Child sex abuse ring which passed children round “like toys,” Australia’s child sex abuse, Confirmed 12,000 allegations of abuse relating to 3,500 religious and state institutions, Three Universities Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
September 29, 2015 Comments Off on Child sex abuse ring which passed children round “like toys,” Australia’s child sex abuse, Confirmed 12,000 allegations of abuse relating to 3,500 religious and state institutions, Three Universities Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
– Marie Black gets life term for child abuse
“A woman at the centre of a “gruesome” child sex abuse ring which passed children round “like toys” has been given a life sentence.”
– Lifting the lid on Australia’s child sex abuse
Commission’s work so far – Confirmed 12,000 allegations of abuse relating to 3,500 religious and state institutions
– Three Universities Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
Marie Black gets life term for child abuse
28 September 2015 Norfolk
Marie Black, Michael Rogers and Jason Adams preyed on children aged under 13
A woman at the centre of a “gruesome” child sex abuse ring which passed children round “like toys” has been given a life sentence. Marie Black, 34, of Norwich, was convicted at Norwich Crown Court of 23 charges, including rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Victims were abused at parties and may have been offered in raffles….
The charges related to five young children over a 10-year period. Michael Rogers, 46, from Romford, north east London, was found guilty of 14 counts, including cruelty, rape and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Jason Adams, 44, from Norwich, was convicted of 13 similar counts. Both were sentenced to 24 years.
The severity of the sentence means Marie Black has become one of the UK’s most notorious paedophiles.
Yet still she cries her innocence. She sobbed quietly and occasionally shook her head as her sentence was read out. Judge Nicholas Coleman said he had “had enough” of legal argument from her barrister and went at it both barrels….
All three had denied the charges against them, with Black accused of 26 counts and found guilty of 23.
“The offences included adults conspiring to rape children at so-called sex parties….
Lifting the lid on Australia’s child sex abuse
By Marie McInerney Melbourne, Victoria
27 September 2015 Australia
For decades, Peter Blenkiron remained silent about the abuse he had suffered at age 11 at the hands of his Catholic Christian Brother teacher.
Earlier this year, Mr Blenkiron relived the horror of his school days, telling an inquiry into child abuse about how he would be pressed against the wall at the back of the classroom while his teacher physically and sexually abused him, with the other students ordered to look away.
“If there was no sexual abuse after the belting, then you knew you’d had a good day,” the 53-year-old told a hearing of Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse….
Over the past two and a half years, six commissioners have held 32 public and 4,000 private hearings at sites across the country, from an outback orphanage run by the Sisters of Mercy to one of Australia’s most prestigious schools, Geelong Grammar, once attended by Prince Charles.
It has documented abuse by teachers, priests, nuns, foster carers and fellow students, and this year, extended its investigations into sporting bodies and the entertainment industry.
It will make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions.
Commission’s work so far
Confirmed 12,000 allegations of abuse relating to 3,500 religious and state institutions
Referred 727 matters to police….
It is too early to judge whether or not the Royal Commission will meet survivors’ expectations, Ms Courtin says.
Her research shows survivors want to tell their stories and have them publicly acknowledged, to hear the truth from institutions about what happened, to be compensated for the long-term impact on their lives, and for those in senior positions who concealed abuse to be held accountable.
“They want the bishops and others who have covered up crimes to be criminally accountable,” she says. “That’s high up on the list.”….
Three Universities Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
September 28, 2015 by CNN Wire
Bill Cosby’s stunning fall from grace appears far from over.
In the latest setback over his sex assault allegations, three colleges in recent days have rescinded honorary degrees awarded to him years ago.
Fordham University in New York and Marquette University in Wisconsin announced last Thursday they had pulled the degrees given to the comedian to honor him. Then, on Monday, Brown University in Rhode Island said that it will do the same….
The fallout from the controversy over the sex assault allegations has been swift. Reruns of “The Cosby Show,” his landmark 1980s sitcom, have been pulled from the airwaves, and other projects and tour dates have been scrapped.
Alleged Victim of Bill Cosby Will Cooperate with Prosecutors if Charges Are Brought Against Him, Time hasn’t run out on possible charges against Cosby in Pa., Percentage of students who had ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to – 5.7%
September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Alleged Victim of Bill Cosby Will Cooperate with Prosecutors if Charges Are Brought Against Him, Time hasn’t run out on possible charges against Cosby in Pa., Percentage of students who had ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to – 5.7%
– Alleged Victim of Bill Cosby Will Cooperate with Prosecutors if Charges Are Brought Against Him
– Time hasn’t run out on possible charges against Cosby in Pa.
