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Big increase in male sexual abuse victims contacting Warwickshire charity — A charity working with male victims of sexual assault from Coventry and Warwickshire say they have been ‘‘inundated” with new clients following a series of high profile abuse scandals. Staff at RoSA (Rape or Sexual Abuse Support Services) have provided counselling support for nearly 200 men in the last financial year – many of whom were subjected to abuse when they were younger.

Boy cross-examined by ‘sex abuser’ dad in molestation case — A Brooklyn dad accused of molesting his son acted as his own lawyer in court Wednesday — forcing the now-14-year-old to be cross-examined by him. As if taking the stand and recounting the details of his alleged abuse weren’t painful enough, the courageous youngster had to suffer the indignity of answering outrageous questions from the man he says sexually molested and beat him starting at age 8.

Chicago-Area Imam Charged With Sex Abuse at Islamic School — The longtime head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked there, and a civil suit filed Tuesday accuses him of abusing that employee and three teenage students. The legal actions shed light on an issue that even many Muslims say is too often pushed into the shadows within their communities. Continue reading

Parents kidnap kid to teach him to fear strangers

Many parents worry about their children talking to strangers. Parents fear that someone may take advantage of the child, hurt them, or kill them. So it is understandable that if a parent has a child prone to speaking to random people that parent would try to curb the behavior. This, however, is not the way to do that:

Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies say the child was lured into a pickup truck by Nathan Firoved while walking home from school Monday. Once the child was in the truck, Firoved told him he would never “see his mommy again,” and he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed.” When the child started to cry, Firoved showed him a gun and threatened to hurt him if he did not stop crying.

Firoved bound the boy’s hands and feet, covered his face and drove him around for a while.

While the boy was blindfolded, he was unknowingly taken to his home, where his aunt removed his pants and told him he could be sold into sex slavery.

Deputies say the boy was left in the basement for some time before he was unbound and family members lectured him about stranger danger.

They did this to this boy simply because he was “too nice,” and obviously the best way to cure his friendliness is by making him afraid of everyone. Continue reading

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180 Boys in Two Dorms, 11-Year-Old Found Dead in Hyderabad Juvenile Home — At a government-run juvenile home in Hyderabad, the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy this week has uncovered horrifying conditions in which nearly 200 boys are forced to live. The boy was found dead in his bed on Wednesday morning in the home located in the city’s Saidabad area. The police suspect that he was allegedly sexually assaulted and murdered by a fellow inmate.

Au pair who sexually abused young boy and had more than 30,000 child porn images is jailed for ten years — AN AU PAIR was today starting a ten year jail term for sexually abusing a young boy and possessing more than 30,000 child porn images. Czech national Dusan Juran was caught when police swooped on the Bradford home where he was caring for two young children, after catching him file sharing indecent photos on the internet.

Ex-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial — A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a restaurant when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial. The 20-year-old man, who was 13 when he was molested in 2007, told jurors Monday that he secretly taped the Scout leader making a partial confession because it was “a 13-year-old’s word against a Scout leader, an adult.” Continue reading

Tulsa woman sentenced to five life terms in sex abuse of young boy

A judge sentenced Melissa Kay Anderson to five life term sentences for raping a young male relative. According to the article:

Three of the counts pertain to sex acts that Anderson performed on the boy and made him perform on her. The other two counts accuse her of having sex with Michael Burris, her boyfriend and co-defendant, in front of the victim and showing the victim pornography.

The Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray asked for a life sentence due to the nature of abuse. Gray stated that this was the worst abuse he had seen.

Another article gives more information about the case:

The child victim is being credited with providing police detailed specifics regarding his abuse at the hands of Anderson and Burris. The child said that the sexual abuse began around his tenth birthday and took place at different times and in different locations.

During the course of his interviews, the boy was able to describe the kinds of sexual abuse he endured as well as being able to describe “the sex toys the couple used on each other and forced him to use on Anderson.” Police said that the 10 year old “is a total hero to speak out when he did and to tell his story, and that’s to be commended.”

