Boys raised by traditional families ‘do better at school’ — In a major study, researchers said family structures had a much more significant effect on boys’ early education than school type or even the gender of teachers. It found that boys were much more likely to misbehave, be excluded from school and go on to achieve low grades after rebelling against “emotionally distant” parents. The pattern is particularly marked in single-parent families where mothers “invest disproportionately less in their sons or feel less warm toward them” than daughters.
Boy ‘tortured and drowned’ over witchcraft claims, court told — A teenage boy underwent “unimaginable physical torture” before being drowned by his sister and her partner because they believed he was a sorcerer who was practising witchcraft, a court heard on Thursday. Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, both 28, killed 15-year-old Kristy Bamu in their east London flat after violently abusing him for several days, and repeatedly attacked the victim’s two sisters, whom they accused of sorcery, the Old Bailey heard on the opening day of the trial. Over four days Kristy, who was visiting his sister from France, was tortured with metal bars, wooden sticks, a hammer and a pair of pliers in a “prolonged attack of unspeakable savagery and brutality”, the court was told.
Child-on-child sex abuse poses complex challenges — Recent high-profile cases of child sex abuse have roused national revulsion against the adults who perpetrated them. Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse of America’s children is committed by other minors. For many of the therapists and attorneys who deal with them, these juvenile offenders pose a profoundly complicated challenge for the child-protection and criminal justice systems. It’s a diverse group that defies stereotypes, encompassing a minority of youths who represent a threat of long-term danger to others and a majority who are responsive to treatment and unlikely to reoffend.
Child sexual abuse cases in Hollywood attract attention — In his private journal, Jason Michael Handy once described himself as a “pedophile, full blown.” Handy snapped more than 1,000 photos of girls at the elementary school across the street from his house, using a camera with a telephoto lens, according to court documents. He volunteered at a Malibu church, where he worked with 6-year-olds. And his job as a production assistant at one of the nation’s most prominent producers of children’s television programs, Nickelodeon, gave him access to child actors on and off the set, and allowed him to exchange email addresses and phone numbers with them. He used the hopes of at least two girls who dreamed of careers in TV to sexually exploit them.
Coral Springs woman accused of chaining grandson for three years — A woman has been arrested on charges she chained her 19-year-old grandson to a bed nightly for three years, leaving a small bucket nearby for use as a toilet, according to an arrest affidavit. Acting on an anonymous tip, authorities visited the young man’s home Dec. 26 and found him confined with a thick chain locked to a metal bunk bed and wrapped around his waist, police said. Part of the chain wasn’t taut, allowing the man limited mobility. Inside the bedroom was the bucket and a strong odor of urine, police said. “It was extremely disturbing to see somebody discipline an individual in that manner,” said Lt. Joe McHugh, spokesman for Coral Springs police. Do politicians ignore the ‘men’s vote’? — Ed Miliband has accused the government of introducing changes in areas such as social security that are “hitting women twice as hard as men”. Meanwhile, David Cameron says that, with government initiatives like lifting over a million people out of paying tax, “it is mostly women who benefit”. But what you will not hear is the opposite – top politicians saying they have policies specifically directed at male voters, or “male issues”.
German priest admits to 280 instances of child sex abuse — A Catholic priest admitted to a German court on Thursday that he sexually abused three boys over several years, amounting to a total of 280 cases. The priest, identified as 46-year-old Andreas L. from the city of Salzgitter in Lower Saxony, confessed to charges of sexually abusing the boys, who ranged from nine to 15 years old. The abuse began in 2004, he said. Instances of abuse occurred at a parsonage, on ski vacations, at the parents’ home, on a trip to Disneyland in Paris and at a church shortly before Mass.
Jerry Sandusky’s book, ‘Touched,’ helped police investigation into alleged sex crimes — The investigation of Jerry Sandusky took three years. And it took Sandusky himself — through the pages of his autobiography, “Touched” — to help police find Victims 3, 4, 5 and 7. At the end of 2009, police had spent almost a year trying to corroborate claims by a single boy — a 17-year-old Clinton County teen later known as Victim 1 — who had alleged years of sexual abuse by Penn State’s legendary defensive coach. Only one state police investigator had been tasked to handle the case.
Mom held in brutal abuse — A 19-year-old pregnant Barre woman was behind bars yesterday after doctors discovered her 6-month-old boy has suffered at least 15 broken bones since he was born. Ruth Zuluaga, who is two months pregnant, is being held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty in two separate cases. In one, she is charged with permitting substantial injury to a child, and permitting injury to a child. The other case entails charges of assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon on her boyfriend.
Support group for male sex victims to restart on Jan. 25 at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center — For months, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center went without a single call from a man who’d been raped or sexually abused. Then in November, Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for the Penn State University football team, was charged with sexually abusing young boys. Men started calling again. And no one at the center was surprised.
Tim Curley and Gary Schultz: The “Guardians of Silence” on trial — As I sat listening to the pretrial hearing for former Penn State Officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, my mind was gripped by one compelling question “Why?” Why did two men in the position to stop the sexual abuse of so many young boys simply do nothing? They are accused of failing to report the molestation of a child by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I could not deride my anger as I watched Mike McQueary report the graphic details of what he witnessed in the showers of the Penn State Athletic Facility.
The trail of an international child-porn ring led to a tiny house in the woods outside St. Louis — Tucked like a thumbprint inside a bend in the Meramec River, Miramiguoa Park is a remarkably secluded piece of real estate. Surrounded on three sides by the river, the sparsely populated — 127 residents at last count — 200-acre village guards its landward flank with the entirety of Meramec State Park, whose woodlands and bluffs stretch south and west through the Franklin County Ozarks. Only about 50 miles from downtown St. Louis as the crow flies, Miramiguoa is half again more distant to reach by car. To get there one must stay on Interstate 44 all the way to Sullivan, then exit and double back through five miles of state forestland. At winter’s dusk, the leafless trees on the hilltops cast jagged silhouettes against the pale sky, and you might catch a smoky whiff of recently chopped timber.
Woman Gets 25 Years in Prison for Child Abuse — A 28-year-old woman will spend 25 years in prison after she hurt an infant so badly that the baby had to be transported to the hospital via Flight for Life. Maria E. Rangel, of Waukesha, was ordered Wednesday to be on eight years of supervision after she serves her initial prison sentence on the felony child abuse conviction in Waukesha County Circuit Court.