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American mom charged with murdering 3 children


By BEN McCONVILLE, Associated Press Writer Ben Mcconville, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 6, 5:47 pm ET

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Scottish police on Friday charged the American mother of three children who were found dead in an Edinburgh town house with their murder.

Theresa Riggi, 46, was arrested late Friday after police completed autopsies on her children: 8-year-old twins Augustino and Gianluca and their 5-year-old sister Cecilia.

The children were discovered after a gas explosion Wednesday at the town house, but are not thought to have died as a result of the blast. Riggi is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after apparently falling from an upper story of the house on the same day.

“Due to the medical condition of the accused, it is not at this time known when she will appear in court,” a police spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

Riggi and her husband, American oil industry executive Pasquale Riggi, 46, of Colorado, were getting divorced and contesting the custody of their children.

Scottish authorities said the couple were due to attend court hearings in the case this week, and on Tuesday a judge raised concerns over the children’s safety when their mother failed to appear for the divorce proceedings.

Police said they are investigating the circumstances of the deaths and have interviewed the children’s father, but confirmed he is not a suspect in the case.

They said the autopsies on the children were completed Friday. No details were disclosed, but a report has been submitted to prosecutors, police said.

Pasquale Riggi described his anguish over the death of his children.

“Our family is struggling to come to terms with the immense and tragic loss of three beautiful children,” he said in a statement issued by Edinburgh’s Lothian and Borders police department.

His wife and the children went missing from the family’s home in Aberdeen, a port town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Edinburgh, on July 21, prompting police to launch a search.

Pasquale Riggi grew up in Colorado, where he attended Denver’s Regis Jesuit High School, graduating in 1982. He serves as an executive with Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Scotland, and had previously worked with the company in the Netherlands.



Md. woman sentenced for severe child abuse

By: SARAH KARUSH
Associated Press
01/08/10 5:49 PM EST

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. — An 8-year-old girl with scars on most of her body from regular beatings by the woman she used to call “Mommy” confronted her abuser in court Friday, telling her: “I do not think you will be going to heaven.”

The woman, Renee Bowman, is accused of killing the girl’s two older sisters and keeping their bodies in a freezer for months. She was sentenced Friday in Calvert County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for the abuse of the surviving girl. Bowman, 44, pleaded guilty in September to first-degree child abuse.

She faces a separate trial on murder charges in Montgomery County, where the family lived previously and where her other daughters are believed to have been killed.

All three girls were former foster children adopted from the District of Columbia, and Bowman continued to collect subsidies for all of them from the D.C. government even after the older children were killed.

The surviving girl, who was 8 months old when Bowman became her foster mother, was found wandering around her Lusby neighborhood in a bloodstained nightshirt after escaping through a window in September 2008.

Police searched the home and found the bodies in the freezer, as well as a high-heeled shoe used to beat the youngest. Feces and urine were found in the girl’s bedroom and in a closet because she had been locked in both places, Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura L. Martin said. The child had human bite marks and shoe marks on her body, a piece of her lip was missing, and she had broken bones that improperly healed, Martin said. The girl could not read and authorities found no evidence that she had ever been to school.

The girl, who was dressed neatly in a black and white dress and came to the hearing with the therapist and her foster parents, appeared to shudder and put her head on her foster mother’s shoulder when Bowman was first led into the courtroom. But moments later she laughed loudly after her foster mother whispered something in her ear.

The girl was led out of the courtroom while Martin described the abuse. After she was brought back in, Martin asked her if she wanted to make a statement. Clutching a piece of paper, she walked to the front of the courtroom with her therapist by her side.

“You should never do things to little girls or little boys because God sees you and will put you on the liars list. I do not think you will be going to heaven,” she told Bowman in a barely audible voice. Martin later provided a copy of the statement.

“I’m happy now. I know my math. I read. I am in the first grade. It’s amazing I got that far,” she added. “I have a lot of people who love me.”

Martin said the girl made a point of reading the statement to prove she could read to Bowman, who claimed the girl couldn’t learn.

Before Judge Marjorie L. Clagett handed down the sentence, Bowman apologized to the judge and to the victim.

“I’m very remorseful. I don’t know what happened. I’m very sorry for my actions. … I wish her the best with her family and I’m proud of her,” she said. “Despite what Ms. Martin says, I do have love in my heart for her.”

Bowman claimed she tried to return the girl to the adoption agency after she realized she couldn’t handle her.

Public defender Dorothy Gardner-Hodge, in arguing for a lower sentence, said Bowman was abused as a child and in foster care from an early age. She said her mother and sister both suffer from mental illness and that Bowman suffers from chronic pain and has been treated for breast cancer.

