Abused men suffering from lack of support services — More services are needed to support male victims of domestic abuse, a charity has warned. Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) – the country’s only group working to support male victims of domestic abuse – said rising levels of this kind of abuse mean more support is needed. It comes as new figures on partner abuse contained in the Scottish Crime and Justice survey revealed that of the 576,000 adults in Scotland who experienced some kind of abuse since the age of 16, 178,000 these were men.
Celebrated Alaska storyteller charged with sex abuse of 14-year-old — A prominent Alaska storyteller and performer faces felony charges after police say he had sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on Craigslist. Jack J. Dalton, 43, appeared in court Wednesday in Anchorage. He is accused of visiting the teenager’s home for sex in March and later admitting in a text message that he knew the boy was underage. Police say Dalton told investigators he previously had sex with a different juvenile he met online five to six years earlier and has used software to anonymously view child pornography.
Cuomo Mum on Child Sex Abuse Bill as Deadline Nears — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dodged repeated entreaties from advocates against child sexual abuse to support legislation that would enable many victims of this crime to seek justice from their abusers. In a May 9 statement, Cuomo sidestepped pointed questions from the advocates, and from the press, about his willingness to push the state Senate to pass the Child Victims Act before the current legislative session ends June 16. The bill would eliminate New York’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse, which is one of the shortest in the nation.
Everybody reading this article already knows a man who has been raped — I was raped when I was a young man of 18 years. The perpetrator, a serial sex offender, was a Catholic priest. After I reported the assault to his archbishop, he was transferred to a new parish where, the following year, he raped another male teenager. That aspect of the story is all too familiar to anyone who has seen the film Spotlight for me to need to say more about it. I remain a committed Catholic just the same. But while public awareness of clerical sex offending has grown massively in recent years, the other element of my experience—being a man who has undergone rape—is still widely misunderstood.
EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Kids Reveal Horrific Rape Details in Turkish Refugee Camp — According to information provided, about 30 Syrian boys aged 10 to 14 years experienced sexual violence and abuse for four months in the Nizip camp. Incidentally, it is the same Turkish asylum center which was hailed a huge success by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit on April 23. The news about the sexual abuse in this camp first appeared in the local newspaper BirGün.
Explained: Wisconsin’s youth prison scandal — Our new colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have written story after story in recent months about a developing youth prison scandal and broader questions about state oversight of prison conditions. Below is a Q&A-style guide to their groundbreaking work, a guide we produced in collaboration with Journal Sentinel reporters Patrick Marley and Jason Stein.
FBI launches child-abuse investigation at Kiryas Joel — FBI agents seized records and equipment from two sites in Kiryas Joel on Thursday in connection with a secretly recorded video of a principal and a young boy that has fueled extensive media coverage and prompted a child-abuse investigation. The FBI released no information about the search warrants it executed at the United Talmudical Academy boys school on Getzil Berger Boulevard and at the Kirays Joel Public Safety Department’s trailer on Schunnemunk Road.
Floyd Bledsoe, who spent 15 years in Kansas prison, sues over wrongful murder conviction — A Kansas man who spent 15 years in prison for a rape and murder to which his brother confessed several times, including in suicide notes, filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging he was framed by investigators. Floyd Bledsoe, 39, was convicted of raping and killing 14-year-old Camille Arfmann, who disappeared from Bledsoe’s Oskaloosa, Kansas, home on Nov. 5, 1999.
Former US marine Amir Hekmati sues Iran for abuse he endured in prison — A former US marine who was accused by Iran of spying and held for four and a half years is suing Tehran over the “prolonged and continuous physical abuse” he endured while detained. According to a lawsuit filed in Washington on Monday, Amir Hekmati, a US-Iranian dual national from Michigan, was subjected to a range of physical and psychological abuse while jailed in the notorious Evin Prison.
‘Healing is our best revenge’: Male victims of sexual abuse set to cycle together from Manchester to London — The group, who call themselves the Shatter Boys, have set up a support network for men to talk about the issues that they face. Co-founders of the group, who waived their anonymity for MM, now hope to broaden their network across the UK with the bike ride acting as their first public appeal. “We don’t want it to be a fly-by moment, we want to be able to make sure that it’s got through to somebody in the towns that we’re going through,” co-founder David Norman told MM.
Judge resigns after accused of sexual abuse over 3 decades — An Arkansas judge resigned Monday after new allegations surfaced that he used his authority for the last 30 years to sexually prey on young men charged with crimes who needed financial help or who were afraid of losing their children or jobs. Part-time Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann resigned after a state judicial commission presented him with new allegations, including one case when a man said he was taken to a courtroom, told to strip naked and photographed in handcuffs.
LAUSD reaches $88 million settlement for sex abuse case involving 30 students — The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached an $88 million settlement in a sex abuse case involving 30 students at Telfair Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima and George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, victims’ attorneys announced today. The attorneys said 18 cases at De La Torre were settled for $58 million and 12 Telfair cases were settled for $30 million. The cases involved allegations against two teachers, one at each school.
Woman imprisoned for molesting young boy — District Judge Joel Tingey sentenced an Idaho Falls woman to three to 12 years in prison for molesting an 8-year-old boy. Jenilyn Duncan, 34, pleaded guilty March 21 to a charge of lewd conduct with a child younger than 18. Duncan was given credit for the seven months she has spent in local jail. She will be added to the sex offender registry.