Forced child migrants hope abuse inquiry will deliver justice

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Forced child migrants and survivors of abuse at Christian Brothers-run residences in Western Australia say a royal commission will give them a measure of release and justice.

“My life was just getting belted. And to me I thought that was normal. It wasn’t a good life, it should have been a good life,” survivor Joe Isherwood told SBS.

“I think people [who are] willing and able should be compensated somehow or other for what’s occurred.”

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse opens at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission in Perth on Monday.

“We want to see justice – justice is the end word,” said Tony Costa, who as a child was sent to Bindoon Boys Town in 1953.

“We don’t want the next generation to suffer as we did 60 years ago.”

Mr Costa, a spokesman for the International Association of Former Child Migrants, said he was still angry more than 60 years after he was separated from his family.

“One is angry but as the years go on it’s like a wine – you mature,” he said.

“You have to get on with life. Some poor beggars, some of my fellow survivors, have fallen along the way be it through broken marriages, alcoholism, drugs and so on.

“But each and every one of them has a story to tell and so I don’t want to judge anybody harshly.”

Monday’s hearings are the 11th case study by the royal commission examining how Australian institutions responded to child sexual abuse.

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Child Abuse Statistics

UnChained Project wants to mobilize advocates willing to provide awareness and support for survivors of child abuse living in silence in your community. Here’s why;

  • 40 million children globally are abused each year1
  • 1 in 3 girls / 1 in 6 boys are sexually molested before age 171
  • Of 1.5 million U.S. runaways 85% are fleeing some form of abuse1
  • 6 reports of child abuse per minute in the U.S. = 61,000 reports to Child Protective services per week1
  • Approximately 20% of women and 5–10% of men report being sexually abused as children, while 25–50% of all children report being physically abused1
  • Adult survivors of child abuse often bury symptoms that break-through in their 20’s to 40’s causing debilitating personal conditions1
  • Of reported cases annually 48.5% are boys and 51.2% are females. Child abuse prefers no race, religion, ethnicity or sex above any other.1
  • Up to 45% of survivors attending a support group live below the poverty line1
  • 80% of young adults who suffered child abuse meet the criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder2

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How Does Child Support Affect Your Ability to Get a Car Loan?

When it comes to buying a car, one of the most important considerations is the loan. And, while many focus on trying to qualify for the best rate while paying the least amount out of pocket, those with poor credit simply focus on trying to qualify for funding period. In most cases, borrowers with poor credit have to rely on high risk lenders in order to secure the funding they need to make a purchase of this size. However, if they are either making or receiving child support payments, the qualifying process can be significantly different.

How Income is Viewed by Lenders

Before beginning the loan process, it is important to understand how lenders view income. When a borrower decides to borrow money from a lender, the lender begins the process of underwriting the loan. This process allows the lender to look at the loan from a risk perspective. The main risk, of course, is that the borrower won’t repay the loan. In order to offset this risk, the lender looks at a number of things: a borrower’s credit history, the amount of money they earn and how long they have been with their current employer, the number of existing debts they have, and a few other items.

Borrowers with a strong history of repaying their debts on time, have a low number of existing debts and an adequate income to pay for their monthly obligations represent a lower risk than those who have had a few late payments or charge offs or who have recently changed jobs. This means that they not only qualify for the loan, but usually wind up getting the best interest rates and are required to pay less down.

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1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

Gay Bishop Divorce

NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew “for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”

“It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,” Robinson wrote. “All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ’til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us.”

Robinson declined to comment further Sunday to The Associated Press.

Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.

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We Know Single Moms Are Amazing And Now Science Knows It Too

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Single moms are often faced with tough challenges specific to raising a child on one’s own — but a new study says that, despite the hurdles, single moms are just as happy as their married counterparts.

In the study — published in the Journal of Happiness — researchers conducted 35 intensive face-to-face interviews with single mothers in Poland to get an in-depth understanding of their happiness levels.

Why Poland? The researchers note that Poland “has the worst system of public childcare provision in the EU.” Not only that, “bearing a child out of wedlock is not socially accepted, and lone parenthood is not institutionally supported” — making Poland a good place to study moms who truly have to do it on their own.

In addition to the interviews, researchers used a decade’s worth of data collected from 7,633 mothers as part of Social Diagnosis, an ongoing social study in Poland. Within that sample, 6,594 of the mothers were married, 538 were never married and 501 were previously married (divorced or widowed).

After analyzing both sets of data, researchers discovered that single mothers were no less happy than their married counterparts, despite facing more difficult circumstances.

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Family Lawyers Make Divorce Less of a Struggle

Child custody attorney

If you think you may need a family lawyer, you may want to know exactly what does a family lawyer do. Most legal matters involving families with children, especially divorce, a family lawyer can address.

Family law mediates mainly in divorce, child support proceedings, persons in need of supervision and adoption. A clear example of what does a family lawyer do is when a child’s parents divorce and remarry. In the event the step parent seeks custody from the biological parent, the family lawyer would mediate.

Specialties a child custody attorney or child support attorney practice fall under family law practice. You can ask a family lawyer questions concerning child custody and child support, as ultimately child support hearings determine which parent gets child custody, though these are also questions to ask a divorce lawyer.

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Minnesota counties ‘screen out’ most child abuse reports

Minnesota’s counties received nearly 68,000 reports of child abuse or neglect last year but closed most of those cases without investigation or assessment.

A review of state and federal data by the Star Tribune shows that the number of child abuse reports being screened out without any protective action rose last year to the third-highest rate in the country.

In all, the state screened out more than 48,000 such abuse reports last year ­— and authorities often made their decisions after only gathering information from a phone call or a fax.

What happens to those cases is largely unknown. Records are not open to the public. Many counties also don’t keep track of closed cases, potentially resulting in multiple reports of abuse of a child without intervention. A bill advancing through the Legislature would require counties to keep information on screened-out cases for a year to spot recurring child abuse.

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