Dutch cartoonist Peter van Straaten dies


Child abuse, cartoon by Peter van Straaten

This 2011 cartoon is by Peter van Straaten from the Netherlands. It is about sexual child abuse in the Roman Catholic church. It depicts a praying child, abused by a crucifix.

Peter van Straaten died this week, 81 years old.

Van Straaten said about some of the reactions to that cartoon:

I got a huge load of hate mail and even death threats. I’m not used to that at all, it really scared me. … But apparently there were a lot of outraged Catholics. On the advice of my wife, I even removed our nameplate from the front door.

British police sexual abuse scandal


This video from Britain says about itself:

“Police and sexual exploitation“: HM Inspector Mike Cunningham

8 December 2016

More than 300 police officers have been accused of using their position to sexually exploit people, including victims of crime, a report has said.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Hundreds of British police officers accused of sexual abuse

Today, 17:13

More than 300 British police officers have been accused of sexual abuse during the past two years. The HMIC inspectorate, which checks the work of the British police, announces this. It is yet another abuse scandal in Britain after reports of widespread abuse by, among others, TV personalities and in the football world.

British police officers abuse their authority according to the inspection report, offending against crime victims, alcoholics and drug addicts, but especially against victims of domestic violence.

‘A disease’

The data are from the period March 2014 to March of this year. Police top brass speak in this context of a “disease to be eradicated.” Moreover, prospective policemen must adopt the mindset that this is unacceptable, say senior police officials.

Less than half of the complaints appears to have reached the police complaints committee, according to the report by the inspectorate. The abuse has often remained unpunished; according to the HMIC there is a significant discrepancy between the number of allegations and dismissals from the police.

Rape rampant in Canadian army


This video says about itself:

13 November 2015

Canada’s Sikh Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has faced racial abuse from his own soldier for being Indian. Apparently, a non-commissioned officer from the Canadian Forces Base commented on Sajjan making a racist reference on social media.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Hundreds of Canadian soldiers assaulted by colleagues

Today, 18:04

Nearly one thousand Canadian soldiers during the last twelve months have been victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment. More than a quarter of the female soldiers have been assaulted during their careers, says the Canadian Statistical Office.

The office examined the situation, because the Canadian army has had for long time a reputation of hostility and aggression against women and homosexuals.

The army top brass began last year a campaign to put an end to harassment and sexual violence, but the Canadian Chief of Staff General Jonathan Vance acknowledges that the campaign appears to have had little effect. He calls the outcome of the investigation “sobering, but not surprising.”

Ban

Vance thinks the sexual mores are substantial problem for the Canadian Forces. “We know about it and try to address it. These new figures make me more motivated than ever to eradicate this behavior and ban the perpetrators from the army.”

The statistical office calculated that sexual assault and sexual harassment in the armed forces appear almost twice as much as in other work environments. 840 soldiers say they had to do last year with “unwanted sexual touching”, 150 soldiers have assaulted people and 110 soldiers complained about other unwanted sexual acts.

Higher rank

About 15 percent of the Canadian Forces are women and most of the complaints came from women soldiers. 49 percent said the perpetrator was a man with a higher rank.

Statistically, for soldiers one may expect that far less than 49% of other soldiers are of higher rank. I have no Canadian army figures on this; but in most armies the higher the rank, the less soldiers with that rank. So it looks like the higher the rank, the worse the sexual abuse.

Among men who reported sexual violence or intimidation, the perpetrators were primarily soldiers in the same rank.

The report does not mention any case of a soldier with a lower rank assaulting or harassing someone of higher rank.

Eight out of ten surveyed Canadian soldiers have also witnessed or have been targets last year of inappropriate sexual comments, innuendo, insults and jokes, the researchers say.

Men in Canadian army are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of suicide after deployment, study finds: here.

