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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

Monday, 31 August 2015

Labor wants abuse redress made public

LABOR has called on the Abbott government to publicly release the redress recommendations of the child sex abuse royal commission, which were handed to the Governor-General on Monday.
SHADOW attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC, opposition families spokesperson Jenny Macklin and spokesperson for women Claire Moore said it was clear that redress was an important part of healing for the thousands of people affected by the evil crimes.
"Hundreds of care leavers have shown immense courage in putting their life stories on the public record. Their stories outline a litany of emotional, physical and sexual abuse," they said in a statement.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/labor-wants-abuse-redress-made-public/story-e6frfku9-1227506565885

Yeshivah Centre's (Melbourne) Rabbi Telsner must go

The following letter was sent by a Yeshivah Centre Melbourne victim/survivor of child sexual abuse to a member of the current (interim) Committee of Management. It is being reproduced here with the express permission of the victim/survivor.

Dear [REDACTED],

I hope you are well.

It is important that I relate to you the following ‘conversation’ that transpired between Rabbi Telsner and myself yesterday.

http://www.mannywaks.com/blog/yeshivah-centres-melbourne-rabbi-telsner-must-go

Kieran Tapsell on Vatican Blocking Bishops, then: The Interview: Gayby Baby: Same sex families and schools

You may or may not Have been keeping your eye on the Royal Commission into sexual abuse, but on Monday last week, there was some important testimony given.You probably heard the bishop's opinion about Cardinal Pell - that he broke the unity of the Australian Catholic bishops response. Those were the headlines

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Abuse survivors want findings published

A NETWORK for people who were raised in orphanages and children's homes has called on the government to publish without delay recommendations on redress for thousands of abuse survivors.
ON Monday the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hand over its findings on how to compensate people who were abused as children while they were in care at government and non-government facilities.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abuse-survivors-want-findings-published/story-e6frfku9-1227504654302

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Alcohol, beatings and sex predators: Inside Sunbury’s Salesian mansion of pure evil

JAMES was in year 9 when he was first called to the principal’s office.
It was the late 1980s and he was expecting “six of the best” — a favoured punishment of Father Julian Fox, whose weapon of choice was a pool cue.
Entering the office he saw an older priest sitting in an armchair, and felt a little safer. At least he wasn’t alone. But not even an audience could stop Fox.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/alcohol-beatings-and-sex-predators-inside-sunburys-salesian-mansion-of-pure-evil/story-fni0ffnk-1227503072044?sv=4e6850666948d35dd7685e764583a67

Friday, 28 August 2015

Prominent Catholic priest Father Julian Fox jailed for child sex crimes

THE former Australian head of the second-largest Catholic order in the world has been jailed for child sex crimes.
Father Julian Fox, 70, is today behind bars, 16 years after being accused of child sex crimes while teaching at Melbourne schools in the 1980s and 1990s.
The remorseless Salesian priest left Australia in 1999, shortly before the first known complaints were made to his superiors.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/prominent-catholic-priest-father-julian-fox-jailed-for-child-sex-crimes/story-fni0fee2-1227502872729

Child abuse royal commission: Children still being sexually abused inside Victorian juvenile justice system, inquiry hears

Children are still being sexually abused inside Victoria's youth justice system, despite the Victorian Government's efforts to try to "safeguard" against it, a royal commission has heard.
Pradeer Philip, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), has told the inquiry since 2005 there had been 121 reported cases of "sexual behaviour" within the juvenile system.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-28/children-being-sexually-abused-in-juvenile-justice-inquiry-hears/6733630

Jozef Wesolowski, archbishop accused of child sexual abuse, has died

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
Jozef Wesolowski, 67, was found dead early Friday in the Vatican room where he has been held on house arrest, a statement from the Vatican said.
Vatican officials immediately intervened and initial checks "indicated that the death was from natural causes," a press statement said.
It said the Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy and that Pope Francis was informed.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/jozef-wesolowski-archbishop-accused-of-child-sexual-abuse-has-died-1.3206794

Vatican Says Ex-Envoy, Charged With Sexual Abuse, Has Died

The Vatican says its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, has died of apparent natural causes.
A statement from the Vatican said Jozef Wesolowski was found dead in his Vatican room early Friday. The Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy.
The Vatican said Pope Francis was informed. 

Public hearing into Geelong Grammar

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on 1 September 2015 at the County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experience of former students of Geelong Grammar School, Victoria.
2. The responses of the School Council, Principals and other members of staff of Geelong Grammar School to:
a. concerns raised about inappropriate conduct, or
b. complaints about child sexual abuse

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/public-hearing-into-geelong-grammar

A former leader of a Catholic religious order is in court on child-sex charges

A former head of the Catholic Church's Salesian order in Australia, Father Julian Fox, is currently before the Melbourne County Court, charged with having committed sexual crimes against four boys between 1976 and 1985. Father Fox became the Salesians' Australian head in 1988 — after the offences.
The charges against Father Julian Benedict Fox were laid by the Sex Crime Squad of the Victoria Police. In 2012, the Sex Crime Squad established a special team of detectives in Melbourne, called "Task Force Sano", to investigate child-abuse allegations in religious organisations.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/369

The church makes a private settlement with a schoolboy whose life was damaged

Broken Rites has examined an out-of-court civil settlement, in which a Catholic religious order (the Salesian Fathers) made a payment to a former schoolboy who complained that he was sexually abused at school by a priest, Father Julian Fox.  Father Fox was a minister, teacher and administrator at several Salesian schools, including Salesian College, 'Rupertswood", which was a boarding school at Sunbury, north-west of Melbourne.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/370

Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse: Media misses real story

While one royal commission has attracted the big headlines, there is another going more quietly about its business.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sex Abuse has barely rated a mention in news items recently until earlier this week when Bishop Geoffrey Robinson gave evidence.
Bishop Robinson was part of a group of senior clerics who developed the Church’s Towards Healing program for victims of clerical child sex abuse. His evidence contained criticisms of Cardinal George Pell and Pope John Paul II.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/blogs/royal-commission-into-child-sex-abuse-media-misses-real-story/story-fnvslm12-1227502655853?sv=9be3c47418b89a066cd3e3c44c256251

Abuse royal commission's recommendations

ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION - REDRESS SCHEME
WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN:
* On Monday, the federal government will receive recommendations for a redress scheme for child sex abuse victims.
* The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is likely to recommend a government-run multi-billion dollar national scheme.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/28/12/15/abuse-royal-commission-s-recommendations

Abuse redress plan will be contentious

PEOPLE who were neglected, raped and beaten in state and faith-based children's homes don't want to have to go cap-in-hand to the authorities which had responsibility for the institutions.
"WOULD you?" asks Leonie Sheedy the executive officer of CLAN, a key support network for care leavers.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/abuse-redress-plan-will-be-contentious/story-fni0xqi4-1227502438570

Police anger over past handling of abuse

ONE of Victoria's top policemen says it is mind boggling how some officers once treated sex abuse complaints by wards of the state and youth offenders.
ASSISTANT commissioner Stephen Fontana said he was quite angry with the treatment of Norman Latham, who said a detective hit him across the face with a phone when told the 15-year-old ran away from Turana youth centre because two `screws' were raping him.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/focus-on-police-response-to-child-abuse/story-fni6ul2m-1227500495415

Vic official 'shaken' by youth abuse

A senior Victorian official "shaken to the core" by the horrific past abuse of children in state-run youth centres admits sexual assaults are still a problem.
Department of Health and Human Services secretary Dr Pradeep Philip says there is no one who would not be deeply shocked, saddened and appalled by what some of the centre's residents endured in the past.
"These experiences are abhorrent and should never have occurred," Dr Philip told The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Friday.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/08/28/vic-official-shaken-youth-abuse

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Paedophiles could be chemically castrated under Australian plan

A New South Wales taskforce has been set up to review whether a voluntary prison scheme can be rolled out across the state
An Australian state police taskforce is considering using anti-libido drugs to chemically castrate child sex offenders.The group in New South Wales is made up of representatives from Government, victims groups such as Bravehearts, police, legal and health experts.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/paedophiles-could-be-chemically-castrated-under-australian-plan-10472220.html




General Sir Hugh Beach denies involvement in paedophile ring after being outed by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor

A retired senior general outed by the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor as an alleged “co-conspirator” in an Establishment paedophile ring has denied any involvement in child abuse.
General Sir Hugh Beach told The Independent he had been interviewed by police investigating claims of historical sexual abuse, but that he was not a suspect and no allegations had ever been made against him.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/general-sir-hugh-beach-denies-involvement-in-paedophile-ring-after-being-outed-by-former-conservative-mp-harvey-proctor-10473636.html

Why does it take victims of child sex abuse so long to speak up?

