How do you explain PTSD to someone who didn’t go through hell with you?

PTSD these days is most often connected to our heroes the wounded warriors, those returning from the Iraq/afghanistan conflict, but the title corrects that misnomer it stands for post traumatic stress disorder. So infact any traumatic stress, any hell any rape any murder any memory that just won’t die can be the cause of PTSD.

Mine is from 10 years of child molestation, and even though I’m half way through a century on this earth in my darkest moments of depression on any day when the room is silent lets the monster back in. Infact anytime my brain quiets itself for the shortest time, anyone of many thousands of events ranging from improper touch to full on rape by my monster crawl back into my mind in full hi-def living color.
People ask “does it only happen at night? everyone has nightmares” nightmares like morning sickness is a stupid name, women get sick 24/7 when their pregnant and the nightmares become day mares ,afternoon mares so we just call them flash backs.

A relative I love dearly is a war hero, his hell was called Vietnam he came home in 1974 but to those who love him he tells his soul didn’t make it till at least 1984 I feel the same. My rapes ended at 14 years of age, but from 15 to 25 I was noone you wanted to know I was a martial arts expert and the world became my punching bag and I never met a bottle with a bottom I didn’t like or a bong I didn’t suck dry. The trouble was by 25 when I got my shit together, I had done so much damage 30 years later I’m still Putting out fires.
veterans suffer a similar fate, with our prisons full of veterans who ended up incarcerated before they found help. So how do you live with flash backs of monsters pinning you down and being penetrated? while at the same time you live with a family who turned their back, the very people who should be there when you want to scream don’t care how loud your screams are because they’re not listening.

If you’re finally lucky like I am you find someone who not only hears the screams they hold you till it stops, but the sadness is I have known many who were lost before they found their person to hold them. Service dogs for PTSD work but are expensive if you’re not in the military, and group therapy is ok if you were lucky enough to ever learn to trust again. Me I am a one on one person, but when my therapist told me ” a person with one traumatic event can expect healing to take years maybe decades, but with you the events number thousands so to use the term healed anytime in your life would be to unfairly build your hopes up”
At that moment I rolled away, because the thought of spending tuesdays for the rest of my life in a small room with a stranger was not what I saw my future to be.
Today I am writing this blog post, because to my left I see the usher waiting to let me know the hi-def movie that is my horror is loaded and waiting to show.

I’ll fill my voids with swimming and rockwall climbing and road racing and anything else that pushes life to the edge and makes my loved ones squirm, because they squirm but it reminds me I am alive and If I am alive I won I beat the bastard. Somewhere there is a disgusting obese elderly pedophile living the life of a hermit, because he’s not allowed contact with children or families or anyone that matters and today my wife of 15 years will come home love me hold me and sleep beside me. So is my life troubled with PTSD ? hell yes but I have a soft place to fall when it is at its worse, I have someone to hold me till I fall back to sleep and when I wake screaming and for me that’s good enough.

To my brothers and sisters In the struggle, I wish you know the love I know, and to our government bring our soldiers home now, what you call a war is nothing more than a factory churning out damaged heros who were in a country they should never have been in sent to fight a war that was none of their business and the thousands who have died should never have fallen and the hundreds of thousands who come home less than when they left are in need of love and understanding and help. So let them know if the government won’t keep their promise we the people have their backs.

