Thursday, October 30, 2014

When the Mind Splits - Dissociative identity disorder affects millions of people, most of whom are former child abuse victims

When the Mind Splits
Dissociative identity disorder affects millions of people, most of whom are former child abuse victims.
Why do some psychologists doubt that the condition even exists?
By Sam Levin

....I met Elyse a few weeks after she sent me an email, stating that she has was trying to find a journalist to help her raise awareness about dissociative identity disorder, or DID (pronounced D-I-D), a misunderstood and stigmatized condition that is far more common than most people realize. Elyse was officially diagnosed with DID two years ago at Stanford University Medical Center, but she said she has had the condition for much longer.

"The majority of the public knows little to no correct information about DID, and even those in the professional field of psychology debate whether or not this disorder is even real," Elyse wrote to me over the summer. "But it is. It is very, very real, and so I am working hard to spread awareness."

Research has increasingly demonstrated that DID is a trauma-based disorder that typically emerges among people who have experienced childhood sexual or physical abuse. Dissociation occurs when people mentally detach themselves from their surroundings, a common coping mechanism for a child victim of abuse. When the abuse continues over a period of time, that dissociation can become extreme and lead the victim to develop distinct, dissociated parts of himself or herself that exist to withstand the abuse.

Experts on DID say that roughly 1 percent of the population suffers from the condition, making it as common as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

....Every year, child protective service agencies in the United States receive more than 3 million reports of child abuse. In 2012, there were nearly 63,000 documented cases of child sexual abuse, according to US Department of Health and Human Services data. And experts believe that the number of cases reported and investigated represents just a small fraction of the abuse and trauma that children suffer across the country.

"When they are reported, they are not dealt with well," said David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and an expert on dissociative identity disorder. Some research has suggested that two-thirds of child trauma cases aren't reported, he said. "These children have to live with it. How do you live with it? ... You act as though it isn't happening or it's happening to somebody else that isn't you."

Cases involving the most severe and disturbing trauma — prolonged physical and sexual abuse by parents, other family members, or caregivers — are especially likely to go unreported. And so children in these cases develop their own ways to survive. "You can't run away. You can't fight it, so you go away in your head," explained Bethany Brand, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Towson University in Maryland, who recently completed the world's largest study on the treatment of dissociative disorders. "That makes it easier to disconnect from the body in pain."

When a young mind repeatedly enters these dissociative states in response to ongoing abuse, the coping mechanism can evolve into DID. "It's an interesting paradox of sort of breaking apart, so that you don't break," explained Janelle Salah, a Berkeley-based therapist who treats DID patients.

....A 2006 Journal of Psychiatric Research study concluded that 1.5 percent of the general population has DID. And a 2011 epidemiological overview of DID studies — which stated that "dissociative disorders constitute a hidden and neglected public health problem" — said the disorder exists in 0.4 to 3.1 percent of the general population, and in roughly 5 percent of psychiatric patients. That study also stated that dissociative patients are more likely to report childhood psychological trauma than people suffering from any other psychiatric disorder.
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/when-the-mind-splits/Content?oid=4109440&showFullText=true 

When The Mind Splits: Processing Dissociative Identity Disorder Through Art
by Sam Levin

In this week's cover story, I profiled Elyse Winter-Volkova, a 21-year-old San Leandro woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, the condition formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Experts believe the disorder, also known as DID, affects roughly 1 percent of the population and most often emerges in people who have experienced severe childhood trauma, typically prolonged physical or sexual abuse. One of the leading DID experts featured in my story is Bethany Brand, a professor of psychology at Towson University in Maryland, who conducted the world's largest study on the treatment of dissociative disorders. In addition to discussing her extensive research with me, Brand helped connect me to two women in Maryland who also have DID.....

DID most often develops as a highly complex coping mechanism in the face of intense abuse and trauma, meaning a child mentally detaches from his or her surroundings, and eventually develops distinct, dissociated parts (or personalities) that exist to withstand the abuse. The challenge for people living with DID is to develop a functional system of communication between different personalities or identities (sometimes called "alters"), with some sufferers working toward "integration" — that is, the fusion of different identities into one. While integration is not always the ultimate goal for people with DID, Elise told me that she is working toward integration — an incredibly difficult process of trying to merge different parts of herself that carry different memories and perspective on her past abuse. "I would like to come back together as much as possible," she said.... 
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/CultureSpyBlog/archives/2014/10/29/when-the-mind-splits-processing-dissociative-identity-disorder-through-art


When the Mind Splits
from East Bay Express


Elyse Winter-Volkova has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, but instead of hiding it, she openly talks about her condition online, with the people in her life, and as a guest lecturer in college psychology classes. She hopes to raise awareness and advocate for greater acceptance of people with mental illnesses.
http://vimeo.com/110367678



Dissociative identity disorder (formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD) is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as the presence of two or more personality states or distinct identities that repeatedly take control of one’s behavior. The patient has an inability to recall personal information. The extent of this lack of recall is too great to be explained by normal forgetfulness. The disorder cannot be due to the direct physical effects of a general medical condition or substance.
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Dissociative_Identity_Disorder

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mama June's other daughter was present during sister's sexual abuse, Witnesses: FAMU hazing suspect led ritual on bus

Mama June's other daughter was present during sister's sexual abuse  October 29, 2014

More disturbing details have emerged about the abuse June “Mama June” Shannon’s kids suffered at the hands of her then-live-in boyfriend Mark McDaniel.

