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 October 2017
An extraordinary story of courage, determination and hope
- all thanks to girl power
In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers
The ‘young girls club’ meet for their Thursday debate on ways to improve life in their village.
Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was 21.
However, over the past six months something remarkable has happened to break the cycle of squalor and despair: the teenage daughters of the drunken men have taken over the running of the place. And it’s working.
A self-titled “young girls’ club” has fixed the street lights, completed a health audit of the village and ensured that mobile clinics visit Thennamadevi. A library is being built where well-thumbed books promote the virtues of learning and independence. The phenomenon of teenage female self-help has made aid agencies and politicians across the state sit up and take notice.
In the communal building, beneath the glow of a single light-bulb, the girls assembled earlier this month for a debate on further improvements. A petition urging better transport links – no buses pass near the village – has been drafted to be put to the local council.
Amudha Managatti with her family in their new home in Villupuram. They were rehoused after spending several years on the town’s station after fleeing Amudha’s heavy-drinking husband Photograph: Mark Townsend for the Observer
Debate is earnest, each discussion ending in a show of hands. Only when consensus is reached does the committee move to the next issue. “We are trying to transform our village by this process. We are empowered to be leaders,” said Says Sowmya, 16, president of the club.
Others are focused on more intimate issues, such as shepherding peers through adolescence. “I teach my friends on life skills such as personal hygiene, self-discipline and menstrual issues,” said Rajendhiran Sridevi, a 16-year-old “trainer”.
Sathiya Babu, deputy project director of Scope India, which helps deliver opportunities for the poor, said the gap between the ambitions of the young and the expectations of parents was widening. “The youngsters know that somebody has to do these things for the community. These girls are taking control of running the village. They want change.”
There is another incentive for the young women’s intervention. A sense of hopelessness had taken hold among Thennamadevi’s teenagers, prompting a number to flee in search of a better life. Sridevi and Sowmya have frequently discovered that friends have disappeared, heading towards cities such as Chennai and never heard of again. Local records reveal that at least 150 children from the area have attempted to run away.
Six kilometres from the village, via a labyrinthine network of tracks, lies the town of Villupuram and one of the most crucial rail stations in southern India. Built under the British, five major lines converge at Villupuram junction, connecting the country’s southern tip with Chennai and the east coast.
When Babu began investigating the Thennamadevi runaways, one common thread emerged: every one of them had passed through Villupuram station. He heard reports of other minors wandering platforms alone, their clothing torn and grubby. Some were naked.
Kannan Jeevanantham, 16, was spotted travelling alone at Villupuram train station after feeling home to escape his father’s alcoholism. Photograph: Mark Townsend for the Observer
Scope’s international partner, the charity Railway Children, began encouraging the station’s 40 cleaners to report children travelling alone. Days before the Observer visited, a malnourishd eight-year-girl was found on platform six wearing only a T-shirt. More than 1,000 unaccompanied minors were found at the station in the two years to June 2017. When questioned, most explained they just wanted to see more of the world, although 49 said they were fleeing abuse and another 90 said they were seeking relatives.
One such was Magelier Kural, a shy 16-year-old from Thennamadevi. Kural had wanted to visit Pondicherry, 30km away on the coast. When cleaners found him on platform five, he was in tears and calling for his family. “I wanted to have new experiences and see some sights.”
Kannan Jeevanantham, 16, was spotted on platform one hoping to catch the train north to Chennai to escape his father’s drinking. “I had no plan, no money. I needed to escape,” said Jeevanantham, who is now studying at a technical institute and is among those delighted that the “young girls’ club” has assumed responsibility of his village.
Yet problems endure. Calls to Villupuram’s Childline in the year to this May illustrate the perils facing Thennamadevi’s children. Of almost 4,000 reported incidents, 3,016 involved petty crimes, 552 concerned children forced to beg, and 193 described cases of forced marriage, one documenting a 15-year-old being made to marry a man of 45. A further 39 calls heard claims of sexual abuse and 84 detailed children who had disappeared without trace.
Despite the best efforts of Railway Children, minors still vanish, sometimes taken by traffickers who use India’s vast rail network to move their human cargo. Villupuram’s platform cleaners are instructed to keep a particular lookout for groups of children led by one or maybe two adults.
Navin Sellaraju, Railway Children’s director for India, said: “These interventions are vital to protecting vulnerable children from trafficking and child labour.”
Speaking at the police station in Villupuram, the town’s anti-human trafficking officer, Chinnamariappan Padmashree, sifts through updates on criminals passing through the region. “Lots of children are being kidnapped and going missing,” she said. “We have many cases of sexual crimes, forced labour and kidnapping, crimes against women and children.”
All the children rescued belong to a lower caste, a factor that some believe makes children vulnerable to traffickers. Interviews found 70% belonged to the Sadhu caste, a fifth came from the “most backward” caste and 10% from the “backward” caste.
Chinnamariappan Padmashree, Villupuram’s anti-human trafficking officer, has to deal with ‘many cases of sexual crimes, forced labour and kidnapping’. Photograph: Mark Townsend for the Observer
Yet the biggest blight remains alcoholism, with entire families fleeing to the station. One such family is the Managattis who lived beside platform 1 for years. It was a fraught existence. Amudha Managatti describes struggling to keep her son and eight daughters safe. Her eldest, then aged 15, was targeted by abusers. “They took advantage of her, many people in the town were involved,” said Babu.
A deserted home was renovated for the family and the children given school places. Her eldest daughter is now married with her own family, a journey that proves that narratives can be amended.
For the teenagers running Thennamadevi it is the possibility of change that inspires them. Senior club member Gowsalya Radhakrishnan said: “By not accepting our fate we will give others the knowledge they can shape the future.”
Thennamadevi, Tamil Nadu, India
Friday, 20 October 2017
While this #MeToo movement reveals a massive problem of perversion in Hollywood, and, undoubtedly everywhere else, it is small in comparison to the problem of child sex abuse.
