Hundreds of children abused in Pope Benedict’s brother’s choir


This video says about itself:

Alleged victims on abuse claims connected to Catholic church

Regensburg – 10 March 2010

1. Wide of “Regensburger Domspatzen” boys’ choir school building
2. Sign on school building reading (German) “Regensburger Domspatzen”
3. Boys walking up to school entrance
4. Close-up of glass panel over school entrance
Munich – 11 March 2010
5. Wolfgang Blaschka sitting at table in cafe, drinking coffee
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“My earlobe was ripped off in one punishment. One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier. And when I then tried to support my bodyweight by grabbing his arm, he beat me very badly.”
7. Close-up of Blaschka’s eyes
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“I myself was slapped in the face by him (Georg Ratzinger)

priest, director of the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir (which he made perform, eg, at the NATO summit in Germany in 1982), and elder brother of Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI

, and it was particularly painful when he pulled me up here by my sideburns, that was very mean. Although I was not a bad singer. But when it was about the music, he was a full-blooded musician, he really was quick-tempered and forgot about everything.”
Regensburg – 10 March 2010
9. Wide tilt down of house of Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI
10. Close-up of memorial plaque on wall of house in honour of Pope Benedict XVI‘s visit in 2006, reading (German) “The monastery chapter of St. Johann remembers the visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to his brother Georg Ratzinger on 13 September 2006.”
11. Georg Ratzinger walking to door of his house
12. Close-up of Ratzinger’s name next to door bell
13. Ratzinger at door
Munich – 11 March 2010
14. Wide of Rudolf Neumaier, student from 1981 to 1982 at Etterzhausen Elementary School, entering office at “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” publishing house, sitting down
15. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“The responsible persons in Regensburg knew that there was something wrong. They did not act and therefore I was quite surprised, at the beginning of this week, that (Johann) Meier was still there in 1991 and that a witness had said that nothing had changed and Meier was still beating students in 1991.”
16. Neumaier talking on the phone
17. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“Well, then he was beating this boy, he shouted and screamed at him and then he pulled him out of his seat and struck him on the back with the chair, so that the chair broke into two pieces. This was the worst incident I witnessed.”
Regensburg – 10 March 20100
18. Wide of Regensburg cathedral, tilt up to cathedral spires

STORYLINE

Two alleged victims of a child abuse scandal connected to the Catholic church in Germany came forward on Thursday, including a former member of an all-boys choir led by the pope’s brother.

Germany’s top education representative sharply criticised the church on Thursday for failing to report cases of physical and sexual abuse in a timely fashion.

The uproar came a day before Germany’s highest bishop was to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

At least 170 former students from Catholic schools in Germany have come forward with claims of sexual abuse recently and others have spoken of physical abuse.

Wolfgang Blaschka, a 52-year-old graphic designer, said that corporal punishment was the rule, not the exception, when he was a student at the Etterzhausen school just outside Regensburg.

“One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier,” he said, referring to then-director Johann Meier.

He alleged that Ratzinger had hit him too.

The scandal has clearly shaken the Vatican.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

One hundred new reports of abuse in German choir

Today, 17:46

A German bishop who does research on abuse and violence at the German Catholic boys choir Regensburger Domspatzen, has now received reports from 422 people. These are over a hundred more than earlier this year, the bishop of Regensburg has said. 65 of the 422 reports concern sexual violence.

Since last year research has been done about abuses at the Bavarian choir in the period 1945 to 1992. The sexual violence ranged from fondling to rape. Boys also said they were beaten until bloody with a stick, key ring or seal ring. If a child had wet the bed, then he was banned from drinking anything.

End of next year a committee will decide on compensation. Victims can look forward to financial compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros and are offered therapeutic help. There will also be an investigation into the causes of the abuse at the choir.

Benedict

The perpetrators of abuse are now deceased. Georg Ratzinger [still alive], the older brother of former Pope Benedict, was between 1964 and 1994 the leader of the choir. The lawyer of several victims thinks he knew about the abuse. Ratzinger is in denial about that.

The Regensburger Domspatzen is the choir of the cathedral of Regensburg. The choir is more than a thousand years old.

This 2015 video is a German documentary about the abuse scandal in the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir.

Korean survivors of Japanese sex slavery sue government


This video from South Korea says about itself:

Arirang Special: “Comfort Women“: One Last Cry

This documentary aims to highlight the issue of “Comfort Women” or girls forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II as grave violation of human rights that affected AND continues to affect women all across Asia and Europe.

The film begins in South Korea and moves on to meet victims in Wuhan, China, Shanghai, the Philippines and Australia.

It was aired on March 1st, 2013 on Arirang TV, Korea’s only global network

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Victims sue Seoul for sex-slavery deal

Wednesday 31st August 2016

SOUTH KOREA: Twelve victims of sex slavery at the hands of the Japanese army in WWII said yesterday they will sue the government over its settlement with Tokyo.

