September Comments 2016

ANON Sep 30th, 2016 @ 02:42 PM

Excavation to take place at former Tuam mother and baby home…

A preliminary excavation is to take place at the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway.

The tests were requested by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, which was established following allegations about the deaths of 800 babies and the manner in which they were buried in Tuam.

The commission says the test excavation will take around five weeks to complete.

It says a sample of ground will be excavated by a team of specialist archaeologists.

It is hoped the work will help resolve queries in relation to the burial of babies at the site in question.

In a statement this afternoon, the commission said the excavation would focus on timeline and the manner in which soil is layered at the site.

Results from a geophysical survey there last year will be used to assist the process.

Test trenches have been identified for this purpose.

The commission says residents and local groups are being informed of the impact of the planned excavation.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone visited the site this morning. She said it was important to hear what former residents and relatives of those who died in the home had to say.

News of the survey has been welcomed by relatives. Friday 30/09/2016

ANON Sep 30th, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

Ex-principal of Catholic primary school charged with sexual assault…

An ex-principal of a former Catholic primary school has appeared in court charged with sexual assault.

Richard Duffin turned up for the hearing at Ballymena Magistrates' Court using a walking aid.

The 77-year-old, from the Gortnageeragh Road area of Cargan, 10 miles from Ballymena, is accused of indecently assaulting three males on dates unknown between June 30, 1975, and July 1, 1980.

Duffin was the first headmaster of the now closed St Joseph's Primary School on Ballymena's Doury Road. He retired in 1992.

The defendant faces a total of 12 charges, including two of wilfully assaulting one of the males, who was under 16 at the time, in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health between October 31, 1980, and June 1, 1981.

He faces a further two charges of assaulting the same male during the same period.

No details of where the alleged offences occurred were outlined.
During the preliminary inquiry, District Judge Des Perry said the charges could be described as "historical sexual offences".

A prosecutor submitted that on the evidence there was a case to answer, and there were no contrary submissions from defence barrister Neil Moore.

Duffin was released on his own bail of £500 to appear at Antrim Crown Court for arraignment on October 27

ANON Sep 28th, 2016 @ 02:13 PM

1/2...Irish priest in New York to be defrocked over 30-year-old sex abuse allegations…

The Archdiocese of New York has confirmed that priest who has been accused of the sexual abuse of a minor on two occasions in New York and Virginia, over three decades ago, will never function as a priest again.

Monsignor John O’Keefe (71), formerly of Pearl River, NY and once president of a Westchester County Catholic high school, has been permanently removed from his ministry according to the lawyer for this alleged victim, Mitchell Garabedian.

On Sunday afternoon a joint press release was issued by New-Jersey-based nonprofit Road to Recovery Inc, which helps victims of sexual abuse, and Garabedian. The Boston lawyer said he had been informed of this decision in August.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York said they would not make any public statements until the process is completed.

This would include bringing the matter to the Holy See, in the Vatican.

The process of defrocking a Catholic priest can take years, but a church official confirmed with The Journal News “that O'Keefe will never be permitted to function again as a priest.”

Due to the statute of limitations O’Keefe has not been charged with any crimes. Garabedian said his client was abused between 1981 and 1983 while studying at Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx. O’Keefe was a teacher and guidance counselor at the school.

It is alleged that the abuse happened in a Virginia hotel room during a school trip to Washington, DC and at the Irish Christian Brothers’ retreat house in Esopus, NY during a weekend leadership training program.

ANON Sep 28th, 2016 @ 02:11 PM

2/2...O’Keefe was named the first president of Archbishop Stepinac High School, in White Plains, NY in 1992 and served as the school's leader for 11 years. He was reassigned to St. Margaret of Antioch, in Pearl River, in 2003.

On Dec 16, 2015 O’Keefe was suspended. It was announced via a letter from New York’s Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who called the allegations against O’Keefe “credible.”

At the time O’Keefe, who was on medical leave, denied the allegations.
Garabedian, who is based out of Boston, has represented hundreds of victims of sexual assaults.

His groundbreaking legal work coupled with great journalism at the Boston Globe was the focus of the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.

