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Acclaimed teacher Anne Lakey jailed for eight years for underage sex — A former high-flying headteacher has been jailed for eight years for having sex with two underage boys in the 1980s. Anne Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, had won national acclaim for improving schools, but her successful career hid a sordid past. She took the virginity of two boys aged 13-14 and another aged 15 when she was in her late 20s and working as a history and RE teacher in Sunderland. Police believe there could be more victims of Lakey.

Accused youth worker from Poole repeatedly denies abusing school boys — A POOLE teaching support worker has refuted allegations he abused two boys while employed at different schools. Repeatedly, in answer to defence barrister Michael Hall, Graham Gilmour replied “absolutely not” if there was any truth to the allegations. The case against the 43-year-old rests on the testimony of two boys who claimed they were victims of historic sexual abuse while attending Greggs School in Southampton and Chandlers Ford-based Lakeside School, a special education unit catering for children with behavioural problems.

Cabin Hill Prep: ‘Ongoing investigation’ into allegations of rape and sex assault between boys at school, judge hears — Sex abuse police are conducting an “ongoing investigation” into allegations of rape and sex assault between boys at top school Cabin Hill Prep, a judge heard today. The revelation came at Downpatrick Crown Court as defence QC Kieran Mallon pleaded with Judge Brian Sherard to treat the case against a 28-year-old internet pervert as unique and “exceptional.” Continue reading

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Archdiocese criminally charged with ‘failing to protect’ sex abuse victims — The Ramsey County attorney’s office filed criminal charges Friday against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for “failing to protect children” from an abusive priest. The charges stem from the archdiocese’s oversight of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer, who is now serving a prison term for abusing two boys while he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul. “

Bullied Boy With Cancer Severely Beaten, Left Unconscious, Gets Suspended By School — Julia Morales is absolutely fed up with the formidable treatment her son has suffered at the hands of several vicious bullies at Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, NJ. According to My-9 NJ, Morales’ cancer-stricken, 16-year-old son has allegedly been mistreated for quite some time. The relentless torment and taunting initially began with verbal abuse.

Child abuse accused ex-pilot Bartle Frere ‘liked to help boys’ — A former British Airways pilot on trial for child sex offences has told a court he liked to help boys purely to encourage them and see them develop. Bartle Frere, 51, from Shipton Gorge, Dorset, said he carried out unpaid photography work at several private schools in England. Police searched his home in November 2013 and seized DVDs, boy’s underwear and Viagra, the jury heard. He denies a string of sexual offences dating back to 2001. Continue reading

Former student sues Amherst College over expulsion

A former Amherst College student filed a suit against the school. The lawsuit claims that Amherst expelled the student, named “John Doe” in the suit, in an effort to appear tough on sexual assault. A female student accused Doe of assaulting her in 2012. According to the lawsuit:

“In the just six weeks from the date the complaint was filed against him, the plaintiff found himself held guilty of assault, expelled from the college, ejected from the campus and branded a sex offender, with his entire future in ruins,” the suit states, in part. “The actions taken by the defendants resulted from a deeply flawed investigatory and disciplinary process during which the plaintiff was denied the most rudimentary elements of fairness promised to him by Amherst in its Student Handbook.”

This is typical of many college sexual assault proceedings. The accused have little to no recourse. They are not allowed representation, not allowed to confront the accuser, not allowed to present counter evidence, and not allowed much of any defense. It is purely up to the judging panel whether the student will face any consequence.

Yet it is curious how anyone could expel the Doe considering the facts. For instance, the woman accusing Doe filed the complaint 21 months after the alleged incident occurred. She gave varying accounts of what happened, initially claiming that the oral sex was non-consensual, then claiming that it began as consensual but became non-consensual later. She claimed she never wrote down any details about the event, including text messages, yet said text messages surfaced. They contradict the woman’s claims about the timing of the alleged assault and the nature of the interaction between her and Doe.

That evidence alone makes this woman’s claims at least questionable. What makes this case different is one other pesky problem: John Doe was blacked out when his accuser performed oral sex on him.

In other words, the accuser is the actual rapist. Continue reading

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14 years in prison for Wollaton paedophile who filmed sex acts with young boys — Child molester Steven Peck has been jailed for 14 years after admitting he groomed young boys for sex. Over a seven-year period, he befriended three youngsters, plying them with gifts and taking them on days out, while abusing them – at venues including Wollaton Park. It was only when one of the victims told his grandmother two years ago that the crimes came to light.

