-British-politics

Secret files ‘show MI5 let abuse claim MP off hook’: Security chief said the case would ‘embarrass the Government’

Senior figures include Sir Peter Hayman and Sir William van Straubenzee
Sir Peter Morrison, an aide to Margaret Thatcher, has also been named
Cabinet Office confirmed papers exist which relate to men, who are all dead
 Paper also reveals concerns of abuse at Kincora children's home in Belfast

The VIP paedophile scandal deepened last night after it emerged that an MP suspected of child abuse was let off the hook by the security services.
Newly released papers reveal that in 1986 the then director general of MI5, Sir Antony Duff, looked at claims that the MP ‘has a penchant for small boys’.
But the inquiry was dropped when the security services simply accepted the MP’s claims that the allegations were false.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Key Westminster figures named in new child abuse files

Key Westminster figures from the 1970s and 1980s including former Home Secretary Leon Brittan have been named in a series of newly disclosed Government child abuse documents.
 The batch of files relate to three senior government figures, all of whom are now dead: Sir Peter Hayman, a former diplomat and M16 worker, Sir William van Straubenzee, a former minister, and Sir Peter Morrison, who was an aide to Margaret Thatcher.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11756976/Key-Westminster-figures-named-in-new-child-abuse-files.html

Child sex abuse inquiry: Leading Westminster figures including ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan named in Government documents

The documents name Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary secretary the late Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Sir Leon Brittan, former diplomat the late Sir Peter Hayman and former minister the late Sir William van Straubenzee
Leading Westminster figures from the 1970s and 80s including the late Leon Brittan have been named in Government child abuse documents, it was reported last night.

 

Famous TV star investigated over new claims of historic child sex abuse

The probe into the 'celebrity actor' was revealed at a child safeguarding meeting in Lancashire 

A famous TV star is being investigated over new claims of historic sex abuse.
But the identity of the “celebrity actor” is being kept under wraps by police.
The allegations against the well known name are being probed by officers as part of Operation Fervant, the national inquiry into alleged sex abuse by celebrities or people in positions of trust.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/famous-tv-star-investigated-over-6118892 

Labor ‘must’ back abuse victims

The ALP will be asked at this weekend’s national conference to pledge to implement future recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The resolution will be moved by Charlton MP Pat Conroy, whose electorate is in the Hunter Valley, and Sydney Leichhardt councillor Darcy Byrne. It is being supported by whistleblower policeman Peter Fox.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/politics-news/labor-must-back-abuse-victims/story-fn59nqld-1227453073787

Sex abuse victims expect to be let down by commission evidence

Victims of pedophile priests ­believe former bishop of ­Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns will not be held to account for his years of allegedly covering up child sex abuse, saying they are used to being disappointed by investigating authorities and the Catholic Church.
The royal commission into child sex abuse is yet to finalise the witness list for when it returns to Ballarat at the end of this year but Bishop Mulkearns is considered highly likely to be asked to give evidence.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/sex-abuse-victims-expect-to-be-let-down-by-commission-evidence/story-fngburq5-1227453067593

Character evidence will be produced in case against Philip Wilson

Newcastle Court has been told evidence relating to the character of Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson will be produced in his trial for concealing child sexual abuse.
Wilson was not in court today, as his barrister Simon Buchen and the Crown gave an update of proceedings.
Wilson has already pleaded not guilty to concealing the serious indictable offence of another person.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-22/character-evidence-will-be-produced-in-case-against-philip-wils/6639360

A Jesuit priest is jailed after admitting offences against children

Broken Rites is doing further research about Father David Rankin, a Catholic priest in the Jesuit religious order, who was jailed in 2014 after pleading guilty to acts of indecency committed against three young boys in Sydney. These particular offences occurred in the 1960s when Rankin was a school teacher (by 1970, he was ordained as a Jesuit priest). These three boys are not necessarily Rankin's only victims during his 50-year career; they are merely three who took the opportunity to speak with a New South Wales Police detective. This shows that, even after 50 years, it is never too late to report a child-abuse crime to the child-protection police. After becoming a priest, Father Rankin ministered in Melbourne and Tasmania — and in Canada.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/290

