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13 Child Abuse News Articles
from 3rd Quarter of 2018
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7-20-18 Church rape cover-up
Chilean police have charged a prominent Catholic priest with molesting seven children—the first cleric to be arrested after a raid on church files last month. Óscar Muñoz Toledo, 56, admitted to clergy in January that he had abused a child, and the Vatican was investigating his case but had not referred it to Chilean authorities. In May, all of Chile’s bishops collectively offered their resignation to Pope Francis because of the longstanding cover-up of priestly abuse of children; he accepted five of the resignations. Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, who has also been accused of hiding abuse, said the church would cooperate with the investigation, and added that he felt “great pain” for Muñoz, his family, and the victims.

7-19-18 Indians, Hispanics and Nigerians defend Kylie Jenner over baby's pierced ears
When new mother Kylie Jenner shared a video cuddling her five-month-old daughter Stormi many of her millions of social media followers noticed her baby's ears were pierced. The video posted on her Instagram channel last week has created a debate about consent and the acceptable age at which children can have their ears pierced. Many people defended the reality TV star saying early ear piercing is common in many different cultures. But some people voiced their concern that, at five months old, Stormi was too young, while others went as far as to call it "child abuse". The voices of opposition were challenged by those who shared their own experiences of being pierced when they were babies including how piercing children's ears was common in some Spanish-speaking, African and Indian communities. On Instagram there were similar messages of support in response to Jenner's original video: "Mexicans pierce their babies ears by one-and-a-half months," read one. "We pierce babies' ears in Iraq before they are six months old all the time. Stop criticising everything people do," read another comment. In the past few days Stormi's piercings have become a global conversation. However, many have raised the point Stormi, as with other young children with pierced ears, had no say in the matter. "If this starts a conversation on the importance of holding off permanent body modification of your children until they are old enough to understand, then so be it," read one tweet. (Webmaster's comment: This is Child Abuse pure and simple the same as Female Genital Multilation!)

7-19-18 Australia PM says Pope must sack archbishop over cover-up
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called on Pope Francis to sack a Catholic archbishop found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse. Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in May of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest, but has resisted calls to resign. The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime, Wilson has said he will appeal the verdict. Mr Turnbull said: "The time has come for the Pope himself to sack him." Two weeks after Wilson was sentenced to detention, the prime minister said that the "ultimate authority in the Church" must now intervene. "There are many leaders that have called on him [Wilson] to resign - it is clear that he should resign," he told reporters in Sydney. Throughout his trial, Wilson denied having known about the abuse of altar boys by a priest colleague, James Patrick Fletcher, in New South Wales in the 1970s. But a court disagreed, with a judge saying that Wilson had remained silent in a bid to protect the Church's reputation. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and later died in jail. Earlier this month, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said only the Pope had the authority to compel Wilson to resign. Some bishops had "offered their advice privately", said Archbishop Mark Coleridge in a statement. It came after a magistrate ordered Wilson to be assessed for a maximum 12-month sentence in "home detention" - meaning he is expected to avoid jail.

7-12-18 Iranian man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child
Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for publicly flogging a man who was convicted of consuming alcohol when he was 14 or 15. Local media published photographs of the man - identified only as "M R" - being given 80 lashes in a square in the eastern city of Kashmar on Tuesday. Prosecutors say he was arrested in the Iranian year of 1385 (March 2006-March 2007) and sentenced the next year. It is not clear why the punishment was carried out more than 10 years later. The photographs show a young man tied to a tree being flogged by a masked man in uniform. A small crowd of people can be seen watching at a distance. "The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities' warped priorities," Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Director, Philip Luther. said in a statement. "No-one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief." Article 265 of Iran's Islamic penal code states that the punishment for consumption of alcohol by a Muslim is 80 lashes. More than 100 other offences are punishable by flogging, including theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud, as well as acts that Amnesty said should not be criminalised, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, "breach of public morals" and consensual same-sex sexual relations.

7-11-18 Child sex crime: Does India have a growing problem?
India feels like it is going through an upsurge of sexual violence against children, with reports dominating the news week after week and prompting public anger. In June, hundreds came out on to the streets in central India protesting over the rape of a seven-year-old girl. Has there been a rise in the sexual abuse of children, defined as anyone under the age of 18, or is it that more cases are coming to light? It's partly down to more reporting by India's rapidly expanding media sector, dominated by television and mobile news providers. There have also been changes to the legal definition of rape and a new requirement that makes it mandatory for the police to record complaints of sexual assault. The current debate was sparked in part by the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir earlier this year. The trial of the men alleged to be involved started in April and led to a wider discussion about the prevalence of child sexual abuse. India's Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi, said she was "deeply disturbed" by the Kashmir rape case and other cases that had come to light. In acknowledgement of growing public concern, the Indian government introduced the death penalty for anyone convicted of raping a child younger than 12. (Webmaster's comment: In India here were 20,000 cases of child sex abuse reported in 2016. In America there were 14.4 MILLION known cases in 2016. 21% of American children have been sexually abused by adults according to the CDC.)

