Monday, July 31, 2017
Justin Bieber's Hillsong Church: Child abuse cover-up claims and 'cult' accusations, female RAF recruit imitating sex in 'initiation ritual', ritual killings in Limpopo, Child abuse and neglect and gender inequality, Child Abuse Conference - August 11 - 13 in Connecticut, Neil Brick, Ellen Lacter and Her Research
- Inside Justin Bieber's Hillsong Church: Child abuse cover-up claims, rinsing its followers for money and facing 'cult' accusations
- Shocking pictures show a female RAF recruit being hurled around by naked servicemen imitating sex in degrading 'initiation ritual'
- Concerns over high ritual killings in Limpopo
- Child abuse and neglect linked to gender inequality
- Child Abuse Conference - August 11 - 13 in Connecticut
- Neil Brick will be speaking at S.M.A.R.T. Child and Ritual Abuse Conference - August 11 - 13, 2017
- Information on Ellen Lacter and Her Research
Shocking pictures show a female RAF recruit being hurled around by naked servicemen imitating sex in degrading 'initiation ritual'
From 2012-2017 there were 363 sex abuse claims across army, air and sea cadets
Military police launched 113 probes into rape and harassment claims last year
Rebecca Crookshank claims she was assaulted at an RAF base in the Falklands
By Amie Gordon For Mailonline 30 July 2017
....She says she later had a personnel meeting with an officer in her bedroom, who convinced her to keep quiet by offering her a flight on a Tornado F3.
....Ms Crookshank told MailOnline: 'With women now able to serve on the front line and sexual abuse claims on the rise it is clear that the military are not doing enough.
'Training which encourages equality in the work place and zero tolerance of sexual abuse, harassment and bullying needs to be addressed from basic training and beyond.
'The abhorrent behaviour I experienced in 2001 may be a long time ago to some but it has had a huge impact on my life and I will not be silenced.
'If one other human being reads my story and finds the courage to speak out about their personal experience of abuse in the military or any workplace for that matter, then together we can move closer to a change in behaviour, zero tolerance of injustice, a positive shift in the face of adversity.'
She also claimed corporals had sex with young female trainees.....
Concerns over high ritual killings in Limpopo
Koketšo Motau July 30, 2917
JOHANNESBURG - The InnerMan Institute and the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders say they are concerned about a high number of ritual killings in the province, especially of women.
The institute, together with the provincial government and the house, held a colloquium on Sunday afternoon in Polokwane as part of Mandela Month to talk to men to stop violence against women and children.
The country has been faced with high levels of violence, killings of women and children and many other social ills.
Some of the women killed in Limpopo were mutilated as part of ritual killings.....
Inside Justin Bieber's Hillsong Church: Child abuse cover-up claims, rinsing its followers for money and facing 'cult' accusations By Emmeline Saunders 27 JUL 2017
....And now it's Justin Bieber's turn to spark controversy with his reported closeness to Hillsong Church, a global strand of Christianity that looks to recruit followers with music, dancing and community care projects.
But Hillsong has also faced accusations that it acts as a cult, as well as allegedly having attempted to cover up the child abuse allegations levelled against its founder's father.
It is also accused of pushing its congregations to donate cash and of using Bible verses selectively to set its own agenda.
....Hillsong and child abuse
Brian Houston, who founded the Pentecostal Christian movement in Australia, stood down his own father, William 'Frank' Houston, as a preacher in 1999 after hearing an allegation that Frank had sexually abused a seven-year-old boy.
In a letter sent to church leaders in 2001, Brian claimed that there was no reason for the information to be spread any further afield, prompting claims of an attempted cover-up when the letter was leaked.
"Sadly there are always one or two people with their own agendas who will try and get mileage from other people's pain," Brian's missive told ministers.
Frank would go on to leave Hillsong and died of a stroke in 2004. Fresh allegations that he'd molested six other children in New Zealand in previous decades continued to dog the organisation.
An investigation by Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found none of the allegations against Frank Houston were ever reported to police.
The commission's report found Frank had sexually abused the seven-year-old boy, and had later admitted it to an assembly of church executives....
Bieber spent six weeks in 2014 living with Pastor Carl - one of the church's lead pastors who is frequently compared to a rock star thanks to his charismatic brand of teaching - and grew close to the minister's family.
According to GQ, the troubled pop star moved into Carl's home after a period of car-crash media stories and reputational crisis. While he was there the two "worked through some stuff" and Bieber cried that he "wanted to know Jesus" before begging on his knees to be baptised.
He's since attended Hillsong services and conferences - and was even suspected of cancelling the rest of his Purpose world tour in July 2017 so he could found his own branch of the church.....
It's not just Bieber who's known to follow Hillsong - his friends Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez have also been linked to the religious movement.....
Child abuse and neglect linked to gender inequality
Researchers investigate how physical abuse and neglect correlates with discrimination against women
July 27, 2017 Springer
Summary: Children growing up in societies that experience high levels of gender inequality -- irrespective of whether these are developed or developing countries -- are more likely to be maltreated. This is according to a cross-national analysis of data from 57 countries worldwide.
....Rates of discrimination against women substantially influence the levels of child physical abuse and child neglect.
The researchers found all three gender inequity indices to be significantly associated with physical abuse and two of the three to be significantly associated with neglect, after controlling for country-level development. Specifically, higher scores indicating greater levels of discrimination against women on the SIGI, greater gender inequity on the GII, and lower scores on the GGI indicating greater gender gaps are associated with higher rates of child physical abuse and child neglect.
The authors conclude that based on these findings, efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect might benefit from reducing gender inequity.
Joanne Klevens, Katie A. Ports. Gender Inequity Associated with Increased Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: a Cross-Country Analysis of Population-Based Surveys and Country-Level Statistics. Journal of Family Violence, 2017; DOI: 10.1007/s10896-017-9925-4
Child Abuse Conference - August 11 - 13 in Connecticut
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Neil Brick will be speaking at S.M.A.R.T. Child and Ritual Abuse Conference - August 11 - 13, 2017
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Information on Ellen Lacter and Her Research