Teachers fear students may reveal sexual abuse at school

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Reposted from a story by: Political reporter Lauren Novak From: The Advertiser February 18, 2013
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Teachers feel they need more training in how to handle students’ revelations of sexual abuse.
TEACHERS are not properly covering the child protection curriculum with students because they feel unprepared to deal with disclosures of abuse, an expert warns.
UniSA emeritus professor Freda Briggs said teachers should use the Education Department’s Keeping Safe child protection curriculum but some were not because of apprehension about “what it would unearth” and a lack of training about how to respond.
“They (teachers) feel that they are not sufficiently well trained in matters relating to child sex abuse, and they’re worried that some children may disclose abuse to them and they’re not competent to handle it,” Prof Briggs said.
“They need to know how to talk to children (and) children need to know very clearly what is unacceptable, wrong, reportable behaviour – not hush it up.”
Professor Briggs was commenting on concerns about how teachers responded to the alleged sexual assault of a female student by another girl at a Hills school in 2010.
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Yesterday, it emerged that parents had written to the principal to say students were “aware an incident of some sort has occurred … and it is naive to think it will not be discussed”.
In one letter, a parent said they understood that “on a directive from you (the principal), students … were told not to discuss any information or rumours about this incident or they would face discipline”.
Prof Briggs said this approach sent children the wrong message and was “unwittingly assisting child sex offenders in giving the impression that this behaviour has to be secret”.
The Education Department requires all teachers to undergo training before delivering the Keeping Safe curriculum, which includes strategies to prevent children from disclosing personal information in class.
Teachers union spokeswoman Correna Haythorpe said those who taught the curriculum were “very competent”. Teachers also undergo Responding to Abuse and Neglect training every three years.
A department spokeswoman said principals were reminded each year of their responsibility to ensure staff were trained to deliver child protection curriculum.
Opposition education spokesman David Pisoni said teachers were underprepared to deal with sexual abuse in schools

UK soap opera star faces child sex charges

reposted from a story by Pat Hurst From: AAP February 15, 2013 1:19PM

BRITISH soap opera actor Michael Le Vell, who plays garage boss Kevin Webster in TV’s Coronation Street, has been charged with child sex offences.
..Le Vell, 48, whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child, and sexual activity with a child.

Le Vell, a stalwart on the popular ITV series, will appear in court on February 27, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said on Thursday.

He was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.

But late on Thursday night, GMP said the actor, from Hale, Cheshire, had been charged with sex offences against a youngster after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A spokeswoman from GMP said: “Michael Turner, of Byrom Street, Hale, has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.

“The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.”

Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, had reviewed a file of evidence in relation to allegations of sexual offences and looked again at a decision previously made not to prosecute.

Levitt said: “I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.”

Le Vell, a father of two, was not charged with offences after his initial arrest in September 2011 and the investigation was dropped three months later in late December, when the authorities said there was not enough evidence to charge him.

At the time the actor said he was “delighted” to have been “completely exonerated”, thanked police for their “thorough” investigation, and Coronation Street staff and the public for their support.

Le Vell vowed to put the allegations behind him and returned to the show after a short break and is now currently involved in some of the soap’s main storylines.

He is one of British TV’s most famous faces after playing the same character for the past 30 years.

The actor split from his wife Janette Beverley last year

Father not guilty of bashing paedophile Shayne Davidson who molested his son

Reposted from a story By Robyn Ironside From: The Courier-Mail June 02, 2010
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•Court told man molested boy, 10
•Dad bashed him almost unconscious
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A JURY has taken 40 minutes to find a father not guilty of bashing a paedophile who molested his son after watching a rugby league match at his home.
The man, who cannot be named, had pleaded not guilty in the Beenleigh District Court to a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm – which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ jail, The Courier-Mail reports.
He was alleged to have attacked Shayne Thomas Davidson, 43, at Eagleby on June 11, 2008, after learning about the assault on his son in his bed.
Davidson pleaded guilty last year to indecently assaulting the boy but was spared a jail sentence.
He had been invited over to watch the State of Origin game with his old childhood friend with whom he had recently become re-acquainted.
. The court was told that after the game, Davidson told the father and two neighbours he was going to bed on a mattress made up on the lounge-room floor.
But he instead he went into the boy’s bedroom and massaged his genitals telling him he was a “pretty boy” and they would be “best pals forever”.
When the upset and teary 10-year-old told his father, he is alleged to have dragged Davidson outside and bashed him almost unconscious.
But a jury today took just 40 minutes to return a not guilty verdict after magistrate Walter Tutt told them they must “consider if what the defendant did were the actions of an ordinary reasonable person given the circumstances”.

