Nun, priests arrested for abusing deaf children


This video says about itself:

6 February 2017

Two priests in Argentina are being held by police, accused of raping and molesting children with hearing disabilities.

The attacks allegedly took place at the Antonio Provolo Institute in Mendoza province.

At least 24 victims have so far come forward seeking justice.

Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Mendoza.

From Associated Press:

Argentina: Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children

By Almudena Calatrava

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — May 5, 2017, 7:00 PM ET

A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, authorities said.

Kosaka Kumiko was also charged with physically abusing the students at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern Mendoza province.

Local media showed the 42-year-old nun in handcuffs and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest as she was escorted by police to a court hearing. Kumiko, who was born in Japan but has Argentine citizenship, denied any wrongdoing during the eight-hour hearing late Thursday.

Authorities say that Kumiko lived at the Provolo Institute from 2004-2012. She had been on the run for about a month before she turned herself in this week.

The case against the nun was launched after a former student accused of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.

Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute. They are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since the arrest. If found guilty, the accused face 10 to 50 years in prison.

Corradi had earlier been accused in Italy of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers.

Advocates for [sic; against] clerical sex abuse have expressed anger that Corradi wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis‘ native Argentina.

Victims and prosecutors say the anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex allegedly committed by the priests took place in the bathrooms, dorms, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.

A Vatican investigative commission recently visited Mendoza to learn more about the case against the priests.

Murdoch’s O’Reilly sacked for sexual harassment


This 19 April 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

FOX News Bill O’Reilly FIRED For Sexually Harassing Co-Workers.

BILL O’REILLY IS OUT The Fox star has been let go from the network following a mass exodus of advertisers over sexual harassment allegations. Executives at Fox reportedly fear more will come out in the coming months. O’Reilly’s name has already been scrubbed from “The Factor,” a show he hosted to much acclaim for 20 years, and Tucker Carlson is taking over his time slot. This is what Twitter thinks O’Reilly will do next. Here’s how the rise of President Donald Trump led to O’Reilly’s fall. And take a look at the timeline of the “nine and a half months that shook Fox News.” [HuffPost]

BILL O’REILLY TO RECEIVE $25 MILLION PAYOUT FROM FOX As part of his settlement to leave the network. Here’s why his fall from grace was particularly steep and what it means for the culture at Fox. And yes, O’Reilly did once write a fictional novel about a fired newsman’s murderous revenge. [HuffPost]

First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O’Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News: here.

Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,’ says former Fox journalist Alisyn Camerota. Ex-Fox News chair allegedly told Camerota, who spent more than a decade at the channel and is now at CNN, joining him in a hotel room would help her career: here.

Black employees allege discrimination by Fox, say bosses made them arm wrestle white colleagues: here.

Bill Shine Is Out As Fox News Co-President. The network shake-up continues amid growing sexual harassment and racial discrimination claims: here.

Tesla fires female engineer who alleged sexual harassment. Lawyer for AJ Vandermeyden says termination was retaliatory after she took lawsuit public, accusing the company of discrimination: here.

United States homophobic preacher guilty of child abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor On Orlando Massacre: ‘These People All Should Have Been Killed

13 June 2016

Pastor Steven Anderson, whose hate knows no bounds, celebrated the deaths of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in a 4-minute mini-sermon that cited the Bible as justification for why they needed to die.

Read more here.

Better known United States fundamentalist preacher Pat Robertson also claimed the victims of the Orlando mass murder ‘deserved it’.

And these two preachers are not the only ones.

By David Moye in the USA:

4/11/2017 08:32 pm ET

Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation

The jury needed only two hours to find him guilty on all eight counts.

Last June, Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins made headlines when he tweeted that gay people who died in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting got what they deserved.

He made headlines of a different sort on Monday when he was found guilty of sexually molesting a teenage girl and boy.

The ‘Reverend‘ Kenneth Adkins is not the only homophobic ‘Reverend’ in a sexual abuse scandal. So is, eg, Scottish Roman Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien. As a cardinal, not just ‘Reverend’, but ‘Most Eminent’.

And there was Dutch Roman Catholic homophobic child abusing Bishop Gijsen. Being a bishop, also not just ‘Reverend’, but ‘Most Reverend’ and ‘Excellency’.

