The Ricki Lake Show – Stolen Childhoods, Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse, Ritual Crimes in Africa

April 10, 2013 Comments Off on The Ricki Lake Show – Stolen Childhoods, Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse, Ritual Crimes in Africa

The Ricki Lake Show – Stolen Childhoods

Victims of child abuse overcome a turbulent childhood.

April 10 – As a Hollywood actress and filmmaker, Angela Shelton was living a charmed life, but also hiding a dark secret.

Starting at age three, Angela endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother. In an effort to find healing and regain pieces of her stolen childhood, she set-off cross country to make a rather unusual documentary which became “Finding Angela Shelton.” As her process of healing continued, she teamed up with the Baby Einstein Team to create safety videos for children and wrote Surviving Sexual Violence:  A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment.

The conference, “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,” organized by Professor Phebe Haugen, featured experts from diverse institutions and organizations, who explored the successes and failures of churches, schools, residential settings, and social institutions when it comes to dealing with child abuse.  The conference was sponsored by the National Child Protection Training Center and William Mitchell College of Law ….

Three busted for suspected ritual murder
April 8, 2013 in Africa, News, Southern Africa

PRETORIA — An Indian couple and an associate were arrested at Eltivillas in Makhado for a suspected ritual murder on Saturday morning.

“Shoppers at an Indian shop in Makhado were shocked when a man stormed into a shop, reached for a freezer where he took out a human arm,” the Limpopo South African Police Services (SAPS) said in a statement.

The police were then notified and the man was arrested on the spot. The man then told the police that he went to the owner of the shop to demand his share of R70 000 and a VW Golf vehicle which he was promised for his role in the commission of the murder.

The 38-year-old man from Thengwe village then led the police to a nearby mountainous area where the mutilated body of a woman was found….

The man also confessed that the woman, who is believed to be a Pakistani resident, was killed on Wednesday last week after she was made to believe that she was going to be prayed for in the mountains,” the SAPS said.

Nigeria: Woman Found Dead Without Eyes, Tongue
9 April 2013  Jos — Ritual killers on Monday struck in Jos, killing and removing the eyes and tongue of a young lady in Twanchit Village at Tudun Wada in the Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

The police in Jos confirmed the incident but said they had no details yet.

Residents who woke up to the ugly sight, said that the crime took place around 1:00 a.m. and that the victim could not be identified….

A resident, Rev. Joseph Bot of the Plateau Peace Movement International, said that the incident took the residents by surprise.

He said that the nature of the killing indicated that it was for ritual purposes but said that other factors could be involved….

Girl (9) butchered 18 March 2013
The police, local traditional leader and community structures have called for calmness, following a volatile situation at Tshilungoma outside Thohoyandou the past week.

The situation at the village came about after the discovery of a dead child at a nearby rivulet. Some of her body parts were allegedly missing.

Mutshidzi Ramanyimi (9) went missing on 1 March 2013 while playing with other children at a neighbour’s house. An intensive search involving the police, the local community and the dog unit of the SAPS yielded no results until Friday, when a passerby spotted the body in some bushes….

Police offer R250 000 reward for information on Limpopo ritual murder
Monday 8 April 2013 Shibu Mamokgere

Limpopo police are offering a R250 000 reward to anyone who will come forward with information about the brutal murder of a nine year old girl at Tshiulungoma village outside Thohoyandou three weeks ago. The girl’s mutilated body was found inside a stream in the village a week after she had gone missing….

The family says they are disappointed that no arrests have been made even though the suspects are allegedly known….–20130408

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