news items – Paterno/Sandusky, Dennis Hastert, Jared Fogle, Spanking, Ethics, Anti-Memories

Joe Paterno – Jerry Sandusky

Report: Joe Paterno told alleged Jerry Sandusky victim to forget about sex abuse
A court order claims that former Penn State football coach knew of sexual abuse allegations as early as 1976. USA TODAY Sports
A second report has surfaced that late Penn State coach Joe Paterno was informed in the 1970s of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children.
In a CNN report released Friday, a man described as a troubled young kid in 1971 said he was raped by Sandusky in a Penn State bathroom. Then, he told CNN, Paterno ignored his complaint about it.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2016/05/06/penn-state-jerry-sandusky-child-sex-abuse-1970s-assistant-coaches-joe-paterno/84046678/

Sandusky victim: Joe Paterno told me to drop abuse accusation
After four years of feuding over the legacy of Joe Paterno, with a few vague details about what he may have known about allegations of sexual abuse by one of his coaches, it is becoming clear there may be much more.
There are now two allegations by men who say they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, who also say they reported their abuse to the legendary coach in the 1970s.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/06/us/jerry-sandusky-victims-paterno-penn-state/index.html

Penn State settlements covered 1971 Sandusky abuse claim
The disclosure came as Penn State President Eric Barron decried newly revealed allegations that former football coach Joe Paterno was told in 1976 that Sandusky had sexually abused a child and that two assistant coaches witnessed either inappropriate or sexual contact in the late 1980s. Paterno, who died in 2012, had said the first time he had received a complaint against Sandusky was in 2001.
The university has paid out more than $90 million to settle more than 30 civil claims involving Sandusky, now 72 and serving a lengthy prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 children. But few details have been provided on the payouts by either the school or lawyers for those who said they were Sandusky’s victims even before the period covered by the criminal investigation.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2016/05/08/penn-state-settlements-jerry-sandusky-joe-paterno/84125254/

Wife of football coach Jerry Sandusky appears at sex abuse appeal hearing to support her pedophile husband despite the fact that he molested their adopted son
Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Bellefonte, Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday at an appeals hearing
The convicted pedophile is attempting to prove he was wrongly convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse
Dottie Sandusky, the wife of the convicted pedophile, turned up to support him despite the fact that he sexually abused their adopted son
She has disowned their adopted son Matthew, now 36, who detailed the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Sandusky
Sandusky is serving a serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at Greene State prison for the abuse of 10 boys
He claims the proceedings violated his constitutional rights, prosecutors engaged in misconduct and his attorneys were ineffective during his trial

Sandusky, 71, was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus. He has maintained his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but saying he didn’t abuse them….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3568919/Sandusky-court-molestation-case-appeal-hearing.html

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Judge sentences ‘serial child molester’ Hastert to 15 months
Former House speaker Dennis Hastert, who less than a decade ago stood second in line to the presidency, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Wednesday for a bank fraud case linked to allegations he sexually abused teen boys more than 30 years ago.
Federal Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert, 74, a “serial child molester” and rejected a prosecutor’s recommendation of six months in prison on a banking charge that carries a maximum five-year sentence. The court also fined Hastert $250,000 and sentenced him to two years of supervised release after leaving prison. Hastert must register as a sex offender.
“Nothing is more disturbing than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘Speaker of the House’ in the same sentence,” Durkin said.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/27/ex-speaker-dennis-hastert-faces-sentencing-chicago/83584440/

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert abused 4 boys, prosecutors say
By Faith Karimi, CNN  Sun Apr 10, 2016
The revelation comes days before his April 27 sentencing in a financial violation case. He pleaded guilty last year to structuring money transactions to evade reporting where he took massive amounts of funds he was withdrawing.
Investigators said the transactions involved $3.5 million he paid in hush money to one of his accusers.
Prosecutors listed four boys Hastert allegedly abused at a high school in Yorkville, Illinois.
An additional one — a fifth student — died years later, according to the document.
Accuser allegedly paid off
The accusations came to light after investigators found out he was paying an ex-student to stay quiet about sexual abuse allegations, prosecutors allege.
The student was among four others who told investigators he abused them, including one who was 14 at the time, the documents allege.
The allegations date to the 1960s and 1970s, according to the prosecutors’ court filing.
Hastert will not face sexual abuse charges because the statutes of limitation have expired….
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/09/politics/dennis-hastert-sexual-abuse-allegations/index.html

