After Eight Days Deliberating the Jury Decides Rolf Harris is GUILTY!

I recovered this article about Rolf Harris from the hacked blog. Cliff Richard got away without facing a judge in a criminal trial, Harris didn’t and he spent time in prison.

Monday, June 30, 2014. Today, after eight days of deliberation the jury found Rolf Harris guilty of twelve counts of indecent assault against four girls aged between 7 and 19.

Count 1

While signing autographs in Hampshire in the late 1960s Harris touched a little girl inappropriately when she was just 7 or 8.

Count 2

Harris groped a teenage waitress’s bottom at a charity event in Cambridge in the 1970s

Counts 3 – 9 

A friend of Mr Harris’ daughter Bindi, said he repeatedly indecently assaulted her between the ages of 13 and 19

Counts 10 – 12

Tonya Lee, who has waived her right to anonymity, said he abused her three times on one day while she was on a theatre group trip to the UK. The Australian was 15 at the time.

At Southwark Crown Court on 4 July 2014, Mr Justice Sweeney sentenced Harris to a total of five years and nine months in prison. He served 3-years of his sentence and was presumably released for good behaviour. That couldn’t have been hard could it, after all, there are no girl-children in men’s prison.

 

 

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Become Educated About Paedophiles

“Too often, victims get blamed for speaking out. We need to understand how paedophiles operate so that we can respond appropriately to victims.” – Stacy Coulter, mother

Become Educated About PaedophilesIt is not just children that need to be educated about the dangers of adult predators. Parents and family members need to keep alert to the devious ways that the perverts groom their victims. 

The first thing to learn is to ALWAYS believe the child and investigate his/her account thoroughly. Don’t stay silent; children need to know that it is not their fault and that they are trusted. Prepare them for such an event by encouraging openness. If a child thinks she is going to be punished for snitching on an adult she becomes like putty in the paedo’s hands. 

Minor things like “Uncle Jack said Auntie Jane is a drunk” should remain a secret between you and your child. That way trust is built up and she will be more likely to confide in you. Then if Uncle Jack becomes the abuser she will come to you. Remember, sexual matters are embarrassing to children and embarrassment can prevent them from reporting abuse to you. Encourage candour; keep alert.

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