10-year-old boy: My adoptive parents spanked me until I bled, kept me away from food — A 10-year-old boy today told jurors that the Altamonte Springs couple that adopted him spanked him bare bottomed until he bled then would spank him again before those wounds healed, leaving scars. Dwayne and Pamela Hardy also punished the boy time and again by not giving him meals, the child said. By the time child welfare investigators got involved, the boy and his younger sister, also adopted, were gaunt, had permanent scars on their bottoms and had hands that were swollen and marked from blows from a wooden spoon, according to testimony.
Coach in sex abuse case faces child porn charges — A Will County youth soccer and volleyball coach already accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy now faces child pornography charges. Darrell J. Stephenson, 24, of Crest Hill, was charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated child pornography and one charge of child pornography, said Chuck Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. Investigators found digital videos and photographs on an external computer hard drive that were obtained as part of the sexual abuse investigation, Pelkie said in a statement.
Feminism is so passe. It’s the boys who need help now — Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, no one ever asked me how many children I wanted or at what age I thought I would marry. In those heady decades when feminism came of age, we schoolgirls never daydreamed about wedding dresses or sighed over babies. Instead, we focused on our careers. If we said we wanted to be nurses, air hostesses or secretaries, we were pretty sharply advised to think about becoming doctors, linguists or businesswomen instead. The idea that we were less equal than boys was so unthinkable it simply never entered our heads. We were the product of the brave new world fought for by the likes of Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer, and we took our equality absolutely for granted.
Five myths about Americans in prison — No country on Earth imprisons more people per capita than the United States. But for America, mass incarceration has proved a losing proposition. The Supreme Court recently found California’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional, and state legislators want to cut the vast amounts of public money spent on prison warehousing. Why are so many Americans in prison, and which ones can be safely released? Let’s address some common misunderstandings about our incarceration problem.
Gender can’t be freely chosen — THE RECENT decision by Canadian couple Kathy Witterick and David Stocker to withhold knowledge of the sex of their third child, Storm, from everybody except Storm’s siblings, as a “tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation”, has provoked quite a controversy. The plan is to raise four-month-old Storm in a “genderless” fashion so as to avoid imposing gender stereotype identities on him/her. Public reaction ranges from accusations of child abuse to enthusiastic support. This affair raises profound questions about the relative extents to which gender is biologically and socially determined.
Jail chiefs warned teen inmate was suicide risk — A teenage prisoner was locked in his cell for around 22 hours a day because of short-staffing before he committed suicide. Allyn Baxter (19), from Lisburn, hanged himself at Hydebank Wood Prison and Young Offenders Centre in Belfast on July 31 last year. He was at an increased risk of suicide with a history of substance abuse and self-harm but was left locked up in a prison under-staffed because most wardens did not do a full week on the frontline and sickness levels were high.
Making Male on Male Violence in Cuba Visible — The Cuban media promotes a disastrous vision of public health, mainly when this involves the effects caused by violence, particularly violence against women. They always present depressing and awareness-raising public service messages in which from one instant to other the problems of violence are solved with the magic wand of sound advice or educational messages. They continually show us individuals without real social identities. This is tremendously hypocritical on the part of the script writers because in more intimate contexts they rub shoulders with opinions considering poverty and skin color as the effective causes of violent behavior.
U.S. Catholic bishops revise guidelines against sex abuse — To fight child abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revised its 2002 charter Thursday, the group said. Child pornography is a crime against church law and the abuse of someone who is mentally disabled is equivalent to child abuse, the conference said in a statement on its revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter was created to battle the sexual abuse of minors by clerics, the conference said.