Bulletin Board v208

Concord mom pleads guilty to torturing son, is sentenced to up to 30 years — A 19-year-old former Concord man who was repeatedly tortured and then coerced to lie that his wounds were self-inflicted confronted the first of his three alleged abusers – his mother – yesterday at her plea and sentencing hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, describing in detail how she brutally abused him in the family’s Penacook home. “Dear ex-Mother,” he began, reading from a statement as the woman, Christine Gelineau, sat sobbing nearby in an orange prison jumpsuit. (more on the case)

Dad Profiling — I’ve been sitting on writing this post for a couple weeks because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say about it. I knew that I was annoyed by what happened — angered even — but it’s not a totally black or white situation. A few weeks ago, my parents took me and my daughter, Annie, along with my nephew, Spencer, and niece, Michaela, to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Normally, my sister and her husband would have come too, but they were out of town, so my parents and I were in charge of looking after Spencer and Michaela.

Demystifying the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys – Our Forgotten Victims — Child sex trafficking is a phrase with which most of us are familiar and in many ways a fashionable topic to discuss in the media nowadays thanks to the publicity the issue has generated from celebrities and activists, as well as from websites like Backpage.com and Craigslist which have sparked furor for allegedly facilitating trafficking. Yet, in thirteen years since the adoption of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – which defined anyone less than 18 years of age induced to perform a commercial sexual act as a victim of trafficking and not a criminal – one group has been noticeably and consistently ignored in all of the research, policy and practice…young boys. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v207

Blackburn teen’s prison hell on false rape charge — A TEENAGER has spoken of his nine-month hell in jail awaiting trial after being accused of rape and kidnap. Daniel Rakestraw was freed on Tuesday after being cleared by a jury of tying a 16-year-old girl to his bed and attacking her. The jury took just 30 minutes to clear him of four charges of rape, one of kidnap and another of imprisonment. The 19-year-old, from Revidge Road, Blackburn, said he was abused by other prisoners and put in isolation for his own safety during his stay in HM Prison Preston.

London’s Human Trafficking Problem Growing — A study says officials are in denial about the scale of the problem – especially male victims who are often too frightened to report what’s going on. Report author Conservative London Assembly Member Andrew Boff says the issue is often misunderstood. “At least 40% of the trafficked victims are male and the majority of the people who are trafficked are trafficked for labour, not sexual exploitation.” However he also called for more rape support services to be available for male victims of trafficking.

Prolific paedophile is HIV positive — A prolific paedophile who groomed vulnerable teenage boys online with an accomplice before filming their sexual abuse is HIV positive, it has been revealed. And police fear that Anthony Marsh, 53, and Lee Davis, 39, who have already admitted a string of sex offences, may have had more victims. The pair used social networks such as Facebook and Bebo, as well as specialist gay websites, to befriend boys before committing what police describe as ” vile, horrendous offences”. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v206

Are men oppressed? Male rights activists maligned as ‘sexists’ fight to have movement recognized on campus — At the latest battle in the emerging campus war over men’s rights, as a man in a pink keffiyeh, with a pink hammer and sickle on his chest, shouted slogans through a pink megaphone at a group of men’s rights activists who marched on the Ontario legislature to denounce the oppressive effects of feminism, it was tempting to invoke Henry Kissinger’s quip about the Iran-Iraq War: “It’s a pity they both can’t lose.” Neither side made an articulate case through their mutual loathing.

Do men need a place to call their own? Experts make the case for men’s centres in campus, community life — A U.S. professor specializing in studying the psychology of boys and men, masculinity and manhood will make the case for creating men’s centres on campus during an address in Toronto. The speech by Miles Groth is slated to take place Friday evening at an event organized by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), which is working to raise funds to create the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. Advocates on both sides of the border are seeking to fill what they view as a void at schools and within communities — programs dedicated to studying, serving and supporting male interests and needs.

The facts and figures on male rape and sexual abuse in Ireland — The recently released Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Annual Report for 2012 laid out the facts of rape and sexual abuse in Ireland. The figures are astonishing and disturbing. Over 9,000 genuine contacts were made with the National 24-Hour Helpline in 2012, over 25 a day, and almost half of those were making their first ever contact with the service. Men made up over 17 per cent of those who contacted the Helpline in 2012, highlighting just how big sexual abuse and rape issues are for Irish men. Continue reading

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Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence — Father Alejandro Flores is being deported to his native Bolivia after finishing a portion of his four-year sentence for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy. Flores, 40, was a priest in the Chicago suburb of Joliet who no longer has any “sort of public ministry” according to a Chicago Catholic archdiocese spokesman. The Catholic Church is taking steps to defrock Flores who they now claim should never have been ordained. Court records indicate the Church held up his ordination so he could receive counseling for viewing pornography on line and after hearing the victim and his brother call Flores “daddy”.

