Sexting, Shame and Suicide, Another Teen Sexually Assaulted, From the Streets to the ‘World’s Best Mom’

October 30, 2013 Comments Off on Sexting, Shame and Suicide, Another Teen Sexually Assaulted, From the Streets to the ‘World’s Best Mom’

Sexting, Shame and Suicide
A shocking tale of sexual assault in the Digital Age
By Nina Burleigh
September 17, 2013

….In Nova Scotia, Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, was taken off life support and died this April, three days after her mother discovered her hanging in the bathroom of their Halifax home. According to her mother, the teen got drunk at a party in 2011 and was gang-raped by four boys, who snapped a picture of the scene and posted it online. Her mom said Rehtaeh was mercilessly bullied by classmates for the next two years, even after the family moved to a new town to get her away from the abuse. In early August, Canadian authorities charged two 18-year-old boys with disseminating child pornography.

Diane Rosenfeld, director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, says such incidents are far more common than just those that wind up in court or involve suicide. Most, she says, don’t make the local news or even reach school administrators because the girls are too embarrassed to do anything. Rosenfeld and her students work with girls, sometimes filing civil suits and encouraging them to graduate. Many are too humiliated to stay in school.

Rape stats may be no higher than in years past, but the numbers are as shocking as ever. Every two minutes, a sexual assault happens in the U.S., and nearly 50 percent of the victims are under the age of 18, according to Katherine Hull, a spokeswoman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: “The demographic of high school- and college-age women is at highest risk for sexual assault.” More than half of the incidents go unreported, advocates say. The ability to record and communicate gang-sex assaults has added a new enhancement to an old and ugly crime against women. From Instagram to Snapchat to texting, young people with raging hormones and low impulse control are passing around what amounts to child pornography. And the bodies most frequently watched and passed around are female….

But recent Saratoga High graduate Jessica Hayes describes a school environment where disrespecting girls is neither rare nor effectively addressed. Hayes recalled two ugly incidents with football players that occurred during her own freshman year. A boy from the team unzipped her sweater in the middle of the quad, exposing her bra. When she kneed him, she was disciplined. Months later, a group of four or five boys surrounded her at a football game and tried to intimidate her into going under the bleachers with them. She punched one boy and ran, and then endured “20 to 30 harassing texts a day” for months. During her freshman year, she ate lunch in her mother’s car, rather than with the other students.

“If you feel disrespected, the office staff doesn’t do much to help you,” Hayes says. “If something does happen, the girls feel you have to deal with it on your own. It would have been so hard for Audrie to go back to school. Half the people have seen her naked, half the people think she’s a whore, and judge and bully her. Teachers know. They can’t not. They hear about it.”….

On April 11th, seven months after Audrie’s suicide, the Santa Clara County sheriff arrested the three boys on charges of misdemeanor sexual battery, felony possession of child pornography and felony sexual penetration. When they arrested the boys, police seized new phones and other electronic gadgetry their parents had bought to replace what authorities took in the fall. Police found new pictures of other nude teen girls on some of their phones, prompting them to add on new charges in July. Sources close to the case tell Rolling Stone that police discovered one of the boys was trying to make money selling the pictures.

Two of the boys have admitted that the felony charges against them are true, according to sources close to the case, and they are awaiting sentencing – which could range from community service or time in a juvenile-detention center. Their records will be sealed when they turn 18. The third boy may be upgraded to adult court, where the sentence is harsher and a sexual-assault charge would remain on his file for life. California prosecutors are limited by a statute requiring a sexual assault committed by a minor age 14 and over to be “forcible” in order to directly qualify for adult court. A sexual assault on an unconscious victim is not considered forcible….

