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Around 300 Priests Accused of Molesting Over 1,000 Minors

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In a report published in the past days, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court announced that an important number of their pointed out that around 300 catholic priests are responsible for the molestation of over 1,000 minors that live in the state.

According to the report, many of the children where manipulated into practicing sexual acts on their aggressors. It was also specified that, in other cases, children were inappropriately touched after ingesting alcohol.

Around 300 Priests Accused of Molesting Over 1,000 Minors

The report, which boasts over 1,300 pages in its length, describes how the children, mostly males, were orally and anally raped. In the case of girls, signs of vaginal penetration were also found.

Many of the cases in the report are over 70 years old, and, according to Josh Shapiro, the state’s Head Prosecutor, all this time, the higher-ups both in the church and the Vatican itself have been covering up these atrocities.

Around 300 Priests Accused of Molesting Over 1,000 Minors

The jury announced the details of the way the report was created, pointing out that the testimony of both witnesses and victims were heard, internally checking the gathered information for over 16 years.

For the American people, but especially Pennsylvania’s, these are extremely disturbing news. Especially considering how over 3 million Catholics live in the Pennsylvania state.

 

Woman Receives a 12 Year Prison Sentence for Prostituting Her Son

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Authorities from the south Germany city of Freiburg have sentenced a woman to 12 years and a half of prison time. The sentence comes after she and her partner were discovered offering their 9-year-old son to other men, so they could sexually abuse the child.

For a period of two years, the little boy was quite literally sold to the highest bidder through the deep web – the deepest part of the internet, comprised of hard-to-access websites, almost impossible to visit through regular search engines – men who paid up to 10.000 Euro to humiliate and sexually abuse the boy.

Woman Receives a 12 Year Prison Sentence for Prostituting Her Son

Alongside the accused, for other people involved in the case were sentenced, each one from different nationalities, and whose job was to find clients. Among the charges, the “gross sexual abuse” one stands out, as the determinant factor in the weight of the sentence.

The case came to the attention of the authorities thanks to anonymous tips left during 2017, when all of the accused were first arrested; one of them – the victim’s mother’s partner – was a convicted sex offender, as he had previously abused his own daughter.

The little one is already under Child Protective Service’s care, and according to the judge’s sentence, is set to receive up to 42.000 Euro from the accused, a sum meant to make up for the undue pain and suffering they put him through. He will also receive another 18.000 from another person involved in the case, who confessed having paid to abuse the child.

July 30th: World Day Against Human Trafficking

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Starting on 2013, as declared by the United Nation’s General Assembly, July 30th was chosen as the World Day Against Human Trafficking. Said declaration claims that this day is important to create awareness regarding victims of human trafficking, in order to protect and guarantee their rights.

July 30th: World Day Against Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is defined as the kidnapping of people for their sexual enslavement. Besides violating their integrity and bodies, these actions also violate their rights as citizens of the world.

According to official numbers provided by the United Nations, around 2.5 millions of people all over the world are human trafficking victims, out of which 22% are boys and 50% girls.

July 30th: World Day Against Human Trafficking

According to studies, among the many factors that lead to this tragic crime, poverty, violence and alcoholism are the main causes behind it. Complicating matters is the fact that many minors are never registered as citizens of their own countries or may live as refugees, which difficult keeping track of them.

2018 saw the creation of social media hashtags encouraging more people to join the campaign to raise awareness regarding this horrible crime, of which often little is known about and even less done to fight it. Said hashtags were #Trafficking and #EndHumanTrafficking, which became trending topics in many countries the world over.

34 Chilean Bishops Give Up Their Positions Due to Pedophilia Scandal

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In the past few days, the world witnessed an unprecedented act in the history of the Catholic Church, as 34 Chilean bishops gave up their positions, putting them in the hands of Pope Francis, due to Bishop Juan Barros, accused of covering up acts of sexual abuse against minors.

“WE HAVE PLACED OUR POSITIONS IN THE HANDS OF THE HOLY FATHER AND SHALL LET HIM FREELY DECIDE FOR EACH OF US”, THE BISHOPS ANNOUNCED IN A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE VATICAN.

 During a press conference, the bishops used the opportunity to apologize to the Chilean people, to the abuse victims and to the Pope himself for the scandalous, denigrating situation the Catholic Church is now facing.

The Holy Father has not yet commented on the situation, so it is unknown whether he accepted the Bishops’ resignation or not.

34 Chilean Bishops Give Up Their Positions Due to Pedophilia Scandal

On the other hand, a meeting with the Holy Father was held at the Vatican City in order to address the errors and omissions made during the management of sex abuse cases involving Bishop Juan Barros and the man accused of covering up his crimes, Fernando Karadima.

However, Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean man claiming to have been sexually abused by priest Fernando Karadima, has made clear his disappointment with the Vatican’s reaction, as well as its maximum representative, Pope Francis.

“I THINK THAT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE POPE IS LYING.”

The case will remain open until the Holy Father addresses the situation. Currently, he has only spoken about it once, when he said:

“THE DAY THEY BRING ME PROOF AGAINST THE BISHOP – THEN, I WILL SPEAK.”

Homeless Children Top the Worldwide List of Sexually Abused Victims

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Many have been the cases in which institutions such as orphanages and abandoned children centers have been discovered as key places in human trafficking cases.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported that over 18.500 children and youths have escaped from foster care, and that one out of every six children become sex or human traffic victims. This translates to a total of 86% of cases in which child protective services have failed.

Homeless Children Top the Worldwide List of Sexually Abused Victims

In 2014, Ney York state authorities estimated that 85% of child sex abuse and human traffic come from foster care:

“Yes, children are drugged, kidnapped and sold to pimps in exchange for sex. This is a reality we must face.”

The worrying part is the fact that, when faced with this reality, we choose to look the other way. The fact that these children have no families does not mean that their childhood and innocence can be so mercilessly stolen away from them.

These children and youths should be protected by the state, and we have failed to show proper interest in ensuring it happens.

Homeless Children Top the Worldwide List of Sexually Abused Victims

During 2012, the state of Connecticut rescued 88 children, victims of human traffic, out of which 86 came from foster care.

Faced with this reality, it is important for all of us to listen to the voiced of those homeless children, who lead a life of stolen innocence, hopes and dreams. These children are also part of our society, and everyone should listen and support them.

Two Catholic Nuns Arrested for the Torture of Over 60 Orphans

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Neighbors submitted a number of claims and complaints to the local police regarding the cries and screams of children, during all hours of the day. The accusations caught the attention of Popayán city’s police department in Cauca, who started an in-depth investigation of the situation, which culminated in the arrest of two catholic sisters under suspicion of child abuse, the victims being the children who inhabit the orphanage.

Sisters Inés Pérez and Rosa Elvira Tróchez Joagui were both in charge of the Renacer Santa Clara Orphanage in Popayán city, situated in the southeast of Colombia, and have now been arrested under suspicion of child abuse, accused of torturing the 65 children who inhabit the orphanage.

The curious part of the investigation is the fact that the District Attorney could not find the church branch sister Inés Pérez belongs to, despite the fact that, for years, she has acted in representation of the Foundation, and is now accused of abusing minors from 2014 to 2017.

Two Catholic Nuns Arrested for the Torture of Over 60 Orphans

According to testimonies gathered by the District Attorney, victims showed clear signs of burns in their hands. Victims also claimed to have been forced to cut their hair, and even being made to put their heads inside toilets.

Despite the allegations, the District Attorney chose to let the women go free on account of their advanced age as well as the disabilities they suffer. However, the District Attorney ordered the city hall to close down the Foundation for the sake of all the abused children.

 

Child Molester Karl Toft, Whose Victim Count Reached 200, is Found Dead Inside His Cell in a Canadian Prison

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The first time, Karl Toft was tried and convicted by a court of law on 34 sexual assault charges. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

However, the pedophile later confessed to the abuse of 200 other children. As he had not yet been tried on those assaults, it is suspected they are the main reason for his suicide.

Through the years, Toft admitted being attracted to minors, illness he suffered since the age of 16, when he worked as a Scout leader.

Child Molester Karl Toft, Whose Victim Count Reached 200, is Found Dead Inside His Cell in a Canadian Prison

In a 2008 interview with the Edmonton Sun, Toft admitted that, despite his age, he still felt attracted to minors – who felt the same towards him, he said, commenting on his victim’s inability to resist his height and body mass.

Through the years, contact – and even the presence of nearby children –made life more difficult, reason why he started avoiding public transport and even daily shopping trips, reason why he mainly went grocery shopping during late night hours, when children were unlikely to be around.

Charles Ingles, another inmate at the same prison Toft was serving his sentence, said he met Karl Toft in a Christian group created by inmates, where religious scripts and divine mandates are the main topics of discussion.

Child Molester Karl Toft, Whose Victim Count Reached 200, is Found Dead Inside His Cell in a Canadian Prison

Ingles also said that, after a long search for salvation in his religion, Toft’s sense of guilt made him unable to relate to others and that, in his opinion, suicide was the only way he found to achieve both peace and salvation.

Pedophiles Ashamed of Their Condition

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Different pathologies affect different people, and it is not easy to understand the pains a stranger may be going through when we have not walked a mile in their shoes. From this premise, BBC journalist Catherine Burns got in touch with a pedophile in the hopes of understanding the difficulties of living with this little understood, but always judged condition.

