June 27, 2018

USA: Joel Davis, Chairman Of The International Campaign To Stop Rape And Gender Violence In Conflict, Arrested For ‘Trying To Arrange To Rape Multiple Children As Young As Two.’ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜ 

The Daily Mail, UK
written by Emily Crane
Tuesday June 26, 2018

The head of a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly trying to meet with children as young as two for sex.

Joel Davis, 22, is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and young children, as well as soliciting an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of minors.

The New Yorker was arrested on Tuesday on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.

Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence.

Prosecutors say despite his involvement in the organization, Davis exchanged text messages with undercover agents over the course of several weeks earlier this month.

Davis allegedly told the agents that he was sexually interested in children of all ages. He is accused of sending the agents sexually explicit photographs of infants and toddlers, including some of the children engaged in sex acts with adults.

The 22-year-old allegedly arranged to meet the nine-year-old daughter of one of the undercover agents and with the purported two-year-old daughter of the officer's girlfriend.

He allegedly went into detail in the text messages about what sexual activities he intended to engage in with the children.

Prosecutors say Davis repeatedly asked the undercover agent to take naked and sexually explicit pictures and videos of the children and to send them to him.

Following his arrest, Davis allegedly admitted to officers that he had abused a 13-year-old boy in the past and that he kept child porn images on his phone.

'Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors,' FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said.

'As if this wasn't repulsive enough, Davis allegedly possessed and distributed utterly explicit images of innocent infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.'

Davis faced Manhattan federal court on Tuesday charged with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and receipt and distribution of child pornography.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Davis has attended Oxford University, Columbia University and The Juilliard School.

US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman described Davis' alleged actions as 'unfathomable' and 'sickening'.

'Davis started an organization devoted to stopping sexual violence, while allegedly engaged in the duplicitous behavior of sharing explicit images of infants engaged in sexual activity,' he said.

'Davis also allegedly solicited an undercover officer - whom he thought to be a willing participant – to send sexually explicit videos of his nine-year-old daughter, and even to set up a sexual encounter between himself and a two-year-old.

'The conduct alleged against Joel Davis is as unfathomable as it is sickening, and as this case demonstrates, law enforcement will keep its watchful eye on the darkest corners of the internet to bring predators to justice.'
The Columbia Spectator
written by Khadija Hussain
Wednesday June 27, 2018

General Studies student Joel Davis was arrested Tuesday in Manhattan on charges of child pornography and attempting to sexually exploit children as young as two years old.

Davis spent years as a sexual assault prevention activist both on and off Columbia’s campus. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for helping to found Youth to End Sexual Violence and serving as the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence.

After being arrested, Davis allegedly confessed to officers that he had sexually abused a thirteen-year-old boy in the past, and that he kept child pornography on his phone.

Davis was a columnist for Spectator in 2017, writing on topics including being a survivor of sexual assault (like most Spectator columnists, Davis was an outside contributor who was not a member of Spectator’s staff). In a 2014 op-ed in the Huffington Post, Davis condemned the sexual exploitation of children.

Justice Department officials said that over the course of several weeks, Davis exchanged text messages with undercover officers, repeatedly asking that one officer send Davis sexually explicit photos and videos of his nine-year-old daughters.

The Department’s criminal complaint also alleges that Davis described in detail the explicit sexual acts he intended to engage in with both the officer’s nine-year-old daughter and the two-year-old daughter of the officer’s girlfriend.

“Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors,” Federal Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. said in a statement.

Davis and the Youth to End Sexual Violence did not immediately respond to Spectator’s requests for comment. He could face up to 70 years in prison.
NBC2, local news
19-year-old Port Charlotte grad nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
written by Staff
Thursday May 14, 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize has gone to such names like Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Barack Obama and Kofi Annan. A 2013 Port Charlotte High School graduate could possibly be added to the list.

At 19, Joel Davis has been nominated for the prestigious award.

Davis was recently named to the board of directors for the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Conflict. He was noticed after he started his own group called "Youth to End Sexual Violence."

"I feel like I lead a bit of a double life, college student by day type of thing," Davis said.

As an American University student, he frequently travels from Washington, D.C. to New York to work with the United Nations. He has been to several countries and has even worked alongside well-known activist, Angelina Jolie.

While he is honored by the nomination, he says there is a lot of work to be done.

"It's difficult to me to kind of grapple with that, that on one hand, this is supposed to be our success point, but nothing has really changed. At least not enough for me," Davis said.

Davis' journey began at Port Charlotte High -- where he helped the Model UN team rake in several trophies. His former coach, Robert Johnson, couldn't be more proud.

"Joel has done something that the average person, even from the Model UN has done. So it's very, very rewarding," Johnson said.

Davis says his work with the Model UN in high school showed him world problems he wants to solve, and he hopes he can help inspire Port Charlotte's current students.

"That's a really important program and I would say I hope young people have the opportunity to find something they're passionate about," Davis said.

More than 200 individuals and organizations were nominated this year. It will be awarded in Norway in October.

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