Senior Melbourne Yeshiva rabbi resigns over handling of child sex abuse scandal, Children ‘were victims of sectarian abuse’
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Senior Melbourne Yeshiva rabbi resigns over handling of child sex abuse scandal, Children ‘were victims of sectarian abuse’
Senior Melbourne Yeshiva rabbi resigns over handling of child sex abuse scandal
Zvi Telsner apologises for the way he dealt with victims and their families at Melbourne Jewish school and urges ‘everyone to show compassion and support’
Yeshiva College was among the Jewish schools in Melbourne and Sydney examined by the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Australian Associated Press Tuesday 1 September 2015
One of Australia’s most senior rabbis has stepped aside, apologising for his treatment of child sex abuse victims at a Melbourne Jewish school.
Rabbi Zvi Telsner has said he will step down immediately as head of Melbourne’s Yeshiva Centre, which manages schools including Yeshiva College, apologising for his behaviour towards victims….
The hearings exposed a culture of turning a blind eye, a lack of knowledge about child abuse and reporting requirements, and a dearth of sympathy for victims between the 1980s and 2010.
Telsner told the royal commission he believes paedophiles can be cured over time….
Children ‘were victims of sectarian abuse’
01 Sep 2015
Children were allegedly subjected to sectarian abuse by staff at a state run institution, an inquiry heard on Tuesday.
Catholic and Protestant residents at the Lisnevin training school in Newtownards were alleged to have fought regularly during the height of the Troubles in the 1970s, according to witnesses.
Lawyer Christine Smith QC told the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) that the fights were daily.
Ms Smith said that although Lisnevin was non-denominational in 1973, a former resident had claimed there was “sectarian abuse from other residents and staff.”
Lisnevin operated as a training school between 1973 and 2003.
The Inquiry was also told of abuse allegations at another institution – St Patrick’s in west Belfast.
Lawyer Joseph Aiken said fewer than 2% of residents at the Catholic-run school made the allegations.
Police considered some of the claims surrounding St Patrick’s to be “demonstrably” false, he said.
Of more than 4,000 residents, 66 individuals (1.45%) made allegations to the Inquiry of some form of abuse….
Rotherham child sex abuse: more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited, Historical abuse in New Zealand’s state institutions: physical, emotional and sexual abuse
August 25, 2015 Comments Off on Rotherham child sex abuse: more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited, Historical abuse in New Zealand’s state institutions: physical, emotional and sexual abuse
Rotherham child sex abuse: Most victims have not yet come forward for help, says lawyer
The Jay Report estimated that more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited
Monday 24 August 2015
Only a small fraction of more than 1,400 victims who were sexually exploited as children in Rotherham over a 16-year period have come forward for help, according to a lawyer representing survivors.
A year after the publication of the Jay Report, which produced the estimate that more than 1,400 children had been raped, trafficked, groomed and violently attacked in the South Yorkshire town, David Greenwood said that he believed fewer than 100 of the girls involved have engaged with the raft of new inquiries.
Mr Greenwood, who represents 58 girls who were subjected to sexual abuse by gangs of men in Rotherham between 1996 and 2012, said the much-criticised police and council have made progress in the town in the past 12 months. But he believes many survivors will only trust the system again once a truly independent agency is brought in….
‘Horrifying’ and ‘deeply shocking’ report into child abuse
Tuesday Aug 25, 2015
A panel tasked with examining historical abuse in New Zealand’s state institutions has heard a litany of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, describing it as “horrifying” and “deeply shocking”.
However, the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service said the “most shocking thing was that much of this was preventable”.
“If people had been doing their jobs properly and if proper systems had been in place, much of this abuse could have been avoided with better oversight,” the panel said….
“Serious physical and sexual abuse came from a wide range of people and from both genders. Foster caregivers and extended families, social workers and staff, teachers, the clergy, cooks, gardeners, night watchmen; even other children and patients all took part in abuse.
“We heard of people using their fists and their feet, as well as weapons and other implements on occasion, to attack children. Many very severe beatings for no apparent reason were reported to us.”….
