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Articles tagged as Child-protection

  • ISKCON CPO 'Empowers' Devotee Communities' Fight Against Child Sex Abuse and Violence

    The ISKCON Child Protection Office held a three-day child abuse safety training program the first week in May in New Vrindavana. Seven devotees, including teachers, Sunday School teachers and social workers, attended the training.

  • Visitor to Krishna Gathering Arrested for Sex Crime

    Boulder, Colorado – Hare Krishna devotees who host a weekly gathering for those interested in Krishna consciousness were horrified to learn that a semi-regular visitor to the gatherings is alleged to have sexually abused an 8-year-old girl. Joseph S. Cardillo, a 47-year-old resident of the nearby town of Niwot, was arrested in his home at the end of October on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust.

  • ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection Announces New Assistant Director
    The ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mahavishnupriya Devi Dasi as Assistant Director. Her main services to the CPO will be investigating cases of child abuse, and managing the adjudication process of CPO cases.
  • Abuse of India's Boys is Rising

    Nov 20, DELHI, INDIA (BBC) — Sexual exploitation of boys as young as six is on the rise in India, researchers say. Abuse is becoming particularly more common in places of religious tourism, according to the study by non-governmental organisation Equations. Children interviewed said the abusers were foreign and domestic tourists, as well as local residents.

  • Religious Leaders Battle Abuse Bill in New York

    Roman Catholic and Orthodox Jewish officials in New York are mounting an intense lobbying effort to block a bill before the State Legislature that would temporarily lift the statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of children.

  • Sex Claims Against US Church Rise

    The number of new claims of sexual abuse made against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says. It says the Church paid $436m (£313m) in 2008 for abuse cases. Most of the money was used to compensate victims.

  • New Child Protection Director Focuses on Prevention

    When Champakalata Dasi (Vasanthie Pillai) was encouraged to apply for the position of Executive Director of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (CPO), she knew she was at a crossroads in her life. It was time to make a decision.

  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 8
    The Child Protection Office has a new director.
  • Belgium: Amid Sex Scandals, De-Baptism Gains Favor
    Faced with ever-more harrowing revelations of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen, Belgians are turning in record numbers to apostasy — formally breaking with their religion through a process of “de-baptism.”
  • New Gurukuli Memoir of Abuse a Powerful Reminder for Further Vigilance

    A new book self-published this March by former gurukula student Daniel Lutz, entitled “My Karma, My Fault,” tells a sobering tale of neglect and abuse suffered in ISKCON boarding schools from 1983 to 1994.

  • Pedofile Priests, ISKCON, and Sentimentalized Compassion
    The ancient Greeks said that even virtues, when overly applied can become vices, and do a lot of harm. Compassion is one of the virtues, and its a great virtue; indeed. However, there is a time for compassionate action to become transformed to measures of discipline, so that a person may ultimately improve themselves, and that others may be protected.
  • Krishna Kids In India’s IT Hub
    Modernization of society is taking a heavy toll on the children. Problems like loneliness, depression, drugs & intoxication, inferiority complex, behavioural and mood disorders, suicidal tendencies, unruliness, delinquency, bad mannerism are on the rise. This summer, ISKCON Secunderabad is training 2000 children in 4 camps, starting April 23rd.
  • Opening: North American Child Protection Office Director
    The North American GBC and Executive Committee are looking for a Director for a North American Child Protection Office (CPO).
  • Child Protection Seminar at Almiks Gard Sweden and Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh Belgium
    During the last European Leadership Meeting conference a presentation was made on the book “My Karma, My Fault” published by an european ex- gurukuli, who was physically, psychological, and sexually abused. By the invitation of ISKCON`s Euro GBC, child protection trainings will be held in Sweden and at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh.
  • Vatican to Host Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
    Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.
  • First North American Child Protection Office Launched
    At the 2012 North American Governing Body and Temple President meetings in Dallas, Texas, this January, Lilasuka Dasi was announced as the head of the first ever North American regional Child Protection Office.
  • US Child Protection Office Launches New Website and Educational Events
    On Saturday May 5th, the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva—Lord Krishna’s half-man half-lion form known for protecting His devotees—ISKCON North America’s Child Protection Office launches its official website.
  • New Child Protection Policies Approved by ISKCON Authorities
    The Guidelines set standards for child protection within ISKCON, mandate how the ISKCON’s Central Office of Child Protection (CPO) and local Child Protection Teams should function, while clarifying how ISKCON leaders and members should respond to any allegations of abuse.
  • National Child Protection Training in India
    The term ‘abuse’ is enough to make one want to cringe. To attend 3 days of constant talks on abuse, studying cases, watching videos, all with the aim of preventing it from happening in ISKCON society was a huge austerity, but the sense of commitment of all attending devotees to make the community a safe one for the children gave them forbearance to deal with it.
  • ISKCON North America Leadership Meeting Highlights Child Safety
    The third and final day of the North American ISKCON GBC and Temple President Meeting was a half-day session that focused on Child Protection, Communications and strengthening the Brahmacari ashrama (celibate monastic student communities) in ISKCON temples in North America.
  • New Developments in Child Protection Seva at North American CPO

