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Boy Scouts of America sued — The Boy Scouts of America’s failure to share information about known child molesters led to the sexual abuse of at least 12 Seattle-area boys over three decades, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court. The nation’s largest youth organisation failed to protect children in its care by deliberately and negligently withholding information from its local chapters about known and suspected child abusers, the civil suit alleges.

Dozens respond to police appeal in Durham child sex abuse case — More than 40 alleged victims of child sex abuse at a detention centre for teenage boys in north-east England have come forward in response to a police appeal, as part of a new investigation into serial abuse at the centre during the 1970s and 80s. Detectives from Durham received the calls within less than a week of asking for victims to come forward, following an investigation by the Guardian revealing that a prison officer at Medomsley detention centre may have abused hundreds of boys during a 17-year spell when he was in charge of the kitchens at the centre.

Ex-city councillor in Saint John, N.B., apologizes for sexually abusing boys — Donnie Snook, a former municipal politician and youth worker in New Brunswick, said Friday he can’t explain why, as a victim of child sex abuse himself, he sexually assaulted and made pornographic images of boys over a 12-year span. Snook addressed provincial court in Saint John at his sentencing hearing, apologizing for the years of “sadness and darkness” he created in the lives of 17 young kids.  Continue reading

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Originally posted on February 5, 2013

Last night, HBO ran the film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. It is a documentary about the first four men to protest the Catholic Church’s cover up of sexual abuse. From HBO:

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 Deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

At the heart of the film is a small group of heroes – Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Arthur Budzinksi and Bob Bolger. These courageous Deaf men set out to expose the priest who had abused them and sought to protect other children, making their voices heard. Gibney uses the voices of actors Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery to tell the stories of men abused by Murphy. However, it is the faces and expressions of the courageous Deaf men that illustrate the indelible effect Murphy continues to have on their lives.

In addition to the Murphy case, MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD spotlights similar sex abuse cases in Ireland and Italy, and highlights the horrific actions of Marcial Maciel Degollado, a prominent church fundraiser and ruthless sex criminal beloved by Pope John Paul II. The film also reveals that in 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger – now His Holiness, Benedict the 16th – ordered that every sex abuse case involving a minor come through his desk, essentially establishing him as the most knowledgeable person in the world regarding priestly sexual abuse of minors.

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Bulletin Board v177

Boy Scouts hosts closed-door forum on sex abuse — Even as its past policies on sex-abuse prevention fuel controversy, the Boy Scouts of America is hosting an unprecedented closed-door symposium Thursday with other national youth organizations, hoping to share strategies to combat future abuse. The 10 participating groups, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, will hear presentations from some of the nation’s top experts on child-sex-abuse prevention.

Brothers ‘pack raped’ boys — A GROUP of 15 religious brothers led by an “alpha paedophile” is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others. The victims – abused over three decades – include wards of the state cared for by the brothers in homes for the mentally impaired, a state parliamentary inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told. Seven are believed to have committed suicide.

Feds drop sex abuse case against Syracuse’s Fine — Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into one of the sexual abuse claims that cost a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach his job, threw a top-ranked team into turmoil and threatened the career of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v175

49 graves discovered at Fla. school could belong to abused boys — he number of unmarked graves believed to belong to boys killed when abuse went too far at Florida’s infamous Dozier School for Boys has risen to nearly 50. Eighteen more graves were discovered at a small cemetery where there were already 31 crosses for boys who died at the institution, which was closed in June 2011. Investigations into the school have yielded no proof of abuse, but a group of men who call themselves the “White House Boys” say there are probably many bodies unaccounted for.

Boy saved from abuse as RCMP make major child porn bust in Prairies, North — Police say a boy in Saskatchewan was rescued from years of abuse during a police investigation that targeted online child predators on the Prairies and the North. The RCMP’s Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children announced Wednesday that 21 people have been arrested and 16 of them charged so far as part of Operation Snapshot. The charges include invitation to sexual touching, Internet luring, indecent exposure and accessing and distributing child pornography.

Boy Scouts sex abuse case: Attorneys releasing files on alleged scout leader child sex abusers — More than 20,000 confidential Boy Scout documents will be released Thursday identifying more than 1,000 leaders and volunteers banned from the group after being accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys. The public release of the Scouts’ 1,247 “ineligible volunteer files” from 1965 to 1985 will not contain the identities of the boy victims and witnesses. The national files are being distributed with the approval of the Oregon Supreme Court by a law firm that won an $18.5 million judgment in 2010 against the Boy Scouts in a case where a Scoutmaster sexually abused a boy. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v173

3 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Same Boy — Prosecutors have subpoenaed an imprisoned former priest to testify for the government at an upcoming church-abuse trial. Defrocked priest Edward Avery, 70, would be the first admitted priest-pedophile to testify in open court during the 10-year investigation of church abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one boy in 1999, although five other accusers have come forward in recent years.

Elementary school teacher who made sex tape with daughter’s boyfriend, 16, and raped another teen sentenced to 15 years — A former elementary school teacher who admitted raping two teenage boys – one of whom was her daughter’s boyfriend – has been sentenced to 15 years in jail. Michelle McCutchan, 40, from Cecotah, Oklahoma, entered a blind plea to nine out of 29 counts filed against her in May last year. The former Marshall Elementary school fifth grade teacher admitted to one count of rape, three counts of sodomy, one count of child neglect and four counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Former Greer day care worker sentenced to 50 years in sex abuse case — Bethany Miles, prosecutor with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, told jurors Tuesday, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing, that’s what this case is about.” The “wolf,” Ronasha Taylor, sat across the courtroom. Miles said in her closing statements that parents entrusted Taylor with their children’s care. They believed the former day care teacher loved their children. But in October 2010, children alleged Taylor abused them at Kids R Kids day care in Greer.

In Plain View — In a 2001 book, “Identifying Child Molesters,” the psychologist Carla van Dam tells the story of a young Canadian elementary-school teacher she calls Jeffrey Clay. Clay taught physical education. He was well liked by his students, and often he asked boys in his class to stay after school, to do homework and help him with chores. One day, just before winter break, three of the boys made a confession to their parents. Mr. Clay had touched them under their pants. The parents went to the principal.

Male child sexual abuse victims thrice as likely to have heart attack! — Child Sexual abuse victims go through a lot of suffering in life. If that wasn’t enough, in a recent study by the University of Toronto, it has been found that men who go through childhood sexual abuse are thrice as likely to suffer a heart attack than men who had not experienced similar abuse as children. Investigators from the University of Toronto examined gender-specific differences in a representative sample of 5,095 men and 7,768 women aged 18 years and above, drawn from the US Centre for Disease Control’s 2010 Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Continue reading