‘Child abuse nearly always by men the children know’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Catholic Church’s systematic abuse cover-up in the 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 NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Sexual abuse of minors is committed in the overwhelming majority of cases by acquaintances of the victims. Only 7 percent of all offenders are total strangers to the victims. In 36 percent of cases, the perpetrator is family.

And in the rest, neighbours, bosses, religious pastors, etc.

The cliché, promoted by the extreme right, of sexual abusers as non-white refugees laying in ambush for children to pass; a cliché which recently in Belgium led to falsely accusing an Iraqi refugee of child abuse and almost caused a swimming pool ban for all refugees; that cliché turns out to be wrong once again.

Every year [in the Netherlands] an average of over three hundred offenders are sentenced for sexual abuse of a child. On the basis of these convictions, the National Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children has published the report Abuse in court.

Much abuse remains hidden, because it does not lead to court cases. …

Girls are six times more often victims of sexual abuse than boys. The perpetrators are almost always men. In this study, five of the 182 perpetrators were female.

Roman Catholic clerical child abuse in England


This video from the USA is called Spotlight 2015 Official Trailer + Trailer Review – Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams: Beyond The Trailer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ex-pupils to take diocese to court for sex abuse

Tuesday 26th January 2016

SURVIVORS of Catholic Church child abuse will take their former diocese to court today amid allegations of an institutional cover-up going back to the 1950s.

The claims by pupils at a church school in north-west England mirror those in the recent film Spotlight, nominated for six awards at the Oscars for its real-life depiction of similar allegations in the Catholic Church in Boston, US, in the 1980s.

Lawyers acting on behalf of the British victims, who were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the abuse, said they hoped that the positivity met upon Spotlight’s release will help give other victims the strength to come forward and make allegations.

“I hope society is moving in the right direction and the film can only help that,” said AO Advocated child abuse lawyer Thomas Beale.

“In our clients’ case, knowing there are other people suffering in the same way gave them strength to come forward.”

Roman Catholic friars abused children massively


Children's playground at Roman Catholic boarding school St. Louis in Amersfoort

Translated from Algemeen Dagblad daily in the Netherlands:

Amersfoort monastery turns out to be paedophile boarding school

Rachel van Kommer

20-1-16 – 05:50

Abused boy was later ringleader of child porn network

Amersfoort boarding school Saint Louis was in the 1950s and 1960s the setting of years of sexual abuse of dozens of boys. One of the boys abused then, Pieter C. (60) from Antwerp, was recently exposed as one of the ringleaders of an international child pornography network.

“He said: Just think of Jesus on the cross, which was much harder than for you, who has died for you.

Victim”

Pieter C. is also said to have adopted children from an orphanage in Cambodia whom he abused later. He will be in court for that this Thursday. He may be jailed for 16 years for that.

UPDATE: Pieter C. has been convicted to 19 years in prison.

The man stated that his “sexual deviation” is because he was sexually abused at age 12 by a friar.

In the boys’ boarding school, run by the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, things were really wrong. About fourteen friars notifications have been made of sexual abuse. The hotline Sexual Abuse Roman Catholic Church, which investigated his case and confirmed it, states that they received thirteen reports and 22 complaints of sexual abuse in the boarding school. The 22 proven victims received together 707,000 euros compensation payment from the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary.

On the Internet, victims of the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary share stories with each other. ‘I’ve never spoken about this. I was abused in 1965 for two years by Friar Felicius. He was the dormitory friar. I thought I was a dirty little boy and that I deserved punishment. Also, I was afraid I would not go to heaven, and that made me more afraid.’

Extra attention

In one of many reports by the compensation commission there is an anonymous discussion about a friar of Saint Louis and a 13-year-old victim. ‘After the first year in the institution the father of the boy died. When he returned to the dormitory he was assigned a chambrette (a place to sleep separated with curtains from the dormitory) next to the friar. Due to the death of his father he got extra attention from the friar. He eventually was sexually abused for two years, about three times a week.’

Friar Simplicius would treat boys in the 1960s because of soreness and eczema and molested them during these activities. Friar Gratian, also known as Friar ‘doorman’, abused the same boy for two years. Another friar would fondle the boys when they were in bed. He also made the hundreds of boys in the dormitory at the boarding school sleep without pajamas and underwear, because of ‘hygiene’.

