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Abuse victim rejects apology — A man kept in solitary confinement in a boy’s home run by the Salvation Army, where he was made to sleep where he defecated, has refused to accept an apology for the abuse he suffered. ‘If I see one of those uniforms come within a metre of me, you’d better be there … okay, just keep them away from me,’ the man said when asked if he would accept an apology from the Salvation Army for the abuse he suffered at the Riverview Training Farm in Queensland in 1971.

Cardinal George Pell tells Royal Commission he never told church lawyers to deny sex abuse of altar boy John Ellis — What is the difference between disputing and denying? Quite a lot, according to Cardinal George Pell today. He said that he had never told the church’s lawyers to deny that former altar boy John Ellis has been sexually abused by a priest when he sued the Sydney Archdiocese. He only accepted legal advice that they make Mr Elllis “prove” it.

Dublin priest gets 15 years for 34 years of child abuse in the UK — “Predatory” Francis Paul Cullen, 85, pleaded guilty to 21 charges of indecent assault and other sexual offences last month after being extradited to the UK last year following 22 years on the run in Tenerife. The offences were committed between 1957 and 1991 on children aged between six and 14. Today Cullen looked down in the dock at Derby Crown Court as sentence was passed.

End the embarrassment: More help for male victims demand domestic violence campaigners — With Greater Manchester Police reporting a chilling increase of more than 1,700 cases of domestic violence in the last year, MM looks at the often forgotten victims – men. Latest figures show that GMP dealt with an overwhelming 60,464 cases of domestic violence in the year from September 2012 to September 2013, an increase of 1,715 cases on the previous year. According to Women’s Aid, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime, many of these on a number of occasions. Continue reading

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Former detainees who say they were abused at Abu Ghraib want case reopened — Attorneys representing four Iraqis who claimed they were abused at the Abu Ghraib prison argued in a federal appeals court Tuesday that the case, which was dismissed last year, be reopened. The former detainees have claimed that employees of CACI International, a government contractor working at the prison, mistreated them with “electric shocks, sexual violence, forced nudity, broken bones and deprivation of oxygen, food and water.”

It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria — The nation’s largest and most influential anti-sexual-violence organization is rejecting the idea that culture — as opposed to the actions of individuals — is responsible for rape.

Moss Point woman gets 20 years for child abuse, torture — A Moss Point woman will serve 20 years in prison for abusing and torturing her three children in what officials have described as one of Jackson County’s worst cases of child abuse. Stacey Williams, 35, pleaded guilty in February to four charges of aggravated domestic violence, along with three charges of felony child abuse. Continue reading

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Abuse Arrests in Ohio Made Due to Child Victim’s Email for Help — An abused child decided to take a chance and send an email asking for help to her teacher, who then called 911. The child, along with her sister and brother, were rescued from a horrible situation and are now enjoying proper care and just being children again. “I’m sure like most kids she trusted in her teacher that she would get her help,” Scioto County Sheriff’s Capt. David Hall told the Associated Press.

Abuse perceptions alienating male teachers — Male teachers are being alienated from working in the country’s primary schools, largely by the societal stigma that portrays them as paedophiles, according to new research. Nadine Petersen, a professor at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) department of childhood education, found in her research that there was an “assumption that male teachers are inherently not to be trusted around young girls and that they must have an ulterior motive in wanting to become foundation-phase teachers”.

Boy Scout sex abuse lawsuit in California survives challenge, can proceed to trial — A sex-abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America survived a legal challenge Friday and is set for trial later this year in California. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Donna Geck rejected allegations of negligence against the Scouts at a hearing Friday, but she said a 13-year-old former Scout could nonetheless pursue the organization in court for failure to properly educate Scouters about the dangers of sexual abuse, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported. Continue reading

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Amanda Wilson of Belchertown admits rape and abuse of a child, avoids state prison sentence — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty to charges that in 2011 she raped a boy half her age with whom she was having a “love affair.” However, work she has done in the meantime to rehabilitate herself convinced lawyers to reach a plea agreement avoiding a state prison sentence. Amanda Wilson, 28, of 10 South Main St., Apt. #1, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge Mary-Lou Rup to four counts of rape and abuse of a child.