– As Students Return To St. Paul’s, Specter Of Trial And School Culture Questions Linger
– New Hampshire High School Survey
Percentage of students who had ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to – 5.7%
Alleged Victim of Bill Cosby Will Cooperate with Prosecutors if Charges Are Brought Against Him
By Nicole Weisensee Egan 09/22/2015
If prosecutors decide to arrest Bill Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in January 2004, she will fully cooperate, her attorney, Dolores M. Troiani, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“I think she’s a very strong lady,” says Troiani, in the lawyer’s first public comments about the possibility of her case being reopened. “She’ll do whatever she needs to do, whatever they ask of her.”
However, both Constand and Troiani are taking no public stance on whether the case should be reopened, Troiani says. (The statute of limitations to charge Cosby does not expire until Jaunary 2016, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.)
Constand, 42, is a massage therapist who lives in Toronto. In January 2005, when she worked for Temple University in Philadelphia, she went to authorities alleging that Cosby, now 78, had sexually assaulted her in his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion the year before. Then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr. publicly called the case against Cosby “weak,” and decided not to press criminal charges against the veteran entertainer.
Constand later filed a civil suit against Cosby and agreed to a settlement with him, which came with a confidentiality agreement. In July, Constand filed a motion claiming that Cosby violated the confidentiality agreement. (In 2006, PEOPLE reported on the sexual assault allegations against Cosby from interviews with some of the women who backed up Constand’s account by making similar allegations against Cosby in court. Cosby has previously denied all sexual assault allegations.)….
Time hasn’t run out on possible charges against Cosby in Pa.
By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
September 14, 2015
Dozens of women have come forward this year to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, their allegations bonded by one undisputed fact: Each claim is too old to prosecute.
But the clock is quietly ticking in Montgomery County on an exception.
A decade ago, Andrea Constand first reported to police that Cosby had drugged and molested her during a January 2004 dinner at his Cheltenham mansion. Under Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations on felony sex crimes, prosecutors still have until January to bring charges.
And though Constand’s claim was once investigated and closed, hers may be the rare allegation that has actually grown stronger with time, according to interviews with a dozen veteran sex-crimes prosecutors, defense lawyers, and criminal justice experts.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman would neither confirm nor deny whether her office was reconsidering the case her predecessor closed a decade ago….
But the allegations this year by more than 40 women that the 78-year-old comedian drugged and assaulted them mirror Constand’s claim. And Cosby’s own, potentially damaging sworn statements about his sexual past were released publicly for the first time this summer.
“We now have something pretty close to an admission from Cosby,” said Roger A. Canaff, a former New York deputy attorney general focused on sex-crimes cases. “We now have dozens of women reporting abuse along similar lines. Where there’s that much smoke, there’s usually fire.”….
Cosby’s own descriptions of the January 2004 encounter with Constand might also help investigators fill in previously unclear details from that night.
Because she was unconscious at the time, Constand only recalled Cosby groping her when she made her initial report to police. As a result, Castor’s office was looking primarily at misdemeanor charges, which carry a two-year statute of limitations.
In the newly released deposition excerpts, however, Cosby described more advanced sexual activity with Constand that night. According to the transcript, Cosby recalled a phone conversation some time after the alleged attack in which he said of his contact with her: “It was digital penetration.”
If true, such a statement could form the basis for a more serious felony charge, such as aggravated indecent assault, legal experts said.
Cosby’s lawyers are likely to fight any effort to introduce that deposition transcript at a trial. They have argued in separate legal proceedings that it was improperly released and remains subject to a confidentiality agreement the comedian signed with Constand in settling the civil suit.
But defense lawyers would face a challenge in trying to bar it in a criminal case, said Lisae C. Jordan, director of the Sexual Assault Legal Institute in Maryland….
As Students Return To St. Paul’s, Specter Of Trial And School Culture Questions Linger
By Paige Sutherland September 23, 2015….
Last month 19-year-old Owen Labrie was convicted of statutory rape for having sex with a then 15-year-old freshman girl in May of 2014. During the trial, Labrie’s lawyer told the jury how the sexual encounter was part of a so-called tradition known as the “Senior Salute,” for which seniors try to hook-up with as many underclassmen as they can before they graduate….
According to New Hampshire’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Study, nearly six percent of all high school students say they have been physically forced to have sex with someone without their consent and more than 10 percent say they were forced to do sexual things by someone they were dating….
