On February 5 2010, One Child International/Child AbuseWatch celebrated their 2010 Child Advocate of the Year Awards in Bewley's Hotel in Leopardstown, Dublin.
The people chosen by the board of One Child for the 2010 award have been a driving force for change in Ireland as they spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of multiple swimming coaches who sexually abused the children in their care.
Familiar names in the Irish news such as Bart Nolan, Aidan and Kaye O'Toole, Chalkie White, Gary O'Toole and Marion Leonard received an etched Dublin Crystal award, presented by One Child CEO Evin Daly. In presenting the award Daly said "there can be no award as great as the results of the work you have done over the years; the One Child Awards are just a recognition of your efforts. The fact is that you are the keystone to the unraveling of child abuse secrets in Ireland."
In the book "Deep Deception," journalist Justine McCarthy recounts in painstaking detail the
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- One Child International | Parenting – Wed, Feb 10, 2010 7:58 PM EST
On February 5 2010, One Child International/Child AbuseWatch celebrated their 2010 Child Advocate of the Year Awards in Bewley's Hotel in Leopardstown, Dublin.Read More »from One Child International Celebrates Irish Child Advocates
- One Child International | Parenting – Tue, Feb 2, 2010 3:40 PM EST
Following tumultuous weeks of bad publicity NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finds himself under the gun with a call with for his resignation just days before the Super Bowl. Despite pleas from child advocacy groups and the media including Sports Illustrated, Goodell has steadfastly refused to budge on hiring sex offender Pete Townshend of the WHO for the Super Bowl half time show. The public response has been one of outrage, his office deluged with messages urging him to drop Townshend immediately.
On Monday, February 1, Child AbuseWatch issued a call for his resignation. 'Hiring a sex offender, no matter what the justifications is, in my mind, criminal,' Evin Daly, Child AbuseWatch's Founder and CEO said, 'Goodell's stance with regard to Townshend - his outright support of Townshend's actions as a child porn viewer are inexplicable and plain wrong.' Daly went on to say that Townshend's guilty plea for paying for online porn is a crime that lives on as the children he viewedRead More »from Townshend fallout: call for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellâ€™s resignation
Maybe they've doing the NFL a favor by giving them an escape clause - maybe. Child advocate groups have closed ranks against the invitation by the NFL to Pete Townshend of the WHO - a former registered sex offender in the UK - to play the half-time show at the upcoming Super Bowl.
Media outlets all over the U.S., and indeed the world including Townshend's own country the UK, have carried the protests in headlines. Feedback from the public highlights two important issues: 1. Americans did not know about Townshend's sex offender status, 2. they are furious that the NFL would hire him for the primo family show of the year - 'livid' might be a better word. The American public have not developed a sense of understanding for sex offenders particularly where child porn is concerned.
The NFL and Bridgestone are however standing firmly behind their man, declaring that the show will go on with him under the spotlight. They even went as far as to publicly support Townshend's excuse ofRead More »from Townshend's growing Super Bowl problems
- One Child International | Parenting – Mon, Dec 28, 2009 1:22 PM EST
Since the story of Townshend sex offender past broke nationally a week ago, which has been a subject of debate and argument, only one question matters.
Was Pete Townshend a registered sex offender in the UK from 2003 to 2008? Answer: Yes.
Well that's that then. Sorry Pete. This precludes you from not only playing at the Super Bowl, it also stops you from entering the United States to begin with.
Since the NFL decided to hire Pete Townshend for the upcoming Super Bowl event all hell has broken loose. Child AbuseWatch, the international child prevention group, have been trying for some time to bring attention to Townshend's sex offender status. Most notably was the Kennedy Center Awards event last year when they wrote to the organizers protesting the honoring of someone with sex offender history.
Most recently they have asked the NFL to drop Townshend from the Super Bowl. In a way they are doing the NFL a favor. How? When the family values groups get hold of thisRead More »from WHO's Townshend may have to register as a sex offender in Florida
The British band the WHO has come up against a roadblock they had rather hoped to avoid as they prepare for their upcoming appearance at the Super Bowl in February 2010. A ghost from Pete Townshend's past has reappeared and could well put a crimp on his plans and make the show more of a Roger Daltry solo event.
After the Who was announced as the half time show, Townshend suddenly found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reason. Fact is Townshend has a criminal record in the UK and was a registered sex offender there from 2003 to 2008. It's no secret that the United States has what could be described as a less than zero tolerance for child abuse offences in general and offenders in particular.
