Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence Describe Abuse, The end of Harvey Weinstein and an industry that secretly loves its bullies


Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence Describe Abuse in Speeches

by Associated Press  Oct 17 2017

Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence used their speeches at a Hollywood event honoring women to detail experiences of assault and harassment at the hands of directors and producers and pledged to do more to stop such situations.

Witherspoon told the audience at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night that the recent revelations of decades of sexual misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein had prompted her own experiences to come back "very vividly."

Witherspoon said she had "true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment." ....

Lawrence detailed what she called a "degrading and humiliating" experience of being asked early on in her career to lose 15 pounds in two weeks for a role. She was then forced to pose nude alongside thinner women for photos that a female producer told her would serve as inspiration for her diet, she said.

When she tried to speak up about the demands, Lawrence said, she couldn't find a sympathetic ear from those in power....
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/reese-witherspoon-jennifer-lawrence-describe-abuse-speeches-n811556

The end of Harvey Weinstein and an industry that secretly loves its bullies
by Justin Chang  October 17, 2017

The horrific allegations against Harvey Weinstein have summoned forth images that will play in our heads on a loop for days, months, maybe years. Those images — detailed with sickening exactitude in the pages of the New York Times and the New Yorker, and also in the harrowing personal testimonies that have emerged since — scarcely bear repeating here. But they are part of the reason why the courage of the women who have gone on the record so far can never be overstated.

I hope, but wouldn’t dare assume, that in sharing their stories, these survivors have begun to liberate themselves from the last vestige of Weinstein’s power to wound, humiliate and silence them. But their courage comes at a cost, as true courage always does. To reveal a history of sexual harassment and/or assault from one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful men is to relinquish one’s most private experiences to a public that salivates over every morsel of celebrity gossip, and that often responds to human pain with more cruelty than sympathy....
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-harvey-weinstein-critic-20171017-story.html  


Child and Ritual Abuse Research  https://ritualabuse.us

Articles by Neil Brick  http://neilbrick.com 

Child Abuse Wiki   http://childabusewiki.org

Monday, October 16, 2017

McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Coverup

McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Coverup https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/mcmartin-preschool-case-what-really-happened-and-the-coverup/
Evidence of child abuse, describes the media cover up

Archaeological Investigations of the McMartin Preschool Site http://web.archive.org/web/20010406130849/http://members.cruzio.com/~ratf/McMartIntro.html
McMartin 


Archaeological Investigations of the McMartin Preschool Site, Manhattan Beach, California
http://web.archive.org/web/20010123212200/members.cruzio.com/~ratf/McMartin.html/
Tunnels found

"Why Cults Terrorize and Kill Children" The Journal of Psychohistory  http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/why-cults-terrorize-and-kill-children-lloyd-demause-the-journal-of-psychohistory/   Eberles information

"Prosecutors say they intend to present as witnesses 41 former pupils of the school showed physical evidence of having been sexually abused" http://www.nytimes.com/1985/02/13/us/reporter-s-notebook-6-months-of-california-case.html 

"Prosecutors have asserted that more than 100 children were abused at the school in the past decade"
http://www.nytimes.com/1985/01/23/us/boy-7-is-witness-in-california-child-abuse-case.html

Gould, C. (1995). Denying ritual abuse of children. Journal of Psychohistory http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/denying-ritual-abuse-of-children-catherine-gould/
Corroboration and eyewitness accounts

McMartin Preschool Story – from http://ritualabuse.us/2008/10/issue-37-march-2001/
children's medical reports and the tunnels corroborated stories

Summit, R.C. (1994). "The Dark Tunnels of McMartin" Journal of Psychohistory
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/the-dark-tunnels-of-mcmartin-dr-roland-c-summit-journal-of-psychohistory/

Investigative Issues in Ritual Abuse Cases,   Treating Abuse Today
http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/investigative-issues-in-ritual-abuse-cases-part-1-and-2-1994/

Paul and Shirley Eberle: A Strange Pair of Experts
http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/NudistHallofShame/Eberle.html

9 of the 11 jurors who agreed to be interviewed indicated that they believed the children had been molested
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/mcmartin-preschool-case-what-really-happened-and-the-coverup/

Information on Neil Brick

Information on Neil Brick

Copied with permission from https://ritualabuse.us/smart/neil-brick/
 
In 1995,  Neil Brick founded the SMART newsletter.  In 1996, SMART was on the Internet and in 1998 SMART started having ritual abuse conferences.

There are now 136 newsletters online at http://ritualabuse.us/newsletter/

Conferences with online transcripts and ordering information:
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/


Videos from the 2017 Survivorship Conference

Neil Brick – Survivorship Conference 2017 – How to Avoid Being Mind Controlled at a Conference  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGoaYw3pEZs

http://neilbrick.com/articles/how-to-avoid-being-mind-controlled-at-a-conference-and-freedom-from-mind-control/

Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. His work continues to educate the public about child abuse, trauma and ritual abuse crimes. His child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter S.M.A.R.T. has been published for over 20 years. http://neilbrick.com    This presentation has scientific evidence about posthypnotic suggestion, hypnosis, MPD and mind control.

Disclaimer: This presentation is solely my own thoughts and research and not necessarily the thoughts or any other persons or groups I work with, including Survivorship. It includes information from an adapted version of a paper with the same name at the Survivorship website.

Survivors may want to use caution while watching this presentation. None of this video is meant as therapy or to take the place of therapy.

Neil Brick – Survivorship Conference 2017 – Freedom from Mind Control
https://youtu.be/SxBO2HU4R_M

Survivors may want to use caution while watching this presentation.  None of this video is meant as therapy or to take the place of therapy.

Freedom from Mind Control
Subliminal methods and mind control influence all areas of our lives. Social and cultural forms of mind control keep us from growing as human beings.  These forms of control make it difficult for us to grow and learn as survivors. They make it more difficult to work through our cult control programming to free our minds and our lives. Recovery techniques will be discussed that can help survivors and others break through their mind control programs and influences.

Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. His work continues to educate the public about child abuse, trauma and ritual abuse crimes. His child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter S.M.A.R.T. has been published for over 20 years. http://neilbrick.com

Disclaimer: This presentation is solely my own thoughts and research and not necessarily the thoughts or any other persons or groups I work with, including Survivorship.


Articles by Neil Brick

http://neilbrick.com

http://neilbrick.blogspot.com

https://ritualabuse.us/smart/neil-brick/

https://independent.academia.edu/neilbrick

https://plus.google.com/+stopritualabusetoday


Advocacy Alert

Petition to Stop Attacks Against Child Abuse and Ritual Abuse Survivors and Neil Brick
http://neilbrick.com/articles/petition-to-stop-attacks-against-child-abuse-and-ritual-abuse-survivors-and-neil-brick/

Please sign at:
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Please sign this petition to show support for child abuse and ritual abuse survivors. One may use the check box below the signature area to keep your name confidential.  We are asking everyone to sign this petition and let others know about it. Let’s stop the attacks against child abuse survivors and their helpers.


