Showing posts with label Rape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rape. Show all posts

October 21, 2016

Do Sexual Predators start at pre-Puberty? This one Did



 We see a big shadow but we don’t know the sex or age of the  predator in this illustration. Keeping in m ind that rape is not about sex but about gratification through power. So much study is needed on this field. Because of hush hush attitudes towards sex, this has kept crimes attached to it also in the hush. Close attitudes toward sex and sexual attractions incubate not only misinformation but also diseases and crimes. What victim is going to talk about their experience if they are ashamed? In the story below we have a nine year old that was repeatedly violated yet he kept quiet and in contact with the aggressor.  [adamfoxie]



A boy who was 11 when he raped a nine-year-old searched the internet for "gay rape", "gay porn" and "gay rape porn", a court has heard.
Now aged 13, the boy also sexually assaulted two other boys aged seven and 11.
A judge told the youngster he was concerned he "may have been affected by material available to you [online]".
The boy, from Blackpool, was given a four-year sentence at Preston Crown Court.
Judge Mark Brown said the boy, who earlier pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault, would have received a considerably longer sentence if he had been an adult.
He said the boy was not "experimenting sexually" but rather was "obtaining sexual gratification or pleasure" by assaulting the children.
The nine-year-old victim had been sexually assaulted in his bedroom "on a number of occasions over a period of some time" and rapes had also taken place, the court was told.
Judge Brown told the boy it was "a terrible and dreadful thing you did to him and I hope you appreciate it should never have happened."

'Desire outweighed remorse'

The court was told that while on bail, the boy had committed another assault.
The court heard that a pre-sentence report indicated the boy was a "high" risk for committing further offences and he would be subject to notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act upon release.
Virginia Hayton, defending, said her client "clearly needs help and support" but had been using his time in custody productively.
She said there were "concerns about his upbringing" but conceded he was aware of his actions and his "desire outweighed the knowledge and remorse of what he was doing".
Judge Brown said he would be "failing" in his "public duty" if he did not send the boy into custody for his "terrible crimes" but hoped people would understand he must have regard for the boy's future and welfare.
"I must have in mind all that I know about you - your capabilities as a young person, and in particular your future, your welfare and the prospects of reform and rehabilitation", he said.

September 7, 2016

Trump Trial on Rape Delayed for Pretrial Conference




The case of Trump and an alleged rape is an open case in a District court in New York. This is an update in which we see movement in the case. The main media is refused to report on this like if it was not in the docket of a court case but it is and we are not surprised at the little interest but you judge for yourselves. No one is guilty until proven so but the fact a case is in court means someone is serious about it. I think the main media could both report about this and about emails, the smashed of blackberry’s, etc. I have personally destroyed a couple of Nokia’s myself to make sure no one could retrieve my email history back in the days when cells were analogue. As we point out on Page 2 we report on what we see important but is being ignored or not reported properly.


Proceedings in a federal lawsuit filed in New York, accusing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl over 20 years ago at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein, have been delayed.

According to the court docket, the date of an initial pretrial conference has been pushed back a month because the plaintiff has not yet filed affidavits of service:

An initial pretrial conference is presently scheduled for September 9, 2016 in this action. Plaintiff, however, has not yet filed affidavits of service confirming that Defendants have been served with copies of the summons and complaint. In order to allow Plaintiff the full amount of time authorized by Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to serve Defendants and to allow Defendants the full amount of time authorized by Rule 12(a) to respond to the complaint in advance of the initial pretrial conference, the conference shall be adjourned until October 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Initial Conference set for 10/14/2016 at 10:00 AM before Judge Ronnie Abrams.

Donald Trump has asserted that the charges referenced in the lawsuit are “not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” adding that “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”

snopes.com

June 22, 2016

Law Suit Filed in NY Vs. Trump for Raping 13 Yr. Old 20 Yrs Ago




Gothamist published a story yesterday that came out in the public records in the state of New York. There is a lawsuit filed which usually would  make people uncomfortable but it would stop there except for the name of the defendant.  The name is Donald Trump. Don’t be too surprise that this is coming out now because as people become famous and are in the public eye things that were hidden turn to surface. This is the price of being in the public eye and that is that the past becomes the present and things that happened years back and have been dead and buried all of a sudden they become alive again. That is the nature of being in the public eye.

