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Rape by boy, 6, among ‘child crimes’ in North Wales

Published December 29, 2014 by misty534

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The suspected rape of a girl by a six-year-old boy was one of 28 sexual offences involving children aged under 10 recorded in the last four years by North Wales Police.

Figures show that 160 crimes involving under-10s were recorded by the force since 2011.

However, anyone under the age of 10 cannot be legally held responsible for a crime.

But the offence or allegation of a crime is still recorded by police.

The figures, released after a Freedom of Information request, show that a six-year-old boy is believed to have raped a girl under 13 in 1997. The offence was registered in 2013.

It was among four rapes recorded by the force in the last four years – the three other rapes involved suspects who were all aged nine.

One of those took place in 1971, although it was recorded this year.

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Ministry of Defence pays out £2m to settle cadets’ sexual abuse claims

Published December 29, 2014 by misty534

British army military cadets.

The Ministry of Defence has paid out more than £2m in out-of-court settlements over the past three years as a result of claims of sexual abuse against young people within the ranks of the cadet forces.

The allegations included sex abuse rituals performed by teenage boys on younger cadets in their charge, as well as the case of a cadet who was raped and gave birth to her abuser’s child.

Eight payouts, totalling £544,213, were made this year, according to records released in response to a freedom of information request from the Guardian seeking figures for payments for alleged sexual abuse within the Army Cadets, Combined Cadet Force, and Air Cadet Organisation.

The data, which was recorded in a way that did not distinguish between the various cadet groups, shows that £1,475,844 was paid out in five payments in 2012. Payouts in 2013 totalled £64,782 and there were no payouts in 2011.

While some of the settlements reached in the last few years were made to adults for abuse perpetrated when they were children, some are understood to relate to much more recent abuse claims.

Rebecca Sheriff, a senior solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp, who has acted for several clients in claims arising from abuse suffered in the Army Cadets at the hands of military staff, said: “It is common practice for sex offenders to seek out positions of authority in organisations such as the Army Cadets, and vulnerable children need to be safeguarded from this risk. It is terrible that often these children have joined the cadets with a view to a career in the armed services, which they are unable to pursue as a result of abuse by people that they should have been able to trust.”

The mother of a boy abused by two older teenage cadets said she had yet to receive an apology from the cadet authorities although they agreed to an out-of-court settlement of just over £23,000.

The abuse of the boy happened at a cadets’ weekend in East Anglia and allegedly involved the two older boys going into a dormitory over the course of a number of nights and lying naked on top of the younger cadets, putting their penises in the boys’ mouths. One youngster was allegedly made to drink coffee laced with urine. She reported the abuse to police, who, she says, interviewed the alleged perpetrators nine months later. They were not charged but were given a warning.

The mother said: “If something like that goes on and is not right then somebody needs to take responsibility, and the cadets had to pay what they paid to compensate for all the hurt … But the two lads have got away with it, they just received warnings, and it was put on file. [The police] said it was bullying and intimidation of a sexual nature – because it wasn’t anything like a rape.”

She added: “I believe that they had been doing it for a while. It makes me sick and saddened inside. It really, really, does. I was told that the cadets had their own internal investigation but I’m not aware of what happened.”

In the period between the incident being reported to police and action being taken to detain the boys, her son, she says, was chased by one of the abusers near his home and subjected to intimidation on Facebook.

“My son had wanted to go into the army to learn a trade and a career. He loved it beforehand, so that was a massive disappointment to him as well. But immediately afterwards he was left with so much guilt. That was what hurt him the most. He was afraid of his own shadow and began to get really, really, angry and became withdrawn and afraid. The effect that it had on my boy, it was so sad for me to see.”

Another out-of-court settlement involved a claimant who was sexually abused by an adult cadet instructor while she was a member of the group. The abuse started when she was 14 and progressed to rape, which led to her becoming pregnant and giving birth to the abuser’s child. After the abuse, she suffered from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic dysthymia (a form of depression) and a number of complex psychological problems. The MoD admitted liability at an early stage and settled the claim for £210,000.

