Exonerated Texas man uses freedom to help others — A courthouse seems like the last place Michael Anthony Green would choose to spend his time following his release this summer after 27 years in a Texas prison for a rape he didn’t commit. But each weekday, Green walks past metal detectors and police officers in the lobby of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center and makes his way to the 20th floor. There, he sits in a small office and pores through letters written by inmates discussing possible problems with their cases.
Julian Assange, Feminism, and Rape — One unexpected consequence of the WikiLeaks saga has been to turn the spotlight on the debate over rape, sex, and consent. Julian Assange, journalism’s misbegotten enfant terrible, has been hounded by accusations of sex crimes after he vaulted to fame by releasing leaked classified documents on the Internet. The charges were dismissed but then reinstated; Assange was arrested in London earlier this month and was released on bail last week while he fights extradition to Sweden. The nature of these charges has revived questions about where the law should draw the line between bad behavior and criminal acts, and whether the feminist rethinking of rape has made it easy for any man to be targeted.
Man gets nearly 20 years in Haiti sex abuse case — A Colorado man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Tuesday for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti, including some who faced him inside the courtroom and testified that he threatened to expel them if they did not submit to his advances. Judge Janet Bond Arterton called Douglas Perlitz a serial rapist and molester as she imposed the sentence in New Haven federal court.
Military sexual abuse ‘staggering’ — Every year, rape increases at an alarming rate within American military institutions – and even males are victims of the cycle. In fact, due to raw demographics, one can roughly surmise that most victims of sexual abuse in the military are male. Regardless of gender, reports of victims of military sexual assault have been increasing. In 2007, there were 2,200 reports of rape in the military, whilst in 2009 saw an increase up to 3,230 reports of sexual assault. Many of the victims suffer from Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and are shamed into silence, with numerous cases not even reported.
Molester recounts abuse as youth — Convicted child molester Robert Hall didn’t apologize. Instead, he explained. Standing in the prisoner’s box, at his sentencing hearing Wednesday for nine counts on four victims 40 years ago, the 72-year old cleared his throat and for the next 15 minutes said why he abused boys in his London neighbourhood. “I heard (the victims) testify and I see their pain because I felt it too,” the former Londoner told Superior Court Justice Kelly Gorman. “I understand it very deeply.”
Police drop abuse case against Northern Ireland priest — A Catholic priest who was forced to step down from public ministry after an allegation of indecent assault is no longer the subject of a police inquiry. Fr Paul Symonds (65), who received an OBE for his cross-community work, was investi-gated by police after allegations were made against him which dated back to the 1970s. The allegations were of sexual abuse having been committed against a boy under the age of 16 in the Lancashire area, when Fr Symonds was living in England.