news items: Bill Cosby, LA Schools $139 million settlement, UK organized & VP child abuse investigations, Westminster, Rotherham, St Helena and Ascension

This week there were news articles on the Bill Cosby rape allegations. L.A. schools paid settlement for child abuse for $139 million to the families of 81 children, continued investigations in the UK of child abuse allegations in Rotherham, Westminster, St Helena and Ascension and VIP rings.

Constand filed a lawsuit in 2005 that included 13 women willing to tell similar stories, Greene and Bowman among them; the suit was settled, no terms were disclosed and Cosby was never charged with a crime.
http://www.npr.org/2014/11/17/364736453/bill-cosbys-silence-on-rape-allegations-makes-huge-media-noise
http://goo.gl/ITLSOf

Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?
Only when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist did the accusation take hold.
They, like other sexual assault victims, deserve our support. It’s the perpetrators who should be facing public humiliation – not the victims….
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/11/13/bill-cosby-raped-me-why-did-it-take-30-years-for-people-to-believe-my-story/
http://goo.gl/dem8Jr

Dr. Huxtable & Mr. Hyde
Who is Bill Cosby? What’s happened to the man who taught us to laugh at ourselves — and what do we do with him now? http://www.phillymag.com/articles/dr-huxtable-mr-hyde/
http://goo.gl/sKscb

Bill Cosby Under Fire  The Comedian Settles a Case Accusing Him of Sexual Abuse—but Other Women Make Similar Claims  none of them stand to profit from suing Cosby for monetary damages; the statute of limitations on all their charges has expired. And their stories, which take place in several cities and span two decades, illustrate the same pattern of behavior.
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20059561,00.html
http://goo.gl/KyuW7a

Barbara Bowman Speaks About Bill Cosby Sexual Abuse Allegations
Last week, Newsweek interviewed Tamara Green, one of 13 women who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them in a civil lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand in 2004, and settled under undisclosed terms in 2006.
http://www.newsweek.com/barbara-bowman-speaks-about-bill-cosby-sexual-abuse-allegations-228837
http://goo.gl/bbTB2n

One Very Important Thing Is Missing From the New Cosby Biography: A Timeline of the Abuse Charges
http://www.vulture.com/2014/09/timeline-of-the-abuse-charges-against-cosby.html
http://goo.gl/QAd5Fa

In interview with tabloid, Bill Cosby discusses molestation allegations
Cosby denied the allegations.
http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050304/news_1n4cosby.html
http://goo.gl/LdV1XZ

Janice Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault during 1982 hotel meetup
In an interview with ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ the former supermodel said Cosby raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982. Dickinson is the third woman to accuse Cosby of sexual assault in the last month.
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/janice-dickinson-bill-cosby-sexual-assault-article-1.2015463  http://goo.gl/d0wlT2

EXCLUSIVE: Janice Dickinson Details Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations: He Raped Me
With rape allegations against Bill Cosby mounting, supermodel Janice Dickinson tells ET in a new interview that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982.
http://www.etonline.com/news/154076_janice_dickinson_details_alleged_bill_cosby_sexual_assault/  http://goo.gl/AfhmTK

Bill Cosby’s Joke About Drugging Women in 1969 Resurfaces as New Alleged Victim Speaks Out
a joke from Cosby’s 1969 album It’s True! It’s True! has been making the rounds. http://www.etonline.com/news/154056_bill_cosby_talks_about_drugging_women_in_1969_comedy_act/
http://goo.gl/nD3N5S

Comeback by Cosby Unravels as Rape Claims Re-emerge
in recent weeks, his triumphant return to the national stage has fallen apart in the face of a wave of accusations by women who say Mr. Cosby drugged and raped them decades ago. On Wednesday, NBC said it was canceling the pilot project, and the cable network TV Land quietly decided to stop showing repeats of “The Cosby Show.” Less than 24 hours earlier, Netflix said it was postponing the debut of the comedy special. Other scheduled appearances by Mr. Cosby — on David Letterman’s late-night show and Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show — have also been canceled.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/business/media/bill-cosby-fallout-rape-accusations.html
http://goo.gl/YkdNVP

What will Bill Cosby’s legacy be?
The accusations against Mr. Cosby have been all the more striking because his hit TV show, his commercials for Jell-O and his best-selling books about fatherhood helped him present an image of the ideal family man.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/11/18/bill-cosby-legacy-forever-damaged-rape-allegations/19176659/
http://goo.gl/sCHGdg

Attorney: L.A. schools pay ‘largest’ public settlement for child abuse at $139 million
to the families of 81 children

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/21/us/los-angeles-student-lewd-abuse-settlement /
http://goo.gl/xs27Q4

Organised child sex abuse ‘widespread in England’, MPs say
report by Professor Alexis Jay, which revealed up to 1,400 children were estimated to have been victims of abuse in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-30083835
http://goo.gl/boZpcJ

Alexis Jay: Years of missing records mean Rotherham child abuse numbers ‘much higher’ than 1,400 
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/alexis-jay-years-of-missing-records-mean-rotherham-child-abuse-numbers-much-higher-than-1-400-1-6956491
http://goo.gl/8sK4C9

‘Operation Midland’ investigates Tory MP over boy’s murder
Met also probes slaying of second boy in sex attack in front of former cabinet minister
http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5409/operation-midland-investigates-tory-mp-over-boy-s-murder
http://goo.gl/4mlMpV

