Bennell, described as the “devil incarnate” by the judge, was convicted of abusing 12 boys aged eight to 15 between 1979 and 1991.
Judge Clement Goldstone QC said Bennell, 64, was “sheer evil”.
He will serve half of a 30-year sentence in custody, with the rest on license.
He was also sentenced to an additional year on license.
Bennell shook his head as the judge sentenced him and there was clapping from the public gallery as he left court.
“To those boys you appeared as a god… in reality you were the devil incarnate,” Judge Goldstone said.
“You stole their childhoods and their innocence.”
Bennell remained impassive in the dock, staring at the floor, as victims’ statements were read.
He was ordered to attend Liverpool Crown Court for the hearing, having previously appeared via video-link throughout the five-week trial due to illness.
The judge said Bennell, who worked at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, was “hell bent” on abusing boys, and left a “trail of psychological devastation”.
“If the boys tried to resist you convinced them their football careers would suffer,” he said.
Outside court, victim Andy Woodward said: “No sentence is long enough for that man and right to the death he didn’t show any remorse or say sorry to anyone.
“I’m proud that I did speak out. If I hadn’t have done, we all wouldn’t be stood here now today.”
Another victim, Micky Fallon, said: “Today we looked evil in the face and smiled because, Barry Bennell, we have won.”
Bennell worked for Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City’s youth teams
Gary Cliffe, another victim, said: “We did not forget, we came after you Bennell and now you are in prison due to us.”
He urged other victims to come forward, saying: “The hurt is not yours to carry, it is his.”
And Chris Unsworth added: “This is a testament that love will always conquer evil.”
In a statement outside court, Bennell was described as a “predatory paedophile” by Cheshire Police’s detective inspector Sarah Oliver.
“He was a predatory paedophile and to this day there is no evidence that he has any remorse or regret for the dreams he has shattered and the lives he has damaged,” she added.
She said that although “no term of imprisonment can ever return a childhood taken away”, “I hope that this sentence will serve as a beacon of light to others that have been abused.”
By John Harrison, BBC News, at Liverpool Crown Court
Bennell shook his head as the judge at Liverpool Crown Court detailed his horrific crimes.
The ex-football coach had earlier listened to the impact statements of some of his victims.
Some spoke of feeling suicidal. Two said they felt unable to have children after suffering abuse.
Others spoke about using drink and drugs to numb the mental anguish they suffered in later years.
After reading out his statement, Gary Cliffe, one of Bennell’s numerous victims, walked towards the dock asking: “Barry, Barry, why?”
Bennell did not give him an answer.
Earlier, victim impact statements were read to the court, with one saying Bennell “took his one and only childhood”.
One statement, from a man abused when he was aged 12-13, said: “I did not want it, did not ask for it. That monster decided it was fun to use me as a sex toy.”
Bennell was previously convicted of of child abuse on three occasions. He received jail sentences in the UK and in the US in 1995, 1998 and 2015.
A SCOTS international aid charity has admitted it has dealt with two cases of alleged sexual abuse of children.
The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) said one case involved a junior staff member for a joint organisation in Ethiopia and the other a volunteer in Burundi.
oxfam is at the centre of a sex scandal in Haiti
The Burundi incident involved the alleged rape in 2012 of a 15-year-old girl by a 45-year-old Burundian man who volunteered for a local partner organisation for Sciaf.
The Ethiopian man in the other incident worked in the office of Sciaf and its sister UK and Irish aid charities in 2016 when he was accused of sexual misconduct with a boy aged under 16.
Sciaf has spoken out about the cases amid scrutiny of the UK aid sector after the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal.
Oxfam has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.
Neither of the alleged victims were being helped by Sciaf and the incidents did not take place during any of the charity’s projects.
Sciaf director Alistair Dutton said both incidents were dealt with “decisively” and reassured supporters that the charity has stringent safeguarding procedures.
He said the Burundi man was reported to police, arrested and suspended as a volunteer.
The local charity partner cooperated with the police investigation and provided counselling and legal advice to the girl’s family. The case is since believed to have been dropped.
Sciaf boss Alastair Dutton
The 2016 incident was reported to the charity by police and the man was suspended immediately and has since been dismissed for gross misconduct following an internal investigation.
The criminal case is continuing.
Mr Dutton said: “Sciaf is doing everything we can to minimise the risk of these events and to deal with them appropriately. We commissioned a well-known and respected safeguarding expert in the sector to conduct an external evaluation for us.
“He reviewed all our child protection policies including these two cases and commended us for our policies but also the way we dealt with the cases.
“Sciaf helps about a quarter of a million people directly every year, that makes a massive difference for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.
“In over 50 years we have had two cases reported to us relating to sexual misconduct and both were dealt with decisively.