New Hampshire High School Survey
Percentage of students who had ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to – 5.7%
New Hampshire High School Survey
Among students who dated or went out with someone during the past 12 months, the percentage who had been forced by someone they were dating or going out with to do sexual things that they did not want to one or more times during the past 12 months – 10.2%
New Hampshire High School Survey
Percentage of students who had ever been bullied on school property during the past 12 months – 22.8%
September 22, 2015 Comments Off on U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies
U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN SEPT. 20, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.
The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.
“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”
The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.
After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military….
Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 21, 2015
The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening. Boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers attacked them. Three or four Afghan men found lying on the floor of a room at a military base with children between them, presumably for sex play.
No less offensive is that American soldiers and Marines who wanted to intervene could not. According to an account in The Times by Joseph Goldstein, they were ordered by their superiors to ignore abusive behavior by their Afghan allies and “to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
The Pentagon’s indulgent, even complicit, attitude toward pedophiles among the Afghan militias that it funded and trained is indefensible, at odds with American values and with international laws Washington has taken the lead in promoting.
Pervasive sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan. It is especially pronounced among armed commanders who control rural regions and hold sway over the population there. The practice is known as bacha bazi, or boy play; powerful Afghan men often surround themselves with young teenagers as a mark of social status.
By instructing American soldiers and Marines not to interfere, even if the incidents occurred on American bases, the Pentagon has chosen — reprehensibly — to sacrifice vulnerable children in order to maintain good relations with the Afghan police and militias it needs to fight the Taliban.
Some American service members who opposed the policy have been disciplined or seen their careers ruined because they fought it…..
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on 5 From Baruch College Face Murder Charges in 2013 Fraternity Hazing
5 From Baruch College Face Murder Charges in 2013 Fraternity Hazing
By RICK ROJAS and ASHLEY SOUTHALL SEPT. 14, 2015
Five fraternity members from Baruch College in Manhattan will face murder charges in Pennsylvania for their involvement in the death of a freshman who was hazed during a rural retreat in 2013, officials said on Monday.
A grand jury in Monroe County, Pa., recently recommended that five people face third-degree murder charges and that a total of 37 would face a range of criminal charges, including assault, hindering apprehension and hazing in Chun Hsien Deng’s death.
The authorities said Mr. Deng, 19, known as Michael, died on Dec. 9, 2013, after he was blindfolded and made to wear a backpack weighted with sand while trying to make his way across a frozen yard as members of the fraternity, Pi Delta Psi, tried to tackle him. During at least one tackle, he was lifted up and dropped on the ground in a move known as spearing, according to the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department. He complained his head hurt but continued participating and was eventually knocked out, the police said in a news release.
After Mr. Deng was knocked unconscious, the authorities said the fraternity members delayed in seeking medical help….
After he was seriously injured and unconscious, fraternity members carried him inside the house, where they contacted a national fraternity official, who told them to hide fraternity items, the police said. Some members left the house, while others changed his clothes and conducted searches to diagnose his symptoms.
At some point, it was reported that Mr. Deng was having trouble breathing, the police said. Three fraternity members put him in a car and drove him to a hospital a half-hour away. By the time he arrived, he was unable to be revived. He died the next morning of severe trauma to the head, officials said….
Defiant Baruch Fraternity Pledge Fought Back in Fatal Hazing, Report Says
By RICK ROJAS and BENJAMIN MUELLERSEPT. 15, 2015
POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. — The fraternity brothers decided that Chun Hsien Deng had a bad attitude.
Like three other Pi Delta Psi fraternity pledges who went before him on a cold December morning in 2013, Mr. Deng was forced to run across a frozen yard through a knot of his fraternity brothers, while he wore a blindfold and a backpack weighted down with 20 to 30 pounds of sand.
The gantlet, called the Glass Ceiling, symbolized their burden as Asian-Americans trying to break into the mainstream. The backpack stood for the weight of their fraternity bonds, one member told the police, according to a grand jury report.
Mr. Deng, a freshman at Baruch College whose parents emigrated from China, did not fall into line.
He fought back, kicking one of the men lined up to tackle him, a fraternity brother told investigators. A second told the police he did not say the things he was supposed to, adding, “He got the ‘Bros’ mad.”
So the brothers hit harder.
One ran at Mr. Deng from 15 feet away and plowed into him with his head lowered, in a move known as the spear, student witnesses said. Others pushed him to the ground, the force of each blow amplified by the weight on Mr. Deng’s back.
After they were done, Mr. Deng was dying from brain and bodily injuries, a prefinals weekend retreat had turned into the scene of a murder investigation, and his fellow pledges, big brothers and fraternity leaders were its primary suspects.