New sex case at public school claim South Australia Liberals

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reposted from astory by: Lauren Novak and Sheradyn Holderhead From: adelaidenow February 15, 2013
THE Opposition alleges that police have arrested a man over another sexual assault of a public school student.
Opposition education spokesman David Pisoni said the arrest was made in the last month but parents had not yet been told.
Mr Pisoni said the alleged perpetrator worked for an organisation contracted by the Education Department as part of a program attempting to re-engage disadvantaged and vulnerable students.
“Education Minister (Jennifer) Rankine must now explain why there is still no policy in regards to how and when parents are told about sexual assault cases in schools,” Mr Pisoni said.
“Minister Rankine must also confirm if the proper process was followed before this youth worker was allowed access to students.”
Premier Jay Weatherill said he was not aware of the incident.
He said the policy about informing parents was “very clear” but that judgments were made on a case-by-case basis.
The Education Department has been contacted by adelaidenow for comment.

Mother arrested for creating child porn with her children, police say

Reposted from a story on CBC – Thu, 7 Feb, 2013…..British authorities alerted Hamilton police that a woman from Hamilton had sent pornographic …

….A Hamilton woman has been taking pornographic photos of her children and sending them to an overseas penpal, police say.

In January, a 50-year-old man from London, England, was arrested for possession of indecent images of children. The investigation by British authorities revealed a woman from Hamilton had sent several images of her children to the man.

Members of the Hamilton Police Internet Child Exploitation unit were alerted to the investigation and executed a search warrant in the city’s east end Thursday morning.

Numerous computers and devices were seized from the home for forensic examination. The three children in the home were removed and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society was notified, police say,

The 46-year-old woman was not home at the time, but was arrested at her place of employment in Toronto shortly after, police say.

The woman’s name is not being released to protect the child victims. She has been charged with the making, distributing and possession of child pornography.

A bail hearing is set for Feb. 7

Youth volunteer pleads guilty to child porn charges

 Reposted from a story By Hannah Spray, The StarPhoenix January 22, 2013 11:09 AM
 

 

 

Youth volunteer pleads guilty to child porn charges
 

24-year-old University of Saskatchewan graduate Justin Gryba pleaded guilty to sharing more than 2,000 child porn images — but the Crown alleges he possessed more than 10 times that amount on hard drives with military-grade encryption that the police haven’t managed to crack yet.

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Justin Gerard Gryba has a resume packed with volunteer activities involving young children, but he also had a dark secret – computer folders filled with images of child pornography.

“This is a highly intelligent young man who … maintains a 91 per cent average at university,” Crown prosecutor Mike Segu said. “Unfortunately, it also appears he has a predilection for preteen boys.”

The 24-year-old University of Saskatchewan graduate pleaded guilty to sharing more than 2,000 child porn images – but the Crown alleged at his sentencing on Monday in Saskatoon provincial court that he actually possessed more than 10 times that amount on hard drives with military-grade encryption that the police haven’t managed to crack yet.

If the police can get into those hard drives and they find more child pornography, Segu said that will form the basis of new charges. Segu read in court a chat message from Gryba on a file sharing network where Gryba said he had more than 25,000 pictures and more than 800 videos in his 90-gigabyte collection – a massive amount, if it is ever proven.

Gryba was sentenced Monday to two years less a day in jail, plus three years probation, after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography in connection with 2,126 images.

His activity was discovered by a Toronto police officer investigating child porn file sharing in August 2011 who chatted with a user online and traced the IP address to Saskatoon. The Saskatoon police Internet child exploitation unit further traced the IP address to Gryba’s home.

Police searched his home in November 2011 and found Gryba had an “elaborate computer system” in his bedroom, where he also ran a photography business. They seized a number of computers and hard drives, including two encrypted drives.

When police were investigating the manufacturer a few months later, they phoned the manufacturer for information and were told someone else from Saskatchewan – who the manufacturer presumed to be police – had recently phoned to inquire about how many password attempts could be made before the unit would self-destruct and if it was possible to retrieve a password from a hard drive that had been connected to the device.

Police traced that call to a pay phone at the Mall at Lawson Heights. Video surveillance showed the caller was Gryba.

