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Former Henrico resident granted bond in incest case By Dean Mirshahi ABC 8 NEWS Pladl case

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va.  (WRIC) — A former Henrico County resident has been granted bond as he faces incest charges after warrants claim he had a sexual relationship and planned to marry his biological daughter.

Steven Walter Pladl and Katie Rose Pladl, both of Knightdale, North Carolina, were arraigned Tuesday on charges of incest with adult, adultery, contributing to delinquency. S. Padl was granted a $28,000 bond. Mrs. Pladl’s attorney has not requested bond at this time.

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 23.

Warrants: Former Henrico County resident impregnates biological daughter, plans to marry her

K. Pladl was born in January 1998 to S. Pladl and her mother and then legally adopted out of state.

When K. Pladl turned 18, she used social media to reach out to her biological parents, according to warrants. After making contact with them, she moved to their home just west of Richmond, Virginia, in August 2016 and began to live with her biological parents and their two other children.

S. Pladl and his wife legally separated in November 2016 and the wife moved out, warrants say.

The wife told authorities that S. Pladl would sleep on the floor of K. Pladl’s room in the month before she moved out.

On May 23, 2017, S. Pladl’s wife read in the journal of one of her children that K. Pladl was pregnant and S. Pladl was the father.

Warrants say S. Pladl told his other children to call K. Pladl their step-mom.

Warrants also say the wife called S. Pladl and asked him if he had impregnated their adult biological daughter. S. Pladl told his wife he was the father of K. Pladl’s child and that they planned to marry.

On May 31, 2017, the Henrico County Child Advocacy Center interviewed S. Pladl’s two other children, who told the Center that they had been told S. Pladl was the father of K. Pladl’s baby.

At some point after May 31, 2017, K. Pladl and S. Pladl moved to Wake County.

On Nov. 29, 2017, Henrico County police issued warrants for the arrest of Katie and Steven Pladl.

The Pladls were found at a home on Earlston Court in the city limits of Knightdale and arrested on Jan. 27.

A baby boy was with the Pladls when Knightdale police officers found them. Warrants say the baby was born in September 2017.

They were both charged with incest with adult, adultery, contributing to delinquency and initially held on a $1 million bond each.

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Where does sexual anarchy lead? Look to Europe’s incest & polygamy legislative initiatives written by Dr. Harry L. Reeder III YELLOWHAMMER NEWS

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL FIRES TEACHER OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, I want to take you to a story out of LifeSite News. It emanates from Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami. A first-grade teacher, Jocelyn Morffi, decided she would go off one weekend and marry her lesbian partner. When she returned to school the following week, she was immediately fired.

Harry, is this a story of discrimination or is this a story of a church standing up for its tenets and its beliefs?

DR. REEDER: Well, what we have here is a Roman Catholic school that’s under the Roman Catholic Church that is governed by Roman Catholic teaching and Roman Catholic teaching, at this point in time, continues to confirm historic and Biblical ethics concerning sexuality — that, namely, sex is a gift from God and it is to be exercised in the context of a marriage and marriage is between one man and one woman, a covenantal relationship for life.

SCHOOLS MAKE CONTRACT CLAUSES THAT DICTATE SEXUAL MORALITY

As a Roman Catholic church, they are saying that their teachers must abide by the Roman Catholic teaching because you not only teach with what you say, but you teach by what you do and how you live and that is important in terms of those who are mentoring children at an impressionable age.

Therefore, they have taken certain positions and one of those is you sign in your contract an agreement that you will abide by the Roman Catholic teaching. The bishop over the diocese, two years ago I believe it was, had issued an order of clarification — or a communication of clarification — in light of the Obergefell Decision that they will continue to hold to their morals clause in your contract.

It will be immediate dismissal if sexual promiscuity — that is, heterosexual practice outside of a marriage — or homosexual practice — the unnatural acts of homosexuality — even though there is the right to marry someone that, if you engage in a same-sex marriage or in same-sex relationships — that that is all grounds for dismissal so they made that abundantly clear.

WHEN TEACHERS DEFY THOSE CLAUSES, PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE CAUGHT IN MIDDLE

For whatever reason, this teacher decided to challenge that and then went to social media — so it was all out, “What is the Roman Catholic Church going to do?” Well, immediately, they said, “We have stated very clearly that, when these violations occur, there will be an immediate dismissal,” and so they dismissed the teacher and communicated that to the parents.

