13-Year-Old Sex Abuse Victim Wins $15.4 Million — In early summer of 2005, a 13-year-old boy sought counseling at a Virginia facility known as Empowering Families. The counseling center was run by a man named Daniel Price, who had employed a counselor by the name of James Davis who was assigned to the boy’s case. Davis had just been hired by Price a few months prior to counseling the boy. Throughout the course of the counseling, Davis allegedly made repeated sexual advances toward the boy and on several occasions touched him in a sexual manner.
Boy Scouts sued in sexual abuse case — The mother of a Santa Barbara County teenager says he was wronged twice — once by the 450-pound Boy Scout leader who sexually abused him in 2007, and then by a local Scouts executive who she says told her not to call police. “He said that wasn’t necessary, because the Scouts do their own internal investigation,” said the woman, whose name The Times is withholding to protect her son’s identity. “I thought that was really weird…. I thought it was really important to call the sheriff right away.”
Ex-teacher gets 10 years — Amanda Watkins showed no emotion Thursday when she learned she would spend the next 10 years in prison for the 2009 rape and sodomy of a 15-year-old boy. The former Sheffield Junior High School teacher stood in silence when Colbert County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Hatcher delivered the verdict. Some of Watkins’ family members sobbed quietly in the courtroom after the verdict was read. Watkins, 39, was convicted of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy Nov. 3. Hatcher told Watkins she will serve a 20-year split sentence that includes five years for each offense, to serve consecutively.
Fairview woman sentenced for sex acts with 4-year-old boy — A Fairview woman who photographed her sex acts with a 4-year-old boy and traded child pornography on the Internet will spend at least 13 years in prison. Carisa Wimp, 32, was convicted Monday, Feb. 6, in Yamhill County Circuit Court and sentenced to 160 months in prison. She pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sex abuse and one count of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, said Deputy District Attorney Ladd Wiles, who prosecuted the case.
Man claims after Priest raped him as a boy, he said, “This is what God’s love feels like” — Child sexual abuse scandals have plagued the Roman Catholic church for decades and the accusations show no sign of subsiding. In fact, they are increasing as more and more alleged victims come forward with claims of molestation. One such scandal erupted in Los Angeles, California, where up to 200 priests were accused of child molestation. The Archdiocese is also accused of blatant coverup instead of vigorously pursuing an investigation. According to NBC Los Angeles, one alleged victim, Dan Smith said that his parish priest would say, “This is what God’s love feels like” after raping him repeatedly when he was a boy.
Paterno case shows cultural denial of child abuse persists — Joe Paterno is an NCAA football coaching icon. I know that because I’m not even a particular fan of NCAA football, and still I know his name. His legacy. His reputation as a great man. Joe died on Jan. 22. But as I sit here, typing away, I know that I’ve been thinking of Joe as another sort of icon. Meaning, this column isn’t — in the end — about Joe Paterno. This column is about a pervasive phenomenon in Western civilization: denial. For weeks and weeks, I’ve been absorbing the horror of child abuse stories that have emerged out of Penn State University, where Paterno built his legacy as a coach.
Penn State ex-VP seeks criminal charges’ dismissal — A former Penn State vice president on Tuesday asked a judge to throw out charges that he lied to a grand jury investigating former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and that he did not properly report suspected child abuse. Gary Schultz said his statements to a grand jury that the allegations against Sandusky he fielded from a graduate assistant in 2002 were “not that serious” and that it wasn’t clear a crime occurred are opinions that cannot be proved false. “Perjury prosecutions rarely rest on expressions of opinion or belief,” wrote Schultz defense lawyer Tom Farrell in court records first obtained by The Associated Press.
Red Bank woman accused of child abuse, including stuffing child in bag, throwing him down stairs — A Leighton Avenue woman is accused of abusing her three children over five years, including partially stuffing her son in a bag and throwing him down a flight of stairs, according to the authorities. The mother, Imelda Paz, has been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault and is also being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities as an illegal immigrant. The 36-year-old was arrested on Feb. 7 after an investigation by Red Bank Police Detective Joey Fields revealed years of abuse of her children on “several occasions when the accused disciplined the victims,” Lt. Eliot Ramos said.
Refuge for men is weighed up — Women’s Refuge Trust (CWRT) will explore the feasibility of a male-only refuge for abused men after receiving £261,000 in National Lottery funding. At the same time, the Truro-based trust will extend its tailored support services to help at least 400 victims of domestic abuse. The trust, which currently manages a women’s refuge, has supported more than 300 men over the past three years while its dedicated website for male victims, Esteem Men, has attracted hits from across the UK.
Scouts Canada: Some sex abuse cases unreported — The head of Scouts Canada acknowledged Friday that police may have not been informed about all past allegations of sexual abuse within the organization, reversing claims made just two months earlier. Chief Commissioner Steve Kent said a third-party review of records relating to abuse has turned up a number of cases in which it is unclear if police were notified. He said those cases are now being referred to authorities. “We’re talking about, for the most part, cases that I would consider historic,’’ he said. “The reality is that there are bad people out there in the world and some of these incidents … took place in a different time. We were perhaps more naive back then.’’
Some demand answers after teacher’s aide arrested, accused of sexually abusing boy — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is demanding answers from the Department of Education after it was revealed that a teacher’s aide accused of molesting a young boy was previously investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with another student. Police say Gregory Atkins, 56, an aide at P.S. 87 on West 78th Street, repeatedly took an eight-year-old boy out of class, had him undress and touched him inappropriately. Atkins was arrested Friday and arraigned on Saturday. This is the second time Atkins has faced allegations for his behavior at city schools.
UNH study: Parents blame child sex abuse victims more if perpetrator is another youth — Parents are much more likely to blame and doubt their children when their child has been sexually abused by another adolescent instead of an adult, according to new research from the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. “Parents may have higher levels of blame toward their child when sexually abused by adolescents because parents have difficulty with the concept of adolescent sex offenders.