MAN JAILED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

TYRONE GAA MANAGER HAD GIVEN 27-YEAR-OLD A CHARACTER REFERENCE

Ronan McCusker at court on Monday

A MAN given a character reference by Tyrone GAA manger Mickey Harte has been jailed for sexually assaulting a women and throwing her half-naked from a van. Ronan McCusker (27) was told yesterday it was a ” serious, wicked misjudgement ” which had brought ” shame and embarrassment to his family “.

McCusker admitted the offences, which took place after meeting the 47-year-old women in a bar following a cemetery Sunday service near Magherafelt in June 2010. Judge Piers Grant said the victim, who was known to McCusker, had little recollection of the facts when she was found by the side of the Ballymulligan Road. ” In the early hours of June 28 two gentlemen came down a lane and were horrified to discover a semi-naked women lying on the driveway,” the judge said. ” That women was left there by you, abandoned by you in a state of undress, very vulnerable and very exposed.” Judge Grant said the events had caused ” enormous indignity ” to the women who had been persuaded to go out by friends before meeting McCusker, of Ballygillen Road in Cookstown.

After both had drunk heavily, McCusker took his father’s van and ” took her back to this lonely place and proceeded to sexually assault her in a significant way”. Referring to the references for McCusker, Judge Grant it was clear that his family was well respected in the area. Mr Harte’s decision to provide a character reference has been criticised by the Rape Crisis Centre which said he should have considered the impact on the victim’s family and the GAA. However, the judge continued : ” There was a degree of calculation in what you did in that you went home and got the van. You knew she did not consent and by taking her to a lonely place showed that you knew what you were doing. ” You left her naked and totally exposed.” McCusker also pleaded guilty to taking his father’s van without his authority, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. The judge noted that he had cooperated with police and shown a ” degree of remorse ” He sentenced him at Derry Crown Court yesterday to two and a half years ‘ imprisonment, of which he is expected to serve 15 months. McCusker was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and banned from unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults.

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TAKE ACTION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE

Children with PTSD suffer significant distress or negative impacts on their daily lives. Estimates of the prevalence of PTSD in children and adolescents experiencing trauma are generally very high, at 30% to 40%. PTSD is also strongly associated with a range of other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.


What are the main symptoms of PTSD in children?
As with PTSD in adults, PTSD is diagnosed in children by the presence of three main symptom groups for at least a month:
1)recurrent and intrusive recollections of the trauma
2) avoidance of stimuli such as thoughts, feelings or conversations associated with the trauma
3) symptoms of anxiety

However, PTSD may be more difficult to diagnose in children as their reactions can differ from adults. Symptoms of PTSD may be expressed in children as behavioural problems, developmental regression, physical symptoms and more generalised fears.

What causes PTSD in children?
The types of traumatic events that can cause PTSD include:

1)exposure to war
2)natural disasters
3)physical or sexual abuse
4)violence to themselves or others
5)suicide
6)serious injury or life threatening injury or illness

Read more: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130128/Post-traumatic-stress-disorder-(PTSD)-in-children-an-interview-with-Donna-Gillies.aspx

They can find our paper here:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006726.pub2/abstract

About Donna Gillies

Donna Gillies BIGDonna studied Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney, obtaining her PhD investigating the neuropharmacology of schizophrenia in 1996.

For the past fifteen years, she has worked with clinicians as a researcher and research methodologist; the past eight of those in the Western Sydney Mental Health network.

She has extensive experience in managing research projects, published widely in international peer-reviewed journals, and has been a statistical and topic reviewer for a range of international publications.

Donna has a strong interest in systematic reviews and evidence-based practice and has published systematic reviews and meta-analyses in a range of areas. She was the elected Author Representative for the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group for six years, and a member of other key groups within the Cochrane Collaboration.

Donna’s major research interest is in Mental Health but she has worked as a researcher on a range of other health-related areas.

STOP CHILD ABUSE

Listening to children is one of our most potent weapons in the fight against abuse.

Open ears, open eyes, open minds and open hearts. 

If you suspect a child is suffering, speak out! Help, information, contacts and advice: http://actionagainstabuse.wordpress.com/reporting-abuse-help-and-advice/

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LOYALIST’S PAROLE BID FAILS !

