Gay lobby targets Scout movement. Abuse cases in schools, orphanages,
aboriginal communities, defence force
Newsletter published on 27-2-2013
(1) Abuse cases in schools,
orphanages, aboriginal communities, defence
(2) Gay lobby targets
Scout movement: they "hate Gays", but "are
Scouts “perversion files” on 1,000 expelled scout leaders will
(4) 1,200 files released on suspected molesters in Boy Scouts;
lawyers, politicians, policemen accused
(5) Under pressure, Boy
Scouts may end exclusion of Gays as Scouts or
out-of-court settlement to (ex) Politician it called a Pedophile
accused of indecent assault on 7-year-old
(8) 75-year-old Santa Claus charged
with indecent assault at Adelaide
Santa charged with indecent assault, & producing &
(10) Australia's Royal Commission on child abuse may include
(11) Men 'raped in Sydney office'
School where sexual assault of students was kept secret by state
(13) South Australian Labor government did not tell parents
abuse at more than five public schools
(14) Headmaster won't
expel boy charged with rape
(15) Female teacher jailed for sex with
8-year-old boys, but acquitted
after doubts raised
(16) Speaker of
Australia's House of Reps resigns over sexual harassment
Abuse victims from orphanages and foster care
(18) Sex abuse in the
Australian Defence Force
(19) Jerusalem Court convicts man for sodomy and
against Haredi children
(20) Child abuse is
underreported in Israel
(21) Brooklyn sex abuser was a member of Hasidic
(22) Brooklyn Orthodox sex abusers exempt from public
(1) Abuse cases in schools, orphanages, aboriginal
- Peter Myers, February 27, 2013
not only the Churches that are being pilloried over abuse claims.
spreading to politicians, the media (BBC), schools, orphanages,
communities, defence forces and more. I have been collecting
such cases for
some months, and am bundling them together here.
Obviously some of this
attention is justified. But surely it has gone
have been hounded from office for numerous sex scandals, had
the media in
his day been as intrusive as it is today. Is that what we
Politicians and celebrities need to be allowed to have a private
without the details of their sex life being broadcast in the
We're losing sight of the difference between flirting - surely not
crime - and rape.
Church leaders and Scout leaders are being
attacked from two sides. On
the one hand, they're accused of not preventing
sexual assault (commonly
homosexual), and sacked for covering it up. On the
pressured to drop the strictures against Gays in their
The same Liberals who pillory the Church for sex abuse
restriction on Pornography.
The Mums and Dads have been
voting with their wallets. They have been
moving their children from
government schools - which are seen as
hotbeds of homosexual propaganda - to
Church schools. The parents know
that their children are safer there,
whatever the media ballyhoo.
Michael Leunig, an Australian cartoonist
long known for a Left stance,
made enemies among Feminists when his cartoon
"Thoughts of a Baby Lying
in a Child Care Centre" was published in The
Melbourne Age in 1995 and
republished in The Age of April 29,
The baby is shown thinking "I can't believe it! My own mother - who
want to be with more than anything in the world; my mother - font of all
goodness and warmth, dumps me in this horrendous creche. I can't believe
this cartoon, Leunig was branded a misogynist.
Perhaps in decades to
come, the widespread placement of babies just 6
months old in creches will
be seen as a form of Child Abuse. A form not
noticed in our time, because
our values are set by Feminism, and
Feminism teaches that it's
The evidence on attachment (bonding) from John Bowlby and his
colleagues is that infants need to bond with people who will be in
lives long-term. Apart from parents and relatives, this can include a
nanny or carer, provided that that person is fairly constant in the
Penelope Leach, an expert on child care, wrote a book
First, to try to correct the Career First prescription of
she had to cede ground, to win favour.
(2) Gay lobby
targets Scout movement: they "hate Gays", but "are
From: Fred L. Partin <email@example.com> Date: 30
January 2013 01:48
This is how the US media rolls out
Nietzsche meme/zeitgeist on a daily
repetition like a broken record playing
over and over. Good is bad and
crushes from the right and the left as well
as up and down.
On the one hand Boy Scouts hates Gays
the other hand Boy Scouts are Homosexual Predators
do they incessantly attack religion, boyscouts, Catholics, etc.
meme? Because they oppose their views and further
individualism as well as belief in God other than theirs.
(3) Boy Scouts
“perversion files” on expelled scout leaders will be made
Scouts “perversion files” to be released
Allegations against over 1,000
expelled scout leaders between 1965 and
1985 will be made public
The so-called “perversion files” from the Boy Scouts of
America will be
released Thursday — 20,000 pages detailing sex abuse
over 1,000 expelled scout leaders and volunteers between
the years 1965
Following lawsuits from young men (now
adults) abused as boy scouts
during this period, and requests from media
companies, the Oregon
Supreme Court ordered the documents be made public
last month. All
victim names and personal details will be redacted from the
Recent, damning investigations by the L.A.
Times revealed that, although
much of the information in the “perversion
files” was already public
(such as police and newspaper reports), in
hundreds of cases,
allegations of child molestation were never reported to
police, and more
than 125 men named in the files were able to volunteer for
Scout troops after allegations were documented by the institution.
reported that attorneys representing victims are also seeking the
release of post-1985 files from the Boy Scouts. CNN noted:
will show that the expelled Scout leaders and volunteers — all
men — “are
sociopathic geniuses,” said attorney Kelly Clark of Portland,
reviewed the 20,000 pages and is among the attorneys releasing
“They fool everybody,” he said. “And then they are able to
convince or threaten these kids to stay silent. And you see that
out over and over again in the files.”
The media companies
seeking the release of the files were the Associated
Press, The Oregonian
newspaper in Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting,
KGW, The New York Times
and Courthouse News Service. The release follows
the recent online
publication of the names of nearly 2,000 scouting
volunteers accused of
abuse between 1971 and 1991.
(4) 1,200 files released on suspected
molesters in Boy Scouts; doctors,
lawyers, politicians, policemen
Scouts child abuse files contain chilling, graphic accounts
2012 | 3:33 am
The more than 1,200 files released on suspected molesters
in the Boy
Scouts of America include chilling accounts.
include graphic descriptions of abuse by young victims,
10-year-old scout from Georgia who described being raped by
leader on a 1972 camping trip.
