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Washington DC Area: Child Porn and Abuse Capital of the US

The prevalence of child abuse and using children in porn videos in the United States is of epidemic proportions.   This abuse is coming from people who are close to the children, not strangers.  Fathers, doctors, teachers, school aides, police, etc. all have been involved of instances of abuse and child porn production — not only violating basic decency, but also a child’s trust in those who they should be able to trust.  Almost every day, there is another case of such abuse revealed.  Two cases came to light in just the past few days.

In the first case, a school side, a 22-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly filmed children performing sex acts on each other at a Maryland elementary school, police say.   Deonte Carraway allegedly “videotaped sexual acts between minors during the school day” at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, where he was a volunteer teacher’s assistant, the Prince George’s County Police Department said in a news release.  A relative of one of the victims found a nude photo on the child’s cell phone that was sent to Carraway through a social messaging app, according to the news release.  Investigators have identified at least ten victims ranging in age from 9 to 13, according to the news release. Carraway is believed to have “targeted the victims,” the document adds.

Police say they have uncovered 40 videos showing the young children performing sexual acts on each other or alone at the direction of Carraway. He is also believed to have sexually abused some of the children, according to the news release.  The alleged videos were filmed at the school, a municipal center, aquatic center, and in private homes, police say.   Carraway allegedly admitted to his involvement in manufacturing and producing the child pornography, according to the news release. He was charged with ten counts of child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor, and a second-degree sexual offense.

In the second case,  social workers were sent to a home to investigate the man, a licensed foster parent who was later found to be involved with one of the worst child pornography rings. He lived in a two-bedroom house with two adopted sons, a preteen boy for whom he was seeking guardianship, and a neighborhood teenager who had moved in after an argument with his parents.  When questioned, the children denied the abuse. But the tipster, it seemed, had been at least half right. Searching the man’s computer, social workers found two photos of children, unrelated to the parent, posing in their underwear. The pictures had been taken by one of the foster parent’s friends, one of the boys said. Sometimes they spent time with that friend, the boy said.   To these social workers, these underwear pictures were concerning, but they were not concerning enough. Social workers classified the investigation as “inconclusive,” then closed their inquiry, according to Riverside County court documents.  The boys were left in the man’s home. His foster license was left intact.  

Today, that same parent, John David Yoder, sits behind bars, a suspect in what officials have called one of the worst child pornography rings in Southern California in recent years. Yoder and three other suspects have been accused of victimizing as many as 15 children in Desert Hot Springs, including some of the boys that lived with him. Yoder was arrested in February as result of a separate investigation by law enforcement in Nevada. The charges he now faces are nearly identical to the allegations that were reported to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services shortly before Christmas.  If social workers had acted differently in December, the boys in Yoder’s home could have been rescued six weeks earlier.

Like in Ariana-Leilani’s case, government officials are notorious for ignoring signs of abuse and neglect.

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Where does Hillary Clinton Stand on Children’s Rights in the USA?

Urge Secretary Clinton to Help Save Ariana-Leilani

How a leader handles a crisis reveals what they are made of and the quality of the people they choose to support them.   Do they respond with integrity?  Do they check the facts before they act?  Are they careful about who they get their information from?

Around the time the US press was preoccupied with the Bengazi scandal, the US Press overlooked another international scandal that was closer to home but just as concerning.

Due to concerns expressed by medical and humanitarian authorities, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography made an inquiry to Secretary Clinton’s US State Department questioning the US violations of the rights of dual citizen German-American Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC.

Rather than make an independent inquiry into those concerns, Secretary Clinton’s State Department blindly referred the matter to the District of Columbia Child and Family Services (DC CFS) — which has a well established record of incompetence that is so poor it is under a US Federal Court monitor.    Not surprisingly, the leaders of the DC CFSA at the time had known sex offenses (its Director having had sex with one of his young patients, and the other, its General Counsel, charged and placed on probation for indecent exposure in a public restroom).   Despite those sex offense records, both were allowed to run and operate the agency that was responsible for protecting DC’s children.   The then General Counsel of the DC CFSA, James Toscano Court Papers, personally interfered with Ariana-Leilani’s getting relief from abuse and neglect, including engaging in ex parte communications with a DC Superior Court judge and making false statements to that judge to help cover up the abuse and neglect that Ariana-Leilani was suffering.

As part of its coverup of the abuse and neglect of Ariana-Leilani, based on documents obtained from the Department of State, DC Child and Family Services Agency (DC Child Protection Services) had Mr. Toscano author the misleading and inaccurate response for the Department of State to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  Not surprisingly, his response was filled with misstatements of the facts, misleading the Secretary Clinton’s US Department of State, and in turn, the UN Special Rapporteur.

The real disappointment here is that Secretary Clinton’s Department of State blindly forwarded — under Secretary Clinton’s signature —  the Toscano-drafted response to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.   We have to presume this was done by her without either checking the facts or checking the background of the author of the underlying letter.   As a result, the UN Special Rapporteur took no action and Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer.

In her run for the Presidential offices, Secretary Clinton should be as concerned about children’s rights and she is about women’s rights.   Unfortunately Secretary Clinton’s record has not demonstrated any concern for children’s rights — including failing to have the US ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.   Thus, help urge Secretary Clinton to protect children’s rights, to right this wrong, and to use her influence to help Save Ariana-Leilani…

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Pope Francis and Ariana-Leilani

A video documenting the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Dr. Ariel King concerning the plight of her daughter, Ariana-Leilani.

