Bulletin Board v59

42 percent of abuse deaths from CPS-probed homes — Nearly half of all Texas children killed by abuse belonged to families previously investigated by Texas Child Protective Services — a statistic that has shown no improvement since 2004, despite efforts to save more children, records show. Each year, about 200 children die of abuse or neglect in Texas — at least 1,227 since 2004, according to records obtained by the Houston Chronicle. That’s 516 children who died who came from families with CPS histories.

Abuse of men is on the rise — NEWHAM is among the worst boroughs in London for domestic abuse of men, according to figures revealed this week. Metropolitan Police statistics show there were 1,970 reports of domestic offences against men living in Newham in 2008-09. Notifiable offences include threatening behaviour, violence or abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional – between adults who are or who have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender.

Barbara Kay: Boy-hating is in — Since up to now “gender disappointment” (GD) has been a phenomenon universally associated with female inferiority in patriarchal cultures, I was intrigued by the title of an article in ELLE magazine’s online site by Ruth Shalit Barrett, “Girl Crazy: Women Who Suffer from Gender Disappointment.” The article takes the measure of a new phenomenon, a mirror image of the gender pathology we see in honour/shame societies: women so desperate for a female child they will do anything and spend any amount of money to ensure it.

Durand Teacher Faces Sexual Abuse Charges — Just days after learning of the allegations, authorities arrested a Durand high school Spanish teacher, 23 year old Jennifer Bland. Bland is accused of sexually abusing several male students and at least two of them on more then one occasion. “We have four victims ages 14-17 all students in the Durand school system” says Winnebago county states attorney Joe Bruscato. Some of the allegations date all the way back to April, others are as recent as this month.

Domestic Violence Isn’t Necessarily What You Thought — When you hear the words “Domestic Violence” what victim comes to mind? When you do a Google Search for “what is domestic violence,” the very first link is titled “Web Definitions for domestic violence.” Its definition states: “violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women.” This definition clearly shows a “bias” against men… There is a large segment of academia that believes the number of men who are victims of domestic violence is far greater than the numbers being reported.

Missionary accused of molesting boys arrested — A Canadian missionary accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys in neighbouring Haiti was arrested in the northern Dominican province of Puerto Plata, authorities said. Joao Jose Correira Duarte was captured Tuesday in a hotel where he was staying as a tourist, the DNCD counternarcotics agency said in a communique Wednesday. He is accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys by taking advantage of his status as a religious minister. Duarte is facing at least a dozen charges of raping boys between the ages of 12 and 17, according to the communique put out by the DNCD, which participated in the man’s arrest along with immigration officials.

Scout Leaders Respond To Sexual Abuse Accusations — On Monday, 44-year-old Peter Robert Stibal was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County. Police said he abused three boy scouts and performed a sex act on one of the victims at his cabin and later at a drive-in theater. They also found child pornography on his home computer. The news was disturbing to local Boy Scout leaders. “We train young people to recognize, resist, and report abuse — the three R’s,” said Kent York, spokesman for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Some charges dropped in ex-Ala. judge abuse case — Thomas, 48, was a community leader in Mobile, serving as a judge for 17 years, a trustee of two universities and an organizer of mentoring programs for youth. He resigned in 2007 when allegations surfaced that he spanked defendants with a wooden paddle. Then earlier this year a grand jury indicted him on charges that he physically and sexually abusing young male defendants in return for help with their cases. He originally faced 103 charges involving 15 young men, but prosecutors dropped four of the men’s cases during the trial, and the judge threw out all ethics charges against him because the statute of limitations expired.

Teacher accused of sex abuse among 57 indicted this week — A former Musselman Middle School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student earlier this year was one of 57 people named in indictments this week by a Berkeley County grand jury. Stephanie Jo Walters, 28, of 40 Grindstone Drive in Hedgesville, W.Va., was indicted on counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust, third-degree sexual abuse and solicitation of a minor through the use of a computer, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely’s office.

Texas men urge priest abuse victims to speak out — Two Dallas men who will share in a $4.6 million settlement for sex abuse victims stood Wednesday outside the church where they say a priest molested them and urged other victims to speak out. Robert Sanchez and Jaime Cantu say they were abused while in middle school and showed photographs of themselves at their eighth grade graduation, including one of them with the man they accuse, the late Rev. Thomas Behnke.

Woman in W.Va. Torture Case: I Lied — An attorney for a black woman who claimed torture by a white group in West Virginia says his client fabricated the story to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her up. Megan Williams’ attorney, Byron Potts, said at a news conference Wednesday that Williams came forward because she no longer wants to live a lie. Potts encouraged West Virginia authorities to re-evaluate the case. Williams told authorities in 2007 that she had been beaten, raped, forced to eat animal feces and taunted with racial slurs for days. She now lives in Columbus. Seven white men and women were convicted in the case, and most are serving long prison terms.

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