Bulletin Board v179

Abuse survivor launches financial assistance foundation — A new foundation has been created to help male survivors access counselling. The Canadian Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse was created by a former Cambrian College student who said he was fortunate enough to have the cost of his counselling covered when he was still in school. Paul Leduc was a student two years ago when he had his breakdown. “I was here for about four months or so when I sort of hit a bit of a rock bottom,” he said.

Detectives try to give abused kids ‘some happiness on Christmas’ — The detectives say they granted the 6-year-old boy’s first Christmas wish early when they were able to arrest his grandmother on abuse charges.Area Central Detective Joseph Mancilla said that at first, when the boy was asked what he wanted for Christmas, he said, “I just don’t want my sister to be beaten anymore.” Last month the grandmother of the boy and his 5-year-old sister, Goldine Williams, 47, of the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery of a child.

Exonerated after 28 years in prison, man asks for apology from rape victim — It was an emotional day for “Mary Smith,” the Highland Park woman who said she finally got justice Thursday. She finally got to say what she wanted to say to Marion Sayles, the man who raped, shot, and left her for dead 30 years ago. “How dare you? You tried to destroy my life. And by the grace of God, I’m here. And you are now serving a life sentence for what you did to me. God bless you,” Smith said. Sayles sat quietly as his sentence was read.

Homeland Security Takes Steps To Implement Prison Rape Elimination Act Guidelines — Earlier this year, the Department of Justice released its final guidelines for implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which it has been developing since the law passed in 2003. The new rules contain specific protections for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI), or who are otherwise gender non-conforming, including professional training for all correctional staff to minimize mistreatment.

Jury convicts Pa. parents of abusing young son, who said he had sex with mom while dad helped — A couple were convicted Friday of sexually abusing their young son, who testified he had frequent sexual encounters with his mom while his dad offered him instructions or tips on what to do.The 14-year-old boy told jurors at his parents’ sex abuse trial that he began having intercourse with his mom on his eighth birthday, about a year after his dad began showing him pornography. The northeastern Pennsylvania boy, who was home-schooled, said he didn’t know that sex with his mom was wrong until years later, when he was placed in foster care. (another article on the case)

New child sex-abuse suit cites just-released Boy Scout documents — A former Boy Scout who says he was sexually assaulted when he was 10 by his now-imprisoned former troop leader sued the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, citing recently released files the group secretly maintained on suspected molesters in its ranks. The lawsuit claims the Boy Scouts allowed Thomas Hacker, a Scout leader barred from the group after a 1970s felony sex abuse conviction in Indiana, to rejoin as a volunteer in Illinois in the 1980s, where he went on to molest more boys, including the plaintiff.

‘Paedo palace’ file re-opened: Detectives probing historic sex abuse claims — A guesthouse where paedo VIPs are feared to have abused vulnerable underage boys for years is being probed by cops, the Sunday People can reveal. A ring of rich and powerful people are said to have used it as a sordid playhouse – and were allegedly snapped and videoed with kids lured from a children’s home. One boy has alleged he was tied up, forced to perform a sex act and made to watch men having sex. A politician, top cop, judge and bishop are among those said to have been part of the ring between 1978 and 1982.

Shrill backlash to men’s rights advocate — For more than two years I wrote a men’s column for a rival Canadian daily newspaper. I’d never even considered men’s issues before, but the editor of the publication wanted the subject to be covered, so I obliged. And thus the door was opened to a world I had never even imagined. Divorced fathers denied access to their children, even though they paid enormous amounts of child and spousal support and the courts had awarded them joint custody. Women having affairs who had decided to, as lawyers say, “clean house” by telling the police they were being abused.

Southern Africa: Male Rape Survivors Demand Equal Services — Male rape has for a long time been the dark secret of Southern African crime. It is usually completely unacknowledged, rarely reported and often scorned. How, after all, can a man possibly be raped? I am a 26 year old male who has survived male rape and I’m working furiously to help other men and boys. For the past 11 years, I have been advocating for male survivors of sexual violence.

11 thoughts on “Bulletin Board v179

  1. South Africa On A Winner?

    Most organisations are open to the idea of acknowledging male survivors as long as male survivors themselves state that what happens to males is rare and less traumatic.

    Isn’t that just the worst form of Victim Blaming and the most Outrageous Example of Rape Culture Ever? Making the victim self deny to get help.

  2. MediaHound, that reminds me of something a blogger from Alas, A blog wrote about female survivors and feminists being willing to acknowledge male survivors as long as those men apologized to women for rape.