Child sex abuse rampant in Afghanistan, documentary shows — U.S. Marine Maj. Bill Steuber, like most people in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, knew that local Afghan police were keeping young boys as sex slaves. The practice, known as bacha bazi, or “boy play,” was an open secret in Sangin, a town of 14,000 in Helmand. So Steuber sat down to confront deputy police chief Qhattab Khan, hoping he could convince him that the practice — which is as illegal in Afghanistan as it is in Canada — would cost the police the support of the local community. But what Steuber heard left him shaking his head in disbelief.

Embarrassment barrier for abused men — Men are suffering from domestic abuse, but embarrassment will usually stop them coming forward until it is extreme, police say. Men often wait until knives are pulled before seeking help, Detective Sergeant Alan McGlade from the Hamilton police Family Safety Team said. Most reports of abuse against males were either of psychological or extreme physical violence, such as stabbings. “If I think about women abusing men, some of the violence is quite serious,” McGlade said. Continue reading

Couple adopted and groomed boy for abuse

This is one of the most horrendous, yet familiar cases of child abuse I have heard of:

An American pedophile has been convicted to 40 years in prison for years of sexual abuse of adopted Russian boy. His boyfriend from New Zealand who allegedly assisted in meticulously recording acts of sexual offence is going on trial at home.

Two members of the pedophile porn exchange ring Boy Lovers network, Mark J. Newton, 42 and his long-term partner Peter Truong, 36, were busted in 2011 on suspicion that they were sexually molesting their son, born to Russian mother in 2005.

A US judge in Indianapolis has imposed maximum sentence on American-born Mark J. Newton, 42, for sexual exploit of a minor and conspiracy to possess child pornography. Newton is also obliged to pay $400,000 in compensation to the boy’s account.

Newton’s boyfriend Peter Truong, 36, awaits court in New Zealand.

According to reports, the pair sought a surrogate mother in the United States, but failed to find one. They eventually found a Russian woman who they paid $8,000 to give birth using Newton’s sperm. The couple took the boy, who the media refers to as ‘Adam’, five days after his birth.

Amazingly, the couple were interviewed about their adoption by US media outlets. What no one knew is that the couple intended to raise the boy to be their sex slave: Continue reading

Bulletin Board v197

$500K to each boy in Haiti sex cases — Two dozen Haitian boys will each receive $500,000 in a settlement on their claims of sexual abuse at the hands of Douglas Perlitz while enrolled in Project Pierre Toussaint, a residential trade school in Cap-Haitien. “This settlement will be a life-changing event for them,” said Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who headed the legal team representing the boys.

Abu Dhabi to set up centre for male sex abuse victims — Abu Dhabi is to set up a new centre for adult male victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse, the WAM news agency has confirmed. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, has issued a resolution for the establishing of the centre, which will be supervised by the Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi.

Domestic abuse research and policy isn’t taking male victims into account — That’s the findings from a review by a Scottish University. And Brian Dempsey, who carried out the research for the University of Dundee, said: “Research on men in Scotland is particularly scarce and there has been little attempt to understand their experience of domestic abuse or what effect this has on the children who witness that abuse.”

Home detention for woman’s sex abuse of boy — A female churchgoer who sexually abused the young son of a family she boarded with has narrowly avoided jail. The woman, whose identity is permanently suppressed, was yesterday sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to 10 months’ home detention after admitting two counts of sexual connection with a young person. She was also issued with a first warning under the “three strikes” sentencing law.  Continue reading

And Boys Too

Two years ago, I wrote about The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City study conducted by the John Jay College of New York. The study found that about 50% of the commercially sexually exploited children in New York City are boys. The study’s results, however, led to little change. The results were ignored, and boys continued to find few resources to help him.

Recently, ECPAT-USA released a discussion paper on the matter of the commercial sexually exploitation of boys. And Boys Too addresses the findings from the John Jay College study as well as other studies that found boys are a larger portion of sex trafficking victims than previously thought.

Some of the findings mentioned in the paper include the reasons why few boys come forward:

Contributing factors to why CSE boys and young men are not getting identified or served.

  • The unwillingness of boys to self-identify as sexually exploited due to shame and stigma about being gay or being perceived as gay by family and community.

  • A lack of screening and intake by law enforcement and social services agencies rooted in the belief that boys are not victims of CSE.

  • Limited outreach by anti-trafficking organizations to areas, venues and tracks known for male prostitution.

  • Oversimplification of the reality that boys are not generally pimped hides the needs and misinforms potential services.

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