Breivik’s party politician in Norwegian paedophile network


This video from Northern Ireland says about itself:

Chris Moore, ‘Securing justice for clerical child abuse victims’

18 December 2012

Chris Moore is an award-winning investigative journalist based in Belfast, who has written and reported extensively on clerical and institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland. He was the reporter on the UTV current affairs programme Counterpoint which produced the ground-breaking programme Suffer Little Children in 1994, exposing the Brendan Smyth child sex abuse story. His books include Betrayal of Trust, Fr. Brendan Smyth Affair and the Catholic Church (1995) and The Kincora Scandal: Political Cover-up and Intrigue in Northern Ireland (1996). Chris has continued to cover these and related stories ever since, including the struggle by campaigners for inquiries into abuse in Northern Ireland, on which he has reported critically for The Detail website.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Norway shocked by paedophile network

Today, 20:46

In the Norwegian child abuse case that came to light yesterday, a senior police officer has been suspended. His 23-year-old son is said to have played an important role in the big paedophile network that has been discovered. The boy was arrested and will remains for four weeks in custody. The first two weeks he will be in complete isolation.

The father stands accused that he has visited web sites with pornographic texts about children. The man is said to have admitted that he did read “erotica”, but that they did not contain prohibited content, according to him. He said he did not know of the involvement of his son in the big paedophile network.

Drugs and doping

The network is said to also include two Norwegian politicians. According to the Norwegian channel NRK, one of them was an employee of the government party FrP and he later had a key role in local politics. During a search also drugs and doping were found at his place. He admits this possession, according to his lawyer, but he denies that he has anything to do with the paedophile network.

The Norwegian coalition government consists of two parties: the conservative party and the FrP (‘Progress Party’) of this person, from eastern Norway, suspected in the ‘Dark Room’ paedophile network case. The FrP is a far right xenophobic party, comparable to Vlaams Belang in Belgium and Golden Dawn in Greece. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik used to be a FrP member. Also other Norwegian violent xenophobes used to be active in the FrP. One FrP politician expressed sympathy with a Swedish racist who murdered people at a school with many immigrant pupils.

Dutch Christian Democrat politician suspect of abusing minor girl: here.

Rape legalised in Turkey?


This video says about itself:

15 February 2015

Women have taken to the streets across Turkey to denounce the brutal murder of a student, killed after allegedly resisting a rape attempt by a minibus driver.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the death of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, whose burnt body was found in a riverbed in the southern city of Mersin.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Turkish proposal: marrying after abusing minors

Today, 19:59

Members of the Turkish ruling party AKP have proposed a bill, in which men accused of sexual abuse might marry their underage victims under certain conditions.

Thus they could evade prosecution. The proposal was already adopted by the Turkish Parliament in a first round of voting.

The opposition and human rights organizations have expressed strong criticism. They say that the proposal amounts to amnesty for rape and legalizing child marriages. They are afraid that the new law will be used to enforce marriages.

Over the last decade violence against women has increased in Turkey, the BBC writes. Critics of the government of President Erdogan accusing them that they are increasingly trying to force women into a subordinate role.

‘Structural sexual abuse in Dutch Roman Catholic Church’


This video says about itself:

Catholic Church’s systematic abuse cover up in USA

16 November 2014

The Pope [John Paul II] played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

24 October 2016

The [Dutch] Roman Catholic Church has paid victims of abuse cases so far nearly thirty million euros in damages, reports daily De Limburger.

A complaints committee that investigates the abuse in the Catholic Church received 3678 reports of abuse. …

Certainly three hundred people have had to deal with exceptionally serious abuse. They will be compensated up to 100,000 euros.

Structural abuse

Stevens, chairman of the complaints committee, says in De Limburger that most provincial superiors of religious orders will pay the compensation. “Two or three provincial superiors do not want to pay. We are still working on a solution.”

According to Stevens one may speak of structural abuse in the Church. “Not all church officials have done wrong. But the fact that there are so many perpetrators does justify to speak of structural abuse at that time.”

FORMER SOCCER PLAYERS HAVE COME FORWARD ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE AT ENGLISH SOCCER CLUBS Investigations have been launched into “pedophile activity in youth teams, which victims say has gone unreported for decades.” [Reuters]