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34 Child Abuse News Articles
from 1st Quarter of 2016
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3-31-16 Central African Republic abuse: UN looks into 'bestiality' report
Central African Republic abuse: UN looks into 'bestiality' report
UN officials say they are investigating "extremely troubling" claims of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). Last year, there were 69 allegations of child rape and other sexual offences by peacekeepers from 10 missions. One advocacy group says it has passed on new reports to the UN that a soldier made four girls have sex with a dog. The UN said it was looking into the "exact number and nature" of the claims.
3-28-16 Japanese man held after teenager 'kidnapped for two years'
Japanese man held after teenager 'kidnapped for two years'
Police in Japan have detained a 23-year-old man on suspicion of keeping a teenage girl prisoner for two years. The 15-year-old escaped and called the police on Sunday when her kidnapper went out and left the door to his Tokyo apartment unlocked. Police then found her alleged captor 100km away in Shizuoka region. He is thought to have tried to kill himself. He allegedly abducted the girl in March 2014 by pretending to be a lawyer working on her parents' divorce.
3-25-16 California girl has been forcibly removed from her foster home
California girl has been forcibly removed from her foster home
A 6-year-old California girl has been forcibly removed from her foster home of four years because she has Native American heritage. Summer and Rusty Page have been trying to adopt Lexi, who is 1/64th Choctaw Indian, but under the Indian Child Welfare Act, she has been sent to live with distant relations in Utah. “Don’t let them take me away,” Lexi pleaded as child welfare agents took her into custody.
3-23-16 Somalia Prime Minister Sharmarke backs anti-FGM campaign
Somalia Prime Minister Sharmarke backs anti-FGM campaign
Somalia's prime minister has publicly backed a campaign to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in his country. It is currently against the constitution but parliament has not yet passed a bill outlawing the practice. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has joined more than a million others by signing an online petition calling for a comprehensive ban. The UN children's agency, Unicef, estimates that more than 90% of Somali girls undergo FGM.
3-22-16 A pedophilia scandal is engulfing the oldest Catholic institution in France
A pedophilia scandal is engulfing the oldest Catholic institution in France
Instead, on March 15, the French media descended on the pilgrimage site in southwestern France, which is hosting a conference of the country's bishops. The journalists came to grill Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who, as bearer of the ancient title "primat des Gaules," is France's most prominent Catholic cleric. As the cardinal of Lyon, France's second largest city, he runs a diocese rocked by a series of sexual abuse scandals. (The diocese of Lyons is also the oldest Catholic institution in France, stretching back to the Gallo-Roman period.) With the cicada-like clatter of clicking cameras, Barbarin declared he had "never, never, never" hid any act of pedophilia committed by his priests. Staring hard through his severe wire-rimmed glasses, Barbarin observed that none of these acts had happened under his watch. Besides, he noted, these crimes had passed the statute of limitations, so they could not be prosecuted. (Webmaster's comment: Again a Get Out Of Jail Free Card for Catholic Priests!)
3-15-16 How do Syrian children explain the war?
How do Syrian children explain the war?
On the fifth anniversary of the Syrian war, we ask children to explain how the war has affected them. Some can only remember war and many have lost loved ones. Some have even been maimed. This is the Syrian war told through the eyes of kids. (Webmaster's comment: 11.5% of Syria's population has been killed or injured so far. 470,000 killed. 5,000 flee every day. Over 6 million have fled. It doesn't get much worse than this.)
3-13-16 The Syrian refugee crisis is turning girls into child brides
The Syrian refugee crisis is turning girls into child brides
The day before her wedding, Amira's fiance took her aside in a quiet moment and told her he had loved her since he first saw her. "He said he would give me anything I wanted. He told me he would provide for me," she says. "One week later was the first time he hit me."
3-11-16 'Shaken baby' expert witness found guilty of misleading courts
'Shaken baby' expert witness found guilty of misleading courts
Waney Squier, a pathologist who has appeared as an expert witness for parents accused of shaking their baby to death, is found guilty of misleading courts. A senior British doctor, who has been an expert defence witness for parents accused of killing their children, has been found guilty of multiple charges that include giving misleading evidence in court. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said that Waney Squier, a consultant pathologist at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK, had failed to work within the limits of her competence, failed to be objective and unbiased, and failed to heed the views of other experts. In many of the cases investigated, her actions were deliberately misleading and irresponsible. The MPTS had considered Squier’s work as an expert witness in six child abuse cases and one appeal in which parents faced charges of non-accidental head injury, formerly known as shaken-baby syndrome.
