Abused 12-year-old yearns for ‘real family’ — What happens when a human being grows up without experiencing love? The answer is living and breathing in the form of a 12-year-old Leesburg boy who was physically, emotionally and sexually abused by his mother until he was 5, when the state took him away from her. For the next seven years, he languished in the foster-care system, his condition steadily deteriorating. Sunday’s column examined the life journey of the preteen, who is due in a couple of weeks to be released from a psychiatric hospital in Ocala. This is a turning point in his life, and he knows it. The state Department of Children & Families seemed to kick into gear in 2009 to help the boy heal.
Dallas student, 12, duct-taped to chair and beaten by classmates while teacher ignored attack: mom — A 12-year-old Dallas student was bound to a chair with duct tape and beaten by four classmates as a substitute teacher stood and ignored the attack, according to the victim’s mom. The Dallas school district is investigating the charges made by Keneshia Richardson, who claims the attackers wrapped tape around her son’s mouth to keep him from shouting. “It was uncalled for,” Richardson told The Dallas Morning News, adding her son had trouble breathing.
Fathers Really Do Have Rights — Like the gay rights (“Marriage Equality”) movement, black civil rights movement, and feminist movement, the Fathers’ Rights movement is grounded in constitutional rights and imperatives. It has grown out of the very real changes in men’s traditional roles in Western society, and the current generation’s more egalitarian attitude towards shared parenting, which has resulted in gender neutral custody laws in virtually every state of the United States. Despite the changing laws on the books, there is still a perception that there is a gender bias in family law, and that fathers are discriminated against in custody decisions.
Innocence Gone: Story of a Molested Boy — It was a sex scandal that rocked and shocked the valley and the Mormon Church. The story of a mom in her 40s and her daughter in her 20s — accusations the two sexually abused the same 14-year-old boy. What remains of that boy who seems to have disappeared from his Chandler community? We caught up with the teenager’s attorney. Fourteen is the age of skateboards, school books, and Friday night lights. But for one teenage boy, the victim of Susan Brock, it was an adolescence interrupted or some would say — stolen. Now 17, the teenager Brock molested left Arizona in January to attend a specialized program out of state.
Long prison sentences fail not just offenders, but society too — When the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released figures this month comparing reoffending rates, commentators fell over each other jumping to conclusions. According to the MoJ, longer sentences (of two to four years) resulted in a lower rate of reoffending than shorter sentences. Community orders and suspended sentences also led to less reoffending than sentences of under a year, but most newspapers chose to ignore any fact which might have obstructed their inalienable right to call for stiffer sentencing. The biggest predictor of reoffending is not length of sentence but age.
Mary Dejevsky: A feminist presumption of victimhood impairs justice — Rape is rape is rape – and a very serious crime. Let’s get that over with. Most people also have a very clear idea of what constitutes rape – and if they don’t, and they find themselves sitting on a jury in a rape trial, they will be put right pretty quickly by the judge and the prosecuting lawyers. The difficulty in recent years has been less and less judicial practice than the propagation of a hardcore feminist view intent on broadening the definition of rape and presuming guilt rather than innocence. The lines between rape, sexual assault and personal “mistakes” risk as a result becoming blurred.
Prosecutor convenes hearing on child abuse cases vs Revillam — The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office has begun its preliminary investigation into the three child abuse cases stemming from the sexy dance a six-year-old boy performed on a game show aired on TV5 on March 12. Television game show host Willie Revillame is a respondent in all three complaints. Prosecutor Benjamin Samson convened the hearing with the complainants, respondents and their lawyers present. Children’s welfare group, Stop Child Rights Exploitation in Media (SCREAM) filed the first complaint. They charged, along with Revillame, ranking executives of TV5, which airs the game show Revillame hosts.
Scott Howard: Prison rape survivor’s story going international — The story of Scott Howard, who endured extortion and rape by an inmate gang in Colorado’s prison system, was told in detail for the first time in my feature “The Devil’s Playground” three months ago. But our account quickly went viral — and Howard, now free to speak out about prison rape, has become a high-profile presence on an issue long considered a media taboo. As our piece recounts, Howard went public with his ordeal last year at a hearing on the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act — a piece of legislation that’s been many years in the making and still hasn’t put much of a dent in the estimated 200,000 sexual assaults that occur in America’s prisons and jails every year. But a more startling breakthrough occurred just days after our article went online.
Sugar Ray Leonard alleges sexual abuse — The opening segment of a forthcoming autobiography by Sugar Ray Leonard runs counter to the cunning style the boxer used in winning championships in five weight divisions more than 25 years ago. It is more like hearing the bell, rushing to the center of the ring, and getting hit between the eyes with a roundhouse right. By page 36 of “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring,” to be published next month, Leonard has mentioned his cocaine use, growing up in a home with alcohol abuse and domestic violence, surviving a car wreck with his mother at the wheel, almost drowning in a creek as a child who was unable to swim, and fathering a son at 17.
US sex abuse victim sues Vatican for cover-up — The mother of a Chicago boy abused by a Roman Catholic priest sued the Vatican Wednesday for its alleged role in covering up clergy sex abuse. The case comes just weeks after a landmark ruling in Oregon in which the Vatican was ordered for the first time to produce documents and answer questions under oath about its role in supervising a priest accused of a long pattern of child sex abuse. Lawyer Jeffrey Anderson — who is also pursuing the Oregon case — said the boy’s mother is suing the Holy See out of frustration with its failure to protect children from known abusers.
Women’s Center offers support group for male sexual assault survivors — The Women’s Center, a non-profit social service agency with 35 years experience helping residents of Upper Fairfield and Lower Litchfield counties, has begun offering Voices of Courage, a support group for adult male survivors of all forms of childhood and adult sexual abuse. “It is estimated that as many as one in six adult men are survivors of sexual assault,” said Melanie Danyliw, Women’s Center director of training and program development. “Given that this ratio is based on reported abuse, the actual ratio is closer to one in four. This group is a response to those facts and the growing national attention to the prevalence of sexual assault against boys and men.”
“Women don’t Lie.” ~ Anonymous — This article comes via the mother of a longtime friend of mine, who I and many of us know to be a gentle bear of a man, far kinder and sweeter than me or just about anyone I know..! We here at elephant are happy to support this important dialogue. I would only ask that we conduct any discussion in a respectful manner, given the many painful and troubling questions it invites. We must all remember that while you and I are free to bike around and work and eat lunch and take our dogs for walks, friends of ours may be stuck in similar situations as the below. Right or wrong, this is a situation that calls for compassion and insight.