Private school governor claimed child abuse images on his computer were ‘put there by burglars’, Former Freemason Grand Master facing ten years in jail after being caught in sting by police as he waited to meet 14-year-old boy
March 24, 2017 Comments Off on Private school governor claimed child abuse images on his computer were ‘put there by burglars’, Former Freemason Grand Master facing ten years in jail after being caught in sting by police as he waited to meet 14-year-old boy
‘THIEVES PLANTED VILE PICS’ Private school governor claimed child abuse images on his computer were ‘put there by burglars’
Andrew Brown, 61, told cops the intruders planted the illegal files before trying to blackmail him, jury hears By Felix Allen 23rd March 2017
A GOVERNOR of a prestigious private school claimed child abuse images on his computer were put there by burglars, a court heard.
Andrew Brown, 61, told cops the intruders planted the illegal files before trying to blackmail him.
Thieves who raided his home in October 2015 swiped three memory sticks along with £300 cash and other valuables, a jury heard.
“At that stage no one thought it was more than a burglary,” said prosecutor Thomas Brown.
But three days later the home owner received a blackmail note from the burglars.
The prosecutor said: “It contained three indecent images of children and a demand for £8,000 in cash – otherwise the person writing the note would expose Andrew Brown.”
The note contained a phone number which allowed police to trace the author, Ryan Penfold, who later served a prison sentence for the burglary.
He had sold the memory sticks for £25 and told an associate “I do not want these, they contain child pornography”, the court was told.
Brown told police he knew nothing about how the images ended up on the stolen the memory sticks and suggested the burglar had put them there, jurors heard.
Police then discovered further images on Brown’s desktop computer, laptop and a separate hard drive.
He said someone else must have put the pictures on the devices, the court heard….
Brown denies three counts of possessing indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and one counts of possessing a prohibited image of a child.
The trial at Peterborough Crown Court continues.
Former Freemason Grand Master facing ten years in jail after being caught in sting by police as he waited to meet 14-year-old boy
Alan Wright, 75, was arrested last November trying to meet a ’14-year-old boy’
Wright had sent him pictures of his privates and arranged to meet over Grindr
But the boy was actually police officer working on an online sting operation.
The secret society member is now facing up to 10 years in prison
By Luke Barnes For Mailonline 5 February 2017
A former Freemason Grand Master is facing jail after he was caught in a police sting trying a lure a child into sex.
Alan Wright, 75, regularly went to meetings at Freemasons Hall in St James Street London.
He was described as a ‘significant’ figure of the organisation which is also popular with Prince Michael.
Wright was arrested last November at Bury St Edmunds railway station in Suffolk, the Express reported.
He thought he was there to meet a 14-year-old boy he’d talked to online, and sent pictures of his private parts.
But instead when he arrived he was greeted by Suffolk police, who’d set up an online sting after gathering information on Wright’s private life….
March 17, 2017 Comments Off on Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Conference, Truro women working to end non-state torture
The Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control Conference – May 19 – 21, 2017
The annual conference will be May 19 – 21, 2017 at the Executive Inn & Suite in Oakland, CA Information about the conference is at: https://survivorship.org/the-survivorship-ritual-abuse-and-child-abuse-2017-conference/
There will be a clinician’s conference on Friday, May 19, 2017 for licensed clinicians and students in the field.
Alison Miller will be presenting a full day presentation at this conference. Her topic is: Working with Deliberately Structured Personality Systems
Speakers at our May 20 – 21 Regular Conference:
Alison Miller – Confronting the Spiritual Issues in Ritual Abuse
Wendy Hoffman – Dirty Therapy
Neil Brick – Freedom from Mind Control
Kimber Olson – The Reversal of Words: Navigating the Complex Therapeutic Relationship
There will be additional workshops and discussions.
More information is at the conference website: https://survivorship.org/the-survivorship-ritual-abuse-and-child-abuse-2017-conference/
Questions about the conference can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Truro women working to end non-state torture
Lynn Curwin March 14, 2017
….In the Canadian Criminal Code there’s no law against ‘non-state torture.’ While some feel aggravated assault is suitable for dealing with such cases, the women disagree.
“Without saying it in words they’re pretty well saying that non-state torture is not as important as state torture,” said MacDonald. “People wouldn’t feel it fit to call state torture assault.”