Jared Fogle

Docs: Jared Fogle texts show pursuit of young victims
By Crimesider Staff CBS News April 19, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Text messages sent between prostitutes and Jared Fogle are the focal point of documents filed Monday in response to the former Subway pitchman’s appeal of his 15-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
Jared Fogle reveals how he lured minors in secret recordings
Fogle’s attorneys have argued that the sentence handed down in November 2015 was too harsh. Prosecutors sought a 12 1/2-year sentence, while Fogle’s attorneys asked for five years. Fogle claims he was punished, in part, for what amounted to “fantasies.” But the government said in its Monday filing that Fogle’s explanation is inaccurate.
“Fogle’s ‘fantasies’ were grounded in reality, in that he fantasized about and sought actively to repeat what he had already done, i.e., pay minors for sex,” prosecutors wrote.
The government cited text messages it said proves that Fogle developed relationships with adult escorts “and offered them finder’s fees to provide him with access to minors.”
“I’ll pay you big for a 14- or 15-year-old,” he texted one escort.
In another conversation, he asked for “young girls or boys” and said he’d pay at least $400 if they could prove their age….
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/documents-jared-fogle-texts-show-pursuit-of-young-victims/

Turkey child abuse: Scandal shocks Karaman
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36071773

Turkish teacher given 508-year sentence for child abuse 
for abusing 10 children in homes allegedly run by the Ensar and KAIMDER charitable foundations in the conservative southern city of Karaman in 2012-15.
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Turkish-teacher-given-508-year-sentence-for-child-abuse-451867

Olympic speedskater Bridie Farrell joins push to pass N.Y. child abuse law
BY Glenn Blain NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU Monday, April 25, 2016
ALBANY — The effort to pass legislation that would allow sexually abused children to bring lawsuits as adults will get a personal assist next week from Olympic speedskater Bridie Farrell.
Farrell, who has accused Olympian speedskater Andy Gabel of molesting her when she was just 15, will take part in a press conference and roundtable discussion in Albany on May 3 to build support for the Child Victims Act….
Markey’s bill would eliminate the civil and criminal statutes of limitations in New York for child sex abuse. And it would create a one-year window for victims who have been time-barred in the past to file criminal charges or civil claims….
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/olympic-speedskater-joins-push-pass-n-y-child-abuse-law-article-1.2614138

Harm from Spanking

Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research
The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160425143106.htm

Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research  April 25, 2016
http://news.utexas.edu/2016/04/25/risks-of-harm-from-spanking-confirmed-by-researchers

Spanking and Child Outcomes: Old Controversies and New Meta-Analyses.
Gershoff, Elizabeth T.; Grogan-Kaylor, Andrew
Journal of Family Psychology, Apr 7, 2016  Meta-analyses focused specifically on spanking were conducted on a total of 111 unique effect sizes representing 160,927 children. Thirteen of 17 mean effect sizes were significantly different from zero and all indicated a link between spanking and increased risk for detrimental child outcomes. Effect sizes did not substantially differ between spanking and physical abuse or by study design characteristics.
http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/fam0000191

Germany Expresses Regret Over Failure to Stop Child Abuse at Nazi Nurse’s Commune
Germany’s foreign ministry acknowledged Tuesday that its diplomats “looked away” and failed to prevent child abuse at a commune founded by a Nazi pedophile in Chile.
Paul Schaefer — a Nazi nurse who became a preacher — set up the secretive Colonia Dignidad commune in Chile after fleeing Germany for South America in 1961.
He died in a Chilean prison in 2010 at the age of 89 while serving a 20-year sentence for child abuse, arms possession and human-rights violations.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/germany-expresses-regret-over-failure-stop-child-abuse-nazi-nurse-n563381

Editorial   Ethical standards, truths, and lies
This is an editorial about recent social and professional ethical developments that may signal attempts to arrive at truth about critical aspects of trauma after decades of lies and cover-ups. The first development came with the release of the Hoffman Report an investigation of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) complicity in abusive, traumatizing interrogations of political detainees, with one particular reference of note to this discussion. Another development was the publication of The Witch-Hunt Narrative by Ross Cheit (2014), which challenges widely held misconceptions about victims of child abuse and their credibility perpetuated since the preschool child abuse trials of the 1980s.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15299732.2016.1114357

Article PDF
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/15299732.2016.1114357

“Anti-memories”

