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Antonio Smith child abuse investigation sexual in nature

| May 22, 2015 at 08:34 am

KUSA – According to the Fort Bend County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, the child abuse investigation of Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is sexual in nature.

No charges against Smith have been filed.

“In November 2014, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a criminal allegation against Antonio Smith,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. (more…)

‘The Chosen Ones’ (‘Las Elegidas’): Cannes Review

| May 21, 2015 at 06:58 am

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna executive produced this second fiction feature from Mexican director David Pablos, which premieres in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

A 14-year-old girl is forced into prostitution in The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas), the second fiction feature of Mexican director David Pablos.

Executive produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna through their production company, Canana, this is a handsomely shot feature about an important topic that starts off strong but that, like the director’s debut feature, The Life After, becomes less engaging as it enters its final reels. (more…)

1,400 child abuse suspects identified

| May 20, 2015 at 07:33 am

More than 1,400 suspects, including politicians and celebrities, have been investigated by police probing historical child sex abuse allegations.

The figures were revealed by Operation Hydrant, set up by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

It explores links between child sex abuse by “prominent public persons”.

Of the 1,433 suspects identified, 216 are now dead and 261 are classified as people of public prominence, with 135 coming from TV, film or radio. (more…)

Child abuse royal commission: Priest abused every young boy at regional Victorian school, inquiry hears

| May 19, 2015 at 06:56 am

A notorious paedophile priest abused every boy at a regional Victorian school between the age of 10 and 16, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is holding long-awaited public hearings in Ballarat to examine historical abuse suffered by children at a number of schools in the regional centre, at the hands of Catholic clergy and other members of the Church.

Some of Australia’s most notorious abusers, including Gerald Ridsdale, Robert Best and Edward Dowlan, were part of a paedophile ring operating in and around Ballarat for years. (more…)

Being born a royal is a sophisticated form of child abuse

| May 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Probably not for the first time in his life, Prince Harry has been competing for attention with the Patagonian toothfish.

No sooner had he outlined his romantic difficulties, in an interview in New Zealand, than the toothfish edged him off social media, having emerged, with the publication of the Charles letters, as high on the royal agenda, for albatross-related reasons. Albatrosses are a theme, like sheep, to which the Prince of Wales frequently returns, and not just in letters. (more…)

Education key to battling child abuse

| May 15, 2015 at 07:17 am

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children teaches students to protect themselves by identifying, fighting and reporting crime

Efforts to stem child abuse in Dubai are producing results, say front line workers fighting the problem.

Afra Al Basti, Director-General of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC), said her organisation recorded a 26 per cent drop in the number of cases of children being abused from 2013 to 2014. (more…)

Child abuse victims launch ‘unprecedented’ court action against former Ballarat bishop

| May 14, 2015 at 07:27 am

Ten victims who were abused by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale begin legal proceedings against a former Bishop of Ballarat.

Ten victims who were abused by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale have begun proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court against a former Bishop of Ballarat.

They accuse Bishop Ronald Mulkearns and the Diocese of Ballarat of negligence for allegedly failing to protect them and other victims, despite being aware of complaints against Ridsdale.

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Teens shine on the catwalk while raising money to fight child abuse

| May 13, 2015 at 08:05 am

“Project Runway” designer Timothy Westbrook decided last year that he wanted to use his fashion skills to benefit child abuse prevention efforts.

As a contestant on Season 12 of the popular and long-running reality TV show, Westbrook figured he could bring his name and talent to a cause that meant a great deal to him personally. The question was where to start.

And the answer, naturally, was Google.

“I typed in ‘child abuse awareness fashion show,’ ” he said, and two results popped up: an agency in Chicago that no longer sponsors a fashion show, and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, which does.
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Child abuse royal commission: Sydney psychologist made 11yo ‘dress up, perform oral sex’ as asthma treatment, inquiry hears

| May 12, 2015 at 08:00 am

A psychologist at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital sexually abused a patient in the late 1960s, telling the boy it would cure his asthma, an inquiry has been told.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse also heard damning revelations of poor record keeping and a lax attitude towards child protection at the time.

The revelations on Monday led to public apologies from the hospital’s chief executive officer and the New South Wales Health Department. (more…)

How child abuse hotlines hurt the very children they’re trying to protect

| May 11, 2015 at 09:40 am

Anonymous callers make unsubstantiated accusations all the time. Once CPS gets involved, families get trapped.

The recent media obsession with “free range” parenting has illuminated a policy issue which rarely affects parents who debate free range parenting: the exploitation of child abuse reporting hotlines.

Each year, about 3.4 million calls are made to these state-run phone lines. Tragically, only a fraction of these calls are made by trained professionals reporting actual abuse or neglect. (more…)