Sexual Abuse’s Second Shame

February 1, 2012 Comments Off on Sexual Abuse’s Second Shame

Sexual Abuse’s Second Shame BY NICK BRYANT
from: USA Today magazine, January 2012, pps 46-47.

“The reality is that many perpetrators are not shady men in dirty, threadbare trench coats living in seedy hotels, but are, in fact, pillars of our community.”

THE RECENT scandals at Penn State and Syracuse universities, Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School, Fenway Park, and now the Amateur Athletic Union, along with the intimations of possible cover-ups of child sexual abuse, have citizens shocked and outraged. However, these recent allegations only are the latest variations on a theme of abuse by churches and respected organizations like the Boy Scouts.

Pedophilia seems to exist in a distant parallel universe that is antithetical to the universe of Little League, Disneyland, and the other hallmarks of wholesome, youthful Americana, but the current allegations of pedophilia and the possibility of its cover-up just may be waking up Americans to the reality that this universe may not be as distant as they once thought.

I have shared the outrage at the reports of sexual abuse but, unlike most people, I have not been shocked, because of my research over the last decade. Prior to 2002, I had written extensively on children’s issues, and then I stumbled across a 1987 U.S. Customs report on a “child abuse investigation” that that the agency was conducting, and it described child abuse of the most horrific nature.

Two men connected to the investigation had been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, and six children, whose ages ranged from two to six years old, had been placed in Florida’s child protective services. The investigation ultimately was quashed by Federal authorities (who should not have had jurisdiction in this situation), and the two men were released from jail and the charges dropped. I was stunned by the report, and it triggered my prolonged odyssey into the depths of child trafficking in America….

Many specialists in the field of child sexual abuse have concluded that it is rare for individuals to fabricate accusations of these crimes. In 2002, The New York Tunes interviewed Patrick Schiltz, former associate dean of the University of St Thomas law school in Minnesota and now a Federal judge, who had defended Catholic dioceses against sexual-abuse lawsuits in more than 500 cases. Judge Schiltz expressed the belief that “fewer than 10” of those cases were based on false accusations.

Likewise, I have spoken with scores of men and women who claim to have been sexually abused. I also have concluded that the overwhelming majority are telling the truth and, of all the victims I have interviewed, I am not aware of a single abuser who has been indicted for his or her alleged abuse….

Another factor that dooms many investigations, and abets corrupt ones, is that victims frequently are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the adult luring the child frequently introduces the underage individual to drugs or alcohol, further eroding that victim’s credibility. Moreover, the abuser often has powerful allies in law enforcement, government, and the media, who decide that the sordid details are too hot to handle. Add into the mix the public’s understandable squeamishness toward the entire subject of pedophilia, and we arrive at the perfect recipe for cover-up.

The reality is that many perpetrators are not shady men in dirty, threadbare trench coats living in seedy hotels, but are, in fact, pillars of our community. Until our society addresses these facts and its institutions are willing to face embarrassment, instead of heaping more abuse upon victims, our national shame of rampant child abuse and its cover-up are unlikely to end.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WbQSxoBkDuGXvvsiA5FBn4q5LdYVRMiEwxLTnjW0buY/edit?pli=1

The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. by  Nick Bryant
http://franklinscandal.com/

 

Florida internet child sex sting, Bernie Fine accuser Tomaselli changed story

January 22, 2012 Comments Off on Florida internet child sex sting, Bernie Fine accuser Tomaselli changed story

Teacher, former pro golfer, and swim coach among those arrested in Fla. internet child sex sting By Crimesider Staff  January 18, 2012

(CBS/WKMG) KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A former pro golfer, a swim coach and an eighth grade teacher are among 40 people arrested in an undercover Internet child sex sting in Florida, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

During the so-called “Operation Red Cheeks,” undercover detectives posed as juveniles or the parent or guardian of a juvenile to talk with individuals in chat rooms and through instant messaging.

During the chats, some of the suspects reportedly sent pornographic images to the undercover detectives….

Suspects traveled to an undercover house or meeting location in Osceola County for the purpose of having sex with a child, authorities said. Some brought alcohol, drugs and other items to the meeting, said deputies.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57360915-504083/teacher-former-pro-golfer-and-swim-coach-among-those-arrested-in-fla-internet-child-sex-sting/

District Attorney: Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli changed his story
January 19, 2012 By Mike McAndrew / The Post-Standard
Syracuse, N.Y.

