Afghan child sex abuse reports leads to IG investigation, Rotherham inquiry police charge seven men with child abuse offences
October 28, 2015 Comments Off on Afghan child sex abuse reports leads to IG investigation, Rotherham inquiry police charge seven men with child abuse offences
Afghan child sex abuse reports leads to IG investigation
By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer October 27, 2015
The U.S. military’s response to suspected child sexual abuse in Afghanistan is the subject of a new investigation by the Pentagon’s top watchdog.
The Defense Department Inspector General’s Office on Tuesday announced a new probe that will look at how U.S. troops handled repeated allegations that Afghan men, particularly Afghan military and police leaders, were sexually abusing boys.
A number of American troops who deployed to Afghanistan have said they saw signs of widespread sexual abuse and believed there was a policy, even if unofficial, encouraging them to ignore the crime rather than create tension between Americans and Afghans.
The sexual abuse of boys is widespread in Afghanistan, often referred to as “Bacha Bazi” — literally, “boy play.”
The IG will confine its probe to the period since 2011. Investigators will examine whether the U.S. military maintained any formal or informal rules or policies discouraging American troops from reporting suspected sexual abuse by Afghans….
Several troops have said they were punished or disciplined for intervening or taking action against Afghans whom they believed were sexually assaulting children, in some cases on joint military installations. Several specific examples were reported Sept. 19 by The New York Times….
Rotherham inquiry police charge seven men with child abuse offences
Four Rotherham men charged with rape, two from Goole with indecent assault and one Sheffield man charged with conspiracy offences
Tuesday 27 October 2015
Seven men have been charged with child sexual exploitation offences by police investigating historical crimes in Rotherham.
South Yorkshire police said the offences were alleged to have taken place in the town between January and October 2003 and the charges arose out of Operation Clover, a partnership investigation by the force, Rotherham council and the Crown Prosecution Service.
A spokesman said four of the men had been charged with rape….
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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Smithsonian To Post Sign At Exhibition Featuring Bill Cosby-Owned Art, Alexis Jay on child sex abuse: ‘Politicians wanted to keep a lid on it’, Rotherham victims
July 15, 2015 Comments Off on Smithsonian To Post Sign At Exhibition Featuring Bill Cosby-Owned Art, Alexis Jay on child sex abuse: ‘Politicians wanted to keep a lid on it’, Rotherham victims
Smithsonian To Post Sign At Exhibition Featuring Bill Cosby-Owned Art
July 14, 2015 Krishnadev Calamur
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington will post a sign Wednesday telling visitors an exhibition that includes art owned by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, is “fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby,” representatives for the Smithsonian Institution say.
The sign, which will be posted at 10 a.m., comes amid allegations of sexual misconduct directed against Cosby by more than two dozen women. Some of them say he drugged and raped them. Cosby has not been charged in any of the alleged assaults.
Last week it emerged that the comedian testified in 2005 he obtained the sedative Quaalude with the intent of giving the drug to women with whom he wanted to have sex, and he acknowledged giving it to at least one woman. The Los Angeles Police Department says it is conducting at least one current criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Cosby….
Alexis Jay on child sex abuse: ‘Politicians wanted to keep a lid on it’
Her devastating Rotherham report blew open the national debate on child sex abuse. Now the ‘retired’ social worker is investigating historic claims on an unprecedented scale, taking on Westminster, the BBC and NHS
Helen Pidd Monday 13 July 2015
Alexis Jay officially retired two years ago – not that you’d notice. In 2013 she stepped down from her role as Scotland’s chief social work adviser, shortly after being awarded an OBE. But rather than tending to her garden she ended up digging up horrific claims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. That job done, the scalps of many officials taken, she moved on to sort out Northern Ireland’s safeguarding children boards.
But last week the 66-year-old began her biggest task yet, when she joined the panel of what has been described as Britain’s most complicated and wide-reaching statutory inquiry ever. The independent inquiry into child sex abuse (IICSA) is expected to take five years investigating claims of abuse in faith and religious organisations, the criminal justice system, local authorities and national institutions such as the BBC, NHS and Ministry of Defence….