    Encouraging news has continued to come out of ISKCON’s new North American Child Protection Office. After a March 2011 meeting of North American GBC members and temple presidents, the regional office was established in Alachua, Florida in January 2012 to fill an important need and cement child protection as a priority in ISKCON.

  • Burnt Ladhu

    A powerful drama performance by 2nd generation ISKCON devotees. 

  • Second Day of GBC AGM Focuses on Disciples Course, Child Protection and Healthcare Services

    After four days of Strategic Planning Network meetings, the GBC Body reconvened with presentations on the ISKCON Disciples Course, the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai and Mayapur and on ISKCON's Child Protection Office.

  • Safe Temple Awards to Show ISKCON’s Unified Commitment to Child Protection

    As part of its ongoing efforts for child safety, ISKCON’s North American Child Protection Office will kick off 2016 with its first annual “Safe Temple” awards.

  • New Coordinator to Speed Up Child Protection Response

    With National Child Abuse Prevention Month inspiring child protection efforts from both secular and religious organizations across North America this April, ISKCON North America’s Child Protection Office (NACPO) is welcoming a new member to its team.

  • A Statement on Child Protection within ISKCON

    The one-hour film “Cost of Silence,” that was released on Nrisimha Caturdasi, raises serious questions for the ISKCON society and its leadership in regards to child abuse and child protection, as well as the authority and effectiveness of the ISKCON Child Protection Office. These are important questions and deserve thoughtful reflection and an energetic response.

  • Service Opportunity: North American Child Protection Office Director

    The North American Executive Committee (NAEC) of the North American GBC and Temple Presidents Association is looking for a new Director of the Child Protection Office. This Office has been active for over five years, and is now expanding its staff and programs. 

  • ISKCON GBC Nominates New Child Protection Director

    The ISKCON GBC has announced that appointment of Kamlesh Krishna das as the International Director of the ISKCON Child Protection Office. He succeeds Champakalata devi dasi in this role, and is already actively involved in the service. 

  • ISKCON Highlights Child Protection on Nrsimha Chaturdasi

    On Nrsimha Chaturdasi -- Saturday April 28th– ISKCON’s Child Protection Office (CPO) will commemorate 20 years of service. On the occasion, its North American headquarters in Alachua, Florida – where the CPO was first established in April 1998 – will put on special events to highlight child protection.

  • ISKCON Child Protection Director Appointed as UK Magistrate

    Kamlesh Krishna Das will be serving within the Magistrate Court, which handles 95% of all legal cases in the UK. He was officially appointed and sworn in on Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is on April 1st, and will be based primarily in Hertfordshire. 

  • First Latin American CPO Director Works Hard to Keep ISKCON Children Safe

    Baladeva Das was appointed CPO Director in October 2018 by ISKCON’s Latin Regional Governing Body (RGB). Since joining ISKCON in 1991 in Argentina, he has done preaching, communications and educational services, lead the Nava Gundica Dhama temple, and helped edit and translate the Spanish edition of Caitanya-Caritamrita.