  3. Toysoldier, you wouldn’t happen to have a link to that statement from a Alas, A blog blogger? I vaguely remember such a statement from someone, but I don’t recall who and where. I sometime comment at Alas, A blog and it probably would be safer to know who has displayed such a lack of empathy of male victims.

  4. The Human Security Report project have recently released and presented a new report for the UN. It has a paragraph dedicated to “The Failure to Address Sexual Violence against Males and Female Perpetration”. UN Security Council Resolution 1820 where the UNSC calls for an “immediate and complete cessation by all parties to armed conflict of all acts of sexual violence against civilians,” does not explicit mention male victims at all.

    It notes that senior UN officials have argued against including male victims of sexual violence as part of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 agenda. One of the arguments against including male victims given by Anne M. Goetz in a presentation from UN Women is:

    Violent sexual attacks on women and girls in fact pose special challenges for peacekeepers – challenges that differ even from cases when men are the targets of sexual attack. Women and girls do not rush to report the crime, fearing the ensuing social stigma. Indeed, rape is the only crime for which a community’s reaction is often to stigmatise the victim, rather than prosecute the perpetrator.

    This heavily implies that male victims of sexual violence and rape in conflicts and in a domestic setting rush to report the crime and that any male victims are not stigmatized by the community they live in. There is nothing much to say about this other than: WTF!

  5. Toysoldier: I apparently mangled the closing of an anchor-tag in the link to UNSC Resolution 1325 causing that link to encompass all the text until the next link/anchor-tag for the “presentation from UN Women” string. Can you please fix that for me if you can edit submitted comments?

  6. Wow is Anne M Goetz (Chief Advisor of Governance, Peace and Security at UNIFEM) off the mark and living in La La Land. Maybe she needs to be socialised in a new way through liquid reality? I’ve been advised that water-boarding with Liquid Reality is allowed and even required under Geneva Conventions. (Shocking).

    Of course – so many have lost the ability to do anything unless it has the magic 140 involved – it’s the curse of #140BrainCells.

    Anne M Goetz is also exploiting that feature of language and thinking which makes Billions of people Magically Vanish – Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius – the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other. .

    Over 100 Articles in international law, treaties, UN security Council Resolutions … that specifically use the term Women and Children and they exclude Men. They also change child or children to Girl to make all males under the age of 16 magically vanish!

    Ms Anne M Goetz is of course linked to being a Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she was also a Senior Fellow at the research Institute of Development Studies since 1991. It seems shocking that someone entrusted with eduction has issues with reality. Maybe she missed reality 101 – and I sure as hell hope she wasn’t teaching it!

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ( As I have often on that Good Men Project (Link To Still Awaited Post – AGAIN)…..but the subject and sources always stays on the mod zone and denied lights of day) …

    Al-jazeera covered the issue and underlying obstacles so beautifully and completely in – 28 Jul 2011 – The silent male victims of rape – with Prof Lara Stemple UCLA Law – Director, Health and Human Rights Law Project laying it all out on the line.

    Maybe Prof Anne M Goetz should read the work of Prof Stemple? I have read both and this hound can sniff quality and on topic very fast!

    It’s amazing to see how magic happens – billions are made to vanish and just how people such as Louise Aubin, the deputy director of international protection at the UNHCR is programmed to ignore reality and deny evidence at all times.

    Sorry Goetz=UNIFEM – Aubin=UNHCR – is there a UNMEN?

    Oh UNIFEM was abolished and to join created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Oh – so there is no gender equality for men then. What a pity!

    Is that why Male Rape in war zones is not getting equality?

    I keep wondering why some places Like GMP hate links to Al-Jazeera? Is it because the subject is Male Rape – making the GMP objection Sexist?

    Is it because It’s an Arab source – making it racists? Some have still got issues post 9/11.

    Maybe it’s becasue the Al-Jazeera source is such high quality GMP don’t want to look bad by comparison?

    Or Could it be that it refuses to deny the gender divide and vaults over it?

    Well, it serves no one to play small cos you fear the competition because they show both clarity and courage. Funny how so many editorials are about chasing about the net for low quality and female centric news and how there is no attempt to lead the media pack. Editors are supposed to lead, but some are left chasing their own tails thinking they are the source of all of value for the world.

    Maybe GMP editors fear Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius – because there is a Corollary and Antidote:

    Interpretatio Cessat in Claris – Interpretation stops when a text is clear.

