Will Australian clerical child abuse cover-ups be prosecuted?


This video says about itself:

Australia Church Abuse: Catholic church struggles with child abuse

6 February 2017

Seven percent of priests in Australia’s Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children between 1950-2010. Journalist Karen Middleton brings more details.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Australia: Charges for priests who don’t report child abuse?

Tuesday 15th August 2017

PRIESTS who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse, even if discovered during religious confession, should face criminal charges, Australia’s most powerful investigative authority recommended yesterday.

The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse recommended national legislation to make it a criminal offence for people to fail to report child sexual abuse in an institutional setting.

Clergy who find out about sexual abuse during a religious confession would not be exempt from the law.

“The right to practise one’s religious beliefs must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse,” the commission declared.

“Institutions directed to caring for and providing services for children, including religious institutions, must provide an environment where children are safe from sexual abuse.

“Reporting information relevant to child sexual abuse to the police is critical to ensuring the safety of children.”

Guam Catholic archbishops’ child sex abuse scandal


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Sexual Abuse Allegations in Guam Devestate Catholics

3 October 2016

Allegations that the island’s archbishop molested altar boys decades ago have divided churchgoers in Guam, and put the governor in a difficult spot. Catholicism is sewn deeply into the Spanish-influenced culture of this small island, where families consider close relationships with priests a blessing.

Governor Eddie Calvo signed a bill into law last month, eliminating the two-year statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse on the island. The signing of the bill opened the church up to millions in liability on the island. Archbishop Anthony Apuron has vigorously denied allegations saying he molested at least five altar boys in the 1960s and 70s. Churchgoers are torn between supporting the church, with some like Andrew Camacho, who is vice president of Concerned Catholics of Guam, saying the church needs to take responsibility, even if it means financial ruin.

REPORT UNCOVERS NEARLY 100 SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP IN GUAM Two archbishops of Agana, as well as multiple priests, bishops, teachers and even Boy Scouts leaders on the Western Pacific island are allegedly implicated in the scandal. [HuffPost]

This video says about itself:

Concerned Catholics of Guam challenging payments to accused priest

4 August 2016

The Concerned Catholics of Guam group is questioning why a priest accused of child sex abuse is still getting paid by the Archdiocese of Agana. As a matter of fact, the CCOG has been questioning the alleged actions of this priest since January 2015.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News sexual harassment again


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 August 2017

Fox News anchor Eric Bolling has been suspended pending an investigation into lewd messages he is accused of sending multiple female coworkers at Fox News and Fox Business Channel.

By Yashar Ali in the USA today:

New Sexual Harassment Allegations Leveled Against Fox News’ Eric Bolling

The accusations came just hours after the network announced it had suspended Bolling.

Three hours after Fox News announced it had suspended host Eric Bolling following allegations that he had sexually harassed female colleagues, a former Fox News guest leveled new accusations against him. Caroline Heldman, who appeared on the network frequently between 2008 and 2011, said Saturday that Bolling was one of three Fox News/Fox Business employees to subject her to sexual harassment.

Fox News announced Bolling’s suspension less than 24 hours after an exclusive HuffPost report revealed that the host had sent lewd text messages to female colleagues.

“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to HuffPost. The network did not immediately return request for comment on the new allegations against Bolling.

Bolling’s lawyer, Michael J. Bowe, did not immediately return a request for comment on Heldman’s accusations. …

Heldman referred to Bolling’s suspension in a post on her Facebook page, which HuffPost has confirmed belongs to her. ”My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling’s behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years,” she said.

Heldman said she had also been subjected to sexual harassment by former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and former Fox News consultant Woody Fraser. Mother Jones was first to report this week that Heldman, under the penalty of perjury, signed a declaration stating that Fraser offered her a paid Fox News contributor gig in exchange for sex.

“I did hundreds of appearances on Fox and Fox Business from 2008 – 2011, and had multiple experiences with Bolling that caused grave concern to my friends and family. Bolling referred to me as ‘Dr. McHottie’ on air on four different occasions, and called me ‘smart, beautiful, and wrong’ on air twice,” Heldman wrote in her Facebook post.

