Thursday, May 28, 2009

Principal arrested for harrassment

It was the video of a hidden cam placed by police in his office in a School of Sciacca (Sicily, Italy) to frame him. It's there where the 61yo principal calls the school girls and where he makes harrassments and abuses. The victims are girls between 14 and 15 years old. The principal has been arrested by order of judge Salvatore Giannino on request by attorney Vincenzo Pantaleo.

Images from the videos are very clear and they show the principal approaching the victims, make hard comments, touching the embarassed and astonished girls. The man is accused of harrassment and sexual abuses. The investigation started from some girls complaints. The principal is now in jail.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

She was my daughter

At "Del Tre" theatre in Catania (Sicily, Italy),
on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2009, they will put on the play “She was my daughter" by Luigi Favara, directed by Giovanni Scuto, interpreted by Liliana Scalia, Stefania Micale, Cettina Giorgianni, Roberto Pricoco and Luigi Favara himself.

It is a drama coming from cultural activities of the association "Oltre le quinte", and talking about pedophilia using realistic and metaphysical descriptions, of reality theatre, avant-garde and greek tragedy, with pieces about Sicily and its traditions and enunciation of articles from the International Convention on the right of the Child.

“She was my daughter” talking about a mother emigrated from Sicily with her 13yo daughter in northern Italy, where she lives one of the worst nightmare of a parent: "the rape and the violent death of her daughter" because of a pedophile.

The purpose of the play is to put attention on this argument, reporting not only the crime but also the absence of the institutes which should protect the minors.

Pedophilia is a difficult argument, because of the moral and religious implication (think to Sex crimes and Vatican, 2006 scandal video about pedophile priests). Cinema, theatre and Literature often talk about pedophilia, sometimes with a difficult path, like "Animanera" (Blacksoul) by Raffaele Verzillo, a 2006 movie which found a distribution only 2 years later, and it was a flop. An italian masterpiece is "Death in Venice" by Luchino Visconti (1971), from the Thomas Mann's "The death in Venice”, talking the love between a 50yo musician and a polish teenager. We also remember "La mala educacion" by Pedro Almodovar which talk about two gay teenagers and a priest, Don Manolo; “Mystic River” directed by Clint Eastwood, winner of two Oscar and a Golden Globe; "Doubt" (2008), written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, adapted from the homonymous play. 1964, in a school in Bronx, a priest is suspected to have abused of a child; interpreted by Meryl Streep, nominated for this role at Academy Awards 2009.

excerpt from an article by Milena Vigneri

Monday, May 25, 2009

Facere et Docere

Report Details Abuses in Irish Reformatories


LONDON, May 20, 2009 — Tens of thousands of Irish children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused by nuns, priests and others over 60 years in a network of church-run residential schools meant to care for the poor, the vulnerable and the unwanted, according to a report released in Dublin on Wednesday.

The 2,600-page report paints a picture of institutions run more like Dickensian orphanages than 20th-century schools, characterized by privation and cruelty that could be both casual and choreographed.

“A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions,” the report says. In the boys’ schools, it says, sexual abuse was “endemic.”

The report, by a state-appointed commission, took nine years to produce and was meant to help Ireland face and move on from one of the ugliest aspects of its recent history. But it has infuriated many victims’ groups because it does not name any of the hundreds of individuals accused of abuse and thus cannot be used as a basis for prosecutions.

It was delayed because of a lawsuit brought by the Christian Brothers, the religious order that ran many of the boys’ schools and that fought, ultimately successfully, to have the abusers’ names omitted. In 2003, the commission’s first chairwoman resigned, saying that Ireland’s Department of Education had refused to release crucial documents. The report covers a period from the 1930s to the 1990s, when the last of the institutions closed.

It exposes for the first time the scope of the problem in Ireland, as well as how the government and the church colluded in perpetuating an abusive system. The revelations have also had the effect of stripping the Catholic Church, which once set the agenda in Ireland, of much of its moral authority and political power.

The report singles out Ireland’s Department of Education, meant to regulate the schools, for running “toothless” inspections that overlooked glaring problems and deferred to church authority.

The report is based in part on old church records of unreported abuse cases and in part on the anonymous testimony of 1,060 former students from a variety of 216 mostly church-run institutions, including reformatories and so-called industrial schools, set up to tend to neglected, orphaned or abandoned children.

Most of the former students are now 50 to 80 years old.

Some 30,000 children were sent to such places over six decades, the report says, often against their families’ wishes and because of pressure from powerful local priests. They were sent because their families could not afford to care for them, because their mothers had committed adultery or given birth out of wedlock, or because one or both of their parents was ill, drunken or abusive. They were also sent because of petty crime, like stealing food, or because they had missed school.

Many of the former students said that they had not learned their own identities until decades later. They also said that their parents had unsuccessfully tried to reclaim them from the state.

In a litany that sounds as if it comes from the records of a P.O.W. camp, the report chronicles some of the forms of physical abuse suffered in the boys’ schools:

“Punching, flogging, assault and bodily attacks, hitting with the hand, kicking, ear pulling, hair pulling, head shaving, beating on the soles of the feet, burning, scalding, stabbing, severe beatings with or without clothes, being made to kneel and stand in fixed positions for lengthy periods, made to sleep outside overnight, being forced into cold or excessively hot baths and showers, hosed down with cold water before being beaten, beaten while hanging from hooks on the wall, being set upon by dogs, being restrained in order to be beaten, physical assaults by more than one person, and having objects thrown at them.”

Some of the schools operated essentially as workhouses. In one school, Goldenbridge, girls as young as 7 spent hours a day making rosaries by stringing beads onto lengths of wire. They were given quotas: 600 beads on weekdays and 900 on Sundays.

