Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew’s alleged efforts to protect paedophile pal could be revealed in court, claims teenage ‘sex slave’ was trafficked to UK, Ian Watkins’ ex-lover found not guilty over child abuse images, Invisible Scars Documentary and Trailer
January 16, 2015 Comments Off on Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew’s alleged efforts to protect paedophile pal could be revealed in court, claims teenage ‘sex slave’ was trafficked to UK, Ian Watkins’ ex-lover found not guilty over child abuse images, Invisible Scars Documentary and Trailer
– Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew’s alleged efforts to protect paedophile pal could be revealed in court
– Prince Andrew allegations: Scotland Yard asked to probe claims teenage ‘sex slave’ was trafficked to UK
– Ian Watkins’ ex-lover found not guilty over child abuse images
– Invisible Scars Documentary and Trailer
Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew’s alleged efforts to protect paedophile pal could be revealed in court
Jan 15, 2015 By Christopher Bucktin
A judge has ordered the disgraced tycoon’s lawyers to come up with “extraordinary circumstances” as to why so-called ‘sex papers’ should be kept secret
Prince Andrew’s alleged bid to help paedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein get a reduced jail sentence could be revealed in court for the first time.
A judge has ordered the disgraced tycoon’s lawyers to come up with “extraordinary circumstances” as to why papers believed to contain the names of key figures, including the Duke of York, who lobbied on his behalf in a plea bargaining case should be kept secret.
If they fail, it means Andrew’s alleged efforts to protect 61-year-old Epstein could be revealed in full, sparking major embarrassment at Buckingham Palace.
Epstein was jailed in 2008 for 18 months for soliciting a minor for prostitution. He could have been jailed for up to 20 years but cut a plea deal with prosecutors that gave him a much shorter term.
But two alleged victims, named as Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 in court papers, have launched a lawsuit in Florida arguing they should have been made aware of the deal, which granted the pervert a protective order preventing any details of the arrangement being made public….
Prince Andrew allegations: Scotland Yard asked to probe claims teenage ‘sex slave’ was trafficked to UK
Jan 15, 2015 By Nick Sommerlad
Peter Saunders of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood has passed Virginia Roberts’ allegations to ex-Operation Yewtree head Peter Spindler
Campaigners against child abuse have asked Scotland Yard to investigate claims a 17-year-old ‘sex slave’ was trafficked to London to romp with Prince Andrew.
Peter Saunders of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood has passed the allegations by US masseuse Virginia Roberts to ex-Operation Yewtree head Commander Peter Spindler.
Mr Saunders said: “If crimes have been committed here, they should be investigated.”
Court documents filed in Florida last month claim Andrew’s close friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, arranged for Virginia to have sex with the prince after she was “internationally trafficked” into the UK.
If police decide to investigate, it could lead to Andrew being quizzed as a witness….
Buckingham Palace emphatically denies Andrew, 54, had any sexual contact with Miss Roberts, now 30.
She claims she also had sex with the prince at Epstein’s mansion in New York and on his private Caribbean island, where the age of consent is 18.
Ian Watkins’ ex-lover found not guilty over child abuse images
Joanne Mjadzelics cleared of possessing indecent images after arguing she was trying to bring Lostprophets singer to justice
A woman who repeatedly warned police about the paedophile activities of the disgraced rock star Ian Watkins, but was herself prosecuted after trying to entrap him, claimed children could have been saved from abuse if she had been believed.
Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, was cleared by a jury on Wednesday of sharing explicit and shocking images of children with the former Lostprophets singer after explaining that she had played along with Watkins to prove that he was a dangerous serial abuser.
During her trial at Cardiff crown court she said she first went to police four years before Watkins was finally arrested for a string of offences against children and attempting to rape a baby but was not believed and instead found herself the victim of what she called a “vicious” prosecution….
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining how South Wales police and two other forces investigated Watkins, who is serving 35 years for his crimes, amid concerns that he might have got away with his offending for years because he was famous, rich and powerful….