According to newly released court documents, not just Anna Cardwell- - who has spoken about McDaniel molesting her-- was affected by the pedophile her mother was dating. The documents posted by Radar Online reveal Shannon’s then three-year-old daughter had to watch McDaniel sexually abuse her older sister.

A police report from 2004 details an interview Cardwell, now 20, had with an official from the Division of Family and Children Services. In the interview, Cardwell stated that she was forced to have sex with McDaniel.

“Anna then stated that her sister… is in the bed with them when this is going on,” the court documents detail....

Cardwell, who now has a child of her own, told People magazine her mother didn't believe her when she spoke out about the abuse. According to court documents, she first revealed what she had gone through to a teacher at her school.

"A week or so after it happened, I talked to Mama and she was upset, crying and saying, 'I don't believe you,'" she recalled. "And I was like, 'Mama, he did that to me and I can't do anything about it. You were never there to see it. You were always at work.'"

McDaniel went to jail for aggravated child molestation and was released in March. He has since been photographed with June Shannon, which prompted TLC to cancel “Honey Boo Boo.”
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/10/29/mama-june-other-daughter-was-present-during-sister-sexual-abuse/ 
https://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/markamcdaniel-signed1.pdf

Witnesses: FAMU hazing suspect led ritual on bus
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida A&M band member being tried on hazing charges in the death of a drum major was the ring leader and decided who could participate in the initiation ritual, two former band members said Wednesday.

Former band member Lizette Sanchez testified that Dante Martin decided who was allowed to participate in the hazing ritual known as "crossing Bus C." She said she initially decided she wasn't going to take part her sophomore year in 2011, but changed her mind in an effort to end shunning from older band members who called her a "bad upperclassman" for not having done it.

"I felt like I was breaking a tradition," Sanchez said.

She completed the ritual shortly before Robert Champion of Decatur, Georgia, went through it following a football game in November 2011. Champion died from injuries sustained during the ritual, which involved getting kicked, punched and hit with band instruments. Martin is charged with manslaughter and hazing in the incident....
http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news_ap/nation/article_5fbd999a-ab4e-56e5-a8c6-09006367ee01.html  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Does reality TV have a pedophile problem? Mama June's history of dating sex offenders, Junk Science - The Witchhunt Narrative, Evidence in the Keller Case, Penn St. board votes down look at report, Operation Heliodor, Philippine shelter allegations of abuse

- Does reality TV have a pedophile problem?
- Mama June's history of dating sex offenders: Father of Honey Boo Boo's sister Chubbs served time for sexually exploiting a child over the internet
- Mama June’s Molester Former Boyfriend Threatened To Kill Daughter Anna If She Spoke Up About Sex Abuse
- Anna Marie Cardwell: 'I Would Feel Hurt' If Mama June Is Dating My Molester
- Junk Science - The Witchhunt Narrative
- Evidence in the Keller Case
- Penn St. board votes down new look at 2012 report
- 11 held as child abuse gang smashed
- Philippine shelter for street kids hit with allegations of abuse

Does reality TV have a pedophile problem?
By Hollie McKay October 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES –  TLC canceled ”Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on Friday after photos surfaced of star Mama June hanging out with a convicted child molester.

In August, “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden was arrested on multiple rape charges against minors. His daughter, another star on the show, then told “Dr. Phil” that she too had been touched inappropriately. Discovery, which owns TLC, swiftly canceled that show, too.

In 2013, reality TV producer Donald Luciano – who worked on some episodes of OWN’s reality program “Beverly’s Full House” about the life of former supermodel Beverly Johnson – pled guilty to possession of images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct....
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/10/27/does-reality-tv-have-pedophile-problem/ 


Mama June's history of dating sex offenders: Father of Honey Boo Boo's sister Chubbs served time for sexually exploiting a child over the internet

    Child molester Mark McDaniel isn't the first sex offender that June Shannon has dated
    The father of Jessica 'Chubbs' Shannon served over two years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a child over the internet in 2005
    Michael Anthony Ford, 37, remains on the sex offender registry and is currently behind bars on a separate charge of child abandonment
    McDaniel has reportedly got back together with Mama June and has been photographed with her and her daughter, nine-year-old Honey Boo Boo
By David Mccormack and Lydia Warren for MailOnline  28 October 2014

....According to prison records, Ford is currently behind bars on a separate child abandonment charge.

