A First! DV Council Awards Grant to Men’s Rights Organization — Yesterday, March 17, 2010, the San Diego Domestic Violence Council awarded POPS/NCFM a small grant to produce a short video about the POPS program. We believe this is historic in that to our knowledge this is the first time a domestic violence council has officially connected with an established men’s rights organization. In so doing it’s hoped this small association will pave the way for similar relationships and toward better understanding the needs of our community.
Authorities: Abused boy kept on leash — A Lake Charles woman was charged with 25 counts of cruelty to a juvenile after deputies found her 9-year-old stepson malnourished and tied up in a room, authorities said. Jaime B. Day, 27, was also charged with two counts of second-degree cruelty. Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $5.5 million. Her husband, Murry Dalton Day, 30, was charged with five counts of cruelty and one count of second-degree cruelty. His bond was set at $2 million. A warrant for his arrest was issued, and he turned himself in Tuesday.
Bishop of Clogher did not report abuse claim — The Bishop of Clogher admitted he knew of abuse allegations against a priest in his diocese in 1989, six years before the cleric appeared in court. Bishop Joseph Duffy was told Enniskillen priest Fr John McCabe had abused a young boy in his car. A diocesean spokesman said that Bishop Duffy was “bound to secrecy by the victim’s parents”.
Confidential advice for male victims of domestic abuse — Male victims of domestic abuse will be able to access help through a dedicated service being set up in Scotland. The helpline will be launched next month and staffed by trained advisers offering practical advice and emotional support. Men worried about their own behaviour towards a partner will also be able to seek help. Communities Minister Alex Neil said the service would reassure male victims of abuse that help is available.
Female Prison Guards Often Behind Sex Misconduct — Inmate Michael Murphy usually started by seeking a small favor. That would often lead to a kiss or love letters. And in at least five cases, he convinced female prison employees to have sex with him or do other illegal favors. In each of those cases, the female corrections employees were caught, shamed and forced out of a job, according to documents detailing an investigation by Montana prison officials and obtained by The Associated Press after an open-records lawsuit.
Former ‘home boy’ recalls abuse at Termonbacca — John Meehan says he was just ten years-old when his innocence was shattered by a serious sexual assault at Termonbacca boys’ home. He still struggles with the sickening memory of an older boy attacking him and then callously paying him half a crown to keep quiet.
Fifty-two years later the image remains vivid for John, who spent almost six years in the Creggan home run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
Indian Brother faces child sex abuse charges — Police in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have registered a case of child sexual abuse against a Catholic Religious Brother after a complaint from a boy and his parents. The accused, Malabar Missionary Brother John Kuttikatil, is the warden of St. Joseph Bal Bhavan (children’s hostel), UCA News reports. Church people, however, have rejected the allegation and dismissed the case as a result of rivalry between private schools and a Church school in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh state.
‘Lost Boy’ a searing memoir of social control and abuse — Brent W. Jeffs is the nephew Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) His memoir, “Lost Boy,” is a startling and frank discussion of his experiences as a part of this order, and what his life was like after leaving the polygamous sect.
No protection for male rape victims in proposed law — LEGISLATION which could make it easier for the State to prosecute persons accused of rape was read in Parliament on Friday night by Attorney General John Jeremie who argued that the law would protect “women and infants”. Piloting an amendment to the Evidence Act which would make it easier for witnesses to come forward in support of victims of rape, Jeremie argued that the new legislation was aimed at protecting women and children, but he omitted men.
Paedophile teacher Gerard Raffell paid off parents of 4-year-old — The parents of a four-year-old abuse victim accepted money, which they used for a deposit on a new house, from their son’s attacker rather than reporting him to police. Children’s campaigners last night described the case of Gerard Raffell — who paid £18,000 to secure the silence of his victim’s family — as shocking. The payment left Raffell, 42, a teacher, free for four years before he was arrested last year when the boy, still traumatised by his ordeal, finally spoke about the attacks.
‘Rape’ to be made gender-neutral, to be replaced with ‘sexual assault’ — NEW DELHI: The government has decided to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), replacing the word “rape” with “sexual assault” in the existing law in order to broaden the ambit of crimes covered under the sections and make the provisions gender neutral. “The home ministry is working on a draft Bill. It will soon be brought in the public domain for detailed discussion over all the provisions relating to sections covering rape,” said a senior home ministry official.
The role of the father has been downgraded — Over the last half a century there has been a sea change in society’s attitude towards same-sex relationships, marriage and the family. Homosexuality has moved from criminal status to legalisation, from legalisation to acceptance and the same respectfulness as heterosexual relationships. We have now reached the stage where, in the event of an election victory, the Conservative leader has promised that civil partners will benefit from extended paternity and maternity leave (in the case of adoption or artificial insemination babies). David Cameron has also promised that proposals to extend flexible working and married couples’ tax breaks would be granted as well. He has stated that the party is no longer hostile to same sex couples.
‘She ruined my life’: Woman gets 5 yrs. for sex abuse of young boy — Molly Jensen, also called Molly Phillips, was accused of involving a young victim in sadomasochistic sex with co-defendant Joseph Summers of Round Lake Beach. Jensen, 35, was involved in a two-year relationship with Summers in which he was manipulative and domineering, she testified at his sentencing hearing last week. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Vacaville man showing other sexual abuse victims how to reclaim their lives — I attended a Roman Catholic elementary school, high school and university. I knew many dedicated priests and nuns who lived in integrity. Early on, I also met the priest who molested me repeatedly as a child. He was a sick and twisted individual. With the emerging news of sex abuse scandals concerning Roman Catholic schools in Europe, I am reminded of my own abuse experiences and the long road of reaction and recovery that followed them. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops Conference, is quoted as saying, “Sexual abuse of children … has neither to do with celibacy, nor with homosexuality, nor with Catholic sexual doctrine.” I am relieved to hear a Roman Catholic prelate who understands that the sexual abuse of a child by an adult is not about sexual orientation. It is about power.