The settlements made in 2012 include a successful claim for £900,000 by four people who were abused when they were young members of the Army Cadets in Harborne, Birmingham.

Severe sexual abuse was perpetrated by two of the cadet force instructors behind the closed doors of an army hut, rifle range, and at camp. Lawyers for the victims said that abuse was openly acknowledged within what they called “a permissive atmosphere” and appeared accepted as normal.

One of the instructors, Peter Cooper, was convicted of buggery and indecent assault in September 2007 in relation to one of the claimants. At the time of his arrest he was a serving police officer with the West Midlands constabulary. The other instructor is now dead.

An MoD spokesperson said: “We take any allegation of abuse extremely seriously. All adult volunteers undergo enhanced criminal record checks and are made fully aware of their responsibility to protect children from harm. Any suspicion of bullying, harassment or abuse will be dealt with immediately and any allegation of a criminal nature is handed to the police. This is reinforced throughout all safeguarding training.”

Another freedom of information request by the Guardian revealed that 12 allegations – of which 10 were referred to the police – were logged in 2014 by the child protection officer employed by the Army Cadets (which has 46,000 teenage cadets and 8,500 adult volunteers in the UK). The child protection officer has logged more than 36 allegations of sexual abuse since 2011.

£3,000 reward offered to catch paedophile who raped 11-year-old Crawley girl

Published December 18, 2014 by misty534

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A REWARD of £3,000 has been offered to help track down the man who raped an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school.

Crimestoppers has put forward the financial incentive for information which leads to the man’s arrest and conviction.

The young girl was attacked as she walked along Balcombe Road, in Pound Hill, at a busy time of day in broad daylight.

Her attacker grabbed her and dragged her into a secluded footpath – between Blackwater Lane and Balcombe Road – where he pushed her into bushes and raped her.

The shocking attack happened on or around September 22, although the exact date is uncertain as the child was so traumatised she only found the courage to report it recently.

She first told a member of staff at her school and the attack was then immediately reported to Sussex Police.

John Wright, chairman of Crawley Neighbourhood Watch, is urging parents to make sure their children do not walk alone wherever possible.

He said: “We always say to children, and adults as well, that they shouldn’t be walking alone.

“Go home with a friend. Always be in pairs at the least and be vigilant.

“It was truly horrific what happened to that poor girl.

“The area immediately around that footpath is built up with homes and Balcombe Road is a major road so someone must have heard or seen something.

“There must be a driver, a cyclist, pedestrian or resident who noticed something out of the ordinary that day.

“They need to come forward. No matter how insignificant it seems, that information could be the last piece of the jigsaw needed to catch this man.”

Forensic investigators have scoured the area searching for DNA clues to help identify the attacker.

Officers have also carried out house-to-house inquiries.

The girl and her family are now being supported by specially trained officers.

An e-fit of the suspect has been put together, with the help of the victim.

He is described as being aged about 40, with ginger and grey hair, and gingery stubble. He was wearing a black fleece, a beanie hat and a knee-length, khaki-coloured coat.

Angela Hollinshead, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Surrey and Sussex, said: “This man needs to be caught as soon as possible.

“We need to be sure that no other child falls victims to such an horrific attack. Our phone line and anonymous online form are accessible 24 hours a day.”

To qualify for the reward of up to £3,000, information must be passed to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information on the rape is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or go online to http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Although the attack occurred in the daytime, Pound Hill South and Worth borough councillor Bob Lanzer said this week that money could be found to ensure that the footpath where the attack happened is better lit, given how secluded it is.

Man accused of raping one-day-old baby boy to stand trial

Published December 4, 2014 by misty534

STUART Young, 37, is also charged with raping a girl aged between six months and five years old and sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl.