A criminal record is enough to preclude Townshend from traveling to the United States at all; a fact not lost on child advocate Kevin Gillick of Protect Our Kids Inc., in Florida. Gillick has written to Assistant Secretary John Morton at the U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementRead More »from WHOâ€™s Super Bowl XLIV appearance in jeopardy?
Just the week before Thanksgiving the NFL confirmed that they were hiring the British band the WHO for the February Super Bowl half-time event. While many have received the news with excitement, some child advocacy groups have met it with disbelief. You see, Pete Townshend was listed as a Sex Offender in the UK from 2003 to 2008.
Despite two letters being sent to Roger Goodell and other members of NFL management asking that Pete Townshend be removed from the Super Bowl line-up, no response has been forthcoming. Evin Daly, CEO of the national child advocacy group Child AbuseWatch who wrote the letters isn't surprised. He said, "As has been shown in the past, the phrase 'a stitch in time' does not seem to be considered by some corporate boards of directors, which is odd in a cut and dry - and potentially damaging - case such as Townshend's."
The question that begs to be asked is, "Does the NFL really want someone who has been on the British Sex Offender list for the past fiveRead More »from Townshend: Is the NFL really this Dumb?
As appalling as the recent revelations of the torture of terrorist suspects are, we have to ask; was it the right thing to do at the time?
When dealing with an enemy whose idea of salvation is their own death (while causing ours) there are few options available to the interrogator who needs information quickly. Coffee, cookies and a chat, just don't seem to work.
Despite depictions on television of the supposed humiliation that Islamic warriors feel when being dealt with by, for example, a female questioner, they have been trained to resist such amateur productions.
Like our own soldiers they are taught to resist. They fear very little because death is something they have been conditioned to look forward to. What are the options? What techniques would provide information vital to the safety of thousands, perhaps millions? More importantly, what is the price barrier to protect our freedom?
The reason why the military used, and was approved to use, torture was to saveRead More »from Can We Handle the Truth about Torture?
Our lives end as they began. Abruptly, unexpectedly, not necessarily as we had planned.Read More »from Who Wants to Live Forever?
Donald David Hunt, 53, died yesterday morning, drowning in a canal in West Boca Raton, Florida. It was reported that he lived nearby and police are treating his death as an accident. At first glance it seems like an unfortunate incident but there's more to the story.
Donald was homeless and he lived right next to the canal - literally - under a road bridge at the intersection of State Road 7 and Glades Road. Yesterday, the day of his death, was also his birthday.
He sold newspapers from the center median of the highway and he suffered from what all homeless people in Florida do - gross over-exposure to the sun, inaccessibility to basic hygiene and a dearth of the few items we all take for granted every day, like a shower, a bed or a razor.
There is little dignity in death. My first sight of Donald was of his upper body being held out of the water by a rope, his body stiff in
Forgive me. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade. I am compelled to say something about our current, deteriorating, state of economic affairs and the dreamland that Congress and our good President seem to be living in.Read More »from Obama's High Risk Gamble
Those familiar with gambling, and from my new-found knowledge I include bankers, stock brokers and investment advisors here, know what it is to bet the house; to risk everything on the roll of the dice; being 'all in.' It's not the smart move; it's a move of desperation. It indicates blood in the water.
Gamblers know that if the dice rolls in their favor they go home happy, kiss the kids on the head, slip their loved one a Rolex and lie about how lonely they were while away. They also know that if the dice or cards turn against them; they are, to put it nicely, in deep doo-doo.
We're watching Congress and our rosy cheeked new President gambling with our future with an all-in gambit. They surround the economic gambling table wringing their hands in
- One Child International | Work + Money – Sun, Feb 15, 2009 5:44 AM EST
The night was sultry, quiet. The air heavy with the smell of burnt diesel.
My friend Mike, a US Army soldier was on a tour of duty in a recent Middle East conflict. He was on the perimeter - in a free-fire zone protecting his combat unit - a couple of hours into his watch.
Boredom and having the s--- scared out of you are the two hallmarks of being a combat soldier. Nerves get frayed; tension underlies every moment even off-duty where action though rare, is but a heart beat away.
Mike watched his sector, his mind wandering between peering through the glow of his night-vision goggles and fighting the temptation to space out. Suddenly out of the corner of his eye he saw movement; someone was approaching. More than one person, five, eight; eleven as it turned out.
He quietly took aim and fired. Mike's night vision was instantly lost by the repeated muzzle flash of his M-16. This was followed a second later by a sustained blaze as the M-60 gunner to his left opened upRead More »from A shot in the dark: No Israeli Money for James Miller