A federal lawsuit filed Monday in New York accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein
The suit, first reported by the Real Deal, accuses Trump and Epstein(picture below) of luring the anonymous plaintiff and other young women to four parties at Epstein’s so-called Wexner Mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Epstein allegedly lured the plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, with promises of a modeling career and cash. 
Another anonymous woman, identified in additional testimony as Tiffany Doe, corroborates Jane's allegations, testifying that she met Epstein at Port Authority, where he hired her to recruit other young girls for his parties. 
Trump had known Epstein for seven years in 1994 when he attended the parties at Wexner, according to the suit. He also allegedly knew that the plaintiff was 13 years old.  
Jane Doe filed a similar suit in California in April, under the name Katie Johnson, also accusing Trump and Epstein of rape. That suit was dismissed on the grounds of improper paperwork—the address affiliated with her name was found to be abandoned. Today's suit confirms that the plaintiffs are one and the same.
Monday's complaint details extremely violent and horrific alleged encounters between Trump and Doe. In what Doe's attorneys describe as a "savage sexual attack," Trump allegedly tied her to a bed and exposed himself before raping her. When she pleaded that he stop, Trump allegedly "responded... by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted," according to the suit. 
Afterwards, Trump allegedly threatened the plaintiff, saying that her family would be "physically harmed if not killed" if she were to speak about the abuses. Epstein allegedly proceeded to rape Doe twice more, attempted to strike her, and screamed that he, rather than Trump, should have taken her virginity. Epstein also allegedly reiterated threats to Doe's family. 
Doe remained silent for many years, according to court papers, because she had no reason to believe that the threats against her and her family had been lifted. The constant media spotlighton Trump, taxing her emotionally and mentally since last summer, apparently pushed her to come forward. Monday's civil complaint makes the case that New York's statute of limitations—five years for civil rape cases—should be waived, because the plaintiff was denied her "freedom of will" to speak. 
Doe demands $75,000 in damages, according to the complaint, as well as attorneys fees and an order of protection against Trump and "such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper." 
Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Doe's allegations, but the candidate denied the claims in the California suit this Spring. “The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” he told Radar
Epstein served 13 months in prison in the early aughts for soliciting a minor for prostitution. 

June 16, 2016

Rapist Judge Removed from Another Rape Case



                                                                         
                                                                          


Local prosecutors in California successfully moved to remove Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara Superior Court judge, from a sexual-assault case Tuesday, citing his lenient sentencing of Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexual assault, as a cause for concern.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office told reporters it was also “disappointed and puzzled” by Persky’s dismissal of a misdemeanor mail-theft case on Monday after the prosecution presented its case. According to the Mercury News in San Jose, Persky granted the motion to dismiss because the alleged thefts weren’t recent enough; prosecutors argued he misunderstood the case law he cited.

The removal adds to the growing fallout from the Stanford rape case, which ignited a national debate earlier this month over sexual assault and the criminal-justice system.

Persky was widely criticized for his role in the trial and sentencing of Turner, a former Stanford University student convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault in March for raping an unconscious woman on campus in 2015. During the sentencing phase earlier this month, Turner’s 23-year-old victim read a searing 12-page letter to her attacker in the courtroom that garnered international attention after it was published online by Buzzfeed.
 
Prosecutors originally asked Persky for a six-year sentence, essentially applying the two-year minimum guideline for each of the three felony counts. Instead, Persky instead sentenced Turner to six months in jail and probation. “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” the judge said. “I think he will not be a danger to others.” Turner will also have to register as a sex offender for life.

Tuesday’s removal also follows an extraordinary moment in Persky’s courtroom during jury selection in the dismissed misdemeanor case. The Mercury News reported at least 10 prospective jurors refused to serve on a case assigned to the judge.

"I can't be here, I'm so upset," said one juror, who according to multiple sources, told the judge while the lawyers were picking the jury in the misdemeanor receiving stolen property case.

Another prospective juror stood up and said, "I can't believe what you did," referring to the six-month county jail sentence Persky handed to Turner, who was convicted for sexually assaulting an unconscious intoxicated woman last year outside a Stanford University frat party.

In each case, the judge said, "I understand," thanked the prospective juror and excused her or him from duty.
Jury nullification isn’t unheard of in American legal history. But a jury pool’s mass refusal to participate because of the presiding judge’s actions in an unrelated case appears to be unprecedented, at least in the modern era.

Andrew Ferguson, a University of the District of Columbia law professor who specializes in juries, described the move as “interesting and troubling.”

“Imagine if jurors regularly chose to reject jury service because they disagreed with the prior decisions of a judge or their political or legal philosophy,” he said. “Jurors are the voice of the community, yes, and in one sense, these jurors should be commended for engaging in thinking about the application of criminal law in their courts. But this is a bad precedent.”

