Sexual abuse by soldiers, report

This video says about itself:

French, Georgian peacekeepers accused of sex abuse in Central African Republic

30 January 2016

Senior UN officials disclosed names of the countries whose peacekeepers are accused of sexually abusing and exploiting children in the war-torn Central African Republic. The victims were aged from 7 to 16 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The shocking issue surfaced after the UN human rights staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) interviewed several girls who said they were raped, abused or paid for sex by United Nations and EU peacekeepers since 2014.

A girl and a boy aged seven and nine, interviewed by the UN staff, were allegedly abused by French troops taking part in Operation Sangaris. The seven-year-old girl said she had sex with the French soldiers in exchange for a bottle of water and a sachet of cookies, according to the UN press release.

Both she and the nine-year-old boy said that other children were abused in a similar way repeatedly by the French soldiers.

From AFP news agency in France:

United Nations peacekeepers from 21 countries accused of sexual abuse

03 Mar 2016 at 21:55 ET

The United Nations is reporting a “deeply concerning” increase in allegations of sex abuse by its peacekeepers, with 69 claims last year against troops from 21 countries.

A much-awaited report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon obtained by AFP on Thursday provides, for the first time, the nationalities of the troops facing the allegations.

First on the “name and shame” list was the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose troops faced seven allegations, followed by Morocco and South Africa, each hit with four accusations. …

Peacekeeping police from Canada and Germany as well as soldiers from Moldova and Slovakia were also accused of sexual abuse or exploitation while serving as UN peacekeepers.

Two UN missions accounted for the majority of claims: the MINUSCA force in the Central African Republic and MINUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but there were also cases in Ivory Coast and Mali. …

At least 22 children were sexually abused by peacekeepers, according to the report, but that figure may be higher as the age of the victims was not always determined.

– No prosecution –

None of last year’s cases have yet resulted in criminal prosecution, though a Canadian police officer who served in Haiti was given a nine-day suspension.

The AFP report does not mention the child sexual abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic, formerly a French colony.

Cardinall Pell ‘uninterested’ in child sexual abuse scandal

This satirical music video from Australia says about itself:

Come Home (Cardinal Pell) – Tim Minchin

16 February 2016

Hi, I do hope you enjoy my new song.

Proceeds from its sale will go into this fund.

You can buy it here on iTunes; or Google Play.

You can also purchase the video here.

You can stream it here on Apple Music; or on Spotify.

It’s available worldwide and will soon be up on various other digital music outlets.

It might be rather confusing for non-Australians so I’ve put some background info for yez here; and my follow up statement is here.

From the BBC in Britain:

Vatican finance boss George Pell taunted over ‘cowardice’

18 February 2016

A provocative song and a public drive to raise funds to send child sex abuse victims to the Vatican have sparked fresh controversy around Australia’s most senior Catholic, writes Trevor Marshallsea.

In 2014, Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, was summoned to Rome to become chief of the Vatican’s finances, a new position created by Pope Francis in the wake of scandals at the Vatican Bank.

But Cardinal Pell left another scandal behind him, and the anger over widespread sexual abuse of children by members of the Catholic clergy continues to rage in Australia.

The cardinal was once again under fire this week over his refusal, on medical grounds, to return home to front the Royal Commission which is investigating how various institutions responded to the child abuse allegations.

‘Come home, Cardinal Pell’

Tall and imperious, seen as aloof and arrogant by detractors, the 74-year-old has repeatedly faced allegations from abuse victims of a cover-up.

These include that he was involved in moving notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale around parishes rather than reporting him, and that he attempted to bribe one of the victims of the now jailed priest to keep quiet.

Australia’s worst paedophile priest, Father Gerald Ridsdale, once lived with a young clergyman who is now Cardinal George Pell. As the Cardinal prepares to give evidence to the child abuse royal commission, two women break decades of silence to tell Debi Marshall about their ordeal in Ridsdale’s care – and their disappointment with Pell: here.

From the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:

Cardinal George Pell uninterested in Ridsdale sex claims, Royal Commission hears

March 1, 2016 – 10:41AM

By Rachel Browne

Complaints about a paedophile priest were “common knowledge” in the Catholic community and among two senior clergy members but Cardinal George Pell did not have “much interest” in them, he told a royal commission.

In his second day of questioning about what he knew of sexual offending by priests when he was in Victoria, Cardinal Pell’s admission drew an audible gasp from those listening to his testimony.

Giving his evidence via video-link from Rome, Australia’s most senior Catholic agreed that some people knew there had been complaints about Gerald Ridsdale in the 1970s, a former priest now serving a prison sentence for multiple child sex offences.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard a police investigation into Ridsdale found his alleged offending at Victorian parishes was “common knowledge” among the Catholic congregation.