Last week, former Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick was found guilty of the abuse of a 14-year-old girl in 1984. Kirkpatrick joins entertainer Rolf Harris and Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes as the latest Australian celebrity to be convicted of sexual abuse.
These cases raise a murky set of questions about the extent of child sexual abuse and the impunity enjoyed by prominent figures.

http://theconversation.com/why-does-it-take-victims-of-child-sex-abuse-so-long-to-speak-up-46412

'Dark net' paedophilia: Prosecutors fear more children falling prey to secret abuse networks

A global online child abuse network infiltrated and dismantled by Australian police may be just "the tip of the iceberg", the office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) fears.
As revealed by the ABC, scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police detectives who adopted the online persona of paedophile Shannon McCoole, the administrator of a secret online abuse network with 45,000 members.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/dismantled-child-porn-network-could-be-just-tip-of-the-iceberg/6729226

No respect for youth centre boys: inquiry

YOUTH centre staff treated children with a lack of respect which allowed systemic abuse to occur in a Victorian state-run facility, a former worker says.
GRANT Holland said he believed there was a basic breach of residents' human rights during his time as a youth officer at the Baltara Reception Centre from 1983 until the early 1990s.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/focus-on-police-response-to-child-abuse/story-e6frfku9-1227500495415

Minister says 272 cases of possible child abuse or neglect have not needed intervention so far

Queensland's Child Safety Minister says 272 cases of possible child abuse or neglect that went unreported because a computer glitch have not needed intervention so far.
It was revealed on Tuesday that the reports were not passed on from schools to the Department of Child Safety, from September 2013 to January this year, due to an Education Department computer firewall.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/unreported-child-abuse-cases-intervention-computer-glitch-school/6729142

Almost 300 child abuse reports per day

Queensland's government insists it is able to act upon the hundreds of reports of suspected child abuse that flood in every day.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman has told a budget estimates hearing her department receives about 300 reports daily.
But she insists her department is able to respond and ensure children are safe.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/almost-300-child-abuse-reports-per-day-20150827-gj8x0q.html

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Ex-Rockhampton Catholic bishop

A former Catholic bishop of Rockhampton put children at risk by failing to sack a pedophile priest from the ministry, the royal commission has found.
Shocking child abuse, including rapes by priests and public floggings by nuns, occurred at the Sisters of Mercy-run Neerkol orphanage in central Queensland for generations, until it closed in 1978. In submissions published yesterday, counsel assisting Sophie David SC said evidence presented to the royal commission showed the state government failed to protect the children by inadequately supervising Neerkol.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/ex-rockhampton-catholic-bishop-put-kids-at-risk-of-abuse/story-fngburq5-1227500241525?sv=a328abaeb926dd73e1773c56d916932b

Crown tries to establish pattern of behaviour in child sex abuse case against Catholic brother

A Newcastle court has heard hundreds of pages of evidence are being considered by the Crown, as part of efforts to establish a pattern of behaviour by a Catholic brother extradited from New Zealand to face child sex charges.
Bernard Kevin McGrath, 68, is facing 252 child sex charges, relating to 35 victims, dating back to the 1970s.
The alleged offences happened in the Lake Macquarie region, near Newcastle.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-26/crown-tries-to-establish-pattern-of-behaviour-in-case-against-c/6725810

Salvos to face child sex abuse grilling

The Salvation Army’s management of child sexual abuse allegations at its children’s homes, including one in Nedlands, will be scrutinised by a royal commission.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will inquire into the experiences of former child residents at four homes in South Australia, Victoria and WA.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/29350731/salvos-to-face-child-sex-abuse-grilling/

Submissions for St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol public hearing published

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published on its website the written submissions provided to the Royal Commission in relation to the public hearing for Case Study 26: St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol.

The public hearing inquired the experiences of a number of men and women who were resident at St Joseph’s Orphanage, Neerkol operated by the Sisters of Mercy between 1940 and 1975.

The submissions can be found on the Case Study 26 page on the Royal Commission’s website.
 

VIDEO: Christian Brother Chris Rafferty, now in Sydney, is facing charges in Goulburn

Christian Brother Christopher Rafferty, now aged 63, from Sydney, appeared in court on 19 August 2015, charged with child-sex offences allegedly committed in the 1980s while he was working at St Patrick's College in Goulburn, in south-western New South Wales. The court case will resume on a future date in what could be a multi-step process. In recent years, until his arrest, Brother Rafferty has been working (and residing) at a Catholic boys' school (St Pius X College) in Chatswood, on Sydney's North Shore. Before joining St Pius X College, Br Rafferty had been deputy headmaster of St Mary’s Cathedral College in central Sydney.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/352

Royal Commission representatives visiting Ballarat haven't provided answers for clergy sex abuse survivors

BALLARAT clergy abuse survivors are no closer to answers despite Royal Commission staff visiting the city.
The visit was an attempt to find some solutions to the myriad of problems created by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse decision to relocate Ballarat hearings to Melbourne. 
Clergy sex abuse survivors spokesperson Andrew Collins said the survivors left the meeting still confused by the decision.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3302405/still-no-answers-for-survivors/

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Nedlands boys’ home to be examined at child sex abuse Royal Commission

A PUBLIC Royal Commission hearing in October to examine the Salvation Army’s response to child sex abuse allegations at its institutions will include a former WA boys’ home.
The hearing, starting on October 6 in Adelaide, will look into the experiences of former child residents between 1940 and 1990 at The Salvation Army Boys’ Home in Nedlands — also known as Hollywood Children’s Village — as well as the Eden Park Boys’ Home in South Australia and Victoria’s Box Hills Boys’ Home and Bayswater Boys’ Home.

http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/nedlands-boys-home-to-be-examined-at-child-sex-abuse-royal-commission/story-fnii5thn-1227498368747

Public hearing into Salvation Army (Southern Territory)

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Adelaide commencing on 6 October 2015 at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/public-hearing-into-salvation-army-%28southern-terri

Retired bishop says Vatican failed sex abuse victims

The Vatican and one of Australia's top clerics had failed to properly deal with child sex abuse victims, a retired bishop has said.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson told a national inquiry the Church had failed to speak out strongly about the abuse.
The bishop played an important role in developing the Australian church's response to the issue in the 1990s.
Australia is holding a national inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34047728

Childcare workers may soon have to report abuse

REQUIRING childcare workers to report suspected child abuse could lead to reports being made out of fear rather than based on evidence, a legal expert has warned.
A Queensland Law Reform Commission discussion paper has proposed early childhood educators and carers be legally bound to report suspected abuse of children in their care.
Queensland and Western Australia are the only states where early childhood educators are not "mandatory reporters" with school teachers, police, nurses and public guardians currently legally obliged to report suspected abuse. 