” He told The Journal News, “I’ve requested the archdiocese compensate my client financially so his claim can be validated and he can try to move on and he can try to heal.

“This claim is another example of why the statute of limitations has to be amended so that victims of sexual abuse can try to heal.”

According to Patch.com Garabedian has acted as an attorney for other local victims alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.

He represented seven of the 21 victims who settled sex abuse cases in August 2016 with Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ for $1.9 million.

Those victims were abused between 1963 and 1978 by 10 Irish Christian Brothers.

Although O’Keefe has not been charged, Garabedian told the New York Daily News that the public are still at risk because of him.

He told the New York Daily News that as the Archdiocese of New York continues to provide O’Keefe with a place to live and has not shared their findings on his case with the public kids are being put at risk.

ANON Sep 28th, 2016 @ 02:05 PM

'Grace' abuse case whistleblower brings High Court action against HSE…

A whistleblower in the Grace foster home abuse case has initiated High Court proceedings against the HSE.

The case is being taken by a social worker, one of three people who made protected disclosures raising serious questions about the care of a young intellectually disabled woman.

The woman, known as Grace, was left in a foster home for 17 years after health officials were first informed of allegations of physical and sexual abuse there.

The proceedings are the second legal action against the HSE in connection with the Grace case.

A lawsuit for damages being taken on behalf of Grace is not being contested by the HSE.

A commission of investigation is also being set up by the Government.
High Court records indicate the social worker's case was initiated in May.

A statement of claim, detailing the allegations made against the HSE and the relief sought by the social worker, has yet to be filed.

But it is understood damages will be sought for alleged detriment to her reputation.

The social worker declined to comment, citing legal advice, when contacted by the Irish Independent. She is not being identified for legal reasons.

Speaking at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee last February, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said two of the whistleblowers, including the one taking the case, felt they had been ignored by the HSE and had their professional credibility called into question.

She said they complained their reputations had been damaged, and that statements were released by the HSE referring to meetings with their agency that did not take place.

HSE director general Tony O'Brien said it was clear the whistleblowers had "done a significant service", leading to the removal of Grace from the home and the launching of two independent reviews.

A HSE-commissioned investigation following protected disclosures by the whistleblowers was criticised as "inadequate" in a report by senior counsel Conor Dignam, due to its limited terms of reference.

ANON Sep 21st, 2016 @ 04:14 PM

Man, 82, admits abusing boy up to 48 years ago…

An 82-year-old man from Glanmire, Co Cork, confessed yesterday to the indecent assault of a boy some of the assaults occurring as many as 48 years ago.

Patrick Bassett, with an address at The Farmhouse, Sarsfield Court, in Glanmire, Co Cork, signed a plea of guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault yesterday at Cork District Court.

Joseph Cuddigan, defence solicitor, told Judge Con O’Leary yesterday that the accused was prepared to sign pleas of guilty to all charges obviating the necessity for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Once that was done, Inspector Mary King applied to have the accused sent forward for sentencing to the county sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on October 25.

Sergeant Annamarie Guiney arrested Patrick Bassett at the courthouse on Washington St, Cork, last week and charged him with the historical sex crimes.

Sgt Guiney cautioned the accused man that he did not have to say anything but that anything he might say would be taken down in writing and given in evidence.
Bassett made no reply to any of the charges, the court heard.

It was alleged that the 12 indecent assaults were committed between 1968 and 1970 when the complainant was aged between 10 and 12.

No facts in relation to the abuse have yet been given in court.

It is anticipated that a full outline of the facts of the case, and possibly, a victim impact statement, will be presented to the sentencing judge at Cork Circuit Criminal Court

ANON Sep 17th, 2016 @ 08:52 AM

New York father admits killing cancer survivor daughter because 'she got too much attention'…

A New York father has admitted he beat his 21-month-old daughter to death with a baseball bat because she was getting too much attention.

Ryan Lawrence, 25, indicated that he was jealous because everyone was concerned about his daughter, Maddox, while she battled eye cancer, which she survived.

He has pleaded guilty to killing her, burning her body and the bat he used to beat her in a fire pit for three hours, then anchoring her remains with cinder blocks and dropping them into a Syracuse creek, reports WRGB-TV.

