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Claims of sex abuse by women grow (UK)

A huge rise in the number of children calling to report sexual abuse by women has been revealed by Childline.
Over the past five years, the charity says the number of such calls has risen five times faster than youngsters reporting abuse by a man. Of 16,094 children who called Childline about sex abuse last year, 2,142 told of abuse by a woman, up 132% on 2004-5. Men still account for the majority of child abuse claims, but the NSPCC said female sex abuse was under-reported. This is because there is a reluctance or unwillingness on the part of professionals to acknowledge or identify sexual abuse by females, the charity suggested. The research follows the recent high-profile case of nursery worker Vanessa George, who abused children in her care. She was a member of an internet paedophile ring which included another woman.

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Mum jailed for poisoning two children

A woman who gave her two children rat poison before smothering them to death told them: “It's just a little bit of hurt”. The 31-year-old woman from Canley Vale in Sydney's west, who cannot be named, mixed the poison with sugar and water before feeding it to her four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter in February 2008. Fearing this would not work, she then smothered her daughter with a pillow and suffocated her son using her hand. Justice Clifford Hoeben found her guilty on the lesser charges of manslaughter in September, saying she had been suffering “substantial impairment by abnormality of the mind”. He told the court on Friday she had been angered by her husband's infidelity.

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Now, the Indian man cries domestic violence

Domestic violence is the number one cause of suicide among married men, according to India's National Crime Record Bureau. If 'Men are from Mars, and Women from Venus', then, who's beating the crap out of the Indian man in the sanctity of his marital home? It appears that the standard roles appear to have been reversed, at least in India, if the cries of battered husbands are anything to go by. Now, helpless and harassed men are demanding protection from their abusive wives and in-laws. While stringent Indian laws have protected the fairer sex from domestic violence, now it is the Indian man who laments he is out in the cold.

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Jury out in Tara shotgun murder case

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the murder trial of four people charged with killing a man gunned down after his son was involved in a lovers tiff. A Brisbane Supreme Court jury retired late yesterday after having been told Western Darling Downs John Frank Hoghes was murdered when he rushed to the aid of his son Matthew when he was threatened as the result of an acrimonious split with his then pregnant girlfriend, Sarah Heathcote. Michael Crothers, 47, Colin Robert Rogers, 48, David Robin Heathcote, 23, and his mother Yvonne Heathcote, 43, have each pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to the murder of John Frank Hoghes, 38, and aggravated burglary at Tara, 300kms west of Brisbane, on May 3, 2007. Prosecutor Philip McCarthy said Matthew Hoghes, then aged 19, had just broken up from a lengthy relationship with Sarah Heathcote when the issue was raised about who was the father of her unborn child. He said Sarah, who had returned to live with her mother Yvonne Heathcote in Gatton, and her family called Matthew to make arrangements to collect her personal property from the rented home they had shared at Tara. The jury was told Yvonne Heathcote telephoned Matthew on several occasions and threatened to exact revenge and severely beat him when they arrived to collect the property, which he left at the fence line of the rural property.

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Why I loathe feminism and believe it will ultimately destroy the family (UK)

Erin Pizzey set up the world's first refuge for battered women in 1971 - and went on to establish an international movement for victims of domestic violence. But what she has never made public before is that her own childhood was scarred by the shocking cruelty of both her parents. Here, for the first time, she tells the full harrowing story - and how it led her to a surprising, but deeply felt, conclusion...

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