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Microsoft launches free cloud version of PhotoDNA to help detect child sexual abuse material

| July 20, 2015 at 09:05 am

Microsoft has released a new, free version of its child sexual abuse image-detection software PhotoDNA to enable all websites and photo-sharing service providers to be able to spot illegal images. (more…)

First Vatican child abuse trial places former nuncio in dock

| July 10, 2015 at 07:12 am

Fate of Józef Wesołowski, accused of abusing boys in the Dominican Republic, seen as test of pope’s new approach to tackling alleged clerical wrongdoing

The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.

The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski from Poland marks the first time that the church has used the criminal justice system put in place by the Argentinian pontiff to handle cases of alleged clerical wrongdoing.


Child sex abuse cases up 85% on the Fylde coast

| July 3, 2015 at 08:16 am

Police have warned they are dealing with a “staggering” number of paedophiles grooming children online.

Suspected child abusers are being arrested every single day in Lancashire – with child sexual exploitation referrals rocketing 85 per cent on the Fylde coast.

A dedicated team of detectives set up to police the internet are identifying a huge number of paedophiles in the county, according to a senior officer. (more…)

Child abuse victims launch ‘unprecedented’ court action against former Ballarat bishop

| May 14, 2015 at 07:27 am

Ten victims who were abused by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale begin legal proceedings against a former Bishop of Ballarat.

Ten victims who were abused by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale have begun proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court against a former Bishop of Ballarat.

They accuse Bishop Ronald Mulkearns and the Diocese of Ballarat of negligence for allegedly failing to protect them and other victims, despite being aware of complaints against Ridsdale.


Lord Janner child abuse allegations were not passed to me, former DPP says

| April 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

Lord Macdonald QC criticises local CPS officials for dropping pursuit of charges without consulting headquarters, helping Labour peer escape prosecution

A former director of public prosecutions has criticised Crown Prosecution Service officials for failing to present him with new evidence in 2007 of the Labour peer Lord Janner’s alleged abuse of children. (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”.


Online child abuse operation – more than 260 charged

| March 20, 2015 at 07:42 am

Teachers, civil servants and police are among 264 people that have been charged following an operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online.

A total of 745 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, launched just over a year ago.

The agency said 518 children had been protected as a result. (more…)

Australian archbishop charged with concealing child abuse

| March 17, 2015 at 07:24 am

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Australia was charged Tuesday with covering up for a pedophile priest during the 1970s.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson said he was disappointed that New South Wales state police had decided to charge him with concealing a serious child sexual abuse offence. Wilson said he would fight the charge, which carries a potential two-year prison sentence.

The charge alleges the 64-year-old failed to report child sex abuse carried out by priest James Fletcher during the 1970s when they both served in the town of Maitland, north of Sydney. (more…)

Harvey Proctor, Former MP, Says Child Abuse Claims Are ‘Kafka-Esque Fantasy’

| March 5, 2015 at 07:15 am

A former Conservative MP has denied being a member of “any rent boy ring” in a extraordinary interview, given as police searched his home over the allegations of historic child abuse by politicians.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Midland are carrying out the search of Harvey Proctor’s home, which is within the 16,000-acre grounds of Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire near Grantham. (more…)

St Helena child abuse: how did sex abusers get away with it for so long?

| January 19, 2015 at 06:55 am

Special report: With a paedophile policeman, “voyeurs” at a children’s disco and a culture of silence, what went wrong on the remote British island of St Helena?

They call themselves Saints. Almost since the day in 1502 when sailors first stumbled upon it, the inhabitants of this craggy outpost of Britain marooned in the South Atlantic have been collectively known after their island, St Helena.

Of course, some deserve the tag more than others. For most of his 51 years, Jeromy Cairns-Wicks seemed to embody it. Striding between the pastel-shaded Regency buildings of Jamestown, the island’s capital (pop:640), he dispensed British justice, first as a policeman, then as a social work manager.