November 9, 2016 Comments Off on British campaigners warn of emergency over online child sexual abuse
British campaigners warn of emergency over online child sexual abuse
NSPCC report suggest more than half a million men in the UK may have viewed child sexual abuse images online Esther Addley Tuesday 8 November 2016
Child exploitation campaigners have warned of a looming “social emergency” after a report by the NSPCC suggested more than half a million men in the UK may have viewed child sexual abuse images on the internet.
The new figures, based on a large-scale German study this year, are far higher than previous estimates. In 2013 it was suggested that around 50,000 UK-based individuals were involved in downloading and sharing abusive images of children. Last month police chiefs said they feared the number may have risen significantly since then, with one report putting it at up to 100,000.
The German study, which surveyed more than 8,700 men, found that 2.4% of respondents admitted looking at online images of child sexual abuse. Applying the figures to the male UK population, the NSPCC said, “would equate to an estimate that there may be between 450,000 and 590,000 males aged 18-89 in the UK who have at some point viewed and used child sexual abuse images….
Girl, 4, decapitated in Indian ritual sacrifice
November 08, 2016 FoxNews.com
A 4-year-old girl was decapitated and her arms were severed last week in rural India as part of a black magic ritual aimed at finding a lost cell phone.
The girl went missing on October 24 in the Charaideo district of upper Assam, a mostly rural, tribal area in Northeast India, The Washington Post reported. Then last Monday her disfigured body turned up about 90 yards from her home.
The black magic priest suspected in the crime…reportedly escaped. Investigators arrested two of his assistants….
January 28, 2016 Comments Off on Webcam sex abuse ‘established reality’, Mental health care ‘insufficient for abused children’
Mental health care ‘insufficient for abused children’
27 January 2016 UK
Nearly all health professionals believe there are not enough mental health services for children who have suffered sexual abuse, a survey has suggested.
The NSPCC surveyed 1,256 people in the UK, including psychologists, teachers, GPs and social workers, and 96% said there was insufficient help.
Just over half blamed waiting lists, and 78% said accessing help had become more difficult in the last five years.
The government says an extra £1.4bn is being spent to improve the situation.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said the situation “shames the nation” and called for better access to therapy.
The charity says abused children often have to develop chronic mental health problems, be suicidal or self-harming before services become available to them.
It found that in many cases children have to wait more than five months to get specialist support…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35413456
Webcam sex abuse ‘established reality’ in the UK
By Angus Crawford BBC News 26 January 2016 UK
Paedophile Trevor Monk paid for the live streaming of child abuse from the Philippines and then travelled there to carry out the abuse himself. His case represents a growing problem of British men ordering abuse over the internet.
A webcam and an internet connection was all Monk needed to carry out a catalogue of abuse on children as young as eight years old.
Having arranged “facilitators” to co-ordinate from Manila, the 47-year-old transferred money in exchange for young girls performing sex acts in front of a computer.
Watching the live stream from his home in Erith, south-east London, Monk later went a step further and travelled to the Philippines where he abused at least nine young girls in person. He is also known to have travelled to Thailand.
Police and charities are concerned this type of abuse is a growing trend, made easier by the amount of untraceable messaging services now available.
Typically offenders like Monk use social media or live pornography sites to make contact – either with a family or a pimp.
They then pay as little as £15 via international transfer and are allowed to direct the abuse over the internet.
But this case also reveals just how much money can be involved. Over a four year period between 2010 and 2014 Monk paid out more than £14,000 to pay for what he called “shows”, transferring the money in small amounts via Western Union….
Two years ago, I travelled to the Philippines to observe the effects of this global crime on the local population.
The BBC found in 2014 that the abuse took place in slum areas in the Philippines
I met children as young as five who had been sexually assaulted by their own parents – paid to do so by sex offenders in Europe.
During visits to slums in Cebu City in the south of the country, I saw that whole areas had been taken over by the trade.
Police took me to a house where children would be brought by their relatives to take part in the live streaming.