I'm not complaining; I hope the movement continues until the swamp is drained, but I also hope that more McKayla Maroneys come forward to shine the light where it is needed most.
Children have no voice - adults who have been abused as children have to find the courage to speak out for the little ones who cannot.
Roy Price Resigns as Amazon Studios Head Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
by BEN KEW
The head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, has resigned from his role amid allegations of sexual harassment from one of the streaming platform’s top producers.
Last week Price was placed on indefinite leave of absence after Isa Hackett, a producer for the Amazon original series Man in the High Castle, accused him of sexually harassing her in a taxi.
Hackett rejected his advances and is a lesbian.
In a message to employees on Friday, Amazon’s Vice President of business development Jeff Blackburn said that “Amazon does not tolerate harassment or abuse of our employees or our business partners.”
“If a concern is brought to our attention, we investigate it quickly and thoroughly,” it continued.
The news also comes after a $160 million Amazon and Weinstein Co.-produced drama starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore was scrapped following Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal.
The actress, Rose McGowan, last week accused Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos of “funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers” in a furious stream of tweets, claiming that she told Roy Price that she had been raped by Weinstein multiple times.
And still, he went ahead with the De Niro project!!!
After the allegations against Weinstein emerged, evidence has been building of an underlying problem of sexual harassment and abuse within the movie industry. At least five women have accused Weinstein of rape, and dozens more of sexual harassment, while figures such as Oliver Stone and Ben Affleck have also been accused of sexual misconduct.
Meanwhile, over 30 women have claimed to be victims of sexual harassment within the industry, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan.
Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon resigns
over abuse allegations
“I am resigning out of respect for the employees and the families that work for these organizations as well as all our partners,” Rozon wrote in what he titled an official declaration.
By ALLAN WOODS Quebec Bureau
MONTREAL—Gilbert Rozon, the impresario behind Montreal’s world-famous Just for Laughs Festival, has quit the entertainment company over unspecified allegations of abuse.
He made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, adding that he was also resigning as commissioner of the organizing committee of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations and vice president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce.
“I am resigning out of respect for the employees and the families that work for these organizations as well as all our partners. I certainly don’t want to overshadow their activities,” Rozon wrote in what he titled an official declaration.
“Shaken by the allegations against me, I want to dedicate all my time to review the matter. To all those who I may have offended in my life, I’m sincerely sorry.”
Le Devoir reported interviewing nine women about their alleged experiences of harassment, abuse and sexual assault at Rozon’s hands over the last three decades.
One woman reported that in June 2016 she awoke following an evening of drinking to find Rozon having sex with her against her will, something that Rozon himself later disputed in an email exchange.
“I froze, I pushed him away, slammed the door and went into another room,” said Geneviève Allard. Later, Rozon allegedly remarked that both of them had cheated on their partners.
Allard filed a formal complaint with the police last December, the newspaper reported.
Campaign Staffer for Phil Janowicz Resigns Over
Sexual Harassment Charges
Santa Ana, CA - A campaign staffer for Phil Janowicz, a Democratic congressional candidate running against Republican congressman Rep. Ed Royce, has resigned over allegations he sexually harassed women while an employee of the Democratic Party of Orange County.
On Wednesday the OC Weekly reported allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by several women against an official at the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Orange County Labor Federation.
The women made the allegations in social media posts as part of #metoo, a hashtag aimed at raising awareness of sexual misconduct.
The woman, a former Democratic Party employee, wrote on Facebook “my fault was remaining silent as I exited the Democratic Party of Orange County after every single female intern at the time had confided in me of an instance when a senior member of the executive board crossed the line with them – even with interns who were minors.
“No matter how friendly this person was, it is inappropriate for someone in such a position to question an underage intern about her sex life, make comments to other young interns about how good they look, send sexually explicit pictures, or caress someone’s thighs,” the same woman wrote in a separate post.
Janowicz released a statement on his campaign’s Facebook’s page that does not refer to the allegations specifically or name the staffer. The campaign will not release the name of the staffer who has resigned.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Russian lawmaker seeks life sentences
for convicted pedophiles
A working group of lawmakers headed by United Russia MP Irina Yarovaya has proposed the introduction of life sentences for sex crimes involving victims under the age of 12.
“For the first time, we are proposing to make life sentences a punishment for sex crimes against children younger than 12,” Yarovaya said at a session of the working group on Thursday.
The Russian MP also spoke in support of changes to the Statute of Limitations in cases of crimes committed against children in order to increase the timeframe within which complaints can be made for the purpose of prosecution.
The bill prepared by the working group would also make an attempt to conceal sex crimes a separate crime, and would consider situations in which a suspect lives in the same home as their victim to be an aggravating factor in the crime.
In a speech before the working-group session, Yarovaya also said that criminal use of the internet was allowing offenders to commit crimes against a large number of potential victims at the same time.
“Because of that, we made distribution of pornographic materials among children via internet and coercing underage citizens to engage in sex acts by means of the internet aggravating factors in our draft,” she said.
Russian Ombudsman for Children’s Rights Anna Kuznetsova supports the proposed changes to the Statute of Limitations.
“The law must meet the challenges of our time. Unfortunately, some of the crimes that emerge today have been committed many years ago and it is not possible to punish the criminals,” she said.
The internet also “remains open” for pedophiles and called on lawmakers to take urgent action to address this situation, Kuznetsova added.
According to the Ombudsman, the number of sex crimes committed against children in Russia has increased from 8,000 to almost 12,000 in the past five years. She said that the current situation demanded immediate measures by lawmakers.
Of course, these are only those that are reported and are likely a small fraction of reality.
4 Teachers detained in Ecuador over child sex abuse allegations
QUITO: A teacher in Ecuador has been detained on suspicion of sexually abusing 84 children, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Prosecutor Mariana Huilcapi said the teacher working in Quito was taken into custody as part of an investigation – which began last July – into "alleged sexual offenses in the field of education."
