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Boys abused in silence — A senior official of Women Incorporated in western Jamaica has decried the cloak of silence that results in many cases of sexual and physical abuse against boys going unreported in the society. Elise Thomas, western regional director of Woman Incorporated, whose office covers St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, and Trelawny, indicated that many persons have blatantly refused to report cases of sexual abuse against boys because they believe the boys will be too ashamed in a society that celebrates ideas of masculinity in its males.

Paedophile priest Frank Klep targeted sick boys — A JUDGE has broken down while jailing a Victorian paedophile priest who plummeted the “depths of evil hypocrisy” in his abuse of 15 schoolchildren. Frank Klep preyed on sick and vulnerable boys while running the infirmary at Salesian College in Rupertswood, telling one of his victims that what he was doing was “natural”.

Trafficked Boys Overlooked — For years, the sex trade was “their” problem, a heinous part of culture in poorer nations. But attention here to sex trafficking has slowly increased in recent years with the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and other federal state laws. Still, males remain a largely invisible population within the dialogue on sex trafficking.

Victim abused by Jewish camp leader ‘shunned for speaking out’ — A MAN who was abused as a child by a Jewish camp leader says the Sydney orthodox community has labelled him an “informer”, and has shunned and bullied him for speaking out. Daniel “Gug” Hayman, 50, has pleaded guilty to the aggravated indecent assault of a then 14-year-old boy at a Jewish camp south of Sydney in the late 1980s.

World largely turns a blind eye to male rape — Two male political dissidents in Egypt, Omar el-Shouekh and Fadi Samir, reported that while in police detention in Cairo they were beaten, tortured and subjected to sexual assault. Their claim brings renewed attention to a phenomenon that is largely ignored and poorly addressed but that causes significant psychological and physical damage to its victims: sexual abuse of males.

Bulletin Board v208

Concord mom pleads guilty to torturing son, is sentenced to up to 30 years — A 19-year-old former Concord man who was repeatedly tortured and then coerced to lie that his wounds were self-inflicted confronted the first of his three alleged abusers – his mother – yesterday at her plea and sentencing hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, describing in detail how she brutally abused him in the family’s Penacook home. “Dear ex-Mother,” he began, reading from a statement as the woman, Christine Gelineau, sat sobbing nearby in an orange prison jumpsuit. (more on the case)

Dad Profiling — I’ve been sitting on writing this post for a couple weeks because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say about it. I knew that I was annoyed by what happened — angered even — but it’s not a totally black or white situation. A few weeks ago, my parents took me and my daughter, Annie, along with my nephew, Spencer, and niece, Michaela, to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Normally, my sister and her husband would have come too, but they were out of town, so my parents and I were in charge of looking after Spencer and Michaela.

Demystifying the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys – Our Forgotten Victims — Child sex trafficking is a phrase with which most of us are familiar and in many ways a fashionable topic to discuss in the media nowadays thanks to the publicity the issue has generated from celebrities and activists, as well as from websites like Backpage.com and Craigslist which have sparked furor for allegedly facilitating trafficking. Yet, in thirteen years since the adoption of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – which defined anyone less than 18 years of age induced to perform a commercial sexual act as a victim of trafficking and not a criminal – one group has been noticeably and consistently ignored in all of the research, policy and practice…young boys. Continue reading

Male victims of sex trafficking

Originally posted on May 17, 2011

The Good Men Project Magazine recently featured an article by Tom Matlack about sex slavery in the United States. Matlack interviewed an agent from Homeland Security. It was a good column that offered a lot of information about sex slavery and what the victims go through. It did have one flaw: there was no mention of male victims at all.

Sexual violence against males is taboo subject. Most male victims do not report their abuse, there are fewer services available to them, and virtually no concern for them either socially or from government-run organizations. This lack of concern renders male victims invisible, and quite often what cannot be seen gets treated as if it does not exist.

In contrast, many groups focus on the issue of the sex trafficking of women, resulting in a lot of — albeit questionable — information, studies, and estimates. Matlack’s column focuses on that greater concern for female victims, which also plays into the political lean of the magazine. To fill the absence of information about male victim of sex trafficking in Matlack’s column, I will provide the information here. Unfortunately, I cannot be as regionally specific as Matlack because there is less information available about male victims of sex trafficking.

But I can start with some general information about human trafficking in the United States. Continue reading