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8 Child Abuse News Articles
from 2nd Quarter of 2018
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4-18-18 One in Four Americans Feel U.S. Children Are Not Respected
The student-led reaction to recent school shootings in the U.S. has sparked a national discussion about how best to protect America's children from violence. However, about one in four Americans feel that the country can make progress in the way children are treated in their everyday lives. Before the recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida, 73% of U.S. adults said children in the country are treated with respect and dignity, while 24% disagreed. The "yes" percentage places the U.S. in the bottom one-third of wealthy OECD economies on this measure. A slightly higher proportion of Americans -- 77% -- say most children in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn and grow every day, while 22% disagree. However, these results also place the U.S. among the lower-ranked OECD members.

  • 24% of Americans say children are not treated with dignity, respect
  • 22% of Americans say children do not have opportunity to learn and grow
  • U.S. ranks lower than many other wealthy economies in both areas

4-16-18 India child gang rape trial begins in fast-track court
Eight men accused of the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir have pleaded not guilty in a specially convened fast-track court. The body of the victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua city of Indian-administered Kashmir. Outrage over the case has been growing. The trial began amid reports of another child being raped and murdered in the western state of Gujarat. The victim in this case is yet to be identified, but a police report detailing the extent of the injuries inflicted on her has been making headlines in the country. The Kathua rape case made headlines last week when Hindu right-wing groups protested over the arrest of the eight men, whose community had been involved in a land dispute with the Muslim nomads. Outrage grew after two ministers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attended a rally in support of the accused men. Details of the injuries inflicted on the minor victim have also horrified many Indians. (Webmaster's comment: Imagine another country in which rapists are openly supported, just like sometimes happens in the United States!)

4-12-18 Girl Scouts USA “promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity."
The founder of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal group, is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, claiming Girl Scouts USA “promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity.” Liberty founder Mat Staver argues that Girl Scouts affiliates once attended a U.N. conference on women, and that the group once shared on its Facebook page an image of a girl participating in the “vulgar and profanity-laden” 2017 Women’s March.

4-12-18 Malala returns
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown in Pakistan last week for the first time since 2012, when the Taliban shot the then-15-year-old schoolgirl in the head for advocating girls’ education. She and her family traveled with heavy security for the unannounced, four-day visit to the Swat Valley. “It is still like a dream for me,” said Yousafzai, now 20 and studying at Oxford University. “Am I among you?” Yousafzai has lived in the U.K. since she was attacked. Many Pakistanis admire her, but many others believe her to be part of a Western conspiracy to make the country look bad. One official in Swat said last year that the shooting was staged.

4-8-18 Japanese father arrested for allegedly caging son for over 20 years
Japanese police have arrested a 73-year-old man suspected of keeping his son in a wooden cage for over 20 years. Yoshitane Yamasaki said he locked up his son, now 42, because he suffered mental problems and was sometimes violent, according to officials quoted by public broadcaster NHK. The cage, 1m in height and less than 2m wide, was in a hut next to Mr Yamasaki's house in the city of Sanda. The son, who now suffers a bent back, is being looked after by authorities. Local media report he has been in the care of a social welfare facility in western Japan since January. A visit by a city official to Mr Yamasaki's home at the time alerted authorities to the 42-year-old man's confinement. Investigators believe Mr Yamasaki began confining his mentally ill son from the age of 16, when he began to "act up".

4-7-18 Vatican police arrest ex-diplomat over 'child pornography'
Police at the Vatican have arrested a priest who previously worked at the Holy See's US embassy on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Carlo Alberto Capella was taken into custody after an investigation. Monsignor Capella was recalled from the US in September 2017 after US authorities told the Vatican about a possible violation of child pornography laws by one of its diplomats. He was ordained in 1993 and joined the Vatican's diplomatic corps in 2004. The arrest could draw fresh attention to Pope Francis's efforts to snuff out child abuse in the Catholic Church. He has pledged zero tolerance but critics say he has not done enough to hold to account bishops who allegedly covered up abuse. Monsignor Capella's career took him to India and Hong Kong before his brief stint in the US, which lasted less than a year. After US authorities contacted the Vatican about the diplomat, he was moved home. The Vatican said it would investigate the case. A state department official told the Washington Post that the US government had asked for Monsignor Capella's diplomatic immunity be waived so he could be prosecuted in the US, but the request was refused. After Monsignor Capella was recalled from the US, police in Canada issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography online. Pope Benedict XVI had made Mr Capella a Monsignor in 2008, granting him the rank "Chaplain of his Holiness". (Webmaster's comment: The church always protects its own!)

4-5-18 Girls released
More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped in February by Boko Haram were reunited with their families this week after being released by the jihadist group. In total, 110 girls were snatched from their boarding school in the town of Dapchi. Five died while in captivity and one, Leah Sharibu, is still being held by the extremists; the 15-year-old Christian has refused to convert to Islam. Nigerian officials said the girls were released following “back-channel” negotiations, but insisted that no ransom had been paid. Boko Haram—whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language—freed the children with an ominous warning for parents: “Don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”

4-2-18 Arizona mother 'used stun gun to wake up son for church'
A US mother is accused of using a stun gun on her teenage son in order to get him out of bed for church. Sharron Dobbins, 40, allegedly used the device on the 17-year-old to make him get ready for Easter services at their home in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms Dobbins, who appeared in court on a child abuse charge, said she had activated the stun gun but did not actually use it on him. But police said there were two small bumps on the boy's leg. A judge released Ms Dobbins from custody on Monday without bail, though with some conditions. "Once you're released, you're not to initiate any contact with the arresting officer, you are not to possess any weapons, including a Taser," the judge said, reports KSAZ-TV. Police said they have confiscated the stun gun. (Webmaster's comment: That would even get me to go to church.)

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