Community members outraged by Turner’s sentencing could soon have another way to express their displeasure. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber and other members of the local legal community are spearheading a recall effort to remove Persky, who is running unopposed for reelection in November, from the bench.

August 19, 2015

Rape in ‘God and Country’ Most Prestigious School “ST.Paul’s”



                             'Trying to be number one' ... Owen Labrie.
                                         Trying to be number one' ... Owen Labrie. Photo: Supplied

Matthew Cuenca-Daigle, whose husband is a Foreign Service officer, at their home in Alexandria, Va. They did not move to China because Mr. Cuenca-Daigle was unlikely to get a long-term visa there.

Labrie was “trying to be number one," he acknowledged to police.   
This week, Labrie will stand trial for several felonies, including sexual assault and use of a computer to lure the girl to him, the Concord Monitor reported. But the case is also expected to cast a harsh light on the campus culture at St Paul's, where, according to an affidavit cited by the Monitor, administrators have been combating a culture of "sexual scoring."
Labrie, now 19, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has repeatedly told police that he did not have sex with the alleged victim.

According to the affidavit obtained by the Monitor, Labrie sent the freshman girl a "senior salute" e-mail asking her to "hook up" with him four days before graduation. She initially declined, but then agreed on the understanding that "hook up" referred to kissing. Two days later, on May 30, 2014, Labrie allegedly took the girl to the top of the school's maths and science building.
They kissed, then Labrie allegedly began to pull off her underwear. She resisted several times and twice told him “no," according to the affidavit.

The sexual assault nurse examiner at Concord Hospital found that the alleged victim had "a laceration that would be consistent with penetration having occurred," the Monitor reported.
In an interview with police, Labrie denied having sex with the girl. According to the AP, he told police that the freshman girl had wanted to have sex, but he had a moment of “divine inspiration" and stopped.

Labrie said that he tried to encourage other students not to engage in "Senior Salute". As a prefect in his dorm, he had received training in statutory rape laws and consensual sex.
"The school has to put its foot down on this culture," Labrie said, according to the affidavit. “It's not healthy."

Labrie graduated two days later, at a ceremony where he was honoured with the Rector's Award for "selfless devotion to school activities," the AP reported. He was due to attend Harvard University, where he planned to study religion, but did not enroll in the northern autumn.
News of the charges, filed last summer, has prompted some soul searching at St Paul's. In a letter to parents in July 2014, Rector Michael Hirschfeld called the allegations disturbing, according to the Boston Globe.

"I am determined to learn if this alleged violation is an aberration or represents a broader issue," Mr Hirschfeld wrote. “This is as much a question about the nature and quality of relationships our students have with one another as it is about upholding basic standards of respect."

The highly selective boarding school, once attended by chief executives, writers, ambassadors, half a dozen members of Congress and Secretary of State John Kerry, is a member of the Eight Schools Association - a sort of “Ivy League for prep schools," the AP said.

A year on the lush, 800-hectare campus, studded with imposing stone Gothic buildings, pristine athletic facilities, an observatory and a pond, costs $US55,895 ($75,735) - more than tuition, room and board at many colleges.

                                                                         
                                                
 But the case suggests that the issue of campus sexual assault, which has touched off controversy at so many colleges in the past few years, might also exist at the prep schools that feed into them.
"I'm not surprised by it, to be honest,'' 1996 alumnus Shamus Khan told the Globe in 2014. "But I wouldn't be that surprised by it at any college or high school."
The Columbia University sociology professor wrote Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St Paul’s School about his alma mater.

When Labrie's trial begins this week, prosecutors are expected to call several witnesses to testify about the sexual culture at St Paul's. The jury will also make a visit to the school, according to the Concord Monitor.

One current student told the Globe that the school's sexual culture was "really casual," and that the "senior salute" was a way for graduating students to connect with classmates they'd always liked.
But in an email to the Boston Globe, 2011 alumna Carolyn Forrester wrote that many details of the case seemed like “business as usual" for the campus culture.

“This incident felt both out of the blue and like it had been waiting to happen for a long time," she wrote.

Sarah Kaplan


 The Washington Post

July 20, 2015

Woman Testified Cosby Drugged and Raped Her, He Said ’Consensual’


 
 Duche bag Cos-bye. Also mentor, Republican, long time straight married man,
against same sex marriage as immoral and supported
 by his money, Hollywood and  the same very
 people who supported Michael Jackson (i.e.Whoopi Goldberg).
 
