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Duggar Sisters Center of TLC Documentary on Child Abuse

| July 17, 2015 at 08:08 am

Though The Learning Channel has canceled 19 Kids and Counting, they are not totally through with the Duggar family.

In light of Josh Duggar’s abuse allegations, the network has been working on a documentary about child abuse that will feature Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. The sisters told Fox’s Megyn Kelly they were among their brother’s victims.

“TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” the network wrote in a statement on their website. (more…)

Police child abuse investigations: 38 per cent ‘inadequate’

| July 2, 2015 at 04:23 pm

A series of inspections of police forces in England and Wales has found worrying levels of inadequate investigations into child abuse and neglect, plagued by drift and delay.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said it’s findings demonstrate an under-recognition and under-estimation of the risk to children and warns of a danger of failing a an entire generation unless there a complete re-assessment of approach.

Examples found includes a case where it took three months to interview a man whose nine-year-old grandson accused him of rape, and another where police and social workers decided the cause of vaginal bleedings in a four-year-old girl was eczema, despite the child alleging she’d been abused by a family member.

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Galashiels man faces jail term over child abuse images

| June 22, 2015 at 07:20 am

A Galashiels man is facing a prison sentence after he was caught with more than 56,000 images of youngsters being abused.

They included pictures of children as young as four being raped.

Police found the images on five different electronic devices in Colin Green’s home in Magdala Terrace. (more…)

Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school

| April 13, 2015 at 02:50 pm

One of Scotland’s leading schools is facing claims by former students that they were abused by paedophiles. Alex Renton reveals how the country’s archaic laws are failing to bring them justice

It was the happiest time of the school year. Kate, which is not her real name, and her class of 12- and 13-year-olds would soon leave Aberlour House, their home for a third or more of their lives. Next term most of them would start at the senior school, Gordonstoun, a famously severe Scottish institution that Prince Charles had once described as “Colditz in kilts”.

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Reported child sexual abuse has risen 60% in last four years, figures show

| April 9, 2015 at 07:34 am

At the same time the number of arrests for child sexual abuse offences in England and Wales has fallen by 9%, freedom of information request reveals

There has been a 60% increase in child sexual abuse reported to the police over the past four years, according to official figures which make public for the first time the scale of the problem in England and Wales.

A House of Commons library analysis based on freedom of information releases by individual forces shows that the number of offences of child sexual abuse reported to the police has soared from 5,557 cases in 2011 to 8,892 last year. (more…)

Bill Cosby Child Sex Abuse Claim: Woman Files First Civil Lawsuit

| December 8, 2014 at 07:22 am

Bill Cosby has been accused of child sex abuse, in the first civil lawsuit filed since allegations resurfaced. Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting Judy Huth in 1974, when she was just 15 years old.

In her complaint against Cosby, published by Philipelphia Magazine, 55 year old Huth alleges that the veteran comedian plied her with alcohol and invited her and a friend to the Playboy Mansion. (more…)

Manchester child abuse gang smashed – 11 arrested

| October 27, 2014 at 07:22 pm

A suspected child sex abuse gang has been smashed by police officer, with eleven people arrested under Operation Heliodor in the south Manchester area.

The suspected abusers, aged between 19 and 38, have been arrested for alleged offences including sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting child prostitution, abduction and rape.

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Rise in cases of ritual child abuse linked to witchcraft beliefs reported, say police

| October 8, 2014 at 02:07 pm

Kristy Bamu, who was 15 when he was tortured and drowned on Christmas Day 2010 because a relative believed he was a witch. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

Threefold increase in allegations, say police, including two claims of rape and of children beaten ‘to drive out the devil’

More cases of ritual child abuse linked to belief in witchcraft are being reported, the police said.

The Metropolitan police has received 27 allegations in the past year, including two claims of rape; a child being swung around and smacked in the head “to drive out the devil”, and other youngsters being dunked in water, it said on Wednesday. (more…)

This culture of silence and denial around child abuse must end

| August 29, 2014 at 01:49 pm

I know from my own experience how difficult it is for victims to speak up, so when they do it is vital that we listen, believe and treat them with respect

Horror creates the before and after – Dunblane, Columbine, Hungerford, Rotherham.

Rotherham stands apart for many reasons: the sheer number of perpetrators; the sheer numbers involved (some survivors, some, sadly, inevitably victims) – 1,400 conservatively estimated – the contents of two state secondary schools or 127 school football teams. But there is a more devastating reason it stands alone: the resounding silence. (more…)

Unicef Malaysia: Gang-rape case, rising child abuse highlight need for increased prevention efforts

| June 2, 2014 at 06:49 am

PETALING JAYA: The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has called on the government to adopt prevention and intervention approaches to ensure children are protected from sexual abuse, which it claims has been on the rise over the past few years.

Speaking in the aftermath of a gang rape of a 15-year old by over 30 individuals in Ketereh on May 20, Unicef said the case highlights a collective need to identify and address the underlying causes of violence against girls,including addressing attitudes and beliefs that condone violence and perpetuate harmful constructions of masculinity. (more…)