Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!
3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here
Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Three women reveal monk on Caldey Island sexually abused them for decadesBy Nicole Rojas
The Monastery on Caldey Island, Wales, circa 1935. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Three women have come forward to allege they were sexually abused by a monk living on Caldey Island, off the Welsh Coast at Tenby. The women claim Father Thaddeus Kotik sexually abused them as children during the 1970s and 1980s.
In August 2016, the women launched civil proceedings against the Cistercian order for personal injuries. The court documents claim Kotik abused six girls between 1972 and 1987 while at the Italianate Abbey of Our Lady and St Samson. However, the women believe there may be more victims.
Kotik, a former soldier with the Free Polish army during WWII, was ordained a priest in the order 1956. According to the Guardian, Kotik appears to have never been questioned by police and died in 1992.
According to court documents, Kotik befriended families who visited the island, as well as the farming families who lived there full time. He would give them handmade chocolates and produce to gain the trust of the families.
Kotik is said to have lured girls to places where he would not be detected, including a room near the abbey's dairy and in isolated rocky coves by the beach. While babysitting children, he allegedly would pull sleepy girls towards him and sexually assault them.
Kotik also lured children to the monastery garage using a chest full of sweets. He would allow them to eat as many sweets as they wanted, lifted them to his lap, removed their clothes and sexually assaulted them, The Guardian reported.
Victims came forward
During that time, some children complained to their parents and complaints were also made to the head of the abbey.
One woman, identified as Emily by the Guardian, told then Abbot Robert O'Brien in the late 1980s about Kotik assaulting her. O'Brien ordered Kotik to remain inside the monastery, though Kotik regularly managed to escape and abuse children.
When Emily again reported the abuse in 1990 to her Catholic school principal in Swansea, the principal wrote to O'Brien about the abuse. O'Brien pleaded leniency for Kotik and said he believed that the contact between Kotik and children was "touches through their clothes".
However, women who spoke to the Guardian said the abuse was penetrative in at least two of the cases.
Another woman, Charlotte, reported being abused along with her older sister when their family visited Caldey Island from Scotland. The girls reported the abuse to their principal at St Phillip's Christian College in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Charlotte told the Guardian that deputy principal Richard Rule prayed for the students and told them they "didn't need to talk of this again because God has forgiven everyone".
In 2014, Charlotte wrote a letter to the school's current principal, Graeme Irwin, expressing her frustration that Rule failed to report the abuse to police.
"Back when my sister and I came forward, the perpetrator was still ALIVE. He could have been dealt with by the law and incarcerated," she said.
Fear not! He is being dealt with.
Rule admitted that Charlotte told him about the abuse, but claimed he was unaware he was meant to report suspected child sex abuse.
Charlotte also wrote a letter to current abbot, Brother Daniel van Santvoort, who acknowledged Kotik's abuse and said he had previously heard allegations against Kotik.
According to the Guardian, Van Santvoort forwarded Charlotte's emails to Tenby police, which contacted her. Despite writing a formal statement and submitting it to them, she heard nothing more.
Pursuing legal action
Van Santvoort flew to Australia, where Charlotte and her family live, to personally apologise. However, Charlotte decided to pursue legal action. She and her sister were joined by two cousins who had also been abused by Kotik.
The case against Caldey Abbey sought acknowledgement, apology and compensation. It argued the abbey knew about the abuse and failed to report Kotik to police. The abbey claimed otherwise, invoking the statute of limitations and claiming it was impossible for it to get a fair trial.
The Guardian reported that the six plaintiffs accepted meagre compensations payments and did not receive an apology.
Caldey Island, Wales
Old Jersey man in court on child abuse charges
Jersey Evening Post
A 77-YEAR-OLD man charged with 12 counts of historical sexual abuse against three young girls appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Wilfred Stanley Morrish, of Le Marais, St Clement, is accused of eight counts of indecent assault, three counts of procuring an act of gross indecency and one of attempted rape.
He is also charged with one count of assaulting a child.
All of the alleged offences occurred between the early 1970s and early 1980s.
Mr Morrish is also accused of three counts of possessing indecent images of children on a disk in July this year.
He reserved his plea to all counts and was released on bail.
Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris declined jurisdiction.
The case is due to be formally committed to the Royal Court on 28 December.
South Korea not doing enough to protect women:
Human Rights Watch
Debra Killalea@DebKillalea news.com.au
SOUTH Korea may score highly when it comes to global economic and democracy ratings, but the Asian powerhouse gets a big thumb’s down in one key area.
The Republic of Korea has been named and shamed over its failure to adequately protect women from discrimination, sexual abuse and violence.
Human Rights Watch senior researcher in the Women’s Rights Division, Heather Barr said the Weinstein allegations had struck a real chord in South Korea with women sharing their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault online.
This week the South Korean government announced it will crack down on workplaces that fail to address harassment claims, warning of potential prison terms. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everyday life for many women living in the world’s 11th biggest economy.
South Koreans take part in a protest in August which urge tech giants to work harder to curb hi-tech sex crimes. Picture: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP
According to HRW, South Korea also had a serious problem with violence against women with 80 per cent of the country’s men admitting to physically or psychologically abusing a female partner.
The country also ranks 116th out of 144 in global gender equality rankings.
Alarmingly, South Korea had the third-highest rate at 52.5 per cent, of female murder victims in the world, a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime report in 2014 revealed.
According to Ms Barr, the figures were down, in part to “the murder of women by intimate partners and the government’s failure to effectively enforce laws against domestic violence”.
The UN report showed that Asia had the highest of number of women killed by intimate partners or family members with 19,700 killed in 2012. This compared to 13,400 in Africa, 6900 in the Americas, 3300 in Europe and 200 in Oceania.
However, overall homicide rates in South Korea, which has a population of 51.25 million people, were among the lowest in the world — below one per 100,000 people in 2012, the UN report said.
‘CRYING WITH SHAME’
Last week footage showed Korean nurses reportedly “crying with shame” while being forced to perform a “sexy dance” wearing skimpy outfits in front of high-ranking officials.
