Bill Cosby charged with felony sexual assault in Pennsylvania, South Korea, Japan reach agreement on ‘comfort women’

December 31, 2015 Comments Off on Bill Cosby charged with felony sexual assault in Pennsylvania, South Korea, Japan reach agreement on ‘comfort women’

Bill Cosby charged with felony sexual assault in Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN, Pa. By Daniel Kelley  Wed Dec 30, 2015

Bill Cosby was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman after plying her with drugs and alcohol in 2004, marking the only criminal case against the once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona has been tainted by dozens of misconduct accusations.

Cosby, 78, walking with a cane and accompanied by two lawyers, appeared for his arraignment hours later at a courthouse in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, where he posted a $1 million bond, turned over his passport and was ordered to avoid any contact with his accuser.

Smiling and politely thanking District Court Judge Elizabeth McHugh at the end of the brief proceeding, Cosby left the courthouse and was driven to a nearby police precinct to be finger-printed and booked.

He emerged from the police station 10 minutes later and was whisked away in the same black sport utility vehicle that had delivered him to the courthouse. He made no statements as a throng of reporters shouted questions at him.

He is due to return to court on Jan. 14 for a preliminary hearing.

The case against Cosby was filed just before the statute of limitations deadline for criminal prosecution was due to lapse in January. The charge stems from allegations leveled by Andrea Constand, who settled a civil case against Cosby for an undisclosed sum in 2006.

“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” Kevin Steele, the newly elected district attorney for Montgomery County, told an earlier news conference. Steele made a campaign issue of his intent to prosecute Cosby.

Constand, a former basketball team manager at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater, is one of more than 50 women who have publicly accused the star of sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.

Cosby has not entered a plea in Wednesday’s case. But he and his lawyers, while acknowledging marital infidelity on his part, have consistently denied any allegations of sexual misconduct….
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-cosby-idUSKBN0UD1CW20151230

South Korea, Japan reach agreement on ‘comfort women’
By Holly Yan, KJ Kwon, Junko Ogura and Tiffany Ap, CNN

Tue December 29, 2015

(CNN) Japan and South Korea have reached an agreement over the long-standing issue of “comfort women,” a term that describes sex slaves used by the Japanese military during World War II.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said his government will give 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund to help those who suffered.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that as long as Tokyo sticks to its side of the deal, Seoul will consider the issue “irreversibly” resolved.

In addition, the two governments “will refrain from criticizing and blaming each other in the international society, including the United Nations,” Yun said at a joint news conference Monday.

Kishida said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.”

Abe later stated himself: “I think we did our duty for the current generation by reaching this final and irreversible resolution before the end of the 70th year since the war.”….

But an advocacy group for former comfort women said the deal announced Monday is “a diplomatic humiliation.”

“Although the Japanese government announced that it ‘feels (its) responsibilities,’ the statement lacks the acknowledgment of the fact that the colonial government and its military had committed a systematic crime,” said the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery. “The government had not just been simply involved but actively initiated the activities which were criminal and illegal.”

The group took issue that it did not address the issue of Japanese history textbooks glossing over the scope of the war crimes…..

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the forced recruitment of the “comfort women” was a grave crime against humanity.

“The Chinese side always maintains that the Japanese side should face up to and reflect upon its history of aggression and properly deal with the relevant issue with a sense of responsibility.”

China, which was also occupied by Japan prior to and during the World War II has long been critical of its neighbor’s role in the war and its apparent lack of remorse for war crimes following defeat in 1945….
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/28/asia/south-korea-japan-comfort-women/

Bills would change child abuse reporting requirements in Pa., defining who reports and how

April 5, 2014 Comments Off on Bills would change child abuse reporting requirements in Pa., defining who reports and how

Bills would change child abuse reporting requirements in Pa., defining who reports and how
By Charles Thompson April 04, 2014

….But lawyers and non-lawyers appear to have reached a compromise on what may be the biggest upgrade yet to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws coming out of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Final votes are expected at the Capitol next week on bills that redesign mandatory reporting requirements in cases of suspected child abuse.

Lawmakers have already modernized the definition of abuse, and approved measures that strengthen law enforcement and child welfare response.

But, as some child protection advocates note, the best system in the world doesn’t get activated without a report.

“Without a report (of suspected child abuse)… the cavalry doesn’t come running to ask that child if they’re OK,” explained Rep. Todd Stephens, a Montgomery County Republican who played a key role in late-stage negotiations on the bills.

The new requirements delineate 14 categories of mandated reporters, including all school employees, all staff at child care and medical facilities, librarians and even – in a Pennsylvania first – volunteers who work regularly in youth sports or other activities like church groups, Boy Scouts or dance companies….
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/bills_beefing_up_child_abuse_r.html

Irish Catholic watchdog issues child abuse report, House advances child-abuse reforms

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Irish Catholic watchdog issues child abuse report, House advances child-abuse reforms

Irish Catholic watchdog issues child abuse report
December 10, 2013 AP News

LONDON (AP) — Only 12 of the hundreds of staff members accused of child abuse in Ireland’s Christian Brothers order since the mid-1970s have been convicted, the watchdog of the country’s Catholic Church said Tuesday.

The report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church looked into how the Christian Brothers, a Catholic order set up to run schools, handled abuse allegations. It said although abuse claims were made against 325 of the order’s officials since 1975, only a dozen were convicted of crimes.

