Boy Scout sex-abuse case tossed — The Idaho Supreme Court says it’s too late for three men who say they were sexually abused by a Nampa Boy Scout leader to seek relief in court. The men, who said they were abused between 1979 and 1983, cannot apply a law that was enacted years later to events that happened before the law existed, the court ruled Tuesday. The ruling should lead to the dismissal of the lawsuit against Ore-Ida Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Scouts’ parent organization, said Boise attorney Richard Hall, who represents the council.
EEOC Sues Sparks Steak House for Male-on-male Sexual Harassment, Retaliation — Sparks Steak House, an upscale restaurant in New York City, violated federal law by creating a hostile work environment for male employees, including physical and verbal sexual harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today. According to the EEOC’s suit, male managers and workers at Sparks subjected male employees to ongoing abuse. The misconduct allegedly included groping their buttocks, attempting to touch their genitals and rubbing their bodies into the employees while at work. The managers and co-workers also made numerous crude, obscene comments.
England rugby star Brian Moore broke down in tears over memories of sexual abuse — Moore discloses for the first time in the autobiography how he and three other boys aged nine and 10 were sexually abused by a teacher in a tent during an overnight field trip in West Yorkshire. The abuse continued in a storeroom at the school. The former rugby star, who has been a solicitor for 17 years, does not name the teacher, now dead, but says he was a churchgoing friend of his adoptive parents, Ralph and Dorothy Moore, both Methodist lay preachers.
Female Scout leader accused of sex with young boy — St. Clair County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a female Boy Scout leader who is accused of molesting a teenage boy on Sunday. “The boy’s parents called us when they came home, and their child was having sexual intercourse with an older female in his bedroom,” Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson said. “They blocked the female from leaving until deputies arrived. Deputies arrested the woman, who is being held in the county jail. She has not been charged. Investigators are checking when the relationship began because it is known that the female is involved with Boy Scout Troop 35 in O’Fallon, and the boy also is involved with the troop.
The Misandry Bubble — Why does it seem that American society is in decline, that fairness and decorum are receding, that that socialism and tyranny are becoming malignant despite the majority of the public being averse to such philosophies, yet the true root cause seems elusive? What if everything from unsustainable health care and social security costs, to stagnant home prices and wage stagnation, to crumbling infrastructure and metastasizing socialism, to the utter decimation of major US cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, could all be traced to a common origin that is extremely pervasive yet is all but absent from the national dialog, indeed from the dialog of the entire Western world?
Mo. town’s top police officer who also was Scout leader accused of having sex with boys — The top police officer in a remote Missouri town, a giant of a man who was also a Boy Scout leader, has been accused of sexually assaulting two boys, videotaping the acts and then destroying the recordings. Kenneth Tomlinson II, 42, was arrested Tuesday and charged with 16 counts of sodomy. Authorities say he admitted having sex with the two boys, who are now 12 and 14. Tomlinson was jailed in Cape Girardeau County on $100,000 cash-only bond. Court records indicated he did not yet have an attorney.
No apology for boys home victims — Calls for the Catholic Church to apologise for abuse claims have fallen on deaf ears. Residents of a former boys home in Shefford have long claimed they suffered abuse but, while paying out damages in two instances, the church has never admitted to doing anything wrong. The Catholic Church and the Pope is apologising after a report found church leaders covered up child abuse in Dublin for decades.
Oklahoma Boy Says Mom, Her Friend Beat Him Over Food — An Oklahoma City mother and her friend will stand trial on accusations that include beating and imprisoning the woman’s teenage son and setting the boy on fire. A judge on Wednesday ordered 37-year-old LaRhonda McCall and 39-year-old Steve Hamilton to stand trial on multiple counts of child abuse and neglect. The judge earlier heard testimony from 15-year-old Bernell McCall. The teen showed the court his scarred wrists and said his mother and Hamilton would bind him and put him in a closet for “stealing” food from the family’s kitchen.
One More Feminist Upset Over Aging Inequalities — If you bother to read Joanna Weiss’ column in today’s Boston Globe, expect to get a sense of déjà . . . lu. Like untold polemics that have preceded it, “Hollywood’s burden on aging women” stamps its feet over the unequal treatment of aging in men and women. You know: male stars are allowed to age gracefully, but women must struggle ever-harder to conform to a youthful stereotype of sex-appeal. Unfair!
Records Detail Boy’s Abuse, Torture — A judge has ordered a Sacramento couple charged in the child abuse and murder case of a 5-year-old boy to submit DNA samples and dental impressions. The deputy district attorney for Sacramento County assigned to the case asked the judge for the samples to determine who is responsible for the infliction of injuries to the child. The child’s mother, Amber Ingram, is charged with child endangerment and murder. Her boyfriend, Eduardo Zamora, is charged with murder and torture. Both are being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail.
Supreme Court overturns Boy Scouts abuse ruling — The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled against three men who sought to use a new statute of limitations law to pursue a child sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and one of its Idaho chapters. The decision issued Tuesday is a legal blow for Ronald Morgan, of Mesa, Ariz., and two men identified as John Doe I and John Doe II, who sued the organization in 2007 weeks after Idaho extended its statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims.
UK can’t cover up abuse forever — The period since the attacks of 9/11 represent another chapter in the UK’s long history of human rights abuses abroad. The interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq have been followed with clear evidence of UK complicity in torture by the US in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and the secret prisons at the heart of the extraordinary rendition scandal. Iraq has been particularly problematic for those inhabiting the dark corridors of power within the MoD and intelligence services. The case establishing that the 1998 Human Rights Act did apply in UK facilities in Iraq led to the government being forced to concede the inquiry into the brutal murder of Baha Mousa by British soldiers.
Women launch campaign for male domestic abuse victims — Alison Waugh, from Morningside, and Fife woman Jackie Walls have submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for an overhaul of all projects and programmes tackling domestic abuse to ensure they address the needs of men as well as women. They said they became interested in men’s experience of domestic abuse after being deeply shaken when men they knew revealed the ordeals they were going through.