Silence in the Catholic church may be its weapon of self destruction

Geoffrey Robinson was scathing of the Catholic church’s silence on child sexual abuse at the royal commission. It’s time for parishioners to shout from the rafters
 In a day of remarkable evidence before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson offered damning assessments of the most senior Catholic clerics on the planet. Pope John Paul II “handled the abuse poorly”. Cardinal George Pell was a “most ineffectual bishop” and “the majority of the priests wished he’d get transferred somewhere else.” Even Pope Francis is not providing “real leadership”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/25/silence-in-the-catholic-church-may-be-its-weapon-of-self-destruction

Monday, 24 August 2015

How five unmarried mothers were buried in an unmarked mass grave alongside 796 babies who went missing at Irish nuns' Mother and Baby home of horrors

The mothers were inmates at institution run by Bon Secours nuns, Galway
Historian Catherine Corless says babies were buried in grave behind home
Probe reveals 9 mothers died in home but burial records exist for only four
The Sisters of Bon Secours say it would now be inappropriate to comment
The bodies of five women who died at a home for unmarried mothers are believed to be buried in an unmarked mass grave with nearly 800 missing children, according to new research.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3208567/Five-mothers-buried-mass-grave-tuam-New-dark-secret-home-796-babies-died.html 

Govt to get abuse redress recommendations

Recommendations on how to compensate thousands of people who were abused in orphanages and children's homes across Australia will be sent to the federal government next Monday.
The recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are a key outcome for the national inquiry, which will run until the end of 2017.
Commission chair Peter McClellan announced the August 31 hand-over at the conclusion of a hearing in Sydney on Monday.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/24/18/51/govt-to-get-abuse-redress-recommendations

George Pell criticised by Catholic bishop as 'destroyer of unity' on child sex abuse

Retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson also criticises popes John Paul II and Francis for lack of leadership in church’s response to victims of child sex abuse
Cardinal George Pell “destroyed the unity” of the Catholic church’s response to child sex abuse, an Australian bishop has told the royal commission.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who played a key role in developing the Australian church’s response to child sex abuse, also said Pope Francis was yet to show strong leadership on the issue and one of his predecessors, John Paul II, responded “poorly” to revelations of child abuse.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/24/cardinal-george-pell-denounced-by-catholic-bishop-as-destroyer-of-unity

Church did not want to know about abuse: bishop

A FORMER Catholic bishop has told the child abuse royal commission nobody at high levels of the church wanted to know about the abuse.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, a critic of the church's response to abuse, gave evidence at the commission on Monday.
He said a document dating to 2001 given to high level meetings of Catholic bishops showed the church held crimes against the doctrine as more important than crimes including pedophilia. 

Bishop to recall row with papal nuncio

When Catholic bishop Geoffrey Robinson told an international conference he wasn't happy with the level of support Rome was offering the Australian Church on child sexual abuse he was reprimanded by the Pope's man in Canberra.

The outspoken former Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney is giving evidence about that 'condemnatory' 1996 correspondence with the then papal nuncio and about other run-ins with the hierarchy and its response to abuse at a royal commission in Sydney.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/sydney/2015/08/24/bishop-to-recall-row-with-papal-nuncio.html

Pope not leading on abuse reform : bishop

POPE Francis has not yet shown the type of leadership needed to deal with child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, a bishop has told a royal commission.
IN a withering appraisal of how the church shrouds itself in secrecy when it comes to confronting its own faults, retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson said it had still not found the leadership it needed to tackle child sex abuse effectively.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/inquiry-to-hear-from-outspoken-bishop/story-e6frfku9-1227495760893

Child abuse royal commission: Former pope John Paul II handled allegations 'poorly', inquiry hears

Former pope John Paul II handled sex abuse claims within the church "poorly" because he simply could not grasp the scale of the problem, a retired senior Bishop in Sydney says.
Geoffrey Robinson, a key player in the church's response to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy between 1994 and 2003, is giving evidence today before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-24/former-pope-john-paul-handled-sex-abuse-claims-poorly-inquiry/6719402

Bishop critical of Pell on abuse response

Cardinal George Pell destroyed the unity of the Catholic church in Australia when he dropped a "bombshell" by launching his own response to abuse victims, a bishop has told the child sex abuse royal commission.
Retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson said the establishment of the Melbourne Response by then Archbishop Pell in 1996, months before the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference launched the nation-wide Towards Healing, was totally unexpected.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/24/03/36/inquiry-to-hear-from-outspoken-bishop

Child abuse Royal Commission: Girls at Winlaton youth centre injected with unapproved contraceptive

ELEANOR HALL: Now to those child sexual abuse hearings in Melbourne where the Royal Commission heard this morning that girls at the Winlaton Youth Training Centre were injected with the contraceptive depo provera in the 1970s despite it not being approved for use in Australia.A former superintendent of the centre has given evidence that she had no real concerns about the drug being used.

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4298958.htm

Experts stumped over disparity in state child abuse reporting rates

Reported sexual abuse of children in NSW was three times greater than in Victoria, Australia’s second­ most-populous state, leaving criminologists and victims groups at a loss to explain the disparity.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded 3315 sex crimes against people younger than 15 in NSW last year, compared with 1015 in Victoria. During the reporting period, NSW had a population of 7.6 million and Victoria a population of 5.9 million.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/experts-stumped-over-disparity-in-state-child-abuse-reporting-rates/story-fngburq5-1227495557052

'Some popes gave out the wrong message', retired bishop tells sex abuse inquiry

A retired Catholic bishop told a royal commission that the Vatican failed to show leadership on the issue of sexual abuse and Cardinal George Pell had "destroyed" a unified Australian response to victims.
Geoffrey Robinson, former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, gave a scathing assessment of the Catholic Church's response to victims of sexual abuse committed by clergy, in his evidence at a royal commission.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/some-popes-gave-out-the-wrong-message-retired-bishop-tells-sex-abuse-inquiry-20150823-gj61dm.html

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Terminally ill retired Catholic Bishop to give evidence at child abuse royal commission

A Sydney Catholic Bishop who is dying of cancer and has been an advocate for a more compassionate approach by the church to victims of clergy abuse is to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday.
"I have cancer and it's terminal. It'll be better they take the evidence now than wait for later," retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson told the ABC.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-23/child-abuse-royal-commission-bishop-geoffrey-robinson/6716058

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Catholic Church bishop Ronald Mulkearns likely to avoid facing child sex abuse royal commission because of ill health

THE man who was in charge of the Catholic Church in Ballarat while paedophiles preyed on young children is likely to escape being forced to give evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Former bishop Ronald Mulkearns has been admitted to Ballarat’s St John of God hospital, where he on Saturday was in intensive care.
His ill health casts doubt over whether the commission will force him to give evidence.

http://www.news.com.au/national/catholic-church-bishop-ronald-mulkearns-likely-to-avoid-facing-child-sex-abuse-royal-commission-because-of-ill-health/story-e6frfkp9-1227494726174

Friday, 21 August 2015

Abuse survivors welcome bishop's evidence

A royal commission decision to hear from retired Catholic bishop Geoffrey Robinson has been welcomed by a key organisation representing survivors of abuse in institutions.
Author and theologian Bishop Robinson, who will give evidence on Monday at a public hearing of the child sex abuse royal commission, is described as a "voice in the wilderness" within the church by Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN).