There are places, including France, Queensland (Australia) and California, that have brought in legislation addressing non-state torture.
“There are no centres for rehabilitation for the survivors; that’s something that’s lacking all over the world,” said MacDonald. “We’re making some progress and we’ll keep at it until there’s a shift.”
She and Sarson formed Persons Against Non-State Torture and address issues including trafficking and ritual abuse-torture.
They don’t think people understand that non-state torture isn’t something that only happens in third world countries or large cities.
“It’s happening around us,” added MacDonald. “No country has evolved enough that we’re not harming one another and there’s no such thing as a day off when you’re an activist.” http://www.trurodaily.com/news/local/2017/3/14/truro-women-working-to-end-non-state-torture.html
Teen says she was forced to have sex with 1,000 men over 2 years, 2 Former Penn State Administrators Plead Guilty To Roles In Abuse Scandal
March 16, 2017 Comments Off on Teen says she was forced to have sex with 1,000 men over 2 years, 2 Former Penn State Administrators Plead Guilty To Roles In Abuse Scandal
Teen says she was forced to have sex with 1,000 men over 2 years
Mar 12, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers in Pennsylvania say their client was sexually exploited at a motel for years, alleging the teen girl was a victim of human trafficking who was forced to have sex with more than 1,000 men.
“This child was forced into sex slavery, paid to do things with men double, triple, quadruple her age,” attorney Nadeem Bezar told reporters.
The teen’s lawyers are using Pennsylvania’s human trafficking law to sue the motel where they say their client was sexually exploited, marking the first civil suit under the law since it was enacted in 2014, CBS Philadelphia reports.
Lawyers allege employees at the Roosevelt Inn in northeast Philadelphia knew that a 14-year-old girl was being held against her will for two years. She was forced to have sex with more than 1,000 men for as little as $50, they said.
“She is devastated by what happened to her. She’s just trying to piece her life back together,” said Bezar.
The girl, now 17, wants the hotel to pay for what happened to her. Under the 2014 human trafficking law, she’s suing the motel’s owners, the motel’s management company and the manager himself. The lawsuit demands $50,000 in damages, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the Inquirer, the girl managed to escape and reconnect with her family after two years at the motel. The Inquirer notes that those responsible for trafficking the teen were convicted and sentenced to prison. Her attorneys reportedly declined to identify her captors, fearing retaliation.
2 Former Penn State Administrators Plead Guilty To Roles In Abuse Scandal March 13, 2017 Colin Dwyer
Two former high-level Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, for their roles in covering up child sex abuse by disgraced assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley each took a plea bargain that — if accepted by the judge — will carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. As part of the plea bargain, the felony charges they originally faced were reduced to misdemeanors.
As Penn Live notes, the pleas also open the possibility they may testify against former university President Graham Spanier, the only remaining defendant in the case. Jury selection begins next week for Spanier, who has been charged with a conspiracy felony and a child endangerment misdemeanor.
The charges against all three men pertain to how they handled the multiple allegations of sexual abuse against Sandusky, who in 2012 was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span. “Prosecutors said Spanier, Curley and Schultz knew of complaints involving Sandusky showering with boys in 1998 and 2001,” The Associated Press reported in 2012….
“This was not a mistake by these men, this was not an oversight,” then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said in 2012, as we noted at the time. “It was not misjudgment on their part. This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth.”….
Jehovah’s Witnesses: abuse, Sex Cult – Child Rape – Children of God Church, Priest Risdale 38 charges
March 14, 2017 Comments Off on Jehovah’s Witnesses: abuse, Sex Cult – Child Rape – Children of God Church, Priest Risdale 38 charges
– Inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses: A ‘perfect storm’ for abuse
“They love bomb you. They sell you this vision of a perfect community. It is anything but. It’s indoctrination. It’s a cult, it really is. But they convince you it’s a religion.”
– Life after a sex cult: ‘If I’m not a member of this religion any more, then who am I?’
Children of God church “The report documented Berg’s proclivity for incest and witnesses testified that child rape was used as an excuse to “increase the tribe”, leading to many pregnancies in various communes.”
– Ridsdale’s fresh charges grow in number
“More historical sex abuse charges have been laid against disgraced former Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale. 38 charges, rape, buggery, indecent assault and assault offences against boys and girls”
Inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses: A ‘perfect storm’ for abuse
Rachel Browne March 10 2017
Then one morning a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on the door to spread the word of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That was when Jodi’s nightmare began.
