A child is reported missing every three minutes within the United Kingdom. Yet, how many are recovered? Truth be told, not enough. How often do you open up a newspaper in the morning only to discover a three year olds dismembered body was discovered, allowing for the authorities to uncover hundreds more mutilated, tortured and sexually abused remains of little children? Hardly ever. Such press would often encourage the overall support and demand of action from the public to their government. Although one can easily arrive at the enquiry, how can individuals governing religion, countries or the economy evade the law for such extended periods in time without
inside cooperation? The probability is highly unlikely, yet not impossible.
450 individuals made formal complaints about Saville, involving 28 police locations throughout the country and among them are 34 alleged rapes. They spanned a period of 54 years between 1955 and 2009 when Savile was 82. The abuses were 23 children and young people on BBC premises and at 14 hospitals and at least one hospice. More than 70% of his victims were under 18 and one as young as eight. Yet, only after his death was the information published on a global scale.
In fact, on average 12,175 children, ranging from 0 – 19 years of age, die each year in the United States from an unintentional injury. Males had higher injury death rates in this particular study than females. The death rate for males was almost two times the amount than females. Also, males had a higher injury death rate in comparison to females in all childhood age groups. Injuries due to transportation were the leading cause of death for children. The highest death rates were among occupants of motor vehicles in traffic. There were also a substantial number of pedestrian and pedal cyclist deaths among children. Combining all unintentional injury deaths among those between 0 – 19 years of age, motor vehicle traffic–related deaths were the leading cause. The leading causes of injury death differed by age group.
For children less than 1 year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths were due to suffocation. Drowning was the leading cause injury death for those 1 to 4 years of age. For children 5 to 19 years of age, the most injury deaths were due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle traffic crash.
Risk for injury death varied by race. Injury death rates were highest for American Indian and Alaska Natives and were lowest for Asian or Pacific Islanders. Overall death rates for whites and African–Americans were approximately the same. Injury death rates varied by state depending upon the cause of death. Overall, states with the lowest injury death rates were in the northeast. Fire and burn death rates were highest in some of the southern states. Death rates from transportation–related injuries were highest in some southern states and some states of the upper plains, while lowest rates occurred in states in the northeast region. For injury causes with an overall low burden, death rates greatly varied by age. The poisoning death rate for those older than 15 years of age was at least five times the rates of the younger age groups, and the suffocation death rate for infants was over 16 times the rates for all older age groups. An estimated 9.2 million children annually suffer “unintentional injuries” resulting in medical treatment. Males generally had higher nonfatal injury rates than females. Injuries due to falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injury. Each year, approximately 2.8 million children had an initial emergency department visit for injuries from a fall. For children less than 1 year of age, falls accounted for over 50% of nonfatal injuries. The majority of nonfatal injuries are from five causes. Falls was the leading cause of nonfatal injury for all age groups less than 15. For children ages 0 to 9, the next two leading causes were being stuck by or against an object and animal bites or insect stings. For children 10 to 14 years of age, the next leading causes were being struck by or against an object and overexertion. For children 15 to 19 years of age, the three leading causes of nonfatal injuries were being struck by or against an object, falls, and motor vehicle occupant injuries. Nonfatal injury rates varied by age group. Nonfatal suffocation rates were highest for those less than 1 year of age. Rates for fires or burns, and drowning were highest for children 4 years and younger. Children 1 to 4 years of age had the highest rates of nonfatal falls and poisoning. Injury rates related to motor vehicles was highest in children 15 to 19 years of age.
The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine as it is often not reported. Professionals agree that the incidence is far greater than that which is reported to authorities. Child sexual abuse is also not uniformly defined, therefore statistics frequently vary. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 discovered that at least 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted.
Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, showed that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident. During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized. Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized. Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13. According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well (page 5). A Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows 1.6 % (sixteen out of one thousand) of children between the ages of 12-17 were victims of rape/sexual assault (page 18). A study conducted in 1986 found that 63% of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member also reported a rape or attempted rape after the age of 14. Recent studies in 2000, 2002, and 2005 have all concluded similar results. Children that had an experience of rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college. A child, who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn, mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal. Children that do not live with both parents as well as children living in homes marked by parental discord, divorce, or domestic violence, have a higher risk of being sexually abused.
Paedophilia Within Religion
According to an article within the Telegraph, the Church of England has been warned it cannot carry out a risk assessment of suspected paedophile priests in case it breaches their human rights. The warning arrived as the members of the General Synod voted to issue an unreserved expression of regret for the Anglican authorities’ failure to prevent sexual abuse in the past or even to listen to the victims accusations. Members of the Synod also supported a string of proposals designed to further expand child protection arrangements. In a joint statement, supported unanimously, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York stated: “The sexual and physical abuse that has been inflicted by these people on children, young people and adults is and will remain a deep source of grief and shame for years to come.” Although the Church’s legal officials admitted that privacy rules, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, could make it difficult to force “credibly suspected” paedophile priests to attend a professional risk assessment. An earlier report, conducted in the wake of the child abuse scandals in the diocese of Chichester, recommended sending anyone reasonably suspected of abuse to visit professionals. Yet, a briefing paper prepared by the legal office warns that this would involve “intrusive inquiries” and would be in contradiction with Article Eight of the European Convention: The right to private and family life. Bishops would therefore be forced to compile a case against suspected priests in order to recommend them for a risk assessment. A proposal to ban priests from wearing dog collars if they have been suspended due to abuse suspicions has also caused complications after officials claimed that as the Church of England does not own the copyright to dog collars, it does not possess the right to ban their usage. “There is no distinctive uniform for Church of England clergy – a cleric in a black shirt and priest’s collar could be Anglican, Roman Catholic or Methodist, or belong to any number of small Catholic or Protestant sects that have no connection with the Church of England,” they stated. Earlier the Synod witnessed a frank admission that the Church has become so obsessed with sex that it was failing to tackle what is by far its biggest problem: the severe decline in congregations over several decades. In a paper presented to members, the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Rev Steven Croft, warned that discussion of how to attract individuals to church was often sidelined as issues such as gay marriage and the role of women had come to “dominate” bishops’ private meetings. Meanwhile, the Church’s man in Parliament, the Tory MP Sir Tony Baldry, warned that the Church of England faced virtual oblivion within 20 years unless it united. He told the Synod that “tribes” had been created by the “confused” debate about the role of women in the Church. He said: “To flourish in our mission to evangelise England we have to find a way of uniting.”
Cardinal Keith O’Brian blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse that had support of every other bishop in Scotland. The retired Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, revealed that the Catholic Church in Scotland had planned to invite an independent academic to compile a report on each diocese’s “secret archives” and each bishop’s handling of allegations, which would then be publicised. However, Cardinal O’Brien, the president of the Bishops’ Conference, refused to co-operate and the planned inquiry was shelved, Archbishop Conti then composed a letter to be published in the Catholic newspaper the Tablet. Cardinal O’Brien was forced to resign in March after admitting “inappropriate behaviour” with priests and a seminarian, and is currently in an unknown monastery for a period of “prayer and