An Amber alert was issued in February when Lawrence and Maddox vanished. The toddler's body was found by police divers about 36 hours after she was first reported missing.

Lawrence told police he prayed to God to give him a sign if he shouldn't go through with what he planned.

"God, if I'm not meant to kill her, make her stumble," Lawrence thought, according to what he later told Detective Mark Rusin.

Then he hit her in the back of the head with a baseball bat, Lawrence confessed, according to Rusin.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and will be sentenced from between 25 years to life in prison as part of a plea deal.

Maddox's mother, Morgan Lawrence, sobbed as County Court Judge Anthony Aloi read a detailed description from the indictment of what Lawrence did to his daughter when he killed her.

Lawrence also appeared to tear up and breathed heavily as he said "guilty." He will be sentenced in October.

Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick called Maddox a "fighter" who had beaten back illness.

A makeshift memorial of stuffed animals and candles on the banks of the Onondaga Creek may become the site of a permanent memorial site for the little girl.

The family hopes to have a new bench, a sign and plaque and an area with flowers as a memorial to Maddox.

ANON Sep 16th, 2016 @ 12:21 PM

Priest charged with indecent assault…

A 72-year-old priest was arrested and charged yesterday with indecently assaulting a boy at a school in Co Cork about 35 years ago.

Tadhg O’Dalaigh, aged 72, of Woodview, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, made no reply when he was accused of the offence.

Detective Garda Kevin McCarthy formally arrested O’Dalaigh at the courthouse on Washington Street, Cork, yesterday. Detective Garda McCarthy said he cautioned the accused.

Inspector Mary King said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial by indictment in the case. There was no objection to the accused being remanded on bail in the case.

Judge Con O’Leary remanded him on his own bail of €500 and adjourned the case until October 11 to allow time for preparation and service of a book of evidence.

The accused was represented in court by solicitor Donough Molloy.

It is alleged that the incident occurred at Coláiste An Chroi Naofa, Carraig Na Bhfear, Co Cork.

Once a book of evidence is served, it is anticipated that the case continues will then be sent forward for trial by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court

ANON Sep 13th, 2016 @ 12:38 PM

Woman abused by foster father as a child breaks silence…

Jackie O'Connor's foster father abused her as child and was jailed after pleading guilty to several charges of sexual abuse.

Mrs O'Connor said that Brian Gregory, from Main Street in Conlig, County Down, stole her childhood from her.

"It had a big impact on my life", she said.

Speaking to BBC Newsline, she urged other victims to go to the authorities, adding that there is a lot of support out there for them.

She said no-one should "suffer alone.

ANON Sep 11th, 2016 @ 03:03 PM

Pervert Teacher 21 years Jail…

A Teacher has been jailed for 21 years for historical sex offences against eight boys. Languages tutor Gerard Singer aged 69 years was convicted of 27 charges relating to victims aged 9 to 13.

A probe began in 2009 after ex-pupils alleged abuse at St George’s School, Wicklewood, Norfolk, from 1979-81.

Singer was extradited from France and convicted after trial in July.

At Ipswich Crown Court he got 21years custody and eight on licence.

One victim said: “He tainted my childhood which has affected my life for the past 35 years".

ANON Sep 11th, 2016 @ 02:37 PM

1/3...Gardai 'assessing' endangerment claims in 'Grace' case…

A high-level Garda investigation into allegations that the health service was criminally negligent in the Grace foster home abuse case will be slow and will take considerable time to complete, according to informed sources.

The Garda investigation was launched after a whistleblower made a formal complaint last January against health service staff involved in decisions around Grace's care.
Grace, who has a severe intellectual disability, was allowed to remain with a foster family for nearly 20 years after other children in the home had been removed over allegations of sexual abuse.

The employees allegedly named in the whistleblower's statement have not been interviewed and sources said that Gardai are still examining her allegations to identify whether an offence has been committed.

"At this stage, Gardai are assessing the statement of witnesses to assess what breaches, if any, occurred," said the source.

