Big clerical sexual abuse scandal in Spain


This video is called Spain’s Stolen Babies – and the Catholic Church.

From AFP news agency, on Expatica.com:

Spanish court probes allegations group of priests abused man

17th November 2014

A Spanish court has launched a sexual abuse investigation after a man sent a complaint to the Vatican alleging a group of priests molested him as a boy, officials said Monday.

The alleged abuse happened in the southern Spanish city of Granada and prompted authorities to open a probe targeting 12 people, though it was not clear if all those under investigation are clergymen, a judicial source told AFP.

Pope Francis “forced the opening of an enquiry into abuse in this diocese”, according to religious news site ReligionDigital.com.

According to judicial sources, Criminal Court number four in Granada opened the investigation in the beginning of November.

The Archdiocese of Granada said it had suspended an undisclosed number of priests while it waits for the results of the court probe and has sent the conclusions of its own internal inquiry to the Vatican.

“As soon as it was reliably informed of the accusation made to the Holy See by a youth from Granada, of having suffered sexual abuse by a group of priests from the diocese, this Archdiocese has scrupulously followed the procedure for these cases,” it said in a statement.

Pope Francis has moved to crack down on priests who sexually abuse children, but critics say the Vatican is moving too slowly to decide the ultimate fate of these priests.

The Church is sensitive to charges, levied by both the United Nations and thousands of abuse victims, that, for years, it instinctively protected serial sex offenders within the clergy.

Church tribunals have resulted in the defrocking of nearly 850 priest for sex abuse in the last decade, during which time hundreds of millions have been paid to settle compensation claims by victims of abuse.

See also here.

‘Sir Jimmy Savile raped at 41 British hospitals’


This 2012 video from Britain is called REVOKE Jimmy SAVILE KNIGHTHOOD & OBE – Warrant of Revocation NOW.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Jimmy Savile inquiry extends to 41 hospitals

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says another nine hospitals have launched investigations into abuse claims since June

Josh Halliday

Thursday 6 November 2014 18.06 GMT

The number of hospitals investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile has been extended to 41, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said.

A further nine hospitals or ambulance services – including the former psychiatric hospital Bethlem Royal hospital in London – have launched investigations into abuse claims against the late DJ since June.

The fresh allegations came to light after the publication of inquiries at 28 NHS trusts, which found widespread abuse by Savile against victims aged from five to 75.

The findings prompted the Department of Health to apologise for the “wholly inadequate procedures” that allowed the former BBC DJ to carry out the abuse while holding positions of authority at NHS institutions, including the high-security hospital Broadmoor.

Since June, allegations have come to light involving nine hospitals or ambulance services: Birch Hill and Scott House hospitals in Rochdale, Bethlem Royal and Shenley hospitals in London, West Yorkshire Ambulance Service, St Martin’s hospital in Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead, Meanwood Park hospital near Leeds and Calderdale Royal hospital.

In a written ministerial statement, Hunt said Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, which were already investigating alleged abuse by Savile, were also looking at allegations that had emerged since June.

The publication of the reports had been delayed until January 2015, Hunt said: “At the request of the Crown Prosecution Service, the publication of the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile is being delayed until the conclusion of ongoing legal proceedings.

“Therefore, I wish to advise the House [of Commons] that there will be a delay in the publication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports. We now hope trusts will publish their reports in January 2015, alongside Kate Lampard’s lessons learnt report.”

Tracey Storey, a specialist lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who is representing some of Savile’s victims, said: “It is incredibly worrying to see more concerns related to Savile emerge, and it is vital that authorities work quickly to fully investigate these new allegations.

“The extent of the abuse highlighted by previous and ongoing investigations has been truly horrifying, and the revelation of further allegations raises even more concerns regarding his activities and how he was able to offend over a number of years.”

Findings in the first round of NHS investigation reports said Savile committed “truly awful” abuse against patients at hospitals across the country and even boasted about having sex with corpses.

Branded as an “opportunistic sexual predator” by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to “exploit and abuse” patients and staff.

The Radio 1 DJ, who also presented the BBC’s Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died at the age of 84 in October 2011, a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in the ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile. The documentary led to a joint review by the Metropolitan police and child protection charity NSPCC, which in turn triggered separate NHS investigations.

NEW allegations of abuse by disgraced TV and radio presenter Jimmy Savile have been made in relation to 12 NHS Trusts: here.

A former French teacher at a prestigious boarding school has been jailed for six years and nine months for the sexual abuse of dozens of pupils. Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, preyed on the children while working at the Terra Nova school in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, in the early 1970s but evaded justice for four decades because of a cover-up led by the then headmaster. The private preparatory school was described as being run like a “brutal” military regime and as being like something out of a Charles Dickens novel, as Cavendish-Coulson was sentenced at Chester crown court on Thursday: here.