One of Bernie Fine’s accusers initially told Syracuse police the former Syracuse University coach molested him in early 2002 while he was attending an away game against the University of Connecticut, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today.

But Fitzpatrick said that after law enforcement authorities discovered that SU never played UConn during the 2001-02 season, Zach Tomaselli changed his story.

Tomaselli then told police that Fine sexually abused him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in January 2002, the night before SU played Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick said, questioning Tomaselli’s credibility.

Tomaselli fired back today that Fitzpatrick’s account is not true….

Fine, 66, who was fired by SU in November after three men publicly accused him of molesting them as children, has not been charged with any crimes. Through his attorneys, Fine has maintained he did nothing wrong.
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/district_attorney_bernie_fine.html

Crisis in Family Court – Dr. Phil Show

January 18, 2012 Comments Off on Crisis in Family Court – Dr. Phil Show

Crisis in Family Court – Dr. Phil Show
Stephanie, 17, wanted to speak out on behalf of the kids in the middle of custody battles and court rulings. She says because courts have ignored cries of abuse, some kids are left in the hands of their abusive parent. Stephanie fears this is happening with her younger sister.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzTIuBUnyvw&feature=share

Casey Anthony: What Really Happened to Caylee, Healing the Unimaginable – Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

December 12, 2011 Comments Off on Casey Anthony: What Really Happened to Caylee, Healing the Unimaginable – Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

Healing the Unimaginable – Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control by Alison Miller

Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control is a practical, task-oriented, instructional manual designed to help therapists provide effective treatment for survivors of these most extreme forms of child abuse and mental manipulation.

Paperback: 978 1 85575 882 7
Published: October 2011
Publisher: Karnac Books  http://karnac.styluspub.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=286428

A preview of this book is available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=7lSfkC4ErGEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Casey Anthony: What REALLY Happened to Caylee and Why Truth Matters
by Wendy Murphy, Charles Whitfield, Barbara Whitfield – Muse House Press – September 2011

Description from the website: This is an exceptional book. In the most compelling and comprehensive account of this trial, the authors go below the surface to explore what really happened to Caylee. Wendy Murphy JD gives us a gripping analysis of the trial that captured a nation. Filled with facts that were never discussed at trial, this new book raises important questions about evidence the jurors never heard, and which has been hidden from the public. http://barbara-whitfield.blogspot.com/

From Chapter 7 of the book:
by Wendy Murphy JD – Was Evidence Placed “Under Seal” in the Case?  http://musehousepress.com/CaseyAnthony_Chapter7_FOR%20DISTRIBUTION.pdf

December 10th/11th TAALK-a-Thon – 24-hour radio show dedicated to breaking the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse

December 10, 2011 Comments Off on December 10th/11th TAALK-a-Thon – 24-hour radio show dedicated to breaking the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse

December 10th/11th TAALK-a-Thon – 24-hour radio show dedicated to breaking the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse

As you may remember from our previous emails, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change internet radio platforms AND the date of the TAALK-a-Thon.

The TAALK-a-Thon starts tomorrow morning – Saturday, December 10th – at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time and runs until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 11th.

You will now be able to listen to the TAALK-a-Thon streaming live right on our website at http://www.taalk.org/Radio

Supreme Court Grants Justice Dep’t Request to Reject Child Victims

December 7, 2011 Comments Off on Supreme Court Grants Justice Dep’t Request to Reject Child Victims

Supreme Court Grants Justice Dep’t Request to Reject Child Victims
By James R. Marsh on December 6, 2011

Last week the United States Supreme Court ignored the extraordinary pleas of three nationally recognized child advocacy groups and granted the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a child sex abuse victim’s appeal for criminal restitution.

The case now returns to the district court which must follow the DC Circuit’s holding that the victim in this case, Amy, does not have a clear and indisputable right to full restitution, but must instead trace precisely how her losses were “proximately” caused by each of the thousands of child molesters and pedophiles who collect and trade her child sex abuse images.

The Supreme Court’s rejection means that a child pornography victim’s right to criminal restitution in the federal courts will continue to be limited and denied in sixteen states and territories, including California, New York and Washington, DC. Only in the Fifth Circuit—encompassing the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi—is restitution still mandatory.

The Court’s denial—and the Justice Department’s stubborn refusal to abandon a legal standard which the influential Ninth Circuit concluded “present[s] serious obstacles for victims seeking restitution in these sorts of cases”—leaves child sex abuse victims like Amy with scant chance for justice in the federal courts.

