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Salvation Army ‘deeply regrets’ sexual abuse of children in its care, Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry to hear victims of Derry nuns, Sisters of Nazareth become second Catholic order to admit to child abuse

Salvation Army ‘deeply regrets’ sexual abuse of children in its care
Charity acknowledges ‘failure of the greatest magnitude’ before public hearing into its response to abuse at four of its homes

Australian Associated Press, Monday 27 January 2014

The Salvation Army says it feels deep regret for every instance of sexual abuse inflicted on children in its care.

The statement comes as representatives of the Salvation Army prepare to appear before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Tuesday.

The commission is preparing to investigate the charity’s movement of staff linked to sex abuse between children’s homes in New South Wales and Queensland….

At a child abuse inquiry in Victoria last year it was revealed that since 1997 the Salvation Army had received 474 abuse claims, 470 of which arose from its children’s homes, over 30 to 40 years.

It has also been reported that the Salvation Army Australia has privately paid out more than $15 million settling abuse claims.

Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry to hear victims of Derry nuns
Former residents of homes run by Sisters of Nazareth to give evidence at historical institutional abuse inquiry on Monday

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent, Monday 27 January 2014

The UK’s biggest ever child abuse inquiry will hear evidence on Monday from victims who were abused in two Derry homes run by Catholic nuns.

Based in Banbridge courthouse in Northern Ireland, the historical institutional abuse inquiry will focus on the maltreatment of children in Nazareth children’s home and Termonbacca, both run by the Sisters of Nazareth.

The order of nuns has already issued an apology to victims at the tribunal….

The Derry-based homes are among 13 separate institutions where children were physically and sexually abused. The inquiry will hear from 434 people and will last until June 2015.

A representatives of Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Board also said that if the state had failed in any way it was sorry.

Among the state-run institutions under examination was the former boys’ home at Kincora in east Belfast where senior staff including a prominent Orangeman ran a regime of sexual abuse and rape during the 1960s and 70s.

A number of those who ran the home or were implicated in the abuse were also loyalists working as state agents….

Sisters of Nazareth become second Catholic order to admit to child abuse
Nuns join De Le Salle Brothers in admitting at institutional child abuse inquiry that children in their care were abused

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent, Tuesday 14 January 2014

Two Catholic orders have now admitted children were abused in their care at the largest inquiry into institutional child abuse in UK legal history.

The Sisters of Nazareth nuns joined the De La Salle Brothers in their admissions on Tuesday that girls and boys were subjected to physical and sexual abuse in institutions in Northern Ireland that they controlled….

International Common Law Court of Justice Sponsored by the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, Brentwood school district to pay $8 million in child abuse settlement

Brentwood school district to pay $8 million in child abuse settlement
By Rowena Coetsee Contra Costa Times 01/23/2014

BRENTWOOD — School district leaders announced Wednesday that Brentwood Union School District has settled a second child abuse lawsuit with an $8 million payout.

Trustee Heather Partida made the statement following a closed session meeting in which she and fellow board members unanimously approved the settlement.

“We have learned painful, necessary lessons about the culture we must have in place if we are to be worthy of the trust parents place in us,” Superintendent Dana Eaton said after the settlement was announced.

The district’s insurance will pay the families of eight special needs children who were physically and verbally abused by the same teacher at Loma Vista and Krey elementary schools.

Filed in August, the federal lawsuit names the instructor, Dina Holder, as well as former Loma Vista Elementary Principal Lauri James, former Superintendent Merrill Grant, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Margaret Kruse, Director of Special Education Margo Olson, and former Director of Special Education Jean Anthony.

The suit claimed that Holder violated the children’s Constitutional rights by using “unjustified and unreasonable force” against them.

It also alleged that five district administrators were indifferent to the students’ plight and, by deliberately withholding information about what was happening in Holder’s classroom, interfered with parents’ right to comfort their children…..

International Common Law Court of Justice
Sponsored by the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

Founded as a lawful Citizens’ Tribunal of Conscience in Brussels, on September 15, 2012 in Brussels

Natural and Customary Law allows for the establishment of popular courts of justice when the existing legal and governmental authorities are subverting the law and justice, or aiding those who do. Common Law arose historically to uphold the liberties of the people against tyranny, whether religious or secular, and accordingly, has universal jurisdiction when convened as a jury court by more than twelve duly sworn men and women.

