Atlanta , Georgia – One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused by the age of 18. Their abusers rarely get caught. Victims of child sex abuse want their day in court.
On Wednesday, lawmakers debated a proposal that would strengthen protections for the victims. The Hidden Predator Act would extend the statute of limitations. That means victims would be able to file charges at a much older age.
Survivors say that could bring victims and their abusers out of the shadows.
“It allows victims to go into the courthouse and file suit, which makes things public,” said Justin Conway, an abuse survivor.
“You’re not by yourself. There are so many more who have gone through the same thing,” said Marilyn Motz, another survivor.
The bill also would grant victims access to sealed records so they can press charges.
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When Oregon teen Madison Reed was just 13 years old, her father’s good friend and neighbor Bradley McCollum began videotaping her. This secret taping went on for four years.
McCollum, 48, hid a camera in Madison’s bedroom, pointed at her bed.
McCollum was good friends with Madison’s dad, Clark Reed. He visited their home often and even vacationed with them at the Reed family’s beach house on Cannon Beach. This adds a whole other element to this case that makes it even more upsetting. It’s a complete betrayal besides being criminal.
McCollum’s videotapes include footage of Madison at the beach house and in her bedroom over the course of four years. He was only found out because Madison’s mom saw him exit her daughter’s bedroom during a visit.
She searched the room later and discovered the video camera under papers on the desk. The family didn’t want to believe it was their friend
“We were looking for every excuse to think it was someone else until we found proof. Our world was upside down,” Reed said to KGW-TV regarding his former friend.
The hidden camera captured Madison, a minor, undressing and naked, and yet McCollum’s recordings do not constitute child pornography because of the laws in Oregon.
Madison is now 18 and she is having a hard time with this. She said, “I don’t like to think about it, but I think about it all the time — like all day. Every day. There’s no choice but to think about it”.
McCollum has been charged with felony burglary and invasion of privacy. He does not have to register as a sex offender and that just feels so wrong.
The state of Oregon is working to change their laws.
Madison is speaking out on the matter in hopes changes will be made. I also hope this family doesn’t blame themselves — something the parents may be struggling with since they believed this man was their friend.
This man needs help, serious help. And a couple of years in prison may not be enough. His sentencing is on March 4.
For now, and even after this sentencing, he is allowed to be Madison’s neighbor.
Glitter, 70, to be sentenced Feb. 27
LONDON (CNN) – British former pop star Gary Glitter has been found guilty of child sex abuse for crimes he committed more than three decades ago.
The 70-year-old Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted Thursday of one count of attempted rape of a girl under the age of 13, one count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, and four counts of indecent assault against girls, two aged under 13 and two aged under 16.
Thesix offenses were committed against three victims between 1975 and 1980. Glitter is due to be sentenced on February 27.
Glitter was known as a “glam rocker” in the 1970s for his flamboyant clothes and performing style. He sold 18 million records with hits like “I’m the Leader of the Gang,” “I Love You Love Me Love” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard of London’s Metropolitan Police praised the courage of the victims in coming forward to police, years after the crimes were committed, in a statement after the verdict. “Paul Gadd has shown himself to be an habitual sexual predator, who took advantage of the star status afforded to him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame,” Orchard said.
“His lack of remorse and defense that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible. I am pleased the jury was able to see through this.”
Glitter has been prosecuted previously on sex charges.
In 1999, he admitted possessing child pornography and was jailed for four months. While living in Vietnam, he was convicted of sex offenses against young girls and jailed for nearly three years before being deported to England.
Glitter is the latest celebrity to be accused or convicted of historic sex offenses. Radio and television star Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was revealed after his death to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. British police say more than 200 victims — aged between five and 75 — have been identified. Last year celebrity publicist Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for assaults on girls, while Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was jailed for five years for indecent assaults against four girls.
There has been so much progress made in the last couple of months toward keeping Our Children safe, while imposing tougher penalties. Mr LaHood, the new DA in Bexar County Texas didn’t hesitate in going right to work and sending a message when he started a Child Abuse Division.
Wyoming is in the progress of a major overhaul of their Child Maltreatment Laws, while upping the minimums and maximums on a far too lax revolving door system.
Pennsylvania brought in new laws aimed at improving child abuse prevention and detection, and their reports have doubled already.
With all the good being done to bring laws and sentencing up to, NO I need to say bring them down to the level of sub-human that would ever consider harming a Child!!!! Then I happen to notice Alan Fountain’s Post, and my heart hit the ground. I would like to mention that Alan is a big part of Our Circle, and his blog is at:
How can a whole state like GEORGIA not want to protect Our Children???? If I remember right, “EVERYONE” seemed to be up-in-arms over the kidnapping of the school girls in Nigeria by terrorist, and then selling them into slavery. Yet here we have a bunch of “good ol’ boys” protecting a good friend, who just happens to be a CHILD PREDATOR. Then you just happen to add in all the CHILD KIDNAPPINGS that seem to happen in that part of the CHILD SEX AND PORN CAPITAL OF THE U.S., and something is rotten in Georgia.
A few short hours ago I posted a very sad, heart-ripping story of a woman who should never be allowed around children again. This atrocity has become an everyday thing, just like Violence
Racism and Police Brutality have not only been revived as excuses, both are used on a daily basis as some lame attempt at a battle cry, all the while, the problem is right in front of you…. when you are looking in a mirror.
A 9-month-old little boy was not only put into a bathtub that burned him, he was in there long enough where his….
BUT THIS HAPPENED IN MISSOURI, AND I POSTED IT A MATTER OF HOURS AGO.
WELL I GOT SOMETHING FOR A BUNCH OF YOU, ESPECIALLY YOU FACEBOOK.
While taking care of Our new Facebook page, since we are having a “LIKE” and FOLLOW” drive, I was asked to go REPORT A PEDOPHILE PAGE that also had Child Porn on it.
I started reading every post after seeing no porn, much less No Child Porn, What I found was very close to what I found here at WordPress 5 months ago; I found a young man here that several of you don’t care for(because you aren’t worthy enough to sharpen his swords) THAT is intended for the jealous idiots who never give 100% at anything. Oh what the heck, I’ll even give you a hint, HE IS A BIT OPINIONATED….
But this young man I am impressed with KNOWS words, and he is also here on WP. Is he as good as the young man who got my attention 5 months ago…. Now HE IS BLOOD KIN TO WORDS, so I’m figuring since Joshua is younger(I think) there is no way for me to know. The wordman could change the meaning of 1 or 3 complete languages if he doesn’t tire of defeating windmills.