"Preliminary information was reported on 10 alleged cases of sexual abuse. However, as a result of the investigation, it was possible to determine 84 minors were allegedly involved," she added.
Hulicapi said the alleged victims were aged 12 to 14.
3 more arrested, 1 fugitive
The case comes after the prosecution ordered the detention of three teachers suspected of abusing children at a school in the southeastern port of Guayaquil.
Authorities are investigating a dozen crimes in that city, while the prosecution is offering a US$10,000 (RM42,300) reward for help in locating a fourth teacher whose whereabouts are unknown.
Investigators interviewed five seven- and eight-year-olds, who said teachers carried out the abuse in school bathrooms during break times, using "deception, threats and intimidation," according to a statement by the prosecution.
The case of Guayaquil, which according to local press reports involved dozens of children, prompted a firm reaction from President Lenin Moreno.
"We cannot allow impunity in these crimes," he wrote on Twitter.
Moreno has announced a national referendum – the date of which has yet to be set – which among other questions will ask Ecuadorians if they want to remove from the constitution the statute of limitations on sexual abuse crimes against children. — AFP
Bangladeshi flower seller saves ‘desperate’ Italian woman from threat of gang rape
© Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
An Italian woman says she narrowly escaped being sexually assaulted by a group of around 25 young men as she was walking one evening in Florence. Luckily, a Bangladeshi flower-seller was nearby to avert the attack.
The 25-year-old was walking alone on the street at 11:30pm local time, when a group of some two dozen men approached her, the woman wrote on her Facebook page. The men started to joke and asked for a selfie. But the situation apparently got worse after they offered her “a gang bang” and said she would have “a good night with them.”
After the woman tried to walk away, some of the males spat at her and grabbed her by the arm. “I started crying like a little girl, I was desperate," she told Corriere Della Sera, adding that passers-by didn’t lift a finger to intervene.
However, a Bangladeshi man named Hossein Alamgir spotted the altercation at Piazza della Repubblica, where he usually sells flowers. Speaking to Direttanews, Hossain, who lives in Italy since 2005, said he did not notice anything suspicious at first when he saw the woman and the company “of drunken youngsters,” since they were joking and laughing.
However, after seeing the young woman’s reaction and her attempts to get away from the men, he said he didn’t hesitate to tell the group to leave the woman alone, threatening to call the police and dragging her away.
"I was desperate, choking," the woman said, adding that her rescuer calmed her as if she were his daughter, giving her a handkerchief and snacks. “This is a face I'll never forget,” the woman wrote on her Facebook page after uploading a picture of the rose-seller. She is now mulling whether to file a complaint against the group of men, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera.
Magician David Blaine accused of 2004 rape
by a former model
Rebecca Lewis for Metro.co.uk
Magician David Blaine has been accused of rape by a former model, Natasha Prince. Blaine has denied all the allegations.
‘Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape. The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21,’ the Met Police told Metro.co.uk.
‘There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.’ Prince spoke to The Daily Beast and claimed that ‘Blaine raped her at a private home in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in the summer of 2004, months after her 21st birthday’.
‘My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,’ Blaine’s attorney, Marty Singer, said. ‘If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.’
In a subsequent statement, Singer addressed the specific allegation by Prince, saying: ‘This would include Natasha Prince.’
Prince told the publication that she met Blaine at a party in the summer of 2004, and that when she visited his house the following night, he offered her a drink and they spent time together. She then goes on to say that he ‘asked to show her something in the adjacent bedroom’ and when they entered the room he demanded she kiss him so she did. ‘And then he said, “Finish your drink” and took the glass from me and put it on the table, and that’s really the last thing I remember.
‘At some point, I was on the bed, face-forward, and he was behind me. I think it woke me up a little bit, because I’d never had that [anal sex] done to me before. I remember moving around a lot. I was limp, and I was very floaty; I was in and out of a deep sleep. ‘When I woke up, I was very relaxed — very stoned. The lights were on, and I was naked. He was shirtless at the end of the bed.’
Prince revealed that she flew to London in 2016 and met police on December 16 at Kensington Police Station, along with her father, where she met with investigators and filed a report.
There is no statute of limitations for sex crimes in Britain.
In a phone call with the publication Singer reportedly suggested that ‘anyone can make a claim — especially with this Harvey Weinstein thing’. Prince’s report to the police was made almost a year before the New York Times and New Yorker magazine would expose Weinstein’s decades of sexual abuse.
Canadian Forces instructor in Quebec charged with
sex assault involving student
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - An instructor with the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School at a garrison near Montreal has been charged with sexual assault involving a student.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service laid charges against Master Cpl. Pierre Desrosiers in connection with allegations stemming from a December 2016 party at a restaurant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
A Canadian Forces statement says four charges were laid on Friday: one of sexual assault, one of drunkenness and two of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.
The Department of National Defence says a decision on whether to hold a court martial under the military justice system has not yet been made.
The military has committed to fighting sexual misconduct in their ranks in the wake of a damning report on the matter in April 2015.
Paedophile mother was filmed having sex with a boy, 11, before selling the footage on a market stall
Davies subjected the boy to violent sexual assaults
and forced him to have sex with her
By William Watkinson
A paedophile mother who had violent sex with an 11-year-old boy before selling the footage on a market stall has been jailed for 15 years.
Manchester Crown Court heard how Dawn Davies' partner filmed the horrific abuse before the footage was sold.
Described as a campaign of "corruption and depravity" the boy was abused after being lured to the mother-of-three's Salford flat where a two-year campaign of abuse took place.
The 36-year-old had violent intercourse with the boy who had initially attempted to "fight Davies off but she won", the court heard.
Davies, of Moston, Manchester, had denied 12 charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity claiming the boy was lying but was convicted after the victim, now 16, testified against her.
The court heard how Davies often threatened to hurt him or would physically assault him if he said no to being touched. The jury heard how Davies told the victim that she would say he broke her windows if he told anyone about the abuse.
