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?”….
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”….
‘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….
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….
January 15, 2014 Comments Off on Vatican will be questioned about its record on child sexual violence Thursday
This Thursday, for the first time ever, the Vatican will be questioned about its record on child sexual violence by an international body. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva is holding the meeting in two sessions on Jan 16, each three hours long. SNAP and our attorneys from CCR will be there. Later in the evening (Geneva time) CCR and SNAP are hosting a reportback via Livestream directly after the review to report about it to survivors, advocates and supporters. Two separate events and you can view them both on the internet.
Watch the UN review via livestream here!
The review will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 10am-1pm CET, (4am-7am EST) where the Vatican will be reviewed on their compliance with the Convention on Rights of the Child and then from 3pm-6pm CET (9am-12 noon EST) the Vatican will be reviewed on their compliance with the Optional Protocols on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
**This will be broadcast in the English language. This is broadcast by the UN.
Then two hours later at 8 pm CET (2 pm EST) we will have the “reportback” by CCR and SNAP. Tune in here .
You can follow the conversation on Twitter and ask questions before or during the livestream by tweeting to the hashtag #HolySeeConfess or by emailing questions to askCCR@ccrjustice.org.
SNAP and CCR submitted reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child detailing how the Holy See has violated the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases, Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
December 7, 2013 Comments Off on Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases, Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases
Holy See angers campaigners by not disclosing information requested by UN committee on the rights of the child
Lizzy Davies in Rome
theguardian.com, Wednesday 4 December 2013
The Vatican has refused to give a United Nations panel information it requested on clerical sex abuse, in a move that it said was part of its confidentiality policy but which was criticised as “a slap in the face” for victims.
In a series of questions asked in the runup to a public hearing scheduled for January, the UN committee on the rights of the child had requested the Holy See provide details of abuse cases and specific information concerning their subsequent investigation and handling.
But, in its response, the Holy See said that although it had answered the questions in a general way, it was not its practice to disclose information on specific cases unless requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.
In the 24-page document, the Holy See said it had been “deeply saddened by the scourge of sexual abuse” and regretted the involvement of some members of the Catholic clergy.
It added that it had “amended norms” regarding the suitability of candidates for the priesthood, and had taken other steps including the revision of some canon law rules “to ensure that clerics and religious are properly disciplined”.
But it did not give all the details requested by the committee in a lengthy, multi-part question on the “sexual violence against children committed by members of the clergy, brothers and nuns in numerous countries around the world”….
Pope Setting Up Commission on the Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO, ALAN COWELL and RICK GLADSTONE
Published: December 5, 2013
VATICAN CITY — In his first concrete step to address the clerical sexual-abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will establish a commission to advise him on protecting children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims, the Vatican said Thursday….
Whether the new commission portends a significant change in how the Vatican deals with abusive priests and their protectors remains to be seen, experts on the church said. Yet the timing of the announcement, two days after a United Nations panel criticized the Vatican over its handling of abuse cases, suggested that the pope and his closest advisers wanted to at least be seen as tackling the issue with greater firmness.
Soon after he became pope, Francis directed the Vatican last April to act decisively on abuse cases and punish pedophile priests, in a meeting with subordinates at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the church’s enforcement arm. But he had said little about the sexual abuse problem since….
March 17, 2011 Comments Off on ‘World’s largest paedophile ring’ uncovered, priest abuse case
‘World’s largest paedophile ring’ uncovered
16 March 2011 By Dominic Casciani BBC News home affairs correspondent
International police led by a UK team say they shut down the largest internet paedophile ring yet discovered.
The global forum had 70,000 followers at its height, leading to 4,000 intelligence reports being sent to police across 30 countries.
The operation has so far identified 670 suspects and 230 abused children. Detectives say 184 people have been arrested – 121 of them were in the UK. Some 60 children have been protected in the UK.
The three-year investigation, Operation Rescue, was led by investigators from the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop). Speaking at a news conference at The Hague in the Netherlands, investigators said the network hid behind a legal online forum which operated out of the country – but its members came from around the world.
Along with the Netherlands and the UK, suspects have been identified in Australia, Italy, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand.
The members of the network went into a private channel, boylover.net, and then used its secret systems to share films and images of abused children, said Rob Wainwright, director of European police agency Europol.
Child abuse ‘big business online’12 May 2010
There are around 450 criminal gangs around the world making money from images of child sex abuse, the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation has said. The watchdog’s annual report says that the 10 most prolific of these account for more than 650 web pages.
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Holy See accused of flouting UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – At the plenary session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday 15 March 2011, Keith Porteous Wood of Britain’s National Secular Society accused the Holy See of contravening its duties under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in relation to child abuse.