The Korean Nurses Association called for a thorough investigation of Hallym University’s Sacred Heart Hospital, located in the northern city of Chuncheon.
South Korean nurses said they were forced to dance to comfort patients. Picture: Korea TimesSource:Supplied
According to the Korea Times, a nurse posted a complaint on social media, along with photos and video of nurses in short pants and tube tops performing a sexually suggestive dance during an annual sports event last month.
Other nurses came forward to claim they were also asked to perform similar dances for events held throughout the year meant to “comfort” patients.
Writing for HRW, Ms Barr said while the new laws protecting women were welcome they didn’t go far enough to address the problem many still faced. She also criticised government guidelines, intended for high-school teachers, that women risked rape if they go on dates with men that pay for an expensive meal as they may expect sex.
The behaviour of some South Korean men, especially towards women, has come under the spotlight in recent months. A growing community of ultra-right-wing South Korean men have been sharing their beliefs online for some time on their own website to avoid having the content deleted.
Ilbe Storehouse, which translates to daily best, is now the 24th most popular website in all of South Korea, receiving close to 30.8 million visits in August this year alone. Hate speech against women was the driving force for majority of the site’s content.
In August this year, South Korean women staged a protest to urge tech giants including Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to work harder to curb hi-tech sex crimes in Seoul.
There were 7325 requests to have intimate videos removed from the internet were made last year in South Korea, according to government figures, a sevenfold increase in only four years.
It wouldn’t be the first time women’s rights have come under the spotlight in South Korea. Last year, the government was slammed over an online website which revealed the number of women in child-bearing age by each city district and region.
The Ministry of the Interior unveiled a pink birth map which critics said shamed women who didn’t have children. The website was pulled down within hours following the backlash, the Associated Press reported.
Lee Min-kyung, a 24-year-old feminist writer was among those who slammed the website which the government said was designed to increase the public’s understanding of the country’s low birth rate.
“I felt so angered that it blatantly showed how the government saw women’s bodies as the country’s reproductive tools, not belonging to the woman,” she said.
'NO EVIDENCE' Claims that children as young as primary school age are being sold for sex on streets of Glasgow blasted by Roma group
By Mary McCool
An investigation claimed yesterday that the problem had been ongoing in Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency for a decade – but Friends of Romano Lav has branded the publication “spurious and unevidenced”.
It was reported by The Times that community groups in Govanhill, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, said Roma children are being sold by parents and relatives.
Locals say they have have seen girls and boys propositioning people as they walk through the streets at night.
Specialist agencies, social workers, community representatives and residents also believe that authorities have failed to take action for fear of being branded racist.
I sooo hate that! The very people who should be protecting our children are sacrificing them on the altar of political correctness. What an incredible shame!
Cops say child sex exploitation enquiries were carried out ten years ago, while local councillors formally flagged the issue in 2015.
But yesterday Friends of Romano Lav said in the four years it has run services in Govanhill, it has not encountered any instances of child sex abuse.
The group released a statement which read: “Friends of Romano Lav (FoRL), as an organisation supporting Roma communities who stay in Govanhill, Glasgow has been deeply concerned regarding these spurious and unevidenced allegations.
“FoRL has been actively working with Roma families and young people in Govanhill for more than four years. During all this time we have not encountered any instances of the child protection issues described.”
The statement continued: “Whilst we would certainly encourage all members of the public to report any suspicious activity involving children to the relevant authorities, we are deeply concerned about the current negative reporting for the following three reasons:
“Issues of child protection should not be racialised as this is unhelpful and damaging to the community relations and cohesion.
“If supported and credible evidence exists of illegal activity – and we are very sceptical about this fact – it should be taken directly to the police, not to news reporters.
“Such reporting in the mainstream media is harmful to ongoing community development work in the local area by groups like FoRL.
“In moving forwards, we would suggest there needs to be a clear statement from Police Scotland, social work and any other relevant agencies and authorities on what evidence there is – if any exists – for the recent claims.”
A police statement in 2007 confirmed that at least six instances of child abuse had been reported.
Olive Arens, the chief executive of Up-2-Us, a government-funded charity that works with vulnerable teenagers, was told the abuse was an “urban myth” when she flagged concerns.
In 2015 Crosshill and Govanhill community council recorded that “an issue had been raised regarding child prostitution within Govanhill” and that children were seen to be “wandering the streets at night” in its minutes.
Social work also said parents were “using their own kids”.
Claim: Authorities Failing as Birmingham Faces ‘Tsunami’ of Child Sex Abuse
by LIAM DEACON
The UK’s second city, Birmingham, could “explode” in a “tsunami of child sexual exploitation” with ruthless men even using tasers on young girls to facilitate gang rape, a politician with knowledge of the area warned.
Conservative councillor Des Flood suggested that parents could have been kept in the dark about the dangers faced by their children.
“I am worried there is a tsunami of child sexual exploitation waiting to explode across this city,” the representative of the Bartley Green ward said, according to the Birmingham Mail.
His was criticizing Birmingham City Council’s handling of child sexual exploitation after West Midlands Police arrested a suspected gang member for three schoolgirl rapes. He was bailed on every occasion, however.
The Birmingham Mail claims that 14 suspected gang members had been arrested for alleged sex offences against under-age girls.
Mr. Flood continued: “Young people, especially girls, are being sexually exploited on a daily basis. Some of this sexual exploitation is clearly linked to gangs.
“Schools are a vital part of our eyes and ears in the local community, on the ground, to identify vulnerable young people, especially in terms of concerns about child sexual exploitation.
“I know of cases whereby local schools in our community have done their duty and referred serious cases of child sexual exploitation about pupils to children’s services.
“But (neither) these schools nor their parents and carers have been invited to multi-agency child sexual exploitation meetings.”
He told another Councilor that the situation was a “disgrace,” adding:
“Can you please ensure that no further child sexual exploitation meetings take place in this city which involve school pupils without the schools and, indeed, parents and carers invited to be an equal partner at the table?
“I still believe there is a serious failing in sharing information amongst agencies, especially with regards to children’s services.”
Councillor Flood also told the meeting he had heard from residents other appalling claims which had never been included in official children’s services reports.
