Showing posts with label Sex Abuse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sex Abuse. Show all posts

August 28, 2018

Priests Sex Abuse Scandal Keeps Parishioners From Mass

Right inside the doorway of Courey and Andy Leer's house just outside of Pittsburgh, you're met with a golden cross, some palms, "and then we have a little Mary holy water holder," said Courey, 31. "We got some holy water for our wedding but we never like replenish it. It just hangs out there."
The Leers are among a number of Catholics in Pennsylvania who told NPR and its Pennsylvania stations that they opted to skip Mass this weekend, following the release of a grand jury report alleging widespread childhood sexual abuse in dioceses across the state. 
The Leers were both raised Catholic, and for the past few months were increasingly active in their parish, attending more weekday Masses and even starting a new ministry. While they each said their spirituality is personal, for them, being Catholic is really more about identity and culture.
"I think for the longest time it wasn't a matter of 'how does this make you feel, what's your relationship with Jesus?' It was just 'yeah, we're Catholic.' It's what we do. It's what our family does," Courey said.
But for the past weeks, they've been grappling with the news about the grand jury's clergy abuse report.
Andy, 32, said it's not the first time he's been thinking about this. When he was a teenager, claims against his own priest surfaced. The allegations against Father Joseph Pease were a few decades old, and appeared to be isolated. Pease was relocated to another parish.
"So we were OK back then to say 'we've gotten rid of the bad apple, the rest of the bunch is OK,' " he said. 
A few years ago he saw the movie Spotlight, about the investigation of sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese, and he understood the scope of what was going on.
"But it doesn't really hit until it's in your backyard," he said.
Pennsylvania's grand jury report alleges 300 so-called "predator priests" abused more than 1,000 boys and girls across the state. It also includes evidence of a systematic cover up by church leaders dating back decades. Pittsburgh's Bishop David Zubik said the church has learned from the past, and implemented measures to prevent that from happening again. 
Courey Leer is skeptical.
"So it goes beyond just the priests and their superiors," she said. "It leads me to question entire Catholic communities. Who knew what? And not only why didn't they expose them, but, how long have people been turning the other way?"
Even before the report was released, Mass attendance had been declining for years within the Pittsburgh Diocese. Now, the Leers said they don't feel right attending services while so many others have been hurt by the church. They said they're standing in solidarity with the victims rather than the institution.
Courey did attend services with her 2-year-old daughter the day after the report was released, but they didn't stay long.
"I think a part of me was thinking I'm going to go to Mass and I'm going to get an OK to leave and not come back," she said. "And of course that's not going to happen. Part of me just wanted someone to say 'we really messed up, it's all on us, and you guys use your own moral discretion to decide what's best because we have no moral authority.'"
She said her priest did acknowledge the report, but offered little more than prayers. 
"And my daughter ran off and she found this beautiful long stained glass window, and the sun was coming in, and she was exploring all the lights coming through. There was yellow and blue and red, and it was beautiful, and to a 2-year old that's what makes church special," Leer said.
Courey said the beautiful sacred space is what makes church special to her, too. Right after the homily, the two stood up and walked out the doors.
"And I'm thinking 'is this our last Mass?' And it's hard. I can't fathom when she's 8 years old saying 'no we don't go to church, sorry you can't receive communion, even though your mom and dad did, your grandparents did, you don't get to do that.' "
The Leers said they'll miss the sacraments, community dinners, and the music ministry. But they would like to see church leaders push for more investigations into sexual abuse at diocese across the country.
"They don't need to be worried about our spirituality right now," Andy said. "They need to be worried about dealing with the corruption, and dealing with the priests that are out there that need to answer for what they've done, and the people that have potentially covered up and withheld information." 
After the report was released, Pittsburgh's Bishop David Zubik told his parishioners that an expert will review the diocese's abuse prevention and reporting policies. The church said it will also create a new position to monitor clergy who have been removed from ministry.
The Leers don't know what it will take for them to go back, but said it will take time for their faith to be restored in the Catholic Church.

August 22, 2018

Asia Argento Denies Sex Child Allegation but Confirms a Payment Was Made by Anthony Bourdain to Bennett

The Italian actress, who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, responds to a report that she allegedly paid off her own sexual assault accuser.

