Child sexual abuse

A dud judge

Read this account and be astonished at the poor form by this dud judge who seems more interested in the rights of a scumbag sex offender than those of his victims.

A judge has grudgingly allowed one child sex abuse victim to read her statement in court, after the victims had declined a restorative justice meeting where they could have confronted the offender.

The offending against three young girls by Shane Vincent Roy Dennis, now aged 54, took place more than 20 years ago.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders today sentenced Dennis to 10 months of home detention, 200 hours of community work, and ordered him to pay $1000 to each victim.

Dennis had admitted 11 charges of indecent assault, and one of inducing a girl to do an indecent act. All related to girls aged under 12 at the time.

Dennis now works as a truck driver in Whangarei, where helps care for his sick wife. He will continue to work and the emotional harm reparation payments to the victims will be made at $75 a week.

Judge Saunders said it was a case where restorative justice would have been beneficial but the offer had been declined by the victims.

He questioned why one of the victims now wanted to read her victim impact statement in court, where the defendant did not have a chance to reply effectively.

“I’m not comfortable about it now,” said the judge. “This doesn’t have a sense of balance about it. There’s no opportunity for formal interaction or apology. I am not sure what she is trying to achieve.”   Read more »

Is judge Jane Farish a mother? Is Jacinda Ardern?

A reader isn’t happy.   At all.

First, David Clarkson’s article starts with

Name suppression has been granted to protect the chances for rehabilitation and forming “appropriate adult relationships” for a repeat viewer of child abuse pornography.

Probation has even been forbidden to contact the 36-year-old Christchurch man’s current employer in case the inquiry leads to him losing his job.

Probation would normally ensure that his job – he’s on a 90-day probationary period at the moment – does not bring him into contact with children, and doesn’t give him access to the internet.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish said she would view it as contempt of court if probation did contact the employer. She was concerned that probation would label him as a sex offender, when he had never abused children.

“He has used child pornography because of difficulties having adult relationships,” said the judge.

If probation found that there were problems with management of the eight-month home detention sentence she imposed, they should refer the case back to her. She will regularly monitor the man’s progress.

He will continue with psychological counselling that he has already started. It will be paid for by his parents because probation has no money available for it. The man will live at his parents’ home while serving home detention. The house has no internet access.

And now, our reader’s views on this matter  Read more »

Good stuff, more sunlight needed

Police are moving to more closely monitor paedophiles in the community.

One way would be to remove their name suppression the community could know for themselves and make a judgement about whether or not they want to employ or live next to a paedophile. These cowards hide behind the grief of their victims to remain anonymous to all except the Police.

The Herald reports:

Police believe thousands of convicted paedophiles are living in communities throughout the country, many of whom are going undetected as they fall off the radar.

But a new initiative in two police districts means the worst offenders are now being tracked with regular monitoring, which has resulted in several being sent back to prison.

The Counties Manukau child exploitation unit launched Operation Guardian last year to monitor convicted paedophiles released into their community. It is the district’s equivalent of a child sex offenders register, and ranks offenders as high, medium or low risk.  Read more »

384 ratbag priests defrocked for abuse

Over the past two years 384 ratbag pedo and abusing priests have been de-frocked by the Catholic Church.

The Vatican defrocked 260 priests for the sexual abuse of children in 2011 and 124 more in 2012 after the scandal exploded in Europe and beyond and bishops forwarded hundreds of cases to the Vatican, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.  Read more »

This Pope is turning out to be cracker

The election of Francis as Pope is proving to be a smart choice by the conclave. He is moving to address so many of the issues the Catholic Church has performed poorly in.

One such area is the legacy of silence over boy-buggering priests. Not any more.

In his first concrete step to address the clerical sexual-abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will establish a commission to advise him on protecting children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims, the Vatican said Thursday.

The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the Vatican of the enduring problem of abusive priests, and fit with Francis’ pattern of willingness to set a new tone in the governance of the church nine months into his tenure.  Read more »

What is he? 37 or 34? The Herald has no idea

Obviously the “decent journalist, trained and skilled” was really struggling with this article:

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As bad as the Catholics

It looks like the BBC should be renamed the Boy-Buggering Club as sex charges mount. They are in danger of becoming better known than the Catholic Church as the preferred workplace for pedophiles.

More than 150 allegations of sexual abuse have been made against 81 BBC employees since the Jimmy Savile scandal engulfed the corporation last year.

Half of the accused are current members of BBC staff or contributors, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Of the cases involving those 40 employees, ten remain outstanding and are currently being investigated by either the police or the BBC.

The figures reveal a seismic shift in the number of people coming forward in the wake of the Savile controversy.  Read more »

Only some cases?

Cardinal George Pell really is a dick. His claims that celibacy might be a factor in some cases is just denying the obvious.

Celibacy is unnatural. The church has created an unnatural system. Jesus wasn’t celibate, neither were many of the 12 apostles. THere is no justification for it biblically or even in the natural course of human-kind.

Celibacy might be a factor in the high rate of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell has told an inquiry.

He also acknowledged that senior figures in the Australian Catholic Church covered up evidence about child abuse.

Appearing before the Victorian inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse, Cardinal Pell said the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse stems from loose entry requirements for priests, past errors of judgment and inaction.

Australia’s most senior Catholic admitted that the fear of scandal had led to the cover-up of instances of abuse by some within the church but he denied that there was a culture of abuse among priests.

Finally a Catholic archbishop admits the coverups

Finally a Catholic Archbishop has admitted that the church helped cover up the activities of pedophile priests.

Now if only more bishops would be so honest the church might be able to start to recovery from their awful legacy of protecting ratbag priests.

MELBOURNE archbishop Denis Hart has admitted the crimes of pedophile priests were covered up by former long-time Melbourne archbishop Frank Little, who dealt with complaints confidentially, kept no records and moved offending priests to new parishes.

In a three-hour interrogation by a Victorian parliamentary inquiry, it was also revealed Archbishop Hart last year warned the Vatican of the possibility of a “scandal for the faithful” if it did not defrock a pedophile priest.

Archbishop Hart also said the church would support the extension of mandatory reporting to ministers of religion, except for the sanctity of the confessional.  Read more »

Investigation underway in Church of England, cover-ups, abuse, running with the Catholic playbook

It’s not just the Catholic ratbags who were covering up the buggering of little boys. The archbishop needs to swing for this.

The Archbishop of York is to set up an independent inquiry into allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman abused choirboys and school pupils.

It will look into claims that the Very Rev Robert Waddington, a former dean of Manchester Cathedral who died in 2007, sexually assaulted young choristers in the 1980s, while Lord Hope, then archbishop of York did not report the abuse claims to police or child protection authorities in 1999 and 2003.

Dr John Sentamu today said he was taking the allegations of abuse with the “utmost seriousness”, calling child abuse a “a heinous and personally damaging crime”.  Read more »