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More than 260 celebrities and politicians among 1,400 child sex-abuse suspects in U.K. investigation

| May 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

LONDON — Some 261 celebrities and politicians, including sports, TV and music stars, are being investigated for alleged child sex abuse, British police have revealed.

They are among more than 1,400 men suspected by police of being sex predators, as the Home Secretary warned it is only the “tip of the iceberg.”

The rogues gallery includes 135 TV, film and radio stars, 43 musicians and seven sports figures as well as 76 politicians, the officer in charge of the issue has disclosed.

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Pope Francis’ finance chief promises to appear at Australian child abuse inquiry

| May 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

Cardinal George Pell says in letter he will appear at royal commission into child abuse ‘if needed’ after he is accused of ignoring abuse and even bribing one victim to keep quiet in a wide-ranging Australian inquiry into paedophilia

Australia’s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis’ finance chief, has said he is willing to give evidence in a royal commission into child abuse in Australia.

Cardinal George Pell has denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse.
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Police investigate claims child abuse gang abused kids on Cannock Chase in 1980s and 90s

| May 26, 2015 at 07:17 am

Esther Baker, 32, alleges she and others were victims of paedophile ring at Staffordshire beauty spot

Police have launched a major investigation into claims a high-powered paedophile ring systematically abused children on Cannock Chase in the 1980s and 90s.

And the Staffordshire force has already interviewed one woman who alleges police officers were present – and shielded the perpetrators. (more…)

Child abuse victims live ‘shorter lives’ than other children, royal commission hears

| May 25, 2015 at 07:56 am

People who have been abused as children live shorter lives than those who have not been abused, a psychiatrist has told a royal commission.

Dr Carolyn Quadrio, from the UNSW School of Psychiatry, said on Monday that children who have been abused have a life expectancy about 10 to 20 years shorter than those who have not.

“They don’t live as long as children who have not been traumatised,” she told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat.

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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…)