The fathers of Shannon’s other children also have criminal records but rather than being sex-related their crimes included arson and burglary.

Alana’s father, David Michael ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, was sentenced to five years in 1998 for robbing a series of campsites and setting fire to another.

Anna’s father, David Dunn, did time in 1995 for stealing a handgun and again in 1998 for stealing a carton of cigarettes. The father of Laury is said to be unknown, even by Mama June.

A police report has revealed the sickening sexual assaults Mama June's eldest daughter allegedly suffered at the hands of her boyfriend when she was just eight.

The March 2003 report, seen by RadarOnline, reveals how Anna 'Chickadee' Shannon told authorities in Spalding County, Georgia that she had done the 'S word' with Mark McDaniel.

She also told police that her mother's boyfriend touched her inappropriately, made her touch him inappropriately and forced her to perform a sex act on him. When she told him to stop, he would not.

Anna, who appeared on 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' with her mother and siblings, has since revealed that when she first told her mother about the abuse, Mama June refused to believe her.

McDaniel was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to child molestation. He left prison in March and has reportedly been seeing Mama June again.

The abuse came to light after Anna told her elementary school teacher that her stepfather had assaulted her. She was able to describe the assaults in graphic detail, the report notes.

The molestation was carried out multiple times between April and October 2002, according to the report.

It took Anna months to speak out about the abuse because McDaniel had threatened to kill her if she told, RadarOnline reported.

'Anna stated that Mark told her not to tell because he would not like her anymore,' Beach continued. 'Anna advised she got tired of holding it in and had to tell.'

....Mama June has denied that she is dating the child molester.

'The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue,' she said in a video posted at the weekend. 'I would not ever, ever, ever, ever put my kids in danger.'....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2811945/Mama-June-s-history-dating-sex-offenders-Father-Honey-Boo-Boo-s-sister-Chubbs-served-time-sexually-exploiting-child-internet.html 


Mama June’s Molester Former Boyfriend Threatened To Kill Daughter Anna If She Spoke Up About Sex Abuse
Posted on Oct 28, 2014

Former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama June Shannon’s child molester then-boyfriend sexually abused her daughter, Anna Cardwell, for at least six months when she was just 8 years old. But the terrified little girl didn’t come forward until nearly a year later. And now, RadarOnline.com can reveal why. According to court papers obtained by Radar, Mark McDaniel, 53, took extreme, sick measures to prevent his innocent victim from telling anyone about his disgusting behavior in 2002.

In the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained exclusively by Radar, police officer Bauch noted that a very brave Cardwell— now a 20-year-old married mom of Kaitlyn, 2— first told her teacher about the abuse on March 28, 2003.....
http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/10/mama-june-child-molester-threatened-to-kill-daughter/


Anna Marie Cardwell: 'I Would Feel Hurt' If Mama June Is Dating My Molester
By Aaron Parsley 10/25/2014

Anna Marie Cardwell is speaking out about being molested as a child, years before she and her family became the stars of TLC's hit reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

In an interview with PEOPLE, June Shannon's oldest daughter, now 20, says registered sex offender Mark McDaniel "would try and touch me and all that stuff" when she was 8 years old and he was dating her mother....

In a recent Facebook post, Shannon denied she and McDaniel (who was released from a Georgia prison in March after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation) are currently romantically involved....
http://www.people.com/article/honey-boo-boo-anna-cardwell-hurt-mama-june-dating-child-molester


Junk Science
October 28, 2014

I do not respond to personal attacks; smearing the messenger is a tactic that speaks for itself....  who dismisses virtually all medical evidence of sexual abuse: “It is now known that anal and genital inflammations and lacerations in young children, once believed to be clear signs of sexual abuse, also occur frequently in kids who were not abused.” There is no scientific basis for the claim that genital lacerations occur frequently in non-abused children. Quite the contrary. According to a recent article in Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology:

Hepenstall-Heger et al. reported lacerations in prepubertal girls in both penile and digital penetration, but none were found in girls experiencing saddle injuries. Myhre et al. found no lacerations in non-abused 5- and 6-year-old girls. (Price, p. 134).

.....Lacerations in children’s genitals are rare, not frequent, and controlled studies conclude that they are not found in non-abused children. Lacerations are “wounds made by tearing” (Heger, Emans, and Muram, p. 242). Acknowledging that fact, of course, requires one to acknowledge that there was solid medical evidence in the Keller case.

