Exeter football coach Anthony Mitchell jailed for raping boys — Anthony Mitchell used his position as manager of the team in the 1970s to gain access to 11 and 12-year-old boys. Mitchell, of Exeter, fed his victims drink or Mogadon sleeping pills before abusing them on overnight trips, the city’s crown court heard. His victims were prompted by the Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile scandals to report his crimes to police.
Former Shefford boys are still fighting for justice over abuse — BACK in the 1990s I received a call from someone who had ‘a big story’. I was new to journalism so was quite excited but my more experienced, sceptical colleagues were unconvinced. ‘If it’s a cat up a tree, don’t offer to get it down for them,’ was the advice. This was the first time I met Damian Chittock and heard the story of St Francis Boys’ Home, Shefford. The home was run by the Catholic Church and the residents were mainly abandoned or orphaned boys between the ages of six and sixteen.
German prof apologizes after denying internship to male Indian due to ‘rape problem’ — A German professor has apologized for denying an internship to a male Indian student, citing India’s “rape problem” as a reason for his disqualification. It comes after Germany’s envoy wrote a scathing letter objecting to the professor’s reasoning. “I have made a mistake,” wrote biochemistry Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger of the University of Leipzig in a statement on Monday. “I sincerely apologise to everyone whose feelings I have hurt.”
Hurt twice: Society questions validity of male sex assault, domestic violence victims — The teenage boy, tall for his age and wearing a tie, settled into the witness stand in a downtown courtroom for days straight earlier this winter. Each time, he carefully looked away from the 35-year-old high school tutor who was accused of sexually assaulting him when he was just 15. Though clearly embarrassed, the boy was courteous – even unflappable – answering lawyers’ questions about rough sex and skimpy lingerie photos, explicit evidence dredged from the more than 1,000 texts and emails sent between the teen and his Catholic Central tutor.
‘I’m a big, strapping bloke. Who would believe I was a victim of domestic abuse?’ — “Some victims of domestic abuse are not identified as regularly,” reads a line several pages into a new report from a UK domestic violence charity. “Particular groups of victims may be less visible to services or be given less priority.” Along with people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, “male victims” form one of these neglected groups, according to the SafeLives study, which was published on Wednesday.
Man exonerated of 1994 abduction and rape freed from prison — A suburban Chicago man who was exonerated after spending more than 20 years behind bars for an abduction and rape walked out of an Illinois prison Tuesday. Angel Gonzalez was exonerated Monday in a 1994 rape and abduction in Waukegan. After also being cleared of unrelated charges of damage to state property, Gonzalez, wearing a gray track suit, walked out of Dixon Correctional Center.
Men are survivors of sexual assault too — It does not always happen in an alley. It does not always happen in the dark. It does not always happen at knifepoint. It does not always happen in the park. It always leaves scars. As difficult as it has been writing this, there’s a point — a perspective, mine and other men’s, that shouldn’t be silent.
Mob in India breaks into jail, lynches rape suspect — A mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison in India, dragged out a rape suspect and killed him, officials said on Friday, adding that police had to impose a curfew to restore order. Rape has been a particularly emotive crime in India since 2012, when a student was raped and tortured on a bus in New Delhi and later died. The government has banned a documentary about that attack, re-igniting debate about gender inequality.
Producing child porn with serial child molester lands Battle Creek woman in prison — A Battle Creek woman has been sentenced to federal prison for producing pornography involving a child younger than 12 years old. Lori Ann Roth, 53, was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. Roth was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and will spend 10 years on supervised release following the prison term.
Prosecutor: Ewing woman admits to recording herself performing oral sex on a 4-year-old boy — A Ewing woman accused of filming herself performing oral sex on an underage minor admitted she is the woman who appears in the purported sex tape, which authorities became aware of after it was posted online, prosecutors said. Pamela Dziminski, 29, accused of sexually abusing and snapping nude photos of a 4-year-old boy in her care, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sandusky’s son to talk about abuse at UNK presentation — Matthew Sandusky will speak at the 26th Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair in Kearney Tuesday on years of sexual abuse at the hands of his adopted father, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. At 9:15 a.m., he’ll share his story of overcoming abuse and at 10:15 a.m. about life after sexual abuse at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Sexual abuse of young boys in 30-year span at center of trucker trial — David A. Vickers was bold in his pursuit of young boys from Buffalo and Batavia, prosecutors say. In 2003, he wrote to a Family Court judge in Genesee County and asked permission for a 14-year-old boy to come live with him. “He needs structure and strong boundaries, but most of all, love,” Vickers said in his letter to the court. The judge said yes, and prosecutors say the boy, who was already being sexually abused by Vickers, remained in his care until he was nearly 16.
Woman spared jail over abuse photos — A woman from Hampshire has avoided a jail sentence for possessing more than 600 indecent images – of babies and children and pornographic images of animals – when she was aged just 17. Amy Hickson, now 20, of Greys Farm Close, Cheriton, Alresford, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to 13 offences which involved many of the images being stored as a Powerpoint presentation.