Like the Roman Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the USA, John C. Nienstedt. The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt claimed that equal marriage for gay people was the work of Satan; but had to resign in a child abuse scandal.

A jury of three men and nine women deliberated for about two hours before finding the 57-year-old pastor guilty of three charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated child molestation, and two charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to FirstCoastNews.com.

Adkins did not react as the verdict was being read aloud in the Glynn County courtroom. He did not testify on his own behalf during the trial, according to ActionNewsJax.com.

Before the clergyman turned himself in last August, he had led congregations in Atlanta and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as in Jacksonville, Florida.

He was originally booked on one charge of child molestation and one charge of aggravated child molestation. At the time of his arrest, Adkins’ lawyer Kenneth Gough told WJCT that those incidents dated back to 2010.

“Warrants say that these events took place in 2010 and that’s a long time,” Gough said. “We don’t know why they’re coming up now.”

Additional charges were filed after the initial arrest, and Adkins has been held without bail since then.

Adkins is scheduled for sentencing on April 25, according to News4Jax. He faces up to life in prison.

“I know he was back there praying,” Gough told the station. “We were disappointed with the verdict, but we respect it. It’s part of our jury system, but we will be filing a notice of appeal, obviously.”

Adkins garnered attention two days after the Orlando shooting when he sent a tweet that read, “Been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

He told The Florida Times-Union that the tweet had nothing to do with the 49 people just massacred in Orlando and was solely a reference to the debate over expanding Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people. (He opposed that, too). But the tweet, which has since been made private, followed a string of other tweets about the shooting.

Rape Survivor Listens As Judge Praises Former Mormon Bishop Who Abused Her. A Utah judge called convicted sexual predator Keith Vallejo “an extraordinarily good man” before sentencing him to prison: here.

Bill O’Reilly, another Murdoch-Fox sexual harassment scandal


This 2 April 2017 CNN video from the USA is called Lisa Bloom on Bill O’Reilly sexual harassment settlements.

After the resignation of Roger Ailes, boss of Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News, because of sexual abuse

By Rebecca Shapiro in the USA:

04/04/2017 01:45 am ET

Hyundai Pulls Upcoming Ads From ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Amid ‘Disturbing’ Allegations

The decision comes after a bombshell New York Times investigation into sexual harassment claims made against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

Hyundai announced on Monday that it will pull advertising spots slated to air during “The O’Reilly Factor” amid sexual harassment claims leveled at the Fox News host.

The decision came after Mercedes-Benz withdrew its advertising spots following a New York Times investigation that reported Bill O’Reilly and Fox News had paid about $13 million in settlements to address sexual harassment and other behavioral complaints brought forth by five women who previously worked with the host.

New York Times reporter Emily Steel, who co-bylined the bombshell report, tweeted Hyundai’s statement late Monday night. The automaker said it had upcoming spots planned for “The O’Reilly Factor,” but would reallocate them after learning about the “recent and disturbing allegations.”

Mercedes-Benz shared a similar sentiment on Monday.

“The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman Donna Boland said.

In a statement to The New York Times, O’Reilly denied the harassment allegations, adding that his role at the network made him a target. …

The typically pugnacious host, who has previously addressed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him, did not say a word about the latest revelations during Monday night’s broadcast.

O’Reilly’s show is considered the most valuable to the news network, raking in millions of viewers each night during a coveted primetime spot. Fox News reportedly extended his contract, which was set to expire this year.

‘O’Reilly Factor’ Loses About 15 Advertisers. Here Are The Ones That Stayed. The exodus comes after new revelations about sexual harassment claims against the Fox News host: here.

WILL BILL O’REILLY MAKE IT THROUGH THIS SCANDAL? Media reporter Michael Calderone breaks down why this harassment scandal is different. At least 40 advertisers have pulled their ads from his show. But President Trump defended the Fox News host, saying “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” [HuffPost]

Fox has hired the firm that investigated sexual harassment claims against Roger Ailes to look into Bill O’Reilly.