Speaking about the Grace case in the Seanad earlier this year, Senator Ivana Bacik, a constitutional lawyer, said evidence may emerge of the offence "reckless endangerment".

The Government will launch a Commission of Investigation into the mishandling of the Grace case by the South Eastern Health Board, which was later subsumed into the Health Service Executive.

However sources said there could be "issues" with a Commission of Inquiry running parallel with a criminal Garda investigation into alleged negligence.

ANON Sep 11th, 2016 @ 02:35 PM

2/3...A criminal investigation into the actual sexual abuse concluded last year with a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions that no one should be prosecuted.
Gardai sent files on five people to the Director of Public Prosecutions but the DPP decided not to press any charges.

Grace, who cannot speak, was allowed to remain in the foster home despite suspicions of sexual and physical abuse. She was first placed in the home in 1989 and remained there until 2009.

It has since emerged that in 1995, a former resident of the foster home raised allegations of abuse.

At the time, the local health board stopped placing children with the foster family and social workers decided to remove Grace.

However the foster family appealed that decision. The appeal panel upheld the decision but later, a three-person panel of health board employees decided that Grace should remain with the family.

Over the next 13 years, Grace had little or no contact with social workers despite the credible allegations of abuse raised.

In 2007, a new social worker came upon Grace's file and intervened. She raised her concerns with the authorities but another two years passed before Grace was removed from the foster home.

The social worker was one of three professionals to make protected disclosures in relation to the case under whistleblower legislation. She later asked the Dail's Public Accounts Committee to take up Grace's case.

At a public meeting of the PAC earlier this year, it emerged that some staff involved in decisions around Grace's care were now working for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

ANON Sep 11th, 2016 @ 02:33 PM

3/3...Tusla has since requested the names of any of its staff members who were involved in the Grace case but the names have not been disclosed to the agency.
In a statement this weekend, Tusla said it "can confirm that we have regular communication with the HSE in relation to a range of matters, including the 'Grace' case.

"Tusla has requested information on staff members who may have been involved from both the HSE and an Garda Siochana.

"We have been advised that it is not possible to release this information to us."
The Health Service Executive commissioned two reports in to the case, neither of which were published because of the Garda investigation into sexual abuse at the foster home.

The second, which was commissioned in 2012, focused on 46 other residents of the foster home.

A third report, by barrister Conor Dignam, was given to the Minister of State, Finian McGrath, last week. The report examined the possible terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry.

According to leaked details, Mr Dignam found that an investigation commissioned by the HSE was "inadequate", and that the Devine report should have examined allegations of an attempt to cover up the failings in Grace's care.

Mr McGrath, the Minister of State for Disabilitiy Issues, said last week that the "absolute priority" will be to ascertain how a vulnerable young woman known as "Grace" was failed by the HSE.

The HSE has apologised to Grace and the other 47 people who passed through the foster service.

In a statement this weekend, the HSE said it "continues to liaise and co-operate with all enquiries being undertaken by An Garda Siochana in relation to this matter".

ANON Sep 10th, 2016 @ 06:24 PM

Paedophile jailed after being found with a missing 5 year-old girl…

A paedophile has been put back behind bars after he was caught walking off with a missing five-year-old girl in Liverpool.

Trevor Hughes, 66, of Knowsley Road, Bootle, was jailed for 12 months on Friday for breaching an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order which prevents him from being with children unsupervised.

Liverpool Crown Court heard her frantic mother saw him with her daughter near a leisure centre after giving the girl some bubbles as a birthday gift.

She had started a search for her daughter with the help of her neighbours.

Addressing the court Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said: "It is every parents' nightmare that their child playing will be grabbed by a sex offender and that is exactly what happened here."

The court was told, according to the Liverpool Echo, that since the incident the girl has nightmares and "wakes up screaming".

Hughes had previously been jailed for two-and-a-half years in June 2013 for possessing indecent images of children and sexually assaulting a girl he had groomed.

ANON Sep 10th, 2016 @ 06:22 PM

1/2...Bethany Home’s Derek Leinster going to ECHR...

