Diocese of Joliet will pay $4.14 million to 14 men abused as boys by pedophile priests — A suburban Chicago diocese will pay millions in a settlement with 14 men who, as children, were abused by five Roman Catholic priests. The Diocese of Joliet will fork over $4.14 million to the victims, many of whom were preteens when the abuse took place at several different churches during the 1960s through the 1980s, according to the Hurley, McKenna & Mertz law firm, which represented the victims.
Former School Police Officer Hired To Protect Students Raped 22 Boys Instead — Former Pittsburgh school police officer Robert Lellock has been arrested and charged with raping 22 male students he was hired to protect. A federal lawsuit notes that school officials should have known about the abuse, as Lellock was frequently taking boys out of the classroom to rape them in a janitor’s closet.
The hidden epidemic of male rape victims — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but the public discourse surrounding this controversial issue focuses exclusively on one gender. Unfortunately, there is a perception that rape is purely a gendered phenomenon and that it is rare for men to be sexually assaulted, particularly by women. When we look at the data, though, these assumptions are exposed as inherently flawed.
Men Demand Justice for Alleged Sex Abuse — Rick Alexander identifies himself as belonging to the small percentage of male rape victims in the U.S. Of all those who actually report, only 10 percent are men or boys. “I’ve got post traumatic stress disorder from this. I’m basically a rape victim, but I’m a male,” he said. Alexander and other Maine men who are claiming to have suffered sexual abuse by now-retired Biddeford Police officers demanded accountability at a city council meeting Tuesday night.
Private boys’ school Newington College in Sydney notifies parents of child sex abuse claims — Newington College is the latest in a recent series of prestigious private Sydney schools facing allegations of sexual abuse from former students. The school’s headmaster, Dr David Mulford, wrote to parents and former students of the school on Monday to inform them of a matter that is expected to come before the courts involving alleged offences at the school more than 35 years ago.
Reports of male rape are up by 20 percent — Police have witnessed a 20 percent increase over the past year in the number of men bravely coming forward to report their experiences of sexual abuse, according to a new report in The Sun. This week pub landlord John Coyne, 56, was jailed for raping a customer who passed out in his London bar – the victim in question was a 25-year-old male. It’s thought the man, who is straight, visited the pub for a couple of post-work pints with friends, before falling asleep on a sofa. He then woke in the early hours of the morning to find Coyne raping him.
That’s Men: Male rape victims suffer mentally, physically and silently — Rape is a crime that is not much spoken about, even though its effects can be devastating and long lasting. Even the victims do not speak out. The extent of the problem is outlined in the Psychologist by authors Michelle Lowe of the University of Bolton and Bob Balfour of Survivors West Yorkshire. It is a devastating and hidden problem and I can’t see the situation changing for the better in any significant way.
U.S. cracks down on female teachers who sexually abuse students — A “Saturday Night Live” skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy’s dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media. The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims’ advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students.
Video depositions: 7 inmates share their stories of sexual abuse behind bars — Below are excerpts from video depositions taken from seven of the 11 John Doe defendants in a suit filed against the state, alleging that juvenile inmates placed in adult prison populations were routinely sexually abused, and that corrections officers did little or nothing to stop it.
We must not trivialize sexual assault of boys — Not even 24 hours after ABC’s romanticized coverage of Mary Kay Letourneau — the former teacher who raped her 12-year-old student and later married him — “Saturday Night Live” performed a sketch that mocked, sanitized and glorified the sexual assault of male students by female teachers. an treating these survivors as real victims, SNL told them they should be high-fiving everyone they meet.
Why We Let Prison Rape Go On — IT’S been called “America’s most ‘open’ secret”: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 80,000 women and men a year are sexually abused in American correctional facilities. That number is almost certainly subject to underreporting, through shame or a victim’s fear of retaliation. Overall, only 35 percent of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to the police in 2010, and the rate of reporting in prisons is undoubtedly lower still.
With Rapes of Women in Spotlight, Male Victims Still Struggle — One in five men and half of women are likely to face sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women can get a lot of recovery help from groups who cater specifically to them, but men facing the same problems are largely ignored. Lara Stemple, co-author of “The Sexual Victimization of Men in America,” said now is the time to provide them with equal help.