Nude

The brother who was the nurse in the boarding school, Arvatius, ordered the boys, even those with throat complaints, to always stand naked before him. If the boys wanted to hide their genitals, they were punished by having to stand naked for a long time with outstretched arms in his room. ‘Just think of Jesus on the cross, which was much harder than for you, who died for you,’ the friar reportedly said. One violent story after another, told by the victims after years of silence. ‘I can even remember that two friars had drugged and abused a boy’, writes one of the victims.

Amersfoort injury lawyer Martin de Witte of SAP Lawyers has assisted several victims of sexual abuse by clerics in their case against the church. ‘The hard part of this business is that they are time barred and it is difficult to collect evidence. Those who have no proof will just get a small compensation. But if there is evidence, a statement from a witness or documents, then the compensation may be up to 100,000 euros. But the resistance of the church to admitting the actions of their friars is still big.’

38 friars

Saint Louis boarding school closed in 1975. The school had 376 students in 1952 and 38 friars. In the report of the Deetman commission an entire chapter is devoted to the activities of the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, including in their Amersfoort boarding school.

In that chapter is specifically written about Friar Simplicius, who is said to have been caught repeatedly while fondling boys. In the report is the reaction by the chief of the Institute: ‘Quick intervention is desired. The boy in question is from a respectable family and will certainly not be silent on this issue to his parents.

Implying that, if the boy would have been from a poor family, then there might have been more of a chance of not telling his parents about the abuse, or of the boy being dismissed as a liar.

I would mind very much if the boarding school St. Louis would get negative publicity again. The weakness of this brother should be forgiven a priori, but in this job he is too unstable. The facts are known to seven boys. To all seven, he has done the same things several times a night. Thank God they have not told that to anyone else.’

The Congregation of Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary was unavailable for comment.

Abuse by friars of the same congregation in Zevenaar: here.

Now, will all members of the Congregation of Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary be banned from swimming pools? Will friars of that congregation be banned from nightclubs?

Or, will all Roman Catholic monks and priests be banned from swimming pools? Will they be banned from nightclubs?

Or, will all Roman Catholic males be banned from swimming pools? Will they be banned from nightclubs? Will Donald Trump demand that not any Roman Catholic males will be admitted to the USA? Will Dutch xenophobic politician Wilders demand that all Roman Catholic males will be locked up?

Or maybe, some people might say that all female Roman Catholics should be punished similarly, as there are documented cases of nuns abusing children sexually; and probably of Roman Catholic lay women as well.

Fortunately, I have not heard anyone propose such moronic discriminatory measures.

Then, why are such moronic discriminatory measures not only proposed, but also enforced, against refugees in Germany, in Denmark and elsewhere? As revenge for sexual harassment in Cologne mainly by non-refugees?

There is another difference between reactions to the Cologne crimes and to the Amersfoort crimes. In the Cologne case, there were many accusations of cover up, as international corporate media and politicians only started talking much about the crimes after four days. In the Amersfoort case, there was cover up for forty years and longer. For so long that some perpetrators have died without ever being indicted. While perpetrators who are still alive won’t be indicted because of the time bar.

British environmentalist women sexually abused by policemen


This video about Germany and Britain says about itself:

The Stasi & Metropolitan Police Spycops

15 January 2016

A visit to the Stasi Museum in Berlin by Kate Wilson, one of the Police Spies Out of Lives women taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police for undercover officers deceiving them into relationships.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

New spy cop exposed as Met lose court case

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Activist Kate Wilson wins payout for undercover relationship

ENVIRONMENTAL activist Kate Wilson won her High Court case against Scotland Yard yesterday, after her boyfriend of two years was revealed as an undercover cop sent to spy on her group of friends.

Ms Wilson was the eighth woman to to be offered an apology and a payout by the Metropolitan Police after accusing the force of deceit, assault/battery, misfeasance in public office and negligence.

Her victory comes less than 24 hours after another woman, known by the pseudonym Andrea, revealed she is suing the Met police for the “psychological torture” she has suffered as the victim of a newly uncovered police spy.

According to a BBC Newsnight investigation, a man under the name of Carlo Neri was sent to infiltrate the Socialist Party in Hackney and targeted Andrea because she mixed with activists in the organisation.

