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‘Campus Witches’ beat up a male student over sexual assault allegations — The “Campus Witches,” a feminist group at the Ankara University Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, has suddenly garnered newfound popularity after video footage showing female students from the group physically assaulting a male student and accusing him of sexual abuse went viral. As the video posted on the Campus Witches’ Facebook page on March 29 shows, security officers came to rescue the male student after members of the group began to physically assault him.

Christian Brothers accused of dodging Ballarat child sex abuse compensation claims — A religious order implicated in a notorious child sex abuse ring in Victoria has been accused of refusing to assist victims achieve adequate compensation. A survivor and his lawyer said the Christian Brothers, who ran the St Alipius Boys School in Ballarat, were adopting a smoke and mirrors approach to avoid paying up.

Feds: Hastert paid to hide sexual abuse, then cried extortion — Five teenage boys who say they were molested by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. That is the dark secret the feds say led Hastert to agree to pay one victim $3.5 million so others wouldn’t come forward, federal prosecutors said Friday in a sentencing memorandum. It’s a secret that cost the once-powerful Republican $1.7 million in payouts — along with his reputation. The memo offers a damning account of the sexual abuses for the first time in a case that’s been shrouded in mystery.

How the Roles Society Assigns Men and Women Factor Into Sexual Abuse in Schools — About a month ago, I was made aware of an article about a teacher in the US who had been arrested for having sex with some of her students. It’s nothing new, these kind of stories seem to be a cultural phenomenon. The difference with this one is that she was actually sentenced to jail time, something that is pretty unusual when it comes to female educators and male students.

Male Shame to Blame — When we as a society discuss rape and sexual abuse we are more than likely to generate a picture in our minds that we are referring to a scenario that involves a female victim and a male perpetrator. This has been demonstrated to me in many discussions with friends, professionals and members of the public during my time at Mankind, where automatic assumptions are often made. As many dialogues do not take into account men as potential victims, I have paid closer attention when the mention of male survivors is included in these conversations, and I often feel the need to celebrate this inclusivity.

Unpacking years of silence: Nonprofit helps sexual abuse victims heal — Revelations involving past allegations of abuse at Boy Scout Troop 26 from First Baptist Church in Gainesville swirl in both the personal and professional spheres for Heather Hayes. In performing forensic interviews and exams, Hayes works to serve children that have been physically or sexually abused as their cases move through the justice system.

Social worker speaks out after foster parent accused of sexually abusing 7 boys in Ridge — A foster parent on Long Island is accused of sexually abusing the kids in his care, and now a social worker is saying she alerted authorities, but nobody would listen. “You have so many agencies supervising these kids, that there is no way this should’ve happened,” said Debi Edwards, a social worker. As a social worker at the Longwood Middle School, Edwards is now talking about how she found herself closer than ever to an alleged pedophile, in what has fast become one of Long Island’s most horrific cases.

Stereotypes still silencing some young male victims of sexual assault — After an alleged sexual encounter with a teacher, a young male student reportedly sent a text message to his friends that read, “we finally had sex.” No context was needed for that short and to the point group text message, according to the arrest warrant affidavit in the case against Kirvanna Jones, a teacher from the Engineering Science University Magnet School, because the victim had reportedly shared details about his relationship with his teacher for the entire school year.

Students of elite Sydney schools sue over historic sex abuse claims — Four elite Sydney schools are facing multimillion-dollar lawsuits by former students who say they suffered sexual abuse during their time at the colleges. Ten damages claims have been filed in the NSW Supreme Court against four schools – Knox Grammar, Waverley College, De La Salle College Revesby Heights and The Scots College – according to Sydney lawyer Ross Koffel.

U of T Men’s Issues Society holding panel on sexual assault and the law — Following the acquittal of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi on charges of sexual assault, the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society is holding a panel discussion on campus to “balance protecting society from sexual assault with the legal rights of the criminally accused.” The event is entitled, “Ghomeshi on Trial: Sexual Assault & the Law” and will be held on April 8 at the JJR Macleod Auditorium.

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