Posts Tagged ‘Child Abuse’

Expert sees cyberspace full of risk, from addictions to child abuse Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

A leading expert in cyberpsychology describes a digital culture today in which children and pre-teens have virtually unfiltered access to online pornography, and she predicts that one day parents who fail to monitor their children’s online activity may be found guilty of criminal child abuse. “I can see later down the line that parents or Read more

New body to facilitate Church’s response to Royal commission Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Catherine Fyfe will chair a group of people who will ensure that the Catholic Church provides a co-ordinated and co-operative response to the Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission. Fyfe is a layperson with extensive experience in human resource management and organisational development. The New Zealand Catholic bishops and the heads of all religious Read more

Royal Commission into state care abuse stalled, says lawyer Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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A lawyer working for New Zealand victims of abuse in state care says Australia’s apology to their victims of child sexual abuse should embarrass New Zealand into getting on with its own Royal Commision. Sonja Cooper, who represents some of those abused while in state care in New Zealand, said she’s disappointed about the slow Read more

Cabinet yet to hear abuse inquiry proposal Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Slow progress in establishing the ground rules for New Zealand’s biggest ever inquiry is causing further pain for state care abuse survivors. New information also shows a formal proposal on the inquiry is yet to reach Cabinet – which must approve the final inquiry scope before anyone can be heard. Continue reading Related Posts:Church abuse Read more

Children’s Commissioner has his say on mandatory reporting of child abuse Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft has changed his mind about the mandatory reporting for all abuse. But he also thinks it is inconceivable that any New Zealand community group would have its own private investigation system. Writing for Spinoff,  Becroft said that when he became children’s commissioner mandatory reporting seemed a “no-brainer.” But he says all the experts he Read more

Priests willing to go to jail to uphold confessional seal Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Catholic priests say they will face jail rather than break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse. The priests are responding to South Australia’s decision to join the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to create laws to force Catholic priests to break the seal of confession, to report paedophiles to police. The new laws, Read more

Former Vatican judge plea bargains Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

A former judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has accepted a plea bargain in an Italian criminal court. He faces a conditionally suspended sentence of one year and two months in prison on charges of sexual molestation and possession of child pornography. Read more Related Posts:Cardinal George Pell – the time Read more

Confessional secrecy must end Comments 2

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Lawyers representing sexual abuse victims in the United Kingdom say sexual abuse crime reporting should be mandatory. This would mean priests hearing confessions from abuse perpetrators would have to break the seal of the confessional. The lawyers have told Britain’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that failing to make reporting suspected abuse a Read more

Hypocrites claiming Catholicism anger Pope Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Pope Francis has sharp words for Catholics who “proudly boast they are very Catholic” yet fail to pay their workers a fair wage. “How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighbourhood and elsewhere — ‘to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist?’” he asked a morning Read more

Vatican-led child protection summit shares statistics, research and advice Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Abuse statistics presented at this week’s Vatican-led summit on protecting children from online pornography make dismal reading. One in four children experience physical abuse. One in five girls is sexually abused before she reaches the age of 18 and one in 12 boys. One in three children are victims of emotional abuse. Despite their various Read more