14-yr-old boy raped in toilets of Manchester Debenhams — UK police have released a CCTV footage of two male suspects in a case of rape of a 14-year-old boy in the toilets of a department store in Manchester city. According to The Guardian, two men accosted the boy on June 2, while he used a toilet at the busy Arndale shopping center, in Manchester city center, near the entrance of Aldi and Subway. The men grabbed his arm and one of them said: “Come with us, do what we say, and if you try to run we’ll get you.”
Boys and Girls Club facing lawsuits over sex abuse cases — The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland is facing two lawsuits, accusing the organization of failing to protect children from sexual abuse by a volunteer. Lawyers with the firm O’Donnell, Clark and Crew filed the suits Wednesday morning. In 2010, Attorney Steve Crew said a 5-year-old-girl attending club activities at a school in Forest Grove was fondled and abused by a 15-year-old volunteer. Police were notified, but it did not go to court then, and Crew said the victim’s family was assured that the boy would be banned from future involvement with the Boys and Girls Club.
Calls for emergency refuge as more men suffer domestic abuse — Calls are growing for a refuge to be established in Northern Ireland to help the growing number of men at risk of domestic abuse. The demand comes as police reveal a sharp rise in men reporting crimes in the home. The number of new male victims of domestic abuse was almost double that of women over the past year, according to PSNI figures revealed this week. Domestic abuse crimes rose by more than 800 across Northern Ireland in the past year. Of these, there were an extra 433 male victims and an extra 256 female.
Devon case shows how religious orders evade scrutiny in priest abuse cases — At first glance, the photo seems heartwarming: a man in his 60s, wearing a Santa suit and a grin as he wraps his arms around a boy. In a different light, the image is unsettling. The man in costume is the Rev. Ted Podson, a former teacher at Devon Prep, an all-boys school on the Main Line. Podson left the school in 1993 after allegedly sexually assaulting a boy. He was not publicly identified, charged, or barred from ministry. Instead, Podson resurfaced as a parish pastor in Texas. In 2002, as the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted, he again pulled up stakes, moving halfway around the world.
Experts: Ex-PSU president could still face charges — Penn State’s ousted university president is quietly awaiting a decision on whether he will face criminal prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky scandal while two former subordinates fight charges they tried to cover up the former defensive coordinator’s sexual molestation of boys. Lawyers for Tim Curley, once the school’s athletic director, and Gary Schultz, an ex-university vice president, on Thursday attacked the case against their clients as lacking in detail and substance during a 90-minute court hearing in which they asked a judge to prevent it from going to trial.
Indian men can be raped, not sexually harassed — When it first circulated a draft Bill in 2010 to amend the rape law, the home ministry stuck to the traditional notion that men alone could commit sexual assault. But when the Cabinet cleared the Bill last month for introduction in Parliament, the offence turned “gender neutral”, as revealed by a government press release. Welcome to the brave new world of gender neutrality, in which laws increasingly no longer define men alone as aggressors and women as victims. Unfortunately, this spirit has not extended to another far-reaching Bill cleared by the Cabinet.
Make the Affordable Care Act Gender Neutral — Last week, my wife excitedly told me that, as of August 1st, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) allowed her to get well woman exams free of charge – no deductibles, no co-pays. Great, I thought, finally some preventive care that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Then it occurred to me that I’d seen nothing of the sort on behalf of men. Indeed, I’d just been to the doctor for my annual blood draw and I’d paid for the office visit and the lab fee.
Male, presumed dangerous — As a young man eager to get into a boom industry with a robust future, Craig d’Arcy spent several years as the only male studying childcare alongside more than 100 women at TAFE and university in Newcastle. Early in his career, his childcare centre boss told him parents had highlighted in yellow on their child’s enrolment form they wanted no male worker to go near their offspring. Two decades on, as founder of the national Males in Early Childhood Network Group, d’Arcy has heard about centres that ban men from changing nappies and is used to people thinking those who want to work with the young are either gay or have evil intent.
Mother-of-two jailed for making TWO false rape claims against men she was dating after one didn’t show up for a liaison — A mother-of-two has been jailed for making two false rape claims against men she was dating after one, who she had met online, failed to show up for a liaison. Emma Saxon, 23, from Sheffield, was jailed for eight months after telling police she had been raped in a BMW car in a supermarket car park. The victim of her slur Martin Blood spent 14 hours in a police cell and suffered the indignity of an intimate medical examination while the police spent 90 hours investigating before finally concluding it was a hoax.
Police: Rape suspect called 911 to see how old a boy had to be to have sex — Police say they rarely get people calling to admit to a crime but that’s what they say happened in a rape case in Seneca Falls. Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra says Dawn Planty called 911 earlier this month and asked the operator how old a male had to be to have sex. The 911 operator put Planty in touch with a sergeant. That’s when, the chief says, Planty admitted she had sex with a 15-year-old boy. Chief Peenstra says Planty also admitted she gave alcohol to the teenager. The phone call was recorded.
Priest accused of chasing boy down street in his underwear after abuse — A local priest has been accused of chasing a boy down the street around midnight on Sunday after he had reportedly abused him, wearing only his underwear at the time. According to The Oregonian, area resident James Curths witnessed Rev. Angel Armando Perez of St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn chasing an unidentified 12-year-old boy down the street. The child reportedly begged for help. Curths, along with his sister-in-law Heather Rodriguez, watched as Perez rounded the corner, then stood a distance away from the small assembly in his underwear.
Spanier says he never knew Sandusky was abusing boys — Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier insisted Wednesday that he at no time knew of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of boys and would have acted to stop him had he known. In his first public statements since his resignation last year, he told ABC News that the idea that he and others at Penn State covered up Sandusky’s crimes was “absolutely wrong.” He marshaled his own history of childhood physical abuse to suggest his sensitivity to the issue.
The demise of U.S. males in sports — The Olympic Games are over and the high school gridiron season is at hand. But a major question regarding the future of schools is coming to potentially rear its ugly head on parents as they start the year. In noting the results of the Olympics, in sports where women and men play in separate events, the balance is tipped clearly for American women, and the criticism of Comcast’s Olympic coverage (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo) has been “all women all the time.”