Category Archives: Sexual Agendas

Dutch Roman Catholic Church ‘castrated at least 10 boys’


The NRC Handelsblad newspaper identified Henk Heithuis who was castrated in 1956 Photo: omroepbrabant

At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated “to get rid of homosexuality” while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s.

telegraph.co.uk | Mar 19, 2012

By Bruno Waterfield

Evidence of the castrations has emerged amid controversy that it was not included in the findings of an official investigation into sexual abuse within the church last year.

The NRC Handelsblad newspaper identified Henk Heithuis who was castrated in 1956, while a minor, after reporting priests to the police for abusing him in a Catholic boarding home.

Joep Dohmen, the investigative journalist who uncovered the Heithuis case, also found evidence of at least nine other castrations. “These cases are anonymous and can no longer be traced,” he said. “There will be many more. But the question is whether those boys, now old men, will want to tell their story.”

Mr Heithuis died in a car crash in 1958, two years after being castrated at the age of 20, while under the age of majority, which was then 21.

In 1956 he had accused Catholic clergy of sexually abusing him in his Church run care home.

Two clergymen were convicted of abuse but Mr Heithuis, a victim, was nonetheless transferred by police to a Catholic psychiatric hospital before being admitted to the St. Joseph Hospital in Veghel later that year.

There, court papers confirm, he was castrated “at his own request”, despite no submission of his written consent. Sources told Mr Dohmen that the surgical removal of testicles was regarded as a treatment for homosexuality and also as a punishment for those who accused clergy of sexual abuse.

Cornelius Rogge, 79, a well-known Dutch sculptor whose family knew Mr Heithuis in the 1950s, reported the castration to an official inquiry into abuse within the Catholic Church. But his evidence was ignored.

“We once asked Henk to drop his pants when the women were gone. He did that. He was maimed totally. It was a huge shock,” he said.

Last December, an official investigation by Wim Deetman, a former Dutch minister, received 1,800 reports of sexual abuse by clergy or volunteers within Dutch Catholic dioceses in the period since 1945.

The Deetman inquiry received a report of the Heithuis case from Mr Rogge but it was not followed up because “there were few leads for further research”.

Evidence emerged on Monday that government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions.

Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed. The documents also reveal that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved.

There are also allegations that Vic Marijnen, a former Dutch Prime Minister, who died in 1975, was linked to the case.

In 1956, Mr Marijnen was the chairman of the Gelderland children’s home where Mr Heithuis and other children were abused. He intervened to have prison sentences dropped against several priests convicted of abusing children.

Dutch MPs will today (TUES) call for a parliamentary investigation into the allegations.

“I am shocked that boys were being castrated in the 1950s,” said Khadija Arib, a Labour MP. “I want an independent investigation. We must find out how many cases there were, who knew about it and why the government did not act.”

Evidence emerged on Monday that government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions.

Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed. The documents also reveal that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved.

Islamic states, Africans walk out on UN gay panel

MSNBC | Mar 7, 2012

By Robert Evans

GENEVA — Brushing aside high-level U.N. appeals for cooperation to halt murder and violence against gays and lesbians around the globe, Muslim and Arab countries on Wednesday stalked out of a Human Rights Council panel to tackle the issue.

Speaking before the walkout for the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan described homosexuality as “licentious behavior” while African group leader Senegal said it was not covered by global human rights accords.

Nigeria – where gay rights groups say there have been many attacks on male and female homosexuals – declared none of its citizens was at risk of violence because of sexual orientation or gender identity before it too left the chamber.

And Mauritania, for the Arab group, all of whose members are also in the OIC, said attempts to impose “the controversial topic of sexual orientation” would undermine discussion in the council of all genuine human rights problems.

The walkout, which diplomats said not all countries in the Islamic and African groups joined, was the first by three major blocs in the 47-member council, which has been dominated until recently by a caucus of developing countries and their allies.

It came after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay told the session that gays and lesbians should be protected by all governments.

“We see a pattern of violence and discrimination directed at people just because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender,” Ban said in a video message to the panel, chaired by African group dissenter South Africa.

“This is a monumental tragedy for those affected — and a stain on our collective conscience. It is also a violation of international law. You, as members of the Human Rights Council, must respond,” the U.N. chief declared.

Islamic and most African countries have long kept discussion of what the U.N. dubs “sexual orientation and gender identity” out of the council but a strong drive by the United States and South Africa brought it onto the agenda last June.

With a developing country bloc in the body eroding, Latin American countries like Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay joined in to push through a narrow vote to mandate Wednesday’s panel and the High Commissioner’s report.