Neil Brick has worked hard to build a research base for child abuse and ritual abuse survivors. He has worked to develop advocacy efforts to help survivors and their helpers.

Neil Brick has always been a strong advocate for people thinking for themselves.  He has encouraged people to use their critical thinking skills and fully research topics. In one presentation, he stated :

“Please use your own judgment and try to research everything as fully as possible. Don’t accept anything anyone says simply because they say it or claim to be an expert or whatever. Try to check it out for yourself.”

There are online articles with inaccurate information about Neil Brick.  Some of the articles below correct factual errors about Neil Brick and his work.  Those interested in contacting Neil for an interview can write smartnews  @aol.com (delete space before @) for more information.

Several of Neil Brick’s articles (listed below) provide readers information on how to avoid being mind controlled and encourage readers to find out for themselves about topics from as many sources as possible.

Neil Brick’s conference presentation transcripts:
How to Avoid Being Mind Controlled at a Conference and Freedom from Mind Control – 2017 Presentation by Neil Brick
http://neilbrick.com/articles/how-to-avoid-being-mind-controlled-at-a-conference-and-freedom-from-mind-control/

Topics include:
Neil Brick, Satanic Temple, Grey Faction, Doug Mesner, Lucien Greaves, mind control, propaganda, hypnosis, ritual abuse

The Urban Legends of Those Attacking Ritual Abuse Theories and the False Logic of False Memory Proponents and Their Occultist Supporters – Presentation at the 2016 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
Second half of the article discusses the Grey Faction, a part of the Satanic Temple and Lucien Greaves/Doug Mesner.   http://neilbrick.com/articles/the-urban-legends-of-those-attacking-ritual-abuse-theories/

The Battle to Stop Ritual Abuse https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2015-conference/the-battle-to-stop-ritual-abuse/

Doing the right thing and getting stronger at the same time, a survivor’s path to recovery and helping others by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2014-conference/doing-the-right-thing-and-getting-stronger-at-the-same-time-a-survivors-path-to-recovery-and-helping-others/

Recent Child Abuse Crimes and Efforts to Unite Survivors by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2012-conference/recent-child-abuse-crimes-and-efforts-to-unite-survivors/

Always Getting Stronger: Giving Survivors a Voice in the World by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/always-getting-stronger-giving-survivors-a-voice-in-the-world/

The Myth of Panic – Exposing Theories Used to Cover Up Ritual Abuse Crimes by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/the-myth-of-panic-exposing-theories-used-to-cover-up-ritual-abuse-crimes/

Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2010-conference/fighting-the-spin-the-truth-about-child-abuse-cases/

The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2010-conference/the-move-from-blame-the-victim-to-blame-the-helper/

Ritual Abuse, the trenches of the stopping child abuse movement by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2009-conference/ritual-abuse-the-trenches-of-the-stopping-child-abuse-movement/

Debating The Non-Believers – Getting equal time for Survivors’ Views by Neil Brick  https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf08/debating-the-non-believers/

Stopping Ritual Abuse – What can we do today by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf07/stopping-ritual-abuse-what-can-we-do-today/

The 12-step Healing Process and Survivor Advocacy by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf06/the-12-step-healing-process-and-survivor-advocacy/

How healing from ritual abuse and mind control works by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf05/how-healing-from-ritual-abuse-and-mind-control-works/

How can we advocate for survivors of ritual abuse by example and advocacy? by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf04/how-can-we-advocate-for-survivors-of-ritual-abuse-by-example-and-advocacy/

Stopping Mind Control and Healing by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf03/stopping-mind-control-and-healing/

My healing and helping others by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf2002/my-healing-and-helping-others/

My Most Recent Memories and My Personal Growth by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf2001/my-most-recent-memories-and-my-personal-growth/

Trigger management and conference safety presentation by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/conf1999/trigger-management-and-conference-safety-presentation/

Other papers, articles and transcripts written by Neil Brick

Evolving as a Movement – Taking a Step Forward
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/evolving-as-a-movement-taking-a-step-forward/

How Childhood Sexual Abuse Affects Interpersonal Relationships by Neil Brick  https://ritualabuse.us/research/sexual-abuse/how-childhood-sexual-abuse-affects-interpersonal-relationships/

The Etymological Antecedents of and Scientific Evidence for the Existence of Dissociative Identity Disorder by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/research/did/the-etymological-antecedents-of-and-scientific-evidence-for-the-existence-of-dissociative-identity-disorder/

The Neurological Basis for the Theory of Recovered Memory by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/the-neurological-basis-for-the-theory-of-recovered-memory/

The Alleged Ethical Violations of Elizabeth Loftus in the Case of Jane Doe by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/the-alleged-ethical-violations-of-elizabeth-loftus-in-the-case-of-jane-doe/

Propaganda & Mind Control by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/mindcontrol/

Ritual Abuse and Its Political Implications by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/ritual-abuse-and-its-political-implications/

Solidarity in the fight against Ritual Abuse and Torture by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/solidarity-in-the-fight-against-ritual-abuse-and-torture/

Advocacy and Saving Lives by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/advocacy-and-saving-lives/

Ritual Abuse/Mind Control Presentation by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/ritual-abusemind-control-presentation/

Data proving the existence of recovered memory, ritual abuse, mk-ultra and information on the backlash by Neil Brick
https://ritualabuse.us/research/data-proving-the-existence-of-recovered-memory-ritual-abuse-mk-ultra-and-information-on-the-backlash/

How Cues and Programming Work in Mind Control and Propaganda by Neil Brick https://ritualabuse.us/mindcontrol/how-cues-and-programming-work-in-mind-control-and-propaganda/

Video on youtube –
Proof ritual abuse and Satanic ritual abuse exists by Neil Brick http://www.youtube.com/user/stopritualabuse

Information on harassment of Neil Brick and SMART

Neil Brick’s responses to recent attacks and harassment by false memory proponents.
 