7-11-18 India Delhi school 'locks girls in basement' over fees delay
Police in India's capital Delhi have registered a complaint against a girls' school where 16 students were locked up in the basement for five hours. The girls were reportedly detained because their parents had not paid the school fees. All the detained girls are kindergarten students and are believed to be between four and six years old. School officials told local media that the students were kept in an "activity centre" but did not comment further. Parents say they found out their daughters were being detained when they went to the school to pick them up but did not find them in the classroom. According to the police complaint lodged by the parents, the girls were in the school's basement from 7.30am to 12.30pm. The parents alleged that it was very hot in the basement and that the girls were "hungry and thirsty". "We will be able to name the people responsible for the children's ordeal after our investigation concludes," a police official told the BBC. Some parents have said they had already paid the school fees. "Even after I showed the proof, the principal was not apologetic or remorseful," a parent told Indian news website NDTV. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has reportedly set up an inquiry.

7-11-18 US cannot reunite dozens of child migrants with their parents
The Trump administration has said 27 young migrant children are "not eligible for reunification" with their parents, according to a court filing. Twelve other children's mothers or fathers have already been deported from the US, said the government. "Legitimate logistical impediments" are delaying reunions for many of the 102 children under five years old who were taken from parents, US officials say. Nearly 3,000 children were split from undocumented adults entering the US. The government was bound by a court order to reunite children aged five and under by 10 July. The Department of Justice (DoJ) and American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) joint status report on Tuesday detailed why the 27 children cannot yet be reunited with their families. The parents of 10 children were being still held in criminal custody after crossing the US border without papers, and have yet to be fully assessed, said the report. Eight other children's parents have a "serious criminal history" including narcotics, human smuggling, murder and robbery. Two other children cannot be reunited with parents because of a possible threat of child abuse. Five children had been separated from adults who were not their parents. Another child's parent is being treated for a communicable illness. The location of another child's parent has been unknown for more than a year. Records show both parent and child might even be US citizens. Some 75 of the 102 separated children have been determined eligible to be reunited with their families, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But as of Tuesday afternoon, the government said it had only reunited four of those children with their parents. It said it expected to reunite another 34 by the end of the day, in accordance with the deadline. (Webmaster's comment: In India they lock children in basements for 5 hours. In America we tear them away from their parents and lose them.)

7-6-18 The quiet destruction of the American teenager
In the United States, one in four teenage girls have cut or burned or otherwise harmed themselves deliberately, according to findings from sociologists reported recently in The New York Times. This statistic cannot be stage-managed. It is a stark, unignorable indictment of this country and the way that we are raising our children. It is not a state of affairs that can be explained away. A quarter of American girls, with no intention of committing suicide, mutilate themselves. We must ask ourselves how things came to be this way and what we can do to make ours a world in which young people are not miserable. It is important to begin by observing that although the number of boys engaging in this behavior is also alarmingly high — the national average for boys and girls combined is around 18 percent — in all but two states the percentage of girls who have injured themselves is double that of boys. The sexual disparity is unmistakable. The problem is hardly a new one. For years researchers observed that the rate of self-harm among girls between the ages of 10 and 14 was increasing rapidly. Last fall the Centers for Disease Control, drawing upon emergency room admissions data, reported that it had tripled since 2009. It seems facile to suggest that there is any single overarching explanation for this phenomenon. But Jean M Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has argued that economic uncertainty and other economic factors, the demands of education, and the use alcohol and drugs do not account for the meteoric increase. The answer she proposes is the use of smartphones and social media.

7-5-18 Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies'
A woman working at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby. Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases. Police took action after the state's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint. The charity has not responded to BBC requests for comment. "We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre," a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha. "We have obtained the names of the mothers of these babies and are further investigating." Police also recovered 140,000 rupees ($2,150; £1,625) from the centre, which is located in Jharkhand's capital, Ranchi. Nobel-laureate Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The sisterhood has more than 3,000 nuns worldwide. She set up hospices, soup kitchens, schools, leper colonies and homes for abandoned children. The Missionaries of Charity also runs centres for unmarried pregnant women but no longer arranges adoptions.