District Judge Caroline Wall agreed with Gray and not only sentenced Anderson to life terms on all five counts, but also made the sentences consecutive. Continue reading

Former tutor sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison

I wrote in November about Abigail Simon. Simon raped her 15-year-old student over the course of several weeks. While Simon admitted that the sex took place, she and her attorney claimed that the victim was the real rapist. They claimed this because the boy is a 220-pound, 6’3″ football player.

The jury did not agree with that claim and convicted Simon of three counts of criminal sexual conduct. In a surprising move, Judge Paul Sullivan also decided to take a stern approach and sentenced Simon to eight to 25 years in prison. However, the judge was not entirely unsympathetic toward Simon:

The judge said that while Simon is not a predator and isn’t likely to re-offend, she knew it was wrong and had every chance to end the relationship. The judge also said the victim had some “culpability,” because he also knew it was wrong. Under state law, the victim was too young to consent to sex.

He also stated:

“The embarrassing things that came out in a very public trial are an embarrassment, frankly, to both people,” Sullivan said, noting the victim’s family has been depicted in “a negative light,” in the community.

Simon did not take the decision well: Continue reading

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30-year-old woman faces jail for having sex with 12-year-old boy — For ‘falling in love’ and having sex with her son’s 12-year-old friend, a 30-year-old woman is in serious trouble and may face a lengthy jail term. The Daily Mail reports that the Missouri, USA mother, Nicole Marie Smith, was arrested on charges of statutory rape, child abuse and sodomy, charges which are serious offenses in that country. The victim allegedly said that he was in love with the woman who is the mother of his friend, but police authorities believe he does not know what he is talking about.

Bradford boy could have been abused by 33 men, police reveal — ONE boy in the Bradford district could have been groomed or abused by as many as 33 different men, police have revealed. The shocking case was discussed by police and councillors at a meeting which looked at whether enough is being done to combat child sexual exploitation, in the wake of wide-scale abuse uncovered in Rotherham. Superintendent Vince Firth, of Bradford District Police, said the case also belied two common misconceptions about the crime as it involved a male victim and white suspects.

Britain’s Child Sex-Abuse Survivors Are Finally Being Listened To — Yesterday, for the first time ever, survivors of child abuse were invited into Parliament. Around 300 people from all over the country crammed into the House of Commons’ biggest meeting room, standing and sitting on the floor, thanks to an invitation by MP John Mann. The last three years have seen ever grimmer child-abuse scandals surface, with few areas of British public life immune. It seems that after decades, the country is finally taking these accusations seriously and the victims themselves are finally being listened to in the corridors of power. Continue reading

Ten Ways Men Oppress Women with Their Everyday Behavior

My cousin showed me Katherine Timpf’s satirical article about men’s behavior. She riffs on the recent feminist campaign to ban men from sitting with their legs apart on public transportation, which they call “manspreading.” Timpf offers other examples of how men oppress women with their everyday behavior. She gives such gems as:

1. Broplimenting

This is when a guy says something nice to you without asking for your consent first. Men should always ask. “Do you consent to me complimenting you?” before saying anything nice or else it’s assault. No, nonverbal cues don’t count – he still has to ask for explicit consent before offering that kind of affection.

and:

4. Mentoring

You’ve heard this word before, but unless you’re as educated and culturally aware as I am, you have probably never thought about how sexist it is. Why isn’t it “women-toring,” huh? I’ll tell you why. It’s because we live in a society where people think men are the only ones who can give advice. Seriously, I hate when like my boss or my dad tries to help me out or give me feedback and acts like it’s because he has more experience when really we all know it’s just because he thinks that he is better than me because he is a man and I am a woman. I fight against this by refusing to take advice or direction from men and smearing anyone who tries to offer it in a Jezebel post. I just did this with my boss, actually, and guess what? He fired me! Just more proof of sexism in the workplace.

Timpf also gives some examples no one would think was oppression of women yet are: Continue reading