Pillay, once a South African high court judge, told the session her life under apartheid had taught her that “ignorance and bigotry” could only be overcome by education and frank discussion among people with different views.

In her report she detailed the often fatal abuse – she labeled it “homophobia” – homosexuals faced around the globe ranging from mob killing for males, multiple rape of lesbians “to cure them” and torture in public and private jails.

The report said 76 countries among the U.N.’s 192 members had laws  homosexual behavior. At least five – in particular Iran – provide for the death penalty while efforts are under way in Uganda to introduce the same punishment.

“I know some will resist what we are saying,” said Pillay, who earlier this week was accused by Egypt in the council of promoting homosexuality by pressing on with the report despite the objections of Islamic countries.

In a clear reference to Islamic and African countries, she said some states would argue that homosexuality or bisexuality “conflict with local cultural or traditional values, or with religious teachings, or run counter to public opinion”.

But while they were free to hold their opinions, she declared, “That is as far as it goes. The balance between tradition and culture, on the one hand, and universal human rights on the other, must be struck in favor of rights.”

Secret Freemason-like oaths sworn at elite sex clubs

Swinging sex clubs attracting society’s elites

Documentary shines a light on growing scene — a world surprisingly dominated by females

independent.ie | Mar 4, 2012

By NIAMH HORAN

Elite swinging clubs among professional classes — costing thousands of euro to join — are now operating in Ireland, according to an undercover documentary maker.

The VIP clubs — which ‘swingers’ describe as akin to a ‘freemason’ society where members swear under oath not to reveal the identities or details of those involved — are one of the groups that have been unearthed as part of an investigation into Ireland’s secret sex lives.

The TV3 programme, which includes footage of ‘swinging’ events, where consenting couples swop partners, is part of the controversial new Paul Connolly investigates series.

“There are different levels of swinging clubs in Ireland and it became clear the more money you have, the more access you have to the higher end of these private clubs,” says Mr Connolly. “Secrecy is a major factor and these ensure the higher classes have 100 per cent discretion.”

As one swinger who Mr Connolly interviewed explained: “There are certain elite clubs that you can get involved in and you swear allegiance and you take an oath. They’re certainly not advertised. These would only be for the elite of Irish society and they would be very expensive. It could cost you anything from €10,000 to €20,000. You are talking about professional people, well-to-do businessmen, the creme de le creme.”

With 60,000 registered Irish users on no-strings casual sex websites, TV3’s newest presenter was also shocked to see the number of women involved.

“Women take it very seriously, meeting up to eight men a week, sometimes a couple a day. They were the main users, surprisingly. Whereas men just seem to dip their toe in and out of the water. These are everyday women; bored housewives, women sitting at home looking for a bit of a thrill.”

As one Dublin woman who regularly uses the websites describes in the documentary: “In the last 12 months I have met 25 men through the website from the comfort of my own home. I can be with someone within an hour after placing an ad. I had two meets yesterday. It’s all very adult, very relaxed.” She added: “It’s like the first time every time.”

Another woman from the midlands explained: “I could meet two or three at the same time in the same car park. I would drive past the car and have a look. If I don’t like what I see I go home.”

She added: “The dangers are part of the excitement. You’re getting a bit of attention and sex. It’s worth that risk. Sometimes I’d do it twice a week, maybe twice a night. Sometimes a hotel, sometimes my house. It all depends.”

The sub-culture of ‘dogging’ — which involves couples or singles having sex in parked cars whilst others watch — was also looked at as part of the investigation.

“There’s a strict ethical code involved,” explains Mr Connolly. “When they arrive in the deserted car park or unoccupied industrial estate they flash the headlights once to let people know why they are there. If others are there for the same reason, they flash their headlights back once. A light on in the car means you’re going to start, a window open means you are inviting strangers to put their hands in the car and the door opens means you want them to join in. Everyone stands five feet from the car. The only awkward moment was when I got in the way of one of the spectators and he started screaming at me that I was in his eye-line. Supposedly that is a big no-no,” recalls a bemused Mr Connolly.

He defended his use of under-cover cameras to film sexual acts for the investigation, saying: “I felt that if I didn’t show their faces or reveal their identities in any way, then I was satisfying a huge curiosity in the Irish public without harming anyone.”

‘Ireland’s Secret Sex Lives: Paul Connolly Investigates’ airs tomorrow at 9pm on TV3

Female scientist charged with child molesting and bestiality is back at work at the Centers for Disease Control

Daily Mail | Dec 1, 2011

Charged: Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey was charged with two counts of molestation and one count of bestiality.

The senior government scientist facing child molestation and bestiality charges has returned to her high-powered job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Dr Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, is accused of engaging in ‘immoral and indecent’ sex acts with a a six-year-old boy.