Exposing Doug Mesner/Lucien Greaves – co-founder of the Satanic Temple and Grey Faction presenter
http://neilbrick.com/articles/exposing-doug-mesnerlucien-greaves-co-founder-of-the-satanic-temple-and-grey-faction-presenter/
 
Reply to the Grey Faction’s Petition to Revoke the License of Neil Brick
http://neilbrick.com/articles/reply-to-the-grey-factions-petition-to-revoke-the-license-of-neil-brick/

Reply to the Satanic Temple’s Grey Faction online guest post
http://neilbrick.com/articles/reply-to-the-satanic-temples-grey-faction-online-guest-post/

Rebuttal to the Grey Faction Lucien Greaves presentation about SMART and additional Grey Faction information about Neil Brick  https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/rebuttal-to-the-grey-faction-lucien-greaves-presentation-about-smart-and-additional-grey-faction-information-about-neil-brick/

Douglas Misicko alias Douglas Mesner update 7 – Radio Interview Rebuttal
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-7-radio-interview-rebuttal/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-6-examiner-com-article/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-5/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-4/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-3/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update-2/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner-update/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/douglas-misicko-alias-douglas-mesner/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/harassment-by-false-memory-proponents/
https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/rebuttal-to-the-report-from-the-smart-2009-conference/


Trump and Fascism
This page is a data dump of articles about Donald Trump, those working with Trump and historical articles about fascism. Fascism uses different types of mind control to control people. Donald Trump has been accused of using propaganda and mind control techniques to win the election, to control people’s opinions of him and to control their opinions of other topics. This page contains excerpts from articles related to this topic. http://neilbrick.com/articles/trump-and-fascism/


Neil Brick, NeilBrick, #Neil_Brick, #NeilBrick, neilbrick.com


NBrick, NeilB, #SMART  #S.M.A.R.T

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Survivorship Journal Winter 2018, Ritual Abuse Evidence, Recovered Memory Proof

https://survivorship.org/notes-and-journal/

Journal
 

2018 Winter Journal 

Table of Contents


Propaganda and Mind Control, part 2                 Neil Brick
   
The Strong and the Brave Ones                          Alison Miller
   
Professional Ethics and Respect for Survivors Randy Noblitt
   
Portraits of my Heart, and Portraits of my
Solar Plexus, collages                                          Wendy Hoffman

A Poem                                                                  Wendy Hoffman


Ritual Abuse Evidence | Survivorship.Org
https://survivorship.org/ritual-abuse-evidence/

Child Abuse Wiki - Ritual Abuse
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Ritual_Abuse
Ritual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journal articles, web pages and criminal convictions of crimes against children and adults.

Proof That Ritual Abuse Exists
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/

Empirical and Forensic Evidence of Ritual Abuse
by James Randall Noblitt and Pamela Perskin Noblitt (2014) http://endritualabuse.org/evidence/evidence-of-ritual-abuse

Large List of Ritual Abuse and Satanic Ritual Abuse References
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/studies/satanic-ritual-abuse-evidence-with-information-on-the-mcmartin-preschool-case/

Child Abuse Wiki – Recovered Memories
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Recovered_Memories 
There is very strong scientific evidence that recovered memories exist. This has been shown in many scientific studies. The content of recovered memories have fairly high corroboration rates.

The Dark Tunnels of McMartin – Dr. Roland C. Summit
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/the-dark-tunnels-of-mcmartin-dr-roland-c-summit-journal-of-psychohistory/

The McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Cover-up
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/mcmartin-preschool-case-what-really-happened-and-the-coverup/

Denying Ritual Abuse of Children – Catherine Gould The Journal of Psychohistory 22 (3) 1995
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/denying-ritual-abuse-of-children-catherine-gould/

Believe the children (1997). “Conviction List: Ritual Child Abuse”.
http://ra-info.org/faqs/ra-convictions/

2008 Publications on Ritual Abuse and Mind Control
http://endritualabuse.org/evidence/publications-on-ritual-abuse-and-mind-control-in-2008/

Lacter, E (2008-02-11). “Brief Synopsis of the Literature on the Existence of Ritualistic Abuse”.
http://endritualabuse.org/evidence/brief-synopsis-of-the-literature-on-the-existence-of-ritualistic-abuse/

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades


- . A longtime Democratic donor, he hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in his Manhattan home last year. He employed Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, as an intern this year

- At Fox News, where the conservative icons Roger E. Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were accused of harassment, women have received payouts well into the millions of dollars. But most of the women involved in the Weinstein agreements collected between roughly $80,000 and $150,000, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

- It’s likely that women have recently felt increasingly emboldened to talk about their experiences because of the way the world has changed regarding issues of sex and power. These disclosures follow in the wake of stories alleging sexual misconduct by public figures, including Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, and Donald Trump. In October, 2016, a month before the election, a tape emerged of Trump telling a celebrity-news reporter, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. . . . Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” This past April, O’Reilly, a host at Fox News, was forced to resign after Fox was discovered to have paid five women millions of dollars in exchange for silence about their accusations of sexual harassment. Ailes, the former head of Fox News, resigned last July, after he was accused of sexual harassment. Cosby went on trial this summer, charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The trial ended with a hung jury....

- Many expressed guilt and regret about not having said or done more. They spoke about what they believed to be a culture of silence about sexual assault inside Miramax and the Weinstein Company and across the entertainment industry more broadly.

- Top Actresses Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades
By JODI KANTOR and MEGAN TWOHEY OCT. 5, 2017

Update: The Weinstein Company’s board has fired Harvey Weinstein after reports of sexual harassment complaints against him....

“There is a toxic environment for women at this company,” Ms. O’Connor said in the letter, addressed to several executives at the company run by Mr. Weinstein.

An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.

In a statement to The Times on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Weinstein said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

He added that he was working with therapists and planning to take a leave of absence to “deal with this issue head on.”....

Though Ms. O’Connor had been writing only about a two-year period, her memo echoed other women’s complaints. Mr. Weinstein required her to have casting discussions with aspiring actresses after they had private appointments in his hotel room, she said, her description matching those of other former employees. She suspected that she and other female Weinstein employees, she wrote, were being used to facilitate liaisons with “vulnerable women who hope he will get them work.”

The allegations piled up even as Mr. Weinstein helped define popular culture. He has collected six best-picture Oscars and turned out a number of touchstones, from the films “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting” to the television show “Project Runway.” In public, he presents himself as a liberal lion, a champion of women and a winner of not just artistic but humanitarian awards....

In 2015, the year Ms. O’Connor wrote her memo, his company distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about campus sexual assault. A longtime Democratic donor, he hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in his Manhattan home last year. He employed Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, as an intern this year, and recently helped endow a faculty chair at Rutgers University in Gloria Steinem’s name. During the Sundance Film Festival in January, when Park City, Utah, held its version of nationwide women’s marches, Mr. Weinstein joined the parade....

Dozens of Mr. Weinstein’s former and current employees, from assistants to top executives, said they knew of inappropriate conduct while they worked for him. Only a handful said they ever confronted him.

Mr. Weinstein enforced a code of silence; employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation,” a recent document shows. And most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.

Charles Harder, a lawyer representing Mr. Weinstein, said it was not unusual to enter into settlements to avoid lengthy and costly litigation. He added, “It’s not evidence of anything.”....

    I am a professional and have tried to be professional. I am not treated that way however. I am sexualized and diminished.
    — From Lauren O’Connor‘s memo

At Fox News, where the conservative icons Roger E. Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were accused of harassment, women have received payouts well into the millions of dollars. But most of the women involved in the Weinstein agreements collected between roughly $80,000 and $150,000, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

In the wake of Ms. O’Connor’s 2015 memo, some Weinstein Company board members and executives, including Mr. Weinstein’s brother and longtime partner, Bob, 62, were alarmed about the allegations, according to several people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In the end, though, board members were assured there was no need to investigate. After reaching a settlement with Mr. Weinstein, Ms. O’Connor withdrew her complaint and thanked him for the career opportunity he had given her....