Clagett sentenced Bowman to the maximum sentence allowed because of the horrific nature of the crime. She said she wouldn’t rule out sending her to serve her sentence at the Patuxent Institution, a psychiatric treatment facility that is part of Maryland’s corrections system. However, she said she would need more information before she did so.

Clagett said the system failed the girl, but told Bowman: “You were her mother. You were meant to protect her and nurture her, and all that happened was just the opposite.”

22:30 12/8/2009

December 8th 2009

The Boy Scouts of Troop 35 in O’fallon, Illinois are trying to deal with allegations their leader had sex with a scout.

39 year old Wendy Rogers of O’fallon (pictured left) is charged with Criminal Sexual Assault.

The parents of the boy scout had returned home from a shopping trip when police say they found their son having sex with the scout leader.

They called police to report a “rape in progress” and blocked the bed room door so Rogers couldn’t get out until police arrived.

When St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies arrived they arrested Rogers, impounded her car and the parents took their son to a hospital.

Police say they are looking into other possible sexual encounters between the pair.

The chief investigator in the case called it a betrayal of everything the boy scouts stand for. Capt. Steve Johnson said the Boy Scout have been very cooperative with the investigation.

http://www.kmox.com/pages/5850196.php?

http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/1042233.html

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3 in 4 B.C. boys on street sexually exploited by women

The Vancouver Sun, Gerry Bellett, Canwest News Service, Tuesday, May 27, 2008

VANCOUVER – Canada’s largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be – with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.

“Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female,” said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver’s McCreary Centre Society.

“I must admit it wasn’t something we were expecting.”

The results were drawn from interviews with 1,845 youth – some as young as 12 – in surveys taken across the province between 2000 and 2006.

The stereotypical model of the child being abused – a teenage female being sexually abused by a male – was wrong, said Saewyc.

Sexual exploitation is defined as youth under 19 trading sexual activities for money, drugs, gifts, food, services, shelter, transportation or anything similar.

This can include work in brothels, escort services, pornography and Internet sex but it also includes what’s described as “survival sex,” where a child provides sex in exchange for a place to sleep, a meal or a ride.

It found one in every three of children living on the street have been sexually abused although many didn’t seem aware that they had been exploited, said Saewyc.

“It’s a shocking number. The law is clear: any adult who has sex with children for any form of consideration is exploiting them and it’s illegal,” she said.

The study found 94 per cent of females reported they had been sexually exploited by men.

But the study found that young males were being preyed upon by sexual predators of both sexes, yet the social systems in place to deter and prevent sexual predation were only designed to help females and the criminal justice system wasn’t concerned with what was happening to young males.

“Women seeking young men and boys offer transportation or other things and some go to nightclubs and bars where they can pick up under-age youth. And a certain percentage have been picked up by couples,” she said.

Saewyc said it was indicative of the prevailing myths about sexual abuse that the rehabilitation program for persons arrested by police for attempting to buy sexual favours on the street was called “John School”.

“I think it’s time we had a Jane School. There should be an equal opportunity school for women predators,” she said.

“Part of the challenge is that young males are not seen as being exploited because they are not coming to the attention of the police and the police aren’t out there picking up the perpetrators. The system is set up to handle the sexual exploitation of young women, not young men,” she said.

Community research associate Jayson Anderson said most of the programs to deal with sexual exploitation were designed by women for women. “There’s really nothing out there for males. So we need programs for young boys,” he said.

The study showed that the following youth were most likely to suffer from sexual predation:

– those who were lesbian, gay or bisexual

– Aboriginals

– those with physical or mental health issues

– those who had been abused by family members

– youth that had been in government care.

© Vancouver Sun 2008

1:57 PM

Pennsylvania Woman, Katherine Dennery, Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Boy

September 17th 2009

A 26-year-old Souderton woman has admitted to having sexual and indecent contact with a 13-year-old boy.

Katherine M. Dennery, (pictured left) of the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday to charges of indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors in connection with incidents that occurred in April.

The open plea means Dennery, formerly of the 800 block of Walnut Street in Lansdale, has no deals with prosecutors regarding her potential sentence. Dennery faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison on the charges.

Judge Thomas P. Rogers deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Dennery. The judge will use that report to assist him in sentencing Dennery later this year.

Dennery, who remains in prison without bail pending sentencing, also faces an evaluation by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, which will determine if she meets criteria under Megan’s Law to be declared to be a sexually violent predator.

Those deemed to be predators face more stringent restrictions under Megan’s Law, including mandatory counseling, a lifetime requirement to report their addresses to state police and community notification about their living arrangements.

An investigation of Dennery began in May when a former neighbor of Dennery’s notified Lansdale police that she discovered Dennery having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy inside Dennery’s then Walnut Street home in April.

