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Mom wants inquiry into Deaf School
By Cathy von Kintzel / Truro Bureau Stellarton -

A terminally ill woman whose daughter attended the Amherst school for the deaf 20 years ago wants a public inquiry into abuse and neglect there.

Jane Suttis said an RCMP task force investigation that resulted in charges against two former school employees in May doesn't go far enough in supporting victims, exposing the extent of abuse, laying ultimate blame and preventing future harm in public institutions.

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The Worst of Times :How Psychiatry Used Quebec’s Orphans as Guinea Pigs
By Christine Hahn, Special to Freedom

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Alleged Abusers Named

By Michael Lightstone / The Chronicle-Herald

Court documents filed recently in Halifax identify alleged abusers accused of sexual and physical misconduct at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.

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Province kept grieving mother in the dark
By Murray Brewster / The Canadian Press

The Nova Scotia government should relent and turn over information to a grieving mother about the death of her teenage daughter in a provincially funded centre, says the province's information ombudsman.

The Community Services Department has an obligation to provide the woman with a copy of a report into the circumstances surrounding the girl's death at Edwards House, a residence for students at risk of not completing high school, Darce Fardy said in a May 15 non-binding ruling. http://halifaxherald.com/stories/2003/06/02/f158.raw.html

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A judge agreed to consider releasing court documents impounded in the unsolved murder of an altar boy three decades ago.


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Province kept grieving mother in the dark

The Nova Scotia government should relent and turn over information to a grieving mother about the death of her teenage daughter in a provincially funded centre, says the province's information ombudsman.

The Community Services Department has an obligation to provide the woman with a copy of a report into the circumstances surrounding the girl's death at Edwards House, a residence for students at risk of not completing high school, Darce Fardy said in a May 15 non-binding ruling.
http://halifaxherald.com/stories/2003/06/02/f158.raw.html

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JUSTICE ELUSIVE FOR SURVIVORS OF INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE

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Dozens of boys sent to now-defunct provincial training schools are suing Ontario for alleged physical, emotional and sexual mistreatment, James McCarten reports

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Six American Indians sue government for alleged abuse at Indian schools

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P.E.I. church to fight sexual assault suit

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Rev. Kevin Annett, renowned whistle-blower and author of "Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust", will be speaking in Victoria on Saturday, May 17 at 7 pm at 2750 Quadra street, suite 108.

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Strapped pupil awarded $3.6m
16.02.2001 - By GREG ANSLEY Canberra bureau chief

A massive $A2.96 million ($3.65 million) payout to a former Catholic schoolboy for two strappings administered 17 years ago has set Australia's lawyers scrambling to determine its value as a precedent for other claims.

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S.M.A.R.T. - Ritual Abuse Newsletter
http://members.aol.com/smartnews/index2.html

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Court paves way for native schools lawsuit
By KIRK MAKIN

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Ireland begins investigating Roman Catholic diocese with high rate of sexual abuse
SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Writer

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S.M.A.R.T. - Ritual Abuse Newsletter

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Frankel Sought Vatican Help
Four Others Linked To Charity Scheme
March 3, 2003
By DIANE SCARPONI, Associated Press

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: Victims need adequate time to bring damage suits

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U.S. Supreme Court To Review Molestation Ruling POSTED: 3:13 p.m. PST March 22, 2003

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Irish priest sentenced to six months in jail for abuse dating to 1977
DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) --
The former head of a prestigious Catholic boarding school in Ireland has been sentenced to six months in jail on sexual abuse charges dating to 1977. Father Vincent Mercer, 56, former head of Newbridge College, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy in 1977. Judge Murrough Connellan noted that although complaints had been made about Father Mercer it wasn't until 1995 that the Dominican authorities removed the priest from active ministry and sent him for treatment. Sentencing Father Mercer in Naas District Court, the judge said he had doubts about the priest's apparent remorse, given that Father Mercer had not been forthright in the disclosures he had made about the abuse.

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Inquiry Into Sex Abuse by Priests
DUBLIN, March 28 -
The government began an investigation today into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse accusations in the southeastern diocese of Ferns.

Health Minister Micheal Martin said the panel would be run by Frank Murphy, a retired Supreme Court justice, and would include child-care specialists. The bishop of Ferns, Brendan Comiskey, resigned last year after charges that he knew about abuse by priests but did not do enough to stop it.

Ireland's most notorious priest, the Rev. Sean Fortune, committed suicide in 1999 while awaiting trial on 66 charges of sexually abusing eight boys in the diocese. Victims' groups welcomed the announcement of the investigation.
http://www.nytimes.com

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An Irish Play Seeks to Ease the Pain of Child Abuse Survivors
March 29, 2003 By BRIAN LAVERY

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Sterilization abused, lawyer claims David Hogben Vancouver Sun 3/18/03 "More than 90 per cent of mental patients sterilized by the B.C. government were women, says the lawyer representing 18 sterile former Essondale patients in a lawsuit." "Between 1934 and 1949 104 mental patients were ordered sterilized -- 92 women and 12 men. Between 1954 and 1972, 84 mental patients were ordered sterilized by the provincial Board of Eugenics."
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HK investigates new child abuse claims
Hong Kong police have said they are investigating new allegations of child sex abuse involving Catholic priests. Three more cases have been reported since police set up a telephone hotline on 6 May. It followed allegations that as many as six priests in Hong Kong abused children in cases going back several decades.
Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1988744.stm

