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27 Child Abuse News Articles
from 4th Quarter of 2015
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12-29-15 Ex-Glee star Mark Salling held on child abuse image claims
Ex-Glee star Mark Salling held on child abuse image claims
A former star of US hit TV show Glee has been arrested in Los Angeles over allegations of possessing images of child sex abuse, said police. Mark Salling was taken into custody after a warrant was served at his home, said a Los Angeles police spokesman. The 33-year-old, who played football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman, had been investigated by a special police task force, the spokesman said.
12-29-15 Shahadat Hossain: Bangladesh cricketer charged with torturing maid
Shahadat Hossain: Bangladesh cricketer charged with torturing maid
Police in Bangladesh have charged the cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife with torturing their former domestic servant, an 11-year-old girl. If found guilty, the couple may face lengthy jail terms. They are currently on bail and deny charges of employing and assaulting a minor. The police charge sheet submitted to the court in Dhaka accuses the couple of physically torturing the child. Bangladesh's Cricket Board has already suspended the medium-fast bowler. The girl, Mahfuza Akhter Happy, was found in a street in September with multiple injuries, including a broken leg.The girl, Mahfuza Akhter Happy, was found in a street in September with multiple injuries, including a broken leg.
12-25-15 Children and the cost of conflict - Explained in 60 seconds
Children and the cost of conflict - Explained in 60 seconds
About 16 million children were born into conflict in 2015, Children in Need says. Children bear much of the brunt of global conflict, particularly in places like Syria.
12-24-15 Child 'locked in hidden Australia drug den'
Child 'locked in hidden Australia drug den'
Australian police have charged three people after a child was reportedly found locked inside an elaborate underground drugs compound. Police said the boy, aged eight, was kept locked in a small room in the compound for several weeks and was allowed outside only to do chores. The compound, located 300km north of Sydney, was hidden beneath an outdoor deck and accessible by trapdoor. It allegedly contained 225 cannabis plants. Three other children, aged between one and nine, were also found to be living on the property. All have been placed in care. It was reported that the three people arrested are the children's mother, her fiance, and the children's uncle.
12-24-15 The runaway children Malaysia failed to save
The runaway children Malaysia failed to save
Earlier this year seven children from an indigenous Malaysian tribe ran away from school and got lost in the jungle. Seven weeks later, only two survivors were found. The shocking case raises uncomfortable questions about Malaysia's treatment of this minority. At first the nine and 10-year-olds are shy but then they start telling me about one of the teachers in the residential school they used to go to. "He punished us even if we did nothing wrong," says one of them. "He made us stand outside in the sun for ages with our desks on our heads and our knees bent, like this."
12-16-15 Canada vows 'full reconciliation' with indigenous peoples
Canada vows 'full reconciliation' with indigenous peoples
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged "full reconciliation" with Canada's indigenous peoples after a report detailed decades of abuse. Speaking at the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report on Tuesday, he said he wants the government to accept responsibility. The report found a school system for indigenous children separated families and tried to weaken their culture. Over 3,000 children died while at the schools over the last century. Six years in the making, the nearly 4,000-page report found they died at a higher rate than the general population and many were buried in unmarked graves.
12-16-15 Rescuing the trafficked children of Ivory Coast
Rescuing the trafficked children of Ivory Coast
DAlmost every country in the world is affected by human trafficking. Children are particularly at risk, often sold across borders to work in brothels or on farms. In Ivory Coast, an organisation called CREER has opened the region's first centre to help rehabilitate trafficked children.
12-14-15 Child sex abuse: Dozens held in raids in Americas and Spain
Child sex abuse: Dozens held in raids in Americas and Spain
Officials in Mexico say 60 people have been arrested in the US, Latin America and Spain over alleged links to a ring circulating images of child sex abuse. The Mexican government said almost 100 raids had been carried out in 12 countries. Three girls aged between nine and 15 were rescued in Mexico, a government commission said in a statement. Computers were seized that were allegedly used to post indecent videos on the internet. The Mexican National Security Commission said searches were carried out in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. (Webmaster's comment: 60 child sex abusers doesn't even scratch the surface. 60,000 would be more like it.)
