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Community closures: child abuse blamed on isolation and inaction

| March 31, 2015 at 07:17 am

“Rife” child abuse in remote communities is a result of isolation and inaction says a former community teacher. The head of the WA Aboriginal Legal Service questions the use of the issue to justify community closures.

“If the State Government and the police have known about this going on in those communities for such a long time, then someone should be held accountable for not getting in there and charging people for having sex with underage children,” Dennis Eggington told Vanessa Mills on ABC Kimberley Local Radio. (more…)

Essex child abuse: Family of rape victim, five, want case reviewed

| March 30, 2015 at 06:47 am

The parents of a five-year-old rape victim have called for a new police investigation into her case.

Essex Police previously apologised for the handling of its inquiry into the rape by a boy aged 12 in 2011.

The boy was given the equivalent of a caution and the case was not referred to the Crown Prosecution Service. Essex Police admitted that outcome was wrong. (more…)

Childhood abuse victims don’t always grow up to be abusers

| March 27, 2015 at 07:10 am

Families with abuse histories might be more scrutinized by social services.

It’s a widely held belief that people who were abused as children are more likely to grow up to abuse their own children, but a new study in Science suggests a more complex picture.

Different kinds of abuse and neglect have different patterns of intergenerational transmission, and there’s reason to think that certain families are scrutinized more than others, leading to biased reporting. (more…)

Child abuse victims deserve more than the commonwealth’s excuses

| March 26, 2015 at 01:40 pm

The moment when things went wrong for victims of child abuse in Australia was a very precise one. In the 1990s, Jeff Kennett, then premier of Victoria, met with George Pell, who was at that stage the Catholic archbishop of Melbourne. According to Pell, Kennett told him to “clean this [child abuse] thing up and there won’t be a royal commission”.

Kennett told The Age last year that he was “reassured that George said ‘yes’, he’d get stuck into it … it’s not for me to sit in judgment … of whether the response was adequate or not”. (more…)

Council in £425,000 payments to child abuse victims

| March 25, 2015 at 07:23 am

More than £425,000 has been paid out by Nottinghamshire County Council to date in relation to historic sex abuse at care homes, figures have shown.

Nottinghamshire Police’s investigation into abuse across numerous council-run homes, Operation Daybreak, was launched in 2010.

Hundreds of former residents across 12 council-run homes, including Laybrook in Mansfield and Skegby Hall, have come forward to say they were sexually and physically abused as youngsters. (more…)

Crown says Meika Jordan suffered severe child abuse before she died

| March 24, 2015 at 07:39 am

A six-year old girl endured four days of severe abuse before her death more than three years ago, court was told Monday on the opening day of the first-degree murder trial of her father and stepmother.

Meika Jordan’s stepfather, Brian Woodhouse, said outside court it was painful listening to the facts of how the girl died.

“I don’t know if I’m capable of describing how it felt,” Woodhouse said Monday. “It’s completely unbelievable.” (more…)

Sex abuse claim rocks Sydney’s St Ignatius College Riverview

| March 23, 2015 at 07:12 am

One of Sydney’s most prestigious private schools, whose alumni include prime minister Tony Abbott has announced a former pupil has come forward saying he was sexually abused as a child.

It follows evidence to a royal commission earlier this month that pupils were sexually abused by teachers at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School, and that senior staff may have failed to disclose this to police.

The principal of St Ignatius College Riverview, on Sydney’s lower North Shore, yesterday wrote to alumni today saying the “former student … has made allegations concerning child sexual abuse over 30 years ago.”

“I am also communicating with all the boys today, in an age-appropriate manner so that they do not hear about this matter in a piecemeal way, or in a situation where they have no reassurances,” principal Paul Hine wrote.

Online child abuse operation – more than 260 charged

| March 20, 2015 at 07:42 am

Teachers, civil servants and police are among 264 people that have been charged following an operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online.

A total of 745 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, launched just over a year ago.

The agency said 518 children had been protected as a result. (more…)

Child abuse and neglect in Texas requires ‘community-centered’ solutions

| March 19, 2015 at 07:13 am

S.A. area had most in Texas in recent years, study says

More children died from sleep-related neglect in the San Antonio area than elsewhere in the state, according to a new study on child abuse prevention.

Sleep-related neglect typically involves an infant co-sleeping with a parent who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The impaired parent rolls over on the child, suffocating him or her.

The San Antonio area, which includes New Braunfels, saw 17 such deaths from 2010 to 2012, according to a study by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Department of State Health Services.

Mom who left kids in car pleads guilty to child abuse

| March 18, 2015 at 08:06 am

An Arizona mother who garnered nationwide support last year after leaving her kids in the car while she sought employment is reversing course on a not-guilty plea. VPC

PHOENIX — The Arizona woman who left her two young children in a parked hot car during a job interview last year, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse Monday, a court official said. (more…)