Defence lawyer Morris Bodnar said Gryba himself couldn’t access the data on those drives. They have such complex encryption that Gryba would take his files and dump them onto the drives, knowing he couldn’t get at it, which was psychologically important to him.

“No one can get into it, not even him,” Bodnar said.

Of the data police were able to access on other drives, perhaps the most disturbing was a single folder with only four photos in it, Segu said. Some photos showed Gryba and a young boy in a pool and one photo showed the young boy standing inside a room, naked from the waist down, holding his underwear in front of his face. Police are still trying to determine who is that boy.

Gryba has volunteered extensively with young people, including with Big Brothers, church youth programming and in the pediatric unit at Royal University Hospital. He also taught a youth photography class and worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

He’s received a number of awards, including a Saskatchewan Youth Award in 2009 and a Millennium Excellence Award in 2006. A 2009 StarPhoenix article about Gryba noted he was a co-facilitator of Jump Start, an after-school program for inner-city kids, and a group leader for the weekly inner-city swim program at the U of S.

In December 2011, after charges were laid against him, Gryba started psychotherapy sessions with a Saskatoon psychologist, said defence lawyer Morris Bodnar. He’s been to see the psychologist 34 times since then and has been working to understand his own behaviour.

“I’ve made some truly terrible and inexcusable mistakes and I’ve compromised the character, the morals and the values by which I live,” Gryba said in court. “It’s impossible to describe how sorry I am for that.”

In accepting the joint sentence submission of two years less a day plus probation, Judge Doug Agnew characterized Gryba’s actions as “despicable, vile and evil.”

The terms of his probation include a number of computer-related terms, including that he not live in an any residence where there is a computer belonging to someone else that isn’t physically locked away or password protected at all times. He is also prohibited from possessing or using any device capable of storing data in a digital format except for one computer that he’s allowed to have under very specific conditions, for education purposes.

He is also prohibited from being in any public parks, swimming pools or other places young people frequent unless he’s in the presence of an adult aware of his conviction.

Gryba must comply with the national sex offender registry for 20 years

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Youth+volunteer+pleads+guilty+child+porn+charges/7851549/story.html#ixzz2Ijck8Mrx

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities

 

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Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests

 
By Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles TimesJanuary 21, 2013, 2:31 p.m.
 

Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.

The archdiocese’s failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese’s chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials in the nation’s largest Catholic diocese to shield abusers from police. The newly released records, which the archdiocese fought for years to keep secret, reveal in church leaders’ own words a desire to keep authorities from discovering that children were being molested.

In the confidential letters, filed this month as evidence in a civil court case, Curry proposed strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys. Curry suggested to Mahony that they prevent them from seeing therapists who might alert authorities and that they give the priests out-of-state assignments to avoid criminal investigators.

One such case that has previously received little attention is that of Msgr. Peter Garcia, who admitted preying for decades on undocumented children in predominantly Spanish-speaking parishes. After Garcia’s discharge from a New Mexico treatment center for pedophile clergy, Mahony ordered him to stay away from California “for the foreseeable future” in order to avoid legal accountability, the files show. “I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both the criminal and civil sectors,” the archbishop wrote to the treatment center’s director in July 1986.

The following year, in a letter to Mahony about bringing Garcia back to work in the archdiocese, Curry said he was worried that victims in Los Angeles might see the priest and call police.

“[T]here are numerous — maybe twenty — adolescents or young adults that Peter was involved with in a first degree felony manner. The possibility of one of these seeing him is simply too great,” Curry wrote in May 1987.

Garcia returned to the Los Angeles area later that year; the archdiocese did not give him a ministerial assignment because he refused to take medication to suppress his sexual urges. He left the priesthood in 1989, according to the church.

Garcia was never prosecuted and died in 2009. The files show he admitted to a therapist that he had sexually abused boys “on and off” since his 1966 ordination. He assured church officials his victims were unlikely to come forward because of their immigration status. In at least one case, according to a church memo, he threatened to have a boy he had raped deported if he went to police.