    Why are some GMP editors so determined that the highly female gendered word Rape is not made clear and equal so that FALSE interpretation stops! Maybe the basic and valid use of language is beyond them? Or is there another reason?

    “Why do nice guys commit rape” is not the same as “Why do nice people commit rape” – At least the word people allows reality a chance of getting in the door rather than 3.5 billion left out in the cold.

    But it’s The Holidays and so many are playing with trees and Baubles to hand in seasonal cheer. They even get charitable for the folks left out in the cold. It gets play out with so many candy canes and popcorn strings as the children fight over the charity bauble and who ghats to hang it on the tree. Remember Puppies are not for Christmas but male rape victims are. I wonder how they will get hung out on the GMP Christmas Tree this year?

    Without a Sandusky to guilt trip folks, It looks like lean pickings for all concerned.

    Text awaiting publication concerning The Forgotten Many: Sex Trafficked Boys

    MediaHound says:
    December 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

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    Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius – Over 100 Articles in international law, treaties, UN security Council Resolutions … that specifically use the term Women and Children and they exclude Men. They also change child or children to Girl to make all males under the age of 16 magically vanish!

    Archy – I’ve said it before, so I’ll say it again, and again, and again * this issue was raised on Al-jazeera 28 Jul 2011 (18 Months ago) and the conclusion was simple – Men are not talked about. Take subject, genderise by talking women and girls – men are not talked about, even as casualties of war. It’s amazing how the issue was looked at GLOBALLY and not just made into a NIMBY issue, or TOURIST ISSUE, to be dismissed. I have to wonder why it was not picked up on the wider net and the Twitting Gendercentric masses – but I suspect Anti-Arab bias and even Islamophobia just got played out. Some find it hard to think outside of their #140BrainCells*.

    Some of the documents raised by the experts are so bad they start by saying Women and Children and when the word sexual is used the definition is explicitly stated to be for Women and Girls – so even boys are excluded – such as the boys talked of in this article.

    It’s amazing how so many people are just made to vanish and not count due to a few words, and even how they get changed mid document. Some have been exploiting this in gaining access to Federal funds to go over seas and then only provide support to one group and not another – and you see it all the time in Orphanages, Law Projects, Micro Finance schemes – in fact It’s one of the most Insidious forms of exploitation in underdeveloped countries. It’s actually implicit racism and exploitation of women and girls, and abuse of men and boys, by supposed do gooders from the outside. I know of some who are very deliberately exploiting matters for political ends.

    Worst still – It actually has and even does empower abusers who wish to target men and boys sexually. I’m tired of kids being targeted and trafficked for cannabis production in Skunk Farms – the double crop. Weed to be sold and the kids sold to paedophiles. Boys are proffered for the market as they have a higher value in the second cropping due to supposed legal protection and it not being acceptable to abuse boys in that way. Each time I see a supposed engaged gender aware person light up a doobie, I make sure they know who is getting high and how. It’s mazing how many are pot heads and ignorant in the extreme – they have both social highs and drug induced and care not a jot for the reality of either.

    Over 100 Articles in international law, treaties, UN security Council Resolutions … that specifically use the term Women and Children and they exclude Men – and they make boys vanish so easily too that it allows outsiders to come in with minimal finance target the boys and sexually abuse them – there is no Oversight.

    Some are so bad they start by saying Women and Children and when the word sexual is used the definition is explicitly stated to be for Women and Girls – so even boys are excluded – such as the boys talked of in this article.

    It’s amazing how so many people are just made to vanish and not count due to a few words, and even how they get changed mid document.

    Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius – the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other.

    That is not just some nifty quote – it’s a actually a statement of how people think and how they use language. I would love to see it written across the top of this site to remind readers and above else writers and editors of how language and thinking works – especially their own! I’d even love a simple smilie for it so that when you quote an idiot who is denying reality through lazy words, you just put the smilie at the end and everyone gets the message. E.U.E.E.A. just don’t work as an acronym or a hashtag. Maybe #Ignorer or #BigHole or #Chasm are options

    As soon as you make it about one group you exclude all others. It’s a basic in the English Language – Implied meaning. Other languages had verb forms that are gendered which makes the subject clear – English Does Not! It’s why French if the Offical Diplomatic language at the UN and NOT English – French is more precise in Objects/Subjects and makes it clear. French/Italian/Spanish/Greek – all the Romance Languages are anti Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius.