12-5-15 Why an MP wants India to talk about child sex abuse
Why an MP wants India to talk about child sex abuse
India is home to the largest number of sexually abused children in the world, and on Friday, a top female news presenter revealed how she was sexually abused as a child. But there is general reluctance to talk about the topic. Now, an MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, is trying to change that, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi. At an "open house" in Delhi on "Why we need to start talking about child sexual abuse and protect our children" earlier this week, Mr Chandrasekhar described the problem as an "epidemic". "Child sexual abuse has taken epidemic proportions in India. It is a problem that has been veiled by a culture of secrecy and denial and fostered by government apathy," he said. "Most people think that child sexual abuse is not as pervasive as I say, but the data proves otherwise." He is right - according to a 2007 study conducted by India's ministry of women and child development, 53% of children surveyed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States it is about half of that, but still totally unacceptable.)
11-16-15 Hundreds of Vietnamese women are kidnapped to China every year. This organization brings them back.
Hundreds of Vietnamese women are kidnapped to China every year. This organization brings them back.
On the back wall of the classroom at Sapa O'Chau, a bootstrap operation in Sapa town, far northern Vietnam, where hill tribe children study to be tour guides, colored-pencil drawings depict young girls with tears streaming down their faces. Some are shackled with metal cuffs; others are trapped in cages or giant jars. The most common scene shows a girl in a forest, trailing a male figure grabbing her by the wrist. "They may pretend to be your friend so they can take you away," a tiny scrawl reads. "You must be very careful." The students drew the pictures in May 2012, shortly before participating in a made-for-TV documentary by MTV Exit, an initiative that campaigns to end human trafficking. At one point during the program, the members of Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan sit in a circle with the kids and ask if any of them knows someone who has been trafficked. One girl, Ly, raises her hand. About a year ago, she says, her cousin boarded the motorbike of a handsome boy whom she trusted. No one has seen her since.
11-7-15 Louisiana marshals face murder charge over boy's gun death
Louisiana marshals face murder charge over boy's gun death
Two marshals in the US state of Louisiana are to be charged with murder after the fatal shooting of a six-year-old boy. Jeremy Mardis and his father, Chris Few, were in a car when they were shot in Marksville on Tuesday night. Officers Norris Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford were arrested after a vehicle chase that left Mr Few, who was driving, critically injured. Jeremy died at the scene and Mr Few remains in hospital. The two officers were arrested on Friday after body-camera footage taken from them was assessed. It is still unclear what led them to pursue Mr Few and what triggered the shooting.
11-6-15 Tyshawn Lee: Child's alleyway 'execution' shocks US
Tyshawn Lee: Child's alleyway 'execution' shocks US
Police in Chicago have said that a nine-year-old boy was "executed" because of his father's gang affiliations. Tyshawn Lee was lured from a park into an alley and shot several times in a crime that police are calling "unfathomable". The news has provoked widespread revulsion, and left the community in shock.
11-4-15 Graphic novel tells autobiography of child soldier
Graphic novel tells autobiography of child soldier
It has been estimated that one in 10 child soldiers can be found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Michel Chikwanine, who was abducted to be used as a child soldier at the age of five in the DRC, is one of the lucky few to escape. He now lives in Canada and has written a graphic novel about his experience - Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War - a story he hopes will educate young people.
10-30-15 Child porn and drugs see five UN staff fired
Child porn and drugs see five UN staff fired
Four United Nations staff shared child pornography on work email accounts, an internal report from the agency said. All four were sacked, while another member of staff was fired for transporting 173kg of marijuana in an official vehicle. The report details disciplinary actions for misconduct and criminal behaviour involving the UN secretariat's 41,000 staff. It does not specify where the former staff were stationed, or when they were dismissed.
10-29-15 Owen Labrie case: Jail term for US prep school sex attacker
Owen Labrie case: Jail term for US prep school sex attacker
A man has been sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at an elite prep school in New Hampshire, where they were students. The assault occurred when Owen Labrie, 18 at the time, participated in a school tradition of older students competing for sexual conquests. Labrie, who is now 20, was charged with rape but later convicted of a misdemeanour sexual assault. He was also found guilty of using Facebook and email to lure the girl. His case brought into the spotlight the St Paul's School tradition called "Senior Salute", in which older pupils kept a score of how many girls they had sex with. He had said he and the girl, now 17, had consensual sexual contact but he stopped short of raping her in a moment of "divine intervention". In trial, he admitted to bragging about having intercourse with her in an academic building to his friends. (Webmaster's comment: Just confirms all I've said about MANY American males. They are practiced Sexual Predators. They are brought up that way. They are taught to be that way. And they are sick to the very core!)
