The 17th Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on The 17th Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

The 17th Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

August 15 – 17, 2014

DoubleTree near
Bradley International Airport
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT

Internet conference information:
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Conference Goals
– To help stop future occurrences of ritual abuse
– To help survivors of ritual abuse
– To name the groups that have participated in alleged illegal activities
– To unite those working to stop ritual abuse

Conference Registration
(Please read the entire brochure before registering.)
Registration is not guaranteed, please wait for approval before making travel arrangements. Or you can preregister via E-mail at: SMARTNEWS@aol.com Please mail registration form and checks (US Banks only please), money orders (US) to: RA Conference, c/o S.M.A.R.T., P O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027 USA

Name: (please include names and individual addresses of all registrees, thanks.)

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Agency: ___________________________________

Street: ____________________________

City: ___________________State:______

Zip:________E-mail_________________

Fees
Early registration fees (all fees are per person)
(note: fees must be received by the due date below to get the special prices)

Three day special registration fee (Fri night, full day Saturday and Sunday) paid for by April 1. 2014 – $160

Saturday and Sunday Full Day Registrations
before June 1, 2014 – $185
before July 1, 2014 – $195
before August 1, 2014 – $215
after August 1, 2014 – $225
Paying at conference add $20 to two day and three day fees
(All fees must be received by due dates above.)

Add Friday buffet fee to two day fee – $40.00

New Special for Clinicians Registered for the Friday full day conference – both conferences $200 if paid before April 1, 2014

All conference registrations will include a free lunch for that day, if received before 8/7/14.

(Circle one – Sat – Sun for one day registrations)

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To add Friday night early registration, get together, deli dinner and dessert – $40.00

Donation to help those on fee waiver (not tax deductible):

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Total Amount Due _____________

special meals needed ____________________

Please make checks payable to S.M.A.R.T. (US banks only, please.)

Refund Policy: Fees will not be refunded after July 14, 2014. Please send us written notice. Refund will be minus $70.00 deposit per registree.

Conference Information

Conference Participants
The conference will include all those either recovering from ritual abuse and/or fighting against ritual abuse. This includes survivors, co-survivors, therapists, other helping professionals, lawyers and all others interested in learning more about ritual abuse.

Members of secret organizations, acting out perpetrators, and/or members of unsympathetic organizations are excluded from the conference. This is for the protection and safety of those in attendance.

People have told us that last year’s conference was the safest conference they have ever been to. But, this conference may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques and staying with that person or another safe person at all times.

S.M.A.R.T. 2014 Conference Schedule – August 15 – 17
(Fri, Sat. and Sun.)
(Please note : this schedule may be subject to change.  Please write us for the latest schedule.)

Friday
7 – 9:00 PM – Meeting, Deli Dinner and Dessert Buffet for Friday Night for Prepaid Registered Attendees

Saturday  9 am – 8 pm

Sunday  9 am – 5 pm

Sponsorship  and Co-sponsorship Information

All sponsors and cosponsors have made promotional contributions to the conference. We want to thank them for all their efforts.  Please note: Listing these resource organizations does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are helping to promote the  conference and some may be heavy for some survivors, so use caution  contacting any resource mentioned in this brochure.

The conference is sponsored by  S.M.A.R.T.,  a newsletter that examines the possible connections between ritual abuse and secretive organizations. SMARTNEWS@aol.com http://ritualabuse.us/

Registration Waivers
Fee waiver application fees are $100.00 for two days and $55 for one day, and are non-refundable. Please do not send fees until your application is accepted. Please add $35 to attend the Friday night early registration, get together and dessert buffet. Applications will not be accepted after July 1, 2014, payment must be made by July 15, 2014. Acceptance will partially be contingent on the number of paid applicants. Fee waiver registrees must volunteer for four hours at the conference. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay any travel expenses. Please E-mail or regular mail us for a fee waiver application.

