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Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey colluded with senior clergy to protect a paedophile bishop, a damning report revealed yesterday.

As a result, serial sex offender Peter Ball – who boasted of being a confidant of Prince Charles – escaped prosecution for more than 20 years.

An independent inquiry into the scandal found that the Church of England knew of a string of allegations against Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, but failed to alert the police. Current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged Lord Carey to step down from his role as an assistant bishop after the report covering his time as head of the Church of England.

Some of Ball’s victims called for a criminal investigation into senior clergy after the report found that the Church was ‘more interested in protecting itself’ than helping those he had abused, and that at least nine bishops knew allegations had been made against him.’

Read more: Charles’s friend the paedophile priest and a cover-up that shames the Church: Welby calls for former archbishop Carey to sever ties with CofE after damning report reveals he colluded with senior clergy to protect serial child sex offender 

‘Although it is difficult to dispute the story’s central message that individuals who have a sexual attraction to children ‘need help,’ attempting to label pedophilia as a ‘sexual orientation’ crossed the red line for many readers.

In a recent BBC article entitled, ‘Paedophiles need help, not condemnation – I should know,’ we are ‘introduced’ to an anonymous 60-something male who opens this teary-eyed treatise by proclaiming, “It’s a long time since I’ve described myself as a paedophile. Paedophilia is a disorder, a deeply distressing sexual orientation. For me, it’s triggered by traumatic experiences in childhood.”

Did you catch it? If you blinked you missed it. Like one of those clunky bills rammed through Congress on Christmas Eve that is ‘sweetened’ with all sorts of hidden ‘riders,’ the opening line of the article declares that pedophilia now ranks – alongside hetereosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality – as a “sexual orientation.” A “distressing” one for the pedophile, no doubt, but a sexual orientation nevertheless. But that is simply wrong.’

Read more: BBC pedophile exposé ignores real victims, triggers social-media firestorm

‘The Department of Justice has just conducted a series of raids across Los Angeles and arrested 238 people in connection with a Hollywood pedophilia network.

According to police, the arrests included some “major Hollywood players” as well as politicians, white-collar professionals, a monk, and other high-ranking clergy members.

The raids were conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force, working directly with the Justice Department.

Codenamed “Operation Broken Heart III”, the sweeping raids targeted offenders wanted for the sexual exploitation of children, child prostitution, sex tourism and possessing and distributing child pornography, said Deputy Chief Matt Blake of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police stated that they are unable to release any names at this point, but confirmed that the arrested included some “household names” in the entertainment industry.’

Read more: 238 Arrested in Major Hollywood Paedophile Ring Bust 

‘The girl allegedly refused to settle down during nap time and was bound with duct tape at a day care center in St. Louis, Missouri, according to a lawsuit filed by the girl’s parents.

Details of incident in March were first revealed when Laura Day was bathing her four-year-old daughter, who seemed to be talking a lot about duct tape, a word previously not in her vocabulary.

When her mother pressed her on it, the little girl said that “Mr. Josh” at day care told her, “I have some shiny red duct tape with your name on it.”

The lawsuit claims Day repeatedly pushed her daughter, who revealed that she had been running around when she was supposed to be napping, and the day care teacher, Josh Reeves, bound her legs together with duct tape.

The girl explained that she “tried to walk, but fell over and the class laughed at me.”’

Read more: Parents sue day care center after 4 year-old bound in duct tape

‘One of the aspects that is easiest to forget about the Yemenite children affair is that it is not a historical one. The disappearance of hundreds of Yemenite babies is not an old story, but rather a continuing injustice — even today. For the families who lost their children, who still do not know their fate, it has been a festering wound for nearly 60 years.

This means living an entire life of pain and doubt, of knowing that you wake up in the morning and drive to work, go to the supermarket, pay taxes, while your country remains silent over the disappearance of your child or your sister. That the doctors who treat you were educated by those who took part in disappearing children. That politicians deliberately prevent the state from formally recognizing the injustice, from apologizing, from compensating the family, and from supporting the attempt to find the children. That one of your close family members, whom you have never met, could pass you by on the street without knowing they have another family.’

Read more: The Yemenite Children’s Affair: Israel’s National Wound That Cannot Heal

‘A North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media sites accessible by children is unconstitutional, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled.

Lester Gerard Packingham, a registered sex offender, was arrested under the law after posting on social media about defeating a traffic ticket. “No fine. No court costs. No nothing. Praise be to God. Wow. Thanks, Jesus,” he said in the post, according to the Associated Press.

Peckingham made an appeal, which argued that the state law from 2008 violated his First Amendment rights, according to the NY Daily News.

More than 1,000 people have been prosecuted under the law, according to figures cited in the case, The Verge reported.

In the court decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “A fundamental principal of the first amendment is that all persons have access to places where they can speak and listen, and then, after reflection, speak and listen once more.” Kennedy added that digital spaces, such as Facebook and Twitter, are protected.’

Read more: Barring sex offenders from social media unconstitutional – Supreme Court

‘The UK has some of the highest levels of hunger and deprivation among the world’s richest nations, according to a wide-ranging United Nations assessment of child health and wellbeing.

‘The Unicef report ranks 41 high-income countries against 25 indicators tracking progress against internationally agreed goals to end child poverty and hunger, promote health, ensure quality education, and reduce inequality.

It concludes that the majority of rich countries are going backwards on inequality indicators as gaps between rich and poor widen, with many performing poorly in key areas of child health, notably as a consequence of rising obesity rates.

“Income inequality is growing, adolescents’ mental health is worsening, and child obesity is growing,” the report states.

Nearly one in five UK children under the age of 15 suffers from food insecurity – meaning their family lacks secure access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food – putting it above the rich country average of 13%.’

Read more: Levels of child hunger and deprivation in UK among highest of rich nations

‘Allowing children to have Facebook accounts is as dangerous as letting them go to a nightclub when they are just 11, the head of the NSPCC has said.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the children’s charity, who has a 15 year-old son, said the online world had created ‘a new playground for predators’ who sought to take advantage of vulnerable young children.

Mr Wanless said: ‘There are risks that children and teens face on social media sites that are akin to letting them go into a nightclub.

‘That is why we think it is critically important that serious attention is now paid to this issue.’ His warning comes as the charity calls to the government to take urgent action.’

Read more: Facebook is as dangerous as letting an 11-year-old go to a nightclub, says head of the NSPCC

‘A great number of YouTube videos aimed at children contain creepy, disturbing, violent and sexual content. Some even border on child abuse. It is time to take a closer look at these videos that generate millions of views per day.

Warning: This article contains disturbing images … although they’re all taken from children’s videos.

There is no easier way to get small children to pipe down than handing them a tablet or a smartphone. Toddlers know how to launch YouTube, play videos and even navigate to other “recommended videos”. This keeps children silent and entertained for long periods of time – a luxury that busy parents greatly appreciate.’

Read more: Something is Terribly Wrong With Many ‘Kids’ Videos on YouTube