Learn How One Person Is Walking to Get Child Abuse Taken Seriously

On September 15, 2014 Mathew McVarish (actor/activist) gave a remarkable speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Child Sexual Abuse and his efforts to change the laws of the European Union to better protect children from predators. In this touching and educational talk, he speaks from his own personal experiences and his walk through every European Country to bring attention to this devastating epidemic and get better child protection laws so others don’t need to suffer like he and others have in the past. Listen, learn. and support the Road to Change (http://roadtochange.eu). Brought to you by Ariel Foundation International (www. arielfoundation.org)

Today is Ariana-Leilani’s 11th Birthday, Happy Birthday

Happy 11th Birthday, Ariana-Leilani

To celebrate her 11th birthday, sign the petition to save her life — get the District of Columbia to act:

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Congressional Briefing on the Failure of Family Courts, Placing Children with Abusive Parents

Dr. Joy Silberg and Others Expose Corrupt Practices of the Family Courts in Abuse Cases

  • 75 percent of all contested custody cases involve abuse of children
  • Court’s fail to recognize the rights of children to live free of abuse
  • Epidemic across the United States
  • Visit http://www.courageouskids.net 
  • It takes on average 5 years to turn around abuse cases
  • Learn about actual cases where abusive parents were given custody and they ultimately killed the child — even when the abusive parent was not the birth parent of the child
  • Turn about occurs most often when a new evaluation is done by a qualified evaluators
  • CPS findings were irrelevant to the outcome
  • The GALs almost exclusively signed with the abusive parent
  • CPS agencies teach their social workers to discount the evidence of abuse when there is a custody dispute
  • Its about the rights of the child, not about the rights of the parents.
  • Abuse is in the news every day; many criminal activities are carried out by children who were abused — we are all affected.
  • Costs 500 billion dollars per year in taxpayer money

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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Church Fails To Take Full Responsibility for Abuse Under the UN CRC

Officials faced a barrage of hard questions covering why they would not release data and what they were doing to prevent future abuse.  They insisted the Church had learnt from the crisis and had taken action to prevent future abuse.

Last month, the Vatican refused a request from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for data on abuse, on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.

The Holy See is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a legally binding instrument which commits it to protecting and nurturing the most vulnerable in society.

It ratified the convention in 1990 but after an implementation report in 1994 it did not submit any progress reports until 2012, following revelations of child sex abuse in Europe and beyond.

In a homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said abuse scandals were “the shame of the Church”.

“The view of committee is that the best way to prevent abuses is to reveal old ones – openness instead of sweeping offences under the carpet,” Kirsten Sandberg, chairwoman of the 18-strong CRC, told the Vatican delegation.

“It seems to date your procedures are not very transparent.”

The Vatican was asked why it continued to describe abuse as an offence against morals rather than a crime against children.

The following is a list of some of the church abuse scandals:

  • Germany – A priest admitted in 2012 to 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over a decade
  • United States – In the 1990s by two Boston priests, caused public outrage
  • Belgium – The bishop of Bruges resigned in April 2010 after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy for years
  • Italy – The Catholic Church in Italy admitted in 2010 that about 100 cases of paedophile priests had been reported over 10 years
  • Ireland – A report in 2009 found that sexual and psychological abuse was “endemic” in Catholic-run industrial schools and orphanages for most of the 20th century

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said: “To prevent abuse of minors is a real, immediate concern.”

He said priests were “not functionaries of the Vatican but citizens of their countries and fall under the jurisdiction of their own countries”.

When asked if the Vatican would hand over Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a Polish papal envoy recalled from the Dominican Republic in September amid claims of sexual abuse there, Archbishop Tomasi said he was being investigated by the Vatican’s own prosecutors.

“It is a no-go simply to move people from one diocese to another,” said Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s former chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse.

He stated that it was “not the policy of the Holy See to encourage cover-ups” but added: “The Holy See gets it that there are things that need to be done differently.”

Barbara Blaine, president of a group representing US victims of abuse by priests, told BBC News that the hearing had brought “hope to victims across the globe”.

But it would also stand, she said, as a “record of how the Church officials refused to answer the questions, how they claim to be open and transparent, and yet they don’t live up to that ideal”

Why We Cannot Take a Child’s Illness for Granted?

Thousands carol to fulfill dying girl’s wish in Pennsylvania.   Delaney Brown, 8, of West Reading, Pa., was dying of a rare form of leukemia but her community gave her all the support it could.  Brown also got to talk to pop star Taylor Swift on her birthday.

Ten thousand people in Pennsylvania came out to sing to a terminally ill eight-year-old girl who has given them much inspiration during her courageous battle with cancer.   On Saturday an estimated 10,000 people visited the home of Delaney Brown in West Reading Pa. The group sang songs and fulfilled one of the dying girl’s last wishes — a huge holiday sing-along outside her house.   Laney arrived home from the hospital Thursday, Dec. 19, according to her “Team Laney” Facebook page. Her doctors have said her rare form of leukemia means she only has a few days or possibly weeks left to live.

She died on Christmas day.

Tell Mayor Vince Gray and President Obama to stop taking Ariana-Leilani’s life threatening illness for granted.  Let’s help Ariana-Leilani before it is too late; sign her petition today: http://www.ariana-leilani.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/thousands-carol-fulfill-dying-pa-girl-article-1.1556833#ixzz2oWKqTOOs

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Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

Watch the video, sign the petition, save a life:

Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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UN Universal Children’s Day: Its Time the USA Joined the Rest of World and Ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today, 20 November 2013 We Celebrate the  24th year of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

All of the other countries of the world (192 in all) have ratified the convention recognizing that children have rights.  the USA is the only developed country left that has  not signed that convention and recognized children’s rights.

Even though the USA helped draft the convention and signed it 20 years ago, the USA has reneged on its commitment to the children and the international community by not ratifying the convention.

Isn’t it time to keep the promise to the world’s children who visit and live in the USA to assure that they have recognized rights. Isn’t it time to ratify the UNCRC.

The UNCRC is for all the world’s children.