Bulletin Board v204

Abused men ‘forced by partners to live on €30’ — THE hidden agony of men whose abusive partners demand their wages and demean them with an ‘allowance of €20 to €30’ a week is revealed in a new report. They are among thousands of men seeking help for physical, emotional, psychological, financial and even sexual abuse perpetrated by their female partners or wives.

Almost half of male suicide victims construction workers, says Cork coroner — Calls have been made for greater awareness in the workplace after academics also showed a quarter of women who took their lives had been employed in the healthcare sector. The study examined 275 suicides and 32 open verdicts recorded by coroners across Cork city and county between September 2008 and June 2012. It found 80% were men, 57% were single men, and almost half (48.6%) had worked in the construction/production industry.

Dance star tells of sexual abuse ordeal — When Aaron Gilmore told police he had been sexually abused by a woman, the police officer’s first response was: “I’m failing to see a crime here.” “It was like being hit with a sledgehammer,” says the Dancing with the Stars performer, who will tell his story at New Zealand’s first sexual abuse survivors’ “summit” in Auckland tomorrow. Mr Gilmore, now 31, was sexually abused from the age of 12 by a woman 23 years older than him.

DOJ ‘Finally’ Implementing Anti-Prison Rape Policies, 10 Years After Congressional Vote — The Department of Justice is beginning to implement new prison rape regulations ten years after Congress approved the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003. Prisons choosing not to implement the measures, officials said Wednesday, make themselves liable for sky-high civil judgments. “We’re poised now – finally – to take action,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary told attendees of an American Bar Association event in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Study: female prison staff commit most abuse

Three years ago, the Justice Department commissioned a study on the rate of sexual violence in juvenile prisons. The resulting study found that about 10% of inmates, mostly boys, reported experiencing sexual violence. Most of the victims reported females staff or inmates as their abusers.

That news came as a shock as the common perception is that male staff and inmates would commit most sexual violence. While the study itself garnered media attention, few focused on the findings about who committed the majority of the violence.

Around the same time, several groups petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to offer broader support for the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Specifically, they wanted greater attention paid to this problem. Holder, however, allowed the deadline to pass before acting, so those requests remain in limbo.

In the three years since the study, prison rape has received more public attention, but it appears little has actually changed:

The Justice Department released its second report last month, and this time researchers surveyed more than 8,700 juveniles housed in 326 facilities across the country. In all, the facilities house more than 18,000 juveniles, representing about one quarter of the nation’s total number of youngsters living in detention centers.

Drawing on their sample, Justice Department researchers estimate that 1,390 juveniles in the facilities they examined have experienced sex abuse at the hands of the staff supervising them, a rate of nearly 8 percent. Twenty percent who said they were victimized by staff said it happened on more than 10 occasions. Nine out of 10 victims were males abused by female staff.

Nearly two-thirds of the abused youngsters said that the officials lured them into sexual relationships by giving them special treatment, treating them like a favorite, giving gifts and pictures.

Twenty-one percent said staff gave them drugs or alcohol in exchange for sex.

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Men’s Experiences with Partner Aggression Project

I spotted this over on Men’s Activism:

The Men’s Experiences with Partner Aggression Project is an ongoing research endeavor housed at Clark University that is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Denise A. Hines, Ph.D., Clark University Department of Psychology, and Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University School of Social Work are the lead researchers..

Our goal is to better understand the experiences of men who are in relationships with women who use violence.  Extensive research has shown that men are at risk for sustaining partner violence in their relationships, yet few studies have investigated their experiences, and there are few resources available to such men.  This is an under-recognized problem in the United States, and by conducting this research, we hope to provide much needed information on these men, their relationships, and their needs.

The researchers are looking for men who experienced domestic violence at the hands of a woman to participate in the study. Their contact information can be found on the above link.

This Is What It Looks Like v8

I stumbled upon a debate between Schala and a blogger named Jamie Utt on Jamie’s blog. It is an interesting debate to say the least. Schala tries very hard to convince Jamie that indeed men and boys can be victims of sexual violence and that it occurs at a higher rate than people think. However, Jamie completely rejects that notion, and waffles between claiming to support male survivors, denying they are victimized at any rate worthy of concern, and parroting the typical feminist trope that women have it worse.

The result are wonderful gems like this:

The reason that feminist are opposed to MRAs opening men’s shelters is because there is next to no funding as it is, and when women are experiencing the brunt of the violence, feminist are doing their best to stem the tide of victims who need support.