The memos are from personnel files for 14 priests submitted to a judge on behalf of a man who claims he was abused by one of the priests, Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. The man’s attorney, Anthony De Marco, wrote in court papers the files show “a practice of thwarting law enforcement investigations” by the archdiocese. It’s not always clear from the records whether the church followed through on all its discussions about eluding police, but in some cases, such as Garcia’s, it did.

Mahony, who retired in 2011, has apologized repeatedly for errors in handling abuse allegations. In a statement Monday, he apologized once again and recounted meetings he’s had with about 90 victims of abuse.

“I have a 3 x 5 card for every victim I met with on the altar of my small chapel. I pray for them every single day,” he wrote. “As I thumb through those cards I often pause as I am reminded of each personal story and the anguish that accompanies that life story.”

“It remains my daily and fervent prayer that God’s grace will flood the heart and soul of each victim, and that their life-journey continues forward with ever greater healing,” he added. “I am sorry.”

Curry did not return calls seeking comment. He currently serves as the archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop for Santa Barbara.

The confidential files of at least 75 more accused abusers are slated to become public in coming weeks under the terms of a 2007 civil settlement with more than 500 victims. A private mediator had ordered the names of the church hierarchy redacted from those documents, but after objections from The Times and the Associated Press, a Superior Court judge ruled that the names of Mahony, Curry and others in supervisory roles should not be blacked out.

Garcia’s was one of three cases in 1987 in which top church officials discussed ways they could stymie law enforcement. In a letter about Father Michael Wempe, who had acknowledged using a 12-year-old parishioner as what a church official called his “sex partner,” Curry recounted extensive conversations with the priest about potential criminal prosecution.

“He is afraid … records will be sought by the courts at some time and that they could convict him,” Curry wrote to Mahony. “He is very aware that what he did comes within the scope of criminal law.”

Curry proposed Wempe could go to an out-of-state diocese “if need be.” He called it “surprising” that a church-paid counselor hadn’t reported Wempe to police and wrote that he and Wempe “agreed it would be better if Mike did not return to him.”

Perhaps, Curry added, the priest could be sent to “a lawyer who is also a psychiatrist” thereby putting “the reports under the protection of privilege.”

Curry expressed similar concerns to Mahony about Father Michael Baker, who had admitted his abuse of young boys during a private 1986 meeting with the archbishop.

In a memo about Baker’s return to ministry, Curry wrote, “I see a difficulty here, in that if he were to mention his problem with child abuse it would put the therapist in the position of having to report him … he cannot mention his past problem.”

Mahony’s response to the memo was handwritten across the bottom of the page: “Sounds good —please proceed!!” Two decades would pass before authorities gathered enough information to convict Baker and Wempe of abusing boys.

Federal and state prosecutors have investigated possible conspiracy cases against the archdiocese hierarchy. Former Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said in 2007 that his probe into the conduct of high-ranking church officials was on hold until his prosecutors could access the personnel files of all the abusers. The U.S. attorney’s office convened a grand jury in 2009, but no charges resulted.

During those investigations, the church was forced by judges to turn over some but not all of the records to prosecutors. The district attorney’s office has said its prosecutors plan to review priest personnel files as they are released.

Mahony was appointed archbishop in 1985 after five years leading the Stockton diocese. While there, he had dealt with three allegations of clergy abuse, including one case in which he personally reported the priest to police.

In Los Angeles, he tapped Curry, an Irish-born priest, as vicar of clergy. The records show that sex abuse allegations were handled almost exclusively by the archbishop and his vicar. Memos that crossed their desks included graphic details, such as one letter from another priest accusing Garcia of tying up and raping a young boy in Lancaster.

Mahony personally phoned the priests’ therapists about their progress, wrote the priests encouraging letters and dispatched Curry to visit them at a New Mexico facility, Servants of the Paraclete, that treated pedophile priests.

“Each of you there at Jemez Springs is very much in my prayers and I call you to mind each day during my celebration of the Eucharist,” Mahony wrote to Wempe.

