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Roman Polanski: Child Sexual Predator

February 18, 2015

Roman Polanski is walking talking evidence of worldwide indifference toward child sexual abuse. How else do you explain that this contemptible child sexual predator continues to walk free?  How else do you explain that he remains friends with so many of the world’s rich and powerful?  How else do you explain that governments protect him, the wealthy continue to invest in his projects, that talented artists compete to perform for him?

In 1977 Roman Polanski, then 43 years old, plied 13 year old Samantha Geimer with alcohol and drugs, took nude photographs of her ostensibly for publication in a French magazine, and then forcibly sodomized her and had sexual intercourse with her. Weeks later Polanski was indicted but worked out an unbelievably favorable plea deal with the prosecutor. Prior to sentencing, Polanski was sent to a prison facility for 45 days to complete a psychiatric evaluation.

Upon his release after the evaluation, Polanski had expected that the judge would go along with the prosecutor’s deal and his sentence would involve no further jail time. However, the judge balked. To the judge’s credit, he opted not to sign off on the deal and planned to set it aside. That meant that Polanski could have faced several years in prison. Polanski bolted and fled to France where he has remained under French protection.

Several years ago the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office stepped up its efforts to extradite Polanski.  Prosecutors knew that Polanski traveled frequently to his ski lodge in Switzerland, so in 2010 they arranged for Swiss authorities to arrest him and hold him for an extradition hearing. Unfortunately, because of the failure by our own U.S. Justice Department to supply information requested by the Swiss authorities, the Swiss courts released Polanski.

Now the Polish courts have a chance to make the right move. Let’s see what they do. Keep an eye on this one.

Former Hollywood director Roman Polanski will attend a court hearing next week in Poland where a request for his extradition to the United States will be examined.

Child Sexual Predators: Help Stop Them

December 18, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, think about this. Between three and four million children have been sexually abused this year in the United States. But only about 100,000 of these cases have been reported to the police. Most children who are sexually abused never tell anyone about it.

Whether you realize it or not, your children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews are in danger.

• One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18
• Ten percent of these children will be abused by an adult they encounter in their own school sometime between kindergarten and their graduation.
• At a minimum, six percent of sexually abused children will go on to become abusers, themselves.

Most of us know that child sexual predators gravitate toward organizations that serve children—schools, churches, scouts, sports teams, and so on. And we also know that within the last decade most of these organizations have implemented a background investigation requirement for anyone who works with children. Those of us who have served in child oriented organizations know this because we’ve experienced undergoing such investigations.

What most of us don’t know is that these background investigations provide virtually no deterrence whatsoever to the child sexual predator. Predators blow right through these barriers because most have never been caught.

One of the pioneers in the investigation of child sexual predators, Dr. Gene Abel, has identified four categories of child molesters:
1. Children or teenagers who are sexually curious or experimenting
2. Children or adults who have a medical or mental problem that needs treatment
3. Opportunists who lack feelings for others and who have an antisocial personality disorder
4. Those who have an ongoing sexual interest in children

The fourth group is responsible for 95% of the case of child sexual abuse and 88% of the victims. In their lifetime, this group abuses an average of 150 children each.
Background investigations screen out less than 2% of the child molesters—only one in fifty—who attempt to infiltrate child service organizations.

The Truth Alliance Foundation (www.truthalliancefoundation.org) has developed a method of identifying, and screening out, most if not all child sexual predators who attempt to work with child service organizations. But we need your help to get the word out and to educate as many people and organizations as possible.

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This is disturbing and disheartening.

December 2, 2014

This is disturbing and disheartening. The murder of this young child is beyond horrible. My heart breaks for the girl and her family. But what should also be disturbing to us all is the characterization of the relationship between the murderer and his victim.

She was NOT a girlfriend. She was a child victim of sexual abuse. She was 14, he is 22.

