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Church, Govt Argue Child Sex Predators Innocent Because Children Consented

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:00


The Catholic Church and government agencies in the United Kingdom have developed a new argument to avoid paying out settlements to victims of pedophilia and sex abuse: they’re claiming the children consented.

As the Telegraph noted over the weekend:

“Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.”

Though news of these recent attempts to avoid paying settlements emerged last month, the Telegraph recently viewed documents from two court cases in which defense attorneys used the “consent” argument.

“One claimant was told by lawyers for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark that his abuse, which included rape and began when he was 15, ‘actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship (albeit one the Claimant in retrospect now appears to regret),’” the Telegraph reported.

“I was below the legal age of consent anyway and there’s a grooming element to that kind of situation. It was totally disregarded and it made me feel really small,” he said.

According to Siobhán Crawford, a lawyer with London-based Bolt Burdon Kemp, the strategy is usually used when a child turns sixteen during the abuse. Sixteen is the age of consent, though the Telegraph notes that “[f]or adults in a position of authority, it is illegal to have sex with a child under their care, even if the child is 16 or 17 at the time.”

Even so, in one case, the Cambridgeshire County Council, a government entity, claimed a student whose abuse started when she was under 16 consented:

“On her own account the Claimant voluntarily sought out contact with [the teacher] and considered that she was in a relationship with him. If that is correct, after she had obtained the age of 16, the Claimant consented to sexual acts with [the teacher] and those acts ceased to be assaults.”

The victims in these two cases were eventually compensated.

Despite claims from the Church and government that consent was issued, Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, disagrees. “No child ever gives their ‘consent’ to being abused, and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying,” she said.

While the defense is rare, it is being employed more often. Crawford told the Telegraph that her firm had dealt with ten cases and that “there had been an increase in the past two years as authorities became aware that it was an option.”

Barnardo’s, one of the children’s charities objecting to this new line of defense, said in July that since the CICA was established in 2012, “nearly 700 child victims of sexual abuse have been refused payments ranging between £1,000 and £44,000, according to a freedom of information request by the charity coalition,” which also includes Victim SupportLibertyRape Crisis and the National Working Group (NWG).

One case in which the victim was not compensated, the Telegraph noted in July, “involved a 12-year-old girl who was plied with alcohol, led into the woods and sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man.”

“This was because she had gone into the woods ‘voluntarily,’ had not been a victim of violence, she emerged ‘happily’ from the woods and that she had recently had sexual relations with another child around her own age,” the outlet summarized.

The coalition of charities has called for a change in rules. According to a press release Barnardo’s issued in July:

“The coalition is calling for the rules to be changed so no child groomed and manipulated into sexual abuse is denied compensation because they complied with their abuse through fear, lack of understanding, or being brainwashed into believing their abuser loved them and developing feelings for them.”

This is only the latest controversy surrounding the Catholic Church, which has been defending alleged pedophiles and child abusers within its ranks for years. The government agencies in question are also under fire now, too.

As Dawn Thomas, co-chair of Rape Crisis England & Wales, said last month:

“It’s not only bizarre but also inappropriate and harmful that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority applies a different definition of consent from the law and, as a result, routinely tell victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation that they consented to the sexual violence perpetrated against them.”

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Feminist Adds “Singing America the Beautiful” to List of National Evils

FixThisNation - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:37

A feminist professor named Dr. Cynthia Enloe warned her readers this week about the perils of patriotism in major league baseball. Yes, we’re serious. At a time when many football fans are irate about Colin Kaepernick and his fellow NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem, Enloe wants to expand these misguided protests to include the fans – particularly female fans. Because Enloe’s problem with these patriotic displays has nothing to do with police brutality and everything to do with that old, hoary boogeyman: The PATRIARCHY!

(Scream. Gasp.)

Enloe related her recent trip to Fenway, lamenting her initial weakness in standing up for the national anthem. She “cringed” when the American flag was unfurled, but, she assured us, kept her cringes hidden. Alas, she could not keep hidden her distaste as the patriotic displays continued throughout the game. After all, how many times in one afternoon is a woman of such learned pedigree supposed to feign love for her country?