The so-called “comfort women” filed a lawsuit against the government for signing the agreement with Tokyo even though Japan refuses to acknowledge formal legal responsibility for the slavery.

Each of them is seeking 100 million won (£68,000), the same sum Japan has offered them in compensation.

Sexual abuse at Australian refugee camp


This CNN video says about itself:

Horrific abuse claims in Nauru detention center

10 August 2016

Kristie Lu Stout speaks to The Guardian‘s Paul Farrell about leaked documents, revealing horrific abuse in Australia’s offshore detention center.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Nauru: Refugees held in Australian camp endure abuse hell

Thursday 11th August 2016

LEAKED reports from Australia’s offshore refugee detention camp on Nauru published yesterday detail a litany of violent and sexual abuse.

The camp on the tiny, remote Pacific island nation was already notorious for its terrible conditions and neglect of inmates.

But more than 2,000 reports leaked to the Australian edition of the Guardian allege that detainees, including children, face assaults, sexual abuse and mental distress.

They document incidents such as guards threatening a boy with death and only allowing a young woman a longer shower in return for sexual favours.

Mental stress caused by prolonged detention was deemed to be the cause of self-harm cases, including a woman trying to hang herself and a girl sewing her lips together.

In 2014, one girl wrote in her school book: “I want DEATH” and “I need death.”

Former Save the Children caseworker Natasha Blucher denied that the charity was the source of the reports.

“However, now that this information is on the public record, it enables us to speak out in an unprecedented way,” she said.

Teacher Jane Willey, who recognised her own handwriting in some of the reports, said the published data was nowhere near the full extent of what had been written.

“What you are seeing here is just the tip of the iceberg,” Ms Willey, who worked for Save the Children on Nauru between July 2014 and March 2015.

“Seeing children refer to themselves as a boat number, seeing evidence of self-harm … I dread to think of how those kids are doing.”

Former detention centre workers condemn Australia’s brutal refugee regime. By Max Newman, 29 August 2016. In two public letters, more than 100 former staff members, managers, teachers and health professionals this month demanded the immediate closure of the Australian-run refugee “regional processing centres” on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. The letters called for the incarcerated asylum seekers to be brought to Australia: here.

Child abuse in the Church of England, update


This video from Britain says about itself:

Church Inquiry Into Bishop Peter Ball Abuse Cover Up

6 October 2015

The Church of England has announced an independent inquiry into allegations of a cover up of sexual abuse in the church, looking at whether the behaviour of a former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, was overlooked because of his connections within the church and the establishment.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

No end to the Church of England‘s cover-ups

Wednesday 10th August 2015

Covering up historic child abuse is now a permanent feature of the Church of England, says PETER FROST

IN ITS latest cynical attempt to bury bad news, The Church of England published a damning report on the horrific abuse of youngsters at a Church of England children’s home on the same day Theresa May became Prime Minister.

This latest of so many cases of child abuse by bishops, clergy and senior lay staff employed by the church concerns physical and sexual abuse at Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent over a 20-year period.

Vulnerable girls were regularly overmedicated on antipsychotic drugs, locked in isolation rooms, physically abused and even raped.

The Church of England has now issued a “wholehearted apology” following the investigation, which found the response of the dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury “woeful and inadequate.”

“Only the naive will believe this is not an attempt to bury bad news, especially as the Church has form on this,” said Keith Porteous Wood, the executive director of the National Secular Society.

He is just one of the critics who argue the Church should have delayed the publication of such a serious report until after former Home Secretary Theresa May was officially made Prime Minister.

The Church’s concern remains protecting its reputation and pocket, rather than the many victims whose lives have been ruined,” Mr Porteous Wood continued.

This cynical attempt to manage the media echoes the disgraceful attitude of Baroness Butler-Sloss, the retired judge appointed by Theresa May in 2014 to lead a major review of previous child sex abuse allegations. Baroness Butler-Sloss admitted she kept allegations about a bishop out of a report on a paedophile scandal because she “cared about the church.” She once told a victim of alleged abuse by Bishop Peter Ball that she did not want to include the claims because “the press would love a bishop.”

During a meeting at the House of Lords, Lady Butler-Sloss stated that she would “prefer not to refer to him” because he was “very old now” and she wanted the focus of any press coverage to highlight two priests who were prolific abusers – one of whom is dead and the other is in prison.

Only last year, at the age of 83, Bishop Ball dramatically pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992.

In 1993, Bishop Ball failed to get the case thrown out after claiming he accepted a caution for gross indecency on the understanding that he would face no further action.

The then archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey called an official at the Crown Prosecution Service saying: “I was told quite categorically that the other allegations would not be taken further as far as we are concerned.”

This pressure meant that no criminal charges were brought despite two other abuse complaints at the time and warnings that there was sufficient admissible, substantial and reliable evidence for a trial.

One of his alleged victims said: “The Church and the Establishment has colluded in covering up Bishop Ball’s offending at the highest level over very many years.”

