Ottawa-Gatineau part of national human trafficking blitz, Ottawa Police takes part in a National Focus on Young Women Coerced Into Sex Trade
January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Ottawa-Gatineau part of national human trafficking blitz, Ottawa Police takes part in a National Focus on Young Women Coerced Into Sex Trade
Ottawa-Gatineau part of national human trafficking blitz
By Derek Spalding, OTTAWA CITIZEN January 28, 2014
OTTAWA — Police from across the country identified girls as young as 15 being forced into prostitution, according to numbers from a national anti-human trafficking blitz conducted last week.
Officers in 26 cities, from Alberta to Newfoundland, were involved in the two-day campaign that yielded interviews with 330 women, eight arrests and 28 individual charges.
Despite appearances, the women do not want to be prostitutes, according to a news release issued by Ottawa police Tuesday
“Investigators found several teenagers and young women were being forced to perform through threats of violence, physical intimidation, drug dependency and other forms of coercion,” the release states. “Part or all of the proceeds from the sexual encounters were kept by their controller or pimp.”
Ottawa Police takes part in a National Focus on Young Women Coerced Into Sex Trade
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
(Ottawa)—Last week, police services from across Canada participated in a two-day blitz focusing on the growing concern that young women are being forced to participate in the sex trade. This project was coordinated by the Durham Regional Police Service.
“Operation Northern Spotlight” involved 26 police services from across Canada and took place on Wednesday January 22 and Thursday January 23, 2014.
Over 330 women, some as young as 15 years of age, were interviewed. Police found some were being forced to perform sexual acts, multiple times a day, for paying male customers.
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
January 28, 2014 Comments Off on 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
theguardian.com, 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
theguardian.com, 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
theguardian.com, 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….
January 27, 2014 Comments Off on Utah law professor to make case for child-porn victims
Utah law professor to make case for child-porn victims
Restitution » Cassell will argue before the Supreme Court on compensation for child-pornography victims.
By Brooke Adams The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 16 2014
Paul Cassell has advocated passionately in courtrooms across the country that every person who views or distributes an image of child pornography contributes to what victims have described as “death by a thousand cuts” and thus should be held liable for restitution.
On Wednesday, the University of Utah law professor will make that argument before what will be his most important audience yet: the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the first time a crime victim’s attorney has appeared before the court in a criminal case filed by the government; the outcome may result in a historic decision for crime victims’ rights.
The case before the U.S. Supreme Court involves a Texas man who viewed images of an 8-year-old girl identified by the pseudonym “Amy Unknown,” who was sexually abused by her uncle in 1997.
When Amy was 17, she learned that pornographic images of her abuse, taken by her uncle, were being widely circulated on the Internet, which is where Doyle Randall Paroline came across them.
Paroline was arrested in 2009 after an employee at a computer company found sexually explicit images of minors on his computer. Two images of “Amy” were among the nearly 300 child pornography images that investigators later discovered on the machine. Paroline pleaded guilty and received a 24-month prison sentence.
James Marsh, Amy’s attorney, filed a restitution request for $3.4 million — the sum first awarded to his client in a 2008 case under what turned out to be a little-used 1994 federal law that requires mandatory restitution for child pornography victims.
“I didn’t know it was the first request ever filed for a victim of child pornography,” Marsh said of that first case.
But since then, Marsh, who teamed up with Cassell about 4 1/2 years ago, has filed restitution requests on behalf of Amy and other victims of child pornography in hundreds of cases. Amy has received victim notices in more than 1,800 federal child pornography cases. They have won restitution for Amy in 180 cases, collecting about 40 percent of the full amount awarded to her….
Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences, Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim’
January 26, 2014 Comments Off on Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences, Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim’
Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences
January 24th, 2014 TRACY MCLAUGHLIN | QMI AGENCY
ORILLILA, ON — Police say there are eight additional child victims in a sexual assault case that includes accusations of bestiality, conspiracy to kidnap and rape a child, voyeurism and the making of child pornography.
Police have also introduced new allegations that some children were drugged before they were sexually assaulted.
Shayne Lund, 22, of Midland, Ont., has been in custody since October on 110 sex-related charges.
Two female friends of his are also in custody. It is alleged the women helped Lund get access to children between the ages of two and five.
Avery Taylor, 20, is facing 20 charges. Kathryn Thompson, 19, faces 26 charges. Both are from Orillia.
The new allegations against the three accused include administering a noxious substance to children as young as two years old, coercing children to have sex with animals, coercing them to commit voyeurism and videotaping them in sexual acts….
Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim Friday, January 24th 2014 By KIPCHUMBA KEMEI
Narok town residents are living in fear of a gang whose apparent mission is to hack to death as many people as it can.
Since September last year when the first attack was reported, the machete wielding gang has killed at least three people. Several others have been permanently maimed.
The gang has been operating day and night unhindered in the densely populated Majengo, Mukuru and other estates in the town’s outskirts, forcing residents to retire to their homes early for fear of being attacked. Some parents have withdrawn their children from school to safeguard them from the gang whose number, mission and mode of operation have puzzled the police and the National Intelligence Service….
Narok County Police Commander Grace Kaikai believes the gang is a cult whose mission is only to kill in for what they have been made to believe. “There are strong indications that it is a cult. The way it operates and the fact that it’s members don’t take anything from their victims lend credence to that. We are working round the clock to identify its members and have them answer for the deaths and injuries,” she says. …
January 24, 2014 Comments Off on Lawsuit: Mormon church covered up sexual abuse at Hawaii camps
Lawsuit: Mormon church covered up sexual abuse at Hawaii camps
Courts Two Utah men claim they were sexually molested decades ago as boys.
By Janelle Stecklein
The Salt Lake Tribune Jan 23 2014
Two Utah men are suing the Mormon church claiming that decades ago they were sexually molested as boys after the church recruited them to pick pineapples in Hawaii.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 2nd Circuit Court in Hawaii, alleges that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Maui Land and Pineapple Company Inc. and Youth Developmental Enterprises, recruited youths from Mormon communities in Utah and southern Idaho to go to camps in Maui to pick pineapples in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to them being sexually molested.
The camps were closed in the ‘90s, the lawsuit claims.
The men, now 41 and 42, now live in the Salt Lake City area.
The lawsuit claims that Mormon men in their 20s, who qualified for supervisory positions after completing their two-year missions, ran the camps, which recruited minors from church wards and scouting organizations.
The lawsuit claims that one man, who was appointed camp coordinator, branch president and stake high counselor for one of the camps, molested the two boys from 1986 until 1989.
The lawsuit also claims that the defendants knew of the camp coordinator’s “pedophilic sexual violence.”
Cody Craynor, a spokesman for the LDS church, said, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind and works actively to prevent abuse. This case was filed yesterday, and many details in the legal complaint are unclear. The church will examine the allegations and respond appropriately.”
Lawsuit: Mormon Boys Molested At Maui Pineapple Farms, Church Knew 01/23/2014
Two Utah men are suing the Mormon church, alleging that, decades ago, they were sexually molested by a church camp coordinator when they worked on a Maui pineapple farm.
The lawsuit was filed in the 2nd Circuit Court in Hawaii on Wednesday. It claims that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and Maui Land & Pineapple Company recruited boys in the 1970s and 80s from Mormon communities to work in the camps, where the plaintiffs, now in their 40s, were molested.
The Maui camps paid boys to pick and grow pineapples and were supervised by LDS men in their twenties who had completed their two-year missions and could help train the boys for missionary life. The defendant, an Idaho man, was a camp coordinator and, in addition to being the boys’ boss, served as their spiritual leader.
The lawsuit claims that the defendant molested the two boys from 1986 until 1988, and that the church knew of the camp coordinator’s “pedophilic sexual violence.”….
A church spokesman said in a statement Thursday that “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind and works actively to prevent abuse. This case was filed yesterday, and many details in the legal complaint are unclear. The church will examine the allegations and respond appropriately.”
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
January 24, 2014 Comments Off on 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.
January 23, 2014 Comments Off on 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.
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
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….
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.
January 22, 2014 Comments Off on Ex-student calls teacher over alleged sex abuse, posts talk on YouTube
Ex-student calls teacher over alleged sex abuse, posts talk on YouTube
By Holly Yan, Cheri Mossburg and Janet DiGiacomo, CNN
Tue January 21, 2014
(CNN) — A woman who says a female teacher from middle school sexually abused her for years decided to confront the teacher — and post video of the exchange on YouTube.
Within hours, the educator resigned from her job at another school in California. Police launched an investigation. And the former student, who once felt powerless, now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.
The former student, who calls herself “Jamie,” said the abuse started when she was 12 years old.
“I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for years,” Jamie’s caption on her YouTube video states.
“When I finally got up enough courage to report her, I found out that the statute of limitations was up and she will never have to pay for the things that she did to me.”….