"I kept saying I wanted to go back
swimming but he said, 'Just a
minute,' " the boy wrote.
crying. … I didn't go on any more camping trips."
The scoutmaster was not
tried in that case, but later was convicted of
child sexual abuse and
sentenced to 14 years in prison, public records
investigative reporter Jason Felch and producer Ken Schwencke
article and The Times database produced from the files in
a Google+ Hangout.
(See video above.)
The court-ordered release of the files offers a
detailed view of how the
Scouts handled suspected molestations from the
early 1960s through 1985.
Suspected abusers from all over the country are
named in the files —
many of them never reported to police or charged with a
lawyers, politicians and policemen are among the accused and
about to face public exposure for the first time.
secrets are out,” said Kelly Clark, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers
Oregon lawsuit that resulted in a nearly $20-million judgment
Scouts in 2010. “Child abuse thrives in secrecy, and secret
where it breeds.”
Clark’s office made the confidential files public —
minus the names of
victims and others who reported suspected abuse — after
Supreme Court ordered their release in June at the request of
organizations including the Oregonian, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the
New York Times and the Associated Press. Kept by the Boy Scouts for
nearly 100 years, the files were intended for internal use to bar
suspected molesters from rejoining the organization.
The Los Angeles
Times over the last several months analyzed a larger and
recent batch of files — 1,900 cases opened on suspected
child abusers from
1970 to 1991. In hundreds of cases, the newspaper
found, the Scouts failed
to report abuse to authorities and many times
covered up allegations to
protect the organization’s reputation. The
Times also found that dozens of
men who were expelled on suspicion of
sexual abuse managed to reenter the
organization only to face new
The Times is incorporating
the files released Thursday into its own
online database, which contains
information on nearly 5,000 such cases
spanning 1947 to January 2005. The
database offers a complete record of
files opened during that period except
for an unknown number of files
that have been purged by the Scouts over the
years. More than 300 cases
involve someone with ties to a troop or unit in
ON THE MAP: Names, locations of alleged sex
Months ago, The Times obtained the information for its analysis and
database from a Seattle attorney, Timothy Kosnoff, who has sued the
Scouts more than 100 times on behalf of alleged victims of child
In a statement Thursday, Boy Scouts’ National President Wayne
acknowledged that some allegations of abuse have been mishandled by
“There have been instances where people misused their
Scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response
incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly
inappropriate or wrong,” Perry said. “Where those involved in
failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend
deepest and sincere apologies to victims and their
Perry underscored the organization's enhanced child-protection
in recent years, including increased background checks, training and
mandatory reporting of all suspected abuse.
Scouting officials have
long maintained that analyzing the files would
not enhance their efforts to
protect scouts — even after some of their
own expert advisors urged them to
do such a review. After a judge's
decision to release the files in the
Oregon case, however, the
organization commissioned a study of hundreds of
cases between 1965 and
1985. Janet Warren, a psychiatry professor at the
Virginia, found no common profile among
Others said the files are of considerable value to researchers
groups. "This is the biggest and maybe the only set we have on
abuse in American youth organizations," said Patrick Boyle, who
hundreds of files for his 1994 book "Scouts Honor: Sexual Abuse in
America's Most Trusted Institution." "It gives us incredible
(5) Under pressure, Boy Scouts may end exclusion of Gays as
pressure, Boy Scouts may ease no-gays policy
AP National Writer, By DAVID
CRARY | January 29, 2013 | Updated: January
29, 2013 6:53am
(AP) — Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of
signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of
gays as scouts or
leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the
freedom to decide the
matter for themselves.
If approved by the Scouts' national executive
board, possibly as soon as
next week, the change would be another momentous
milestone for America's
gay-rights movement, following a surge of support
for same-sex marriage
and the ending of the ban on gays serving opening in
"The pulse of equality is strong in America, and today it beats
faster with news that the Boy Scouts may finally put an end to its
history of discrimination," said Chad Griffin of the Human Rights
Campaign, a major gay-rights group.
Under the proposed change, which
was outlined Monday by the Scouts, the
different religious and civic groups
that sponsor Scout units would be
able to decide for themselves how to
address the issue — either
maintaining an exclusion of gays, as is now
required of all units, or
opening up their membership.
Baptist leaders — who consider homosexuality a sin — were
furious about the
possible change and said its approval might encourage
churches to support other boys' organizations instead
of the BSA. The
Southern Baptists are among the largest sponsors of
Scout units, along with
the Roman Catholic, Mormon and United Methodist
proposed change, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith, "the Boy
Scouts would not,
under any circumstances, dictate a position to units,
The Irving, Texas-based BSA, which celebrated its 100th
2010, has long excluded both gays and atheists. Smith said
that a change
in the policy toward atheists was not being considered and
that the BSA
continued to view "Duty to God" as one of its basic
Protests over the no-gays policy gained momentum in 2000,
when the U.S.
Supreme Court upheld the BSA's right to exclude gays. Scout
sponsorships by public schools and other entities that adhered to
nondiscrimination policies, and several local Scout councils made public
their displeasure with the policy.
More recently, pressure surfaced
on the Scouts' own national executive
board. Two high-powered members —
Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and
AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson
— indicated they would try to work from
within to change the membership
policy, which stood in contrast to their
own companies' non-discrimination
Amid petition campaigns by Change.org, shipping giant UPS Inc.
drug-manufacturer Merck & Co. announced that they were halting
from their charitable foundations to the Boy Scouts as long as the
no-gays policy was in force.
Also, local Scout officials drew
widespread criticism last year for
ousting Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom,
as a den leader of her son's
Cub Scout pack in Ohio and for refusing to
approve an Eagle Scout
application by Ryan Andresen, a California teen who
came out as gay last
Tyrrell said she was thrilled for parents
and their children who've been
excluded from scouting and "for those who are
in Scouts and hiding who
"For me it's not just about the
Boy Scouts of America, it's about
equality," she told The Associated Press.
"This is a step toward
equality in all aspects."