‘ RIGHT TO FAMILY LIFE ‘ PLEA BY SEX OFFENDER REJECTED.

A HIGH-PROFILE loyalist jailed for sexually abusing a schoolgirl on Thursday lost his High Court challenge to being refused temporary home leave. Mark Harbinson was seeking to overturn a Prison Service decision that it was inappropriate to allow him a period on release.

But a judge rejected all arguments advanced on his behalf, including claims that it breached his right to family life. ” The longer it went on, the more the case partook of an impermissible merits-based challenge to the prison service decision to refuse Mr Harbinson temporary release,” Mr Justice Treacy said. Harbinson, a married 45-year-old from Sheepwalk Road, Stoneyford, Co Antrim, was jailed for three and a half years in May last year after being found guilty of sexual abuse and having topless pictures of the girl on his phone. According to the prosecution he spent months grooming his victim, with more than 1,700 text messages sent between them. Harbinson was acquitted of separate indecent assault charges, while the jury at his trial failed to reach a verdict on further alleged offences. Harbinson, a leading Orangeman who came to prominence during the Drumcree marching protest, has continued to protest his innocence. Earlier this year he failed in an appeal against his convictions, with senior judges finding there was compelling evidence against him. Despite the guilty verdict being upheld, he is planning a further attempt to clear his name at the Supreme Court in London.

Meanwhile, Harbinson’s lawyers brought separate judicial review proceedings over the refusal of temporary home leave ahead of his release from jail in May 2013. His barrister, Aidan McGowan, argued that his client’s refusal to accept his guilt should not be a relevant consideration. He contended that too much weight was placed on Harbinson’s conviction, with a risk assessment score said to have put him within the qualifying grouping. It was also claimed that the rights of Harbinson’s partner and young son must be taken into account. Peter Coll, for the prison service, countered that the loyalist was refused temporary release because he has refused to take part in offence-related work and rehabilitation programmes. ” He’s a sex offender and that is a pointed matter of concern,” Mr Coll said. The barrister also referred to an outburst by Harbinson in court when he lost his appeal against his conviction. ” We say it’s entirely relevant and somewhat indicative of his reaction to situations of stress and situations where he may not be able to exercise full control,” he said. After hearing both sides, Mr Justice Treacy ruled that Harbinson had failed to establish an arguable case on any ground of challenge. He then dismissed the application for leave to seek a judicial review.

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ONLINE: Reporting Abuse And Abusive Content On The Web – INFORMATION

 You can report any crime via the links below, including child abuse images, grooming activity, child abuse and other crimes.

If you find illigal content on the internet (for example, child pornography) DO NOT download it or attempt to contact the site. By doing this you are commiting an offense.

IF YOU SUSPECT A CHILD IS IN URGENT DANGER OF HARM, PLEASE CALL THE POLICE ON 999, AND/OR THE NSPCC HELPLINE ON 0800 1111.

**UK: Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre: http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safetyHas someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to the CEOP via the above link.

**UK: The Internet Watch Foundation: http://www.iwf.org.uk/

Report child sexual abuse videos and images to the Internet Watch Foundation.

**UK: CrimeStoppers:  https://secure.crimestoppers-uk.org/ams.form.anonymous.asp

Crimestoppers is there for you to report any crime anonymously, anytime of the day or night.

**USA: The CYBERTIP line for the National Centre For Missing And Exploited Children:

https://report.cybertip.org/index.htm;jsessionid=602203320078316EA04B5E7F945437B5.report.cybertip.org

**USA: Florida Abuse Hotline/Online Form: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse/report.shtml

**CANADA: CyberTip:

https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/

**AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federal Police Online Child Protection Form For Reporting Child Abuse:  https://forms.afp.gov.au/online_forms/ocset_form.html

**AUSTRALIA: The Australlian Commision and Media Authority (ACMA) Hotline investigates complaints about potential illegal online content and other prohibited content, including child pornography and child abuse images:

http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD.PC/pc=PC_90103

**GLOBAL: Virtual Global Taskforce: http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/report-abuse/

If you know of any other online places to report crimes against children, especially for other countries, please let us know 🙂

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Are You Concerned About A Child? Report it ~ Global Contacts

 This week a woman was arrested for abusing her daughter, a 10 year old girl who was starved and locked in a closet for yearsShe was only saved after an anonymous telephone call to a child abuse hotline. This highlights the importance of reporting concerns whenever you have them. Full story here:

http://fox4kc.com/2012/06/23/woman-charged-after-child-found-in-closet/

It’s not easy to speak out when you are concerned about a child; there is always the fear that you are wrong, interfering or mis-reading a situation.