I could not possibly comment on every inaccurate and illogical comment Jamie made. Instead, I chose a targeted response. Below is the comment I posted on Jamie’s blog. It is currently in moderation, and I am unsure if it will be published given its tone. Continue reading

“Consent Culture” and Propoganda

One of the reasons why advocacy against sexual violence is a bit of a mess is because many of the advocates cannot keep their arguments straight. Case in point: Soraya Chemaly wrote a piece for the Huffington Post called Consent and Ending Violence Against Women and Children. In her piece, she focuses first on demolishing the notion that men and boys can be victims of sexual violence and painting sexual violence as something only men do to only women. She then goes on to argue about a lack of a “consent culture” that ignores the way societies actually work. .

For example, Chemaly wrote:

Everyday we hear stories about institutions, places and people surprised to be caught in the crosswinds of this evolving understanding.  It’s hard to cede power.  But, consent is a basic prerequisite to preventing and ending violence against women and the principles behind it far exceed “just rape.”  Consider this list:

  • The Catholic Church
  • Casa Pio
  • Penn State and Jerry Sandusky
  • The BBC and Jimmy Savile
  • The Boy Scouts

These are with little exception examples of men, operating in virtually all male power structures, not respecting the idea of consent and the rights to bodily autonomy of those without. I know that saying “men rape” is disturbing. So is saying that communities, filled with women, support them. But, this is, as we keep seeing, an overwhelmingly gendered crime. Not saying it out loud will change nothing. And, while women do abuse children sexually, they do not have the power to do it systematically, in groups and behind the cover of institutions.

In all but one of the six instances of sexual abuse cases she listed the victims are either all male or mostly male. When she argues that sexual violence is a “gendered crime,” the very cases she cites proves her wrong. Indeed, when one looks at the majority of cases involving systemic sexual abuse in institutions, most victims are male, particularly in Western countries. There is no single explanation for this, however, one aspect is definitely that societies are more willing to turn a blind eye to sexual violence against boys and men than women and girls. Continue reading

Girls, boys, and gender bias in school part 2

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the gender bias in primary and high school favors girls. According to recent research, teachers evaluate boys based on their social and “non-cognitive” skills, not their actual academic ability. Teachers regularly graded boys below what their test results suggested they should receive. The articles I linked to mentioned this in general, but a another article adds some depth to the discussion.

Hilary White offered an analysis of the University of Georgia and Columbia University research and of the research from the Departments of Education and Justice in Northern Ireland:

A five-year research project, funded by the Departments of Education and Justice in Northern Ireland, has just been released that found “systemic flaws” in the way students are evaluated that leave boys disadvantaged. Boys from poor neighbourhoods in Belfast and other cities are especially vulnerable to learning underachievement and health problems.

Dr. Ken Harland and Sam McCready from the University of Ulster said that the problem has been clear for “several decades,” but that “it was extremely difficult for the research team to find specific strategies addressing boys’ underachievement.”

“Although teachers who were interviewed as part of this study recognised the predominance of boys with lower academic achievement, they generally did not take this into account in terms of learning styles or teaching approaches,” he said.

The Belfast Telegraph quoted a pupil who told the researchers, “Teachers should understand better the way boys think and why they do some things. They’re out of touch.”

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Anonymous survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW

The Australian organization One in Three Campaign posted a link to an open survey happening in the country:

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is conducting a survey of domestic abuse victims in NSW to find out why many do not report their abuse to police and/or do not seek the assistance of services for victims of domestic abuse. The senior research officer conducting the research is Dr Emma Birdsey.

BOCSAR is seeking your assistance in carrying out the survey, participation in which is both voluntary and anonymous. No identifying information will be published. Everyone participating in the survey will receive a $25 Woolworths gift voucher for their help and time.

If you or your agency is willing to assist us in our research, we request that you:

1) Display the attached posters in your centre

2) Pass to your clients the attached leaflets

3) Send Emma an email with the first name and phone number of each client who expresses a willingness to participate in the survey.

Surveying will commence on 15 November 2012 and conclude on 30 April 2013. You will be provided with a copy of the research report when it is complete. All participant contact details will be destroyed immediately on completion of the research.

Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions you may have about this project to Emma, emma_birdsey@agd.nsw.gov.au or 02 9231 9158.

I think this is only open to people who are from Australia. For those readers who are or know people who live in the country, if you have an experience you want to share, please follow the links to participate.