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, the response from the parents was mixed. Some were upset that she was let go, while others thought that it was a wise choice. One father of a student says, “What she does in the privacy of her home is her business and should not affect her employment.”

DR. REEDER: The patent absurdity of that statement is just overwhelming. It wouldn’t take long to analyze it. I could name, off the top of my head, about five things she might be doing in the privacy of her home and he would say, “Oh my goodness, if she’s doing that, she can’t teach my child.”

It’s just that, the violation of Biblical sexuality or a sexual ethic that preserves the sanctity of sex within a marriage between a man and a woman, he thinks that’s up for grabs. People say things like that because that’s the bumper sticker statement that you say. The drive of the cultural elite is to take us back to the pagan days of barbarianism where there are no boundaries of sexuality and, therefore, sexuality is a matter of one’s personal gratification.

EUROPE SHOWS THAT POLYAMORY AND POLYGAMY LOGICALLY FOLLLOW

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, there’s not only a slippery slope — we’re halfway down the slope. There was an article in Christianity Today this week by David Robertson: “Polyamory and Polygamy — the Next Big Social Change.”

DR. REEDER: Europe — and England in particular — who, when they went to same-sex marriage some time ago, said, “Now, listen, our commitment to redefining marriage, that it’s same-sex…” And it’s absurd because marriage is a covenantal, heterosexual, monogamous, conjugal relationship that’s within the bounds of a covenant. Same-sex marriage cannot meet those definitions of marriage, so they said, “Well, we’re going to redefine marriage as, basically, a social contract. We don’t want to stand in the way of people fulfilling their love desires.”

IS GOD LOVE OR IS “LOVE” A FALSE GOD?

The glorious truth is that God is love, but the despicable perversion of that is that LOVE is God — that is, “Whatever I think is love becomes the god of my life and I do what I want to in the name of that love.”

Well, the reality is that you cannot do what you want to without experiencing the consequences. And one of the consequences is, once you take the Biblical definition of love that emanates from God and that is laid down in the parameters of Biblical sexuality as a part of true love, then what happens is you go to that slippery slope. When you move to same-sex marriage, you’re not only on a slippery slope, you’re putting the water on the slippery slope.

Sure enough, what they said would never happen is now being promoted by legislative action, being contemplated — legislative action that is also considering the fact of removing incest. In other words, if it is two consenting adults, whether they are familialy related or not should not matter in the new redefinition.

“Why get in the way of someone wanting to gratify themselves with a close relative in the context of family? Why get in the way of that?” And polyamory and polygamy and all of that, obviously, comes with such notions. There is Europe, there is England and, of course, American culture seems to follow on a 10 to 15-year trajectory right behind it.

EVANGELICAL CHURCH LOSING TRACTION, NEEDS TO ARISE

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, where is the evangelical church on this slippery slope?

DR. REEDER: Well, it’s absent in Europe — it has lost its voice, it has lost its commitment to teach and preach the whole counsel of God, it has lost its ability to enter into the public square except for wonderful examples as David Robertson, whom you were quoting, and his response to this movement.

And, by the way, as he noted, the Scottish parliament is leading the way. My goodness, the nation that has known so many revivals is now so empty of a Christian witness that it is leading the way. It’s even further down the slope of sexual anarchy than England, itself, and so he is raising the voice.

However, the reality is, whether it’s in Europe or whether it’s in America, the church of Jesus Christ has lost its ability, first of all, to infiltrate such a society with the witness of Biblical Christianity that is both verbally proclaimed, calling men and women away from sin to Christ.

Our Christianity today is calling men and women to Jesus, “Your drive to make it all about yourself is misplaced. Come to Jesus and he’ll make it all about you.” No, Jesus calls you to Himself to die to yourself and there is your joy that He becomes your joy. And, when you then die to yourself so that it’s not all about you, but all about Him, that actually becomes the life that is worth living, the life that brings joy.

And that witness then moves into a community as salt and light — salt to penetrate the community, light which dispels the darkness of evil including sexual evil, sexual anarchy, sexual perversion, sexual promiscuity. And the church then begins to present a witness, a humble but bold witness, a clear but compassionate witness, a courageous but gentle witness that moves into society and that’s what we are in need of again today.