In interviews, eight women described varying behavior by Mr. Weinstein: appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself. The women, typically in their early or middle 20s and hoping to get a toehold in the film industry, said he could switch course quickly — meetings and clipboards one moment, intimate comments the next....

Most women who told The Times that they experienced misconduct by Mr. Weinstein had never met one another. They range in age from early 20s to late 40s and live in different cities. Some said they did not report the behavior because there were no witnesses and they feared retaliation by Mr. Weinstein. Others said they felt embarrassed. But most confided in co-workers....
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories
Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.
By Ronan Farrow  October 10, 2017

In the course of a ten-month investigation, thirteen women interviewed said that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them....

Since the establishment of the first studios a century ago, there have been few movie executives as dominant, or as domineering, as Harvey Weinstein. As the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company, he helped to reinvent the model for independent films, with movies such as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The King’s Speech.” Beyond Hollywood, he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations, and, at the annual awards ceremonies, he has been thanked more than almost anyone else in movie history, just after Steven Spielberg and right before God.

For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few people were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now—Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old; some of them are older—has never come out.”

Last week, the New York Times, in a powerful report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein, a story that led to the resignation of four members of his company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing from the company....

Three women—among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.” Four of the women I interviewed cited encounters in which Weinstein exposed himself or masturbated in front of them....

Other employees described what was, in essence, a culture of complicity at Weinstein’s places of business, with numerous people throughout the companies fully aware of his behavior but either abetting it or looking the other way. Some employees said that they were enlisted in subterfuge to make the victims feel safe. A female executive with the company described how Weinstein assistants and others served as a “honeypot”—they would initially join a meeting, but then Weinstein would dismiss them, leaving him alone with the woman....

It’s likely that women have recently felt increasingly emboldened to talk about their experiences because of the way the world has changed regarding issues of sex and power. These disclosures follow in the wake of stories alleging sexual misconduct by public figures, including Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, and Donald Trump. In October, 2016, a month before the election, a tape emerged of Trump telling a celebrity-news reporter, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. . . . Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” This past April, O’Reilly, a host at Fox News, was forced to resign after Fox was discovered to have paid five women millions of dollars in exchange for silence about their accusations of sexual harassment. Ailes, the former head of Fox News, resigned last July, after he was accused of sexual harassment. Cosby went on trial this summer, charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The trial ended with a hung jury....

None of the former executives or assistants I spoke to quit because of the misconduct, but many expressed guilt and regret about not having said or done more. They spoke about what they believed to be a culture of silence about sexual assault inside Miramax and the Weinstein Company and across the entertainment industry more broadly.....

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories 


Top Actresses Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment
By JACEY FORTIN OCT. 10, 2017

Days after a series of sexual harassment allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein were made public in a report in The New York Times on Thursday, women are still coming forward to tell their stories.

Many of the allegations are remarkably similar. Actresses and other employees in Mr. Weinstein’s orbit described being invited to a hotel room, finding the producer in a bathrobe and being urged to exchange massages, have sex or watch him masturbate.

The New Yorker published a report on Tuesday detailing allegations of sexual assault, including rape. In total, more than 20 women have now reportedly accused Mr. Weinstein of assault or harassment. Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex.

Many of the reported encounters occurred in the 1990s and involved women in their 20s who were just beginning to make names for themselves. Their stories share a common thread: fear that reporting the inappropriate behavior of a titan of the film industry could backfire and destroy their career and reputation....
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/harvey-weinstein-accusations.html


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Former UK prime minister Edward Heath child sex and ritual abuse allegations, Roman Polanski under investigation over new rape allegations



Late UK prime minister would have faced child sex abuse questioning

By Sarah Ward, SWNS
October 5, 2017
Former UK prime minister Sir Edward Heath would have been quizzed by police over child sex allegations including the rape of an 11-year-old “rent boy,” an investigation revealed Thursday.

Wiltshire Police said the former MP – who allegedly took part in Satanic sex – would have been questioned under caution over five alleged attacks on children and two on adults.

The disturbing allegations – described as “chance” or “paid for sexual encounters” – span the 60s, 70s and 90s and took place in London, Kent, Sussex, Guernsey and Jersey.

Two of the alleged assaults took place in Wiltshire – where Heath had a mansion – including a “chance” attack on a 12, 13 or 14-year-old boy in private gardens.

In the most disturbing allegation, Heath allegedly raped an 11-year-old boy he paid to abuse in a home in London in 1961, while he was a cabinet member.

Some of the alleged assaults took place in public places or buildings – and one alleged attack on a boy took place in the company of another man. Another alleged attack on a 15-year-old boy in a public building in Guernsey took place while he was the leader of the Conservatives.

During the course of the investigation, six victims told police Heath was involved in Satanic or ritual abuse.

Investigators defined it as “offenses committed using symbols, ceremonies or group activities that appeared to have a religious or supernatural meaning” – but said they found no evidence.

The seven total alleged attacks were reported to police between April 2015 and June 2016 – and were among 42 allegations of sex assaults made to police.

The findings were revealed Thursday by Wiltshire Police following a controversial two-year $1.9 million investigation....

Some 42 alleged victims reported abuse involving Heath – 26 named individuals, ten reports by a third party, three anonymous reports and three who later realized they were “genuinely mistaken.”

None of the seven allegations, which Heath would have been interviewed about, occurred while he was PM.

Among the 42 allegations was one from a rent boy working in a Salisbury brothel who claimed he was abused by the politician and three male sex workers.

Six victims claimed Heath was involved in Satanic or ritual abuse, but two died before Operation Conifer began.

“Following the investigation, no further corroborative evidence was found to support the disclosures that Heath was involved in ritual abuse,” the report said.

Allegations were also made that Heath was involved in murdering children aboard his yachts, but no evidence was discovered to suggest this happened, the report said.

Three victims made allegations of organized pedophile activity within military settings and two accused Heath of committing abuses in Wiltshire.

Police case papers from 1989 relating to a criminal investigation into two of the victims’ parents mentioned allegations made about Heath, the report said....

Sir Edward’s friends have previously accused police of a witch hunt.

They insisted he could not have carried such crimes because he could not drive, was under 24-hour police guard and was asexual.

But the report revealed he owned two cars, was not watched around the clock and did have sexual relationships....

They will now be passed to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse.
http://nypost.com/2017/10/05/late-uk-prime-minister-would-have-faced-child-sex-abuse-questioning/ 

Roman Polanski under investigation by Swiss police over new rape allegations

A woman named Renate Langer interviewed by police says the film-maker raped her in the town of Gstaad when she was 15, in 1972

Agence France-Presse in Geneva

Tuesday 3 October 2017
Swiss police are investigating new rape allegations against Roman Polanski made by a woman who said the film-maker assaulted her in the town of Gstaad in 1972.