Girls were routinely sexually abused, often by more than one person at a time, the report said, in “dormitories, schools, motor vehicles, bathrooms, staff bedrooms, churches, sacristies, fields, parlors, the residences of clergy, holiday locations and while with godparents and employers.”

The Vatican had no response. But leaders of various religious orders — who often argued during the investigations that the abuse was a relic of another time, reflecting past societal standards — issued abject apologies on Wednesday, taking care to frame the problem as something that is now behind them.

Cardinal Sean Brady, the Catholic primate of All Ireland, said in a statement that he was “profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed,” adding, “I hope the publication of today’s report will help heal the hurts of victims and address the wrongs of the past.”

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, a group based in St. Louis, said that while the report had failed in its duty to bring the perpetrators to justice, it had been clear about the failings of the church.

“While horrific, widespread reports of abuse and cover-up are sadly quite common, the significance here is that a government panel is conclusively saying that the finger-pointing and blame-shifting and excuse-making of the church hierarchy is bogus,” he said in an interview.

The commission was formed in 2000, after an explosive series of radio programs and documentaries in the 1990s began exposing a terrible secret that had been kept by an entire society: the details of what went on in the children’s homes. In 1999, Bertie Ahern, then the prime minister, issued a blanket apology to the victims of the abuse.

Since then, the accusations and the question of justice have been a preoccupation across Ireland and among Irish emigrants around the world. In 2002, the Catholic Church in Ireland agreed to pay $175 million to compensate victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. A separate group has paid out some $1.5 billion so far to more than 10,000 people who have claimed they were abused in state and church-run institutions.

Terence McKiernan, president of, an American group that maintains an Internet archive of material related to Catholic abuse, said that the report had failed by not going far enough.

“The report is significant in that it provides a detailed anatomy of how the abuse occurred and the institutions in which it occurred,” he said in an interview. “The problem is that you spend almost 10 years and who knows how much money, and you never get to the point of saying who was responsible.”


Sunday, May 24, 2009

A kick to pedophilia

On Monday May 25, 2009 at 11:00AM in the conference room of Santissima Annunziata Hospital, in Egiziaca Street in Forcella (Naples, Italy) will be presented the 1° Soccer Trophy "A KICK TO PEDOPHILIA AND A KICK TO ILLEGALITY".

A project related to prevention to pedophilia and abuses, promoted by “P.A.I.D.E.I.A. onlus”, “Scugnizzi” Association, Office for Minor Rights, Sport Center “Il Boschetto” A.S.D. Mariano Keller, and the support of Church and institutions.

36 F.I.G.C. (Italian Soccer Federation) teams from Campania of different ages from 7 to 17 will join the trophy, other than a team from Nisida Correction Facility for Minors and a team of "scugnizzi" (street urchin in Neapolitan dialect). The event will take place in May 29/30 2009 at "Il Boschetto A.S.D. Mariano Keller" in Capodichino, while the final matches and the match “A kick to illegality” will ake place on May 31 at the Sport Center "Caravita" in Cercola.

At the first kick (Friday May 29 at 9:00), there will be the testimonial Gennaro Iezzo (Naples  soccer team goalkeeper) and all 718 children who join the trophy, all with a t-shirt with the words “A kick to pedophilia”.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Past, present and future

Best wishes to all the moms!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Children no more

It will arrive in Piacenza, Italy, in Farnese Palace, 8th and 9th may 2009, the exibition "Children no more - pencils against minor abuses", born with the intent to 
to awaken public opinion to one of the worst problems of our society: minor abuses, in any form and place in the world, perpetrate with practices like domestic violence, pedophilia, minor work and prostitution, sex tourism, mass media psychological manipulation, child soldiers, civil victims of war.

Exibition curators and Karibu Onlus really believe that comics and illustrations are fascinating and evocative means of communication — not just for play — perfectly able to spread universal messages in the collective immaginary for a target from child to elderly people, using an original language, different from usual stereotypy. 

140 italian artists, from professionl ones to young beginners, all with undoubted talent, answer to selection. Here are some significant ones:

Giuseppe Palumbo, Giuseppe Manunta, Francesca Ghermandi, Leo Ortolani, Maurizio Ribichini, Onofrio Catacchio, Alberto Corradi, Antonio Bruno, Alberto Ponticelli, Alessio Spataro, Massimo Giacon, Claudio Parentela, Ottokin, Stefano Piccoli, Squaz, Ratigher, Nicoz, Gianluca Costantini, Claudio Stassi, Paolo Parisi, Elena Rapa, Emiliano Mammucari, Falcinelli & Poggi, Mauro Cicarè, Genea, MP5, Luisa Montalto, Maicol & Mirco, Hurricane Ivan, Lele Corvi, Luca Genovese, Maurizio Rosenzweig, Matteo Cremona, Paolo Di Orazio, Roberto Mangosi, Rocco Lombardi, Stefano Misesti, Sergio Algozzino, Thomas Bires, Sergio Ponchione, Miguel Angel Martin, Aleksandar Zograf, Peter Kuper, Max Andersson, Mike Diana, Trevor Brown, Ivan Brun, Eric Drooker, Mac McGill, Jennifer Camper, Ryan Inzana, Daniel Silvestre da Silva, Rafael Gouveia, Line Hoven.

Children No More took already place here:
3/15 june 2008: Galleria SpazioGiovani — Bari
16/19 september 2008: Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea Rocco Dicillo — Triggiano (BA)
22/23 november 2008: Meeting del Volontariato c/o Fiera del Levante — Bari
29 november/10 december 2008: Museo del Territorio — Alberobello (BA)

Official Blog:

Free entrance
Piacenza, Farnese Palace 9-10 may 2009
Hours: 10.00 — 12.00 e 15.00 — 18.00
Opening friday 8 may h. 17.00