Child abuse report reveals a betrayal of trust ‘beyond comprehension’, Jimmy Savile’s ex-flatmate and driver will deny sex offences, court hears
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Child abuse report reveals a betrayal of trust ‘beyond comprehension’
‘Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,’ says report
theguardian.com, Tuesday 12 November 2013
“We have called our report Betrayal of Trust,” said Victorian MP Georgie Crozier as she presented the findings of the parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations.
“Children were betrayed by trusted figures in organisations of high standing and suffered unimaginable harm,” she said.
“Parents of these children experienced a betrayal beyond comprehension. And the community was betrayed by the failure of organisations to protect children in their care.”
The report’s criticism of the Catholic church is unsparing. Its recommendations are radical. If adopted they would strip the Catholic church of its virtual immunity in the courts and compel religious leaders of all faiths to report child abuse to the police.
The Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, has fallen short of accepting the committee’s recommendations but describes them as “a strong basis for reforms that will make a real difference for the future”….
“The Catholic church,” she said, “minimised and trivialised the problem; contributed to abuse not being disclosed, or not being responded to at all prior to 1990; ensured that the Victorian community remained uninformed of the abuse; and ensured that perpetrators were not held accountable with the tragic result being that children continued to be abused….
Jimmy Savile’s ex-flatmate and driver will deny sex offences, court hears
Ray Teret is accused of 32 offences, including rape, against young girls and is bailed until next April
theguardian.com, Friday 15 November 2013
Jimmy Savile’s ex-flatmate and chauffeur will deny he committed a string of sexual offences against a number of girls, a court has heard.
Ray Teret, 72, is accused of 32 offences involving 14 minors and a 17-year-old.
The former pirate radio DJ is charged with 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one count of rape, one count of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of gross indecency with a child under 13.
Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child….