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Giving the (polished) finger: Male celebrities paint their nails in new campaign against child abuse

| September 1, 2014 at 07:39 am

  • The Polished Man campaign runs from September 1 until the 15th
  • It aims to raise awareness for the one in five children globally who experience violence
  • In Australia, one in 29 children (or one in every class) experiences violence
  • People participating in the event are encouraged to paint one finger with nail polish to encourage people to talk about the issue

Men across the country will be sporting a colourful look on their fingernails for the first two weeks of September as the the Polished Man campaign kicks off to raise awareness of violence against children. (more…)

This culture of silence and denial around child abuse must end

| August 29, 2014 at 01:49 pm

I know from my own experience how difficult it is for victims to speak up, so when they do it is vital that we listen, believe and treat them with respect

Horror creates the before and after – Dunblane, Columbine, Hungerford, Rotherham.

Rotherham stands apart for many reasons: the sheer number of perpetrators; the sheer numbers involved (some survivors, some, sadly, inevitably victims) – 1,400 conservatively estimated – the contents of two state secondary schools or 127 school football teams. But there is a more devastating reason it stands alone: the resounding silence. (more…)

South Haven mother and son arraigned on charges of child abuse, torture

| August 28, 2014 at 08:53 am

SOUTH HAVEN, MI – A mother and her son were arraigned in South Haven District Court Wednesday afternoon on felony charges involving child abuse and torture of an 11-year-old boy, deputies said.

Peggy Hamilton, 46, and her son, Randall Hamilton, 28, are each being charged with 1st degree child abuse and torture after an 11-year-old boy suffering from physical abuse was found early Tuesday morning along County Road 380 in Columbia Township, a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said. (more…)

Rotherham child abuse scandal: The background to the report

| August 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

An independent report has severely criticised South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council after finding “at least” 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town between 1997 and 2013. It follows four years in which both organisations have been under scrutiny.

The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town’s Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls.

But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town’s problem was far more widespread. (more…)

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

| August 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.

Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.

Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: “I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly.”

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To prevent child abuse, govt plans awareness modules

| August 25, 2014 at 09:37 am

To prevent child abuse, especially sexual abuse, the Delhi government’s Women and Child Development (WCD) department has decided to come up with awareness modules for three age groups —5-8 years, 9-12 years and 12-18 years.

Such an exercise — called Stay Safe-Prevention-Educating Children — has been taken up for the first time by the Delhi government.

“We have come up with a tentative design for the modules, which will also include a training module for fathers, mothers and caregivers, among others, about the existing legal provisions and standard operating procedures to ensure prevention of abuse.

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Royal commission: Child abuse victim support groups outraged over Cardinal George Pell’s testimony

| August 22, 2014 at 06:40 am

Support groups for child sexual abuse victims have expressed their outrage after Cardinal George Pell’s testimony at the royal commission in Melbourne last night.

Cardinal Pell appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via videolink from the Vatican.

Saying it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be “foisted” on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company, citing a hypothetical example of a case involving a woman who was molested by a truck driver. (more…)

Parents accused of child abuse appear in court

| August 21, 2014 at 07:08 am

A Fort Collins woman accused along with her husband of forcing their 8-year-old daughter to live in squalor declined to share her family’s story Monday.

“You’ve destroyed my family,” a visibly upset Leah Dyer told members of the media while hurrying onto an elevator at the 8th Judicial District Courthouse in Fort Collins. She made her first appearance in court Monday, accompanied by her husband, Douglas Dyer, and two other people who sat with the couple.

“You should’ve gotten my story before you aired it,” said Leah Dyer, wearing a dark, baggy T-shirt, her long hair pulled into a loose ponytail. (more…)

2,333 child abuse complaints registered in three years

| August 12, 2014 at 07:38 am

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has reported that it has registered 2,333 complaints of child abuse/violation of child rights during the last three years and the current year.

A total of 934 complaints/cases concerning abuse/violation of child rights were registered in NCPCR in the year 2013-14. The highest number of registered cases i.e., 532 is from the State of Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, in 2012-13, 766 cases were registered in NCPCR from across the country out of which 362 were from Uttar Pradesh. In 2011-12, 455 such cases were registered. In the current year, till date 178 such complaints have been received from all over the country. (more…)

Woman Pleads Guilty in Denver Child Abuse Case

| August 11, 2014 at 09:55 am

A woman who starved her four young sons and kept them in a filthy, feces-strewn Denver apartment could spend up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to her second offense of child abuse.

Prosecutors said the case involving Lorinda Bailey, 36, was among the most horrific they had ever seen, but the state’s child abuse laws kept them from pursuing harsher penalties because the children, ages 2 to 6, did not suffer serious physical injuries.

Six other charges were dropped in exchange for Bailey’s guilty plea to a single felony count.

“The way the child abuse statue reads, this was a disposition we thought would hold her accountable as best we could under the law,” said Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

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