Bulletin Board v144

20 years in, Columbia’s rape crisis center still only takes female volunteers — Twenty years after its founding, the rape crisis center that serves Columbia and Barnard has held firm to its policy of only accepting women as counselors to victims of sexual violence. As more advocacy around sexual violence goes gender-neutral across the country, Columbia’s Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center isn’t likely to take on male volunteers to man its 24-hour crisis hotline or do in-person counseling anytime soon, according to administrators. According to Karen Singleton, the director of Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response program, the rape crisis center based out of Barnard Hall, has maintained its policy out of respect for the gendered nature of sexual violence and the center’s long history.

85 priests were accused of abuse – Catholic Church reviews — The audits of child protection practices – two of NI dioceses – were conducted by the Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children. They covered the period from 1975 until the present. The bishop of Raphoe apologised for “poor judgements” in managing priests accused of “horrific acts of abuse”. Bishop Philip Boyce was speaking as a review of the County Donegal diocese found “a significant level” of clerical abuse cases in past decades. The case of Father Eugene Greene, the convicted paedophile, stood out. Maeve Lewis, of the abuse victims’ group One in Four, said: “The audits show that real progress has been made in putting in place child protection measures in the six dioceses.”

Abuse Claims Less Likely to Be Ignored — The sexual-abuse investigation at Penn State marks the latest in a string of high-profile child-molestation allegations in recent decades, but experts say that doesn’t mean such crimes are becoming more common. Instead, they say, society has become more aware of the threat of child sexual abuse, and far more aggressive about investigating and punishing it. Sentences have grown longer, and the number of people listed on sex-offender registries has jumped. “A lot more untoward behavior towards kids is recast as a serious felony when maybe in the past it would be sloughed off as, ‘There goes that crazy uncle again,’ or variations on that theme,” said Douglas Berman, a professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law who specializes in criminal sentencing.

Abuse at closed ‘White House Boys’ reform school unconstitutional, feds say — Self-proclaimed “White House Boy” Marshall Drawdy wasn’t a bit surprised when he heard the news that a federal probe shows abuse at a now-closed reform school in the Panhandle amounted to violations of the U.S. Constitution. The Jacksonville resident simply wishes authorities would have decided that earlier to help more people like him. Drawdy is one of hundreds of grown men who say they were severely beaten with leather straps in a white building — hence the group name — while being held as inmates at the now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna as far back as the 1950s.

Accuser of Syracuse coach Fine admits molesting teen boy — Zach Tomaselli, of Lewiston, told The Associated Press that he sexually abused the boy when the victim was 13 and 14 years old. Tomaselli said he knew the boy and worked as a counselor at a camp the boy attended. Now that he’s getting counseling, Tomaselli said he understands that he was subconsciously grooming the boy for a relationship, as is often the case with pedophiles. He said he’s glad that he was caught before the abuse became worse, so that he can get help.

The altar boys’ secret — The four boys left first-hour class early and headed over to church. For the next hour they would be serving morning Mass at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Independence — an honorable assignment that filled their parents with pride. The boys wanted everything to be just right. They dutifully pulled the paper-thin communion wafers from the refrigerator and arranged them in a brass bowl, poured the red wine into crystal pitchers and draped the cloth over a large gold chalice. They worked in silence, their motions second nature by this time.

Ex-priest jailed for child abuse 55 years ago — London: A paedophile who abused a Cape Town school pupil nearly 55 years ago was imprisoned for three-and-a-half years in London yesterday. Father Leslie Carter was a chaplain and English teacher at St George’s Grammar School in the late 1950s when he abused a 12-year-old boy while on a boat trip from South Africa to the UK. It was only after the victim contacted the Metropolitan Police in 2004 that Carter was investigated, leading to him facing 18 counts of indecent assault against six boys between 1957 and 1977.

Former Charlotte priest admitted he sexually abused boy, document says — A Catholic priest who served in Charlotte confessed to police that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy from Albemarle 34 years ago, according to court documents filed this week by a prosecutor. The documents also indicate that the case against Father Joseph Kelleher may be broader than previously reported. “Multiple victims have come forward with allegations that they were also sexually abused by Father Joseph Kelleher … at various locations where (he) was assigned,” the documents state. Kelleher, who is 83 and retired in Winston-Salem, declined Friday to comment and referred questions to his attorney, Charles Brown of Albemarle. Brown could not be reached.

Help for male survivors of sex abuse — “Suck it up, Buttercup.” Glenn Allan says it with a wry laugh. He is repeating a message society has sent him many times since he was sexually abused: Men are not victims of sexual abuse. Keep quiet. Get over it. Move on. But men are victims. Indeed, one in six boys is sexually assaulted before the age of 17. For many, acknowledging that fact makes us uncomfortable — if we’re willing to acknowledge it at all.

Sexual abuse: The silence is deafening — Recent events at Penn State and Syracuse have caught the attention of people all over the nation and have caused many to question how the sexual abuse of children could have been kept secret for so long. For those of us who work to end sexual violence, it doesn’t really surprise us at all, not because of where it happened or who was or was not involved, but simply because it was sexual abuse. People, in general, are not comfortable when the words “sex” and “abuse” come up in conversation. I know this well since a large part of my job is to initiate and encourage such dialogue. And when people do talk about it, they seldom discuss their own responsibility in creating environments where all people feel safe sexually.

Survivors at Vera House speak out — Margarine. The mere thought of it, even the word itself, for years sent Craig into dizzying tailspins. He could never understand why. And then one day four years ago, a man knocked on his door and it all came flooding back, a lifetime of repressed memories so vile and sickening they literally imprisoned Craig in his house for two years. When he finally emerged again, it was on a stretcher. He’d tried to kill himself and only a chance 1 a.m. visit from his son stopped him from succeeding. It is now six months later and Craig is sitting at a square table at Vera House, a Syracuse-based outreach and advocacy center for victims of abuse.

Women Charged With Raping Men to Get Sperm for Rituals — Three women in Zimbabwe accused of raping at least four men to get their sperm for traditional rituals. The women, who have been charged with 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault, go on trial today in a case that has shocked the country. Police officials in Zimbabwe believe the alleged perpetrators are part of a nationwide syndicate that may be using the sperm for a traditional ritual claiming to make people lucky and wealthy.

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