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A MAN is to stand trial charged with sexually abusing a baby – when he was just a day old.

Stuart Young, 37, faced the allegation during a hearing today at the High Court in Glasgow.

It is claimed that on various occasions between April and July last year at properties in Edinburgh, Young abused the child and did rape him.

The boy is said to have been aged between a day and three months at the time.

Young is also accused of raping a young girl in Edinburgh. The allegations spans November 2008 and December 2013.

The girl was aged between six months and five years old. Young then faces a separate charge of assaulting her.

The indictment also claims Young sexually abused a nine year-old girl in 2013 in the capital.

Young faces a further charge of assaulting a woman and another allegation under the Children and Young Persons Act.

Young, of Sighthill, Edinburgh, denies the charges.

Judge Lord Turnbull set a trial due to start next April. The case is expected to last around seven days.

Young’s bail was continued until then.

EXCLUSIVE: Charities claim that the satanic abuse of children is rife

Published November 9, 2014 by misty534

CHILDREN have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films which depict killings, two leading charities claimed last night.

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual

One campaigner said he had heard of babies born but never registered, so they would not be missed when killed by secret paedophile networks.

The existence of such terrifying cults is said to have gone unchecked in Scotland for decades, with victims facing scepticism and outright disbelief.

Many incidents took place years ago but experts are sure ritual abuse rings still operate.

Police Scotland said yesterday they were taking the allegations “incredibly seriously” and would investigate any complaints.

The claims will put the Scottish government under intense pressure to announce a public inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, with Scotland now the only part of the UK without such a review.

The disturbing claims of snuff films and widespread ritual abuse made by two charities came to light during a lengthy investigation by the Sunday Express.

Last year we revealed that shamed DJ Jimmy Savile raped a girl aged 15 in 1975 during a satanic abuse ritual, while cloaked paedophiles looked on.

Kate Short, of Kilmarnock-based charity Break The Silence, said: “We have had quite a lot of people who have been abused as part of a cult or a paedophile ring.

“In the worst cases they have been forced to watch the making of snuff movies.

“It’s the extreme, barbaric type of terror that can lead to serious personal disorder.

“Victims are so brainwashed they don’t dare to speak out.”

Charity Izzy’s Promise is based in Dundee.

Project co-ordinator Joseph Lumbasi said: “Babies are aborted for sacrifices.

“There is pornography, sick films.

“Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught.”

by Paul Murray

Sexual abuse victims urge others to come forward

Published November 3, 2014 by misty534

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SPEAKING OUT: Donna Slater, right, with her aunt, Marion Bradley

A WOMAN who was raped by her father is calling on victims of sexual abuse to come forward to put their attackers behind bars.

Retired diesel fitter George Slater, who raped his daughter and sexually assaulted his sister-in-law, was jailed last month for 13 years for a catalogue of historic offending.

Now Donna Slater and Marion Bradley have waived their right anonymity to urge other victims of sex offenders to come forward.

Ms Slater, 43, who lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, and has a 12-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter of her own, said: “We have suffered all lives for this. I want people to know what kind of a man he is. He should be named and shamed.

“He does not deserve to come out of prison. I hope he rots.”

Ms Slater said the abuse at the hands of her father has left deep emotional scars.

She said: “My life has been a mess, mentally and physically. I have tried to harm myself and relationships have failed because of it.

“I made numerous attempts on my own life.”

“I want other people to come forward. I know it has made me feel. Once you do you realise you are not the only person out there.”

The Northern Echo:
BREACH OF TRUST: Slater with daughter Donna

later, 72, of Ouston, was jailed following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

He was convicted of one count of rape and ten charges of sexual assault against his daughter between 1974 and 1985.

He began molesting her when she was a little girl and raped her when she was 11.

Slater abused his wife Anne’s little sister, Marion, over a two year period between 1967 and 1968 and began when she was aged eight.