Many of the protest
campaigns, including one seeking Tyrrell's
reinstatement, had been waged
with help from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
"The Boy Scouts of America have heard from Scouts,
millions of Americans that discriminating against gay
scouts and scout
leaders is wrong," said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD's
is a valuable institution, and this change will only
strengthen its core
principles of fairness and respect."
had reaffirmed the no-gays policy as recently as last year
and appeared to
have strong backing from the conservative religious
sponsor large numbers of Scout units. Under the
proposed change, they could
continue excluding gays.
Before Monday's announcement, the BSA conferred
with some leaders of
these religious groups, including the Rev. Frank Page,
who leads the
Southern Baptist Executive Committee.
Roger S. Oldham, a spokesman for the executive committee,
Page then wrote to
the Scouts "expressing his tremendous dismay at the
had been working for months on this proposal and just days before
informed us," Oldham said in a telephone interview. "We would
that there would be a very significant backlash to this as
re-evaluate whether scouting comports with their values."
If the Scouts
proceed with the change, Oldham said, SBC leaders were
likely to issue a
statement "expressing disappointed and encouraging our
churches to support
alternative boys organizations." ...
The announcement came shortly after
new data showed that membership in
the Cub Scouts — the BSA's biggest
division — dropped sharply last year
and was down nearly 30 percent over the
past 14 years.
According to figures provided by the organization, Cub
dwindled by 3.4 percent, from 1,583,166 in 2011 to 1,528,673 in
That's down from 2.17 million in 1998.
The BSA's overall
"traditional youth membership" — Cub Scouts, Boy
Scouts and Venturers —
totaled 2,658,794 in 2012, compared to more than
4 million in peak years of
The Boy Scouts attribute the decline largely to broad social
including the allure of video games and the proliferation of youth
sports leagues and other options for after-school
However, critics of the Scouts suggest that its recruitment
been hampered by high-profile controversies — notably the
release of files dealing with sex abuse allegations and
protests over the no-gays policy.
The Scouts have been
buffeted in recent years by multiple court cases
related to past allegations
of sexual abuse by Scout leaders, including
those chronicled in
long-confidential records that are widely known as
Through various cases, the Scouts have been forced to reveal
dating from the 1960s to 1991. They detailed numerous cases where
claims were made and Boy Scout officials never alerted authorities and
sometimes actively sought to protect the accused.
The BSA has
apologized for past lapses and cover-ups and has stressed
the steps taken to
improve youth protection policy. Since 2010, for
example, it has mandated
that any suspected abuse be reported to police.
_ Associated Press
writers John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, and Rachel Zoll
in New York contributed
to this report.
David Crary can be reached at http://twitter.com/CraryAP
out-of-court settlement to (ex) Politician it called a Pedophile
Reaches Settlement With BBC Over Libel Claim
By JOHN F.
Published: November 15, 2012
LONDON — A former British
politician who was wrongly implicated in child
sexual abuse by the British
Broadcasting Corporation has reached an
out-of-court settlement of £185,000,
equivalent to about $295,000, to
settle his libel claim against the
beleaguered broadcaster, the BBC said
in a statement on Thursday
The settlement was reached only 13 days after the BBC, already in
over its coverage of a pedophile scandal involving one of its own
best-known television hosts, was pitched into still greater turmoil by
broadcasting an investigative report that pointed to the former
politician Alistair McAlpine. Although not named in the report, he was
identified in a way that quickly led to his being named on the Internet
as a pedophile who preyed on boys in a children’s home in north Wales 30
Last week, the BBC said that the public affairs program
erred in identifying a “senior Thatcher-era politician” —
who was treasurer of the Conservative Party in the early 1980s
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — as the child abuser, and it
acknowledged the error as a case of mistaken identity. Mr. McAlpine
immediately announced his intention to sue the BBC and others who had
followed its lead in falsely implicating him.
That was followed
within 48 hours by the resignation of the BBC’s
director general, George
Entwistle, who had been in the job barely eight
weeks, and a shake-up of the
BBC’s hierarchy that saw several top
executives and program-makers suspended
pending the completion of
inquiries into the BBC coverage of the
BBC insiders have said that the crisis is one of the greatest in
corporation’s 90-year history, and one that will lend new momentum to
demands for extensive reforms at the $6-billion-a-year public
The BBC statement on the settlement with Mr. McAlpine said
agreement would be ratified within a few days in court, and that
sides would make fuller statements at that time.
But lawyers who
were not involved in the case said the settlement would
set a standard for
those that could be expected in a host of other suits
that Mr. McAlpine and
his lawyers have said they intend to pursue.
Mr. McAlpine, 70, who had
spoken only through his lawyers since the BBC
program ran, broke his silence
on Thursday with an interview on the BBC,
an organization he described as
admired by “people all over the world”
as “the only honest voice” available
to them. In the interview he spoke
of the personal turmoil he had
experienced as a result of the
“Newsnight” broadcast that implicated him in
“To suddenly find yourself a figure of public hatred,
terrifying,” he said, adding that because many people
believe there is
“no smoke without fire” he expected some of the stigma
arising from the
episode to remain with him for the rest of his
“It really was a horrendous shock,” he said. “What really shattered
was when all of a sudden this was spread all over the world,” in
broadcasts, newspaper headlines and in a torrent of messages on social
media sites, including Twitter.
Mr. McAlpine made his remarks on his
return to Britain from Italy, where
he has lived out of the public eye for
many years, running a guesthouse
with his Italian wife in a converted
convent near the city of Bari. He
said he had no television, newspaper or
Internet access there, and
became aware that he had been cast into the
center of the scandal only
when it was already a worldwide
Calling the allegations on the “Newsnight” broadcast “complete
he said he had only been “once in my life” to Wrexham, the Welsh
that is the site of the children’s home involved. He said the BBC had
never called him to give him an opportunity to deny the allegations
before the program appeared.
“They could have saved themselves a lot
of agonizing, and money,
actually, if they’d just made that telephone call,”
Mr. McAlpine, who is in poor health with a longstanding heart
spoke with a husky, at times barely audible voice in the 15-minute
interview with the BBC’s flagship noontime radio newscast, “World at
One,” which took place at the offices of his lawyer, Andrew Reid.
disclosure that Mr. McAlpine had been wrongfully implicated
deepening crisis at the BBC with its roots in an earlier
“Newsnight” to cancel a segment investigating Jimmy Savile,
a longtime BBC
television host now said by the police to have sexually
abused 300 young
people over decades.