See, Jean Price, “Injuries in prepubertal and pubertal girls,” Best Practice & Research Clinical Obsteretric and Gynaecology 27 (2013): 131-139.

See also, Heger, Emans, and Muram, Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child (Oxford University Press, 2000).
http://blogs.brown.edu/rcheit/2014/10/28/cathy-youngs-junk-science/


Evidence in the Keller Case
http://blogs.brown.edu/rcheit/2014/07/10/keller/



Penn St. board votes down new look at 2012 report
By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's trustees on Tuesday voted against taking a fresh look at the 2012 university-commissioned report into how the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal was handled, disappointing many who have criticized the report as deeply flawed and unfairly damaging to the institution.

The board voted 17-9 against a resolution backed by alumni-elected trustees that would have set up a group to comb through the report and seek answers from Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who led the team that produced it.

Many alumni have been critical of the board's handling of the aftermath of the scandal and particularly how the school treated late football coach Joe Paterno, prompting a successful trustee election effort.

"There is no downside, none at all, if we review the report," said Bob Jubelirer, an alumni trustee - and former state senator - who joined the board this year. "This is controversial - it has damaged this university."

The debate demonstrated the deep divide among board members about what to do regarding the report, which concluded Paterno and top administrators concealed key facts about Sandusky's abuse to avoid bad publicity....

Three administrators have been charged with a criminal cover-up of complaints about Sandusky and are awaiting trial in county court in Harrisburg. Former president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley have all vigorously denied the allegations and have sought to have their cases thrown out....

Sandusky, the school's retired defensive coach, was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys and is serving a lengthy state prison sentence.
http://www.knoe.com/story/27055471/penn-st-board-votes-down-new-look-at-2012-report 


11 held as child abuse gang smashed
By Press Association 28 October 2014

A suspected child sex abuse gang has been smashed by police officers as part of a crackdown on exploitation of young girls.

Eleven people have been arrested under Operation Heliodor in the south Manchester area, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The suspected abusers, a ged between 19 and 38, have been arrested for alleged offences including sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting child prostitution, abduction and rape.

The arrests come at a time of increased scrutiny over the way police forces, including Greater Manchester, deal with child sexual exploitation allegations in the wake of damning reports and claims that widespread abuse of children was effectively ignored by officers for years.

Operation Heliodor is part of Project Phoenix, a multi-agency campaign tackling child sexual exploitation in the Greater Manchester area.

The arrests came after interventions from a multi-agency team into sexual exploitation of girls and its links to organised crime in and around the Longsight area of Manchester, as well as other areas....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2810890/11-held-child-abuse-gang-smashed.html


Philippine shelter for street kids hit with allegations of abuse
Homeless children say they prefer sleeping rough to beatings at the 'rescue' center

Many homeless children choose to stay on the streets of Manila rather than in government shelters, where rights groups say detainees are subject to abuse and maltreatment
Joe Torres and Eloisa Lopez, Manila     Philippines     October 28, 2014

....According to the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development, there were at least 246,000 street children in the country in 2012, including more than 11,000 in Manila alone. Most of them are boys who were abandoned by their families, or who choose to stay in the streets even if they have relatives.

But despite the difficult life, it’s one that boys like Jason prefer to the government alternative: detention in controversial centers for homeless people that rights groups claim are rife with abuse and maltreatment.

For years now, authorities have been rounding up "families at risk," many of them children, in attempts to cleanse urban centers, particularly the capital, of perceived eyesores.

In Manila, the children who are "rescued" during nightly patrols end up in the Reception and Action Center (RAC), a facility that is supposed to provide temporary shelter for the homeless.

"We will run to avoid the night patrol," said Jason....

In March, the Asian Legal Resource Centre asked the UN Human Rights Council during its 25th session in Geneva to take immediate action to address allegations of torture and violence against children in the Philippines....
http://www.ucanews.com/news/philippine-shelter-for-street-kids-hit-with-allegations-of-abuse/72262

Monday, October 27, 2014

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis The Nazis Next Door, Florida hazing trial begins in college marching band death, Church of England to examine 1950s records in child abuse investigation

- In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis
The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men "The agency’s own files linked Mr. Lileikis to the machine-gun massacres of 60,000 Jews in Lithuania."

Florida hazing trial begins in college marching band death
"
he died of hemorrhagic shock resulting from blunt force trauma after running through a gauntlet of band members beating him"


In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

By ERIC LICHTBLAU OCT. 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”

And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official....

In 1980, F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States.

The bureau balked at a request from prosecutors for internal records on the Nazi suspects, memos show, because the 16 men had all worked as F.B.I. informants, providing leads on Communist “sympathizers.” Five of the men were still active informants....

Some spies for the United States had worked at the highest levels for the Nazis.

