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Former detainees who say they were abused at Abu Ghraib want case reopened — Attorneys representing four Iraqis who claimed they were abused at the Abu Ghraib prison argued in a federal appeals court Tuesday that the case, which was dismissed last year, be reopened. The former detainees have claimed that employees of CACI International, a government contractor working at the prison, mistreated them with “electric shocks, sexual violence, forced nudity, broken bones and deprivation of oxygen, food and water.”

It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria — The nation’s largest and most influential anti-sexual-violence organization is rejecting the idea that culture — as opposed to the actions of individuals — is responsible for rape.

Moss Point woman gets 20 years for child abuse, torture — A Moss Point woman will serve 20 years in prison for abusing and torturing her three children in what officials have described as one of Jackson County’s worst cases of child abuse. Stacey Williams, 35, pleaded guilty in February to four charges of aggravated domestic violence, along with three charges of felony child abuse. Continue reading

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Athens event aims to raise awareness of male childhood sexual abuse — To help spread awareness about childhood sexual abuse suffered by men, The Cottage Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center will host its inaugural 1BlueString event Friday at Nuci’s Space. During the awareness event, guests will here acoustic sets from local musicians and guitarists who have switched out the low E string on their guitars with a blue string as a show of solidarity with the victims.

Barbara Kay: ‘Rape culture’ fanatics don’t know what a culture is — In today’s edition of the Post, there is a very thoughtful and serious discussion of whether the phenomena of “rape culture” even exists. It will no doubt receive the usual stream of invective — accusations of trivializing rape, denying that sexual assaults occur, implying that women who drank too much deserved to be raped. Hardly real criticisms in any intellectual sense, but they will come.

College Men Aren’t Closet Rapists — I don’t know which talking point from this administration is more insulting: the myth that discrimination keeps women from achieving parity with men, or the claim that male rapists lurk on every campus corner waiting to pounce on innocent, unsuspecting young women. The latter assertion is particularly dangerous. Not only does it lack substance, it serves to broaden the chasm that already exists between women and men. Continue reading

Second woman accuses former educator of abuse

Yesterday, I wrote about a woman who recorded herself confronting the woman she claims abused her and posted the video on Youtube. I figured this would happen next:

A second woman has come forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by a woman who made similar accusations.

Police in Riverside are investigating the allegations from both women, who say former middle school teacher and administrator Andrea Cardosa abused them while they were students in Riverside County.

The second woman’s attorney said Thursday he filed claims, a precursor to lawsuits, against two school districts where Cardosa worked.

The new woman, Brianna, claims that Cardosa began to abuse her in 2010:

She then “groomed” Brianna by giving her movie tickets, candy bars and lunch trips and calling her special, then made several sexual advances, inappropriately touching her and abusing her, according to a copy of the claim filed against Val Verde Unified.

If this accusation proves true, this demonstrates a clear pattern of abuse by Cardosa. According to the article, the former educator passed a background check. Chance are that no one reported her before or that any reports went ignored. The obvious reason for the latter is Cardosa’s sex.

If Cardosa is a serial child rapist, she will be one of the first the nation has seen target young girls. The psychologists will come and claim that women like Cardosa are rare and not a genuine threat. They will claim that women like her are stuck in childhood and do not really have any interest in children. They will claim that women like her are victims of abuse themselves.

While some of that may be true, I want to see how many more women come forward. Cases like this rarely involve one or two victims. If there are more victims, I think the professionals will need to rethink how they view female sex offenders.

Educator resigns after allegations of abuse

This is a first:

A California educator has resigned after a woman accused her in a YouTube video of abusing her when she was a 12-year-old student, school authorities said Tuesday, and police said they were looking into the allegations.

In a video that went viral, 28-year-old Jamie Carrillo speaks into a webcam and confronts a woman identified as a school administrator with allegations of sexual abuse that Carillo says began when she was a middle school student. The video has drawn 480,000 hits since being posted Friday.

Officials for the Alhambra Unified School District, where the educator was working as a high school assistant principal, said they received an email Friday with a link to the YouTube video, and immediately notified police.

“The Alhambra High School administrator was interviewed on January 17, 2014 and at the conclusion of that interview the Alhambra High School administrator tendered her resignation,” the statement said.