“Bolling would also contact me via phone and text after shows, sometimes to apologize for his behavior (and then do it again), and sometimes just to talk. He said he wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have ‘fun.’ He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go. Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex,” she added. “I know other women have had similar experiences with Bolling, which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017.” …

Heldman also suggested in her Facebook post that the lawyers investigating the sexual harassment claims leveled against Bolling should speak to the makeup artists at Fox News.

“Make-up artists at Fox are contract workers, so many are fearful of speaking up because they simply won’t be hired again,” Heldman said. “If any Fox executives are reading this, please include make-up artists in your assessment of the environment. They see and hear a lot, and are sometimes the target of harassment from hosts and guests.” …

Bolling is a co-host of “The Specialists,” a panel program that airs every weekday at 5 p.m. Eastern time. A source familiar with the matter told HuffPost that a rotating group of hosts will fill in for Bolling.

Bolling also hosts “Cashin’ In,” a weekly business show that airs on Saturdays.

Fox News host and Trump supporter Eric Bolling suspended ‘after sending unsolicited sexts to colleagues’. Bolling is the third high-profile member of staff at Fox to face sexual harassment allegations: here.

English sexually abusive Conservative politician not resigning


This video from England says about itself:

Channel 4 News Andy Coles 12 05 2017

Channel 4 News film on Andy Coles aka Andy “Van” Davy, undercover police officer with the Special Demonstrations Squad, who infiltrated the animal rights movement in the 1990s. Features interviews with “Jessica“, an activist with whom he had a longterm relationship and Paul Gravett from ARspycatcher, who campaigned alongside him and first publicly outed him as a spy in 2013. On 15 May 2017 Coles resigned as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

A YouTube comment on this video says:

Andy Coles, crime commissioner, has now resigned after he was exposed as being a member of a police intelligence squad in the 90’s. Andy, who operated under false ID and employment background, lured young woman he was spying on for sex. Some of the unit apparently got girls pregnant, then vanished from the face of the earth. Coles was caught due to media photographs and exposed as being a member of the highly secretive spy unit. During the 80’s and 90’s police operated a number of these controversial units, including some in Northern Ireland. Even fellow police did not know of their existence. The IPCC is now investigating after a previous investigation they derailed.

Andy Coles infiltrated the peace movement before moving on to animal rights: here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Hard-pressed Tories won’t ditch spycop

Thursday 27th July 2017

Labour calls on discredited undercover lothario to resign seat

SPYCOP Andy Coles faced calls to resign as a Tory councillor in Peterborough last night, a week after a council meeting was shut down because of angry protests.

Peterborough City Council Labour leader Ed Murphy said allegations against Mr Coles were so serious that he should either refute them or resign, and Mr Murphy accused the Tories of refusing to sack Mr Coles in “a desperate attempt to cling on to power.”
Mr Coles was forced to step down from his role as Cambridgeshire & Peterborough deputy police and crime commissioner in May after being exposed as a former undercover police officer who spied on political activists.

His activities came to light after an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted a passing reference to Mr Coles’s double life by his brother, the former pop star Richard Coles, in his autobiography.

He pretended to be “Andy Davey,” a removal van driver from south London, when he started a relationship with a 19-year-old woman known as “Jessica.” She is taking action against the police as she feels she was groomed by Mr Coles.

“Although not legally underage, I feel that my youth and vulnerability were used to target me,” she said.

“I was groomed by someone much older, and far more experienced … I was manipulated into having a sexual relationship with him. I didn’t even know his real name.”

Mr Coles also stepped down from governor positions at two local schools following the revelations but he has refused to stand down as a Tory councillor.

A heated council meeting was closed down last week after protesters refused to take down a banner made by Mr Coles’s victim. They were angry that a public question asking for clarity over Mr Coles’s position as a councillor was ruled out of order.

The banner made by Coles' victim Jessica on display outside Peterborough Town Hall. It was later hung from the public gallery in full view of the council meeting, including Andy Coles himself

Last night’s meeting was held in closed session.