Recorder Peter Atherton said according to the Daily Mail: "This was corruption and depravity at the expense of a vulnerable child - behaviour of extreme wickedness.
"The story he revealed was truly shocking and the amount of distress he suffered was very concerning. He was used in images and videos which were sent round to others. They were shared and solicited.
"The offending required much planning as you took him to a place where he was not supposed to be and involved him in things he was not supposed to be involved in. You would threaten him if he rebelled against you with going to the police and you threatened him into not telling anyone."
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) arrested Davies at her flat after a tip-off and discovered a laptop and desktop computer which was used to make searches for "nude teen girls" and "nudist teen boys".
Atherton told the court that Davies had "no real understanding of the harm she had caused the boy who was left "frightened" by his ordeal.
The boy said in a victim impact statement: "She was messing with me, she smacked me and she hurt me. She started laughing when she done it."
He added: "I pushed her and kicked her to get her off me but she was, like, proper on me and I couldn't get her off. She was, like, grabbing me and pinning me on the bed and lying on me."
In mitigation, defence counsel, Andrew Marrs, said Davies had a "troubling upbringing", reported the Manchester Evening News.
Davies was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register and was made subject of a of Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
#MeToo McKayla Maroney's Story
‘I thought I was going to die’ – US Olympic champion gymnast
on doctor’s ‘systematic sexual abuse’
McKayla Maroney © Brian Snyder / Reuters
US gymnast McKayla Maroney, a part of the London 2012 winning squad, has claimed she suffered ‘systematic sexual abuse’ at the hands of disgraced former US team doctor Larry Nassar.
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, a campaign encouraging women to speak up to share their experiences of sexual harassment, Maroney decided to reveal her own story of abuse, which she claims began when she was 13.
In a Twitter post published on Wednesday, the former vaulter claimed Nassar sexually abused her for 7 years, from the Texas training camp when she was just 13 up to her retirement from professional sport in 2016.
“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” Maroney wrote. “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver.”
The former gymnast said the “scariest” abuse took place in the lead-up to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, where she won two golds – in the team and vault finals.
“For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old. I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo,” Maroney wrote.
“He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’"
"I thought I was going to die that night.”
Maroney helped the US women’s squad to take their maiden Olympic team gold in London by vaulting an immaculate Amanar in the team final.
She had been the favorite to clinch an individual apparatus title, but fell on her second vault and finished second to Romania’s Sandra Izbasa.
Nassar, who worked for nearly 30 years as the US gymnastics team doctor, is now in prison awaiting trial in Michigan after admitting possessing child abuse images.
He signed an agreement to plead guilty to child pornography charges on condition he will not be prosecuted for alleged sexual abuse cases.
The scandal came to light when Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the US 2000 Olympic squad, filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and Nassar last fall in which she claimed the former team doctor systematically harassed the gymnasts.
Testimony on Nassar’s crimes led to the resignation of USA Gymnastics head Steve Penny in March, following an investigation by the Indianapolis Star that uncovered 368 cases of alleged sexual abuse over the past 20 years.
368 cases and all he is being tried for is child porn???!!! Seriously! If Nassar ever get's out of jail it will be an absolute disgrace for the US Justice system.
There is a dire need for a Congressional Inquiry into all sports where children are at the mercy of coaches and others. Congress doesn't seem to get that this is going on everywhere and in every sport.
Judge to rule on victim statements' admissibility in gymnastics child sex abuse case
By JOSH TOLENTINO
SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge could rule Nov. 8 on whether victims' statements will be allowed in the case against a former gymnastics instructor accused of sexually abusing girls at Energym.
Joseph R. Hannon, 22, formerly of the 1700 block of DeKalb Avenue, has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child involving more than one victim, and if convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Hannon was arrested Dec. 7, 2016, on allegations that he inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl at the gym, where he worked, on Nov. 25, 2016, an incident police said was caught on video.
Prosecutors filed more serious charges related to a second victim, another 9-year-old girl, later that month, and additional charges were filed Feb. 16 after investigators conducted more victim sensitive interviews. There are six alleged victims, all of them girls younger than age 13 who were students at Energym.
First Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Klein petitioned for four statements made to counselors with the Children's Advocacy Center to be allowed.
Hannon’s bond was originally set at $1 million, but then raised to $2.25 million after the additional charges were filed in February. Hannon, represented by public defender Chip Criswell, remains in custody at the DeKalb County jail, and would have to post $225,000 bail to be released.
“If his bond is still a million dollars, it might as well be 20 million dollars,” Criswell said. “He’s not going to post it.”
Hannon pleaded not guilty to all charges on March 14. The prosecution's motion for the statements to be allowed will go before Judge Philip Montgomery at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
Hannon was on felony probation for an October 2013 drug case when he was hired at Energym in September 2015. Energym owner Andy Morreale has said Energym did not conduct a background check on Hannon before he was hired.
Morale, Hannon and Energym are also being sued by the family one of Hannon's alleged victims, who is represented by Douglas Tibble and Elizabeth Bacon of Naperville-based law firm Brooks, Tarulis & Tibble LLC.
The lawsuit is seeking at least $50,000 and includes nine separate charges, including failure to protect a minor from attack, consumer fraud, and negligence of infliction of emotional distress, hiring, and supervision.
“Parents who enroll their kids at Energym don't have any idea,” Bacon said. “If the worst happens, there won’t be any coverage for kids' therapy. It’s insult to injury. There’s nothing for these kids in terms of insurance proceeds to help them going forward.”
Young Mexican Man Sentenced To Life For
Sexual Abuse Of A Child
McKINNEY (CBSDFW) – A Collin County judge sentenced a Mexican national to life in prison without the possibility of parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
24-year old Cruz Daniel Feliciano-Salinas was apparently living in the country legally and staying with a family in McKinney when he began abusing the child. Officials say he spent years molesting a young girl until she turned 8-years-old. He threatened her if she told anyone.
Shortly after Salinas returned to Mexico, the girl told her mother about the abuse. Salinas was later arrested when he tried to re-enter the US.
