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, 21 April 2018

Disturbing Reports from Afghanistan, India, UK-3, Canada-Switzerland on Today's Global PnP List

US Human Rights Report Paints Grim Picture
Of Afghanistan

Key issues raised in the annual report on human rights for 2017 pointed to the exploitation of children and teenagers.


The United States Department of State on Friday issued its annual country reports on human rights in the world and warned of the increase in attacks on civilians in Afghanistan.

According to the report, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 - Afghanistan, anti-government armed groups used children and teenagers as soldiers, suicide attackers and weapons carriers and in some government forces also recruited teenagers.

“Child Soldiers: There were reports the ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces), particularly the ANP (Afghan National Police) and ALP (Afghan Local Police), and pro-government militias recruited children. The AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) reported that government security forces in Kandahar province used child recruits. UNAMA documented the recruitment and use of 14 boys by security forces from January to June. The government continued to work towards the expansion of Child Protection Units to all 34 provinces. As of August there were 21 active units, the report read.

The report stated however that under a government action plan, the ANP took steps that included training staff on age-assessment procedures, launching an awareness campaign on underage recruitment, investigating alleged cases of underage recruitment, and establishing centers in some provincial recruitment centers to document cases of attempted child enlistment.

“Recruits underwent an identity check, including an affidavit from at least two community elders that the recruit was at least 18 years old and eligible to join the ANDSF. The Ministries of Interior and Defense also issued directives meant to prevent the recruitment and sexual abuse of children by the ANDSF. Media reported in some cases ANDSF units used children as personal servants, support staff, or for sexual purposes.”

Killings, torture, sexual abuse

The report stated that government forces have also been charged with extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and sexual abuse of children and adolescents.

It stated the most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by security forces; disappearances, torture; arbitrary arrest; detention, including of women accused of so-called moral crimes; and sexual abuse of children by security force members.

Additional problems included violence against journalists, criminalization of defamation; pervasive government corruption; and lack of accountability and investigation in cases of violence against women.

Discrimination against persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation persisted with little accountability, the report read.

Widespread disregard for the rule of law and official impunity for those who committed human rights abuses were serious problems and the government did not consistently or effectively prosecute abuses by officials, including security forces, the report added.

“There were major attacks on civilians by armed insurgent groups and targeted assassinations by armed insurgent groups of persons affiliated with the government.

“The Taliban and other insurgents continued to kill security force personnel and civilians using indiscriminate tactics such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suicide attacks, and rocket attacks, and to commit disappearances and torture.

“The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) attributed 67 percent of civilian casualties (1,141 deaths and 3,574 injured) to nonstate actors. The Taliban used children as suicide bombers, soldiers, and weapons carriers. Other antigovernment elements threatened, robbed, kidnapped, and attacked government workers, foreigners, medical and nongovernmental organization (NGO) workers, and other civilians,” the report read.


In reaction to the report on overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, the ministry of interior’s spokesman, Najib Danish said: “We are committed to implementing all laws on human rights in Afghanistan prisons. We urge the national and international institutions to come and see our prisons to make sure that human rights have been respected here,".

Afghan Integrity Watch meanwhile said the National Unity Government (NUG) so far has not made any big achievement in fighting corruption and bringing reforms. 

"After three and a half years of the NUG, still government has not met the expectations that the civil societies had in terms of bringing reforms and eradicating corruption," Integrity Watch Afghanistan researcher Nasir Timori said. 

Another major area of concern, meanwhile was that of child labor.

“Child labor remained a pervasive problem. The Ministry of Labor declined to estimate the number of working children, citing a lack of data and deficiencies in birth registrations.

“Child laborers worked as domestic servants, street vendors, peddlers, and shopkeepers. There was child labor in the carpet industry, brick kilns, coalmines, and poppy fields. Children were also heavily engaged in the worst forms of child labor in mining (especially family-owned gem mines), commercial sexual exploitation, transnational drug smuggling, and organized begging rings.


“Some forms of child labor exposed children to land mines. Children faced numerous health and safety risks at work, and there were reports of sexual abuse of children by adult workers. There were reports of recruitment of juveniles by the ANDSF during the year. Taliban forces pressed children to take part in hostile acts,” read the report.

Europe, are you reading this? This is, unfortunately, all too typical of Muslim countries where there is weak leadership - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Nigeria, Somalia, Albania, etc., etc.

The only Muslim countries where there is some sort of order are those autocratic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, other Gulf States, etc.

Which of these directions do you want your future to run?




India seeks death penalty for child rapists

By Sugam Pokharel and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

India's Cabinet has passed an executive order to make the rape of a girl under 12 punishable by the death penalty as national outrage grows over sexual violence in the country.

Women join a protest this week in New Delhi in support of victims following high-profile rape cases.
Women join a protest this week in New Delhi in support of victims following high-profile rape cases.

The order -- known as an ordinance -- was approved Saturday at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to India's Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The change in the law will only become permanent once it is approved by India's Parliament, which is currently in recess. It goes into effect once it's signed by the President, considered a formality, but it will lapse after six months if Parliament doesn't ratify it.

The executive order also increased the minimum punishment for female rape from seven years in prison to 10 years, extendable up to life imprisonment, and introduced measures to speed up court proceedings in rape cases. Forensic rape kits will be provided to police stations and hospitals, and specialist labs will be set up exclusively to handle rape cases, the ministry said.

Modi has come under increasing pressure to act following a string of particularly brutal rape cases that have shocked the nation. Less than three months ago, his government argued against a call in the Supreme Court to introduce the death penalty for child rape.

Large protests were held last weekend in response to the alleged gang rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state. Police have arrested eight suspects in connection with her death, all of whom are Hindu. Investigators allege the men plotted the girl's abduction as a means of scaring predominately Muslim nomads into leaving the region.

As public outrage grew, two senior members of Modi's party who had participated in the protests in support of the accused were forced to resign amid accusations of political interference and religious discrimination.

That case, along with rape accusations against a ruling party lawmaker in the state of Uttar Pradesh, has put pressure on Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. The lawmaker, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, denies the allegations that involve a teenage girl.

The head of the Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal, began a hunger strike on April 13 to push for stricter laws for rape in India, including the death penalty.

She welcomed news of the new ordinance via Twitter but said her protest was not over.

"I congratulate people of this country for this victory," she said. "Very few protests have achieved so much in such less time. But until something concrete happens, I will not give up. Until a system is there which ensures safety for the last girl, I won't give up."

Following outcry over the 2012 gang rape and death of 23-year-old physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh, the central government passed legislative reforms, commonly known as the Nirbhaya Act. The act saw increased penalties for sexual violence, including extending the length of prison sentences and introducing the death penalty in certain cases.

However, incidents of sexual violence continue to shock the country. Around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in India every day, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. There were nearly 39,000 alleged attacks in 2016, an increase of 12% over the previous year.

