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What is sexual abuse?

| October 3, 2016 at 05:38 am

Know child abuse - make it stop

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities.

This doesn’t have to be physical contact and it can happen online, sometimes the child won’t understand that what’s happening to them is abuse.

They may not even understand that it’s wrong.


Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Federal Law

| June 12, 2016 at 01:08 pm

Federal legislation provides guidance to States by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g), as amended by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum: (more…)

Three priests arrested in Granada over pedophilia claims

| September 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

A Granada judge investigating a complaint filed against 10 local priests and two laypeople for pedophilia has ordered the first arrests in the case.

Three priests, all believed to be members of the ultraconservative group known as Los Romanones, and a layperson were detained on Monday and taken to National Police headquarters.


Among those arrested is Father Román V., the alleged head of the group


Child abuse victim hung wind chime to warn of molester’s approach

| June 3, 2015 at 09:39 am

A Canberra child abuse victim was molested so many times that she hung a wind chime from her door to wake her up when her stepfather approached.

The abuse of two sisters began when the man, now 41, started seeing their mother.

He moved into the family home, and helped to look after the children, according to court documents. The stepfather later told police he found the young female children attractive, and would binge drink every week, blacking out and becoming “horny”.


Daughter of Rolf Harris backs bid to review sex abuse convictions

| May 4, 2015 at 07:47 am

Rolf Harris’s daughter, Bindi Nicholls, has backed a petition calling for her father’s child sex abuse convictions to be reviewed.

Ms Nicholls says her 85-year-old dad, a convicted pedophile, is the victim of a press witch hunt because he was a high-profile celebrity.

She’s described her father on the online change.org petition, set up by a fan, as a kind, sweet, honest man on stage and off.

Pope Francis: 1 in 50 clerics is a pedophile

| July 14, 2014 at 08:13 am

In an interview, the pontiff also hinted that ban on marriage for priests may one day be lifted

One in 50 clerics is a pedophile, Pope Francis said in an interview published Sunday, in which he also hinted that the mandate of priestly celibacy may one day be lifted.

Francis condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the church and cited his aides as saying that “the level of pedophilia in the church is at 2 percent.” That figure includes priests “and even bishops and cardinals,” Italy’s La Repubblica daily quoted Francis as saying. (more…)

Catholic church welcomes child abuse report but defends its patch

| November 14, 2013 at 08:02 am

VaticanThe Catholic church will not go quietly. True, the archbishops of both Melbourne and Sydney have welcomed the Victorian report into clerical sex abuse. But they signalled at the same time that despite everything the church is still fighting to defend its patch.

Tears and ovations greeted the tabling of the report in the Legislative Council on Wednesday. “The words from the politicians just rang in my heart,” Chrissie Foster told Guardian Australia.  (more…)

Seven men jailed over Oxford child abuse ring

| June 28, 2013 at 07:35 am

Members of a sadistic pedophile ring, found guilty of extreme abuse of schoolgirls as young as 11, have been jailed at the Old Bailey.

Five of the seven gang members were given life sentences and will serve a minimum of between 12 to 20 years for abusing and trafficking young girls.

The five were sentenced for a catalogue of offences by Judge Peter Rook, who spoke of how “police and social services missed telltale signs” about the abuse that was taking place in Oxford, southern England. (more…)

April Jones parents make web child abuse clampdown call

| June 5, 2013 at 08:58 am

The parents of April Jones say they want to change the law to stop people being able to access websites which show indecent images of children.

Paul and Coral Jones have called for a system which sends out an alert if people are viewing such images.

Their five-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger from outside her home in Machynlleth, Powys, last October.

Bridger’s trial heard he had searched online for child abuse and rape images. (more…)

Child abuse ‘hysteria’ closes pool’s sauna

| May 29, 2013 at 08:25 am

Child abuseUsers of Spalding swimming pool are furious they have been barred from the sauna during school lessons for fear they are paedophiles.

It is believed the decision to make the sauna out of bounds while classes of young children are in the pool has been taken after a complaint from a teacher.