Sex abuse royal commission to investigate 'horrible' youth training centres where children were 'treated as numbers'

The experiences of former child residents at three youth training centres in Victoria will be examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The centres in question include the Turana Youth Training Centre in Parkville, Winlaton Youth Training Centre at Nunawading and Baltara Reception Centre in Parkville during the 1960s and the 1990s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-22/royal-commission-to-investigate-victorian-youth-training-centres/6640544

'Celebrity actor' being investigated by Lancashire Police over sex abuse allegations

ANOTHER famous name is being investigated by Lancashire Police over historic sex abuse allegations, it has emerged.
Operation Fervant, the probe into alleged misconduct by celebrities or people in positions of trust, has led to a number of inquiries being opened across the county.

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/13488770.display/

Transfield defends handling of child abuse reports

The company operating offshore immigration centres has defended its conduct, amid allegations some of its staff members abused child asylum seekers on Nauru. Senior officials from Transfield Services have told a Senate inquiry, six members of the company's staff have been dismissed and the cases have been referred onto the Nauruan police. However, as Michael Kenny reports, the company says no charges have yet been laid against the staff members involved.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/07/20/transfield-defends-handling-child-abuse-reports

Nauru child abuse claims: No staff charged despite 30 allegations of asylum seekers being abused

Not a single staff member accused of abusing a child asylum seeker at Nauru has been charged for an offence and the centre's operator cannot guarantee the security of detainees, a Senate inquiry has heard.
It also emerged on Monday that on-the-job staff drug testing is not conducted at Nauru, despite allegations of guards trading marijuana for sexual favours from female detainees.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nauru-child-abuse-claims-no-staff-charged-despite-30-allegations-of-asylum-seekers-being-abused-20150720-gig2fu.html

Solicitor Alex Lewenberg probed over allegations of pressuring a child abuse victim

THE legal watchdog is eyeing a solicitor over allegations he pressured a child sex abuse victim over assisting police.
Veteran lawyer Alex Lewenberg is being investigated by the Legal Services Commissioner over comments to a victim of notorious Jewish paedophile David Cyprys.
A complaint was made in March.
In covertly recorded conversations Mr Lewenberg, who had represented Cyprys, is said to be heard telling the victim Jews shouldn’t help police prosecute fellow Jews.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/solicitor-alex-lewenberg-probed-over-allegations-of-pressuring-a-child-abuse-victim/story-fni0fee2-1227451617783

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Ballarat hires QC for Ronald Mulkearns in pedophile priest case

The scandal-plagued Catholic Dio­cese of Ballarat has paid for a respected Victorian QC to intervene on behalf of its former ­bishop, Ronald Mulkearns, in a case against an alleged pedophile priest.
David Grace QC warned Geelong Magistrates Court against ­accepting the evidence of Bishop Mulkearns in its criminal proceedings against ­Robert Claffey, who is charged with historical sex offences. Magistrate John Lesser ordered that Bishop Mulkearns appear and give sworn evidence next week about the alleged pedophile activities of Mr Claffey, des­pite the objections of Mr Grace.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/ballarat-hires-qc-for-ronald-mulkearns-in-pedophile-priest-case/story-fngburq5-1227451513543

Paedophilia and the Vatican

Mick Armstrong’s article on Catholic and other church child abuse (Red Flag #49) is a worthy addition to his contributions to working class history over many years. However, Armstrong’s article can be pressed further.
The precursor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was a NSW special commission of inquiry into high-level police and Catholic Church collaboration to protect paedophile priests in the Hunter region of NSW.

https://redflag.org.au/article/paedophilia-and-vatican

When institutions let child sexual abuse happen, that should be a crime

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a research paper that suggests organisations be held criminally responsible when their negligence results in harm to children. Released on July 17, it proposes, among other matters, the creation of offences that would hold organisations criminally responsible for the creation and/or management of risk of harm and for their response when harm is done to a child.

http://theconversation.com/when-institutions-let-child-sexual-abuse-happen-that-should-be-a-crime-44894

UK: Paedophile writes to Theresa May requesting sex with children to be legalised