But it really can mean the difference between death and survival for some children, and if you are wrong, the investigations will show that and there will be no harm done. Even if 9 times out of 10 you are wrong, it is worth it if 1 time in 10 you save a child from suffering.

Don’t wait until you’re certain. 

UK NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000 Email – helpline@nspcc.org.uk

USA – National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

USA – Go Here for STATE BY STATE contacts:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/action-against-abuse/usa-reporting-abuse-state-by-state-contacts-dont-wait-until-youre-certain/10151108801851348

GERMANY – GESPCAN – 0211 – 4976 80 0

FRANCE – CNAPE: 01 45 83 50 60

INDIA – Child line India – 1098

CHINA – Against Child Abuse Ltd: 2755 1122

CANADA – Boost, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention: 1-855-424-1100 or (416) 515-1100

AUSTRALIA – 1800 55 1800

 

If you are in an unlisted county, you can find an INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY here: 

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/directories/worldwide_wda54664.html

To report abusive, illegal or suspicious online content, such as child pornography or grooming behaviour, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/action-against-abuse/online-reporting-abuse-and-abusive-content-on-the-web-information/10151106707841348

Further advice on reporting abuse can be found here:

http://actionagainstabuse.wordpress.com/child-abuse-need-to-know/reporting-abuse-help-and-advice/

Thanks for your support 🙂

~A.A.A

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USA: Reporting Abuse – State By State Contacts: Don’t Wait Until You’re Certain.

REPORT ABUSE USA WIDE: 

•  Cyber Tipline 1-800-843-5678

•  Childhelp 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)

If you need to search State statutes for issues and laws related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption, state by state, go here:

http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/

For GLOBAL contacts for reporting concerns, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/action-against-abuse/are-you-concerned-about-a-child-report-it-global-contacts/10151035710006348

For information on reporting ONLINE content or abuse, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/action-against-abuse/online-reporting-abuse-and-abusive-content-on-the-web-information/10151106707841348 

State toll-free numbers for agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect:

 

Alabama

Local (toll): (334) 242-9500

http://dhr.alabama.gov/services/Child_Protective_Services/Abuse_Neglect_Reporting.aspx

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Alaska

Toll-Free: (800) 478-4444

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/ocs/default.htm

Arizona

Toll-Free: (888) SOS-CHILD (888-767-2445)

https://www.azdes.gov/dcyf/cps/reporting.asp

Arkansas

Toll-Free: (800) 482-5964

http://www.arkansas.gov/reportARchildabuse/

California

http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG20.htm

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Colorado

Local (toll): (303) 866-5932

http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/childwelfare/FAQ.htm

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Connecticut

TDD: (800) 624-5518 Toll-Free: (800) 842-2288

http://www.state.ct.us/dcf/HOTLINE.htm

Delaware

Toll-Free: (800) 292-9582

http://kids.delaware.gov/services/crisis.shtml

District of Columbia

Local (toll): (202) 671-SAFE (202-671-7233)

http://cfsa.dc.gov/DC/CFSA/Support+the+Safety+Net/Report+Child+Abuse+and+Neglect

Florida

Toll-Free: (800) 96-ABUSE (800-962-2873)

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/

Georgia

http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHR-DFCS/menuitem.5d32235bb09bde9a50c8798dd03036a0/?vgnextoid=733a2b48d9a4ff00VgnVCM100000bf01010aRCRD

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Hawaii

Local (toll): (808) 832-5300

http://www.hawaii.gov/dhs/protection/social_services/child_welfare/

Idaho

TDD: (208) 332-7205 Toll-Free: (800) 926-2588

http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Children/AbuseNeglect/ChildProtectionContactPhoneNumbers/tabid/475/Default.aspx