Commenting on how Neri proposed to her in 2003 as their relationship developed, Andrea told Newsnight: “As far as I was concerned, I was going to spend my life with this man and his life was my life.”

Instead after two years together it fell apart. A recent “hunch” following the exposure of other undercover officers eventually led to the discovery that Neri was indeed a copper.

Public Interest Lawyers solicitor Paul Heron, who is representing members of the spied-on Socialist Party, told the Star that the relationships men like Carlo Neri and Ms Wilson’s ex Mark Kennedy had with female activists is only “the sharp end of a very very big problem.

“It’s the question of legitimate political parties, as far as the state is concerned, being fair game. Notwithstanding the fact that in doing so the state is undermining the very thing they claim to uphold which is the democratic pluralist society which allows protest as part of our democratic tradition and democratic right.”

He added that his clients’ demands were twofold: “On the one hand that the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police should release the cover names of the police officers who have been involved in undercover political policing.

“Currently the inquiry has all the police officers listed as initials and numbers,” he explained.

“Our second clear issue is that my clients understand that, to put it bluntly, that police officers in some ways are just footsoldiers and we believe and we hope that the inquiry starts to consider the desk sergeants, the commissioners, the senior civil servants and the government ministers who signed this off.”

British Conservative party bullying scandal continues


This video from Britain says about itself:

Elliott Johnson’s father speaks to BBC Newsnight about Tory bullying allegations

27 November 2015

We spoke to Ray Johnson, the father of young Conservative Party activist Elliott Johnson – who took his own life having previously complained he was bullied.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Witnesses back out of probe into Tory bullying

Wednesday 13th January 2016

THE TORIES were rocked by a new crisis yesterday over the investigation into the bullying, sexual abuse and blackmail scandal engulfing the party.

Nine key witnesses to the actions of “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke exposed after the tragic suicide of young activist Elliott Johnson, have refused to give evidence to the party probe.

Activist Josh Hitchens told Newsnight that witnesses “don’t believe it’s an independent inquiry” and are concerned their testimonies could be passed to Mr Clarke.

Labour shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth said: “It took weeks of pressure for the Tories to establish an independent review about bullying allegations. Now it seems that ‘independent’ review has lost the confidence of victims.

“This is a deeply serious matter that the Tories have got to get right. So far they seem to have got everything wrong.”

The Conservatives have appointed a crossbench peer to review the investigation and ensure it is “objective, appropriate and comprehensive.”

Divisions within UK Tory party deepen over EU membership: here.

Hundreds of boys in Pope Benedict XVI brother’s choir abused


This music video from Germany is called Regensburger Domspatzen (22 March 2015): So treiben wir den Winter aus.

Hidden behind this fine music is a sad story of Roman Catholic clerical sexual child abuse.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Massive abuse of choirboys of Regensburger Domspatzen choir

Today, 19:06

Priests and teachers of the world famous choir of the cathedral in the German city of Regensburg have in recent decades abused at least 231 choristers and mistreated them. These are many more than the 72 cases that the diocese itself had already admitted.

Lawyer Ulrich Weber spoke last year on behalf of the diocese with those involved. He could also consult secret archives. Weber fears that the actual number of victims is even higher.

The lawyer suspects that on about a third of the 2100 students who came to Regensburg between 1953 and 1992 physical violence has been inflicted.

Rape

The sexual assaults ranged from fondling to rape. Furthermore, boys said they were beaten bloodily with sticks, key rings or seal rings. Children who wetted their beds were not allowed to drink anything any more.

Most of these crimes are now barred. Within the diocese, Weber says people already knew what was happening, but for fear of personal consequences and implications for the choir, nothing was done about it.

The diocese has promised victims 2500 euros as compensation.

1000 year

The Regensburger Domspatzen is one of the most famous choirs in the world and the oldest boys’ choir in Germany. In 1976 it celebrated its millennium.

Between 1964 and 1994 the choir was led by Georg Ratzinger, the now 91-year-old brother of Pope Benedict XVI. The choir has also a school and a boarding school connected to it.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the Regensburger Domspatzen

This DPA photo shows Pope Benedict XVI visiting the Regensburger Domspatzen.

Sexual assault reports surge at three US military academies by more than 50%: here.