The International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ) was established as the legal and judicial arm of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and state (ITCCS), with the help of legal experts, judges and survivors of church terror and imperial genocide in more than a dozen countries.

ITCCS the sponsoring body of ICLCJ was formed in May of 2010 at a closed meeting of survivors of church and state terror in Dublin, Ireland. The event was initiated by Nobel Prize Nominee Reverend Kevin Annett of Canada and members of Irish survivors’ groups.

The foundational purpose of the ITCCS is to unite survivors of genocide and child torture across borders, and to mount a broad political, spiritual and legal movement to disestablish the Vatican and other churches and governments responsible for historic and ongoing crimes against children and humanity.

Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests

Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests by David Schaper January 21, 2014

Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims’ attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims’ lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities.


We have new revelations today detailing decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Chicago. Thousands of pages of documents, released by victims’ attorneys, show how the church hierarchy mishandled accusations of abuse.

NPR’s David Schaper reports.

DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: The documents tell one heartbreaking story after another – 6,000 pages detailing not just how children and adult victims were abused by trusted priests, but also how church officials often bungled their responses, failing to turn sexual predators over to criminal authorities and often shuttling the offending priests from parish to parish, where they abused again….

SCHAPER: That deception, says Anderson, came from the cardinal on down. And he says not only were the victims and their families deceived, but so too were parishioners where offending priests were transferred, as well as the police and the public at large. In one case in 1979, a priest raped a 13-year old boy and later warned him at gunpoint not to tell anyone. The documents show the boy’s parents were assured that the priest would get treatment and would be kept away from minors, but he wasn’t. Within a year, that priest was returned to ministry in another parish where he abused again.

In another case, the late Cardinal John Cody tells a priest accused of sexually abusing a girl that the allegations, quote, “should just be forgotten,” adding that no good can come of trying to prove or disprove it. That priest later abused again….


Minn. diocese releases list of accused clergy, Jimmy Savile victims call for single inquiry

Minn. diocese releases list of accused clergy
Friday, January 3, 2014
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of St. Cloud joined other Roman Catholic dioceses around Minnesota Friday in releasing lists of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The St. Cloud diocese released a list of 33 names. Twenty-one people on the list are dead.

On Thursday, a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the mid-1960s held a news conference with his attorneys to demand the list’s release.

But Jane Marrin, communications consultant for the diocese, told the St. Cloud Times the diocese already had been working on the list….

So in mid-December, I decided to release the names of those clergy,” (Bishop Donald) Kettler said.

Jimmy Savile victims call for single inquiry
By David Sillito Media Correspondent  6 January 2014
Victims of Jimmy Savile are calling for a single inquiry into how the ex-BBC DJ and presenter managed to evade justice.

There are more than 30 individual investigations being carried out by organisations linked to Savile.

About 50 of the people who have reported being abused say they fear key questions will not be answered about how Savile, who died in 2011, operated.

But the NSPCC charity says creating one overarching inquiry could mean lessons are not learnt as quickly.
Television expose

Solicitor Alan Collins, who is representing 60 of Savile’s victims in compensation claims, said the majority of his clients fear an unsatisfactory resolution from the separate investigations.

He told the BBC: “It should be one inquiry, chaired by a high court judge. I fear if this does not happen, an opportunity will have been lost, not only for the victims but for the country as a whole.

“The risk (of not having one inquiry) is justice may be incomplete.”….

Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings; Priest Released, Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released

Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News  12/30/13

A man nabbed by Cleveland police because of the proximity of his house to the late serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to murder and rape charges on Monday in connection with the killings of two women.

Elias Acevedo Sr. was sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole for the murders of the women and multiple counts rape that date back as far as two decades, according to NBC affiliate, WKYC….

Acevedo, who lived doors away from Castro, pleaded not guilty in October to 293 counts, including 173 counts of rape and 115 counts of kidnapping.

On Monday, in a plea deal, Acevedo pleaded guilty to strangling Pemberton in 1994 and killing a pregnant Adkins the following year. Adkins’ body was discovered in October….

Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A church official who recently won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal was released from custody Friday, and the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop defended the decision to use church funds to help with bail.

Monsignor William Lynn was staying at an undisclosed location in Philadelphia after being processed at a city jail and being fitted with an electronic monitoring device Friday morning, defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom said. He was due in court Monday for a bail hearing.

