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3 Child Abuse News Articles
from 4th Quarter of 2017
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10-13-17 A legal loophole for pedophiles
A legal loophole for pedophiles
Can an 11-year-old girl consent to sexual intercourse? asked Olivia Elkaim. Most French people would surely say no. Yet last month, prosecutors in Pontoise said that a 28-year-old man who lured his 11-year-old neighbor to his apartment and had sex with her could not be charged with raping a minor, because the sex was supposedly “consensual.” Prosecutors charged him instead with assaulting a minor, meaning he could get five years in prison instead of 20. The investigators said there was no proof that the man used “violence, coercion, threat, or surprise,” and so, under French law, that makes the sixth-grader a willing participant. Police even cited text messages of a sexually suggestive nature that the girl had once sent to a friend as evidence that she willingly submitted. The case “has provoked outrage” across France. Psychiatrists say current French law is simply “not adapted to the psychological situation of children.” Children may indeed exhibit sexual curiosity, but they aren’t emotionally equipped to stand up to adults. Activists are now calling for a statutory rape law, which most other Western countries have, to set an age below which consent to sexual relations is not legally possible. It should not be the child’s responsibility to explicitly say no.

10-4-17 Canada pastor and wife face 25 sex assault charges
Canada pastor and wife face 25 sex assault charges
A Canadian evangelical pastor and his wife are facing more than two dozen charges related to sex offences. British Columbia RCMP charged Samuel Emerson, 34, with 25 sex offence charges on Tuesday, including 13 charges of sexual assault. His wife, Madelaine Emerson, 37, is facing two sexual offence charges and one charge of uttering threats. The alleged assaults took place between 2014-17 but police believe there could be more victims. "Calling the police to report a sexual assault is a very difficult thing to do especially when the suspect is someone you knew and trusted, and can leave lifelong emotional scars," said police Cpl Scotty Schumann in a press release. "Our highly skilled investigators take sexual assaults very seriously, and, supported by our Surrey RCMP Victim Services workers, are here to listen and provide emotional support." The pastor preached at Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church, a non-denominational church in Surrey, British Columbia. He is charged with 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being in a position of authority and touching for a sexual purpose and one count of sexual touching of someone under the age of 16. His wife is charged with one count of sex assault, one count of being in a position of authority and touching for a sexual purpose and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. The church was not immediately available for comment.

10-4-17 Glee actor Mark Salling admits possessing child sex abuse images
Glee actor Mark Salling admits possessing child sex abuse images
Former Glee actor Mark Salling has pleaded guilty to possession of images of child sex abuse. Salling, 35, now faces between four and seven years in prison and has been ordered to pay about $50,000 (£38,000) to each victim. The actor was arrested in 2015 after a tip off he was in possession of images of children being sexually abused. Investigators eventually found thousands of images on his laptop and hard drive. Salling was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse in May 2016, and faced a possible 20 years behind bars. But documents obtained by several outlets show he has entered into a plea deal with California's district attorney. As part of the agreement, Salling will be subject to 20 years supervised release and will have strict restrictions placed on his contact with under-18s, according to celebrity website TMZ.

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