It was the latest setback for the Christian Brothers, whose history of running schools for boys across Ireland dates back to the early 1800s. The order’s reputation has been damaged in recent years by the revelation of widespread child abuse in Irish Catholic institutions….
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-12-10/irish-catholic-watchdog-issues-child-abuse-report

House advances child-abuse reforms
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced several pieces of a child-abuse reform package stemming from the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.

Lawmakers gave final approval to measures to expand the definition of “perpetrator” in child-abuse cases and toughen penalties for assaults against children under certain circumstances.

The bills now move to the Senate, which is expected to send them on to Gov. Tom Corbett.

The legislation is part of a multi-bill package that’s been in the works since shortly after Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, was arrested in late 2011….
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/House-advances-child-abuse-reforms-5052647.php

What Do We Know about the Class of 2013? Pennsylvania: Priest and Ex-Teacher Get Prison for Abuse

June 15, 2013 Comments Off on What Do We Know about the Class of 2013? Pennsylvania: Priest and Ex-Teacher Get Prison for Abuse

What Do We Know about the High School Class of 2013?
By James R. Marsh on June 13, 2013

This just out from Child Trends; some fascinating and sobering statistics about the high school class of 2013.

BETHESDA, MD — June 11, 2013 — Imagine a senior class of 100. They’re the product of their genetic predispositions, their families, their communities, and all of the opportunities (or lack of opportunities) they’ve encountered since birth. They’ve made both good choices and not-so-good ones. They’re on the threshold of adulthood. But what do we really know about them and what does their future hold?

Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center on children and youth issues, examined a range of available statistics to provide this portrait of the high school class of 2013:
….71 have experienced physical assault; 28 have been victimized sexually; 32 have experienced some form of child maltreatment.
…. 39 have ever been bullied, physically or emotionally; 16 have been bullied in the past year.
….22 are living in poverty; 10 are living in deep poverty.
…. 10 report they were victims of dating violence in the past year.
10 report they have been raped
…..3 were victims of violent crime in the past year….
http://www.childlaw.us/2013/06/what-do-we-know-about-the-high.html

Pennsylvania: Priest and Ex-Teacher Get Prison for Abuse
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS June 13, 2013

Exceeding sentencing guidelines, a judge on Wednesday gave prison terms to a Roman Catholic priest and a former teacher in a sexual abuse case that brought down a Philadelphia church official. The priest, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt of Wynnewood, and the former teacher, Bernard Shero of Levittown, maintained their innocence, and the judge threw out the most serious conviction against Father Engelhardt for lack of evidence. Still, Father Engelhardt, 66, who had not previously been accused of abusing children, was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison. Mr. Shero, convicted of rape, was sentenced to 8 to 16 years….
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/us/pennsylvania-priest-and-ex-teacher-get-prison-for-abuse.html

Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension is revoked by Pennsylvania after sentencing in child sex abuse case

October 11, 2012 Comments Off on Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension is revoked by Pennsylvania after sentencing in child sex abuse case

Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension is revoked by Pennsylvania after sentencing in child sex abuse case

The retirement system told Sandusky he will no longer receive his $4,908 monthly annuity and informed his wife, Dottie, she is no longer entitled to a survivor’s benefit.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pennsylvania’s public employee pension system said Wednesday it will revoke Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension in the wake of his conviction and sentence in the child sexual abuse scandal.

The State Employees’ Retirement System notified Sandusky by letter that his crimes triggered forfeiture of his pension. The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys.

The retirement system told Sandusky he will no longer receive his $4,908 monthly annuity and informed his wife, Dottie, she is no longer entitled to a survivor’s benefit….
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/pennsylvania-moves-revoke-sandusky-59-000-pension-article-1.1179765

Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse Newsletter – May 2011

April 10, 2011 Comments Off on Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse Newsletter – May 2011

forward with permission

Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse Newsletter – May 2011

The newsletter is at: http://ritualabuse.us/2011/04/issue-98-may-2011/
This issue contains information on the Pennsylvania clergy abuse case, the Pope, Northwest Jesuits, Kevin Annett, military abuse allegations, online abuse, UK child abuse convictions (Satanic Ritual Abuse), CIA/Bush Torture Program  Sirhan Sirhan mind control allegations, SMART conference podcasts, Army psyops, US Medical Experiments on disabled people and prison inmates, Solitary Confinement in the United States,  Johnson v. Rogers Memorial Hospital, dissociative amnesia in Holocaust survivors,  the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, Senator Scott Brown child abuse story, twin study – PTSD trauma link, parental alienation syndrome,  Mackenzie Phillips

A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse (ritual abuse) and torture will be held on August 5  – 7, 2011, between 8 – 5 PM Saturday and Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA).  This conference will help educate survivors of this abuse and their helpers.  Pre-registration is preferred.  For information write  S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 E-mail: smartnews@aol.com, conference information is at:  http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Ritual Abuse And Extreme Abuse Clinician’s Conference 2011 – A one day conference preceding our regular conference will be open to licensed practitioners in related fields to discuss issues in working with clients suffering from ritual abuse and extreme abuse symptoms.  Students studying in related fields and retired licensed practitioners may write smartnews@aol.com by e-mail for more information. Internet conference information is available at: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/ritual-abuse-and-extreme-abuse-clinicians-conference-2011/

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