Mr Murphy told the Star that the council’s beleaguered Tory group was refusing to withdraw the whip from the discredited ex-cop.

“If they had a large enough majority, they would have got rid of him,” he said. And he revealed that councillors had been threatened with a gagging order from lawyers.

“The bottom line is that if he doesn’t stand down voluntarily, then a public campaign will force him to.”

Peterborough Conservatives had not responded to the Star’s request for comment as we went to press. However, their press officer is believed to be Andy Coles.

Over 1,000 organisations targeted by UK police undercover spying operations: here.

‘Jehovah’s witnesses, a pedophile’s paradise’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Candace Conti: Former Jehovah’s Witness Takes on Church over Sex Abuse Allegations

13 March 2015

Candace Conti says the church failed to protect her from a predatory pedophile, which Jehovah’s Witnesses has denied.

Translated from daily Trouw in the Netherlands:

‘A paradise for pedophiles

Marinde van der Breggen and Rianne Oosterom

5:30, July 22, 2017

The way in which Jehovah’s Witnesses deal with abuse cases is traumatic for the victims, according to research by Trouw. Mark (37) was sexually abused as a child and fought for recognition. …

It was 1994 … Mark is fifteen and his grades at school are bad. Since a biology lecture on genital diseases, he is often awake at night. He is afraid he has a disease. When he returns from a meeting with Jehovah’s Witnesses [to which his family belongs], he says, “Mom, I want to tell you something.”

He tells what happened six years ago, when the 17-year-old son of the head of the church went upstairs with him “to play at being at school” or to “read” during Bible study. With a toilet roll under his arm.

For three years, from Mark’s seventh to his tenth year, Wilbert shut down the curtains of Mark’s bedroom almost every week and closed the door while congregation members underneath studied the words of Jehovah. It began as masturbating, says Mark. But it got worse.

“The abuse consisted mainly of oral intercourse. I had to do that with him. I had to get undressed and he touched my genitals. He shared his sexual fantasies, for example, about a woman from our municipality. He used violence. He beat me, abused power. ”

17-year-old Wilbert was already 2 meter tall, says Mark. “I had a lot of awe for him, so I listened to him. As a little boy, I thought: this is normal. What ‘we’ do should not happen really, he said often. When it was over, he said, “You can not tell this to anyone, because then Jehovah would become angry.”

With Jehovah’s Witnesses, the elders are detectives and judges at the same time. They investigate a possible crime and act if there is sufficient evidence with an internal trial. They consider abuse to be proven if there are two witnesses of abuse or a confession. If not, they do nothing about the situation.

The elders promised to talk to Wilbert. When they confronted him about the abuse, he denied everything. Because Mark is the only witness, the elders do nothing.

The elders or Mark’s parents did not go to the police. “My mother said: “When we would go to the police, then you would have big headlines and we do not want to harm the reputation of our religious community?”” …

It’s half a year after Mark informed his mother. …

When Mark confronts Wilbert about the abuse, he whitewashes it as just mutually masturbating. The elder demand that Mark should forget and forgive, he recalls. An impossible task, he finds. “I felt very lonely, could not tell my story for years.” What hurts him is that he remembers that an elder whitewashed the abuse as “child’s play”. …

The 23-year-old Mark is depressed. He gets ill, must swallow pills. The abuse hurts him.

He decides to tackle the battle again and approaches the national executive of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 2002 he wrote a letter to them: “It’s all so bad that I even dream about it in my sleep. And I’m terribly nervous.”

Letters go back and forth. But much is not happening, according to the correspondence seen by Trouw. …

If, after a number of years, Mark recovers from his depression by therapy, he gives up – it does not help. In 2008, he is finished with Jehovah’s Witnesses and leaves the community behind. …

After this phone call [when Mark tried yet again later] Mark has not heard anything for a while. Until he is called by one of the elders. They do not want to do anything against Wilbert because Mark no longer meets the “organizational requirements”: he no longer belongs to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Only if he would come back they might take steps. …

Mark succeeds in leaving the past for what it is. He thinks that something must change fundamentally with the Jehovah’s Witnesses concerning abuse. For that reason, he tells his story. “It’s a paradise for pedophiles,” he says.