Lynn, who left a state prison on Thursday after 18 months behind bars, is the first U.S. church official to have been charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children.

City prosecutors had charged him with felony child endangerment, but the state Superior Court ruled that the law that existed at the time did not cover people who did not directly supervise children.

Italy’s Highest Court Overturns Pedophile’s Conviction Because 11-Year-Old Was ‘In Love’, The behavior patterns of abused children as described in their testimonies

Italy’s Highest Court Overturns Pedophile’s Conviction Because 11-Year-Old Was ‘In Love’ Agence France Presse  Dec. 31, 2013

Italy’s highest court has overturned the conviction of a 60-year-old man for having sex with an 11-year-old girl, because the verdict failed to take into account their “amorous relationship”.

Pietro Lamberti, a social services worker in Catanzaro in southern Italy, was convicted in February 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison for sexual acts with a minor.

The verdict was later upheld by an appeals court.

But Italy’s supreme court ruled that the verdict did not sufficiently consider “the ‘consensus’, the existence of an amorous relationship, the absence of physical force, the girl’s feelings of love”….

Lamberti was caught naked in bed with the girl after an investigation by police based largely on wire-tap evidence, it said.

Making Sad Sense of Child Abuse

Dec. 23, 2013 — When a man in Israel was accused of sexually abusing his young daughter, it was hard for many people to believe — a neighbor reported seeing the girl sitting and drinking hot chocolate with her father every morning, laughing, smiling, and looking relaxed. Such cases are not exceptional, however. Children react to sexual and physical abuse in unpredictable ways, making it hard to discern the clues.

Now Dr. Carmit Katz of Tel Aviv University’s Bob Shapell School of Social Work has found that when parents are physically abusive, children tend to accommodate it. But when the abuse is sexual, they tend to fight or flee it unless it is severe. The findings, published in Child Abuse & Neglect, help explain children’s behavior in response to abuse and could aid in intervention and treatment.

“All the cases of alleged physical abuse in the study involved parents, while we had very few cases of alleged parental sexual abuse,” said Dr. Katz. “More than the type of abuse, it may be that children feel they have no choice but to endure abuse by their parents, who they depend on for love and support.”….

About 3.5 million cases of child abuse are reported in the United States every year. Similarly alarming situations exist in many other countries. Abused children often suffer from emotional and behavioral problems, which can later develop into sexual dysfunction, anxiety, promiscuity, vulnerability to repeated victimization, depression, and substance abuse…..

Dr. Katz says the study teaches an important lesson when it comes to parental physical abuse. Just because children do not fight or flee their parents does not mean they are not being abused. Children need their parents to survive, and in some cases, parents love, care for, and support their children when they are not abusing them. Under these impossible circumstances, children often feel their best option is accommodation. In one interview in the study, a child said, “Daddy was yelling on me because I didn’t do my homework, so I told him I am sorry you are right and brought him his belt.” There were many similar examples…..

C. Katz, Z. Barnetz. The behavior patterns of abused children as described in their testimonies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.08.006

The behavior patterns of abused children as described in their testimonies     C. Katza, Z. Barnetz

….The results show that abuse type has a strong effect on children’s behavior, with children in the sexual abuse group reporting more fight and flight behavior and children in the physical abuse group reporting more self-change behavior. This finding was interacted with the severity of abuse variable, with children in the sexual abuse group reporting less flight behavior and an increase in the self-change behavior with the highest level of severity of abuse….

Saddle River lawyer admits to sex trafficking of young boy across Europe, child p_rn distribution

Saddle River lawyer admits to sex trafficking of young boy across Europe, child porn distribution
By James Kleimann December 19, 2013

NEWARK — A prominent Bergen County corporate lawyer has pleaded guilty to the sex trafficking of a six-year-old boy across Europe, while separately admitting that he had distributed hundreds of graphic images and videos of child porn, some of which depicted small children being raped.

Edward M. De Sear, 67, of Saddle River, was sentenced in Newark federal court on Thursday to 17.5 years in prison, and was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to his victims, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a child and four counts of distribution of child pornography.

According to federal prosecutors, De Sear, who was formerly a partner at New York firm Allen & Overy, paid a man cash in June of 2011 to travel with his six-year-old son from Paris to Brussels, Belgium, where he sexually abused the boy….