The neighbor, according to a criminal complaint, retrieved Dennery’s camera phone and photographed the assault.

However, Dennery then confronted the neighbor, grabbed the phone and deleted the photograph, according to the criminal complaint filed by Lansdale Police Officer Michael Trail.

When police interviewed the boy, he told authorities that he was at Dennery’s home when she propositioned him for sex and lured him to her basement by furnishing him with alcohol to drink, according to court papers.

The boy told police that Dennery had sexual contact with him during that evening. Another 13-year-old boy also witnessed the assault, court documents indicate.

The investigation revealed that Dennery also furnished alcohol to the second 13-year-old boy that day, according to the criminal complaint.

When Dennery was interviewed by police, she allegedly admitted to the sexual contact with the boy and admitted that she knew he was only 13 years old.

http://www.thereporteronline.com/articles/2009/09/17/news/srv0000006411674.txt

Previous News Video Report On This Case:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn1KLhn3p54

To Catch A Female Predator: Pennsylvania Woman, Katherine Dennery, Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Boy.

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

By Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the better part of a decade, a Queens woman portrayed herself — in the news, on her blog and in court — as the long-suffering victim of domestic violence and a devoted mother forced to kidnap her son to save him from abuse!!

In fact, it was the woman herself, Jing Kelly, who was the “perpetrator of domestic violence,” who repeatedly lied on the stand and who had “a history of neglecting the child,” according to a Manhattan Family Court decision that an appellate court unanimously upheld last week.

The lengthy, very public legal battle that Kelly waged for years — in which she claimed her then-husband raped her, threatened her at gunpoint and used prostitutes has ended with her permanently losing custody of their now 9-year-old son, Tristram.

That’s the latest on a custody battle that has raged in a Manhattan Family Court for the better part of a decade. (Read about it here (New York Post, 9/14/09).) In addition to Jing’s repeated and very public false claims of rape and other forms of abuse, she fled to China with Tristram for 18 months. She was returned to this country in 2003 and jailed for kidnapping. Jing’s husband and Tristram’s father, Craig Kelly, died of stomach cancer shortly after she kidnapped the child. His brother Doug, Tristram’s uncle, has permanent custody of the boy who is now nine years old.

In order to put this case in some perspective, go back to this article in August of 2005 (New York Post, 8/27/05). By that time Craig Kelly was long dead. Notice that Jing Kelly, who has kidnapped Tristram, fled to China, returned to Canada and been imprisoned is now “Surrounded by Chinese-American leaders and women’s rights advocates…” And notice further how respectful they are of the dead when one refers to Craig Kelly as “an abusive bastard of a husband.”

Nice. I wonder what these people have to say now. I even wonder why they said what they said then given that there were photos of Craig Kelly with massive bite marks on his neck and his head entirely wrapped in a gauze bandage from being struck by Jing with a lamp.

Glenn’s written before about claims of DV or sexual violence made by women in the middle of divorce cases. Very frequently “women’s rights advocates” are there front and center with their ready-made support for the “victim,” regardless of facts.

Will Mr. John Liu, NY City Councilman, or the women’s rights advocates who were so quick to libel the good name of Craig Kelly come forward now and apologize for their shameful wrongdoing? Or will they do as they’ve done in every similar case – either not say a word or claim that in some way, the court is wrong and they are right, despite all the evidence?

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’ | Glenn Sacks on MND.

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

By Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the better part of a decade, a Queens woman portrayed herself — in the news, on her blog and in court — as the long-suffering victim of domestic violence and a devoted mother forced to kidnap her son to save him from abuse!!

In fact, it was the woman herself, Jing Kelly, who was the “perpetrator of domestic violence,” who repeatedly lied on the stand and who had “a history of neglecting the child,” according to a Manhattan Family Court decision that an appellate court unanimously upheld last week.

The lengthy, very public legal battle that Kelly waged for years — in which she claimed her then-husband raped her, threatened her at gunpoint and used prostitutes has ended with her permanently losing custody of their now 9-year-old son, Tristram.

That’s the latest on a custody battle that has raged in a Manhattan Family Court for the better part of a decade. (Read about it here (New York Post, 9/14/09).) In addition to Jing’s repeated and very public false claims of rape and other forms of abuse, she fled to China with Tristram for 18 months. She was returned to this country in 2003 and jailed for kidnapping. Jing’s husband and Tristram’s father, Craig Kelly, died of stomach cancer shortly after she kidnapped the child. His brother Doug, Tristram’s uncle, has permanent custody of the boy who is now nine years old.

