Abuse of inmates in youth detention and adult facilities happening daily, prison chaplain says — Reverend Alex Gater has called for a royal commission into youth detention in the NT to cover Queensland, saying abuse has been happening for years in both prisons and juvenile detention centres. The royal commission was announced following revelations of abuse raised on ABC’s Four Corners program that have also led to the minister responsible for the detainees being sacked. Reverend Gater said her grandson had spent time in a detention centre and a prison, where she said he was physically abused by officers.
Boy tells court he does not blame mother for abuse he suffered — The 12-year-old son of a woman found guilty of child cruelty has told a court in a victim impact report that he doesn’t believe she did anything wrong. The child said he put the blame on his father (64), who was convicted last May of nine counts of raping the boy when he aged six and seven. The trial at the Central Criminal Court heard he also put the child in a wooden box and nailed it shut in their Waterford home.
Jury hears accounts of historical abuse at the hands of Caister man — Robert Brown, of Eastern Avenue, Caister, is on trial accused of sexually abusing five boys at a children’s home where he worked in the 1970s. Brown, 69, lived at the home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, at the time. He has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges of indecent assault on five boys in the 1970s. Two witnesses told the Warwick Crown Court jury of incidents which took place during trips from Manor Court Road children’s home to Brown’s home town of Great Yarmouth.
Man Legally Forced to Pay Child Support Even After DNA Test Proves He’s Not Dad — When Lori Lonnquist gave birth to a baby girl some 15-years ago, Chris Atkins asked her to marry him, believing he was the girl’s father. Lonnquist and Atkins divorced approximately two-years later, but Atkins continued to believe that he was the father. It wasn’t until the girl was 11-years-old when Atkins found out the truth after a DNA test revealed that he was not the father. He says he has not been allowed to see the girl in the four years since the test results were revealed. However, Atkins is still legally obligated under Colorado law to continue paying child support because he is listed as the father on the child’s birth certificate.
Man tells Bradford Crown Court of ‘pick a card’ sex abuse and secret den where he was molested in Keighley case — A BOY was strung up by his ankles and beaten with a fishing rod during a decade of physical and sexual abuse, a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard. Now a middle-aged man, the witness alleged he was hung upside down from a beam between 30 and 40 years ago and molested in a secret den made of straw bales.
Men-Only Divorce Attorney Says He’s Crusading for Men’s Trampled Rights — Kenny Leigh’s attitude toward family law is simple: “You shouldn’t have to prove that mom’s a crack whore for a dad to get the kids every other weekend.” Leigh, of Kenny Leigh & Associates, is the founder and CEO of the largest firm of for-men-only family lawyers in Florida, with offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.
Sexual abuse victim group to defy Missouri court order — An advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergy said his group likely will not hand over personal information about people who made accusations against a priest despite an order from a St. Louis federal judge. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests had until Friday to provide the information as part of a civil lawsuit filed by the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang.
Turkey detainees tortured, raped after failed coup, rights group says — Captured military officers raped by police, hundreds of soldiers beaten, some detainees denied food and water and access to lawyers for days. These are the grim conditions that many of the thousands who were arrested in Turkey face in the aftermath of a recent failed coup, witnesses tell Amnesty International.