The BBC has acknowledged that Mr. McAlpine was not
“Newsnight” to comment on the allegation. His accuser, Steve
former resident of the children’s home, has since withdrawn his
accusation and apologized, calling it a case of mistaken identity and
blaming mistakes by the police in an abortive investigation into the
pedophile allegations in the 1990s. The BBC has also acknowledged that
Mr. Messham was not asked to identify Mr. McAlpine from a
In the interview, Mr. McAlpine was asked about a remark by
Johnson, the mayor of London, that to call someone a pedophile was to
“consign them to the lowest circle of hell — and while they’re still
alive.” He replied: “Absolutely. I think it describes pretty much what
happened to me in the first few days of this event.” He added, “It gets
into your soul and you just think there’s something wrong with the
Mr. Reid said that there was a “very long list” of others that
the target of lawsuits by Mr. McAlpine. Referring to the
those who used social media to defame Mr. McAlpine, he said
have to learn that such sites were not “a closed gossip coffee
that there were legal liabilities involved.
“Let it be a
lesson to everyone that trial by Internet is a very nasty
way to hurt
people, and it will end up costing people a lot of money,”
Alan Cowell contributed reporting.
A version of this article
appeared in print on November 16, 2012, on
page A12 of the New York edition
with the headline: Britain: BBC Settles
a Libel Claim.
accused of indecent assault on 7-year-old
21, 2012 - 4:15PM
A shopping-centre Santa Claus has been arrested south
charged with the alleged indecent assault of a
Police arrested the 75-year-old man on Tuesday following an
Southgate Plaza Shopping Centre at Morphett Vale, in Adelaide's
The assault allegedly occurred in front of the mother of the
seven-year-old child on Tuesday.
The man has been bailed to appear
before the Christies Beach Magistrates
Court in January.
conditions prevent him having contact with children.
Graeme Adcock urged parents not to overreact.
"I think an important
aspect of this is [that] it does touch on a very
long standing and innocent
relationship between Father Christmas and a
child," he said.
are many people who perform a role as Father Christmas as a
service and we don't want to taint that particular
relationship and their
He urged parents to continue taking their children to visit
However, police have provided details of the man's work history as
He worked at Southgate Plaza as Santa in the afternoon
on December 3, 4,
6, 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18. He also worked at Wilfred Taylor
Morphett Vale on December 1 and Kalara Reserve on December
"He was employed by a contractor external to Southgate Plaza Shopping
Centre," a police spokesperson said.
Southgate Plaza Shopping Centre
has been contacted for comment.
Victor Harbor Times
75-year-old Santa Claus charged with indecent assault at Adelaide
charged with indecent assault at suburban shopping
December 21, 201212:47PM
centre Father Christmas has been arrested for an alleged
indecent assault in
Adelaide's southern suburbs.
The 75-year-old was arrested by South Coast
detectives on Tuesday and
charged with aggravated indecent assault on a
It is alleged the offence occurred in front of the child's mother
South Gate Plaza shopping centre on Sherriff's Rd, Morphett vale,
The man was working as a contractor for a store in the centre
dressed as Father Christmas.
He also worked at South Gate on
December 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18
and the Wilfred Taylor Reserve,
Morphett Vale, on December 1 and Kalara
Reserve on December
Police would not speculate if providing the details of the man's
previous appearances as Father Christmas means there may be more
"This is very early in the investigation so it it is not
possible to say
that there is other victims," Superintendent Graeme Adcock
"We are just alerting the public to the
Police said the attack should not hinder parents from
children to visit a Father Christmas in the coming
"I think the important aspect of this is it does touch on a very
standing and innocent relationship between Father Christmas and a
child," Supt Adcock said.
"There are many people who perform a role
as Father Christmas as a very
good community service and we don't wish to
taint that particular
relationship and there role."
"Continue to take
your children to Santa as you would yesterday."
The man was released on
bail to appear in the Christies Beach
Magistrates Court late next
His bail conditions prevent him from contacting
(9) Shopping-centre Santa charged with indecent assault, &
possessing child pornography
Santa charged with indecent assault of children in court
January 30, 2013
SHOPPING-CENTRE Santa Claus who allegedly indecently assaulted
while acting in the role has appeared in court for the first time.
man, 75, appeared in Christies Beach Magistrates Court today charged
one count of aggravated indecent assault.
The man - who cannot yet be
named - allegedly assaulted a seven-year-old
child at the South Gate Plaza
at Morphett Vale on December 18 last year,
as he was fulfilling a role as
Prosecutors asked Magistrate Brett Dixon to transfer the
Adelaide Magistrates Court, where the man faces a number of other
charges relating to similar alleged offending.
Police charged the man
with a total of seven counts of aggravated
indecent assault at Warradale,
Reynella, Morphett Vale and Davoren Park
between June and December last
The man is also charged with producing and possessing child
at his former Warradale home in December.
transferred the man's bail to allow him to live at a city
and altered conditions to prevent him from coming into
contact with any
child under 16.
The man was remanded on continuing bail to face court
again in March.
(10) Australia's Royal Commission on child abuse may
include abuse in
abuse inquiry may include issue of indigenous mistreatment
November 18, 2012
THE mistreatment of indigenous
children in federal institutions may be
included for examination by the
royal commission into child abuse, says
Acting Families Minister Brendan
O'Connor. Mr O'Connor today said the
composition of the commission would be
determined by the end of the year
and multiple commissioners could be
appointed to run hearings
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(11) Men 'raped in Sydney office'
December 05, 2012 8:42AM
A MAN alleged to have sexually assaulted other
men at a city centre
office in Sydney has been charged by police.
alleged offences date back to 1995 to 2004, involving four
Strike Force Woodcliff was formed to investigate the alleged
assaults by the man, who worked in the Pitt Street office.
alleged offender, aged 60, was arrested yesterday and charged with
offences including sexual intercourse without consent and indecent
He was granted bail to appear in the Downing Centre Local
January 22, 2013.
(12) School where sexual assault of
students was kept secret by state
of worry in school sex cases
BY: POLITICAL REPORTER LAUREN
The Advertiser December 14, 2012 11:00PM
parents face a worrying wait over the school holidays to
learn whether their
children attended a school where sexual incidents
involving students have
been kept secret by the State Government.