“I didn’t know whether it was common knowledge or whether it wasn’t,” [Cardinal Pell] said. “It’s a sad story and it wasn’t of much interest to me.”

Child sex abuse survivors say they’ve ‘watched a performance’ rather than seen Cardinal George Pell give credible evidence to a royal commission: here.

Catholic clergy (including George Pell) looked the other way while Father Ridsdale continued committing more crimes against more children in more parishes: here.

George Pell: Father of abuse victims says he has given up hope Cardinal will help fix things: here.

Abuse royal commission: George Pell must have known, says Ridsdale victim: here.

‘Women refugees sexually harassed by Cologne ‘security’ mercenaries’

This video says about itself:

Freedom from Violence for Refugee Women | Women’s Refugee Commission

1 May 2015

Violence against women and girls doesn’t end when they stop running. But refugee women have a right to live free from violence. For more than 25 years, we’ve listened. We’ve been their advocates. So their voices are heard. So they can rebuild their lives

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Women refugees in Cologne harassed sexually’

Today, 13:01

Female refugees in a camp in Cologne say that women are sexually harassed by the security guards. Yesterday fifty refugee women talked about this with the police after a demonstration. An open letter by the women raising the alarm was put by several German media on the Internet.

According to the women they are filmed when they are showering or when they are breastfeeding. They also say that some women were forced violently into sexual intercourse.

Too scared

In the letter the refugee women said that they can hardly estimate how many women are victims of the practices. “Many of us are too scared to talk about it”, it says. According to the women, there is a team of security officers consisting of nine men.

Cologne police are investigating the allegations.

Some of the abused persons are said to be minor girls.

From The Local in Germany today about this, mentioning the guards are not government employees, but private mercenary employees, like many prisons etc. are privatized:

Refugee women ‘abused by camp security guards

The women meanwhile accuse employees at the security firm which runs the emergency shelter of filming or photographing them while they shower or while they breastfeed.

The security personnel ambush the women and try and convince them to have sex with them, the letter claims.

One young Syrian woman, who has been living in the sports hall for slightly more than a month, told the Kölnische Stadt Anzeiger “one asked me if I’d go with him, saying he wanted to be alone with me. When I told him I was taken and I wasn’t interested, he told me I’d soon be kicked out.”

The woman was one of around 70 asylum seekers who showed up in front of the Office for Migration and Refugees to hand in two letters of complaint.

The mercenary corporation at this refugee camp is called Adlerwache, ‘Eagle Guard’. Eagles are beautiful birds. However, humans often use them as metaphors for predatory and violent behaviour.

Somehow, I am reminded of the abuse of eagle images in Adolf Hitler’s nazi party.

Nazi coin with eagle

The headline about this Cologne issue in German weekly Der Spiegel is: Frauen werfen Sicherheitsdienst sexuelle Belästigung vor. ‘Sicherheitsdienst’ means literally ‘[so called] security service.’ ‘Sicherheitsdienst’, often abbreviated as SD, was also the name of the ‘security’ service of Hitler’s SS.

This 2014 German video from the Cologne region is about private ‘security’ employees abusing refugees then.

What will all those racists who suddenly, after New Year’s Eve in Cologne, discovered that they oppose sexual harassment of women, say now about this? Will all white ‘security’ guards now be banned from swimming pools, like happened to refugees in Germany, in Austria and almost in Belgium? Though it turned out that the Cologne crimes were overwhelmingly by non-refugees? And that Syrian refugees present there had helped to stop the crimes?

My guess is these extremely recent opponents of crimes against women will be extremely silent on this. Like they are extremely silent about the recent sexual harassment of Belgian TV reporter Esmeralda Labye by white German men during the Cologne carnival.

The numerous sexual assaults against women on the night of New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other German cities have sparked a big debate in the last months. Unfortunately the argument has been hijacked by the far-right, distorted and used to justify the anti-immigration agenda. The discussion revolves around hatefully attacking immigrants and European muslims rather than the effective measures for the victims of sexual assault. Let’s refocus the discussion: here.

Bishops allowed to cover up child abuse by Vatican

This video from the USA says about itself:

Catholic bishop indicted for unreported child abuse

14 October 2011

American Catholic bishop Robert Finn, of the Kansas City, Mo., diocese, has been indicted for failing to report suspected child abuse. Michelle Miller reports on the significant charge – unprecedented in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says

The document emphasises that bishops’ only duty is to address such allegations internally

Samuel Osborne

Wednesday 10 February 2016 21:01 BST

The Catholic Church is telling newly appointed bishops it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse to authorities.