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis says there’s a good chance that if Salinas had not left the country the crime against the child would have continued.
“This courageous child ensured that this vile predator can never harm another child,” said Willis.
The jury returned a guilty verdict and Judge Carmen Rivera-Worley assessed punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to
2nd child sexual abuse
By Myles Snyder, ABC27 News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County man with a previous child sexual abuse conviction is going back to prison after pleading guilty to molesting a young girl.
Jason Startzman, 42, of Lower Paxton Township, entered the plea Tuesday to counts of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor, District Attorney Ed Marsico’s office said.
Startzman is accused of indecently touching the girl in April 2016. She reported the abuse to a school resource police officer the next school day.
Startzman is in Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 cash bail, with sentencing scheduled for Jan. 18.
In 2013, Startzman was ordered to serve 20-40 months in state prison after he pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, according to court records.
18 Years in prison for 3-years of child sex abuse
A Jamaica, Queens, NY man is going to prison for up to 18 years to life — six years for every one year he sexually assaulted a little girl, starting when she was 7.
The sentence faced by Shaking Jones, 36, was announced Tuesday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Jones had been convicted last month of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child following a three-week jury trial.
First-degree course of sexual conduct against a child is committed when an adult engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct that include at least one act of intercourse, oral sex, anal sex or aggravated sexual contact with a child less than 13, and does so over at least three months. Predatory sexual assault against a child is a higher charge encompassing any one of several sex crimes.
Jones had been dating the victim’s mother. The assaults started Aug. 1, 2012 and went on until July 2015, the DA said, when the girl told an adult cousin what was happening.
Brown said the sentence was more than deserved for a “frightening ordeal of sexual violence that went on for years.”
Former Texas pastor pleads guilty in child sex case
Claire Kowalick, Times Record News
A former Henrietta pastor and teacher accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty Monday to child sex abuse in the 97th District Court.
Robert Todd Davis, 51, was sentenced to eight years deferred adjudication after his plea on one count of sexual abuse of a child younger than 14.
The 97th District Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday morning that the Davis case was closed and he had accepted the plea offer, which includes registering as a sex offender for 10 years.
A jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday but Davis accepted the deal Monday before the trial started.
Davis turned himself in to the Archer County Jail in May 2016, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. His bail was set at $250,000 and he was released on bond the same day he turned himself in.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said they began an investigation on Davis after an outcry from the victim. The investigation was turned over to the D.A.’s office in February 2016.
The incidents charged in the indictment against Davis happened between May 2009 and May 2013. The allegations included one act of sexual penetration and two acts of indecency with a child.
Davis was employed at Henrietta Junior High School as a science teacher but left the school in 2011.
He was also employed with Wichita Christian School as a high school Bible teacher and was one of their cross-country coaches. The school confirmed he was no longer employed there in 2016, according to a previous Times Record News article.
Davis was a pastor at the Henrietta Church of Christ prior to the warrant in 2016. The church’s website no longer lists him as a minister or pastor.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Me too - Several Survivor's Stories
I had to endure weekly molestation sessions for six years until one of his other victims spoke up. (File photo)
Warning: Some readers may find this content distressing.
Me Too: Believed once, but not again
I was 5 when I first experienced sexual abuse. He was only 11 and was also a victim of abuse, which is why he was confused and did it to me.
It happened at school. He told me not to tell anyone, but it all felt wrong so I planned on telling my mum that evening.
But that was also the day my grandfather died, so mum was grieving, and I couldn't talk to her.
A few days later, it happened again. This time I told my mum. She took action and both the boy and I received counselling. Unfortunately, the school principal accused me of lying as the boy was headboy of the school - but as far as I know the principal got in a lot of trouble for that.
So that’s that. The end of my sexual assault story. Right? Wrong.
I turned 6, changed schools, and my grandmother enrolled me in piano lessons. I was molested by my piano teacher, so I told my mum again, but this time people thought I just wanted attention.
They thought it couldn’t happen again. I was told "lightning doesn't strike twice". So I had to endure weekly molestation sessions for six years until one of his other victims spoke up. People finally listened. But the damage had been done.
Some children are far more vulnerable than others to sexual abuse. I actually think that a sexually abused child is somehow recognized by pedophiles as being particularly vulnerable.
Now I was going through puberty. I turned 13 and I was a damaged young girl. I started smoking weed. A lot of weed. Daily. I took any drug I could get my hands on and, worst of all, I let men have their way with me. Many men - mainly between the ages of 20-24. It is disgusting the number of men in their early 20s who think it’s OK to have sex with a 13-year-old just because she's a ‘slut’. I wasn't just a ‘slut’ - I was broken, and this just broke me more.
I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, which I feel was heavily affected by the abuse I endured.
Now as a 22-year-old I have my life on track, finally, and I'm learning to cope with everything I've been through.
I want better for future generations. I don’t want people to go through the hell I've been through. We need to end sexual abuse. And no matter what s/he says, if s/he is under 16 it’s not consensual.
Me Too: My earliest memory
I don't like to think too much about my childhood memories, perhaps because my earliest is one I have always struggled with. The grandfather whose games the other adults laughed at was also the man who gave me my first ever sexual experience at the age of 4.
He turned what should have been innocent childhood fun into something else entirely. He forever changed the person I would become. Trying to work out what's a normal relationship, platonic or sexual, has been a challenge ever since.
It made me vulnerable, so when I was sexually harassed by a boss at work while in my 30s, the lines were still not clear to me. I just didn't know what was normal and what was unacceptable.
It made me reluctant to be affectionate with my own kids. It cost me the ability to ever truly trust people close to me. It made it hard for me to rely on my own judgement of a situation. Where did friendship end and something more begin?
I have been so very fortunate to find a safe haven in my marriage, but the memory never fades. It will always be my first.
Me Too: My mother knew about the abuse
I was 10 years old and my mother’s partner would sexually abuse me as 'punishment' for wetting the bed, while my own mother kept my younger sister and his daughter at the other end of the house so they wouldn’t hear my screams.