Pedophiles, child molesters and the Justice Department are likely to seize on the high court’s rejection as a sign that criminal restitution for child sex abuse victims is all but impossible in the federal courts except under the most egregious circumstances. http://www.childlaw.us/2011/12/supreme-court-grants-justice-d.html

Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg

December 6, 2011 Comments Off on Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg

includes:
2nd Bi-Annual 24hr TAALK-A-THON to End Child Sexual Abuse – December 10th and 11th, 2011

Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say By Meaghan Murphy December 05, 2011

If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Registered sex offender Jason James Murphy, 35, worked as a casting agent in Hollywood for years before his past kidnapping and sexual abuse of a boy was revealed by the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 17. Murphy’s credits include placing young actors in kid-friendly fare like “Bad News Bears,” “The School of Rock,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and the forthcoming “Three Stooges.”

Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey Feldman.

Feldman, 40, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, unflinchingly warned of the world of pedophiles who are drawn to the entertainment industry last August. “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman told ABC’s Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s the big secret.”….

Arngrim, who revealed her own sexual abuse in her 2010 autobiography, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” explains: “I’ve heard from victims from all over the country. Everyone tells the same kind of story, everyone is told to keep it secret, everyone is threatened with something. Corey Feldman may have opened a can of worms by speaking out, but yes, this does go on.”

Even though Feldman spoke candidly about the abuse, he hasn’t named the predator. “People don’t want to talk about this because they’re afraid for their careers,” says Peterson. “From my perspective, what Corey did was pretty brave. It would be really wonderful if his allegations reached through all of the protective layers and identified the real people who are a part of a worldwide child pornography ring, because it’s huge and it respects no borders, just as it does not respect the age of the children involved.” http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/12/05/recent-charges-sexual-abuse-children-in-hollywood-just-tip-iceberg-experts-say

2nd Bi-Annual 24hr TAALK-A-THON to End Child Sexual Abuse
December 10th and 11th, 2011

We will host a 24 hour internet radio show with guest speakers each hour covering a variety of topics related to child sexual abuse awareness, prevention and support. Hear 40+ speakers from around the world with the brightest minds and the biggest hearts. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
Join us in breaking the silence around the world!

starts with: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State – A Case Study
http://www.taalk.org/TAALK-A-THON2

TAALK – Break the Silence that Surrounds Child Sexual Abuse

The Single Biggest Barrier to Resolving the Child Sexual Abuse Epidemic is Silence

1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18

1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18

30-40% of victims are abused by a family member

Another 50% by someone they know and trust http://www.taalk.org/Home%20Page

Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

November 19, 2011 Comments Off on Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

Casey Introduces Bill to Strengthen Child Protection Laws

Casey: All Adults Have Responsibility to Report Abuse to Authorities

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bill Would Emphasize Awareness Training for Those Most Likely to Witness Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced legislation to require all adults to report child abuse and neglect to the appropriate authorities….

The Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid (Speak Up) Act of 2011 would require all states to pass and enforce a law requiring all adults to report instances of known or suspected child abuse in order for states to receive funding through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the federal statute focused on child abuse and neglect prevention and response.

The Speak Up Act will specify that child abuse must be reported directly to law enforcement or the state’s Child Protective Services agency. Currently, federal law does not specify to whom mandated reporters must report suspected abuse or neglect. In Pennsylvania and many other states, the reporter must notify only the person in charge of the relevant institution, creating a loophole that tragically prevents or delays action against suspected abusers.

The bill will also:

Provide support to states to carry out educational campaigns and training to inform individuals about what constitutes child abuse and neglect, and promote greater responsibility;

Promotes new approaches and techniques to improve reporting; and

Evaluate states’ progress on mandatory reporting.

The Speak Up Act is cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

http://casey.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4870f6e4-6537-44d8-ad1b-3c41da07751e

Obama Administration Actively Working Against Child Victims

November 19, 2011 Comments Off on Obama Administration Actively Working Against Child Victims

Obama Administration Actively Working Against Child Victims
By James R. Marsh on November 16, 2011

….Unfortunately when it comes to victims of child pornography, the Obama Administration has taken a curiously activist approach which is antithetical to the best interests of children who are raped and sexually exploited in order to produce child pornography.

By advancing an un-provable standard which the government itself has almost NEVER been able to sustain, the Obama Administration has effectively prevented hundreds of child victims from receiving any money from the tens of thousands of child molesters and pedophiles who collect and trade child sex abuse images.