St Gallen’s police communications chief, Hanspeter Krüsi, confirmed the details of the allegations, first reported by the New York Times.

Krüsi told AFP that police interviewed Renate Langer on 26 September concerning accusations that Polanski raped her in Gstaad when she was 15.

Polanski in 1977 pleaded guilty in the United States to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer – aged 13 at the time – but fled the country before he could be sentenced. He remains a fugitive from the US justice system.

Langer is a 61-year-old former actress who was born in Munich, according to multiple media reports.

She is the fourth woman to publicly accuse Polanski of sexual assault.

In August, a woman identified only as Robin told a news conference in Los Angeles she was “sexually victimised” by the French-Polish film director when she was 16, in 1973....
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/03/roman-polanski-under-investigation-by-swiss-police-over-new-allegations   

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Attacks on the credibility of abuse survivors are not justified by research, Flawed Theories to Explain Child Physical Abuse

Attacks on the credibility of abuse survivors are not justified by research, Flawed Theories to Explain Child Physical Abuse

- Attacks on the credibility of abuse survivors are not justified by research
- Courtroom Antics Cast Doubt on Child Abuse Findings
- Flawed Theories to Explain Child Physical Abuse
What Are the Medical-Legal Consequences?

"Physicians, researchers, academic medical centers, journalists, and legal scholars have a responsibility to repudiate scientifically unsupported theories that falsely purport to explain child abuse and abusive head trauma."

"In fact, scientific studies find that children are far less suggestible than we have been led to believe. Brain imaging studies have identified the neurological mechanisms involved in the process of forgetting and then recalling sexual abuse as an adult.  Delayed disclosure and amnesia are now understood as normal coping mechanisms in response to abuse."

Attacks on the credibility of abuse survivors are not justified by research
New science of trauma and memory has shown that the assertions of ‘false memory’ advocates are exaggerated

Michael Salter  Sunday 1 October 2017
For a quarter of a century, the concept of “false memories” has provided a scientific fig leaf for sceptics of child sexual abuse allegations.

The “false memory” argument is deceptively simple: children and adults are prone to invent false memories of child sexual abuse that never occurred, particularly if encouraged by a therapist or some other authority figure.

So-called “recovered memories”, in which adults recall sexual abuse in childhood after a period of amnesia, have been a particular focus of disbelief.

Abuse inquiry reforms would put more paedophiles in jail, experts say

In fact, scientific studies find that children are far less suggestible than we have been led to believe. Brain imaging studies have identified the neurological mechanisms involved in the process of forgetting and then recalling sexual abuse as an adult.

Delayed disclosure and amnesia are now understood as normal coping mechanisms in response to abuse....

However, the new science of trauma and memory has shown that the assertions of “false memory” advocates were exaggerated.

Overwhelming experiences of abuse are encoded differently in the brain than other memories, and can produce amnesia and forgetting. My research has found that many perpetrators of severe abuse deliberately traumatise children in order to take advantage of this mechanism and prevent victims from disclosing.

It is vital that abused children and adults receive therapeutic support to address the psychological changes caused by sexual abuse, and their testimony should be taken seriously by law enforcement and the criminal courts.

Nonetheless, the imperative to deny and suppress these allegations is as strong as ever. Sexual abuse is a crime of the status quo. Offenders get away with abuse because they are camouflaged within their legitimate roles (as parents, relatives, friends, clergy, teachers and so on) in the lives of children.

As a result, allegations of sexual abuse are always a challenge to authority, revealing the weaknesses and failings of treasured social institutions.

In response, many are driven to reject the allegations outright, rather than examine the uncomfortable truths they reveal. For instance, church representatives have accused journalists of pursuing clergy abuse as part of a secular attack on Christianity....

In this light, attacks on the credibility of abuse survivors and advocates, and on the findings of the royal commission, need to be placed in political context. Despite their appeals to scientific expertise, such attacks are not justified by research on sexual abuse and traumatic memory; far from it.

The royal commission has revealed the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in child-focused institutions. Recent prosecutions, and the brave testimony of survivors such as Cathy Kezelman, highlights how family dynamics are manipulated by perpetrators of incest, to the point where non-abused siblings may be entirely unaware of the plight of the victim and groomed to disbelieve them if they disclose....
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/02/attacks-on-the-credibility-of-abuse-survivors-are-not-justified-by-research



Courtroom Antics Cast Doubt on Child Abuse Findings
Ingrid Hein  October 02, 2017
Flawed theories are being used in the courtroom to make the science that supports a diagnosis of physical child abuse look debatable, when, in fact, "there is no significant controversy about the diagnosis of physical abuse and abusive head trauma in clinical medicine," according to an opinion piece published online recently in JAMA.

"When defense witnesses have decided to cite opinions that are not real diagnoses, or when they cherry pick information by looking at half a child's findings and ignoring the other half, it's upsetting," said John Leventhal, MD, from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, who cowrote the piece with George Edwards, MD, from the University of Texas in Austin.

"This is not how physicians work," Dr Leventhal told Medscape Medical News. "We try to understand symptoms, look at physical findings, do laboratory tests, and come up with a specific scientific diagnosis."

"The defense experts are seeing things that are not present on the x-rays. They are seeing things that aren't there," he said. "That's not good medicine."....

Dr Metz and his team use a multitiered approach to gather facts, which includes consulting with radiology, looking at lab work, examining the patient, and taking a history from family members....

Vigorous testing is the only way to rule out abuse or mimics and, in the current climate of controversy, child abuse specialists have become more cautious.

"We have doctors testing for things even when they are certain it's abuse, just because they want to be sure the testing has been done in case it gets to court," Dr Metz explained.

Improvements in radiology, genetic testing, and laboratory tests have made it easier to identify signs that a child might be suffering from a disease that causes bruising, fractures, or other physical injuries that present as abuse, said Cindy Christian, MD, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia....

"Sometimes injuries are not easily diagnosed," she told Medscape Medical News. And "sometimes diseases look like an injury."....

"I've seen radiologists and other physicians who think something is child abuse when it's a disease, and I've seen cases where they think it's a disease and its child abuse," Dr Christian reported....

The systemic review questioning shaken baby syndrome "raises major medical concern," and "may already have disrupted efforts to protect vulnerable children," write Dawn Saunders, MD, from the Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust for Children, Institute of Child Health, in London, and her colleagues (Pediatr Radiol. 2017;47:1386-1389)....

Dr Metz compared the deliberation over shaken baby syndrome with the one on climate change.

"A large majority of the scientific community has an overwhelming opinion about the science, while a very few loud people object, raising doubts in people's minds," he explained.

It is helpful to have a debate that pushes science and looks at where science falls short, "but when the science is irrefutable, or well documented, the debate does it an injustice," he said....

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2017 National Conference and Exhibition: H2115 Section on Child Abuse and Neglect Program. Presented September 17, 2017.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/886422



Flawed Theories to Explain Child Physical Abuse
What Are the Medical-Legal Consequences?

