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Alabama Baptists call for prison reform, noting overcrowding and sex abuse — The Alabama Baptist Convention passed a resolution today calling for prison reform in Alabama. “We do believe crime merits punishment, but incarcerated criminals need to be treated humanely,” said the Rev. Roger Willmore, chairman of the resolutions committee. Alabama Baptists “call upon the governor, attorney general, and Alabama Legislature to seek ways to end abuse in Alabama prisons,” the resolution said.

Former teacher sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing 25 young boys — A former teacher at Terra Nova School in Holmes Chapel has been sentenced to six years and nine months in jail for sexually abusing 25 boys he taught in the 1970s. Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, of Crookham Hill, Crookham Common in Berkshire, pleaded guilty yesterday to 42 counts of indecent assault on boys who were aged between eight and 13.

I was victim of abuse in boys’ home, Jean McConville’s son tells inquiry — The son of a woman “disappeared” by the IRA has claimed he was sexually abused at a boys’ home in Co Down. Billy McConville was six when he went to Rubane House after his mother was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA in 1972. Jean McConville’s body was recovered on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.

Michigan students file suit, allege sex abuse by teacher — Five boys who allege they were sexually harassed or assaulted by a teacher at a Michigan school filed suit against the school district on Tuesday, charging that the district failed to provide a safe environment, a lawyer for the students said. The suit was filed in federal court on behalf of five former students at Grand Rapids University Prep Academy who say they were harassed or assaulted by Jamila Williams, a former math teacher.

Online Harassment Affects Men Too — The harassment of women online has emerged as a major subject of concern recently—even, perhaps, “tomorrow’s civil rights agenda,” according to feminist commentator Amanda Hess who brought this issue into the spotlight with a long article in Pacific Standard magazine last January. Highly publicized events such as the mass release of stolen nude celebrity photos—nearly all of women—and threats against several female critics of sexism in videogames have bolstered claims that the Internet is a cesspool of misogyny, with women routinely subjected to vile abuse and threats for having an opinion or simply for being female.

Paedophile teacher from top private school jailed for sexually abusing boys as young as 9 — A paedophile former teacher at a top private school was jailed for sexually abusing 25 underage boys – sometimes in front of others during busy lessons. Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, preyed on pupils between the ages of eight and 13 during the 1970s, at the prestigious Terra Nova prep school in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Abuse also happened in boys’ dormitories and was described by one victim as having an atmosphere ‘like Tom’s Brown’s Schooldays.’

Trauma survivor photo exhibit shares message of hope — Letting his pictures do the talking, Milwaukee photographer Adam Horwitz set his focus on male trauma survivors in his latest exhibit. The six oversized images, which are now on display at the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, share a message of hope from men who have overcome significant adversity. Titled “Portrait to Scale: Male Survivors of Trauma,” the show focuses in on a small group of people who have survived hardships and embarked on a journey of healing and growing through their camaraderie with one-another and the resources available through Milwaukee’s Healing Center.

When the victim is a boy — There was a time when an adolescent boy who got seduced into a sexual relationship with an attractive older woman was considered lucky. But make no mistake: There’s a reason the law defines such liaisons as a crime. When an adult — man or woman — lures a vulnerable minor into a situation that allows him to be sexually exploited, it’s a form of abuse, not love, and it can have serious consequences for the victim emotionally and psychologically. No teenage boy ever was better off afterward for having been the victim of sexual abuse by an adult.

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