3-11-16 Children die for lack of toilets
Children die for lack of toilets
Tens of thousands of Nigerian children die every year because this country lacks basic sanitation, said This Day. It’s not just that rural areas have no indoor plumbing—they don’t even dig latrines. The country is “one huge field, where people defecate without shame and without taking into consideration the impact of their actions on the health of others.” Some go in creeks and rivers, polluting the water we all depend on. Even in “our so-called modern cities,” people defecate outdoors, and walkways and bushes reek with the stench of urine and fecal matter. This filth is spread microscopically “by flies and dust,” so it’s nearly impossible to avoid ingesting human waste, even if you yourself have a decent toilet. The result is that diarrheal disease is endemic, especially among children—85,000 of whom die every year from typhoid fever, dysentery, and other conditions. That makes this scourge more of a threat to us all than Boko Haram or any terrorist group. The scarcity of toilets also puts girls and women at risk of sexual violence when they can’t find places to relieve themselves in private. Nigeria has the resources to bring plumbing to the people, and to educate them on its importance. What it has so far lacked is the will. (Webmaster's comment: And 50% of India does not have toilets, 600 million people, twice the population of the United States.)
3-11-16 Cambodia Netherlands: Fugitive paedophile Pieter Ceulen arrested
Cambodia Netherlands: Fugitive paedophile Pieter Ceulen arrested
A convicted Dutch paedophile who was on the run from a 19-year prison sentence has been arrested in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Pieter Ceulen was spotted while looking for a job as a teacher, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Sentenced by a Belgian court in January for sex offences against children, he had fled while out on bail. Ceulen, 60, is expected to be handed over to the Belgian and Dutch authorities. (Webmaster's comment: They can run but they can't hide.).
3-8-16 Five most damning films about Catholic child abuse
Five most damning films about Catholic child abuse
The clergy child-abuse scandal roiling the Roman Catholic church hasn't always been front-page news, but, over the years, it's been thoroughly recorded on film. Here's how five acclaimed documentaries or fact-based docudramas have deftly handled the explosive topic since 1992: "Deliver Us From Evil" "The Boys of St. Vincent" "Hand of God" "Sex Crimes of the Vatican" "Twist of Faith" (Webmaster's comment: Least we forget.)
3-8-16 Ex-US missionary jailed for abusing Kenyan orphans
Ex-US missionary jailed for abusing Kenyan orphans
A former US missionary has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. Matthew Lane Durham, 21, had committed "heinous crimes on the most vulnerable victims", the US court said. Durham targeted orphans while working as a volunteer at the Upendo Children's Home in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, between April and June 2014. He is the latest charity worker in Kenya to be convicted of sex crimes.
3-7-16 The story of Hooligan Sparrow
The story of Hooligan Sparrow
Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang was intimidated and threatened by authorities in China while filming activists involved in protests over child sex abuse allegations in 2013. Her film, named Hooligan Sparrow after one of the activists, was smuggled out of China and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This is the story of their struggle and how she finally made this film.
3-7-16 Kidnapped by a paedophile I met online
Kidnapped by a paedophile I met online
Alicia Kozakiewicz was 13 years old when she slipped out of her home in Pittsburgh to meet someone she had been chatting to online. What followed was a nightmare. Now 27, Alicia has made it her mission to protect other children from what she went through, and has had a law named after her in several US states. This is her story in her own words. (Webmaster's comment: Read it! The Internet is full of sexual predators!)
3-4-16 Pakistan police halt marriage of 10-year-old girl
Pakistan police halt marriage of 10-year-old girl
The UN says South Asia has the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Pakistani police say they have halted the marriage of a 10-year-old girl, who was due to wed a 14-year-old boy to end a dispute between their families. Local village elders had ordered the marriage after the girl's brother was accused of killing his wife. Correspondents say "vani" marriages, where a woman is ordered to marry to settle the crime of a relative, are illegal but remain common in Pakistan. Police say they have arrested four village elders over the case.