Education Minister Grace
Portolesi revealed yesterday that information
about incidents at three
schools had been deliberately withheld from
This included a
suburban high school where a teacher was charged with
letter was sent to parents at that school yesterday but Ms Portolesi
parents of students at the other two schools would not be given
until the new year. She would not give reasons for the delay.
Portolesi would not say whether they were primary or high schools,
incidents occurred or when she became aware of them.
SA Association of
School Parent Clubs president Jenice Zerna said the
wait would "seem an
eternity" for parents and called on the Government
to "not leave the parents
hanging, wondering `is it my children's
Of the high
school incident, Ms Portolesi said a "conscious" decision
was made to delay
telling parents because a "family member" of the
attended the school.
She would not elaborate on why parents could be told
Ms Portolesi would not say if police advice had been recieved in
the decision not to tell parents about the high school
A teacher, 53, appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday
with aggravated indecent assault, two counts of a person in
having sex with a person under 18 and one count of gross
The charges relate to alleged offences committed against a
was a student between Years 8 and 11 sometime between July 2008
Court files show some of the sexual acts allegedly
happened in the
teacher's office and the school's computer room.
man, who was teaching at a public school when he allegedly committed
offences, was remanded on continuing bail to face court again in
The man cannot be named under state laws because he is yet
to enter a
plea to the charges.
Ms Portolesi and Premier Jay
Weatherill have been under intense pressure
over transparency in schools
since it was revealed in October that
parents at a north-western suburbs
school were not told for two years of
the rape of a student in
This prompted an independent inquiry by former Supreme Court
Bruce Debelle, to which Ms Portolesi and Mr Weatherill have given
The Debelle Inquiry's terms of reference relate to allegations
assault committed by the OSHC director at the north-western
Ms Portolesi said it was "up to Mr Debelle" to decide if
include the latest cases in his investigations but lawyers said it
outside his terms of reference.
However, Law Society of SA
President John White said the terms of
reference were specific and would not
allow him to investigate incidents
at other schools unless his brief was
Opposition education spokesman David Pisoni called for Ms
step aside from her portfolio until investigations into the
- with Andrew Dowdell
Australian Labor government did not tell parents about sex
abuse at more
than five public schools
in dark on five sex abuse cases
BY: MICHAEL OWEN AND SARAH
The Australian December 15, 2012 12:00AM
Labor government has not told parents about sex abuse
allegations at more
than five public schools.
Education Minister Grace Portolesi divulged the
after The Australian reported parents were not told
for seven months
about a case involving a teacher in one of Adelaide's
government schools in the eastern suburbs.
the man appeared in court to face charges of aggravated
two charges of being a person in authority having sex
with a person under
the age of 18 and one count of gross indecency.
Premier Jay Weatherill
and Ms Portolesi are already under intense
scrutiny over the government's
alleged involvement in the cover-up of
the rape of an eight-year-old girl at
a primary school by a convicted
pedophile who ran an out-of-hours care
The government has commissioned former Supreme Court judge Bruce
to conduct an "independent" inquiry into why parents were kept in
dark for two years, with cabinet giving him royal commission
Ms Portolesi -- who yesterday gave evidence at a closed hearing
Debelle inquiry -- said the case raised publicly yesterday was one of
five identified by a review she had ordered last month after controversy
about the 2010 child-rape cover-up.
"The internal review process that
occurred in the department following
the situation at the western suburbs
school determined that there were
five other cases, and there were three
where school communities should
be advised," Ms Portolesi said.
said charges had not been laid against anyone at the other two
there was no need to inform those school communities.
Letters were mailed
to parents at the eastern suburbs school yesterday
afternoon to inform them
of the matter.
This comes after the Education Department last night said
governing council was never told. A member of the school's
council yesterday told The Weekend Australian he was not aware of
incident, and it had not been minuted in any meetings of the council
"It's scary," he said.
Parents at two other schools
will wait until next year to be told about
assault allegations involving
members of staff.
The minister has dodged questions in parliament about
whether there was
a policy in place to disclose such matters.
Queensland Education Department was yesterday unable to say whether
community was informed in instances of child sexual assault in
In Victoria, the Education Department said it followed police
"appropriate communication with a school community", while in NSW
school community would not normally be advised of a teacher arrest
because of privacy provisions.
Opposition education spokesman David
Pisoni said Ms Portolesi should
stand down from her portfolio while the
Debelle inquiry investigated
whether there were further incidents where a
school community had not
Additional reporting: Verity
(14) Headmaster won't expel boy charged with rape
THE headmaster of The King's School has defended his decision
expel a student charged with rape while in Scotland on an
leadership exchange program.
Timothy Hawkes said he had
suspended the teenager facing the "dreadful"
rape allegation and had also
suspended others involved in incidents on
the exchange program but described
those other incidents as "minor".
Dr Hawkes strongly denied there was an
"endemic problem" at the school,
and of the rape charge said "there is a
feeling that it may not go to
trial at all and the matter may well be
On Sunday Fairfax Media revealed that several students at the
private school were involved in incidents while on the 10-week
leadership program, including a 16-year-old boy who returned to
Australia a fortnight ago after he was arrested, charged and remanded in
custody over an alleged sexual assault at Scotland's oldest boarding
Dr Hawkes had claimed the boy charged with rape had
"failed in his
ambassadorial duties" but would not be expelled.
comments were not well-received on social media, with several
concerns on the school's Facebook page. "There are no
plans to expel a
student who has been charged with rape while
representing your school?
REALLY? When I was at school I got severely
reprimanded for having a
piercing in my face," one comment read.
On Sunday Dr Hawkes said "I've
got a lot of hate mail" but defended the
decision not to expel the boy,
saying this would have "infringed on
procedural fairness". He said the boy
was suspended and his eventual
fate would be determined by the legal
"I don't think The King's School deserved the denigration … this
a legal view but the general feeling is that it's almost certain the
charges will be dropped," Dr Hawkes said.
He refused to go into
details about other reported incidents on the
exchange program but said
relative to the rape allegation they were
"very minor and these are part of
what schools are dealing with all the
time". Students involved in these
incidents had also been suspended.
