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Child abuse advocate joins John Laws protest

| April 5, 2013 at 08:24 am

A small group of protesters have staged a rally outside Sydney radio station 2SM, over recent comments made by high profile broadcaster John Laws.

Last month, during an on air conversation with a woman who was sexually abused as a child, John Laws asked if it was her fault and whether she did anything to provoke the attacks. (more…)

Australia opens national child abuse inquiry

| April 3, 2013 at 08:15 am

A national inquiry into child sex abuse has opened in the Australian city of Melbourne, with more than 5,000 people expected to provide evidence of “abuse and consequential trauma”.

PM Julia Gillard has warned that the commission will unearth “some very uncomfortable truths”.

She said that its opening was an “important moral moment” for Australia.

The inquiry will look at religious groups, NGOs and state care providers as well as government agencies. (more…)

Man extradited from Australia over Lancashire child abuse claims

| February 19, 2013 at 08:05 am

A former British police sergeant is to be extradited from Australia to face more than 20 allegations of sexually assaulting children in Lancashire.

The 76-year-old man was arrested at his home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on 10 January over allegations he abused several children between 1960 and 1974. (more…)

Man encouraged child abuse: judge

| February 4, 2013 at 07:55 am

A South Australian man charged with child pornography offences after a tip-off from the FBI has been told by a judge to prepare for time in jail.

Mount Gambier man Gary Michael Johnstone, 54, was arrested after the FBI contacted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a child pornography ring. (more…)

Connecticut shooting: Schools, students are easy targets worldwide

| December 17, 2012 at 07:19 am

Beijing: A half-day before a young gunman committed one of the deadliest school attacks in US history, a Chinese farmer took a kitchen knife and hacked at more than 20 children as they entered their rural elementary school.

Though the outcomes are different — 28 dead in Connecticut, and 23 injured in China — the Friday attacks show how disturbingly frequent rampages against children and schools are. Attackers often seek out the vulnerable, hoping to amplify their outrage before they themselves often commit suicide. News of one mass killing often serves as inspiration and blueprint to other potential mass killers. (more…)

Bikers Against Child Abuse

| November 28, 2012 at 07:39 am

How do you feel when you see a group of bikers on the road? Scary, hairy, leather-clad bikers on big, powerful, very noisy motorcycles. It’s perhaps a bit subversive, but Australia has groups of bikers who work with abused children to help them regain a sense of safety. BACA. Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Imagine being a child who has to testify in court, give evidence, against an adult who has abused you, sexually or otherwise. An adult you have trusted. An adult you have loved. (more…)

Variety of experts sought for child abuse commission

| November 26, 2012 at 07:27 am

The overwhelming response to the royal commission on child sex abuse has highlighted the need for multiple commissioners, some with expertise in child protection, the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says.

After submissions closed on Monday, the federal government has less than four weeks to set the terms of reference for the royal commission on how child sex abuse allegations have been handled by religious, community and state institutions. (more…)

Child abuse commission must be carefully focused

| November 19, 2012 at 07:00 am

A WEEK after Julia Gillard announced a royal commission into child sexual abuse, the challenge of satisfying community expectations is growing harder by the day. The government was right to respond to community concerns, but a nagging question still remains: what is the commission designed to do?

In the absence of a carefully defined brief, the commission – which is yet to be established – is being wildly misconstrued by politicians, lawyers and children’s advocates. Australians have overwhelmingly welcomed the commission, and so does The Australian. From the outset, however, we argued that the terms of reference and timetable for the commission will be critical. (more…)

Australia’s Catholic church acknowledges “shame” of child abuse

| November 14, 2012 at 07:49 am

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The head of Australia’s powerful Catholic Church acknowledged the “shame” of child sex abuse among the clergy and welcomed a sweeping inquiry on Tuesday, but also warned that the extent of the problem within his church had been exaggerated.

On Monday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard ordered a rare Royal Commission, the highest form of investigation in Australia, into how churches, government bodies and other organizations have dealt with possibly thousands of child sex abuse claims. (more…)

Australia: Filipino charged with importing child porn

| August 29, 2012 at 01:44 pm

A Filipino man has appeared in court charged with importing child pornography, after Customs officers arrested him at Perth Airport.

The 37-year-old man was stopped and searched when he arrived on Sunday and allegedly found with video files on a number of computer storage devices, including two external hard drives, three thumb drives, a laptop and four DVDs.

The devices were seized along with other items for forensic examination.

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and was released on bail.

The maximum penalty for importing or exporting child pornography is $275,000 and/or 10 years jail.

Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8523985/filipino-charged-with-importing-child-porn