Roman Catholic child abuse record under spotlight at United Nations

UN Committee Against Torture – report due 23rd May 2014

The UN committee against torture will report on today on the Holy See’s record on torture.

During exchanges on 5th and 6th May 2014 members of the committee against torture repeatedly pressed the Vatican representative on it’s record on child abuse.

The committee are likely to recognise the sexual abuse of minors and women by clergy as torture within the definition of the convention.

Committee members accused the Holy See of having effectively allowed child abuse by clerics to go unpunished with weak systems of investigation, punishment and high level failures to report allegations to the police.

Since 2001 the Roman Catholic Church has been engulfed in child abuse scandals in almost every country worldwide involving not only abuse by priests but also Bishops and the Vatican covering up child abuse.

Published on childabuselaw.co.uk.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

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An article about child and spousal abuse written by Author Clara B. Ray

It is my pleasure to introduce Author Clara B. Ray. I asked Clara to be a guest on this blog and to write an article about child and spousal abuse. I hope her article will help spread the word about the terrible abuse problems we have in the USA, as well as all over the World. Perhaps, we all need to be more observant and report suspected abuse to the proper authorities. I believe the legal systems need to implement much stricter laws with severe sentences for the offenders. Also, I encourage people to treat others with kindness and respect, just as we all want to be treated. Welcome, Clara, and thank you for writing the following article.

Clara B. Ray, indie author, writer, and poet. The fifty-six year old mother of two and grandmother of three, has published four books of poetry. Clara’s experiences as a previous volunteer victim advocate and a child abuse survivor, flavor her writings with a sweet poignancy of hope, courage, and inspiration. Her books and contact information can be found on her website: http://www.clarabpoetry.com.

My childhood exploded almost nightly, literally, with violence. A dark drama I lived with an abusive, violent, alcoholic father; who kept lining us up with his loaded shotgun, deciding if he was going to shoot us, like he did the rabbits that he killed when he took us hunting with him. I emerged as a teenager who needed drama, to recreate scenes that would give me a new ending: A father who saw my worth, and loved me instead of trying to shoot me.

It took years in therapy as an adult for me to reconcile all the unresolved issues of my father’s abuse to his children, and the violence I witnessed him doing to my mother.

Now, all the dark drama of Daddy, his abuse, and his gun… are in my pen. I keep it there and only there, as I write from deep within, converting those emotions to whatever topic that I’m writing about.

Published on dallasadizon.blogspot.com.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Does Poverty Cause Child Abuse?

Poor parents are no more likely to hurt or neglect their kids, the author argues. They’re just more likely to be punished for failings both real and imagined.

Cornell University released a large study last month positing that poverty causes higher instances of child abuse and neglect. Considering the advance publicity, it seemed to me that the average reader might overlook the crucial role that socioeconomic and racial biases play in determining which families come under the scrutiny of the child welfare system to begin with.

While poverty is widely recognized as a risk factor in abuse and neglect cases, it is by no means a cause of abuse and neglect. Children are just as likely to be abused or neglected in wealthy homes as in poor ones. However, wealthier white families are simply not under the same scrutiny that brings families of color of low socioeconomic status to the attention of child welfare authorities.

Is this increased scrutiny due to societal or systemic factors that make living conditions worse for minority families? Or is it due to implicit biases? Disproportionate minority representation of children of color in foster care is a complex one with many contributing factors. But as much as people may want to deny it, this is due in part to implicit bias and choices that are made by decision-makers who encounter these families. Consider the brief released in June 2011 by University of Chicago research institute Chapin Hall, which argued that that foster care placement is needed to protect black children from the “self-destructive behavior” that occurs in “racially segregated impoverished enclaves.”

Written by Dawn Post.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

The staggering cost of silence: child abuse victims and stolen innocence

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The well-groomed neighborhood was lined with a green umbrella of trees that swayed in the warm winds of summer as the last remnants of a long, hard winter faded.

The white house on the corner had seen better days and the front lawn was dotted with bare patches where neglect had invited an invasion of pests.

Opening the front door the morning light illuminates an array of toys and wrapping paper strewn about a well-furnished family room. Just ahead above the dining room table a birthday banner hovered over a half eaten cake and scattered cups and plates. As the quiet of the scene establishes its reign down the hallway covered in brown carpet the muffled cries of a young child could be heard.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 girls and1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

As the door opened to the back bedroom door a man emerged securing a belt around the faded jeans he wore.

Written by Jerome Elan, Michael Reagan.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

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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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.

Written by Brandon Stahl.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Local DJ staying awake for a week to raise awareness about child abuse

This is the seventh year of ‘Live for 175,’ a campaign by 103.5 KISS FM to raise awareness for child abuse. DJ Kekeluv kicked off the event Friday morning, and says he won’t sleep for one week.

People on bicycles have to pedal to keep the station on the air. They’re cycling to break the cycle of child abuse. After seven years of doing this, Kekeluv says it’s still a struggle to stay awake for days on end.

“My body clock has changed over the past couple years, where I do mornings now so I’m used to getting up in the morning and going to bed,” said Kekeluv. “I’m on a clock, so last night I wanted to go to bed and my body was trying to shut down on me, so I don’t know how you really prepare.”

He said it’s mostly mental but he gets through it with the help of listeners and volunteers.

“A lot of it’s just the drive of the people that are riding on the bike and the people that are calling the radio station,” said Kekeluv.

He’s also motivated by the cause — raising awareness about child abuse.

Written by Stephanie Zepellin.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.