Bulletin Board v291

Abused men suffering from lack of support services — More services are needed to support male victims of domestic abuse, a charity has warned. Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) – the country’s only group working to support male victims of domestic abuse – said rising levels of this kind of abuse mean more support is needed. It comes as new figures on partner abuse contained in the Scottish Crime and Justice survey revealed that of the 576,000 adults in Scotland who experienced some kind of abuse since the age of 16, 178,000 these were men.

Celebrated Alaska storyteller charged with sex abuse of 14-year-old — A prominent Alaska storyteller and performer faces felony charges after police say he had sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on Craigslist. Jack J. Dalton, 43, appeared in court Wednesday in Anchorage. He is accused of visiting the teenager’s home for sex in March and later admitting in a text message that he knew the boy was underage. Police say Dalton told investigators he previously had sex with a different juvenile he met online five to six years earlier and has used software to anonymously view child pornography.

Cuomo Mum on Child Sex Abuse Bill as Deadline Nears — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dodged repeated entreaties from advocates against child sexual abuse to support legislation that would enable many victims of this crime to seek justice from their abusers. In a May 9 statement, Cuomo sidestepped pointed questions from the advocates, and from the press, about his willingness to push the state Senate to pass the Child Victims Act before the current legislative session ends June 16. The bill would eliminate New York’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse, which is one of the shortest in the nation. Continue reading

Man raped at gunpoint by three women

Three South African women kidnapped and raped a man to collect his semen:

According to reports, the three women were driving in a black BMW when they spotted the unsuspecting pedestrian and stopped in the pretense of asking him for directions. One of the women then pointed a gun to his face and forced him into the car.

The women drove the man 500 kilometers (about 311 miles) to a location where they attempted to rape him. When they could not get him aroused, they forced the man to drink a concoction that induced an erection. They repeatedly raped the man, collecting his semen and storing it in a cooler after each ejaculation.

The report states that these incidents are becoming more common. Similar crimes occurred in Johannesburg and Gauteng. Police have yet to arrest anyone for the crimes. It is possible that the assaults stem from an attempt to use the semen as part of traditional medicine: Continue reading

Sex abuse scandal at Long Island school

A recent sex abuse case in Long Island shows that the Catholic Church still has a problem with abusive priests in the United States:

A former president of a prestigious Catholic high school on Long Island has been suspended from practicing as a priest after an investigation found allegations he sexually abused a student were “credible.”

Father James Williams was the president of Chaminade High School in Mineola from 1999 until 2011, CBS New York station WCBS reported.

The Marianist order, also known as the Society of Mary, said Friday it conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into alleged sexual abuse in 2011 involving a Chaminade student who was age 18 or older.

What makes this case ironic is that this abuse apparently occurred within the last seventeen years. This is the period of time when the sex abuse scandal made news. The Catholic Church has stated over this time that they developed methods of identifying and treating abusive priests. It would appear, however, that whatever internal methods they have to detect abusers did not work in this case.

I have another explanation for this: it appears victims such abuse tend to take about ten to fifteen years to come forward. It is 2016, so it is not surprising that we are now seeing accusations about abuse that occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I think over the next five years we will see more cases from this period, proving that the Catholic Church does not have as much control over the rampant abuse in their organization as they claim.

To a certain extent this is already obvious. Some of the recent cases come from Latin America and Africa. These are countries with large Catholic populations that seem to be havens for wayward clergy members.

There was a response to the allegations:

In a letter posted on the school’s website, the order said Williams denied anything happened, but that it forwarded the information to the Nassau District Attorney’s Office.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office told WCBS it received a letter in February 2015. He described the act as a misdemeanor sexual abuse, but said the statute of limitations for such a crime expired in 2013. The spokesman added that the alleged victim did not want to pursue criminal charges.

That is rather convenient. That is an observation, not an attack. It benefits Williams that the person who accused him neither wants to or can file charges. That may not be the case with other victims. The article does not state that anyone else accused Williams of sexual abuse, although it is possible that more can come forward. The situation and power Williams had certainly offered more opportunities to abuse children, assuming he did it.

However, I think this case shows that the Catholic Church attempted to clean up its public image, but likely has not done the work to make sure abuse does not happen. In fairness, there is little that they can do in many cases. Every offender is not obvious or prolific. Contrary to what people may think, many of those who prey on children have enough control to not do it. Some of them will abuse for a while and then stop. If they do not abuse again, there is a good chance no one will know they abused anyone at all.

That said, the Catholic Church is not doing the best job of weeding these people out. Sending them to Spanish-speaking countries or tucking them away in African countries is not a solution. They are still likely to abuse children. The Church needs to do better to make sure that this does not happen.

This does not mean they should suspect all priests or prevent priests from being alone with children. Most priests and clergy do not abuse and it would be unfair to treat them as if they do. It is also unfair, however, that there does not appear to be much done to help those who are preyed on or stop those who commit such acts.