Public outrage has threatened to engulf Modi, who will seek re-election next year, as the demonstrations transform into a conduit for growing anger over the country's treatment of women and minority groups.

Despite reforms, sexual assault survivors face systemic barriers in India

After several days in which he failed to address the issue publicly, Modi finally broke his silence during an April 13 speech in Delhi, promising justice for "our daughters." However, critics accused him of doing too little, too late.

Law students demonstrate Wednesday in Srinagar over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl.Law students demonstrate Wednesday in Srinagar over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl.

The furor also threatened to overshadow Modi's visit this week to Britain. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Downing Street and the UK Parliament waving placards reading "go home Modi" and "hang the rapists" as he prepared to meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Addressing selected members of the Indian diaspora in London, Modi called on society to do more while urging against politicizing the issue.

"A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate this torture with our daughters? You are always questioning your daughters, why don't you ask the same questions to your sons? I believe this is the evil of not just the individual but also of the society," he said.




India To Join 8 Countries Having Sex Offenders Database

Many organisations such as the Human Right Watch and ACLU have spoken out against the sex offenders registry, claiming that it negates the concept of rehabilitation and perpetuates social stigma.
All India | Press Trust of India 

NEW DELHI:  India will join a club of eight countries with a sexual offender database to monitor and track those convicted of such crimes, amidst growing criticism against it in the US, where it is pursued aggressively.



The Cabinet today approved promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 to award death sentence to child rapists and said that the National Crime Records Bureau will maintain a national database and profile of sexual offenders.

This data will be regularly shared with states and Union Territories for tracking, monitoring and investigation, including verification of antecedents by police.

Many organisations such as the Human Rights Watch and ACLU have spoken out against the sex offenders registry, claiming that it negates the concept of rehabilitation and perpetuates social stigma.

"Government statistics (in the US) indicate that most sexual abuse of children is committed by family members or trusted authority figures, and by someone who has not previously been convicted of a sex offence.

"In India, too, children are often sexually abused by people known to them and regarded as authority figures. The government must ensure implementation of existing measures...including enforcement of the POCSO Act," Jayshree Bajoria, author of Human Rights Watch report documenting barriers to justice for sexual assault survivors in India, told PTI.

While the registry in the US is public, in other countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa,Trinidad and Tobago and United Kingdom, where such data of convicted sex offenders is maintained, it is purely for the consumption of the law enforcement authorities.

It is not clear if the Indian database will be made public or not.

"Once such a registry comes into being, I am concerned that it might lead to people not reporting rapes or sexual offences, because most of them are by people known to the victims. Also, once you are on the registry, it will mean no jobs, no chance to rehabilitate. Across the world such registries have failed to act as a deterrent," said Bharti Ali of HAQ Centre for Child Rights.

An HRW report in fact states that such offender lists "may do more harm than good".

Activists in India say that the talk of these lists is a knee jerk reaction to cases such as the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, both of which involved minor victims, and is intended to satisfy the public rage against sexual abuse by strangers.

"If it is a family member, a person known to the family of the victim, which is true in most cases in India, will this work? I have my doubts. The registry operates most aggressively in the US. However, there is very little evidence in that country to show that it has helped to prevent sexual assaults against children," said Supreme Court advocate K V Dhananjay.





'For 50 years I had that guilt' Newcastle abuse survivor, 66, bravely speaks out

One Survivor's Story - Overcoming
By Katie Collings

A child abuse survivor who lived with his secret for almost 50 years has told how he is finally rebuilding his life.

Rob Pugal, now 66, endured the inner torment until just a few years ago when he finally told his family what he had gone through.

The grandfather-of-two began to receive much-needed counselling and decided he was ready to report the abuse before he was dealt a devastating blow and found out that the perpetrator had died.

Rob Pugal from Newcastle who has been a victim of sexual abuse and is running the London marathon to raise money for the NSPCC (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Rob, who was raised in the West End of Newcastle, was sexually abused by a family friend who had groomed him between the ages of 10 and 12.

As a child he knew what had happened to him was wrong but says he felt guilty and unable to tell his parents.

He lived with that shame until he was 60 and his wife and daughter contacted their doctor because he was in “a very dark place”.

Rob, who is a retired manager for a food manufacturing factory in County Durham, said: “I now most certainly do realise how incredibly difficult it can be for a child that’s being abused to make that very first move to speak out and tell a trusted adult or to pick up the phone and call Childline.

“Thankfully, I’ve now dealt with it but it took me until I reached 60 years old for it to happen.

“For 50 years I had that guilt – thinking that it was entirely my own fault. So, it just sat there deep inside of me for the whole of that time and I didn’t tell anyone.”

Rob Pugal aged 12 (Image: NSPCC)

Rob’s parents moved to the North East from India and he said his abuser “manoeuvred his way” into their home.

He said: “Back in the day, having a white British man come to your house and take some interest in your family and kids - it was almost like some form of acceptance.

“He presented himself as a really nice person. He introduced us to a local youth club. This is how he got close to predominantly Asian boys of my age.”

One particularly haunting memory Rob lived with was the man taking him on holiday and abusing him during the night.

“I was stuck in an unfamiliar place with a sexual predator, in tears and feeling very guilty. I couldn’t tell my parents – what would they say or do to me, I thought. There were all these barriers.”


Rob Pugal with his grandson Jake (Image: NSPCC)

Rob, who lives in Whitley Bay, is now spending his free time visiting schools as an NSPCC volunteer, talking to children about how to stay safe from abuse.

He is also set to tackle his first marathon to raise money for the charity.

Rob sadly believes that he was not the only boy targeted by his abuser and regrets that he waited until it was too late to bring him to justice.

But, he adds: “I’ve pulled myself out of the other side, and I’m now well down the healing road.

“I know that I want to make the most of every minute that I have left to live.

“If I can help to stop just one child from being potentially abused - then, every minute I spend in local schools with my brilliant fellow NSPCC Schools Service volunteer colleagues is a blessing, I believe.

“I now also have the privilege of being a member of Team NSPCC in the London Marathon, which will be my first full marathon distance run. It also gives me the great opportunity to raise some money to aid the essential safeguarding work of the NSPCC charity.

“My advice to any child who may be feeling sad, unhappy, worried or unsafe is please speak to a trusted adult or ring Childline.”

Rob will be running the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22, as part of a 500 strong NSPCC team.




Survivor of child sex abuse urges victims to speak out
as repeat offender jailed for 30+ years
ELLA WILLS 
The Evening Standard

A survivor of child sexual abuse has said "I was not to blame, I am not dirty, and it was not my fault", calling for victims to speak out as her abuser Steven Burt was jailed for more than 30 years.

She urged fellow victims of abuse to speak to the police, saying: "I was believed and I was treated with such kindness."

Her statement came as Burt was handed a sentence of 32 years and six months for multiple sexual offences against children, including 14 counts of indecent assault on a boy, and sexual intercourse with a child, committed over a 20-year period.