According to a 30th August BBC report, 75-year-old Derek Leinster, who has said he suffered serious neglect as a child while resident at Dublin’s Protestant-run Bethany Home but is not being considered for State compensation, is hoping to have his case heard at the European Court of Human Rights, with papers having been lodged with the ECHR. Bethany Home closed in 1970 but 221 children who died there during the period 1922-1948 were buried in an unmarked grave in Dublin’s Mount Jerome cemetery, where a memorial was erected in April 2014.

Survivors of institutional abuse in the Republic can avail of a State redress scheme but it does not cover Mr Leinster’s situation. Further to this, the BBC reported that Mr Leinster, who now lives in Rugby in England, “wants an apology and compensation”.

However, the broadcaster also indicated that the Irish government had said that the Republic’s Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes had been established in 2015 to find out what happened to vulnerable women and children in 14 homes, including the Bethany Home, from 1922 to 1998, and the BBC quoted a consequent statement: “In the absence of all relevant information it is not possible for the State to consider the aspirations of some for financial redress in respect of the matters within the scope of the investigation.

“[In 1999] the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, issued an unreserved apology on behalf of the State to all victims of child abuse.”

ANON Sep 10th, 2016 @ 06:20 PM

2/2...Mr Leinster told the Gazette last week that while he wants an apology and compensation from the State, he only wants an apology from the Church of Ireland and other Protestant Churches that used the home, all of which he said knew what was going on in it.

He said he had “no idea” how long it would take for the ECHR to come to consider his case, but expressed scepticism that “Catholic Ireland” would ever give justice to the survivors of the Protestant Bethany Home, also adding that the Church of Ireland had “abandoned us for over 17 years”.

However, in the 20th June 2014 Gazette we reported that, before the announcement of the Commission of Inquiry, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, had written to the Taoiseach asking that the Bethany Home be included in any inquiry.

We further indicated that Dr Jackson had previously also made representations on the matter to the Minister for Education, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Children, and that the Archbishop’s representations had borne fruit with the Taoiseach confirming that Bethany Home would be included.

In light of the BBC’s statement in its 30th August report that Mr Leinster has been campaigning “for Protestant homes survivors to receive the same rights as those from Catholic institutions”, the Gazette asked the Dublin based Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation to comment.

Ita Mangan, Director of the Commission, told us: “I understand that former residents of Bethany Home are campaigning to be included in the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme. Decisions on which institutions were covered by this scheme were made by the Government in the period 2002 - 2005.

Obviously, this Commission had no involvement in those decisions.

I can say that a number of Protestant institutions were included in the scheme. Most mother and baby homes were not included in the scheme.”

ANON Sep 10th, 2016 @ 06:18 PM

1/2...Migrant children ‘vulnerable’ to trafficking and exploitation…

A legal expert has warned that major loopholes that have still not been filled have left migrant children vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.

Patricia Brazil, a barrister, and Averil Deverell assistant professor in law at Trinity College Dublin, said that there had been cases where people pretend to be the parent or guardian of a minor seeking asylum, where in fact there is no family link and the child may have been trafficked into the country.

Dr Brazil also said minors seeking asylum were also denied aftercare once they turned 18, and that some asylum-seeking minors who were in the care of the State until they reached 18 then faced being put into direct provision.

She also raised another issue regarding immigration.

“On the immigration side, while every non-Irish citizen must have permission to be in Ireland, only people over 16 are subject to the requirement to register with the immigration authorities,” said Dr Brazil.

“This can cause issues where a child goes to register at 16 having been under the mistaken belief that they had permission to be in Ireland, and can suddenly find themselves in a precarious situation, possibly facing deportation.”

ANON Sep 10th, 2016 @ 06:16 PM

2/2...Dr Brazil said that issues raised in an article written in 2005 by Sunniva McDonagh BL in The Bar Review had still not been addressed.

“These concerns are not new, but nothing has been done to address them, and the new International Protection Act 2015 was a missed opportunity to introduce more robust standards and procedures around these issues,” said Dr Brazil.

She said current arrangements were “very ad hoc”.

She said that the Department of Justice appeared to be “quite resistant to change” and that there were still gaps in the law and in terms of information available on the children affected.

