Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees — The embattled co-CEO also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling, “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting. The co-CEO of Archie Comics’ says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings – because they’re white men. In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit’s lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”
Boy, 13, testifies about alleged rapes by woman, 20 — A defense attorney yesterday tried to discredit the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who claims he was sexually abused by a 20-year-old woman living with him and his family in Haverhill last year. The defendant, Heather Paltinavich, 21, of Haverhill, is accused of two counts of statutory rape. Her trial began Monday in Essex Superior Court with jury selection and opening remarks and testimony began yesterday.
The Boy in the Boardroom: When Sexual Abuse and Manhood Collide — Two buddies who haven’t seen one another in months walk into a sports bar, find a table, and scan the menu. Man #1 was just prescribed a new diet by his doctor. Beer and fried foods are off limits, so the grilled chicken salad jumps off the page. Man #2 has been fighting a fever, and recently started an antibiotic. He can’t wait to get home and crawl into bed. The waitress approaches and asks if they’re ready to order. Crickets. They look at one another.
Campaign to help those suffering from male domestic abuse is launched — A new campaign backed by Hinckley police is hoping to strip the stigma from male domestic abuse. Figures suggest one in six men in Leicestershire experience some kind of abusive behaviour by a partner, an ex or even a relative but few report the problem. The new initiative hopes to encourage more men to come forward rather than suffering in silence. As part of the campaign information posters are being distributed to gyms and sports clubs. Continue reading →
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, thinks the media has a double standard when it comes to clergy abuse:
There is no organization in the nation today that has less of a problem with sexual abuse of minors than the Catholic church. But one would never know that by listening to late-night talk show hosts, and the likes of Bill Maher. They would have the audience believe that nothing has changed. To top things off, the media often fail to adequately report on this problem in the non-Catholic population.
Other people have played the “they do it, too” card, but before I get to that I want to address Donohue’s claim that sexual abuse in the Catholic church is “practically nonexistent in the Catholic church today.” In the article, Donohue writes:
The timeline for the lion’s share of abuse cases is not in doubt: the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. This was when the sexual revolution hit our culture like a tidal wave, engulfing even Catholic seminaries; it ended soon after the discovery of AIDS in 1981.
Donohue likely got that idea from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice studies released in 2011 concerning sexual violence in the Catholic church. The first dealt with the nature of the abuse, and the second dealt with the cause. As I noted in my post about the second study, the researchers concluded that cultural changes at that time (the 1960s and 1970s) led to an increase in abuse, yet they offered no evidence supporting that conclusion. They listed other cultural issues as well, but presented no proof coming directly from offending priests. Continue reading →
CNN ran an article about Jack Williams, a Vietnam-era veteran who faces numerous physical and mental health issues as a result of rape.
According to the article, Williams’ assistant drill sergeant raped then 18-year-old Williams several times while he was in training:
In the dead of night, the assistant drill sergeant woke Williams and ordered him to a second-floor office.
Williams stood before the sergeant in his government-issue T-shirt and boxers. He stared straight ahead, like he was supposed to. Suddenly, the sergeant choked him, threw him on the floor.
“He was all over me. He was raping me.”
After it was over, Williams cleaned himself up and went back to bed.
“In the military, everyone pulls together. I did not want to be the one who let everyone down.”
The article states that the cadets were cut off from the outside world. They were not allowed any calenders or watches, nor were they allowed to make phone calls or leave the base. Williams kept the rape to himself. The sergeant came back several days later. This time, the sergeant beat Williams and knee-dropped him in the kidneys. Williams later fell on rocks during a training session, making the injuries worse. Continue reading →
65,000 images seized in shocking ‘boy lovers’ network — MEN aged from 22 to 76 – including teachers, accountants, bank managers and tradies, were among the Queenslanders arrested as part of a global child exploitation ring. Queensland police said more than 30 people have been charged on more than 200 offences in what was described as a ‘boy lovers’ network. During Operation Taskforce Argus there were 65,000 images. In Canada, 45 terrabytes of data – all involving the abuse of young boys – the equivalent of 15,000 DVDS – was seized.