A paedophile was investigated after he sent a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May requesting for sex with children to be legalised.
Philip Kirk, 22, from York was found to have downloaded nearly 1,000 indecent images of children and searched online for child murders and Girl Guide groups.
"I have been a paedophile since the age of 13 and openly a paedophile for the last three years," Kirk wrote in a letter to May.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-paedophile-writes-theresa-may-requesting-sex-children-be-legalised-1511748

Child sex abuse royal commission: Disability advocacy group raises awareness in western Victoria

A national disability advocacy group has visited western Victoria to raise awareness about the child sex abuse royal commission.
People With Disability Australia held an information session about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in Ararat yesterday, with the aim of reaching victims who were yet to speak up.
The organisation's Matthew Bowden said former residents and child sex abuse survivors at the Pleasant Creek Special School in Stawell requested the visit.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-21/disability-advocacy-group-urges-child-sex-abuse/6635664

Monday, 20 July 2015

Westminster paedophile scandal: Tory minister Leon Brittan 'liked boys to dress in women's underwear'

Former home secretary Leon Brittan and ex-MI6 agent Peter Hayman are among the suspects who were involved in paedophile rings operating in the 1980s, according to reports.
The late Conservative MP and British diplomat were both named by alleged victims during an investigation by Australian current affairs programme 60 Minutes entitled Spies, Lords and Predators.
The show's reporter, Ross Coulthart, said the allegations of a paedophile ring involving politicians, lords, the police and other high-profile names as "Britain's biggest ever scandal", which has the potential to "rock the establishment".

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/westminster-paedophile-scandal-tory-minister-leon-brittan-liked-boys-dress-womens-underwear-1511687

Child sex abuse: Former bishop Ronald Mulkearns ordered to court

The bishop who failed to take ­action against Australia’s worst pedophile priest has been ordered to give court evidence next week, paving the way for him to face the child sex abuse royal commission.
Former bishop Ronald Mulkearns has for years avoided scrutiny over his alleged failure to curb systemic sex offending among his clergy in the west Victorian diocese of Ballarat, where the Catholic Church’s worst crimes were committed.
After having a stroke in 1998, Father Mulkearns avoided the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse in institutions, citing ill health, and had appeared unlikely to attend the royal ­commission into institutional res­ponses.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-sex-abuse-former-bishop-ronald-mulkearns-ordered-to-court/story-fngburq5-1227450017682

Abuse crime laws must target institutions

Australia is ready for new laws to hold institutions criminally responsible for child sexual abuse, a report says.
In a comprehensive examination of the country's criminal justice system, the sex abuse royal commission says Australian law punishes individual offenders but not organisations.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/07/20/17/37/abuse-crime-laws-must-target-institutions

Abuse inquiry: breaking with tradition

Much is expected from the largest and most ambitious public inquiry ever established.
The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse seems to have got off to a good start. Lowell Goddard, who served as a high court judge in New Zealand for 20 years before being appointed to chair the inquiry in April, has not been wasting her time.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/comment-and-opinion/abuse-inquiry-breaking-with-tradition/5050049.article

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Inquiry judge will hear 30,000 VICTIMS of predators – but Goddard probe says that’s less than 1% of adults who were abused as children

The landmark inquiry into historic child sexual abuse is braced to hear testimony from at least 30,000 victims, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
But that extraordinary number represents less than one per cent of the more than three million adults in Britain who were abused as children, according to the Goddard Inquiry.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Catholic priest found guilty of common assault after giving child a 'smack' in church

A Catholic priest has been found guilty of common assault and dismissed from his Sydney parish after he smacked a child in church.
Three days before Holy Communion, eight-year-old Peter* was "grabbed" in the St John Vianney Catholic Church at Greenacre by Father Terrence Millard, "positioned" in front of a symbolic image of Jesus Christ being nailed to the cross and then punished with a "smack" to the upper buttocks for perceived bad behaviour.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/catholic-priest-found-guilty-of-common-assault-after-giving-child-a-smack-in-church-20150718-gidl76

Friday, 17 July 2015

Child sexual abuse claims no longer subject to limitation periods in Victoria

Victoria has now abolished limitation periods within which to sue for injury arising out of child abuse.
These amendments resulted from a recommendation from the Betrayal of Trust inquiry in Victoria that the Limitations of Action Act be amended to exclude child abuse from the operation of the limitation periods under that Act.  The changes commenced on 1 July 2015.
There will now be no time limit within which to sue if an action is founded on the death or personal injury of a person resulting from:

