Advocates, survivors say stigmas keep male victims from reporting sexual assaults — Social stigmas and a lack of understanding fuels the underreporting of sexual assaults among male victims, police and victim advocates said at a campus forum Thursday. Zac Palmer told about a dozen people at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln he didn’t realize what his longtime partner did to him was sexual assault. He only later came to terms with it, and then last summer, he was sexually assaulted by someone else while at a party with friends, he said.
Chicago Archdiocese pays $3.15 million to settle abuse suits — The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.15 million to settle lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused by a notorious former pastor of a West Side Catholic church more than a decade ago, the plaintiffs’ attorney said Wednesday. The accusers, all identified in court papers as John Doe, said former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused them more than once during their participation in an after-school program called S.A.F.E. at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School.
Court hears boy got himself expelled from seminary so that sex abuse by priest would stop — A catholic priest repeatedly sexually abused a young boy in his care “breaching that trust in a spectacular and horrific way,” a court heard. The boy was just 13 and 14 years old when Father Michael Higginbottom allegedly began seriously abusing him at a seminary in West Lancashire, according to prosecutors.
Lawsuit alleges Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused troubled teen in 1980s — A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout. The lawsuit in King County Superior Court, filed under the man’s initials, “D.H.,” alleges Murray sexually abused the crack-cocaine addicted teen on numerous occasions for payments of $10 to $20.
Male rape victims share their harrowing stories in this powerful new documentary — “I felt ashamed,” one man says. “I felt like someone is stealing something from me.” “I just wanted to run away,” another adds, “and get away from everything.” According to the 2014 National Crime Victimization Survey, 38% of rape victims are male. And 1 in 6 males are sexually assaulted before the age of 18. “Sexual violence does not discriminate against men,” activist and filmmaker Vanessa McNeal says.
Male Student Ostracized, Publicly Shamed After Questioning the Existence of Rape Culture — Earlier this week, Patrick Borum, a 20-year-old student at Grand Valley State University, questioned one of higher education’s most dearly held dogmas: the existence of a “rape culture,” where society “normalizes and trivializes” sexual violence. “Rape culture isn’t real,” Borum posted on his personal Facebook account Tuesday. Cue the outrage.
Man jailed over child abuse, sex with cow — A NSW dairy farmer whose “appalling” sex crimes included making a boy commit a sex act with a calf has been jailed for a minimum of seven years. Allan Kenneth Brookes fell to the floor after appearing to collapse in the dock when Judge Chris Craigie read details of the bestiality in the NSW District Court on Monday. “Get up,” a man yelled from the public gallery, where a large group of the victim’s supporters sat, before the 56-year-old rose and took his seat.
‘ONE in SIX males are victims of sexual abuse’ Charity CEO reveals shocking UK figures — Duncan Craig, the founder of Survivors Manchester, a charity for male victims of rape and sexual abuse, detailed the figures which showed a shocking amount of men are abused in Britain. The CEO explained to Express.co.uk how difficult it was for men, in particular, to talk out about the issue, as he interpreted figures from the Home Office and Ministry of Justic as well as academic research.
The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Trend Blames Boys For Being Born Male — The term “toxic masculinity” is en vogue now, from college campuses to Playboy. But the term implies there’s a problem with masculinity, and teaching our boys and men that their innate wiring is wrong, stupid, and even toxic creates far worse problems. If anything, society doesn’t need less toxic masculinity, we need more men embracing their natural masculinity. The latest in the explorations and denigrations of toxic masculinity is the University of Regina, a school in Canada.