Ms Bradley, 55, who is a great grandmother-of-one, with two grandchildren and four children, and lives in Dunston, believes publicity following the revelations about sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile made police take their case seriously.

She said: “I think it helped a lot. It is a hard thing to do, but I hope other people in our position will also come forward

“His victims were very young when it happened. He is a pervert. A sick pervert.”

Northumbria Police Superintendent Lisa Orchard said officers always takes allegations of rape and sexual offences seriously and urges victims to report abuse.

She said: “Their welfare and safety is paramount and we work closely with victims to make sure they receive the help and support they need as investigations are progressed.

“I’d like to commend the bravery of the victims in this case during what was an extremely difficult time for them. I hope this sentence gives others the confidence to come forward.”

‘Holy man’ found guilty of sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Published October 9, 2014 by misty534

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Charanjit was found guilty by a majority verdict at Belfast Crown Court

A “holy man” has been convicted of sexually abusing a girl who was brought to him with a stomach complaint.

The man, known as Charanjit, 46, of Twinburn Gardens, Newtownabbey, County Antrim was found guilty at Belfast Crown Court.

The jury returned a majority verdict after over five hours of deliberation.

The charges against him included two counts of rape, sexual assault of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

They relate to a period spanning from 30 September 2012 to 1 February 2013.

He is due to be sentenced next month.

During the trial, the victim, now aged 14, told the court that she was brought to Charanjit, as he was known in the Indian community, for treatment as he was considered a holy man or healer.

She said that the man diagnosed her as having a stone in her stomach.

The victim said that she visited him twice and was sexually abused on both occasions.

The defendant denied the charges throughout the trial. However, the jury rejected his version of events.

The judge remanded Charanjit in custody until he is sentenced in November.

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Church of England vicar who told girl, 13, to rape her nine-year-old sister in online chats is jailed for just two years

Published October 1, 2014 by misty534

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Church of England vicar James Ogley pictured outside court during an earlier court appearance

  • Married father and reverend James Ogley admitted obscene material charges
  • Church of England vicar had told a 13-year-old to rape her younger sister
  • He was caught when police discovered online chats coming from his home
  • They found laptop evidence of ‘sexually explicit’ conversations with children
  • Ogley escaped with just a two-year prison sentence at Luton Crown Court 

A Church of England vicar who told a 13-year-old girl to sexually abuse her nine-year-old sister during an online chat has been jailed for just two years.

Reverend James Ogley, a married father of two young children, told the teenager he wanted her and her sister to have sex with their own mother.

In another online exchange, he told the teenager to rape her younger sibling.

Police officers discovered the clergyman’s communications when they went to the vicarage in Luton, Bedfordshire, where he lived with his family and seized his laptop computer from his study.

Ogley had been a regular visitor to the chat room for youngsters, deriving sexual gratification from the chat logs, a court was told.

At Luton Crown Court, 38-year-old Ogley, the vicar of Saint Francis Church in Luton, pleaded guilty to seven charges of publishing obscene material in the form of chat logs.

Six offences relate to material posted online in June 2012 and one to a publication in November 2012.

Ogley, who had been suspended from his post since his arrest, was jailed for two years.

Passing sentence, Judge David Farrell QC told him: ‘What you did was totally incompatible with the beliefs and teachings of a vicar. You are there to uphold and further Christian beliefs.

‘You were and still are the vicar of St Francis Church here in Luton. You have let down all those who looked up to you as the holder of a respected office.’

The court was told he had lost everything following his fall from grace. His marriage had fallen apart, he had lost his home and now he would be dismissed from the church.

Prosecutor Daniel Siong said it was on January 10 last year that officers went to the home in Luton where, as vicar of St Francis Church since August 2011, Ogley lived with his young family.

The officers had gone to Ogley’s home because they had received ‘intelligence’ that someone at the address had been attempting to contact children via the chat room ‘Internet Relay Chat’ and asking them to ‘commit child sex offences.’