“I want to reassure all our supporters that you can trust us, that we do have policies and procedures in place and that we do deal decisively with any hint of a safeguarding issue.
“I won’t tolerate that in any part of our operation.”
John Swinney has been accused of mounting a “delusional” defence to claims that his officials ran a lobbying campaign aimed at influencing the testimony of Holyrood witnesses.
Emails obtained by The Times show that civil servants sought to identify witnesses due to give evidence to the Scottish parliament’s education committee about the named person scheme, then rushed to set up meetings with government staff working on the policy before their appearances.
The tactic caused concern among MSPs on the committee, who suspect Mr Swinney’s staff were seeking to persuade witnesses to water down their criticism when giving their evidence.
The committee wrote to Mr Swinney asking him to explain the actions of his officials. In his reply to the committee, Mr Swinney said: “The FOI release simply sets out the detail of engagement that took place with stakeholders which had already been the subject of discussion at the committee.”
He did not attempt to explain why meetings had been set up with committee witnesses before they gave evidence. The committee is likely to take further action.
Oliver Mundell, the Conservative MSP, said: “I think this response borders on the delusional. It’s not credible that he didn’t recognise the issue, which is his officials interfering with the committee’s role of providing scrutiny.”
6th Feb 2018 Scottish Government denies ‘coercing’ Named Person witnesses http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15923443.Scottish_Government_denies___39_coercing__39__Named_Person_witnesses/
I SOMETIMES think Twitter was a demonic experiment dreamed up by a misanthropic psychologist to demonstrate what happens when society breaks down. If we give people licence to say anything they want to people, at random and behind a cloak of anonymity, then we should hardly be surprised that it brings out the worst in all of us. All the insecurity, nastiness, resentment comes tumbling out as the normal social inhibitions are removed. Any left-behind no-hoper lying in his parent’s bedroom can cock a snook at plutocratic feminists such as Beyonce or loud politicians like Kezia Dugdale; or self-important newspaper columnists, come to that.
We tend to lose our humanity online because we start to see people there not as people but as cyphers for things we hate or fear: cybernats, yoons, libtards. People online become like children who, as any parent knows, can be routinely cruel because they’ve not developed empathy or a capacity for shame. I sometimes meet people who are gratuitously offensive to me online and find that they’re really rather charming and decent folk, not at all like their Twitter personas. They might even feel the same about me. But I’ve long struggled to avoid descending into the mire of foul language, reactive abuse and political sectarianism that social media encourages. As a long-term user, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to avoid abuse on Twitter is to avoid Twitter. Just say no.
Unfortunately, we can’t “uninvent” the internet any more than we can pass laws to make people nicer. It just doesn’t happen that way. Indeed, attempts to outlaw abuse are invariably a failure. Look at the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, at present being repealed by the Scottish Parliament. But the Prime Minister appears to want to outlaw abuse on Twitter, particularly against politicians. She says it is a threat to democracy and needs to be stopped.
She is wrong. Abuse of politicians may be nasty, unnecessary and counterproductive but is not a threat to democracy. Making it illegal would be. It would be like returning to the 18th century laws of seditious libel, which made it illegal to make statements which brought “hatred and contempt” against the Queen, the government or the church, or fomented “discontent” among the populace.
Cartoonists like Martin Rowson of the Guardian – whose depiction of politicians as zombies and sewer-rats even I find offensive – would clearly be in the frame. In her Manchester speech yesterday, Mrs May condemned “Momentum trolls” for driving Blairite politicians from office. But curiously she didn’t condemn headline writers abusing judges as “Enemies of the People”, or Brexiters abusing Remainers as “traitors and saboteurs”.
I’m sure Mrs May wouldn’t make it illegal to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of being a “vile IRA sympathiser”, as so many Tories do. He finds that deeply offensive. Would it be illegal to call SNP supporters “blood and soil Nationalists” or anti-English racists? Would it be illegal for vegans to accuse meat eaters of being murderers, or angry white men to call feminists “feminazis”? Of course not. Invective has been an essential part of political debate since Cicero’s time.
Mrs May says that there is a particular problem with abuse of women politicians, though the evidence is not conclusive. A Demos study of two million tweets in 2014 found that male politicians and celebrities suffered more online abuse than women. A Pew Research survey last year confirmed that men are as likely to experience online abuse, though women find it more upsetting. This really isn’t to do with being male or female, Left or Right; it’s about all of us. You can’t ban sheer nastiness.
Of course, freedom of speech is not absolute and never has been. Threatening people with actual harm is a crime and if you do it on social media it is a breach of the peace. Hate crime against racial or sexual minorities is also illegal, as is making death threats, even against racists. There are also the civil laws on defamation. The former Respect MP, George Galloway, has won damages from libel actions, and is suing the leader of Momentum, Jon Lansman, for accusing him of being an anti-Semite on Twitter.