The 61-year-old, from Greenwich, was also ordered to pay four victims £15,000 each and two other victims £1,000 each at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.

Burt was convicted of 33 offences on six victims, including boys and girls who were all known to him, at the same court on March 15. At an earlier hearing on February 27 he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful intercourse with a child in 1980.

As Burt received his sentence, a female victim said: "When I was abused, it changed my life. I have never been so scared. 

"This continued for years... I was scared people would blame me, that this was my fault."

But the survivor said she is "now so happy" after speaking to the police about what happened to her.

She said: "I was not to blame, I am not dirty, and it was not my fault. I am strong and brave and a survivor. Talking to the police for the first time was so hard but strangely therapeutic.

"For the first time my dark secret was no longer secret. All my fears did not happen, I was believed and I was treated with such kindness."

She added: "I am now so happy, I am not living in fear, I am free. I am loving life for the first time since he hurt me."

She called for other victims to speak out, saying "secrecy is what abusers use to continue their despicable behaviour". 

The survivor said: "I do not regret speaking out. All I can say is if you have been abused, please speak out, please get support, and please help stop this happening to someone else. Enough is enough."

The children were aged between six and 13 when they were abused by Burt in Feltham and Plumstead.

One of Burt's victims - who was abused from the age of eight into his teens - first contacted police in 2014. He was arrested in November 2014 and subsequently charged on 29 June 2017.

Detective Constable Gemma Major, from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (CASO) Command, said: "The victims have lived with these experiences since they were children and these memories have haunted them for their entire lives. 

"This has left them with numerous health and mental health issues, which have impacted upon relationships and their day-to-day lives.

"Burt is a prolific offender who, over a significant period of time, abused young children. I am grateful that they have since come forward so that we could take the necessary action to bring him before the courts.

"I would like to take this opportunity to praise their bravery and resolve, and hope that today will further help them move on with their lives, knowing that Burt has been punished for his crimes.

"Given the number of victims and offences that Burt has been convicted of, it cannot be ruled out that there are other victims who have yet to contact police.

"I would urge anyone who has been abused by Steven Burt to come forward and speak to police where you will be supported by specially trained officers."

If you have been a victim of Burt, please contact the Met's Sexual Exploitation Team on 101 - specially trained officers are there to support you. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




Former teacher jailed after admitting
historic child sex offences
    
Roy Griffiths, 82, of Sherborne, admitted six indecency offences dating back to the 1960s.

At a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court the former Cathedral School Teacher and Boarding House Master was jailed for six years and seven months.

Lincolnshire Police said the sentencing is the culmination of one part of the Operation Redstone enquiry into abuse at Lincoln Cathedral school in the 1960s. The police investigation began in January 2016 after the safeguarding officer for the Diocese of Lincoln identified a previous concern from a former pupil of the Lincoln Cathedral school about the potential abuse of pupils by staff in the 1960s.

Officers from Operation Redstone spoke with the former pupil and began the complex task of trying to identify and locate pupils from the sixties - which was not straightforward as most of the records from the Cathedral school had been destroyed after it merged with others to form the Lincoln Minster School in 1996. However more than 250 former pupils and their families and staff from Cathedral School were identified by the investigation team and most have been contacted including those now living in Australia, Canada, France, Poland and Spain. Former teacher and house master at the Cathedral School, Roy Griffiths was traced to Dorset and arrested and interviewed in October 2016. He was bailed pending further investigation and then charged in April 2017.

On Friday, April 20, 2018 Griffiths admitted six charges of indecent assault on a male in relation to six boys under the age of 14 between 1963 and 1970. ​

Senior Investigating Officer on Operation Redstone, Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton said that Griffiths had shown no remorse for his actions. “The nature of his offences has been devastating for his victims and their families,” said Mr Hatton.

“Today will be one step towards closure for the victims of the 13 offences he admitted to. The effects of the suffering of the victims from Griffiths’ abuse will probably never leave them but I hope the conclusion of this case today will assist them in their recovery. I want to pay tribute to the courage of those victims in being prepared to give evidence in court following our initial efforts to trace them,” he said.

“Our Operation Redstone enquiry into alleged abuse is continuing (3rd story on link). I obviously do not want to undermine the integrity of the ongoing investigation so am not able to discuss it further at this stage.”

If there are any other former pupils or family members that would like to speak to the officers on Operation Redstone, then please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting Incident 59 of 20/04/2018.





Nova Scotia teacher convicted in Switzerland
sexual abuse case had prior Ontario allegations
ANDREW RANKIN THE CHRONICLE HERALD 

Man fighting jail sentence for sex abuse got glowing recommendations
after ‘98 acquittal

Years before Tom Kilgour became a convicted pedophile, he was fresh off an Ontario child sexual abuse trial and back home in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Kilgour was hired as a substitute teacher by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board for the 1998-99 school year, and would teach at various schools in Pictou County that year. It would be his third and final teaching stint in Pictou County.

Ontario court records obtained by The Chronicle Herald show that just days before the school year began, on Aug. 28, 1998, Kilgour’s 26-month trial in Newmarket, Ont., on charges of sexual exploitation and sexual assault involving a teenage boy, had ended with an acquittal.

This is a story about a teacher first accused and cleared of sexual assault against children, who was allowed to teach until he was convicted in Switzerland on similar charges nearly two decades later.

In 1999, Kilgour left the Chignecto-Central board and taught at a private boarding school in Switzerland during the early 2000s. There, he was convicted of sexually abusing four teenage boys.

Kilgour is now fighting to overturn the 30-month jail sentence imposed by a Swiss judge last May for engaging in sexual acts with children and sexual coercion.

His appeal hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Switzerland.

Swiss court records show Kilgour included three stellar reference letters in his application package for the Swiss teaching position. In retrospect, one letter seems to contain a subtle warning.

“If any criticism could be levelled, it would be that he was sometimes too close to his charges,” wrote Rev. John Rose before ending the letter with a final endorsement: “I do not hesitate to recommend him for a position with your organization.”


Rose was one of Kilgour’s former bosses, the headmaster at Albert College, a Belleville private school where Kilgour had been teaching in 1996 when he was arrested and charged with the sexual offences.

The pair had held the same positions during the late 1980s at another Ontario private school, Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, where the allegations against Kilgour stemmed from. Rose had left Holy Trinity in 1990, two years before Kilgour's departure when accusations surfaced at the school. A student claimed he was sexually abused by Kilgour. Four years would go by before York Regional Police laid charges. Meanwhile, Kilgour and Rose had reunited again at Albert College.


The Herald could not reach Rose but did speak with Garth Stephenson, a member of the Albert College board of governors while Kilgour taught at the school. Stephenson also provided Kilgour with a glowing referral letter that he used for the Swiss teaching position. Stephenson said he and Rose both knew of the charges against Kilgour soon after they were laid. In fact, he says, Rose made the decision to remove Kilgour from Albert College.