Questioned about their use of IRC, the vicar said he had not visited the chat forum for ‘some time.’ His wife said she had not used the chat room since her days at university.

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Ogley admitted having obscene conversations with children under the age of 16 on an internet chat log

But after officers were provided with a password to his laptop, chat logs were discovered that showed he had been having ‘sexually explicit’ online conversations with youngsters who appeared to be under the age of 16.

Mr Siong said: ‘The material included graphic descriptions of sexual abuse of children. These included incestuous, sadistic, paedophiliac sexual acts on young and very young children – four years old in one instance.’

He added: ‘He was arrested on suspicion of facilitating child sex offences and taken to the police station.’

Judge David Farrell QC, hearing the case, was told how Ogley had talked online of performing sex acts with an eight year old boy, and told a young girl to remove her clothing.

BISHOP OF ST ALBANS: ‘I AM DEEPLY SADDENED ONE OF THE CLERGY HAS COMMITTED THESE OFFENCES’

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Ogley has been vicar at St Francis Church in Luton (pictured) since August 2011

Speaking after an earlier hearing when Ogley pleaded guilty to the offences, The Bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, said: ‘I am deeply saddened that one of the clergy, of whom I expect the highest standards of behaviour, has committed these offences.

‘My prayers are with all those affected by [his] actions and with the people of his parish.’

Ogley was appointed as the vicar of St Francis in August 2011. He was formerly vicar in the Diocese of Winchester, near Southampton.

In a statement, the Diocese said: ‘Upon conviction of a criminal offence, the Bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, may, under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, impose a penalty on a clergyman without further legal process.

‘The Bishop will impose an appropriate penalty after sentencing.

‘He will take account of what he sees as the gravity of this case and the breach of the trust reposed in Ogley by the church and by the parishioners of St Francis Luton.’

The prosecutor went on ‘He then asked her to sexually abuse her sister who is asleep in another room.’

Mr Siong said Ogley understood the sister to be nine years old.

Ogley himself had pretended to be a youngster and on one occasion during a conversation claimed he was a 14-year-old boy from Ireland.

When interviewed by detectives, Ogley admitted he had been sexually aroused while having the online conversations, but he said he had never arranged to meet anyone.

He claimed he had been ‘role playing’ and Mr Siong said there was no evidence he had tried to meet the people he was chatting to.

The court was told that it hadn’t been possible for police to trace the people Ogley had spoken to in the chatroom.

Mr Siong added ‘The prosecution say this case involves a serious breach of trust by reason of his position as a Church of England reverend.

‘As a member of the clergy there is a higher degree of trust placed in him by members of the public, especially vulnerable members of the public, such as children.

‘His clear motivation was to obtain sexual gratification by discussing with vulnerable children paedophiliac sexual matters.’

The court was told the true identities of the people Ogley was talking to in the chat room would never be known, but he said: ‘The clear inference to be drawn from the chat logs is that the defendant must have believed he was communicating with children, as he now accepts.’

Andrew Morton, defending, said Ogley had been suspended from his post as vicar of St Francis in January 2013 – the day after his arrest – and ‘in all likelihood’ he would be dismissed.

He told the court that Ogley had got into the habit of surfing the internet in the evenings and going into chat rooms, some of which were devoted to ‘explicit topics.’

‘What we are dealing with is a man with a deeply unhealthy tendency to be aroused by children engaging in sexual activity.’ he said.

Passing sentence, Judge Farrell told Ogley had police been able to trace those people receiving his chat logs, then he could have faced the much more serious charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

‘You have let down all those who looked up to you as the holder of a respected office.’

Daily Mail

Cover-up allegations of former children’s home resident

Published September 25, 2014 by misty534

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Former Forest Town man Mickey Summers says that he suffered serial sexual abuse at the hands of people he trusted – people who should have been beyond reproach.

These people were not parents or family members.