“What is happening in these gaps what I think is happening is these children are being left very vulnerable,” she said. “Who is looking after these children? Who is looking after their interests? Nobody.

“The Government deliberately chose not to adopt a universal best interests requirement in the Children’s Rights referendum, probably in part because they did not want decision-making in the asylum/immigration field subjected to that standard, but the consequences for migrant children of the failure to recognise their individual rights, and the failure to ensure the law adequately protects them from abuse such as trafficking, is a serious problem.”

Dr Brazil was among the speakers yesterday at a conference on State Accountability for Vulnerability held at the School of Nursing in Dublin City University.

ANON Sep 8th, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

1/2...Survivors' group 'loses faith' in child sex abuse inquiry...

A 600-strong survivors' group has lost faith in the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse, its leaders have said.

Shirley Oaks Survivors Association told the BBC it would recommend withdrawing from the Lambeth strand of the inquiry because it was not "truly independent".

Ex-inquiry chair Justice Lowell Goddard has said she was prevented from picking her own staff, and that civil servants were prioritised by the Home Office.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd denied this.

The treatment of children in care in Lambeth, south London, during the second half of the 20th Century is one of 13 areas that the inquiry is looking at.

But the Shirley Oaks group said the Home Office was one of the institutions that had failed children in care in Lambeth in the past and that the scale of its presence in the inquiry staff represented a conflict of interest.

Raymond Stevenson, from the survivors' group, told BBC Newsnight there had been a sea change in the way the inquiry was operating.

"We have to recommend at this moment in time that we pull out. We have given the inquiry an opportunity to meet us.

We contacted them two weeks ago and we are still waiting for a meeting," he said.

"Some of our members have been through investigations before which had Home Office members and staff part of it so we have been through that.

"This is about the third investigation Lambeth has been through so what we wanted from this was for it to be truly independent. We were sold a theory it would be truly independent

ANON Sep 8th, 2016 @ 01:02 PM

2/2...'Progress impeded'...

In a written submission to the Commons Home Affairs Committee, Dame Lowell said: "The panel and I have had little or no input into either the composition of the senior management team or the recruitment of secretariat staff during the lifetime of the current inquiry.

"The administrative arrangements made by the Home Office as the inquiry's sponsor meant that in the recruitment of staff priority was given to civil servants.

"Their approach has been bureaucratic and the inquiry's progress has been impeded by a lack of adequate systems and personnel, leading to critical delays.

"I felt as chair handicapped by not being given a free hand to recruit staff of the type that I judged to be essential."

Ms Rudd denied that Dame Lowell had been unable to choose her own staff, and has also said the scope of the inquiry will not change despite Dame Lowell's claim it was too big and bureaucratic and should focus on current child protection and future changes.

The inquiry was set up in 2014 and announced that 13 initial investigations would look into allegations against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces, public and private institutions and people in the public eye.

It has been beset by problems, and last month Dame Lowell became the third chair to quit the inquiry.

Prof Alexis Jay, who led the Rotherham abuse inquiry, is to be the new chairwoman of the inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

ANON Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

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ANON Sep 1st, 2016 @ 06:42 PM

1/2...Sharp rise in child indecent images in Scotland…

More than 1,900 offences involving possession of indecent images of children were reported by police in Scotland over the last three years

The total the highest for any single force in the UK - included a 17% rise in cases last year.

The NSPCC , which obtained the figures, is calling on internet companies to do more to tackle the problem and for greater education of the dangers.

Police Scotland said it was committed to keeping children safe.

A Freedom of Information request from the charity revealed that in Scotland there were 1,904 indecent images offences reported over the last three years.

The total figure for the UK was 21,651

Joanna Barrett, policy and public affairs manager for NSPCC Scotland, said: "These figures clearly show that there is a growing problem of people viewing child abuse material and more needs to be done to tackle the issue.

"We want to see companies who operate online to prioritise this issue by committing significant expertise and resources to preventing the publication and distribution of these images.

"Social network providers and other technology platforms must realise that they are the key enablers of online child sexual abuse and make a serious commitment to tackling it."