“By victims we are not talking about children who were at risk of sexual exploitation, who were friendly with victims or who moved in the same circle,” she told the journalists. “The 1,400 victims are those who had actually experienced sexual exploitation.” Determined that no one could bat away her findings, she had produced a 153-page report that spelled out in plain language the appalling abuse suffered by children aged 10-16 in the South Yorkshire town (Rotherham) between 1997 and 2013….
Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Investigation Uncovers Several Hundred Suspects And Several Thousand Leads
June 26, 2015 Comments Off on Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Investigation Uncovers Several Hundred Suspects And Several Thousand Leads
Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Investigation Uncovers Several Hundred Suspects And Several Thousand Leads
The Huffington Post UK By Steven Hopkins 24/06/2015
Hundreds of potential suspects have been identified in an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham, along with several thousand new lines of enquiry, police have said.
The National Crime Agency began an investigation in December last year following the Alexis Jay report that revealed there were 1400 victims of abuse in the town between 1997 and 2013. Police and other authorities knew about the abuse, but failed to act.
Police said Wednesday that “stage one” of their investigation had uncovered “a significant number of potential offenders. The current figure is in the low hundreds”….
Steve Baldwin, who is a Senior Investigating Officer involved in the operation, said police now had more than 3,300 lines of enquiry.
He said the abuse was “horrific” and the evidence police had gathered “details some very disturbing events”.
Police believe the 1,400 victims identified in the Alexis Jay report remains a “very good assessment” of the numbers of children abused during the time period….
Last month two new reports revealed that authorities in Rotherham had been warned about child sexual exploitation in 2003 – and given a list of the suspected main offenders – and told three years later that the problem was established and very serious, but had failed to investigate.
Dr Angie Heal provided a list of potential abusers as part of a report on the links between grooming and drug dealing in 2003 to police and council officials. That report and another from 2006 were released under the Freedom of Information Act to The Sheffield Star….
Last year, an inquiry found 1,400 children were abused by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin, in South Yorkshire between 1997 and 2013.
The inquiry concluded: “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”….
Prof Jay said: “They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.”….
France launches criminal inquiry into alleged sex abuse by UN soldiers, UN suspension of sexual abuse report whistleblower is unlawful, tribunal rules, South Yorkshire Police warned twice of Rotherham child abuse but did not act, as commissioner claims girls were seen as ‘willing’
May 8, 2015 Comments Off on France launches criminal inquiry into alleged sex abuse by UN soldiers, UN suspension of sexual abuse report whistleblower is unlawful, tribunal rules, South Yorkshire Police warned twice of Rotherham child abuse but did not act, as commissioner claims girls were seen as ‘willing’
France launches criminal inquiry into alleged sex abuse by UN soldiers
Prosecutors announce investigation into claims French soldiers raped children on peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic
Kim Willsher in Paris and Sandra Laville in London Thursday 7 May 2015
French prosecutors have ordered a criminal investigation into allegations that French peacekeeping soldiers raped children and demanded sex for food in the Central African Republic.
The decision follows revelations in the Guardian more than a week ago that a senior United Nations official had been suspended for leaking details of the alleged abuse to the French government.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Thursday it had decided to launch criminal proceedings after receiving a reply to its request for information from the UN about the accusations of sexual abuse by French soldiers serving with the peacekeeping operation Sangaris.
It said the investigation concerned “the rape of minors under 15 years old by persons who had abused the authority conferred upon them by their roles, and complicity in this crime”….
Kompass, director of field operations, was suspended last month and faces an internal disciplinary disciplinary hearing for breaching UN protocols.
On Wednesday an appeal tribunal found that the suspension of Kompass was unlawful and ordered his reinstatement while an internal management review continues….
UN suspension of sexual abuse report whistleblower is unlawful, tribunal rules
Judge orders UN to lift suspension of Anders Kompass, who leaked internal UN report on alleged abuse of children by French troops in Central African Republic
Sandra Laville Wednesday 6 May 2015
An appeal tribunal has ordered the United Nations to immediately lift the suspension of a whistleblower who disclosed the alleged sexual abuse of children by peacekeeping troops in Africa to the French authorities.
A judge said on Wednesday the decision to suspend Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was “prima facie unlawful”. He ordered his employers in the UN to lift his suspension immediately to prevent further damage to his reputation.
