Sexual abuse

Sex Offenders Register a half measure cock up: even the people that use it don’t think will work

IT was always going to be a stuff up. Anytime you let a contract in government for something remotely connected to IT it is going to be problematic.

The controversial child sex offender register has been live for a day, but there are already concerns about how stretched police numbers will check-up on offenders.

The register gives police and Corrections a central source of information to share with other government agencies, at their discretion.

Nelson lawyer Steve Zindel held an information session for local lawyers yesterday, to ensure they’re up to speed on new court procedures for the register.

He said the biggest topic was the extra burden this is going to place on police and Corrections staff to ensure offenders are reporting dutifully.

“If there’s changes of address or travel details, [or] if a person leaves their house for more than two days, notifications is meant to be given to Police, so that’s going to be quite onerous on people and I can guarantee you people are going to forget or not do that on occasions.”

Zindel said there’s an Orwellian amount of information offenders must provide beyond just changes of address, like providing details of existing or new tattoos, within 72 hours of the change.

“A lot of that detail won’t be provided with fulsome detail by some offenders. There’s going to be a lot of checking required and a lot of under-reporting probably, and then it’s only going to come to light if something goes wrong, if there’d been a lack of compliance.”

Zindel said misreporting or under-reporting is likely to lead to more prosecutions, if the offender is found out.

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Pedophile principal appeals 2.5 year prison sentence. No remorse

A disgusting pedo principal is appealing his sentence.

Former school principal and convicted child sex offender Bruce Darroch is to appeal his two-and-a-half year prison sentence, a move that has “sickened” the mother of one of his victims.

His appeal is scheduled for October 18 this year.

The mother – who cannot be named to protect the identity of her child – said news of the appeal had left her child “distraught”.

“Darroch is still in denial of his guilt which shows how dangerous he actually is,” she said.

Darroch, the former principal of Te Waotu School in Putaruru, received the prison sentence on June 24 this year after being found guilty in March of possession of objectionable material, making an objectionable publication and failing to assist a police search.

The failure to assist charges related to a number of electronic devices and Darroch’s refusal to provide passwords to allow Police access to the stored data.   Read more »

Dodgy Unions of the UK – Unite union

We have our own dodgy unions here, but they are a shadow of the dodginess of UK based unions.

Look at Unite union, the supposed protector of the workers and their sexual harassment issues:

More than half the female officers in Britain’s biggest union claim to have been bullied or sexually harassed by fellow officials or members in their workplaces, a leaked internal study has found.

The report about the treatment and working conditions of female representatives at Unite also concluded that a quarter of employed officers believe allegations of bullying were not handled well by the union when they were reported.

Titled Women Officers in Unite, the report cited an official who said she felt increasingly isolated at work because of male officials talking among themselves. “I have to sit among colleagues who refer to our secretaries as the girls … [They] think it is correct to refer to black people as coloured, talk about chairmen, refer to women as a piece of skirt,” one female officer said.

One woman told interviewers she was “sexually assaulted by a senior officer in the past”. The report did not go into any further details of her case and did not explain whether the woman reported the assault to police or the union. However it is understood that incident took place in 2007 before Unite was formed through the amalgamation of three unions.

Some of the worst examples of intimidation came from members in external workplaces. One woman reported she had been told in a meeting that she needed “a good ****”.

Another respondent blamed the union’s senior management for failing to commit to inclusivity. The report quoted her as saying: “The old-boys network is alive and kicking unfortunately in Unite, where it is who you know and where they come from that matters.”

The findings are contained in the 39-page internal report about the working lives of the union’s 74 female officers, who support the union’s members and elected shop stewards on shop floors and in offices. It was commissioned by Unite’s officers national committee (ONC) in February and presented to senior management in May.

Unite’s executive is considering the four-month-old findings.

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Researchers from the University of South Florida found some of the remains of 55 people in a graveyard at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. USF Anthropology Team/AP

Researchers from the University of South Florida found some of the remains of 55 people in a graveyard at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. USF Anthropology Team/AP

Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was a Horror Tale come to Life

“There’s just too many stories,” Roger Kiser, who was at the school in the 1950s, has said. “I know of one [boy] that I personally saw die in the bathtub that had been beaten half to death. I thought he’d been mauled by the dogs because I thought he had ran. I never did find out the true story on that. There was the boy I saw who was dead who came out of the dryer. They put him in one of those large dryers.”

For more than a century, boys were sent to the Florida School for Boys reformatory in the north Florida town of Marianna. Many were beaten brutally and bear the physical and psychological scars to this day. Many boys, though, never came home. They died, some under mysterious circumstances. They were buried in unmarked graves and they were forgotten.

Children, some as young as five or six, who ran away from physically, sexually or verbally abusive homes; yet were labelled as incorrigible children by the juvenile court system of Florida. Under court order these children were sent away too physically work on state owned farms located at The Florida School for Boys at Marianna. In addition these same children were used by the local Marianna, Jackson County community working on ranches and unloading railroad cars for as long as twelve hours a day without any pay whatsoever. That in itself was terrible but nothing compared to what was happening behind closed doors at the institution. Many boys disappeared during the night and were never heard from again.