“These nice people were promising a community with no drugs, no alcohol and no crime – it sounded very appealing,” said Jodi, who asked that her name be withheld.
“They love bomb you. They sell you this vision of a perfect community. It is anything but. It’s indoctrination. It’s a cult, it really is. But they convince you it’s a religion.”
The Jehovah’s Witness church and its overarching body, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, came to the attention of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse with a 2015 case study hearing more than 1000 allegations of paedophilia had been made against the organisation over 60 years yet not one complaint was reported to police.
This echoes Jodi’s experience. Now 35, she says she was abused by a church elder and his daughter when she was eight years old. When she was 13 she mustered up the courage to report the abuse to church authorities but was not believed and branded a liar. She left the church shortly after.
“They preach love but they don’t show love,” she said.
Another former member, Lara Kaput, describes the Jehovah’s Witnesses as “cruel”.
Ms Kaput, 44, was raised in a Jehovah’s Witness family in Victoria where close contact with people outside the church was discouraged, women were taught to obey men and the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society were unquestioned.
She left the Jehovah’s Witnesses when she was 19 and was shunned by the community. Over the past 25 years she’s had only sporadic contact with family members who are still involved in the church.
“You are ostracised from your entire family and friend network,” she said. “Prior to (leaving) they incorporated me as a regular family member. After that I was dead to them.”….
The commission has referred information about 514 alleged perpetrators within the Jehovah’s Witnesses to the police since the initial hearing….
Life after a sex cult: ‘If I’m not a member of this religion any more, then who am I?’
Michael Young grew up immersed in the Children of God church, which was labelled as a sect by the FBI and dogged by child abuse allegations
Sophia Tewa Saturday 11 March 2017
Of his eight siblings, Michael Young was the most zealous street missionary. As a child growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, he preached up to 10 hours a day, three to four days each week. He spoke to strangers on the streets and often went door-to-door. He’d ask them, in broken Spanish, if they wished to go to heaven. If they said yes, he would pray for them. If they said no, he would ask for at least a donation to The Family International, a church formerly known as the sex cult The Children of God.
Young’s parents, devout American missionaries who moved to Mexico in 1998, told him that such work was his destiny and duty. The alternative was an afterlife spent in the slums of heaven, a place only slightly better than hell.
When he was eight years old, in 2000, Young’s family moved to Texas and started their missionary work anew in mini-malls and Walmart parking lots, handing out theological tracts about the imminent apocalypse that would soon wipe out the unbelievers.
Young says he was happy. “I was spiritual in a way that was kind of very obsessive and very determined,” he says.
But Young was unaware that his parents’ church was labelled as a sect by the FBI and hounded by child abuse allegations. In a 1974 report, The New York attorney general’s office had also called the Children of God a “cult”. The group’s practices drew investigations from the FBI and Interpol, which were on the hunt for its leader, David Berg. One anonymous informant spoke of rape, incarceration, kidnapping and incest inside the group….
The report documented Berg’s proclivity for incest and witnesses testified that child rape was used as an excuse to “increase the tribe”, leading to many pregnancies in various communes.
“A 14-year-old runaway who spent nine days at a COG commune testified that she was raped and because of her refusal to cooperate with the elders, was held in solitary confinement on no less than three separate occasions,” the report states.
The late actor River Phoenix, who grew up in the Children of God, told Details Magazine in 1991 that he was four when he first had sex while in the group….
Ridsdale’s fresh charges grow in number
Andi Yu – AAP on March 10, 2017
More historical sex abuse charges have been laid against disgraced former Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale.
A prosecutor in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday said two new charges had been filed last week and this morning, adding to the original total of 36.
The 38th charge relates to the sexual penetration of a child under 10, the lawyer said.
Other charges include rape, buggery, indecent assault and assault offences against boys and girls across the state…..
March 9, 2017 Comments Off on Gang members accused in satanic ritual murder, jailed in Texas
Gang members accused in satanic ritual murder, jailed in Texas
Monday, March 06, 2017 By Shelby Lin Erdman
Houston authorities arrested two alleged gang members from El Salvador, both in the U.S. illegally, on charges of kidnapping three girls and killing one of them in what was described as a satanic ritual, police said.