She and her live-in boyfriend, 42-year-old Thomas Westerman, were arrested in October and are both free on bail. Mr Westerman is charged with two counts of child molesting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Dr Lindsey has returned to work at the government’s top research lab for communicable diseases and medical and health issues.

The CDC will not comment on her case, though officials said they are aware of the charges.

The acts are alleged to have taken place between January 2010 to August 2011, according to authorities.

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An investigation was started into the child molestation charges after a medical professional alerted police.

During the investigation into the alleged molestation, authorities uncovered evidence Dr. Lindsey may have committed bestiality.

The bestiality does not involve the child.

Neighbors told the Atlanta NBC affiliate off camera that they do not believe the charges and spoke highly of both.

Lindsey is the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office.

In the last 12 years while working for the agency she has received 12 awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs.

Before this she was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response which oversees the allocation of $1.5billion for the preparation for terrorism.

She got a doctoral degree in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University.

Westerrman works at the CDC as a night watchman.

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said Lindsey is a deputy director within the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the agency, while Westerman is a resource management specialist in the same office.

A spokesman for the agency told CNN it was aware of the case, but said it could not comment on personnel issues.

Strip-Searched Grandma Says TSA Removed Her Underwear


Lenore Zimmerman of Long Island said she was on her way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when security whisked her away to a private room without explanation.

ABC | Dec 3, 2011

An 84-year-old New York grandmother says she was “mortified” after being strip-searched by TSA agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week.

Lenore Zimmerman of Long Island said she was on her way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when security whisked her away to a private room without explanation after she asked to forgo the full-body scan, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

“They took me into a private room and pulled down my slacks and pulled down my underwear” without explanation or apology, Zimmerman told ABC News.

“I said, you know, I’ve been coming down for Florida for 10 years and I’ve always been patted down but I’ve never been strip-searched, why I am being strip-searched now? … They had no answer,” Zimmerman said.

When she tried to lift a lightweight walker off her lap, the metal bars banged against her leg, cutting her.

“I’m on a blood thinner and I bled like a pig so they called an ambulance and I said, ‘please don’t take me to the hospital, just bandage me up,’” she said.

The TSA called a medic, but the process took so long that Zimmerman missed her 1 p.m. flight and had to wait more than two hours to catch the next one, she said.

But the  TSA said no strip search was conducted and proper procedures were followed.

“While we regret that the passenger feels she had an unpleasant screening experience, TSA does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols and one was not conducted in this case,” the TSA said in a statement about the incident.

A review of closed circuit TV found that Zimmerman arrived at the ticket counter at 12:19 p.m. for her flight, which was scheduled for a 1 p.m. departure, but that actually left early 12:50 p.m.

The video showed her entering the checkpoint line in a wheelchair with her walker in her hand, according to the TSA. When she got to the screening equipment, she had a conversation with the TSA officer, and after a conversation she appeared to opt out of the advanced image technology screening equipment in favor of a pat-down, the TSA said.

When Zimmerman and two female officers left the private screening room, it appeared from the video that nothing unusual had happened, according to the TSA. The wheelchair attendant assisted her in leaving the checkpoint area for the gate.

But Zimmerman wants an apology.

“It’s humiliating, and it was ridiculous. I mean, I’m telling you I weigh 103 pounds, I was in a walker, I’m going to be 85 in February, only me this could happen to,” Zimmerman said. “I had my metal walker and my suitcase on my lap, I was in a wheelchair, and I look like, like a terrorist like the man in the moon.”

Afghan woman to be freed from jail after agreeing to marry rapist


Half the women in Afghan jails have been imprisoned for ‘moral crimes’. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

President intervenes in case of 19-year-old woman who has spent two years in jail after reporting rape by a relative

guardian.co.uk | Dec 1, 2011

by Jeremy Kelly in Kabul

An Afghan woman jailed for adultery after she was raped by a relative is set to be freed – but only after agreeing to marry the man who attacked her.

The case, which has highlighted the plight of Afghan women jailed for so-called moral crimes, was to be the subject of a documentary film funded by the European Union – until diplomats censored it out of fear for the woman’s welfare, and for their relations with the Afghan government.

But the decision not to broadcast the film, unintentionally led to a storm of publicity that has resulted in the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, intervening in the case of the 19-year-old woman, named Gulnaz.

Karzai, who will soon head to an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn to seek financial support from foreign donors, ordered Gulnaz to be released on condition that she and her attacker agree to mediation.

In a statement released on Thursday night, the presidential palace said Gulnaz would be released after she agreed to become the second wife of her rapist – a prospect that supporters say she had dreaded.