“I know of reports where residents have reported that young girls have been tasered and gang-raped,” he said.
“This information appears to have been diluted and not shared in reports.
“I know of one young girl who has had three social workers within the space of two months, two within the same month.
“I believe there are serious gaps that need to be closed, that vulnerable young people in this city, especially girls, are falling through the gaps.
“Is there an institutionalized attitude in children’s services to keep a lid on sharing information and therefore diluting the seriousness of child sexual exploitation against vulnerable children in our city?”
Bengaluru teen to address MPs on child sex abuse
A Survivor's Story
By Soumya Chatterjee
Seventeen-year-old Bengaluru girl Kanaka had planned to attend a science exhibition on Sunday in the city, just like she would do every other weekend.
Instead she will now be leaving for New Delhi to address our parliamentarians on issues affecting children across the country as part of a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) initiative on November 20.
Kanaka and four other children from all over India will be speaking to the lawmakers on the occasion of International Children’s Day. Kanaka was selected to speak as part of the children’s takeover of the ‘Parliamentarians’ Group of Children’ programme. The five were selected after a thorough screening process.
While this alone makes it commendable, the 17-year-old’s difficult childhood only makes the selection praiseworthy.
Born to a low-income Tamil family in a Bengaluru slum, Kanaka was forced to fend for herself very early in her life. Not only that, she had to look after her disabled father and two younger siblings after her mother passed away due to cancer when Kanaka was just 11 years old. She also had to leave school after class 4, even though she was a good student, and start working.
Kanaka began working as a domestic help in homes and wedding halls during which she was subjected to sexual and other forms of abuse. Despite her horrific situation, she did not lose her confidence. She worked hard to ensure that she had a better life, not just for herself for also for others.
While working as a cleaner in a Yeshwantpur wedding hall, she was rescued by members of Sparsha, a child rights NGO, and currently lives with the organisation.
When TNM met Kanaka, the super-achiever appeared to be soft-spoken and shy. Dressed in a white salwar kameez with neatly braided hair, the bright-eyed girl spoke calmly but with a quiet confidence and clarity seldom associated with a teenager.
Speaking about laws against child labour and child marriage, Kanaka says, “There are many laws meant for children, but they are not thoroughly implemented.”
Karnataka sees some of the highest number of child marriages in the country. When asked about this, Kanaka explains that a major part of the crisis is due to lack of awareness.
“I will speak about child abuse which I have experienced in my life. This is not a problem that just I have faced, but it is faced by every girl child. I want to tell the MPs what it takes to stop child sexual abuse,” Kanaka says.
“Before, when I was abused, I used to sit quietly and not speak up. I did not know we have rights – the right to life, right to education. Now, I am fighting to make every girl and boy aware of this. We have to make everybody aware of this,” she adds.
Other than her goal of making people aware of child rights, Kanaka says that she aims to become a scientist. She currently studies science in PU-I at BGS School.
Apart from school and science workshops, Kanaka also spends her time practicing Yakshagana and Kolata, two ancient art forms of Karnataka.
Gopinath, a trustee at Sparsha, is full of praise for her. “Kanaka is not only a good student but a leader. She takes care of younger kids at the home and is a role model. Unlike many who are abused, she is very extroverted and always learning new things,” he says.
However, Kanaka is worried about her siblings. Her brother left home and has become addicted to drugs. The situation is similar with her sister, who she says is deeply traumatised due to abuse and has left the NGO despite multiple attempts to rescue her.
Child abuse in India and how you can help fight it
Despite stringent laws against child abuse, the problem is rampant in India. Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Often children are abused in the confines of their homes.
A report by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development estimated 50 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 were victims of child sexual abuse. The study also found that 69% of children reported to have been physically abused. Out of these 54.68% were boys.
So, if 55% of boys report being abused and 69% of all children report being abused than the percentage of girls being sexually abused must be about 83%.
52.91% of boys and 47.09 % of girls reported having been abused in their family environment. Of the children who were abused in family situations, 88.6% were abused by their parents.
This ratio is pretty unlikely. I suspect that a large number of girls in the study either refused to disclose abuse or were unable to for one of many reasons. I believe the real percentage of girls abused should have been >80%.
More recently in May 2017, out of 45,000 plus children of 12-18 years surveyed by an NGO, revealed that half of them were victims of child sexual abuse. According to the survey, one in four families do not report incidences of child abuse.
Again, many children will not report child sex abuse until they are adults, if then.
If you find any child being abused in any form, you should get in touch with the local police and also call Childline (1098) which works across India. There are also numerous aid organisations and NGOs which work to rescue and rehabilitate children.
Friday, 17 November 2017
Broadcaster accuses Senator Al Franken
of sexual harassment
of sexual harassment
The stars are falling
A Los Angeles radio host accused Senator Al Franken, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. She posted a photo on her Twitter account to support her claim.
“He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday. Her account includes a photo of Franken posing for the camera as he reaches for Tweeden’s breasts while she appears to be asleep. She also accused Franken of kissing her against her will.
The incidents took place in 2006, when Tweeden and Franken were comedians performing at US military bases overseas. The tour was organized by USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) a nonprofit that partners with the Pentagon to bring entertainment to American troops abroad.
Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by a margin of 312 votes.
Shortly after Tweeden’s account was published, Franken issued an apology. “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.
Tweeden accompanied her accusations with a hashtag #MeToo, launched last month on Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano to support her colleague Rose McGowan’s complaint against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) called on the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations against Franken.
“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else," McConnell said in a statement.
McConnell's push for to review Tweeden’s allegations against Franken comes just days after the Senate leader warned Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that he would face an ethics probe if he wins the upcoming special election, over allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenage girls. Moore has rejected the allegations as political attacks by his opponents, both Democrats and the Republican establishment led by McConnell.
Tweeden, 44, has worked as a TV host and broadcast journalist, and appeared on the covers of the popular magazines Playboy, Maxim and FHM. At the time of the incident she was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period. Tweeden is now a broadcaster for KABC radio in Los Angeles and anchors the McIntyre in the Morning show.