The decision is a blow to senior UN officials who have repeatedly defended their treatment of Kompass, claiming he breached strict protocols about the passing on of confidential information to outside authorities….
South Yorkshire Police warned twice of Rotherham child abuse but did not act, as commissioner claims girls were seen as ‘willing’
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith Tuesday 05 May 2015
Senior members of South Yorkshire police were warned twice of the serious child abuse being carried out in Rotherham around a decade before it was discovered 1,400 children had been raped, trafficked and groomed over a period of 16 years – but no action was taken at the time.
The Sheffield Star has obtained reports from 2003 and 2006 detailing the organised child sexual exploitation being carried out in Rotherham and Sheffield.
Dr Angie Heal, the author of the reports, stated at the time it was “very evident” that “significant abuse” was taking place in Sheffield and Rotherham, in 2003, and in 2006 found that that the perpetrators of sexual abuse had been able to “carry on with impunity”.
The reports were sent to both South Yorkshire Police district commanders, chief superintendents and CID and community safety superintendents at the time, but no action was taken. The newspaper obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information request.
As the news of the warnings emerge, South Yorkshire’s current police and crime commissioner has claimed that “it all went wrong” in Rotherham because police had not understood what grooming was, nor recognised the abuse, and had instead seen the girls as prostitutes….
Influential Secret Society Blamed For Problems On Campus Dodges Transparency Push, Victims and family reveal how lives were devastated by Rotherham grooming scandal
April 2, 2015 Comments Off on Influential Secret Society Blamed For Problems On Campus Dodges Transparency Push, Victims and family reveal how lives were devastated by Rotherham grooming scandal
Influential Secret Society Blamed For Problems On Campus Dodges Transparency Push
Tyler Kingkade 04/01/2015
The University of Alabama student government voted down a proposal last week to establish political parties, which could have forced a well-known secret society, blamed for many social ills on campus, to go public.
In a 21-9 vote on March 26, the Student Government Association Senate shot down a resolution that called for allowing students to set up political parties for on-campus elections. Currently, UA rules forbid official political parties. However, an underground society called “The Machine” is widely known to pick and endorse candidates and allegedly intimidates and harasses its opponents.
According to the United Alabama Project, a student group that came up with the proposal, all but one of the senators who voted against the resolution were backed by the Machine. None of them spoke publicly in opposition to the resolution during the senate meetings….
The Machine has existed for roughly a century, and is comprised of members from select fraternities and sororities. The group directs its members, and by extension their fellow fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, to vote for candidates of their choosing. The Machine has even been known to influence local political elections, according to The New York Times.
Students have accused the Machine of being a major reason why UA sororities were still excluding black women from joining in 2013, as well as for acting as a roadblock in subsequent attempts by other SGA representatives to push the Greek system toward integration in 2014….
Victims and family reveal how lives were devastated by Rotherham grooming scandal
Wednesday 01 April 2015
The way lives were devastated by the Rotherham grooming scandal has been laid bare in a new collection of first-hand accounts.
Child victims made pregnant by rapists, fathers racked with guilt and even families of convicted abusers have bravely shared their harrowing stories.
Liam Harron with the report co authored with Chrissy Meleady
The new compilation, called ‘Voices of Despair, Voices of Hope’, is designed to provide an outlet for those who have suffered directly as a result of the scandal….
The daughter of a man convicted of child abuse also shared her story for the report. She said their family have been condemned by their community, while she has been threatened with revenge rape attacks….
Thousands of Vulnerable Children Go Missing from Britain’s Protective Services, Oxford officer was silenced over sex abuse fears, New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse in Fort Worth Catholic Diocese
March 6, 2015 Comments Off on Thousands of Vulnerable Children Go Missing from Britain’s Protective Services, Oxford officer was silenced over sex abuse fears, New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse in Fort Worth Catholic Diocese
Thousands of Vulnerable Children Go Missing from Britain’s Protective Services
By Leah McGrath Goodman March 3, 2015
A general view showing housing in Rotherham on September 1, 2014 in Rotherham, England. South Yorkshire Police are launching an independent investigation into its handling of the Rotherham child abuse scandal and will also probe the role of public bodies and council workers. A report claims at least 1,400 children as young as 11 were sexually abused from 1997- 2013 in Rotherham Care Homes but no council staff will face disciplinary action.