3-3-16 The many sins of 'disturbed' priest Peter Searson
The many sins of 'disturbed' priest Peter Searson
An accused paedophile priest, who threatened a girl with a knife and killed a bird with a screwdriver in front of children, has again been the subject of horrific claims at an Australian inquiry. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard many allegations in its two-year history, but none more disturbing than those against Catholic priest Peter Searson. Apart from allegations of repeated child sex abuse, the late Searson is said to have made children kneel between his legs during confession, tape-recorded confessions he found titillating, killed a cat by swinging it over a fence by its tail, showed children a dead body, shoplifted and misappropriated parish money. Searson was moved to the parish of Doveton in 1984, where he continued to offend. The commission has heard the rogue priest made girls sit on his lap for confession. He taped "hot" confessions of primary schoolchildren, some of whom he ordered to kneel between his legs while confessing, and also repeatedly sexually abused a nine-year-old girl in his confessional booth in the mid-80s. Around that time Searson, who was licensed to carry a gun, is said to have terrified senior high school students on a school cleaning assignment by pointing an army service revolver at them. In 1993, he allegedly held a large knife to the chest of a young girl in church, saying: "If you move this will go through you". Searson's reputation was made even more macabre by allegations of animal cruelty. In one apparent act of intimidation, he killed a bird in front of children by stabbing it with a screwdriver. On another, he swung a cat by its tail and threw it over a fence, killing it. The commission has heard Searson also scared children by showing them a body in a coffin, and was known for loitering in boys' toilets. He was also caught shoplifting and misappropriating Church funds. (Webmaster's comment: In spite of all this he was never imprisoned and was kept on as a priest. Churches will forgive almost anything of a ordained priest or minister, especially if they repent. Repenting is the great escape for church criminals which means everything is forgiven and they are then free to repeat the same crimes all over again.)
3-2-16 Nigeria police hunt Lagos schoolgirls' kidnappers
Nigeria police hunt Lagos schoolgirls' kidnappers
Nigerian police are hunting for three teenage girls abducted from their boarding school on the outskirts of Lagos city by heavily armed men. Kidnappings for ransom occasionally occur in Nigeria's commercial capital, but this is the first time a school in the city has been attacked by gunmen. The girls were taken from a private co-educational secondary school on Monday evening.
2-26-16 ‘Everything is about the likes’
‘Everything is about the likes’
In the age of social media, said Nancy Jo Sales, what counts most is attention, and the easiest way to get “likes, hearts, and swipes” is to be “hot.” In researching a new book on teen girls and social media, I found that girls today face enormous pressure to “sext” and share nude photos of themselves as soon as they reach puberty. This is an era in which teens’ pop idols post highly sexualized photos of themselves as a routine matter, and online porn is ubiquitous. Exposed to these sexual images at a very early age, and conditioned by social media to constantly seek attention, teens feel enormous pressure to go along. At every high school I visited in my research, there were online “slut pages” consisting of nude or underwear shots of multiple girls—some provided voluntarily, some posted by old boyfriends. As one 13-year-old told me, “everybody wants to look hot.” Teenage girls and college-age women admit to being troubled by the blatant sexualization of girls, but they don’t know what to do about it. As another girl told me, “everything is about the likes.” If a teen girl doesn’t accumlate likes, she doesn’t exist. No wonder they’re so confused.
2-25-16 Teachers re-convicted of Indonesia school sex abuse
Teachers re-convicted of Indonesia school sex abuse
Indonesia's Supreme Court has overturned the acquittals of two men accused of sexually abusing children, ruling their initial 10-year sentences should be extended by another year. Canada and the US have strongly criticised the re-convictions of British-Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman and Indonesian teacher Ferdinant Tjiong. The pair were jailed in April for abusing three children but their convictions were overturned in August. Both men strongly deny the charges. Their supporters argue the case against them is riddled with legal errors.