John M. Leventhal, MD1; George A. Edwards, MD2
Author Affiliations Article Information
JAMA. Published online September 18, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11703

....Proponents of these flawed theories argue that alternative diagnoses can look just like physical child abuse. They argue that if an alternative diagnosis is possible then it is not possible to conclude that abuse occurred. If it is not possible to conclude that abuse occurred, then no crime has been committed and there is no need to provide child protection. Some have even suggested that the shaken baby syndrome does not exist, despite documented admissions of shaking by perpetrators of abusive head trauma whose victims died or sustained serious neurological injuries.4

Some of these proponents of flawed theories have written articles about abuse or abusive head trauma; however, these articles have included unproven hypotheses, case reports with omitted facts and misrepresentations, descriptions of conditions that are fallacious, and commentaries or letters without supporting evidence.2,3 Such publications have then been cited or used in court to assert that there is no evidence base to support the diagnoses of abuse and abusive head trauma.

....Physicians who care for injured children must continue to use a scientific approach and careful clinical judgment in diagnosing abuse because it is critically important to get the diagnosis right. The same scientific approach and careful clinical judgment should be used by those who have advanced scientifically unsupported explanations of the findings of abuse. Denying that abusive head trauma occurs, quoting publications that describe flawed theories as if they are scientifically supported, and using fabricated diagnoses are actions that have no place in science or medicine. Furthermore, these flawed theories have no place in law or journalism. Advocacy of theories based on misrepresentation, omission, or both makes a mockery of scientific reasoning and does a disservice to children, families, and justice.

Physicians, researchers, academic medical centers, journalists, and legal scholars have a responsibility to repudiate scientifically unsupported theories that falsely purport to explain child abuse and abusive head trauma.
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2654400


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sexual Abuse: Truth About the Duggars' Ministry, Time bar on child abuse payouts lifted - Scotland

Sexual Abuse, Shame, Pseudo-Science: The Horrifying Truth About the Duggars' Ministry
Oct 3, 2017  By Tiffany White

Everyone knows that the Duggars are extremely religious, but the strict rules that they follow don't exactly align with mainstream Christianity — instead, they're followers of teachings from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a non-denominational religious organization. All the kids in the Duggar household (and the Bates) are homeschooled using the ATI curriculum created by IBLP. And sure, you're probably staring at the screen right now thinking, "That's a lot of acronyms. What do they have to do with anything?", but both IBLP and ATI are controversial for many reasons. Its founder, Bill Gothard, was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting more than 30 women back in 2014. And many former members who grew up affiliated with IBLP, much like the Duggars, have spoken out against the organization, accusing it of silencing sexual abuse victims, brainwashing, and, well, being cult-like....

...former members who have since denounced ATI have spoken out about the teachings being weird, archaic, and illogical. According to Gawker, who managed to scan and upload pages out of an ATI workbook, the program teaches such asinine things as "semen causes cancer." According to ATI, God uses cancer and other illnesses as curses on people who don't follow his word, particularly when it comes to casual or premarital sex. However, once a woman has a husband, she's magically "immune" from such diseases.

...Possibly the most upsetting thing about IBLP is how it counsels those who've been sexually abused. According to an actual page from an ATI handout, the institute advises counselors to ask victims, "Why did God let [the abuse] happen?" Some examples of answers to this question are "immodest dress," "indecent exposure," and "being evil with friends." The handout goes on to advise victims to be fortunate of their abuse because they are now more "spiritually powerful." The handout states, "If you had to choose...no physical abuse or more mighty in spirit, which would you choose?"

....But probably the darkest thing about ATI is its founder, Bill. In 2014, Bill was put on administrative leave after several female employees came forward and accused the founder of alleged sexual harassment. No criminal charges were filed. To date, 34 women and two men have accused him of alleged sexual harassment. Although he hasn't been charged, several women have come forward to describe their experiences with Bill. A woman named "Leigh" (her name was changed to protect her identity) revealed in 2015 that, while working for Bill, she was forced to work grueling long hours without pay, while Bill would behave inappropriately with her, like "holding hands, playing footsies, stroking the hair and that type of unwanted physical affection.” Keep in mind, Bill was a man in his 70s and the woman quoted in the article was in her early 20s. She later went on to say that she and Bill visited the Duggars in 2006 and were "holding hands" in full view of the reality TV family who, according to her, said nothing.

According to the lawsuit filed by victims in 2014, Bill would also "select girls based on how they looked and tell them that it was God’s will for them to come work for him."

Bill and IBLP still have close ties to the Duggars. Despite all the allegations of sexual harassment running amok around Bill, that didn't stop the Duggars from throwing their support behind him. In 2012, when Anna Duggar’s sister Priscilla married David Waller, the ATI administrator, Bill was a wedding guest and even gave a 10-minute speech there. The whole thing was filmed for 19 Kids and Counting, but producers conveniently cut him out of the episode. As recently as this year, the Duggars were still attending and making speeches at ATI conferences. The family still hasn't spoken out about Bill's alleged abuses, nor have they responded to any critcs of the organization they're so closely tied to....
http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/duggar-ati-143260


Time bar on child abuse payouts lifted
Scotland  10-3-17
A long-standing time bar which prevented victims of childhood abuse seeking civil legal action has been lifted.

Survivors of abuse which happened after 1964 previously only had a three-year window to pursue damages.

New laws coming into force have now changed that.

Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing said the time bar was "against the interests of justice for those who'd survived abuse".

The three-year limit has been removed by the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill.

The bill was unanimously approved, by a margin of 115 to zero, when MSPs voted in the Scottish Parliament in June.

It allows the time bar to be lifted so long as the victim was a child under the age of 18 when they suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse....
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41485863

Monday, October 2, 2017

How Tom Petty Overcame an Abusive Childhood, Heartbreaking Divorce and Heroin Addiction to Find True Love

How Tom Petty Overcame an Abusive Childhood, Heartbreaking Divorce and Heroin Addiction to Find True Love
By Melody Chiu  October 2, 2017

....HIS DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD
Raised in Gainesville, Florida, Petty opened up about suffering abuse at the hands of his father in Petty: The Biography, written by his friend and fellow rocker Warren Zanes.
“When my father got home…he came in, took a belt and beat the living s— out of me. He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. I mean, you can’t imagine someone hitting a child like that. My mother and grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body.”
....Before he found fame, Petty married his longtime friend Jane Benyo in 1974. The duo’s 22-year marriage was filled with drama that stemmed from mental illness, drug use and the singer’s booming career.

Five years before they divorced, Petty told Rolling Stone he was still “very much in love” with Benyo. “There were times when we definitely were not getting along, when we fought like f—ing Apaches, you know. I’m lucky they still let me live in this neighborhood,” he told the outlet.
However, the couple could not work through their issues and split for good in 1996. “I was used to living in hell. My parents’ marriage was hell. I lived through being terribly abused as a kid, and then I found myself in an abusive marriage,” he recalled to Zanes.