What made it worse is when I finally spoke up, I was put right back in their care by the agency that should have listened to me.
At 33, I still have scars in places that make me ashamed to let anyone see me without clothing.
Me Too: It started when I was 5
My parents split when I was 2 and after that I lived with my mum in Hamilton. She couldn't afford to support just the two of us so she took on a boarder - a distant relative, my uncle by marriage’s nephew, a man in his mid-20s.
I was 5 when he started abusing me. He manipulated me into not telling anyone, so my mum was none the wiser.
She only picked up on slight things: my misbehaviour; my fear of the dark and my abuser; only being able to sleep in the safety of her bed. She took the first opportunity to relocate to Feilding with her then-boyfriend to start a fresh life.
She still didn’t know what had happened, but my behaviour got worse. Because I was confused I was making rude advances toward males and trying to make myself look older. I was a very sexual little girl who was infatuated by males because I was taught by the abuser that this was normal behaviour.
She realised this wasn’t right for a 7-year-old and finally sat me down and I told her everything. She was very supportive and called the police. She then started collecting all the evidence needed. She took me to see a sexual health specialist and set me up with a rape counsellor.
It went to court and he pleaded not guilty but was found guilty of several charges of sexual abuse and jailed for two years.
I am now 23. I suffer every day from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. I self-harm and I had a mental breakdown a year ago and had to leave my full-time job. I am now trying to overcome my many demons with weekly counselling and have been put on anti-depressants by my GP.
All the while he - the abuser - has made a family of his own after being imprisoned and is able to move on like nothing ever happened.
2 Years - probably didn't even leave a red mark on his wrist.
Me Too: By my cousin
As a child I used to love going to stay with my aunty and uncle. Then when my oldest cousin got to his mid-teens he started grabbing at my breasts and crotch when we played in the pool.
It was ongoing for a few months and I soon stopped going to stay over.
My other cousins never noticed. Still no-one knows because for years I made excuses that it was just because he was full of hormones and hadn't had a girlfriend.
Now we are grown adults with our own children and I still avoid him like the plague.
Me Too: ‘Grabbed by the p....’ aged 11
I was 11 years old and going through a crowd on New Year’s Eve in London. I was holding my mother’s hand but as it was so busy she was in front of me as we wove through the throngs of people.
All of a sudden this middle-aged man went past and grabbed me in between my legs. He said nothing but just gave this horrible look.
I didn’t tell my mother as I was shocked and didn’t really know what to say.
It stuck with me for a long time. It was not the first time as a young girl that I was touched, but it was the worst one.
WHERE TO GET HELP
Rape Crisis - 0800 88 33 00 (24hr service), click link for information on local helplines.
Victim Support - 0800 842 846 (24hr service)
The Harbour, online support and information for people affected by sexual abuse.
Women's Refuge (females only) - crisis line available on 0800 733 843.
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (males only) - helplines across NZ, click to find out more.
If you are in danger, or are being subjected to sexual violence, call 111.
Serial Sex attacker in London; Olympic Gold gymnast accuses another Olympic Gold gymnast of rape; Children of priests coming out; Thailand passes Philippines for online child porn production lead; Man sentenced for historic CSA; Man commits suicide just before trial for CSA; Man charged with child porn in my home town
Police hunt serial sex attacker who assaulted children as young as 11 in southeast London
© Met Police
Nine women and children have been sexually assaulted in southeast London during the past three months, police have said. The authorities have released CCTV images of the latest attack in a bid to find the perpetrator.
© Met Police
The man is believed to have sexually assaulted two women between the ages of 25 and 27, as well as seven children aged 11-13, in the areas of Greenwich and Lewisham.
Police said all of the attacks were perpetrated in broad daylight before the assailant fled on foot. They have now released CCTV images of the latest assault, which took place in Honor Oak Road on Monday.
The attacker is believed to be in his 40s, and has short white or blonde hair.
The spate of sexual assaults took place between June 30 and October 16, with three attacks occurring in the span of just 30 minutes on October 5.
Superintendent Lee Hill of Greenwich Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “These incidents were very frightening for the victims. I am appealing to the public to help identify and locate this man as quickly as possible.
“Although none of the victims have suffered physical injury, the effects of becoming a victim of sexual assault can be lasting and traumatic.”
He also raised concerns that the suspect may have assaulted more people, but those victims have held back from reporting the assault to police. He urged anyone targeted to come forward.
There are now more police patrols in the area, and officers are working with schools to advise and reassure parents and pupils, added the Superintendent.
Soviet double-Olympic champion gymnast accuses ‘monster’ former teammate of rape
FILE PHOTO: Gymnast Tatiana Gutsu performing at World Stars-92 international artistic gymnastics tournament. © Vladimir Rodionov / Sputnik
Former Soviet gymnast Tatiana Gutsu has accused her ex-teammate Vitaly Scherbo of raping her during a competition in Stuttgart in 1991 when she was 15.
Barcelona 1992 gold medalist Gutsu, now 41, gave details of the alleged assault in a Facebook post in which she labeled fellow gold medalist Scherbo, who would have been 19 at the time, a “monster” who had kept her in a “prison.”
Ukrainian Gutsu also claimed that other Soviet teammates were aware of Scherbo’s alleged crimes, but failed to “protect” her and instead covered for him.
“This is me being brave after 27 years,” Gutsu, who won team and all-around gold in Barcelona, said in the post, written in broken English.
“Tatyana Toropova who I thought was my friend and a teammate in the National team of USSR thank you for not being brave for me when I need it [sic] you the most to stand, stand up for me and fight for the women rights in such a horrific act, no means no.
“You were there you heard everything you never stand stand up to protect me... Rustam Sharipov [1996 Olympic gold medalist] thank you for being a great body for your friend and not protecting me as a little girl at 15.
“Who rape me in Stuttgart Germany DTB 1991. Vitaly Scherbo. Monster who kept me in my own prison to be afraid for so many years.