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=8e2d4448-0278-4f5e-b738-7fdba8c77d2a

Thursday, 16 July 2015

'Give me back my mother's body': Woman whose mum was buried in Magdalene Laundry mass grave demands justice

Mary Collins' mother Angela was "snatched from the side of the road" and spent 27 years in a hellhole institution where she tragically died
A woman whose mother was buried in a mass grave after spending 27 years in a hellhole Magdalene Laundry last night begged for her body to be returned.
Mary Collins has told how her family was torn apart when the Traveller was “snatched from the side of the road” and thrown into the hated institution.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/politics/give-back-mothers-body-woman-6075388

National Child Abuse Redress Scheme ‘Complicated’

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is about to release its recommendations around a national redress scheme but has warned that the solutions are not as simple as just paying out dollars.

The Chair of the Royal Commission Justice McClellan foreshadowed the redress recommendations and outlined the complexity of the issues at the Uniting Church in Australia’s 14th Assembly meeting, held at the University of Western Australia.

“Our terms of reference require us to consider justice for survivors,” Justice McClellan said.

www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/07/national-child-abuse-redress-scheme-‘complicated’

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Anglican Church strips former government minister of holy orders over role in sex abuse scandal

A FORMER state government cabinet minister has been defrocked by the Anglican Church over his role in the church sex abuse scandal.
Pat Comben, who served as education and environment minister in the Goss government, was ordained as a deacon by controversial Brisbane archbishop and former governor-general Peter Hollingworth after retiring from politics in the mid 1990s.
In 2013, he gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse over the abuse of orphans at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/anglican-church-strips-former-government-minister-of-holy-orders-over-role-in-sex-abuse-scandal/story-fnn8dlfs-1227443362227

Churches, schools could be held criminally liable for abuse: report

Churches, schools and hospitals could be held criminally liable for child sexual abuse perpetrated by people linked to them, according to a report before a royal commission.
The president of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, flagged on Wednesday that the commission was considering a report which discusses whether an institution should be held criminally liable "for the sexual abuse committed by a person associated with that institution."

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/churches-schools-could-be-held-criminally-liable-for-abuse-report-20150715-gicsqu.html

Perth police charge former priest and scout leader with sex assaults

Perth police have charged an 83-year-old former priest and scout leader with the sexual assault of three boys between 1954 and 1979.
WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said the alleged assaults against two ten-year-old boys and one 16-year-old occurred when the man was an Anglican Priest in Ravensthorpe and a scout leader in Wembley.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/perth-police-charge-former-priest-and-scout-leader-with-sex-assaults-20150715-gicihw.html

News Church acts against former Grafton deacon and CV councillor

A FORMER Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, and fomer Clarence Valley Councillor, has been removed from holy orders on the recommendation of an independent Professional Standards Board.
Patrick Comben had been a licensed deacon in the Anglican Church.
The recommendation follows a hearing by the Board, headed by Sydney barrister, the Hon. Mr Morton Rolfe QC.
The hearing related to the diocesan response to allegations of abuse at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore during the period 1940-1980 and claims for compensation. 

Hundreds of child sexual abuse complaints referred to police: royal commission chair

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has so far referred 666 matters to police with a view to prosecuting the offenders.
The commission has received more than 13,000 allegations of sexual abuse with approximately half of those relating to faith-based institutions.
Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan gave an overview of the figures during an address to the 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church meeting in Perth this morning.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-15/child-abuse-royal-commission-chair-speaks/6621742

Institutions need to be accountable for child abuse under their care: RC Chair

ASHLEY HALL: The head of the royal commission into child sex abuse says it's time to consider whether institutions should be criminally liable for the abuse of children under their care.

The chairman of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan, is set to make the comments today in Perth in a speech to mark the half way point of the hearings.

He says greater accountability is needed for the places and organisations where sexual abuse takes place.