In order to put this case in some perspective, go back to this article in August of 2005 (New York Post, 8/27/05). By that time Craig Kelly was long dead. Notice that Jing Kelly, who has kidnapped Tristram, fled to China, returned to Canada and been imprisoned is now “Surrounded by Chinese-American leaders and women’s rights advocates…” And notice further how respectful they are of the dead when one refers to Craig Kelly as “an abusive bastard of a husband.”

Nice. I wonder what these people have to say now. I even wonder why they said what they said then given that there were photos of Craig Kelly with massive bite marks on his neck and his head entirely wrapped in a gauze bandage from being struck by Jing with a lamp.

Glenn’s written before about claims of DV or sexual violence made by women in the middle of divorce cases. Very frequently “women’s rights advocates” are there front and center with their ready-made support for the “victim,” regardless of facts.

Will Mr. John Liu, NY City Councilman, or the women’s rights advocates who were so quick to libel the good name of Craig Kelly come forward now and apologize for their shameful wrongdoing? Or will they do as they’ve done in every similar case – either not say a word or claim that in some way, the court is wrong and they are right, despite all the evidence?

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’ | Glenn Sacks on MND.

Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse by a Female

In a recent case in Texas a defense attorney, according to the media, made the following statement (the victim was 13):

Winfield told jurors that if given probation, Cosgrove would not be a risk, and that the boy enjoyed the attentions of an older woman and was not traumatized.

“It’s different with boys and girls,” she said. “I don’t believe he’s going to be scarred for life.” – Read the entire article here

Comments like that are all to common in cases like that. In another case an attorney said “In my opinion he’s an advanced 14-year-old,”. Comments like these and others are simply wrong and offensive. Because I am seeing more and more reported comments like this I wanted to look at parts of a study that talked about the long term effects of sexual abuse by females. It has some interesting points that I would like to highlight (note all emphasis is mine):

The Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators: A Qualitative Study of Male and Female Victims
Myriam S. Denov
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Oct 2004; vol. 19: pp. 1137 – 1156

Despite the minimal research dedicated to addressing the long-term effects of female sexual abuse on victims, emerging studies have revealed that the general public and professionals working in the area of child welfare perceive sexual abuse by women as relatively harmless as compared to sexual abuse by men. Broussard, Wagner, and Kazelskis (1991) asked 180 female and 180 male undergraduates their perceptions of the effects of child sexual abuse on the victim. Participants tended to view the interaction of a male victim with a female perpetrator as less representative of child sexual abuse. They also believed that male victims of female offenders would experience less harm than if the victim was a woman or girl and the offender was a man. Similarly, Finkelhor (1984) found that his survey participants tended to view the sexual offenses of women as relatively insignificant. When he asked 521 parents about the seriousness of different types of sexual abuse, they rated adult female perpetrators’ actions with male and female victims as less abusive than those of adult male perpetrators with male or female victims.

Now this might be expected of the lay person but professionals who work in the area of child welfare should know better. But then again think of how many of these professionals have the mother present when they are asking questions about sexual abuse to a child. How many of them even think to ask if the child has been sexually abused by a woman?

Research on professional attitudes to different types of sexual abuse reveals comparable perceptions to those of the general public. For example,Hetherton and Beardsall (1998) identified gender biases in the decisions of socialworkers and police working in child protection. The authors presented police officers and social workers with identical case vignettes of sexual abuse involving either a male or female perpetrator. Both professional groups considered that social service involvement and investigation were less warranted when the perpetrator was a woman. Case registration and imprisonmentof the male perpetrator was considered more important by both professional groups. Denov’s (2001) research explored psychiatrists’ and police perspectives on female sex offending. The study found that both professional groups viewed sexual abuse by women as less harmful than sexual abuse by men. Moreover, efforts were made by psychiatrists and police officers, either consciously or unconsciously, to transform the female sex offender and her offense, realigning them with more culturally acceptable notions of female behavior. This ultimately led to a denial of the problem.
And this group of professionals should know better also. Because of this many people who do mention they have been sexually abused by a woman are disbelieved or are told they are mistaken.

If you want to see how this denial plays out just look at one label that is used for some female sexual offenders. They are called Teacher/Lover. Yet there is no corresponding label for male offenders. Is it not offensive to call someone who sexually assaulted a child a “lover”? I do not think it would go over well if they tried to put that label on some male offenders.