As this column has argued, much of the abuse and hate crime on social media would disappear if websites such as Facebook were to honour their responsibilities as publishers and moderate posts, just as newspaper websites are required to do. But regulation can only go so far.
Some of the most damaging abuse on social media is the routine nastiness exchanged by young people on Facebook and other platforms. It’s girls or boys being told they are a friendless, ugly, useless, stupid and a waste of space. You can’t outlaw such cruelty. Child psychologists are seriously worried about the effect it’s having on young minds, and it’s not just children. Anyone who goes on social media for any length of time will be exposed to soul-destroying abuse and negativity.
When the young Conservative, Sophie Warrener, tweeted before Christmas that she was happy to have a Labour supporter as her best friend, she was subjected to a catalogue of abuse and hateful remarks, often from women of colour condemning “white privilege”. But it rebounded on the haters when she insisted on treating them all with civility and humour. This might be called passive trolling: turning the tables on the perpetrators by showcasing their nastiness. Even the left-wing columnist, Owen Jones, was moved to apologise to Ms Warrener on behalf of trolls who had been so offensive.
But passive trolling requires immense self-confidence and a rhino skin. Perhaps we need some sort of online peace and reconciliation movement to rewrite the rules of engagement on social media: vigilantes of good manners to name and shame the trolls and show them up for what they are, cowards and creeps. That might be naive but, in the end, good behaviour can only come from setting an example. The law is useless here because, whatever Mrs May thinks, being unkind isn’t a crime.
Jurors in the trial of former football coach Barry Bennell have been told to put aside their “revulsion” for the convicted paedophile as they consider their verdicts.
In her closing speech on Tuesday, defence barrister Eleanor Laws QC told Liverpool Crown Court the 64-year-old had become a “sitting target” after admitting to child sexual offences in the 1990s.
She said: “It may be tempting, in light of what I have said to you, it may tempting – in particular if you have loved ones at home – to think, ‘well, who cares about getting it right, he’s a convicted paedophile’.”
Barry Bennell denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse
But she told the jurors to put their “understandable potential revulsion about him” to one side.
She added: “The defendant is a known target and he coached these boys.
“They know when making allegations, whether truthful or not, that they are making allegations against a convicted paedophile.”
She detailed compensation claims made by some of the complainants and contact they had had with solicitors.
The court heard one of the complainants, as well as two victims Bennell had previously pleaded guilty to abusing, had launched a civil action against Manchester City in March 2016.
Andy Woodward arrives at Liverpool Crown Court with partner Zelda Worthington
Ms Laws told the court Andy Woodward, who waived his anonymity to speak out about abuse by Bennell, had previously lied in a compensation claim which was turned down by Crewe Alexandra.
She said: “People who have been victims are all different and all behave in different ways.
“Some, as you know with Andrew Woodward, some lie in order to obtain money.”
She urged the jury to look “very carefully” at each of the 11 complainants in the case.
“We would say you can be sure there is no detail that any of the witnesses give that could only have come about or come to light as a result of being abused by Barry Bennell.”
She said there was publicity surrounding his guilty pleas to offences in the 1990s and a documentary was aired about him in 1997.
She said: “There has been a great deal of publicity and indeed a great deal of contact between complainants.”
Ms Laws told the jury Bennell’s time in prison for offences he admitted in the past had had a “profound effect” on him.
She said: “It’s an inescapable fact that the man we see on that screen is a different man to the man who was abusing those boys.”
Bennell denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse, alleged to have happened between 1979 and 1990, but the jury has been directed to return not guilty verdicts in respect of three counts.
Beginning his summing up on Tuesday afternoon, Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC told the jury of five men and seven women: “It is your task to consider and evaluate those arguments and the evidence coolly and dispassionately and, as both counsel have emphasised, without emotion, be it sympathy on the one hand or hostility on the other.”
The judge is due to continue his summing up on Wednesday.
HOW do you stop a paedophile from being a paedophile? To the vast majority of the Scottish public, the idea of spending your working life in the company of child sex offenders is a vision of hell, but tucked away in a back street in Edinburgh are the offices of a little-known charity that work tirelessly to prevent paedophiles from offending.
In therapy sessions, Stop It Now offers courses for a growing group of paedophiles who claim they want to stop looking at online child abuse images and overcome their sexual attraction to children. The sex offenders are asked to take part in roleplay confessing their crimes to members of their families, and write letters to an imagined victim of abuse.
The Sunday Herald was given unprecedented access to charity staff, who also offer confidential advice to anonymous callers to a helpline, as well as online resources for people who want to stop looking at child abuse images online. The charity worked with 133 paedophiles aged between 17 and 78 at its office in Edinburgh’s New Town last year.
Manager Stuart Allardyce, a former social worker said that the spectrum of offenders they work with range from teenagers sexting, to adults looking at child abuse images and offenders who have sexually assaulted children.
