Bulletin Board v91

50 years in prison for rape, abuse — A teary-eyed Stephennie Murphy, 32, of Akron, showed her first sign of remorse Wednesday when she pleaded guilty to four charges involving sexual abuse of four girls under the age of 13. ”I’m sorry for allowing it to happen,” Murphy said. ”I’m sorry for it. I’m sorry I didn’t stop it.” Under the plea agreement, Murphy will serve 50 years in prison before being eligible for parole. Murphy, who lived with co-defendant Michael Lee Winland in a second-floor Hazel Street apartment, was set to go to trial Sept. 30 on a 32-count indictment.

Action Alert: Holstein Debates Leading MA. Senator on F & F’s Shared Parenting Bill — Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS debated Massachusetts Senator Cynthia Creem, co-chair of the Joint Committee on The Judiciary, on the subject of family court reform and HB 1400, Fathers and Families’ shared parenting bill. We want you to join in the debate–please post a comment to Creem’s article by clicking here. Creem is currently in the middle of a hotly contested electoral battle to save her state Senate seat.

The “all women” campaign to end family violence — Yesterday I participated as a volunteer for an organization devoted to helping people with family violence. They were doing a fundraiser to raise funds for the free counseling services the organization provides. It is a great organization but I have to admit I was a little disturbed, not because of the organization or what it was doing but because of a pamphlet I saw on the tables. This pamphlet was advertising an “ALL WOMEN” campaign to end family violence. Now ending family violence is a laudable goal, I won’t argue with that. Who doesn’t want to end family violence? But I have to admit, things like that, things that say “all women” or “only women” or, for that matter, “only men” or “you can’t come because you’ve got a penis or vagina” or “there’s something wrong because you belong to “that” group of people’ always make me a bit nervous…

Boy Scouts Settle Suit With Victims of Abuse — The Boy Scouts of America have reached a financial settlement with six men who say they were sexually abused when they were members of the same troop in Oregon in the 1980s. The settlement, whose terms were not disclosed, was reached last week and announced Wednesday by the plaintiff’s lawyers. It was confirmed by the national scouting organization, which is based in Irving, Texas. “I’m so glad this is over,” Kerry Lewis, 38, one of the former scouts, said in a conference call with reporters.

Former altar boy accuses Oak Harbor priest of sexual abuse — Another former altar boy has come forward to accuse a now-defrocked Oak Harbor priest of sexually abusing him 30 years ago. A 42-year-old former Whidbey Island resident has filed a civil lawsuit in King County Superior Court against the Seattle Archdiocese for alleged childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Barry Ashwell. Ashwell served as pastor of St. Augustine Church in Oak Harbor from 1978 to 2000. The Archdiocese placed him on administrative leave when a sexual abuse allegation became public through a lawsuit in 2002.

Former altar boy describes aftermath of alleged abuse by Eureka priest — Shame and fear of ridicule kept him quiet about alleged sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Eureka nearly 30 years ago, a Humboldt County man said Tuesday. “For a man, there is so much shame involved in saying anything,” the 38-year-old man, who declined to give his full name, said in an interview. “I tried to work past it,” said the man, a father who works in law enforcement and as a young boy wanted to become a priest himself. “I just figured it was too late to do anything.”

German bishops expand sex abuse guidelines — Germany’s Roman Catholic church introduced new guidelines Tuesday on handling reports of sexual abuse that require prosecutors to be informed of any suspected case unless the victim objects to that. The expanded guidelines come in response to hundreds of allegations of abuse at the hands of clergy that emerged earlier this year and rocked the church in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland. Most cases date back years, if not decades, and the statute of limitations has passed on the majority of them. Often victims were afraid to report abuse, and the Catholic Church has been accused of covering up abuse cases it knew about, and not telling prosecutors about them.

Half of men steer clear of children in trouble for fear of being branded paedophiles — Nearly half of men would be too scared to help a child in need because they fear being branded a paedophile, a survey has found. Forty-four per cent would be wary of coming to the aid of youngsters in their neighbourhood in case they were suspected of attempting to abduct them. And almost a third of both men and women would be reluctant to help because they fear the child would be abusive. Such fears are behind a weakening of community spirit that has left children increasingly isolated, and more likely to stay indoors, according to the findings.