penance” ordered by Pope Francis. In a letter defending the Catholic Church in Scotland’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse, Archbishop Conti wrote: “It was the intention of all but one member of the Bishops’ Conference to commission an independent examination of the historical cases we had on file in all of our respective dioceses and publish the results, but this was delayed by the objection of the then president of the conference; without full participation of all the dioceses the exercise would have been faulty.” A spokesman for the Church stated: “This refers to a decision taken in 2011 by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to commission an independent academic analysis of statistics relating to abuse and allegations of abuse over a 60-year period from 1952 to 2012.” “This project, with the cooperation of each of the eight dioceses in Scotland, started and ran until 2012, at which time, the then president of the conference, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, withdrew from the project. Without the participation of all the dioceses a ‘national audit’ was not possible so the analysis was stopped.” Cardinal O’Brien was president of the Bishops’ Conference from 2001 to 2012. A source close to the Church disclosed that Cardinal O’Brien could have feared that his own clandestine behaviour may have been revealed during the inquiry or that he was anxious to cover for individuals that were aware of his secret life. In the letter,to the Tablet Archbishop Conti said Cardinal O’Brien had stated: “I understand that in the light of the criticisms the Church has been facing, these audits will now be published. I think they will go some way towards confirming Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell remarks that the percentage of priests involved in abuse is ‘tiny’, and in demonstrating the seriousness and competence with which the Church in Scotland has been dealing with safeguarding in all its implications for many years.” The Catholic Church in Scotland has been scandalised in recent months by Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation and a recent BBC Scotland documentary detailing decades of sexual abuse at Fort Augustus boarding school in the Highlands, and its preparatory school, Carlekemp Priory near Edinburgh, run by Benedictine monks, both of which are now closed. Police Scotland said on Wednesday that more than 20 potential victims had already been identified. Child protection is due to be discussed by the Scottish bishops when they meet in the first week of September, although a national strategy is unlikely to be decided on until Monsignor Leo Cushley, the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, takes over on 21 September and other bishops are appointed to existing vacancies. It is understood that the current president of the Bishops’ Conference, the Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia, is cautious about backing an independent inquiry until all the vacancies in the conference are filled. However, there are growing demands for an independent inquiry into the Scottish Church’s handling of abuse allegations similar to one in England and Wales conducted by Lord Nolan in 2001. A second inquiry was led by Baroness Cumberlege in 2007. Last week, Danny Sullivan, the chairman of England and Wales’ safeguarding commission, stated there should be an independent inquiry in Scotland. And Alan Draper, a retired deputy director of social work that led the Catholic Church in Scotland’s initial response to child abuse allegations in the 1990s, stated an independent inquiry was the only way for the Church to act as it was now “totally discredited”, and any inquiry should also examine Cardinal O’Brien’s behaviour. Mr Draper concluded that while the allegations against the cardinal do not involve minors, he believes they come under the safeguarding category as those who alleged misconduct could be classed as vulnerable adults.
Elite Paedophilia and Child Abuse
The Telegraph published an article in September 2013, regarding the victims of the paedophile and MP Cyril Smith and are considering a lawsuit against the Liberal Democrats for compensation. Lawyers of the victims state that his position and status as a Liberal MP and “national figure” provided with him “access to vulnerable boys” and put him on the “pedestal of respectability”. They also stated that they are now investigating “who knew what” within the Liberal Party and its successor the Liberal Democrats.
Alan Collins, a solicitor at Panone, explained that “From the victims’ perspective Smith could not have sexually abused were it not for the fact that he was a councillor and MP. “These offices gave him access and opportunities, which would otherwise not have been available. “I am therefore investigating who knew exactly what about Smith at the time the victims were being abused. This entails an examination of his relationship not just with local government in Lancashire but that which he had with the Liberal Party and its successor the Liberal Democrats.”