Writer Laurie Halse Anderson published an influential book in 1999 called Speak, about a high school rape and its effects on a victim. Since then, she has spoken at high schools and middle schools around the U.S., and estimates she has talked to a million kids about rape. “What really strikes me is that, when it comes to recording sexual assaults and wanting to show it off, the young men committing them are not seeing them as crimes, they see them as pranks. And there’s no point in pulling a prank unless you share it.” Anderson said parents and educators need to talk to younger boys about informed consent. “When I speak to students, I tell boys that if a young woman isn’t of age, she isn’t capable of giving informed consent, and if she’s drunk or high, there’s no informed consent. And those cases, if you have sex, you can go to jail. And the jaws drop, because right away, they think of the sex they had at a party last weekend, where everybody was wasted.”….
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/sexting-shame-and-suicide-20130917

Another Teen Sexually Assaulted

http://www.childlaw.us/another-teen-sexually-assaulted

From the Streets to the ‘World’s Best Mom’
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF October 12, 2013

NASHVILLE — WHEN men paid Shelia Faye Simpkins for sex, they presumably thought she was just a happy hooker engaging in a transaction among consenting adults.

It was actually more complicated than that, as it usually is. Simpkins says that her teenage mom, an alcoholic and drug addict, taught her at age 6 how to perform oral sex on men. “Like a lollipop,” she remembers her mom explaining.

Simpkins finally ran away from home at 14 and into the arms of a pimp.

“I thought he was my boyfriend,” Simpkins remembers. “I didn’t realize I was being pimped.”

When her pimp was shot dead, she was recruited by another, Kenny, who ran a “stable” of four women and assigned each of them a daily quota of $1,000. Anyone who didn’t earn that risked a beating.

There’s a common belief that pimps are business partners of prostitutes, but that’s a complete misunderstanding of the classic relationship. Typically, every dollar earned by the women goes to the pimp, who then doles out drugs, alcohol, clothing and food.

“He gets every penny,” Simpkins explains. “If you get caught with money, you get beat.”….

Sex trafficking is one of the most severe human rights violations in America today. In some cases, it amounts to a modern form of slavery….
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/kristof-from-the-streets-to-worlds-best-mom.html

Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims

October 29, 2013 Comments Off on Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims

Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims
John Bacon, USA TODAY October 28, 2013

Penn State will pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the school said Monday.

The terms of the settlements include confidentiality agreements, the school said in a press release. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are signed and three are agreements in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks.

“The Board of Trustees has had as one of its primary objectives to reach settlements in a way that is fair and respects the privacy of the individuals involved,” Keith Masser, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “This is another important milestone in accomplishing that goal.”

University President Rodney Erickson called the agreements “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State.”….

Sandusky, 69, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 criminal counts involving abuse over a 15-year period….

In July, a Pennsylvania judge ordered three former Penn State officials, including ousted former president Graham Spanier, to stand trial on criminal charges related to an alleged coverup that temporarily shielded Sandusky from law enforcement scrutiny….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/28/sandusky-penn-state-abuse/3287619/

Four arrested for ritual killing, The Witch-Hunt Narrative Untrue, Loftus Misrepresents Important Case

October 27, 2013 Comments Off on Four arrested for ritual killing, The Witch-Hunt Narrative Untrue, Loftus Misrepresents Important Case

Four arrested for ritual killing of five-year-old in Nigeria  Africa  Saturday 26 October 2013

KANO – Four people were arrested in south-eastern Nigeria in the ritual killing of a five-year-old boy whose body was mutilated before being dumped in a water tank, police said Saturday….

Kidnappings for ritual killings are rampant in Nigeria, particularly during election campaigns….
http://www.enca.com/africa/four-arrested-ritual-killing-5-year-old-nigeria

The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children Hardcover – February 13, 2014
by Ross E. Cheit

In the 1980s, a series of child sex abuse cases rocked the United States….In the early 1990s, a new narrative with remarkable staying power emerged: the child sex abuse cases were symptomatic of a ‘moral panic’ that had produced a witch hunt. A central claim in this new witch hunt narrative was that the children who testified were not reliable and easily swayed by prosecutorial suggestion. In time, the notion that child sex abuse was a product of sensationalized over-reporting and far less endemic than originally thought became the new common sense.