This next piece is very important:

The professional assumption that sexual abuse by women is less harmful than similar abuse by men has potentially dangerous implications for victims of sexual abuse by women and their offenders. If professionals fail to recognize sexual abuse by women as potentially serious and harmful, child protection plans will not be made. Consequently, children in the care of or in contact with a female sex offender may be at risk and remain outside of the realm of professional attention and statutory intervention. In addition, such professional belief systems may work to diminish the level of harm inflicted on the victim. As a result, the experiences of victims who come forward to disclose sexual abuse by women may be trivialized, leading to delayed referral to social services, or failing to provide victims with the care and the necessary support services that they require (Hunter, 1990; Denov, 2004). Moreover, professional minimization or disbelief of victims’ allegations of female perpetrated sexual abuse may actually exacerbate the negative effects of the sexual abuse, ultimately inciting secondary victimization (Denov, 2003b). In a similar vein, female sex offenders who are perceived by professionals as largely innocuous will not be held accountable for their actions and may be allowed to drop out of the child welfare and/or criminal justice system without warrant. In such circumstances, female abusers will not gain insight into their behavior and may continue to pose a risk to children.
This next part looked at some of the data from the study:
The average age of onset of the female sexual abuse was age 5 and ended, on average, at age 12, with the average duration being 6 years. 36% reported being sexually abused more than once per week, 21% reported being abused once per week; 29% reported being abused once per month. 14% reported a single incident of abuse.

In total, 64% reported severe sexual abuse, while 71% reported moderate sexual abuse. 100% reported experiencing mild sexual abuse.

93% reported that the sexual abuse was highly damaging and difficult to recover from:

However, all of the victims who reported sexual abuse by men and women declared that the sexual abuse by women was more harmful and more damaging than the sexual abuse by men.

For example, one female participant, whose father attempted sexual intercourse with her at age 5 and had intercourse and oral sex with her until the age of 11, reported that her father’s actions were the least invasive of all the sexual abuse that she had experienced. To her, the sexual abuse by her mother and her grandmother was far more traumatic:

The [sexual abuse] done by my father was the least invasive. . . . The abuse by the females had far more of an effect on me than he did. . . . When looking at the big picture and the layers of hurt . . . out of all that happened to me, what my mother did was the absolute worst . . . far worse than what my father had done.

There is a deeper sense of betrayal [with a female perpetrator]. It’s like there’s no safe place. How can a woman face a world that belittles and condemns us because we’re women . . . and still turn her hand against her own sex? That’s a bitter betrayal.

100% reported a strong mistrust of women as a result of the sexual abuse experience.

29% reported having sexually abused children at some point in their lives. The men were charged and convicted. The sexual abuse by the women was never reported.

What about when MOM is the abuser?: Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse by a Female.

Female Sexual Predators

I wanted to post a few excerpts from a recent article that ran in the Independent and comment on them. The article is titled “Women are ruthless sexual predators too”.

MARTIN’S* mother began sexually abusing him by showing him “where babies come from”. When he was seven she tied him up to the electrics, tortured him and told him he was going to die.

From the age of five to 13 he was the subject of horrific abuse and beatings. When he reached puberty, the abuse stopped. Shortly after, he became embroiled in crime and has spent most of his life in and out of prison. This is the story Irishman Martin, now 35, told the UK support group, Survivors Swindon, for the first time.

As I have previously posted this sexual abuse of prepubescent children by a female offender seems to be much more common than many may think. Previously I posted some results from a study that was titled “The Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators: A Qualitative Study of Male and Female Victims” and one of those results stated:

The average age of onset of the female sexual abuse was age 5 and ended, on average, at age 12, with the average duration being 6 years.

And Martin’s case seems to fit that as well.

Steve Bevan, founder of Survivors Swindon, says: “Women commit sexual crime, from inappropriate touching to sadistic torture and rape. That is a fact.”

Sadly it is a fact that is often denied or minimized by some, which causes even further harm.

Dr Bunting, author of Females Who Sexually Offend Against Children says, “There is no safe gender, just offenders. Female sexual offenders are just as capable of perpetrating terrible, evil and sordid acts as men are.”

This message needs to be spoken more often.

Robert Shoop, a law professor at Kansas State University and author of Sexual Exploitation in Schools, says: “Society doesn’t view a boy having sex with an adult female as rape, although legally it is. Our society doesn’t see it as a child being harmed. The idea that society has historically said that women are to be protected from sex, but boys are supposed to enjoy it and look for the opportunity, I think is wrong-headed and is a vestige of our past inequalities.”

He is correct and it is one reason, though not the only one, why people both male and female who have been abused by a female do not come forward.

The problem, she said, is that female offenders do not see themselves as the “monsters in the media”. She is very concerned about the lack of measured awareness among the public and the implications this has for victims of female sexual abuse. One victim who was sexually abused by a female told Hilary: “No women sexually abuse. I think I must be crazy.”

And this is another one of the reasons why victims of female abusers do not come forward. And to make it worse when they do come forward they are often disbelieved. Another female researcher/clinician has stated something similar to this (and is quoted on the front page of this site) when she stated “And female sex offenders use more intrusive levels of sexual behaviors than men. They are more likely than men to abuse strangers. And they are less likely than men to acknowledge guilt or to feel sorry or guilty, Strickland said.”

