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Huge increase in online child abuse investigations

| November 26, 2015 at 03:19 pm

The number of investigations into suspected paedophiles using the internet to abuse children online has soared in Lancashire.

As police today embark on a week-long campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, new figures show detectives are dealing with more than one case a day.

Across the county, more than 1,500 referrals were made – where there are concerns for a child’s safety – last year. Of those, 529 were recorded as crimes.

Police are investigating more cases of abuse only (posed by model)


Hawaii Reps Introduce ‘Talia’s Law’ To Prevent Child Abuse And Neglect On Military Bases

| November 24, 2015 at 02:06 pm

HONOLULU — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) introduced federal legislation this week aimed at better protecting children from abuse on military bases.

The proposed law is named after Talia Williams, a 5-year-old who was beaten to death in 2005 by her father, Naeem Williams, then an active-duty infantryman stationed in Hawaii.

The girl’s murder reportedly came after months of torture and abuse by both her father and stepmother, Delilah Williams.

According to Delilah Williams’ court testimony, Talia was denied food for days at a time, duct-taped to a bed and whipped, and kept out of daycare to hide physical signs of her beatings. Naeem Williams’ fatal blow, prosecutors said, left knuckle imprints on the child’s chest.

Lawmakers introduced "Talia's Law" after five-year-old Talia Williams was beaten to death by her Army father.</span>


Steven Tyler Launches Janie’s Fund to Help Child Abuse Victims

| November 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

“As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music,” singer says.


Steven Tyler has launched a new philanthropic initiative that aims at raising money and awareness to help girls who have suffered sexual abuse, the singer announced today. For Janie’s Fund, a nod to Aerosmith‘s 1989 hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” Tyler will partner with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to those victims of neglect and abuse.

Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe facing probe over child abuse ‘cover-up’

| November 20, 2015 at 09:26 am

Britain’s top cop was an Assistant Chief Constable at Merseyside in 1998 when the force uncovered claims one of Tony Blair’s ministers was a suspected paedophile.


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Britain’s top police officer faces being quizzed by his own detectives over claims that police covered up child sex abuse by politicians.

Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was an Assistant Chief Constable at Merseyside in 1998 when the force uncovered claims one of Tony Blair’s ministers was a suspected paedophile.


Review into child abuse in Jersey finds multiple failings

| November 18, 2015 at 09:16 am

A review into child abuse in Jersey has found multiple failings including a failure by the authorities to identify sexual abuse.

The Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board investigated the cases of three families in which serious child sexual abuse has occurred during the last ten years.

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Hi-tech scanners will catch paedophiles in minutes by hunting child abuse images

| November 16, 2015 at 09:13 am

Theresa May has set up revolutionary secure database to transform way police tackle online exploitation.


Police will be able to nail suspected paedophiles within MINUTES using new high-tech scanners to hunt out child abuse images.



I found out my husband had abused our daughter

| September 18, 2015 at 08:37 am

Emma Charles thought that she and her family were living a normal life. But then she discovered that her husband had been sexually abusing their daughter Tamsin since the age of ten. Twelve years on, Emma recalls that devastating day and the traumatic events that followed

In many ways, we were an ordinary family – mum, dad, two kids, a Volvo in the drive.  And in some ways we weren’t so ordinary. As a ship’s engineer, my husband Daniel worked away from home for up to four months at a time. But I never for a moment dreamt that we were extraordinary – until
that day.

cpiuIt started out fine, that Tuesday in December 1996. Our younger daughter, Claire, 13, was at school, and I was looking forward to spending some time with Tamsin, who had just broken up for the holidays. At 15, she was a weekly boarder at a specialist school for high-ability dyslexics.

We chatted about what she was going to do. That was when the first hint of discord arose. Tamsin and I squabbled, like all mothers and daughters. But that day she was impervious to reasoned argument. She began making hurtful personal attacks on her father and me, something she had never done. At bedtimewe kissed goodnight, but for the first time we parted with a coolness between us.

The following evening, I was in the living room when she burst in, flung a piece of paper at me and stormed out. ‘I have to leave or he has to,’ she had written. ‘And you seem to need him. And f*** you, you probably won’t believe me anyway.’ She was talking about her father – telling me that he had been sexually abusing her for the past five years. In the seconds it took me to absorb her words, my world came tumbling down.

I found her down the road with her dog. ‘Come home and tell me about it,’ I begged. She looked into my eyes and must have been reassured by what she saw. ‘He won’t leave me alone,’ she cried. ‘He’s always feeling me up. He brushes against my breasts so I know it’s not accidental, but he could persuade someone else it was.’

Hope blossomed in my mind. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding, an over-tactile father who would have to learn to respect his daughter’s personal space. ‘Has he ever touched you between your legs?’ I asked. ‘Last time he was home on leave,’ she sobbed.

Hope died.

Tears were falling from my eyes as I looked up the number for social services and picked up the phone. I just knew I had to do the right thing.

Daniel and I had been married for 18 years. I was 27 when we met, working as a medical photographer; he was a year older and at college, studying for his Second Engineer’s certificate. He was tall and slim with auburn hair and blue-grey eyes and a full beard and moustache. And he was gentle, laid-back – all the things I wasn’t. Within a week, I had decided he was the man with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life. We married the following year.

I hadn’t wanted children. It was Daniel who felt that we wouldn’t be a ‘proper family’ without them. Tamsin was conceived two years after our wedding, and Claire came along two and a half years after that. As it turned out, I loved being a mother and Daniel was good with the girls as babies. But as they grew up, he changed. His own parents had been authoritarian, and not reluctant to use a belt to hit their children. He, too, resorted to smacking and violence.