Transportation
There is a free shuttle to and from the airport. Hotel parking is available at no charge for those attending the conference. Conference sponsors, etc. assume no responsibility for ground and/or air transportation arrangements. Conference sponsors cannot assume responsibility for additional expense or losses due to illnesses, cancellation of flights, strikes or other causes.

Accommodations
Room rates at the DoubleTree Hotel at Bradley International Airport (CT) are $94 a day for one person (not incl. tax), please mention the SMART 2014 conference to get the special rate. This rate is guaranteed until 7/14/14 or all rooms at the special rate are gone. Call 860-627-5171 for information. Lunch will be free both days for all conference attendees that register before August 5, 2014. The hotel has no information about the conference, other than room information.

Attendance Policy

Survivors should try to bring a support person with them to the conference. Presentation of a picture ID will be required of all conference participants, unless prior arrangements are made. This is for the protection of all participants. Some of the topics discussed may be very heavy for survivors. The conference is educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. Conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, organizers and exhibitors assume no responsibility for any reactions resulting from attending our conference. Statements made and materials exhibited and distributed by attendees, speakers and exhibitors are their own and don’t necessarily represent the policies or views of conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, exhibitors, organizers or attendees. Children are not permitted to attend the conference. S.M.A.R.T. and its representatives also reserve the right to remove anyone from the conference at any time. Photographing, audio taping and videotaping without written permission from S.M.A.R.T. are prohibited.

Exhibitors
Tables and half tables will be available for exhibitors. All exhibitors and their materials, etc. must be pre-approved. Write for more information. Whole tables are $25, half tables are $15. Take one table fee is $5.00 per item.

Volunteers
S.M.A.R.T. is currently looking for volunteers to help at the conference. Volunteer need to be registered at the conference. Please let S.M.A.R.T. know if you are interested.

Conference Donations
Please consider sponsoring a full or partial registree, so that all are able to attend the conference. Thank you. (Donations are not tax deductible.)

For those interested in helping to promote the conference, please write smartnews@aol.com to receive a press release to forward to others.

Permission to forward to pro-survivor lists. Reprinted here with permission.

S.M.A.R.T. – Copyright 2013 (Entire Pamphlet and conference name) –
All rights reserved, no reproduction of any material without written permission from S.M.A.R.T.

Request Congressional Investigation: CIA Mind-control of Children – 1977 and 1995 Hearing Videos and Transcripts

September 27, 2013 Comments Off on Request Congressional Investigation: CIA Mind-control of Children – 1977 and 1995 Hearing Videos and Transcripts

– Why are Survivors of CIA Mind-control Claiming Children are Tortured Today?
– Congressional Hearings and Mind Control 1977 and 1995
(links to transcripts and videos of the hearings)

Petitioning The President of the United States

Request Congressional Investigation: CIA Mind-control of Children          

Petition by Child Abuse Recovery

In 1977 and 1995 Congressional hearings survivors of CIA mind-control verified that children are being raped and tortured in mind-control experiments. Congress voted not to release results of their investigation and now appears to allow the program to continue. Help us save these abused children. Why are Survivors of CIA Mind-control Claiming Children are Tortured Today?  View the documented history of CIA mind-control including prior Congressional investigations at http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com

To:
The President of the United States
The U.S. Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives
The Governor of UT
The UT State Senate
The UT State House
Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret., Child Abuse Recovery
Utah Senator Mike Lee, Utah Senator
We are outraged that survivors were tortured during childhood by US government and military employees performing brainwashing experiments. Survivors claim that our tax payer dollars are still being used to torture children in these illegal mind-control experiments. We request a Congressional investigation.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

http://www.change.org/petitions/request-congressional-investigation-cia-mind-control-of-children
http://goo.gl/dmkBf0


Why are Survivors of CIA Mind-control Claiming Children are Tortured Today?

Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner

September 6, 2013

Survivors of CIA mind-control are sending letters to Capitol Hill requesting a Congressional investigation of the CIA mind-control program that began in 1950 and supposedly shut down in 1964. Survivors hope to bring public awareness for children still subjected to this illegal human experimentation.

http://www.examiner.com/article/why-are-survivors-of-cia-mind-control-claiming-children-are-tortured-today?cid=db_articles
http://goo.gl/rKHOrj

Congressional Hearings and Mind Control 1977 and 1995
(links to transcripts and videos of the hearings)

Congressional Human Radiation Experiment Hearings 1995:
Mind Control Survivors
http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/valeriewolf_box.htm

http://goo.gl/Wrwzid

http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/interview_04a.htm  http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/tulane_role_04a.htm  http://www.whale.to/b/wolf.html

Valerie Wolf Interview
Valerie Wolf, M.S.W. New Orleans Presentation at Believe the Children Conference, Chicago – April 1997
Mind Control Survivors’ Testimony at the Human Radiation Experiments Hearings: Valerie Wolf — Claudia Mullen — Christine deNicola http://www.whale.to/b/wolf1.html

CKLN-FM Mind Control Series — Part 3
Mind Control Survivors’ Testimony at the Human Radiation Experiments Hearings: Valerie Wolf — Claudia Mullen — Christine deNicola  http://www.whale.to/b/wolf3.html

video of 1995: http://vimeo.com/26848915

videos of 1995 and 1997: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6F2BC0851B3D6A4E  http://goo.gl/fLZg5D

1997 ACHES-MC video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi8YpYBkYGo&list=PL6F2BC0851B3D6A4E&index=4  http://goo.gl/o0He9F

1977 Congregational MK-ultra hearings: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/marks.htm

http://goo.gl/jmNl1W
John Marks

http://web.archive.org/web/20130210215221/http://www.michael-robinett.com/declass/c000.htm

http://goo.gl/Ah1lmJ

1977 congressional hearings:

Project MKULTRA, The CIA’s Program Of Research In Behavioral Modification
JOINT HEARING BEFORE THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND SCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH OF THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES
UNITED STATES SENATE NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION
AUGUST 3, 1977 http://lacavernadefilosofia.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/mk11ultra_senatehearings-el-senado-americano-es-informado-del-mk-ultra-en-ingles-documento-oficial.pdf

http://goo.gl/X3pRfK

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/13inmate_ProjectMKULTRA.pdf

http://goo.gl/VN18Sx

Survivorship Webinar – Going From Being Split to Having Achieved Full Integration

September 25, 2013 Comments Off on Survivorship Webinar – Going From Being Split to Having Achieved Full Integration

Saturday, October 5, 2013
12:00 noon Pacific Time
Presenter: Alison
“What it has been/is like for me to go from being split to having achieved full integration.”

What it has been/is like for me to go from being split into over 30 parts for the past 30 plus years to having achieved full integration, with a few surprises along the way as of April 15 of this year, and what it’s like living as a whole person, after being dissociated and living life as a multiple for the past 38 years. As well as what lies ahead for me now that I am integrated and facing the world from a whole new perspective.

A life long advocate for justice in every facet of society, Alison has consistently refused to take “no” for an answer when the moral imperative shouts “yes,” regardless of inconvenience to the status quo. Alison a survivor of inter-generational cult abuse from Canada., diagnosed with MPD/DID at the age of 18, has been determined to live a life free from the fear of being abused in the future, achieved her dream and in 2010, and no longer lives in constant fear for her life. Over the past 3 1/2 years of intensive psycho-therapy, Alison has achieved integration and on April 15th of this year went from being split into multiple different parts to one whole person, and is now in the process of learning to live her life coping with this new reality.

When not working publicly as an activist, she creates and shares music with others, reminding us all that justice and art can hold hands. Alison currently works part-time as a Piano teacher and is a member of her local paper’s Community Editorial Board, responsible for writing a bimonthly op-ed column on a topic of her choosing.