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4273855.htm?site=perth

Abuse commissioner: 'Institutions must never again be allowed to silence a child'

Royal commission chair Peter McClellan, in speech to be delivered to Uniting church, will decry ‘the societal norm that children should be seen but not heard’

Institutions including religious organisations, schools and sporting groups must never again be allowed to silence children or fail to protect them, according to the chair of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.


http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/15/abuse-commissioner-institutions-must-never-again-be-allowed-to-silence-a-child

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

National abuse redress scheme 'a must'

The federal government is about to receive recommendations for major changes to the legal system so that institutions "can never again silence children".
Recommendations on redress and civil litigation as it applies to survivors of child sexual abuse will be handed to Attorney-General George Brandis within weeks, Peter McClellan, the chair of the child sex abuse royal commission is expected to announce on Wednesday.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/28795878/national-abuse-redress-scheme-a-must/

Child-sex abuse: Peter McClellan to address church assembly

The child-sex abuse royal commission has referred 666 matters to police for investigation amid soaring demand from victims to have their stories heard.
Despite the demand, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will not be seeking a further time extension, with 1527 people in the queue for a private session with the inquiry.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-sex-abuse-peter-mcclellan-to-address-church-assembly/story-fngburq5-1227442028879

Monday, 13 July 2015

The day I realised the child abuse I suffered wasn’t my fault

For many years I lived with an inner roar of self-hate. Meeting other women with the same pain made me realise it was not unique – and I wasn’t to blame
Denial is a funny thing, isn’t it? I’m sitting at a dinner party, freshly wounded from a failed relationship, and someone is talking drunkenly about Jimmy Savile. “Well all those people who have come forward as victims, I bet it’s just for the money, isn’t it? Those people just want attention.” And at that moment, something inside me shatters. I fall through the glass floor of my own denial and remember that I was sexually abused. By my grandad, starting from around the age of five or so.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/child-abuse-fault

Pope Francis’ Worst Nightmare: The Prophetic Voice of Fr. Tom Doyle

All Catholics, especially Pope Francis, should read the really remarkable and very readable new book, Whistle: Tom Doyle’s Steadfast Witness For Victims Of Clerical Sexual Abuse, by Robert Blair Kaiser. The book has been noted in a highly recommended and related brief series of articles, including ones by Jason Berry, Tom Fox and Barbara Blaine. Please consider reading all parts of the seriesPlease see below also Tom Doyle’s recent prophetic remarks about the really outrageous treatment of priest abuse survivors by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in its seemingly endless and very expensive bankruptcy proceedings.

http://christiancatholicism.com/pope-francis-worst-nightmare-the-prophetic-voice-of-fr-tom-doyle/

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury 'promises sex abuse inquiry'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has promised to investigate sex abuse in the Church of England if the judge-led abuse inquiry does not look into it within six months, survivors say.
Justin Welby made the promise during a private meeting with survivors earlier this week, they say.
The independent inquiry into child sex abuse led by Justice Lowell Goddard is expected to last five years.
Lambeth Palace said the archbishop wanted the Church to be reviewed first.
But it said if this did not happen within six months, then the archbishop would instigate an "independently-led past cases review".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33495726

Child sex abuse inquiry: Labour MP Tom Watson says MI5's files are 'key' to probe

Mr Watson, leading the campaign to expose decades of child abuse by VIPs, says the inquiry needs full access to the British intelligence agency's secret documents
 The Government’s child-sex abuse inquiry must be given full ­access to MI5’s secret files c­ontaining the names of ­offenders, says campaigning MP Tom Watson.
Mr Watson, 48, said: “The MI5 files are key to understanding who knew what and when.
“They might also reveal how reported crimes were not adequately investigated and on whose orders.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-labour-6049698

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sex abuse priests could return to church without checks, warns Archbishop of York

Dr John Sentamu sounds alarm over loophole which he says could allow abusers back into ministry in Church of England despite major safeguarding overhaul 
Paedophile priests could get back into the pulpit despite a major overhaul of Church of England child protection rules to prevent a repeat of a series of sexual abuse scandals, the Archbishop of York has warned. 