10-29-15 Indian hanged girls: Court rejects probe ruling out rape
Indian hanged girls: Court rejects probe ruling out rape
An Indian court has rejected a federal police report which had ruled that two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in India last year took their own lives and were not gang-raped and murdered. The police report said the girls killed themselves "out of shame" after one of the sisters was seen with a boy. But the girls' parents had accused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of "trying to fudge the case". The initial reports that the girls had been gang-raped and murdered by a group of men from the same village sparked global outrage. A local post-mortem examination initially confirmed multiple sexual assaults and death due to hanging.
10-28-15 US police officer fired for student assault in South Carolina
US police officer fired for student assault in South Carolina
A US police officer has been fired after video showing him throwing a female student across a classroom became an internet sensation. (Webmaster's comment: FIRED? He should be charged with criminal assault on a child. She was 17 and offered no resistance to his violence. She was well trained by her parents. If you are black and offer any resistance to a police officer he can kill you! Why did he attack her? She was being uppity! The age-old excuse for violence against black women since the days of slavery.)
10-27-15 South Carolina school video: Officer-pupil clash investigated
South Carolina school video: Officer-pupil clash investigated
A US sheriff's department says it is investigating after a video emerged showing an officer throwing a female pupil across a classroom. The footage posted online on Monday was said to be filmed in a school in Columbia, South Carolina. US media said the pupil had refused to leave the classroom when asked. The officer, a school monitor, was called. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said there was "no justification" for the incident. The officer is white and the female student, who was unharmed, is black, the sheriff's office said.
10-19-15 'Gruesome' rapes of Delhi children spark anger
'Gruesome' rapes of Delhi children spark anger
The rapes of two young children in Delhi have sparked anger and concerns over the authorities' continuing failure to protect women and children in India's national capital, Delhi. Residents and activists accuse the police and government of not doing enough to protect women and children. Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on Sunday in connection with the rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl in west Delhi, police said. Separately, three men were arrested over the gang rape of a five-year-old in the east of the capital city. The "gruesome" acts have once again brought the issue of women and children's safety in the spotlight. "Abduction and sexual victimisation are the urban realities of the capital, which constantly haunt every parent. Frightened, cautious parents are pulling in all help they can gather to ensure that children stay safe in the city,"
10-18-15 India rape: Arrests over rapes of infants in Delhi
India rape: Arrests over rapes of infants in Delhi
Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with the rape of a two-and-a-half year old girl in west Delhi, Indian police said. The pair were detained after police questioned residents of the neighbourhood where the girl was raped. Separately three men have been arrested over the gang rape of a five-year-old in the east of the Indian capital. The incidents sparked fresh outrage over India's perceived inability to combat sexual violence.
10-17-15 Hounding innocents to death
Hounding innocents to death
British police let a man they knew was innocent go to his death “under the shadow of the vilest accusations,” said Norman Lamont. Leon Brittan, who served as home secretary under Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, died of cancer earlier this year after months of being pilloried in the press over accusations of rape and child sexual abuse. Now it comes out that his name may have been associated with a pedophile ring—which allegedly involved top politicians, police chiefs, and public servants—as part of a deliberate fabrication by an activist with the opposition Labor Party. (Webmaster's comment: Child abuse accusations used for political purposes. The man turned out to be innocent. Justice is not served by hounding innocent persons to their death.)
10-17-15 Delhi rape crisis: Two more young children attacked
Delhi rape crisis: Two more young children attacked
The latest rapes of young children in Delhi has led to widespread outrage. Two young children are reported to have been raped in the Indian capital of Delhi, drawing strong criticism from the city's chief minister. Arvind Kejriwal accused the government and police of not doing enough to protect minors in the city. The latest attacks come after a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Delhi last week. Two years ago, India tightened its laws on sexual violence after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student. (Webmaster's comment: This news is horrible of course, but in the United States 1,170 children younger than 18 are raped every day, many younger than 12. So many in fact that they are not even reported in the news. It's become just a fact of American life.)
