ACLU And Coalition Urges Holder To Adopt Standards Aimed At Eradicating Prison Rape — The American Civil Liberties Union and a broad coalition of religious, political, human rights and civil rights groups today called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately adopt a set of proposed standards aimed at eradicating sexual assault in the nation’s prisons. The standards, issued over a year ago by the blue-ribbon, bipartisan National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC), would, if adopted by Holder, provide an important guide for corrections professionals to eliminate sexual abuse in their facilities and measure the effectiveness of their efforts. The coalition previously called on Holder to adopt the standards in a letter sent last week.
Colo. man pleads guilty in Haiti sex abuse case — A Colorado man who founded a school for street children in Haiti acknowledged Wednesday that he sexually abused several, wrapping up a case in which prosecutors said he manipulated the boys with promises of food and shelter and threatened to expel them if they refused.
Douglas Perlitz, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, a charge that carries up to 30 years in prison. As part of a plea deal, he admitted to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with eight children.
Judge tosses part of Idaho Boy Scout abuse suit — A federal judge says a man’s lawsuit against the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts of America must focus on sexual abuse he claims to have suffered in Oregon, because it’s too late to sue over similar claims in Idaho. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter handed down the ruling last week, saying Idaho’s statute of limitations prevents the man, identified only as Tom Doe, from suing over alleged abuse in Idaho.
Kansas Police Find Malnourished Six-Year-Old Boy in Attic — A Kansas woman is in custody, charged with child abuse and endangerment, after Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies found a severely malnourished six-year-old boy in the attic of a DeSoto, Kansas, house earlier this week. Deputies say that they went to the home at the request of a relative on Aug. 17 to conduct a welfare check on the child. Police checked the home and talked to his mother, Rachel L. Perez, who claimed the boy was not at home.
Late in life, White House Boy found his brotherhood — On the front of the T-shirt was the dark silhouette of a one-armed man swinging a leather strap, the blows still excruciating a half-century later. Behind the man was a small white house, where the reform school children were brought in the middle of the night, made to bite a dirty pillow, and beaten into unconsciousness as an old industrial fan droned over their screams and blood splashed onto the walls.
Left and Right Join to Fight Prison Rape — Ending prison rape is a cause that brought together an unlikely group of organizations which are usually doing combat with each other. Leaders of groups from the left and right gathered to call attention to their letter which presses Attorney General Holder to speed up the process for adopting standards that will hold prison officials accountable for combating rape in prisons.
New evidence may clear postman of sex attack after 14 years in jail — A man who has been in prison for 14 years for attempted rape may have the conviction overturned after it emerged that crucial forensic evidence had never been tested. Further doubt has been cast on the conviction of postman Victor Nealon by a neurosurgeon, who says that the prisoner could not have had the distinctive facial features identified by witnesses.
NV man sues for jail abuse — A North Vancouver man is filing a class action lawsuit against a former prison guard and the provincial government, claiming the guard repeatedly sexually assaulted him in the early 1980s. The plaintiff is identified only as “E.D.L.” in the B.C. Supreme Court notice of claim, but the documents name the defendant as Roderick David MacDougall, who worked as a corrections officer at several facilities in B.C. from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, including the Lower Mainland Correctional Centre in Burnaby, known as Oakalla.
Police: Woman did nothing as children were abused — A woman who reportedly did nothing when two children told her they were being abused has been charged for her inaction; the man who allegedly abused the children also faces charges. Mount Pleasant police learned of the alleged assaults on July 31. When they began investigating, three children told them that Paul Beckett, 40, had shown them pornography, touched them inappropriately and forced them to touch him and each other. Two of them said they had told Tina M. Durand, 35, of the abuse, but that she told them not to say anything.
Study finds similar personality types in male and female domestic violence perpetrators — New research published in the August edition of the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is providing a better picture of the roles played by gender, personality and mental illness in domestic violence. “Intimate partner violence is a major public health concern,” says the study’s lead author Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Okanagan campus.
Teacher Terence Houlihan admits abuse of pupil, 15 — THE former headmaster of a Hampshire school was spared a prison sentence after he admitted the historic sexual abuse of a pupil. Terence Houlihan, 64, had taken the teenager with him to stay at a guest house when he went for a job interview in Kent. Prosecutor Rachel Roberton said that the teacher had formed “a good relationship” with the 15- year-old at a school for hyperactive children in Waterlooville because he excelled at sport. He took the pupil with him days after leaving the school, and indecently assaulted him while they were both naked in the same bed.
The trouble with boys — One of the headlines that will no doubt accompany this year’s results, as it has for results of the past decade or more, is the fact that boys have performed in these exams less well than girls (or conversely that girls’ grades have tended to rise, while boys’ have marked time). That trend has lately seen 64% of girls achieve five A*-C grade GCSEs while only 54% of boys reach that benchmark. It has also seen half of young women participating in some form of higher education, but only 37% of young men.
Woman pleads no contest in sex abuse case — A Leavenworth woman has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy. Brenda M. Keister, 34, pleaded no contest Friday to one count of indecent solicitation of a child and one count of criminal sodomy. The crimes occurred between April 2009 and April 2010 at a Leavenworth residence. County Attorney Todd Thompson said Friday that it had been determined the victim was 14 years of age at the time of the crimes, not 13 as previously reported.