Archive for the ‘child abuse’ Category

Liberal double standard

February 1, 2007

Hi Brit,

Here’s another example of the double standard our media has for liberals vs conservatives.  It was not that long ago that a Republican Representative was forced to resign because he sent some obscene text messages to a former page, yet we have this: South Dakota Senate Censures Senator for Sexual Misconduct With Legislative Page.  This sexual predator actually slept with a page, and only gets a “censure.”  Typical.

the Grit

Child and Juvenile abuse in UK prisons

January 30, 2007

Hi Grit

I make no apology for returning to this issue. You may have gathered from previous posts that we, in the UK, have a serious problem with prisons at the moment. Much has been made of the overcrowding issue. However, as always, the media fail to highlight important issues in the small print.

Page 40-41 of the official report on the state of UK prisons, published today, inform us that there are 2,643 children under the age of 18 in our prisons and young offenders centres. As if that isn’t bad enough, on page 41 the report continues to report that over the past five years there has been concerns raised about the high level of use of force used in these establishments against these children. Despite that, it continues, 27% of boys and 11% of girls have been subjected to pain-compliance force, many for refusing to be subjected to strip-searches. That is nearly 1,000 cases. How the hell can a government and country, which says that it will take all measures necessary to ensure child protection, not have stopped this problem?

Further on in the report, page 64, in the section dealing with immigration, it was also revealed that, in the last twelve months 2,000 children, and many of these younger that teenagers, had been detained in detention centres, around 20% of whom had spent more than 28 days there. Is it any wonder that that the affect of sudden arrest and detention increased their fears and anxieties?

My response to this? Stop keep wasting our money telling the public that it is a problem and nothing has been done about it in the past five years. Do something about it NOW!

On page 5 the report tells us that there have been significant key improvements, yet on page 7 it says that positive assessments (good reports) on prisons have fallen from 85 to 62%.

For us as citizens and as a nation, the reports on the Children situation and treatment in prisons is a disgrace. It will be interesting to see how many of the national papers pick up on this story and are prepared to condemn the government for their part in it.

the Brit

Christian religion and child cruelty

January 25, 2007

Hi Grit

This post may not be popular with some, but I think it is a subject that needs to be aired. It was brought to my attention by a news item concerning a church minister who is actively promoting child cruelty amongst his congregation.  The minister has allegedly actively condoned the action of a father who branded his child because he thought the child was a witch and, in other cases he has encouraged parents to send unruly (what he calls “witch-children”) back to africa so he can pray for them to die!

Whilst this may be an extreme case, child cruelty and sex abuse in the church is not a new phenomena.  Over the past few decades in the UK there have been a number of cases of child abuse involving the clergy. In those situations, as in this case, there is one significant omission – reaction from the church! I cannot recall the church making any definitive and meaningful statements on the issue. They have not come out in public and set forth a plan to investigate, address and combat the incidence of child sex abuse by the clergy. In addition, they need to publicly and loudly condemn such abuse. I know that someone will correct me if I am wrong, but in the UK I have yet to see one case where the church has instigated an action against a child abuser in their midst and made it public.

In my view there are two issues here. Firstly, the church needs to implement a strategy to limit the potential for acts of child abuse. This could be done by better training of the clergy, including a more detailed psychological appraisal of clergy applicants. Strict regulations and guidelines should also be introduced in respect of the way in which the clergy is allowed to act and interact with children. Why should they be treated any different to other professionals who deal with children?

The second issue is celibacy. A large portion of the Christian church promotes the ideal that their clergy must be celibate. In these cases it is a matter of dictate rather than choice. It is no defence to say that people have the choice not to become clergy. If they have a calling to a become a minister in a particular church, this should not be denied by their need to have a sexual partner or companion. It is blatant discrimination. Furthermore, such a position is not supported by the scriptures. These types of religious sexual restrictions provide the temptation for child abuse.    

It would seem that the clergy does not like to air its dirty linen in public, but we are talking here about child abuse, and there is no justification for hiding this behind closed doors. In the UK in 2001, a national vetting body was proposed for the clergy, following 26 criminal cases of clergy child abuse, and that is potentially just the tip of an iceberg. There are two issues here. Firstly, it is not a totally independent body, which is should be. Secondly, it is amazing how little information regarding the findings of that organisation has published in the past five years.

The US Christian churches have also made the issue of prosecution of the clergy in child abuse cases more difficult, as an article in 2002 shows. Laws have been passed, perhaps unwittingly, that allow the church to continue to hide the child abuse actions of their clergy.

The peoples relationship with the church is meant to be built on faith and trust. It is apparent from these issues that there are those within the clergy who abuse that faith and trust in respect of their actions towards children. The Christian church, by its actions and inactions, is condoning that abuse and it is time this was bought to an end. The Church, like all other social, political and commercial organisations, should be subject to independent public scrutiny.

When Jesus said “Suffer the children” he did not intend the word “suffer” to be taken literally.

the Brit

PS: For those of you interested on the issues of child abuse and what can be done about it, please visit the site “Child protection: serious business” listed on our blogroll.

Sex scenes are unforgivable

January 23, 2007

Hi Grit

I fully endorse your outrage at the people who allowed such a pornographic event to be filmed. It seems to me that we are rapidly reaching the stage where there is no decency left in the world. In our criminal justice system, such events would constitute child sex abuse in any other environment, so why not this one?

What made me even more furious was the comment from the mother that the scenes had been “carefully choreographed.” This says to me that there was an audience to the filming itself, which I personally find dispicable. Why is it that this film is not causing uproar over there?

I hope that our censorship board in the UK has the good sense not to allow the film a certificate to be shown in this country.

The Brit

Mr. Redford owes us an apology!

January 23, 2007

Hi Brit,

I;m sure you recall Robert Redford’s political rant at the opening of his Sundance Film Festival, where he demanded an apology from President Bush.  Well, after reading this, Sundance premieres ‘Hounddog’, I think RR owes an apology to everyone in the world for allowing child porn to be accepted as a serious movie.  This masterpiece that the liberals are defending features the rape of a 12 year old girl, using a 12 year old actress to film the scene.  Obviously every adult connected to the film in any way should offer profound and repeated promises while serving their jail terms for child abuse and making child pornography.  Of course, being the rich elitist liberals that they are, they don’t expect the laws to apply to them, just us peasants.  Unfortunately, they’re probably correct and this serious crime won’t even be investigated.  Typical.

the Grit