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20 year’s jail for child abuse priest — When Catholic priest John Sidney Denham walked through the playground of the NSW school he taught at 35 years ago, boys would call out “bums to the wall, Denham’s on the crawl”. The 67-year-old was jailed for almost 20 years on Friday for his “sadistic”, indecent and sexual assault of boys as young as five. Sentencing Denham in the NSW District Court, Judge Helen Syme said the offences often involved “significant planning”.

Arrest of Boy Scout camp director stuns many parents and leaders, but his criminal background checks were ‘clean’ — For the past decade, criminal background checks on Scott Allan Herrick have turned up no cause for alarm. His leadership skills were on target, and he appeared to have genuine respect for the Boy Scouts and staff at the camp for which he was director. So when 39-year-old Herrick, who has been director of Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Blue Lake Township for the past seven years, was arrested this week for possessing and distributing child porn — including an image of a boy in a Boy Scout uniform with his genitals exposed — Mike Sulgrove, executive for the Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America, said he was outraged.

The foolish feminist: Be careful who you call a misogynist, you misandrist — Something has me mildly riled up, a ridiculous little scandal involving the silliest accusations of sexism and secretions. So permit me today a slight diversion from the usual. If you’ve ever wondered why some feminists have earned themselves such a bad name, and are at all curious about how some intriguing new experimental research demonstrates that this negative view of feminism is more than just my personal opinion and in fact runs very deep in the modern psyche, then read on.

‘For a year in prison I was treated like the scum of the earth, but I was innocent of rape’ — In his cell at HMP Addiewell, Jason Duncan knew it was only a matter of time before the story he had concocted for his own safety would fall apart. Falsely accused of rape, the 22-year-old steel worker had decided it was better to tell fellow inmates that he was in prison for a shooting. But then one morning, a week into his time on remand, the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser landed on the wings, complete with his name and charge details on the front page.

Life term possible for assaults on boy — A plea agreement formalized Monday allows for a maximum term of 48 years to life in prison for a woman who repeatedly raped a teenage boy. Cassandra Bell Lyle, 39, of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty as part of a deal that leaves a possible prison term to the discretion of District Judge Brian Flynn.

Male abuse victims face extra barriers — Counsellors can struggle to help men who are in abusive relationships, because political correctness and their own assumptions get in the way, according to new research. A meeting of the British Psychological Society at Strathclyde University tomorrow will hear that many counsellors are unsure about how to treat male victims of domestic violence, and are concerned that they are not getting the best support.

Male abuse victims with nowhere to go — A couple are in the kitchen, fighting. Their children are listening from the next room. It’s a familiar scene of domestic abuse that’s been going on for years. One of them grabs a pot of boiling liquid from the stovetop and throws it at the other; the pot hits them in the shoulder, knocking them off balance and the victim is scalded. Most people reading this will assume the victim is a woman but in a number of cases, it will be a man – it is just that most men do not report abuse.

Myanmar troops seize vulnerable boys for tough army life — The spiky-haired teenager said he clearly recalls the day when Myanmar state troops whisked him from the streets of Mandalay, accused him of stealing and forced him to become a child soldier. “They said if you don’t want to go to jail, you must join the army. I said I didn’t want to join but whenever I said it they beat me again and again. When I agreed to join they stopped beating me,” Win Sein told AFP.

Self-Described ‘Scumbag Pedophile’ Priest Goes to Jail — An Australian priest who called himself a “mere scumbag pedophile” in a public apology to his victims was sentenced today to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing dozens of boys over two decades as a Catholic school teacher. John Sidney Denham, 67, pleaded guilty to a range of offenses, including multiple counts of indecent assault on boys 5 to 16 years old. Most of the victims had been students at three schools in New South Wales where Denham taught in the late 1960s, 70s and 80s. Details were reported by several Australian and international news outlets.

Supreme Court allows sex-abuse case to proceed against the Vatican — The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to examine whether an Oregon resident who allegedly was sexually molested by a Roman Catholic priest as a teenager in the 1960s can sue the Vatican for his abuse. The move allows the litigation to move forward toward a trial.

Surprise aid for male survivors of abuse — Wales team member Ryan Jones, front left, speaks to Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust Waikato manager Mike Holloway during their recent visit to Hamilton. The rugby players gave the trust a donation and pledged to deliver more support when they are based in Hamilton for the Rugby World Cup next year. Sexual abuse survivor Mike Holloway has a warning for abusers wreaking havoc in the community: “You will be caught and you will be held accountable for your actions.”

Warning About Church’s Abuse Documents Led Belgian Police to Raid Its Offices — Four days after a series of police raids of Catholic institutions in Belgium that drew sharp criticism from the pope, the reason for the unusually aggressive operation has emerged: a formal accusation that the church was hiding information on sexual abuse lodged by the former president of an internal church commission handling such cases.

Woman charged with having sex with 11-year-old — A woman staying in a neighbor’s apartment while her electricity was out faces criminal charges after authorities said she was found in bed with an 11-year-old boy. Cynthia Ann Ross, 30, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age, in connection with the June 8 incident. Her bail was set at $10,000 and she was being held Thursday afternoon in the Wichita County Jail.

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