10-14-15 Teen sex workers rescued by FBI in pan-US operation
Teen sex workers rescued by FBI in pan-US operation
The FBI has broken up several sex trafficking rings across the US, uncovering more than 100 sexually exploited teenagers in a nationwide operation. Agents arrested more than 150 people on sex-trafficking charges in dozens of cities including Atlanta, Denver and Seattle. The youngest victim found was 12 years old, the FBI said. The majority of the teens found were girls. Agents also found three boys and three transgender teens. (Webmaster's comment: This is just the tip of the iceberg! Every day over 7,500 American males buy sex with children. Every month over 225,000 American males buy sex with children. How about arresting 1,000's of men, not just 150.)
10-12-15 Delhi police question two men after girl of four raped
Delhi police question two men after girl of four raped
Indian police are questioning two men in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl in the capital, Delhi. The child is in intensive care after being found unconscious by railway tracks on Friday night. She had surgery for extensive injuries, doctors say. The attack raises fresh questions over women's safety in Delhi after a 2012 gang rape and murder shocked the world. The girl, who was found near her home in a poor neighbourhood in the north of the city, was slashed and had severe injuries on her body. Her family allege she was lured with an offer of food or sweets by a group of men. Delhi commissioner for women Swati Maliwal, who visited the child in hospital, described her injuries as "horrific". The gang rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi led to protests and new anti-rape laws in the country.
10-9-15 'I was a child soldier in Joseph Kony's army'
'I was a child soldier in Joseph Kony's army'
When Polline was 12 years old, she was snatched from her home and forced to become a soldier in Joseph Kony's army. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is notorious for abducting children to use as child solders and sex slaves, and the Ugandan rebel leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Polline managed to escape and now, aged 26, she describes it as an unbelievable journey out of a life of abuse.
10-6-15 Expert witness on "shaken baby syndrome" faces misconduct charge
Expert witness on "shaken baby syndrome" faces misconduct charge
A disciplinary hearing has begun against a pathologist whose research challenges child-abuse assumptions. She is the second doctor to be accused in five years. A senior British pathologist whose research has identified innocent causes for symptoms previously thought to be caused solely by child abuse is facing a disciplinary hearing over her work. The charges relate to her role as an expert witness in court cases involving non-accidental head injury (NAHI), formerly known as “shaken-baby syndrome”. Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, is the second “shaken baby” expert witness in five years to be called before the UK General Medical Council. Marta Cohen, a pathologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, was summoned in 2010 and later cleared of any wrongdoing. Squier appeared as an expert witness in several court cases between 2007 and 2010 involving allegations of NAHI. She is one of several researchers worldwide who have challenged a long-standing assumption in such cases: that a triad of symptoms – haemorrhages on the surface of the brain, haemorrhages in the retinas, and a swollen brain – is unequivocal evidence of abusive behaviour. Through their research on the brains of dead infants, Squier and her colleagues have discovered that these symptoms can occur through innocent causes, including difficulty breathing and infections. Squier has not spoken publicly about the hearing, but other pathologists have described the case as a “witch hunt” aimed at preventing her appearing as an expert witness in future. (Webmaster's comment: Expressing the "unpopular opinion" as an expert witness can get you in a lot of trouble. Objectivity sort of just goes out the window.)
10-2-15 Child Rape Tolerated
Child Rape Tolerated
Former U.S. soldiers have told The New York Times that they were ordered not to intervene when their Afghan allies sexually abused boys in the barracks. Afghanistan has a long-established subculture of bacha bazi, or "boy play," in which high-status men keep children as sex slaves. Dan Quinn, a former Army captain, said he was relieved of his command after he beat up an Afghan police commander who had a boy chained to his bed in 2011. Gregory Buckley, the father of a Marine who was shot to death in 2012 by a teenage Afghan "tea boy" living on his base, said his son told he could heart the screams of boys being raped on the base but that officers ordered him to do nothing. The Pentagon said there was no official policy to ignore abuse. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages - and doing little when they began abusing children. “The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”