“He took the appropriate action at the time that the charges were laid," said Stephenson. “Rose said, ‘Tom is not going to continue to be a teacher at Albert College while these charges are open and in the courts.’ Kilgour left Albert College and was not in the school after that. I think Rose did the right thing to make sure Kilgour was not a potential threat.”

Stephenson says the court’s decision was enough to persuade him of Kilgour’s innocence and less than a year later he obliged Kilgour’s request for a referral letter.

“I thought he was an excellent teacher and had been well-respected in the school. I didn’t say some student in Toronto had accused him of misconduct. My feeling was it was untrue. It was not proven at all.

“He had been declared not guilty but his reputation had been ruined. When he called me looking for a referral letter I asked him would he be going overseas to work and I asked him would he be willing to come back to Belleville and he said absolutely not.

“He went through a pile of money trying to defend himself. The three lines they printed in the local paper didn’t do anything to reinstate his career.”

David Cloux was one of the four students who was sexually abused by Kilgour at the private Switzerland boarding school, College Alpin Beau Soleil, during the early 2000s, according to court records.


He was the student who eventually went to the police with his story of abuse, which ended with convictions against Kilgour last May. Cloux came across the referral letters, which were presented as evidence at Kilgour’s sexual abuse trial in Switzerland last year.

Cloux says it’s inconceivable to him that Stephenson didn’t see the potential danger Kilgour posed to children.

“He knew Kilgour had been charged with abusing a child. Police and the Crown prosecutor saw enough evidence to think they could get a conviction.

“Garth Stephenson was in a position to prevent Kilgour from going on to abuse me and three of my peers at College Alpin Beau Soleil. He instead wrote a gleaming referral for a man who became a convicted pedophile.”

John McKiggan, a Halifax personal injury lawyer, says sloppiness and an absence of good judgment are what permitted Kilgour to move from school to school for as long as he did. His career took him to classrooms as far away as England and Saudi Arabia.

“I would argue that anything that allowed this guy to continue teaching puts other children in danger,” said McKiggan. “If I was representing the kids in Switzerland I would sue schools that enabled him to keep teaching.

“I’ve been doing these kinds of cases for 30 years. I’ve represented hundreds and hundreds of survivors and only in one case that I’ve done in almost 30 years was there just a single victim. What does that tell you?"

New Glasgow native Jeff Fox says he was sexually assaulted by Kilgour inside a Charlottetown motel room 33 years ago, when he was 15. Fox, who’s now a junior high school phys-ed teacher living in California, said at the time of the alleged incident he was a member of a boys softball team called The New Glasgow Rangers. He said Kilgour was the coach and the team was on the road playing in a Prince Edward Island tournament during the summer of 1984 when the alleged abuse occurred.

Fox says he was among three boys who had accepted Kilgour’s invitation to overnight in his room. Fox says he shared a bed with Kilgour while his teammates slept in the neighbouring bed. The alleged sexual assault happened in the middle of the night, he says.

“I woke up and saw him jerking his arms away from me, pretending he was asleep,” said Fox. “I had an erection. I felt his hand on me. That’s what I remembered.”

Fox says he recalled the incident for the first time 15 years later. Though he was never particularly troubled by the alleged ordeal, he never spoke of it until a few years ago when he opened up to his wife. There’s a part of him that regrets not going to the police with his story.

“I guess back then you’re expected to be a macho guy and you would never admit to it. That’s not what men do.”

He suspects part of him didn’t want to believe what happened.

“To be honest with you, Kilgour really was a very outgoing, helping, generous good guy, that did help out with a lot of different sports, golf, softball, curling.

“A couple summers ago I was home and ran into him at a convenience store at Melmerby Beach and I didn’t know whether to punch him in the mouth or say, ‘Hey, how you doing?’”

The Herald spoke to one of Fox’s boyhood friends, a teammate with the New Glasgow Rangers. The man, who spoke to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity, says Fox first told him about the alleged incident with Kilgour about 15 years ago. He said he was visiting Fox in California at the time and he can recall that Fox was dealing with a difficult period in his life.

“It was nothing really serious and he overcame it but I remember being in his backyard and him feeling a bit discouraged,” the man recalled. “That’s when he told me and then asked if it had ever happened to me.

“I said absolutely not. I had heard hints and allegations about Tom but I was always the first to defend him because he was like a big brother to me growing up. He was always kind to me and many others, but I believe Jeff. When I look back and see how close he was with us I can see how it could have happened. It’s just tragic.”

Fox ended up connecting with Cloux by phone after reading about Kilgour’s sexual abuse trial in the Herald.

Since going public with his story, Cloux has received several messages of support from people who were students at the Ontario schools where Kilgour taught. In fact, a group of former Holy Trinity School students have issued a letter to the appeals court in Switzerland, asking that Kilgour’s sentence be upheld. The letter, which The Chronicle Herald has obtained, contains the names of 65 former students and their emails.

“All of us can attest to Mr Kilgour’s inappropriate and violating behaviour with us as his pupils,” states a portion of the letter.

“We believe very strongly that Tom Kilgour is a risk to children and that his offending behaviour at College Alpin Beau Soleil was not an isolated incident, but rather the continuation of an established abusive and predatory behaviour that had already been called out to Canadian authorities by one of our peers, before Mr. Kilgour’s employment in Switzerland.”

Andrew Anderson, a graduate of Holy Trinity, reached out to Cloux after learning of his sexual abuse trial. Now 43, Anderson completed grades 4 to 12 at the school. Kilgour was his Grade 10 history teacher and rugby coach.

“He had the aura of the cool teacher,” recalled Anderson. “He was young, he was handsome. He drove a BMW and everyone was like, ‘This guy’s the greatest.’”

Anderson says he was never inappropriately touched by Kilgour but was among a group of boys at the school who hung around with Kilgour outside school hours. He says on one occasion he was alone with Kilgour at his basement apartment watching pornography and drinking alcohol provided by Kilgour.

Anderson says he also went on trips with Kilgour, including a Quebec skiing trip and to Montreal to watch the Canadiens play the New York Rangers. During that trip, Anderson remembers Kilgour exposing him to more pornography and alcohol. Looking back, he says, he should never have gotten so close to Kilgour. But at the time, he admits, he admired Kilgour and thought of him as the cool, rebellious teacher. Anderson also says he was friends with the boy who alleged Kilgour sexually abused him.

Anderson says he believed the allegations his friend made against Kilgour and recalled occasions when the three spent time together outside of school. Anderson recalls the then-teenager feeling abandoned by Holy Trinity staff as well as the justice system.