It’s bad enough that the Attorney General is opposing child victims in the Supreme Court. Now, in the Sixth Circuit, the Obama Justice Department is asking the Court of Appeals to SET ASIDE a million dollar award to a child victim because the legal standard which resulted in the award was too easy.

Instead, the government wants the trial court to re-consider the case and impose a higher standard WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAS RARELY BEEN ABLE TO SUSTAIN in hundreds of cases all over the country.

What’s even stranger about the Obama Administration’s position is that when given the chance in the Ninth Circuit to challenge that court’s decision that the higher standard is impossible to prove, the Administration decided NOT to appeal.

The government is left advancing a position which the courts of appeal say is unworkable and un-provable while child sex abuse victims are left with nothing….
http://www.childlaw.us/2011/11/obama-administration-actively-.html

Penn State – Cultural Denial & Child Sex Abuse -Institutional Betrayal, Eugenics

November 16, 2011 Comments Off on Penn State – Cultural Denial & Child Sex Abuse -Institutional Betrayal, Eugenics

articles:
Cultural Denial and Child Sex Abuse
Betrayal Blindness and Institutional Betrayal
Pedophiles infiltrate respected institutions to find victims
In North Carolina, sterilization victims demand answers and compensation

Voices In The Family – This Week 11/14/11
Cultural Denial and Child Sex Abuse

Alleged incidents of child sexual abuse brought to light at Penn State are disturbing. University stakeholders have been ousted. The campus remains a live wire of anger and confusion. As our hearts go out to children and families who have come forward with their stories, we find ourselves wondering, why did so many people fail to report what they saw or heard about?

On the next Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb: why the cultural hesitation and denial in sexual abuse cases, in general, when the well-being of children is at stake? We’ll take a look at the psychology of institutional betrayal as well as prevention of abuse with Jennifer J. Freyd, Michael Stinson, Ken Singer, and Kelly Moore.

Jennifer J. Freyd is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She has published extensively on topics that include child abuse, memory, and mental health, as well as ethical issues related to trauma research and conceptualizations. Her current research includes investigation of the impact of institutional betrayal. She is finishing a new book called Betrayal, co-written with Pamela J. Birrell.

http://www.whyy.org/91FM/voices.html

Betrayal Blindness and Institutional Betrayal
Jennifer J. Freyd, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

What is Betrayal Blindness?
Betrayal blindness is the unawareness, not-knowing, and forgetting exhibited by people towards betrayal. The term “betrayal blindness” was introduced by Freyd (1996), and expanded in Freyd (1999) in the context of Betrayal Trauma Theory. This blindness may extend to betrayals that are not traditionally considered “traumas,” such as adultery, inequities in the workplace and society, etc. Victims, perpetrators, and witnesses may display betrayal blindness in order to preserve relationships, institutions, and social systems upon which they depend. (Also, see Eileen Zurbriggen’s essay on Betrayal Trauma in the 2004 Election.)

What is Institutional Betrayal?
The term “Institutional Betrayal” refers to wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution, including failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution. The term “Institutional Betrayal” as connected with Betrayal Trauma Theory is discussed in more detail in various publications, including in a section starting on page 201 of Platt, Barton, & Freyd (2009) and in recent conference posters by Smith & Freyd (2011a; 2011b) and by Medrano, Martin, and Freyd (2011). http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/institutionalbetrayal/index.html

Pedophiles infiltrate respected institutions to find victims
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY  11/15/11
The Penn State allegations may seem unthinkable: revered assistant coach and prominent community activist Jerry Sandusky preying on eight children. But such abuses of trust play out in the USA over and over again.

Respected people who set up charitable or social groups for children, only to be implicated in some form of child sexual abuse, are a frightening reality.

“I call them ‘institutions of trust,’ ” says Portland, Ore., attorney Kelly Clark, who has represented more than 300 sex abuse victims. Some predators are so tacitly trusted “that when something like this happens, the instinctive reaction is, ‘That can’t happen here. We can’t allow the mission to be compromised,’ ” he says.

Abuse experts say the common denominators in many such crimes are parents willing to allow noted people to have unrestricted access to their kids.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-13/pedophiles-breach-trusted-institutions-sex-abuse-victims/51189758/1

In North Carolina, sterilization victims demand answers and compensation  Tue Nov 8, 2011
http://rockcenter.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/08/8698125-in-north-carolina-sterilization-victims-demand-answers-and-compensation

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