BILL O’REILLY ANNOUNCED VACATION PLANS Amid news he may not have a job when he returns. [HuffPost]

BILL O’REILLY REPORTEDLY ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Multiple outlets are reporting that the Murdoch family is leaning toward axing O’Reilly. The reports follow a new claim by attorney Lisa Bloom, who said the TV host used to call a black woman “hot chocolate.” [HuffPost]

And the news for Fox keeps going from bad to worse: former Fox News host Alisyn Camerota accused former CEO Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her and a Fox News contributor also leveled sexual harassment claims against host Sean Hannity. And cable rivals are circling for those primetime viewers. [HuffPost]

MORE BAD REVELATIONS FOR FOX The company has now paid $45 million for Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment settlements, and reports have surfaced about an incident where Bill O’Reilly dragged his ex-wife down the stairs. [HuffPost]

‘Scientology covered up sexual abuse’


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 March 2017

Los Angeles police are probing allegations of sexual assault against That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, authorities told The Hollywood Reporter Friday. There is also a report of a possible cover up by the Church of Scientology.

From The Independent in Britain today:

Church of Scientology allegedly covered up abuse claims filed against That ’70s Show TV star Danny Masterson

The incidents were said to have occurred in the early 2000s

Jacob Stolworthy

Actor Danny Masterson, who appeared in sitcom That ’70s Show, is reportedly being investigated by the LAPD after allegations that accusations of sexual assault were covered up by the Church of Scientology.

Variety has reported that the LAPD is looking into claims of sexual assault that were said to have been committed by Masterson – a practicing Scientologist – in the early 2000s. Masterson has denied the claims.

A statement from the LAPD reads: “Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s.”

The claims that the Church of Scientology covered up the allegations against the actor come courtesy of journalist Tony Ortega.

Masterson’s representative told Variety that the “false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series [Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath].“ …

Masterson appeared in That ’70s Show alongside Ashton Kutcher with whom he currently stars in Netflix comedy The Ranch.

81 WOMEN ACCUSE FORMER USA GYMNASTICS DOCTOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned on Thursday afternoon in response. [HuffPost]

NATO’s ‘new’ Libya, world’s worst child abuse


This 30 October 2011 video is called Jean Bricmont: The 3 victims of the lie of the humanitarian war in Libya.

From the BBC today:

Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse

By Paul Adams, BBC News

The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy.

Unicef says almost 26,000 children – most of them unaccompanied – crossed the Mediterranean last year.

In its new report, Unicef says many children suffer from violence and sexual abuse at the hands of smugglers and traffickers.

But they rarely report their abuse, for fear of arrest and deportation.

The agency also says there is a lack of food, water and medical care in Libya’s detention centres.

The plight of children, many of them unaccompanied by parents, has become a tragically familiar part of the wider story of mass migration over the past two years.

But while much has been said about the extreme dangers faced at sea, the privations experienced on land, especially in Libya, are less familiar.

Unicef’s latest report, A Deadly Journey for Children, documents – in sometimes horrific detail – stories of slavery, violence and sexual abuse experienced by huge numbers of vulnerable children making their perilous way to Italy.

“What really shocked Unicef staff and me… is what happens to them [children] on this route,” says Justin Forsyth, the organisation’s deputy executive director. “Many of these children have been brutalised, raped, killed on this route.”

Girls such as nine-year-old Kamis, who set off with her mother from their home in Nigeria. After a desert crossing in which a man died, followed by a dramatic rescue at sea, they found themselves held at a detention centre in the Libyan town of Sabratha.

I was in Sabratha when that torture jail was still not there, only the ancient Roman theatre and other archaeological buildings; before NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya. I cry.

“They used to beat us every day,” Kamis told the researchers. “There was no water there either. That place was very sad. There’s nothing there.”

Much of the violence is gratuitous, and much of it is sexual.

“Nearly half the women and children interviewed had experienced sexual abuse during migration,” the report says. “Often multiple times and in multiple locations.”

Borders, it seems, are particularly dangerous.

“Sexual violence was widespread and systemic at crossings and checkpoints,” says the report.

Many of the assailants are in uniform. This is said to be just one reason why those who suffer abuse are reluctant to report their experiences.

And Libya, as the funnel through which so many journeys pass, has earned itself a shocking reputation as the epicentre of abuse.

“Approximately one third [of those interviewed] indicated they had been abused in Libya,” the report says. “A large majority of these children did not answer when asked who had abused them.”

