Royal Commission into Child Abuse to examine Salvation Army homes, Jehovah’s Witnesses child abuse victims ‘may never see justice’ , may be occult ritual slaying, Ex-priest later admitted he abused at least 14 boys

October 6, 2015 Comments Off on Royal Commission into Child Abuse to examine Salvation Army homes, Jehovah’s Witnesses child abuse victims ‘may never see justice’ , may be occult ritual slaying, Ex-priest later admitted he abused at least 14 boys

– Royal Commission into Child Abuse begins hearings in Adelaide to examine Salvation Army homes
“years of abuse they suffered at the hands of Salvation Army members”

– Jehovah’s Witnesses child abuse victims ‘may never see justice’
“she expected there to be hundreds of “silent” victims within the church in the UK due to the two-witness rule”

– High court refuses appeal from killer in slaying of boy, 12
“may have been an occult ritual slaying”

– Ex-priest jailed in abuse scandal has been set free – Ronald Paquin
“later admitted to medical evaluators that he abused at least 14 boys”

Royal Commission into Child Abuse begins hearings in Adelaide to examine Salvation Army homes
The Advertiser  October 06, 2015

CHILD sex abuse victims at Salvation Army homes were physically beaten or further sexually abused if they reported crimes against them, the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

Opening the 33rd public hearing of the national commission in Adelaide, counsel assisting Sophie David SC, said the hearing would examine abuse at four Salvation Army homes in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia between 1940 and 1980.

Three former residents of Eden Park Boys’ Home in the Adelaide Hills will tell the commission of years of abuse they suffered at the hands of Salvation Army members including Sergeant William John Keith Ellis.

Ms David said Eden Park employees were reported as far back as 1940, when a staff member was jailed for indecent conduct against three boys.

Despite subsequent allegations in the 1950s and 1960s, Eden Park was allowed to continue to house wards of the state, mainly young boys.

“We expect the survivor evidence and documentary evidence to show that child sexual abuse was widespread, unchecked and flourished over a long period of time at the Salvation Army institutions,” Ms David said….

The royal commission into child sexual abuse in Adelaide has heard over 20 perpetrators have been identified at Salvation Army run homes….
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-begins-hearings-in-adelaide-to-examine-salvation-army-homes/story-e6frg6n6-1227558598417

Jehovah’s Witnesses child abuse victims ‘may never see justice’ STV  5 October 2015
Victims of child abuse by the Jehovah’s Witnesses may never see the perpetrators brought to justice unless the government closes a loophole allowing criminals to evade justice, campaigners have warned.

The UK Government has been asked to introduce mandatory reporting to police whenever an allegation of child sex abuse is made within the faith group.

Currently, the organisation’s “two-witness rule” means it deals with allegations of abuse internally and only investigates if the claims are corroborated by a second testimony – something lawyers say is unlikely given that many victims are abused in private.

Concern over the number of “hidden” victims has prompted campaigners to hand a letter to Downing Street calling on the government to take action….

The call comes after a landmark case in which a woman abused as a child by a Jehovah’s Witness minister won £275,000 damages at the high court.

Kathleen Hallisey, senior solicitor with London-based AO Advocates, who represented the woman in court, said the Royal Commission investigation into institutional child sexual abuse in Australia revealed thousands of victims and said she expected there to be hundreds of “silent” victims within the church in the UK due to the two-witness rule….
http://news.stv.tv/scotland/1330094-jehovahs-witnesses-child-abuse-victims-may-never-see-justice/


High court refuses appeal from killer in slaying of boy, 12

Monday, October 5, 2015 Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal from a 38-year-old man on Texas death row for the 1998 fatal beating and robbery of a 12-year-old Rio Grande Valley boy in what authorities said may have been an occult ritual slaying.

The high court on Monday rejected the case of Pablo Vasquez, who was convicted and condemned for the slaying of David Cardenas.

Cardenas went missing after attending a party attended by Vasquez and a 15-year-cousin. When his body was found in a field in Donna, authorities said the boy had been scalped and mutilated.

Evidence at Vasquez’s trial showed he acknowledged killing the boy and drinking his blood.

Vasquez’s cousin, Andy Chapa, is serving a 35-year prison term for his involvement.

Vasquez doesn’t yet have an execution date.
http://www.theeagle.com/news/texas/high-court-refuses-appeal-from-killer-in-slaying-of-boy/article_a3d5143e-9cb4-5653-8a9a-5632514af588.html

Ex-priest jailed in abuse scandal has been set free
By Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement Globe Staff  October 02, 2015

A former Catholic priest in Haverhill and Methuen who was a prominent figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal and who psychologists say admitted to molesting at least 14 boys was released Friday from state custody, officials said.

Ronald H. Paquin, 72, was freed after the two medical specialists determined he does not currently meet the legal criteria for sexual dangerousness, despite his history, the officials said….

Paquin pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court in 2002 to charges that he repeatedly raped a Haverhill altar boy between 1989 and 1992, beginning when the victim was 12. Paquin was defrocked in 2004 and removed from his active ministry years earlier….

Paquin was a key figure in the Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigative series that exposed the clergy sex-abuse scandal. The newspaper reported in 2002 that the Boston Archdiocese moved Paquin from a Methuen parish to a Haverhill church in 1981, apparently after learning about molestation allegations that were made against him.

In 2002, Paquin told the Globe that he “fooled around” with boys, but “never raped anyone and I never felt gratified myself.”

He later admitted to medical evaluators that he abused at least 14 boys and said he was also abused as a child, first by other youths and later by a priest, according to legal filings. He was convicted criminally only in the Haverhill altar boy case….

One Haverhill teenager who was an alleged victim, James M. Francis, was killed in 1981 when he was riding in a car Paquin was driving that rolled over in New Hampshire.

Paquin was accused in a lawsuit of driving impaired during the accident and molesting Francis hours earlier, charges he denied….
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/02/ronald-paquin-former-catholic-priest-center-abuse-scandal-boston-archdiocese-freed/TOBVQCjIHLHGeFL60Yj26J/story.html

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

Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules

September 3, 2011 Comments Off on Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules

Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules
29 August 2011 – The Irish justice minister has said that forthcoming child protection measures, including mandatory reporting will “apply regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping”.

Alan Shatter was responding to comments made by Cardinal Sean Brady who defended the seal of confession.

Cardinal Brady stressed it was a “sacred and treasured” rite.

Mr Shatter said past failures in the Catholic Church had led paedophiles to believe they could act with “impunity”.

Last month the Cloyne report was published.

It found the diocese failed to report all complaints of abuse to police.
Past failures

As a result, a number of child protection measures were announced under the legislation currently being drawn up.

A priest could be convicted of a criminal offence if they were told of a sexual abuse case and failed to report it to the civil authorities.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Mr Shatter said: “It is the failure in the past to make such reports that has led sexual predators into believing that they have impunity and facilitated paedophiles preying on children and destroying their lives.”

Anyone who fails to declare information about the abuse of a child could face a prison term of five years….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-14707515

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