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Child sex abuse royal commission hears of Catholic brothers’ secrecy culture

A secrecy culture of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could explain historical allegations of child sex abuse within a religious order, the royal commission has been told.

The commission’s investigation into the response of the Catholic Church into alleged abuse heard from the De La Salle Brothers, an order which had one of the highest number of alleged perpetrators ministering between 1950 and 2010.

The order was subject 328 claims of sexual abuse, including 219 claims at its BoysTown facility in Beaudesert in Queensland.

Brother Ambrose Payne told the hearing that throughout the 20th century: “A sense of secrecy was part and parcel with the culture.

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Child sex abuse royal commission: Lawyers reveal trauma of representing survivors

For Melbourne institutional abuse lawyer Angela Sdrinis, the “flashbacks” started when she was bathing her young children and putting them to bed.

“Those times when a lot of clients had been abused — I had been doing those same things with my own kids and getting secondary trauma,” she said.

“I started suffering flashbacks of things that had happened to my clients when I was with my own kids.

“I actually stopped doing the work for a few years because I really couldn’t cope with the stories during that time.”
In recent weeks the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard shocking figures about the extent of abuse in churches and religious orders.

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The European Commission Wants You To Log Into Social Media Accounts With Govt-Issued ID Cards

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The European Commission plans to attack citizens’ right to online privacy, insisting that state-issued ID cards should be used to log into platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and even Uber. The Vice President for the Digital Single Market on the European Commission, former Communist Andrus Ansip, is behind the next European Union (EU) raid on […]

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White House Announces Commission to Enhance National Cybersecurity

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The White House on Wednesday announced a new non-partisan commission designed to gather input from experts in order to strengthen cybersecurity across both the public and private sectors in the United States.

The new Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will be expected to recommend “bold, actionable steps” that the U.S. government and private sector can take to strengthen cybersecurity.

“The Commission is tasked with making detailed recommendations on actions that can be taken over the next decade to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections throughout the private sector and at all levels of Government, to protect privacy, to ensure public safety and economic and national security, and to empower Americans to take better control of their digital security,” Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, explained.

President Obama said that the following individuals would be appointed to the newly formed commission:

• Tom Donilon, former Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor (Chair)

• Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM

• General Keith Alexander, CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, former Director of the National Security Agency and former Commander of U.S. Cyber Command

• Annie Antón, Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.

• Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard

• Steven Chabinsky, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer of CrowdStrike

• Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and former Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

• Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research

• Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

• Heather Murren, former member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and co-founder of the Nevada Cancer Institute

• Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer of Uber and former Chief Security Officer of Facebook

• Maggie Wilderotter, Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications

The first public meeting will be held on Thursday at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where commission members will be joined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, and others.

“I have charged the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity with the critically-important task of identifying the steps that our nation must take to ensure our cybersecurity in an increasingly digital world,” President Obama said in a statement. “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to this important role, and I look forward to receiving the Commission’s recommendations.”

The commission is expected to report back to the White House by the beginning of December.

“To identify the individuals to take on this task, the President and his team consulted closely with leaders in the fields of national security, cybersecurity, business, technology, academia, and elsewhere,” Daniel said. “In addition, members of the bipartisan Congressional leadership each selected one individual to serve on the Commission, to ensure that there is broad support for the recommendations that are ultimately delivered to the nation.”
Source:http://www.securityweek.com/white-house-announces-commission-enhancing-national-cybersecurity

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Child abuse royal commission: George Pell ‘crestfallen’ after call with abuse victim, priest John Walshe says

In the phone call, Cardinal Pell and the victim, David Ridsdale, discussed the fact that Mr Ridsdale had been sexually abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale.

In May, Mr Ridsdale told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the conversation ended acrimoniously after Cardinal Pell allegedly said: “I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet.”

Cardinal Pell denies ever trying to bribe Mr Ridsdale and rejected the suggestion the phone call ended acrimoniously.

Father John Walshe was living with Cardinal Pell in 1993.

He told the royal commission he remembered Bishop Pell, as he was known then, coming out of an office after the phone call.

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Calls for child sex abuse royal commission to investigate sterilisation

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is being urged to investigate the forced sterilisation of children, amid concerns young people with a disability are at much of higher risk of being sexually abused.

Submissions to the royal commission have painted a harrowing picture of widespread abuse experienced by disabled children at educational institutions, including violence and neglect.

“Often the unacceptable is seen as acceptable because the child has a disability,” Children with Disability Australia (CDA) chief executive Stephanie Gotlib said.

While there is no Australian data on the subject, international research suggests that children with a disability are about three times more likely to be sexually abused than other children.

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Child abuse royal commission: ‘They called us liars’ – mother

A mother has emotionally recalled how a former St Paul’s School headmaster accused her, her son, and an alleged abuse victim of lying when they tried to raise complaints about a paedophile teacher.

The mother of two former students told the child abuse royal commission she organised a meeting with Gilbert Case within a week of hearing complaints her son’s friend was regularly “touched up” by music teacher Gregory Robert Knight under the guise of checking pockets for cigarettes.

The 70-year-old, known only as BRW, said the meeting was in the early part of 1984 but she was so affected by the conversation that her memory was still perfect.

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Child abuse royal commission: barrister asked victim not to mention Hollingworth

A barrister acting for former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth asked a child sex abuse victim to change his testimony to remove all references to her client, a royal commission has heard.

On Monday morning, a former St Paul’s School student, known only as BSG, told the child sex abuse royal commission Caroline Kirton QC approached his solicitor on the first day of hearings last week and asked him to make “significant” changes to his statement.

“I just think that’s terrible. That’s just outrageous, that someone of her calibre representing someone of his calibre, Hollingworth, would request me to change what I was saying or what I wanted to say to the commission in favour of them, that would remove his name entirely from my story.

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Child sex abuse royal commission appeals for children in care to give evidence

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald addressed more than 100 children under 18, many of whom are in the child protection system, at a youth conference in Brisbane today.

He invited them to tell their stories and give advice to the commission based on their experiences.

“I, as a Commissioner, don’t know how it feels to be in and out of home care,” he told delegates.

“You’ve felt it, experienced it. You know what we need to do. Tell us.”

Mr Fitzgerald said much of the evidence already heard in the royal commission involved historic allegations of abuse in schools, religious institutions and other organisations.

But with about 50,000 children moving in and out of care each year in Australia, he said it was important to hear contemporary accounts of their experiences.

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Child abuse royal commission: Former pope John Paul II handled allegations ‘poorly’, inquiry hears

Former pope John Paul II handled sex abuse claims within the church “poorly” because he simply could not grasp the scale of the problem, a retired senior Bishop in Sydney says.

Geoffrey Robinson, a key player in the church’s response to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy between 1994 and 2003, is giving evidence today before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

Bishop Robinson said he felt the Vatican was far behind in its understanding of the problem worldwide, and that John Paul II — the Pontiff from 1978 to 2005 — showed little leadership on the issue.

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