To characterize the relationship as anything other than abusive is evil. Normalizing adult/child sexual activity is wrong. Period. The killer should not be facing 25 to life. There should be no possibility for him to walk free ever again. #childsexabuse http://ow.ly/Fg1Xx

Willful Blindness

October 18, 2014

Throughout the world, in every nation, there are subcultures where the sexual exploitation of children is an everyday occurrence, where the use of children by adults for their sexual gratification is considered acceptable and has become routine. This is true not only for economically backward third world countries, this is true even here in the United States. Most of us just don’t see it.
It’s not that we’re blind or that we are indifferent. Rather, I think it’s due to our inability to see things we don’t think are possible. The famous “Invisible Gorilla” experiment demonstrates this phenomenon.

Our inability to see or fully appreciate the depravity of some of the subcultures we encounter might help to explain how recently convicted human trafficker, Malik McKee, grew from an innocent infant into a monster who enslaved, used, abused and exploited others.

McKee’s mother was a prostitute who raised Malik in a whorehouse and drug emporium run by the Four Corner Hustlers, a black West Side Chicago street gang, where Malik was drugged and sexually abused throughout his youth, beginning at age six. He was taught to exploit through his own experience of exploitation.

Malik recently pled guilty to the sex trafficking of minors in federal court and received an 8 ½ year sentence. He could have received much more. He should have. While I feel compassion toward him for the abuse he suffered, as we all should, he long ago moved from victim to rabid predator. His character is now beyond repair.

The only hope Malik ever had was lost more than 20 years ago when the state failed to remove him from his mother’s “care.” McKee’s lawyer blamed McKee’s mother for how Malik turned out. No doubt she bears most of the responsibility for twisting the character of her son. Today, though, McKee is an adult who made his own choices.

The lawyer said “because McKee never went to school, his problems weren’t picked up on by teachers or doctors — adding that DCFS involvement in McKee’s life was conspicuously missing.” The implication is that the mother kept Malik hidden away from the sight of any government workers, or health professionals or teachers. This is ludicrous, and perhaps the most outrageous mischaracterization in this case.

Malik’s mother, Charlene, is virtually certain to have scammed the welfare system, a practice that is common among all gang members and the gang affiliated. They seek out every opportunity to profit from the welfare system—Medicaid, food stamps, WIC program, aid for dependent children, and a hundred other programs most of us have never heard about. Government workers, health care specialists, contract government services agencies, all have continuing contact with people like Charlene and Malik. Any one of dozens of government workers or government contractors had contact with Charlene and Malik over the years. Every one of them is a mandated reporter and every one of them knows the depravity of the gang subculture intimately. They know what’s possible. They didn’t take action because they could not see it, they simply turned a blind eye to it.

This kind of willful blindness has to stop. Now.

Failing the Vulnerable

September 16, 2014

The kind of abuse alleged at this Florida facility should come as no surprise to anyone. This is going on at similar facilities all over the country. Predators seek out the most vulnerable, and the disabled certainly fit that category. In fact this group suffers abuse at a rate 2 ½ times greater than all other targets of abuse.

Better screening of the workers at these facilities is the only hope of reducing the abuse. It’s not enough to conduct criminal or sex offender registry checks which is all that most organizations do. These methods screen out less than 2% of the predators.  Additional measures such as conducting interviews and reference checks most often do little to screen out the potentially dangerous.

Perhaps requiring prospective workers to undergo a battery of lengthy psychological tests might weed out those who pose a danger. But such testing would be far too costly and impractical.

A better way, a practical way, is to make use of profiling. While this term has collected a garbage heap of bad connotations, when used properly, when multiple valid variables are included in the process, profiling can be a simple and effective way to prevent most of the worst predators from gaining access to the vulnerable.

 

For more information on how to use this method in your organization contact me at ThomasHampsonTAF@gmail.com.  If you want to become part of our effort to reduce child sexual abuse, consider sponsoring our work.  While helping organizations set up child protection programs is not complex, it doesn’t come without cost.

