UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal, More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal ‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out, Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims

January 18, 2014 Comments Off on UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal, More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal ‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out, Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims

UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor  1/16/2014

The Vatican faced blistering criticism from a United Nations committee Thursday over allegations it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims in what constituted a worldwide sex abuse scandal.

It was the first time representatives of the Holy See were questioned in public on cases of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy around the world.

The U.N. committee’s main human rights investigator, Sara Oviedo, led the most intense grilling the Holy See has received on the issue, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Given the “zero tolerance” policy of the Vatican, she asked, why were there “efforts to cover up and obscure these types of cases?”….
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/16/22324032-un-slams-vatican-for-efforts-to-cover-up-pedophile-priests-in-sex-abuse-scandal

More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal
Jan 12, 2014
By Keith Perry

….More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

They include fee-paying institutions Caldicott, in Farnham, Bucks, where Deputy PM Nick Clegg went and Ashdown House, East Sussex, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s prep school.

The allegations span from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Jessica Standley, of lawyers Slater & Gordon, said since Savile there had been “an increase in victims reporting abuse at institutions”….
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-scandal-more-20-3013389

‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out

THE son of a woman accusing Bill Roache of rape has said she wouldn’t report him as she “didn’t want to cause a rift in his family”.

17th January 2014

The man, who was not identified, added that he only became of his mum’s experience after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Giving evidence, the alleged rape victim’s son said he recalled a conversation with her about the time the Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith cases emerged in 2012….

The man told his mum that she should go to the police as there may be more women out there and that “sometimes it takes that one person to have the strength to come forward”.

“She really didn’t want to. She was telling me straight away that some things are just best left alone in the past.

“She didn’t want to cause a rift between his family and on top of that she desperately didn’t want anyone to find about it.”

He said that remained the case and some members of her family still don’t know.

Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies the rapes and five counts of indecent assault involving the four other complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971….
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/361003/Bill-Roache-trial-Humiliated-rape-victim-only-told-cops-after-Jimmy-Savile-scandal

Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims
The comedian was first arrested over a year ago by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal

By Hayley Dixon 14 Jan 2014

Freddie Starr has been arrested for a third time by police investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

The comedian, 71, was told that he faces a further allegation of sexual offences when he attended a police station in Warwickshire by appointment.

Starr was first arrested more than a year ago by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of claims against Savile….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10572394/Freddie-Starr-arrested-for-third-time-over-sex-abuse-claims.html

Coronation Street’s Bill Roache ‘Raped’ 14-Year-Old Twice, Court Hears, Dave Lee Travis ‘Was Snogging My Face Off.. I Thought I Was Going To Be Raped’, Woman Tells Court

January 18, 2014 Comments Off on Coronation Street’s Bill Roache ‘Raped’ 14-Year-Old Twice, Court Hears, Dave Lee Travis ‘Was Snogging My Face Off.. I Thought I Was Going To Be Raped’, Woman Tells Court

Dave Lee Travis ‘Was Snogging My Face Off.. I Thought I Was Going To Be Raped’, Woman Tells Court

The Huffington Post UK/PA 16/01/2014

A “petrified” woman has told how she thought she was going to be raped by DJ Dave Lee Travis when she was 15 at a Showaddywaddy concert, a court heard.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the former Radio 1 DJ became “frisky” with her after she was invited into his caravan at the gig on a farm in the late 1970s.

In a videoed police interview played to the court, the woman said she was talking about music with Travis inside the caravan when he offered to sign her poster….

Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, is charged with 13 counts of indecent assault dating back to between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

The 68-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, is accused of assaulting 11 women, one of whom was 15 at the time of the alleged crime.

He denies all the charges….
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/16/dave-lee-travis-all-over-my-boobs-court-hears_n_4610177.html

Coronation Street’s Bill Roache ‘Raped’ 14-Year-Old Twice, Court Hears
The Huffington Post UK  16/01/2014
A woman allegedly raped by Coronation Street star William Roache kept quiet for decades because she blamed herself, a court has heard.

She described how she was a “gullible” teenager – “a kid” – who was raped on two different occasions in 1967 at the actor’s then-home in Lancashire.