The report concluded: “It has become clear to us that the neglect and abuse of children and the previously frequent practice of locking children up in institutions has contributed to a dark legacy of suffering and crime in this country.”….
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Increase in Sexual Violence, Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia – 131 NI children sent to Australia, Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes
September 4, 2014 Comments Off on Increase in Sexual Violence, Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia – 131 NI children sent to Australia, Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes
– ‘Disturbing’ increase in sexual violence
– Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia
– Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: 131 NI children sent to Australia
– Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes
‘Disturbing’ increase in sexual violence
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says social media being used as a form of abuse
Wed, Sep 3, 2014
Increasing levels of violence are accompanying rape, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said, and “particularly concerning” was the way social media is being used to film and distribute some assaults.
Angela McCarthy, DRCC’s head of clinical services, speaking at the publication of the centre’s annual report yesterday, said there had been a “disturbing increase in sexual violence” reported last year.
She said 27 per cent of all incidents of adult rape or sexual assault disclosed in therapy sessions included additional violence, predominantly physical abuse, psychological abuse and harassment or intimidation.
Some 21 per cent of all incidents of childhood sexual abuse were accompanied by additional violence, mainly psychological and physical abuse….
“Experienced therapists and counsellors have been very shocked at some of the violence. Age seems to be an issue, with younger people being raped by gangs while others are watching and sometimes filming the assaults.”….
Some 44 per cent of calls related to child sexual abuse and 42 per cent to adult rape. Nine per cent related to adult sexual assault – representing an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year, 2 per cent to ritual abuse, 0.9 per cent to sexual harassment, 0.5 per cent to suspected abuse, 0.3 per cent to trafficking, and, 0.1 per cent to under-13 sexualised behaviour.
Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia
3 September 2014
A pensioner has told an inquiry examining child abuse that he was physically and sexually abused as a young boy while in the care of the Presbyterian Church in Australia.
His migration was part of a scheme between the Presbyterian Church in the UK and Australia.
Speaking to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry via video link, he outlined his childhood.
He is one of about 50 witnesses giving evidence from Australia.
The man said he was born into the Church of Ireland in west Tyrone in the 1940s to an unmarried mother.
When his mother died of TB, he was taken into a number of foster and care homes before being separated from his brother and sister and sent to Australia in 1950.
The witness said he wanted his brother to join him in Australia, but after being abused, he sent a letter home telling his brother not to come.
“I couldn’t put him through that,” he told the inquiry….
On Monday, the inquiry heard that 131 children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants.
Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: 131 NI children sent to Australia 1 September 2014
One hundred and thirty-one children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants, an inquiry has heard.
The experiences of 50 of them will be heard by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) either by oral or written evidence.
It is examining the extent of child abuse in religious and state-run institutions in NI from 1922 to 1995….
The chairman said it would become clear during their evidence that many had suffered severe hardship and “grave” sexual and physical abuse in the institutions to which they were sent in Australia….
Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes
02 September 2014
Channel 4 News gains exclusive access to brothels in Mumbai, where trafficked girls are kept in cages like slaves to stop them running away – and only allowed out to have sex with customers.
….I was taken into the reception area of the brothel, the space where the customers are taken to select a girl. On the ceiling I could see a small, open trap door. The madam disappeared, and I climbed up a wooden ladder and pushed through the small gap.
Suddenly I was face to face with a “box cage”. I knew what I was looking at. The prostitutes I had met over years of investigating the sex industry in Mumbai had told me of the caged rooms and boxes they had been held in for months, even years. They told me they were held in the cages when they were first trafficked to the red-light district.
The madams would keep the girls like slaves in the cages until they were “broken” – the aim being to stop them running away. The girls told me they never knew if it was night or day when they were in the cages. They were only taken out to eat or to be given to a customer for sex. For years I had wanted to photograph these cages, to prove that these places actually exist….
Over those years, I have watched and photographed thousands of men visiting Kamathipura – they say they are looking for pleasure. But a red-light district is not a place of pleasure. It is a place of pain.
