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  1. 48 Hours has an interesting new episode about an Australian cult run by a women who said she was Christ reincarnated. They were very child centered and she even stole other people's children. Very interesting commentary by a cult expert about how photographs show how children's personalities are being suppressed. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-the-family-cult-australia-anne-hamilton-byrne/
  2. So I've run across this fellow named Mike Martin, who is a father of five. He and his wife have a youtube channel with videos that consist primarily of "pranks" on the kids. Some (myself included...) are calling these "pranks" abusive--they involve a lot of yelling, strong language, and in one instance, one of the children gets pushed into a bookcase and has a nosebleed as a result. I've linked to one of the videos, but be aware it's very triggering.
  3. I found this piece on the front page of BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39151842
  4. https://www.apnews.com/2fcc70b19b6a484bb122bb9d4724e844/Jerry-Sandusky's-son-Jeffrey-charged-with-child-sexual-abuse?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP While there is no excuse for this, and I hope he pays the consequences for his actions, I can't help but be sad for him, too. His dad likely began with him, and I doubt he ever got help. My heart is with his victim(s) and families. May they receive the help they need and deserve so much.
  5. I'm putting this one under Politics because I'm going to tie this to a tone-deaf move my Representative made a few minutes ago. Proving to me that she has no clue what is going on back home. Greitens is the new Missouri Governor. I had to pull the news off the Jefferson City station because it has more details than CoMo does. http://krcgtv.com/news/local/gov-greitins-holds-a-press-conference-regarding-child-abuse-at-a-dss-facility Bolding of SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY is mine. So my Rep posts this lovely photo. Guess what SBUni stands for? Yes, Southwestern Baptist University. Their twitter is also followed by Republican Senator Roy Blunt. Shock shock shock.
  6. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/testimony-begins-in-trial-of-couple-accused-of-locking-son-in-basement/487475026 http://www.ajc.com/news/local/son-kept-basement-for-months-testifies-wimbush-trial-begins/UvjX8WY8Gb5VKqq7cUbp7I/ In 2014 this couple locked their 12 year old son in a basement for 18 months, saying that he had done something that violated their old testament beliefs and had to be separated from the family. Apparently he stole a DVD player. The room had no lights and he was not permitted access to a bathroom. They also refused to get medical care for their 7 year old, who has a very large tumor that the Drs say would have taken years to grow - and is now cancerous. The defendants are representing themselves and have submitted some interesting documents, like this "plea offer" that demands hundreds of millions of dollars. https://www.scribd.com/document/334230263/Wimbush-Joint-Plea-Offer-002#from_embed They did not deny that they locked the child away or failed to seek medical attention for their other child (they have 8 others). They just seem to feel that it was their religious right to discipline him as they saw fit. Hopefully a verdict is reached today. http://www.ajc.com/news/local/verdict-wimbush-case-jury-continue-deliberations-friday/TCfJO7lOaIcwci9vGDQD0M/
  7. Ella Draper case

    I've always thought that Satanic panic was a uniquely American phenomenon, but today I heard a true crime podcast on Ella Draper and learned that it exists in the UK as well: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ella_Draper (not the best source, obviously, but the only one that explains everything in a brief manner) This story is bonkers, even by Satanic Panic standards: Draper and "Papa Hemp" giving marijuana to the children while withholding food, lurid accusations of cannibalism and pedophilia on Youtube, Internet lynch mobs. Do any UK FJers have any insights on this case?
  8. I have no idea what's going on but I walked in to a rousing cat fight complete with screen caps. If you don't know what's happening either, you should go check it out. Carrying on from here!
  9. Survivor Account of Tony Alamo Ministries

    I recently found out about the thankfully defunct Tony Alamo Ministries, and found this account of a woman who was raised in this craziness: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/inside_the_arkansas_compound_t.html Franckiewicz's story has a happy ending, since she escaped and Alamo was put in prison. I seriously doubt Gothard, for example, will ever have to pay for his crimes, although now I'm wondering if the Bateses and Duggars will be praying to resurrect him when he eventually dies.
  10. So, the Georgia pastor who tweeted about the victims in the Orlando night club shooting “been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve” apparently spoke from a position of extreme self-loathing. Ken Adkins, of Brunswick, GA turned himself into police after charges that he molested a boy in the church, in his car, and in the victim's home. Anyone who is shocked by this turn of events, please meet at the dining room table for a special tutorial on homophobia. http://deadstate.org/pastor-who-warned-gays-would-sexually-molest-kids-in-bathrooms-is-arrested-for-child-molestation/
  11. An absolute scumbag, rightly getting tried back in the UK for his crimes This is the major reason why I have such a problem with "independent" missionary (or teacher/NGO) jobs abroad, especially in developing countries. Without transparency, oversight, and regulation (hell, even with all those things), it's all too easy to have something like this go on for years. And this is far from the only case. But with any luck, this monster will be locked away for a nice, long time (hopefully forever) and he will perpetually have horrible diarrhea or something equally unpleasant as karmic punishment in addition to imprisonment.
  12. 13 year old shackled in basement

  13. This just came across my newsfeed. Horrible, horrible case. Trigger alert for child abuse. http://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/toddlers-found-chained-tied-up-outside-bexar-county-home I think this is breaking news, so there are not many details. All together, 8 children from 2-13 were found on the premises, with the two toddlers chained up like dogs outside. At midnight. There's a special place in Hell for whoever would treat children like this. The spokesman for the sheriff's department couldn't even speak about it without crying. ETA: I'm so glad that these children are now being cared for and helped.
  14. Faith healing causing high infant mortality rate

