Bulletin Board v201

165 years in prison for US man in Haiti sex abuse — A Michigan man was sentenced Wednesday to 165 years in prison for traveling from Florida to Haiti countless times to sexually abuse dozens of children who lived in a group home he ran for the poor. A jury convicted Matthew Andrew Carter, 68, in February on five counts of traveling from the U.S. for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors, along with one count of attempt child sex tourism.

Controversial men’s rights group fundraising for a Centre for Men and Families — Adam McPhee is a man. In his eyes, that puts him at a great disadvantage. “Women have the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ campaign,” says the 32-year-old. “But I don’t see a campaign for women to walk around in steel-toed boots. Men have hard shoes, too.” McPhee is one of a small but swelling group who believe men have become the new underclass. He hopes to open a mancave that will serve as a refuge for his downtrodden brethren. T

For Military Sexual-Assault Survivors, Proposed Reforms Are Only a Start — Brian Lewis was a determined 20-year-old petty officer, envisioning a long career of service after three years in the Navy. But that was before he was raped. In August 2000, after being assigned as a fire-control technician aboard the USS Frank Cable, a submarine tender out of Guam, a superior offered to provide career guidance over dinner. Later that night, in a remote area near some commercial fishing docks, the superior attacked the young petty officer, irrevocably changing his life.

MacKay announces $120,000 over three years to help male sex-abuse victims — A new initiative to support men who’ve experienced sexual trauma is getting a hand from the federal government. Justice Minister Peter MacKay was to be in Ottawa on Monday afternoon to announce $120,000 in government funding for 1in6 Canada, a new web-based knowledge and resource centre (www.1in6.org) designed to help men who’ve experienced sexual trauma.

Tawana Brawley Forced to Compensate Male Victim in Elaborate Rape Hoax — The nation was stunned in 1987 by an African-American teenager’s accusation that she had been brutally gang raped by a group of white men, including a local prosecutor and a local police officer. Those accusations turned out to be an elaborate hoax — and decades later, one of the men wrongfully accused in the fabricated horrific crime is finally receiving reparations payments.

Twitter Row: What About Male Victims? — Sky News, in the form of yours truly, had been “pretty quick off the mark” (according to one media columnist) in reporting that Gordon Brown had called an OAP, Mrs Gillian Duffy, a bigot, for expressing concern about mass migration. We gave her the chance to listen to exactly what he’d said. The nation watched as the Labour Party moved into full firefighting mode, and the PM broke off from the campaign trail to deliver an apology in person.

UK student recalls lap chat with paedophile teacher — One of New Zealand’s worst paedophiles also taught for a year in the English county of Norfolk. Former teacher James Parker was sentenced to preventive detention yesterday after admitting more than 300 offences against young boys in Kaitaia. Europe correspondent Garth Bray has been speaking to a former pupil in Thetford where Parker taught eight and nine year olds in 2003. Albert Roberts, 19, said there were many sides to Parker.

What About Men’s Rights? — Never mind the “war on women:” according to growing numbers of activists and authors, it’s males in modern Western society who are under siege and whose rights need defending. Is this the next frontier for gender justice or a woman-hating backlash? Men’s advocacy raises worthy issues that often draw unfair ridicule. Unfortunately, it is also prone to toxic rhetoric that subverts its valid points and alienates potential supporters.


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