But did the new witch hunt narrative accurately represent reality? As Ross Cheit demonstrates in his exhaustive account of child sex abuse cases in the past two and a half decades, purveyors of the witch hunt narrative never did the hard work of examining court records in the many cases that reached the courts throughout the nation. Instead, they treated a couple of cases as representative and concluded that the issue was blown far out of proportion. Drawing on years of research into cases in a number of states, Cheit shows that the issue had not been blown out of proportion at all. In fact, child sex abuse convictions were regular occurrences, and the crime occurred far more frequently than conventional wisdom would have us believe….
http://www.amazon.com/The-Witch-Hunt-Narrative-Politics-Psychology/dp/0199931224

Loftus Misrepresents Important Case
September 26th, 2013
In a recent TED talk about memory, psychology professor Elizabeth Loftus misrepresented the basic facts of a case study that led her to hire a private investigator and write an article that caused the subject of the case study to sue her for invasion of privacy. Loftus has mentioned the civil suit frequently in recent appearances and told audiences how terribly unfair it was that she was sued. Given the importance of these events to Professor Loftus, one wonders why she misrepresented the basic facts of the underlying case.

Loftus said the case was about a women who “accused her mother of sexual abuse based on a repressed memory” (See the 13-minute mark of this talk). That is not true. The accusation against her mother came in an evaluation when the child was 6 years old! What makes the underlying case so important is that the girl forgot the details, which had been videotaped at the time, and recalled them spontaneously at age 17….
http://blogs.brown.edu/recoveredmemory/2013/09/26/loftus-misrepresents-important-case/

DJ Dave Herman accused of trying to arrange sexual abuse encounter with minor

October 26, 2013 Comments Off on DJ Dave Herman accused of trying to arrange sexual abuse encounter with minor

Retired DJ Dave Herman arrested in Virgin Islands, accused of trying to arrange sexual abuse encounter with minor
By Jason Grant/The Star-Ledger
October 24, 2013

Federal authorities have charged Dave Herman — who ruled the morning 1970s rock airwaves as a renowned disc jockey at New York’s WNEW-FM — with trying to transport a 7-year-old Bergen County girl to the Virgin Islands to sexually abuse her.

Herman, now 77, who lives in both Airmont, N.Y. and St. Croix, was arrested earlier today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the St. Croix airport, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement.

Herman is scheduled to appear tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon in St. Croix federal court, authoritities said.

Federal authorities, citing documents filed in the case, allege that starting in November 2012, Herman initiated a series of chats on a Web site with a female undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to authorities, Herman thought he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother — she referred to herself as “Kris” — who had a 6-year-old daughter she called “Lexi.”

During the following months, Herman then had multiple phone and online discussions with the undercover officer, during which he indicated that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter “Lexi.”

He also attempted to arrange sexual encounters with the child in both New York and Bergen County, authorities added….
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/retired_famous_ny_disc_jockey_david_herman_arrested_in_virgin_islands_on_attempted_sexual_abuse_of_m.html

David Herman Complaint
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/809758-david-herman-complaint.html

Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, Are taxpayers funding child torture?

October 26, 2013 Comments Off on Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, Are taxpayers funding child torture?

Grand jury prepared child abuse indictment against JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, newly released documents show

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

A Colorado court on Friday released a long-sealed 1999 grand jury indictment of JonBenet Ramsey’s parents for child abuse resulting in death, but it gave no specifics and did not accuse them of killing her.

Prosecutors declined to act on the indictment and charge John or Patsy Ramsey at the time, and years later they publicly exonerated the couple and suggested an unknown intruder was the culprit.

Yet the Boulder Police Department — which put the Ramseys under an “umbrella of suspicion” soon after the 6-year-old beauty queen’s slaying in 1996 — portrayed the belated document release as a vindication of their investigation.