Franken and Tweeden were backstage rehearsing their performance when he forcibly kissed her, she wrote. “He said to me, ‘We need to rehearse the kiss.’ I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax, Al, this isn’t [Saturday Night Live]...we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’”
“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” Tweeden wrote.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Tweeden explained that she didn’t report the incidents because she didn’t want to be the troublemaker.
“I didn’t socialize with him, I didn’t talk to him for the rest of the tour,” Tweeden told reporters. “I made sure I was never alone with him.”
Tweeden credited Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s (D-California) account of being assaulted when she was a young Congressional aide as inspiration to come forward.
“She described how a powerful man in the office where she worked ‘held her face, kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth,” Tweeden wrote. “At that moment, I thought to myself, Al Franken did that exact same thing to me.”
Tweeden said she accepted Franken’s apology, but added he could have apologized at any point.
“I wasn’t holding my breath. I would have been long dead by now,” she told reporters at the press conference. “2017 is not 2006. It’s just a different time.”
US troops taught sexual abuse was 'culturally accepted practice' in Afghanistan
© Tim Wimborne / Reuters
US military personnel deploying to Afghanistan were taught that child sexual abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, a new Pentagon report has revealed.
Soldiers who reported the issue were told nothing could be done about it.
“In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command,” the report says.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” one soldier interviewed for the report said his superior officers told him when he complained. Other comments included “it was out of our control,” and “this is Afghanistan.”
Titled ‘The Implementation of the DoD Leahy Law Regarding Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse by Members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,’ the 106-page report was issued in response to a complaint by Representative Duncan Hunter (R-California) about child sexual abuse, particularly against young boys, by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel.
“We determined that the DoD [Department of Defense] did not conduct training for personnel on identifying, responding to, or reporting instances of child sexual abuse involving ANDSF personnel before 2015,” the Pentagon report said.
The military began to investigate pedophilia only after a 2015 New York Times article said US troops were told to ignore sex abuse of boys.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley reportedly told his father before being killed in 2012, according to the Times.
In 2011, two special forces members were punished for confronting a local commander who abducted an Afghan boy and forced him to become a sex slave. Captain Dan Quinn approached an Afghan police commander about the behavior. After the commander laughed in his face, Quinn “picked him up and threw him on the ground” in order “to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated.”
Following the incident, the military relieved Quinn of his command and he later resigned. Sergeant First Class Charles Martland was also punished for the same incident. Rep. Hunter intervened on his behalf with the Pentagon, and the decision to expel Martland was overturned in April 2016.
The war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year and has surpassed the Vietnam War as America’s longest-ever conflict. Civilian deaths hit record highs in July 2017, matching the levels seen in 2012. The US troop presence in Afghanistan peaked at 100,000 in 2011 under the Obama administration.
Prior to his 2016 presidential election, Trump was a harsh critic of the Afghan war, saying the US "should leave Afghanistan immediately” and calling the war "a complete waste.”
In August 2017, however, Trump announced US troops would remain in Afghanistan for an indefinite period of time.
“Conditions on the ground – not arbitrary timetables – will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out,” he said.
Todd Bridges reveals child sexual abuse
while a Diff’rent Strokes starCarmine Sabia
Former child actor Todd Bridges has again spoken out about sexual abuse he suffered as a kid in Hollywood.
In his 2010 book “Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted,” Bridges accused a man he called Ronald of sexually abusing him as a child.
“When it happened the second time, I thought it meant that I was gay,” Bridges wrote in the book. “I was very confused. I really believed I wasn’t normal and that made me feel even worse about myself than I had before.”
He wrote of how scared he was to break the cycle of abuse because “I had wanted him to like and care about me for so long, it was hard for me to feel like I was disappointing him. That’s how successfully he had gotten into my brain.”
But everything changed when the alleged abuser visited Bridges home one day “as carefree as ever,” and Bridges attacked him. He wrote that, as he was hitting Ronald, his mother attempted to get him to stop, until he told her what Ronald had done.
“My mom ran out of the room and came back with a butcher knife. I felt such a sense of relief when I saw that knife. She wasn’t mad at me. She was going to help me get free of Ronald. He would never be able to touch me again,” he wrote.
It got tough for Bridges on the set of “Diff’rent Strokes” when the series filmed its infamous “The Bicycle Man” two part episodes.
In those episodes, a pedophile character, Mr. Horton, a bicycle store owner played by “WKRP In Cincinnati” star Gordon Jump, grooms Willis’ brother, Arnold Jackson, and his friend Dudley, in an effort to molest them.
The Horton character plies Arnold and Dudley with alcohol and gifts and insists they keep their get-togethers a secret.
Mr. Horton proceeded to participate in photoshoots with them being half dressed kids, and shares pornography with them.
The two part special was extremely edgy for its time, and is still a tough series of episodes to watch for many, particularly for Bridges who participated in them. “I didn’t let on that the material in the script upset me,” Bridges wrote. “That was a very hard week for me, and I pushed my feelings down, hard.”
Bridges wrote about how other victims of pedophilia, like Corey Feldman, had a tough time understanding that the issue goes beyond them and their personal experiences. In recent weeks Feldman has been on a campaign to expose Hollywood’s sick pedophile secrets, which often result in abused victims using drugs to self medicate.
Bridges said in 2010 that he reached out to Feldman’s best friend, Corey Haim, another alleged sexual abuse victim, about the drug problem that ultimately claimed his life. “I had tried to get Corey to stop taking prescription drugs and take care of his life,” he told the “Today” show. “I tried to get him to understand that there was a different way out.”
“He wasn’t ready to stop,” he said of Haim, who died at age 38, the week before Bridges’ appearance on “Today.” “The thing about drug addiction is, sometimes people are ready to stop and sometimes they’re not. You have to have it in your mind that you’re ready to stop.”
Man gets prison time for 2001 sex assault of child in Olympic National Park
TACOMA, Wash. - A Port Angeles man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison this week after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child back in 2001 in Olympic National Park.
The man, identified as Charles Jason Butcher, 46, admitted the assault in a recorded phone call with his victim in 2016. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton called the offense "extremely odious" at the sentencing hearing.