‘Sri Lankan women cricketers sexually abused by bigwigs’


This 2014 cricket video is called Highlights: Sri Lanka Women Beating India.

By Kadeem Simmonds:

Sri Lankan women forced into sex acts

Thursday 6th November 2014

Cricketers were dropped from national team if they refused

Sri Lankan cricket was yesterday rocked by sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the women’s cricket team.

Sri Lanka’s sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has ordered an independent inquiry after sickening reports in the local press that some of the national players had to perform sexual favours to officials in order to keep their place or break into the national side.

Reports also claim that players were dropped after refusing to engage in sex acts with sports officials.

“The minister wants to clear the air by getting this report investigated,” spokesman Harsha Abeykoon said. “We want to get to the bottom of it because this is bad for the image of the game and the country.”

The investigation will be run by a three-person panel, headed by a retired female judge and will begin within the next two days.

The findings of the inquiry will be reported at the next meeting held on November 12, at which point a decision will be made whether or not a full-scale investigation will be required.

British sexual abuse by establishment people, investigated by establishment?


This video is called How Brit Establishment works – the appointment of Enquiry Chairs – Fiona Woolf QC.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

She had to go

Monday 3rd November 2014

After Fiona Woolf’s departure, victims of sexual abuse are demanding that the person chosen to investigate the Establishment paedophile cover-up should be an expert without friends in high places, says PETER FROST

Fiona Woolf has quit. The chair of the inquiry into historic child abuse resigned on Friday, making her the second chair to have gone since Home Secretary Theresa May announced the inquiry four months ago.

Representatives of the victims of abuse attending a meeting at the Home Office on Friday were unanimous in their view that Woolf’s position was untenable.

Do David Cameron, May and the rest of the Tory hierarchy really want to get to the bottom of the decades of cover-up of child abuse?

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to lose one inquiry chair is unfortunate, to lose two looks like carelessness. If the ineptitude they have shown in getting someone credible to head the inquiry is anything to go by it seems what they really want is to sweep it all back under the carpet forever.

Lord Mayor of London Woolf is linked to her Pimlico neighbour Lord Leon Brittan – they live in the same street, since 2004 had attended dinner parties in each other’s houses, while Woolf and Lady Brittan often meet at coffee mornings and charity functions – making it impossible for her to do the job with any credibility.

Lord Brittan, who was in charge of the Home Office in the 1980s, is one of the chief characters in the disappearance of a least two large dossiers naming high-ranking suspects of institutionalised abuse.

Those suspects are believed to include members of the highest families in the land, government ministers at the highest level as well as senior civil servants, church leaders and the many media personalities and entertainers already exposed in previous court cases and enquiries. No wonder the Establishment wants to keep it all hushed up.

Many scandalous secrets however still lie buried and the Establishment seems determined to keep it that way. As usual what the government wants is a whitewash and they hoped City insider Woolf was the woman to wield the brush.

As long ago as June, the Morning Star was among the first to remind people of the fact that May’s first nominee Butler-Sloss just happened to be the sister of Margaret Thatcher’s attorney general, the late Michel Havers, who pretty much started this whole disgusting Establishment cover-up in the ’80s.

When the news leaked out that the second choice to head the inquiry was also close to key players in the scandal, Woolf wrote what was said to be a personal letter to the Home Secretary.

It was supposed to explain Woolf’s close relationship with Lord and Lady Brittan but was not as transparent as it could have been.

Leon Brittan is key to the inquiry because he received the dossier from the late MP Geoffrey Dickens, which later went missing. He was also involved in a second dossier that has also disappeared.

Lord Brittan’s memories of the fate of the Dickens Dossier seem a little unreliable. He had written to Dickens in 1984 saying the material had been assessed by the director of public prosecutions as worth pursuing and “passed to the appropriate authorities.”

Last year, Brittan said he could not remember getting the Dickens dossier. Later he remembered he had asked officials to look into the claims but could not remember hearing any more about it.

We now know that the letter between Woolf and May was, in fact, drafted by Home Office lawyers and rewritten seven times by those same officials.

Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, has stated that the re-writes “gave a sense of greater detachment between Lord and Lady Brittan and Mrs Woolf.”

Mr Vaz said: “Mrs Woolf’s letter to the committee raises more questions than it answers about an appointment process that has been chaotic, and a series of exchanges with the Home Office and others, where words, and sometimes even facts, have been amended.”

Woolf, a former president of the Law Society, had written a previous four-page letter about her close ties with Lord and Lady Brittan.

Now it has emerged that neither of her letters was entirely accurate. A photograph surfaced showing her chatting to Lady Brittan at a prize-giving much more recently than her letters suggested.