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Catastrophic Failure of Child Protective Services

September 3, 2014

The average person, sheltered from knowledge about the most evil segments of our culture, are shocked when they hear of such cases as this. The idea that a woman would adopt children for the specific purpose of sexually abusing them and renting them out for others to abuse, is inconceivable. These kinds of cases seem to be increasing, but I don’t have any statistics to back up my impressions.

Whether or not the numbers of the depraved is increasing, this kind of abuse by adoptive parents reveals a catastrophic failure of the child protective services in this country. This is inexcusable. #childsexualabuse http://ow.ly/B13Xk

Public Schools – Unsafe for Any Child

August 31, 2014

Last week, Steven R. Battles, a former elementary school teacher in Springfield, IL was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of his former students. He was first charged in February, 2011 for the abuse that took place between 1999 and 2002.
Battles mug shot
The Battles case is typical. There is nothing remarkable about it. It could be used as a case study of why our public school system has become a safe haven for pedophiles like him. The only thing unusual about his case is that he got caught. Most don’t.

Charol Shakeshaft, a professor of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, has spent her career studying our educational system. In 2004 she authored a report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, which focused on the sexual exploitation of children by teachers. Although the findings were shocking, it didn’t get much attention. What little it got, didn’t last.

The report was issued in the midst of the furor over revelations about the sexual abuse of children by priests and the orchestrated cover-up by their bishops, so maybe her revelations simply were drowned out. According to Dr. Shakeshaft the sexual abuse of students in public schools was “100 times greater than the abuse by priests.” Additionally, Shakeshaft reported that 9.6 per cent of children are sexually abused by educators sometime during their school years. The media was largely silent about these small details.

Public ignorance about the details and scope of this problem have contributed to its persistence and even to its growth. Ignorance is never good. Moreover, educators and school officials have been as active in covering up the problem, if not more so, as the Catholic hierarchy has been in covering up the problem of pedophile priests. At least the Catholic Church has disclosed not just convictions, but also accusations. In the case of schools, secrecy prevails even after charges have been filed.

Battles was known to be a problem for years before he was finally dismissed by the Springfield School District in 2009. It was an internal investigation commenced in 2005 by the school district that finally led to his dismissal. He promptly appealed that dismissal, with the help of his union. The dismissal was still under appeal when he was arrested two years later.

For almost his entire 17 year career, Battles engaged in inappropriate behavior with children under his care and most likely abused more than a few of them. Complaints about him triggered several transfers to other schools. He drew criticism for sitting next to children and putting his arm around them, giving them back rubs, talking to them about sexual situations—his own and the children’s, he gave money—as much as $50—to some male students as birthday gifts. These are classic grooming behaviors, but when called to task by officials, Battles was defiant and was able to maintain the backing of his union enablers.

After Battles was arrested, he had the unbelievable audacity to file a defamation suit against his accusers. That case was sealed (as was the criminal case) by the judges involved in order to “protect” the victims. The civil case reportedly was secretly dismissed about a year ago. (There are better ways to protect victims without resorting to Star Chamber justice.)

Depraved teachers like Battles, impotent school officials, indifferent union functionaries and the uninformed public collectively have created a school system that is unsafe for children. More and more rules have been put into place with little effect other than to make the system absolutely hostile. Good teachers can’t even comfort a crying child or celebrate with them using any physical touch. This is wrong.

When it comes to the safety of our children union rules that protect teachers must be made null and void. Clearly observed grooming behaviors, violations of rules intended for the safety of the children, teachers who flaunt their promiscuity, or who watch pornography on school property, should be dismissed immediately. Only the virtuous should be allowed the privilege to teach. The secrecy surrounding accusations against teachers needs to be lifted. And administrators need to grow a spine.

Most of all, the ignorance about this issue should end. The public has to become fully informed and retake control of our schools. Only they can hold the school boards, administrators and teachers to account.

 

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