Lesbian Battering: The Sisterhood Turns on Itself — A series of high-profile cases of lesbian-perpetrated domestic violence has sent shock-waves through Massachusetts communities in recent months: 1. On February 16, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Nicole Chuminski on two counts of second-degree murder, following a fire that killed the two daughters of her lover Anna Reisopoulos. During a heated argument between the two, Chuminski reportedly fell into a fit of rage. A few hours later Chuminski returned to her partner’s apartment and hurled an acetone-laden firebomb into the front door.

Male domestic abuse calls to support group up by 80% — A SUPPORT SERVICE for male victims of domestic abuse has reported an 80 per cent increase in the number of people contacting their services after suffering abuse. Amen, which operates a helpline and counselling service for men, said yesterday 3,644 people had contacted their service last year, up from 2,028 in 2008. A quarter of clients (26 per cent) who suffered abuse from their partner were physically abused, with victims reporting being stabbed, burnt by cigarettes and having their hair pulled out.

National survey finds above-average rate of sexual abuse at two Tarrant County jails — Inmates at two Tarrant County jails reported incidents of sexual abuse at a rate higher than prisoners nationwide, according to a Justice Department survey of hundreds of U.S. prisons and jails. In the Tarrant County Jail, 5.2 percent of inmates who responded to the survey reported being sexually abused by other inmates or staff, as did 3.7 percent at the Green Bay facility. Nationwide, about 4.4 percent of prison inmates and 3.1 percent of jail inmates reported at least one incident of sex or sexual contact, according to the report, released last week.

Ombudsman finds domestic violence campaign ‘misleading’ — A national men’s group is claiming victory over what it calls a feminist agenda on domestic violence. An independent investigation has upheld the group’s complaint about a public awareness campaign in South Australia. The Ombudsman’s inquiry found parts of the $870,000 campaign contained errors. The Don’t Cross The Line campaign has been running in newspapers, on television and radio and on a website. The Ombudsman in South Australia found some statistics initially published on the site were false and misleading.

Pervert headmaster faces jail for years of sex abuse of boys — A boarding school headmaster was facing jail last night after being convicted of abusing boys in his care. Derek Slade, 61, picked out pupils as young as eight for ‘sexual exploitation’ and beat them with a cane, slipper or table tennis bat. The self-confessed paedophile also held ‘midnight feasts’ where he would sexually abuse the boys. He was arrested after former pupils contacted each other through internet social networking sites and alerted police.

Prison rape: myths and misconceptions — Earlier this year, CAIVN alerted you to the crisis of prison rape. Though it receives little attention from mainstream news sources, the rape of prison detainees by other inmates and even corrections officials has reached crisis proportions in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the world. Indeed, Human Rights Watch estimates that 140,000 prison inmates are victims of rape every year, making it the most prevalent kind of rape in the country, more common than date rape, more common than acquaintance rape, and more common than statutory rape.

Six Convicted of Sexual Crimes at Portuguese Children’s Home — Six people were convicted of child sexual abuse in a Lisbon court on Friday, in a trial that lasted nearly six years and shocked people in Portugal and beyond. A three-judge panel found the defendants guilty of raping and sexually abusing minors at a state-run institution for needy children, and of running a ring for pedophiles. A seventh defendant, charged with allowing her home to be used for sexual abuse, was acquitted. The charges involved the rape and sexual abuse of 32 children who were residents of the home in Lisbon, part of a network of institutions for children called Casa Pia.

Tapes show cardinal sought sex abuse victim’s silence — Secret audio recordings show the former head of the Belgian Catholic Church asking a sex abuse victim not to expose the crimes of his assailant, a bishop who was the victim’s uncle. The tapes, recorded last April, show Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a 42-year-old victim to remain silent about the years of sex abuse he suffered as a child and adolescent at the hands of Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges until after Vangheluwe’s expected retirement the following year.

Teacher’s assistant gets prison sentence for sex with boy, 10 — A former Creekside Elementary School teacher’s assistant will spend nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to having sex with a 10-year-old boy. Forty-two-year-old Gina Marie Watring’s total prison term could exceed eight years, at the discretion of the Department of Correction. Watring pleaded guilty to two counts each of kidnapping, abduction, sex with a student and indecent liberties with a child. Prosecutors dismissed two counts of child rape as part of the plea arrangement.

Two former Fayette jail employees are sentenced in inmate-abuse case — Two former employees of the Fayette County jail were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for the roles they played in systematically abusing inmates. John McQueen, 33, a former sergeant and supervisor at the Fayette County Detention Center, and Clarence McCoy, 31, a former corporal, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Karen K. Caldwell, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Each also received two years of supervised release.

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