When, in the 6th inning, the announcer asked the crowd to applaud a military vet in attendance, Enloe couldn’t even. “Invited to give him a hero’s welcome,” she wrote, “a wave a grateful applause erupted. I sat stingily on my hands, saying nothing.”

How brave.

In the 8th inning, she again indulged in silent protest. As the crowd sang along to “America the Beautiful,” Enloe “sat quietly” as her friends “smiled down at me sympathetically.”

What Enloe reads as “sympathy” might also be pained embarrassment, but we don’t know her friends.

“Patriotism, especially militarized, masculinity-heroicizing patriotism, is escalating at American sporting events,” she wrote. “It may be most prominent at NFL games and NASCAR races, but it is in full bloom at most major league baseball games—not just the national anthem, but also the ubiquitous lauding of military personnel, and additional patriotic songs in the middle of the game.”

Why is this a problem? Enloe explains.

“Gratitude is so often feminized,” she wrote. “It becomes an extension of dependency. Women, therefore, are popularly expected to be grateful to men and to the masculinized state for offering them militarized protection. In a militarized society, a woman who refuses to express that gratitude (staying seated when the male veteran is being cheered) risks being deemed unfeminine.”

Ultimately, she concludes, gratitude by women towards the military means the “patriarchy will be perpetuated.”

Wow, all that just to avoid clapping for a military vet?

The lengths liberals will go just to stand out in a crowd.

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Comparing Cobra Buckles/Nylon belts to traditional designs

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:00

The Cobra buckle has been making waves within numerous communities in our industry for several years now. Some of the reasons behind this is the new application as a gun belt. Some of the hype around the design has to do with the buckle itself, being made by a company called AustriAlpin in Austria. The […]

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The New G7 BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder from Gunwerks

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 04:08

G7 BR2500 rangefinderGunwerks recently announced the company was releasing an updated version of the BR2500 Ballistic Rangefinder. Called the G7 BR2500, the new unit offers a broad range of features including the extension of its effective range beyond 2,500 yards under optimal conditions (+/- 1 yard at that range). The optic is 7x26mm. According to the company, […]

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Video: The Aimpoint Red Dot Sight – For Sport Shooting

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 03:00

Make sure you watch the first 20-30 seconds of this video from Aimpoint – it’s full of action! It features real in-competition clips from IPSC Practical Shooting with handgun, rifle and shotgun by some of the World’s Best Shooters. I spot at least three shooters holding current IPSC World Shoot medals. I spot a few […]

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KRISS Vector Modular Rail handguard

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 02:00

The Modular Rail Handguard for the Kriss Vector is now available, in stock. I wish I had a Kriss Vector, just as a “fun gun” for my collection and still my curiosity.   The KRISS Vector MK1 Modular Rail features female threading along the three o’clock, six o’clock, and nine o’clock surfaces for the attachment […]

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Strike Industries Center Axis Targeting (CAT) Sights

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:11

Strike Industries has introduced a rather unusual handgun sight called CAT (Center Axis Targeting) Sight. It is an auxiliary aiming device designed to aid faster sight picture acquisition in dark or low light conditions. This sight is supposed to be a rough but quick aiming measure. As you can see in the images, CAT Sight is […]

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MHS GLOCK to COME TO MARKET: Glock MHS and BARRIER BLIND 9mm Ammunition Reviewed by European Security & Defence Magazine

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:02

The defense magazine European Security & Defence has published an article detailing for the first time Glock’s Modular Handgun System submission and its Federal-engineered ammunition. The article – part technical overview, part interview, details the recent history of Glock’s MHS submission, the technical characteristics of their Glock 19 MHS and 23 MHS pistols, and the […]

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Postcards from the German Kampfschwimmers

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:00

A few postcards landed on our doorstep and we feel obliged to share them. Apparently the Kampfschwimmers (“Combat Swimmers”) have been busy traveling the World. At least some of the destinations look far away from German soil! Some say the have visited the Key West, USA? The Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine is a German commando amphibious […]

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