The Herald spoke to another former Holy Trinity School student who says he was taught by Kilgour and was a teammate of Anderson’s on the school’s rugby team. The man, who asked that his name not be published, says he and Anderson were best friends at the time and he can recall Anderson talking to him about drinking and watching pornography at Kilgour’s home, as well as their out-of-town excursions. The man says another schoolmate told him that he had also been at Kilgour’s home alone and had been exposed to pornography and alcohol.

“I wasn’t in those compromising one-on-one situations, my parents were like hawks and I wasn’t allowed to be alone with him,” he recalled. “But hindsight is 20-20. We all looked up to him, we revered him, because as boys we thought he was the coolest guy. “He told us about his sexual exploits with women, so we just thought he was hero.

“But looking back, you can’t help but think we didn’t do enough to stop him, the students, parents and teachers. All of us.”

The Pictou District School Board, which later became part of the amalgamated Chignecto-Central board, proved to be a place of refuge for Kilgour when his teaching career went off the rails in Ontario. Kilgour began his teaching career with a five-year stint with the Pictou board, starting in 1982 and ending in 1986 when he left for Holy Trinity. Two years after leaving Holy Trinity, facing allegations of sexual abuse, he was rehired as a substitute teacher with Pictou board for the 1994-95 school year, and then by the Chignecto-Central board for the 1998-99 school year.

Jo-Anne Jarvis-Jordan, a spokeswoman with the Chignecto-Central board, could not say whether Kilgour had been subject to background checks before his substituting stints. She said the board never received complaints about Kilgour’s teaching performance.

It was only in 2000 that school boards across the province introduced a policy requiring every newly hired teacher to be subject to both criminal records and vulnerable sector checks. There’s no way of knowing if Kilgour would have been red-flagged had those checks been done. A vulnerable sector check doesn’t always pick up non-convictions, such as Kilgour’s acquittals.

But it appears Kilgour’s tenure in Pictou County schools impressed at least one school administrator. Peter White was vice-principal of New Glasgow High School during Kilgour’s final teaching stint with the Chignecto-Central board. White also wrote Kilgour a referral letter included in his job application for the teaching position in Switzerland. The Herald spoke to White, who is now retired, but he was unable to recall writing the letter or any details about his professional relationship with Kilgour. White says he had no knowledge of Kilgour’s record of sexual abuse charges.

“I think it goes without saying that if I were aware of that, you wouldn’t have the person in the school,” said White. “There was nothing to indicate to me that he was somebody not to be in front of kids.

“But I don’t know anything about Mr Kilgour. I wrote lots of reference letters over my lifetime. I am not denying that I did, but I don’t recall the circumstances of me working with him. I knew his name in the county growing up, but I never knew him personally.”

He said Kilgour had the right to earn a living after his acquittal, but White also now believes Kilgour should not have been hired by the board.

But since he was hired, he should have, at least, been monitored closely to ensure he wasn't putting himself in compromising positions, which he appeared to do frequently.

“It’s upsetting. We become teachers and educators to ensure kids are healthy and learning. It’s not shocking that those red flags might not be seen, but it’s a shame if he was harmful to children in the first place or harmed any children. That should have never happened.”

The Herald has made several unsuccessful attempts to reach Kilgour, including through his lawyer, but he has not responded.

As for Cloux, he has reached out to his former school, as well as Albert College, Holy Trinity and the Chignecto-Central board hoping each would accept some measure of responsibility for the tragedy that played out at his former school. He’s still waiting.

“While there is an understandable reluctance to accept the facts, the more that it is shared and discussed, the sooner things will change,” said Cloux.

“Once we know the facts, we have a responsibility to act in order to limit the exposure of children to predators like Tom Kilgour.”


Friday, 20 April 2018

Smallville Actress, Several Predators on Today's USA PnP List

Smallville actress charged with sex trafficking offence relating to NXIVM group

Federal prosecutors say Allison Mack who played
Superman's close friend has been charged
The Associated Press

Smallville actress Allison Mack has been arrested for her alleged role in the notorious New York group called NXIVM. (Twitter)

Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.

Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Mack, 35, starred in The CW network's Smallville, ending in 2015, a re-imagining of the early life of Superman, but has played only minor roles since then.

Smallville was filmed right here in my home town of Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um).

Raniere is being held on trafficking charges, and his attorneys have said he's innocent.

Keith Raniere is the founder and creator of NXIVM and its offshoot, Executive Success Programs, which is a marketing arm that sells self-development courses and seminars. (Executive Success Programs)




Teacher arrested in child sex case had contacted fifth-grader months before, incident unreported
By NATE GARTRELL Bay Area News Group

MARTINEZ — A Vallejo elementary school teacher arrested for alleged illicit contact with an undercover cop posing as a young teen violated his school’s policy last October when he contacted a fifth-grader through social media, records show.

Andrew Lund, 36, allegedly contacted the young student through a private message on social media, asked if she missed him, and told her to say behind in his classroom during recess periods. The move violated a school district policy barring teachers from contacting students through social media.

Lund’s punishment? He was given a written notice telling him the incident would not be placed in his personnel file, so long as he did not violate the policy again. The incident was not reported to authorities.

But according to police, Lund’s attempts to contact minors through the Internet did not end there. He was arrested Thursday after he allegedly sent a photo of his genitals to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, the culmination of lengthy, sexually explicit conversations. He then arranged to meet at a Contra Costa mall, saying he’d bring condoms, according to police.

Lund agreed to a police interview Thursday, and admitted he had a “serious issue sexting with minors on the internet,” police wrote in a report. He said he wouldn’t have followed through with having sex, had he met with a real 14-year-old girl. He said he looked at child porn online, and police found child porn images on his devices, according to records.

Bay Area lawyer Micha Liberty, who handles sex abuse lawsuits but is not involved with this case, said the district should have immediately reported the October incident to police. She said the failure may have violated mandated reporting laws in California, which require school officials to call the cops or child protective services when they suspect child abuse is occurring.

“There is absolutely no excuse for them not reaching out to law enforcement. Even if you don’t think abuse is occurring, the idea that they would agree to not put any sort of documentation regarding the investigation conducted in his file is outrageous,” she said. “The whole concept that there could be some sort of secret agreement kept off the books should be criminal.”

Vallejo City School District Superintendent Adam Clark said he could not comment on the October incident because it is a “personnel matter.”

When the news of Lund’s arrest broke yesterday, Clark wrote a Facebook post saying the district would be cooperating with law enforcement.

“To our knowledge, there are no district students involved in this investigation. Moreover, we took great measures to ensure that student learning was not disrupted while law enforcement was on campus,” Clark wrote.

During the conversations with the undercover officer, Lund wrote that he “really liked small breasts and small butts.” He asked the “girl” to meet him at Sun Valley Mall in Concord and said he would bring condoms, according to the affidavit.

After police had gathered enough evidence against Lund, they went to Glen Cove Elementary in Vallejo to seize his files. They were met by Chief Academic Officer Cheri Summers, who refused to turn over devices that had been used by Lund. Investigators showed up later with a warrant to search the entire school and seized the electronic devices.