Evangelical church failed WA sexual abuse victim

THE international head of an evangelical church has flown to Perth this week to apologise to a victim for the “disgraceful and disgusting” sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a local pastor.
Reverend Peter de Fin, the international director of South African-based Acts Christian Church, told The Sunday Times he was shocked by Dawid Volmer’s actions and “cannot make excuses for a minister of the gospel who should have known better”.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/evangelical-church-failed-wa-sexual-abuse-victim/story-fnhocxo3-1227438140619

Former Vatican ambassador hospitalized ahead of child abuse trial


A former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic fell ill and was taken to hospital ahead of the opening of his trial on Saturday for alleged child sex offences, a Vatican official said.
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and "apostolic nuncio", or Vatican ambassador, in Santo Domingo, is accused of paying boys to perform sexual acts, of downloading and buying pedophile material, and offending Christian morality.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/11/us-vatican-abuse-trial-hospital-idUSKCN0PL08Y20150711

Ex-archbishop taken to hospital hours before child sex abuse trial

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop accused of child sex abuse, has been hospitalized hours before a trial against him was set to open at the Vatican. The unprecedented trial is likely to be adjourned to a later date.
The 66-year-old former archbishop was placed in intensive care at a Vatican hospital, Holy See officials said Saturday, just hours before a trial against him was set to begin.
The details about Jozef Wesolowski's medical condition have not been disclosed.

http://www.dw.com/en/ex-archbishop-taken-to-hospital-hours-before-child-sex-abuse-trial/a-18578377

The Family Court’s dilemma in cases of child sexual abuse

Lucy was just 10 when she asked her mother if a girl like her could get pregnant. The childish question hid the terror and the trauma of what was happening to her. Still, Lucy, not her real name, hoped her mother might pick up the clue she was trying to give her, without revealing her father’s ­secret. But her mother didn’t get it.
The secret was that her father had begun raping Lucy in his bed when she went on Family Court-ordered access visits to his house in a regional Australian town.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/the-family-courts-dilemma-in-cases-of-child-sexual-abuse/story-e6frg6z6-1227437260564

Jimmy Savile: Pervert's nephew arrested in connection with allegations of sexual assault of girl in the 70s

Adrian Marsden, a 59-year-old father of six, was held by police 'for several hours' after the alleged victim came forward

Jimmy Savile's nephew has been arrested over allegations he was involved in an alleged sexual assault on a young girl in the 1970s, it has been reported.
Adrian Marsden, a 59-year-old father of six, was held by police 'for several hours' after the alleged victim came forward.
Marsden publicly spoke out against his depraved uncle when the former Radio 1 DJ's sickening child abuse was exposed.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-perverts-nephew-arrested-6041965

​Royal household scrutinized in child sex abuse inquiry

The Royal household will not be exempt from scrutiny over pedophile allegations and may be asked to provide evidence to a newly launched child sex abuse inquiry, it has emerged.
Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge chairing the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, had initially not included the Royal household in a list of institutions to be investigated over historical crimes.

http://rt.com/uk/272935-royal-household-sex-inquiry/ 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Attorney-General grants protection to whistleblowers

The Inquiry has secured strong legal protection for whistleblowers. Following a process of discussion with the offices of the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney-General gave an undertaking on 15 June 2015 that no document or evidence provided to the Inquiry will result in, or be used in, any prosecution under the Official Secrets Acts or any prosecution for unlawful possession of the evidence in question.
This undertaking provides the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers, consistent with the requirements of the public interest.
The full text of the Attorney-General's undertaking is attached here.
Attorney-General Letter

https://www.csa-inquiry.independent.gov.uk/news/attorney-general-grants-protection-whistleblowers

Senior British Police Chief Charged in Massive Sex Abuse Inquiry

Accused of raping and sexually assaulting three boys just hours after Britain’s largest inquiry into sexual abuse opens.
LONDON — A senior British police chief was charged with the rape and sexual assault of three boys Thursday, just hours after a massive public inquiry into child sex abuse was officially opened.
Gordon Anglesea, 78, a senior policeman in Wales for 34 years, is accused of abusing three boys between the ages of 11 and 16 in the late 1970s and ’80s.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/09/senior-british-police-chief-charged-in-massive-sex-abuse-inquiry.html

