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Key Westminster Figures In Child Abuse Papers

| July 23, 2015 at 08:57 am

The Government reveals that unreleased files relating to child abuse allegations do exist which name key Westminster figures.

Key Westminster figures from the 1970s and 1980s have been named in a series of Government child abuse documents.

After months of requests from Sky News the Government has revealed that papers exist that relate to Margaret Thatcher’s former parliamentary secretary Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister Sir William van Straubenzee.
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Microsoft launches free cloud version of PhotoDNA to help detect child sexual abuse material

| July 20, 2015 at 09:05 am

Microsoft has released a new, free version of its child sexual abuse image-detection software PhotoDNA to enable all websites and photo-sharing service providers to be able to spot illegal images. (more…)

Duggar Sisters Center of TLC Documentary on Child Abuse

| July 17, 2015 at 08:08 am

Though The Learning Channel has canceled 19 Kids and Counting, they are not totally through with the Duggar family.

In light of Josh Duggar’s abuse allegations, the network has been working on a documentary about child abuse that will feature Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. The sisters told Fox’s Megyn Kelly they were among their brother’s victims.

“TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” the network wrote in a statement on their website. (more…)

TLC President Marjorie Kaplan: “I Have Learned a Lot” About Child Abuse Since Josh Duggar’s Molestation Scandal Broke

| July 16, 2015 at 01:34 pm

And now, it’s time to move forward. Following TLC’s cancellation of its smash reality series 19 Kids and Counting on Thursday, July 16, the network’s president Marjorie Kaplan was candid about how Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal opened her eyes to the issue of child abuse.

Kaplan, who heads TLC, Animal Planet, and Velocity, told the Associated Press on Thursday that she was “completely unaware” of how pervasive the issue of child abuse was. “I have learned a lot about this issue since,” Kaplan said, citing one staggering statistic of one in 10 children are victims of sexual abuse. (more…)

U.S. hospitals may often miss signs of child abuse

| July 15, 2015 at 01:02 pm

Many U.S. hospitals may miss an opportunity to detect physical abuse in babies and toddlers, a new study reveals.

The study, of more than 300 hospitals nationwide, found a huge variation in adherence to a long-standing guideline on screening for physical abuse.

That guide, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that when a child younger than 2 has injuries that suggest possible physical abuse, doctors should order X-rays to look for “occult” bone fractures. Those are bone breaks that aren’t readily apparent during an exam, and may be old injuries healing on their own. (more…)

‘Lack of understanding’ over Rotherham child abuse

| July 14, 2015 at 08:03 am

Health services in Rotherham still have a “lack of understanding” about who should be dealing with child abuse, a new report has said.

Sue McMillan, of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said communication between different parts of the health service was a clear problem.

The Jay Report, published in 2014, found 1,400 children in the town had been abused over a 16-year period. Ms McMillan said “there was still a lot to be done” almost a year on. “Health services in Rotherham have responded to concerns in relation to child sexual exploitation,” but more progress was needed, said Ms McMillan, the watchdog’s deputy chief inspector.

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The day I realised the child abuse I suffered wasn’t my fault

| July 13, 2015 at 08:45 am

For many years I lived with an inner roar of self-hate. Meeting other women with the same pain made me realise it was not unique – and I wasn’t to blame

Denial is a funny thing, isn’t it? I’m sitting at a dinner party, freshly wounded from a failed relationship, and someone is talking drunkenly about Jimmy Savile. “Well all those people who have come forward as victims, I bet it’s just for the money, isn’t it? Those people just want attention.” And at that moment, something inside me shatters. I fall through the glass floor of my own denial and remember that I was sexually abused. By my grandad, starting from around the age of five or so. (more…)

First Vatican child abuse trial places former nuncio in dock

| July 10, 2015 at 07:12 am

Fate of Józef Wesołowski, accused of abusing boys in the Dominican Republic, seen as test of pope’s new approach to tackling alleged clerical wrongdoing

The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.

The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski from Poland marks the first time that the church has used the criminal justice system put in place by the Argentinian pontiff to handle cases of alleged clerical wrongdoing.

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Subway cuts ties with Jared Fogle amid child abuse image allegations

| July 9, 2015 at 07:21 am

Authorities raided Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Indiana, telling local TV news that they were serving warrants related to child abuse images

The Subway restaurant chain is suspending its relationship with longtime spokesman Jared Fogle amid a police investigation.

Federal authorities on Tuesday raided the home of Fogle – the American hero of 21st-century weight loss powered by fast food – apparently in connection with an investigation into child abuse images. (more…)

Officials: The best way to fight child abuse is by reporting it

| July 8, 2015 at 09:21 am

It’s unusual for two severe cases of alleged child maltreatment to occur in such quick succession as they did last week in Hagerstown and Hancock, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office detective.

“We don’t normally get such tragic cases so close together,” said Detective Casey Swope, who was heading to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to check on the welfare of the Hancock 6-year-old.

The boy was reportedly on life support after an alleged beating early Friday morning. His mother’s boyfriend faces charges in the case.
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