An anti-sexual violence campaigner,
Nina Funnell, who has done work with
private schools, said principals may be
reluctant to expel students
accused of sexual assault without a court
outcome but "it is highly
inappropriate to dilute the seriousness of a
sexual assault allegation
by using language that minimises or reframes the
criminal nature of the
Governance of The King's School
is in the hands of a council that meets
10 times a year. The majority of
members are appointed by the Anglican
Church Diocese of Sydney.
council's chairman, the Reverend Martin Robinson, would say only
that he had
been "fully briefed over the course of this matter" but all
come from Dr Hawkes.
The president of the school's council, the
Archbishop of Sydney, Peter
Jensen, through a spokesman declined to comment
on the matter. He would
not say whether he still had confidence in Dr
(15) Female teacher jailed for sex with 8-year-old boys, but
after doubts raised
teacher cleared of abuse
Date: December 10 2012
A WOMAN jailed in 2010 for sex offences committed 33 years ago
two boys aged 8 has been freed after Victoria's highest court
her convictions and acquitted her.
Three Court of Appeal
judges acted after a barrister for the woman, who
was then a primary school
teacher, submitted there was a "real
possibility an innocent person has been
Josephine Greensill served almost 21?2 years after a jury
guilty of offences allegedly committed in 1979. Her release
allegations that her accusers had colluded against her.
Greensill, 61, said she wept after her acquittal and was "too scared"
believe her "horrendous experience" was over.
"I can't accept in my mind
that it's over and I'm really home and I
don't have to go back," the mother
of five said. "It hasn't sunk in yet.
"It's very hard being in there
[prison] when you're not guilty. Everyone
else [was] guilty and would brag
about their crimes. But my three
sisters and children and the letters and
visits from people all said to
hang on because justice will be done one
Her sister Annette Toohey also relived the "hell" after the
tears and an anxiety that former students would think that Ms
was a paedophile.
Ms Greensill's solicitor, Rob Stary, said
the court's decision had
reinforced his faith in the criminal justice system
and "the rule of law".
Her appeal barrister, Lachlan Carter, said there
was a "real stench"
about some aspects of the case.
Mr Carter told
Justices Robert Redlich, Robert Osborn and Phillip Priest
they "ought to
hold a doubt" about Ms Greensill's guilt and acquit her
of nine counts of
Ms Greensill, then 28 and a teacher of the boys "Jim"
and "Dan", was
charged after they, now aged 41 and 42, made police
statements in 2007.
Judge Gabriele Cannon in the County Court jailed Ms
Greensill for five
years, with a minimum of two years and eight months to be
month, Mr Carter argued that the convictions were unsafe for
that included a "high risk" of collusion between the men that had
"contaminated" the evidence.
He said a detective, against accepted
practice, had facilitated contact
between Jim and Dan after Dan told him he
first wanted to speak with Jim
- who had already made a statement - before
making his statement.
Mr Carter said the "heart of the case" was whether
boys of eight could
have full and complete vaginal intercourse, a scenario
he submitted was
previously unheard of in Australian sentencing
Mr Carter said Jim also had a motive to implicate Ms Greensill for
money, because he knew she had received a payout for her husband's
death. Jim denied this at the trial.
But in what he deemed new
evidence, Mr Carter revealed that a week after
Ms Greensill's sentence, a
solicitor arranged an appointment that later
led to a $65,000 compensation
payment to Jim. The court is yet to
publish its reasons for the
(16) Speaker of Australia's House of Reps resigns over sexual
Slipper resigns as Speaker
October 10, 2012 06:19:50
Federal Parliament's lower house has voted to
install Labor MP Anna
Burke as the new Speaker, following the resignation of
Mr Slipper announced he was standing down
just hours after a bill to
have him removed from the position was narrowly
defeated in Question Time.
The Opposition had been demanding Mr Slipper
step down over offensive
text messages, but their motion was voted down 70
votes to 69.
A short time later Mr Slipper took the Speaker's chair for
time to say he was honoured to have been chosen, but recent events
he was unable to continue in the role.
"It's a wonderful
privilege to serve in a Parliament and of course the
interests of the
Parliament are seriously more important than the
interests of any of us, and
I respect this Parliament too much to not
put aside my personal interests,"
"The importance of the House is... far more important than my
Holding back tears, Mr Slipper reflected on the changes he tried
as Speaker and thanked MPs on both sides of Parliament who have
supported his reforms.
"I regret that recent proceedings have
prevented me from continuing with
these reforms," he said.
this position without rancour, with a great deal of sadness and,
importantly, with a great deal of regret because I believe that,
controversy which has occurred in recent times, that it is in
of the Parliament that I should take the course of action
that I have
personally chosen to take.
"I'd also like to thank
the staff of my office who've worked so hard,
particularly in recent
Later on Tuesday night Ms Burke - who has been acting in the
role - was
elected as the new Speaker of the House of
Mr Slipper is facing a sexual harassment claim from his
On Monday court documents revealed text
messages sent between Mr Slipper
and Mr Ashby, in which the Speaker used
offensive language to describe
On Tuesday afternoon
he apologised for the messages, saying they were
meant to be private, and
many of them occurred before he became Speaker.
But he says nothing
excuses their content and he can understand why
people - particularly women
- would be offended.
In his resignation speech, Mr Slipper praised both
Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
look at the Leader of the Opposition who's been a friend of mine for
long time, he came to my wedding," he said.
"I don't hold anything
against the Leader of the Opposition who I think
is a person of fine
character and I think we're privileged to have a
lady of the amazing stamina
that we have as Prime Minister.
"I leave this position without rancour,
with a great deal of sadness and
more importantly with a great deal of
regret because I believe given the
controversy that's occurred in recent
times that's it's within the
interests of the Parliament that I take this
course of action."
(17) Abuse victims from orphanages and foster
victims from orphanages and foster care to seek compensation
Timothy McDonald reported this story on Friday, November 16,
TONY EASTLEY: The Federal Government's Royal Commission into
Sexual Abuse may have been sparked by incidents within the Catholic
Church but it's not the only organisation that will be subject to
Many people who were abused in foster care or at boys' and
also hope the Royal Commission will bring some recognition of
The Care Leavers Australia Network hopes that
compensation will be
A warning: Timothy McDonald's report
contains material that some
listeners might find distressing.