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Austrians urged to forgive, forget after death of cardinal accused of molesting boys.
Monday, March 24, 2003 (AP)
WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer

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Bishops Urged to Back Measure on Abuse Cases
From Times Staff Reports - "Sex abuse survivors and Los Angeles prosecutors urged Catholic bishops Wednesday to support legislation that would stop the clock on the statute of limitations in pending priest molestation cases. Outside Parker Center, abuse victims demonstrated in support of a bill to extend the deadline for prosecuting such cases. Prosecutors said a dozen cases are in jeopardy because of delays by the church in disclosing files on problem priests."
http://www.latimes.com

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28 baby girls found in suitcases on Chinese bus 3/23/03 "Police in southwestern China discovered 28 baby girls hidden in suitcases on a long-distance bus and apparently destined to be sold, police and a state-run newspaper said."
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/030322/1/399ul.html

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Dozens of men are in line for compensation, in the largest payout in New Zealand by a religious order.

St John of God is offering $4 million for alleged sex abuse at a Christchurch Catholic residential school, some 30 years ago.

Marylands was supposed to be a safe haven, but some who went there as children say it was anything but.

On Monday the Australasian head of the Order of St John of God formally acknowledging the former students' pain, with a $4 million apology. The money will be shared among 56 former pupils of the Christchurch residential school. The victims say their lives have been shattered by abuse .

"Twenty years lost is just something that I can't replace, and you can't put money on that," said one victim. The apology has cost the order dearly - it is having to take out a loan from a financial institution to service the compensation.

In addition, the order is still dealing with 14 other complainants. And 18 of those offered some of the $4 million have indicated through their lawyer they will probably try for more through the courts.

Ken Clearwater, of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust, says the men are being offered between $65,000 and $100,000 each. He says that will not be enough for some of the men he has spoken to.

Published on Mar 17, 2003
ONE News sourced from TVNZ, RNZ, Reuters and AAP



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From backlash_ology Sexual and physical abuse during childhood and adulthood as predictors of
hallucinations, delusions and thought disorder.
Read J, Agar K, Argyle N, Aderhold V Psychol Psychother 2003 Mar; 76(Pt 1):1-22

In light of recent studies indicating a relationship between child abuse and the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, this study investigated the hypotheses that childhood sexual and physical abuse are related to hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder in adults, and that those relationships are greater in those who have suffered abuse during adulthood as well as childhood. In 200 community mental-health-centre clients, the clinically evaluated symptomatology of the 92 clients whose ... documented sexual or physical abuse at some point in their lives was compared with that of the 108 for whom no abuse was documented. In the 60 patients for whom child abuse was documented, hallucinations (including all six subtypes), but not delusions, thought disorder or negative symptoms, were significantly more common than in the non-abused group. Adult sexual assault was related to hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. In linear regression analysis, a combination of child abuse and adult abuse predicted hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. However, child abuse was a significant predictor of auditory and tactile hallucinations, even in the absence of adult abuse. Possible psychological and neurobiological pathways from abuse to symptoms are discussed, along with research and clinical implications.

From: Psychology Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

All accusations are alleged Julian J. Hubbard (Csbn 106469) McCloskey, Hubbard, Ebert & Moore Llp 399 Bradford Street, Suite 102 Redwood City, California 94063 Telephone: (650)
366-9593 Facsimile: (650) 366-5043 Attorneys for Plaintiff, Nicole Taus -
Superior Court of the State of California - County of Solano

Excerpts from the complaint of Nicole S. Taus, Plaintiff, Vs. Elizabeth Loftus, Melvin Guyer, Carol Tavris, Shapiro Investigations, Skeptical Inquirer, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (Csicop), University of Washington First Amended Verified Complaint Complaint for Invasion of Privacy, Defamation Libel per Se and Slander per Se, Negligent and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Damages. The complaint against Elizabeth Loftus states "Defendant LOFTUS is not licensed as a psychologist in the state of California, but nonetheless represents herself as a psychologist.... Defendants LOFTUS and GUYER knew, or should have known, that their research of plaintiff would use existing data available, that information that was not in the public record would be recorded in a manner that could be linked to the plaintiff as the subject, that identifiable private data/information would be obtained for this research in a form associable with plaintiff as an individual, that the research would involve both intervention and interaction with a living person that would not otherwise be occurring but for their research, that the research involved considerable risk to plaintiff and to her family of precipitating further emotional turmoil, that the investigation, research and publication of private material concerning plaintiff would or could adversely impact plaintiff's welfare, and that they, the defendants, would withhold the pertinent information pertaining to the research from its subject---the plaintiff, in order to provide defendants LOFTUS and GUYER with the intimate and private details of plaintiff's life that could be deployed and made fungible at the time and in the manner that defendants wished." "defendant UNIVERSITY knew or should have known that defendants LOFTUS, GUYER and TAVRIS had never interviewed plaintiff, did not offer or provide protocols for the conduct of their investigations and interviews, had developed questionable data, were undertaking and involved in research that involved a substantial and foreseeable risk of harm but that these defendants had never considered plaintiff's welfare or the impact of the investigation and research on plaintiff's feelings and life....defendant UNIVERSITY also knew or should have known that defendants LOFTUS and GUYER were seeking to evade protections afforded to the human subjects of research under its own Human Subjects Committee and Institutional Review Board (IRB)."
 
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