Asia Argento on Tuesday morning denied that she ever had a sexual relationship with an underage male in response to a Sunday New York Times report.
The Italian actress, who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, was accused of secretly paying off a young male actor who accused her of sexual misconduct in the months after her revelations about the disgraced movie mogul. 
Argento said the assault never happened. However, she did say a payment was made to child actor Jimmy Bennett by her then-boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, so Bennett would stop harassing them. 
"I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false," she said in a statement obtained by journalist Yashar Ali. "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."
Argento says Bennett tried to extort her. And rather than having a long, drawn-out battle in the press amid the Weinstein scandal, it was Bourdain who said a payment would be made in order to make the situation disappear, she said.  
"This is, therefore, the umpteenth development of a sequence of events that brings me great sadness and that constitutes a long-standing persecution," Argento continued in the statement. "I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all competent venues."
Now 22, Bennett was a prolific child actor and notably starred as a young James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. He also had roles in PoseidonEvan Almighty and Firewall. Argento and Bennett co-starred in 2004's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, which Argento wrote and directed. Bennett played Argento's son.
Read Argento's full statement below:
I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article dated 20 August 2018, as circulated also in national and international news.
I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.
I was linked to him during several years by friendship only, which ended when, subsequent to my exposure in the Weinstein case, Bennett — who was then undergoing severe economic problems and who had previously undertaken legal actions against his own family requesting millions in damages — unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect. 
Antony [sic] insisted the matter be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us. We decided to deal compassionately with Bennett's demand for help and give it to him. Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would  no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.
This is, therefore, the umpteenth development of a sequence of events that brings me great sadness and that constitutes a long-standing persecution. I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all competent venues.
Asia Argento

August 16, 2018

1356 Page Grand Jury Report, 300 Predator Priests, 1000 Abused Children and How The Church Hid the Whole Thing

Follow up from Yesterday

REUTERS/Jim Young 
  • A grand jury in Pennsylvania released a 1,300-word report Tuesday detailing allegations about the Roman Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse of nearly 1,000 children by 300 "predator priests."
  • The report details what investigators described in the report as a "a playbook for concealing the truth" that was used by officials to cover up 70 years of abuse of children by 300 Roman Catholic priests.
  • Across files from six dioceses, special agents identified several patterns using special language and illegitimate investigations to downplay accusations and protect the priests.

A grand jury in Pennsylvania released a 1,300-page report Tuesday detailing allegations that the Roman Catholic Church spent decades covering up sexual abuse claims against 300 "predator priests" who are said to have targeted nearly 1,000 children. 
The report covers 70 years of alleged abuse and the lengths that church officials went to cover up the accusations, using what investigators described in the report as a "a playbook for concealing the truth." 
Special agents identified several common practices across the files from the six dioceses they investigated that kept the accusations within the church, and avoided recording any criminal identifications in the documents. 
The report lays out what it said were mechanisms for shielding accused priests from legitimate punishment, including: 
  • Using euphemisms for the sexual assaults. "Never say 'rape'; say 'inappropriate contact' or 'boundary issues.'" 
  • Choosing fellow clergy members, not unbiased professionals to "ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work." 
  • "For an appearance of integrity, send priests for 'evaluation' at church -run psychiatric treatment centers," as the priest's diagnosis would be mostly based on his own "'self -reports,' regardless of whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child." 
  • To completely conceal any wrongdoing even if the priest is removed, "don't say why. Tell his parishioners that he is on "sick leave," or suffering from 'nervous exhaustion.' Or say nothing at all." 
  • "Even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses, although he may be using these resources to facilitate more sexual assaults." 
  • If a predator's conduct becomes known to the community, don't remove him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized. Instead, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser." 
  • "Finally and above all, don't tell the police," though sexual abuse of minors is a universally punishable crime, "don't treat it that way; handle it like a personnel matter, 'in house,'" the text said, according to the report. 
The report goes on to list 300 cases of individual priests from Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg dioceses with names and graphic details from their accusers.  Some of the accused priests protested the report after it was announced, saying it would unfairly damage their reputations. Some information in the document is redacted, but the court released it in full. 
For decades, the Catholic Church has been hit with sexual abuse allegations in parishes worldwide. Pope Francis has recently accepted a number of resignations from church officials in Chile and Argentina as a result. 
The Pope admitted in 2017 the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realizing the damage done by predatory priests who had been accused of raping and molesting children, and was only made worse by the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than punishing and removing them.