“Our work is about prevention,” he said. “We would never turn somebody away. So, we also have offenders who have committed serious contact sexual abuse of children, who have gone to prison, and are now out in the community but are struggling with sexual thoughts towards children, but maybe social work are no longer involved with them. Those are the exception, the vast majority are people charged with internet offences.”
Allardyce has a staff of just five people though they have decades of experience in child protection. Many of the clients are referred by police who hand out leaflets after charging someone with sex offences.
One case worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “What we’re working towards is finding out why they did it in order to stop them doing it again or moving on to more damaging behaviour. Almost everybody I speak to is trying to answer that question themselves. There’s opportunities to stop it happening again if we can look at the mental state that led them down that road.
“Having an understanding of the effect the person’s behaviour has had is important. We look at the effect on their family, and on the children in the material. These are children being abused, it’s not child pornography, it’s abuse and people are part of that if they’re viewing it.”
The case worker said some clients will claim they accessed illegal material online “by accident” but he is quick to dismiss this excuse as “nonsense”.
He said: “My experience is a lot of people we speak to have been looking at way too much pornography. Often, it’s reckless behaviour, such as putting in search terms like ‘teen’ or ‘boy’, because, don’t forget, under 18 is illegal, and that can lead to younger images and more and more extreme images.
“But it’s chat rooms that are the biggest problem. Most of the people I’ve dealt with in the last year have been arrested through chat room activity. They are having conversations with others with a similar interest and sharing pictures. Some really quite disturbing stuff is shared through these chat rooms.”
Although the service is “confidential and anonymous”, staff will call police if they have “identifiable details” of child abuse. “We would never hold on to evidence of crime,” Allardyce said. “We always say to everyone who contacts us that if we consider them a risk to other people we are required to pass that information on.”
Father-of-two, Jim, was living in central Scotland with his wife when the police came to his door to arrest and charge him with viewing child abuse images online. He spoke to the Sunday Herald on condition that we don’t publish his full name.
“My ordinary life was turned upside down,” he said. “It came as a shock to my family who had no idea I was looking at illegal images of children.”
Jim said he had been looking at legal adult pornography “as a way of dealing with stress” but admitted he soon began viewing child abuse images and “kept on returning to it, even though I knew what I was doing was wrong”.
Jim was later convicted and received a suspended sentence. He first contacted Stop It Now after police officers handed him a leaflet.
He said: “They gave me the support I needed to start making changes in my life, and I was soon on a 10-week course they run, along with other men in the same position as me. The course helped me understand my behaviour and how I can control it in the future.
“Most of all, it helped us all understand the great damage we’d caused to the children in the pictures. Understanding my responsibility for that harm, and the shame that makes me feel, is the most important factor in making sure I will never look at illegal images of children again.”
HOW THE PAEDOPHILE THERAPY SESSIONS ACTUALLY WORK
Stop It Now’s 10-week course sees groups of eight or nine paedophiles sit in a circle for a session that lasts about two hours as case workers take them through issues such as relapse prevention, impact recognition, compulsive behaviour and sexual fantasy.
The clients are forbidden from exchanging contact details or spending time together outside the charity’s headquarters in Edinburgh. The majority have already been charged by police but have yet to appear in court.
One case worker we spoke to, who has been running therapy courses for several years, said: “They’re all in a very similar situation. It can be many months before they appear in court and it’s only after they appear in court that statutory services kick in. We work with them in the intervening period.”
Manager of the charity, Stuart Allardyce, said: “People will say of our work that we’re letting them off lightly and approaching it with a soft touch but we’re actually asking them to do an awful lot more than they would otherwise.”
Week one sees clients identify positives in their lives and seek support ahead of what case workers describe as the more “stressful period” that follows. Week Two goes on to look at the legal system and offer practical advice about the prison system and Sex Offenders Register.
Week Three sees paedophiles examine repeat behaviour before Week Four looks at relapse prevention techniques. One case worker said: “It might be that every night they’re upstairs on the laptop while the wife and family are downstairs watching TV – they’ll need to change that behaviour.”
In Week Five police officers and social workers are brought in to explain the process the participants will go through before and after they are convicted and sets out what they should and shouldn’t be doing online and in the community. “It’s quite heavy,” the case worker said. “Some of them are head in hands saying they’ll never be able to work again, but there are jobs they can do.”
The compulsive behaviour module in Week Six educates paedophiles about the consequences of acting on their sexual fantasies. The case worker said: “This is not about being nice to people who are interested in children, it’s about prevention.”