"For 15 years the defendant denied sexually abusing the two young victims in this case, compounding a horrific betrayal," said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.
She praised the courage of the victims in the case and the commitment of the National Park Service investigator who took what was considered a cold case and developed the evidence needed to convict Butcher.
According to records filed in the case, two young children, ages 7 and 4, were visiting a resort operated by Butcher and his family near Lake Crescent on Olympic National Park land.
After the visit, the children’s mother suspected they had been sexually abused, and medical exams showed signs of sexual molestation, according to court files.
Butcher was interviewed and denied any sexual abuse. In late 2015, the victim and the victim’s mother again contacted law enforcement, and a special agent was assigned the case as part of a cold case review.
Ultimately, one of the victims agreed to place a recorded phone call to Butcher in which he admitted the abuse, according to case files. Butcher later admitted to law enforcement officers he had molested one of the victims, court records show.
Montgomery man charged with sex abuse of childBy Carol Robinson email@example.com
A Montgomery man is behind bars accused of sexual abuse of a child.
Rodney Lavan Thomas Jr., 21, was arrested Thursday, according to court records. He remained in the Montgomery County Jail Friday with bond set at $20,000.
Charging documents claim the incident happened between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 at Thomas' home. Additional details weren't made available.
Thomas is charged with sex abuse of a child under the age of 12, which is a felony charge.
Utah man arrested on reports of rape,
sexual abuse of childShelby Slade Daily Herald
A Pleasant Grove man was arrested Thursday on reports of raping and sexually abusing a child.
In August, officers received reports that Frary had been sexually assaulting the child for several years starting when the victim was 11 and he was 17 and ending earlier this year, police reported.
On many occasions Frary had touched or kissed the victim without consent and later raped the victim multiple times, according to the police.
He had threatened to tell people about things the victim was doing, which the victim was concerned would get them into trouble, police reported.
Ex-IPS counselor faces federal lawsuit over
sex abuse with studentsFatima Hussein and Marisa Kwiatkowski, IndyStar
A high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indianapolis Public Schools counselor who engaged in sexual behavior with him. The suit also names the district's superintendent and school board.
It is a delay that may have violated state law.
Last year, Taylor was charged with nine felony counts of child seduction, one felony count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records.
Taylor is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with one student in multiple locations — including the school — between October and February. The encounters began when the student was 16 and continued while he was 17, according to the Marion County prosecutor's office.
Taylor also is accused of having a sexual encounter with another student, who was age 16.
At least 12 people knew about the allegations as early as Feb. 17, but no one reported them to the Indiana Department of Child Services until Feb. 23 — six days later, according to court records and interviews. Indiana law requires anyone who learns of suspected abuse or neglect to immediately report it to DCS or law enforcement.
Superintendent Lewis D. Ferebee, the Board of School Commissioners for the City of Indianapolis, IPS and the now former counselor are all named defendants in the 30-page complaint filed last week. The lawsuit alleges that school officials breached their "duty to take steps to eliminate conditions or practices that encouraged or allowed harassment, sexual abuse, or other misconduct by school counselors."
In the wake of the scandal, two school officials were fired and three resigned.
In January, Taylor was sentenced to six years house arrest.
The plaintiff's attorney, Eric Schmadeke, told IndyStar, "My hope for this case is twofold. First – it will give the victim some measure of recompense for the disruption and hurt he suffered as a result of the abuse."
"Second," Schmadeke said, "it is my hope that IPS will get its act together and realize that the cost of implementing safeguards and procedures for recognizing and adequately addressing child abuse is preferable to paying the price for not doing so after the fact.”
This is not the first time that Indiana school officials have delayed making reports on potential child abuse.
An attorney and school officials at Park Tudor, a private school in Indianapolis, were criticized after they waited one day to report allegations of child abuse against former basketball coach Kyle Cox. School officials allowed Cox to resign after he signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited him from communicating with Park Tudor students and from discussing the reason for his resignation, according to federal court records.
Indiana law requires anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to report it. People who fail to do so could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Adoption Agency Hit With $11M Verdict in
Child Abuse LawsuitBy P.J. Dannunzio
An adoption agency that sent a 5-year-old girl to live with a couple who subjected her to sexual and physical abuse in their foster home has been hit with an $11 million verdict by a Philadelphia jury.
“This verdict sends a clear message that crimes and abuse perpetuated upon our children will not be tolerated. Our client’s voice was finally heard,” said Nadeem Bezar of Kline & Specter, who along with Emily Marks represented S.S.
In her lawsuit, S.S. claimed that starting in 2000 and between the ages of 6 and 10 she was molested and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Walter Scott and beaten by Deborah Scott. Her court papers also noted that Walter Scott had been under investigation for child rape based on accusations from other children in the foster home, and in 2016, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and rape of a child, among other charges.
The main allegation in S.S.’s lawsuit was that Bethanna failed to sufficiently investigate the Scotts’ criminal history, which also included welfare fraud convictions.
“Defendant Bethanna’s conduct is shocking, outrageous, and demonstrated deliberate indifference to S.S.’s safety and the safety of numerous other children who were eventually placed in the Scotts’ foster home over the next decade until the home eventually closed,” S.S.’s court papers said.
She also alleged that Bethanna refused to remove her from the Scotts’ home despite reports by caseworkers that she was being abused and was in danger.
In its pretrial memorandum, Bethanna denied any negligence.
“Plaintiff’s sexual abuse at the hands of Mr. Scott, unknown to Bethanna and not contemporaneously reported to any person or agency, was not learned until plaintiff herself disclosed the abuse in August 2015,” court papers said. “She testified that one occurrence took place during the time she was fostering with the Scotts, while the other two times occurred after she had been adopted and was no longer being followed by Bethanna. At no time did any case worker, supervisor, child advocate, medical or mental health provider document any suspicions that S.S. was being physically or sexually abused.”
William L. Banton of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement sent by a Bethanna spokesperson, the agency said, “Bethanna is disappointed by the verdict, but more saddened by the abuse inflicted on the real victim in this case. We applaud her courage in coming forward. Our prayers and hope are for her continued healing. While we cannot comment on all of the details of this case, as litigation remains ongoing, we wish our community to understand that our agency and staff had no knowledge whatsoever of these terrible incidents, which happened over a decade ago.”