This is the inevitable trajectory of men and women born with a sin nature unless the grace of God intervenes through redeeming grace that converts and transforms sinners into those who are on the path of growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ and common grace that restrains and retards the sinfulness of men and women even if they haven’t come to Christ.

Therefore, church of Jesus Christ, again arise, again have done with lesser things, again extol with courage and compassion the glorious message of the King of Kings.

COMING UP WEDNESDAY: TEENAGE GENDER IDENTITY CRISIS EXPLODING

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, on Wednesday’s edition of Today in Perspective, I want to take you to a report that was published February the 5th in the Journal of Pediatrics that found that nearly 3 percent of Minnesota teens in 2016 said they were transgender, gender-queer, gender-fluid or unsure about their gender identity.

DR. REEDER: Which is an exponential explosion over such statistics just five years ago. Let’s see why that’s true and consider that from a Christian world and life view.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin, editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

#METOO The Sexual-Abuse Controversy Hanging Over the Berlin Film Festival THE DAILY BEAST Richard Porton

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Though charged with sexually assaulting and slapping an actress during filming—and convicted of the latter—South Korean director Kim Ki-duk is premiering a new movie in Berlin.

BERLIN—The #MeToo movement has arrived in South Korea with a vengeance and the Berlin Film Festival is reaping the consequences.

In December, the famous—according to some notorious—South Korean director Kim Ki-duk paid a fine imposed by a court for repeatedly slapping an actress, who prefers not to be named, during production of the 2013 film Moebius. Although the actress claimed that Kim also coerced her to perform several sexual acts against her will during the shoot before replacing her, the court found him innocent of sexual-assault charges.

A detailed article in The Jakarta Post reports that the anonymous actress is “hurt” by Berlin’s decision to screen Kim’s latest film, Human, Space, Time and Human in the non-competitive Panorama sidebar. According to the Post, the aggrieved woman believes that since “the #MeToo campaign is not so active in Korea… People in the industry, who are well known, should stand up first and make a difference.” Meanwhile, a coalition of about 140 South Korean civic groups sent a joint statement to AFP on Thursday protesting Kim’s appearance in Berlin: “We are living in this unfair reality in which a physical assault offender is working and being welcomed everywhere as if nothing happened, while the victim who spoke out against the abuse is being isolated and marginalized.”

Addressing the controversy during a Saturday press conference, Kim remarked, “There is indeed a regrettable case, which happened four years ago. I have explained and answered in court. The public prosecutor identified my slapping the actress as problematic… We were rehearsing a scene, with a lot of people present. My crew did not say it was inappropriate at the time. The actress interpreted it differently. There has been a ruling. I don’t entirely agree with it, but I have shouldered the responsibility. And such rulings are part of the process of changing the film industry.”

“There’s only one filmmaker who’s on my permanent shit list as a programmer, and that’s Kim Ki-duk. He’s a loathsome filmmaker and having heard several accounts, in Asia and elsewhere, a loathsome person.”
— Festival Programmer Robert Koehler

When asked if he would like to apologize for slapping the actress, Kim replied, “No. I find it regrettable that this was turned into a court case.”

This imbroglio involving the behavior of a divisive figure in the Korean film industry, a man who has, on the one hand, been awarded prizes by major film festivals and earned a following among devotees of Asian “extreme cinema” and, on the other, been condemned as a talentless provocateur by well-regarded critics, raises thorny questions concerning programming, artistic expression, censorship, and the ongoing feminist movement to declare “time’s up” for male abuse and odious sexual conduct.

It’s probably important to emphasize that, unlike, say, Roman Polanski, Kim is not, despite his cult status and film festival prizes, a critics’ darling. Films such as Pieta, The Isle, and Moebius—which bombard audiences with scenes foregrounding incest, cannibalism, and self-mutilation—have frequently been branded misogynistic exercises in gratuitous button-pushing. A widely discussed 2004 Film Comment piece by Asian cinema specialist Tony Rayns labeled Kim South Korean cinema’s “overrated poster boy.” When Pieta inexplicably won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2012, I wrote in the Canadian film magazine Cinema Scope that “it’s possible that Pieta’s account of debt collector Lee Kang-do’s metamorphosis from a brutal killer into a near life-affirming softie once his long-lost mother arrives on the scene could be credible in the hands of a director less willing to alternate between ham-fisted violence and bathetic plot twists.” It should also be noted that Pieta is a film that features a scene in which the protagonist’s mother feasts on a piece of his flesh while he proceeds to shove his hand into her vagina.

