Earlier this month American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was charged with child sex trafficking and child rape offences. It was another awful reminder that the sexual abuse of children remains a live concern.
Also this month, but in Australia, a Victorian man convicted of raping a 14 year old boy in a public toilet in 1996 successfully obtained a Working with Children Check (WWCC).
The Herald Sun reported that back in 1996 after being raped, the young boy immediately went to police and reported the crime. The defendant who was 30 at the time, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty.
He was convicted but received a wholly suspended nine month sentence so he didn’t spend any time in jail for the crime.
He now wants to work with disabled children and despite his initial application for a WWCC being rejected, he successfully appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
VICTIMS of horrific child sex abuse at the hands of paedophile teacher Kevin Lynch have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements to receive compensation payouts from Queensland’s most expensive private school, Brisbane Grammar School.
The Courier-Mail can reveal the inner-city private school has quietly settled with “some 130 former students” abused by Lynch in the 1970s and ’80s, and is in talks with 10 others.
The former prime minister John Howard has described Cardinal George Pell as “a person of both high intelligence and exemplary character” and says that his conviction on child sexual abuse charges doesn’t “alter my opinion of the Cardinal” in a character reference.
Howard’s reference was published in full in the Herald Sun shortly after another former prime minister, Tony Abbott, described the George Pell verdict as “devastating … for the friends of Cardinal Pell”.
A list of more than 2,400 Britons who the FBI believes have subscribed to paedophile websites contains the names of more than 100 police officers, including a detective chief superintendent, it was revealed last night.
But in what was developing into a major scandal, it was also disclosed that it could take under-funded British police up to five years to work their way through the list and bring the culprits to justice.
The list - which contained the names of the two Cambridgeshire police officers who worked on the Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells murder inquiry and who have since been charged with child pornography offences - was supplied to Britain's National Crime Squad after three people suspected of involvement in paedophile websites were arrested in Texas.
Opponents worry over special 'hate crimes' treatment for homosexuals.
A “hate crimes” bill opponents claim will be used to crack down on Christian speech, even the reading of the Bible, is poised to be signed by President Obama, a longtime proponent of the plan to give homosexuals and others with alternative lifestyles special protections not provided other classes of citizens.
The Senate approved the measure 68-29 today after Democrats strategically attached it to a “must-pass” $680 billion defense appropriations plan.