HIS DESCENT INTO HEROIN ADDICTION

After Petty and Benyo divorced, the star reconnected with his future wife Dana York, whom he had met years earlier at a concert.

Though the couple fell in love, Petty was struggling with a secret heroin addiction....
“Using heroin went against my grain. I didn’t want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn’t work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn’t work. It’s an ugly f—ing thing.”....
http://people.com/music/tom-petty-cardiac-arrest-inside-his-difficult-life/



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Anthony Weiner gets 21 months in prison in sexting case

Anthony Weiner gets 21 months in prison in sexting case                                   
By Ellie Kaufman and Jean Casarez, CNN
Mon September 25, 2017
New York (CNN) Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a minor.
In addition to the prison term, Weiner also was sentenced to three years of supervised release....

Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's former adviser, cried when the sentence was handed down....

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 21 to 27 months in jail, arguing Weiner's pattern of behavior "suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control warranting a meaningful incarceratory sentence." Defense attorneys asked that Weiner receive probation....

Weiner's probation terms require him to register as a sex offender. He must also participate in an outpatient sexual offender treatment that will be approved by the probation department.

The 15-year-old girl initially contacted Weiner through a direct message on Twitter in January 2016. Weiner and the girl continued to communicate on social media sites, including Facebook Messenger, Skype, Kik, Confide and Snapchat. The last three messaging applications delete images and messages after users view them.

Weiner asked the teen to "engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him," prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum. Weiner was fully aware of the girl's age when they were communicating, prosecutors said....

He resigned from Congress after a lewd picture appeared on his Twitter page in June 2011. At first, he claimed his account had been hacked but later revealed that he had lied. Sexually charged, sometimes explicit, texts with women also emerged around this time.

Weiner insisted his marriage with Abedin was intact. She gave birth to a son, the couple's only child, six months later.
In 2013, Weiner sought to revive his political career by running for mayor of New York. Two months after he announced his candidacy, screenshots surfaced of sexual conversations that Weiner had with a woman the previous year....

During the 2016 campaign, it was revealed that emails from Hillary Clinton containing classified information were forwarded by Abedin to a computer used by Weiner. A decision by former FBI Director James Comey to alert Congress just days before the election about his agency's investigation into messages potentially related to Clinton's personal server has been cited by Clinton as a key reason she lost the presidential race. Investigators ultimately determined the emails were mostly ones they had previously seen and Clinton was ultimately cleared by the FBI two days before the election.....
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/politics/anthony-weiner-sentencing/index.html 

Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison
By Matt Zapotosky September 25

Disgraced former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner, whose exchange of illicit messages with a teenager wound up playing a role in the 2016 presidential election, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, authorities said.

The penalty marks a stunning downfall for the New York Democrat whose propensity for sending lewd photos to women repeatedly derailed his career in politics, and — in a roundabout way — might also have affected Hillary Clinton’s bid to become president.

It was federal authorities’ investigation of Weiner that led them to emails of his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and the discovery of those emails ultimately caused the FBI, as the election campaign drew to a close, to reopen the probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server....

Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, stemming from interactions he had with a 15-year-old who later described the exchanges and released images to the Daily Mail....

Prosecutors said Weiner knew that the girl was a minor and nonetheless asked her to engage in explicit conduct, which is a crime. They asked for a sentence between 21 and 27 months, arguing that Weiner’s misdeeds were “serious and his demonstrated need for deterrence is real.”

“The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cellphone screen with a faceless stranger,” prosecutors wrote in sentencing papers. “With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, the defendant asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him.”....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/anthony-weiner-sentenced-to-21-months-in-federal-prison/2017/09/25/ad4165f4-a1f4-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html


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Monday, September 25, 2017

Child abuse affects brain wiring

Child abuse affects brain wiring       
September 25, 2017 by Katherine Gombay

Researchers from the McGill Group for Suicide Studies, based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University's Department of Psychiatry, have just published research in the American Journal of Psychiatry that suggests that the long-lasting effects of traumatic childhood experiences, like severe abuse, may be due to an impaired structure and functioning of cells in the anterior cingulate cortex. This is a part of the brain which plays an important role in the regulation of emotions and mood.

The researchers believe that these changes may contribute to the emergence of depressive disorders and suicidal behaviour....

Impaired neural connectivity may affect the regulation of emotions

The researchers discovered that the thickness of the myelin coating of a significant proportion of the nerve fibres was reduced ONLY in the brains of those who had suffered from child abuse. They also found underlying molecular alterations that selectively affect the cells that are responsible for myelin generation and maintenance. Finally, they found increases in the diameters of some of the largest axons among only this group and they speculate that together, these changes may alter functional coupling between the cingulate cortex and subcortical structures such as the amygdala and nucleus accumbens (areas of the brain linked respectively to emotional regulation and to reward and satisfaction) and contribute to altered emotional processing in people who have been abused during childhood.

The researchers conclude that adversity in early life may lastingly disrupt a range of neural functions in the anterior cingulate cortex....

More information: Pierre-Eric Lutz et al, Association of a History of Child Abuse With Impaired Myelination in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex: Convergent Epigenetic, Transcriptional, and Morphological Evidence, American Journal of Psychiatry (2017).
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16111286
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-09-child-abuse-affects-brain-wiring.html

Association of a History of Child Abuse With Impaired Myelination in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex: Convergent Epigenetic, Transcriptional, and Morphological Evidence
Published online: July 28, 2017

Objective:
Child abuse has devastating and long-lasting consequences, considerably increasing the lifetime risk of negative mental health outcomes such as depression and suicide. Yet the neurobiological processes underlying this heightened vulnerability remain poorly understood. The authors investigated the hypothesis that epigenetic, transcriptomic, and cellular adaptations may occur in the anterior cingulate cortex as a function of child abuse....

Results:
A history of child abuse was associated with cell type–specific changes in DNA methylation of oligodendrocyte genes and a global impairment of the myelin-related transcriptional program. These effects were absent in the depressed suicide completers with no history of child abuse, and they were strongly correlated with myelin gene expression changes observed in the animal model. Furthermore, a selective and significant reduction in the thickness of myelin sheaths around small-diameter axons was observed in individuals with history of child abuse.

Conclusions:
The results suggest that child abuse, in part through epigenetic reprogramming of oligodendrocytes, may lastingly disrupt cortical myelination, a fundamental feature of cerebral connectivity.
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16111286

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

United Nation of Islam 'trafficked woman for a decade, Victim of Asian grooming gang, Student raped, killed 8-year-old girl for ritual


- Muslim cult 'trafficked woman for a decade, starting when she was 11, forcing her to work for free and subjecting her to emotional abuse'
- I was raped by THOUSANDS of men from the age of just 14, says victim of Asian grooming gang
- Uniport finally speaks on identity of student who raped, killed 8-year-old girl for ritual

Muslim cult 'trafficked woman for a decade, starting when she was 11, forcing her to work for free and subjecting her to emotional abuse'

    Kendra Ross, 26, was a member of the United Nation of Islam (UNOI) from the age of 11 to 21
    During that time, she says that the group forced her to work in UNOI restaurants without pay
    After working full shifts, she was then expected to do all of the cooking and cleaning in the UNOI homes she lived in
    She finally escaped the cult in 2012, and is now suing the group, now known as The Value Creators, for more than $450,000 in unpaid wages 
    Ross is also demanding more than $2 million in damages for her suffering and $5 million in punitive damages
    UNOI was founded in 1978 by Royall Jenkins, who claimed to have been abducted by 'angels' who instructed him on how to govern Earth

By Ashley Collman   19 September 2017
A  young woman who escaped a Muslim cult is now suing the group, claiming she was physically and emotionally abused and made to work without wages for the decade that she was a follower.