Dr Lisa Bunting of the NSPCC says acceptance is the first step: “It may be uncomfortable to think that women with traditionally more nurturing and caring roles may commit child abuse, yet it is clear from my research that we all need to be alert and aware that child sex abuse is not just committed by men.”

It is a long slow first step for many to take but hopefully more and more people will take it.

Cultural historian Professor Joanna Bourke is writing a book which investigates why the female sexual perpetrator’s voice has been muffled “under the deafening patois about the male perpetrator”. The female rapist falls out of history, she says, despite the role she has played in inflicting sexual suffering, but her sexual abuses are often not labelled as such. The female abuser is seen as a man.

Her book explores how women are being placed outside the symbolic order; the brutal female is as much a reality as the male and the scars they leave are forged deeper in the face of disbelief.Read the entire article here

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What about when MOM is the abuser?.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mothers commit vast majority of parental murders of children

Although the data is U.S. sourced there are similarities in English speaking western democracies. Click on the link below for the source data. Federal Data: Mothers commit vast majority of parental murders of children These data are not blips. The trend is clear over many years that the mother (female) is responsible for the greatest amount of child abuse and child murder in family relationships. How then can it be there is no tax supported DV or emergency shelters for men in Canada; how can it be there are few, if any, (I haven’t found any yet) tax supported counseling services for men in marital breakdown in Canada; how can it be woman’s groups can tap into such large amounts of tax support to send out propaganda about how vulnerable they are; how can these DV groups spout the invective they do against men when their own clients are the worst perpetrators of abuse to children. How many women are actually in these shelters because of DV; how many are in them for addictions; how many are planning a false ex parte order to nail hubby while he sleeps; how many are in there because they are hiding from legal pursuits of them; how many are “passing through” while traveling. I think an accounting and operational audit of these facilities should be part and parcel of their ability to obtain tax funds. There is no doubt some women are there because they have no recourse and are subject to abuse but it casts a pall over them if many are there for other reasons. They are emergency shelters – so called – for Domestic Violence – at least in terms of the marketing of them to get tax funding. Is there something wrong with our values? Is there something wrong with government largess and what is wrong with us men for laying down and taking this misinformation from groups like the Tennessee DV coalition as described here amongst many others.

Figure 3-3 Victimization Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007

Victimization Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 This bar graph breaks the victim population into age groups as follows: Less than 1, 1, 2, 3, 4–7, 8–11, 12–15, and 16–17 and either boy or girl sex. According to this graph, the youngest age group is the most victimized, with a rate of 22.2 boys and 21.5 girls per 1,000 children of the same age and sex group. The oldest children were victimized the least frequently.

Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2007 This pie chart presents victims by relationship to their perpetrators. More than 80 percent (80.1%) of victims were maltreated by at least one parent. Nearly 40 percent (38.7%) of victims were maltreated by their mother acting on her own. Note the rate by mom and other is 44.4% while dad and other is 18.8%. The rate by the mother is 2.36 times higher than dad. That is 236% greater. Now how to explain that away to those who believe only men are abusive.MJM Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007

Relationship to Child Child Fatalities
Number Percent
PARENT Blank Cell
Mother 347 27.1
Mother and Other 96 7.5
Father 208 16.3
Father and Other 11 0.9
Mother and Father 232 18.1
NONPARENT Blank Cell
Daycare Staff 24 1.9
Foster Parent (Female Relative) 0 0.0
Foster Parent (Male Relative) 0 0.0
Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 3 0.2
Foster Parent (Unknown Relationship) 3 0.2
Friend or Neighbor 2 0.2
Legal Guardian (Female) 0 0.0
Legal Guardian (Male) 0 0.0
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 52 4.1
Other Professional 2 0.2
Partner of Parent (Female) 4 0.3
Partner of Parent (Male) 35 2.7
Relative (Female) 29 2.3
Relative (Male) 20 1.6
Staff Group Home 2 0.2
Unknown or Missing 210 16.4
Total 1,280 Blank Cell
Percent Blank Cell 100.0

Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2007 This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother, mother and father, father, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. More than 27 percent (27.1%) of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone. Moms and another are more than twice as likely to kill a child as a dad and another.MJM

Figure 4-2 Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 Child Maltreatment 2007

Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007

Fatality Rates by Age and Sex, 2007 This bar graph shows two groupings of victims, one for boys and one for girls. Each grouping displays the fatality rates for each sex by age group. The graph indicates that the youngest children have the highest fatality rates for both sexes. Note boys have the higher death rates.MJM Some data on child abuse from Child Maltreatment 2006, a report by the Federal Administration for Children & Families…

Figure 4-2 Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006

Child Maltreatment 2006

Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006

Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2006 This pie chart indicates that 27.4 percent of child fatalities were perpetrated by the mother acting alone. Such non-parental perpetrators as daycare providers, foster parents, or residential facility staff were responsible for 14.6 percent of fatalities. Leaving aside killings by non-parents or by mothers and fathers acting together, mothers committed a significantly greater number of the parental murders of children.