“I know you will try to [defend] yourself. But my details are much stronger than your words. I'm strong now [than] ever. You can't [break] me down anymore. This my Cinderella story.
“I survive you and I will supports anyone out there who is afraid to speak out I will try to gain my confidence and straight in myself to help others.”
All around individual gymnast gold medalist Vitaly Scherbo from Unified team (Belarus), shows his gold medal to the public, Barcelona, 31 July 1992. © Creutzmann / AFP
Gutsu and Scherbo represented the Unified Team, comprised of former Soviet athletes after the collapse of the USSR, at the 1992 Games, at which both gymnasts claimed team and all-around titles.
Scherbo, who currently owns a gymnastics school in Las Vegas, went on to add four more golds to his Barcelona medal haul by dominating in the men’s pommel horse, rings, vault and parallel bars finals.
Gutsu made the allegations as part of the #MeToo campaign, launched by actress Alyssa Milano, by which women from around the world speak up to share personal experiences of sexual assault.
The campaign began in reaction to the recent scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, in which dozens of Hollywood actresses accused the film producer of sexual harassment.
It has since become a global phenomenon, gaining 65,000 replies to Milano’s original tweet, more than 12 million Facebook posts with the hashtag and over 500,000 subsequent tweets.
NZ priest's secret children to come out of hiding
Phil Pennington, Reporter
The secret children of a Catholic priest in New Zealand are about to reveal their identity to their local bishop, and a New Zealander who personally briefed the Pope on the topic says the Vatican has recognised the right to know one's parents
Bread and wine are used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic masses.
Here, a priest holds a wedding ceremony mass. Photo: 123RF
The adult siblings are among thousands internationally who have contacted the Coping International website, which offers support to the children of clergy.
The site's founder Vincent Doyle - an Irish man who himself is the son of a priest - said he expected many more New Zealanders who are priests' children, or their mothers, to come forward as they gained courage to speak up.
"We've been contacted from a number of people in New Zealand - one family where there's more than one child to the same priest, to the same woman - but they're going to be making moves in the coming future to the respective diocese and they'll be contacting the bishop concerned."
The family had contacted his website in the last three months, and granted him permission to speak a little about their situation, such as how many children there were and where they had grown up.
Vincent Doyle meets Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, in mid-October to talk about the children of clergy.Vincent Doyle meets Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, in mid-October to talk about the children of clergy. Photo: Supplied
They were among 13,500 people worldwide who had been in touch with Mr Doyle since he started the website in late 2014.
His site gained international prominence in August this year when featured in a new series by the Boston Globe's Spotlight unit, which is famous for exposing clerical sex abuse of children.
The response to the website has forced the Vatican to acknowledge the issue, and last month it began working on guidelines for how to respond.
"The expectation would be that the [priest] should go and be a father to his child," said Bill Kilgallon, an Aucklander who personally briefed the Pope last month on the issue as part of the Pontifical Commission to help protect children.
Mr Kilgallon said the Catholic Church had no idea yet how many children have been conceived by priests.
The search phrase "I am pregnant and the father is a Catholic priest" featured in about 1500 of 96,000 hits on Coping International's website, which its founder pointed out would be mostly from English speakers with Internet access.
"How many don't fall into that category?" Mr Doyle said.
A psychotherapist in his 30s, he found out six years ago that his godfather, Father John Doyle, was also his biological father.
He made the realisation when he came across some poetry the priest had written, and had since taken his father's name.
The church hierarchy had mostly responded well when children had come forward, Mr Doyle said, although some priests had been shocked or resistant.
The youngest child they had been alerted to was just three years old, and the oldest an 80-year-old woman. In one case, they knew of a priest who had six children by different women, while one priest who worked in the United States had a family in the Philippines.
Mr Doyle insisted the clerical response was not the priority for his organisation, but rather the goal was to help children whose mental health had suffered without knowledge of their father, or having to keep that knowledge secret as with the New Zealand family.
"There have been efforts to kind of stifle their wellbeing, and to keep them quiet and enforce secrecy," Mr Doyle said.
"This secrecy more than often comes from family or relatives or friends: the community around you. Not the Pope, the Vatican, the bishop, especially in today's society in a country like New Zealand.
"They must, must get this right. This is the first time in history the church has really done this ... they can't just put out some guidelines... If they mess this up they will traumatise thousands of people."
Mr Kilgallon acknowledged there might be complications, such as a priest's financial obligations to a child, or the need for DNA paternity testing, but these were purely secondary to the primary responsibility of the priest.
"We've acknowledged ... children have rights and one of the rights is to know their parents."
"The difficulty is when children are born in a situation where the father is a priest who's not supposed to be in a relationship and fathering children. This can often lead to the relationship being kept secret, the identity of the father being denied to the child."
Thailand: Online Child-Sex Abuse Spreads at
‘Phenomenal’ Rate, UN Official Says
Wilawan Watcharasakwet, AP
Child-sex abuse has been spreading at a phenomenal rate as pedophiles now stream their sexually exploitative materials through an overlay of online networks that cannot be easily accessed, a U.N. official told BenarNews.
More than 6,000 websites with child-related obscene content have recently been tracked down, but authorities believe there still are “a phenomenal amount” of inaccessible sites operated by pedophiles who use the so-called dark net, according to Neil Walsh, chief of the global program on cybercrime for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The dark net is a computer network that can be accessed only with specific software that re-routes connections through layers of servers, allowing users to remain anonymous. Websites on the dark web are not indexed, meaning that online surfers will not see them through a Google search.
“Pedophiles sit in somewhere in the dark net and access the Internet to release materials. The more we work harder to remove the contents, the more they make it harder to find it,” Walsh said. “Still, there is phenomenal amount out there.”
Walsh spoke to BenarNews while attending a conference in Bangkok titled “Effective Responses to Online Child Sexual Exploitation in Asia.”
