Bulletin Board v155

AG: Sandusky abused boys ages 8 to 17 — Prosecutors claim Jerry Sandusky sexually abused boys ranging in age from 8 to 17, eight of whom were molested on the Penn State campus, according to a document with new details about the case filed Thursday. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said in the document that crimes involving one of the 10 alleged victims took place in Florida and Texas, while another boy was abused at his own school.

A hope in hell: Pakistan school tries to get to abused kids before the Taliban does — The boy was 2 when his mother dumped him on the streets, 4 when he spent his first night in a tiny prison cell, being sexually assaulted by an older inmate. Prostitution for money and shelter followed, then hashish, and glue-sniffing. Now 10 and gangly, he fidgets and stares at the ground, speaking in a near-whisper. “I’m ashamed,” he says. Yet in this rugged frontier city in northwest Pakistan, where people carry guns as casually as they would a daily newspaper, this boy has hope.

Boys lives ruined by sex abuse, inquiry told — The father of a boy thought to have been a victim of serial pedophile Dennis John McKenna has broken down in tears while giving evidence at a special inquiry. Noel Parkin, 68, gave evidence today at an inquiry investigating allegations of sexual abuse against children at St Andrews Hostel in Katanning. It follows the jailing of McKenna, who sexually abused boys at the hostel where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990.

Has the Sexual Abuse of Boys Reached a Crisis Stage? — This is a presidential election year, so the biggest story of 2012 is likely to play out in early November. But the most important story of the year might be playing out right now–and it involves the ongoing revelations about the sexual abuse of boys, allegedly by men who were in positions of trust. The issue first hit the national radar last November, when criminal charges were brought against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. That quickly was followed by allegations against former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

Law launch ‘perpetuates the women-only myth’ of abuse — Police chiefs have been criticised for “perpetuating the myth” that only women can be the victims of domestic violence after they outraged campaigners with the launch of the so-called “Clare’s Law”. Wiltshire Police is one of just four forces in the country given the new powers, which will let people know if partners have a history of domestic abuse. Around one incident of domestic violence in every six reported involves a male victim, though campaigners believe the problem is worse. But when Wiltshire Police announced the start of the trial in the county yesterday, they only referred to women checking on new partners.

MaleSurvivor Calls on the Boy Scouts of America to Publicly Acknowledge the Mistakes of Its Past and Commit to Establishing Clear Standards for Reporting Sexual Assault — Dr. Richard Gartner, chair of MaleSurvivor’s Advisory Board and author of Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse, issued a statement responding to recent news stories that executives in the Boy Scouts of America refused to contact police after receiving allegations that a troop leader in Santa Barbara County, Calif., had sexually abused a scout.

More victims in abuse case — George Fout faces a growing list of charges as five more children were identified on Monday as victims, bringing to six the number of youths the 25-year-old man is accused of molesting. There likely will be more victims, Marion County sheriff’s officials said on Monday. All the reported victims were either Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts whom Fout met in his capacity as a volunteer leader. The reported abuse went on for years in some cases and occurred during individual overnight stays at Fout’s home, according to the children’s statements to law enforcement.

Paedophile mocked naked boy: inquiry — Notorious serial paedophile Dennis John McKenna made a boy remove his swimwear so he could mock his naked body in front of his school friends, an inquiry investigating child abuse allegations has been told. The special inquiry follows the jailing of McKenna, who sexually abused boys at St Andrew’s Hostel, a state-run facility in Western Australia’s great southern region, where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990.

Prosecutor calls sexual abuse case ‘the worst case I’ve ever seen’ — The criminal prosecution of James Aaron Sanders is over, but it won’t soon be forgotten by the law enforcement authorities who brought the 37-year-old Portland man to justice. Sanders was sentenced last week to 80 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three counts of child molesting, a Class A felony carrying a standard 30-year sentence, and bestiality, a Class D felony with a standard 18-month prison term.

State settles suit over boy’s foster care injuries — Iowa will pay $275,000 to settle a lawsuit brought against two state employees on behalf of a toddler who suffered brain damage from severe head injuries while in the state foster care system, according to records released this week. The payment settles a lawsuit that alleged that an Iowa Department of Human Services worker and a supervisor were warned that Jayden Clark was suffering neglect and abuse while under the care of foster parents in Albia but failed to take action.

Suspect in sex with boy, 12, was top diversity educator — She was credited in evaluations with all the qualities that lead to status as a master teacher. She was called an asset to Mango Elementary School. Just last year, she was given the school’s Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year award. Now, fifth-grade teacher Ethel Anderson sits in a cell without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail, accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy she was supposed to be tutoring. Anderson, 29, who also had taught first and fourth grades at the school, faces three counts of lewd battery and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

When Kids Commit Crimes — In March 1989, on a cold, snowy day in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Cameron Kocher fatally shot a seven-year-old playmate with a high-powered hunting rifle. He had been playing video games with the girl at her house, when she told him that she was better at the game than he. Soon, the girl went outside to ride snowmobiles with other friends. Kocher, angry that his parents wouldn’t let him join them, retrieved the rifle from his father’s gun cabinet, loaded it and pointed it out the window of his home.

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