Bristol boy, 7, was ‘tied up and sexually abused’ in changing room — The complainant in an alleged historic sex case told a jury he was tied up and sexually abused as a child. Former Downend man Richard Wilmot was a teenager himself when he preyed on a boy aged as young as seven, in assaults which included a swimming pool and park, Bristol Crown Court has been told. Rupert Taylor, defending, said each allegation did not take place. But when each instance of alleged abuse was raised, the complainant told the court: “It did happen.”
Lawyer who launched sexual-abuse case against Bryan Singer withdraws — A lawyer who launched a high-profile legal action against X-Men director Bryan Singer over alleged abuse of a 17-year-old boy in 1999 has controversially withdrawn from the court case. Jeff Herman had been representing plaintiff Michael F Egan III, a one-time Hollywood hopeful who claims he was raped by the film-maker and forced to take cocaine at sex parties in Los Angeles and Hawaii more than 15 years ago. The Hollywood Reporter says the civil case filed on Egan’s behalf against Singer remains open but that Herman has dropped his client.
The Many Fabricated Enemies of Feminists — Writing in The Atlantic recently, Conor Friedersdorf claimed: “Feminism has actual enemies. Fabricating more is perverse.” Perish the thought. Friedersdorf wrote these words after finding himself on the wrong end of the feminist ire squad: having written an even-handed article defending George Will from the excesses of feminist vanity and left-wing outraged indignation, Friedersdorf was treated to a terrific example of feminsm’s insatiable ability to “fabricate enemies.”
More male abuse survivors in rural Ireland are seeking help — THE NUMBER OF men in rural Ireland seeking help to deal with abuse has increased, according to one counselling service. Connect counselling says that some counties – including Cavan, Westmeath, Offaly, Sligo and Waterford – have seen a ratio of 2:1 in male to female callers to its helpline. The service said that the male callers from these counties often reported being isolated and unable or unwilling to access face-to-face services.
Rape: The male perspective — The topic of rape is a taboo and hardly ever spoken about in family settings in Bangladesh, and even in those rare situations when it is talked about, people almost exclusively refer to women being raped by men. The concept of male rape is entirely alien in this country. People typically have no idea that it is even possible for a man to be raped, and hence the subject is virtually never discussed in contemporary Bangladeshi society.
SNAP’s clergy abuse victims mark 25 years and eye new targets — When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were. But today, as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, marks its 25th anniversary at a conference in Chicago (Aug. 1-3), its members can take satisfaction in seeing that its claims have been validated, and a few (though hardly all) of its recommendations have been implemented by the church hierarchy.
Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law — Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda (MOHRAU) is a program of Makerere University Law School’s Refugee Law Project that helps men and boys who have been victims of sexual violence to cope and move forward with their lives. But, a report released by project organizers earlier this year says the program’s effectiveness is threatened by Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), which was signed into law earlier this year by President Yoweri Museveni.
Victims of child abuse claim they were filmed — PUNE: The initial complaint about the child sex abuse scandal at a home in Karjat is proving to be the tip of the iceberg as more children have come forward narrating their horrifying experiences. “So far 18 children have come forward and narrated their experiences — the youngest is merely a six-year-old boy while the eldest is about 14-years-old. Most of them have recounted the abuse that they suffered over a two-year-period with some enduring it for longer,” said the social workers of Dnyana Devi Childline, the NGO that filed the original complaint in the case.
Stop Fem-Splaining: What ‘Women Against Feminism’ Gets Right — The charge that feminism stereotypes men as predators while reducing women to helpless victims certainly doesn’t apply to all feminists — but it’s a reasonably fair description of a large, influential, highly visible segment of modern feminism. The latest skirmish on the gender battlefield is “Women Against Feminism”: women and girls taking to social media to declare that they don’t need or want feminism, usually via photos of themselves with handwritten placards.
Woman accused of sexually abusing teen boy takes plea deal — A woman accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy while she was the director of Birdseye Boys Ranch has taken a plea deal in the case against her. Teresa Cope, 34, was charged with five counts of custodial sexual relations with a youth receiving state services — three counts were second-degree felonies, and two counts were third-degree felonies. According to court documents, Cope pleaded guilty to all five counts as charged during a court hearing Wednesday.