65,000 images seized in shocking ‘boy lovers’ network — MEN aged from 22 to 76 – including teachers, accountants, bank managers and tradies, were among the Queenslanders arrested as part of a global child exploitation ring. Queensland police said more than 30 people have been charged on more than 200 offences in what was described as a ‘boy lovers’ network. During Operation Taskforce Argus there were 65,000 images. In Canada, 45 terrabytes of data – all involving the abuse of young boys – the equivalent of 15,000 DVDS – was seized.
Clubs and gyms targeted to help male victims of domestic abuse — Police are to target sports clubs and gyms to urge men who are suffering domestic abuse to seek help. Leicestershire Police is delivering leaflets to venues popular with men across the city and county to spread the message that help is available to victims. In 2011, about 11 per cent – 321 – of the victims of the 2,800 domestic crimes reported to Leicestershire Police were men. Research has shown that men are less likely than women to seek help.
Double standard: Society views female predators and their male victims differently — The exuberant comments were left on a story about a 27-year-old Catholic school teacher accused of raping a 14-year-old. “Boy, did I go to the wrong schools!” said one. “I wish I had just ONE teacher like this!!!” said another. “I wish it happened to me when I was a teen in grade school,” said a third. It’s a sentiment unlikely to be expressed when the perpetrator is a man and the victim a teen or preteen girl.
Ex-politician guilty of child sex abuse says 18-year prison term ‘unreasonable’ — A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., convicted of sexually abusing and making pornographic images of boys for more than a decade is appealing his 18-year prison term, saying the sentence is excessive. “The sentence was unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range in all circumstances,” Donnie Snook says in a notice of appeal filed with the provincial Court of Appeal in Fredericton.
‘Gender equality should also be in context of men’ — There is an urgent need to change the mindset about men as perpetrators of crime and bring in “gender equality” in the context of men. These will be some of the key issues that a city-based NGO working for men’s rights would highlight at its International Men’s Day (IMD) celebration on November 19. Members of Men’s Rights Association, which works towards addressing issues concerning men and protection their rights, said here on Saturday that reinstating the value of men in society and initiating an open discussion among men about the issues and constraints they face will be the focus of IMD celebrations in the city.
Male victims of rape, sexual abuse and depression: Breaking the silence on International Men’s Day — Lee spent his entire childhood in care. He was sexually abused by his foster father until he was 14. As a teenager he began to drink heavily and committing serious, violent crimes. Between the ages of 17 and 21 he spent all but 15 months in prison. During his final 18 months in custody, he persuaded the prison and probation service to pay for one-to-one counselling. It turned his life around.
Sex abuse caregiver handed ‘joke’ sentence – parent — A Far North caregiver who admitted sexually abusing young boys could be out of jail in less than three years. Daniel Taylor, 34, has been sentenced to five years and seven months behind bars but will be eligible for parole in half that time. Family members of the victims said the jail term is not long enough, with one describing the sentence as a joke. Taylor was a caregiver for Child, Youth and Family.
Ten years in, Prison Rape Elimination Act standards finally go into effect — When Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003, it didn’t really know what it was passing. That was kind of the point, actually. Prison rape should be avoided — that much was clear — but there wasn’t a comprehensive understanding of how pervasive the problem was or which prisoners it affected. So PREA created a commission to study “the impact of prison sexual assaults on federal, state and local government functions and on the communities and social institutions in which they operate.”
Waco teen gets 35 years for abuse of young boy — A Waco teenager who admitted he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old boy he was babysitting before he took him to church was sentenced to 35 years in prison Friday. Jurors in Waco’s 54th State District Court deliberated about 21/2 hours before determining punishment for Christopher Shane Davis. Davis, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by exposure and elected for a jury to assess his punishment.