Bulletin Board v103

Calif. Man Found Guilty of Torturing Boy Held Captive for Year — A California man was found guilty Tuesday of nine counts stemming from the torture and abuse of a 16-year-old boy held captive for more than a year, the Mercury News reported Tuesday. After four days of deliberation, a San Joaquin County jury found Anthony Waiters, 31, of Tracy, guilty of corporal injury to a child, false imprisonment, infliction of great bodily injury and torture, among other counts.

For Colored Men Fatigued by Movies About Colored Girls — It took a brief but blunt conversation with a female colleague and friend to reinforce my already strong opinions about director/actor Tyler Perry and his newest film For Colored Girls. Although I was predisposed to expressing mock shock that Perry has produced another film that makes African American men look like a collection of morally bankrupt, emotionally empty, self-absorbed, hedonistic, conniving nut jobs who are hell bent on abusing black women, my progressive friend made me realize to an even greater degree that Perry doesn’t want or need my sympathy or money.

Health Check: The boy who was raised a girl — When anyone has a baby the first question everyone asks is: “Is it a boy or a girl?” Biologically it is sex hormones, physical appearance and the sex chromosomes – XX for a woman, XY for a man – which dictate whether someone is male or female. But what happens if you bring up someone who was a boy as a girl? There was a case just like this in the 1960s, a case which ended in tragedy.

Male rape victim in DR Congo speaks out — The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis brought on by five years of brutal war. Sexual violence has been used as a weapon by all sides and no-one is immune. In a country where homosexuality is taboo, Newsnight hears rare testimony from a man who was raped by soldiers while he was walking to his farm.

Police: Priest solicited murder of boy accusing him of sex abuse — A Catholic priest, facing criminal charges and a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a teenage boy, is now charged with attempting to hire someone to kill the youth, authorities said Tuesday. The Rev. John M. Fiala was in the Dallas County, Texas, jail on Tuesday, charged with one count of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the jail’s website. He also is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bail totals $700,000.

PNG boy gang raped by women — A 17-year-old village boy has been gang raped by 10 knife wielding women in Papua New Guinea, police say. Southern Highlands Province police commander Teddy Tei told AAP the gang of women attacked the schoolboy just outside the provincial centre of Mendi on Friday. “This is a serious matter and police are trying to identify who these animals are,” he said. “More than 10 women with kitchen knives attacked him and four women had sexual intercourse with him”.

Pune spiritual guru arrested for sexually assaulting boys — A 34-year-old spiritual guru Deepak Vishnu Lamkhande was arrested in Pune for allegedly sexually assaulting six boys who were staying at his ashram. The arrest came after a 16-year-old boy living at Balakashram in Shivajivadi, Moshi, finally broke his silence and approached the Bhosari police station on Saturday to complain about sexual abuse.

Report: Child abuse reports unheeded — Callers to Lane County child abuse hot lines reported that a Blachly child identified as R.H. “had weeping sores on his legs,” was “not allowed to eat and was made to stand for hours” and was being “emotionally abused and neglected,” but caseworkers investigating those claims found no indications of abuse, according to a state report released Tuesday. Eleven months after the last call was made, R.H., now 9 years old, was hospitalized with multiple fractures and an infected third-degree burn on his foot.

Sex abuse victim awarded $2.5m damages — A victim of a paedophile music teacher has been awarded almost $2.5 million in damages by a judge who found he had been “crippled” by his psychiatric injuries. Gary Maxwell Featherstone, who lived at Chatswood in Sydney’s north, pleaded guilty to 12 sex offences involving indecent acts against four boys aged between 11 and 14 in the 1980s. He is serving a minimum jail term of seven years.

Utah: Male DV Victims in Support Group — An abused spouse is arrested when police arrive on the scene. Another abused spouse sees charges dropped against the abuser because of “insufficient evidence,” even though the abuser admitted guilt to cops and the court. These situations are real, but the victims of these abusive relationships weren’t women—they were men, men who now have a support group created by a therapist trying to expand the discussion about what constitutes domestic violence and who its victims are.

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