Conference for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Held in Portland — The Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service has partnered with Reed College’s Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response program to host a special conference for male survivors of sexual abuse and assault on Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th. The conference is entitled Male Survivor Dare to Dream Weekend and is open to male survivors, their loved ones, and professionals or advocates who work for male survivors.
Florida woman gets 50 years in prison for sex abuse of minors — A northeast Florida woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of minors from a school in Flagler County. A judge in St. Johns County imposed the sentence Wednesday on 51-year-old Rhonda Wilkerson, calling her actions “despicable.” Police arrested Wilkerson in February 2014 after claims by children at an area school that they had been sexually abused by Wilkerson and a man, William Dillow.
Gov. Scott Orders Prison Changes to Reduce Beatings, Corruption — Gov. Rick Scott ordered changes at the Department of Corrections on Friday to address prison beatings and corruption after the Legislature went home without doing the same. The Legislature was working on bills to address problems after a series of reports detailed deaths, cover-ups and corruption in the prison system. But the bills died when the Florida House went home three days early over a budget impasse and a dispute with the Senate over health care coverage for the poor.
Omar Khadr, Once Guantánamo’s Youngest Prisoner, Finally Out of Jail — Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was once the youngest inmate held at Guantánamo Bay, was today let out on bail from a Canadian prison — walking free for the first time since he was captured by U.S. forces when he was 15 years old. A judge today ruled that Khadr should be released from a medium security prison near Edmonton, Alberta, while he appeals his conviction for throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier during a raid near Ayub Khel, Afghanistan in 2002.
Over 7,000 male domestic abuse victims in South Wales Police area — MORE than 7,000 men in South Wales were victims of domestic abuse last year, according to a charity. Now ManKind Initiative is calling for more help to tackle the issue. It said 7,155 men told South Wales Police that they were a domestic abuse victim during 2014. The charity, which obtained the figures after a Freedom of Information request to the force, acted after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s report into the response of police forces to domestic abuse earlier this year.
Teacher sentenced to prison time in sexual abuse case — A former Jefferson County teacher accused of having sex with a student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jessica Boyers pleaded guilty in February to rape, sodomy and sexual abuse. Friday’s sentencing came one day after she was sentenced to 12 years for the same crimes in Oldham County. Boyers is headed to prison, but this isn’t the end of the case. The victim’s family is now suing her and Jefferson County Public Schools, saying teachers or administrators at Highland Middle School should have known what was going on.
Woman guilty of raping her children sentenced to 40 years — A woman convicted in March of raping her children more than a decade ago was sentenced Wednesday. Judge Royce Taylor sentenced Angela Elizabeth Montgomery to 40 years in prison. Montgomery was found guilty in early March on six counts of rape of a child. Montgomery was charged with raping her own two children multiple times when she lived in Rutherford County more than a decade ago.