Read the full report below: 

August 15, 2018

Predator Priests in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and May be Other Places Too

A counselor at a South Jersey Jewish Community Center camp is under investigation for alleged child sex abuse.
Officials with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey sent a letter to parents Monday informing them of the allegations against a male assistant counselor at the JCC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. 
Officials told parents a child at the camp was injured about two weeks ago after an interaction with the counselor. The counselor was transferred to the kitchen but officials with a state agency determined the incident was accidental.
A week later, a parent accused the same counselor of inappropriately touching a child at the camp. The counselor was suspended. On Friday, more child sexual assault allegations surfaced against him.
“We have been consulting with the Prosecutor’s Office,” officials wrote in their letter to parents. “Its investigation continues, and we are working with them to not do anything that might hinder the investigation. This afternoon, we were given the green light to send this letter to you.”
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office told NBC10 they were aware of the allegations against the counselor but would not comment any further.
“I’ve been a member for years,” Lindsay Feuer of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said. “My son went to camp here. I’ve always had a very positive experience here. I’m not here to demonize the JCC but I don’t feel like this was handled well.”
Feuer said the accused counselor watched her 3-year-old daughter.
“I don’t understand why I wasn’t called and told,” she said. “They’ve known about it for I don’t know how long.”
The suspended counselor’s identity has not been revealed. JCC officials say they remain vigilant and continue to work with investigators, “for the safety and security of our children which is always our priority.”

July 6, 2018

The Bull Dog In Congress Rep.Jim Jordan Calls Capital Police to Protect Him Against His Victims

 Jim Jordan with Russ Hellickson (picture credit Facebook)

[By Sunlen Serfaty and Clare Foran, CNN]

Washington (CNN)Rep. Jim Jordan's office will contact Capitol Hill police after receiving emails from an alleged victim of sexual abuse at Ohio State University when the Ohio Republican was an assistant wrestling coach, a source within the office told CNN Wednesday.
The source added that the messages were vaguely threatening in nature in part because of the amount of emails sent, and that Jordan did not respond to the emails because he felt the man was "bullying him."
Email correspondence from alleged victim and former Ohio State wrestler Michael DiSabato to the congressman obtained by CNN shows that he sent Jordan an email on April 24 expressing concerns about the sexual abuse scandal, and asked Jordan to help given his knowledge of it. DiSabato told CNN there was no response.
NBC News first reported allegations on Tuesday that the powerful Ohio congressman was aware of allegations that Dr. Richard Strauss was molesting members of the wrestling team when he was an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, but that he ignored those claims of abuse.
    CNN has not confirmed all of the details of the NBC report. Jordan and his office have continually denied that he knew of any such behavior. 
    DiSabato had been sending emails for a few months, the source said, adding that the congressman didn't respond to the emails because he didn't want to encourage the behavior. 
    DiSabato told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on "Newsroom" Wednesday that the idea that his messages to the congressman amounted to bullying is "laughable."
    "Jim Jordan is a world-caliber athlete who is very aggressive in his actions ... he's a bulldog, let's be honest," DiSabato said during an interview. "So for him to say he was being bullied by Mike DiSabato is somewhat laughable." 
    He added, "I think Jim is in a position where he doesn't know what to say now." 
    Speaking to reporters at a Fourth of July celebration in Fremont, Ohio, earlier on Wednesday, Jordan said he last spoke with DiSabato early this spring but that he had been emailed as recently as 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    The investigative team looking into the allegations of sexual abuse said Tuesday they had reached out to Jordan by email and phone asking for interviews. In a letter obtained by CNN, legal counsel for Ohio State said that to date Jordan has not responded to their requests. Jordan's office said Wednesday it has still not found any communications from the investigators. The chief of staff reached out to investigators Tuesday to clarify whether there were any but has yet to hear back.
    In Fremont, Jordan said he "never knew of any abuse from Dr. Strauss, plain and simple."
    "We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse. If we had, we would have reported it," Jordan said. "If, in fact, there's problems, we want justice for the people who were victims, obviously, and as I said, we are happy to talk with the folks who are doing the investigation. But the things they said about me just were flat-out not true."
    Jordan acknowledged he was aware that Strauss did shower with the team, but described that as just the nature of how the facility was set up. 
    "We had a separate locker room, but the shower facility was sort of in the general area," the congressman said. When a reporter asked if the doctor showered with the team, he responded, "Yes, he would do that, but there were faculty, staff, other students -- that was just the nature of how the arrangement was."