Many of the child sex abuse scandals that have shocked Britain in recent years involve victims who were supposed to be under the protection of the state—children identified as at risk by child protective services and in the care of local authorities.
Many in Britain have characterized the abuses as a thing of the past. Surely such horrors could never happen today. But an analysis of the most recent official data shows that each year the government loses track of around 2,000 vulnerable children in care, even as reports of human trafficking inside the country are on the rise….
Bad record-keeping has been a feature of the abuse scandals. Last autumn, a review by the U.K.’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children found that between 1979 and 1999, the U.K. Home Office had “lost or destroyed” 114 files relating to reported child abuse by high-ranking people, including senior politicians. The review came after a report last year from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, revealed that at least 1,400 minors were subjected to widespread, organized child-sex abuse from 1997 to 2013, including many who were in care….
The U.K.’s Human Trafficking Centre’s latest assessment shows a total of 2,744 people, including 602 children, reported as trafficked for exploitation in the U.K. in 2013, up 22 percent from 2012. The organization stresses that the numbers reflect only what’s been reported and are rough figures. Not all reports indicate confirmed trafficking, but, at the same time, the totals could be much higher, as not all incidents are reported. Victims were forced to work in brothels, hotels, private homes or on the street as sex workers, and also forced into domestic servitude or to work on building sites or in farms and factories….
Oxford officer was silenced over sex abuse fears
Police treated abuse victims as if they were ‘wayward girls’, report says
Paul Peachey Tuesday 03 March 2015
A council worker who wrote a series of increasingly exasperated emails warning of child abuse by Asian men in Oxfordshire was silenced after an official complaint by senior officials about his attitude, it has emerged.
Details came to light in a report published yesterday revealing that 373 girls were likely to have been victims of grooming, rape and trafficking after police and social services failed to take victims and their own staff seriously.
The worker, an ex-detective, raised repeated concerns with the director of children’s services and other officials at the county council in 2007 after seeing a 13-year-old in bed with an adult. He also reported a stream of men going into a flat every night and emerging in the early hours.
But instead of dealing with his complaints, a senior council official complained about his behaviour and his manager made an unreserved apology for the “unprofessional way” in which he had acted….
The serious case review, produced by Dr Alan Bedford, found that children as young as 12 were treated by police as “wayward girls”, complicit in their own abuse, despite being groomed by adults who had ensnared them through drink, drugs and menace.
One detective reported that a 14-year-old girl had initiated sex with two adult men, and reports used the term “boyfriend” for men in their 30s seen with girls as young as 13….
The report said the victims’ accounts were often ignored or seen as exaggerated when they did come forward to authorities….
In one incident, a girl told of how she turned up at a police station after 2am covered in blood after a sex attack. “They dismissed me as being naughty, a nuisance. I was bruised and bloody,” she told the report.
New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse in Fort Worth Catholic Diocese By Elizabeth Campbell 03/05/2015
A man who lives near Spokane, Wash., is suing the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese saying he was sexually assaulted in the 1990s by a priest who was his seventh-grade history teacher at a Catholic school in Wichita Falls.
The victim, identified in court documents as John Doe 117, also named Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson in the suit filed this week in Tarrant County district court.
The victim is seeking over $1 million in damages for emotional anguish, medical expenses and diminished earning capacity because of what is described in the suit as a “sadistic ritual of sexual abuse” by the late priest John Sutton.
Sutton, who died in 2004, told the student that if he told anyone of their encounters that “I have the power to ruin your life,” according to the suit….
Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse ‘was common’, Savile Abuse, ‘Beast of Jersey’, Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse, Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield
February 26, 2015 Comments Off on Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse ‘was common’, Savile Abuse, ‘Beast of Jersey’, Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse, Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield
Jersey care inquiry: Sexual abuse ‘was common’
10 February 2015
Consensual sex and sexual abuse were both common at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in the 1980s, a care inquiry has heard.
Witness D, now in his 40s, told the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry he was too scared to report the abuse he suffered to the authorities.