One SS officer, Otto von Bolschwing, was a mentor and top aide to Adolf Eichmann, architect of the “Final Solution,” and wrote policy papers on how to terrorize Jews.

Yet after the war, the C.I.A. not only hired him as a spy in Europe, but relocated him and his family to New York City in 1954, records show. The move was seen as a “a reward for his loyal postwar service and in view of the innocuousness of his [Nazi] party activities,” the agency wrote....

When Israeli agents captured Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, Otto von Bolschwing went to the C.I.A. for help because he worried they might come after him, memos show.

Agency officials were worried as well that Mr. von Bolschwing might be named as Eichmann’s “collaborator and fellow conspirator and that the resulting publicity may prove embarrassing to the U.S.” a C.I.A. official wrote....

In all, the American military, the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and other agencies used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis and collaborators as spies and informants after the war, according to Richard Breitman, a Holocaust scholar at American University who was on a government-appointed team that declassified war-crime records.

The full tally of Nazis-turned-spies is probably much higher, said Norman Goda, a University of Florida historian on the declassification team, but many records remain classified even today, making a complete count impossible.

“U.S. agencies directly or indirectly hired numerous ex-Nazi police officials and East European collaborators who were manifestly guilty of war crimes,” he said. “Information was readily available that these were compromised men.”....

When the Justice Department was preparing in 1994 to prosecute a senior Nazi collaborator in Boston named Aleksandras Lileikis, the C.I.A. tried to intervene.

The agency’s own files linked Mr. Lileikis to the machine-gun massacres of 60,000 Jews in Lithuania. He worked “under the control of the Gestapo during the war,” his C.I.A. file noted, and “was possibly connected with the shooting of Jews in Vilna.”

Even so, the agency hired him in 1952 as a spy in East Germany — paying him $1,700 a year, plus two cartons of cigarettes a month — and cleared the way for him to immigrate to America four years later, records show....

This article is adapted from “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men,” by Eric Lichtblau, to be published Tuesday by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/us/in-cold-war-us-spy-agencies-used-1000-nazis.html


Florida hazing trial begins in college marching band death
By Barbara Liston
ORLANDO Fla. Mon Oct 27, 2014 1

(Reuters) - Three years after the beating death of a Florida college band member brought national attention to its hazing rituals, the alleged ringleader of the abuse went on trial on Monday for manslaughter.

....a former member of the Florida A&M University's celebrated "Marching 100" band, faces hazing charges for his role in the death of Robert Champion, a band drum major.

....Fourteen band members have faced charges for punching, kicking and striking Champion during a hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C." Most received probation and community service in plea deals. Charges were dismissed against a fifteenth person....

Champion’s death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner, who found he died of hemorrhagic shock resulting from blunt force trauma after running through a gauntlet of band members beating him on the darkened bus.

Champion had long refused to engage in the band’s hazing rituals, but ultimately decided to participate in what witnesses called an attempt to gain respect....
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/27/us-usa-hazing-florida-idUSKBN0IG1PV20141027


Church of England to examine 1950s records in child abuse investigation
Justin Welby says personnel files will be searched for allegations of abuse as study into confessional confidentiality also launched

    Michael White and Rajeev Syal
    The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014

The Church of England is examining the personnel files of thousands of clergymen and women dating back to the 1950s as part of a wide-ranging investigation into historical allegations of child abuse, the archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, said that the move is part of a renewed effort to ensure that there are no allegations of abuse which have been ignored, overlooked or covered up.

Following recent disclosures of evidence of child abuse within the church, Welby conceded that the investigations would show that “there is more that has not been revealed”.....
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/27/justin-welby-1950s-personnel-files-clergy-child-abuse-investigation-confessional-confidentiality 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2 'Sons of Guns' reality stars arrested, Rotherham child abuse, Child Abuse 'Rampant' in British institutions, Victims of Domestic Violence, Japanese Wartime "Comfort Women"

- 2 'Sons of Guns' reality stars arrested on cruelty to juvenile charges
More charges of forcible rape filed against 'Sons of Guns' actor
- Rotherham child abuse was raised 'at highest level'
- Evidence submitted by a former Home Office researcher
- Child abuse 'rampant' in British institutions, says Archbishop of Canterbury as he apologises for 'significant legacy of unacknowledged cases' in the Church of England
- Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Children's Abusers?
- Japanese Wartime Medical Orderly on Army's Role in Maintaining "Comfort Women" System

2 'Sons of Guns' reality stars arrested on cruelty to juvenile charges
Oct 24, 2014  By WAFB Staff
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Two stars of the now canceled reality show "Sons of Guns" have been arrested on child abuse charges.
Warrants were issued Thursday by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for the arrest of Kristafor Ford and his wife Stephanie Hayden. According to the arrest warrant from Livingston Parish, Kristafor is accused of hitting a 9-year-old with a leather belt on the child's lower, right thigh. Reports say there was a large bruise on the child's thigh and buttocks area.