Both Mark and Wilbert are not their real names.

Also translated from Trouw:

July 21, 2017

The way in which Jehovah’s Witnesses deal with abuse is traumatic to victims, according to research by Trouw. Victim Marianne de Voogd was taught French kissing by her elder.

Marianne de Voogd is thirteen years old when the elder massages her two ‘peas’ for the first time, as he calls her starting breasts. He also pinches them when they sit together on the back bench of a Bible study of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Meppel, says Marianne, now 53. She must keep the Bible in front of it.

She looks startedly at Elder Derk, one of the leaders of the Jehovah’s congregation. He looks back and does not stop. When she keeps the bible over her lap, he strokes her upper leg with his fingertips, she tells. The man of about fifty slowly gets higher and fondles between her legs. …

Derk threatens her too, she says. When he fondles her, he says, “This is our secret,” and “If you tell about this, nobody will believe you: I am an elder and very beloved in the congregation” and “If you open your mouth, then I will hurt you.’ …

When she was eighteen, in 1981, Marianne is expelled by the congregation because the elders think she has sex with her boyfriend while she is not married – that is sinful according to Jehovah’s Witnesses. The abuse continues to pursue her: for example, she can not stand people walking behind her at a railway station. She is in therapy, which lasts for years. …

These findings are in line with a report published by a National Australian Research Commission in November about the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The conclusion: Children are insufficiently protected from abuse and the organization does not deal adequately with accusations.

Three out of four victims who spoke to Trouw were abused by elders.

See also here.

Over 500 children in Pope Benedict brother’s choir abused


This video says about itself:

Pope Benedict‘s brother, Georg Ratzinger, in spotlight over choir abuse

9 January 2016

Brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in spotlight over choir abuse.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV about Germany:

More Regensburg choir boys abused than thought

Today, 12:34

The abuse in the famous cathedral church choir of Regensburg is worse than thought. Over 500 choir boys have been ill-treated and abused sexually by priests and teachers over recent decades. Half a year ago, there were still thought to be 231 victims.

According to the lawyer Ulrich Weber, 67 out of 500 children have been victims of physical violence as well as sexual abuse. the lawyer put that in the final report he has written for the diocese. Weber started his research seven years ago when the first cases came to light. It’s about crimes between 1945 and the early 1990s.

Looking away

Weber identified 49 priests and teachers who are guilty of ill-treatment and abuse. In the report, the former bishop of Regensburg and the former choir leader get fierce criticism. The latter is Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict. He was looking the other way and is criticized for lack of intervention while he knew of the abuse.

The current bishop of Regensburg apologized last year.

British armed forces child abuse covered up


British cadet force sexual abuse, source: Ministry of Defence

From the BBC in Britain today:

Sex abuse was covered up at cadet forces, Panorama finds

By Katie Razzall & Jane MacSorley, BBC Panorama

BBC Panorama has uncovered evidence of repeated cover-ups of historical sex abuse in Britain’s cadet forces.

Victims have spoken for the first time of senior cadet leaders covering up complaints, and pressurising families against going to the police.

Overseen by the Ministry of Defence, the cadets is one of the UK’s largest youth bodies with 130,000 members.

The MoD has paid more than £2m to cadet abuse victims, and says it has “robust procedures in place to protect cadets”.

According to Freedom of Information requests, in the last five years 363 sexual abuse allegations – both historical and current – have been made across the UK for the Army, Air and Sea Cadets.

Some 282 cases have been referred to the police and 99 volunteers have been dismissed.

Panorama’s seven-month investigation focused chiefly on uncovering a pattern of historical abuse – conducted by a number of different cadet leaders – in Glasgow, Birmingham and Hertfordshire.

‘Take it like a man’

Martin was 12 when he was “systematically abused and raped repeatedly over many years” by his commanding officer Brian Leonard, at Tennal Grange cadet base in Birmingham.

