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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…)

‘It destroyed my faith in the Lord’. Victim testifies about child abuse at Christian school

| October 14, 2014 at 08:04 am

The latest evidence given during an Australian sex abuse inquiry has revealed that children at a Christian school were repeatedly failed by authorities.

Emma Joy Fretton, now 34, testified on Friday. She told the royal commission that she was physically and sexually abused for more than four years at Northside Christian College in Melbourne. The abuse began when she was six years old.

Her abuser, teacher Kenneth Sandilands, was given a two year jail sentence in 2000 for offences against eight children at the school. (more…)

NSW police watchdog to investigate handling of Catholic abuse claims

| October 13, 2014 at 07:28 am

Inquiry prompted after documents revealed Catholic church believed it had an understanding with police in 2003 to conceal evidence against paedophile priests

The handling of abuse allegations by NSW police and the Catholic church will be investigated at a police corruption watchdog hearing starting on Monday.

The Police and Integrity Commission (PIC) is investigating the conduct of a police officer in a Catholic church professional standards group between 1998 and 2005. (more…)

Vikings: Adrian Peterson’s child abuse trial set for Dec. 1

| October 10, 2014 at 08:20 am

CONROE, Texas — Adrian Peterson won’t be coming back to the field soon.

A Texas judge on Wednesday tentatively set a Dec. 1 trial date for the Minnesota Vikings running back on a charge of felony child abuse for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son this year.

The Vikings’ final game of the regular season is Dec. 28, and there is no guarantee the trial will begin before the end of the year. (more…)

Stephen Collins sex abuse allegations: Secret recordings and the law

| October 9, 2014 at 08:06 am

As confessions go, it is persuasive and damning. Listen to the tape. The admission is stunning.

If it is the voice of actor Stephen Collins, admitting on a secret tape recording to molesting 3 young girls in both California and New York, he is in serious criminal jeopardy in both jurisdictions.

But there are copious legal obstacles for prosecutors if they decide to charge the star of the hit television series, “7th Heaven” who, ironically, portrayed a moralizing pastor who counsels children. One season was devoted to teaching young people to abstain from pre-marital sex.

Yup, that’s irony. (more…)

Rise in cases of ritual child abuse linked to witchcraft beliefs reported, say police

| October 8, 2014 at 02:07 pm

Kristy Bamu, who was 15 when he was tortured and drowned on Christmas Day 2010 because a relative believed he was a witch. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

Threefold increase in allegations, say police, including two claims of rape and of children beaten ‘to drive out the devil’

More cases of ritual child abuse linked to belief in witchcraft are being reported, the police said.

The Metropolitan police has received 27 allegations in the past year, including two claims of rape; a child being swung around and smacked in the head “to drive out the devil”, and other youngsters being dunked in water, it said on Wednesday. (more…)

When ‘discipline’ becomes child abuse

| October 7, 2014 at 07:00 am

Last month, Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of physically abusing his 4-year-old son.

This would not have been news then — or still — except for his position in the NFL. His son’s unfortunate, but all too common, situation can be an opportunity for our society to evaluate what it means to parent and discipline a child.

This column is not about corporal punishment, or the risks and perceived benefits thereof; corporal punishment is legal in Tennessee and in many of our school districts. (more…)

Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse

| October 6, 2014 at 08:15 am

More than 80% of Australian paediatricians believe mandatory detention of asylum seeker children constitutes child abuse, according to survey results published today in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The study, which found children under 20 make up 40% of Australia’s total refugee intake, said many doctors had poor knowledge about legal issues surrounding child asylum seekers, including that many may be ineligible for Medicare.

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