I was told that it had become “a cottage industry”…. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35384504
Will Bill Cosby ever face prosecution over allegations of sexual misdeeds?, Scale of child abuse images online is ‘shocking’, says NSPCC
July 22, 2015 Comments Off on Will Bill Cosby ever face prosecution over allegations of sexual misdeeds?, Scale of child abuse images online is ‘shocking’, says NSPCC
Will Bill Cosby ever face prosecution over allegations of sexual misdeeds?
By Paul Farhi July 20, 2015
There is little question that Bill Cosby’s revered reputation is in tatters. But will he ever be called to account for conduct that has led to multiple lawsuits and accusations of sexual misconduct from more than 40 women?
The one assault allegation against Cosby to progress through the legal system — a 2005 civil suit brought by a Temple University employee named Andrea Constand — was settled without any admission by Cosby. But Constand’s complaint set in motion events that could raise new legal troubles for Cosby and that have the potential to be powerful pieces of evidence against him in potential civil or criminal cases, plaintiffs attorneys and others say. The most problematic are Cosby’s own account contained in court records and his deposition in the Constand case.
The records, which have been unsealed or disclosed in the past two weeks, contain Cosby’s admission that he gave drugs to women he sought to have sex with, including Constand and some of the long line of women who have accused him of drugging and assaulting women since the late 1960s (Cosby has denied any criminal intent)….
Cosby, however, may still face criminal charges. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a sexual-battery complaint filed by Chloe Goins,a model who says Cosby spiked her drink during a party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 2008 and then removed her clothes and masturbated in her presence after she passed out, according to Goins’s attorney, Spencer Kuvin.
The statute of limitations on the allegation won’t run out until next April, Kuvin said. He said the LAPD has questioned Goins twice since she came forward in December. If officials decline to pursue a criminal case, he said, he is prepared to file a civil suit on Goins’s behalf.
The LAPD has confirmed an ongoing investigation of Cosby’s behavior but has not identified the alleged victim. Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents 17 Cosby accusers, said one of her clients, Judy Huth, also has spoken to detectives….
Scale of child abuse images online is ‘shocking’, says NSPCC
Charity claims there are two convictions each day for indecent images and calls for urgent action two years after government promised crackdown
More than a quarter of those convicted of viewing abuse images were also found guilty of other sexual crimes. Press Association Tuesday 21 July 2015
Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.
The charity said its analysis of news reports showed there had been at least 1,000 court cases involving indecent images of children since David Cameron’s July 2013 speech in which he threatened to impose tough new laws on internet companies if they failed to blacklist key search terms.
The NSPCC said a snapshot of 100 cases revealed that 4.5m child abuse images were discovered among them, with one in three of the 101 convicted criminals involved having held a position of trust or a role that allowed them access to children….
Six out of 10 were jailed. Those convicted included a father and son, and a teenager who confessed to viewing such pictures from the age of 12. More than a quarter were also convicted of other sexual crimes, including grooming, voyeurism, and indecent assault, and one in six already had criminal records for similar offences….
Sex Industry Child Trafficking, Madonna: I Was Raped at Knifepoint, Child Abuse Effects, Children Who Report Abuse Often Ignored
October 8, 2013 Comments Off on Sex Industry Child Trafficking, Madonna: I Was Raped at Knifepoint, Child Abuse Effects, Children Who Report Abuse Often Ignored
– I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse
– Madonna: I was raped at knifepoint
– Children who report abuse are often ignored, says NSPCC
– The truth is that the effects of child abuse are long-lasting, not just on its victims but on the health system’s bottom line
I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse
Aged four, Raven Kaliana’s parents took her to a film studio where she was sexually abused in front of cameras. For most of her childhood they regularly trafficked her to the sex industry. Now she campaigns against child abuse
Nuala Calvi The Guardian, Friday 4 October 2013
One of Raven Kaliana’s earliest memories is being taken to a family portrait studio by her parents, at around the age of four. The studio was in the basement of a department store in a town 50 miles from their home. Once they had arrived, they waited for another couple to arrive with their own child.
