Bulletin Board v.43

Another sexual abuse suit filed against former Bishop Verot activities director — The burden Patrick Kenney says he’s carried for 25 years, no one else should have to bear. Kenney, 40, filed suit two weeks ago in a Delaware county court alleging the Rev. Dennis Killion sexually abused, harassed and molested him when Kenney was a teenager at a Delaware Catholic high school in the 1980s. Kenney, a former professional wrestler, is now the eighth person to file suit in Delaware accusing Killion of sexual abuse during that time. The suits also accuse the Catholic Church, the school and Killion’s religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, of knowing about the alleged abuse, but allowing Killion to continue teaching.

Boy Feared Being ‘Snitch’ Before Suicide — A sixth-grade Springfield boy who took his own life after being bullied at school was buried Monday at the church he attended each week with his mother. NewsCenter 5’s Bianca de la Garza reported that Sirdeaner Walker found her son, Carl Walker-Hoover, 11, hanging from an electrical cord in their home on Monday. Walker said that her son had been bullied ceaselessly at the New Leadership Charter School in the months before his death. Dr. Eli Newberger, a Brookline pediatrician and an expert on child abuse and bullying, said that schools often don’t step in when they should to protect the well-being of a child.

Cop impersonator raped handcuffed male victim, court told — A MAN who impersonated a police officer before handcuffing and raping another man cannot be sentenced until a Port Augusta magistrate sets a non-parole period for an earlier conviction, a court has heard. Judge Rauf Soulio today told the District Court he was unable to sentence Madonna Barrett, 30, who pleaded guilty to two counts of rape. Barrett accosted his victim as the man drove home from night shift in October 2006 and used a walkie talkie as part of his ruse. He handcuffed the victim and drove him to a remote spot, where he forced the man to perform oral sex on him.

Fight Over Battered Men Funds — An article in the Sunday Sun in the United Kingdom states that, “The stigma is slowly being removed for male victims and they now feel they can come forward. So the number of battered husbands and partners is growing so rapidy that it has been suggested that women’s refuges open their doors to male victims.” Judith Ferquharson, a trustee of Newcastle’s Women’s Aid, said, “Councils and the Government need to understand that there should be two services, one for women and a separate one for men. But more money needs to be put into the system and extra found to support a searate male service.” The article goes on to talk about the current lack of funding for male domestic violence victims. Looks like they have the same problems providing help for male abuse victims in the UK as we have here in the states.

Male nurses experience more patient abuse: Study — A higher number of Canadian male nurses are experiencing physical assault and emotional abuse than their female counterparts, according to a study published Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The Health Reports study looked at on-the-job abuse of nurses by patients providing direct care in hospitals or long-term care facilities and is the first of its kind to study the problem. Of the 12,200 Canadian nurses studied in 2005, a higher percentage of male nurses were reporting abuse. Close to half (46 per cent) of male nurses reported that they had been physically assaulted by a patient in the previous year, compared with 33 per cent of female nurses, according to the study.

Singapore woman pleads guilty to having sex with minor — A 32-year-old woman was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student on seven occasions last May, reported the Straits Times Monday. The woman, who was not named to protect the boy’s identity, has pleaded guilty to two charges. The petite woman, a stall assistant, was not represented and was remanded in custody as she could not post the 10,000-Singapore-dollar ($6,662) bail offered.

Society has treated women differently than men when accused of molesting teens — From a Boise psychology teacher accused of having sex with a teen student to a Caldwell guardian who bore her ward’s child, the Treasure Valley has seen a flurry of sex-abuse cases with female defendants. Canyon County is prosecuting two women charged with molesting minors, and a third was sent to prison in February. In Ada County, two women have been charged with sexually abusing youths since December, the same month two others were convicted of similar crimes. In the past year, a dozen women have been in Valley courtrooms on charges of sexually abusing minors. They range in age from 20 to 40; their victims from 12 to 17. Each woman was at least five years older than the boy or girl.

Woman accused of sex with neighbor boy ordered to trial — A 13-year-old boy testified Tuesday he had sex four times with a 30-year-old neighbor woman. But the Salt Lake County teen had trouble recalling the dates of the encounters. “I don’t want to remember this,” the boy said during a 3rd District Court preliminary hearing. “What 13-year-old kid wants to go through sexual things and go to court over it?” After the hearing, Catherine Cates was ordered to stand trial on four counts of first-degree felony rape of a child and one count of second-degree felony sexual abuse of a child. A count of sodomy on a child was dismissed for lack of evidence.

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