Chinese Netizen Fights Against Sexual Abuse of Boys — “I will protect these children or my whole life will in vain. I will try the best I can. I hope you can understand me,” posted Juan’er, a netizen who exposed a nine-member Weibo chat group of child molesters nearly two weeks ago, on her Weibo account on January 12. Her strong sense of responsibility and firm attitude in protecting children has won her support and an active response from the public.

Domestic violence legislation risks ‘sexism’ according to campaign group – because it doesn’t include male victims — Proposals to introduce a law to combat violence against women and domestic violence have been dubbed “sexist and institutionally abusive” – because they don’t address male victims, a campaign group has claimed. Healing Men, which campaigns to correct perceived injustices suffered by men, said the Welsh Government would violate its own duty for gender equality if they proceeded with plans because it specifies protection for women, rather than gender-neutral proposals. Continue reading

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Anchorage woman accused of fondling 12-year-old pleads guilty to coercion — A 49-year-old woman pleaded guilty in Anchorage Friday to a single count of coercion after a jury couldn’t make a unanimous decision last year as to whether or not she sexually abused a minor, stemming from allegations that she inappropriately touched a 12-year-old boy when she was drunk. Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton will decide Kimberly Ann Mockta’s sentence.

Female MP abused boy in care — She is alleged to have forced a boy in care to perform a “vile” sex act at one of a series of drug-fuelled parties in Westminster in the Eighties where boys and girls as young as 13 were allegedly abused. Last night her alleged victim told the Sunday Express: “I want justice.” Andrew Ash, now 45, said he has given Scotland Yard the name of the former MP. We cannot name her for legal reasons.

Fighting for male victims for sex abuse — I have been working with and supporting male victims of childhood sexual abuse and rape as adults since 1996. Are there male victims of sexual violence in this country? Definitely. How big is the problem? We are not completely sure. There has never been any research done on the sexual victimisation of men and boys in New Zealand. There is also a lack of or no research on female offenders in New Zealand.  Continue reading

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Another 90 Years In Prison For Ex-L.I. Air Marshal In Child Porn Case — A former air marshal from Long Island, already serving 20 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys has now had another 90 years added to his sentence for asking one of them to help destroy child pornography. Michael McGowan, 41, was sentenced to the added time Monday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip. He pleaded guilty in 2011 to child sexual exploitation. McGowan was already serving 20 years on his 2005 sexual abuse conviction.

Billings judge who gave rapist-teacher 30-day sentence won’t seek re-election — A Montana judge said he plans to retire at the end of the year after drawing widespread condemnation for saying that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared “older than her chronological age.” District Judge Todd Baugh said his decision to step down after 30 years on the bench was unrelated to the public uproar over his actions in the case of Stacey Rambold, a former business teacher convicted of raping a freshman student at Billings Senior High School.

‘Jihad Jane’ gets 10-year sentence for terror plot against cartoonist — A Pennsylvania woman known as “Jihad Jane” who became a follower of radical Islam and sought to kill a Swedish cartoonist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. Colleen LaRose, 50, had faced a potential life term. But U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators. Prosecutors still sought decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.

Last of Fabricated ‘Satanic Ritual Abuse’ Prisoners Finally Freed — Among the atrocities that Frances and Dan Keller were supposed to have committed while running a day care center out of their Texas home: drowning and dismembering babies in front of the children; killing dogs and cats in front of the children; transporting the children to Mexico to be sexually abused by soldiers in the Mexican army; dressing as pumpkins and shooting children in the arms and legs; putting the children into a pool with sharks that ate babies; putting blood in the children’s Kool-Aid; cutting the arm or a finger off a gorilla at a local park; and exhuming bodies at a cemetery, forcing children to carry the bones.

Natalie Webb Accused Of Raping Own Kids, Charging Adults To Watch — Natalie Webb, an Oklahoma mom, stands charged today with raping three of her own four children — and a police affidavit says other adults paid her for the privilege of watching. The fourth child escaped the abuse only by hiding in a dumpster, the affidavit says. Authorities in Beckham County say they were alerted to accusations against Natalie Webb in August of 2013 when an Oklahoma Department of Human Services investigator reported that Natalie Webb was “selling sex” with children to other adults, according to KOKH TV News in Oklahoma City.