Simon Danczuk MP, the Labour backbencher who has played a leading role in exposing child sex abuse scandals, said the letters proved May’s Home Office had “colluded” in a “cover up.”

Victims of abuse have questioned Woolf’s credibility. Phil Frampton, a former Barnardo’s boy who campaigns for those who have been abused, said he was appalled by Woolf’s appointment. “It’s like putting Wayne Rooney in charge of an investigation of the nuclear energy industry,” he told the BBC.

An early day motion tabled by Lib Dem MP John Leech calls on the government “to find a new chair of the inquiry who has palpably demonstrated its willingness to challenge all quarters of the Establishment to ensure that it can achieve its aims of providing justice to the victims of historic child abuse.”

Lawyer Alison Millar, who represents child abuse victims, attended a Home Office meeting on Friday along with several victims of historic child abuse that proved to be the last straw for Woolf. Millar said the revelations showed Woolf was not fit to oversee the official inquiry.

Following the resignation, Labour leader Ed Miliband accused the Home Office of “gross incompetence” in not consulting victims’ groups over her appointment. “It seems inexplicable, given what happened to the first head of the inquiry, that some basic questions were not asked of Fiona Woolf, before she was appointed, about her connections,” he said.

Despite all their bluster, Cameron and his Home Secretary aren’t really interested in the truth about the cesspit of abuse at the heart of the Tory Party and the British Establishment generally.

Twice they have appointed someone to wield the whitewash brush as has happened so often in the past.

With at least eight ongoing police investigations into Establishment-linked child sex abuse cases, the inquiry provides a useful distraction from the real detective work of bringing these high-profile abusers to book.

What is certain is that, after Woolf’s resignation and demands from victims for an independent judge-led inquiry, May can’t afford to make another false move.

A review into how the Home Office handled historic child sex abuse allegations in the 1980s has been unable to uncover crucial missing files, it has been reported. BBC Newsnight cited sources claiming that the so-called Dickens dossier, handed to the Home Office by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, had not been located: here.

Child sex abuse report: Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring were destroyed in the last few years: here.

A review of the Home Office’s handling of paedophile ring allegations in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s was labelled a “whitewash” yesterday after finding no evidence of a cover-up: here.

The Wanless report on the Home Office handling of historic child abuse allegations fails to come up with convincing answers, writes Steven Walker: here.

Sex abuse inquiry detectives uncover possible homicide. Scotland Yard officers examining claims there was a paedophile ring with links to government launch inquiry into latest allegations: here.

Did a Tory MP murder a young boy during an “abuse party” in the 1980s? A victim of sexual abuse, who claims to know of three murders linked to an establishment child sex abuse ring, has made the shocking allegations: here.

MP’s half-brother admits historical sex offences against young boys. Charles Napier, 67, half-brother of senior Conservative John Whittingdale, admits abusing 21 boys between 1967 and 1972: here.

The half-brother of a senior Conservative MP pleaded guilty yesterday to a string of historic sex offences against young boys. Charles Napier, 67, who is related to Maldon MP John Whittingdale, admitted 28 indecent assault charges and one indecency offence on a child at London’s Southwark Crown Court: here.

Archbishop’s secret child porn archive discovered


Archbishop Wesolowski

From the Corriere della Sera in Italy:

Child Porn Found [on] Former Nuncio’s Computer

Józef Wesołowski knew how to use technology to make illicit internet connections. Grave violation of duties

by Fiorenza Sarzanini

ROME – Monsignor Józef Wesołowski kept a secret archive on a computer at the Santo Domingo nunciature. The 66-year-old Polish former archbishop, arrested three days ago for paedophilia by Vatican gendarmes at the order of Pope Francis, had more than 100,000 files containing pornographic photos and videos. Some were downloaded from internet and others the victims themselves were forced to take. The prelate stored part of this chamber of horrors on his own laptop. Images show youngsters aged between 13 and 17 being humiliated for the camera, filmed naked and forced to have sexual relations with each other or with adults. Inquiries to discover others involved continue as investigators seek anyone who may have aided Wesołowski to procure minors or taken part in sex acts. The charge sheet explicitly mentions “offences committed in complicity with persons unknown” and case documents make it clear that Vatican investigators have already found evidence that will help them to identify the offenders. The case file pieces together the picture of an affair that looks anything but over and could still produce more spectacular revelations. Wesołowski is suspected of belonging to an international network that extends well beyond what has emerged so far.

Four volumes and deleted photos

The extent of the network emerges clearly from an expert IT report that reconstructs the activities of the Santo Domingo nuncio, who was recalled by the Holy See a year ago and then defrocked. In the report, experts underline “the particular ability of the defendant to use electronic instrumentation that can be procured for illicit connections. The defendant pursued these actions in a manner that was strongly compulsive”.

