Brooklyn teacher Claudia Tillery charged with raping boy — A female New York City school teacher has been charged with raping a statutory rape of a male student and plying him with drugs and alcohol, police said Wednesday. Sixth-grade humanities teacher Claudia Tillery, 42, was collared by cops at her home on Rogers Ave., in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was charged with rape, unlawful dealing of drugs and alcohol to a child, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Prosecutors said she had sex with the boy in her home and at a Brooklyn motel.
The child abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University proves that paedophilia isn’t just a ‘priest problem’ — Until recently, most Americans probably associated the systematic sexual abuse of children exclusively with the Catholic Church. The scandal at Pennsylvania State University has changed all that. Allegations that the university’s assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted at least eight underage boys on or near school property over a 40-year period demonstrates that paedophilia is not just a “priest problem”. That university authorities allegedly covered up his activities also shows that it isn’t only Catholic bishops who conspire to protect their reputations at the cost of public safety. The ugly “boys’ club” culture that safeguards sexual predators is a universal problem.
Fleury calls child sexual abuse ‘biggest epidemic on planet’ — When Theo Fleury was a young boy growing up in Russell, Man., he thought his purpose in life was to play in the NHL. Today, despite having played over 1,000 games in the big league, collecting a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal along the way, he realizes he was wrong. Fleury, who is now a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and full-time advocate against the sexual abuse of children, wants to help others.
Judge sentences Iowa principal to 30 years in prison for secretly taping boys using bathroom — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former Iowa elementary school principal to 30 years in prison for secretly videotaping dozens of young male students using the bathroom, calling his actions a shocking abuse of trust and among the worst crimes against children she’d seen. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade said former Sageville Elementary School principal Robert Burke was a danger to the community who betrayed children, their parents and a society that puts great trust in school administrators. She said he deserved the maximum prison term after pleading guilty to producing child pornography in August.
More Often Than Women, Sexually Abused Males Don’t Talk About It — When the abuse began, Paul Treml was 14 years old, a schoolboy athlete, 5-feet 6-inches tall and 115 pounds. His abuser, he said, was a decade older and seven inches taller, a hulking ex-college athlete who almost made it to the pros and who ran the youth sports league in Treml’s Pennsylvania hometown. “It was full sexual assault,” said Treml, now 53, who left that league after two years of abuse. “You name it. It was repeated and complete.”For 21 years after that torture ended, Treml, a baseball player who also ran track, kept the details secret from his even closest kin.
Penn State Scandal: Bullying of Alleged Victim Prompts Paterno to Speak Out — The boy who first came forward to accuse former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual assault has been harassed so intensely that he had to leave high school, prompting ousted coach Joe Paterno to speak out against bullying. The mother of the alleged victim, who set off the investigation that has rocked the world of college sports and led to 40 counts of child sexual assault against Sandusky, told ABC News that students at her son’s high school blame him for triggering the sex abuse scandal that led to the firing of Paterno, the beloved head coach who oversaw the university’s Nittany Lions football team for 46 years. Speaking exclusively with “Good Morning America,” the attorney representing Paterno said that the former coach denounces bullying, and called for respect in the name of the school.
Sandusky denies new child-abuse allegations, attorney says — Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky denied Wednesday two new allegations of child abuse that authorities are investigating, his attorney said. “Jerry has adamantly denied the allegations,” said attorney Joseph Amendola, adding that the accusations appear to be part of “a very nasty divorce and custody battle.” The investigations were opened by Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, cases of alleged child abuse reported by an alleged victim who is an adult are strictly police matters, even if the alleged offenses occurred when that person was a child.
Sorry, ma, boys can be raped too — “Girls can be raped. Boys can not. It’s as simple as that,” my mother would say each time I fought as a kid to go out to a late night party or just venture alone to the corner store after dark. It marked the end of the argument: an unassailable fact that sealed the issue. Of course, she was lying – to herself more than me. Boys can and are indeed raped, vulnerable to brutal sexual violence that we choose not to acknowledge. We guard our daughters’ bodies with zealous attention, caution them over and again from a very young age to beware. But we leave our boys to fend themselves, unfettered and unaware. And in our wilful silence, we ensure that if indeed our son were to get unlucky – at the hands of a stranger, acquaintance or a fellow student – he will have no words to even speak of what he has endured.
Teen once housed in Missouri adult jail recalls fears, attacks before his acquittal — On his 14th birthday, Owen Welty received an unexpected gift: a half-pint carton of milk and chocolate sheet cake for 40 — enough to share with all his fellow inmates and the guards at a Missouri jail. Already confined eight months while awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges, Owen savored his drink and his slice. On the inside, mundane items become rare luxuries, metal and glass containers can be weaponized, and jailhouse noise can keep sleep at bay, leaving plenty of time for contemplation. “I’d sit down and just start thinking,” Owen recalls.
Woman claims Jerry Sandusky abused grandchild — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer said the former Penn State football defensive coordinator faces two new claims of child sexual abuse, one from a family member, but both are unfounded. Sandusky’s daughter-in-law filed a complaint accusing Sandusky of abusing one of his grandchildren, ABC News reported last night. The daughter-in-law is the wife of one of Sandusky’s adopted sons, and the complaint was filed with Centre County (Pa.) Children and Youth Services.