A document explaining how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse suggests only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

The victims are often too young or too scared to go to the police. And their families may be scared of reporting ‘a man of God’, and of maybe the church accusing them of being anti-God.

The document, recently released by the Vatican, emphasises that bishops’ only duty is to address such allegations internally

Address them in what way? With a slap on the wrist for the priestly perpetrator? By transferring him to another parish where the child abuse may start all over again; like has happened often so far?

though it says they must be aware of local laws.

Details were reported by John Allen, associate editor of the Catholic News Site

“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the document states.

The guidelines were written by the controversial monsignor and psychotherapist Tony Anatrella, who is serving as consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Monsignor Anatrella has been accused of sexual abuse himself.

Although the guide acknowledges “the church has been particularly affected by sexual crimes committed against children,” it emphasises statistics showing the vast majority of sexual assaults against children are committed within the family and by friends and neighbours, The Guardian reports.

It is true that the overwhelming majority of child abuse is not by the stereotypical men supposedly in ambush waiting for children unknown to them to pass. However, much of the abuse is by men (less often: women) in positions of authority whom the children do know and, wrongly, trust, like teachers, bosses and Roman Catholic, or other, religious authorities.

That people who are not priests commit child abuse as well can never be any excuse for covering it up in cases where perpetrators are priests.

Pope Francis previously declared a “zero tolerance” policy for members of the clergy who abuse children.

Female journalist assaulted sexually by white men in Cologne, Germany

This video says about itself:

Esmeralda Labye TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air during Cologne festival

5 February 2016

Female reporter is sexually assaulted live on camera during Cologne festival as she reports on how the event has been overshadowed by New Year’s Eve rapes

From teleSUR:

Belgian Reporter Sexually Assaulted by 3 White Men in Cologne

The incident took place while the journalist was doing a live broadcast from the Cologne Carnival, asserting that the attackers were German.

A female journalist was sexually assaulted on live TV Friday in the German city of Cologne as she was reporting on the carnival celebrations in the city for the Belgian station RTBF.

Esmeralda Labye was on camera when a man reached over and grabbed her breast in the middle of a live broadcast. Commenting on the incident in an article she wrote, Labye said she had started the broadcast when “two or three men gathered behind me and tried to make themselves the center of attention,” the Belgian reporter wrote Friday in an article posted on the RTBF online.

“I didn’t see them as I was focusing on the broadcast. Then I felt a kiss on my neck … almost immediately after I heard someone saying ‘do you want to sleep with me’ and some hands on my shoulders.”

She added that as she was about to finish the broadcast, “one of the men leaned over and touched my breast. At that moment I lost my temper and, knowing we were no longer live, I turned around and warned him, do not touch me again.”

Labye said she reported the incident to the police and had received “an apology from the city shortly after.”

In the light of hundreds of sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in the city of Cologne that were allegedly carried out by men of “Arab or North African origin” in the city, more than 2,000 uniformed police were patrolling the streets at the carnival in a bid to crackdown on potential sex crimes.

The organizers of the carnival also issued leaflets last week that included instructions for refugees and migrants in the city about sexual consent, kissing and urinating in public.

However, Labye told the London-based Daily Mail that she knew her attackers were German, stressing that she lived in an ethnically mixed district of Brussels where she had never experienced any problems with men from immigrant backgrounds.

“I have worked in Afghanistan and North Africa too, and nothing untoward ever happened to me as a white, female journalist,” she said Friday after the news of the attack. “I don’t think there should be any no-go areas for women journalists. We should be able to work anywhere, without being humiliated.”

Furthermore, Cologne police said they are now investigating the incident and 22 other sexual assaults which were reported on the first evening of the carnival. Also, at least 181 people were arrested on Friday for different charges including sexual harassment.

Authorities have described those being held as a “cross-section” of the population.

As long-time reporter Labye said, the news shows that sexual harassment against women is a problem that goes beyond racial stereotypes and extends to all nationalities and ethnicities.

Will there now be a ban for all white men at swimming pools in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany? As happened to male refugees at at least one swimming pool in Germany because of crimes against women, mainly by non-refugees, in Cologne on New Year’s Eve?

While the hysterical campaign over the events of New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s main train station has subsided somewhat in the bourgeois media, it continues in pseudo-left circles undiminished. Since February 4, an article has been displayed prominently on the front page of International Viewpoint, the central organ of the Pabloite United Secretariat, entitled “Sexist violence: New Year’s Eve in Cologne: some reflections.” It openly joins the current campaign of agitation against refugees and calls for a strong state: here.

‘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.”