Catholic church’s secret archives key to exposing sex abuse scandal — Huddled in a law office on Hamilton Street, the district attorneys of the five counties in the Allentown Catholic Diocese spent days poring over files that detailed nearly two dozen allegations that priests had sexually abused children over several decades. That unprecedented step came in May 2002 after sex-abuse allegations exploded in the Boston Archdiocese, prompting Allentown Bishop Edward P. Cullen to grant the five prosecutors, including Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, a rare glimpse into the diocese’s secret archives.
German Man Handed 1-Year Sentence for Sex Abuse of Boys — A German man was convicted yesterday for committing indecent sexual acts against two boys in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, but was handed the minimum sentence of one year, meaning he will be free in a matter of months. Udo Sabiniewicz, 56, was arrested in June for allegedly sexually abusing six boys after the mothers of two of the children filed complaints with the police. Keo Thea, chief of the municipal police’s anti-human trafficking bureau, said at the time that the boys had accused Mr. Sabiniewicz of repeatedly molesting them.
Legal action launched by victims of ex Scout leader who indecently abused children in Hinckley — Victims of a former scout leader who sexually abused four boys in the 1980s have instructed lawyers to take legal action against the Scout Association. Michael Medhurst, 61, was jailed for more than five years earlier this week after admitting a string of indecent assaults against four children between 1981 and 1987 in Leicestershire. The charges related to four victims, all from the Birmingham area, who were assaulted by Medhurst between September 1981 and September 1987 in Hinckley and Castle Donington.
Male domestic violence victims can’t get help even when their lives are at risk, says brother of lawyer killed by his wife — Double standards surrounding domestic violence are making male victims vulnerable, according to the brother of a man stabbed to death by his wife. Lawyer Peter Edwards, 50, argued that the belief that men must not use force against women, even in self defence, means they struggle to get the help they need to combat domestic abuse.
Men’s issues not an attack — Do men need rights? The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Do you advocate for men’s rights? The first standard argument against men’s human rights is that men have no problems and should check their privilege. Second, addressing men’s problems is a misogynistic attack on women. Third, men’s problems are real, but feminism is for men too, so men’s advocacy is redundant. Fourth, women’s problems are worse, so men’s should be ignored.
New York man’s award for wrongful rape conviction cut to $12 million — A federal judge on Friday reduced to $12 million from $18 million the maximum that New York City must pay a man who spent more than two decades in prison before being cleared of a rape he did not commit. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan agreed with the city that the $18 million jury award in October 2010 to Alan Newton “shocks the judicial conscience.” She said Newton may accept the lesser award or seek a new trial on damages.
ONS suicide statistics: 10 ways we can stop men killing themselves — It’s been a week of bad news when it comes to men’s mental health and wellbeing. First, the ONS announced the results of a major survey, which found that men are less satisfied than women on average. Then came today’s news that men still accounted for more than three times as many suicides as women in 2014 (the male rate was 16.8 suicides per 100,000 people, versus 5.2 female deaths.) With this in mind, here’s a list of ten things we could be doing to help us take more effective action to prevent male suicide.
Philly Altar Boy Sex Scandal Gets Uglier — I don’t remember. I really don’t remember. I honestly don’t remember. That’s what former Philadelphia altar boy Daniel Gallagher had to say when questioned about the numerous and contradictory allegations of sex abuse he’s made over the years to doctors, drug counselors and social workers. During a confidential deposition over two full days in May and June 2014, Gallagher claimed he couldn’t remember more than 130 times.
Refugee boys raped by gangs in Calais, say aid workers — Teenage boys are being raped in the Calais Jungle, aid workers have claimed, amid concerns over the lack of child protection measures in place in the refugee camp – and the risks of abuse facing thousands of displaced children across the continent. Medical volunteers helping those camped outside the French town told The Independent they have treated seven boys aged between 14 and 16 in the past six months who claimed to have been raped.
Victims applaud six-year jail sentence for former teacher’s sexual abuse — A former teacher whose sexual abuse of six young boys left them humiliated and facing life-long personal problems has been jailed for six years. “Rot in hell, Morris. Enjoy it,” a man called out as a stunned Robert Leonard Morris was led from the County Court dock into custody on Thursday. Morris, 70, will spend at least four years in jail for sexually assaulting boys in his care at schools in Cranbourne and Ringwood between 1971 and 1977.