“Would you like to have your picture taken with this cute little boy?” her mother asked, before the parents left the kids with the photographer and retired to the cafe upstairs. But while they sat eating ice cream, the images being made in the studio down below were far from happy family portraits. Raven and her companion had just been sold into the child abuse industry.
It was to be the beginning of a 15-year ordeal, which saw Raven regularly trafficked by her parents and other members of an organised crime ring from her home in a middle-class suburb in the American north-west to locations all over the US and abroad. In her teens, the crimes were often perpetrated in Los Angeles, where many film studios provided ample opportunity for the underground child abuse industry in the 70s and 80s….
Inevitably, as she grew older, Raven’s value to her abusers decreased and subsequently the kinds of films she was required to take part in became more extreme and violent.
Yet from a young age, she had learned from her parents to rationalise and deny what was going on within the family. “It’s the same way that someone who has a problem with alcohol will rationalise their behaviour – ‘It’s only this many drinks. It’s before noon but, oh well, just today’.
“I remember my mother saying things like, ‘Oh, they’ll never remember it,’ like people do when they get their babies’ ears pierced. I told myself that my parents meant well, that what I was going through was what was necessary to help my family. It was paying our mortgage.”….
Her adult life has been driven by the belief that it is important for survivors of child sexual exploitation and trafficking to tell their stories, in order to make people realise that these aren’t crimes that happen “somewhere else, to someone else”. She moved to the UK to create Hooray for Hollywood, an autobiographical play in which the children are represented by puppets, while the adults – their parents – are only shown up to waist height, from a child’s eye view. This critically acclaimed drama has toured the UK, Poland and France, and has been made into a film….
Britain’s Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre, a division of the police, says the number of indecent images of children in circulation on the internet runs into millions, with police forces reporting seizures of up to 2.5m images in single collections alone, while the number of individual children depicted in these images is likely to be in the tens of thousands. The commonest way that offenders found their victims was through family and personal relationships….
For Raven, the psychological effects of her abuse have been extreme. From an early age she began to experience dissociative amnesia – a psychological phenomenon common in victims of inescapable trauma, in which painful experiences are blocked out, leading to gaps in memory. “I started putting things into little rooms in my mind, and it was like: OK, we don’t look in that room,” she says. “When there’s no relief, there’s no one stepping in to save you, and it’s clear you’re just going to have to endure something, then your mind just does that. As a child, dissociation is a serious survival advantage, but in adulthood it can become a disability.”
It was at the age of 15 that the coping mechanisms of denial and dissociation began to break down. “At school, I started getting flashbacks – like remembering being in a warehouse the night before – and I could feel in my body it was true, but it was terrifying because I didn’t want those things to be true.”….
The therapy made it possible for her to move on and start to enjoy life. “I realised that it is possible to get your life back. I started to gain an appreciation for life and a recognition that I only have so many breaths, so I’ve got to use them well.”….
Hooray for Hollywood, began as a play and is also available as a short film. Both puppets and performers communicate a fractured tale for adult audiences, set within the child pornography industry. This criminal underworld is revealed in flashes and glimpses from a child’s vantage point. Laced with black humour and a haunting live violin score by Susanna Ferrar, it presents a window on both human frailty and resilience. It is based on a true story. http://www.hoorayforhollywood.co.uk/
Madonna: I was raped at knifepoint
Singer writes of how she was held up at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop and burgled three times in first year in New York
theguardian.com, Saturday 5 October 2013
Madonna has detailed how she was raped not long after she moved to New York City at the age of 19, in a revealing account of her life to date.
In an article for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the singer said she was forced on to the roof of a building at knifepoint and attacked. The first-person account, which accompanied a fashion shoot, spans Madonna’s life from growing up in the US midwest and moving away from home, to her marriages and children.