The controversy that currently swirls around the ethics of Berlin’s selection process poses a number of vexing questions. Festivals are mandated to pick and choose, but once a film is accepted, ostensibly because of its artistic quality, does this decision also imply endorsement of a director’s behavior? Does classic ACLU-style liberalism require that we defend all of these choices, however questionable they might be? Or can we question them without being called de facto censors? Panorama head Paz Lazaro urges us “not to accept quick answers to complicated questions.” But since Berlin’s head Dieter Kosslick has indicated that certain films weren’t accepted in 2018 because of troubling issues involving sexual misconduct, one is tempted to ask: What director’s behavior could have been worse than Kim’s purported transgressions?

Given that these questions are concrete dilemmas facing festival and repertory cinema programmers on a daily basis, I reached out to several distinguished programmers for feedback to this ongoing scandal. After all, film programmers have no choice but to confront the entire history of cinema (retrospectives, as well as new films, are a vital part of any decent festival’s agenda) and, from its inception, film history has been littered with examples of gratuitous misogyny.

Most of those I queried refused to break with collegiality and comment on Berlin’s quagmire. A programmer at a well-regarded European festival wrote that the very subject was a “minefield.” Quite understandably, programmers are loath to comment on, or criticize, their peers.

Robert Koehler, who has programmed films at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Qingdao International Film Festival, and Acropolis Cinema in Los Angeles, proved a notable exception. His response pithily outlines the contours of the hard choices faced by international festivals: “There’s only one filmmaker who’s on my permanent shit list as a programmer, and that’s Kim Ki-duk. He’s a loathsome filmmaker and having heard several accounts, in Asia and elsewhere, a loathsome person. So this story hardly surprises. It just reinforces. But that’s my artistic decision regarding this filmmaker. Every festival has their own to make, and they must always have the greatest possible latitude in their choices. A festival can invite anybody they want as long as that person isn’t in legal jeopardy, or considered a public danger. (I know of festivals inviting drug-addicted directors known for making demands that they’re drug-of-choice be supplied to them.) After all, unless the person is being invited for jury participation, it’s their movie that’s being invited, and the artist is coming along for the ride… Programmers have to apply the wisdom that critics must apply: Trust the art, not the artist.”

Of course, as Koehler points out, since Kim actually paid a penalty for one aspect of his behavior, this case is not an example of “innocent until proven guilty.” Kim has offered the rather implausible excuse that “riling up” his actress was necessary to elicit a convincing performance. In the era of #MeToo, it’s doubtful that the international film community will cut him much slack for that rationalization.

And, based on its own merits or lack thereof, how can one assess Human, Space, Time, and Human without recourse to the details of the current controversy? The film is a tedious, pseudo-existentialist slog, a tale revolving around an odd cruise taken by a motley assortment of passengers on a battleship bound for nowhere. A politician, traveling with his grown son, is encouraged by a gangster pulling the strings to rape a young woman. Although the unfortunate woman’s husband is killed, she lives on after the ship becomes stranded in a bizarre netherworld. The ship’s food supply is threatened, but the traumatized rape victim witnesses an old man transforming dead human flesh, by dint of some mysterious process, into food for the survivors.

In short, it’s a typically sensationalistic, if ultimately vacuous, Kim Ki-duk film. For better or worse, this movie will probably become better known for sparking debate within the film community than for its value as an addition to an auteur’s dubious resume.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Deserve Help, Not Punishment HUFFPOST By Chandra Bozelko (Note: This article deals with correlation between child abuse and epidemic of use of opiates – social costs of denial including incarceration of women)

Victim Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing

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Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar in January 2018.

Last month the nation watched, transfixed, as more than a hundred women stood before a Michigan courtroom to describe how Larry Nassar altered their lives with his abuse. They were heard and heeded. The judge listened, the media listened, the world listened, and those girls and women were told that their suffering mattered. Many women who are sexually abused get their day in court, but on a different side of the judge ― when they’re defendants in a criminal case. And their abuse, it seems, counts for little.