Weeks Seven’s impact prevention module can be “quite difficult for them”, the case worker said, adding: “A lot of them have never thought about it. It’s voyeuristic for them. We ask them to put themselves in the position of the mindset of the children and what kind of lives they might be having. We ask where the mother and father are in all of this. We ask them to write a letter from the perspective of the child about their life. The atmosphere in the room is electric. It brings home to them that they’ve taken part in an activity that’s a had a real impact on a person somewhere in the world. They quite often break down in tears.”
In Week Eight the paedophiles are given advice on how to break the news to family and friends that they have been charged with child sex offences. “It has to be done in a way that doesn’t minimise it in some way,” the case worker explained. “We do that in the context of role plays.”
The final sessions suggest further lifestyle changes and strategies to prevent relapse. The case worker said: “There are some exercises that involve them interviewing each other and feeding back.”
The overwhelming majority of participants complete the course and some feel a “sense of loss” after the final week, according to case workers, because “they will have lost friends and family and will be very isolated”.
One case worker said: “One of the things they get on the course is the ability to talk openly about their thinking, but that only happens in the room. We discourage any interaction outside the room.”
When asked how he copes with working alongside paedophiles the case worker admits it can be “horrific”.
He said: “People conjure up this image of sexual offenders being monsters. Now, it would be great and easy if they were monsters because they’d be identifiable. Actually, the vast majority of guys I work with are ordinary people who have lives no different to anyone else. But clearly the work I do can be quite disturbing and some of the conversations I have are beyond belief, but I’ve done this for a long time and I have good support and a great home life. There are some days you listen to stories and it’s so horrific it stays with you, but you try not to dwell on it.”
READ MORE…. MARTIN HENRY, JAMES RENNIE, NEIL STRACHAN, CELTIC, SAVILE & THE CATHOLIC CHURCH https://spidercatweb.blog/2018/01/04/martin-henry-james-rennie-neil-strachan-celtic-savile-the-catholic-church/
HOAXTEADS LATEST BLOG ABOUT FRESH START FOUNDATION (It’s well funny!!) http://archive.is/5xLtb
Then on twitter today… EVEN FUNNIER!!
“Still, I am reviewing my options of what we can do about you in Scotland.”
10 *CONVICTED* cases of Satanist Ritual Abuse in UK #SRA #CSA https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/10/31/convicted-cases-sra/
This was just handed to me by my daughter who wanted it signed. She is in 3rd year & nearly 15 years old.
I have blogged about growing2gether & Lady Diane Whitmore previously.
I don’t like it one little bit, its all “global sustainability” bollocks, its just another name for teens & toddlers & is linked to that AND the Findhorn Foundation through Diane Whitmore!!
Ecologia Youth Trust – Growing2gether – Appendix 2 – Education Scotland
Growing2gether. Scottish Youth Mentoring Children nurturing potential and trust in community. Schools Facilitator Training Information. What Is Growing2gether.
ASL Information Sheets 2015
A VICTIM of abuse at Smyllum orphanage has revealed how Jimmy Savile later tried to rape him in the back of his Rolls Royce.
Adam Taggart, 58, was on a camping trip in the Highlands when the DJ stopped his car and lured him and another boy into the back with offers of alcohol and cigars.
Adam, then aged 12, revealed how the paedophile ordered his driver to take the other boy for sweets and ice cream at a shop so Savile could attack him.
He said: “I was only alone with Savile for a few minutes, and in the time it took for his driver to take my pal to the shop for ice scream and sweets, Savile sexually abused me.
“If we’d been alone for any longer, I believe Savile would have raped me.”
Afterwards, Savile told Adam, who was on a trip to Aviemore with children from the Dunavon children’s home, nobody would believe him if he told anyone what happened.
Later, the TV presenter, whose extensive sexual abuse of children and young people was only exposed after his death in 2011, even sent Top Of The Pops tickets to Dunavon.
Adam, who had earlier lived at Smyllum orphanage where nuns have been accused of overseeing a cruel regime marked by physical abuse, was in a party of boys taken camping to Loch Morlich when he and a pal tried hitching a lift to the campsite.
Savile with his Rolls Royce (Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
He said: “We were thumbing a lift when a white Rolls Royce stopped at the side of the road.
“When we got to the car, we recognised Savile immediately.
“My pal said, ‘You’re Jimmy Savile’ and Savile replied he wouldn’t need to introduce himself.
“He asked what we were doing. We explained we were camping. He asked where we lived and we told him a children’s home.”
Adam, who reported the abuse to police as part of the nationwide investigation into Savile after his death, believes the DJ attacked him in 1972 or 1973.
He explained: “Time had no meaning because we never celebrated birthdays at the children’s home. The summer it happened was very hot and I was about 12 or 13 years old.
“Savile told us to get into his car, so we did. It was really posh. There was a cabinet with drinks and a box of cigars. Savile told us to take them.
“When we passed other pals, we hung out the window with a cigar in one hand and a miniature of alcohol in the other, showing off.”
