Bulletin Board v.14

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).

Bill banning teacher-student sex heads to full Senate — The panel unanimously endorsed HB969 by Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, which applies to teachers, coaches, counselors, school administrators and any other public or private school employees in influential positions. The bill applies to students aged 17 and 18, who currently are considered adults and can have consensual sex. An adult having sex with a person under age 17 is subject to felony rape charges.

‘Bullet-headache’ man’s wife held — A US woman is facing firearms charges after doctors probing her husband’s “headache” found a bullet in his head. Michael Moylan was admitted to hospital in Florida on Wednesday complaining of severe head pain. His wife April fled when a bullet was discovered.

Child sex abuse victims protest — Male victims of child sexual abuse are outraged over funding and attention being given to female victims of a Chatham priest. “I’d say their anger is closer to rage,” said John Field, a London counsellor who specializes in male victims of childhood sexual assault. “It’s a re-injuring of them at a core level.”

Mom pleads guilty in child sex case pursued by Ga. woman — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a child sexual abuse case that developed only because a Georgia woman on a trip doggedly pursued her suspicions that a young girl at a south Alabama convenience store was in danger.

More Foolishness — In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Syl Jones frets that “the Duke boys’ activities weren’t exactly cherubic—a fact that’s conveniently overlooked by their conservative cheerleaders . . . All three will probably wind up clerking for Antonin Scalia or better yet, Clarence Thomas, who has his own fabled history of ribaldry.”

Pearson sparked a revolution that emboldened PM to act — THE FACT that Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough rang Noel Pearson 15 minutes before his press conference with the Prime Minister last week announcing historic action to protect Aboriginal children from sexual abuse tells you just how important the Cape York leader has been in stiffening political will.

Tapes Shine Light on Alleged Teacher-Student Affair — An Arizona female teacher charged with having a consensual sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student was caught on tape telling the teen to deny the affair to his parents and asking her husband if he wanted to have children with her when the whole “mess” blows over. Jennifer Mally, a 26-year-old high school English teacher and cheerleading coach at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, was indicted on 17 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor stemming from what police described in court documents as a long-term sexual relationship.

Thailand criminalizes male rape — The measure, approved Wednesday 118-5 in the National Legislative Assembly, also broadened the definition of rape victims to cover both men and women.

Woman arrested for having sex with boy on side of road — A 22-year-old woman was arrested in Lincoln County after police said they caught her having sex with a 14-year-old boy in a car. The deputy was investigating why a car was parked on the side of Highway 101.

Women Arrested, Accused Of Bathroom Sex In Front Of Children — Two women in Seminole County, Fla., are accused of performing sex acts in front of children at a community pool bathroom while a third woman photographed them, according to a police report. Seminole County sheriff’s deputies arrested Emily Hernandez and Johannie Jimenez over the weekend at the Casselberry public bathroom.

YEMEN: Street children at increased risk of sexual abuse — Many children, mostly boys selling anything from water and sweets to fruit and tissues, have nowhere to go at night, making them particularly vulnerable to the risk of sexual abuse and exploitation […] According to reports, boys as young as eight have been lured into the cars of strangers for as little as US$1, while others are sexually abused by older boys living rough on the street – a dire reminder of the vicious circle of abuse found throughout the world involving street children.

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