Bulletin Board v62

15 exonerees attend conference at UTA — During a prolonged standing ovation, the Texas exonerees were brought forward one by one. By the time the introductions were done, 14 men and one woman, each having served years in prison for crimes they did not commit, stood together on a stage at the University of Texas at Arlington. “On this panel there is 200 years of incarceration,” one of them, Anthony Robinson, told a large crowd of students, educators, relatives and government officials. “Two hundred years of suffering. Two hundred years of ignoring a problem that is screaming to be dealt with.

Abuse Shelter Watchdogs: See no Evil, Speak no Evil — Domestic violence shelters are rife with mismanagement and fraud. They push a radical gender ideology on the unsuspecting, discriminate against male victims, and employ woefully unqualified staff. And they ridicule traditional religion as “oppressive” to women – all to the tune of $100 million in federal taxpayer money each year. So how do shelters get away with this nonsense? Where’s the accountability? And why are the government-mandated watchdogs giving these shelters a free pass?

Bishop to defrock priest who filmed abuse of boy — A SENIOR Catholic bishop is preparing to hold a secret ecclesiastical trial in his diocese to defrock a priest who filmed himself sexually abusing a school boy on his mobile phone. Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly has reported the case of Cavan-born convicted paedophile Fr Michael Molloy to the Vatican. The moves to defrock the priest follow the establishment of a similar tribunal to investigate abuse complaints against a priest in the diocese of Cloyne by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who was assigned by Pope Benedict XVI as apostolic administrator.

Catholic order pays out for abuse — A Catholic religious order is to supply a 161m euros (£145m) package of measures as reparation for child abuse in Ireland. The Christian Brothers said the decision had been taken in response to the Ryan report which revealed decades of abuse at religious institutions. The report, published in May, laid out a picture of systematic abuse. In a statement the order said its move followed its “shame and sorrow at the findings of the Ryan Report”. Continue reading

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Church fails to resolve sexual abuse cases — It’s hard to have faith in a justice system that seems to ignore the cries for help coming from hundreds of churchgoers who claim they were the victims of sexual assault during their youth. Sexual abuse of minors in the church has gone on too long and without due punishment. It’s time we start talking about the issue and push for reform of how these cases are handled; that way dangerous priests can be rooted out before they turn more children into victims.

Alabama Inmate Details Sexual Abuse by Former Judge — A former Mobile jail inmate testified Wednesday that then-Circuit Judge Herman Thomas spanked his bare bottom severely three times, rubbed it once and, on another occasion, grabbed his crotch while clothed. Under questioning by Thomas’ attorneys, the former inmate also said the judge found him a job, which he never reported to, and got him into a drug treatment program, which he fled. Thomas, 48, is in the second week of a trial accusing him of severely paddling or sexually abusing 14 present and former inmates in return for leniency. He is charged with kidnapping, extortion, sodomy, sex abuse and assault.

Alleged victim of Nova Scotia church abuse to reject settlement — A former altar boy who claims he was sexually abused by a now-deceased pastor is expected to announce Thursday that he will reject a class-action lawsuit settlement that was negotiated by former bishop Raymond Lahey. The alleged victim’s main reason for rejecting the settlement is because he wants more investigation into what the diocese of Antigonish knew about the priest and what policies were in place to protect the victims of sexual abuse.

Boy wanted to live with sister, not ‘monster’ mother — A daughter described her mother as “a monster” as she told the Dunedin District Court about seeing her mother beating her younger brothers with a belt and screaming abuse at them. The adult sister said her 9-year-old brother begged her to let him stay with her and her husband, telling her “he promised he would be good and he wished that she [his mother] would die in a car accident”. The woman was giving evidence yesterday on the second day of the trial of her 41-year-old Invercargill mother, who faces 14 charges of assault against three of her children, aged 3, 9 and 12. Continue reading

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’70s altar boy alleges abuse & that Krol abetted cover-up — A former altar boy for the late Cardinal John Krol filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging that he was sexually abused by two priests in the 1970s. The lawsuit makes no allegation of sexual misconduct by the Philadelphia archbishop, who died in 1996, but does contend that Krol blithely ignored the accusations. Lawyers for Steven B. Souder, 47, of Philadelphia, filed the suit in Asheville, N.C., against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the diocese of Charlotte, N.C., and a now-retired Philadelphia priest. According to the lawsuit, which seeks damages for emotional and physical abuse, Souder was a student at Roman Catholic High School and an altar boy for Krol when he met three men who sexually abused him: Father John McCole of Philadelphia, who is now retired; Father Justin Pechulis, of Asheville, now deceased; and an unidentified man.