2-26-16 Few Women Directors
Few Women Directors
Only 3.4 percent of the 109 films released by major Hollywood studios in 2014 were directed by women, according to a new study. Only two of those women were black. About 87 percent of directors across 414 films and television shows studied were white.
2-22-16 Doctors claim legalising some genital mutilation may help girls
Doctors claim legalising some genital mutilation may help girls
Controversially, two US gynaecologists are arguing that legalising milder FGM procedures would lead to less harm overall, and be more culturally sensitive. Should any kind of female genital mutilation be legal? Two US-based gynaecologists are arguing that legalising less severe forms of the surgery could protect girls from more extreme operations, but most ethicists and medics are against the proposal. Worldwide, around 3 million girls every year are subjected to genital mutilation, mostly in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The practice can range in severity from nicking genitals to removing the clitoris and labia then stitching up most of the vagina. Such operations are now illegal in the UK and US, but Kavita Shah Arora and Allan Jacobs, gynaecologists based in Ohio and New York, say such laws might leave girls more vulnerable to harm by pushing the practice underground. They argue that so far, attempts to clamp down on FGM have not succeeded in wiping it out, and can be viewed as racist or culturally insensitive. (Webmaster's comment: Only in America! A blatant attack on a woman's right to sexual pleasure, a blatant attack on a woman's sexual freedom, by the American medical profession no less. The American Medical Association should remove the licenses to practice medicine of the doctor's advocating it. A doctor must never do harm or advocate harm otherwise they are just like the many American doctors who practiced genital mutilation for the "girl's or woman's own good" from 1860's through the 1960's. (See the Genital Mutilation Pages Abuse of Women Coverup and Genital Mutilation Movies.)This is a travesty of ethics and morality. Anyone who thinks this practice is some kind of cultural or religious "right" is mentally ill should be confined in a psychiatric clinic until they are cured.)
2-19-16 IS increases use of child soldiers, says US report
IS increases use of child soldiers, says US report
The number of children who have died fighting for so-called Islamic State (IS) in the last year is nearly twice the previous estimate, a report says. Researchers at Georgia State University tracked IS propaganda and eulogies over 13 months. The propaganda claimed 89 boys aged eight to 18 had been killed fighting in a number of different combat roles. The researchers also found that three times as many children were involved in operations than during 2014.
2-2-16 Caernarfon lifeguard admits girl's rape in United States
Caernarfon lifeguard admits girl's rape in United States
A lifeguard from Gwynedd faces up to 50 years in prison in the United States after admitting raping a 10-year-old girl. areth Vincent Hall, 22, from Talysarn near Caernarfon, was arrested in Chicago in May 2015. On Tuesday in Oregon, he admitted four counts of rape, two of serious sexual offences and one of online sexual corruption of a child.
1-31-16 Migrant crisis: More than 10,000 children 'missing'
Migrant crisis: More than 10,000 children 'missing'
More than 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared after arriving in Europe over the past two years, the EU's police intelligence unit says. Europol said thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities. It warned of children and young people being forced into sexual exploitation and slavery by criminal gangs. Save the Children says some 26,000 child migrants arrived in Europe last year without any family. It is the first time Europol has given a Europe-wide estimate of how many might be missing.
1-29-16 Central African Republic children 'abused by EU troops' - UN
Central African Republic children 'abused by EU troops' - UN
The UN says it has new allegations of child sex abuse by European troops in the Central African Republic (CAR). A number of girls aged between 14 and 16 have alleged they were raped by Georgian members of the EU's operation Eufor, the UN says. Meanwhile a seven-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy said they were abused by French troops.
1-27-16 Russia steps into Berlin 'rape' storm claiming German cover-up
Russia steps into Berlin 'rape' storm claiming German cover-up
The alleged rape of a 13-year-old Russian-speaking girl in Berlin, supposedly by asylum-seekers, has fuelled anti-migrant protests from Germany's large Russian community. But the outrage was sparked by Russia's media propaganda machine. And now the Kremlin is stepping in. Thousands of Russian-speakers took to the streets across Germany at the weekend protesting against what they say is a cover-up by police. "Our children are in danger," read one banner. "Hands off my child," read another.