Law enforcement officials identified the suspects as Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, of the MS-13 gang. Both are jailed on $300,000 bonds and are facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder, The Associated Press reported.
The body of a 15-year-old girl was found last month with gunshots to the face and chest. While her identity is still unknown, police believe that she’s a missing teenager from Jersey Village, Texas, and the victim of gang violence.
The other two kidnap victims were 14 and 16 years old, police said. The 14-year-old told investigators that gang members forced drugs and alcohol on the girls and forced them to have sex.
She also said the 15-year-old was killed in a satanic ritual after the teen got angry and lashed out at the gang’s shrine to a satanic saint…..
Abuse Of Minors & Apocalypse Predictions: Words From A ‘Children of God’ Cult Survivor, ‘It’s like being in a cult for one’: 14 tactics used by coercive controllers – domestic abuse, Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse, abuse and cover up by Word of Faith Fellowship
March 7, 2017 Comments Off on Abuse Of Minors & Apocalypse Predictions: Words From A ‘Children of God’ Cult Survivor, ‘It’s like being in a cult for one’: 14 tactics used by coercive controllers – domestic abuse, Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse, abuse and cover up by Word of Faith Fellowship
– Abuse Of Minors & Apocalypse Predictions: Words From A ‘Children of God’ Cult Survivor
– ‘It’s like being in a cult for one’: Read 14 tactics used by coercive controllers – domestic abuse
– Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
– AP Investigation into abuse and cover up by Word of Faith Fellowship
Abuse Of Minors & Apocalypse Predictions: Words From A ‘Children of God’ Cult Survivor
March 2, 2017 By Jancy Richardson
Cults & Conspiracies seeks to understand the evil that we do to each other and the psychological drives that inform those actions. Inspired by season 2 of Hulu’s #ThePath, Cults & Conspiracies investigates how cults and radical ideologies work their dangerous magic on the unsuspecting.
MP Super News’s dark-leaning, inquisitive show has looked at the Jonestown Massacre and de-programming techniques, but this episode we’re talking to Flor Edwards, a survivor of the Children of God cult (a.k.a. The Family International).
The Children of God cult became famous for the bizarre teachings of leader David Berg, particularly those encouraging the sexual abuse of children and forced prostitution of young women (a technique to recruit new members known as ‘Flirty Fishing’). Several celebrities escape the cult, including Joaquin Phoenix and Rose McGowan.
What Did the Children of God Believe?
Berg encouraged his followers to move away from “corrupted” Western society to South East Asia and South America. They were poor, idealistic, and convinced by their leader that the world would end in 1993.
When the foretold apocalypse didn’t happen, Edwards says, Berg made a public apology to his flock, but said that God had granted them an extension for being good. Berg “believed that he was God’s middle-man,” which he used to promote his strange teachings:
He had these free sexual beliefs, people had to have a sexual revolution and it needed to happen very young, believed adulthood began from 12… He had absolute power.
Fortunately for Flor Edwards, the bad publicity from the cult’s sexual abuse of minors meant that there were stricter rules in place when she was a child: she wasn’t witness to sexual abuse but did see a lot of physical abuse: “they would punish us a lot.”….
Cults & Conspiracies’ guest for episode 5 is cult survivor Flor Edwards, who left the cult with her family at the age of 13.
‘It’s like being in a cult for one’: Read 14 tactics used by coercive controllers
06 March 2017 Gemma Mitchell
….Experts in the field of domestic abuse gathered in Suffolk today to explore the intricacies of a crime that is “invisible in plain sight”.
Keynote speaker was American university lecturer and author Lisa Aronson Fontes, who described a manipulative relationship as “like being in a cult of one”.
Dr Fontes said dangerous romances often started out happy, with abusers using methods that seem loving such as constant texting or only not wanting to be around anyone else.
She added: “It looks like the care that many women crave, then over time that warm beam gets narrower and narrower and she wants to get that back and she feels like it’s her fault she doesn’t have it….
According to Mr Stark, around 25% of women in abuse relationships are never assaulted, and in some cases it is “low level” harm which police may not take seriously, such as biting, pushing and shoving.
This is where the new law, which was passed in England and Wales in 2015, can come into play.
It carries a maximum prison term of five years for perpetrators who repeatedly subject spouses, partners and other family members to serious psychological, social, financial and emotional torment.
