Addressing the Lack of Research on Male Childhood Sexual Abuse — On Thursday July 20, fans across the world mourned the loss of Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist for the world-renowned band, Linkin Park. Bennington’s suicide by hanging at the age of 41 stunned fans, but it also brought to light a rarely discussed topic: male childhood sexual abuse. One in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 16—yet the issue remains underreported, undertreated, and highly stigmatized.
Court: Juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment — Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.
Fear of being called racist ‘stopping people from raising child abuse concerns’ — Potential cases of child abuse are not being raised because people fear being labelled racist, a Labour frontbencher has argued. There is a need to acknowledge that the “majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani” in the towns and cities where grooming gangs have targeted girls, Sarah Champion has said.
‘It’s hard for a guy to say, “I need help.”‘ How shelters reach out to male victims of domestic violence — When Joshua Miller’s girlfriend attacked him, smashing their son’s toy guitar against his forehead, he was the one that police officers put in handcuffs. It was not until a neighbor backed up his story that police removed the cuffs and Miller found himself seeking refuge at one of the nation’s first domestic violence shelters devoted to men.
Man cleared of rape after 35 years gets $1.7 million — A man wrongly convicted of rape was awarded $1.7 million on Wednesday under a new Michigan law that allowed him to seek state compensation for the 35 years he spent in prison. Edward Carter sat in the back of a Detroit courtroom as he and another man became the first to be awarded money under a law that took effect in March.
Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam — It started off innocently: a 15-year-old boy helping out at San Miguel, a local church named for Archangel Michael, the leader of all angels. There was yardwork and cleaning, followed by invitations to the rectory to eat and watch TV. Soon, there were offers to drink sacramental wine and watch X-rated movies. Then sexual assault. More than 50 times over three years. By the parish priest.
Sexual abuse of boys: Shame, poor awareness behind under-reporting — Recently, the Mumbai Police twitter handle, which often tweets about crimes that are on the rise, posted: “Sexual abuse is not gender specific, then why not talk to all kids about this?”. The tweet carried the photograph of a boy with a caption: “Out of all reported cases of Child Sexual Abuse, more than half are males”.
Suit over alleged sex abuse by ex-Boy Scout leader can proceed, court rules — A lawsuit brought by three former Boy Scouts who allege they were abused by their Scout leader in the 1990s recently overcame a challenge seeking the dismissal of the case due to statute of limitations. Bergen County Superior Court Judge John O’Dwyer on July 31 found the former Scouts, now in their 30s, filed their suits within two years of their discovery that their emotional injuries were linked to alleged abuse by Stephen Corcoran, who was an assistant Scout master with Troop 173 in Parsippany at the time.