Bulletin Board v.8

Much in the same vein as “This Week in the News,” the Bulletin Board will list news stories and also blog and forum posts. It should be noted at I do not necessarily endorse or support the items linked. I simply find them to be interesting and/or relevant to the issues discussed on this blog. As the weeks go by, each new “volume” will be added to a page link, that way the way easily available without having to do a search or hunt through all my posts (not that I am suggesting not to hunt through the posts).

Duke Case: The Rape of Justice — Truth be told, the Duke case involved a rape. A gang rape. None of the members of the 2005-2006 Duke University Men’s Lacrosse Team participated. Cartoonist Robert Arial is right: Lady Justice was raped and she knows who did it.

Experts: Power, Not Sex, Spurs Adult-Teen Relationships — Experts say in cases such as the Roseville woman teacher accused of sexual relations with a former student, the adult misuses authority and that even teenage boys can be harmed… When asked what would drive a 28-year-old woman to begin a relationship with a 16-year-old, Moore said, “It’s a certain element of control and power.” As for the boy, she said, “It’s a level of adoration.”

Former Cub Scout leader pleads guilty to 926 counts of sex abuse — A former Cub Scout leader pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts of sexual abuse of children Monday, admitting he fondled boys in his troop and snapped pornographic photographs of them at his home.

Latest sex abuse report finds drop in reported victims — The number of people who said they are victims of clergy child sex abuse has dropped 34 percent since 2004, according to a national survey of dioceses and religious orders. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University in conjunction with the 2006 audit on U.S. church compliance with child protection policies.

Male Victims the Subject of Domestic Violence Conference — This sounds good–we need more of these. Ron Foster gets it exactly right when he says, “Those men who are abused will not be custodial parents once the divorce is final, and the abusive women who are also the ones most likely to deny visitation.” True–I see it all the time. When an abused man reports the abuse, his wife will often accuse him of abuse, and it is she who is believed. The system ends up treating men who are abused as if they are batterers.

Prisons of Passion — According to government statistics, most sexual contact between corrections staff and inmates occurs between female employees and male prisoners…Forty-seven percent of all cases of sexual abuse cases from 2000 to 2004 involved women employees and their male charges. Men were 4 percent less likely to abuse female inmates. (Note: the sexist framing is part of the original title)

Teacher Punishes Boys With Haircut, Bows — Debbie Hackman’s son, Caleb, was one of two boys who came home from school this week with a new haircut -– and the barber was the boys’ teacher at Milan Elementary School. According to students, fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Blockman punished the boys by tying pink bows in their hair and cutting their hair in front of the class.

UPDATE: Two ex-TYC administrators indicted on sex abuse charges — Sex abuse charges were filed this afternoon against the two former administrators of a West Texas juvenile lockup whose molestation case sparked the current scandal rocking the Texas Youth Commission. Ray Brookins and John Paul Hernandez, both 41, were indicted on multiple sex abuse-related charges involving six students, ages 16-19, by a grand jury in Monahans. Both were taken into custody, the Texas Attorney General’s office said.

Victim Statistics: Male vs Female — The media has the entire United States population convinced that the only people who are victimized are woman, and that the only victims who do not get media attention are those women who are not pretty and blond. But here are some eye opening statistics that the media is not so forthcoming with.

Washington woman sentenced to nearly 27 years in 2003 abuse death of 2-year-old son — A woman was sentenced Monday to nearly 27 years in prison for the death of her 2-year-old son, who suffered broken legs, skull fractures, bruises and burns while in her care. Maribel Gomez was convicted last month of homicide by abuse and first-degree manslaughter in the September 2003 death of young Rafael Gomez.

Women more likely to neglect kids — The Child Protection Queensland 2005-06 Performance Report, released today, also shows a spike in the number of deaths of children known to child welfare authorities, including death by suicide. The report shows there were 13,184 substantiated child abuse cases across Queensland in 2005-06. Women were responsible for 7,319 – or 55.5 per cent – of cases, and males for 5846, or 44.3 per cent.

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