Boy Awarded $6.9 Million In Los Angeles Unified School District Sexual Abuse Case — A Los Angeles jury awarded a California boy $6.9 million in damages stemming from a sexual abuse case. The plaintiffs argued that the Los Angeles Unified School District had some responsibility for a Queen Anne Place Elementary School teacher, who allegedly sexually abusing the 10-year-old boy. The plaintiffs claimed the school district missed warning signs that indicated the teacher, Forrest Stobbe, was abusing the boy, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Editorial: 8 Sandusky victims who testified changed nation in 2012 — Heroes often make their deeds appear easy when they are not. Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of abusing boys because eight of his victims had the courage to take the witness stand in June. They are heroes. What they did has changed not just Penn State, but the entire nation for the better. It was anything but an easy road to get Sandusky behind bars. The trial was followed with a media frenzy not seen since the O.J. Simpson trial in the 1990s. On top of that, the victims’ own communities were slow to support them.
Georgia prison rape video was real — The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has concluded an investigation of a handful of videos showing torture of prisoners which sparked protests two weeks before the election in October, 2012. The videos were published September 19, and showed prisoners who were verbally, physically and sexually abused. One of the clips showed a prisoner being raped with a broom, and it was claimed by some that this scene was staged. But Chief Prosecutor Archil Kbilashvili on Tuesday said that according to their findings, the footage containing the scene with the broomstick had not been staged and consequently is not fake.
Public Helps Feds Bust ‘Jane Doe’ for Child Porn — Less than 24 hours after asking for the public’s help in identifying and arresting a “Jane Doe” suspected of producing child pornography, federal officials have arrested a suspect and rescued a child who was allegedly shown in an exploitative video. Corrine Danielle Motley of Okaloosa County, Florida faces federal charges for the production and distribution of child pornography. Motley, 25, was arrested late Wednesday evening by Northwest Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members and Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
Rideau Park School teacher accused of sex crimes has ‘loyal following’ — It began as a bad dream for parents: a letter home from school officials informing them that a much-loved Calgary teacher had been accused of sex crimes against a teenage student. A day after police charged a female Rideau Park School teacher with sexual assault and sexual interference, many parents say they are shocked by the allegations. But some are standing behind the teacher, who is in her 40s, calling her “excellent” and “talented,” and say no matter the outcome of the case, her good work should not be forgotten.
Some Thoughts on Forgiveness — A recent post at Kellevision entitled “To ‘Heal’ or not to ‘Heal’…” (excellent and well worth a read) has prompted me to share a few of my own thoughts on the subject of forgiveness. I think one of the worst double binds that abuse and trauma survivors face is the expectation that they should forgive someone, often a family member, who continues to treat them badly. Often the nature of the maltreatment has changed from childhood to adulthood.
Tracking decades of allegations in the Boy Scouts — This database contains information on about 5,000 men and a handful of women who were expelled from the Boy Scouts of America between 1947 and January 2005 on suspicion of sexual abuse. The dots on the map indicate the location of troops connected in some way to the accused. The timeline below shows the volume of cases opened by year; however, an unknown number of files were purged by the Scouts prior to the early 1990s.
Twitter accounts with child abuse images closed — Several private Twitter accounts have been disabled after they were revealed to contain indecent images of children. Some hacking groups are claiming to have unmasked them, the NSPCC said. Members of the public have reported the accounts to Greater Manchester Police and North Yorkshire Police, while Ceop – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – says it is “aware”. The NSPCC asked people to “be vigilant” and report such suspicious activity.
Victims of child pornography seek restitution from men who downloaded and traded horrific images — The woman, now in her twenties, lives in relative anonymity on the West Coast, but to child pornography collectors worldwide she will always be known as “Vicky,” a little girl raped by her father in a series of videos illegally disseminated online thousands of times during more than a decade. Now the woman and a small but growing number of other child pornography victims are seeking restitution from those who collected or traded pictures and videos depicting their abuse, filing claims for damages against convicted child pornographers in Massachusetts and around the country.