Bill Cosby reimbursed his talent agency after it paid $5,000 to one of his mistresses in order to keep the affair a secret from his wife, according to excerpts of a deposition published by The New York Times.
The New York Times, which published the story Saturday, said it obtained a deposition from a 2005 court case in which a young woman named Andrea Constand sued Cosby, claiming he drugged her before allegedly raping her. He refuted her allegations, saying the act was consensual.
Cosby reportedly said during the deposition that he is a “pretty decent reader of people” when it comes to "romantic sexual things," and she did not say "don't ever do that again." 
Cosby said he once planned to write a personal check for Constand's schooling instead of using his foundation and would explain to his wife that he did so because "there is a person I would like to help."
"My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex and that Andrea was now very, very upset and that she decided that she would like to go to school or whatever it is," he said, according to the transcript.
He also described, according to the Times, how he routed a payment to Therese Serignese through his agent. He said the agency sent her $5,000 and he reimbursed them to hide his payment to her from his wife.
The Times reported the actor also admitted under oath to obtaining quaaludes for recreational use, telling lawyers “young people were using [them] to party … I wanted to have them just in case.”
Cosby reportedly said he suspected his doctor knew he was not using them for the back pain for which they were prescribed.
The newspaper characterized Cosby as standoffish throughout the questioning, with him reportedly sparring with the attorney when pressed about why an employee quit working for him.
Cosby: “That's confidential.”
Attorney: “What do you mean it's confidential?”
Cosby: “Look it up in the dictionary.”
More than two dozen women have claimed to be sexual assault victims of Cosby and have called from him to be held responsible for his alleged actions. The nonprofit group Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment has also insisted President Obama revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"There's no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism," the president said last week.
Cosby -- who has never been formally charged for sexual assault in connection with any of the allegations against him -- denied wrongdoing in the Constand case but settled it out of court.
"The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue," the Cosby camp said in a statement to ABC News. "That would have been very hurtful."
According to the Times, Cosby did admit during the deposition to giving women drugs but insisted he never did so without their knowledge.
Cosby's attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment. His attorney has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
ABC NEWS via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
  
A WAO story

June 2, 2015

Mother Rapes Gay son to Make him Straight


                                                                         

A gay boy was raped by his own mother in a misguided attempt to cure him of homosexuality.
An Indian LBGT organisation has warned that parents are so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children.
Gay sex is punishable with up to ten years in prison in India, meaning anxious families feel they have no choice but to carry out the "corrective rapes".
A homosexual girl who was in a relationship with another woman was also raped by her cousin in a bid to cure her.
A string of victims have sought help from the LGBT Collective in Telangana, which reported fifteen cases within the past five years.
But Vyjayanti Mogli who works in the southern Indian organisation's crisis intervention team said there were many more victims who were scared to speak out.
He told the Times of India: "We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported,
“We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes."

Indian parents are so desperate to have straight children they are encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children, an LBGT organization has warned

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Rape: The attack took place in Telengana
He said many victims wanted to block out memories of being attacked by a loved one so preferred to try and forget and cut off contact with their families rather than report it.
Shockingly, the parents are normally aware of the rape and have handpicked a family member, normally a cousin but also brother, father or mother, for the task.
Mr Mogli said in some communities in South India, marriages amongst cousins are common and parents decide which relation their daughter will be married to soon after her birth.
If this girl is discovered to be in a relationship with another girl, "elders in the family believe having sex with the 'would-be', even if it's forcibly, will cure her", he added.
The case of the teenage boy raped by his own mother was one of the many "shocking real life instances" from Bangalore that Hyderabadi filmmaker Deepthi Tadanki is dramatising in his upcoming film, Satyavati.
He said no one wanted to talk about corrective rape and his attempts he had tried reaching out to NGOs for information, only to be rebuffed.
He said: "Many rapes go unreported in India, and it will take years before something like corrective rape even gets talked about. That's why I wanted to tell this story."
In 2013 the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a colonial law which banned gay sex.
RUTH HALKON
Meanwhile a mother in California has been arrested after she made sex tapes with her 16-year-old son.
According to a 'Daily Mail' report, Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, 32, said the relationship was not one of incest, rather a 'genetic attraction'. Mom and son were reunited after 15 years. She's been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.
The incident came to light after the teen recorded his mother giving him oral sex on his phone. The boy was living with his dad and she had no custody rights. She first contacted him last year via Facebook and started sending inappropriate messages.
She allegedly also sent nude pictures of herself to the teenager.

