Bulletin Board v212

Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees — The embattled co-CEO also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling, “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting. The co-CEO of Archie Comics’ says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings – because they’re white men. In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit’s lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”

Boy, 13, testifies about alleged rapes by woman, 20 — A defense attorney yesterday tried to discredit the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who claims he was sexually abused by a 20-year-old woman living with him and his family in Haverhill last year. The defendant, Heather Paltinavich, 21, of Haverhill, is accused of two counts of statutory rape. Her trial began Monday in Essex Superior Court with jury selection and opening remarks and testimony began yesterday.

The Boy in the Boardroom: When Sexual Abuse and Manhood Collide — Two buddies who haven’t seen one another in months walk into a sports bar, find a table, and scan the menu. Man #1 was just prescribed a new diet by his doctor. Beer and fried foods are off limits, so the grilled chicken salad jumps off the page. Man #2 has been fighting a fever, and recently started an antibiotic. He can’t wait to get home and crawl into bed. The waitress approaches and asks if they’re ready to order. Crickets. They look at one another.

Campaign to help those suffering from male domestic abuse is launched — A new campaign backed by Hinckley police is hoping to strip the stigma from male domestic abuse. Figures suggest one in six men in Leicestershire experience some kind of abusive behaviour by a partner, an ex or even a relative but few report the problem. The new initiative hopes to encourage more men to come forward rather than suffering in silence. As part of the campaign information posters are being distributed to gyms and sports clubs.

Car wash owner who raped male employee on first day of work is jailed for eight years — A man who gave a young jobseeker employment at his car wash and then raped him on his first day of work has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years. Birmingham Crown Court heard the 20-year-old victim had been in the UK for just two months after moving here to stay with family, and felt “exceptionally lucky” when Qadir Miakhil gave him a job on June 19. But when he started work the very next day, Miakhil, 24, took him to an address in Alum Rock, Birmingham, and raped him.

Congo’s Forgotten Curse: Epidemic of Female-on-Female Rape — In a secure darkened room, Marie, a 36-year-old mother of six, whispers and struggles to make eye contact. A shoe trader, she regularly travels by bus to sell her wares in remote parts of the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year, her bus broke down on the often impassable forest road to the town of Walikale. Her bags were too heavy for her to continue by foot, so she resorted to a bicycle taxi.

Gender neutral laws are the way forward as men’s rights too need attention — Tired after a long day of work, Rajiv Sharma* came home and then was beaten by his wife. Ironically, his wife then accused him of domestic violence. Desperate for help, he turned to men’s rights organisation Protect Indian Family — they helped him set up CCTV cameras in his house. He gathered footage of abuse and produced it in court as evidence helping to clear his name from the domestic violence charge.

The least reported crime: Survivors of male sexual assault — Right after his girlfriend raped him, she apologized. “She had a boyfriend who told her that girls shouldn’t make noise while they were having sex,” Rackham student Ben Alterman said, twisting his pinky over his ring finger as he discussed his second sexual abuser. His memory of that day is foggy. He can’t exactly remember how he went from her living room to her bedroom. He was 16 years old.

Male sexual abuse: A myth or fact? — There is a common myth about sexual abuse. Many people believe that boys cannot be abused and even if they are, they argue that sexual abuse is less harmful to boys than to girls. This myth also implies that boys and men cannot be sexually abused because they are better able to protect themselves. Men are not considered vulnerable – psychically or emotionally. However, one must understand that boys are not men; they are mere children who are as defenceless as girls and can too be weak whence trying to protect themselves against predators.

More male abuse victims coming forward for help than ever before — A Fleetwood-based group which helps male victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence says there has been a marked increase in calls for help. The Fylde Coast Men’s Support Association (FCMSA) says its helpline has been contacted by 258 individuals between November 2012 and November 2013 – a rise of 18 per cent on the previous year. The Fleetwood man who founded the group, who chooses to be known only as Simon, says the increase is down to several factors.

New group helps male victims of domestic violence — A PIONEERING new support group dedicated to men who have fallen victim to domestic abuse has been launched in South Tyneside. The new service aims to help those who find themselves living in fear of their partners or other family members, whether through physical violence or emotional abuse. Run by the Options charity, it is the first of its kind in South Tyneside. Until now, men brave enough to seek help needed to turn to support groups outside the borough.

Screening discusses stigma of being a male sexual assault survivor — While many events regarding sexual abuse are guided toward raising awareness for female survivors, an event held Thursday night aimed to raise awareness, show support and explain available resources for male survivors of sexual abuse. The event, entitled Dare to Dream, was co-sponsored by the Central Student Government and the Rackham Dean’s Strategic Initiative Grant. The event emphasized that healing is possible for male survivors. The event started with a viewing of the documentary “Boys and Men Healing,” which tells the story of three male survivors and how their abuse impacted their recovery process.

Woman made son sleep in dog food bag — On Tuesday, a prosecutor held up a wrinkled green and blue dog food bag with a hole cut in the bottom. It’s the bag a 5-year-old child had to sleep in at night after having his hands and feet bound with electrical tape. In a video played in Laramie County District Court, the child explained how he slept. Lying on a chair with the sunlight shining on his face, the boy clasped his hands and feet together, showing the interviewer how he was bound. Sobs echoed in the courtroom while the video played.

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