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Re-drafted letter brings new questions for abuse inquiry chief

| October 30, 2014 at 01:46 pm

Letters from the new head of the child abuse inquiry show her appointment was “chaotic” and raise more questions, a senior MP has said.

A letter from Fiona Woolf to Theresa May was re-written seven times.

Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said they gave “a sense of greater detachment” between Mrs Woolf and former Home Secretary Leon Brittan. (more…)

Grandmothers against child abuse working to help center raise money

| October 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

Lily Hill and Beverly “B-Kay” Van Es have been trying to raise awareness of child abuse for almost four years now through an effort that uses yard signs, bumper stickers and wrist bands.

The message they put on the signs — “Be aware. Child abuse can be anywhere!!! Call 911.” — grew out of their resolve to do something after the killing of a 19-month-old North Newton boy, Vincent Hill. The two Wichita grandmothers also have held child-abuse-prevention talks in schools. (more…)

Church of England to examine 1950s records in child abuse investigation

| October 28, 2014 at 02:19 pm

Justin Welby says personnel files will be searched for allegations of abuse as study into confessional confidentiality also launched

The Church of England is examining the personnel files of thousands of clergymen and women dating back to the 1950s as part of a wide-ranging investigation into historical allegations of child abuse, the archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, said that the move is part of a renewed effort to ensure that there are no allegations of abuse which have been ignored, overlooked or covered up. (more…)

Manchester child abuse gang smashed – 11 arrested

| October 27, 2014 at 07:22 pm

A suspected child sex abuse gang has been smashed by police officer, with eleven people arrested under Operation Heliodor in the south Manchester area.

The suspected abusers, aged between 19 and 38, have been arrested for alleged offences including sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting child prostitution, abduction and rape.

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Why ‘Sweetie’, the fake 10-year-old girl, is the perfect trap to catch a paedophile

| October 24, 2014 at 07:38 am

In the age of the internet, groomers don’t even need to leave the house to sexually harm children.

Last year, a Dutch charity called Terre Des Hommes created a new way to trap online predators. It created a fake online child, which then posed in chat rooms as a 10-year-old Filipino girl.

If asked for pictures, operators behind the account had a remarkably life-like computerised avatar.

The aim was to patrol the net, attracting men who were looking for children to pay to perform sexual acts via webcam, and then pass their details on to the police. They called the child “Sweetie”. (more…)

Man describes childhood abuse by late Dean of Manchester

| October 22, 2014 at 03:04 pm

An inquiry has sharply criticised the Church of England’s handling of allegations of child sex abuse against the late Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington.

Its head, Judge Sally Cahill, said there had been systemic failures by the church in not reporting the sexual abuse, despite several alleged victims from the UK and Australia speaking out 15 years ago.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has offered a wholehearted apology, as the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt reports. (more…)

Theresa May backs Fiona Woolf to chair child abuse inquiry despite links to Lord Brittan

| October 21, 2014 at 07:51 am

Home Secretary ‘confident’ lawyer will lead inquiry with ‘authority’ despite Mrs Woolf revealing string of previous social engagements with peer who has previously been criticised for failing to act

Theresa May has insisted she retains confidence in the woman chosen to chair the Government’s historic child abuse inquiry despite revelations about her links with Lord (Leon) Brittan, a key figure who has previously been criticised for failing to act the scandal. (more…)

John Grisham apologises for comments regarding child abuse images

| October 20, 2014 at 07:34 am

Crime author regrets comments claiming prison sentences for those convicted of viewing child abuse images were too harsh

The author John Grisham apologised on Thursday for comments he made to the Daily Telegraph that not all men who look at child abuse images should be sent to prison and that sentences for such crimes were too harsh.

Grisham, who is about to publish his new legal thriller, made the comments to the British newspaper in the context of a wide-ranging attack on the US judicial system and its high prison rates. (more…)

John Grisham: sentences too harsh for viewing child abuse images

| October 16, 2014 at 07:20 am

Crime author criticises US justice system, saying ‘jails are full of 60-year-old white men who never harmed anybody’

The author John Grisham has said people who look at child abuse images “probably had too much to drink” and should be given lighter prison sentences.

Grisham, 59, made the comments during an interview in which he criticised the US justice system and the high number of serving convicts. (more…)

Catholic Church offered MOU on child abuse despite mandatory reporting laws, Police Integrity Commission hears

| October 15, 2014 at 07:37 am

The Catholic Church drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to share information with the NSW Police Force in 2004 despite being told a year earlier that the agreement breached child abuse mandatory reporting laws, an inquiry has heard.

The Police Integrity Commission had previously heard the MOU was designed to open up lines of communication between the church’s Professional Standards Office and the Child Protection Enforcement Agency, to facilitate the sharing of information relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. (more…)