December 22, 2014

Why This Young Rapist Should Not be allow to Play but a club wants him


                                                                           



Convicted rapist Ched Evans was this morning released from prison after serving half of his five year sentence.
The 25-year-old former Sheffield United striker is expected to make a “personal and profound” statement on his website next week and he has maintained his innocence throughout.
Until then, Women’s Aid has urged his former club not to allow him to return. The boss of Sheffield United, Nigel Clough, has reportedly held talks with officials about the possibility of him being allowed to play football with them again. 
This is what Polly Neate, the chief executive of Women’s Aid had to say on the matter: 
Sheffield United have to take responsibility for their response to the Ched Evans case, as a football club which is both an employer and a high profile brand. They have a significant leadership role in their community and there is no excuse for ignorance where violence against women and girls is concerned. Many employers would not wish to re-employ a convicted rapist in a high-profile position, because of the potential reputational risk and the message it sends out to others. While we would always support the principle of rehabilitating offenders, and encouraging those who have served their time to reintegrate back into society, an important element of rehabilitation is remorse and taking responsibility, which has not happened in this situation.
We know that football clubs play an important role in our communities for shaping the future, and we can help them to respond appropriately to the sexist attitudes that underpin the abuse of women and girls and that are used to excuse crimes such as the rape committed by Ched Evans.
But what the heck somebody wants him: 

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has said he wants to sign footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans.
After the club’s 1-1 draw with Oxford on Saturday, Moore, who took over as manager of the club this week, said that “if it could happen, I would want it to happen”.
He is a proven scorer - he’s served his time and the boy wants to play football.
If there is a chance he might come here, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t.
He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn’t apologised in the right way - and I know he has an appeal case pending - but if he gets on the park, he would go a long way to getting us out of trouble.
  • Ronnie Moore

Evans was told by his former club Sheffield United, who he had been training with following his release from prison, that they did not want him to sign or even to train with them any more last month after they received criticism from fans and the media.
Jessica Ennis-Hill asked for her name to be taken down from one of the club’s stands if they wanted to sign Evans and club patron Charlie Webster resigned because they allowed him to train with them.

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September 6, 2014

A paramedic who is straight is also a rapist pretending to be gay


                                                                      

Rapist paramedic Christopher Bridger 'pretended to be gay'

Christopher BridgerChristopher Bridger pleaded not guilty to the attacks
A trainee paramedic who pretended to be gay in order to sexually assault female friends has been jailed for 12 years.
Christopher Bridger, 25, of York Road, Stevenage, would become close to his victims and then assault them when they were drunk and vulnerable.
He was found guilty of assaulting two women while working at South East Coast Ambulance and raping a fellow student at St George's Hospital in London.
He pleaded not guilty during the trial at Guildford Crown Court.
The attacks took place between 2008 and 2012 in Addlestone, Walton-on-Thames and Epsom.
'Sexual predator'
Investigating officer PC Rhiannon Barton-Wolfe, from Surrey Police's sexual offences investigation team, said: "Bridger is a sexual predator who targeted vulnerable women he worked and studied with under the pretence that he was gay.
"He would become close to his young female victims, who believed he was their friend, taking them into his confidence and then sexually assaulting them when they were drunk.
"I would like to commend the victims in this case for their bravery in coming forward to speak out about what he did to them. I have no doubt that Bridger would have carried on offending had the victims not reported him to police."
Bridger was found not guilty of two further counts of sexual assault.
He was told he would have to serve at least half of his sentence and the remainder on licence.
He will also spend an additional three years on license when he is released.
BBC

August 8, 2014

Uncle with so called Super human powers got Super human Surprise as he tried to rape his Niece


                                                                        

The unnamed teen, believed to be around 17 or 18 years old, took the law into her own hands on July 2 in the Madhepura district in the Bihar state when, "armed with a recording device and a knife," she severed the penis of her attacker. 
The details: According to the Times of India, on July 1, the teen was taken to see her uncle, a Tantrist who claims to have supernatural powers. The uncle brought the girl to a private room and sexually assaulted her.
The following day, the uncle requested that the teen come to his home, where she arrived with her knife in tow. She allegedly recorded the incident on her cell phone, and as the uncle tried to rape her again, she responded by severing his penis.
After local police were alerted to the attack, they decided not to press charges against the teen. “We should applaud her bravery and courage," Bihar police official AK Singh told the Independent.
The uncle is still at large.
India's sexual violence problem: This particular triumph comes after a string of high-profile rape cases in India. In 2013, anti-rape laws were reformed after a 23-year-old woman was fatally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi. The government responded with harsher penalties for rape; now it is punishable by death.
Despite new reforms in the legal system, women still live with sexual violence in all sectors of society, in India and around the world. Someone is raped in India every 22 minutes, and in 2012 alone there were 24,923 reported cases. Somewhere between 1% and 10% of rape cases actually get reported, so that number is on the conservative side.
Poverty and a deep-rooted caste system continue to lead men to target young women sexually. But this teen's courage may show other Indian women that they don't need to take abuse lying down. Of course, no one is advocating for violence, of any kind. The solution to India's ongoing violence against women problem is not to arm all Indian females with knives, nor is it to tell women to drink less, wear longer skirts or walk home in groups. Instead, one hopes that this young woman's bravery will help push the dialogue forward, rallying support for changes that will continue to beef up India's legal protections while at the same time helping to change a culture that maintains such a strong gender-based power imbalance. That’s the type of empowerment we can all get behind.