During the three-day event that started Tuesday, Walsh said the rising use of the Internet in Thailand had made the country the “webcam center for child pornography,” stripping the Philippines of that notorious title.
The proliferation of smart phones in Thailand allows users easy access to illicit websites even from rural areas that have 4G signals, he said.
About 50 percent of Southeast Asia has Internet access, but the figure spikes to 58 percent in the Philippines, a hub for online sex abuse, while the number is growing in Thailand at about 67 percent, according to Reuters news service, which cited a recent study.
Thailand clamps down on pedophilia
UNODC, in a report released in August, noted the growing demand for livestreaming of child sex abuse in the Mekong region. It also underscored the shift in child-sex webcam centers from the Philippines to Thailand.
But a Thai police officer, who analyzes Internet crimes against minors, said online pedophiles could not hide in Thailand.
“After Thai government passed the law to fight child sexual abuse, we seriously enforced the rule of law, and those pedophiles escaped Thailand,” said police Col. Santipatn Prommajul, chief digital intelligence analyst for the Thai Internet Crime Against Children Task Force.
“We deported many pedophiles from Thailand,” he told BenarNews.
He blamed advances in technology, among other issues, for the growing cybercrimes.
At least 25 suspects have been prosecuted through the nation’s amended Computer-Related Crime Act, which was adopted by the junta-appointed legislature in December 2016, Santipatn said. He said 18 of the cases involved child pornography.
He said Thai police has been working closely with the FBI, the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Virginia-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which provides the Thai police with possible violations to the computer-crimes law.
Concerns on social media misuse
In a seven-day check on Bangkok, more than 3,600 individual Internet addresses had been identified sharing child exploitation material, Jon Rouse, a member of Taskforce Argos, an Australian police unit that targets online child sex abuse networks, told Reuters.
Rouse was also in Thailand to attend the conference in Bangkok.
Walsh told BenarNews that the UNODC had expressed its concerns about the misuse of online technology to sexually exploit children.
“The whole dynamic of online webcam has changed, where in the past we needed a camera to plug in to do this thing,” he said. “But now, it’s just a phone, laptop, tablet and that’s how many webcams in your home.”
Man jailed for historic child sex abuse against
two young girls dating back 25 years
Richard Prendergast from Heckmondwike targeted young girls
"unable to defend themselves"
A CHILD sex abuser who forced his victims to give evidence in court is behind bars - for nine years.
Richard Prendergast, of Heckmondwike, denied 11 counts of historic abuse against two girls.
A jury found the 45-year-old guilty on all counts at Leeds Crown Court last month.
Today (Weds) Prendergast, of Westfield Road, was sentenced to nine years in prison and will also sign the sex offender’s register for life.
The offences dated back 25 years and involved two girls who were “too young to defend themselves”.
The girls, now adults, were forced to give evidence in court and were praised for their bravery in coming forward.
Det Cons Paul Greatorex, of the Kirklees Safeguarding Unit, said: “Prendergast’s victims were young and innocent and were unable to defend themselves. He subjected them to terrible ordeals and then refused to admit his guilt, putting them through the ordeal of a court trial. He is now rightly serving a prison sentence for what he has done.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise Prendergast’s victims who not only had the bravery to come forward but also the confidence in the police that what they said to officers would be listened to.
“Some of his offending went back two decades but despite the passage of time we investigated his crimes and took action. I would like to make a promise to all victims of sexual offences, no matter how long the passage of time, that if you come forward and tell police what happened you will be listened to.”
Man accused in child sex abuse case
commits suicide in Jakarta cell
By Karen Noronha
Suhaimi Rinaldi, 40, was detained at the penitentiary for a month after being charged for molesting a child - Representational image REUTERS/Stephen Lam
A man accused in a child sex abuse case is said to have allegedly committed suicide inside his cell at Depok Penitentiary, West Java in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday (17 October).
Suhaimi Rinaldi, 40, was found hanging on a clothesline by an officer who had come to pick him up to take him to his trial, Depok Penitentiary Head Warden Sohibur Rachman said.
Suhaimi was detained at the penitentiary for a month after being charged for molesting a child. According to his cellmate Susanto, Suhaimi had tried to commit suicide several times before.
Sukmajaya Police Precinct Chief Commissioner I Gusti Ngurah Bronet Ranapati said investigators are currently treating the incident as a suicide.
"No traces of violence were found on the victim's body. He likely hanged himself when his roommate was not aware," Bronet said, according to The Jakarta Post news website. According to the police, Susanto, 23, is currently being questioned by investigators.
Suhaimi's body has been taken to the National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta to undergo an autopsy.
The number of prison suicides across the world has been on the rise over the past few years. In England and Wales alone, figures showed that the suicide rates in prisons have doubled since 2013.
UK's Ministry of Justice statistics, released on 27 April, 2017, revealed that around 113 prisoners, including 10 women, killed themselves in the year ending March 2017 – an increase by 11 when compared to the previous year.
The rate of prison suicides has gone up since 2013, from 0.6 to 1.3 per 1,000 prisoners, while among female prisoners, it has increased from 1 to 2.6 per 1,000.
The UK government has attributed some of the rise in violence to the availability of dangerous psychoactive drugs in prisons.
Collection of child sex abuse images found
at B.C. home
A 38-year-old man from British Columbia's Fraser Valley has been charged after police allegedly found a large collection of child sex abuse images at his home.
Officers executed a warrant at an Abbotsford home in early September and seized numerous computers and storage devices. While examining the electronics, police said they found thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Travis Butler was been arrested and charged with two counts of making child pornography available and one count of child pornography possession.
Butler has since been released from custody on a number of court-ordered conditions, including that he not contact anyone who appears to be underage outside of a service industry setting, and stay away from public parks, schools, pools, playgrounds and anywhere you might expect to find children and underage teenagers.
He is also barred from owning or using any device capable of accessing the internet, or communicating with anyone known to be involved in the sexual exploitation of children.
Anyone who sees Butler breaching his conditions can contact police.