“That is an unusually hostile position to take,” Liberty said.

But Clark said he directed Summers to tell police to get a warrant. He said he did so to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

“I did not want the case jeopardized in any way shape or form, I just wanted to make sure we are going through protocol,” Clark said.

When police interviewed Lund, he told them that approximately 10 years ago he was living next door to two teen girls in Vallejo, and that he’d had a sexting relationship with one of them. He also mentioned the inappropriate contact he’d had with the fifth-grader, describing to police that he messaged her asked if she missed him.

Lund was arrested on suspicion of sending harmful material to a minor and trying to meet a minor for sex, both felonies. His bail was set at $500,000. Prosecutors expect to bring charges against Lund Friday afternoon.

Authorities are encouraging victims or anyone with more information to call Contra Costa District Attorney Senior Inspector Darryl Holcombe at 925-957-2263 or dholcombe@contracostada.org.





New York couple now facing predatory sexual assault
charges on 10 y/o girl
Victoria E. Freile

A Greece couple accused of sexually abusing a child is facing additional charges, according to a 10-count indictment by a Monroe County grand jury.

John P. Kohlmeier Jr., 36, and Bonnie L. Hughes, 33, were each charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault of a child and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, both felonies, according to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.

Kohlmeier was also charged with two counts of possessing sexual performance by a child, a felony, and Hughes is also facing two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance, a felony. 

The couple was initially charged by Greece police last month after a lengthy investigation.

Kohlmeier and Hughes last week were charged (4th story in link) with production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, and coercing and enticing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity and will face those charges in federal court.

It is alleged that on March 19, Hughes took sexually explicit photos of a 10-year-old girl, at Kohlmeier's request, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. That same day, Kohlmeier and Hughes allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the child.

Further details on what transpired were not released.

Both are being held in the Monroe County Jail. Hughes is being held on $100,000 bail or bond and Kohlmeier is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond. An arraignment date on the new charges has not yet been set.





Man sentenced to 45 years in prison in child abuse case
DELMARVA NOW STAFF REPORT 

A Salisbury man will serve more than four decades in prison in connection with a 2017 child abuse incident in Fruitland, Wicomico prosecutors said.

Byron Maurice Simpson, 34, was sentenced in Wicomico County Circuit Court to serve 45 years active time for sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree rape, according to the county state's attorney's office.

Upon release, Simpson must register for life as a Tier III sex offender, prosecutors said. Simpson was already a Tier I sex offender for a 2004 conviction for fourth-degree sex offense and was non-compliant with registration requirements.

The sentence is to be served consecutive to a three-year sentence Simpson is serving for a second-degree assault conviction in Wicomico County.

A Wicomico County jury found Simpson, 34, guilty of charges stemming from an incident where Simpson raped a 13-year old female in a car at a family member’s home in Fruitland in the early morning hours of May 13, 2017, prosecutors said. Simpson was related to the child.

“Simpson is a repeat sexual offender preying on vulnerable children," said Interim State's Attorney Jamie Dykes in a news release. "Judge Sarbanes imposition of the maximum sentence reflects the depravity of the defendant’s conduct and the effect that his crimes have upon his victim. Children suffering at the hands of sexual offenders, oftentimes trusted relatives and caregivers, will pay a steep price for the crimes of the offender for years, sometimes decades.”





Child Sex Predator Arrested In Portland: Police
By Travis Loose, Patch Staff 

PORTLAND, OR — After a brief undercover investigation, Portland police arrested a 32-year-old Portland man for using social media to lure a child for the purpose of sex.

Douglas Earl Brandow was taken to Multnomah County Jail. He is charged with attempted rape, attempted sodomy, and attempted sexual abuse, as well as purchasing sex with a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, and luring a minor. His bail is set at $51,500.

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit began investigating Brandow on April 18, after it received a tip from Washington State police that he may be participating in criminal activity.

To capture Brandow, a Portland undercover officer contacted him via social media. Assuming he was communicating with a young girl, Brandow contacted the undercover officer multiple times as he attempted to establish a sexual relationship, police said.

Arranging to meet the undercover officer for sex in Portland on April 19, Brandow dictated a time and place. Upon his arrival at the arranged meeting, Brandow was promptly arrested by East Precinct Sex Trafficking Unit officers.

While Brandow has no previous criminal history in Oregon related to minor sex abuse, Portland police reportedly have reason to believe there are additional victims to Brandow's exploits.

Anyone who may have information that could assist this investigation is asked to contact the PPB Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-823-4867.

Additionally, anyone who knows about a victim of sexual predation is encouraged to call the PPB at 503-823-4800, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline at 1-800-640-5311, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.




Extreme Liberal Indoctrination Mandatory in California's Orange County Schools

California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex ed



ORANGE COUNTY, California, (LifeSiteNews) California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexualty-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them.

California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the law says it will equip students to develop “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” among other things. It also says it will inform students about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

RedState contributor Kira Davis, a resident of Orange County, California, warns that among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.”

This “toolkit,” funded in part by the George Soros-connected Tides Center, offers kids tips on using sex toys and anal lubricant. It defines “anal intercourse,” “phone sex,” and more as “common sexual behaviors.” It teaches that “abstinence” and “virginity” can mean engaging in a variety of sexual activities, but stopping short of intercourse.

“What if you don’t have time or money to buy sex toys?” the guide asks on page C-51. “Cucumbers, carrots, and bananas (with the peel) make great dildos. Just remember to use a condom!”

It teaches that one of the “cons” of abstaining from all sexual activity is that it “requires motivation, self-control and communication from both partners.” 

The “toolkit” lists as resources Planned Parenthood and the radically pro-homosexual and pro-abortion group Advocates for Youth.

The law also mandates that lessons and materials “affirmatively recognize” varying sexual orientations, and that they “be inclusive of same-sex relationships.” Instruction must take a positive view of gender confusion, and explore “the harm of negative gender stereotypes.”

Davis notes that the California Healthy Youth Act expressly protects parents’ rights to “excuse their children from participation” in sex education courses without penalty of any kind, because “parents and guardians have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children.”

The Orange County school district apparently interprets this differently.

In a memo dated March 29 to the Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Department of Education general counsel Ronald Wenkart says that the law’s opt-out provision “does not apply to instruction, materials, or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships, or family and does not discuss human reproductive organs.”

Parents who disagree with the state’s LGBT positions “may not excuse their children from this instruction,” Wenkart continues. He then suggests that parents still having the right to “advise their children that they disagree with” such lessons compensates for this restriction.

He also cites judicial precedent to claim that “parents do not have a constitutional right to excuse their children from portions of the school curriculum that they find objectionable.”

Heidi St. John, an author and speaker who covers faith, motherhood, and homeschooling as The Busy Mom, forcefully spoke out Wednesday against the memo.