May 7, 2014

Deputy Attorney General Charge with Rape on 16 Yr old Boy


 Daniel Simmons Delaware deputy attorney general

A Delaware deputy attorney general resigned Monday after he was arrested and charged with raping a 16-year-old boy he allegedly met through a popular gay dating app.
Daniel Simmons, 34, was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree. He was released Friday after posting $45,000 bail, according to the New Castle County Police Department.
Simmons met the teen on the popular gay dating app Grindr, according to New Castle County Police. The app, launched in 2009, is a social, location-based mobile app designed to connect gay and bisexual men, according to its website.
Police began investigating Simmons in March after receiving a tip from someone who became aware of the alleged incident. The investigation continued until police officers went to Simmons' office on Friday to interview him. They arrested him the same day, said Officer Tracy Duffy, a spokeswoman for the New Castle County Police.
Simmons was placed on administrative leave after his arrest and resigned from his post Monday. He had been a prosecutor with the Delaware attorney general's office since November 2006, agency spokesman Jason Miller told the Delaware News Journal.
State prosecutor Kathleen Jennings released a statement Monday saying, "We are deeply disturbed by the conduct alleged in this case. We are most concerned for the welfare of the victim. This case will be vigorously pursued to justice. Ethically, we are prohibited from saying more," according to the News Journal.
It is unclear whether Simmons has hired an attorney.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has not commented on the case.
 

January 17, 2014

Male Rape, Men and Rape


  

Rape can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Any male can be the victim of sexual assault, regardless of age, class, race, culture, disability or sexual orientation.

Although few men expect to be raped, it happens more than most people realise. Approximately one in twelve adults seen by sexual assault services are men.

Thousands of men are raped each year, yet only a fraction of these assaults are reported. Male rape is one of the most under-reported crimes; male rape survivors are among the most under-served crime victims.

In our society, enormous stigma is associated with being the victim of sexual assault.

Survivors of sexual assault frequently encounter unsupportive or even hostile reactions from the criminal justice system, social service providers, family, friends, and lovers.

As a result, male survivors of sexual assault too often suffer the enormous trauma that rape can create in isolation and silence, trying to forget that the assault ever happened.

The aim of this package is to provide advice, information and reassurance to men who have been raped and encourage them to seek counselling from specialist sexual assault services to assist them in overcoming the trauma they have experienced.

Men’s Stories

John, aged 23, had been working late at his new job and went with Phil, his boss, for a drink to the pub. Because he lived a long way from where he worked, John took up Phil’s offer to stay at his home for the night. Back at his place, Phil went to kiss John. When John pushed him away Phil got angry and hit him. John was scared he would be really hurt or killed. He froze and could do nothing to protect himself as Phil proceeded to sexually assault him. John hasn’t told any of his friends any family why he quit his job and has found himself becoming more and more depressed as the weeks go by. He feels ashamed that he did not fight off his attacker.

Dean, aged 34, was at a party with his girlfriend. She took the car home early because she was working the next day. Because he was feeling too drunk to walk, Dean accepted a lift home from a guy he had met at the party. On the way home the man stopped his van, pulled Dean into the back and raped him. Dean is 190cm tall and weighs 85kg.

Mark was walking home from a football game through a park near his home. Two men grabbed him from behind and while one held him down the other raped him. For two months afterwards, Mark had very frightening flashbacks to the assault. During these flashbacks he felt as though it was happening all over again. He still feels ashamed that he got an erection while the assault was taking place, even though his counsellor has told him that this is not at all uncommon.

Lee was 17 when his older brother forced him to have oral sex in the shower one day. His brother told him not to bother telling anyone because they wouldn’t believe him. Because boys had often called him a poofter at his school and because his brother was engaged to be married, Lee thought what his brother said was true.

