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We’ve been ignoring an epidemic of child sex abuse in Britain

| May 20, 2016 at 06:43 am

England and Wales are preparing to deal with 30,000 new cases of child sexual abuse

At first sight, the figures are jaw-dropping: police in England and Wales are preparing to deal with 30,000 new cases of child sexual abuse. Reports are being passed to the police at a rate of 100 a month by the Goddard inquiry, which was set up after the exposure of Jimmy Savile. One senior officer told the Guardian he predicts that police will be investigating 200,000 cases across the country by 2020.

Some critics will regard these figures with scepticism, pointing to the botched inquiry into allegations of historical sexual abuse against a number of public figures, which has now been wound up. But the mishandling of that investigation does not mean we can ignore a mounting body of evidence that the scale of child sexual abuse is much greater than most people ever suspected.

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Detroit-made movie tackles tough topic of child abuse

| January 9, 2016 at 02:15 pm

“The one thing I really want the movie to do is help start the conversation, because these issues never get talked about,” says the Detroit-based director-writer-producer of the drama about the abuse of girls and women. It screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the AMC Star Southfield.

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Child abuse victim: ‘The church had to silence and control people like me’

| December 9, 2013 at 07:27 am

The first witness to speak at the public hearing on the Catholic church’s Towards Healing program says she is “now free” and has “broken the shackles” after giving evidence at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Monday.

The commission is to hear evidence from four victims who sought redress through the Towards Healing process, set up by the church in 1996 to respond to complaints of abuse by members of the clergy.

The first of these, Joan Issacs, told reporters: “Just as abusers control and silence their victims, the church had to silence and control people like me.” (more…)

Child abuse: religious organisations behind on child protection

| November 11, 2013 at 07:02 am

A third of religious organisations have failed to do checks that are mandatory under new laws designed to prevent child abuse, the NSW Children’s Guardian has revealed.

Ministers, priests, rabbis and pastors have until December 31 to complete a new working with children check, which eithers bars or clears spiritual leaders after examining police records and any misconduct findings.

”Failure to comply with the new check is a criminal offence,” NSW Children’s Guardian Kerryn Boland said.

National church officials have told Fairfax Media that despite Ms Boland stressing the urgency, and community anxiety over the royal commission on institutional child abuse, some churches still had not taken any action and remained ”slack” on the issue. (more…)

Archbishop attacks media ‘crusade’ over child abuse

| October 24, 2013 at 06:40 am

Poland’s most senior cleric has claimed there is an attempt to “eliminate the teaching of the Catholic Church and its message” through the use of a deluge of child sex abuse stories in the media that have rocked the Polish Church and left the reputation of its leaders in tatters.

In a vigorous defence of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Josef Michalik slammed the press for “distorting” the Church’s stance on sex abuse and accused it of an anti-Church crusade to silence it.

“We are witnessing in Poland a very clear drive to eliminate the teaching of the Church, and its message,” said the archbishop, adding that people were getting a “distorted image of the teachings of the Church”. (more…)

Vatican envoy faces child abuse claims

| September 5, 2013 at 07:52 am

Child abuseVatican City – The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church said on Wednesday.

The Dominican Attorney General later announced that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who has been nuncio, or ambassador, in the capital Santo Domingo for nearly six years. (more…)

Catholic Church balks at child abuse law that lengthens time to sue

| July 17, 2013 at 07:19 am

A bill weaving through the California Legislature that would give alleged victims of child abuse more time to sue is raising red flags with the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with several other private groups, say the bill unfairly targets them because it exempts public schools, The Associated Press reported.

The bill opens the doors to more lawsuits. It changes existing laws that restrict — by age or time — alleged child abuse victims from suing. The bill would also let alleged victims confront their abuser’s employer, AP said. (more…)

Vatican to be pressed for confidential records on clerical child sex abuse

| July 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

VaticanThe Vatican is to face tough questioning by a United Nations committee over the Catholic church’s record in tackling child sexual abuse by its clergy around the world.

A detailed “list of issues” has been released by the Geneva-based Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) before the appearance of officials from the Holy See. The session is expected early next year. (more…)

Ex-priest returned for trial on historic child abuse charges

| June 27, 2013 at 07:57 am

Child abuseWilliam Carney to stand trial on 34 counts of indecent assault of eight boys and two girls

A former priest was served with a book of evidence yesterday and has been returned for trial on historic child sex abuse charges. William Carney, aged 63, who is currently of no fixed abode, is to stand trial on 34 counts of indecent assault of eight boys and two girls, at locations in Dublin and north east Leinster from 1969 until 1989.

The DPP had directed that he must face trial on indictment. (more…)

Priest Child Abuse Investigative Journalist, Joanne McCarthy, Receives ‘Bizarre’ Police Requests

| June 25, 2013 at 08:07 am

Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald reporter, admitted in the Newcastle Supreme Court that NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell had summoned her for a “bizarre” request that “threw” her off and made her wish she was not there.

Ms. McCarthy said that the Commissioner requested for some tips on how to handle allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church’s Maitland-Newcastle diocese. She said that during the meeting, the Commissioner probed for names and numbers of all the abused victims. (more…)