He was in the home from 1981 until he left care in 1984.
His testimony suggested there was widespread abuse of residents by other residents….
‘Beast of Jersey’ claims heard by abuse inquiry 18 February 2015
The Jersey Care Inquiry is examining historical abuse in the care system
A notorious sex offender dubbed the “Beast of Jersey” would sit girls on his knees and abuse them, the island’s care inquiry has heard.
In a statement, Witness 205, a female former resident of La Preference children’s home in St Martin, said Edward Paisnel was a regular visitor.
She said he encouraged young female residents to call him “Uncle Ted”.
The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is investigating child abuse in Jersey’s care system dating back to 1945….
Former Haut de la Garenne resident tells of abuse 16 January 2015
A former resident of the Haut de la Garenne children’s home was abused by a member of staff and residents in the 1960s and ’70s, an inquiry heard.
A witness known as Mr K, aged 50, gave evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (ICJI) by video link from the UK.
Mr K said he was at the home for 13 years, and described the time as “horrific”.
He told the inquiry he felt he missed out on his childhood completely….
Mr K said corporal punishment at the home was excessive, that he had been given three or six lashes with a cane for misbehaving, and then put in a detention cell.
“Staff went overboard and I actually think some of them enjoyed it; one time I was hit so much that the cane broke on me,” he said….
Jersey care inquiry: Police told of Savile abuse 15 January 2015
A Jersey care home resident told police in 2009 that he had been abused by Jimmy Savile, an inquiry has heard.
Savile, who died in 2011, was never prosecuted over the allegations, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) has already been told.
The abuse happened at Haut de la Garenne in 1976, the victim told police as part of their investigation into alleged offences at the home.
Police have said there was insufficient evidence for investigating Savile.
The victim’s interview with police investigating abuse at the care home was read to the inquiry in Jersey.
Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 – a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary.
He is now believed to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex abusers and is thought to have assaulted hundreds of people between the ages of five and 75.
But was never charged with any offence.
The DJ was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers at the island’s annual parade three times, the last time in 2002….
Three arrested over child abuse in Rotherham and Sheffield 25 February 2015
…The trio, aged 21, 23 and 28, were held on suspicion of committing child sexual exploitation offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009.
At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report published in August found.
Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other English cities, beaten and intimidated, the Jay report said.
Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police, Essex Police under investigation over ‘failings’ by child abuse unit
February 12, 2015 Comments Off on Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police, Essex Police under investigation over ‘failings’ by child abuse unit
Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police
Complaints have been made about the late Pc Hassan Ali alleging he was unwilling to pursue claims of exploitation
By Telegraph reporter 09 Feb 2015
A child abuse lawyer has revealed more damning evidence could emerge in the Rotherham scandal that shows a link between police and perpetrators.
David Greenwood, of Switalskis Solicitors, represents 38 of the 1,400 children found to have been sexually exploited in the South Yorkshire town.
He revealed that two of them asked him to make official complaints about Pc Hassan Ali – who died in hospital this week following a collision with a car – alleging he was unwilling to pursue their claims of exploitation.
Mr Greenwood said the officer’s death would not be the end of the matter, and the wider scandal “is not going away”.
He said: “I’m pretty certain it will be bigger than it is even now.
“I think that evidence will emerge of links between perpetrators and police. It may be there was, as I have said, an unofficial policy of not pursuing these complaints….
The National Crime Agency is leading the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
Earlier this month, a police officer and two councillors in the town were accused of having sex with underage girls.
Essex Police under investigation over ‘failings’ by child abuse unit
Essex Police apologise to alleged victims of child abuse after ‘uncovering problems’ with 30 investigations over a three year period
By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 11 Feb 2015
A police force has apologised to alleged child abuse victims after uncovering “concerns” with 30 investigations dating back to the 1960s.
Cases involving 59 victims that were investigated by Essex Police are now being re-examined after various allegations were made against detectives working in one of the force’s child abuse units.
Some detectives have been accused of failing to arrest suspects or carry out thorough investigations, while others have allegedly been dishonest or have lacked integrity while carrying out their duties.
One officer has been suspended and 11 others placed on restricted duties after a decision was made to refer 30 investigations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)….