He told Panorama: “You are trained to follow orders and you are trained to respect the officers and do as they tell you.

“That includes having to lie on the floor on a dirty blanket and just lie there and… take it like a man.”

Panorama has spoken to 10 men who were abused by Leonard in the 1980s.

Martin says: “The thing was it was so blatantly obvious, it was almost as if it was hidden in full sight.”

A girlfriend of one of the victims (who has chosen to remain anonymous) threatened to report Leonard to the police in 1987, but cadet officers pressured her to keep quiet.

The sergeant said he would take a statement from her, but warned her not to approach the police. No investigation into Leonard was ever carried out.

Leonard died in 1996, having never faced justice.

Parents pressured

Tony was 14 when he joined Cheshunt Sea Cadets, in Hertfordshire, in 1979.

He said he woke to find his commanding officer Allan Waters at his bedside while he was on a weekend trip away.

Tony told Panorama: “I looked down and I was exposed… There was no doubt in my mind that he was touching me, no doubt in my mind whatsoever.”

Terrified of returning, he told his parents – whose complaints were met with a home visit from two Sea Cadet officers, in full uniform.

Tony’s parents were dissuaded from approaching the police by the officers and in return for not taking matters further, they were promised that Waters would be moved from looking after children.

But Panorama has discovered that he was not dismissed or even suspended – he was, in fact, promoted and moved to a division in North London where he was in charge of 10 Sea Cadet units.

What’s more, concerns by other members of the corps after this appointment were dismissed by the very top – the Captain of the Sea Cadets – who said the allegations were “thoroughly investigated” and “not proved”.

Waters was later convicted for separate child abuse offences in India in 2006 and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Panorama has found out that despite this, until March 2017 he held a title in a naval veterans’ organisation – as honorary secretary of HMS President Retired Officers Association.

‘Stuck in my mind’

Joe joined the Glasgow Highlanders Army Cadets in 1988 when he was 11. His Commanding Officer, John Fitzpatrick, would invite cadets to his flat, ply them with alcohol and sit them in front of pornographic films before bedtime.

Joe told Panorama: “I mean real hardcore stuff that I’ve never seen since I was in that guy’s company…

“Images that have stuck in my mind to this day… if anybody had put images like that near my kids, I’d want to kill them.”

On four occasions, Joe woke up to find Fitzpatrick sexually assaulting him.

Panorama has discovered that before Joe was abused, another cadet instructor – Gordon – had received complaints that Fitzpatrick had sexually assaulted another boy.

There were two young witnesses. Gordon went straight to the police, but instead of being congratulated his boss was furious.

Gordon told Panorama the boy’s parents defied pressure from senior cadet figures and told the police.

The case went to trial – but Fitzpatrick was found “not proven”. He was welcomed back into the cadets – taking up the position of CO again.

However, last year, Fitzpatrick was charged with lewd and libidinous behaviour against Joe and three other boys. This time the case was proven and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

The Birmingham case was one of the first cadet cases taken on by David McClenaghan, a child abuse solicitor from law firm BBK.

He told Panorama: “I have absolutely no doubt that the abuse in the cadets will mirror the other scandals like the Jimmy Savile case, like the abuse in the scouts, like abuse in the Catholic church.”

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) says no sphere of society is immune.

But Napac’s chief executive Gabrielle Shaw said the figures obtained by Panorama indicated that people were now more confident about coming forward to report abuse.

She added: “The onus is now on institutions such as the armed forces to deal fully and promptly with reported allegations.”

For information and support for anyone affected by sexual abuse (current or historic) – including sources of support for children, young people and concerned parents – please see the listings on BBC Action Line.

Contact BBC Panorama – Do you have a story or information about any abuse/cover up related issue within the cadet forces which you want to share with BBC Panorama?

Please email the team at: cadets@bbc.co.uk

Watch BBC Panorama – Cadet Abuse Cover Up on Tuesday 4th July on BBC One at 22:45 BST, and in Northern Ireland at 23:10 BST and 23:45 BST in Scotland and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

See also here.