REGISTRATION
Registration closes Thursday evening October 3, 2013

To reserve a space in the webinar, e-mail Shamai at shamai@survivorship.org    and give her this information:

1. Your name
2. The webinar you wish to attend: What it has been/is like
3. Amount and method of payment (check, PayPal, money order)
4. Your preferred e-mail address (so we can send you instructions)
5. The name you will be using for the webinar. (This does not have to be your real name or your message board screen name.)

You will receive a confirmation email immediately and an invitation link and instructions after the registration closes. Even though you register with Survivorship, please remember to register with the webinar invitation link in order to get all the information you will need.

COST
Webinars are on a sliding scale from $50.00 to full scholarship (while we offer full scholarships for webinars please consider paying whatever you are able to. Even $5 will help to cover the cost of the webinar provider). Please remember to factor in the cost of the telephone call if you don’t have a computer headset. The PayPal button is near the bottom of the page at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you wish to pay by check please send it to: Survivorship, Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Saturday, November 16, 2013
12:00 noon Pacific Time
Presenter: Christine DesJardins
“Energy Psychology and Muscle Testing, Ensuring You Are in Balance to Do the Work.”

A survivor of satanic worship and ritual abuse in the Catholic Church, Chris has spent so much time in therapy that 5 years ago she decided to launch a late life career as a therapist with the intention of finding methods that work for extreme abuse. She spent 30 years as part of a Buddhist community and has a love of meditation that has been helpful in her counseling practice. In her search for a method that works for extreme abuse she has turned to Energy Psychology which recognizes that all trauma has an energetic piece that is held in the body and which needs to be released in order to be free of the traumatic patterns. After dabbling in different methods she found Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) which works through the chakras. The technique has a calming almost meditative effect which allows difficult material to surface and be let go with relative ease.

Chris will be teaching Kinesiology, Muscle Testing, which is used in AIT to determine if the client is in balance, what issues need to be worked on and in what order. It is based on the idea that the body has an intelligence that can accurately give yes/no answers. She will also demonstrate how to determine if you are neurologically organized or disorganized and give some simple exercise to correct disorganization. The various energy psychology techniques work best if you are neurologically organized.
Everyone gets disorganized at times but Survivors are particularly prone to this and it can lead to frustration if you don’t know about balancing.

Chris will explain more about AIT which really needs to be done with a therapist and demonstrate EFT, the Tapping Solution, which has lots of freely available material on the Internet. Also, if you can, work with a partner. If you can’t find a partner Chris will demonstrate ways to muscle test yourself.

Chris lives in Covington, Louisiana and works in Mandeville and New Orleans at Northshore and Southshore Counseling and Wellness. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans in Counselor Education and is presently working on licensure.

PAST WEBINARS
Survivorship members may listen to past webinars in the members’ section.
We strive to present all webinars in our archives, and sometimes, for technical reasons, we are unable to.

For information on joining Survivorship, go to http://www.survivorship.org/about/membership.html

Complete details on all our webinars are at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Shamai@survivorship.org

Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father

September 24, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father

Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father                 
By Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer September 20, 2013
COLUMBUS….

That’s when the son’s heart sank. That’s when Ariel Castro, the son, said he understood that his father, his namesake, had been unmasked as something far worse than he could have ever imagined.

That’s when he began to have flashbacks. He remembered as a boy also running out of the house to get help for his mother who was being beaten, yet again.

He suddenly remembered making a similar emergency call to Cleveland police 20 years earlier, when Castro inflicted a savage Christmas Day beating on Grimilda “Nilda” Figueroa, two months after she had come home from brain surgery.

“When I heard Amanda Berry’s voice … when I heard her say his name, I knew that he was guilty. I mean who would make that up? Who would come up with a name like Ariel Castro or invent that kind of story?”

Since that fateful day in May, Castro’s life has been a continuing series of painfully-refreshed childhood memories and haunting questions. He continues to recall incidents and behaviors that long foreshadowed his father’s crimes.

