Absurdity reigns in campus sexual assault trials — There’s an old legal adage that good facts make good law, and bad facts make bad law. In the case of campus sexual assault, it may be that absurd facts will — eventually — make good law too. About five years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a letter that would change the face of campus sexual misconduct proceedings at colleges across the country.
Boy alleging rape by father says also abused in foster care — A boy who was removed from the family home after allegedly being raped by his father and forced to have sex with his mother was further sexually abused while in foster care, a trial has heard. The now 12-year-old has so far spent five days giving evidence via video-link about alleged abuse by his parents in their Waterford home. He has alleged his father raped him, sexually abused him with a hot poker and forced him to have sex with his mother over the course of several years from when he was about six years old.
Catholic Church issues public apology for sex abuse of priests 20 years ago — Uruguay’s Roman Catholic Church said it is ashamed over the “abhorrent acts” committed by its priests who were accused of sexually abusing three persons who were in their teens 20 years ago even as it made a public apology for their acts. In a letter on its website, the church denounced the acts, lamenting that the crimes went unpunished because the statute of limitation has elapsed, the Associated Press reports.
Feminism Blinds Students to the Truth About Men — As a student at Barnard, a women’s college in NYC, feminism pervades all aspects of the curriculum. As students, we’re awash in the pervasive narrative that women are always on the losing side of the gender wars. This is ridiculous. At a school where acknowledging intersectionality is de rigueur, one would expect to encounter dialogue about issues that men face too. However, after two years here, I have never witnessed students or professors broach the topic in a positive way.
He was raped by a priest as a teen. 30 years later, he’s getting justice. — Mark Rozzi dropped out of college and was working at his family’s window and door installation company when a tragic life event inspired him to make a drastic career change. He went into politics. He did it for one reason: justice.
Help for battered men — Speaking at the launch of the TT Central Registry on Domestic Violence at the Gender and Child Affairs Division, OPM, Tower D in Port-of-Spain, Webster-Roy said survivors of domestic violence, particularly men, are still reluctant to make a report based on self-blame, fear of reprisal and re-victimisation, and mistrust of authorities. The central registry will collect and integrate information relating to a victim and or perpetrator of a domestic violence. It will facilitate coordination between agencies which interact and provide services to survivors and offenders.
‘Light’ male rape sentence censured — Although he identified his attackers and they were convicted for their crimes, he feels he has been let down by the justice system. Despite the minimum sentence for rape being 10 years, Shawn Leonard September, 28, and his accomplice, Brendon Ralph Hugo, 25, were sentenced last week to seven years’ imprisonment by a magistrate at the Kimberley Regional Court. The case has cast the spotlight on male rape, which is often not taken seriously in South Africa.
Politicians and officials named in court as ‘boy brothel’ case begins — A court in Amsterdam has begun hearing testimony from nine witnesses into allegations that senior politicians knew about and used underage male prostitutes in the 1980s. Among those implicated are Prince Claus, the late husband of former queen Beatrix, the former finance minister and executive director of the international monetary fund Onno Rudding, and former Amsterdam mayor Ed van Thijn, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Sex abuse: Greater clarity urged in law — Criminal lawyers and professionals who deal with victims of sexual abuse have called for greater clarity in the law after the High Court last week ruled that a woman cannot be found guilty of sexual penetration of a minor. But lawyers also agreed that the judge was right to decide the way he did, and that it is up to Parliament to amend Section 376A(1)(b) of the Penal Code if the intent was to cover both male and female offenders. Zunika Ahmad, 39, had pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual penetration of a minor, and one count of sexual exploitation under the Children and Young Persons Act.
The Sheriff Who Wants the Public to See How Brutal His Jail Guards Can Be — Prisoners are brutalized by correctional officers with scandalous frequency. A recent abuse scandal in Los Angeles County ultimately sent former Sheriff Lee Baca to jail. In Texas, “the state prison system’s inspector general has referred nearly 400 cases of staff sex crimes against inmates to prosecutors. An analysis by The Marshall Project found that prosecutors refused to pursue almost half of those 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.
University Administrator Arrested For Watching Live Stream Of A Young Boy Being Sexually Abused — A New York man, Scott Lane, 34, who works as an administrator at Pace University, was arrested Tuesday after it was discovered that he had watched a horrific live recording of a young boy who was being sexually abused, reported NY Daily News. On July 22 of last year, Lane – who went by the moniker NYC Perv – and several others reportedly joined a live stream that showed an individual sexually abusing a child.
When You’re a Woman Raped by a Woman — Cassandra Perry awoke to find everyone passed out around her. Afraid to make any noise, she tiptoed around the sleeping bodies in search of her belongings, stealing a pair of flip-flops in place of her missing shoes. The last thing she remembered from the night before was a man telling her he wouldn’t be bothering with condoms and a woman’s hands parting her legs. That night, two people had had nonconsensual sex with Perry. The danger of being raped by a man was something Perry had heard of—but being raped by a woman was terrifying new ground.
Witnesses Must Produce Child Sex Abuse Docs — The national Jehovah’s Witnesses organization must produce any documents in its possession relating to perpetrators of child sexual abuse, a California appeals court ruled. Jose Lopez sued Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York and the Linda Vista Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in June of 2012 for the sexual abuse he allegedly suffered when he was seven years old at the hands of his Bible instructor Gonzales Campos.