The month after he was named archbishop, Mahony met with Garcia to discuss his molestation of boys, according to a letter the priest wrote while in therapy. Mahony instructed him to be “very low key” and assured him “no one was looking at him for any criminal action,” Garcia recalled in a letter to an official at Servants of the Paraclete.

In a statement Monday on behalf of the archdiocese, a lawyer for the church said its policy in the late 1980s was to let victims and their families decide whether to go to the police.

“Not surprisingly, the families of victims frequently did not wish to report to police and have their child become the center of a public prosecution,” lawyer J. Michael Hennigan wrote.

He acknowledged memos written in those years “sometimes focused more on the needs of the perpetrator than on the serious harm that had been done to the victims.”

“That is part of the past,” Hennigan wrote. “We are embarrassed and at times ashamed by parts of the past. But we are proud of our progress, which is continuing.”

Hennigan said that the years in which Mahony dealt with Garcia were “a period of deepening understanding of the nature of the problem of sex abuse both here and in our society in general” and that the archdiocese subsequently changed completely its approach to reports of abuse.

“We now have retired FBI agents who thoroughly investigate every allegation, even anonymous calls. We aggressively assist in the criminal prosecution of offenders,” Hennigan wrote.

Mahony and Curry have been questioned under oath in depositions numerous times about their handling of molestation cases. The men, however, have never been asked about attempts to stymie law enforcement, because the personnel files documenting those discussions were only provided to civil attorneys in recent months. De Marco, the lawyer who filed the records in civil court this month, asked a judge last week to order Curry and Mahony to submit to new depositions “regarding their actions, knowledge and intent as referenced in these files.” A hearing on that request is set for February.

In a 2010 deposition, Mahony acknowledged the archdiocese had never called police to report sexual abuse by a priest before 2000. He said church officials were unable to do so because they didn’t know the names of the children harmed.

“In my experience, you can only call the police when you’ve got victims you can talk to,” Mahony said.

When an attorney for an alleged victim suggested “the right thing to do” would have been to summon police immediately, Mahony replied, “Well, today it would. But back then that isn’t the way those matters were approached.”

Since clergy weren’t legally required to report suspected child abuse until 1997, Mahony said, the people who should have alerted police about pedophiles like Baker and Wempe were victims’ therapists or other “mandatory reporters” of child abuse.

“Psychologists, counselors … they were also the first ones to learn [of abuse] so they were normally the ones who made the reports,” he said.

In Garcia’s 451-page personnel file, one voice decried the church’s failures to protect the victims and condemned the priest as someone who deserved to be behind bars. Father Arturo Gomez, an associate pastor at a predominantly Spanish-speaking church near Olvera Street, wrote to a regional bishop in 1989, saying he was “angry” and “disappointed” at the church’s failure to help Garcia’s victims. He expressed shock that the bishop, Juan A. Arzube, had told the family of two of the boys that Garcia had thought of taking his own life.

“You seemed to be at that moment more concern[ed] for the criminal rather than the victum! (sic)” Gomez wrote to Arzube in 1989.

Gomez urged church leaders to identify others who may have been harmed by Garcia and to get them help, but was told they didn’t know how.

“If I was the father … Peter Garcia would be in prison now; and I would probably have begun a lawsuit against the archdiocese,” the priest wrote in the letter. “The parents … of the two boys are more forgiving and compassionate than I would be.”

Intellectually disabled sex abuse victims are still waiting for justice

Reposted from a story by: Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster  From: The Advertiser  January 08, 2013 10:30PM

 
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Brian Perkins, a former bus driver for intellectually disabled Catholic students. Source: The Advertiser

IT took a decade to bring paedophile bus driver Brian Perkins to justice and another 10 years to assess the damage to his intellectually disabled victims.

Yesterday, the Catholic Church – which allowed Perkins to serve as a volunteer – asked that more than $7 million worth of compensation claims be postponed for as long as five years.

The church told the District Court the only way it could gather evidence to counter the claims was to psychologically study the victims over an extended period.