In Afghan culture, marrying the father of a child born out of wedlock is seen as a way of “legitimising” the child, even in cases involving rape.

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The documentary’s British director, Clementine Malpas, said Gulnaz’s decision would have been made under duress. “She has told me that the rapist had destroyed her life because no one else would marry her after what happened to her,” Malpas said. “She feels like she has no other option than to marry him and it’s the only way to bring peace between her and his family.

“I know she wants honour but I also know she doesn’t want to marry this man. And of course I am worried about what the future holds for her because of this decision.”

In Malpas’s film Gulnaz says she would never forgive her attacker but adds that she would consider marrying him. “I don’t want people to call her (her daughter) a bastard and abuse my brothers. My brothers won’t have honour in our society until he marries me,” she says.

Gulnaz was jailed for 12 years for adultery after she reported being raped by a cousin by marriage in an attack that left her pregnant. As the case became publicised, the sentence was reduced to three years. She has spent the past two and a half years in jail, during which time she gave birth to a daughter. Malpas, 30, had spent months following Gulnaz’s case after being commissioned by the EU to make a documentary on women’s rights in Afghanistan.

News of Gulnaz’s ordeal prompted an American lawyer to launch a petition, which attracted more than 6,000 signatures demanding her release. This helped prompt the meeting between Karzai and senior figures in the Afghan justice system, including the head of the supreme court, the justice minister and the attorney general.

The attorney general and justice minister visited both Gulnaz and her attacker in their jails to seek their approval for the union.

Gulnaz’s lawyer, Kimberley Motley, said: “My concern is that an illiterate woman, in the face of high-level government officials, all men I believe, would be a very intimidating situation for her.”

Motley and Malpas and other supporters had arranged for Gulnaz to be taken to a safehouse if she was released unconditionally.

The case is far from unique. Roughly half of the country’s 600 adult female prison inmates have been imprisoned for similar “offences”.

Heather Barr, Human Rights Watch’s Afghanistan researcher, who has spent the past month visiting female prisoners for an upcoming report on “moral crimes”, welcomed the release of Gulnaz and said she hoped there was a review of all the cases of female prisoners.

“There are hundreds of women in this situation and it is well overdue to look at the injustices done to them,” she said.

“I have interviewed 58 of them in the past month and have heard the same types of stories of forced marriages, beatings, sexual assaults, and when they flee these abuses and report them, they are locked up.”Barr agreed it was possible that the Karzai administration had been encouraged to look at some of the serious human rights problems that remain in Afghanistan in the runup to Monday’s Bonn conference, and hoped it would remain on the agenda once that concludes. The European Union, which has remained largely silent in the face of mounting publicity about the case said it was delighted about news of Gulnaz’s release.

The European Union’s ambassador and special representative to Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, said: “Her case has served to highlight the plight of Afghan women, who, 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban regime, often continue to suffer in unimaginable conditions, deprived of even the most basic human rights.

“Highlighting and improving the lives of Afghan women is one of the most important tasks of the EU’s mission in Afghanistan.”

Two Milwaukee women arrested for satanic sex torture


Mug shots of Rebecca Chandler (l.), 22, and Raven Larrabee, 20, of Milwaukee. via thesmokinggun.com

Milwaukee roommates Rebecca Chandler and Raven Larabee arrested for satanic sex torture

Victim tied with duct tape and cut more than 300 times

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Nov 10, 2011

BY Tracy Connor

Two Milwaukee women were under arrest Wednesday after a young man told cops they tortured him at knifepoint for two days during a satanic sex marathon.

The 18-year-old victim said he took a bus from Phoenix, Ariz., to hook up with a woman he met online — and was then tied up with duct tape and rope and cut more than 300 times.

“I think you are looking for me,” Rebecca Chandler, 22, told police who showed up at her apartment, according to a search warrant obtained by The Smoking Gun website.

Chandler said the cutting started out as consensual but “got out of hand” — and she tried to pin most of the blame on her roommate, Raven Larabee, 20, the warrant said.

Police found some interesting reading material in the women’s pad — “The Necromantic Ritual Rule Book,” “The Werewolf’s Guide to Life” and “Intro to Sigilborne Spirits.’

Police also saw “a large amount of blood on the floor and on bedding,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

After the man was released Sunday night, he called police from the street. When they arrived, they followed a trail of blood back to the apartment.

The victim had slash and puncture wounds on his neck, legs, arm and back. He changed his Facebook status on Tuesday to a single word: “Stitches.”

The women are being held in county lockup on suspicion of reckless injury but had not been charged by prosecutors.