About 10 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million prisoners — 219,000 — are women. The Prison Policy Initiative found that the rate of growth of incarcerated women in prisons is the highest it’s ever been. According to the Vera Institute for Justice, the female jail population today is 14 times greater than it was in 1970. Over 13 million more women are under some type of correctional control, like probation or parole.

About 10 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million prisoners — 219,000 — are women. The Prison Policy Initiative found that the rate of growth of incarcerated women in prisons is the highest it’s ever been. According to the Vera Institute for Justice, the female jail population today is 14 times greater than it was in 1970. Over 13 million more women are under some type of correctional control, like probation or parole.

A staggering number of incarcerated women are victims of childhood sexual abuse. Studies suggest that between 47 and 82 percent of women have endured that crime. Other studies say 94 percent of incarcerated women have been victimized sexually, some as children, others as adults.

Because women have long been lumped in with male prisoners in correctional and prosecutorial planning for years, it’s only recently that researchers culled data that show what’s really happening to incarcerated women. Last year, the Prison Policy Initiative painted the first landscape of female incarceration. What they found was disturbing.

Jail, as opposed to prison, has become a correctional catch basin for women: Sixty percent of women in jail are unsentenced, left behind bars because they are unable to afford bond. The remaining 40 percent of female jail detainees are sentenced but have not been moved to a prison because they are low-risk inmates. In 2016, the Vera Institute of Justice conducted surveys of that jail population and found that 86 percent of them reported being sexually violated before being incarcerated.

The United States has made a practice of locking up victims.

In other words, the United States has made a practice of locking up victims. The blame for that practice can be laid at the feet of the burgeoning opioid crisis; the war on drugs, which has a disparate effect on women; and our widespread insistence on ignoring girls when they report sexual abuse.

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice has detailed the connection between opioid addictions and childhood sexual abuse. Victims of childhood trauma are more likely to report debilitating physical pain and be prescribed pain medication, and 80 percent of people seeking treatment for opioid addiction have experienced at least one form of childhood trauma, including sexual abuse. Childhood sexual abuse, particularly among women, is “highly correlated” with opioid abuse. Women are increasingly likely to turn to opioids for relief from pain, be it physical, psychic or both. Between 2002 and 2013, heroin use among women doubled.

During roughly that same time, between 1989 and 2009, drug possession arrests among women tripled (for men, they doubled). Women who are imprisoned for heroin possession are not a danger to the community; that’s why they’re allowed to stay in jails rather than in higher-security prisons. Eighty-two percent of women in state prisons have been convicted of nonviolent offenses.

Women in state prisons are more likely to be incarcerated for a drug or property offense (like theft) than men are. According to The Sentencing Project, 24 percent of women in state facilities have been convicted of a drug offense, compared to 15 percent of male prisoners. When it comes to property crimes, 28 percent of incarcerated women have been convicted, compared to 19 percent among incarcerated men.

The failed war on drugs has targeted women at the very moment that illegal drugs are more widely available to women who are seeking relief from profound suffering.

We have the beginnings of a tailor-made solution to this problem before us right now. Unlike past reforms, which used a one-policy-fits-all-genders mode, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act seeks to address the unique needs of this swelling population. Introduced last summer by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the bill recognizes the history of sexual abuse shared by so many women behind bars.

The Dignity Act insists that incarcerated women be viewed through a lens of trauma; for example, it bans cross-gender strip searches and other re-traumatizing security measures and mandates that inmates who menstruate receive sufficient feminine hygiene products. Even though it hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing, the Dignity Act has already had demonstrable impact: within a month of its introduction, the Federal Bureau of Prisons issued a memo promising to provide adequate and free menstrual supplies. While the Dignity Act and all of its state-level progeny are revolutionary legislation and deserve a hearing and a yea vote, these laws do little to prevent the fact that the women it’s trying to dignify probably shouldn’t be incarcerated in the first place.

An even better approach to justice reform laws is to treat women in the justice system with a filter of trauma — rather than a lens. This means pulling out female arrestees who have been abused before they reach a correctional facility and referring them to appropriate treatment. In addition to respecting victims’ experiences, such a shift in practice would slow the out-of-control rate of growth of the female incarcerated population.

