4 men sue Boy Scouts, LDS church in Idaho — Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court, saying they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho. Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise’s U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the men, who are named only as John Does I-IV. Three of the men say they were in troops sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that they were abused by scout leaders while at Scouting functions or on camping trips.
Boy ‘killed himself after being raped’ — A 15-year-old boy took his own life after being raped and sexually abused by a care worker at a children’s home, a court heard. Aaron Leafe tied a cord around his neck following an alleged three years of abuse by Anwar Ismail. During the first day of a trial at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor Mary Prior told the jury the troubled teenager left a note saying he could not get over what had happened to him. Ms Prior said: “Aaron took his own life on June 12, 2010.
CHILD SEX ABUSE: New law exempts statute of limitations for victims — Minnesota may be on the verge of a big game change when it comes to lawsuits brought forward by those who were sexually abused as children thanks to a recent exemption to the statute of limitations. “Give this kid and his family a trial,” urged attorney Jeff Anderson. From his ornate office in St. Paul, Anderson has been taking on the nation’s most-respected institutions over allegations of sexual abuse of children.
EXCLUSIVE: Third-grade boy forced to perform oral sex on three male classmates at Harlem school: suit — A third-grade boy was dragged into a bathroom at his Harlem elementary school and forced to perform oral sex on three male classmates, including one who was involved in an attack on a female student two years earlier, according to a bombshell lawsuit. The 8-year-old boy had just finished lunch at Public School 194 and was in a hallway waiting for class to start when a fifth-grader, the ringleader, and two third-graders pushed him screaming and pleading for help into a bathroom stall, the lawsuit says.
In Debate Over Military Sexual Assault, Men Are Overlooked Victims — Sexual assault has emerged as one of the defining issues for the military this year. Reports of assaults are up, as are questions about whether commanders have taken the problem seriously. Bills to toughen penalties and prosecution have been introduced in Congress. But in a debate that has focused largely on women, this fact is often overlooked: the majority of service members who are sexually assaulted each year are men. In its latest report on sexual assault, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Of those cases, the Pentagon says, 53 percent involved attacks on men, mostly by other men.
Male Domestic Abuse Victim: My Wife Tried To Stab Me (VIDEO) — Female victims are often the focus of initiatives against domestic abuse. But according to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in four men in the U.S. experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and one in seven men experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner. Justin Nutt, founder of Acts of Random Kindness and survivor of domestic abuse, shared his story recently on HuffPost Live.
Man recants rape testimony that helped send Oklahoma City grandfather to prison — A man recanted testimony Thursday that helped send his grandfather to prison more than eight years ago on a rape charge. Devonte Lavon Johnson, 20, testified during an evidentiary hearing in the case that he didn’t recall any of his trial testimony from December 2004. He denied being raped. It’s not clear why he testified to the contrary at trial. Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason will decide if there is enough evidence to vacate the conviction of Harold Lee Belton, 62, of Oklahoma City.
N Indiana bishop says accused priest admitted sexual abuse of boy in Africa 20 years ago — A northern Indiana priest has admitted to sexually abusing a child in Africa about 20 years ago, a bishop told the priest’s former parishioners. The Rev. Cornelius Ryan, when confronted June 10 by church officials, “immediately and freely admitted the allegations made,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese told members of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel at Mass on Saturday evening, The Journal Gazette reported.
Turkish Justice Ministry denies juvenile prison torture claims — Claims of torture and emotional abuse in a juvenile prison in İzmir’s Aliağa district, which were voiced by the Progressive Lawyers’ Association and stirred public debate, are “completely untrue” but nevertheless will be subject to further inspection, Justice Ministry said on May 28. In a statement released a day after the association’s remarks, the Ministry dismissed any claims of torture and abuse in the mentioned Şakran prison, where severe beating, abusive behavior and demeaning treatments were taking place, according to the association’s report.