“My father was always very secretive. Growing up on Seymour Avenue there were parts of the house we weren’t allowed in. He kept a lock on the attic and on the basement door, on the garage. He nailed the windows shut. It didn’t seem so weird at the time.”

But now that the three captive women are free, now that the elder Castro is dead, having hung himself one month into his life sentence, sordid truths about his possessive and savage nature are being revealed.

Up until Nilda Figueroa found the strength to finally leave Seymour Avenue with young Ariel and the couple’s three daughters in tow, Castro, whom she never married, would often lock her in the house when he was away.

Because of his own jealousies, he would literally incarcerate her, making wild, ungrounded accusations alleging infidelity to justify her home detention. She was his first prisoner.

The son says he now understands that his mother, who died in 2012 in Indiana, stayed with Castro as long as she could out of fear for her life. But she also stayed out of loyalty and compassion for her children.

Memories of the fear he often felt as a boy, whenever his father’s car pulled into the Seymour Avenue driveway at night have returned – a daily homecoming fear that he says he suspects Gina, Amanda, and Michelle undoubtedly confronted for the better part of a decade.

He remembers now how fiercely he determined as a young boy not to become anything like his father….

Perhaps there is sociopathic irony in the fact that Castro took three girls captive. Before Nilda left with their three daughters in the late 90’s, Castro reportedly doted on his girls – while heaping regular physical abuse on the son and the mother….

“When my father used to beat me, he would sometimes tell me how fortunate I was to have a father. He always said he didn’t have one. But the whole time, I would be thinking, ‘I wish I didn’t have one either.’ “….
http://www.cleveland.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/09/ariel_castros_son_carries_the.html

Ariel Castro’s son struggles to remember the father he never really knew: Ariel Anthony Castro
By Special to The Plain Dealer on September 21, 2013

The last time I saw my father was about five months ago. I was in Cleveland for the weekend, and he asked me to stop by his house before I hit the road back to Columbus.

When I pulled up, he poked his head out from the back of the house and waved me to the backyard. I remember commenting to him that another of the neighboring houses looked freshly boarded up, and we recalled memories of my childhood friends who lived there decades ago. Today, the houses themselves are just memories, and so is my father, Ariel Castro.

I’m still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded. Instantly, my father became one of the most hated men alive. In no time, reporters from around the world demanded to know who this man was and what kind of background he came from. Just like that, my father went from captured to convicted to imprisoned to dead….
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/09/ariel_castos_son_struggles_to.html

Ariel Castro’s son: ‘I am not my father and I can’t explain his actions’  9/23/13
By Chris Francescani, Reuters

The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has described in detail the overwhelming horror he felt when his father’s crimes were revealed to the world.

“I’m still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded,” Ariel Anthony Castro wrote in an essay published late on Saturday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer….

“I was horrified and disgusted and angered when I got the news of the unthinkable crimes my father committed,” he said.

“I still am. He deserved to pay for his actions, everyday of those 1,000 years he could possibly serve. My anger with him kept me from visiting him in prison, even when he was moved to a facility just 20 minutes away from my doorstep.”

Still, Castro said he does not hate his father.
“I learned long ago that it’s not worth the effort to actively hate someone who will always be in your life.”
Castro’s mother died a year ago. “Both of my parents are gone now, and my father’s punishment is between he and his Maker. Hate isn’t going to do anyone any good.”
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/23/20653775-ariel-castros-son-i-am-not-my-father-and-i-cant-explain-his-actions

Congressional Hearings and Mind Control 1977 and 1995

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Congressional Hearings and Mind Control 1977 and 1995

Congressional Human Radiation Experiment Hearings 1995:
Mind Control Survivors
http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/valeriewolf_box.htm

http://goo.gl/Wrwzid

http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/interview_04a.htm http://www.tulanelink.com/mind/tulane_role_04a.htm http://www.whale.to/b/wolf.html