Many people will balk at such a solution because it doesn’t roar with accountability for offenders; female arrestees broke the law, after all, some in very serious ways. But the fever for accountability ― the fever that spiked as Nassar’s victims described their suffering with such eloquence and rage ― needs to be brought down. One way to do that is to recognize that our thirst for justice in an extreme case like the Nassar scandal is at odds with how we treat many victims of child sex abuse.

Our sympathy for sexual abuse victims, while we’re in the throes of punishing their abusers, is righteous. But it seems to fade away when they self-medicate because the pain of their victimization is too much to bear. It disappears when victims respond to their pain in ways that are less socially acceptable than testifying at their abuser’s sentencing. All victims of sexual abuse deserve our compassion ― and they need help, not punishment.

Chandra Bozelko is the author of Up the River: An Anthology and writes the award-winning blog Prison Diaries. She is a 2018 JustLeadership USA “Leading with Conviction” Fellow.

 

USA Swimming ignored claims of sexual abuse for decades, report indicates SPORTING NEWS Gabe Fernandez

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USA Swimming failed to effectively address the sexual abuse of underage swimmers by their coaches and others in positions of power within the sport, leading to hundreds of young victims over the span of decades, according to an investigation conducted by the Southern California News Group (SCNG).

Thousands of documents gathered by the SCNG — including emails, memos, letters, reports and notes, Congressional reports, correspondence and files, and court records as well as deposition and law enforcement interview transcripts — indicate USA Swimming allowed the abuse to become commonplace, and was accepted by top officials and coaches. In at least 11 cases, top officials declined to pursue sexual abuse cases against high-profile coaches even when presented with direct complaints, according to SCNG’s report.

One of the chief officials who disapproved of, and actively resisted, an attempt to curving the organization’s culture of sexual abuse was Chuck Wielgus, head of USA Swimming from 1997 until his death in 2017. In a June 2010 deposition (via SCNG), Wielgus was asked if he would confirm that protecting the safety of young swimmers, especially against sexual abuse, was USA Swimming’s top goal.

“No, I would not,” Wielgus said. “… I would say that has never been our No. 1 goal.”

Under Wielgus, USA Swimming dealt with the accusations through public relations firms and lobbying groups with the priority of protecting its image and sponsorships. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a gold medal-winning swimmer in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and founder of female athlete advocacy group Champion Women, said this financial focus has only led to more victims.

“They’re looking at the small picture, not the big picture,” Hogshead-Makar told SCNG. “The small picture is they’re only concerned about liability for the US Swimming without looking out for the victim. The victim is not their client. The actions that are designed to protect the institution from legal liability instead of protecting the organization from being infested with molesting coaches.”

Another detractor of sexual abuse reform has been the American Swimming Coaches Association. Director John Leonard has opposed sexual abuse reform efforts, a stance held even while he was a member of USA Swimming task forces and committees set up to develop new guidelines and policies on sexual misconduct. “I hate the whole topic,” Leonard complained in an email obtained by SCNG to USA Swimming officials.

Wielgus, top officials and coaches also repeatedly ignored warnings about the potential scope of the sexual abuse in the sport, according to the SCNG report. In one notable case, officials reportedly knew of abuse accusations from the 1990s as early as 2010. This information did not result in any punishment for the coach. The coach in question ultimately reached a settlement with his accuser.

Although there have been cases of lifetime bans from the sport, it sometimes take years to reach that point. For example, Erick Lans, a former Massachusetts-based coach, was arrested on rape and child sex abuse charges in January 1999 but wasn’t banned until March 2013, 12 years after he was convicted of intent to commit rape, indecent assault on a child under 14, and rape and abuse of a child.

He joins 138 coaches and officials USA Swimming has banned for life for violating sexual abuse and misconduct rules.

Those numbers pale in comparison to what the legal system has found in terms of the breadth of rampant abuse in the organization, per SCNG. Since 1997, at least 252 swim coaches and officials have been arrested, charged by prosecutors, or disciplined by USA Swimming for sexual abuse or misconduct against minors, as reported by SCNG. At least 590 accusers have claimed some form of sexual abuse or misconduct, including some instances from pre-school swim classes.

The report has drawn comparisons to the Larry Nassar sexual assault case involving USA Gymnastics and Michigan State. Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years for sexual assault. Like with USA Swimming, the 156 women who testified against Nassar detailed how USA Gymnastics and Michigan State officials missed clear warning signs and ignored direct complaints about Nassar’s abuse.

