Bulletin Board v254

Exeter football coach Anthony Mitchell jailed for raping boys — Anthony Mitchell used his position as manager of the team in the 1970s to gain access to 11 and 12-year-old boys. Mitchell, of Exeter, fed his victims drink or Mogadon sleeping pills before abusing them on overnight trips, the city’s crown court heard. His victims were prompted by the Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile scandals to report his crimes to police.

Former Shefford boys are still fighting for justice over abuse — BACK in the 1990s I received a call from someone who had ‘a big story’. I was new to journalism so was quite excited but my more experienced, sceptical colleagues were unconvinced. ‘If it’s a cat up a tree, don’t offer to get it down for them,’ was the advice. This was the first time I met Damian Chittock and heard the story of St Francis Boys’ Home, Shefford. The home was run by the Catholic Church and the residents were mainly abandoned or orphaned boys between the ages of six and sixteen.

German prof apologizes after denying internship to male Indian due to ‘rape problem’ — A German professor has apologized for denying an internship to a male Indian student, citing India’s “rape problem” as a reason for his disqualification. It comes after Germany’s envoy wrote a scathing letter objecting to the professor’s reasoning. “I have made a mistake,” wrote biochemistry Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger of the University of Leipzig in a statement on Monday. “I sincerely apologise to everyone whose feelings I have hurt.” Continue reading

Being a Boy: Lesson Learned

Originally published on March 12, 2014

I spotted this story on the r/MensRights subreddit. The author recounts how his feminist mother taught him not be a rapist and the harm it did to him:

My mother was basically what you’d call a “radical” feminist. She thought everything was an indicator of child molestation by that person’s father, that any man is probably a child molester, any physical contact between a man and a child is sexual, etc.

She had coached me into thinking my father had molested me as well to try to get him arrested, but that is a separate issue that I’d love to share in another thread.

What really, really fucked with me deeply, was when she convinced me my father had molested me, that his father had molested him, and that if I didn’t tell people what my father had done, I would become a rapist.

That is not the first time I have heard a story like that. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v253

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

Caught on camera

“If the video depicts certain things happening…that doesn’t mean that my client’s not innocent. […] for example, she could be the victim.”

That was attorney Timothy Smith’s argument in defense of his client who is charged with 40 counts of sexual assault against minors.

Prosecutors accuse Nicole Dufault of assaulting five male students, all of them 15 years of age, multiple times between 2013 and 2014. The acts range from sexual conversations to oral sex. Most damning is the video of Dufault performing oral sex on one of the alleged victims, which prompted her attorney’s above comment. He also stated:

“People are victimized by juveniles all the time,” Smith said.

Yes, some people are victimized by minors. However, it is unlikely that a 35-year-old woman would be repeatedly victimized by five different high school boys in her classes over a year. It is also unlikely that the five boys would engage in the same behavior to the extent that investigators would accuse the woman of grooming the boys. It also does not explain this: 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

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