“The grand jury of 12 objective jurors ultimately agreed with investigators that probable cause existed for the filing of charges,” the department said in a statement….

The Ramseys’ lawyer, L. Lin Wood, however, called the unsealing of just four pages of the grand jury record a “miscarriage of justice” and noted that the panel did not have the benefit of DNA evidence that cleared the couple years later….

On the child abuse count, the grand jury wrote that the Ramseys “did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child’s life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenet Ramsey.”

On a second count of accessory to a crime, it alleged that each parent “did render assistance to a person” with the intent to prevent their arrest or prosecution, knowing they had “committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death.”….
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/25/21146207-grand-jury-prepared-child-abuse-indictment-against-jonbenet-ramseys-parents-newly-released-documents-show

Are taxpayers funding child torture?

October 24, 2013

…. petition asking for a Congressional investigation of the CIA mind-control of children, http://www.change.org/petitions/request-congressional-investigation-cia-mind-control-of-children

In 1945 Nazi mind-control experts of World War II concentration camps were brought into the US under the CIA Project Paperclip. One was a 17 year-old turncoat with a background in Cabalistic mysticism who is known to many mind-control survivors as Dr. Green, or Greenbaum….

Respondents to the 2007 Extreme Abuse Surveys confirm Hammond’s accusations. There were 124 who responded “yes” when asked if one of their perpetrators went by the name “Dr. Green” and 257 who responded “yes” when asked if government sponsored secret mind-control experiments were performed on them as a child. http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/

“The protagonist of Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities, remembers being in a human sacrifice ritual with a brainwashing consultant named Dr. Green,” stated Colin A. Ross, MD in the biography’s foreword. “According to many patients with similar memories, Green is a German mind-control specialist who came to the US after Word War II. In the 1990s therapists were accused of ‘implanting’ false memories of ritual abuse, including recollections of Dr. Green and his Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Omega mind-control programming.” (Twenty-Two Faces, Byington, Tate Publishing: Oklahoma, 2012) http://www.22faces.com    ….

In a 1995 Congressional Hearing on government-sponsored human experimentation, Christine Nicola testified that from ages 4-14 and along with other children, Dr. Green subjected her to sexual abuse, radiation, drugs, electrodes, electric shock, dislocated joints and other mind-control experiments. He kept her tied in a cage next to his office at Kansas City University. Nicola stated she was being trained to be an assassin through subjection to trauma so severe that it split her mind into parts, or created multiple personalities. 1995 Congressional Hearing MKULTRA Victim Testimony B Christine Nicola: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXDASDDrDkM    ….
http://www.examiner.com/article/are-taxpayers-funding-child-torture

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate arrested for a second time over fresh allegations of historic child sex abuse

October 25, 2013 Comments Off on Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate arrested for a second time over fresh allegations of historic child sex abuse

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate arrested for a second time over fresh allegations of historic child sex abuse

Ray Teret arrested when he answered bail to separate allegations
Was arrested in November last year with another man on suspicion of rape
Police have stressed allegations are not connected to Savile inquiry

By James Rush  24 October 2013

The former flatmate and chauffeur of Jimmy Savile has been arrested over new allegations of historic sex abuse against children.

Former DJ Ray Teret, 71, was arrested when he answered bail in relation to a separate set of allegations.

Teret, a friend of disgraced TV presenter Savile, was arrested and bailed in November last year with another man on suspicion of historic rape following an investigation into three separate claims of sexual abuse….

Police have stressed none of allegations against Teret are connected to the national inquiry into abuse by Savile, who was neither present or involved.

Former pirate radio DJ Teret was known as Savile’s sidekick when they worked together at the Plaza Ballroom in Manchester.

He was known as ‘Ugly Ray’ and Savile was so close to Teret he referred to him as ‘my son’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474762/Jimmy-Saviles-chauffeur-Ray-Teret-arrested-fresh-historic-child-sex-abuse-allegations.html

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