Valerie Wolf Interview
Valerie Wolf, M.S.W. New Orleans Presentation at Believe the Children Conference, Chicago – April 1997
Mind Control Survivors’ Testimony at the Human Radiation Experiments Hearings: Valerie Wolf — Claudia Mullen — Christine deNicola http://www.whale.to/b/wolf1.html

CKLN-FM Mind Control Series — Part 3
Mind Control Survivors’ Testimony at the Human Radiation Experiments Hearings: Valerie Wolf — Claudia Mullen — Christine deNicola  http://www.whale.to/b/wolf3.html

video of 1995: http://vimeo.com/26848915

videos of 1995 and 1997: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6F2BC0851B3D6A4E http://goo.gl/fLZg5D

1997 ACHES-MC video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi8YpYBkYGo&list=PL6F2BC0851B3D6A4E&index=4 http://goo.gl/o0He9F

1977 Congregational MK-ultra hearings: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/marks.htm

http://goo.gl/jmNl1W
John Marks

http://web.archive.org/web/20130210215221/http://www.michael-robinett.com/declass/c000.htm

http://goo.gl/Ah1lmJ

1977 congressional hearings:

Project MKULTRA, The CIA’s Program Of Research In Behavioral Modification
JOINT HEARING BEFORE THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND SCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH OF THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES
UNITED STATES SENATE NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION
AUGUST 3, 1977 http://lacavernadefilosofia.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/mk11ultra_senatehearings-el-senado-americano-es-informado-del-mk-ultra-en-ingles-documento-oficial.pdf

http://goo.gl/X3pRfK

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/13inmate_ProjectMKULTRA.pdf

http://goo.gl/VN18Sx

Cyber-blackmailers ‘abusing hundreds of UK children’

September 22, 2013 Comments Off on Cyber-blackmailers ‘abusing hundreds of UK children’

Cyber-blackmailers ‘abusing hundreds of UK children’
20 September 2013

Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing sex acts online, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has warned.

Abusers posing online as children talk victims into sexual acts or sharing of images, then threaten to send pictures to the child’s family and friends.

Ceop said in 12 cases over two years, 424 children had been blackmailed in this way – 184 of them in the UK.

Deputy chief executive Andy Baker said the abuse “escalates really quickly”….

The biggest case, known as Operation K, involved 322 children around the world being blackmailed, including 96 in the UK.

The victims were mainly boys aged 11 to 15, who were targeted by a gang from a non-European country. The suspects are due to stand trial in the coming weeks.
Fake profiles

The gang used more than 40 fake online profiles and more than 40 different email addresses to carry out their abuse.

Scott Freeman: “You need to educate your children”

The network of abuse was exposed after a social networking site noticed suspicious activity and a British child told their parents….
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24163284

Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia

September 20, 2013 Comments Off on Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia

Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia
By Amy Coopes
Published September 15, 2013

SYDNEY (AFP) –  An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings Monday, with warnings that widespread and “shocking” allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools.

Justice Peter McClellan opened the hearings in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, announced by the government last November, saying that thousands of people had so far come forward.

“It is now well known that the sexual abuse of children has been widespread in the Australian community, however the full range of institutions in which it has occurred is not generally understood,” McClellan said in an address….

The inquiry was established by former prime minister Julia Gillard in response to a series of child sex abuse scandals involving paedophile priests, though she insisted the probe would be much broader than the Catholic Church….

McClellan said a hotline set up for survivors of abuse to contact the commission had so far received 4,301 relevant calls….

the first of five public sessions to be held before the end of the year, will examine the “case study” of convicted paedophile Steven Larkins, who headed an Aboriginal children’s charity and was also a Scout leader.

Larkins pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two boys — aged 11 and 12 — in separate incidents in 1992 and 1997, and is currently in jail for child pornography offences and forging a declaration of his fitness to work with juveniles.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/15/historic-child-abuse-inquiry-opens-in-australia/

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