Saturday, 25 October 2014
Multiple rapist and abuser Alan Clark jailed
A man who was convicted of raping two women and assaulting two others has been jailed for eight years.
Alan Clark, 39, abused the women in Glasgow, Clydebank and Dumbarton between 2001 and 2012.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard how he raped one woman who had helped him with literacy skills while he was in prison.
Judge Lord Carloway ordered Clark to be kept under supervision for a further four years after his release.
The judge told him: "You have been convicted of a catalogue of sexual and violent offences."'Significant criminal record'
The court heard how Clark, who had "a significant criminal record", raped a woman who had helped to teach him during a previous prison sentence.
He was described as being "charming and pleasant" at first but later abused the woman who was pushed, slapped, gouged and handcuffed.
On one occasion he tried to strangle her after she turned off the TV at a house in Dumbarton.
After being raped the woman said she felt "so low" that she believed the attacks would only end when one of them died.
Clark threatened to burn down her house and her parents' home during a four-year period up to the end of 2005.
He also raped a second woman in 2008 at a flat in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow.Bomb threat
During the ordeal he slashed clothes belonging to her and threatened to stab her dog.
Clark also threatened to petrol bomb the woman's home.
He also committed acts of violence against a fourth woman who was punched, kicked and jumped on.
He threatened to throw her out of a window and tied her hands and ankles together with wire.
During one incident in 2012 in Glasgow he tried to strangle her and dragged her through the door of a close and repeatedly struck her head against a concrete floor.
Clark also robbed the woman of cash and destroyed photos belonging to her.
A fourth woman was dragged by the hair and punched by Clark during incidents in Glasgow in 2010.
Children’s charity reports rise in cases of online sexual abuse
By SANDRA GRAY, 25 October 2014 9.00am.
A leading children’s charity has reported a “staggering” rise in cases of online sexual abuse.
Childline, which is operated by the NSPCC, carried out more than 2,800 counselling sessions with youngsters who were being groomed over the internet.
This represents an increase of 168% between 2012 and 2013.
Almost 20% of all counselling sessions were directed through Childline’s bases in Aberdeen and Glasgow.
Joseph Lumbasi, a development worker with the charity Izzy’s Promise, told The Courier it was a difficult subject for children to discuss openly.
He added: “They come to us because they don’t feel their school knows how to deal with it and they don’t want to tell their parents in case they have their computers or phones taken away and are prevented from using the internet. They also don’t want to be put in a situation where they could come face-to-face with their abuser.”
Mr Lumbasi revealed the charity was working to help young people protect themselves online.
“We try to help them build some resilience and develop coping mechanisms,” he said.
“We provide them with a confidential service, whether that is giving them reassurance or helping them to protect themselves online.
“If something happens online that makes them feel unsafe, they know they can come to us.
“They need to be able to talk to people they can trust to help them deal with that kind of situation.”
Childline has adopted a similar approach to encourage young people to talk about their online activities.
Elaine Chalmers, area manager for the service in Scotland, said children often do not report abuse because they don’t realise that what they are experiencing is illegal.
She added: “Social networks are an easy place to hide your real identity and can be the first step in offenders encouraging potential victims to other sites, or even to meet in person.
“It’s vital that we encourage children and young people to talk about what they do online and who they communicate with.”
Anyone with concerns about online safety can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or Izzy’s Promise on 01382 206222.
A number of students have been fined following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia.
The chant filmed during the Freshers' Week included a reference to digging up and having sex with a female corpse.
A University of Nottingham spokeswoman said action was taken "in line with its code of discipline" for students.
Impact, the university's student magazine, said the students had been fined £150 each.
The group was filmed outside the Capital FM Arena on 28 September by a first year student, who did not want to be named.
The woman said she was "fed up" after hearing the misogynistic chants all week and so decided to film the behaviour.Student sanctions
The footage, which shows a mixed group of people chanting about having sex with a woman, was given to Impact, which published it on YouTube on 3 October.
She said: "I'm happy I did it and effectively it's put a stop to it."
The woman and other students said the group had been fined for their actions.
A spokeswoman for the University of Nottingham said it had worked alongside the students' union in its investigation.
She would not confirm that the students had been fined £150, which is the university's maximum penalty for breaking their code of discipline.
Some student union representatives were among those punished and are also set to face a disciplinary hearing over whether they broke the union's code of conduct.
A number of sanctions can be imposed, including a formal written warning about future conduct and those responsible could be removed from their positions on the committee.