Bulletin Board v206

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.

12 thoughts on “Bulletin Board v206

  1. Re: Number of men seeking help for sex abuse soars

    “Men made up over 17 per cent of those who contacted the Helpline in 2012….”

    Yet, here in the US, I’ve never seen clear indications what percentage men call the RAINN 800 number, nor in 3 years running a male survivor group, ever heard a man report getting a call back as a result (the few who called reported no callback), nor every gotten a referral to this group by him calling this number. They have their partnership with 1in6 for training and awareness how to help men, but I’ve never heard of anyone actually getting help.

    My sense is they only offer a one-time conversation (or on-line chat session), no referral to additional help of any kind, limited as that may be, there are a lot of possibilities. But these men remain virtually invisible, shrouded in a kind of secrecy, which seems to be confused with confidentiality.

  2. Allan, to my knowledge, RAINN’s affiliation with 1in6 is limited to the limited hotline and various media associations. I do not believe that RAINN handles any of the advocacy 1in6 provides. I also have not heard anything about how RAINN treats male survivors or how well its hotline serves male survivors.

  3. Correct, in that, 1in6 does not provide services to individuals, one-on-one, and RAINN does not provide male survivor training to advocates, therapists and organizations. I think it really strange with all the male survivors I have talked to, none report a positive experience with the RAINN hotline in all these years.

    So, for example, I wonder if the young men at Penn State had called the RAINN hotline, if someone, most likely a woman, would have said, “Well, women are by far, the vast majority of victims of sexual violence, but, yes, men too can be victims. Is there anything else I can do for you?” Meanwhile, for women there are referrals to over 1000 local affiliate organizations with groups, therapy, legal advocates, and a variety of help.

    When those kinds of discrepancies show up involving women, feminists make a lot of noise until women get help. Someone gets involved. Who will do that for these men? I’m reminded of the community response in Happy Valley. Those young men raped by Jerry Sandusky got a candlelight vigil, and they and the issue of male victims were then quickly layed to rest. And the alums donated $300,000 to RAINN, an organization that serves women.

    No body will touch this. The public thinks male victims don’t exist or are extremely rare. Men are competitive with men and avoid this kind of intimacy with men, especially something about sex. Feminists won’t help them because… “patriarchy”, all men must pay for their oppressor status. Survivor, male survivor, organizations, therapists dare not anger the mob rule feminist status quo, it’s “too political”, so they are so low profile as to be ineffective. MRA’s recognize male victims but oppose helping them because that would support the feminist built VAWA “victim industry” and confuse false accusations being the focus.

  4. I think it really strange with all the male survivors I have talked to, none report a positive experience with the RAINN hotline in all these years.

    I have yet to meet anyone online or offline who called RAINN. What have you heard about the hotline?

  5. Tamen, I am genuinely astonished by that. How can they justify fining him he was not even awake? Even if they do not consider it rape, how can they fine him for something being done to him?

  6. I can’t really understand it either. And this in a country who in 2006 sentenced a woman to 8 months in prison for performing oral sex on a sleeping man. Although in that case the victim did press charges. Considering that the responding police officer who testified in court observed the act and observed that the man was asleep/unconscious and difficult to rouse I can’t really fathom why the police didn’t press charges on their own (there is no requirement that the victim must press charges), And I am even more flabbergasted by the police not dropping the fine, but deciding to drag him to court when he refused to pay the fine on the grounds of not being conscious while the act took place. I mean, the testimony of the police officer that the man was asleep and difficult to rouse basically shoot a big hole in their case if they argue that the man participated and willingly committed the crime of public indecency and public exposure.

  7. Well, the verdict is in and the man was ordered to pay the fine + court fees – a total of appr. 1,400 USD. I’ve updated my blog post with more details. I’ve also written the court and requested a copy of the verdict – we’ll see if I get it.

  8. “I have yet to meet anyone online or offline who called RAINN. What have you heard about the hotline?”

    National 800-656.HOPE [ironic, eh?] calls redirect if possible to volunteers/interns (psychology/counseling) at one of the 1000 local affiliates using caller ID. Here in the Twin Cities, they get told “We don’t help men.” Or someone will call you back, i.e. to form a group, but they don’t, or in my case, they did (very brief call, 30 seconds) after four years. Heard this many times.

    Four years to get a call back reflects the relative importance of male victims to the 1000+ “rape crisis centers”.

    Yet, by affiliate contract with RAINN, they cannot discriminate by gender (pesky federal laws no doubt), so RAINN/affiliates advertise male services for compliance. (See? We help men, it says so on the web site!) So it pro-actively erodes “HOPE” by an offer of help that doesn’t follow through.

    I’ve wanted for years to do a sampling of hotline calls to estimate the kinds of response and quality and help offered. Last year 1in6 did a provider self-assessment type survey, http://1in6.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Agency_Survey_Summary.pdf. It’s just one indication of possible reality I would say. It clearly shows men don’t use these services much. Many issues are avoided.

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