Invisible Scars Documentary
Invisible Scars explores Child Sexual Abuse (“CSA”) through the eyes of Johnna Janis, a woman, mother, wife, and friend who appears strong and confident. She candidly reveals the life-long struggles she has faced from the events that have haunted her since childhood.
With the assistance of experts and leaders in the fight against CSA, she comes to understand how her emotional trauma has negatively impacted her self-image, her interpersonal relationships, and nearly all significant decisions in her life. Armed with this awareness, she explores tools and resources which are available to help CSA victims overcome the debilitating effects of their childhood experiences.
This film also presents an opportunity for the public to become educated, to understand the prevalence and devastating impact of child sexual abuse in our society, and to support efforts to help prevent other children from becoming victims.
“INVISIBLE SCARS” – Trailer (2015)
Directed by Sergio Myers, Co-Produced by Johnna Janis & Sergio Myers
Frances Andrade death: Charity calls for review in child abuse trials, Ireland sent girls, women to Catholic workhouses until 1996, report finds
February 11, 2013 Comments Off on Frances Andrade death: Charity calls for review in child abuse trials, Ireland sent girls, women to Catholic workhouses until 1996, report finds
Frances Andrade death: Charity calls for review in child abuse trials
Frances Andrade Violin teacher Frances Andrade was found dead after giving evidence 9 February 2013
A charity for adults who were abused in childhood has said the way prosecutions are brought must change after a victim took her own life during a trial.
Frances Andrade was found dead less than a week after she faced Michael Brewer at Manchester Crown Court.
Following Brewer’s conviction for indecently assaulting her, her family said “the court system let her down”.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s Pete Saunders said the “legal system has to change”.
He said a conclusion such as the one in Mrs Andrade’s case was “not as uncommon as it should be”.
‘Ashamed of themselves’
“She is another victim not only of the people who abused her, but the British legal system too,” he said.
“The people who put her through the trauma of the court case should be ashamed of themselves.
“Child abuse is a unique crime and it should be dealt with very sensitively. Instead, it is dealt with as if it were any other sort of crime.”….
Ireland sent girls, women to Catholic workhouses until 1996, report finds
By Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News
Ireland’s government was directly involved in sending girls and women to work for nothing in laundries run by Catholic orders, a landmark report published Tuesday concluded.
The report by Irish Senator Martin McAleese found that orphans and abused, neglected or unruly children were among more than 10,000 sent to the Magdalen Laundries from 1922 to 1996.
Some had committed minor crimes, others were simply homeless or poor. Women with mental or physical disabilities and some people with psychiatric illness also found themselves in the laundries.
Their average age, the report found, was 23, but the youngest child was just nine and the oldest known entrant was 89.
Activists called on the government to issue a formal apology and pay compensation, with one group saying those affected had been “treated like slaves.”
Their plight came to greater public attention when it was the subject of a 2002 film called The Magdalene Sisters, which used a different spelling.
And in June 2011, the United Nations’ Committee on Torture highlighted allegations of “physical, emotional abuses and other ill-treatment” and said it was “gravely concerned” at Ireland’s failure to “protect girls and women who were involuntarily confined.”….
December 21, 2012 Comments Off on School abuse victim $23m damages, Savile 450 alleged victims, Epigenetics and Stress
School abuse victim wins $23 million in damages
By Melissa Pamer, NBCLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES — A former student in Los Angeles was awarded $23 million in damages Tuesday for sexual abuse he endured at the hands of his elementary school teacher.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for less than five hours before finding in favor of the teen.
The lawsuit, filed on his behalf in October 2009, concerned abuse by Forrest Stobbe, the boy’s fifth-grade teacher at Queen Anne Elementary School in the Mid-Wilshire area.
Stobbe was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading no contest to criminal charges in the case in 2011. He had been arrested in 2010, when he was 39….
Stobbe abused the boy 10 to 15 times in the classroom during the 2008-9 school years, and another five times during the summer of 2009, according to Estey.
