Five teenagers have been arrested in Belgium over the alleged gang rape of a year-old girl, who died less than a week later. Prosecutors say that three of the suspects, who are minors, are in a youth facility, while two men aged 18 and 19 have been arrested and are due to appear in court on Wednesday. The prosecution has only confirmed that they are being investigated for "acts that occurred shortly before the death of the victim". According to Belgian media reports, the girl had arranged to meet a male friend at a cemetery in Ghent on 15 May. However, he allegedly arrived with the four other suspects and assaulted the victim. Images from the attack were also uploaded to social media. The case has led to a strong response from Belgian politicians, with Secretary of State for Equality Sarah Schlitz vowing to take action to prevent images of sexual assault being shared online. It should simply not be possible," she said, adding that her team would meet with representatives of social media companies to discuss moderation policies. Liesbet Stevens, an expert in gender equality, told VRT News that the assault "is unfortunately not an isolated case", noting that around gang rapes are reported in Belgium every year. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by sexual abuse or violence, these organisations in the UK may be able to help.
British subscription site OnlyFans is failing to prevent underage users from selling and appearing in explicit videos, a BBC investigation has found. Unders have used fake identification to set up accounts, and police say a year-old used a grandmother's passport. The UK's most senior police officer for child protection also says children are being "exploited" on the platform. The platform has more than a million "creators" who share video clips, photos and messages directly with subscribers for a monthly fee. There is a range of content on the site but it is best known for pornography, and requires users to be over OnlyFans was a big winner during the pandemic, exploding in popularity as much of the world was housebound. The social media platform has grown nearly fold since , and now has more than million users. Some creators have become millionaires from their accounts, yet for most it has been a lifeline or a second income during the pandemic. But BBC News has investigated concerns that unders are selling explicit videos on the site, despite it being illegal for individuals to post or share indecent images of children. As part of our investigation, we found that one year-old from a suburb in the south-east of England had sold videos of herself masturbating and playing with sex toys, while an under participated in graphic videos hosted on an adult account in Nevada, US, in breach of the company's terms and conditions.
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The rate of early unintended pregnancy in Kenya is shockingly high. About one in five girls between the ages of 15 and 19 have begun having children. For instance, the rate is as high as two in five in Narok and Homa Bay counties. Most of these pregnancies are unplanned and unintended. When girls become pregnant, they voluntarily or involuntarily drop out of school. Most of them never return to school, missing out on critical education investment necessary for their empowerment and earning power. They also face stigma and social exclusion, which contribute to their poor mental health. Some seek abortion in unsanitary settings resulting in complications, disabilities and deaths. Almost half of all deaths from unsafe abortion in sub-Saharan Africa occur among adolescent girls. Those who carry the pregnancy to term face a higher risk of childbirth complications.
A paedophile who subjected a young girl to years of sexual abuse has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. John Mahony committed non-recent child sexual abuse against two girls, Leeds Crown Court heard. The year-old, of Selbourne Road, Saville Town, Dewsbury , pleaded guilty to six counts of indecency with a child and two counts of indecent assault. He also pleaded guilty to a further count of indecency with a child in relation to a second girl. Prosecutor Michael Collins said the abuse had started with sexual touching and escalated to playing a trivia game in which Mahony would ask her to take off her clothes, showing her pornography and taking photos of her undressed. It takes just seconds to sign up - just click on this link , enter your email address and follow the instructions. If you change your mind you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of every newsletter we send out.