Bulletin Board v225

Autistic Md. boy says he wants to resume relationship with girls accused of assault — He grew frightened when his schoolmate put the knife to his throat, while his 15-year-old girlfriend shot video with her cellphone. “I thought she was going to cut me. I was like, ‘Please stop,’ ” said the 16-year-old autistic boy, whose alleged abuse by two girls from his Southern Maryland high school made headlines around the world.

FBI reveals teacher abused up to 90 boys — Harrowing details of the abuse carried out on young boys by a former teacher at a London private school were revealed yesterday in a document released by United States authorities, as distraught parents waited to discover whether their children were involved. William Vahey, 64, a convicted paedophile, was able to drug and abuse up to 60 boys aged between 12 and 14 at London’s Southbank International School (SIS).

Jury recommends 15 years in prison for former priest in sex abuse case — A jury sentenced former priest James Schook to 15 years behind bars for sexually abusing two boys while he worked for the Louisville archdiocese in the 1970s. After years of delays and a three-day trial, Schook’s victims heard his fate Thursday. The former priest will face nine years for an indecency charge and six years for three sodomy charges for a total of 15 years.  Continue reading

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Archdiocese seeks to block depositions — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has asked a judge to prevent attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim from taking depositions from top church officials. A former teenage altar boy identified as John Doe 1 filed suit last May against the archdiocese, the Diocese of Winona and former priest Thomas Adamson, alleging sexual abuse by Adamson between 1976 and 1977 when he was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas church in St. Paul Park.

Boy ‘didn’t know what mammy meant’ — The son of an unmarried mother said he became a zombie – introverted and fearing the next beating, lying soaked in urine at night in an attempt to dissuade sexual abusers from “dropping the hand.” He lived at St Joseph’s in Termonbacca, Londonderry, run by the Sisters of Nazareth order of Catholic nuns, in the 1950s after being born in abject poverty and abandoned by his parents.

Church ‘in denial’ over sex abuse — An organisation representing male survivors of sexual abuse including some abused by priests, says the Catholic Church in New Zealand, like other countries, is still in denial. In a scathing report on the Vatican’s policies, the United Nations’ watchdog for children’s rights says Church officials imposed a code of silence on clerics and moved abusers from parish to parish in an attempt to cover up such crimes.

Civil complaint: Redlands’ boy’s life ‘forever altered’ because of Laura Whitehurst’s sexual abuse — Redlands Unified School District officials “turned a blind eye” to a year-long sexual relationship between Laura Whitehurst, a former English teacher at Citrus Valley High School, and a then-16-year-old student that resulted in the birth of a child, attorneys for the young man said Thursday. “Children in California, children in Redlands should not be sexual toys for teachers,” said John Manly, an attorney representing the young man at a news conference outside of Riverside Superior Court. Continue reading

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Brave Worcester man who was raped speaks out — A COURAGEOUS father has spoken of his rape ordeal in the hope other male survivors of sex attacks will come forward. Pete Shirley, of Bromyard Road, St John’s, Worcester, refuses to let the attack destroy him and hopes that by waiving his legal right to anonymity he will encourage other men to report rape.

CAPS offering Male Survivors therapeutic support group this spring — Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State is offering a group this spring for male students who have had unwanted, abusive or confusing sexual experiences at some point in their lives, which may still be affecting them.

Editorial: The war on young boys — The Obama Administration, through Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U S. Attorney general Eric Holder, have issued new guidelines designed to end or at least restrict “zero tolerance” disciplinary policies in schools. Continue reading

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43 year old woman, 6 teenagers arrested for confinement, abuse of 15 year old boy — A 43-year-old woman in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture has been arrested, together with six teenagers aged 14-18, for allegedly confining a 15-year-old high school student in her apartment and committing sexually abusive acts on the boy. All of the suspects admitted to the crime and prefectural police are now preparing charges in accordance with the Child Welfare Law.

Calls for more support for male survivors of child sex abuse — Jay was just ten years old when it started. First, it was a stranger who abused him. Then the stranger became a family friend, and others followed. Terrified and wracked with shame, Jay didn’t breathe a word of what happened to anyone for over 25 years. Even today, after years of counselling, he hesitates to say the words. “I was [a victim of] a paedophile network in the 80s and I was offended by at least ten offenders that I can remember,” he says.

Hayward school aide charged with sexually abusing boy — A female after-school program coordinator at a Hayward Catholic school has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a male student beginning when he was 12, police said Monday. Police said they began their investigation on Nov. 18 after they were informed of a possible incident of child sexual abuse. They said they learned that the victim, who is now 14, has allegedly been in a sexual relationship with the suspect, 29-year-old Mia Cummings of Oakland, since he was 12.

Indictments detail even more abuse endured by boy found with dead chicken around neck — Grand jury indictments against a Union County DSS worker and her boyfriend show the alleged abuse against a boy in their guardianship is worse than initially uncovered. Those indictments now say Wanda Sue Larson, a since-fired Union County DSS Child Protective Services supervisor over investigations, not only handcuffed a boy under her guardianship to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck, but also restrained him to a piece of railroad track, permanently injured the boy’s pinkie finger and failed to get him medical attention for a broken wrist, cut on his face and burn near his eye. Continue reading