Undocumented Immigrant Charged With
Child Sex Abuse In AlabamaBy Neil Costes
FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — An undocumented immigrant is behind bars in Baldwin County accused of sexually abusing a child, according to Foley Police.
Chief Bullock said Acevedo-Rodriguez’s wife discovered inappropriate pictures of a female family member.
Acevedo-Rodriguez is in the Baldwin County Jail charged with sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12 and manufacturing child pornography.
Wyoming Child Sex Abuse Fugitive CapturedBy Doug Randall
Cheyenne Police have captured a man who has been wanted for sexual assault of a minor for well over a year, according to a spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department.
Because the information led to Nelson’s arrest, the caller received a $500 reward. People can always give police information about criminal suspects using the Silent Witness tip line at 638-TIPS or by going online. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Upstate NY man charged with attempted
sexual abuse of childMichael McCarthy
A Williamson man is facing numerous charges after deputies say he had sexual contact with a child.
McCarthy was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with course of conduct against a child, attempted sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash /$3,000 bond bail.
Another Upstate NY man charged with
sexual abuse of 4-year-oldBy Michael Randall
MODENA – A Modena man was charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old child following an investigation by Plattekill police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation found that Jesse Fitzpatrick, 23, of Modena, had inappropriate sexual contact with the child on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said Fitzpatrick and the child live in the same house but are not related.
Fitzpatrick was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in Town of Plattekill Justice Court and is free on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, pending further court action.
The sheriff’s office said it is continuing to investigate the case along with the Ulster County Child Advocacy Center, and more charges are possible.
Louisiana man convicted on six counts
stemming from sexual abuse of two children
BY CHAD CALDER | CCALDER@THEADVOCATE.COM
A Jefferson Parish jury of nine women and three men convicted a Kenner man Thursday of sexually abusing three children.
Judge June Berry Darensburg, who presided over the trial in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, set sentencing for Jan. 10.
According to court documents, the sexual abuse of the children — two girls and a boy — occurred between 2006 and 2016. The children were as young as 5 and 6.
Montero pleaded guilty in 2002 to carnal knowledge of a juvenile and drug possession, and he has two prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender.
OK Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse After Authorities
Find Her Waiting for Student in Candlelit RoomBY STEVE HELLING
An Oklahoma teacher was arrested on Wednesday after authorities learned that she was allegedly having sex with a male teenage student, PEOPLE confirms.
Day, a 22-year-old science teacher at Yukon High School, is facing charges of second-degree rape, facilitating sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography.
“This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust,” Canadian County Sheriff Chris West told reporters at a news conference this week, according to local news station KWTV. “School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them.”
Day is married; her husband is a football coach at the same high school.
“I’m no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life,” West said.
She allegedly responded, “The doors unlocked as usual.”
When authorities entered the house, they found Day sitting on the floor of her living room wearing a T-shirt and workout shorts, according to the arrest report.
The report notes that the lights were turned off and candles were lit. When authorities confronted Day, she allegedly admitted to sending pictures of herself in “bra and panties.” She also allegedly confirmed that she had received pictures of the boy’s genitals.
Day was booked into the Canadian County Jail following her arrest and released on $85,000 bond. She has not entered a plea and court records do not reflect an attorney.
While the school district did not identify Day by name, officials said in a news release Thursday that they had been notified on Wednesday afternoon about a district employee who was accused of “engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a high school student.”
“This behavior was representative of a very poor decision by a person entrusted with teaching our students,” district officials said in the release. “The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority.”
The district said the arrested employee — presumably Day — had not flagged any of the security protocols, including a background check, done during the hiring process. Officials said they were “fully cooperating” with law enforcement and referred further questions to the sheriff’s office.
Day’s employment status was not immediately clear on Friday night, though she was still listed as a teacher on the school’s website.
Maryland man gets 20 years for sexually exploiting children on FacebookBy Mike Murillo | @MikeMurilloWTOP
WASHINGTON — A Dundalk, Maryland, man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for federal charges of producing child pornography.
Russel Todd O’Bannon, 52, admitted in a plea deal to using a Facebook text messaging service to connect with 17 boys and girls and convince them to send him sexually explicit photos.
When communicating with the minors, he used a fictitious Facebook account under the alias of “Martin Anderson,” lied about his age, and sent victims nude photos of young men, which he claimed to be images of himself, according to prosecutors.
His victims were located inside and outside of the U.S. and, according to court documents, included children in foster care and group homes as well as rape survivors. Those who were victims of sexual abuse, O’Bannon admitted to asking them for details about the abuse and continuing to ask for pornographic photos from them.
According to the US Department of Justice, O’Bannon frequently told victims he wanted to meet them for sex and told them in graphic detail what he planned to do during those encounters. He also admitted to telling female victims that he wanted to have unprotected sex with them so he can impregnate them.
O’Bannon was apprehended as part of the department’s Project Safe Childhood, an operation that goes after people who exploit children and also helps the young victims.
In addition to the prison time, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett sentenced O’Bannon to a life time of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender once he is released.
40-year-old man charged with continuous sexual abuse of child in North Dakota
WILLISTON, N.D. - An Oklahoma man has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child in Williston.
He has been charged with a double-A felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. If found guilty, he could face life in prison.
Martinez is held on a $1 million bond. If he posts bond, he is not allowed to leave the state and cannot contact the victim. His next court appearance will be Dec 14.
And another Upstate NY Man Pleads Guilty
To Sexually Abusing 4 y/o Child
A 59 year old Philadelphia, New York, man has admitted to having sexual contact with a young child.
He will be sentenced January 25.
Leeson was originally charged with first-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.
When he was arrested in May, he had been working as a custodian at Philadelphia Primary School.
According to police, the four year old victim was not a student at the school.
Investigators said the sexual abuse happened at a home in the town of Antwerp and the child knew Leeson as a friend of the family.