Ford was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.

Stephanie Hayden was arrested Friday and charged with principal to cruelty to a juvenile because she was allegedly in the room when the incident happened....

Investigators are looking into criminal cases against Will Hayden. He is accused of raping and molesting a number of young women.

Hayden's daughter Stephanie claimed her father touched her inappropriately when she was 12 years old. He has not been charged in that case.

Hayden has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, all separate victims. Two of the rape charges are in East Baton Rouge Parish, the other rape charge and indecent behavior charge is out of Livingston Parish....
http://www.wafb.com/story/26886988/2-sons-of-guns-reality-stars-arrested-on-cruelty-to-juvenile-charges 


More charges of forcible rape filed against 'Sons of Guns' actor

Sep 08, 2014 By Amber Stegall
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office have added a charge of forcible rape to the list of charges against the founder of Red Jacket Firearms, 49-year-old William Hayden. The new charge is for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old female that happened about 22 years ago in East Baton Rouge Parish....
http://www.wafb.com/story/26476401/more-charges-of-forcible-rape-filed-against-sons-of-guns-actor


Rotherham child abuse was raised 'at highest level' 26 October 2014
Child abuse in Rotherham was raised "at the highest level" as far back as 2002 but officials apparently pressured a researcher to change her report.

The then chief constable Mike Hedges and the council's director of education Di Billups were among those said to have been warned by the researcher.

Documents detailing her concerns, shown to the home affairs select committee in private, have been seen by the BBC.

The researcher said it was "a tragedy" her evidence was not looked at in 2002.

In her report to the committee the researcher, initially employed by the council to investigate prostitution, said she was pressured to present her findings in a way that presented services in Rotherham in "a better light".
Scale of abuse

The researcher claimed she had "repeatedly" tried to raise concerns at senior levels "in the police force, social care and education".

The scale of child abuse in Rotherham was not revealed until this year when Professor Alexis Jay's report found at least 1400 children had been exploited....

Still concerned that children were being abused on a "daily" basis, the researcher submitted some of her evidence to Home Office evaluators.
That evidence is now missing. The researcher claimed there was a "raid" on her office the weekend after she submitted the evidence.

On coming into work, she claimed she found that all of the data relating to the Home Office work had been removed from filing cabinets. Documents on the office computer had been deleted, while others were created detailing the minutes of meetings....
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29756051 


Evidence submitted by a former Home Office researcher
I am enclosing 3 copies of the documentary evidence that I think will assist the Select Committee prior to
and during my attendance on 9 September 2014
http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/child-sexual-exploitation-and-the-response-to-localised-grooming-followup/written/12361.pdf  

Child abuse 'rampant' in British institutions, says Archbishop of Canterbury as he apologises for 'significant legacy of unacknowledged cases' in the Church of England

    Archbishop said abuse has been 'rampant' in CoE and other institutions
    Justin Welby said there is a 'significant legacy of unacknowledged cases'
    Made admissions in letter to mother of three boys abused at CoE school

By Sara Malm for MailOnline

26 October 2014
Child abuse has been 'rampant' in the Church of England and other British institutions, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Justin Welby also said there is a 'significant legacy' of cases of child abuse within the church which have been ignored and that its failure to hold abusers to account is 'inexcusable'.

Archbishop Welby made the admissions in a private letter to a mother of three boys who were abused at a Church of England school, reports Exaro, the investigative website.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808374/Child-abuse-rampant-British-institutions-says-Archbishop-Canterbury-apologises-significant-legacy-unacknowledged-cases-Church-England.html 



Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Children's Abusers?
Sunday, 26 October 2014 12:40 By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet | Report

....Lindley’s story was reported in a Buzzfeed news investigation which exposed the dangerous outcomes of these “failure to protect” laws.  Buzzfeed found 28 mothers and domestic violence victims in 11 states who were sent to prison for at least 10 years for failing to protect their children from abuse:

"Almost half, 13 mothers, were given 20 years or more. In one case, the mother was given a life sentence for failing to protect her son, just like the man who murdered the infant boy. In another, the sentences were effectively the same: The killer got life, and the mother got75 years, of which she must serve at least 63 years and nine months. In yet another, the mother got a longer sentence than the man who raped her son. In one more, a father fractured an infant girl’s toe, femur, and seven ribs and was sentenced to two years; for failing to intervene, the mother got 30."

Buzzfeed found that at least 29 states have failure-to-protect laws, such as injury to a child “by omission,” by “permitting child abuse” or “enabling child abuse.” Nineteen other states have laws that could also be used to prosecute parents, such as “criminal negligence in the care of a child.” Maximum prison sentences for breaking these laws vary from one year to life. And in some states, they carry the same sentence as child abuse itself.