A jury at Preston Crown Court has been told the woman finally came forward to police last year in the wake of a number of celebrity sex scandals.

In her police interview played to the court, the woman told a female officer: “All these years I have never brought it to anyone’s attention. I chose not to say anything.

“I thought I was to blame, especially the second time.

“I was gullible … I was a kid. I would never have repeated it to anyone.”

But by last year she said “it has started to bother me because there might be other people that this has happened to”.

She continued: “It started where I can’t sleep, it is there at the back of my mind all the time.”

The woman detailed how in the first alleged assault Roache – who knew her, she said – had sex with her with “no warning” in the bedroom of his bungalow….

Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire – who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap for more than 50 years – denies the rapes.

He has also pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecent assault involving four other complainants aged 16 and under.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 1965 and 1971….

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/16/bill-roache-sex-abuse_n_4608894.html

The Ticking Clock on Child Abuse, Roache in court today over ‘sex assault on girl aged 11’, Former Radio 1 DJ held on suspicion of sexual offences

June 7, 2013 Comments Off on The Ticking Clock on Child Abuse, Roache in court today over ‘sex assault on girl aged 11’, Former Radio 1 DJ held on suspicion of sexual offences

– The Ticking Clock on Child Abuse
– Roache in court today over ‘sex assault on girl aged 11’
– Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning held on suspicion of sexual offences

The Ticking Clock on Child Abuse  May 31, 2013 Law and Justice
Marci Hamilton battles the deadline that cheats victims.
By Rebecca Webber

The Cleveland kidnapping case, the Sandusky scandal at Penn State and the revelations from prestigious private schools like New York’s Horace Mann remind us that child sex abuse can happen anywhere.

“Twenty to 25 percent of children are sexually abused,” says Marci Hamilton, a professor at Cardozo School of Law. But it often takes victims years to come to terms with what was done to them. “A survivor needs decades to come forward. They’re trying to deal with so much and they can’t put it all together,” she explains. In the meantime, their abusers are typically targeting other children. “Many perpetrators continue abusing into their elderly years,” she says.

That’s why Hamilton has been on a decade-long crusade to eliminate statute-of-limitation rules on sex abuse crimes. The rules vary by state but typically require the victim to file charges or a lawsuit within a specific time frame, sometimes within as little as one year after the abuse took place or after the victim reaches a certain age  (usually between 18 and 21). These limitations, says Hamilton, keep many victims from outing their abusers. She’s working on expanding or eliminating statutes of limitations for these crimes and changing the way they are applied….
http://womenintheworld.org/stories/entry/the-ticking-clock-on-child-abuse

Roache in court today over ‘sex assault on girl aged 11’

Lancashire Police have charged William Roache with five indecent assaults against four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16

Three of the offences allegedly took place in 1965 and two in 1968
By Stephen Wright  6 June 2013

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache was last night charged with sexually assaulting another four girls, one as young as 11.

A month after the soap star, 81, was charged with twice raping a schoolgirl in 1967, he was re-arrested and accused of further child sex offences.

The new allegations against Roache, who has played Ken Barlow over six decades, are claimed to have happened in the Manchester area between 1965 and 1968 and involve four girls who were aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time.

Roache, who has strenuously denied the previous rape allegations, is due in Preston magistrates’ court over the new charges this morning.

He is one of the best-known stars to be held over child sex allegations in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

His friend Stuart Hall, the disgraced BBC TV presenter, is due to be sentenced later this month after he admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls during the 1960s, 70s and 80s….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337020/Roache-court-today-sex-assault-girl-aged-11.html

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning held on suspicion of sexual offences

Former colleague of Jimmy Savile is 72-year-old man arrested earlier this week under Operation Yewtree
Josh Halliday   guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 June 2013

Chris Denning, a former Radio 1 DJ from the 1960s, can be named as the 72-year-old man arrested earlier this week under Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.

Denning, a former colleague of Jimmy Savile and one of the first Radio 1 DJs, was detained by Scotland Yard detectives on Monday but was not initially identified.

He was arrested in east London and questioned by Operation Yewtree officers before being released on bail until a date in July.

Denning is the 13th person arrested under Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual offences by Savile and others launched last October….
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/06/chris-denning-held-suspicion-sexual-offences

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