Prep school paedophiles allowed to avoid justice, Model English prep school that hid a dark heart of depravity

Prep school paedophiles allowed to avoid justice
Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter December 18 2013

Paedophile teachers turned one of England’s leading prep schools into a child-abuse factory for two decades but escaped justice for ten years because a judge decided that it was unfair to put one of them on trial, it can be revealed.

Peter Wright, the headmaster of Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire, was at the centre of a web that ensnared more than 30 boys.

Yesterday the 83-year-old was convicted of multiple sex offences against pupils at the school, which was attended by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Andrew Strauss, the former England cricket captain.

Model English prep school that hid a dark heart of depravity
Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter
December 18 2013

Immaculate playing fields, impeccably dressed boys. It seemed the very model of a traditional English prep school, but its heart was rotten to the core. For two decades, parents eager for their sons to win entry to a top public school paid handsomely for the privilege of entrusting them to the care of Caldicott, whose pupils won scholarships to Harrow and Eton.

Many Old Caldicotians look back on those days with affection. Others, less so. Some — far too many — have been haunted for most of their adult life by memories of a childhood betrayed, of innocence stolen by men….

Towards Healing clergy abuse points, CIA torturing children to create spies?

Royal Commission told clergy like ‘rabbits in a headlight’ after abuse policy roll-out   By Thomas Oriti  11 Dec 2013

The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, says members of the clergy were caught like “rabbits in a headlight” when a pastoral and redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse was first rolled out.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is examining the Towards Healing process established by the Catholic Church in 1996….

Towards Healing key points:

originally set up in 1996 to establish protocols for the church to deal with abuse cases
the policy included the capacity for church authorities to make loans or reimburse an accused perpetrator’s legal expenses
it also established the role of director of professional standards for each State and Territory
following a review in 2009 the church agreed to cooperate with police investigations
the revised and current version of Towards Healing was published in January 2010
2215 complaints have been received under the Towards Healing procedures
over 60 per cent of all these abuse incidents occurred at a school, college, or orphanage
the Christian Brothers received the largest number of complaints, followed by the Marist Brothers, and then the De La Salle brothers.
a total of $43 million has been paid by all church authorities as a result of the complaints
the highest reported reparation amount paid for a Towards Healing complaint was about $850,000

CIA torturing children to create super-spies?
December 11, 2013
Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner

“I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and torture. I was also experimented on and subjected to mind control” says a woman from Jersey City, NJ in a 2013 petition requesting a Congressional investigation:

Therapist Valerie Wolf stated, “When word got out that I was appearing at this (1995 Congressional) hearing, nearly 40 therapists across the country contacted me to talk about clients who had reported being subjects (as children) in radiation and mind-control experiments. . . electric shock, use of hallucinogens, sensory deprivation, hypnosis, dislocation of limbs and sexual abuse.  ….

This CIA mind-control program that tortures children into “super spies” began in 1953 with the import of Nazi mind-control specialists through Project Paperclip. The official version is that these torturous experiments on children were shut down in 1964 after survivors won a lawsuit against the CIA and Canadian Government. There were Congressional hearings on the human experiments in 1977 and 1995, but Congress voted not to release their findings, while survivor-witnesses asked for more investigation. The torture of children by government employees appears to continue today as survivors say they and their children are being accessed by the CIA program….

Google, Microsoft Block Child Abuse Search Results

Google, Microsoft Block Child Abuse Search Results
LONDON November 18, 2013 (AP)
By SYLVIA HUI Associated Press

Google and Microsoft have introduced software that makes it harder for users to search for child abuse material online, the companies said in a joint announcement Monday.

Writing ahead of a British summit on Internet safety, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said his company has fine-tuned Google Search to clean up results for over 100,000 search terms. When users type in queries that may be related to child sexual abuse, they will find no results that link to illegal content.

“We will soon roll out these changes in more than 150 languages, so the impact will be truly global,” Schmidt wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.

The restrictions are being launched in Britain and other English-speaking countries first. Similar changes are being brought out on Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

The two companies are sharing picture detection technology to identify child abuse photographs whenever they appear on their systems, and Google is also testing technology to identify and remove illegal videos.

Other measures include warnings at the top of Google search for more than 13,000 queries to make it clear that child abuse is illegal….


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