New Content: WINGS is focused on child sexual abuse but we are deeply concerned about every type of abuse to children.
Several readers have asked for information related to child physical abuse (CPA), emotional abuse and neglect, so we’ve added a number of useful links here:
Robert Noel Tanner was sentenced in a Northern Ireland court to one year in prison for offenses that occurred between 1973 and 1975.
Noel Tanner’s victim wrote about the abuse here:
It’s encouraging to see that secular authorities treat historic sexual abuse seriously, sending a clear signal that it will not be tolerated by society.
Peaceful Parenting is a parenting approach that is neither authoritarian nor permissive.
The following link discusses the benefits of Peaceful Parenting in terms of empowering children:
New Content: A concerned couple from Texas wrote to 43 overseers and several elders regarding child sexual abuse and sexual immorality among friends and workers:
Letter from USA Friends to Overseers and Elders – August 2013
The Australian Federal Government has commenced a Royal Commission inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Australian institutions.
Comments can be found in the Royal Commission section of the WINGS forum
A Royal Commission has the highest possible powers and can require people to attend and give evidence.
The enquiry will take several years to be completed.
New Zealand worker Graham Thompson’s sermon at Auckland Special Meetings provides clear guidance for other workers. Criminal acts should be dealt with by the legal authorities and should not be hidden.
Read the notes here Sermon by New Zealand worker on dealing with CSA
A Government inquiry, into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations, has commenced in Victoria, Australia.
Submissions, which closed on 21 September 2012, are available here. Of the 370 submissions received by the Inquiry, 80 have been published with many more (both public and private) still being analysed by the Commission.
Details of hearings (which commenced in October 2012) and transcripts are available here.
New transcripts are provided after they have been checked by witnesses.