MCDONALD: Jeffrey Myers says he suffered horrific abuse as a
child at the
Royalston Boys Home in Glebe in inner Sydney.
He's in his 70s now and the
abuse happened decades ago, but he still has
a hard time talking about
JEFFREY MYERS: Well I will go as far as saying that there was
penetration by objects in my body. That's about as far as I'll go mate,
as far as the torture side of it was concerned. And I did black
TIMOTHY MCDONALD: He's hopeful the Royal Commission will bring some
recognition of the abuse that many people suffered while they were in
care as children.
Jeffrey Myers says compensation for the victims
should be on the agenda.
JEFFREY MYERS: This Royal Commission has got to
come up with justice and
redress. I do believe we all deserve redress too
because the churches
and the charities, the state government, they all need
to contribute to
this, to a redress scheme because they had a duty of care
failed bad mate. They failed real, real bad. When you got stories
over the country of child rape and criminal assault mate, that's
TIMOTHY MCDONALD: The Care Leavers Australia Network is an
group for those who suffered abuse in orphanages, children's homes,
foster homes and other institutions.
Some of those institutions were
religious; others were secular or
officer Leonie Sheedy says it's an issue that affects
LEONIE SHEEDY: They feel like second class citizens of
of them have literacy problems. They're searching for their
This is Australia's grubbiest little secret - what happened to the
of thousands of Australians, other than the Stolen Generation, who
suffered in the same institutions as the Stolen Gen.
MCDONALD: Most of the cases involved are decades old, with some
as far as the 1940s.
Leonie Sheedy says because many of the victims are
so old the
institutions responsible for abusing them shouldn't wait until
Commission concludes to compensate them.
They need to set up a reparation fund in order to assist
people to heal from
their shattered childhoods. The elderly, people in
their 80s, they are very
concerned that they won't survive to see the
recommendations or a reparation
TONY EASTLEY: Leonie Sheedy from the Care Leavers Australia Network
ending Timothy McDonald's report.
(18) Sex abuse in the Australian
apologises to Australian Defence abuse victims
November 26, 20122:09PM
Defence Minister Stephen Smith making a public
apology to all victims of
sexual abuse in the ADF. Picture: Gary Ramage
Source: News Limited
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith has made a
parliamentary apology to
victims of sexual and other abuse within the
Australian Defence Force (ADF).
"To those men and women in the Australian
Defence Force or the
Department of Defence who have suffered sexual or other
forms of abuse,
on behalf of the government I say sorry," he told Parliament
"You should never have experienced this abuse."
Minister Julia Gillard and her deputy Wayne Swan were present in
house for the apology.
The ADF had demonstrated the highest standards of
peace and in wartime, Mr Smith said.
terribly and sadly, the experience of some members of the
Force over the years has not always reflected these
high standards," he
"Not all members of the Australian Defence Force have been treated
the necessary respect required to meet both common decency and these
Young men and women had suffered treatment which no
member of the
defence force or the community should experience.
Roberts-Smith and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth
to Minister for Defence Stephen Smith apologise to
hundreds of Australians
victims of sexual abuse in the ADF. Picture:
endured sexual, physical or mental abuse from their
colleagues which are not
acceptable and do not reflect the values of a
modern, diverse (and) tolerant
Australian society," Mr Smith said.
The minister also acknowledged the
"shameful" Skype sex scandal at ADFA
where a video of a female cadet having
consensual sex with a male cadet
was streamed on the internet without her
Canberra Opposition defence spokesman Stuart Robert offered
Coalition's "strongest and unqualified support" for the government's
apology and inquiry.
"Abuse destroys lives. It limits our operational
undermines public confidence in our defence force," Mr Robert
"This abuse should never have happened and every
effort must and will be
made to ensure that it does not happen
"We deeply sympathise with and say sorry to those who have
abuse at the hands of those who were to be trusted with their
and their care.
"Theirs was a great
Minister Stephen Smith making the apology. Picture: Gary
Defence force chief General David Hurley also said sorry to all
experienced sexual, physical or mental abuse while serving in the
General Hurley said defence service was tough and demanding and
members must be able to pursue their aspirations in an environment
from physical, mental and sexual abuse.
He said the nature and
range of abuses outlined in the review conducted
by law firm DLA Piper
showed defence hadn't always provided such an
number, nature, and range of allegations demonstrates that some
the ADF have failed to understand the responsibility that
rank imposes, that
rank is a privilege and not a licence for
domineering, belittling or
predatory behaviour," General Hurley said in
failed to accept that diversity, diversity of age, gender,
race, culture and
experience is a strength in the ADF that needs to be
built upon and not torn
General Hurley said the ADF had begun addressing the causes of
"But I, as the head of the ADF, recognise the suffering that
experienced," he said.
"On behalf of the ADF, I say that I
am sorry to those who have suffered
sexual, physical or mental abuse while
serving in the ADF."
Taskforce to investigate defence abuse
Defence will be forced to pay up to $50,000 to hundreds of
abuse under a sweeping response to a major review of sexual and
abuse following the so-called "ADFA-Skype" sex scandal.
serving military personnel allegedly involved in past abuse will be
to police for possible prosecution.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith ruled
out a Royal Commission as he
announced that a high level taskforce, led by
former WA Supreme Court
judge and ex-Defence Judge Advocate General retired
Major General Len
Roberts-Smith, would examine more than 770 cases of
alleged abuse. ...
(19) Jerusalem Court convicts man for sodomy and
against Haredi children
convicts J'lem man for sexually assaulting haredi children
01.23.13, 16:56 / Israel News
The Jerusalem District Court convicted
Binyamin Schatz, 46, for sodomy
and indecent assault against several haredi
children, the youngest of
whom were seven-years-old at the time, between
2009 and 2010.
According to the conviction, Schatz used to invite
children to his home
in a haredi neighborhood in central Jerusalem, where he
and carried out his plan. Schatz also threatened some of them
inform on him. (Aviel Magnezi)
(20) Child abuse is
underreported in Israel
abuse is underreported throughout country
Percentage of sexual abuse
cases reported are higher in Jerusalem; the
33,751 child abuse cases
reported in 2009 “only the tip of the iceberg.”
