Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Malka Leifer

It comes as no surprise that Malka Leifer is reported to have been abusing children in the ultra orthodox settlement of Emmanuel at the northern end of the West Bank.  Paedophiles do not change their behaviour certainly not without treatment.  In Ms Leifer's case she has been encouraged to continue her behaviour by the cowardice of the systems dealing with her.  The Board of Adass, the school where she allegedly abused pupil, the local rabbinical council and those who see fit to defend her in court completely ignoring and disrespecting the alleged victims.

She should return to Australia and show some respect for her alleged victims and seek treatment.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Seal of the Confessional

The ACT has introduced laws that will make it mandatory for priests to report people who disclose in a confessions that they have abused a child or children.  The Attorney-General, Christian Porter, stated that the Council of Attorneys-General was looking at harmonising laws across Australia following the ACTs legislative changes.  Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference was not in support of this move and commented that the Royal Commission was presented with little evidence that priests received confessions from paedophiles.  It is not clear how we would know given what happens in the confessional is deemed confidential. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sip Safe Wristbands

Monash University and a private company R & R have launched a wristband, Sip Safe, which allows you to check for drugs in a drink by putting a drop of your drink on the wristband.  If this assist detect drink spiking with illicit drugs then it is a good idea.  However, it would not be a good idea to get too complacent. 

Malka Leifer

The Malka Leifer saga moves into another year with another psychiatric assessment being ordered.  The people trying to stop her return to Australia are showing complete and utter contempt for the alleged victims of sexually assault at her hands.  If she had committed a crime against the Israel State I doubt if it would take this long to extradite her from another country.

Public Register of Offenders

The discussion has started again about having a public register of offenders so that people can know if they have a registered sex offender living in their area.  The United States has had a public register for a number of years and there is no evidence to show that it has reduced offending rates.  It has at times proven to be counterproductive with it leading to the identification of survivors, a rise in vigilantism and creating a sense of security about knowing who and where the offenders are.