12 years ago, schoolmate’s punch took a life — It has been 12 years since Jonathan Miller horrified a school bus load of Cherokee County classmates by punching Josh Belluardo in the back of the head as they exited the bus, leaving the 13-year-old gasping for breath and turning blue on the ground near his home. The 115-pound Miller had created a long list of enemies by thumping ears, shoving, threatening or punching others, and those he abused seemed glad to tell detectives that November afternoon about their run-ins with the problematic boy.
Archdiocese took 17 years to report abuse priest to gardaí — DUBLIN’S CATHOLIC archdiocese did not report child abuse allegations against former priest Tony Walsh to the Garda until 17 years after it first received a complaint. During that period, Walsh was likely to have abused “hundreds of children”, according to a chapter of the Murphy report published for the first time yesterday.
Auburn woman’s child rape convictions thrown out by appeals court — A state appeals court has dismissed child rape convictions won against an Auburn woman accused of having sex with a teen boy. A King County jury convicted Lindy E. Deer in 2009 on three counts of child rape stemming from a sexual relationship she was alleged to have had with a 15-year-old boy. At trial, prosecutors argued that Deer, 56, met the boy through his family in the spring of 2006, and soon began spending time with the boy. The teen helped Deer at her home and started spending nights there; prosecutors contend they had sexual contact on at least three occasions.
Former teacher convicted of sexual abuse of boy — A Kane County jury has found a former East Aurora teacher and assistant wrestling coach guilty of sexually abusing a seventh-grade boy in 2005 and 2006. The jury convicted 41-year-old former Aurora resident Robert Steck Wednesday night on six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, one count of indecent solicitation of a child, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Men, too, are raped in marriages — While statistics indicate that more women are reporting being raped by their husbands, and as more women speak out against forced marital sex, Maendeleo ya Wanaume Organisation (MYWO) is also claiming husbands are victims, too. According to MYWO, husbands are also victims, but majority remain silent in fear of social stigma. Gender champion Dr Regina Mwatha and Kasarani MP Elizabeth Ongoro agree, but say their number is fewer compared to women.
No refuge for men — WHEN THE subject of domestic violence is mentioned, an image of a woman, beaten, bruised and cowering, comes to mind. The woman is the victim, powerless beneath the fist of her abusive partner. But in some relationships, the reverse is the reality. Some men are the recipients of emotional, physical and mental abuse, and they are often more trapped than their female equivalents. A recent storyline on RTÉ’s Fair City resulted in an increase of about 20 per cent in the number of contacts to Amen, a helpline for male victims of domestic violence.
State Dept: No One Touched ‘Dancing Boy’ At DynCorp Party — Of the Wikileaks cache of diplomatic cables, one of the most potentially salacious is about the entertainment at a party thrown by DynCorp, a U.S. contractor training Afghan police, in April 2009. A 17-year-old boy was hired to dance. In Afghanistan, hiring “dancing boys” is a long-held practice in which Afghan men hire young men and boys to dress like girls and dance at weddings and other parties. They don’t hire girls, because in Afghan society men and women don’t mix socially.
Vatican Shielded Dublin Priest Until He Raped Boy in Pub, Inquiry Says — The Vatican tried to stop church leaders here from defrocking a particularly dangerous pedophile priest and relented only after he raped a boy in a restroom at a pub, according to an investigation released Friday. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said he fully accepted the findings of the latest chapter in Ireland’s investigation into child abuse by priests in Dublin who were shielded from the law by Catholic leaders.
WikiLeaks: India accused of widespread torture — Indian security forces fighting a 20-year insurgency in Kashmir beat suspects, used electricity on them and tortured them with water, the Red Cross told U.S. officials according to a leaked diplomatic cable. The 2005 cable, released by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian, documents systematic prisoner abuse by Indian police and paramilitary forces based on visits the International Red Cross made to detention centers in Kashmir and elsewhere between 2002-2004.
Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in son’s death — Amanda Kay Walters, 30, of Dyer County, continued to deny an allegation that she killed her son but decided it would be in her best interest to plead guilty to a lesser charge, District Attorney General Phil Bivens said. Walters was indicted for first-degree murder and aggravated child neglect. She pleaded to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Konnor Walters, 2, died of a blunt-force trauma to the head on May 19, 2005. The defense suggested the injury could have been self-inflicted. Witnesses said Konnor tended to hit his head against the wall when things didn’t go his way.