Historical abuse inquiry: Police examine ‘possible homicide’
The man says he was first abused by his own father before being “handed over” as a young boy to the group
Police are investigating “possible homicide” linked to what has been described as a paedophile ring involving powerful people in the 1970s and 1980s.
The group is alleged to have included senior figures in public life, the military, politics and law enforcement.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30052726

Convicted sex offender with links to notorious paedophile group appeared on Jimmy Savile show
Keith Harding, who was convicted of sex offences in 1950s, appeared on Jim’ll Fix It Christmas episode in 1980 ….PIE, which campaigned for the age of consent to be reduced to four
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/convicted-sex-offender-with-links-to-notorious-paedophile-group-appeared-on-jimmy-savile-show-9865523.html
http://goo.gl/YJGl64

Paedophile group linked to Savile show guest
Keith Harding was active in the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), according to documents seen by the BBC.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30051756

Charles Napier guilty of historical child abuse 
Charles Napier, a 67-year-old former teacher, has admitted sexually abusing 21 boys between 1967 and 1972.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30097947

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Police watchdog to investigate 10 officers over handling of exploitation complaints The police watchdog is to investigate 10 officers in South Yorkshire over their handling of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rotherham-child-abuse-scandal-police-watchdog-to-investigate-10-officers-over-handling-of-exploitation-complaints-9868598.html
http://goo.gl/BfM1Qg

Supermodel Ruslana Korshunova had joined ‘dehumanising’ cult before jumping to death, author claims
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/supermodel-ruslana-korshunova-had-joined-dehumanising-cult-before-jumping-to-death-author-claims/story-fn907478-1227126830712
http://goo.gl/5n2vD7

Rape victim aged 5 writes to police who failed her and asks: ‘Why did you let me down?’
The little girl, who is still waiting for justice, told officers:  ‘Something very bad happened and it was your job to make sure he was punished. But you didn’t do your job’….
A five-year-old rape victim has written a devastating letter to police saying officers had “let her down” over the way they investigated the crime.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rape-victim-aged-5-writes-4647815
http://goo.gl/LfRfb4

Councils leaving children at sex-abuse risk, says Ofsted
Vulnerable children in England are at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse because of council failures, the children’s services watchdog has said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-30096187

The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn’t happen here, could it?
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/sexual-exploitation-of-children-it-couldnt-happen-here-could-it
http://goo.gl/eq9BvE

Communities and Local Government Committee – Third Report
Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham
The Jay Report sets out in chilling detail how the authorities responsible for protecting children in Rotherham against sexual exploitation failed at least 1,400 children.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmcomloc/648/64802.htm
http://goo.gl/zwYs7w

Children first: the child protection system in England – Education Committee Contents
Vulnerability of older children  RITUAL ABUSE, WITCHCRAFT AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeduc/137/13706.htm
http://goo.gl/6bi4q

Child abuse, adversity associated with poor health and employment outcomes later in life
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-11-child-abuse-adversity-poor-health.html
http://goo.gl/PpcPja

Westminster child abuse claims: what do we know?
Police are investigating possible murders linked to Elm Guest House in south-west London after claims of a cover-up
What do we know about politicians and child abuse at Westminster?
A number of allegations have been made. So far the only politician to have been implicated is the Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who died in 2010, but other unnamed politicians were also alleged to have been involved in a Westminster paedophile ring.
What happened at Elm Guest House?
At least three MPs were reported to have been questioned in 1982 after a police raid on the guesthouse. It was reported at the time that it was being used as a brothel where children as young as 10 were abused.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/westminster-child-abuse-claims-elm-guest-house
http://goo.gl/o46lyV

Sasha Wass QC, prosecutor in Rolf Harris trial, to lead island sex abuse inquiry
Sasha Wass QC, has been brought into to head an investigation into an alleged cover-up on St Helena and Ascension Sasha Wass QC, has been brought in after a review of child safety on St Helena and Ascension – two tiny and remote islands in the South Atlantic with a combined population of some 5,500 – revealed that a number of paedophiles had escaped prosecution amid claims of police incompetence and corruption.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sasha-wass-qc-prosecutor-in-rolf-harris-trial-to-lead-island-sex-abuse-inquiry-9873772.html
http://goo.gl/0MIQ3g

MP ‘told police about VIP paedophile ring’s parties 26 years go’: Labour’s John Mann claims he handed evidence of abuse over to Scotland Yard but investigation was shelved
MP John Mann said he handed evidence of ‘abuse parties’ to police in 1998
Claims case was closed within three months on orders of ‘those at the top’
Police probing reports of murders linked to paedophile ring in 1970 and 80s
‘I was told in 1989 by local police that they were very unhappy but they had been instructed to stop the investigation by someone at the top of the police.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837175/MP-told-police-VIP-paedophile-ring-s-parties-26-years-Labour-s-John-Mann-claims-handed-evidence-abuse-Scotland-Yard-investigation-shelved.html
http://goo.gl/h8rB2m

Brazilian trio jailed for total of 63 years for killing and eating two women before using their flesh to fill pastries
they reportedly told police they belonged to a sect that preached ‘the purification of the world and the reduction of its population’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2836756/Brazilian-trio-jailed-total-63-years-killing-eating-two-women-using-flesh-pastries.htm
http://goo.gl/Au0d0R


Ohio man confesses to raping 5-year-old, blames victim: ‘She was experimenting’

A Lake County judge sentenced 51-year-old Clifford Taylor to 22 years in prison after he confessed to raping his girlfriend’s daughter, claimed his tiny victim forced herself on him.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ohio-man-confesses-raping-5-year-old-blames-victim-article-1.2020211
http://goo.gl/lFr9XA

 

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