Jason had gone out to a party with some friends. While he was there, he met two guys who asked him back to their place for coffee later. When they arrived, they had a joint and some more to drink. Jason thought the drink tasted a bit strange at first but then thought no more about it. Jason woke up in a strange bed the next day with no recollection of what had happened during the night. He was aware, however, that his anus was very sore. He got out of the house as quickly as he could. Jason went to a sexual health clinic for an STD screening but did not tell the doctor what had happened. Six months later, he knows he has not contracted any sexually transmitted diseases but the discomfort and lack of trust he feels around men is still causing him problems.

What is rape?

Rape/sexual assault refers to any sexual contact without consent

For men, this may include:

-          Penetration of the anus by any part of another person’s body (eg. Penis, finger) or by any object manipulated by another person.

-          Penetration of the mouth by another man’s penis.

A man is raped (or sexually assaulted) when he is forced to engage in these activities without his consent.





Other forms of unwanted sexual activity

Other kinds of unwanted sexual activity (for example touching of the genitals through clothing) are called “indecent assault” or “acts of indecency” and are also against the law.

Rape is a crime of violence

Many people believe that rape is a sexual act. Although rape involves sexual acts, it is motivated by the desire for power and control over another person rather than by sexual attraction or the desire for sexual gratification. In other words, rape is a crime of violence. Rape also occurs when someone forces or tricks another person into unwanted sexual activity, even if actual physical violence is not involved.

Myths and Facts about Male Rape

Within the community, there are many common but mistaken beliefs about rape. It is important to recognise and challenge these beliefs because they create a climate in which men who have been raped are very reluctant to speak about what has happened to them and so do not receive the acceptance, understanding and support they need.

The following examples of common but mistaken beliefs about rape are accompanied by a brief outline of the facts.

Myth: A strong man can’t be raped. He must have consented.

Fact: In fact, being strong is no defence against rape and just because a man did not fight off his attacker does not mean he consented. Surprise, a weapon, threats, being outnumbered, or being frozen by fear makes fighting back impossible for most victims. Any man can be raped when his attacker, for whatever reason, has more power.

Myth: Men are the offenders of sexual assault, not the victims.

Fact: Although most offenders of sexual violence are men, men can also be victims. The majority of sexual violence against males is perpetrated by other males.

Myth: Only gay men are raped.

Fact: Both heterosexual and homosexual men are raped and statistics show that victims are more likely to be straight than gay. Sexual preference is not generally relevant, except perhaps where the victim is the target of an attack motivated by homophobia.

Myth: Only gay men rape other men.

Fact: Both heterosexual and homosexual men rape other men. Those who commit sexual assault are motivated by the desire for power over others and so sexual preference is not particularly relevant to them.

Myth: Men do not usually know their assailant.

Fact: Although men are sometimes sexually assaulted by strangers, it is more common for them to know their attacker. Sexual assault services see men who have been raped by strangers, acquaintances, family members, teachers, colleagues, youth leaders, and others.

Myth: If it’s someone you know, it’s not rape.

Fact: Your rights over your body are the same whoever is involved. If the attacker is someone you know and trust, the abuse is in many ways worse.

Myth: If a victim is sexually aroused during an assault, it means he wants to be raped.

Fact: Sometimes males who are being raped experience or are forced into a state of sexual arousal. This does not mean that the individual wants to be raped. This response, which may be involuntary, is one way the body chooses to protect itself from the physical and emotional trauma of the attack.

Myth: Rape of men only happens in prison.

Fact: Those who claim that rape of males happens only in prisons contribute to the continuing denial of the problem of rape in the larger community. Sexual assault can occur anytime, anyplace.

Myth: All rape victims are young and weak.

Fact: Any male, not matter how old or strong, can be the victim of sexual assault.

Myth: The best way to cope with rape is to forget about it.

Fact: Denying the impact of rape can have serious emotional consequences. Virtually any reaction is normal. These can include anger, fear, guilt, self-blame, denial, depression, sexual dysfunction, sleeplessness, feelings of helplessness, feelings of being out of control and difficult with concentration. The intensity of these feelings can contribute to the individual’s decision not to tell anyone about the assault.

Special Issues for Men Who Have Been Sexually Abuse

There are some long-term effects of sexual abuse that are different for men than for women. Most of these differences are related to the ‘macho’ culture in which we are raised. Boys are taught that they are expected to be independent and unable to be hurt or victimised.

-          Many men have difficulty asking for help.

-          Men are raised in a society that does not allow them to see themselves as victims.

-          Men/boys are unlikely to tell the ‘secret’ to anyone.

-          Men are taught that they are supposed to be strong, in control and able to protect themselves at all times.

-          Being a victim of sexual abuse can cause men to question their masculinity and sexual identity.

-          Men do not think of themselves as sexual objects, therefore the sexual abuse experience does not make sense to them.

