Are men oppressed? Male rights activists maligned as ‘sexists’ fight to have movement recognized on campus — At the latest battle in the emerging campus war over men’s rights, as a man in a pink keffiyeh, with a pink hammer and sickle on his chest, shouted slogans through a pink megaphone at a group of men’s rights activists who marched on the Ontario legislature to denounce the oppressive effects of feminism, it was tempting to invoke Henry Kissinger’s quip about the Iran-Iraq War: “It’s a pity they both can’t lose.” Neither side made an articulate case through their mutual loathing.
Do men need a place to call their own? Experts make the case for men’s centres in campus, community life — A U.S. professor specializing in studying the psychology of boys and men, masculinity and manhood will make the case for creating men’s centres on campus during an address in Toronto. The speech by Miles Groth is slated to take place Friday evening at an event organized by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), which is working to raise funds to create the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. Advocates on both sides of the border are seeking to fill what they view as a void at schools and within communities — programs dedicated to studying, serving and supporting male interests and needs.
The facts and figures on male rape and sexual abuse in Ireland — The recently released Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s Annual Report for 2012 laid out the facts of rape and sexual abuse in Ireland. The figures are astonishing and disturbing. Over 9,000 genuine contacts were made with the National 24-Hour Helpline in 2012, over 25 a day, and almost half of those were making their first ever contact with the service. Men made up over 17 per cent of those who contacted the Helpline in 2012, highlighting just how big sexual abuse and rape issues are for Irish men.
Failed adoptions stir outrage; reforms are elusive — Half a world away from her birthplace in Ethiopia, teenager Hana Williams died on a rainy night in the backyard of what a prosecutor called a “house of horrors” — the rural home of her adoptive family in Washington state. The official causes of her death, after being forced outside as punishment, were malnutrition and hypothermia. Authorities said Hana, during three years of adoption, had been beaten repeatedly with switches, starved and made to sleep in a locked closet.
Former Shattuck-St. Mary Teacher Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Sex Abuse — A former teacher at a boarding school in southern Minnesota has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing six male students more than a decade ago. Lynn Seibel pleaded guilty to seven counts in July, more than a year after police began investigating alleged sexual contact with students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault. At his plea hearing, the 71-year-old acknowledged he encouraged a “naked dance party” in which boys danced in the shower. He also apologized.
French prison in dock over child rape during visit — A French mother who allegedly held down her four-year-old son while he was raped by his step-father in a prison visiting room went on trial in Strasbourg on Monday. In a case which could lead to the prison itself also facing legal action, Sabrina Bonner, 25, and the step-father, her partner Lionel Barthelemy, 31, are charged with multiple sexual assaults on the boy, who is now eight and in the care of social services.
Number of men seeking help for sex abuse soars — MORE Notts men than ever are asking for help from a sex abuse victims’ charity. Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS) says one third of its clients are now men. There are so many that it has launched its first group male counselling sessions to cope with demand. One Notts abuse victim who has completed the course told the Post he thought the figures were “the tip of the iceberg” as more men began to seek help. ISAS, which has offices in Nottingham and Newark, supported 763 victims between April 2012 and March 2013 – about a third of them men.
Sex crimes with young male victims underreported — Cases of statutory rape where the abuser is a woman have rarely been prosecuted in Calhoun County, but victim’s advocates say young males are under-researched sexual abuse targets. Last month a 39-year-old Gadsden woman was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. This was the third trial in the last six years in Calhoun County where the abuser was a woman, according to the district attorney’s office.
The Sex Industry’s Shadow Victims — Close your eyes and picture an underage sex worker: a victim of abuse, a runaway, homeless, kidnapped, bought and sold. It’s a profile we know all too well, depicted in various on-screen portrayals, articles, and awareness campaigns. Is your imagined victim a girl? If stereotypes about participants in the sex trade run the gamut, there’s one overarching one that is so ingrained it barely registers: gender. Estimates by some advocates put the number of boys in the commercial sex industry at potentially equal to that of girls.