Scientists find evidence of ‘anti-memories’, and it could change our understanding of neuroscience
Unmasking the process that silences dormant memories
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-found-evidence-of-anti-memories-and-it-could-change-our-understanding-of-neuroscience

Unmasking Latent Inhibitory Connections in Human Cortex to Reveal Dormant Cortical Memories
We show that associated stimuli exhibit fMRI repetition suppression in cortex immediately after learning.
http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273%2816%2900168-9

Unmasking latent inhibitory connections in the human cortex to reveal dormant memories
University of Oxford    https://youtu.be/spAhT_4yhZE

Sex Trafficking Business

‘Sold’ takes a look at the sex trafficking business
By G. Allen Johnson Wednesday, April 13, 2016
There are 5.5 million children — yes, children — who are victims of sex trafficking in the world today. Bay Area filmmaker Jeffrey D. Brown calls attention to the problem in “Sold,” a drama about a 13-year-old Indian girl forced into prostitution
http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Sold-takes-a-look-at-the-sex-trafficking-7246163.php

Lebanon Shocked Over Sex Trafficking of Young Syrian Women
Back in Syria, the young women were told they would get well-paid jobs at restaurants and hotels in Lebanon. But when they arrived, their belongings and mobile phones were taken away, and the women were locked up in two hotels north of Beirut and forced into prostitution.
What followed was an ordeal of beatings, torture and abuse until Lebanese security forces raided the hotels and dismantled the operation in late March.
The case, which involves 75 female victims
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/lebanon-shocked-sex-trafficking-young-syrian-women-38353505

Former students call for inquiry into assault claims
Two former students of the Fessenden School in Newton on Monday demanded a federal inquiry into alleged sexual assaults by staffers there in the 1960s and 1970s, saying they believe the suspected abuse extends far beyond the 17 individuals the school says have come forward.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/09/former-fessenden-school-students-call-for-federal-inquiry-into-alleged-assaults-staffers-decades-ago/xiNzJcq7OhkmlYgIHLfG7K/story.html

Zambia police arrest four suspects for ritual murders that sparked riots
“All the murders which the accused have been charged with were committed in a similar manner by crushing the left side of the head, removing body parts and later dumping the deceased near their homes,” police said in a statement.
Human body parts are sometimes used in traditional remedies and concoctions in southern Africa. The practice is linked to witchcraft beliefs.
http://www.investing.com/news/world-news/zambia-police-arrest-four-suspects-for-ritual-murders-that-sparked-riots-401105

Feds May Seek Racketeering Suit for Clergy Abuse in Diocese
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/feds-seek-racketeering-suit-clergy-abuse-diocese-38118342

The vile sex abuse by UN peacekeepers is leaving the United Nations in tatters
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/the-vile-sex-abuse-by-un-peacekeepers-is-leaving-the-united-nati/

Alleged child predators caught in undercover April Fools sex sting
The undercover child sex sting caught 18 men arranging sexual encounters with children.
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/06/alleged-child-predators-caught-in-undercover-april-fools-sex-sti/21339298/

Twenty-four-year-old Mark Dobson was charged and convicted of killing his girlfriend and their friend during a satanic ritual.
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2016/04/06/paramedics-laud-ptsd-legislation

Dobson found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder
A judge has found Mark Dobson guilty for the satanic cult killings of two women .
The judge called the murders grotesque and found Dobson criminally responsible in both counts of first degree murder
http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/dobson-found-guilty-of-two-counts-of-first-degree-murder-1.2190347

Nine Rochdale men to be sentenced for child sex abuse
Main complainant was raped by six of the men and was groomed by several members of gang when she was 14
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/07/nine-rochdale-men-to-be-sentenced-for-child-sex-abuse

describes graphic crimes
Texas man who killed boy, drank his blood after a satanic calling, was executed
http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/texas-to-execute-12yearold-boys-killer

MKs bid to tackle ‘harmful cults’ that ensnare 20,000 Israelis.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/will-israels-first-anti-cult-legislation-harm-religious-freedom/

‘Satanic’ sergeant suspended for posting degrading slurs before Greens MP Jenny Leong harassed
Police officers were posting homophobic and sexually degrading posts on social media before a NSW Police Integrity Commission investigation homed in on the racial and sexist harassment of an MP.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-police-sergeant-posted-homophobic-sexually-degrading-slurs-before-greens-mp-jenny-leong-was-harassed-20160415-go7kyj.html

 

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