Bay Area attorney B. Robert Allard, who has represented several former swimmers who were sexually abused by their coaches and other officials, suggested to SCNG the only way to reform the system is to have a similar overhaul of leadership.

“At this time I am convinced that the only way to effectively eradicate childhood sexual abuse in swimming is to, as we are seeing now with USA Gymnastics, completely ‘clean house.’ If this type of remedial action is justified in USA Gymnastics due to the abuse committed by one pedophile (Nassar), certainly it would be appropriate for USA Swimming where we have well over 100.  We are hereby demanding the immediate removal of USA Swimming’s entire Executive Leadership Team, starting with Chief Operating Officer Mike Unger, Managing Director Pat Hogan, Executive Director Debbie Hesse, Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko and especially Safe Sport Director Susan Woessner, as well as its Board of Directors.”

Katherine Starr, a former Olympian and founder of Safe4Athletes — a nonprofit foundation that advocacy group for athletes — argues another key change is one that changes the perception of how USA Swimming treats victims; without it, she told SCNG, even complete sweeping change isn’t enough.

“If we continue to not hold accountable our former coaches and officials that have left the sport without paying for their crimes, it gives the impression to the younger generation and parents that they too have to suffer at the hands of their abusive coach,” Starr said. “As a result you have not built the essential trust in the system to allow the next generation to be able to speak up and change the abusive dynamic that continues to remain systemic in the sport.”

 

Why some mothers sleep with their biological sons HIVISASA 13 hours ago MS Metrine

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A mother is a physical god. However, some women turn their sons into sex partners. They move away from being protectors and sources of love then become sexual predators. Here are some reasons that make mothers have sex with their biological sons.

Psychological issues

Women with psychological issues resort to sleeping with their sons. Some of the defects that lead to this inhuman act are failure to fully develop healthy adult emotional relationships, fear of intimacy and lack of empathy. They affect a mother’s psychological balance.

Retaliation

Sections of mothers bed their sons as punishment for the ills that their father has committed against her. Such a woman feels better when she cheats on her husband and the man involved is his son. This type of retaliation is also common among mothers addicted to drugs.

Genetic Sexual Attraction theory

Barbara Gonyo’s Genetic Sexual Attraction theory states that incest is likely to happen between close relatives who meet for the first time as adults. The theory says that common interests and similar facial features are sex catalysts. Mother and son sex can be explained using this postulation.

Past abuse

If a woman was raised in an abusive family, she is likely to be an abusive mother. In case the abuse involved incest, a mother will find it normal to have sex with her biological son.

Separation

The bond between a mother and her son is strengthened if she raises her son. However, if the child is taken away at a tender age for any reason, most mothers cease to view such boys as their offspring. A fraction of women will sleep with their sons whom they never had a chance of raising.

 

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel BBC NEWS

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Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy.

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men and eight women – nine of them new members.

Its original three-year mandate expired in December.

In recent weeks, Pope Francis has been under fire for his defence of a bishop accused of witnessing sexual abuse.

During his trip to Chile in January, he told journalists that in the case of Bishop Juan Barros: “There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander. Is this clear?”

His remarks offended some of the victims of Fernando Karadima. They said Bishop Barros was present while Karadima molested them decades ago – and did nothing.

Karadima was relieved of his duties by the Vatican in 2011 – but Juan Barros was installed as a bishop in 2015, amid protests.

The pope later apologised for the tone of his answer, saying he felt “pain and shame” – while maintaining he did not have enough evidence to “convict” Bishop Barros. He was met by protesters in Santiago.

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  • The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) was also involved in that scandal.

  • Some of its members said they had handed a letter – from a victim, with concrete accusations and details – to the Pope’s top adviser on the issue.

    The adviser – Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the PCPM – has been re-appointed to the role in the renewed panel announced Saturday.

    In a statement, the Vatican said that the resurrected PCPM would begin its work by “listening to and learning from people who have been abused”.

  • “The PCPM wishes to hear the voices of victims/survivors directly, in order that the advice offered to the Holy Father be truly imbued with their insights and experiences,” it said, referring to the Pope.

    It also said that victims of abuse numbered among the members.

    However, the PCPM’s previous incarnation also counted abuse victims among its members – which resulted in two high-profile resignations.

  • Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of abuse who was molested at age 13, left the panel in March 2017 over “stumbling blocks and hindrances” which she said had obstructed the group’s purpose.

    After the announcement of the panel’s new members, she tweeted: “Why not reappoint willing members and let them return to the important projects they had been working on…. instead new people starting from scratch!”

    British member Peter Saunders was also deeply critical of the PCPM, and took a “leave of absence” after other members took a vote of no confidence against him, reportedly finding him “difficult”.

Japanese midwife on sexual abuse of Rohingya women NHK WORLD

A Japanese midwife says women of the minority Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar have been subjected to high levels of sexual violence.

Marina Kojima held a news conference on Monday in Tokyo. She had worked to aid the refugee women as a member of the international organization, Doctors Without Borders.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled from fighting in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine to neighboring Bangladesh.

Human rights groups say many Rohingya girls and women are victims of sexual violence carried out by members of Myanmar’s security forces.

Kojima says Rohingya women who become pregnant before getting married are considered to bring shame to the family. She says even pregnancy as a result of rape is considered the fault of the victim.

Kojima points out many sexual abuse victims have no one to consult with and cannot come to a hospital for fear of being noticed.

The midwife added that some women have died after attempting to terminate their pregnancy without medical assistance.

Kojima called for the expansion of psychological support for women who have suffered sexual violence repeatedly, or who have undergone brutal and traumatizing experiences, such as having their families killed.

Cedar man who allegedly stabbed self, groped EMT charged with sexual abuse of a child Bree Burkitt, bburkitt@thespectrum.com Published 12:18 p.m. MT Feb. 16, 2018

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The victim called 911 and the unconscious suspect was transported to the Cedar City Hospital for treatment for the superficial stab wounds and extreme intoxication. He allegedly grabbed the breasts of a female ambulance employee and attempted to kiss her after regaining consciousness in the ambulance. After arriving at the hospital, police said Castro became combative and refused to comply with officers demands.

He was charged with a barrage of misdemeanors Thursday, including sexual battery, intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Castro is being held in the Iron County jail on $5,000 cash-only bail for the first series of charges in addition to the $150,000 cash-only bail for the two counts of sexual abuse.

Bree Burkitt is the Cedar City reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News. Follow her on Twitter at @BreeBurkitt, or call her at 435-218-2241.

Trump Signs Larry Nassar-Inspired Sexual Assault Bill Behind Closed Doors HUFFPOST By Alanna Vagianos

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The president quietly signed the bill the week after two White House staffers resigned amid allegations of domestic violence.

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Wednesday afternoon that aims to protect amateur athletes from sexual assault in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, has been given two concurrent sentences of 40 to 175 years and 40 to 125 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of young athletes.

Several of Nassar’s victims helped create the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act, which was sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The measure received a big push after 265 women delivered victim impact statement during Nassar’s sentence hearings in January.

The bill has a three-pronged approach to protecting athletes and regulating governing bodies of amateur athletics.

First, it requires coaches, trainers and others to report any sexual abuse allegation to the police within a 24-hour period. Secondly, the legislation extends the statute of limitations to up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused. And lastly, the bill limits athletes under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who isn’t their parent.

“How a serial predator like Dr. Nassar could have preyed on so many young girls for a long time in such a flagrant fashion is appalling,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said during a House debate of the bill in January.

Victim Mattie Larson speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan

National gymnastics champion Mattie Larson reads her victim impact statement to Nassar in court on Jan. 23. Larson was one of several survivors who helped craft the bill with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Trump signed the bill behind closed doors in the Oval Office as his administration deals with its own abuse scandal. White House staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen both resigned last week after facing allegations of domestic abuse. Trump ― who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 21 women ― defended Porter even after the allegations against him were made public and only said Wednesday that he is “totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind.”

Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of women’s organization UltraViolet, said she was happy to see the bill become a law but that it was “deeply disturbing” that Trump had been the one to sign it.

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be a top priority for everyone in this country, and this bill is an important first step,” she said in a statement. “But watching Donald Trump ― a man who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by more than 20 women ― be the one to sign this legislation into law is deeply disturbing. … In the last week alone, Trump repeatedly supported and sympathized with abusers over the survivors of abuse, and all amid reports that he feels the #MeToo movement is bad for businesses. The idea that he can sit in the White House and pretend to be a champion for the abused is absurd.”