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/21/16/20/abuse-survivors-welcome-bishop-s-evidence

Bishop to tell how church erred on abuse

A royal commission will hear from Geoffrey Robinson, the bishop who campaigned for years to end child sex abuse and its cover-up in the Catholic Church.
A Catholic bishop who more than a decade ago called for an end to the worldwide cover-up of child sex abuse by the church will take the stand at a royal commission hearing in Sydney.
Former Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who helped write the church's sex abuse policy in Australia, will give evidence at a public hearing of the abuse royal commission on Monday.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/08/21/bishop-tell-how-church-erred-abuse

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Police, protection workers failed victim of Fritzl-like abuse

THE VICTIM of one of Victoria’s worst sexual abuse scandals was given contraceptives by protection workers after she complained her father was raping her but they did not report the appalling abuse to police.
The scandal — which was compared to Austria’s Josef Fritzl case — was exposed by the Herald Sun in 2009 and revealed the woman was repeatedly raped by her father for 27 years, bearing four children to him.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/police-protection-workers-failed-victim-of-fritzl-like-abuse/story-fnii5smt-1227491497513

Youth workers failed to protect girl whose father repeatedly raped her, royal commission hears

Witness BGD says she could not understand why workers wrote letter to teenager’s mother advising against taking legal action over reported rapes
Victorian youth centre workers did not believe a 15-year-old girl when she told them she was being raped by her father, and no one reported him to the police, a royal commission has heard.
Witness BGD has told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse some of the youth workers at Winlaton youth training centre were supportive but others did not believe her.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/20/youth-workers-blamed-girl-for-father-raping-her-royal-commission-hears

Child abuse royal commission: Authorities 'allowed' girl to be raped by father for decades, inquiry told

Government staff knew a ward of the state was being raped by her father but continued to allow him access to her, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has heard.
The woman, known as BGD to protect her identity, was a ward of the state from the age of seven but continued to live at home on and off.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/authorities-allowed-girl-to-be-raped-by-father-for-decades/6711902

Royal commission child abuse: Raped, bashed and dominated, incest victim says authorities knew but failed to act

A woman who bore four children to her father after he raped, bashed and dominated her over three decades told the sex abuse royal commission on Thursday that authorities had known of her horror, and failed to act, since she was 14.
The woman, who cannot be named because her two younger sons do not know the horrific truth, told the commission her father started raping her when she was 13 years old, threatening to kill her if she told anyone.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/royal-commission-child-abuse-raped-bashed-and-dominated-incest-victim-says-authorities-knew-but-failed-to-act-20150820-gj3ju6.html

Child sex abuse royal commission: Former Retta Dixon home residents dismiss findings as a 'farce' that 'blames the victim'

Former residents of the Darwin home where Aboriginal children were sexually abused have rejected the royal commission findings as a "farce" and say the final report does not go far enough to condemn the abusers or those who allowed it to happen.
Barbara Cummings and Lorna Cubillo endured hardship and abuse as children at the Retta Dixon home, which housed mainly Aboriginal children who were taken from their families and brought to Darwin as part of the Stolen Generations.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/former-retta-dixon-residents-dismiss-royal-commission-findings/6710160

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Child safe training increases almost six-fold since royal commission announced

The number of people enrolled in child safe training with the advocacy group Bravehearts has increased almost six-fold since the royal commission into child sexual abuse was announced in late 2012.
The programs teach adults how to spot and respond to child sexual abuse.
"We're getting organisations across the board — sporting, church, commercial organisations — ringing us up," said Bravehearts chief executive Hetty Johnston.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/child-safe-training-increases-almost-six-fold/6709564

Child abuse royal commission: Turana superintendent knew boys were sexually abused but took no action

A former superintendent of the Turana Youth Training Centre has admitted he knew boys were being abused, but no official action was taken, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told.
David Green was the assistant superintendent at Turana in 1966 and the Superintendent in 1968.
Giving evidence before the royal commission today, Mr Green said on a few occasions boys told him they were being sexually abused by other inmates.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/children-too-frightened-to-report-abuse-turana-training-centre/6708458

NT prosecutor ‘wrong’ to allow Retta Dixon paedophile free

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found a former crown prosecutor who is now the NT’s Deputy Chief Magistrate erred by failing to prosecute a convicted paedophile who at one stage faced almost 80 new charges.
The Commission this morning released its report into allegations of sexual abuse at Darwin’s Retta Dixon Home for Aboriginal and Stolen Generation children, which operated between 1946 and 1980.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/nt-prosecutor-wrong-to-allow-retta-dixon-paedophile-free/story-fngburq5-1227489885575

Findings released into the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin

The public hearing was held in September 2014 and examined the experiences of 10 former residents of the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin.

The Retta Dixon Home was established by Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM) at Bagot Aboriginal Reserve in 1946 as a home for Aboriginal children and mothers and a hostel for young Aboriginal women.


http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/findings-released-into-the-retta-dixon-home-in-dar

Australian actress in "Prisoner" charged with child abuse

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played a violent and corrupt warden nicknamed "The Freak" in a cult Australian soap opera set in a women's prison, has appeared in a court charged over child sex allegations dating back to the 1980s.
The series was known as "Prisoner" in Australia, and "Prisoner: Cell Block H" or "Caged Women" overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986.

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-australian-actress-in-prisoner-charged-with-child-abuse-2015-8?IR=T

Vic youth centre officers 'like top dogs'

The child abuse royal commission has been told of the shocking living conditions at a Victorian state-run youth centre.

Young and vulnerable children had to bow to older and bigger boys as well as staff who acted like "top dogs" at a Victorian youth centre, an inquiry has heard.
Long-time Turana youth officer Ashley Cadd said he saw staff members give boys duties and then "ride the boy all day long".
"'I'm the top dog and you're only a peasant' - that's the sort of thing that came through," Mr Cadd told the child abuse royal commission.
"'You'll do as I tell you. You'll jump when I tell you and if I say go and stick your head in the toilet, that's what you'll do.'"

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/08/19/vic-youth-centre-officers-top-dogs

Child abuse royal commission: Children too frightened to report abuse at state-run youth centre, former worker says

Melbourne's Turana youth detention centre was "hell on wheels" for children who were too frightened by staff to report sexual abuse, a former worker at the centre has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Ashley Cadd worked as a youth worker at Turana between 1968 and 1979.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/children-too-frightened-to-report-abuse-turana-training-centre/6708458

Report lifts lid on child abuse in state care with up to 166 recent victims

CHILDREN as young as seven have been sexually abused in state care and teens in care are being groomed online for sex with older men, a damning new report shows.
The cases of up to 166 children recently abused were assessed by the office of Commissioner for Children and Young People Bernie Geary, including some who were attacked multiple times.
One 14-year-old was exploited by numerous men, the report says, including “known child sex offenders”.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/report-lifts-lid-on-child-abuse-in-state-care-with-up-to-166-recent-victims/story-fni0fit3-1227489541451

Home failed Aboriginal kids: commission

FORMER child residents who suffered years of abuse at a Darwin Aboriginal children's home have been vindicated after a royal commission found the Christian organisation that ran the centre repeatedly failed to protect them.
THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), which ran Darwin's Retta Dixon home for mixed-race Aboriginal children, "did not meet the obligations that it had to children in its care".

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/abused-nt-children-failed-by-home/story-fn3dxiwe-1227489687345

Child sex abuse royal commission: Retta Dixon operators did not meet obligations of care to Darwin children, inquiry finds

The organisation that ran the Retta Dixon home in Darwin that was the subject of child sexual abuse allegations did not meet its obligations of care to children, a royal commission has found.
In a statement, the commission said the Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), formerly known as the Aborigines Inland Mission, which ran the home from 1946, had a number of failings.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/child-sex-royal-commission-retta-dixon-operators-finding/6707946

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What do children and young people have to say about safety in institutions?

