Evan Chandler, father of boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation, commits suicide — The father of the first boy to accuse Michael Jackson of sexual molestation has committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Evan Chandler, 65, was suffering from an unspecified “serious medical condition” when he was found dead in bed at his luxury waterfront flat in Jersey City with a .38 calibre gun in his hand.
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy. Researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice said their full report won’t be available until next year but added so far, nothing had suggested that homosexuality was likely to lead to abuse. The suggestion that only gay priests abuse boys within the church is often repeated. In October, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, said that between 80 to 90 per cent of all abuse of boys aged between 11 and 17 was by gay men.
Green: Self-serving myths women tell themselves — In an ego-based world, we tend to see everything from the perspective of “me.” So it’s not surprising that men and women want to be believe that the opposite sex exists to meet their needs. Nothing shows this more tellingly than the gender myths men and women perpetuate about each other. Here are just a few that women love to repeat about men.
Indian boy mirrors plight of millions of kids — Arun Kumar was born to disabled parents, beaten by his grandparents, ran away from home, got a job in a garment factory and had all his savings stolen by the police. He was only 11. Today, at 13, he shares a cramped, dingy shelter with 63 other runaways and former street kids in New Delhi. He is one of the lucky ones. Twenty years after the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, multitudes of children across the globe are still suffering from poverty, abuse and disease.
Longmont woman accused of sex assault to take a deal — A 54-year-old Longmont woman who was accused of drugging and raping a male friend last year is expected to agree to a plea deal later this week. Janice McCarl had been scheduled for trial beginning Monday, but that was canceled, and a judge scheduled a time for McCarl to return to court on Friday to accept a plea deal. Details of the agreement aren’t known. If convicted of felony sexual assault, McCarl could have been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison, if a judge found exceptional aggravating circumstances.
‘Men do cry’, says Bangalore’s men’s rights group — As the world celebrates International Men’s Day Thursday, a Bangalore-based group wants an end to stereotyping male gender, and says men too get hurt, both emotionally and physically. The group is demanding justice for various social abuses against men. ‘Men are always stereotyped. They are considered as perpetrators of injustice against women, they are supposed to take financial care of the entire family and not cry even in harshest of conditions,’ Kumar Jahgirdar, a senior member of All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), formed to protect male rights, told IANS. ‘We want to say that men do cry and they too suffer,’ added Jahgirdar.
Richmond mom who murdered son is found insane — A Richmond woman charged with abusing, torturing and murdering her 8-year-old son in 2006 was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday and may spend the rest of her life in a state mental hospital. In a two-part hearing in Martinez, Teresa Moses, 26, was first convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of Raijon Daniels, whom she allegedly kept locked in his room and beat repeatedly. “No contest,” Moses said when asked her plea by Judge Charles “Ben” Burch of Contra Costa County Superior Court. Under an agreement by attorneys from both sides, Burch then cited findings by three doctors in determining that Moses was “not guilty by reason of criminal insanity” because she was incapable of controlling her conduct at the time she killed Raijon.
Sex abuse claims uncovered: Freeburg superintendent was under investigation before his suicide — In the weeks before Freeburg District 70 Superintendent Robin R. Hawkins committed suicide, Illinois State Police investigated allegations against him of sexual abuse that spanned decades. State police investigative reports obtained by the News-Democrat under the Freedom of Information Act showed agents interviewed Hawkins on April 13 and searched his home and the school and took several computers to analyze for evidence. Twenty days later, Hawkins’ body was found on a Sunday morning sitting in a 1964 Mustang convertible in a barn on his property near Belleville. The cause of his death appeared to be suicide by carbon monoxide asphyxiation.
Woman charged with sex abuse of boy — A 47-year-old woman is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy. Laura A. Bailey of 596 E. London Court, Round Lake Beach, faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 offense. Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Scheller said Bailey was brought into custody Tuesday after admitting to engaging in sex with the teenager on multiple occasions during September. Authorities were notified of the relationship when rumors surfaced that Bailey was having sex with students who attended one of the Grayslake high schools.
Woman gets nine years — A Mutare woman was on Wednesday slapped with a nine-year prison term for sexually abusing her sister’s 15-year-old son over a seven-month period and infecting him with a sexually-transmitted infection. The 26-year-old woman took advantage of her sister’s absence to become intimate with the teen. She would play pornographic movies before enticing the boy into sleeping with her. The woman was convicted on her own plea of guilt to aggravated indecent assault when she appeared before Harare regional magistrate Mr Peter Kumbawa, who jailed her for nine years effective.