Ball — the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester and a friend of Prince Charles. After Ball resigned as Bishop of Gloucester following the caution, the Prince of Wales invited him to live in a house owned by the Duchy of Cornwall in Aller, Somerset.

Now the latest damning abuse report on Kendall House has again taken decades to finally come to public attention.

Medicine was distributed by consultant psychiatrist Dr Marenthiran Perinpanayagam, known as Dr Peri, whose drug regime had an “experimental element,” according to the report. Both [supervisor] Law and Perinpanayagam are now dead. The review described Kendall House as “a place where control, containment and sometimes cruelty was normalised.”

“Girls as young as 11 were routinely, and often without any initial medical assessment, given anti­depressants, sedatives and anti­psychotic medication,” the report said.

“Often these drugs were given in dosages which exceeded usual prescribed adult levels.

“This served to control their behaviour, placing them in a constant stupor, restricting their ability to communicate or to learn, or have any personal autonomy.

“These drugs put them at risk of numerous side effects, many of which were distressing. The effects of the drugs also increased their vulnerability to emotional, physical and, in a smaller number of cases, sexual abuse.

“Those that resisted, challenged or overcame the effects of these routinely administered drugs faced sanctions. These included being locked in a room for long periods, and receiving emotionally abusive threats and actions.

“In a number of cases, even the slightest misdemeanours, the typical features of teenagers’ behaviour, were dealt with by physical restraint, sometimes violent, and intramuscular injections of powerfully sedating medication.”

Over the years several Kendall House victims have come forward to complain to the Church, but amazingly numerous clergies up to bishop level have had convenient lapses of memory.

As so often the church has waited until the offending Christians have died or are long retired before issuing belated admissions of guilt and grudging apologies.

Murdoch’s Fox News Ailes’ warmongering and sexual abuse


This video from the USA says about itself:

Proof of Roger AilesDrum Beat for War – Though His Sex Slave!?!?!

1 August 2016

Thom shares the stunning story about a former Fox News booker who claims that she helped lie us in to the Iraq War and was forced to have sex with the network’s leader.

MEGYN KELLY MEMOIR TO DETAIL ROGER AILES HARASSMENT Including claims that he tried to grab and kiss her. [Emily Peck, HuffPost]

Murdoch’s Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman

21 July 2016

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chairman | His resignation is effective immediately.

By Michael Calderone, Senior Media Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Roger Ailes Stepping Down As Fox News CEO

He’s being sued for sexual harassment.

07/21/2016 04:36 pm 16:36:57

Embattled Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned Thursday following a sexual harassment scandal that consumed the network during this week’s Republican National Convention, parent company 21st Century Fox announced.

It’s a stunning fall for Ailes, a longtime political operative and media visionary who built Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and led the cable channel to ratings dominance.

Murdoch will now assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business, which Ailes also ran.

Murdoch didn’t mention the ongoing scandal, spurred by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed two weeks ago by former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson, an event that’s prompted numerous other women to come forward both publicly and as part of an internal review.

Fox News star Megyn Kelly has reportedly accused Ailes of sexual harassment as part of her testimony to law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting the internal review. …

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

How Fox News Fired and Silenced a Female Reporter Who Alleged Sexual Harassment: here.

At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal: here.

That Feeling When You Get $40 Million For Sexually Harassing A Woman. Roger Ailes is being paid quite handsomely to leave Fox News: here.

Fox News has reached a settlement with former “Fox and Friends” host Gretchen Carlson over allegations that the network’s disgraced former CEO sexually harassed her, the network said in a statement Tuesday. Fox will pay Carlson $20 million to end her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, Vanity Fair reported: here.

United States Fox News boss Ailes resigns in sexual harassment scandal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Megyn Kelly Breaks Silence About Roger Ailes

19 July 2016

21st Century Fox is declining to comment on an explosive new report from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman that says Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told lawyers she was also harassed by Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes. “According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox.

From Variety in the USA today:

Roger Ailes Out at Fox News Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor

Roger Ailes, who transformed Fox News Channel from a start-up into one of the nation’s most influential news organizations in under two decades, is leaving the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet in the wake of a bevy of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Spokespeople for both the network and the parent company were not available for immediate comment. An official announcement was said to be imminent, this person said.

Ailes departs under a cloud. Gretchen Carlson, the former “Fox & Friends” anchor who left the network in June, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey earlier this month alleging Ailes had harassed her and derailed her career. Ailes had in a previous statement denied the charges. More women came forward alleging similar treatment by Ailes during his time as a producer in the decades before he set up shop at Fox News.

The final blow seemed to come on Tuesday: a report in New York magazine alleging that Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s primetime stars, had been the victim of unwanted sexual advances in her earlier days at the network. Those claims have not been independently verified, but the report seems to have played a role in determining the viability of Ailes’ tenure.

A posting on Drudge Report suggested Ailes could receive as much as $40 million as part of a settlement. Ailes was believed to be working under a contract with a term that expired in 2018.

More to come.

See also here.