Figure 3-5 Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006

Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006

Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2006 This pie chart shows that 39.9 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 17.6 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.8 percent were abused by both their mother and father. Victims abused by a nonparental perpetrator accounted for 10.0 percent.

Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2006 Child Maltreatment 2006

Relationship to Child Child Fatalities
Number Percent
Mother 288 27.4
Mother and Other 121 11.5
Father 138 13.1
Father and Other 16 1.5
Mother and Father 235 22.4
Female Relative 31 3.0
Male Relative 17 1.6
Female Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Male Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Female Partner of Parent 0 0.0
Male Partner of Parent 30 2.9
Female Legal Guardian 1 0.1
Male Legal Guardian 0 0.0
Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 5 0.5
Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 4 0.4
Staff Group Home 4 0.4
Daycare Staff 32 3.0
Other Professional 0 0.0
Friend or Neighbor 2 0.2
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 26 2.5
Unknown or Missing 100 9.5
Total 1,050 Blank Cell
Blank Cell Blank Cell 100.0
Based on data from 36 States.

Perpetrator Relationships to Child Fatalities, 2006 This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother, mother and father, father, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. More than 27 percent (27.4%) of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone. The following are data from 2005.

Figure 4-2 Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2005 Child Maltreatment 2005

Figure 4-2

Note the mother (female) again is responsible for the vast majority of deaths of children.

Table 4-5 Perpetrator Relationships of Fatalities, 2005 Child Maltreatment 2005

Blank Cell Child Fatalities
Perpetrator Number Percent
Mother 287 28.5
Mother and Other 104 10.3
Father 159 15.8
Father and Other 16 1.6
Mother and Father 205 20.4
Famale Relative 24 2.4
Male Relative 7 0.7
Female Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Male Foster Parent (Relative) 0 0.0
Female Partner of Parent 6 0.6
Male Partner of Parent 33 3.3
Female Legal Guardian 1 0.1
Male Legal Guardian 0 0.0
Female Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 5 0.5
Male Foster Parent (Nonrelative) 1 0.1
Female Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 1 0.1
Male Foster Parent Unknown Relationship 0 0.0
Female Staff Group Home 0 0.0
Male Staff Group Home 0 0.0
Female Daycare Staff 20 2.0
Male Daycare Staff 2 0.2
Female Other Professional 0 0.0
Male Other Professional 1 0.1
Female Friend or Neighbor 2 0.2
Male Friend or Neighbor 4 0.4
More than One Nonparental Perpetrator 23 2.3
Unknown or Missing 105 10.4
Total 1,006 blank cell
Percent blank cell 100.0

Based on data from 34 States. Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities, 2005 This table first lists perpetrator relationships including mother only, mother and father, father only, mother and other, father and other, female daycare staff, more than one nonparental perpetrator, unknown, etc. In the next column is listed the number of child fatalities from the specified perpetrator. The third column lists the percentage. 28.5 percent of child fatalities were perpetrated by a mother acting alone. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new report Child Maltreatment 2004, when one parent is acting without the involvement of the other parent, mothers are almost three times as likely to kill their children as fathers are, and are more than twice as likely to abuse them.” Source: Child Maltreatment 2004, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to Figure 4-2 “Perpetrator Relationships of Fatalities, 2004 Child Maltreatment 2004” here, child fatalities perpetrated by mothers or by “mother and other [not father]” comprise 40.6% of all child fatalities. Figure 4-2 also shows that fatalities perpetrated by fathers or by “father and other [not mother]” comprise 15.6% of all child fatalities. According to Figure 3-6 “Victims by Perpetrator Relationship, 2004 Child Maltreatment 2004,” here child abuse perpetrated by mothers or by “mother and other [not father]” comprise 45.6% of all child abuse. Figure 3-6 also shows that abuse perpetrated by fathers or by “father and other [not mother]” comprise 19.5% of all child abuse.

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5:45 AM

Oklahoma Woman, Alisha Danielle Freerksen, Charged With Raping 15-Year-Old Girl


September 19th 2009

A Woodward, Oklahoma couple are accused of sexually assaulting two young girls and making them pose for sexually explicit photographs.

Prosecutors say there may be more victims.

Dean Leroy Freerksen III, 27, and Alisha Danielle Freerksen, 20, (pictured left) were charged Wednesday in Woodward County District Court with first-degree rape, involving a 15-year-old girl.