Adults in institutions have continually failed children and young people. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is charged with understanding these historical failures.
It has become clear throughout the hearings that those who experienced child sexual abuse in institutions were ignored and disbelieved by the adults and institutions they trusted. These institutions did not take appropriate actions to assist children and young people.

 http://theconversation.com/what-do-children-and-young-people-have-to-say-about-safety-in-institutions-45705

SA Government urged to adopt national approach to working with children checks

South Australia's screening protection system is in need of urgent reform and the Government should adopt a national approach to working with children checks, the State's Opposition has said.
Opposition spokeswoman Rachel Sanderson made the call in line with recommendations made by the federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-18/sa-child-protection-screening-needs-urgent-reform-opposition-say/6704778

Children made to clean floors with toothbrushes at government-run training centre, royal commission hears

A former resident of the Turana Youth Training Centre has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse boys were brutalised at the government-run facility for children in state care.
Joseph Marijancevic has told the royal commission he was abused by two officers at Turana in 1965, when he was 15.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-18/children-threatened-and-bashed-at-turana-royal-commission-hears/6705602

Former teacher in court on historical charges

A former teacher charged with historical child indecent assault offences in Armidale has been named.
77-year-old John Ferris was arrested in July, by police from the New England Local Area Command's Strike Force Flair
He's charged with two counts of detaining for advantage without causing injury to victim, 10 counts of assaulting a female under 16 and committing an act of indecency, and three counts of common assault.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-18/former-teacher-in-court-on-historical-charges/6704868

Former Victorian state ward tells of sex abuse by staff and resident of home

‘There was a culture [in the home] that if you told on someone, you would get a beating,’ witness tells child sexual abuse inquiry
A former resident of Turana Youth training centre, a home in Victoria for children placed into state care, has told a royal commission she was sexually abused by a staff member after she sought to escape repeated abuse by another resident. 

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/18/former-victorian-state-ward-tells-of-sex-abuse-by-staff-and-resident-of-home

Monday, 17 August 2015

Survivors Question Role of U.K. Home Office in Child Abuse Inquiry

After years of horrifying revelations about sexual abuse of children by people of power and influence, Britain called in a judge from New Zealand in a bid to guarantee the independence of a new inquiry into what appears to have been a massive institutional cover-up for decades.

http://europe.newsweek.com/survivors-question-role-u-k-home-office-child-abuse-inquiry-331656

Child abuse royal commission: Boy given 'shock therapy to cure his homosexuality' after reporting rape

A young boy who was raped during his time at a Victorian youth training centre was made to have shock treatment to "cure his homosexuality", the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.
The inquiry was told that many children were subjected to horrific sexual abuse at the state's training centres over several decades up until the 1990s.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-17/boy-given-shock-therapy-to-cure-his-homosexuality-hearing-told/6703204

15-year-old boy was repeatedly raped at youth home, royal commission hears

Norman Latham, now 62, says two senior staff members threatened to send him to the area where the worst juvenile offenders were kept if he did not obey them
A 62-year-old man has described how two senior staff members at the Turana youth training centre, where he was a ward of the state, repeatedly raped him from the age of 15 and how he was bashed by a police officer to whom he reported the abuse.
Giving evidence to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Monday, Norman Latham said he was made a ward of the state in 1962 when he was 15 because his father repeatedly bashed him and his mother, prompting him to run away from home frequently.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/17/your-ass-is-mine-says-rapist-to-boy-15-at-youth-home-royal-commission-hears

Former state ward alleges staff took turns raping him

A victim of alleged child sexual abuse at a now-closed centre for state wards has spoken out about how staff "tag-teamed" in raping him, despite his pleas for them to stop.
Norman Latham, 69, appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, where a friend read out his statement of the alleged systematic abuse he suffered in the 1960s.
Through his statement, Mr Latham told the commission that two senior staff members at the Turana Youth Training Centre took turns sexually assaulting him within weeks of him entering the system in 1962.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/former-state-ward-alleges-staff-took-turns-raping-him-20150817-gj108j.html

Report on Working with Children Checks released today

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report on Working with Children Checks, which was released by the Government today, is now available on the Royal Commission website 

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/report-on-working-with-children-checks-released-to

Victim to sue over sexual and physical abuse he suffered in state care

ANTHONY Bennett was 14 when his alleged abuser paid $80 to get her name tattooed on his arm.
He had met the 35-year-old at a government facility, where she was a staff member and he attended.
They started having sex when he was 14 and soon after he started living with her and her family.
Mr Bennett is launching action against the Government for the sustained sexual and physical abuse he suffered — some of it while in her care in the ’80s and ’90s.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/victim-to-sue-over-sexual-and-physical-abuse-he-suffered-in-state-care/story-fni0fee2-1227485908153

Child checks for all religious leaders, inquiry recommends

Every religious leader in the country and their officers would be required to undergo working with children checks under proposed sweeping reforms to the system recommended by the child abuse royal commission.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse authored a report on state and territory working with children checks which was tabled in parliament today.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/child-checks-for-all-religious-leaders-inquiry-recommends/story-fngburq5-1227486717033

Sweeping changes needed to ensure child safety: Royal Commission

The failure of state and territory governments to introduce a nationally consistent system to reduce the risk of paedophiles working with children has been described as "inexcusable" by a royal commission that has recommended sweeping changes to background checks.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sweeping-changes-needed-to-ensure-child-safety-royal-commission-20150817-gj0lqo.html

Child abuse royal commission: Former Victorian wards of the state to appear at inquiry

The voices of Victoria's wards of the state will be heard at a highly anticipated two-week hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne.
The fourth public hearing of the inquiry in Victoria will examine three state-run institutions that operated between the 1960s and 1990s - Turana Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre in Parkville, and the Winlaton Youth Training Centre in Nunawading.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-17/victorian-wards-of-state-to-appear-at-child-abuse-inquiry/6699232

Vic officials 'protected rapist dad'

A girl raped by her father for 27 years says Victorian officials protected him and held her partially responsible for the abuse, an inquiry has heard.
The girl told social workers she was being raped but it continued and she had four children to her father, also suffering two miscarriages, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/29275613/youths-abused-by-staff-social-workers/

Victorian wards of state to tell royal commission of abuse and rape

Witnesses at the commission in Melbourne will give accounts of strip-searches, incest and being forced to undergo degrading ‘medical’ examinations

Children in Victorian state-run youth facilities were forcibly given contraceptives, raped and abused by staff members in charge of their care, and forced by staff to strip naked during terrifying and degrading “medical” examinations, the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard.


http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/17/victorian-wards-of-state-to-tell-royal-commission-of-abuse-and

Hearing on abuse in Victorian youth centres

Victims are happy the royal commission has put the spotlight on abuse at three Victorian state-run youth centres but others wonder why their facilities have been overlooked, an advocacy group says.A public hearing of the child abuse royal commission begins in Melbourne on Monday.It will look at what happened to children in the Turana Youth Training Centre, Winlaton Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre between the 1960s and early 1990s.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/08/17/hearing-on-abuse-in-victorian-youth-centres.html

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Complaint can be 'worse than abuse' but government reform to wait until 2018

A measure to combat child sexual abuse recommended by an inquiry into serial paedophile Dennis McKenna's decades-long reign over Katanning has still not been implemented.
McKenna pleaded guilty in 2013 to 34 charges of sexual offending against 17 young victims when he was warden at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning between 1975 and 1990.