Mr Stark deems coercive control a “liberty crime” that turns victims into “slaves in their own homes”…..
Here are 14 ways coercive control can exist in an intimate relationship:
– Controlling access to a phone and social media
– Enforcing a certain diet
– Prohibiting or limiting contact with friends, family and health services
– Monitoring and controlling time and movement
– Regulating what clothes, make up, hairstyle is worn
– Continual belittlement, telling someone they are worthless
– Harming or threatening children
– Jealous accusations
– Constant phone calls, texting and emails
– Controlling access to money and transport
– Forcing sex
– Name calling
– Refusing contraception
– Preventing a person from working and sleeping
Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
3 March 2017
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has revealed she is a rape survivor and suffered sexual abuse as a child.
In an interview with fellow Oscar winner Brie Larson for The Edit, the 79-year-old also said she had once lost a job because she refused her boss’s sexual advances.
The star added she thought being a young actress now was “terrifying” because of female sexualisation.
“You have to get naked so much. There is even more emphasis on how you look.”
Fonda said she “felt diminished” growing up because the men in her life were “victims of a [patriarchal] belief system”.
She also said she had been “brought up with the disease to please”.
‘We were violated’
“To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females – I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn’t do or say the right thing.
“I know young girls who’ve been raped and didn’t even know it was rape. They think, ‘It must have been because I said no the wrong way’.
“One of the great things the women’s movement has done is to make us realise that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it’s not right.”….
Part 2: AP Investigation into abuse and cover up by Word of Faith Fellowship
by MITCH WEISS Associated Press; Karen Zatkulak
Monday, March 6th 2017
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — At least a half-dozen times over two decades, authorities investigated reports that members of a secretive evangelical church were being beaten. And every time, according to former congregants, the orders came down from church leaders: They must lie to protect the sect.
Among the members of the Word of Faith Fellowship who coached congregants and their children on what to say to investigators were two assistant district attorneys and a veteran social worker, the ex-followers told The Associated Press.
Frank Webster and Chris Back — church ministers who handle criminal cases as assistant DAs for three nearby counties — provided legal advice, helped at strategy sessions and participated in a mock trial for four congregants charged with harassing a former member, according to former congregants interviewed as part of an AP investigation of Word of Faith.
Back and Webster, who is sect leader Jane Whaley’s son-in-law, also helped derail a social services investigation into child abuse in 2015 and attended meetings where Whaley warned congregants to lie to investigators about abuse incidents, according to nine former members.
Under North Carolina law, prosecutors cannot provide legal advice or be involved in outside cases in any manner. Violation of those rules can lead to ethics charges, dismissal or disbarment. Offering legal advice in an ongoing investigation to help a person avoid prosecution could lead to criminal charges.
The receptionist for Back and Webster at the Burke County Courthouse said the two men were “too busy” to talk to AP reporters. They also did not respond to a note seeking comment about their roles in the church…..
Last week, the AP revealed decades of physical and emotional abuse inside Word of Faith, which has 750 members in Spindale, North Carolina, and nearly 2,000 members in churches based in Brazil and Ghana. Former members described being punched, choked and thrown through walls as part of a violent form of deliverance meant to purify sinners….
Cooper said social services personnel were investigating complaints that students were beating classmates at the church-run K-12 school to cast out devils, and that teachers, including Whaley, encouraged the violence….
Former congregant Jamey Anderson said parents and children were ordered to lie to social workers…..
Former member of Word of Faith Fellowship calls for authorities to investigate church
by Justin Hinton Monday, March 6th 2017
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Allegations of abuse and a cover-up plague a controversial mountain church after the second part of the Associated Press investigation into Word of Faith Fellowship is released.
“We didn’t think we were part of a cult,” said John Huddle, a former member of the church.
He held a news conference Monday afternoon calling for an investigation by local, state and federal authorities.
“From what I read this morning, it’s highly likely that an investigation could be beneficial,” Huddle said.
In that AP article, former members said they were beaten, choked and thrown through walls. Then when it came time to investigate, they say they were told to lie.
“It makes me feel sad that it has gone on for so long,” Huddle said.
After part one of the AP’s investigation, the church released a lengthy statement saying in part, “We do not condone or allow abuse – in any form – at our church. Period.”….