Top Posts of 2016

Due to a variety of reasons, I have not been as active on the blog as I wished. I hope to change that next year. Below are the top posts of 2016. These posts only include articles written in 2016.

On a side note, let us hope we can make it through the final hours of 2016 without any other beloved figures, musicians, or artists dying. Continue reading

New study will research men forced to penetrate by women

Dr Siobhan Weare of Lancaster University’s Law School will head a new study seeking to investigate female-perpetrated rape:

This research project is looking for men in the UK who have been ‘forced to penetrate’ a woman to participate. The term ‘forced to penetrate’ is used to refer to any and all cases where a man engages in penile penetration of a woman without his consent. This could include non-consensual penile penetration of a woman’s vagina, mouth or anus.

This is, to my knowledge, the first study to specifically research this type of assault. Weare asks for people to participate in the online study. It is anonymous and the team allows people to withdraw from the study up to two weeks after completing it.

The survey is limited to UK residents or those assaulted while in the UK, and participants must be at least 18.

I encourage male survivors living in the UK to participate in the study. It will go a long way in helping people understand the scope of female-perpetrated rape.

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80.9% of sex convicts in Lagos prisons abused during childhood — At least, 80.9 percent of sex convicts and inmates awaiting trial for sexual and gender based violence in Lagos prisons have been abused during childhood, a recent report has revealed. The report, conducted by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Response Team, DSVRT, revealed that due to the early abuse, the inmates had been sexually active, leading to sexual offences being committed by them.

Archdiocese of Ottawa paid former altar boy $50,000 after sex abuse allegations — More than a decade before the Archdiocese of Ottawa told Jacques Faucher he could no longer be a priest, it paid tens of thousands of dollars to a former altar boy who had accused the reverend of molesting him. Faucher was convicted in March of historical sex offences against three other children, but newly obtained documents by the Sun show the diocese wrote a $50,000 cheque to a former altar boy when he was an adult in 1998, more than a year after he told the church about the alleged sexual abuse.

Denver man freed after 28 years in prison acquitted of rape — A Denver man who spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for a rape he long denied committing was acquitted of the crime on Monday, leaving a courtroom to applause from supporters and chants of “it’s over.” Clarence Moses-EL, 60, was freed in December, after a judge overturned his 1988 conviction on rape and assault charges and found that he would likely be acquitted if his case went to trial again. Continue reading

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Elementary School Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide May Have Abused Multiple Kids: Reports — A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband, who were found dead last week in an apparent murder-suicide in Washington state, may have sexually abused multiple underage boys, according to reports. Aric Babbitt, 40, and Matthew Deyo, 36, were reportedly found dead on Lopez Island on Aug. 25, just two weeks after one of Babbitt’s former students went to police and accused him of sexual assault.

Exposed: UP’s hell prison where inmates suffer vicious torture and corruption — The crime team of India Today has unearthed a prison that has turned into a vicious hub of third-degree torture, abuse and corruption. Here, an inmate is pinned down on the ground, with his feet up and locked in bamboo sticks by fellow prisoners. Unbearable screams pierce through the large hall as a deputy jailer unleashes a flurry of club blows on his bare soles.

Family of malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet had been reported to social workers six times — Days apart in 2012, two teachers contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services about a young boy named Yonatan Daniel Aguilar. One reported that the boy was suffering from general neglect. Another said he had a black eye. County social workers interviewed school employees, including a soccer coach and a special education teacher. Continue reading

The fallout over Australia’s torture of juvenile prisoners

The torture of Dylan Voller brought international attention after media outlets showed footage of repeated assaults against Voller, the most recent involving guarding strapping the then 17 year old into a restraint stair. In each instance Voller shows no signs of resistance, and reports suggest that at best he spat on guards and threatened to harm himself. None of his actions appear to justify the level of force used against him, nor do they explain the repeated instances of force over the years.

Voller told his lawyer that he now fears for his safety following the media coverage: Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v126

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

The Washington Post throws its own study under the bus

It must suck when the evidence does not support your narrative. The Washington Post reviewed the federal campus safety data for over 2,000 colleges. According to their findings, over 1,300 of those schools had no reports of rape on campus in 2014. That would seem like a good thing. After all, it would imply no one was raped on campus. However, the Washington Post took the results a different way:

There were no rapes reported in 2014 at California State University at Long Beach, a public university with about 36,000 students. That could seem like a positive sign. But school officials aren’t boasting about it. They know sexual violence victims are often reluctant to step forward, and they want to hear more often from survivors.

“We always operate under the assumption that zero does not really mean zero,” said Cal State Long Beach spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp. “We realize that under-reporting will happen. It is a fact based on the national data. We’re going to try to do what we can to change that culture on our campus.”

Uhlenkamp is correct. Zero reports does not mean zero incidents of sexual violence. However, it also does not mean that 1 in 5 women are raped while in college. Indeed, it would imply that assaults on college campuses are not that common. The Washington Post was undeterred by that: Continue reading

South Korea: Male victims on the rise

The South Korean government released a report on the increased reporting of sexual violence against males. According to the report, the rate jumped 42% in 2014 compared to the prior three years:

According to the report released by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the number of male victims of sexual offenses reported to the police has risen rapidly from 749 in 2011 to 828 in 2012, 1,021 in 2013 and 1,066 in 2014.

Following the increase, men made up 5.1 percent of victims of the total sexual offenses reported in 2014, up from 3.8 percent in 2011.

By type, sexual harassment represents 60 percent of cases for male victims, followed by rape with 20 percent.

The numbers show that South Korean men are reporting more instances of assaults. This may occur as a result of greater international coverage of sexual violence against males. South Korean, however, only recognizes forced vaginal penetration as rape. Same-sex assaults are defined as “rape-like” and carry lesser sentences. The law also does not recognize female-on-male assaults as rape.

The report also revealed the impact the assault had on men: Continue reading