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/complaint-can-be-worse-than-abuse-but-government-reform-to-wait-until-2018-20150814-giz8mx.html

Friday, 14 August 2015

Jehovah’s Witnesses face child sex abuse investigation in Australia

— The abuse was meticulously catalogued. From 1950 to 2014, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society amassed some 5,000 files detailing sexual abuse of Australian children by 1,006 of its members, who believe only they — the Jehovah’s Witnesses — proclaim the truth about God.
Young girls were assaulted by neighbors. Teenagers were raped by their fathers. Victims were forced to pray with their abusers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/jehovahs-witnesses-face-child-sex-abuse-investigation-in-australia/2015/08/14/d8a58eda-406e-11e5-9561-4b3dc93e3b9a_story.html

Child sex claims may be 'apostate lies'

Those who highlight child sex abuse in the Jehovah's Witness church may be non-believers telling lies, a church senior says.
In one of many interesting exchanges at a royal commission into child sex abuse on Friday, a member of the group's governing body was asked if he disagreed with those who say efforts to highlight and deal with abuse within the church are engaged in "apostate lies". 

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/14/18/46/child-sex-claims-may-be-apostate-lies 

Abuse redress depends on God: Jehovah's

THE Jehovah's Witnesses will only compensate survivors of sex abuse if God tells them to, a royal commission has been told.
SENIOR church figure Geoffrey Jackson told the sex abuse royal commission that any changes the Jehovah's Witnesses made to their rules and doctrine had to be informed by God.
Mr Jackson said God's word is accessed through the Bible and the church's first-century interpretation of it.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/inquiry-gets-insight-into-secret-church/story-e6frfku9-1227483453737

Lord Janner appears at London court on child sex abuse charges

Lord Janner has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where he was charged with historical child sex offences.
The 87-year-old, who has dementia, was in court for less than a minute, during which he confirmed his name.
Lord Janner faces 22 charges spanning the 1960s to the 1980s and was told the case would go to crown court for trial. His lawyer had unsuccessfully argued for him to appear via video link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33931860

Protest over Calderdale council care home child abuse

Victims of child sex abuse in Halifax are staging a protest calling for an inquiry into historical abuse at care homes in Calderdale to be reopened.
Two men were convicted for carrying out abuse during the 1970s, 80s and 90s at the now closed Skircoat Lodge.
Victim Kaz Gray said inquiries did not go far enough and some individuals were allegedly still working with children.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-33910652

Child sex abuse royal commission witnesses can access free legal help

Over the past two years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shone a spotlight on systemic failures by private and government organisations that resulted in the sexual abuse of thousands of young Australians.
Not only do the hearings examining the actions of schools, churches, sporting clubs, children’s services, orphanages and foster care provide victims with a voice, they seek to determine what went wrong so it won’t occur in the future.

Victorian state run youth training and reception centres public hearing

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on 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/2015-08/victorian-state-run-youth-training-and-reception-c

Jehovah's Witness leader testifies from Toowoomba

ONE of the seven global leaders of the Jehovah's Witness church gave evidence at a royal commission into child abuse.
Geoffrey Jackson is one of the most senior members of the church.
Mr Jackson was believed to have been staying in Toowoomba for the past week, and flew to Sydney yesterday afternoon.
He was the last witness to testify in a series of hearings into how the organisation handled cases of sexual abuse within the church. 

Senior Jehovah's Witness Geoffrey Jackson says church might offer redress scheme to abuse victims

One of the most senior members of the Jehovah's Witness Church worldwide said compensation could be made to people allegedly sexually abused within its ranks if there was a Biblical basis for a redress scheme.
Geoffrey Jackson is one of seven men on the church's New York-based Governing Body, which oversees decisions regarding the organisation's 8.2 million members internationally.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/senior-jehovahs-witness-geoffrey-jackson-says-church-might-offer-redress-scheme-to-abuse-victims-20150813-giyxuu.html

Interview: Natalie Esther, founder of Survivors of Sexual Abuse Anon

‘I can help others move from victim to survivor’
My reason for founding Survivors of Sexual Abuse Anon (SoSAA) was that I felt it was a call upon my life from God. I’ve just finished my work as a nanny to focus on this work.

There are so many survivors of sexual abuse, and no free, ongoing support groups. A survivor of sexual abuse does not get fixed through a short course: they need ongoing support and help.

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2015/14-august/features/interviews/interview-natalie-esther-founder-of-survivors-of-sexual-abuse-anon

Inquiry gets insight into secret church

AUSTRALIA has been given a rare insight into the workings of the Jehovah's Witness Church, which believes only 144,000 people will get to heaven and they are top of the list.
A MEMBER of the secretive church's New York-based governing body Geoffrey Jackson is giving evidence at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing in Sydney.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/inquiry-gets-insight-into-secret-church/story-e6frfku9-1227483453737

Sex abuse Royal Commission: Church elder reveals seven men control Jehovah’s Witness teachings

AUSTRALIA has been given a rare insight into the workings of the Jehovah’s Witness Church, which believes only 144,000 people will get to heaven and they are top of the list.
A member of the secretive church’s New York-based governing body Geoffrey Jackson is giving evidence at a child sex abuse royal commission hearing in Sydney.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sex-abuse-royal-commission-church-elder-reveals-seven-men-control-jehovahs-witness-teachings/story-e6frg6n6-1227483516098

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Inquiry to hear from top Jehovah member

A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses' governing body will give evidence at a royal commission hearing into child sex abuse on Friday.
Geoffrey Jackson, who started his ministry in Tasmania in the 1970s, is on the powerful seven-member governing body of the controversial church. The body helps shape the bible-based doctrine by which Jehovah's Witnesses around the world live.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/29257115/inquiry-to-hear-from-top-jehovah-member/

Doctor who tried to cure homosexuality to speak at Australian child sex abuse victim event

A US clinical psychologist who practised therapies aimed at curing homosexuality has been billed as a star speaker at an Australian event hosted by a Jewish advocacy group for child sexual abuse victims.
Dr Norman Goldwasser, who applied conversion or reparative therapies to treat same-sex attraction, is the keynote speaker at Tzedek Australia's Melbourne education forum in September.
Several survivors of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community have condemned Dr Goldwasser's involvement, including the founder and former chief executive of Tzedek.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/doctor-who-tried-to-cure-homosexuality-to-speak-at-australian-child-sex-abuse-victim-event-20150813-giykue.html

Lord Janner lawyers lose High Court bid over child abuse charges

Lawyers for Lord Janner have lost a High Court bid to spare him attending court to face child sex abuse charges.
The 87-year-old peer, who has dementia, must now appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday in relation to 22 charges spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, which he denies.
The ex-MP's lawyers had argued it was "barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised" to force him to attend as he was too ill.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33909697

Anger at Ballarat diocese silence

Local survivors have lashed out at the silence from the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat over the hearing relocation for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The relocation from Ballarat to Melbourne has drawn strong comments from all corners of the community with many angry at the decision and lack of reasoning behind it.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3276931/anger-at-ballarat-diocese-silence/

Survivors neglected by investigation

POLICE investigating the suicides of clergy sex abuse victims as part of Operation Plangere did not contact local survivors of part of the process.
This is despite many openly saying huge numbers of their classmates had  taken their on lives as a result of the horrific crimes.
The findings of the investigation were only made public in May as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, despite being completed in 2012.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3273939/survivors-neglected-by-investigation/

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Plan for victims’ redress scheme

The Department of Justice and Regulation has released a Consultation Paper exploring the possibility of establishing a redress scheme for victims of institutional child abuse.
According to the Consultation Paper, the absence of broad support required for a national redress scheme, particularly from the Federal Government, has led the Victorian Government to press ahead with a State scheme in order to meet its commitment to work on the implementation of recommendations made in the 2013 Betrayal of Trust Report.

http://www.psnews.com.au/vic/468/news/plan-for-victims-redress-scheme

Submissions for Knox Grammar School public hearing published

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published the written submissions into the Knox Grammar School public hearing on its website.
The public hearing inquired into the response of Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, New South Wales and the Uniting Church in Australia between 1970 and 2012 to concerns raised about inappropriate conduct by a number of teachers towards students at Knox Grammar School.
The submissions can be found on the Case Study 23 page on the Royal Commission’s website.

