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Christian summer camp 'rebuked' girls who reported assault and told them to 'forgive' assailant: report
An explosive new report in USA Today about allegations of sexual abuse at a Kanakuk Kamp in Branson, Missouri claims that staff members at the Christian summer camp berated female campers who reported sexual assault.
According to the report, four girls went to a counselor back in 2016 to report that they had been assaulted by a male camper, only to be told to stand down from their allegations.
What's more, one of the girls told USA Today, they were told it was time to forgive their assailant even though he had not been punished for his actions.
"We believe in salvation, we don’t believe in punishment, Jesus forgives, and we are going to forgive the camper,” said the girl in summarizing the camp director's reaction. “We’re going to help him through his problems.”
The report goes on to detail how this was part of a pattern where camp staffers "repeatedly disregarded red flags and prioritized ministering to those accused of wrongdoing, instead of seeking justice for victims."
This is all despite the fact that Kanakuk had vowed to reform after the 2009 arrest of a camp director, Peter Newman, who was charged with abusing multiple children.
In that case, the camp also ignored years' worth of warning signs about abuse allegations.
"Documents Kanakuk released during civil court proceedings show camp leaders were made aware of Newman’s nudity with children and other inappropriate behavior on multiple occasions from 1999 until his confession in 2009," writes USA Today. "Former Kanakuk staff interviewed for this story, including a supervisor who recommended Newman be fired in 2003, say those complaints were repeatedly excused and dismissed."
Former President Donald Trump has lost in court -- again.
The Associated Press is reporting that a federal judge has thrown out the twice-impeached former one-term president's lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James that was aimed at ending her civil investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices.
Trump first filed a lawsuit against James this past December, although legal experts at the time said it was a longshot bid that had very little chance, if any, of succeeding.
Trump's latest loss comes just one day after a four-judge panel upheld Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron's ruling from earlier this year that enforced the New York AG's subpoena against him, which means he will now be forced to testify in the case.
In their ruling, the judges shot down arguments made by Trump lawyers that he should not be forced to testify in a civil probe while a parallel criminal probe into the same instance was also ongoing.
"The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination," they wrote.
The investigation centers on whether the Trump Organization fraudulently misled investors and government officials about a wide range of its property values in an effort to minimize taxes.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
The United States on Friday imposed fresh sanctions over North Korea's missile launches, including on two Russian banks, after Russia and China blocked action by the UN Security Council.
The Treasury Department said it was freezing any US assets and criminalizing transactions with the Far Eastern Bank and Bank Sputnik, Russian institutions accused of working with North Korea.
It also targeted Jong Yong Nam, alleged to be working out of Moscow-allied Belarus for North Korea's weapons research body, and a trading company affiliated with state carrier Air Koryo, which is already under sanctions.
Senior Treasury official Brian Nelson said the banks were targeted as they "knowingly provided significant financial services" to the North, formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"The United States will continue to implement and enforce existing sanctions while urging the DPRK to return to a diplomatic path and abandon its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles," he said in a statement.
The United States and South Korea have said that North Korea tested three rockets, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, on Wednesday and that it could be preparing its first nuclear test since 2017.
The United States on Thursday forced a vote at the Security Council on toughening sanctions, saying that North Korea had brazenly violated a unanimous 2017 resolution that warned of consequences for further tests.
But Russia, whose relations with the West have sharply deteriorated over the Ukraine war, and China vetoed the US-drafted resolution, saying that sanctions would heighten tensions.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, accused Beijing and Moscow of emboldening North Korea and said the United States would take unilateral measures against Pyongyang.
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