The accused, Andrea Cardosa, did not deny the allegations. Instead, she stated that she regretted what happened: Continue reading

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43 year old woman, 6 teenagers arrested for confinement, abuse of 15 year old boy — A 43-year-old woman in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture has been arrested, together with six teenagers aged 14-18, for allegedly confining a 15-year-old high school student in her apartment and committing sexually abusive acts on the boy. All of the suspects admitted to the crime and prefectural police are now preparing charges in accordance with the Child Welfare Law.

Calls for more support for male survivors of child sex abuse — Jay was just ten years old when it started. First, it was a stranger who abused him. Then the stranger became a family friend, and others followed. Terrified and wracked with shame, Jay didn’t breathe a word of what happened to anyone for over 25 years. Even today, after years of counselling, he hesitates to say the words. “I was [a victim of] a paedophile network in the 80s and I was offended by at least ten offenders that I can remember,” he says.

Hayward school aide charged with sexually abusing boy — A female after-school program coordinator at a Hayward Catholic school has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a male student beginning when he was 12, police said Monday. Police said they began their investigation on Nov. 18 after they were informed of a possible incident of child sexual abuse. They said they learned that the victim, who is now 14, has allegedly been in a sexual relationship with the suspect, 29-year-old Mia Cummings of Oakland, since he was 12.

Indictments detail even more abuse endured by boy found with dead chicken around neck — Grand jury indictments against a Union County DSS worker and her boyfriend show the alleged abuse against a boy in their guardianship is worse than initially uncovered. Those indictments now say Wanda Sue Larson, a since-fired Union County DSS Child Protective Services supervisor over investigations, not only handcuffed a boy under her guardianship to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck, but also restrained him to a piece of railroad track, permanently injured the boy’s pinkie finger and failed to get him medical attention for a broken wrist, cut on his face and burn near his eye. Continue reading

Former teacher of the year gets 38-year sentence

In a rather surprising decision, a Florida judge sentenced Ethel Anderson to 38 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy:

Calling her “a parent’s worst nightmare,” a judge sentenced former Hillsborough County schoolteacher Ethel Anderson to 38 years in prison Monday for performing oral sex and other lewd acts on a 12-year-old boy she tutored on weekends.

Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe’s severe punishment of Anderson seemed designed to send a message in a county that has attracted disproportionate attention for sex scandals involving female educators. The most notorious of them, Debra Lafave, managed to avoid incarceration completely after pleading guilty to sex with a 14-year-old boy.

“There are those that believe that nothing’s wrong if the defendant is a woman and the victim is a male,” Tharpe said Monday. “This court does not recognize gender. If it’s proven, as an adult, that you had sex with a child, you can expect to go to prison.”

Finally there is a judge who gets it. Continue reading

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Arrest made in ‘worst’ child abuse case — It was the worst case of child abuse police and experts said they had ever seen. The 5-year-old boy had numerous scars on both legs, his back and chest, and part of one ear was missing. His lip had been split, healed over and split again. On Monday morning, local police and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force arrested the boy’s father, 22-year-old Daquon Gomillion, at a hearing in state juvenile court where Gomillion was fighting to retain custody of the boy.

Asian male domestic abuse victim: ‘I was very scared’ — The ManKind Initiative, a national charity that supports male victims, found that 9% of calls for help to its service last year were made by Asian men. One abuse victim from Leicester said his wife tormented him almost daily for many years. “I became very scared of her,” he said. “From the moment I would wake up she would shout and scream abuse at me. “She would swear at me and tell me that she hated me and couldn’t stand to look at my face. She would tell me that I was a loser, that I was useless at everything and that I wasn’t a real man.

Boy, 14, details alleged sexual relationship with teacher at abuse trial — A boy who allegedly had sex with a former Hillsborough County teacher when he was 12 years old gave detailed testimony about their relationship Tuesday in court. Ethel Anderson, 30, is facing lewd battery and lewd or lascivious molestation charges. Investigators say Anderson, a former Mango Elementary School teacher, engaged in sexual activity with the boy between December 2011 and February 2012. Anderson was the boy’s fifth grade teacher. Continue reading