Boys bear the pain alone – Sexual assault of males under-reported — As more agencies turn their searchlight on sexual abuse of the country’s young girls, there is an increasingly loud call for more emphasis to be placed on boys who are victims of sexual abuse. According to Everton Hannam, chairman of the National Parent-Teacher Association in Jamaica, he was very disappointed that there appears to be no overwhelming drive towards identifying and assisting male victims.

Child sex abuse claims shake United Nations — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn’t quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, “until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad.” Another boy, 9, said he thought the soldiers had been urinating. Continue reading

Judges reduce sentence because victim showed “homosexual tendencies”

I cannot recall the last time something related to sexual violence trials surprised me. I see and hear a myriad of excuses, justifications, and reasons for letting offenders off all the time. This recent one, however, did shock me.

A pair of Argentinian judges reduced a convicted child rapist’s sentence because they assumed the 6-year-old victim was gay:

The ruling, which was sealed when it came down last year but was leaked to the press, has caused an uproar in Argentina. It has also revealed a pair of judges with a long record of reducing sentences for sexual and gender-based crimes, including justifying a pastor’s rape of two teenage girls because they belonged to a lower economic class.

The court papers show that judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Ramon Sal Llargues reduced the sentence of Mario Tolosa, a soccer club coach, who was charged in 2010 with raping the unnamed boy. The pair decided to lower Tolosa’s jail time from six years to 38 months, saying that because the boy’s father may have already raped him, he was used to such abuse and had showed homosexual traits.

In radio and television interviews defending his decision this week, Piombo said the boy had “signs of a transvestite conduct, of conduct we had to take into account,” and argued that he had already had “the initiation by his father into the worst of worlds, leading him to depravation.”

Let us say this is true. Let us say that the boy was raped by his father and showed signs of “transvestite conduct. ” Let us say the boy is indeed depraved.

What does that have to do with the man who raped him? Continue reading

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As Another Accusation Bites the Dust, Columbia Rape Saga Takes New Turn — This week’s graduation at Columbia University caps the bizarre, often sordid saga involving the two most famous members of the Class of 2015: Emma Sulkowicz, the activist who protested the school’s alleged mishandling of her alleged rape by carrying a mattress around campus, and Jean-Paul Nungesser, the German scholarship student she accuses of raping her.

Boys and men are also survivors of sexual abuse — A recent televised interview by veteran journalist Barbara Walters of “20/20” did a huge disservice to male victims of sexual abuse. Throughout the interview with Mary Kay Letourneau and her now-husband, Walters repeatedly referred to the child rape as a “relationship” and an “affair.”

Florida lags in complying with national standards on prison rape — Epidemic. That’s a good word to describe Florida when it comes to sexual crimes perpetrated on inmates behind bars. And although we’ve been concentrating on Jacksonville’s jail, the statewide prison system is perhaps more dangerous for inmates. It has, for example, the dubious distinction of tying with Texas for having the most prisons with high rates of staff sexual misconduct and inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Continue reading

Survivors UK funding cut despite 120% rise in male victim reporting

Survivors UK, the United Kingdom’s largest support service for men, lost its state funding. According to reports, the group previously received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice. This changed when the Mayor of London’s office took over:

But since Survivors UK’s funding for counselling was switched from being dispensed by the Ministry of Justice’s victims’ fund to being distributed by the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime last year, the charity has not had its funding renewed. It was given £33,666 for a six month period by the Mayor’s office, and as of 31 March this year the funding has stopped. It has since launched a petition on Change.org to re-instate its funding.

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime said there has been “no cut in funding for services to support male victims of abuse. In fact, we are investing over £4.1million in specialist services for all victims of domestic and sexual violence by 2016. This includes male victims”.

“The Mayor welcomes additional funding from the Ministry of Justice for a number of organisations working with victims in London, including Survivors UK.”

But Michael May at Survivors UK told The Independent that since learning that the funding would not be renewed, the charity has constantly been in contact with the Mayor’s office and has “heard nothing,” adding that there has been “no indication” that its £70,000 per year will be reinstated.

This decision comes after a 120% increase in reports from male victims of sexual violence in London: Continue reading