Cambridge celebrates men’s health month — The Cambridge Public Health Department and community partners will host a series of events in June to celebrate Men’s Health Month. “American men are experiencing a silent health crisis,” said Claude-Alix Jacob, the city’s chief public health officer and director of the public health department. Jacob said men have higher rates of death than women for heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and HIV/AIDS. They are also more likely than women to die in a car crash, commit suicide, or suffer a fatal workplace injury.

Edmonton foster mom jailed for killing boy, 3 — An Edmonton foster mother who killed a three-year-old boy in her care was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. The 34-year-old nurse, who cannot be identified, was convicted in November of manslaughter in the death of the boy, who also cannot be identified. He died of a fatal head injury in January 2007. The woman was originally charged with second-degree murder, but a jury found her guilty of the lesser charge. During the trial, the jury heard medical testimony that the boy’s injury was caused by a blow to the head. It also heard witnesses describe neglect and abuse in the house.

Men-only clubs at risk — A new report by the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee flags plans to strip their protection from anti-discrimination laws. Under current law, private men’s clubs are exempt from rules governing all other Victorians in the Equal Opportunity Act. But after more than a century of excluding women, the committee’s report may force male-only clubs to justify their bans before a tribunal. The Government is yet to respond to the committee’s paper, but Attorney-General Rob Hulls wants men’s clubs to face the same discrimination laws as others. “My personal view on private men’s clubs are that they are a throwback to a bygone era and I question why they should be exempt as of right,” Mr Hulls told the Sunday Herald Sun. Continue reading

Wild and Silly Claims

Recently, I posted about Rebecca Walker’s comments on feminism and her mother Alice Walker. I personally found her comments insightful. However, there are some feminists who seem to think Rebecca is scapegoating feminism in the midst of an adult temper-tantrum. Hugo Schwyzer posted his opinions about Rebecca’s comments and her upcoming book on his blog:

Those already pre-disposed against feminism will happily quote the younger Walker’s anti-feminist screeds as “evidence” that feminism destroys families. I have no intention of defending Alice Walker’s poor parenting; assuming her daughters’ charges are true (and that may be a big assumption), the elder Walker was a failure on multiple counts. But what both Walkers may be guilty of is the classic sin of explaining poor personal choices as the inevitable consequence of ideological commitments.

If Rebecca Walker’s allegations about her mother are true, then Alice made some poor parenting decisions. Lots of people make bad decisions about child-rearing. Many have abused their children in the name of one particular ideology or faith. If Alice Walker used feminism to justify her poor treatment of Rebecca, that is no more an indictment of feminism than the physical abuse of a child by fundamentalist parents who misunderstood the whole “spare the rod” line is an indictment of all of Christianity. Continue reading

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Alleged victim recounts sexual assault — The boy admired the former police officer, an authority figure who also taught him about martial arts and skiing — and life, in general. But that admiration and trust was gradually replaced by fear and shame after Alden C. Hewett allegedly began sexually assaulting the boy in the early ’90s.

Birmingham karate lessons boy ‘victim of sex abuse’ — A “VULNERABLE” young boy was corrupted and sexually abused by a trusted family friend during karate lessons ten years ago, Birmingham Crown Court heard. When John Reeves’s home was searched police seized a computer which contained indecent images of under-aged boys, the court was told. Reeves, 60, of Topcroft Road, Erdington, has denied six charges of indecent assault and four of rape.
Gozo Bishop apologises after child abuse report — Gozo Bishop Mario Grech is asking for forgiveness from those who were abused as children while in the care of the Dominican nuns at the Lourdes Home in Gozo. His apology comes in the wake of a report, which confirms that “in some particular cases there had been inadmissible behaviour involving minors that should have never taken place”.

Judge Sends Child Molester on a “Trip into Oblivion” — Norman Grimm will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after his guilty pleas. Norman Grimm declined the opportunity to speak in court before his sentencing on sexual abuse charges, turning down a chance to apologize to the families of the six, eight and nine year-old boys he’s pled guilty to molesting or attempting to molest in his South Buffalo home.

Justice Department ends oversight of Nevada boys’ reformatory — Four years of Justice Department oversight has ended with a finding that Nevada has resolved the federal agency’s concerns about abuse at a state reformatory for boys in Elko. Mike Willden, head of the state Department of Health and Human Services which oversees the Nevada Youth Training Center, said the facility was advised it’s in “full compliance” with all provisions of a 2004 agreement with the Justice Department. Continue reading

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Much in the same vein as “This Week in the News,” the Bulletin Board will list news stories and also blog and forum posts. It should be noted at I do not necessarily endorse or support the items linked. I simply find them to be interesting and/or relevant to the issues discussed on this blog. As the weeks go by, each new “volume” will be added to a page link, that way the way easily available without having to do a search or hunt through all my posts (not that I am suggesting not to hunt through the posts). Continue reading