Category Archives: Child Sexual Abuse

Online, you are guilty even after being proven innocent

Once you’re arrested, your name is tarnished forever.

More and more people are having “Google problems.” They usually look like this:

  1. someone got arrested;
  2. the local newspaper wrote about it;
  3. prosecutors dropped the charges completely;
  4. the person’s record was expunged (in other words, the slate was wiped clean);
  5. the original arrest article, however, is still online.

Now whenever anyone searches that person’s name, the arrest is one of the top Google results even though they’re weren’t guilty.

Google: Your new permanent record

You can imagine the trouble this causes for the individual seeking the article’s takedown: difficulty getting a job, a promotion, or even a date. It seems unfair that even though the judicial system saw fit to remove all traces of the arrest from the person’s record, there’s no corresponding requirement that the local newspaper do the same. What’s the point of expunging a record when anyone with internet access can bring up an old, bogus arrest? Even if a court of law drops the matter, the court of public opinion has condemned that person for life.

The free speech rights of publishers trump those of individuals

In the battle of the newspapers versus the individual’s reputation, the law is on the newspapers’ side. They have a First Amendment right to report true information and are under no legal obligation to remove—“unpublish,” as it’s referred to lately—content, even when significant updates have occurred. In our experience, publishers are generally unwilling to remove articles that were factually accurate when written. Their reasoning ranges from lofty (saying they don’t want to “rewrite the historical record”) to lazy (they have a policy of never changing anything).

Some publications will remove an article, but only if the stars align and several factors exist: the publication doesn’t have a strict policy against unpublishing, we reach an actual human being, we reach an actual human being who’s in a good mood that day, we’re able to provide documentation of the dropped charges or expunged record, and the person to whom we speak decides that the facts of the particular situation warrant removal. It takes hard work, persistence, and luck. Does it happen? Yes, but you can see why it’s pretty rare

Child Predator Sentenced

Alastair Carswell
Alastair Carswell

Child abuse ‘predator’ gets 14 years in jail

A BANGOR man has been jailed for sexually abusing six children over a 17-year period.

Last Friday (28th) Alastair Carswell was sentenced to 14 years for what was described as ‘predator activity’ involving victims aged between seven and 16.

Carswell (48) is originally from Bangor, though court records currently give his address as HMP Maghaberry, and all of his victims were from the North Down area. He was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by seven years on licence for a total of 25 charges, including multiple indecent assaults, that took place between 1995 and 2012.

Friday’s Crown Court sitting in Belfast heard that three of the 48-year-old’s victims had endured long-term effects from ‘sustained periods of abuse’ suffered at Carswell’s hands. Three of the victims were targeted on a single occasion but the others, two boys and a girl, were abused over a prolonged period.

When Carswell was arrested and questioned about the abuse last year he denied his victims’ claims, branding them malicious. But during last week’s court sitting the judge described Carswell as ‘controlling and willing to exercise control over others’ and stated some of the offending had a ‘pre-meditated nature’.

A defense lawyer told the court that Carswell intends to comply with probation after his release from prison, and that the 48 year old wants to try to get back some semblance of his life.

Holidays and Caring, A Time for Love

What about Our Children, who are The Future of Our World

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! will never accept Child Abuse, Indifference, nor Violence.  These things have NO PLACE in Our World, they are the evil created by the purveyors of filth, the bullys, and the perverts that infect Our World;  a CANCER WE CAN ELIMINATE.

UnChained Project: a human rights organization that is mobilizing advocates globally to provide localized community-based awareness and Christian mission-styled support for people victimized as children by human trafficking, all forms of child abuse and bullying.

Through events, workshops, prayer and outreach, UnChained groups will be localized lighthouses of hope within communities throughout the U.S. and internationally for survivors of all ages.

UnChained Project is an extension program of Ark of Hope for Children, a national U.S. based nonprofit organization. Localized events and fundraising will also support Ark of Hope’s other programs including;

RemovingChains.org – global live chat survivor support website

Harbourage Safe Homes – in north Florida for rescued survivors of human trafficking

Ark of Hope for Children, PO Box 342, Alachua, FL 32615-0342

 

UnChained Project brings awareness and support on a global scale for the hundreds of thousands of survivors of child trafficking, the many forms of child abuse and teen bullying. Survivors we are here for you!

