Belgian bishop quits over child sex abuse — Belgian bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe has resigned after admitting to sexually abusing a child, a spokesman for the Brussels bishop said Friday. Vangheluwe abused a boy over a period of several years in Bruges, Belgium, said Eric de Beukelaer, the spokesman. The archbishop of Brussels and other church officials briefed reporters about the resignation on Friday. They said Vangheluwe declined interview request and that he wants to be left in peace.
Bisexual men sue gay group, claim bias — Three bisexual men are suing a national gay-athletic organization, saying they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in the Seattle area two years ago. The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle accuses the alliance of violating Washington state laws barring discrimination. The alliance organizes the annual Gay Softball World Series.
Jury verdict hits Boy Scouts with $18.5 million in punitive damages — An Oregon jury on Friday found the Boy Scouts of America liable for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy more than 25 years ago, returning a verdict of $18.5 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff, Kerry Lewis, now 38, allowed his name to be used publicly during the trial, according to his attorneys. He is among six men suing the Boy Scouts over allegations of sexual abuse. Attorney Kelly Clark has said that when his clients were boys during the 1980s, the organization knew that at least one of them had been abused by former assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes. The 53-year-old convicted sex offender was released from prison in 2005 and paroled until 2013. He could not be reached on Friday.
Leaders meet as Church sex abuse cases grip Chile — The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile have met the country’s president amid a growing sex abuse scandal involving a number of priests. Earlier this week, the Church in Chile formally apologised to abuse victims, saying nothing could justify it. Monsignor Alejandro Goic, head of the Church in Chile, said there had been 20 confirmed or alleged cases.
Misinterpreting Patriarchy — The gender discourse of today is ripe with words such as “patriarchy” and “structural oppression”, words that are meant to convey that men as a group hold power over women as a group. At the same time, more and more people are starting to question whether these terms can be said to accurately describe reality. Some even go as far as to claim that “the patriarchy” is a fantasy that has no correlate in real life. Personally, I don’t believe that the word patriarchy is a fantasy, but I do believe that it has been misinterpreted–or misconstrued–more or less beyond recognition.
Mother will be charged with second-degree murder, child abuse — Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced Friday that Dominick Calhoun’s mother Corrine Baker will be charged with second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse in connection with her son’s death. She is accused of willfully disregarding the condition of her son. Last week Baker’s boyfriend, Brandon Hayes, was charged with torture and first-degree murder of Calhoun. The Genesee County prosecutor and sheriff say the 4 year old endured several days of torture. They say Baker put herself above her son’s needs, resulting in his death.
No Longer Blaming Women — I’m sure the reader has his own stories, real world reasons to be angry with women. Let’s just take all those stories as a starting point for this discussion. There’s no question that all these things happened, and for many of us men, there’s no question that we have plenty of reasons to be angry. But is it really constructive and useful for us to hold onto our anger? What is the payoff for holding onto our anger?
Study examines domestic violence — UH doctoral candidate Venus Tsui, under the supervision of Monit Cheung, the doctoral dissertation chair at the Graduate School of Social Work, is conducting a survey of male victims of domestic violence in order to better understand the issue. “It is definitely a challenging and tough topic,” Tsui said. “Although underreported and less common, male victims of domestic violence suffer negative physical and psychological consequences which are similar to their female counterparts.”
Victims’ advocate accused of misconduct — In the world of Jewish advocacy against sexual abuse, a sense of solidarity exists among activists who see themselves as waging an uphill battle against communal leaders who have failed in their responsibilities. But in a rare moment on Wednesday, April 21, one activist called out another. Vicki Polin, CEO of the Awareness Center, an organization devoted to combating sexual abuse in the Jewish community, sent an email blast to her supporters in which she warned about a charismatic new activist, Kal Holczler.
Windsor book to aid Norwegian abuse victims — Male survivors of sexual abuse in Norway may soon be counselled using a book developed with Windsor men in mind. Tom Wilken, author of Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect, said Monday he has been contacted by a Norwegian social worker who works in the prison system with young men aged 16 to 24. Wilken gave the woman permission to have his book translated and have up to 500 copies distributed throughout the country.
Workshop to Address Needs of Male Survivors of Abuse and Trauma — The leading world expert on males as victims of abuse, Mike Lew, will present a workshop for male survivors of childhood trauma, including sexual abuse, in Adelaide today. […] The needs of male survivors of trauma and abuse are occasionally brought up in the media but at a political and bureaucratic level this topic remains a “no-go” zone. There is a resistance and apprehension to acknowledge the special needs of male victims and ensure adequate supports, services and resources are made available to address this pressing need within the wider community.