The parents of the victims, who are in their 70s, fear they may die before the claims are resolved – leaving their now-adult children without carers. Between 1987 and 1991, Perkins filmed and sexually assaulted 36 students attending St Ann’s Special School, Marion, where he volunteered as a bus driver and teacher.

He escaped arrest until 2002, was jailed a year later and died in custody.

 

In 2003, Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson offered “unconditional” payouts of $50,000 or $100,000 to 30 families.

Four sets of parents, however, filed claims of between $1 million and $4 million, saying the school and church failed to protect their children.

The parents want the compensation to guarantee ongoing care for  their children after their deaths.

The Advertiser understands that since Perkins’ arrest the victims have received counselling through Yarrow Place.

That process has been complicated because the victims struggle to communicate verbally. Court papers assert that counsellors believe the victims’ psychological harm was exacerbated because their trauma went untreated for 10 years.

Yesterday, the church said it needed to hire its own experts to assess the victims. It conceded that could take up to five years, and suggested the case be postponed until it had been done.

Lawyers for the parents objected, saying it would cause the lawsuits to drag on indefinitely.

They said the church had already demanded the release of their clients’ medical records, causing delays. They asked the court to instead appoint a judge to oversee the claims.

That judge, they said, should act as a mediator and steer the claims towards resolution.

The case was adjourned until April

The story below is nothing more than parental arranged child molestation, pedophilia at its worst

Saudi girl, 15, barricades herself in bedroom after being married to 90-year-old groom for huge dowry

  • Newly-wed husband was locked out of his bedroom
  • She flees to parents.. he wants his £10,000 dowry back
reposted from a story By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 06:55 EST, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:34 EST, 7 January 2013
 

A 90-year-old Saudi Arabian man is suing the family of his 15-year-old child-bride after she shut herself in her bedroom on their wedding night.

The terrified teen locked the door from the inside so that her new husband could not enter on their first night as a married couple, and two days later she fled back to her parents’ home.

Now her elderly husband wants his money back as he claims he paid the parents £10,767 ($17,500) for the teenager so they could wed.

 
Against her will: The 15-year-old Saudi girl locked herself in her bedroom on the night of her wedding to a 90-year-old manAgainst her will: The 15-year-old Saudi girl locked herself in her bedroom on the night of her wedding to a 90-year-old man

The 90-year-old said he paid the dowry to the young girl’s Saudi mother and Yemeni father, making the marriage ‘legal and correct’, Al Arabiya reported.

 The 15-year-old’s arranged marriage sparked outrage and widespread condemnation in Saudi Arabia where activists took to Twitter calling it child trafficking and prostitution.

A Mouhammad Khaled Alnuzha posted on his account: ‘Is this a case of human trafficking crimes punishable by law?’

 
Too young: Child marriage is common in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east AsiaToo young: Child marriage is common in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia

Another Tweeted: ‘She is still considered as a product! A father sells his daughter without mercy, to be bought by money and status and power; all of it for the sake of fulfilling a desire.’

A member of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights (NSHR), Suhaila Zein el-Abedin urged authorities to ‘save this child from tragedy,’ adding that marriage in Islam must be based on mutual consent.

She also blamed the girls parents for accepting the dowry and marrying off their daughter to a man 75 years older than her, underlining the importance of establishing a minimum age of 18 for marriage in Saudi Arabia.

A CONTROVERSIAL TRADITION AFFECTING THOUSANDS

Child marriage have both male and female victims, however the number of female victims is disproportionate to male as it is tradition in countries which practice child marriage that young girls are married off to older men.

Marriage of young girls is most common in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In Niger, 77 per cent of 20- to 24-year-old women were married before the age of 18. In Bangladesh, this rate was 65 per cent.

UNICEF global figures from 2009 show that 36 per cent of women aged 20–24 were married or in union before they reached 18 and the latest numbers estimates 51 million of girls under 18 are married world-wide.

In the UK an estimated 1,000 out of 8,000 forced marriages every year involve a person under the age of 15.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 states that marriage ‘shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending parties