Kendra Ross, 26, was just 11 years old when her mother joined the United Nation of Islam (UNOI) in 2002.

For the next 10 years, Ross says that she was sent to various cities throughout the country to work at restaurants owned and operated by the group. After a full day of work, she says she was then expected to go home and do all the cooking and cleaning in the group homes where she lived with other UNOI members. She says she never received a cent for her more than 40,000 hours of labor....

UNOI was founded in 1978 by Royall Jenkins, a former member of the Nation of Islam - itself an African-American-focused off-shoot of mainstream Islam.

Jenkins claimed that he had been abducted by 'angels and/or scientists' who took him via spaceship to another galaxy where he was given instructions on how to govern Earth.

'UNOI doctrine focused primarily on the supremacy of Jenkins as God on Earth,' the lawsuit claims.

One of the fundamental teachings was that the 'black man' is superior to the 'white man' and that men are superior to women....

He set up his religion in an impoverished area of Kansas City, Kansas, growing the religion to include several businesses that his followers worked at for free. Soon, he had branches of the religion in several other cities including Newark, New Jersey; the Harlem neighborhood of New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Temple Hills, Maryland; and Mobile, Alabama.

The communities are insular, with children being educated at UNOI schools, UNOI members living in group homes and working at UNOI owned and operated businesses without pay.

'UNOI forced its members to work in various businesses it owned, including, but not limited to, restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, gas stations, a sewing factory and a construction company,' the lawsuit says.

'As detailed below, many members (including Ms. Ross) worked every day of the week with no breaks. Many members worked at UNOI bakeries, restaurants, and school for eight hour shifts during the day and were expected to do additional work (cooking, cleaning, childcare) when they returned to the home where they were staying.'

While UNOI still exists, though under a new name (The Value Creators), many of these businesses have since closed - suggesting a plummeting in membership....

When she turned 12, Ross was taken out of her mother's home and sent to live in a UNOI women's home.

During this time, she became malnourished after being put on a strict diet of rice, beans, fruit and salad. This may have had to do with the fact that female members of the church were actually required to pay a fee if they exceeded the 'ideal' weight. 

For the two years, Ross continued to work at the bakery and in the home.

At the age of 15, she was pulled out of school and never allowed to return again.

It was also at this time that Ross was first sent away to work....

She worked full time at a restaurant and then was forced to prepare food, cook and clean the house. Ross only spent about four to five months in Atlanta before she was sent back to Kansas City for not having the 'proper attitude'.

When she got back to Kansas City, she was sent to live in a new UNOI home with a few younger women, men and couples. During her time in this home, she says she was 'subjected to physical and emotional abuse by the caretaker of the home'.

Seven days a week, she would work a nine-hour shift at a UNOI diner, and then return home to 'clean, cook and serve everyone until 8:30pm or 9pm each night'....

At the age of 20, she was married to another member of the group after a 'psychic doctor'determined that they were compatible.

Once married, 'Ms Ross was forced to do all the cooking, cleaning and housework in the home she shared with her UNOI husband'. Like many UNOI husbands, hers practiced polygamy.

In 2012, after just a year of marriage, Ross finally 'gathered her courage and strength to escape from UNOI.

Since 2015, Ross has lived in a safe house to 'avoid detection by her former traffickers'.....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4899614/Muslim-cult-trafficked-woman-decade-child-labor.html 

I was raped by THOUSANDS of men from the age of just 14, says victim of Asian grooming gang

    Caitlin Spencer - not her real name - was abused by an Asian grooming gang
    The mother-of-two has written a book outlining the terrible abuse she suffered
    She had seven abortions and two miscarriages and two daughters while abused
    She claims that the gang who abused her is still at large 

By Darren Boyle  20 September 2017

A victim of an Asian sex gang who was first raped aged just 14 claims she was abused by thousands of men over a 15-year period.

The victim has written a book outlining her terrible ordeal using the name Caitlin Spencer, where she reveals she was forced to have seven abortions, two miscarriages and two children by the men.

The book, Please, Let Me Go, said Caitlin was initially dismissed by police after making a complaint as being 'a prostitute'....

Although she got the courage to complain to police no successful prosecution has ever been brought.

She said: 'These men find it OK to rape non-Muslim girls. It's a brutal cult and needs to be stopped. There are other young British girls who are still suffering today in the way I suffered at the hands of Muslim men, who should be behind bars.'

Commenting on the recent Newcastle grooming case, which did not involve her, where 17 men were convicted of grooming and raping 278 girls as young as 13, she told The Mirror: 'There is no way the gangs are that small, I can guarantee that. I would be taken to places across the country. I cannot count how many men raped me, but I believe it runs into thousands.'....

Last month, one woman and 17 men were convicted of or admitted to charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court in northeast England.

The crimes follow a pattern that has become grimly familiar from cases across Britain in the last few years. The convicted men mostly come from South Asian Muslim backgrounds. Their victims - who were plied with drugs and alcohol before being abused at parties, in taxis or in back rooms - are mostly white.

The prosecution of child-grooming gangs in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford and now Newcastle has raised uncomfortable questions. Some allege that the crimes were long ignored by authorities afraid they would be branded racist or fearful the allegations might inflame ethnic tensions....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4905000/Asian-sex-gang-victim-writes-book-detailing-ordeal.html


Uniport finally speaks on identity of student who raped, killed 8-year-old girl for ritual
August 30, 2017
By John Owen Nwachukwu

The University of Port Harcourt, Uniport, has identified a 200-level student, Ifeanyi Dike of the Department of Physics, as the suspect who abducted, raped, killed and dismembered his 8-year old niece, for ritual purposes.
Uniport made the confirmation via a statement issued on Wednesday by the school’s spokesperson, Dr. Williams Wodi, in Port Harcourt.

Dike was said to have abducted, raped, killed and dismembered the body of his 8-year-old niece, Chikamso Nmezuwuba, on Aug. 19 for ritual purposes.

Members of a vigilance group arrested the suspect in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, while he was on the way to dispose the body of Chikamso, after using other parts of her body for ritual.
http://dailypost.ng/2017/08/30/uniport-finally-speaks-identity-student-raped-killed-8-year-old-girl-ritual/