At the time of the arrest, state police said they didn't believe Leeson had sexual contact with any other children.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Child sex abuse live streams rising at 'alarming rate' amid surge in 'cybersex trafficking'
'Dark' form of exploitation sees children perform sex acts
online for paedophiles in UK, US, etc.
May Bulman Social Affairs Correspondent
The Independent Online
Filipino children, usually under the age of 12, are forced to perform sex acts on themselves or each other, molested by an adult, or abused in other degrading ways - [STOCK] International Justice Mission
A new form of human trafficking that sees children forced to carry out sex acts while being live-streamed for paedophiles to watch online is growing at an “alarming rate”, a charity has warned.
Known as “cybersex trafficking”, the dark crime has become rampant in the Philippines, where police are receiving thousands of referrals every month and nearly 100 children have been rescued in the past year alone. Demand largely comes from Western paedophiles in places including the UK, Canada and the US.
It sees youngsters, usually under the age of 12, forced to perform sex acts on themselves or each other, molested by an adult, or abused in other degrading ways. The youngest victim reported was a two-month-old baby.
In a rescue mission last week, nine child victims aged between two and nine years old were rescued by Filipino authorities. It followed a referral from police in Canada after they discovered a Canadian man was paying a woman in the Philippines to view live-streamed sexual abuse of young children.
The arrested suspect allegedly produced and sent sexually explicit images of very young children via social media to paedophiles overseas in exchange for money.
She allegedly described sex acts that she would force the victims to do on themselves and on other children for the foreign customer watching online from abroad.
The suspect is also alleged to have told her online customers that she could sexually abuse children of any age and that the children could do whatever sex act the customer wanted until the children cried in pain.
She even allegedly offered to sexually abuse a three month old baby in exchange for money but the baby was not found during the operation.
During the rescue mission, the suspect was caught by police in the act of offering to perform sex acts on her own eight-year-old daughter and “live-stream” those sex acts from her home.
The suspect was not poor, and had allegedly demanded thousands of pesos for every child sexual abuse show and had been doing this for several years. She lived in a four-room house with a large LED flat screen TV, two laptops, a tablet and an entertainment centre.
The International Justice Mission (IJM), a global organisation that protects poor communities from violence by partnering with local authorities, and which helped facilitate the latest rescue of Filipino cybersex victims, has warned that the “disturbing” crime is fast-growing.
David Westlake, chief executive of the organisation’s UK branch, said: “Cybersex trafficking of children is a deeply disturbing global problem. Demand largely comes from Western paedophiles in places including the UK, Canada and the US."
“Increased global access to technology and the internet means that this dark crime is growing at an alarming rate. Filipino police alone are receiving thousands of referrals every month."
"International Justice Mission and Filipino police are urgently working with global police and intelligence sources from countries like the UK, US and Canada to help identify victims being abused and then rescue them."
There is a need for western countries to change their laws concerning this atrocity and treat pedophiles who direct the rape or abuse of children over the internet as if they performed the heinous acts in person.
Longest-ever sentence for Saskatoon child
pornographer with 'vile' collection
WARNING: This story contains details readers may find disturbing
Calling his crimes "horrendous," a Saskatoon man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to 40 counts of possessing, producing and sharing child pornography.
Philip Michael Chicoine, 28, remained expressionless during his sentencing Tuesday in a Saskatoon courtroom. He did not appear to make eye contact with his parents, who sat in the front row.
"His collection was vile," said RCMP Cpl. Jared Clarke, the lead investigator from Saskatchewan's Internet Child Exploitation Unit.
"It was some of the worst stuff I've ever seen. It caused nightmares, it caused me trouble dealing with my own kids at home," Clarke said, noting he sought counselling to deal with the images haunting him.
Paying parents to abuse their children
Last spring, Chicoine admitted he paid and directed parents overseas to sexually abuse their children in real time using video streaming sites such as Skype.
In June, the Crown presented videos in court seized from Chicoine's computer. Many involved torture and bondage, with the victims' screams heard throughout the courtroom.
His victims ranged from infants to children 14 years old.
In the exchanges, Chicoine indicated he preferred children who cried during the abuse, complaining about the difficulties of finding "pedomoms."
These internet-directed child sex abuse perverts should be prosecuted as though they performed every hostile act upon those children themselves. Rape by proxy is still rape and is perpetrated by the customer's sick and evil needs.
'Unusual and significant violence against children'
He was found to have more than 580 unique videos and more than 4,000 unique photos. In total, 10,126 videos and 4,714 photos were in his possession, according to the Crown.
Chicoine admitted that he spent more than $20,000 over five years to pay for the online exchanges.
In her 30-page sentencing decision, Judge Vanessa Monar Enweani cited Chicoine's "unusual and significant violence against children," and the need to denounce and deter sex offenders.
Chicoine's sentence is the longest ever handed to a convicted child pornographer in Saskatchewan.
In March, Chicoine was arrested, put on suicide watch and segregated from the general population at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Enweani recommended federal prison officials incarcerate him at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon.
She said Chicoine has no prior criminal record and has been assessed as a moderate-to-high risk for being charged or convicted of another sexual offence.
The defence argued Chicoine felt remorse and empathy for his victims, noting he was previously ostracized and intimidated, both at school and at his workplace.
"I think there is hope for your rehabilitation," said Enweani.
Enweani ordered Chicoine to stay away from children for 10 years following his release, and to refrain from participating in any social network, online forum, or chat rooms.
Prosecutor Lana Morelli said the investigation into Chicoine's case began on Valentine's Day this year, when police came across a single pornographic image uploaded to a computer address in Saskatoon.
Chicoine was found to have texted children as young as 10 directly in Florida, Australia and Saskatoon. At one point, a 14-year-old texted him and said she might kill herself. Chicoine replied that he'd want her to film the suicide so that he could watch.
Morelli said police raided Chicoine's home while he was preparing to travel to the Philippines to engage in direct physical abuse with pre-teens and toddlers.
The Internet Child Exploitation Unit said children in the Phillipines were rescued last week as a result of the work done on this case.