So commonplace are stories of rape and sexual enslavement that some women embarking on the journey take precautions, such as getting contraceptive injections and carrying emergency protection with them.

The report maps 34 known detention centres in Libya, three of them deep in the country’s desert interior.

Most are run by the government’s

Which government? There are several governments in Libya fighting each other.

Department for Combating Illegal Migration. But Unicef says that armed groups also hold migrants in an unknown number of unofficial camps.

“The detention centres run by militias, we’re much more worried about,” says Mr Forsyth. “That’s where a lot of abuse is happening and we have very, very limited access.”

In 2016, more than 180,000 migrants crossed from Libya to Italy. According to the UN, almost 26,000 of these were children, most of them unaccompanied. The number of unaccompanied children appears to be soaring.

“It’s a combination of factors,” says Mr Forsyth. “The situation in places like Eritrea and northern Nigeria is very bad. Also in the Gambia recently.”

‘I wanted to cross the sea’

Politics aside, poverty and the promise of a better life remain key drivers.

“I wanted to cross the sea,” 14-year-old Issaa told researchers. “Look for work, work hard to earn a bit of money to help my five brothers at home.”

But two and a half years after leaving home in Niger, Issaa was found living alone in a Libyan detention centre.

“My father collected money for my journey, he wished me luck and then let me go.”

The migrants are, of course, heavily dependent on smugglers to get them through the desert and across the sea.

A recent case when dozens bodies were found washed up on the shore near the western city Zawiya shows that this remains extremely hazardous.

But smuggling is all-too often associated with human trafficking. Victims accept migration packages from criminal gangs, only to find themselves forced into prostitution to repay their debts.

Libya is a major transit hub for women being trafficked to Europe for sex,” the report says.

Libya’s continuing political turmoil makes it extraordinarily difficult to tackle a phenomenon, which the report says has spiralled out of control.

But Unicef is urging Libya, its neighbours and regional organisations to do more to protect children.

A regional initiative, it says, would include improved birth registration, the prevention of trafficking, safe and legal pathways for children fleeing armed conflict and, where appropriate, family reunification.

“Whether they’re migrants or refugees, let’s treat them like children,” says Mr Forsyth. “It’s a reflection of our humanity, our values, how we respond to this crisis.”

Stop EDL nazis abusing our grief, child abuse survivors say


This video from Britain is called EDL Nazi Salute Compilation.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Rotherham‘s victims say: ‘EDL racist rallies are not in our name’

Monday 27th February 2017

VICTIMS of child sex abuse in Rotherham have made an impassioned plea to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to stop the fascist English Defence League (EDL) exploiting their suffering to justify hatred.

The EDL staged another police-protected “national” demonstration in South Yorkshire at the weekend but fewer than 40 EDL extremists turned up in the town.

They were outnumbered by at least four times as many counter-protesters drawn from Rotherham’s multicultural population.

Anti-fascism demonstrator Martin Hickman said: “From what I saw EDL had fewer than 40 people.

“It’s clear every time it comes its numbers get smaller. It’s also worth remembering it calls these national mobilisations.”

Rotherham has been targeted by the EDL, National Front and British National Party in more than 20 demonstrations over the last two years.

The groups refer to the 1,400 girls who were revealed to have been “groomed” for sexual abuse and exploitation by older men that were mainly of Asian origin.

Police and Rotherham Council were criticised for inaction long after the perpetrators had been jailed.

But the far-right groups continue to use it to create division and racial hatred by targeting the town for protests.

The victims and their relatives wrote an open letter to Ms Rudd asking her to stop the marches.

The letter states: “You will be aware that as children we were failed and ignored … If you remember there were 1,400 of us — that’s without taking account of our parents and families.

“Here we are having to be reminded of our abuse over and over again — not by the police or council — but by the number of marches in this town, all in our name.

“What right does anyone have to use our horrendous memories of our abuse to cause hatred and fear in our town?

“We are asking you to put something in place to stop these marches … We live with what happened to us as children constantly.

“This is our town, our abuse, and more importantly for a lot of us, the place where we are bringing our own children up. “Rotherham should not be defined by our abuse but defined by our strength and courage.

“Please help to stop this, let us move forward and be proud of our town and help it mend — we have had enough.”