With any relationship follows responsibilities. Smith misused those relationships to access vulnerable teenage boys and the Liberal Party benefited from the relationship with his larger than life profile, his campaigning, and numerous public appearances. “He took the Liberal whip and was very much a party man.” Lord Steel confirmed, the former leader of the Liberal Party. He had been made aware of allegations of “unusual behaviour with boys” involving Smith at a children’s home in the 1960s, before he became a Liberal MP. He was questioned about the allegations when they emerged in 1979, yet Smith denied any wrongdoing and informed them that matter had been investigated by police, who had closed their file. The police later confirmed that the case had been closed. On Smith’s death in 2010, senior Liberal Democrats including party leader Nick Clegg and former leader Charles Kennedy paid tributes to him as a “larger than life character.” A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: “Cyril Smith’s acts were vile and repugnant and we have nothing but sympathy for those whose lives he ruined. His actions were not known to or condoned by anyone in the Liberal Party or the Liberal Democrats.” It comes amid fresh evidence that MI5 and Special Branch covered up Smith’s abuse of children. A police dossier, which accuses the Liberal Democrat MP of a “sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys”, was handed to prosecutors in the 1970s “but went missing for more than 40 years.” The dossier which has since been obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches, reveals that Smith was accused of eight counts of sex abuse, including six offences at a care home that he himself set up in Rochdale. Smith’s case has parallels with Jimmy Savile, the former BBC presenter that was one of many who used his celebrity status to gain access to vulnerable hospital patients. The Metropolitan Police confirmed that Smith was a visitor at the Elm Guest House, which was allegedly run as a male brothel in the early 1980s. Police are investigating claims that boys were abused at the premises by a paedophile ring. The existence of the Cyril Smith sex abuse dossier was first revealed by The Telegraph in November last year. Tony Robinson, a special branch officer with Lancashire Police in the 1970s, said he saw a police dossier which was “thick” with allegations from boys, claiming they had been abused by Sir Cyril. He stated that after taking the file out of the safe at special branch headquarters in Hutton, Preston, he was contacted by an officer from MI5 that informed him it required to be sent to London. Mr Robinson also disclosed that the then Director of Public Prosecutions had examined the allegations but decided they were “not in the public interest”. A former Lancashire police officer stated he was told by Special Branch to stop his investigation into Smith and ordered to hand over the police dossier. Jack Tasker stated: “They made it quite clear that anything that was kept by us would bring repercussions if we didn’t hand it over; that as far as we are concerned, the inquiry is finished … you will take no more inquiries into Cyril Smith.” In 1974 the Conservatives invited the Liberals to form a Coalition government in which Smith could have been appointed a minister.
It should be noted that MPs Care Group in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Tyrone, Ceredigion and so forth still provide long and short term care for vulnerable children of all kinds. Yet it does not stop there, I’m afraid.
A 2011 investigation reveal the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust, one of the most charities. Through their celebrity connections, the trust had raised phenomenal finances to support the treatment children with severe spinal injuries. As a kind of grateful gesture to those celebrities, the most formidable donors were often allowed to visit the wards without supervision, and spent time the children there, such as Jimmy Saville. In the 1970s, British TV presenter Jimmy Saville began volunteering at the trust. Unknown at the time was his inclination towards young children, particularly males. He applied his fame and knowledge to cover up hundreds, if not thousands, of assaults on children and more than likely acts of necrophilia. The hospital provided him with access to their wards. Access, which he allegedly used to conduct a campaign of abuse against children as young as the age of nine. It is presumed that the trust were aware of the circumstances and chose to turn a blind eye, possibly out of fear of losing their biggest donor. In 2013, the trust was shut down.
This merely evidences the power that the people that have upon the corruption within society.
For over a decade, the conflict in Darfur, a region in Sudan, one of the worst humanitarian crises. Thousands were displaced and children were sent to refugee camps, left to perish without parents or future. The French charity Zoe’s Ark travelled to a refugee camp in Chad with the plan of rescuing as many orphans as possible, providing them with loving French parents. “It was an idea with its heart firmly in the right place.” Unfortunately, the charity entirely disregarded Chad’s adoption laws, which considers exporting children from refugee camps without any government oversight illegal. It is questionable whether those 103 children they transported were in actuality orphans. A subsequent Red Cross investigation revealed that 85% of them were neither from Darfur nor refugees, but had been stolen from their parents in Chad. A practice that may be categorised as kidnapping. The charity was also discovered to have given the children “false injuries”. “Presumably on the assumption that refugees cannot be proper refugees without a missing eye.” For all their good intentions, the charity workers were arrested by authorities, and now stand accused of charges ranging from fraud to human trafficking.