The police figures also showed that across the UK, where the age of the suspect was known, 2,031 under-18s were reported to police for indecent images offences.

ANON Sep 1st, 2016 @ 06:41 PM

2/2...The NSPCC is concerned that children reported to police may include youngsters who have shared naked "selfies".

Ms Barrett added: "Children need to be taught about the dangers of sending sexual pictures of themselves so they don't find themselves at risk of harm and abuse.

"Young people who are caught 'sexting' put themselves at risk of sexual exploitation, grooming and cyber bullying, whilst they could also face the prospect of a criminal record if they are reported to police.

"That's why we have recently issued advice and guidance to parents about how to talk to their children about sexting, as well as what to do if they have been sharing sexual images of themselves."

Police Scotland's Operation Latisse earlier this year saw 77 people charged and thirty million indecent images seized.

Det Ch Supt Lesley Boal said: "All children have a right to protection against abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence.

The impact of online child sexual abuse can be wide ranging and have a long-lasting and potentially life-changing effect on the child.

"The possession of or sharing of images depicting the sexual assault of children or indecent images of children is not a victimless crime, it is child sexual abuse.

"Police Scotland proactively tackles the many forms of online child sexual abuse, our objective being to identify children who have been the victim of or who are at risk of online sexual abuse and identify perpetrators/predators who pose a risk to children online.

"Our message for perpetrators is very clear, Police Scotland employs the latest technology to investigate online abuse and trace offenders."

ANON Sep 1st, 2016 @ 06:41 PM

1/2...Women abused by priest Brendan Smyth took own lives, says cleric D'Arcy…

Outspoken priest Brian D'Arcy has claimed a number of women committed suicide after suffering abuse at the hands of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

Fr D'Arcy made the comments in an interview with Hot Press magazine published today.

"There have been people, young women, who took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them," the Enniskillen priest said.

"I know this personally. They took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them."

He was also critical of Cardinal Sean Brady, who was aware of children being abused by Belfast-born Fr Smyth, but chose not to go to the authorities.

"The one thing you will always say about Sean Brady is that he's a decent man," he said.

"But he would probably know himself now that the system had him so brainwashed that he didn't do the right thing. He was wrapped up in this whole secrecy thing."

"But there was more than him to blame," Fr D'Arcy added, saying the head of the then-Norbertine Order also deserved to share responsibility.

Brendan Smyth was convicted of more than 100 indecent assaults against children over a 40-year period. The notorious paedophile died of a heart attack in prison in 1997.

ANON Sep 1st, 2016 @ 06:40 PM

2/2...Before his death, he admitted that could have abused more than 200 children.
In an interview that Fr D'Arcy said could see him expelled from the priesthood, he also spoke about his own experience of abuse in his youth from priests, as well as the scandals facing the Catholic Church.

He additionally admitted he would not have become a priest had he known the scale of the sex abuse for which members of the clergy were responsible.

Changing tack, the priest said he did not believe that homosexuality was a sin in a loving relationship, but he took issue with the ongoing saga regarding trainee priests at Maynooth.

"I have a difficulty with it, to be honest," he explained. "If they're searching on (gay dating app) Grindr, putting themselves forward as partners or looking for partners, yes, I do have a problem with it."

"You can't decide after four years' training that everything disappears and (you're) going to stop being sexually active. That doesn't work. You're kidding yourself if you think that's what's going to happen."

In the revealing interview, he also discusses how he almost left the priesthood many times. He once admitted falling in love with a woman, but insisted he never broke his vows.

He goes on to argue why "making love is like the closest you can get to praying to God" and expands on his views on contraception, compulsory celibacy and his support for marriage for priests.

ANON Sep 1st, 2016 @ 06:40 PM

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has agreed to report all allegations of clergy sex abuse of children to the attorney general’s office, but a group that tracks such abuse says it’s underwhelmed.

Anne Barrett Doyle, of BishopAccountability.org, says the agreement is better than nothing but it falls short because it doesn’t bar the diocese from interviewing victims or subjecting them to polygraph tests, which she says has been done before. END

Yes folks you read that right - bishops subject abuse victims to polygraph tests.