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 →
I wrote about former NFL cheerleader Elizabeth Garner in March. Garner got a 12-year-old boy drunk and attempted to perform oral sex on him. Her punishment:
A former NFL cheerleader who allegedly tried to perform oral sex on a 12-year-old boy took a plea deal that will spare her jail time. [...] Garner was arrested on March 14 on charges of aggravated sexual battery and solicitation of a minor for rape of a child. Those charges were later reduced to a single felony count of reckless endangerment. According to the terms of the plea deal, Garner must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings two times a week, undergo regular drug testing and have no contact with the alleged victim or his family. If Garner stays out of trouble for 18 months, the reckless endangerment charge will likely be expunged from her record, the court clerk said.
Not only does Garner receive no prison time, but she will also have the assault wiped from her record. It is difficult to imagine a man receiving similar treatment, particularly after getting a child drunk.
I am curious as to why the prosecutor accepted such a toothless plea deal. It is possible that the victim wanted nothing more to do with the case. It is also possible that the prosecutor had little evidence to work with. However, the dropping of the sex offense charges smacks of trying to get the case done and over with.
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 →
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 →
Christopher Ketcham wrote an article for VICE about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. The article sheds light on a problem that, much like the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse problems, has remained hidden as a result of protecting the offenders and punishing the victims:
In New York, and in the prominent Orthodox communities of Israel and London, allegations of child molestation and rape have been rampant. The alleged abusers are schoolteachers, rabbis, fathers, uncles—figures of male authority. The victims, like those of Catholic priests, are mostly boys. Rabbi Rosenberg believes around half of young males in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community—the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world—have been victims of sexual assault perpetrated by their elders. Ben Hirsch, director of Survivors for Justice, a Brooklyn organization that advocates for Orthodox sex abuse victims, thinks the real number is higher. “From anecdotal evidence, we’re looking at over 50 percent. It has almost become a rite of passage.”
People who complain about the abuse are kicked out of the community. For example, Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg began blogging about the abuse in the community. He also set up a hotline for people to call. He made media tours and publicly denounced the abuse. The result: he is excluded from all activities in his community and receives death threats. Continue reading →