Inside Smyllum Park
He claimed: “I’d been in care at Smyllum Park from weeks old. I was abused there before going to Dunavon. Savile sensed I was the one he should pick.”
Savile asked if the boys wanted to see Cairn Gorm, and ordered his driver to take them to a tourist area with a view of the mountain.
Once parked, Savile asked if they wanted sweets, and told the driver and the other boy to go to the shop. As soon as they were alone, Adam claims Savile molested him. The dad-of-four said: “Savile grabbed me on to his knee and abused me.
“He only stopped when we could see my friend coming back to the car with the driver. He said nobody would believe me if I told.
“I was in shock. Savile acted like nothing had happened.
“I remember refusing to take an ice lolly.
“Savile was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and lots of rings on his hands. He wore gold chains and a crucifix.”
Adam said he ran from the car.
He did not expect Savile to send the Top Of The Pops tickets, but he did and five girls from Dunavon went to see the show. Adam said: “The girls talked about it for months afterwards. I kept silent, but couldn’t watch him on the television without feeling sick.”
Adam said he only ever talked about Savile’s abuse to one social worker, but was devastated when nothing happened.
He said: “I think I was about 14 or 15 when I confided what had happened to a social worker I thought I trusted. He said he would do something about it, but he never spoke about it again. I stayed silent until Savile died.”
Adam, who gave evidence of the abuse he claims he suffered at the notorious Smyllum children’s home in Lanark to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in November, reported what happened to the police.
The national inquiry into Savile’s decades of abuse, identified five other Scottish cases. The grandfather is due to return to give evidence about Savile and Dunavon children’s home, in Strathaven, to the inquiry.
He is speaking out publicly for the first time because he believes other victims may still be suffering in silence.
Adam said: “Savile behaved as if he could do what he wanted and nobody would believe someone like me, or do anything to stop him.
“I’m speaking now because I hope it gives courage to the others I suspect are still out there, suffering in silence. The only way to lift the burden of abuse is to speak out. I regret not doing so more forcibly years ago, but we lived in different times.”
Adam, who admits his life spiralled into homelessness, drink, drugs and even prison as he struggled to cope with what had happened to him while in care, said Savile’s taunts never left him.
He said: “I must take responsibility for the stupid things I bitterly regret doing in my life.
“But I now understand the abuse I suffered as a child had such an overwhelming impact, it destroyed the person I should have been.”
Lawyer Cameron Fyfe said: “It is not at all unusual for child abuse victims such as Adam often go on to develop problems in later life, such a drink, drugs, or even crime. He should be commended for turning his life around and getting the help he needs.”
Police Scotland said: “We received a report and the relevant information was passed to Operation Yewtree in January 2016.”
He targeted the vulnerable. This is absolutely typical of how Savile operated
By Professor David Wilson, Criminal Psychologist
Savile was one of the most prolific child abusers we have ever seen in this country.
He was an indiscriminate predator who abused both boys and girls, although the majority were girls.
He not only used opportunities to abuse the children who came his way, he also constructed opportunities like the one described by Adam Taggart, to give him access to victims.
Savile spent a lot of time befriending children who came from children’s homes, as well as the people who ran them.
His behaviour in this case is entirely typical of instances when he had little time. We call this opportunistic grooming.
Savile also used his celebrity to dazzle victims.
Telling them he would send them tickets to Top Of The Pops was part of his modus operandi.
He was also careful to pick children or young people who had a measure of vulnerability.
He would have picked up on something most of us would not have seen, almost like a predator’s sixth sense, and chosen someone he believed would not have “told”.
That was why he was able to continue abusing from the 1950s.
Savile hid in plain sight and was extremely adept at using his celebrity status to hide the abuse he was inflicting on children.
Many people close to him would have known what he was doing, evidence shows Savile worked in tandem with several of them. But others may have been dazzled.
However, a number of people reported that they did not “like” Savile, and his behaviour towards someone he saw as a threat would be adversarial.
The author Val McDermid, who based a character in one of her Wire In The Blood books after meeting him while she was a journalist, was a very astute judge of Savile’s character.
He could almost be described as “nasty” towards anyone he perceived to be challenging the public persona he had created for himself.
I agree with Adam when he describes feeling the sense of a burden being lifted from his shoulders once he was able to talk about what happened.
I echo his encouragement to anyone who is still suffering in silence to speak out.
Criminal psychologist Professor David Wilson is presenter of television’s hugely popular Voice Of A Serial Killer series
A paedophile priest convicted of abusing four young boys in his care has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry he is “sorry”.
We revealed last week how Bernard Traynor, 64, had been called to give evidence to the investigation into care home abuse.
He was convicted of six charges of indecent assault in 1995 for abusing boys in the 1970s while helping out at a children’s home in Newcastle, but said he regretted his “abhorrent” crimes.