Prosecutors in Pennsylvania said this week that they intended to charge five people with third-degree murder and 32 others with a range of counts, including assault, hindering apprehension and hazing in the death of Mr. Deng, known as Michael, on Dec. 9, 2013….
They reached out to the fraternity’s national president at the time, Andy Meng, who told them by phone to hide everything showing the group’s symbol, according to the grand jury report. One member told the police that “the protocol is to first put away fraternity letters, paddles, banners etc.,” to shield the organization.
The brothers grew nervous, but not nervous enough to call an ambulance.
“Kwan stated no one called for an ambulance because someone looked it up and the bill/cost was too high,” the grand jury report says, citing the account of Kenny Kwan, who prosecutors say will be charged with murder in the tackling on Mr. Deng that started with a 15-foot running head start….
It was an hour before three members took him to the hospital. He was mumbling, shivering and snoring, as if he had phlegm stuck in his throat.
There, doctors found constellations of bruises spread across his head, cheeks, back and thighs. His head injuries were so severe that a doctor determined they would have required “hundreds of pounds of impulsive loads.” He also had traumatic asphyxia, likely from hits or tackles magnified by his backpack’s heavy load….
Then it came time for the authorities to determine responsibility But some of the members “lied to the police, they hid and tried to hide evidence, and a lot of that was based on trying to cover up and hide the fraternity’s involvement in the case,” Michael Rakaczewski, an assistant district attorney in Monroe County, Pa., said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Prosecutors decided to pursue a grand jury investigation, they said, because the grand jury had subpoena power and could require members of the fraternity to testify….
Prosecutors also said they would charge the fraternity with murder, saying that would allow them to hold the organization responsible financially….
September 13, 2015 Comments Off on Seven members of ‘terrifyingly depraved’ paedophile gang jailed
Seven members of ‘terrifyingly depraved’ paedophile gang jailed
Judge tells men who abused babies and young children while hiding behind veil of respectability that their actions were ‘contrary to all humanity’
Friday 11 September 2015
Seven members of a paedophile gang involved in the rape and abuse of babies and young children have been jailed for a total of 78 years.
The British gang – described as having “tentacles that go round the world” – streamed attacks on the internet which were seen on every continent. The men preyed on the families of the children they targeted, in one case grooming a mother and father before their baby was born.
Members would frequently travel long distances to carry out the attacks together, or would watch the abuse over the internet – sometimes using the dark web – if only one of them had access to a victim. Records of online conversations revealed that members of the gang, who lived across the UK, would offer advice and guidance to others on drugging their young victims.
The seven men, aged between 31 and 51 and including three convicted sex offenders, were brought to justice following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA). They were convicted of 29 child sex abuse offences, including conspiracy to rape and the multiple rape of a child aged under 13….
Model Who Alleges Bill Cosby Drugged and Assaulted Her Speaks Out: I’ll Never ‘Get Over’ What Happened, Bill Cosby loses latest legal skirmish
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Model Who Alleges Bill Cosby Drugged and Assaulted Her Speaks Out: I’ll Never ‘Get Over’ What Happened, Bill Cosby loses latest legal skirmish
Model Who Alleges Bill Cosby Drugged and Assaulted Her Speaks Out: I’ll Never ‘Get Over’ What Happened
By Aurelie Corinthios 09/08/2015
Model Chloe Goins says she’s still suffering after coming forward with her claim that she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby.
The 24-year-old, whose allegations may be the first to fall within the statute of limitations and lead to a criminal case against the comedian, spoke recently with Dr. Phil McGraw along with four others among more than 40 women who have come forward over the past year accusing Cosby, 78, of drugging and assaulting them.
Many of their stories echo the experiences of the five women who first spoke to PEOPLE in 2006 for an article that helped to break open the scandal, which began after Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, filed a civil suit claiming that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004. Constand’s suit was settled out of court.
On an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil, Goins alleges the comedian drugged and assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008….
Cosby is scheduled to give his testimony Oct. 9. The deposition will mark the first time he will speak about a sexual-assault allegation against him since a separate case in 2005….
Bill Cosby loses latest legal skirmish
Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY September 5, 2015
Bill Cosby’s legal team will be spending the Labor Day weekend licking their wounds after a judge denied their request to see documents that may explain how his 2005 sexual battery case deposition were leaked to the New York Times.
According to filings obtained by TheWrap.com, Cosby’s attorneys filed a discovery motion in July, operating under the theory that accuser Andrea Constand and her attorney Dolores Troiani facilitated the leak, which, if true, violated a June court order.
On Friday, Judge John R. Radova ruled that the contents of the deposition are actually subject to the 2006 settlement agreement between Cosby and Constand rather than that court order.