Geelong Grammar School to come under child abuse inquiry spotlight

One of Australia's most prestigious schools, Geelong Grammar, will come under the microscope of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in September, the ABC has learned.
It is understood that public hearings into allegations of sexual abuse at the school will run for two weeks in September.
The decision to hold a public hearing follows a request by the royal commission in June for anyone who was sexually abused at the school to come forward with information.
Geelong Grammar wrote to the school community in May and said it was fully cooperating with the royal commission's request for information.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-10/geelong-grammar-school-to-face-child-abuse-royal-commission/6611332

Child sex inquiry judge vows to 'name names' as she roots out abusers across the country

Justice Lowell Goddard, head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said she will use every legal power to force witnesses to give evidence 

The head of Britain’s biggest-ever public inquiry has vowed to ‘name names’ as she roots out sick child abusers across the land.
Justice Lowell Goddard, head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said she will use every legal power to force witnesses to give evidence.
She has written to hundreds of British institutions including the church, the NHS and every Government department ordering them not to destroy records that could relate to child abuse.
Even spy agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be ordered to hand over any relevant files.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/child-sex-inquiry-judge-vows-6036530

First Vatican child abuse trial places former nuncio in dock

Fate of Józef Wesołowski, accused of abusing boys in the Dominican Republic, seen as test of pope’s new approach to tackling alleged clerical wrongdoing

The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.
The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski from Poland marks the first time that the church has used the criminal justice system put in place by the Argentinian pontiff to handle cases of alleged clerical wrongdoing.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/10/first-vatican-child-abuse-trial-former-nuncio-jozef-wesolowski-dock

Child sex abuse: There could be hundreds of thousands of victims reveals inquiry judge

AS many as one in every 20 children in England and Wales may have been sexually abused, according to the head of the independent inquiry into historical abuse

But the true figures "may be worse" because of systematic "under-recording and mis-recording" by police, Justice Lowell Goddard warned.
Officially launching her inquiry today, the New Zealand High Court judge said although generations of abuse had left "scars" on victims and society, her inquiry "provides an opportunity to expose past failures of institutions to protect children".

Catholic priest who also works as a police chaplain charged with child sex offences in Kempsey in 1980s

A Catholic priest and part-time police chaplain has been charged with historical child sex offences in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
In February, police began an investigation into allegations against the Catholic priest, who is also a part-time police chaplain.
It is alleged the offences took place in the Lismore Diocese in the 1980s.
Police said the investigation was referenced at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-09/police-chaplain-charged-with-historical-sex-offences-kempsey-nsw/6608560

Former Lismore priest on child sex charges refused bail

UPDATE 1.42pm: A FORMER Lismore priest facing a range of historic child sex assault charges which allegedly occurred in Lismore in the 1980s was refused bail in Port Macquarie Local Court today.
Father John Casey, 67, is charged with five counts of a sexual assault on a person under 16-years-old, four counts of sexual assault and committing an act of indecency.
The matter was heard by magistrate Thomas Hodgson after Fr Casey was arrested and held by police overnight on Thursday. 

Northern NSW priest refused bail over alleged 1980s child sex offences

A Catholic priest and police chaplain from northern New South Wales charged over historical child sex offences has been denied bail.
John Patrick Casey faced the Port Macquarie Court this morning on nine offences.
They are alleged to have been committed against two brothers, aged nine and 11, in the Lismore Diocese in 1985.
The diocese takes in the region from the Queensland border to Camden Haven, south of Port Macquarie.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-10/catholic-priest-nsw-north-refused-bail-child-sex-charges/6609584

One in 20 children may have been victims as abuse says chairman of abuse inquiry as she opens probe which will take five years

 Inquiry was announced last year but has had two chairmen stand down
 A High Court judge from New Zealand was appointed to ensure impartiality
 Public bodies have been ordered not to shred any possible evidence
 It is feared the inquiry will take take up to five years to complete
As many as one in 20 children may have been victims of child abuse, the judge carrying out the probe has revealed.
Justice Lowell Goddard gave a statement this morning as she launched the inquiry into the role of authorities in aiding or failing to tackle past child abuse.
She stated: 'The naming of people that have been responsible for the sexual abuse of children, or institutions that have been at fault in failing to protect children from abuse, is a core aspect of the Inquiry’s function.