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/submissions-for-knox-grammar-school-public-hearing

Q & A on Pope Francis and the abuse/cover up crisis

Francis has done more about the abuse crisis than his predecessors. Isn't that encouraging?
First, we should judge church officials NOT by what their terrible predecessors did but by what responsible officials would do. It's little comfort to a girl who's been raped under Francis to say "Well, under Benedict, there might have been an even smaller chance of your predator being ousted."
Neither Benedict nor Francis has exposed a single child molesting cleric or really punished a single complicit church official. They've made lots of reassuring talk but taken little meaningful action.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/q_a_on_pope_francis_and_the_abuse_cover_up_crisis

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Lord Janner could be arrested if he fails to attend court over child sex abuse claims

Magistrate warns warrant could be issued for arrest of former Labour peer as lawyers appeal ruling the 87-year-old must attend in person 

A warrant could be issued for Lord Janner's arrest if he fails to attend court to face charges of child sex abuse.
The former Labour peer is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday for a brief hearing.
But his legal team has launched a High Court challenge in a last-ditch bid to overturn the decision, claiming it is unlawful.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11796109/Lord-Janner-could-avoid-attending-court-over-child-sex-abuse-claims.html 

New way to engage with Royal Commissions in real time

Australians can now stream Royal Commission hearings live to any device, also allowing ‘media commentators, affected parties and impaired audiences to engage with the commissions in real time.’
A new initiative supported by digital agency Get Started is giving Australians the opportunity to ‘stream the Royal Commission hearings into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Family Violence live from any device they choose.’
It will also now allow ‘media commentators, affected parties and impaired audiences to engage with the commissions in real time.’

http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/68967-new-way-to-engage-with-royal-commissions-in-real-time

Ted Heath child abuse claims: Former Prime Minister was 'not a paedophile... just an old, sad, gay man' says brothel owner

Myra Ling-Ling Forde denies allegations she escaped prosecution in 1992 by stating she would expose the former Prime Minister as a sex offender
The former prostitute and convicted criminal who allegedly sparked the Edward Heath child abuse scandal has said that the former Prime Minister was “not a paedophile…just an old, sad, gay man”.
Myra Ling-Ling Forde, 67, the former Salisbury brothel owner who is alleged to have escaped prosecution in 1992 by stating she would expose the former Prime Minister as a sex offender, yesterday said she found him "company, and he was happy."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/ted-heath-child-abuse-claims-former-prime-minister-was-not-a-paedophile-just-an-old-sad-gay-man-says-brothel-owner-10449259.html


EXCLUSIVE: The sordid truth behind Australia's worst paedophile ring: The girl, 13, 'forced into sex slavery by her own father' and the 'God-loving' pastor who gave her amyl nitrate before raping her

Pastor pleaded guilty to administering amyl nitrate to the alleged victim of eight-member paedophile ring, which included her own father
David Volmer, a Perth preacher who ran the ACTS evangelical church, is on bail awaiting sentencing
He pleaded guilty to 12 charges of indecent dealing, sexual penetration and stupefying a child last month
Amyl nitrate was used as a 'stupefying vapour' with 'intent to... sexually penetrate a child', court documents reveal
In 2012 Mr Volmer wrote a book, The God Standard, and lamented that 'sexual immorality has become a way of life'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3192023/WA-paedophile-ring-pastor-David-Volmer-drugged-13-year-old-victim-amyl-nitrate-raping-her.html

Monday, 10 August 2015

Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses to recommence

The Royal Commission’s public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses will recommence in Sydney on Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00am.
It is anticipated that the hearing will hear from one witness, Mr Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2015-08/public-hearing-into-the-jehovah%E2%80%99s-witnesses-to-rec

Child Protection Royal Commission hearings to be held in private

THE Royal Commissioner examining South Australia’s child protection system has revealed plans to take evidence from 13 foster care or welfare agencies, but all hearings will be closed to the public.
At least two of the witnesses giving evidence say they would be happy to do so openly and the Opposition has called for open hearings to be the “default position”, unless discussing details of sensitive child abuse cases.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/child-protection-royal-commission-hearings-to-be-held-in-private/story-fnii5yv8-1227478038241

Jehovah's boss to appear at abuse inquiry

A member of the Jehovah's Witness church governing body has been summoned to appear before the child abuse royal commission after previously being excused on compassionate grounds.
New York-based Geoffrey Jackson is in Australia to visit a sick family member and the commission had previously been told he would not be able to give relevant information about how the church formed its policies around handling of sexual abuse complaints.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/10/17/36/jehovah-s-boss-to-appear-at-abuse-inquiry

Church abused stands strong with Van Ryn victims

BEGA District News readers may remember “John”, a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of the Marist Brothers who previously shared his story.
In the continuing saga of Maurice Van Ryn, John has once more been in touch to offer sympathy and support to victims and their families.
He has also shared his experience of finally receiving an apology from the Church – 55 years after the abuse began.

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/3269284/church-abused-stands-strong-with-van-ryn-victims/ 

Legal action threat against abuse inquiry

A former Knox Grammar teacher is threatening legal action against the child abuse royal commission over what he claims was his unlawful arrest on a warrant and evidence that, he believes, defamed him.
Christopher Fotis, who taught at the elite Sydney school in the 1980s, appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in April after being arrested on a warrant for failing to appear at an earlier date.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/10/14/29/inquiry-ponders-knox-grammar-abuse-finding 

What is paedophilia and how do we stop it?

Comment | The community is failing in its duty to protect children, partly because of a lack of treatment options for people with inappropriate sexual attraction, argues Adelaide psychologist Luke Broomhall.
The motivation of individuals who sexually abuse children remains a complex and poorly understood problem in society.
Child sexual abuse is not a new phenomenon, but debate around prevention strategies has been stifled by the combination of misunderstanding, disgust and retribution on behalf of victims.

http://indaily.com.au/opinion/2015/08/10/the-challenge-of-treating-paedophiles/

This "saintly" Marist Brother has finally been brought to justice

When John Aloysius Littler became a Marist Brother, he was given the religious name of "Brother Nestor", in remembrance of an ancient saint. But Brother Nestor was no saint. He soon committed sexual crimes against boys in a Catholic orphanage in Sydney, and the Marist Brothers (as usual) harboured him during his subsequent long career as a Brother, including at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, in Sydney — one of the most elite Catholic schools in Australia.

http://www.brokenrites.org.au/drupal/node/349

Inquiry ponders Knox Grammar abuse finding

A former headmaster of Knox Grammar did not commit a crime by failing to give police information about alleged sexual assaults at the elite private school, the child abuse royal commission has heard.
Counsel assisting the commission David Lloyd has sought findings against Dr Ian Paterson under the Crimes Act, it has been revealed.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/10/14/29/inquiry-ponders-knox-grammar-abuse-finding

Jehovah's Witness Church must change after Royal Commission hearings

The Royal Commission into child abuse has highlighted a number of flawed areas within the Jehovah's Witness Church. It's time for the elders to instigate real change from within, writes former Witness Paul Grundy.
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and for many years followed the doctrine of the religion.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-10/grundy-flaws-in-jehovahs-witness/6680286

Former Knox head Ian Paterson may face charges over abuse silence

A former Knox Grammar School headmaster could face criminal charges over his alleged knowledge of child abuse committed at the prestigious Sydney school, a royal commission has heard.
Ian Paterson’s lawyer, Jim Harrowell, told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there is no evidence to support a submission from the commission’s own legal representative suggesting he could face the charges.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/former-knox-head-ian-paterson-may-face-charges-over-abuse-silence/story-fngburq5-1227477415341

Flawed report denies justice to clergy-sex victims

Survivors of clergy sex in Ballarat are unhappy with the unexpected announcement last week by the royal commission that hearings scheduled for November will be held in Melbourne, instead of their home city. This is not the only reason, though, for despondency, hurt and exasperation in the Ballarat survivor community.