Penn State abuse scandal: Jerry Sandusky tries to get his pension back from university — Jerry Sandusky described his career and retirement from Penn State by video link Tuesday as testimony began in a hearing into whether he can get back the retirement benefits he lost after being convicted of child molestation. The proceeding at the headquarters of the State Employees’ Retirement System in Harrisburg involves the pension he earned while working for decades as a Penn State assistant football coach.

Roast Busters outrage ‘open season on men’ — November 2013 was a sorry month for us Kiwis. We were noted internationally as the rape culture capital of the world when the Roast Busters story broke. Having the annual White Ribbon Day campaign launch on the horizon was just sheer bad luck in terms of timing. A national campaign focusing on violence against women at the same time as a national scandal the likes of Roast Busters is a recipe for disaster.

Survey finds high rate of rape, sexual assault at Montana State Prison — A nationwide survey of prisoners found Montana State Prison has one of the highest rates of rapes and sexual assaults, but state corrections officials questioned the report’s methodology and said Wednesday it’s unlikely the problem is as bad as it seems. The U.S. Department of Justice survey of inmates in 233 state and federal prisons and 358 jails released last year identified Deer Lodge prison as one of 11 with high rates of sexual victimization of inmates.

Twitter trolls: women are abusers too and we ignore them at our peril — Today two people have appeared in court charged with sending abusive and menacing tweets to the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. They have both pleaded guilty. Last July, Criado-Perez made headlines, after she became the focus of a huge outpouring of abuse on Twitter. She received some 50 rape and murder threats every hour for two days. Her trolling was that bad it started trending. She had originally come to prominence having successfully campaigned to keep a woman on British banknotes and this mini victory has irked some in the digital ether.

When Good People Do Nothing: The Appalling Story of South Carolina’s Prisons — In two months, America will observe the 50th anniversary of one of its most dubious moments. On March 13, 1964, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was brutally murdered in Queens, New York. What made her case infamous—legendary, even—was that nobody responded to her cries for help. “Please help me, please help me!” she cried, over and over, and at least 38 people in her neighborhood who heard those cries did nothing to help her.

Viviana Gunn sentenced for gruesome torture of 13-year-old brother-in-law Jordan Gunn — AN AMERICAN woman who repeatedly tortured her 13-year-old brother-in-law by beating his genitalia with a baseball bat, sliced his skin with a heated knife and left him tied naked to a doghouse without food and water has been sentenced to 31 years in jail. Viviana Gunn, 34, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty in August to the charges. Her husband, Brandon P. Gunn, 27, will be sentenced on January 17 for the same crime.

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65,000 images seized in shocking ‘boy lovers’ network — MEN aged from 22 to 76 – including teachers, accountants, bank managers and tradies, were among the Queenslanders arrested as part of a global child exploitation ring. Queensland police said more than 30 people have been charged on more than 200 offences in what was described as a ‘boy lovers’ network. During Operation Taskforce Argus there were 65,000 images. In Canada, 45 terrabytes of data – all involving the abuse of young boys – the equivalent of 15,000 DVDS – was seized.

Clubs and gyms targeted to help male victims of domestic abuse — Police are to target sports clubs and gyms to urge men who are suffering domestic abuse to seek help. Leicestershire Police is delivering leaflets to venues popular with men across the city and county to spread the message that help is available to victims. In 2011, about 11 per cent – 321 – of the victims of the 2,800 domestic crimes reported to Leicestershire Police were men. Research has shown that men are less likely than women to seek help.

Double standard: Society views female predators and their male victims differently — The exuberant comments were left on a story about a 27-year-old Catholic school teacher accused of raping a 14-year-old. “Boy, did I go to the wrong schools!” said one. “I wish I had just ONE teacher like this!!!” said another. “I wish it happened to me when I was a teen in grade school,” said a third. It’s a sentiment unlikely to be expressed when the perpetrator is a man and the victim a teen or preteen girl.

Ex-politician guilty of child sex abuse says 18-year prison term ‘unreasonable’ — A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., convicted of sexually abusing and making pornographic images of boys for more than a decade is appealing his 18-year prison term, saying the sentence is excessive. “The sentence was unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range in all circumstances,” Donnie Snook says in a notice of appeal filed with the provincial Court of Appeal in Fredericton. Continue reading