Survivors of human trafficking and child abuse so often live in fear and a self-imposed code of silence. Virtually all of them were victimized by adults, so how do they trust other adults with their horrible secret? Many successfully managed to bury their past and move on, only to have it rear up and raise debilitating havoc in their twenties, thirties and forties. Thousands are imprisoned within their own minds, reliving the abuse through nightmares and flashbacks that bring on severe depression, PTSD, alcoholism, drug abuse and more.

Survivors of teen bullying, many as young as eleven and twelve don’t fare much better. As their peers compete for recognition, in search of their own identity, too many targets of bullying slip into an ever deepening hole of despair. Their pain is so often manifested in depression, self-harm and suicidal thought.

It is time to rally a front line defense in our communities

It is time to embrace survivors and help break their silence

It is time for action

CHILD TRAFFICKING STATISTICS

UnChained Project wants to mobilize advocates willing to provide awareness and support for survivors of child trafficking living in silence in your community. Here’s why;

  • Over 100,000 underage girls and boys are trafficked into slavery (1)
  • Odds of being rescued; 1 in 100 (2)
  • Of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy (3)
  • AVERAGE age a child is first exploited by prostitution is 12-14 years old  (4)
  • Infants are often identified in child pornography (4)
  • They may be forced into sex 20 to 48 times a day (5)
  • Life span of a victim can be as little as 2 to 4 years, having succumbed to attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, overdose or suicide (4)
  • Sex trade industry is the second largest global industry raising $32 billion a year, equal to $87 million a day! (6)
  • Sale of child porn in the U.S. alone raises more than a $3 billion annually! (7)

The above are some of the many child trafficking statistics gathered by our parent nonprofit organization Ark of Hope for Children to highlight the reason for alarm.

1 – SharedHope.org
2 – TheKey2Free.org
3 – ArkofHopeforChildren.org
4 – TheDefenderFoundation.org
5 – PolarisProject.org
6 – UnicefUSA.org
7 – SharedHope.org

Man Kidnaps 12-yr-old Girl

Victor Arroyo
Victor Arroyo

N.C. man arrested in connection with 12-year-olds disappearance

A North Carolina man has been charged in connection with the disappearance of a 12-year-old Baltimore County girl who was found this weekend after a multistate search, authorities said Monday.

Victor Arroyo, 32, faces first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape charges, said Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita of the Wake County district attorney’s office in North Carolina. He was being held in a detention center there on a $1.6 million bond, according to court records.

The girl went missing Nov. 11 after leaving her home for Perry Hall Middle School, where she is a student. FBI agents located her at a Raleigh, N.C., home Friday night, and she was returned to her family in Maryland.

Her disappearance sparked a high-profile search, and police received about 100 tips while she was missing.

Investigators say the girl had a history of communicating with men online. Digital forensics, including analysis of her iPod and Xbox activity, played a critical role in locating her, they said.

A North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agent with the Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force, which is staffed by FBI agents and other law enforcement officials, issued the warrant for Arroyo’s arrest, said a North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, Patty McQuillan.

Baltimore County Police said Monday evening that they also have obtained an arrest warrant charging Arroyo with kidnapping.

Ok Attorney likes sex with Children

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Attorney Held on Child Sex-Abuse Charges

(CN) – An Oklahoma attorney traveled to Peru for a decade to have sex with children, federal prosecutors say in a three-count indictment.

Michael Dean Billings, 59, of Oklahoma City, was charged Oct. 22 with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, conspiracy to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact and conspiracy to engage in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. The criminal indictment was unsealed Friday.

Prosecutors said Billings and others “conspired to commit sex trafficking of children by recruiting and obtaining children in Peru to engage in commercial sex acts and further conspired to travel from Oklahoma City to Iquitos, Peru.”  “Billings and others known and unknown to the grand jury, conspired and agreed with each other to knowingly, in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain and maintain by any means [victims] knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that force, threats of force, fraud and coercion … that the victims had not attained the age of 18 years and would be caused to engage in commercial sex acts,” the four-page criminal indictment states.

Billings flew to Peru “for the purposes of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct … with persons under 18 years of age,” the indictment states.

He was arrested Friday morning at his law office and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Mitchell, who ordered him held without bond pending a final detention hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Billings faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.