    That is why I’m so critical of Loaded Titles – Loaded Sub titles and bad writing where lazy thinkers and writers .. you know the ones – they talk about subject and create Lumpen Masses of negative stereotypes, and expect readers to be performing seals and clap incessantly – that is why why I’m so critical and point out the errors and more importantly the OMMISSIONS. They also abreact and get ever so tizzy when you ask why they have chosen Pronouns and Gendered Language which create such divides. They deny everything, and they claim others are ignorant so they can maintain personal bliss.

    Interpretatio Cessat in Claris – Interpretation stops when a text is clear, is of course the corollary, and where you discover ambiguity or anyone taking what is stated and misrepresenting it or abusing loopholes, rational and engage persons clarify and close the loops. Only those who are intent upon expressing power and abusing resist basic cognitive, social, moral and linguistic basics.

    English as a Language is anti Interpretatio Cessat in Claris – and it is the reason why in many areas of Scientific Advance English has been powerful because it allows ambiguity and “Cusps” which is where people explore and advance. It works well with scientific method and not well with lazy people who are unwilling to keep thinking and perception in a tidy and critical manner.

    As has been pointed out by people such as Law Professor Lara Stemple UCLA law (Government Advisor), Chris Dolan Refugee law Project – and a few others – Journalists for The Guardian/Observer – there is a gross tendency to use Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius to promote the views of women and simply ignore men, and also Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius is used to create negative monolithic views of men.

    It’s like taking a leg of lamb and seasoning with Mint (Make It British) or Cumin and Coriander (Make It Arabic).

    Words are ingredients in the works and how you use them seasons the flavours people take away. It’s time for some cooks to be kicked out of the kitchen cos what they are cooking and serving up is pure slop and only works for those who like the trough. Others prefer quality feeds, and even clarity of Whine!

    You never know it could catch on #140BrainCells* – the anti meme to tell folks there is a place for real discussion and it’s called GMP.

    * Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

    Read more at http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/social-justice-sex-trafficking-boys/#eoRTtmrSQ2EkG0Jg.99

  7. Tamen, I am unsurprised by the UN response. They have ignored the situation in Afghanistan, ignored what happens in the Congo, and ignored prison rape against males. If they cannot concern themselves with sexual violence against males when it is committed by men, I cannot see why they would care when women do it.

  8. Toysoldier, you wouldn’t happen to have a link to that statement from a Alas, A blog blogger?

    Tamen, Marcella Chester made the comment some years ago. I incorrectly recalled her argument. It was actually that male survivors owe feminists some sort of gratitude before being recognized:

    One key issue when men ask feminists to support their needs and goals is whether there is a good faith effort on the part of the men to support what feminists are doing for women in a particular area. The feeling of being a commodity to be exploited for men’s benefit is a huge trigger for many women who have a history of being raped or abused by men.

    and in another comment

    Before the feminists started making a stink about men raping women, most people would have refused to see underage male students as possible victims of female teachers.

    I still find that a bizarre position.

  9. How odd – I was wondering where the bizzare and very clear anti male rape tropes surfacing all over Africa have been coming from. I see Marcella Chester if not the mother or grandmother is definitely a fruit of that tree! Back to digging in the dusty parts of the net that others hate lights turned on.

    The more I see of the Nuttiness being propagated in the USA and Canada, the happier I am to not be there – and I do fear for the Tourist Industries in both countries.

  10. I do agree that the inclusion of sources such as feminist critics is noteworthy (Due to the accuracy and professionalism of the critically qualitative analysis).

    However, I think this is even more relevant, and leads on from a simple reference to an example of how “factoids” are used and abused.

    The WHO figures did indeed show that 77 percent of women in the survey had been raped, but in fact all the respondents had been chosen precisely because they were survivors of sexual violence. So the data revealed that three quarters of survivors of sexual violence had been raped rather than suffered other forms of sexual assault. This is hardly surprising. Yet the figure tells us absolutely nothing about the nationwide prevalence of rape.”

    “Magical Numbers” and Wartime Sexual Violence – Chapter 2 Part 1 page 41, Human Security Report 2012, Sexual Violence, Eduction And War – Beyond The Mainstream Narrative

    So take a group – the group is by nature biased – ask the group a question linked to the bias – publish stats as being about a whole country and generate a factoid.

    Factoids are a real issues as they work in the worship of the Great Icon and God of the #FatSparrowCult. The god must be fed as many factoids as possible each day to keep the FatSparrow happy. Of course the reward is receiving more factoids which you can re-feed to the Great God And Icon. The Cult of #TheFatSparrow is the greatest enemy of all humans attempting to keep a grip on reality.

    Oh for a shotgun and some feathers flying in the smoke.

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