The care of the four boys had been arranged in Scotland and, on Friday, Traynor said it had been “totally wrong” that he had been allowed to be a house parent at the St Vincent’s home without training or proper supervision.
Traynor said: “It is abhorrent to me now that I could do that. I don’t in any way feel proud for what I’ve done.”
The paedophile abused a 10-year-old boy after the child was moved from Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanarkshire where he had been in the care of nuns.
Traynor said he was “ashamed”, and added: “I hate that aspect of myself and there’s nothing I can do, nothing I can say other than I’m totally, totally sorry.”
He stopped being a priest when his crimes came to light in 1995 but had not been formally defrocked until 2012.
The inquiry also heard evidence from a nun, 73, who denied she had “blacked out” an incident in which she is alleged to have brutally beaten a young boy who found her in the arms of another nun.
In September, we revealed 402 residents at Smyllum died between 1864 and when it shut its doors in 1981. They are feared to be buried in a mass unmarked grave at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lanark.
The inquiry will also examine other care institutes across Scotland with Lady Smith not expected to report her findings until 2019
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Alexander Watt abused youngsters in the 80s when he was a member of controversial religious organisation.
A member of a religious sex cult who abused children has been warned he faces jail.
Alexander Watt, 68, belonged to the controversial Children of God organisation when he carried out sexual offences against two youngsters in Renfrewshire and on the east coast in the 80s.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that father-of-10 Watt attacked a girl aged between four and eight and a boy aged between seven and nine.
Watt, of Dumbarton, pled guilty to four charges of assault and lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour against the children.
Last April we began tracking a new organisation which was claiming to represent the interests of survivors of child sexual abuse. The “Fresh Start Foundation”—yet another “foundation” with a name which could easily be confused with a number of others, rather like the “Knight Foundation”—had a very interesting list of founding officers, many of whom were already known to us: Christine Margaret Gow, Neil James McKechnie, Andrew Christopher Peacher, Penny Pullen, David Scott (UK Column’s “Albion Rover”), and Alexander Smith. Mr McKechnie is a friend of Belinda McKenzie, and Christine Gow has done her fair share of posting illegal posts about RD’s children.We note that Andy Peacher and Alexander Smith were dropped from the board of directors last month, and replaced by three new directors (Janine Danielle Rennie seems to have been listed twice in error).
And what would any dodgy non-charity “foundation” be without the blessing of Belinda McKenzie?
At the Fresh Start Foundation’s inaugural conference last year, invited speakers included Robert Green and Wilfred Wong, with video contributions from Brian Gerrish, David Icke, and Kevin Annett. Hail, hail, the gang’s all here!
The Fresh Start Foundation had its own crowdfunding page (of course!), though that seems to have gone tits up after only three donations (including one from Penny Pullen).
To be honest, having noted the existence of the thing, we hadn’t really paid it a great deal of attention until last month, when we noticed that one of the directors, David Scott, had directed a particularly ugly UK Column video at a grassroots child sexual abuse survivors’ organisation, ShatterBoysUK.After noting that Daniel Wolstencroft of ShatterBoysUK sits on the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel (VSCP) in the IICSA inquiry, Mr Scott focussed on the fact that Mr Wolstencroft’s name had somehow been misspelled in the organisation’s Companies House page. Quel horreur!
Brian Gerrish: How can Daniel have a different name on Companies House and different name when he is representing CSA survivors at the Independent Inquiry?
David Scott: Well this is the question, we have asked this question, we haven’t had an answer. We’ve had answers but no justification. It was claimed to be a spelling mistake, and then it was claimed to be a spelling mistake by a lawyer, then it was claimed to be a spelling mistake by the lawyer’s typist, but there’s nothing been provided to substantiate this.
Mr Scott extrapolates from the fact that someone somewhere along the line misspelled Mr Wolstencroft’s name to…well, it’s not completely clear. He makes some rather vague allegations about ShatterBoysUK being dodgy in some unspecified way, and states that there was once a fraud case involving someone with the same name, and hey, who knows, it might have been the same Daniel Wolstencroft, but who knows? (It’s not.) The issue is left hanging, the smear complete.
This was the shot across the bow. As Outlaw Jimmy put it on his blog at the time,
These claims have now spilled over onto social media, and from what I have been observing myself, and from what a number of sources are also telling me, it now appears that a closely-linked group on social media have now picked up on this, and ganged up on Mr Wolstencroft, surrounding him like starving jackals, demanding that he explains to them personally how the spelling error occurred on the Companies House Website, and if he is in fact the person that UK Column have referred to as having been involved in a fraudulent insurance claim.
Mr Wolstencroft has I believe, ‘blocked’ those accounts now, and UK Column as I understand it are now backtracking on the claims they made in their video.