-          Many men tend to be unaware of their feelings, they sometimes do not realise they are depressed or in emotional pain and therefore find it more difficult to attend therapy.



The impact of rape and sexual assault

Rape is an overwhelming experience, which can lead to a whole range of feelings and reactions. Rape is also a very personal experience and there is no right or wrong way to react. Each individual is different and each individual’s way of coping will be different. Many people who have been raped have described experiencing the feelings and reactions described below. You may have some or all of these.

Shock/disbelief:

In the days and nights following the assault you may have a sense of shock and a general feeling of numbness. You may even find it hard to believe that the assault has happened and think you are going crazy.

Fear:

Sexual assault can be a life-threatening experience. After the assault you may find that you are afraid of people, afraid of being alone, afraid of the offender returning. Things which seemed safe before no longer seem that way. This fear is normal and may mean that you have become more conscious of your safety. Looking after yourself and being cautious is okay.

Anger:

You may feel angry for lots of reasons. This anger is not necessarily a negative emotion: you have the right to feel angry about what happened. It is important to work out a safe way of expressing the anger you feel. A sexual assault counsellor can help with this.

Shame/embarrassment:

You may feel embarrassed or ashamed when people you know learn that you have been assaulted and you may begin to feel as though, wherever you go, people can tell what has happened. If these feelings become overwhelming, try to remind yourself that lots of men have been raped but you cannot tell who they are.

Concerns about sexuality:

Because of the myth that only gay men are raped, sometimes heterosexual men who are raped begin to wonder if they are gay or fear that others will think they are. Gay men fear that others will think they ‘asked for it.’ If you begin to feel like this, bear in mind that rape is about power, not sexuality, and that both straight and gay men can be sexually assaulted.

Fear of not being believed:

The myth that men cannot be raped makes men reluctant to tell others for fear they will not be believed. If you tell someone who seems disbelieving, don’t be discouraged. Confide in someone who will be more supportive and discuss your concerns with a counsellor.

Guilt:

For a variety of reasons, most people who are raped feel guilty about what has happened and blame themselves. Although these feelings are very common, they are not justified: no one deserves to be raped. It is important to remember that you have done nothing wrong and that the offender is responsible for the assault.

Flashbacks:

You may find at first that the assault is constantly on your mind. After a while these thoughts may become flashbacks which are triggered by things that remind you of the assault, for example a particular time of the day, a smell, or seeing someone who resembles the offender. At first you may find that you cannot control the flashbacks but in time they will become less frequent.

Sleep disturbance:

Your sleeping patters may be disrupted. You may find that you cannot fall asleep or that your sleep is disrupted by nightmares. This usually settles down after a while.

Depression:

Many men experience depression in the months after the assault and for some the emotional pain persists. Sometimes, to numb the pain, they increase their use of alcohol and other drugs. Many even have thoughts of suicide. If you feel this way, seek help immediately.

Relationship difficulties:

Sexual assault may affect the way you feel about all sorts of relationships in your life. Some people find it hard to trust anyone anymore; some find they want to be alone; some find they need to be with someone all the time; and some have reported difficulties in intimate relationships, for example not feeling like sex.

Getting help and support:

Men who have been raped are often very reluctant to seek help. They are accustomed to bottling things up rather than talking about them. Their reluctance to speak out may be increased by the fact that they are misled by some of the myths and misconceptions about men and rape, which are common in the community. Although it can be hard at first to talk about the effects of being assaulted, most people find that it is very helpful to do so.

Sexual assault support services

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted may seek help from a Sexual Assault Service, and there is much to be gained from doing this. Sexual assault services employ counsellors who are experienced in working with men and women who have been sexually assaulted. The help and support these counsellors provide can be an important step in recovering from the trauma you have experienced.

Sexual assault services offer the following:

Crisis counselling:

Crisis counselling is an opportunity to talk about the way you are feeling and obtain any information you may require. Crisis counselling is particularly useful after a recent assault, or to assist in dealing with flashbacks as they occur.

Forensic and general medical examinations for people recently assaulted:

If you first attend the sexual assault service as the result of a recent assault, the counsellor will ask you whether you would like to have a forensic/medical examination.  A medical examination services three purposes: to address any medical concerns you may have about your body, to find out whether you need medical attention, and to collect any possible forensic evidence for legal purposes.

Follow-up counselling:

Follow-up counselling is available to both victims and their non-offending partners, family and friends, whether male or female. Counselling is available whether or not you decide to have a medical examination or to take legal action. Counselling provides a valuable opportunity for talking about the impact the assault has had on you and your life and for considering how you can recover from it.

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