While these laws are designed to both hold mother and father responsible for protecting their children, the law isn’t applied equally. Buzzfeed found a total 73 cases against mothers, yet only four against fathers. Women commit 34 percent of serious or fatal cases of child abuse.

“Mothers are held to a very different standard,” law professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio said. ...
http://truth-out.org/news/item/27057-victims-of-domestic-violence-getting-longer-prison-sentences-than-their-child-s-abuser 



Japanese Wartime Medical Orderly on Army's Role in Maintaining "Comfort Women" System

Sunday, 26 October 2014 By David McNeill, The Asia-Pacific Journal | Interview and Video
David McNeill introduction, Matsumoto Masayoshi testimony (Japanese and English transcript and video of testimony), translation by Miguel Quintana.

For years, Abe Shinzo, Japan’s prime minister, has been playing with diplomatic fire over a sordid episode of wartime history that has been at the center of a storm of controversy involving Japan, China, Korea and other outposts of Japan’s empire: the herding of thousands of women across Asia into Japanese military brothels. His decision this year to order an investigation into a landmark government apology to the so-called “comfort women” might have helped end the controversy. Instead, it has further ignited it, which may indeed have been Abe’s intention – he has campaigned for nearly two decades to undermine the apology.

The 1993 Kono statement, compiled in consultation with South Korea by Japan’s then chief cabinet secretary Kono Yohei, acknowledged the army’s role in forcing the women into sexual slavery. Nationalists, championed by the Yomiuri, Japan’s most popular newspaper, deny coercion and insist the women voluntarily provided “comfort” to frontline troops. They have repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of the so-called Kono statement, with potentially explosive diplomatic consequences....
http://truth-out.org/news/item/27054-japanese-wartime-medical-orderly-on-army-s-role-in-maintaining-comfort-women-system   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Victims say nothing was done to stop paedophile priest, 'It's rape': Sayreville High School players face charges of abusive hazing, Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies

- 'Jail archbishop who covered up my abuse': Victims say nothing was done to stop paedophile priest
- 'It's rape': Sayreville High School players face charges of abusive hazing
- FAMU Hazing History Allowed at Trial
- Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On
Former Satmar Hasid Buried in Monsey Community He Left

'Jail archbishop who covered up my abuse': Victims say nothing was done to stop paedophile priest

    Very Reverend Robert Waddington sexually abused choirboys for decades
    Inquiry into the abuse has slammed Lord Hope, former Archbishop of York
    Report claims he was made aware of misconduct 19 times but did not act
   Despite this - he still holds influential post and sits in the House of Lords 

By Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail
23 October 2014

A former archbishop who failed to act on alleged crimes of a paedophile priest should be jailed, the abuser’s victims have said.

Lord Hope, the former Archbishop of York, did not act on 19 occasions when allegations of abuse or inappropriate conduct by the priest were raised with him, a scathing report revealed yesterday.

But despite that, Lord Hope remains as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford.

Eli Ward and Bim Atkinson, who were among seven victims of the Very Reverend Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, said it is ‘incredible’ that the man who did nothing to stop the priest has been allowed to keep his post.Waddington, who kept an official position in the church until 2005 and died in 2007, targeted young choirboys over several decades. One of the seven victims committed suicide in 1989....

Waddington then moved to York Minster, where more children were abused. He stayed in a lesser post there until 2005, despite the allegations made to Lord Hope, according to the report, which was commissioned by current Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu....

Robert Waddington died in 2007 - he had been accused of abusing seven different victims between 1955 and 1996....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2805655/Jail-archbishop-covered-abuse-Victims-say-stop-paedophile-priest.html 


'It's rape': Sayreville High School players face charges of abusive hazing
By Echo Chambers  22 October 2014

A small New Jersey town is reeling weeks after seven high-school varsity American football players were accused of charges ranging from hazing to aggravated sexual assault earlier this month.

According to the victims, seniors on the Sayreville War Memorial High School team would run into the locker room, turn the lights off, pin them to the floor and, at the very least, grab their buttocks. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions between 19 and 29 September.

Three of the players are facing more serious charges, including the sexual penetration of one victim.

By calling sexual abuse hazing, society grants those perpetrators a free pass”
Gary Phillips The Journal News

This may have been a orchestrated event. Four players would hold a victim on the floor while two were on lookout, one parent told NJ.com after their son confided in them. One player would signal the start of the process with a howl, then turn off the lights and assault the freshman....

Michael Kasdan says there's another word for what happened.

"It's rape," he writes for the Good Men Project. "Yes, it occurred as part of a football team hazing program, and it is boys acting against other boys, but - if the allegations are true - it is rape just the same."

