Catholic Care and Home Office v Kevin Raymond Young 14 Nov 2006 Supreme Court (St Camillus and Medomsley)

Another case of historical sexual abuse that when originally reported never got past first base. This rejection coupled with the original abuses will have created untold major problems for the abused and for then to deliberate on the Statue of Limitations beggars belief, just what is our justice systems wishing to achieve. For it should be that those who commit criminal acts should be brought to book and not orchestrate means to minimise this. There may be good cause for Statute of Limitations on some aspects, but others should be exempt especially those of a sexual nature.

The victim needs to be a major consideration as they had little or no choice in the actions committed, unlike their abusers.

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Kevin Young suffered horrendous sexual abuse as a child must have suffered again having to go through these court ordeals.

Kevin, went to Consett Police Station, when he came out of Medomsley, told them of his sexual abuse, and even showed them the ligature marks on his neck. He was told that to make allegations against a Prison Officer was a criminal offence when on licence.

Who was that callous police officer?

Kevin got on with life as best as he could and became a succesful businessman owning 22 cafes, and a large security business. But after literally bumping into his abuser in York who had become a Reverend in the United Reform Church, he went to pieces. He went from having a £2m business to a recluse, such is the effect of PTSD and mental illness following abuse.

Husband was tried in 2003 for a small fraction of his…

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Yvette Cooper: Lowell Goddard’s refusal to testify is ‘a disgrace’ : Guardian.

Dame Lowell Goddard is a disgrace and should be striped of her title of Dame and be charged with receiving a salary and compensation under false pretentions. This should be a crime for which she should , be made to return to the UK.

St Leonards Childrens Home

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The purpose of this article is two fold. The first is to is shine a bit of a spotlight on the abuse at St Leonards Childrens Home. The second is to publish some more police corruption relevant to child abuse and this will come in the second half of the article.

St Leonards was a childrens home in Hornchurch Essex around 1950 until 1985, when it was closed down. It was run for part of this time by Tower Hamlets Borough of London. It was also known as Cottage Homes as it was divided into separate homes of about 30 children looked after by two house parents.

Much of the information in this post is from Paul Connolly’s first book in his autobiography Against All Odds[1] from 2010. The second book Beating the Odds was published in 2014[2]. For reviews see Goodreads [7]. Paul is now…

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Voicing CSA – Nottingham

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The most important action we can take to help ourselves and each other and to make our voice effectively heard, is to link up with other survivors into groups as Voicing CSA helps to do.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F]blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness[G]  and Meditation[H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]

Voicing CSA held…

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I Don’t Love Anyone

Trust can take time to build and then be so easily broken and if trust is continualy broken would you ever trust again. So where you can believe in yourself, this will give you strength to come through and hopefully you can adjust to the loneliness.

We all need a belief and if this can not come from those who we are close to , then hopefully it can come from oneself.

Fish Of Gold

The hardest thing about losing the person you loved and trusted most in the world is keeping the ability to love and trust. I’m fighting that battle now.

I’ve never been good at trusting. For a while, I trusted the pedophile when he told me there was nothing wrong with what he was doing, even though every bit of me felt otherwise. I broke that trust and told my family. I trusted my family to keep me safe from the pedophile they invited into our home. They chose not to believe me and put their trust in the pedophile instead. I was seven years old when I lost my family forever. I never trusted them, or anyone else, that way ever again.

Later on, I trusted a monster with antisocial personality disorder who, over the course of eight years of emotional, then physical abuse, nearly destroyed me. I trusted the…

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Rotherham child sex abuse: 300 new ‘suspects’

Original post from The Telegraph

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National Crime Agency says new investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham identifies estimated 300 possible suspects

Rotherham, where around 1,400 children were sexually abused over 16 years Photo: EPA
Rotherham, where around 1,400 children were sexually abused over 16 years Photo: EPA

At least 300 possible suspects have been identified by investigators probing the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said most of the potential suspects were Asian men, while the vast majority of victims were young British girls.

The NCA launched a major investigation into the scandal after a damning report by Professor Alex Jay last year, revealed that as many as 1,400 children had been raped, trafficked and groomed by mainly Asian gangs in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

Following the revelations South Yorkshire police, which was criticised for its handling of abuse allegations, asked the NCA to intervene and the agency launched Operation Stovewood.

The report, which was published in August last year and was highly critical of police and local authority actions over 16 years, shocked the nation andled to a wave of high-profile resignations.

Trevor Pearce, the officer in overall charge of the investigation said so far the number of potential offenders was in the low hundreds, but he acknowledged some of the names gathered could have been duplicated.

Professor Alexis Jay published a damning report on Rotherham (PA)
Professor Alexis Jay published a damning report on Rotherham (PA)

Steve Baldwin, the senior investigating officer, said more than 3,300 lines of inquiry had been identified so far and the investigation would take some time to complete.

He said: “The abuse that has taken place in Rotherham is horrific. We have gathered a huge amount of information which details some very disturbing events.”

He said work to identify all the victims was ongoing, but the figure of 1,400 that appeared in Professor Jay’s report was a “good estimate”.

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The NCA confirmed that two of those under investigation are serving or former Rotherham councillors.

Mr Baldwin said his team was prioritising those suspects who still posed a threat and had committed the most serious offences.

But he said: “I want to assure all victims that we will examine all allegations of abuse and, most importantly, we will listen to victims.”

A spokesman for the NSPCC said: “The scale of child sexual abuse in Rotherham that continues to be uncovered is staggering. Eight years after the first victims of widespread grooming were identified the scandal is still rumbling on.

“This latest police investigation may relate to historical cases but still leaves the feeling that the dark shadow of abuse has not been lifted from the city.

“ We must hope this latest operation will finally sweep up those offenders who may still be posing a threat to children in Rotherham. No one should rest easy until all such predators are removed from the streets and victims get the justice they deserve.”  ………..’