The man she contacted is in his early twenties, and describes himself as “the weird guy”, despite looking like a perfectly normal man.

For his own safety, he asked the journalist not to reveal his name.

The man confessed he has always been attracted to minors — boys no older than 15. He also added that he would never hurt a child, since he believes that due to his attraction to them, it falls to him to keep them safe.

Pedophiles Ashamed of Their Condition

He describes himself as a regular person, who enjoys going to the movies with his friends, playing videogames and hanging out with his loved ones. However, he feels different from others around him, and cannot explain how, since his early childhood, he developed an attraction to younger boys.

“It all started when I was 13, I was attracted to younger boys and couldn’t understand why. I felt that only grown men could be “pedophiles.” As I grew up, the ages of the boys I was interested in remained the same, and in fact it went even lower.”

The man calls himself an “anti-contact” pedophile, and admits knowing many others who suffer the same condition, admitting their attraction to children but understanding that abusing them is wrong.

Pedophiles Ashamed of Their Condition

“I grow angry whenever I see news about minors being abused, which is why I agreed to this interview. Many times, the pedophiles shown in the news — the criminals — are not actual pedophiles. They suffer from different pathologies. I would rather kill myself before hurting a child. What I feel for them is more emotional than physical. I wish to care for them, and protect them.”

It is important to note that “anti-contact” groups exist in order to help people with this condition, as they often feel ostracized from society since admitting to their pathology could mean social isolation, and even prison time. For this reason, these groups are formed in an almost clandestine way and always emphasizing anonymity, in order for the users to safely share their stories and receive support.

 

Young North American Woman Tells How She Met Her Kidnapper on The Internet

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Many years have gone by since Alicia Kizakiewicz was kidnapped at the age of 13, and despite the fact that she never meant it to happen, she hopes that by talking about her experience, other young people may be inspired to remain safe with meeting new people online.

It has been 24 years since the incident, which led to the creation of a new law in the US that bears her name. All in the name of helping young people understand the dangers to which they expose themselves to when talking to strangers on the internet.

Kizakiewicz speaks of what she went through that long-gone Christmas, when she thought she would meet the “boy” she spent hours talking with through her computer, telling him of her troubles and most private secrets.

“He would listen to me day and night, as well as give me advice. he was both someone i could complain to about everything i hated, as well as someone who could make me feel good during those 8 months before i kidnapping.”

Then, on New Year’s, the mysterious internet stranger asked Alicia out to celebrate the New Year together, and since they were already friends, she did not hesitate to accept his invitation.

Little did she imagine that it would be the start of a terrible ordeal.

Be good, stay quiet,” Alicia says were the words that the man, who kept her captive in his basement, told her.

After four entire days of suffering, when all hope seemed lost, the FBI found her naked, weak and almost unconscious.

Young North American Woman Tells How She Met Her Kidnapper on The Internet

Hoping to make the best of her experience, Alicia now offers talks to children and teenagers about the dangers they can find online, and how we can stay safe while browsing the web.

Alicia’s kidnapper, Scott Tyree, was captured and later pledged guilty to the charge of moving a minor across state lines with the intent of sexually abusing her. He was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months of prison time.

Do You Know How Much of The World Population is Considered a Pedophile?

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It has been some time since Pope Francis claimed that 2% of catholic priests are pedophiles, and despite the scandal the news inspire when it first came out, the true mystery lies in the source the Pope used to get to that number. What studies exist to back the claim up?

Based on how difficult pedophilia, as a pathology, is to identify on symptoms alone, we must ask how can anyone reach a number – be it close or just an approximation – of people who suffer from it?

Do You Know How Much of The World Population is Considered a Pedophile?

Forensic psychologist Michael Seto, from the Royal Ottawa Healthcare, published a book in 2005 in which he claims that a total of 5% of the world population suffers from pedophilia. He bases the number on surveys taken in Germany, Norway and Finland, in which hundreds of men were asked if at any point in their lived they had any sexual thought that included a child, or if they had witnessed a sexual act that included a child.

Seto divides the pedophiles by age groups, arguing that many men feel attraction to 18-20 years old, which can be considered “normal”. The number of those attracted to people of 14 years old or less, however, are considerably lower – only 2%. Those attracted to even younger people, then, fall into the 1% of the entire world population.

Do You Know How Much of The World Population is Considered a Pedophile?

In regards to the number offered by Pope Francis, if we assume it was based on Michael Seto’s investigation, the number must come from the age range that goes between 1 and 12 year olds.

Based on a study made by Philip Jenkins, from the Texas Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, we can assume that the number of pedophiles worldwide does in fact fall between 1% and 2%, since the age ranges in his studies coincide with the ones in Michael Seta’s.