“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time,” she wrote….http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/05/madonna-raped-knifepoint-new-york-20s
Children who report abuse are often ignored, says NSPCC
Sunday 06 October 2013
When children tell adults they are being abused, their confidants only take action in just over half of cases, according to a study by the NSPCC. Eight out of 10 abused under-18s tried to tell an adult, according to research based on interviews with 60 young adults. But adults acted in only 58 per cent of cases.
The insight comes as several high-profile cases reveal the failure of social services and other agencies to react to signs of children being ill-treated.
Previous research concluded that abuse is under-reported and that most children don’t speak out, often carrying their secret for years. This has led some to dismiss the idea of asking children themselves what is going on….
It took an average of seven years for those children who had been sexually abused to successfully tell someone about what was happening and to get help.
Pam Miller, co-author of the report called No One Noticed, No One Heard, which is published tomorrow, said: “We were surprised at the number of people who had told someone about their abuse as a child, particularly given the extreme amount of abuse they suffered.
“We keep hearing in these serious case reviews of all these missed opportunities …. We, as professionals, don’t pay attention often to what the child might say, because our minds are already closed to the idea that they might tell us stuff….
The truth is that the effects of child abuse are long-lasting, not just on its victims but on the health system’s bottom line
October 7, 2013 Rebecca Reeve
Churches have begun to acknowledge how they ”failed” abused children. Scouts NSW recently told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it, too, had ”failed” young boys. But such admissions are insufficient if society’s largest institution, government, fails to invest fully in child protection….
Research published in the journal Economic Record and conducted by Dr Kees van Gool and myself at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation shows that in addition to the human cost of child abuse there are lasting health effects for victims and therefore substantial and very long-term costs for the health system…..
In all cases the outcomes are worst for victims of combined physical and sexual abuse.
We found that the average annual healthcare costs of people who had been sexually abused as children were more than double those of the people who had not been abused. For those who had been both sexually and physically abused, annual healthcare costs as adults were six times higher.
The study also found the probability that a woman would attempt suicide rose from 1.2 per cent within the general community to 17.5 per cent among women who had suffered combined physical and sexual child abuse.
Among men, the probability of drug abuse rose from 7.5 per cent generally to 25.8 per cent for those who had suffered combined abuse.
The probability of alcohol abuse increased from 6.6 per cent for women who had not been abused to 17.9 per cent for women who had suffered combined abuse. For men, the probability rose from 32.1 per cent to 49.8 per cent….
Randofontein teen confesses to satanic ritual killing, Police say Jimmy Savile abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years
October 5, 2013 Comments Off on Randofontein teen confesses to satanic ritual killing, Police say Jimmy Savile abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years
Randfontein teen confesses satanic killing of friend
South Africa Friday 4 October 2013
JOHANNESBURG – A 15-year-old Johannesburg girl has confessed to stabbing her friend to death as part of a Satanic ritual.
The teenager has told the Palm Ridge High Court she killed her schoolmate in order to move up the ranks of a Satanic cult in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg.
The accused says Keamogetswe Sefularo posed a threat to the group, because she could identify its members and knew about the cult’s practices.
She claims these rituals include visiting graveyards and members cutting themselves and sucking each other’s blood….
New Savile abuse victims are STILL coming forward a year after paedophile presenter’s reign of terror was exposed
Police say Jimmy Savile abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years
Children’s charity NSPCC says more victims are still coming forward
Charity has also seen an overall surge in the number of child victims of sexual abuse and rape contacting them
The number of cases it is referring to police and social services is up 84%
By Daniel Martin
3 October 2013
The NSPCC is still receiving calls from victims of Jimmy Savile a year on from the TV documentary which exposed the serial paedophile’s reign of terror.
Police say there the former BBC broadcaster abused at least 1,300 people over 54 years – but the children’s charity said more were still coming forward.
The charity revealed that publicity over the scandal has led to an overall surge in the number of child victims of sexual abuse and rape contacting the NSPCC….