“The Orange County Department of Education feels it is their right to GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO DISAGREE WITH THEM,” she wrote on Facebook. “These are our children! They do not belong to the schools.”

St. John advises California parents to contact their local school boards and Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, the law’s author, and to pull their children out of schools that force LGBT lessons on children.

She also urges parents to participate in the Sex Ed Sit Out on April 23, an event spanning the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia in which parents pull their children out of school for the day in protest of radical sex education programs.

RedState’s Davis has similar advice.

“Make noise. Lots and lots and lots of noise,” she writes. “When [lawmakers’] constituents get cranky, they pay attention…and so few people actually call and write anymore that just a few hundred voices go a very long way to making your representative and governor think twice about proceeding with something that seems unpopular.”

Davis also stresses that parents who pull their children out ensure the school does not record it as an excused absence.

“The reason your public school demands you call to excuse a child’s absence is because they lose state and federal dollars on every unexcused absence,” she writes. “If you really want to make an impact, hit them where it hurts.”

It is just a matter of time before this extreme liberal ideology creeps right around the western world. As long as we keep voting such people into positions of power, they will take advantage of it and inflict their perverted views upon our children. 

There is not a great deal of difference between pedophilia and those who teach young children to experiment with sexual behaviour.  Both are determined to destroy innocence!

I don't see anything in this article where it talks about pedophiles. It may be there in the curriculum as it should be since it is a far greater problem than anything else they have addressed here. Is it? Does anyone know?



Thursday, 19 April 2018

CSA Stories from Australia, N.Z., India, Pakistan, Canada-2 on Today's Global PnP List

'Pervert' priest dodges jail for child sex chats

An Anglican priest in Melbourne who was caught boasting about his child sex abuse fantasies online has been spared jail for his crime.


Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, was today given a wholly suspended 12-month jail sentence after he was caught engaging in sexually explicit online chats about children.

The priest had pleaded guilty earlier this week in the Victorian County Court to transmitting child pornography material using a carriage service between 2016 and 2017.

Judge Phillip Coish said the priest's crime did not involve real children.

"I accept that there was no sexual activity with children, nor were there any photos or videos involved in these communications," he said.

Murphy was working at a parish in East Burwood when he began chatting online about his child sex abuse fantasies.

Under the username "Pervert", Murphy approached multiple men on Grindr and asked them if they were interested in children and arranged to chat to them on Skype. Murphy even sent photos of himself in his clerical collar to gain trust.

In one conversation, Murphy offered to get a motel so he could sexually abuse a boy. "Can't host I'm afraid. Church house. Can get motel," he wrote on December 29, 2016.

Two months later, Murphy told another man he was "loyal" to the Anglican Church. "Well you know my work and I have to be discreet. And other than abusing the trust of the Church in this matter, am loyal," he said.

Does he not know that God is watching? Does he have any real concept of God? Is that not necessary to be a priest in the Anglican Church?

In August police searched his home and Holy Apostles' Anglican Church in Sunshine West, before charging him with multiple child pornography offences.

Murphy also told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old.

"The communications were grossly offensive and deeply disturbing," Judge Coish said.

Murphy has also been ordered to undertake a sex offender program and be of good behaviour.

During his police interview, Murphy said he was drawn to the online chats because of his depression. He also told police he did not realise his chats constituted child pornography material.

The prosecution had pushed for an immediate jail sentence, but Judge Coish on Friday said he had decided it was appropriate Murphy be released.





Former Child Youth and Family worker jailed for 12 years for child sexual abuse in N.Z.
Newshub staff


A former Child Youth and Family (CYF) caregiver has been sentenced to 12 years in jail after he was found guilty of 15 sexual abuse charges. 

Rex Lawrence Wilson, 64, was found guilty of 15 out of 17 sexual abuse charges, including rape and indecent assault of a child under the age of 12, in February.

The abuse happened between 2001 and 2007.

He showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down to him at the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday following an eight day trial.

Judge Paul Kellar said Wilson's offending "is about as serious as it gets".

He said Wilson "won't be released from jail until he's no longer at risk".

"He will have to move a long way from his stance now for that no longer to be the case."

OK, I think I know what that last sentence means, but I'm not sure he said what he meant!!!





‘Cruel Numbers 2017’ reveals child abuse statistics in Pakistan

SHIKARPUR: Child sexual abuse statistics reveal that in Pakistan 9 children per day experience sexual assault at the hands of the adults. In 2017, 3445 cases were reported in the category of rape and abduction.

However, it is anticipated that these figures do not represent the actual number of incidents that took place in Pakistan as many incidents are not reported to the police.

In fact, I am positive that they represent a very small (would you believe, single digit) percentage of reality.


The provincial coordinator of Sahil, an NGO, Barkat Ali Ansari shared the statistics during a media briefing entitled as ‘Cruel Numbers of 2017’.

The data includes cases reported by 91 national, regional and local dailies.

The data also includes cases that were reported to Sahil and other organisations as well, who offers free legal and psychological aid to the victims.

A gender split analysis shows that female cases are higher in number. From total 3445 children, 2077 were girls. In this time period, major crimes reported were abduction, rape/sodomy and gang rape/sodomy.

1039 girls and boys were kidnapped while 366 boys and 467 girls were reportedly abducted for rape and sodomy.

Cases of gang rape/sodomy include 158 girls and 180 boys.

According to the statistics, in 1421 cases, the abusers were acquaintances. Second category is ‘Strangers ally with acquaintance’, which has 595 cases. Other categories include relatives, neighbours, female abettor, police, religious clerics, doctors and others.

The age group that is most vulnerable to child sexual abuse differs for male and female, however for boys the most vulnerable age stands between 11 to 15 years. The age group includes 474 boys and 487 girls who were assaulted.

Between 6 to 10 years, 377 boys and 303 girls were abducted for abuse.

Between 16 to 18 years, 94 boys and 257 girls were assaulted.

Between 1 to 5 years, 99 female children and 70 male children were sexually assaulted.

Ages of 399 boys and 931 girls were not mentioned by the newspapers.

Geographical distribution of the cases illustrates that being the highest, 2168 cases were reported from Punjab. Sindh had 933 cases while 112 cases were reported from Islamabad. 78 cases were reported from the KPK and 139 cases from Balochistan. 12 cases were reported from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

See what I mean? Aijaz Sheik (3rd story on link) molested dozens, if not hundreds of children in Kashmir alone last year. Few, if any, have made the papers.

Urban and rural areas have a lot of divergence. This is related to the fact that 70% of the population lives in rural areas. 24% (835) cases were reported from urban areas and 76% (2610) cases were reported from rural areas.

2505 cases of child sexual abuse were registered at police stations while status of 797 cases is unmentioned. 32 cases were not registered.

According to cruel number 2017, mostly incidents took place at the homes of children.