I have often wondered if men would come and have sex with these women if they knew their true stories, like Guddi’s, if they knew how the girls have been trafficked, and that actually they are paying to rape a girl who is a sex slave. http://www.channel4.com/news/prostitution-mumbai-india-caged-trafficked-brothels
March 4, 2014 Comments Off on Derry home ‘colluded’ with RUC and clergy to hide truth of abuse, inquiry hears
Derry home ‘colluded’ with RUC and clergy to hide truth of abuse, inquiry hears
Witness accuses state agencies of failing a generation of children in residential care
Dan Keenan Mon, Mar 3, 2014
A former resident of St Joseph’s home at Termonbacca in Derry has accused Catholic clergy, state agencies and the police of failing a generation of children in residential care.
The witness, who cannot be named, told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry he had received kind and loving treatment from one named nun while he was a resident during the 1970s.
However he alleged many others suffered under a system of childcare which left them vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse by others. He alleged he suffered at the hands of other boys but felt unable to raise it when it happened.
“There was more than an element of collusion between the RUC, social services and the clergy,” he said.
“And the aftercare service as I see it that was arranged for these boys who left care was either going to [other institutions], prison or just get themselves dead.”
He continued: “Many of these boys I know are addicted to alcohol, drugs, on prescribed medication – they are now my age and older. Their whole lives have been tainted. Their whole lives have been destroyed.”….
300 victims of child homes horror to tell their story as abuse inquiry finally opens – Northern Ireland residential institutions
January 14, 2014 Comments Off on 300 victims of child homes horror to tell their story as abuse inquiry finally opens – Northern Ireland residential institutions
300 victims of child homes horror to tell their story as abuse inquiry finally opens BY JOANNE SWEENEY – 13 January 2014
A £19m Government investigation on the abuse of children over a 73-year period in Northern Ireland residential institutions is under way.
More than 300 men and women will give evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) on the physical and sexual abuse and neglect they suffered from those who should have cared for them.
The witnesses, now middle-aged and older, will tell their harrowing stories at the inquiry, which will be held in Banbridge Courthouse, Co Down.
At the end of the 18 months of evidence, involving at least 14 individual institutions, the inquiry will determine whether there were “systemic failings” in preventing such abuse.
The inquiry will investigate historical institutional abuse – if there were systemic failings by institutions or the State “in the duties towards those children in their care between years of 1922-1995”. Abuse will include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect.
Coming from all over Northern Ireland, the Republic, Britain and Australia, the witnesses – many of whom will only be identified by a code to protect their anonymity – may finally get recognition of the wrong that was done to them after the inquiry reports to the Executive early in 2016.
All the witnesses spent time in residential care of the various institutions. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/300-victims-of-child-homes-horror-to-tell-their-story-as-abuse-inquiry-finally-opens-29910328.html
Nuns ‘battered boys stupid’ in Derry children’s home, victim tells child abuse inquiry
Man now aged 55 says he was caned on the feet by Sisters and sexually abused by older boys
By Michael McHugh – 13 January 2014
Nuns used to batter boys stupid during daily abuse at a children’s home in Londonderry, one victim has claimed.
John Heaney, 55, was caned on the feet by members of the order of the Sisters of Nazareth at St Joseph’s in Termonbacca and said he suffered sexual abuse from older boys.
“Nuns were very good at raising their hands. All the Termonbacca boys have a flat spot on the back of their heads because they were battered stupid,” he said.
Termonbacca will be one of the first residential homes examined, with evidence from witnesses due to begin in coming weeks. Mr Heaney made his comments as he prepared to attend Sir Anthony’s hearings….
The largest ever inquiry into the abuse of children at residential homes in the UK will examine the soul of society, a lawyer has said.
Decades of physical, sexual and emotional suffering were inflicted upon the most vulnerable by the church, the state and voluntary organisations, it was alleged today.
More than 300 victims are set to testify to the investigation, which is expected to last 18 months…. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/nuns-battered-boys-stupid-in-derry-childrens-home-victim-tells-child-abuse-inquiry-29912351.html