Over the past decade, hundreds of men have come forward to tell gruesome stories of abuse and terrible beatings they suffered at Florida’s Dozier School for Boys, a notorious, state-run institution.

Nicknamed the “White House Boys” after a small but infamous building on school property, called the White House, where violent punishments were meted out, the men have described vicious beatings and mistreatment at the hands of school administrators.

Closed since 2011, the reform school was located in the small panhandle town of Marianna, Fla., and served as a bleak destination for troublemakers, rule breakers and delinquents. In the 1900s, hundreds of boys were sent to the school — some never left.

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So, no apology for all the sexual abuse victims then?

They deserve an apology but will they get one?

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.

Francis responded with a variation of his famous “Who am I to judge?” comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.

He said some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being “a bit offensive for others.” But he said: “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?”    Read more »

Alan Duff has had enough

Alan Duff always speaks plainly, this time he is speaking plainly on the blame game over Moko’s death.

Back in NZ – and only Auckland – last week it seems as if I never left France.

Except for one major difference, the negative first: a young Maori couple from Taupo convicted of torturing then killing a child under their care. And not one Maori leader stood up and said anything.

There’s an awful pattern here and if we keep staying silent then the pattern will keep repeating itself. Maoris are more in need of learning parenting skills than are non-Maoris and that applies to a lot of Pacific Island parents too.

No, it’s not racist. It’s a fact. Don’t go into the whys and wherefores. Just look at the kids murdered, beaten up, sexually abused.

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If you are serious Lizzie, then name them

Lizzie Marvelly has a shabby column in the NZ Herald that she claims sheds light on sexual abuse in the music industry.

She is also pimping it via Facebook.

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She is being lauded as brave, as well she might be, but not for her shabby hit piece where she doesn’t name a single one of her alleged abusers.

Apparently, we must all take a stand against the gropers and the philanderers:

The stories I’ve shared here are just a selection of the incidents I’ve either experienced or witnessed over my decade in the industry. Writing this, I was reminded of things that I’d repressed. Incidents I’d completely forgotten about. Like being groped on stage at age 19.

Before now I worried that I’d never work again if I dared to speak about the sexual abuse that I’d endured, largely at the hands of powerful older men who had the means to make life difficult for me.

When you’ve been treated like a profit-generating object, styled and moulded to become a brand, it takes some time to realise that you were a person, a young person, who was mistreated by people who should’ve known better.    Read more »

Sexual abuse victims and Christians fight the Human Rights commission

The Human Rights commission in America has labelled  victims of sexual abuse and concerned Christians fear mongers for their emotional plea to lawmakers to undo a new bathroom policy. The policy allows individuals to use public facilities based on their gender identity rather than their actual biological gender.

OLYMPIA, Wash.—A group of women who say they are former victims of sexual assault are making an emotional plea to Washington state legislators to reverse a bathroom policy that they say leaves them and their young children vulnerable, exposed and unsafe.

Let me be clear,” Triller Haver wrote, adding:

I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens

-The Federalist Blog

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If it is revealed NZEI made the “deals” will they be accountable?

Chickens are coming home to roost now that convicted sex offender Robert Burrett is behind bars for 19 years.

The Ministry of Education says it’s now aware there were deals done around a convicted sex offender’s prior offences when he left a North Island school he worked at.

Robert Burrett was today sentenced to 19 and a half years for child sexual offences while working as a caretaker at two schools. The charges include; rape, sodomy, forced oral sex, and indecent assault on girls, some with special needs.

It’s now been revealed he may have taken a secret payout to leave Pukenui School after concerns about his behaviour.

But Ministry spokeswoman Katrina Casey told Larry Williams there was never any complaint of a sexual nature, until the one that sparked this investigation and ultimately got Burrett convicted.

“There were concerns or issues, or if you like, deals done around his competence – and drinking has been mentioned – [but] there was never, ever anything about sexual abuse,” Ms Casey said.

She said the reporting regimes have since changed and won’t allow something like this to happen again.

Ms Casey said the rules no longer allow a deal to be done, and a teacher or principal to leave under a cloud and not have that reported to the Education Council.

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School Board caught with pants down

For the first time in eleven years someone has been sanctioned for not putting in a mandatory report to the then Teachers Council.

A former school principal has been censured for serious misconduct after he failed to report sexual offending complaints against one of his teachers, who went on to abuse more children.

The Board of Trustees and the principal have been caught with their pants down.

During a two-day disciplinary tribunal hearing in Napier in December, Bremer denied he had acted inappropriately, saying the complaints against Harter did not appear to be serious at the time.

Bremer and a member of the school’s board of trustees at the time, Jol Bates, told the hearing the school followed what it believed to be an appropriate process.

Bates, who is an employment lawyer, said the board, not Bremer, was responsible for dealing with the Harter complaints because it was the teacher’s employer.

Yet this is a government-owned school staffed by registered teachers.

Fortunately Whaleoil also has access to the final decision (redacted). It appears the school tried to cover up the offending and paid out the paedophile teacher for a resignation.   Read more »