"Knowing that we had live victims still at risk was tough," said Cpl. Clarke. "It obviously pushed the envelope on us really having to work diligently and expediently to get the case put together as quick as we could," he said.
Ontario prostitute accused of trying to minimize role in child sex abuse caseby Nicole O'Reilly Waterloo Region Record
A Kitchener woman who has admitted to taking part in the sexual assault of a seven-year-old Hamilton girl told court she didn't take pleasure in her participation and was only following orders as a paid sex worker.
However, assistant Crown attorney Janet Booy called the testimony "completely unbelievable" and an attempt at "minimizing her behaviour."
She admitted to travelling to the girl's Hamilton home in the middle of the night April 27, 2016, with a man she knew as Mike McPhee. Lucas said she met this man on Craigslist and he typically paid her $140 a visit to act out "daddy/daughter role playing." She was offered $100 for the night of the abuse.
McPhee's real name is Rui DaSilva and he was responding to a Craigslist advertisement allegedly posted by the girl's mother's then boyfriend, who is accused of repeatedly abusing the girl. He cannot be named because of a publication ban protecting the girl's identity, but he faces 40 criminal charges.
DaSilva previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years.
"I was scared and cowardly," Lucas testified on Tuesday upon being questioned why she didn't at the very least report the abuse later to prevent the girl from being victimized again.
"You knew she was living in that horrid situation," Booy said, later adding "you took absolutely zero steps to help that little girl."
However, Booy was adamant Lucas would have known the victim was a child from the moment the mom's boyfriend carried the girl over his shoulder into the room and laid her on the floor.
Tuesday's court appearance was for a Gardiner hearing, which is held to iron out disputed details in the agreed statement of facts.
Lucas said she didn't realize the victim was a child until she was called over to record the abuse on a cellphone camera and then participate. "I feel terrible about that night ... it was the worst mistake of my life," she said.
Booy also suggested Lucas was a willing participant.
The case resumes in court Dec. 11 for a sentencing hearing.
Lucas was already a convicted sex offender for a case involving minors, and police found dolls with anatomically correct genitals and child pornography in her apartment.
However, Lucas said the child porn belonged to men.
So the point here is not whether Lucas was a willing participant or a reluctant one. She was a participant and certainly not for the first time. She claims to not be a pedophile, however, she acts and accumulates materials as though she was a pedophile. For all intents and purposes, she is a pedophile and should be sentenced accordingly.
The young victim's aunt was again in court, as she is for every hearing in this case, to advocate for her niece. So too were a number of supporters from the Toronto Chapter of Guardians of the Children – a biker group dedicated to fighting child abuse.
Melbourne woman jailed for sex with a teen
and mothering his child
AAP, Herald Sun
A MELBOURNE woman has been jailed for having sex with a 14-year-old boy multiple times, resulting in her giving birth to the victim’s son.
The 36-year-old took advantage of the boy, who was her daughter’s close friend, by giving him alcohol when he came over and having sex with him without contraception.
Police investigated after a complaint was made in early 2015 but she denied her offending until she gave birth to the victim’s son.
That was some investigation, obviously!
A DNA sample taken from the baby matched with the teenage boy, confirming that he was the father and a victim of sexual abuse.
The woman was jailed for four years today in the Victorian County Court after pleading guilty to the persistent sexual exploitation of a child under 16.
“Your offending was in part motivated by selfish sexual gratification,” said the sentencing judge, who can’t be named for legal reasons.
“The fact you used no contraception and have given birth to a child only aggravates your offending. “You have destroyed the victim’s childhood and the well-being of his family.”
The victim, now 16, has suffered great distress and is struggling to come to terms with the abuse suffered and the responsibility of becoming a father.
The teenager’s child will not be allowed to stay with the woman as she serves at least two years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
The Department of Health will be involved in coming up with a care plan for the son, and the victim’s family wish to play a part.
The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has a supportive partner and two other children but has substance abuse issues, the judge said.
“You will experience extensive hardship in prison because of the separation from your children,” the judge said.
That won't be the only reason.
Three British Asian Men Jailed for Vile
Child Sex Abuse
Three British Asian men have been jailed for child sex abuse crimes in Rotherham. Their trial was the first to come out of National Crime Agency’s inquiry
By SARAH-LOUISE KEARNEY
Three British Asian men have received jail sentences for their crimes in child sex abuse. They had been found guilty of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14.
Identified as 39-year-old Riaz Makhmood, 38-year-old Sajid Ali and 39-year-old Zaheer Iqbal,
they received their sentences on 16th November 2017.
Judge David Dixon convicted them of 15 charges of indecent assault against their victim. Makhmood must serve six years and nine months, while Ali and Iqbal will go to jail for seven and a half years each.
Taking place at Sheffield Crown Court, it marks as the first trial under Operation Stovewood. A National Crime Agency (NCA) inquiry into Rotherham’s historical child sex abuse.
The court heard how the crimes took place in 1994 and 1995, with the woman aged between 12-13 at the time.
That's not a woman - it's a girl!
Their victim explained how Makhmood, Ali and Iqbal would give her and friends alcohol. Through this, they would encourage her to perform sex acts upon them. In a police interview played to the court, she said:
“I think a lot of it were down to having a drink. I was passed around from man to man.”
The woman, now in her 30s, revealed the crimes would take place car parks or behind shops in Masbrough. While they did not threaten her with violence, they would ‘control’ her through other means. Prosecutor Sophie Drake explained:
“They said they would tell her mother what she was doing and she was scared of this. The Crown say this is one of the ways they put pressure on her, and would control her.”
At the age of 13, her mother stopped her from going to the Masbrough area. Only then did the abuse end. However, as she grew up, she realised what had happened to her and reported the crimes to South Yorkshire Police.
NCA received the report from police for their inquiry, Operation Stovewood. In June 2016, they arrested Makhmood, Ali and Iqbal.
As the judge sentenced the three, he said: “She was groomed, coerced and intimated, she was called abusive names and she was treated like a thing, a thing that you passed around among yourselves.”
With the verdict delivered, all three men will begin their sentences. The NCA will continue its inquiry into Rotherham’s historical child sex abuse.