LEXINGTON, Mo. – Authorities on Wednesday were searching a rural property in western Missouri for bodies and buried glass jars containing notes written more than 15 years ago by children who may have documented sexual abuse by five members of their own family.
Women and children at risk in refugee hostels, warns Rape Crisis Centre chief Galway Advertiser, August 27, 2009. By Martina Nee
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre, which runs the Asylum seeker and Refugee Clinic, has warned that there could be another Ryan Report in 20 years time unless urgent changes are made to protect the safety and well-being of people living in direct provision accommodation.
Asylum seekers account for 20 per cent of all the clients seen by the GRCC. From 2005 to 2007 at the clinic: 532 individual counselling sessions were provided, 25 group sessions were held, 62 per cent of the assailants were armed forces in the clients’ country of origin, 79 per cent of clients were survivors of rape, five per cent of clients were survivors of sexual slavery, seven per cent of clients were survivors of child sexual abuse, and nine per cent of clients were survivors of ritual abuse, trafficking, and abuses of an undisclosed nature.
Daily Mail Liz Davies, Senior Social Work Lecturer 11th May 2009
I am a social worker and I teach social workers. But if my own child wanted to become one, I would be very afraid. I realised that sad truth last week when Lord Laming, the Government's child protection 'guru', rebuked social workers for spending too much time filling in forms.
They do. But he largely invented that mountain of paperwork.
Prison time could be avoided with plea By DAVID J. MITCHELL Advocate Florida parishes bureauPublished: Feb 17, 2009
AMITE — The estranged wife of a former church pastor convicted in a child sexual-abuse scandal at a now-defunct Ponchatoula church pleaded guilty late this morning to obstruction of justice under an agreement with prosecutors.
"She bit, she scratched, she almost killed our dog," said Sharon Behrens, who had cared for many foster children. But the little girl named Mia, who had been brutally abused by her parents, was unlike any other, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.
Woman revisits the 'Hell' of ritual abuse By Ben Winslow Deseret News Wednesday, Dec. 10
She isn't Rachel Hopkins anymore.
Anne A Johnson Davis is shedding the moniker she used in a 1995 Deseret News story about her childhood as a victim of ritualistic Satanic abuse and speaking out in a memoir of her life. Davis, now a Lehi mother of three, is stepping into the spotlight again with the publication of her book "Hell Minus One."
"I have had enough healing and closure of my own, I feel I'm in a place where I really feel the call to share what I have to help others find courage," Davis said in an interview Wednesday.
Davis' story is so bizarre, it's hard to believe it actually happened — save for the fact that she has signed confessions from her mother and stepfather, a financial settlement and investigators from the Utah Attorney General's Office who vouched for her. From age 3 until she ran away at 17, she said she was sexually abused, tortured, bathed in blood and forced to hurt her siblings in Satanic rituals.
A Mexican convict extradited from the United States has confessed to killing eight women in a satanic ritual near the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Francisco Granados told a Mexican judge that he and two accomplices had taken drugs before killing the women and dumping their bodies in the irrigation channel of a cotton field. The bodies were found in 2001.
One of the killers had been in charge of making offerings to Satan, his testimony said.
Granados was detained three years ago in the United States, where he still has one year of a jail sentence remaining for other crimes.
Granados said he and his accomplices had also taken part in other killings and that more bodies had been secretly buried in one of their houses.
He asked for the victims' families to forgive him.
A Mexican judge has sentenced one of his suspected accomplices, Edgar Alvarez, to 26 years in jail.
Brazen attacks on women are rivalling the ongoing drug gang warfare in Ciudad Juarez in which more than 1,000 have died this year.
More than 400 women have died in violent crimes in the area, including mutilations and sex attacks, since 1993.
The five-year-old girl cowers naked and crying in a corner. She is so frightened that she urinates. One of the men in the room hits her repeatedly. The others laugh. Another man picks her up and throws her face down on the bed. Then the men rape her. She dies soon afterwards of atrocious injuries.
This is the scenario that the respected art historian and curator, Roger Took, boasted repeatedly about in internet ‘chat rooms’ to fellow paedophiles. In the chat rooms, Took relates how a Dutch man bought the child in Cambodia, kept her for a week and how Took was part of the group who enjoyed ‘splitting her apart’ one night. After Took was arrested last April, the police interviewed him in connection with the child’s murder but Took insisted it was mere fantasy and the police passed the case on to Interpol. Fantasy it could be, but the fact so many like-minded men laughed and masturbated over a helpless child’s torture, terror and death is chilling and profoundly disturbing.
Roger Took was sentenced this February to a minimum of four and a half years in prison as part of an indeterminate sentence for 17 other crimes relating to child abuse. They included molesting two of his step-granddaughters and the possession of 260 photographs, including 102 ‘Level 5s’, which mean they contain images of children being tortured or penetrated, including by animals. One photograph showed a penis entering the vagina of a baby. Many images showed small children shackled to chairs or bars, in obvious pain. The police recovered these images from Took’s laptop. There were, apparently, thousands more on his main computer but the hard drive had broken and police experts were unable to retrieve them. When police raided Took’s home, they found a locked case containing a large bundle of photographs of naked young Russian women, believed to be prostitutes, one having sex with Took, and clippings of children’s hair.
Also on Took’s laptop were 742 chat logs of a sexual nature relating to children, adding up to over 1,500 pages. Took posed as ‘Dad of 2 Superkids’ in the chat rooms and, pretending they were his daughters, posted photographs of his step-granddaughters, Grace, aged nine, and Gillian, aged 11, comparing their vaginas and inviting others in the chat room to masturbate over the images. Judge Blacksell, presiding over the sentencing hearing, referred to the chat logs as ‘unrestrained filth and depravity of the worst type’.
Austrian child Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped at age 10 and held captive for eight years in the basement of the house of Wolfgang Priklopil before she escaped.
Initially, police stated that Priklopil was operating alone. It has since emerged that Priklopil's parents have allegedly sexually abused Kampusch in the context of sadomasochistic child pornography, and had facilitated her "kidnap" by Priklopil. They allegedly knew where she was for the duration of her ordeal, despite their public pleas for her return.
It has since emerged that:
- Police have been ordered not to follow up evidence that Kampusch had been sexually abused by multiple offenders whilst in captivity (see here) - Files and photographs of Kampusch were destroyed or hidden in police archives because senior politicians did not want a furore (see here) - Police were banned from doing a thorough search of Priklopil's premises because it would be "too expensive' (see here)
Meanwhile, confidential information about Kampusch has been leaked by the police to the media, including her statements to the effect that she "willingly" had sex with Priklopil. This material is clearly defamatory and designed to undermine Kampusch's credibility ahead of her mother's upcoming trial for her alleged complicity in Kampusch's kidnap and abuse.