7-3-18 Roblox 'gang rape' shocks mother
A US mum has written a Facebook post describing her shock at seeing her child's avatar being "gang raped" by others in the online game Roblox. Amber Petersen said her seven-year-old was playing the game, which is marketed at children, when she showed her the screen and asked what was happening. She also shared screenshots, which showed two male avatars attacking her daughter's female character. Roblox said it had banned the player who carried out the action. Ms Petersen said in her post that she felt "traumatised and violated on so many levels" following the experience. The screenshots she shared included a representation of male genitalia. "Parents/Caregivers... not only do I urge you to delete this app, I hope you will take another look at all of your devices and their security settings," she wrote on Facebook. Roblox said it was "outraged" that a "bad actor" had violated its community policies and rules of conduct. "We have zero tolerance for this behaviour," said a spokesperson. "Our work to ensure a safe platform is always evolving and remains a top priority for us." Roblox is a popular multiplayer game marketed at children and has been compared to Mojang hit Minecraft. Players can create their own games and also join in games created by others. (Webmaster's comment: Our rape culture spills over into our children's playground.)

7-3-18 Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse
A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest in New South Wales. On Tuesday, the court ordered Wilson to be assessed for "home detention" - meaning he will probably avoid jail. Magistrate Robert Stone said the senior clergyman had shown "no remorse or contrition". He will be eligible for parole after six months. Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, despite relinquishing his duties in the wake of his conviction. In May, a court found he had failed to report his colleague James Patrick Fletcher's abuse of altar boys to police. Wilson, then a junior priest in the Maitland region, had dismissed young victims in a bid to protect the Church's reputation, Magistrate Stone ruled. Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail two years later. (Webmaster's comment: 12 Months! It should have been 12 Years!)

7-1-18 National Redress Scheme: Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins
Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse. Survivors faced long-lasting abuse at the hands of institutions, including religious organisations. Some 60,000 Australians will be eligible for compensation.the scheme, known as the National Redress Scheme. Australian authorities believe a A$4bn ($3bn; £2.23bn) compensation plan will help to ease the pain of victims. Financial redress was a key recommendation of a Royal Commission into decades-long child abuse in Australian institutions. The Commission spent five years investigating suffering and abuse in religious organisations, schools, charities, sports clubs and the military. The Australian government accepted almost all of the landmark inquiry recommendations. If victims apply for the redress scheme, they sign away their right to sue. "We stand united in support of the estimated 60,000 people who were abused by trusted organisations that should have protected them," Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement. Many state governments and religious groups, including the Catholic Church, have joined the scheme. The maximum award per victim has been capped at A$150,000 (£84,000; US$111,000). The average payment is likely to be around A$67,000 (£38,000; $50,000). Doug Goulter faced years of sexual abuse in a Melbourne children's home and then in a Sydney jail from the age of 17. He told Australian broadcaster ABC the impact of the abuse had lasted a lifetime. "Even with the people you love, you can't be too intimate, and you can't even talk to them about it because they don't want to feel your pain," Mr Goulter said. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States we should do the same but be sure to include the parents and relatives which are behind most of the abuse!)

7-1-18 Child marriage involving bride of 11 sparks outrage in Malaysia
The wedding of a girl of 11 to a man of 41 has prompted outrage in Malaysia and calls for the minimum age for all marriages to be changed to 18. Her Thai parents say they consented for her to become the Malaysian's third wife if he agreed she could stay at their home until she was 16. Malaysia's government says it has no record of the marriage, which occurred in Thailand, and is investigating. The UN children's agency said it was "shocking and unacceptable". "It is not in the best interest of the child," said Unicef's Malaysia representative, Marianne Clark-Hattingh. Photos have emerged showing the adult groom holding the girl's hand after the marriage ceremony. He already has two wives and six children aged between five and 18, local media reports say. The girl's Thai family work in the north-eastern Malaysian state of Kelantan, tapping rubber from trees. Malaysian activists say the groom is a prosperous trader while the girl's parents have lived in poverty. While the current legal age for marriage in Malaysia is 18, Islamic sharia courts can approve Muslim marriages for those under the age of 16. However the Malaysian government said local religious authorities had no record of this marriage. Without permission from a religious court the marriage would be unlawful and the groom could face up to six months in jail, the ministry for women, family and community development said. "Marrying an 11-year-old girl is like the behaviour of a child predator or paedophile," activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi told AFP news agency. Activists say about 16,000 Malaysian girls under the age of 15 are already married, AFP reports. Last year Malaysia passed a law on sex crimes against children but did not criminalise child marriage.

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