David Shurter blogs about CEOs of four ritual abuse survivor organizations joining forces with Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kevin Annett…
Rolf Harris update: BBC announcing arrest, more details here
The BBC have announced that Rolf Harris has been arrested. I am aware that whenever there is any news about the allegations of sexual offences against Rolf Harris, The Needle receives a steep increase in traffic. Without wishing in anyway to seem unsupportive of the victims in this particular case, I’d like to take this opportunity to write about something far more widespread.
Over the last 40 years or more, the care home system in the UK has been targeted by paedophiles, producers of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) material (child pornogaphy) , the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation, and on occasion the murder of victims, either because their deaths become sick entertainment , or because they knew too much.
Some of this has been extremely well organised and is not restricted to one or two local authorities. This is a problem that is widespread.
When I first became aware of this I felt ashamed of myself. I felt ashamed because I had assumed that the most vulnerable in our society, children in need of care of the state, were safe. To find out that that was not the case and that because, in part, of my ignorance, the sexual abuse of children was being exploited and perpetuated was very difficult.
But now I am no longer ignorant, now I know what has been going on. Ignorance is not a crime but to turn away once all ignorance has been dispelled is morally reprehensible.
There has been a systemic cover up of the truth. One reason for this is due to the fact that many child abusers hold great power, a second reason for this is because CSA is an underworld industry which makes a great deal of money and therefore corruption is rife, a third reason for this is because some people mistakenly thought that moving a problem elsewhere solved it, and finally because with so many powerful people implicated for the three previous reasons, it has become an issue of national security.
I’d like to appeal to every parent and grandparent who reads this. This is not just historic this is a very real child safeguarding issue today.
Now I’ve told you, now you know, remember the words of Edmund Burke, and do not turn away.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
reblogged from TheNeedleBlog
- Rolf Harris held last month by Jimmy Savile sex probe police (standard.co.uk)
- Jimmy Savile report: Rape victim told to forget about it and move on (mirror.co.uk)
- Rolf Harris axed from TV following ‘sex abuse’ arrest (express.co.uk)
- Comic Davidson held over sex claims (bbc.co.uk)
- Travis bailed on new assault claims (bbc.co.uk)
- “Forget about it”: What police told Jimmy Savile rape victim as vital evidence ignored for 50 years (mirror.co.uk)
- RUC didn’t treat Jimmy Savile abuse claim seriously (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Ritual Abuse: Convictions and Evidence the media hide and deny (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- The Ricki Lake Show – Stolen Childhoods, Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse, Ritual Crimes in Africa (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Rochdale Over 20 Years Ago (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
Rochdale child abuse and grooming – another investigation ordered at last
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (in the United States) – so today is the perfect day for a first blog entry.
Child Abuse is an umbrella term which also covers Child Neglect (emotional and physical), verbal abuse (such as swearing), abandonment and threats of harm to the child. Child Abuse can involve particular actions, or inaction (such as failure to provide for the child).
Preventing child abuse is not a job for parents or carers alone – the whole community has a role in preventing child abuse.
The six protective factors for preventing child abuse are:
- Nuturing and Attachment
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Parental Resilience
- Social Connections
- Concrete Supports for Parents
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children
If a child is being neglected or abused it does not necessarily mean the parents are ‘bad’ or are intentionally causing the child harm. It can mean a parent/carer/relative and someone else in contract with the child is causing the issue, or it can be a sign of a person who is in need of more support or who is unaware there is an issue. Reporting possible abuse or neglect is the best way to help improve a child’s life.
For the children you know, how can help them? If you have children yourself, are they aware of OK, and not OK? Do they know who they could tell if they are worried about their friends? Is there a child you know who often seems sad, afraid or angry, have you asked them why this is? Would you know the signs of possible abuse if you saw them – for example patterns of marks on a child’s ear, or an unusual way of acting towards others? You do not need to be 100% sure to report a possible case of neglect or abuse, professionals can look into it themselves.
If there a child you know who may be neglected or abused, contact a helpline today to report it.
Raising awareness within our own communities is one of the key ways to prevent child abuse, and to stop it early.
- Hospital Uses Pinwheels to Draw Attention to Child Abuse (wytv.com)
- Child Abuse & Neglect Continues to Increase In Mesa County (krextv.com)
- Types of child abuse & signs of child abuse (expertscolumn.com)
- Child neglect danger ‘underplayed’ (bbc.co.uk)
- WHITE OUT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE APRIL 1st (ireport.cnn.com)
- Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide (womensphilanthropy.typepad.com)
- Campaign to fight child abuse, neglect begin across state (kdvr.com)
- Stand Up, Speak Out – Child Development – Child Abuse Prevention – Parenting – Infants – Toddlers – Resources (everydayfamily.com)