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/misuse-of-flawed-operation-plangere-report-cheats-victims-of-ballarat-clergy-sex-20150808-giujol.html

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Police consider limited inquiry into Ted Heath child sex abuse claims

Limited investigation likely to give validation to potential victims more rapidly than a full criminal investigation

Police are considering a limited inquiry into claims that Sir Edward Heath was a child sex abuser, avoiding a full criminal investigation, which would be longer and costlier, the Guardian understands.
Those favouring the limited inquiry believe it may give potential victims validation more quickly than a full criminal investigation.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/09/police-consider-limited-inquiry-into-heath-child-sex-abuse-claims

Paedophile principal Brother Nestor violently abused students at a Maitland Catholic school when he was principal: victim

The former Marist Brother who was the cause of an apology to a Hunter abuse victim last week terrorised students while he was the headmaster of a Maitland Catholic school in the 1970s, a former student says.
Fairfax Media reported on Saturday that the Marist Brothers issued a formal apology to Patrick Garnham as part of a settlement over his sexual abuse at the hands of Brother Nestor at Marist Maitland in 1976, when Mr Garnham was 11.

http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/3267528/paedophile-principal-violently-abused-maitland-students-victim/

Vast scale of child sex abuse inquiries revealed

THE size and scope of the unprecedented number of inquiries into historical child abuse in the UK can be revealed for the first time today following a Sunday Herald investigation.
The Sunday Herald has learned that there are currently 14 major police operations, four public inquiries and six other investigations - including probes by the BBC, the police watchdog, and two government departments - are either ongoing or have been carried out to date.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13583691.Vast_scale_of_child_sex_abuse_inquiries_revealed/

Saturday, 8 August 2015

REBUTTAL:America-The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia. “When the Catholic Church trims its doctrine for politically correct convenience, it will no longer be Catholic.”

On May 28, 2015, after the Irish Catholics of the Catholic country of Ireland voted for same-sex marriage in their referendum, Cardinal Burke, the Grand Master of (millionaires & billionaires-only Catholic club) Knights of Malta, quickly condemned the Irish people as “worse than pagans” and that they “defied God”.  Burke is the archetypal Catholic bureaucrat scorning the laity of Ireland who – as a nation – has defied big-time the Vatican and its Catholic obsolete doctrines that condemn homosexuals committing same-sex acts as “intrinsically evil”. But the Irish lay people did not “defy God” who created them and who created gay people as well. 

http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2015/08/rebuttalamerica-catholic-pagan-10.html

Marie Collins wary but glad to be helping Vatican protect minors

Less than 20 years ago, Marie Collins’s parish priest in Dublin warned the congregation at Mass that her story of abuse by a priest was not to be believed. Now she advises Pope Francis on child protection and is a member of the only Vatican commission with direct access to him.
This Dublin abuse survivor got the invitation to join the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors last year. She believes it arose from a 2012 Vatican symposium on child protection she went to. 

Marist Brothers' apology to victim who ‘stepped out of the shadows’

THE Marist Brothers have apologised to a Hunter man who is the first to complain he was sexually abused by a Maitland Catholic school principal in the 1970s.
Patrick Garnham received the apology as part of a settlement after telling the Marist Brothers he was sexually abused by Marist Maitland principal Brother Nestor, whose real name is John Littler, in 1976 when he was 11.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3265385/marist-brothers-apology-to-victim/

North-east abbey rocked by child sex abuse allegations

A mediaeval monastery in Moray has been rocked by allegations of child sex abuse.
Pluscarden Abbey is now at the centre of a police probe into claims youngsters were molested.
It is understood the investigation is focused on allegations a young boy was violently sexually abused and two others suffered physical harm at the 13th century Roman Catholic site in the 1960s and 1980s.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/660518/aberdeenshire-abbey-rocked-by-sex-abuse-allegations/

Police deny shouting at man who called to report historic sex abuse at Pluscarden Abbey in Elgin

POLICE Scotland has rejected claims a staff member shouted at a campaigner trying to report complaints about historic child sexual abuse at Pluscarden Abbey in Elgin.
White Flowers Alba campaigner Andi Lavery told The National he had been dealt with aggressively by a Police Scotland call handler when initially advocating, and making the complaint on behalf of two men.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/police-deny-shouting-at-man-who-called-to-report-historic-sex-abuse-at-pluscarden-abbey-in-elgin.6122

Friday, 7 August 2015

Commentary: Pedophile ring of British elites rivals that of Catholic priests?!

Here, in part, is how I commented on reports that Jimmy Savile, the British Dick Clark, was a serial child sexual abuser:

All of England is still reeling with shock and indignation at recent revelations that Sir Jimmy Savile was a predatory pedophile (and an alleged necrophiliac). Savile was the nationally beloved host of a number of BBC programs, including the very popular and long-running Top of the Pops. But reports are that he sexually abused hundreds of young girls (and boys) throughout his 40-year career…


http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Commentary%3A-Pedophile-ring-of-British-elites-rivals-that-of-Catholic-priests%3F!-27166.html

More fears with Qld child abuse glitch

There's a "clear risk" even more reports of suspected sexual abuse in Queensland public schools didn't make it to police, Education Minister Kate Jones says.
She says investigating the issue could take weeks.
A malfunctioning computer system is being blamed for 671 suspected cases failing to make it to police and child protection authorities, despite being filed by school staff.

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/07/14/15/more-fears-with-qld-child-abuse-glitch

Child abuse reporting bungle: nearly 30 cases went uninvestigated

CHILDREN suspected of suffering physical and sexual abuse have been left at risk after the concerns of principals went unanswered in another Education Department bungle.
Almost 30 reports of abuse, ranging from behavioural changes to bruising, neglect and sexual abuse, were never investigated by child safety officers or police.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/child-abuse-reporting-bungle-nearly-30-cases-went-uninvestigated/story-fntuy59x-1227473416901

Lord Janner told to attend court over child abuse charges

Lord Janner must appear at court in person for a hearing over child sex abuse charges, Westminster Magistrates' Court has ruled.
The former Labour peer, 87, who has dementia, denies allegations of abuse in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
He did not attend court on Friday as lawyers said he was "unfit" to appear.
But the chief magistrate ruled that although Lord Janner did not have to play a part in the hearing, he was legally required to attend.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33814819

Lord Janner 'unfit' to face court over child sex abuse allegations

Lord Janner is not fit enough to appear in court over child sex abuse charges, his lawyer said today.

The former Labour peer and MP, 87, who has Alzheimer's, faces a trial of fact over 22 child sex charges in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
His lawyer Andrew Smith QC told the first court hearing in the case at Westminster Magistrates Court: "Lord Janner is not in attendance. The reason for that submission on his part is that he is unfit to face the court."

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/lord-janner-unfit-to-face-court-over-child-sex-abuse-allegations-31433972.html

Court waits to see if Lord Janner will appear at child abuse hearing

Proceedings to begin against peer, who has dementia, but it is unknown whether he will appear in person and therefore what form a trial could take

Criminal proceedings start on Friday against former Labour peer Lord Janner – who has dementia – over allegations of historical child sexual abuse.
The hearing at Westminster magistrates court comes after an independent review overturned a ruling by the country’s top prosecutor that Janner should not be charged because he has Alzheimer’s disease.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/07/first-hearings-into-lord-janner-child-abuse-claims-due-to-take-place