Bulletin Board v.24

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).

Associated Press Under Fire for Biased Sex Abuse Study — A recent Associated Press investigation on sex abuse in schools is being criticized as biased and harmful to abuse victims. Experts say the study used flawed methods and reached faulty conclusions… An American Association of University Women student survey found that 43% of sexual abusers were female. But the Associated Press study, which only looked at school district disciplinary actions, reported that one in 10 sexual abusers were female.

Court: Child Support Lawsuit Frivolous — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit nicknamed “Roe v. Wade for Men” filed by a men’s rights group on behalf of a man who said he shouldn’t have to pay child support for his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision released Tuesday, agreed with a lower court judge that Matthew Dubay’s suit was frivolous.

Federal trial of former priest accused of sexual abuse begins jury selection — The victim, identified in court filings as “John Doe,” claims the former priest, Albert M. Liberatore Jr., sexually abused him from 1999 to 2002, beginning when the boy was 14. Liberatore, now 42, was pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Duryea when the abuse occurred. He pleaded guilty in 2005 in Luzerne County and New York to sexually abusing the victim and was sentenced to 10 years probation and defrocked.

From Googling “What Is Feminism” — I said before that I would post what I’ve found on the internet about the definitions of feminism. Following is a partial list. I tried to include only those definitions from feminist for feminist-friendly sites, to try to be as fair as possible. I did not include those I found – and there were many – that rambled on and on and never came to a point.

Male domestic violence victims increase — MORE than 1,000 men reported incidents of domestic violence in Suffolk last year, new figures reveal. Campaigners say efforts to encourage male victims of abuse to come forward are working and have recorded a 20% increase in reports in the past 12 months. During 2006/07, 5,500 reports of domestic violence were made in the county, of which 1,100 were made by men.

Prominent Jesuit priest faces new sex abuse charges — The Reverend Donald MacGuire, SJ, was taken into federal custody in Chicago on charges of molesting two U.S. boys, including one on a trip overseas. Until 2006 Father MacGuire was affiliated with Mission Fides, a group that organized religious retreats including some to Mother Teresa’s communities in India.

Teacher charged with kidnapping 13-year-old — Sixth-grade math teacher Kelsey Peterson, 25, has been charged with kidnapping, felony child abuse and contribution to the delinquency of the minor in Nebraska and is facing federal charges as well for fleeing the state with student Fernando Rodriguez, said Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman. The two were missing for a week before they were found Friday in Mexicali, Mexico, after the boy reportedly called relatives asking for money.

Torture victims find U.S. a source of hope and new fears — Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma is one of nearly 30 independent torture and war trauma centers that have sprung up across the United States in the last three decades, offering aid to this ever-growing, largely indigent population. Torture care providers have catered to the wounded of oppressed and war torn countries with little notice, many operating on shoestring budgets. An estimated 500,000 torture survivors are living in the United States. Somalians and Bosnians, Liberians and Ethiopians. West Africans and Burmese. Pakistanis and Afghans. Iranians and Iraqis. On and on.

UK: Men in forced marriages — Men account for just 15 percent of the FMU’s cases. Around 30 percent involve minors, including boys, some as young as 10 years old. South Asian codes of “izzat,” or family honor, are devastating the lives of an unknown number of British men too, tortured by imposed shame and guilt and unable, or too proud, to speak out.

Vernon Hills man charged with running sex abuse club — A 50-year-old Vernon Hills man is being held without bond in the Lake County Jail on charges related to allegedly running for four years a sex abuse club where he molested nine boys. A 16-year-old boy had gone last Thursday to the Lake County Sheriff’s office and told deputies that Michael C. Rebecca, of the 700 block of Court Of Birch, who works for an insurance company in Chicago, had been abusing him for four years.

Victim in homosexual pack rape ‘risked jail’ — Veronique Robert, the mother of the rape victim […]said last week her son had been at risk of being jailed for a year on suspicion of homosexuality under UAE law… She accused UAE authorities of deliberately not informing the family that one of the suspected rapists tested HIV-positive in 2003 and thus preventing the family from providing prompt treatment. “The biggest drama, and I weigh my words, is that the state lied.”

Video of boy admissible; suspects in Garlin murder, child abuse appear in court — The boy’s sister, 16-year-old Felicia Garlin and three adults, Michael Sisk, Candace Clark and Michaela Clerc, each has been charged with torturing the boy and murdering Garlin. If convicted, each faces life in prison. In ruling that the video would be allowed as evidence at preliminary hearings for the four, Judge Alan White said the boy had been through enough and would need to recover so he could testify at the trials.

Woman gets 4 years in boy’s rape — A 20-year-old West Chester Township woman not only stole a 12-year-old boy’s innocence, she also robbed him of dignity when she had sexual contact with him, his mother told a judge this week… A jury in September acquitted Whitson on two charges of rape, but convicted her of rape and gross sexual imposition for incidents in the summer of 2006 at a West Chester home where Whitson and the boy were guests.

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