Clubs and gyms targeted to help male victims of domestic abuse — Police are to target sports clubs and gyms to urge men who are suffering domestic abuse to seek help. Leicestershire Police is delivering leaflets to venues popular with men across the city and county to spread the message that help is available to victims. In 2011, about 11 per cent – 321 – of the victims of the 2,800 domestic crimes reported to Leicestershire Police were men. Research has shown that men are less likely than women to seek help.
Double standard: Society views female predators and their male victims differently — The exuberant comments were left on a story about a 27-year-old Catholic school teacher accused of raping a 14-year-old. “Boy, did I go to the wrong schools!” said one. “I wish I had just ONE teacher like this!!!” said another. “I wish it happened to me when I was a teen in grade school,” said a third. It’s a sentiment unlikely to be expressed when the perpetrator is a man and the victim a teen or preteen girl.
Ex-politician guilty of child sex abuse says 18-year prison term ‘unreasonable’ — A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., convicted of sexually abusing and making pornographic images of boys for more than a decade is appealing his 18-year prison term, saying the sentence is excessive. “The sentence was unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range in all circumstances,” Donnie Snook says in a notice of appeal filed with the provincial Court of Appeal in Fredericton. Continue reading →
The Atlantic published two articles about pedophilia recently. The first featured convicted pedophile David Goldberg discussing whether those who view child pornography should face long prison terms. The second featured an interview with Dr. James Cantor discussing whether pedophilia is a sexual orientation.
(Before I comment on the articles, I must say that I am curious as to whether feminists will pitch a collective fit over the Atlantic’s articles like they did when the Good Men Project tried a similar experiment. I suspect they will not.)
In his article, Goldberg described his obsessive need to collect child pornography. He spent every night online searching for new images and videos or looking through his own collection. He got caught when he ordered films with naked boys in them, although the films were not pornographic.
I found his arrest curious. I am not familiar with Canadian law, so I do not know if the government prohibits any depiction of nude children. However, if the films were benign, I fail to see why they would be flagged. Goldberg does not state what exactly he purchased, but I am inclined to assume that it was something more than just the random scenes with nude boys. I would like to know what exactly prompted the police to pay him a visit. Continue reading →
My policy when it comes to rape allegations is to listen first and question second. I do this with every case, regardless of my gut reaction. The reason I do this is because there are plenty of accusations that sound believable yet later turn out to be false and vice versa.
This is the standard law enforcement supposedly uses. The authorities accept the person’s claim of rape, and investigate the claim’s veracity. They do not just look for proof of the crime, but look at all the evidence to determine what actually happened.
Jason Thibeault appears to disagree with that position. He wrote about his experience being falsely accused several years ago. That topic came up again when he wrote about a rape accusation against Michael Shermer, founder of he Skeptics Society. Rohn, a commenter, posted a response, which Thibeault wrote about. Thibeault’s comments reveal the inherent problem many feminists have in dealing with false accusations. Continue reading →
One of the common reactions to news about sexual violence against boys is that it harms boys less than it harms girls. This is particularly true when the abuser is female. The common opinion is that boys are more resilient because they are male. People also believe that boys always desire sex from women, therefore any sexual activity from women is always acceptable. Should a boy refuse the sex or dislike it, people will assume he is gay. Should a boy abused by men get an erection, ejaculate during sexual abuse, continue to engage in any activity with the male abuser, people will assume he is gay.
This idea that boys experience less harm leads to situations where abusers, particularly female abusers, receive less prison time for their actions. Roger Sherman noted this is in an op-ed:
Our societal perception frequently does not recognize this when it comes to women abusing boys. In this regard, a very important discussion was presented in a recent Statesman article between the Ada County prosecutor and the judge in a case regarding the abuse of eight teenage boys by a 35-year-old mother in Kuna.
According to the article, the judge disagreed with the prosecutor, who argued that female perpetrators are “treated more leniently than men and that boys (abused by women) are somehow considered ‘lucky.’” The judge concluded that “there is a difference” between boys abused by women and girls abused by men. “I have a problem articulating what the difference is,” he said.
Unfortunately, this perception that there is a difference can lead to irreparable harm for male victims. According to the authors of an authoritative study reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, sexual abuse significantly increases the risk of developing health and social problems – such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, and marital strife – in both men and women. A history of suicide attempts was more than twice as likely among both male and female victims as among non-victims.