Bulletin Board v53

Broward sheriff’s deputy arrested on sex-abuse charges — Jonathan Bleiweiss, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, who in March was honored as employee of the year for the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Oakland Park District, was booked at 11 a.m. on 14 charges, including sexual battery, false imprisonment and stalking in connection with abusing one of the victims, a 30-year-old male. Bleiweiss was held without bail Monday.

Husbands also abuse victims — Men are often regarded as villains of the piece, but they can also suffer abuse from their female partners. REBECCA TORR reports in the final installment of a three-part series on domestic violence. MORE than 100 men in Bahrain have come forward in the past six months to accuse their partner of abuse. However, it is thought the real number of victims could be much higher since many men are afraid to speak out, according to Batelco Care Centre for Family Violence Cases president Dr Banna Buzaboon.

Man jailed for child rape — A victim of sex abuse more than 20 years ago blamed his attacker for ruining his life and causing him to descend into drugs and crime, a court heard. He told in a statement how he had been treated for depression, felt worthless and attempted suicide by injecting a potentially fatal dose of heroin. Ivor Jones molested the victim when he was a young boy and went on to commit “male rape”. The boy did not complain to police until November 2007. Jones made admissions when arrested in May last year.

Notus woman gets prison term for molesting 12-year-old boy — Esmeralda Ahumada, 21, sobbed through her much of her sentencing hearing, saying, “I hate myself for what I did.” She has admitted repeated sexual contact with her roommate’s 12-year-old son at their Notus home while the roommate was in the hospital last fall. The boy’s mother gave a victim impact statement but spent much more time speaking favorably of Ahumada than she spent talking about the impact on her son, who is in counseling. She said she is “torn between them” but stressed she does not choose Ahumada over her son.

Queens teacher pleads guilty to rape — Melissa Weber, 28, was sentenced to time served, 10 years probation and has to register as a sex offender for the next 20 years. The social studies teacher had sex with the male student seven times in an empty second-floor classroom at Middle School/Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica between April 13 and May14. (Interestingly, a male coach who persuaded his team to send him nude pictures of themselves was sentenced to 20 years. He never physically touched them, yet he is serving more time that a woman who plead guilty to child rape — TS)

Son’s suit accuses retired judge of years of abuse — A 19-year-old Chicago man has filed a lawsuit against his father — a retired Cook County judge — that accuses him of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. The civil suit accuses former Judge Lambros Kutrubis of abusing his adopted son sexually for three years and physically and psychologically for eight years. Kutrubis, 66, denied the charges and produced a report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that recommended a finding of “unfounded” on his son’s sexual abuse claims.

Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims — According to Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, the number of men who have been raped has risen sharply in recent months, a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians. Aid workers struggle to explain the sudden spike in male rape cases. The best answer, they say, is that the sexual violence against men is yet another way for armed groups to humiliate and demoralize Congolese communities into submission.

Walker Middle teammates sexually assaulted several times, boy says — The boy who claims four teammates sexually assaulted him with a hockey stick and broom handle said he endured the abuse 10 to 12 times, according to court documents released Tuesday. The first time it happened, he said, he was changing inside a Walker Middle School locker room when the four grabbed him and dragged him to the floor.

When self-love is out of control — The astonishing leap in the number of calls from boys to the NSPCC’s ChildLine deserves deconstructing. According to the charity’s own analysis, it has doubled to nearly 60,000 calls in the past five years. The reason may partly lie in the breakdown of the statistics. The biggest reason for seeking help, or at least someone to confide in, is bullying, as it was in 2003 when ChildLine last published an analysis. But the biggest proportional jump is among older boys who feel lonely and unloved, followed by boys seeking advice about sex.

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