New child sex charges laid against Cambridge equestrian Andrew Williams

A 52-year-old man charged with the rape of young girls and making recordings now faces seven additional charges as a police investigation continues.

Equestrian Andrew Alan Williams was arrested in May along with his partner Laken Maree Rose, 29, and was charged with indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection with a child.

Williams appeared in Tauranga District Court on August 8 and has been charged with seven additional charges relating to two new, alleged victims. One is a three-year-old.

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Priests accused of sexual abuse turned to under-the-radar group

DRYDEN, Mich. — The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night.

Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in a series of tiny Midwestern towns as they were escorted into dingy warehouses and offices. Neighbors had no idea some of them might have been accused sexual predators.

For nearly two decades, a small nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii has operated out of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse.

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Former Gloriavale member convicted of child sex abuse

A former senior member of Gloriavale Christian Community has been convicted of child sex abuse, the Herald can finally reveal following a long legal battle against court suppression orders.

The man, who has permanent name suppression, pleaded guilty earlier this year to representative charges that he indecently assaulted and had unlawful sexual connection with a young person under the age of 16.

He sobbed in the dock at Christchurch District Court on May 16 as he was sentenced to six months home detention.

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‘Clearly been a stress element’, Sir Anand Satyanand explains after stepping down from Abuse in Care Inquiry

Sir Anand Satyanand has played down claims that his resignation as chair of the Abuse in Care Inquiry is a sign something is not working with the inquiry.

Yesterday Sir Anand, a former Governor-General, resigned from the inquiry, effective in November.

Speaking on TVNZ1’s Breakfast today Sir Anand said it was simply time for him to step down. Yesterday he was appointed chancellor of the University of Waikato.

“I heard the radio story this morning that this is a crack and a problem,” Sir Anand told Breakfast.

“It’s none of those things … the build up is completed … I’ve made a judgement call that this is a good time for me to step down.”

Sir Anand went on the acknowledge that there had “clearly been a stress element” when listening to accounts of survivors of abuse, but he had experienced similar stress during his professional life.

In a statement yesterday Sir Anand said: “The Abuse in Care Inquiry is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change how New Zealand cares for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

“I am sure, when implemented by Government, this inquiry’s recommendations will see children and young people supported to thrive in safe environments, not abused or neglected.”

The Government is expected to appoint a new chair of the Abuse in Care Inquiry by November.

Published in One News Now
7 August 2019

Where to from here for abuse inquiry?

Sir Anand Satyanand is stepping down as chair of the Royal Commission into Historic Abuse in state and religious institutional care. The first public hearing is scheduled in seven weeks and the inquiry is due to run until 2023.

Where does Sir Anand’s resignation leave those expecting to he heard? Kathryn speaks with Wellington lawyer Sonja Cooper and Liz Tonks from the Network for Survivors of Abuse in Faith based institutions.

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Videos – South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault

The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) provides services in Victoria, Australia within the Mornington Peninsula, City of Frankston, Bayside, Port Phillip, Stonnington Glen Eira and Kingston local government areas. In addition we also work in the Cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia growth corridor.

View various videos on YouTube.

Published by South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)

Video – Being a Survivor of Male Child Sexual Abuse | Harish Iyer | TED talk

Braving the stigma of male child abuse by a family member nonetheless is a large ordeal. But nothing could stop the staunch determination of Harish Iyer to come out and now work strongly as an influential activist. He is a story of overcoming your fears and prevaling over it.

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Harish Iyer is an activist for a number of socio-cultural and environmental issues.[He is an equal rights activist, known for his campaigns for the rights of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, children, women, animals as well as survivors of Child Sexual Abuse .Pink Pages named him one of India’s seven most influential gay and lesbian people and one of the ten individuals to be awarded the Zindagi Live Awards for his work in creating awareness on child sexual abuse. On 29 June 2013, The Guardian, the British national daily named him in the list of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the world for 2013 and the only Indian on the list. His life inspired two films, director Onir’s I Am and Ranadeep Bhattacharya and Judhajit Bagchi directed Amen. In I Am, Actor Sanjay Suri plays Abhimanyu, a child sexual abuse survivor, the character inspired by Harish’s life and that of Hyderabad based fashion designer Ganesh Nallari.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Published by TedTalks
7 Dec 2016

Data Summary: Child Sexual Abuse (PDF)

This data summary is one of six produced by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) in 2017. The other five data summaries are concerned with Family Violence Deaths, Violence Against Women, Children and Youth Affected by Family Violence, Adult Sexual Violence, and Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Violence – Perpetration by Gender. This data summary is a collation of publicly available information about sexual abuse and has been sourced from self-report surveys and administrative data sources.

Download the PDF here.

Published by New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse
June 2017

Twenty-plus school teachers struck off after sex-crime convictions over five years

More than 20 teachers have had their registration cancelled after being convicted of sex offences in the past five years.

And more than 330 have had allegations of sexual misconduct made against them.

This year alone, five teachers have been struck off and 82 have faced or are facing allegations.

The Teaching Council provided the number of sex-offending teachers to the Herald under the Official Information Act after a Herald investigation into a teacher who sexually abused children over an almost 30-year period.

By Anna Leask
Published in NZ Herald
11 July 2019

Woman arrested after investigation into sexual allegations at Marlborough Boys’ College

A 37-year-old woman has been charged following an investigation into sexual allegations at a Blenheim school.

Police said the woman, understood to be a former teacher at Marlborough Boys’ College, would appear at the Blenheim District Court on Monday charged with sexual connection with a young person under 16 and intentionally exposing a young person to indecent material.

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Peter Ellis diagnosed with terminal cancer as he seeks last appeal against child sex abuse convictions

Peter Ellis is dying and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer as his lawyer fights for one last appeal against his convictions for sexually abusing seven children at a childcare centre in 1991.

A lawyer acting on Ellis’ behalf, Rob Harrison, says his client has been admitted into care and is now requesting the media and public respect his privacy.

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