Hip Hop legend accused of child sexual abuse

Last month several men accused famed hip hop star Afrika Bambaataa of repeated sexual abuse. The men claim that Bambaataa abused them during the 1980s:

During an interview with Shot 97, [Ronlad] Savage alleged that Bambaataa – real name Kevin Donovan – forced him to perform oral sex on him several times when Savage was around 13 or 14 years old. At the time, Bambaataa would have been around 21 years old.

“I was a kid when this happened,” Savage claimed during the interview. “I wanted to be down with the in-crowd, not really understanding that what Bambaataa was doing to me was molesting me. I knew it was wrong. I had these feelings that were like, ‘Yuck.'”

Continuing, Savage said that he did not come forward sooner because he “feared” Bambaataa, head of the influential hip-hip collective Universal Zulu Nation, and felt “shame” about what had allegedly taken place.

Three more men came forward following Savage’s accusation: Continue reading

Rape in the UK Military

Originally posted on December 4th, 2015

I wrote before about the problem of sexual violence in the United States military. It now appears the United Kingdom has a similar problem:

At least three rapes and 22 sexual assaults have been carried out against men in the UK military forces over the last two years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed under a Freedom of Information request.

Last February, a 20-year-old man was subject to “assault by penetration” by a group of seven men, The Times reported.

In May, another soldier, 28, was attacked by his seven fellow servicemen, while three other young men in the army – one of them 18 years old – were the victims of penetrative sexual assaults over the last year.

All in all, there have been 25 assaults between October 2012 and October 2014, the report revealed.

The numbers were disclosed by the MoD under Freedom of Information requests. They refer only to information gathered by military police, meaning that the real numbers could be much higher.

A former army officer offers his views: Continue reading

Man expelled for rape that never happened

It was only a matter of time before something like this happened:

Colorado State University-Pueblo suspended a male athlete for years after he was found responsible for sexually assaulting a female trainer. But the trainer never accused him of wrongdoing, and said repeatedly that their relationship was consensual. She even stated, unambiguously, “I’m fine and I wasn’t raped.”

That’s according to the athlete’s lawsuit against CSUP, which persuasively argues that the university not only deprived him of fundamental due process rights, but also denied sexual agency to an adult woman. Taken at face value, this case appears to represent one of the most paternalistic, puritanically anti-sex witch hunts ever reported on a college campus.

What makes the case so astounding is that the woman did not report the act. Someone else reported the act as rape, and the school took that person’s word over the actual alleged victim’s testimony. I do not like slippery slope arguments, yet this is a perfect example of those arguments sometimes being true. This only happened because of how loosely defined rape is on college campuses. This only happened because the desire to prevent rape trumps finding evidence a crime occurred.

It does not matter that the “victim” said the sex was consensual or that she met the man several times after the alleged rape or she did not want to pursue any charges or complaints against the man. All that matters is the narrative.

I could go on, however, TL;DR did an excellent job breaking down the pure insanity of this case: Continue reading

A true game of silence

The NBC drama Game of Silence tells the story of four men set on revenge over the abuse they suffered in juvenile prison. The show is a remake of the Turkish drama Suskunlar, which appears to be based the book Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra, which had a movie of the same name. All four versions reveal the depth of cruelty that can occur in juvenile prisons. While the first two are fiction and there are some questions about the veracity of Carcaterra’s story, a recent case shows that this type of abuse does indeed happen.

Kevin Young went to Medomsley detention center in County Durham in 1977. There he endured abuse at the hands of a prison official:

The morning after he arrived at Medomsley, Young was lining up for breakfast when he was picked out of the queue by Neville Husband, the officer who ran the kitchen. Young later discovered that Husband had asked for his file – he wanted to know everything about him; most importantly, whether he had family who were likely to visit him. Young was one of a handful of new inmates sent to work in the kitchen with Husband.

“There are two things that are important to successfully sexually abuse somebody,” Young says. “By successful, I mean without being prosecuted. One, anonymity or silence – if you can’t carry out your act without people knowing, you’re not going to be at it very long. The second thing you need is a victim who’s ‘reliable’; a reliable victim is someone who’s already been abused to the point where, if they do speak out, who on Earth is going to believe them? And who on Earth is going to believe Kevin Young, the pauper’s son, who has been in and out of care, who’s a knife-wielding thug, a bully?” That is how a number of care home reports described Young, but he insists he was a quiet, over-obedient boy. “The truth is, nobody would have believed me.”

Abuse might be too mild a word for what Husband did to Young over the next two months. “I was raped repeatedly, tied up and ligatured [around the neck]. It was the worst of the worst.” That day after Young arrived, Husband took him to a storeroom above the kitchens that he had converted into a lounge. He locked the door, took out the key and stuffed the keyhole with tissues. “I thought I was going to be killed,” Young says. “I was told by Husband that you could easily be found hanged at Medomsley, and that that year, six boys had already hanged themselves.”

According to Young, Husband would take the boy to his house outside of prison and allow other men to rape him. One would think that people would notice an officer removing an inmate from the prison. As Young argues, the prison and police were not only aware of that, but aware of Husband’s violent tendencies yet still allowed him access to children: Continue reading