Furthermore, Children in Need is one of Britain’s most respected charities, which is run by the BBC. It regularly donates millions of pounds toward aiding disabled children, young people, and psychopathic terrorists. Between 1999 and 2002, the charity regularly passed donations on to Leeds Community School, which in turn used the funding to establish an Islamic bookshop. This bookshop was owned and operated by the 7/7 London suicide bombers. With the donations from Children in Need along with those from other sources, the group funded the printing and distribution of terrorist and anti-Semitic literature, and scheduled local film screenings aimed at recruiting future jihadists. Donations from British citizens literally financed terrorism. In the aftermath of the London bombings, the connection was discovered, and the BBC issued a full apology.Children in Need has become officially associated with vacationing terrorists.
In 2006, after two years of a sustained drought Kenya had reached the brink of disaster. Crops failed, food shortages became fatally acute and over 4 million individuals were suffering from or facing the threat of starvation. In the face an impending humanitarian crisis, New Zealand manufacturer Christine Drummond decided to commit an act of kindness by offering dogfood to the families of Kenya. Expectedly, this is was interpreted as an offensive, if not racist, gesture. Even when starving to death, all of us would like to maintain a modicum of dignity. Feeding your infant dogfood would in most countries be considered a breach of human rights. The Kenyan press tore Drummond to shreds after an official declination. First, due to the nature of her offer. And second, for her determination to deliver to an area that was completely unaffected by drought. “Although Drummond later denied that the paste was actually dog food, claiming it was simply based on a near-identical formula, the damage had been done.”
One of the paradoxes of delivering humanitarian aid is that often one has to work with the very same individuals that are perpetrating the crimes the organisation is attempting to prevent. In Somalia, for example, charities require the support of the malitia to provide supplies for ordinary citizens, resulting in a loss of about 20% of all aid sent to the country in question. For agencies on the ground, it becomes a small price to offer help to those most deserving of it. However, according to respected Dutch journalist Linda Polman, this sort of unintended distribution may prolong wars. For instance, in Darfur, for over a decade a civil war involved a military regime committing brutal massacres against innocent civilians. Aid agencies desperate to enter the country and provide aid are forced to pay “taxes” to the regime, resulting in circumstances, in which the funding also facilitates the slaughter of the same individuals that they are attempting to support. These unintended consequences may be to perpetuate a disaster that would have otherwise burnt itself out in a shorter period of time.In 2010, a devastating earthquake leveled Haiti, taking the lives hundreds of thousands whilst reducing entire towns to rubble. Aid agencies and UN troops descended on the country to help with its reconstruction. The UN redeployed service members from other parts of the world, specifically from Nepal. And these arrived in Haiti with an accidental visitor. Cholera. Prior to the UN’s arrival, cholera had not been observed in Haiti for over a 100 years. Following their arrival, it tore through the country, killing 8,000 individuals, and infecting over 100,000. As a prominent microbial geneticist remarked at the time, introducing the bug to earthquake-affected Haiti was “like throwing a lighted match into a gasoline-filled room.” In a sort of mass panic, treatment centers were swamped with protesters, and lifesaving anti-cholera drugs were prevented from reaching infected areas. The organization denied responsibility, a claim that contrasts all scientific evidence.They also refused to provide financial compensation. The resulted in the Haiti government attempting to sue them in the international court.
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti charity managed to raise $16 million in donations on the back of the tragic earthquake. Almost all of which went toward funding Wyclef instead of his former countrymen. Aside from supporting Wyclef’s family and non-existent companies, Yele repeatedly failed to deliver on contracted major construction and sanitation projects, including temporary homes and medical centres. The remnants of a cholera ravaged disaster zone remained, which was in desperate requirement of a medical treatment centre. In locations, where construction was initiated, it was often totally pointless. When the Global Orphan Project beat Yele to reconstructing a damaged orphanage, Yele promised to provide food instead. After a few months, it abruptly halted the food supply, and started building a new and totally unnecessary orphanage. The building was never finished, and the children nearly starved to death. In the New York Times, the orphanage director stated “If I had depended on Yele these kids would all be dead by now.”