Józef Wesołowski had “more than 100,000 files of a sexual nature, to which must be added more than 45,000 deleted images”. Investigators were alerted by the discovery of an archive on a Vatican-owned computer “divided into four volumes and containing about 130 videos and more than 86,000 photographs”. The former archbishop had saved the rest on the laptop he used mainly when he was travelling. The material, which is classified by type, shows dozens of young girls engaged in sexual activities but the preference is for males.

Network of accomplices and email traffic

The report reconstructs all the relevant data traffic, including visits to gay sites and Wesołowski’s correspondence. Analysis of his network connections, email and other writings stored on the hard disk could reveal the identity of those with whom he exchanged images and provide leads to his accomplices. Investigators are confident that Francisco Javier Occi Reyes, the deacon arrested by Dominican police in June 2013 who subsequently blew the whistle on Wesołowski in a letter to the Vatican hierarchy, is only a pawn in a much bigger game. Now they have extended their inquiries to all the countries where Józef Wesołowski was based before he went to Santo Domingo. Above all, they want to investigate people with whom he was in frequent contact.

Testimony of three children

Wesołowski is believed to have solicited dozens of children but the case file names only three minors and their mothers as prosecution witnesses who have elected to denounce the horror and violence to which the prelate subjected them. They have confirmed what the Dominican police had partially reconstructed with the help of a local TV journalist who had conducted an investigation into Józef Wesołowski’s double life. One of the charges faced by the former priest is that he “acted, as a high-ranking member of the church hierarchy, in grave violation of his institutional duties in such a way as to cause damage to the public image of the state and the Holy See”. This is understood to be what convinced the Pope to approve the exceptional measure of house arrest.

Nuncio claims “I can explain”

When he was brought before prosecutors to be served with a detention order last Tuesday, Wesołowski said he wanted to make a statement: “I can clear my position and explain the mistake”. He was informed that he could do so with a lawyer, even though the evidence against him is overwhelming. It was this that led to action being taken against him so quickly. There was a serious risk that the nuncio would be arrested on Italian territory at the request of the Dominican authorities and then extradited. In that case, he would have had to be imprisoned until proceedings with the Holy See were completed. Prosecutors, acting in full collaboration with the Santo Domingo judicial authorities, preferred to avoid this situation. Józef Wesołowski will be questioned in the next few days and could face a fast-track trial, in compliance with international treaties on violence against minors.

English translation by Giles Watson

Article in Italian here

26 September 2014

Archbishop accused of child abuse under house arrest


This video says about itself:

27 June 2014

A tribunal in the Vatican has convicted the former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic of sex abuse and stripped him of the priesthood.

Jozef Wesolowski, who is originally from Poland, was recalled by the Church last year amid claims that he had abused boys in Santo Domingo.

Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to have been investigated for sex abuse.

Pope Francis has urged the Church to root out and punish abuse by priests.

Wesolowski had served as envoy to the Dominican Republic for five years. He was ordained as a priest and bishop by his compatriot, Pope John Paul II.

He has two months to appeal against the sentence. As a citizen of the Vatican, he also faces criminal charges in the city state, which could lead to a prison sentence.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have also opened an investigation into Wesolowski, but have not charged him.

From Reuters news agency:

Jozef Wesolowski, Former Dominican Republic Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuses, Put Under House Arrest

09/23/2014 3:39 pm EDT

The Vatican said on Tuesday it had arrested a former archbishop who is accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic.

Jozef Wesolowski, a Pole, is under house arrest inside the city state, the Vatican said in a statement.

Wesolowski was defrocked by a Vatican tribunal earlier this year and is awaiting trial on criminal charges.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Women sue Catholic Church about sexual abuse


This video from Australia says about itself:

Church admits liability in school sex abuse

12 July 2010

The Catholic Church has admitted liability for the sexual abuse of girls at a primary school at Toowoomba in Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Injunction against church abuse

Added: Saturday 13 Sep 2014 09:10
Update: Saturday Sep 13 2014, 09:30

Six women who have been abused by clergy in their childhood days are taking the Roman Catholic Church to court. In the lawsuit, Thursday in Utrecht, they want to enforce that they and other victims of sexual abuse will still be able to file complaints, the newspaper Trouw reports.

The hotline for sexual abuse complaints has been closed since July 1 for cases which are legally time barred and whose possible perpetrators are no longer alive.

Especially men have used the chance to complain in recent years. The women going to court now want the time for filing complaints to be extended indefinitely.

Shame

According to the Foundation Women’s Platform about Ecclesiastical Child Abuse (VPKK) women “because of feelings of shame about abuse in their childhood (especially in the nineteen fifties and sixties), need more time to come out with their stories.”

The platform says that “we can still expect many cases. The number of women who will report eventually will be perhaps less than with men, but not many less.”