Rohtak Apna Ghar horror: 9 convicted of sexual abuse

Main accused Jaswanti Devi outside CBI court on Wednesday. Photo Ravi Kumar

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, India

The CBI Special Court on Wednesday convicted nine of the 10 accused in the Apna Ghar sexual abuse case. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on April 24.  

Jaswanti Devi, who ran Apna Ghar, an NGO for destitutes and orphans at Rohtak, her daughter Sushma alias Simmi, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, brother Jaswant Singh, driver Satish and his sister Sheela were tried for rape, immoral trafficking, grievous hurt, molestation, forced abortion and treating children with cruelty. All were held guilty.

Veena, a counsellor with Apna Ghar, was convicted of causing miscarriage, unlawful labour, criminal intimidation and cruelty to children. Roshni was found guilty of taking away a child born to an Apna Ghar inmate and forging the birth certificate. Ram Prakash Saini, who worked in close liaison with Jaswanti, was convicted of making an inmate work at his house.  

Angrez Kaur Hooda, then Child Development Project Officer, Rohtak, who regularly inspected Apna Ghar, was let off by the court. Defence lawyers SPS Parmar and Abhishek Singh Rana said she was accused of beating up inmates, but the prosecution failed to submit proof.

Jitendar Kumar represented the CBI. “There were allegations that Sushma filmed inmates naked but evidence proved otherwise. Since Roshni, Veena, Sushma, Sheela and Saini have not been taken into custody, they might get some relief,” defence counsel said.

About the case

Jaswanti Devi ran project for destitutes, orphaned children and another one, Swadhar, for women from a house called Apna Ghar in Rohtak. 

A previous report states that Apna Ghar housed mentally ill Nepalese women.

Three inmates escaped on May 7, 2012, and reached Delhi where they spoke of “heinous activities” inside 
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights team visited the home on May 9 and interviewed the inmates
Seven out of 10 persons who faced the trial were arrested on May 10; case was later handed over to the CBI
First chargesheet was filed on August 7, 2012, and supplementary on September 16, 2013, which named three more accused


TALES OF TORTURE
Caution graphic details follow

There were 35 victims among the witnesses — five were allegedly raped and the others subjected to molestation and beatings
When one of them refused to part with her newborn, Jaswanti allegedly beat her up with a bamboo and inserted scissors in her private parts
A victim said she was hit on the face due to which she had several broken teeth. She said Jai Bhagwan raped her twice.
Another victim claimed she was taken to Chandigarh by Jaswanti and Satish where she was raped by a policeman, but she could not identify him
Another girl said she was molested by Jai Bhagwan and Satish; examination revealed injuries with a blunt weapon 
Another inmate said Jaswanti burnt her body with a pair of hot tongs when she resisted molestation by Jai Bhagwan





Bikers pack courtroom in West Edmonton Mall waterpark child sexual assault case
Paige Parsons

Swimmers enjoy West Edmonton Mall's indoor waterpark, which has a wave pool, water slides, children and family areas, a surfing pool and more. SUPPLIED / POSTMEDIA, FILE

Bikers crowded an Edmonton courtroom Tuesday in support of six teenaged victims in a sex-assault case at West Edmonton Mall’s water park. 

Lawyers made closing arguments in the provincial court trial for Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, who is charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual contact with a child.

Soleiman was arrested in February 2017 after several teenagers reported being touched by a man in the wave pool.

A verdict in the case is expected July 6.

When the trial began earlier this year, court heard testimony from some of the teen complainants, who were ages 13 to 15 at the time.

On the evening of Feb. 4, 2017, 16 girls from a soccer team were attending a birthday party at the pool, court heard. One of the complainants, then 14, testified she was in the wave pool when she heard other girls saying someone was touching them. She told court that as a wave hit, a man swam up under her and touched her breast and buttocks.

The identities of the teenage victims are protected by a court-ordered publication ban.

Two of the girls were in court Tuesday, surrounded by their family. Behind them, courtroom benches were packed with bikers who belong to two separate groups — Urban Bulldogs Against Kids’ Abuse and Guardians of Children — who came to offer support to the complainants.


Supporters of Soleiman also attended court Tuesday. Soleiman is a refugee from Syria.





Child sex predator deemed 'dangerous' loses fight to overturn conviction
Yvette Brend · CBC News 

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has dismissed a child sex predator's appeal of his conviction.

Ibata Hexamer initially pleaded guilty then tried to withdraw his guilty pleas after discovering he'd been arrested without a warrant, among other complaints about how his case was handled by police and the Crown prosecutor.

The child rapist, who is in his 40s, first pleaded guilty in 2012 to one count of sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault with a weapon and two counts of unlawful confinement.

His crimes involved girls between the ages of six and 14 and dated from 1995 until 2009.

In the case involving a six-year-old from Surrey, B.C., the court heard that Hexamer had threatened to stab her and forced her brother and his friend to lie on the ground in the woods and look away while he assaulted her.

Dangerous offender

He was designated a dangerous offender Feb. 6, 2016 and given an indeterminate sentence.

After that, he launched two appeals: one of his conviction, the other of his sentence, which had not yet been decided.

On Wednesday, the appeal of his conviction was dismissed.

In his April 18 appeal ruling, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gregory Fitch said Hexamer admitted "to conduct that was predatory, violent and shockingly invasive."



Tried to back out of agreement with Crown

But two years after entering guilty pleas on six counts, Hexamer attempted to withdraw those pleas and back out of an agreement with the Crown prosecutor that stayed proceedings on 17 other counts and stipulated that Hexamer would be sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

The plea deal also guaranteed that the Crown would not make an assessment report under s.752.1 of the Criminal Code, an application to have him designated a dangerous offender. That designation enables the court to prolong his stay in jail, potentially for his entire life.

In Hexamer's 234-page affidavit filed in January 2013 he alleged that the lawyers (between four and six of them) who represented him over the years, had not been effective and the Crown had reneged on the deal by moving forward to have him designated a dangerous offender.

Claimed abuse of process

Initially, Hexamer also argued there was an abuse of process in his case because he was arrested without a warrant and his mother was duped into licking an envelope by investigators who then harvested DNA, which linked Hexamer to the crimes.

But that aspect of the appeal was abandoned. Instead, Hexamer argued that the Crown had reneged on the plea agreement that guaranteed he would not be labelled a dangerous offender.

In 2009 a Lower Mainland businessman offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl. Ibata Hexamer was later convicted in the case. ((Courtesy RCMP))

The judge decided that Hexamer's claims that the judge erred, the Crown abused process and that Hexamer's guilty pleas were uninformed — in that he didn't at first realize he'd been arrested without a formal warrant — had no merit. Fitch also ruled that Hexamer's contention he was ill-served by his lawyers was not true.

Fitch said that when Hexamer tried to back away from his guilty pleas he was warned that could "backfire."

"The appellant's second lawyer testified that the appellant was 'well aware' that rejecting the deal would expose him to a dangerous offender finding," Fitch wrote in his decision.