Emma Charles today

One incident in particular stands out. When the girls were seven and four, I noticed ‘fingertip’ bruising on Claire’s arm. I really went for Daniel, threatening to kick him out if he couldn’t control his temper. He was angry with me for taking him to task; but when he realised I was serious, he backed down and apologised. Over and over again, we talked about what was reasonable behaviour and over and over he agreed with me. But his efforts to improve never lasted long.

Why did I stay with him if things were so bad? Well, they weren’t bad all the time. Mostly, we had a good family life. I knew the harm that divorce causes to children. I still loved Daniel and I thought we could make it work. Until that day.

Daniel was in the Far East when Tamsin wrote her devastating note. Social services set up an appointment for the following Monday. Meanwhile, I had to address another horrible thought. Gently, I asked Claire if her dad had ever touched her. ‘He used to come and give me back rubs,’ she replied. ‘But I liked that…’ ‘Nothing else?’ I asked. ‘He asked me to take off my T-shirt, but I just said no. And once he tried to give me a tummy rub, but I wouldn’t let him.’

It was becoming clearer now. Claire has always been an upfront child. Whenever anything was worrying her, she would come and tell me. If only Tamsin had been the same.

I’m not going to describe Tamsin’s statement to social services. Listening to her engraved pictures on my mind which I still have trouble banishing today. The police also took statements and arranged a medical examination. Several weeks later, Daniel was arrested as he stepped off a flight from Jakarta. DC Barbara White from the sexual offences unit called later to tell me: ‘He’s admitted everything. It’s a very credible confession. He wants me to tell you that he’s never raped Tamsin, and he’s never been unfaithful to you with anyone else.’

I cried my eyes out. Even though I was convinced Tamsin had been telling the truth, still a tiny part of me had hoped it was all a mistake.

Daniel was bailed, with strict conditions not to approach either Tamsin or me. I had imagined that he would be feeling crushed and placatory. I was soon to discover how little I knew him. Within a few days, a letter from him arrived informing me that his mother was bitter that I had not kept our troubles ‘within the family’. So that was it. I was to be blamed for reporting the abuse. This was my first experience of the denial which abusers use to protect themselves from acknowledging the harm they have caused. Who is protected by dealing with such matters within the family? Only the abuser.

Child sex abusers do not believe that what they do is wrong. They convince themselves that the child wants it to happen as much as they do; indeed, it is not uncommon for them to blame the child for leading them on. It is in this denial that the danger to other children lies. If an abuser does not believe that what he does is harmful, he has no reason not to do it again.

Of course, we as a society are also in denial. We warn our children about ‘stranger danger’, but the truth is that the vast majority of abused children are abused by relatives or close friends. We would much rather objectify offenders and think of them as shadowy figures, totally unlike those we know. Until we stop burying our heads in the sand nothing will change. This is the bottom line. And one abused child is one too many.


Coby Persin’s YouTube pedophile experiment shows how guillible teen girls are

| September 17, 2015 at 07:30 am

FacebookA new YouTube video that has been watched 10 million times in two days shows how willing teenage girls are to meet a stranger they have only talked to online. A 22-year-old man masquerading as a 15-year-old boy named “Jason” adds three girls as friends on Facebook. Within three days, the girls agreed to meet him. She said OK I’ll be there in five minutes,” he said, referring to one of the girls. Coby Persin, a YouTube prankster, came up with the pedophile experiment and enlisted parents’ help on Craigslist. Each thought their child would never go through with the meeting. God I hope she doesn’t open that door,” the girl’s mother said. “She won’t do it.” (more…)

What is Pedophilia

| September 11, 2015 at 11:17 am

sexual abuseWhat is considered pedophilia? What are the causes of pedophilia? Pedophilia can be considered as an abnormal or unnatural attraction for minors involving the fantasy and acts related to sexual activity with children. This type of practice is not approved by one of the parties involved. According to the Dutch neurologist Dick Swaab, pedophilia can have different causes:

The problem may be due to brain tumors in the temporal cortex or the hypothalamus of a patient; it can be result of a brain surgery to cure epilepsy, brain infections, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and various types of dementia or brain trauma. However, these cases are rare. Probably in most cases, there are genetic causes as well as the interaction between sex hormones of the fetus and the brain before birth.

A Clinical Trial. All brain studies have been performed with small and unrepresentative samples of pedophiles because most of them know how to control their impulses, do not commit crimes and are either under study. To end with the taboo in that research will probably provide information about the real factors of the problem and about the best way to control impulses and prevent relapse. Thus, much suffering would be prevented for everyone involved.

Other Data. There is a myth that women are not involved in this type of child sexual abuse, however, this is obsolete. Child sexual abuse is often reduced to the cases of mothers who abuse their own children. The victims are mostly girls with an average age of six years. This is usually caused because of poverty, lack of education, psychological problems, psychosis and addiction.

Numbers are also alarming: between 5-25% of girls and 5-15% of boys suffer some form of sexual abuse, usually before the age of 11. Most of these abuses are committed by friends or relatives of the victim. Most of abusers are men and 5-10% are women.

The number of child abuse cases in the military hits a decade high

| September 10, 2015 at 02:33 pm

Confirmed cases of abuse and neglect of military children increased markedly in 2014, Defense Department data showed on Wednesday, prompting concerns among Pentagon about efforts to safeguard the nation’s over 1 million military children.

In fiscal year 2014, officials tracking family violence within the military confirmed 7,676 cases of child abuse or neglect, an increase of 10 percent from the previous year, according to annual statistics on child abuse and domestic violence. Confirmed cases of neglect – which excludes physical and sexual abuse – rose by 14 percent, military officials said.