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As Taliban Prisoner, Bergdahl Said To Endure ‘Horrible’ Abuse — U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl endured some of the worst abuse any U.S. prisoner of war has seen for decades while being held for five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a defense official has testified. Bergdahl suffered torture, abuse, and neglect, including months of beatings, said Terrence Russell, an expert with the military’s Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.

Barbara Kay: Attention paid to male issues doesn’t diminish from feminism: it’s not a zero sum game — Cathy Young is a widely admired libertarian “equity feminist” American journalist, whose considerable critical skills often deployed in dismantling the “rape culture” narrative, continually ruffle ideologues’ feathers. Young was scheduled to speak at the University of Toronto tonight, Thursday, September 24th, on “The Politics of Gender and Victimhood,” an event planned by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society (UTMIAS) and sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFÉ), on whose advisory board I sit.

Bluffs woman pleads not guilty to having sex with teen boy — A Council Bluffs woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse involving a 15-year-old boy. Jessica Pritchard, 26, was arrested on July 23 in Alliance, Nebraska, and charged with four counts of third-degree sexual abuse involving a minor and four counts of dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor. If convicted of third-degree sexual abuse with a minor, a Class C felony, Pritchard could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Cass County mother sent to prison for sexual abuse of daughter — In a case that a Cass County prosecutor called one of the most shocking in his career, a Jones woman was sentenced to prison Friday for sexually molesting her young daughter, making a video of it and sending it to an online boyfriend. The 38-year-old, whom The Tribune is not identifying in order to shield the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of manufacture of child sexually abusive material and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

Craig Handasyde: Former DHS disability worker jailed for 12 months over sexual abuse of male clients — A former Department of Human Services disability support worker who sexually abused a number of disabled male clients has been jailed for 12 months. Craig Handasyde, from Croydon, abused his victims in a number of residential facilities between 1997 and 2011. Most of his eight victims, aged in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, were unable to properly communicate and some were deaf, blind and could not talk.

Inaction of ‘leaders’ leaves kids vulnerable to sex abuse — Steven “Stevo” Johnson remembers standing at the corner barbershop at Cayuga Street and Jefferson Avenue, just a few doors away from his grandmother’s house. He and a friend regularly hung out there as boys, collecting cans from the sidewalk trash can as fast as patrons threw them in. “It was our little hustle,” Stevo recalled in a tone that could be mistaken for fondness.

Perry mom sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for selling nude pictures of daughter — A Perry woman has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for selling nude photographs of her young daughter. Starla Rae McCabe, 46, was sentenced Monday to two back-to-back terms of up to five years in prison for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony. A third sentence of up to five years will run consecutively.

Spiritual guru booked for ‘sexually abusing’ 15-yr-old boy — The Kheda town police​ has registered a complaint of alleged child abuse against the Swami of a Gurukul on Sunday. According to the complaint registered by the father of the 15-year-old boy, who is the victim, the Swami repeatedly abused his son and threatened to kill him if he revealed the same to anyone. The Kheda police has launched a hunt for ​Sadhu Atmaswami, who is allegedly missing after the complaint was lodged in Naroda in Ahmedabad.

Student cleared of rape after five years in prison tours the country telling his story — Think of this as the antidote to The Hunting Ground. A high school student who spent five years in prison before his rape conviction was cleared – after his accuser was caught on tape admitting she made the whole thing up – is telling his story around the country. It’s a story that will soon be featured in an unscripted series made by NBC News and a biopic by the acclaimed director Lee Daniels.

Video of restrained boy silences Ottawa Mountie’s child abuse trial — An Ottawa courtroom was silent and the judge at one point shielded his face from onlookers as videos of an 11-year-old boy naked and restrained in the basement of his family’s home were shown at the trial of an Ottawa RCMP officer and his wife. The trial continued Tuesday for the 44-year-old Mountie and his 36-year-old wife, who face several charges alleging severe long-term child abuse.

Why rape laws must be made gender neutral in India — In India, rape is defined under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code narrowly, such that only a man can be said to have raped a woman. This does not mean that male and other rapes cannot be prosecuted. But these ‘other rapes’ are criminalised under Section 377, which unfortunately also brings consensual homosexual sexual activity under its purview.

Woman accused in felony child sex assaults — A woman with ties to a number of Western Slope addresses faces scores of felony child sexual assault charges that date to late 2012 and early 2013. An arrest warrant for Ranada Jo Tate-Wood-Balletta, 34, alleges a yearslong pattern of abuse with a boy, now 10. The boy — interviewed multiple times by investigators after child welfare workers in Montrose alerted police — described years of forced mutual touching, oral sex on the boy, and the use of sex aids between both of them.

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