LAST UPDATED: 11/04/2010 03:01
The percentage of reports of
physical and sexual abuse against children
in 2009 were much higher in
Jerusalem than in other parts of the
country, although overall, child abuse
remains underreported in every
region, a new study published Wednesday by
the Haruv Institute shows.
Based on the number of reports filed with the
social welfare services in
each district nationwide, the Haruv Institute
researchers found that
reports of sexual abuse in the Jerusalem area made up
25.5 percent of
all reports of child abuse in the region, while 47.4% of the
cases involved physical abuse.
These rates were
significantly higher than in other parts of the
country, with reports of
sexual abuse in the southern region, for
example, making up only 12.2% of
that region’s abuse reports, and
physical abuse cases accounting for 42.4%
of the reports in Tel Aviv.
However, reports of general neglect among the
capital’s children were
relatively fewer than in other regions. In Jerusalem
only 27.1% of the
reports involved neglect, while in the south it was 53.8%,
45.1% in the
North and 41.7% in Tel Aviv.
“Neglect” is defined in
several ways, including children not attending
school, left unsupervised at
home or wandering the streets unaccompanied.
Haruv director Prof. Hillel
Schmid noted that the actual number of abuse
reports in Jerusalem was
relatively low compared to other regions.
He told The Jerusalem Post that
the high percentage of sexual or
physical abuse reports in the capital was
likely because only the
severest or most extreme cases of abuse were
reported to the
authorities, while lower levels of “neglect” are often not
abuse among the city’s large haredi and Arab
“There seems to be a difference in the legitimization and
neglect among haredim and the Arabs as compared to the
society,” said Schmid, a former dean of the Paul Baerwald School
Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of
“There is a very different approach by these communities and
case of neglect is viewed as such.”
However, Schmid was
quick to add that overall, cases of child abuse
remained underreported in
all sectors and regions in the country,
despite a law that specifically
requires the public to report cases of
suspected child abuse or
He said that few people come forward with information and
that the 33,751 cases of child abuse reported to the social
services in 2009 were most likely “only the tip of the
The Haruv report also examined child abuse reporting in the US
Canada, noting that neglect cases in the US from 2008 constituted 65% of
all reports, physical injury 18% and sexual abuse 10%, while in Canada
reports of neglect made up 35%, physical abuse 27% and sexual abuse
“The higher rates of reported neglect in the US and Canada lead us to
believe that North American society has a greater awareness of the need
to report such abuse cases than in Israel,” said Schmid.
population here is not enthusiastic about reporting cases
of abuse or
suspected abuse. People are not only put off by the
bureaucracy, where they
have to fill out paperwork and give personal
information, but in addition,
we are a much more violent society than in
the past and we either don’t
notice the abuse or don’t feel it is
important to report.” ...
Brooklyn sex abuser was a member of Hasidic modesty patrol
Hasidic Modesty Patrols
Nechemya Weberman Was Leader in Feared Va'ad
Community Pressure: Posters in Brooklyn call on
Jewish women to abide by
ultra-Orthodox standards of
By Rukhl Schaechter
One of the most striking ironies of the Nechemya Weberman
ended with his conviction on 59 counts of sexual abuse, was the
revelation that the unlicensed therapist was a member of the Va’ad
Hatznius, or modesty patrol, the self-appointed arbiters of right and
wrong in the Satmar community.
Until recently, the Va’ad Hatznius was
little known outside the Hasidic
community, but its actions have
reverberated through the community for
years. Although they ostensibly
monitor the moral behavior of both sexes
(men and women are both warned not
to read English books, watch
television or surf the internet), most of their
energies are directed
towards ensuring that women and girls dress and behave
Their reasoning is clear: When a female wears revealing
chats with the opposite sex, it could entice the men, and lead
consequences. In other words, the goal of their injunctions is to
inhibit the sexual impulses of the male population. ...
Orthodox sex abusers exempt from public disclosure
Abuse Suspects Get Exemption
Agudath Israel Opposes Brooklyn Prosecutors'
Refusal to Identify
By Paul Berger
Published April 24, 2012, issue
of May 04, 2012.
This is an updated version of a story that first
appeared on forward.com
earlier this week.
Orthodox Jews convicted of
or charged with child sex abuse in Brooklyn
should have their identities
protected because of the community’s
“tight-knit and insular” nature,
prosecutors claim in a response to The
Forward’s request for information
about the cases.
Rejecting the request under the state’s Freedom of
Information Law, the
Brooklyn district attorney’s office stated that
Orthodox Jews deserve a
blanket exemption from the usual public disclosure
Brooklyn prosecutors, working in the office of District Attorney
Hynes, claimed that Orthodox Jews are “unique” in that releasing the
names of suspects would allow others in the community to identify their
“The circumstances here are unique,” Assistant District
Dennehy wrote in an April 16 letter to the Forward. “Because
all of the
requested defendant names relate to Hasidic men who are alleged
committed sex crimes against Hasidic victims within a very
and insular Brooklyn community, there is a significant danger
disclosure of the defendants’ names would lead members of that
to discern the identities of the victims.”
quickly came under fire from community groups, children’s
Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox umbrella group that
supports Hynes’s approach to combating abuse in the community, came
against the decision to claim a blanket exemption.
Zwiebel, who is Agudath’s executive vice president and a
legal expert, said
that a policy of withholding names of perpetrators
should not be “across the
board” in any community, according to Agudath
spokesman Rabbi Avi
Instead, Zwiebel believes that the release of defendants’ names
be evaluated on “a case-by-case basis,” Shafran said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Hynes has long resisted requests to
Orthodox sex suspects, the letter is believed to represent the
his office spelled out why it specifically singled them out
Dennehy cited the state’s civil rights laws in denying the
request for the names of 85 Orthodox Jews arrested on sex charges
the past three years. The Forward made its request in December 2011
after prosecutors announced that scores of Orthodox Jews had been
charged under a special program designed to encourage the community to
come forward with information.
He did not explain whether prosecutors
had concluded that there was
anything specific about each of the 85 suspects
that might make it
possible for others to determine the identity of the
victim from the
identity of the suspect.
He also did not explain
whether such a blanket exemption might be
granted to other similarly
“tight-knit” communities in the borough. And
there were no details about
what criteria prosecutors would use to
determine whether a particular group
should be granted such preferential