    Article from the Guardian newspaper today. This is all kinds of fucked up, one guy was treated for a broken ankle as a child with out of date olive oil and wine. When he kept passing out because of the pain his family beat him because he was apparently not letting god heal him. A baby died in his arms when he was 5 and he was told it was because he didn't have enough faith in god! How do they get away with this? Apparently a child witnessing an even younger child die a preventable death is "god's will", not a result of some batshit fundamentalism that denies their own kids access to very basic medical treatment. Apparently the child mortality rate in the area mentioned is 10 times higher than that of the rest of Idaho. Surely at some point at least one person would decide they would much rather their child got to live. I really don't understand this. How can anyone let a child suffer like that? http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/13/followers-of-christ-idaho-religious-sect-child-mortality-refusing-medical-help?CMP=fb_gu
  15. I read comments are really slamming the photographer. How was the photographer to know what happened? It's also interesting the mom was an active soldier. http://jezebel.com/woman-who-commissioned-ghost-photos-with-dead-daughte-1768422467
  16. Just stumbled upon this article: http://ktla.com/2016/03/07/oklahoma-missionary-accused-of-raping-children-at-african-orphanage-sentenced-to-40-years-in-prison/ Matthew Durham, a 21 year old Oklahoma native, went on a missionary trip to Kenya to work at an orphanage and has been found guilty of raping three young girls up to eight times and molesting a 12 year old boy twice in his first 33 days there. He's been sentenced to 40 years in prison. In this case, it was 'lucky' (as much as anything can be in this situation) that there were other workers there who were pretty observant with his behaviour and changes in the children's behaviour by the sounds of it. I really wonder how often this sort of things happen with these foreign missionaries who go to Africa and work with children with very little oversight.
  17. Saw this today in Newsweek....trigger warning for those who may be survivors. Article talks about child sexual abuse and child physical abuse within the Hasidic community....how abusers are shuffled from school to school, people won't speak out because of being ostracized....and then includes this: "Despite all the physical, sexual and emotional abuse they have witnessed or endured, most of the former Hasidic yeshiva students Newsweek spoke to insist that what people outside their community really need to be alarmed about is the dismal education offered by these schools. They are angry that when they reached 18 and finally moved out of their parents’ home, they realized for the first time that they hadn’t been given the tools needed to navigate the real world. (The New York City Department of Education is investigating at least three dozen yeshivas to determine if they are providing adequate secular education.)" It's amazing how similar all fundy religious organizations are....be they Christian, Jewish, or Muslim.
  18. I saw this posted on Facebook. This is sickening. How about you teach your child appropriate behavior and praise her when she does well. This "intervention" seems destined to fail.
  19. A Louisiana judge has struck down part of a mandatory reporting law that requires priests to report suspected child abuse. Because religious freedom, that’s why. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/03/01/louisiana-judge-rules-that-priests-dont-have-to-report-abuse-if-they-hear-it-during-confession/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
  20. The father was until just recently the CEO of a Christian adult care home. He and his wife were fundraising to go to Peru as missionaries with their Peruvian adopted children, who they are now accused of starving and torturing. They pulled them out of school to home school in 2014 and evidently have been keeping them isolated since then. http://www.thekansan.com/news/20160217/story-of-abuse-unfolds/1
  21. Anyone familiar with the Silva family in Washington state? Happened to see a "youcaring" site for them on my facebook feed. 10 kids, 1 adopted with DS, girls in long dresses. Quick google didn't reveal any further info so I was wondering if anyone recognized the name.
  22. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/13/nyregion/success-academy-teacher-rips-up-student-paper.html?_r=0 What do you all think of this? I thought it was horrible and can't believe people are actually defending this teacher. One of the most recent comments on this article: Looking at related articles like this one -- http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/nyregion/at-a-success-academy-charter-school-singling-out-pupils-who-have-got-to-go.html -- the school sounds like a pretty toxic place even if it does produce successful students.
  23. http://ktla.com/2016/01/21/arizona-police-bound-toddler-discovered-in-bag-of-feces-had-been-offered-up-for-sex-2-arrested/ I hope this child has no future memories of this treatment, and that she survives all of this. Weighs heavy on the heart, what happens to kids.
  24. Like most of the world, I've been thinking about David Bowie's life and accomplishments. I enjoyed his music, and I felt like going back and listening to it. Then one of my friends posted this article, about the conflicting urges to love David Bowie's ground-breaking artistry and hate the way he treated women in his past. That was the first time I learned he had been accused of rape, and that he once had sex with a 14 year old. http://aidamanduley.com/2016/01/12/david-bowie-time-to-mourn-or-call-out-2/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork I have been a fan of classic rock since middle school--Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Aerosmith, etc. I was a nerdy good girl and it helped me get in touch with my primal side. Now I'm an adult, however, and I feel like I know too much. I now know that these musicians were misogynistic assholes at best, rapists and abusers at worst. I feel like I can't listen to the music I love because I am now aware of this, and how can I call myself a feminist if I continue listening to them? At the same time, I feel guilty for being bothered over not being able to listen to this music. (Someone diagram that sentence.) I DO care about stoping violence against women, and I can't dismiss the whole thing by saying, "It's just music" or "That was decades ago." Sometimes I feel like there is no point in becoming attached to any art because something bad is bound to come out about the artist. (This could really be applied to anything. When Oscar Pistorius was arrested for killing his girlfriend, it felt like the lesson for the public was to never have a hero.) And yet if we only consumed art made by nice, law-abiding people, there would be NO art. Does anyone else struggle with this?