Illinois

Toll-Free: (800) 252-2873 Local (toll): (217) 524-2606

http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/child/index.shtml

Indiana

Toll-Free: (800) 800-5556

http://www.in.gov/dcs/protection/dfcchi.html

Iowa

Toll-Free: (800) 362-2178

http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/dhs2005/dhs_homepage/children_family/abuse_reporting/child_abuse.html

Kansas

Toll-Free: (800) 922-5330

http://www.srskansas.org/services/child_protective_services.htm

Kentucky

Toll-Free: (877) 597-2331

http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/childsafety.htm

Louisiana

Toll-Free: (855) 452-5437

http://dss.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=109

Maine

TTY: (800) 963-9490 Toll-Free: (800) 452-1999

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/hotlines.htm

Maryland

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/cps/report.htm

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Massachusetts

Toll-Free: (800) 792-5200

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/family-services/child-abuse-neglect/

Michigan

Fax: (616) 977-1154   (616) 977-1158 Toll-Free: (855) 444-3911

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5452_7119—,00.html

Minnesota

http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_000152

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Mississippi

Toll-Free: (800) 222-8000 Local (toll): (601) 359-4991

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/fcs_prot.html

Missouri

Toll-Free: (800) 392-3738

http://www.dss.mo.gov/cd/rptcan.htm

Montana

Toll-Free: (866) 820-5437

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/cfsd/index.shtml

Nebraska

Toll-Free: (800) 652-1999

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/cha/chaindex.htm

Nevada

Toll-Free: (800) 992-5757

http://dcfs.state.nv.us/DCFS_ReportSuspectedChildAbuse.htm

New Hampshire

Toll-Free: (800) 894-5533 Local (toll): (603) 271-6556

http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dcyf/cps/contact.htm

New Jersey

TDD: (800) 835-5510 TTY: (800) 835-5510 Toll-Free: (877) 652-2873

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/abuse/how/

New Mexico

Toll-Free: (855) 333-7233

http://www.cyfd.org/content/reporting-abuse-or-neglect

New York

TDD: (800) 369-2437 Toll-Free: (800) 342-3720 Local (toll): (518) 474-8740

http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cps/

North Carolina

http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/cps/index.htm

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

North Dakota

http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childfamily/cps/#reporting

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Ohio

http://jfs.ohio.gov/county/cntydir.stm

Contact the county Public Children Services Agency using the list above or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Oklahoma

Toll-Free: (800) 522-3511

http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/cps/default.htm

Oregon

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/abuse/cps/report.shtml

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Pennsylvania

TDD: (866) 872-1677 Toll-Free: (800) 932-0313

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/forchildren/childwelfareservices/calltoreportchildabuse!/index.htm

Puerto Rico

Toll-Free: (800) 981-8333 Local (toll): (787) 749-1333

Spanish: http://www.gobierno.pr/GPRPortal/StandAlone/AgencyInformation.aspx?Filter=177

Rhode Island

Toll-Free: (800) RI-CHILD (800-742-4453)

http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/child_welfare/index.php

South Carolina

Local (toll): (803) 898-7318

http://dss.sc.gov/content/customers/protection/cps/index.aspx

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

South Dakota

http://dss.sd.gov/cps/protective/reporting.asp

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Tennessee

Toll-Free: (877) 237-0004

https://reportabuse.state.tn.us/

Texas

Department of Family and Protective Services

Toll-Free: (800) 252-5400

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/About_Child_Protective_Services/reportChildAbuse.asp

Spanish: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/default-sp.asp

Utah

Toll-Free: (800) 678-9399

http://www.hsdcfs.utah.gov

Vermont

After hours: (800) 649-5285

http://www.dcf.state.vt.us/fsd/reporting_child_abuse

Virginia

Toll-Free: (800) 552-7096 Local (toll): (804) 786-8536

http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cps/index.html

Washington

TTY: (800) 624-6186 Toll-Free: (800) 562-5624   (866) END-HARM (866-363-4276)

http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/abuseReport.asp?2

West Virginia

Toll-Free: (800) 352-6513

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/children_adult/cps/report.asp

Wisconsin

http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/children/CPS/cpswimap.HTM

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Wyoming

http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/protective-services/cps/index.html

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

Thanks to The Caring For Our Children Foundation:

http://www.caringforourchildrenfoundation.org

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