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Madeleine McCann disappearance: British police receive 5,000 new calls

| November 29, 2013 at 07:04 am

CPIU - Madeleine McCannLONDON — Detectives searching for new leads in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received 5,000 calls.

Investigators were inundated with tips from U.K., Germany and Holland after police issued a computer-generated image of a suspect last month, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told the BBC.

“The media appeals produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries,” he said. “I know the appeal generated a large number of calls to the Portuguese police also.” (more…)

Brooke Mueller Calls Police, Accuses Denise Richards of Child Abuse

| November 28, 2013 at 06:30 am

DSC_2015The police showed up to Denise’s home on Nov. 26 after Brooke reportedly claimed that Denise abused her twin sons – as well as her own two daughters – while they were in her care.

Charlie Sheen‘s ex-wife Brooke Mueller called the police to accuse Denise Richards of abusing of Brooke’s twin sons, Max and Bob, 4, while they were in Denise’s care from May, 2013 to Nov. 8, 2013.

Brooke also claimed that Denise abused her own two daughters with Charlie, Sam and Lola Sheen, during this time, according to a new report. Read on for EXCLUSIVE details. (more…)

Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins carried out ‘shocking child abuse’

| November 27, 2013 at 08:11 am

Catrin Evans from the Crown Prosecution Service and Chief Inspector Peter Doyle from South Wales Police gave statements outside Cardiff Crown Court on the ”shocking and harrowing child abuse” committed by Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets.

The 36-year-old admitted a total of 13 child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

He had previously “furiously denied” the allegations. Two women who cannot be identified were charged alongside him also admitted sexual offences. (more…)

Man jailed after one million child abuse images found

| November 26, 2013 at 06:46 am

Child abuseA 65-year-old man who had more than a million child abuse images and filmed his own attacks on young girls has been jailed for 19 years.

When police raided John Bidmead’s home they caught him red-handed as he watched a child abuse film. The trail of sexual assaults came to light when Interpol tipped off police.

Bidmead, from Cullompton, Devon, admitted four rapes, six indecent or sexual assaults and 19 counts of taking or making indecent photographs.


India needs stricter child abuse laws, say activists

| November 25, 2013 at 07:09 am

India’s Supreme Court has ordered immediate steps to be taken to block websites with abusive content, especially those featuring children.

The moves come amid a perceived rise in cyber-related crime and the proliferation of child abuse images on the internet.

Presenter: Murali Krishnan

Speaker: Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, director HAQ; Pavan Duggal, advocate and cyberlaw expert; Naresh Kumar, shopkeeper (more…)

6,000 Arizona child abuse tips haven’t been investigated

| November 22, 2013 at 08:31 am

PHOENIX — The director of Arizona’s child welfare system says thousands of child abuse hotline reports have not been investigated in recent years, and it’s unknown if those children are still at risk of abuse.

Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter said Thursday the cases were misclassified as not requiring investigations beginning in 2009. The number of cases rapidly escalated since January as caseloads increased as a new hotline process was put in place. (more…)

Liz Tinsley: Child abuse images are crime scenes

| November 21, 2013 at 07:39 am

As Google and Microsoft agree measures to make it harder to find child abuse images, Liz Tinsley – NSPCC Nottingham Service Centre manager – welcomes the move but says it won’t stop the most determined offenders

THE announcement that Google and Microsoft are making it more difficult for people to search for child abuse images is a positive step towards preventing abuse and one that is welcomed by the NSPCC.

One hundred thousand search terms that could be used when someone is searching for child abuse images will no longer lead people to websites that link to this content – and in some cases will now return an on-screen warning to the user. (more…)

DSS supervisor charged with child abuse disciplined in past

| November 20, 2013 at 07:13 am

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 19): Union County Sheriff’s deputies originally told Channel 9 on Friday the boy was a foster child, but on Tuesday officials with the Department of Social Services told Channel 9 the couple had legal guardianship over the boy and he was not part of the foster system.

Channel 9 uncovered documents detailing Wanda Larson’s work history with Union County Department of Social Services.

She and her husband are accused of handcuffing their 11-year-old child to the porch with a dead chicken tied to his neck. (more…)

Child abuse victim ‘manipulated’ by Anglican Church

| November 19, 2013 at 08:59 am

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard a former resident of a children’s home in northern New South Wales felt intimidated and manipulated when she raised allegations of abuse with the Anglican Church.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse yesterday began its latest round of public hearings to examine the alleged sexual and physical abuse of up to 200 children at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.

Today the commission heard from a third former resident of the home, and just like those who appeared yesterday she told a story of severe physical and sexual abuse.


Google to tackle images of child sexual abuse with search and Youtube changes

| November 18, 2013 at 08:45 am

Google FoodGoogle is targeting 100,000 terms associated with online child sexual abuse in a move hailed by David Cameron, who will announce a series of measures to tackle the problem at a cyber-summit in Downing Street. The prime minister said that Google and Yahoo had “come a long way” after the internet firms announced a series of initiatives to try to block access to images of child sexual abuse.

Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has announced that a 200-strong team has cleaned up Google Search to target 100,000 terms that can be used to locate child sexual abuse images. The changes will soon apply to more than 150 languages. The company is also showing warnings at the top of its search results for 13,000 queries. (more…)