Kasdan says that what happened in Sayreville was abuse, with the sexual aspect being another way to assert dominance.

While the stories are disturbing, they are far from uncommon, says Robert Silverman of the Daily Beast. It's a part of a larger issue across the country and at all levels of the sport....
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-29716923


FAMU Hazing History Allowed at Trial
Thursday, October 23, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A judge denied defense motions to drop manslaughter charges against four former Florida A & M band members facing trial next week for the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion....

Fifteen defendants were charged after Champion died following a hazing ritual aboard a band bus in November 2011.....
http://www.wtxl.com/ap/famu-hazing-history-allowed-at-trial/article_7878aebc-5a81-11e4-be0b-0017a43b2370.html   


Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On
Former Satmar Hasid Buried in Monsey Community He Left


Survivor of Abuse: In 2009, Joey Diangello, who says he was abused as a child in a Brooklyn Hasidic community, lobbied the New York State legislature for a bill to extend the statute of limitations for claims of sexual abuse.

By Hody Nemes
Published October 23, 2014, issue of October 31, 2014.
As a teenager, Joey Diangello, a self-described survivor of child sex abuse, left the insular Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where he’d grown up and plunged into the world of heavy metal music....

But in death, Diangello, a co-founder of the group Survivors for Justice, which seeks to expose child sexual abuse in the Orthodox community — where it is often repressed — returned to the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Monsey, New York. On October 19, he was buried in a cemetery there under the birth name he abandoned long ago: Yoel Deutsch....

When he was 7 years old, Diangello entered a mikveh, a ritual bathhouse, on Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. Allegedly, while he was in the water, a man whose face he never saw raped him. “I think when that person raped me, he murdered my Jewish soul,” Diangello told PIX11 in 2009....

Diangello stopped going to the mikveh, though he kept the alleged rape a secret. At age 17 he broke with his family and left the Satmar community.

By 2009, Diangello was ready to revisit his old life. When he helped found Survivors for Justice, he spoke out publicly about his own trauma.

He also demonstrated and lobbied in favor of the “Markey Bill,” state legislation aimed at expanding the statute of limitations for victims to sue individuals and institutions responsible for child sexual abuse in New York State. Currently, the state maintains particularly short time limits, though children who are abused often do not understand and confront their abuse until well into adulthood. The bill, which has passed the state assembly several times, would also offer a one-time window for victims of older crimes to pursue their cases. It has repeatedly failed to pass the State Senate....

In a 2009 interview with NPR, Diangello described his outlook by citing a song by his favorite heavy metal band. In Metallica’s “Broken, Beaten & Scarred,” he noted, “one of the verses is: ‘They scratched me, they scraped me, they cut and raped me.’ And that’s my life right there. When I listen to it, it gives me strength.”....
http://forward.com/articles/207802/anti-abuse-activist-joey-diangello-dies-of-overdos/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Saalfelden murder 'was Nazi ritual killing', Priest indicted in Poland for child abuse

Saalfelden murder 'was Nazi ritual killing' 21 Oct 2014
The murder of a young woman in Saalfelden, Pinzgau, on October 9th was not a case of domestic violence but a ritual killing - according to a report from broadcaster ORF Salzburg.

The body of a 20-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood in a man’s bathroom and police initially believed that she had been murdered by her boyfriend. A suspect, also 20, was arrested at the scene.

However the report from ORF Salzburg quotes unnamed sources who said the man raped and stabbed the woman, who was an acquaintance of his, and cut Nazi symbols into her skin with a knife.... http://www.thelocal.at/20141021/saalfelden-murder-was-nazi-ritual-killing   


Priest indicted in Poland for child abuse
22.10.2014  A Polish priest accused of child abuse in both the Dominican Republic and Poland has been formally indicted in his native country.

Father Wojciech G.'s case has been referred to a district court in Wolomin, 12 miles east of the capital, according to Przemyslaw Nowak, spokesman for a public prosecutor's office in Warsaw.

Nowak has confirmed that the priest stands accused of 10 offences, 8 of which relate to the sexual abuse of boys below the age of 15.

“Two acts were committed in 2000-2001 in Poland, the others at various times over the years 2009-2013, in the Dominican Republic,” he outlined on Wednesday.

Nowak also revealed that the priest is accused of possession of pornographic material involving minors, as well as the possesion of a firearm and ammunition without the necessary permits.

“We have ample evidence in this case, including the testimonies of over 100 witnesses, and over a dozen reports by experts,” he noted.

Father Wojciech G. was arrested near Krakow in February 2014, and he has remained in police custody since then.

The clergyman has denied any wrongdoing since accusations first surfaced in 2013 in the Dominican Republic, where he had served as head of a parish in the highland town of Juncalito.... http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/185041,Priest-indicted-in-Poland-for-child-abuse-