Bulletin Board v177

Boy Scouts hosts closed-door forum on sex abuse — Even as its past policies on sex-abuse prevention fuel controversy, the Boy Scouts of America is hosting an unprecedented closed-door symposium Thursday with other national youth organizations, hoping to share strategies to combat future abuse. The 10 participating groups, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, will hear presentations from some of the nation’s top experts on child-sex-abuse prevention.

Brothers ‘pack raped’ boys — A GROUP of 15 religious brothers led by an “alpha paedophile” is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others. The victims – abused over three decades – include wards of the state cared for by the brothers in homes for the mentally impaired, a state parliamentary inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told. Seven are believed to have committed suicide.

Feds drop sex abuse case against Syracuse’s Fine — Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into one of the sexual abuse claims that cost a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach his job, threw a top-ranked team into turmoil and threatened the career of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002.

INTERVIEW: Domestic rape more common than armed rape in wars — Away from the headlines of girls gang-raped by marauding fighters, there’s an equally disturbing but hidden reality of war zones: women are more likely to be violated by their husbands than by a combatant. Surveys of displaced Sri Lankan, northern Ugandan and Somali women in camps found that, in the vast majority of rape cases, women had been attacked by their partners, according to a report launched earlier this month.

Joining Forces: A Talk With Dr. Howard Fradkin On Male Sexual Abuse — On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, host Tom Hodson talks with Dr. Howard Fradkin about his new book, Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors To Thrive. Hodson and Fradkin discuss the long lasting emotional toll sexual abuse can have on the human psyche. “Healing is not possible in isolation and unfortunately many male survivors have denied, repressed, or suppressed the memory or the impact of their abuse, often times for years and sometimes for decades”, said Dr. Fradkin.

Judge OKs motion to get boy’s records in sexual abuse case — A judge granted part of a motion to subpoena the therapy, treatment and discipline records of a 16-year-old boy who said a woman who worked at a residential treatment program for juvenile sex offenders sexually abused him. But 2nd District Court Judge Robert J. Dale denied the part of the motion that sought the boy’s records from the juvenile court — for now. Dale said in court Thursday that defense attorney Mark Moffat proved his point that the records may help establish the “truthfulness, veracity and propensity” of the boy.

Shelter opens for male domestic abuse victims — THE first supported accommodation for male victims of domestic abuse in the area has opened its doors. Berkshire East and South Bucks Women’s Aid (BESBWA) opened the first facility of its kind for men at a secret address in east Berkshire on Monday last week. The shelter – the eighth to be launched in the UK – offers supported accommodation for men and their children fleeing domestic abuse and aims to help them rebuild their lives.

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