‘As many as 64 students were sexually abused at one of New York City’s most elite private schools between the 1960s and 1990s at the hands of 24 members of staff, according to a report released today.
Commissioned by a group of students who were themselves once enrolled at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, the new report suggests that sexual abuse of minors there was far more widespread than originally thought. A 2013 report from the Bronx District Attorney’s office identified only 25 victims.’
‘Kim Baldonado of NBC news in Los Angeles reported this week that several foster care kids have come out into the open to testify about abuses allegedly committed in California’s foster care program. In a press conference, former foster care children who are now young adults testified to horrendous abuses including: being tortured by “specially-made tools,” and being “abused verbally, physically and sexually.”
“We’re letting you hear our voices now because we were silent for too long,” former foster child Saleena Galvan said.
The former foster kids have joined together in a lawsuit to sue Interim Care Foster Agency in California. The lawsuit claims the children were “caught in an illegal, abusive, violent, concealed, unconscionable ‘kids for cash’ operation from 2006 to 2013.”’
‘An abuse survivor has bravely broken her silence to tell her horrific childhood story. In an interview with Sky News, Esther Baker, 32, explained how she and other children were raped by politicians as uniformed police officers stood guard.
“I got the feeling very much that they were protecting somebody, that they were with one of the men,” said Baker.
“One of them (police officers) I knew from church. There were a few occasions where they would be in uniform, and I kind of knew, I learnt that when they were in uniform that it was going to be a rough night,” she explained. “On occasion they would – they would sort of join in.”
During one of the incidents, Baker recalls that she was able to run away, only to be chased down and caught by a police officer. Apparently the police officer was apologetic as he carried her back to the rapist politicians. He must have “just been doing his job.”’
‘A host of high-profile former politicians, current MPs and public figures gathered together in West London today at a memorial service for Leon Brittan.
The 75-year-old, a former Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, died on January 21 after a long battle with cancer.
The service, at the West London Synagogue, was attended by former Chancellors Lord Lawson, Lord Lamont and Kenneth Clarke.
Nick Clegg, who resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after their bruising defeat in the General Election, and former leader of the Conservative Party William Hague – who succeeded Lord Brittan as MP for Richmond in Yorkshire – also paid their respects.’
‘For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn’t follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked “strictly confidential” show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.
In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn’t think the recently created U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.
A year after the U.N. first heard allegations from children as young as 9 that French soldiers had sexually abused them, sometimes in exchange for food, it seems that the only person who has been punished is the U.N. staffer who told French authorities.’
‘It was eighteen years ago this month that I first handed to a Vancouver Sun newspaper editor a list of possible mass grave sites of Indian residential school children on Canada’s west coast, based on government documents and statements from eyewitnesses who buried children there. I and these witnesses were flatly ignored: not only then, but every other time over the subsequent years that we presented such evidence to the same newspaper.
Year after year, despite all our public protests, forums, and documenting of the location of the mass graves of these children, the Vancouver Sun‘s indifference to the worst crime in Canadian history continued. And this same blind eye approach was replicated by every other “mainstream” media outlet across Canada — even when, in December of 2011, these media received from me evidence of bone and clothing samples unearthed from the Brantford residential school mass grave.
But lo and behold! Suddenly this past week, as if I’d never spoken to them, the Sun newspaper finally reported on residential school graves! I wasn’t mentioned in their article, of course; nor was the word “genocide”, or any of the hundreds of witnesses to these crimes that our work has given voice to since 1997.’
‘One of Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.
Keith Harding, former membership secretary of the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) was made Worshipful Master of the Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 2011.
The child molester, who died last summer, presided over ceremonies and rituals from an ornate throne.
Harding was convicted of an indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in 1958 and classified a Schedule-1 offender, which meant the offence remained on his criminal record all his life.’
‘Paedophiles face tougher jail sentences under an internet porn crackdown to be launched by David Cameron this week.
The Prime Minister will unveil plans to allow offenders to be jailed for up to 14 years if they use the internet to broadcast live images of child abuse.
The move, to be announced in the Queen’s Speech as part of the new Government’s legislative programme, will close a legal loophole that currently allows some paedophiles who ‘live-stream’ abuse to escape proper punishment.’