The 60-year-old told Chad that he was abused whilst he was living in care homes in Nottinghamshire.

He ran away, repeatedly. He climbed trees to avoid abuse. He says he witnessed other children, some with severe learning needs, being raped. And nobody listened.

But Mickey (pictured) feels that he has been betrayed once again by those in authority – by council officials and by the police.

Following years of emotional turmoil, failed relationships, mental health issues and drug abuse, Mickey finally got a grip on his life in 2003.

He reported his abuse to Nottinghamshire Police and asked them to investigate his allegations.

He went to Nottingham City Council, who had been responsible for his time in care – largely at care homes in the city.

He went to Nottinghamshire County Council – who had taken over responsibility for child social care in 1974.

The authorities told him that his records had been destroyed, while police failed to carry out an effective investigation.

Mickey ended up in care following what he describes as ‘chaos’ in his family home in the mid-1960s, which led him into truancy and petty crime.

In later life his experiences led to attachment issues, failed relationships, relapses into drug abuse, times in custody and debilitating mental health issues.

But he’d had enough of being a victim, and he decided to fight back.

He returned to the UK from his home in New York to launch his own fight for justice – demanding a formal public apology from both Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Earlier this month, Mickey and his supporters stormed a council meeting, following a protest in Nottingham’s Market Square.

He told Chad that his childhood records, which he thinks can provide vital evidence of his abuse, have been deliberately destroyed by either the city or county councils – who have both held the documents.

And he has involved the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who have ruled that his initial complaint should be reinvestigated.

He said: “I have run away from everything in my life – I have never wanted children, because I wouldn’t want a child of mine to have to go through what I’ve been through.

“There needs to be a full public enquiry because there are a lot of people out there who need closure and this is a much bigger problem than either the police or the councils are acknowledging.

“The floodgates need to open now and I would urge everyone who has been the victim of abuse to come forward and demand justice.”

But the authorities say a formal apology cannot be issued until Mickey and other alleged victims’ cases have been proven.

A joint statement issued by both authorities said: “We have already explained to Mr Summers that we have been unable to locate any of his files. The information we have is that his child care file was destroyed in 1978. We have met with Mr Summers and apologised to him that this is the case.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “At the request of the IPCC, the force’s professional standards directorate (PSD) is re-investigating a complaint that was made in April 2014. The complaint relates to the way an allegation first made in 2003 and repeated in 2013 was handled under Operation Daybreak.

“This PSD investigation will, by necessity, review the 2003 allegation as well as a subsequent complaint made in 2004 about that investigation.

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Horncastle man Michael Hicks jailed for 16 years over child rape

Published July 22, 2013 by misty534

A Horncastle man has been jailed for 16 years after he was convicted by a jury of raping a young girl.

Michael Hicks had denied sexually abusing the child, who cannot be named, during the trial at Lincoln Crown Court.

 
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But he was convicted of two charges of rape and six charges of sexual assault between December 2011 and April 2012.

He was also found guilty of a further charge of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Grace Hale, prosecuting, said an investigation began after the girl’s mother discovered explicit text messages on her daughter’s mobile phone.

Hicks was arrested after police found two indecent photographs of the girl on his phone.

Hicks, 49, of High Street, Horncastle, denied sexually abusing the girl and claimed the photographs on his phone were not of the girl but of an adult woman.

Recorder Timothy Spencer QC, told Hicks: “Until about 18 months ago or so you were of exemplary character.

“I don’t know what aberration came over you or why you didn’t resist it.

“This was a cynical course of conduct over a number of months. It was exploitation.

“You have had a trial and you put the girl through the ordeal of giving evidence and put other people through the trauma of giving evidence.

“It means that I can extend to you no credit whatsoever for any plea of guilty or any expression of regret.

“I detect not a scintilla of remorse. That can mean only one thing, a significant sentence of imprisonment.”

Hicks was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from working with children.

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