1-26-16 Canada short-changed First Nation children - court ruling
Canada short-changed First Nation children - court ruling
Canada discriminates against First Nation children by providing less money for their child welfare system, a human rights tribunal has ruled. Canada discriminates against First Nation children by providing less money for their child welfare system, a human rights tribunal has ruled. A First Nations group filed a complaint about it with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2007. Child welfare systems on reserves receive up to 38% less funding than elsewhere in the country, the CBC calculates. Canada must "cease the discriminatory practice," the ruling says.
1-25-16 China's social media search for stolen children
China's social media search for stolen children
This image of a three-year-old girl being abducted has been widely shared across Chinese social media. The girl has now been found, but the search sheds light on the country's huge digital campaigns trying to track down tens of thousands of missing children and return them to their parents. The screengrab from a security camera video went viral last week after it was released by police and published on Weibo, China's answer to Twitter. It shows a woman strolling hand in hand with a young girl - but the woman is not her mother. The girl had been out walking with her grandfather in Guangdong, in southern China, when a woman approached the pair asking for something to eat. When the grandfather obliged, and went to buy her some food nearby, the woman took the child's hand and disappeared.
1-21-16 Journalists: 'Priest abuse cover-up continued for too long'
Journalists: 'Priest abuse cover-up continued for too long'
Two of the real-life journalists who inspired the film Spotlight have spoken about their experiences exposing the scandal of paedophile Catholic priests in the US. Walter Robinson and Mike Rezendes from the Boston Globe both won Pulitzer prizes for their work. They told Evan Davis what is was like to go up against the Catholic Church.
1-21-16 Egyptian human rights groups criticise juvenile detention conditions
Egyptian human rights groups criticise juvenile detention conditions
Human rights groups in Egypt have repeatedly criticised the poor and illegal detention conditions of minors. They say children are held alongside adults, abused in custody and kept for months in pre-trial detention, without being referred to court. Child rights advocates accuse the authorities of turning a blind eye to the law, which sets very tough conditions for putting a child behind bars.
1-20-16 Michael Keaton's new film puts spotlight on Catholic Church
Michael Keaton's new film puts spotlight on Catholic Church
One of the front runners for next months Oscars is Spotlight. It tells the true story of an American newspaper's investigation, into the cover up of child abuse within the Catholic Church. Will Gompertz met the film's star, Michael Keaton, and the real-life character he portrays.
1-17-16 Half a million kids survived Romania's 'slaughterhouses of souls.' Will they ever heal?
Half a million kids survived Romania's 'slaughterhouses of souls.' Will they ever heal?
The communist orphanage supervisors cultivated violence to humiliate and control the children, he said. The older kids hit the smaller ones. The educators beat everybody. The staff preferred to hit them in the face and head. The beatings left psychological scars. Even now, it's sometimes hard for Rucareanu to look people in the eye. The group is pushing Romanian authorities to admit to, and apologize for, the hunger, cold, beatings, sexual abuse and lack of care suffered by an estimated 500,000 children in the country's dismal orphanages before the end of the Cold War.
1-7-16 UN Global Goals: Life as a 13-year-old girl in Pakistan
UN Global Goals: Life as a 13-year-old girl in Pakistan
Teenager Farzana, 13, lives in Ibrahim Hyderi near Karachi, Pakistan, and shares a room with up to 15 members of her extended family. Both her mother and father work and Farzana also has to help supplement the family income by working as a maid, cleaning and washing, to earn $15 a month. Farzana has only been in school for two years, but she hopes one day to become a teacher. (Webmaster's comment: A positive story, but even at 13 she's harrassed by "the boys.")
1-6-16 Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work
Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work
In some countries the idea of paternity leave - when a father takes time off work to stay at home with a new child - has yet to take hold. In Sweden, which has been encouraging fathers to take paternity leave since 1974, there is now a new incentive for them to spend a full three months at home. Today, Swedish couples get around 16 months (480 days) paid parental leave when their child is born. For the first 390 days, the parent who is off work gets paid 80% of their salary by the state. After that, parents can take up to 90 days more leave and be paid a lower rate. As a result of the latest changes the maximum amount of leave a mother can take has gone down from 420 days to 390 - or from roughly 14 months to 13.