Abuse victims dismiss Pope’s act of contrition as ‘inadequate’ — Victims of clerical abuse last night dismissed the Pope’s statement as “inadequate” and “meaningless”, with one man vowing to take legal action because of the slow response from the Church. Mervyn Rundle, who was abused while serving as an altar boy, had been vociferous in his calls for Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray to resign over criticisms contained in the Murphy report.
A Feminist Weighs in on the Side of Campus Men’s Groups — It’s interesting to read what people have to say about men’s rights, fathers’ rights, etc. At least if the people are well-intentioned, as so few seem to be, it provides a kind of a window on the world, a glimpse of what people think who aren’t die-hard partisans one way or the other. And so it is here (Guardian, 11/24/09).
Bay Area Women Against Rape runs hot line for male survivors of sexual assault — As its name suggests,, Bay Area Women Against Rape is an agency that was founded by women to help women. But that was 38 years ago. Since that time, the agency has grown, expanded its focus, assisted more people annually, and earlier this year started a sexual-assault hot line (510-845-7273) for male sexual-assault victims and men who want to support a woman rape victim.
Bond granted for woman accused of child abuse — A Harrison Township woman who spent more than four years behind bars on a child abuse conviction was granted bond Wednesday as she awaits a new trial. Julie Baumer’s relatives and supporters hugged and shook hands after Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James M. Biernat outlined the terms of her release from the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti.
Caregiver arrested in torture, abuse of 7-year-old boy — A 7-year-old boy was taken Friday from a Cottonwood home and later flown to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after being brutally assaulted between seven and 10 days earlier. The boy’s caregiver, 27-year-old Rachel Ann Limon, later was interviewed by officers and admitted to recently physically assaulting the boy on numerous occasions, Shasta County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Shearman said.
MILLSBORO: Woman arrested for sex with 10-year-old boy — Police recently arrested Tabitha Hritz of Saunders Road on 18 counts of rape for allegedly maintaining a nearly three month relationship with a young child. According to Delaware State Police officials, Hritz, 18, was arrested on Monday after allegations arose that she had maintained a sexual relationship with a 10-year-old boy earlier this year.
Sex Abuse Victims’ Groups Outraged By Vatican Decision to Clear Accused Priest — Catholic sex-abuse victims’ groups are decrying a Vatican decision to clear a former high-ranking Long Island priest, and longtime friend of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, of sex-abuse allegations. The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced on Friday that the Catholic Church had found Monsignor Alan Placa not guilty of molesting teenage boys, an allegation that first surfaced in a local grand jury investigation in 2002.
Snohomish woman arrested in molestation of teen — A Snohomish woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old boy who lived next door. The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of three counts of second-degree child molestation. A judge Friday ordered her held in lieu of $100,000 bail. The woman, 27, would walk the boy home from school and touch him inappropriately, according to a police affidavit filed Friday in Everett District Court.
Somali Boy wrongly convicted of rape, walks free -Melbourne Australia — Farah Jama was just 20 when he was accused of raping a woman found unconscious in a locked toilet cubicle in 2006. He was acquitted today after prosecutors admitted there might not have even been a crime. A man who had no prior convictions, Mr Jama will seek compensation after spending 18 months locked up for a crime he didn’t commit.
South Peoria couple sentenced to 30 years for abusing child — The actions of a South Peoria couple within the past year so stumped a federal judge Friday that he could find no reason to cut them a break and sentenced them to maximum 30-year sentences for making sexually explicit videos with an 8-year-old child. U.S. District Judge Joe McDade, as he does with every defendant, tried to get inside the heads of Raymond E. Freeman, 51, and Tammy Watters, 43, to find some reason for a lesser sentence.