The charges are in addition to those filed against them in July. The two already face complaints of first-degree rape, lewd molestation and procuring a minor to participate in child pornography.

The Freerksens on Friday were in the Woodward County jail. Their bail is set at $200,000 each.

The investigation is ongoing.

Assistant District Attorney Danny Lohmann said investigators found numerous sexually graphic photographs featuring several different girls on the Freerksens’ digital camera. He said all the girls have not been identified, and more criminal charges against the couple are possible.

Lohmann said the photographs were among the most unsettling pictures he’s seen.

“Let me put it this way — they’re worse than bad,” Lohmann said.

The investigation was sparked by an 11-year-old girl who told police the Freerksens made her drink orange juice spiked with vodka and molested her during an overnight stay in their home.

They took photographs of the sex acts, according to court records.

Authorities obtained a search warrant in July and seized the Freerksens’ computer and digital camera. On the camera, they found sexually explicit photographs of a 15-year-old girl and Dean Freerksen, according to court records.

Investigators recently identified the teenager, who claims she was sexually assaulted by the couple in June, court records state.

Dean Leroy Freerksen III has been convicted of child stealing and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, records show.

Police say Woodward couple molested girls, photographed attacks

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To Catch A Female Predator: Oklahoma Woman, Alisha Danielle Freerksen, Charged With Raping 15-Year-Old Girl.

Deputies: Boy was ‘stick skinny’ in abuse case

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September 23, 2009 – 4:10PM

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A San Tan Valley woman has been charged with child abuse after deputies found her 14-month-old son so malnourished he couldn’t hold up his head.

The mother, Rhandi Brown, 22, is free on bail after her Sept. 14 arrest.

According to Lt. Tamatha Villar, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, deputies discovered the baby when they responded on a domestic violence call to the home the woman shares with the child’s father.

Brown allegedly stabbed the child’s father Dec. 18, and she is charged with aggravated assault in that case.

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Villar said the boy weighed only 13 pounds. Deputies at the scene described his arms and legs as “stick skinny,” and he couldn’t hold up his head.

His diaper was so soiled that the smell of urine was overwhelming.

Villar said there was a bottle with curdled milk in the crib with the child, and it appeared that he drank from the bottle and vomited onto his mattress several times.

“Neither parent thought there was a problem,” Villar said.

The parents told investigators they fed the boy stage-three baby food – food for toddlers – and ravioli, despite his being toothless, Villar said.

They said the boy would gum the food until it was soft enough to swallow.

Villar said deputies found no food in the house except for enough baby formula to make four ounces, which the boy guzzled.

The boy was put into the hospital and treated for malnutrition before he was placed in a foster home.

Villar said he gained weight and began to thrive.

Doctors say he is developmentally delayed because of the malnutrition, and it appeared he had never played with toys because he didn’t know what to do with them.

Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.

The father has not been charged with a crime.

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Woman who left toddlers alone pleads guilty

Gary Grado, Tribune

September 17, 2009 – 8:41AM , updated: September 17, 2009 – 8:59AM

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Samantha Abernathy

A Mesa woman who left her two small children alone in the middle of the night has pleaded guilty to child abuse.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Samantha Abernathy will be on probation for 16 years and spend up to a year in Maricopa County Jail if the court chooses probation. The court could also send her to state prison for up to 18 months, according to state sentencing laws.

Abernathy pleaded guilty Friday.

According to Mesa police, a neighbor in an apartment complex at University Drive and Gilbert Road called police when Abernathy’s two boys, ages 1 and 3, were wandering around at 7:40 a.m. on June 14.

Abernathy told police she left the boys at 2 a.m. to go across town to visit her boyfriend.

Police found the apartment in filthy condition and the boys hungry. One of the children reached for dog food as police were investigating.

investigating.

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4:22 PM

Connecticut Woman, Kathleen Campbell, Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4-Year-Old Boy


September 22nd 2009

A 50-year-old Norwich, Connecticut woman has pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching a 4-year-old boy that she befriended.

Kathleen Campbell will be sentenced in November to up to two years in prison for risk of injury to a minor. She will be on probation for 10 years following her release and is required to register as a sex offender.

Campbell, who often volunteered to take the boy to the playground, was charged after the boy told his parents that Campbell had taken him to her apartment on Mohegan Park Road in Sept. 2007 and touched him on his privates. Campbell told police she had taken a shower while he was at her apartment and had walked from the bathroom to the bedroom without her clothing, telling the boy to “close your eyes.”

Campbell, who suffers mental health issues, appeared in court with her social worker. She was taken into custody immediately following her plea so that she could begin serving her sentence.

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To Catch A Female Predator: Connecticut Woman, Kathleen Campbell, Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4-Year-Old Boy.


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