10 years after Abu Ghraib, no justice for torturers, tortured — “You can’t spell abuse without Abu,” said one US Army medic to another, Sgt. Andrew Duffy, after throwing a seriously injured and handcuffed Iraqi prison to the ground, face-first, upon his arrival at Abu Ghraib. The majority of abuse at the notorious US torture prison, formerly Saddam Hussein’s notorious torture prison, wasn’t fatal. But it was even more heinous and brutal than most Americans realize, even those who have seen the photos that are now international symbols of US brutality in the War on Terror and recruiting tools for countless terrorists.
Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too — When Jeff Herman sees a child held by their arms and legs it is, as he puts it, “an uncomfortable trigger. I have some vague memories of being very young, and there were two older girls holding me by my arms and legs, and they had cut my pants open.” The lawyer has tried to remember more, but cannot. Herman, 54, is mulling my question about whether he has been sexually abused.
Inside the mind of a paedophile — In a way he had always known. But it wasn’t until he was married with kids that Nick realised he was a paedophile. One afternoon, while his wife was out of town, Nick went to the park and watched children play basketball. Those children would never know that they had been watched so intently, would never know that the deviant observation of them would dramatically alter a man’s life.
Navy rape victim John Atkins against the pain of a Royal Commission — John Atkins was systematically abused from when he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a cadet at Crib Point in Victoria in 1951.His case has been accepted by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART), but he has not received compensation after his files were lost by the taskforce. Mr Atkins strongly opposes a Royal Commission because of the vast cost and the fact that it would be too confronting for many victims.
Texas Says It Will Ignore Rules Designed to Prevent Rape of Minors in Prisons — On June 14, 2005, Texas mother Linda Bruntmyer went before the Congressional Prison Rape Elimination Commission in Washington, D.C., and told the story of her son, Rodney Hulin, and his untimely death. Rodney was only 16, a waif of a boy at 5’2″ and 125 pounds, when he was convicted of setting a trash can on fire in Brazoria County, Texas, that caused $500 worth of damage.
Uganda’s anti-gay law reinforces homophobia, xenophobia, says report — The needs of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence living as refugees in Uganda, of whom there are several hundred, are poorly met, with recent legislation against homosexuality making matters worse, according to a new report. According to one humanitarian official working in the field who preferred anonymity, “many survivors have medical needs due to the assault and have undergone a series of surgeries.
Zimbabwe: Woman Rapes, Infects Step Son With STI — A CHIREDZI woman who “raped” her mentally ill teenage stepson and infected him with a sexually transmitted disease will spend the next 13 years in prison. Respina Mukanduri, 40, was convicted by a local court and slapped with a 16 year jail sentence but had three years suspended with conditions. The State, led by Moreblessing Rusere, proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mukanduri raped the teenage boy on a number of occasions while his father was away from home.