Jimmy Savile abuse: Number of alleged victims reaches 450 12 December 2012
Police have confirmed that the number of alleged sex abuse victims of the late Jimmy Savile has reached 450.
The Operation Yewtree team said 589 alleged victims have come forward during their investigation of offences committed by Savile and others.
Of the alleged victims, 82% were female and 80% were children or young people.
Meanwhile, police have set up Operation Fairbank to investigate allegations by Labour MP Tom Watson of a paedophile ring in high places.
Mr Watson said in October that police should investigate claims of a “powerful paedophile ring” linked to a previous prime minister’s “senior adviser” and Parliament.
‘Exploited his position’
Savile, who died last year aged 84, was a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of the Jim’ll Fix It show on BBC One.
Operation Yewtree, which launched 10 weeks ago, has a team of 30 officers and has so far cost about £2m.
Police said on Wednesday they have recorded 199 alleged crimes in 17 police force areas against Savile.
They said they had recorded 31 allegations of rape against Savile in seven force areas.
Met Police Commander Peter Spindler, head of Operation Yewtree, said: “Savile’s offending peaked in the 70s and what we can show, or will be showing in the New Year, is how he used his position in society across the country – the crimes relate to 17 different police force areas – how he exploited this position to get his sexual gratification.”
BBC home affairs correspondent Matt Prodger says the level of allegations against Savile – 450 in total – is unprecedented – never before have police received that number of allegations against a single person.
Our correspondent says he believes the police have a total of 20 suspects whom they wish to interview. They have interviewed seven people in total – six of whom were arrested.
Police are looking at three strands within their inquiry – claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others only….
‘I’m staying put’: Esther Rantzen claims she will remain child abuse charity patron after claims she ignored warnings over Jimmy Savile
Rantzen is a patron of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood
Child abuse campaigner Shy Keenan says she warned Rantzen about paedophile rumours but Rantzen strenuously denies this
Television presenter faces accusations that she failed to act on information
ChildLine founder says she cannot remember the incident and denies that Jimmy Savile’s name was ever mentioned
Department of Health launches inquiry about why Savile was appointed to ‘taskforce’ overseeing management of Broadmoor hospital
Rantzen said today she would remain as patron of child abuse charity, despite founder claiming trustees would discuss if she was still appropriate
By Anna Edwards, Alex Ward and Larisa Brown
15 October 2012
Esther Rantzen has strenuously denied rumours she is facing the sack as patron of a child abuse charity after she failed to act on allegations that Jimmy Savile molested youngsters….
Jimmy Savile abuse allegations: Timeline
2 November 2012 Allegations of sexual abuse by Sir Jimmy Savile continue to emerge after ITV broadcasts an investigation on 3 October. This timeline charts the presenter’s rise to fame, the claims against him and subsequent action by police and broadcasters.
Genes and Immune System Shaped by Childhood Poverty, Stress
Oct. 18, 2012 — A University of British Columbia and Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) study has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity, all leave an imprint on a person’s genes. And, that this imprint could play a role in our immune response.
The study was published last week in a special volume of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that looks at how experiences beginning before birth and in the years after can affect the course of a person’s life.
Known as epigenetics, or the study of changes in gene expression, this research examined a process called DNA methylation where a chemical molecule is added to DNA and acts like a dimmer on a light bulb switch, turning genes on or off or setting them somewhere in between. Research has shown that a person’s life experiences play a role in shaping DNA methylation patterns.
The research team discovered that childhood poverty, but not socioeconomic status as an adult, was correlated with the marks or methylation patterns left on genes.
“We found biological residue of early life poverty,” said Michael Kobor, an associate professor of medical genetics at UBC, whose CMMT lab at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) led the research. “This was based on clear evidence that environmental influences correlate with epigenetic patterns.”….
L. L. Lam, E. Emberly, H. B. Fraser, S. M. Neumann, E. Chen, G. E. Miller, M. S. Kobor. Factors underlying variable DNA methylation in a human community cohort. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012; 109 (Supplement_2): 17253 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1121249109