A group of Twitter users, fronted by David Scott and his wife Lesley Scott, who goes by the name “Cat Scot” (aka WildCat or CalamiTcat) online, have led the charge, in a blatant attack on Mr Wolstencroft, ShatterBoysUK, and anyone who tries to support them.
When regular HR commentator Sheva Burton attempted to stand up for Mr Wolstencroft, she too was targetted:
The question is, why would the “Fresh Start Foundation”, which bills itself as a voluntary organisation devoted to “CSA support, recovery, seeking truth & justice”, see fit to attack genuine advocates for survivors of child sexual abuse. The answer may be partially uncovered in their mission statement, found on their web page:
The Fresh Start Foundation (FSF) is an Independent Peoples Inquiry into all forms of Child Sexual Abuse in Scotland. Having witnessed the failures of existing authorities to protect the children of this nation, and having seen the loss of confidence in the official enquiry, we have concluded that ordinary Scots must stand up to this challenge. The resignations from the official enquiry, and the governmental interference cited as reasons for those resignations, were the last straw. We, the people, will investigate what has happened and what is happening. Our governments, and those institutions charged with delivering justice, have failed. We will no longer endure that failure. We have decided to act.
This investigation will not be limited only to abuse within an institutional context but will look at every form of abuse that has occurred and is occurring. Thus we are determined to address abuse within institutions, Satanist Ritual Abuse, trafficking and abuse for commercial gain in the sex industry, abuse by informal networks, multi-generational abusive families and any other form of sexual abuse reported by victims and survivors.
In acting we seek the truth. We investigate to discover the truth. The truth, it has been well said, will set you free.
In other words, they have aspirations to unseat the current Independent Inquiry and replace it with their own, and anyone who gets in their way will be targetted. Mr Wolstencroft had the utter temerity to get himself appointed to the VSCP…how very dare he!
In the broader sense, this kind of attack represents the aims of a small, fanatical group of believers in the myth of “Satanic ritual abuse”, whose goal is to undermine and destroy other narratives and replace them with their own. It’s ugly and brutal, and yet it also may serve to shine a light on the behaviour of the Hoaxtead mobsters and their friends.
VIA HOAXTEAD REASEARCH https://archive.is/apEA3
20th Jan 2018 Paedophile ex-priest ‘sorry’ for abusing four boys https://www.scotsman.com/news/paedophile-ex-priest-sorry-for-abusing-four-boys-1-4666758
19 Jan 2018
From: Wilfred Wong
Sent: 19 January 2018 13:39
To: Robert Green
Subject: Campaign for Investigation into VIP CSA & SRA
Call for a Full and Transparent investigation into the numerous allegations of Child Sexual Abuse and Satanist Ritual Abuse against UK VIPs.
For the sake of the children we urgently need to FLOOD the offices of the Prime Minister & the Home Secretary with numerous letters of concern.
Write to: The Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP, at: The Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF and to: The Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, at: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA.
SUGGESTED LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND ALSO TO THE HOME SECRETARY
I very much welcome the report of Operation Conifer and Wiltshire Police’s investigation into allegations of Child Sexual Abuse and of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) made against the former British Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath.
I highly commend the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Michael Veale, for his outstanding courage in ensuring that an investigation was conducted into the allegations against Edward Heath despite the huge pressure placed on him to drop that investigation, instigated by certain Parliamentarians and certain journalists in the UK media.
Such attacks against Operation Conifer and Chief Constable Veale can be interpreted as an indication of the huge vested interests involved in protecting so-called VIP child abusers from being brought to justice. In practice the UK authorities have been placing the protection of such VIP abusers far above the welfare of vulnerable children in our society.
Whatever happened to the Rule of Law, where all are supposed to be equal before the Law, regardless of their status in society?
Why are VIPs in effect given a license by the UK authorities to abuse children?
And why isn’t much more being done by the UK authorities to tackle the problem of Satanist Ritual Abuse?
In view of the disturbing revelations made about Sir Edward Heath by the Operation Conifer investigation and taking into account the coverup that enabled Heath to conceal his crimes against children for so many years, I call on you to ensure that there is a very full, thorough, transparent, public and independent Police investigation into the allegations of Child Sexual Abuse and Satanist Ritual Abuse that have been made against so-called VIPs in the UK and that those responsible for such crimes are swiftly brought to justice regardless of their high position and status.
I also urge that the UK Government very publicly recognise and support the findings of Operation Conifer and the courageous efforts of Chief Constable Michael Veale and his team, and at the very least confer upon Chief Constable Veale a Knighthood for his devotion to doing his duty without fear or favour.
Publicly recognising Chief Constable Veale’s admirable work will also serve to encourage other Police officers to act without fear or favour to protect our nation’s children.
I look forward to your reply.
CC (Name of your Constituency MP)