    Jordan 'knew it all,' alleged victim says

    DiSabato, a former wrestler at OSU, told CNN Tuesday there is no question in his mind that Jordan "knew it all." He added that during his time at OSU, Strauss' alleged abuse of athletes was widely known and discussed.
    "We trained every day together. His (Jordan's) locker was located next to Doc Strauss. It was a common uncomfortable joke that Doc was a serial groper," DiSabato said. "Doc likes to hold your penis. Everyone knew it."
    DiSabato told CNN he had been groped by Strauss dozens of times.
    "I never saw Doc Strauss over a nine-year time frame where he didn't ask me to -- where I went to see him for medicine or whatever, finger injury, shoulder, knee -- where he did not want to examine my testicles," he said. "He groped. Every time."
    Ohio State University announced in April it was investigating allegations that Strauss, who died in 2005, had abused team members from the mid-1970s to late 1990s. Three former wrestlers told NBC News it was known that the doctor would shower regularly with the students and touch them inappropriately during appointments.
    When stories about the investigation became public this spring, Jordan told The Columbus Dispatch, "I had not heard about any type of abuse at all," adding that "no one reported any type of abuse" to him.
    Jordan is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, an influential group of Republicans who are known as the most conservative members on the Hill. He has been "encouraged by some of his colleagues" to consider a run for House speaker, according to caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican.
    A spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, called the accusations against Jordan "serious" and said they should be investigated.
    "These are serious allegations and issues," Doug Andres told CNN in a statement. "The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry."

    July 4, 2018

    Britain Calls for Kevin Spacey! No Not an Offer but More Complaints of Sexual Abuse

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    🦊Adam ~~ Kevin Spacey has been getting his knuckles white and running out of phone numbers to call. He wants to get back into either cinema or Tv. He might even go for a play on Broadway. Not that he doesn't have a lot of favors to collect and lots of longtime friends. Everyone has stayed away from him because they did not want to get illicit gay sex on their hands. It's sticky and hard to wash off, more like tar. As a matter of fact, there was talk that someone, it could be Netflix was talking to him. He is an Oscar-winning actor that was closeted only to him because everyone knew he was queer, even his mom which he used as an excused to stay closeted. Mom's are the first one to know no matter how shock they seem when you come out.
    Now that the door was beginning to show a little light coming from the other side; His misdeeds are following him from Britain! You can't hide forever and he is been all over the world so you can imagine, But the problem has been he never followed the rules which say don't defecate where you eat. He was taking advantage of his situation a la Weinstein to get people under his net. Shame!

    British police are investigating six claims of sexual assault or assault by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, three more than previously disclosed.
    British media reported earlier this year that London's Metropolitan Police force was investigating three allegations against the former "House of Cards" star.
    Police in Britain doesn't name suspects until they are charged. Asked about Spacey, the force did not identify him by name but said Wednesday that detectives had received a total of five allegations of sexual assault and one of assault against a man.
    Five of the alleged offenses took place in London between 1996 and 2008, and the sixth in the western English city of Gloucester in 2013.

    Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, has been accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by numerous men since American actor Anthony Rapp alleged last year that Spacey had climbed on top of him on a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26.
    After Rapp's allegation, London's Old Vic theater, where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years until 2015, launched an investigation into its former leader. The theater said in November that it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Spacey, and had encouraged 14 of the complainants to go to the police.

    Spacey apologized to Rapp in October for "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior" and later released a statement saying he was seeking unspecified treatment. He has not commented on the other allegations.
    In the wake of the allegations, he was fired from the political drama "House of Cards" and erased from Ridley Scott feature "All the Money in the World." The film "Billionaire Boys Club," a financial drama Spacey shot in 2015, is due for release this summer.
    Associated Press

    November 12, 2017

    John Travolta's Massage Therapist Accuses Him of Sex Molestation

    A massage therapist named Marky Hutt has accused American actor John Travolta of molesting him during a 2010 massage session in a Rochester, New York hotel. On Oct. 10, 2017, Twitter stream, Hutt accused Travolta of offering him money for sexual contact, grabbing his crotch and buttocks and ejaculating on Hutt’s jeans during a massage session in Travolta’s hotel room. Several similar John Travolta massage therapist stories have emerged against the actor since 2013.

     Marky Hutt  (Tweeter)

     Details of the John Travolta massage therapist accusation
    Here is part of Hutt’s story about his alleged encounter with Travolta [edited for clarity]:
    In the summer of 2010, I received a call to do an onsite massage at the Hyatt Hotel in Rochester, New York where the actor was looking at homes at Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), and when I arrived at the room, John Travolta was on the bed, naked under a towel, smoking a cigar & watching gay porn on his laptop. 
    The gentleman who picked me up for the massage then proceeded to set up a camera in the corner of the room as I set up my oils & massage table. Long story longer, halfway through the massage, Travolta proceeded to rub my ass & grab my crotch over my jeans.
    After verbally telling him NO & letting him know that I was extremely uncomfortable, Travolta went on to say “Come on … nobody will ever find out. Come on, what do you want, more money? Nobody will know.”
    After telling Travolta that I’ve had enough and that I was cutting the session short, he proceeded to go into his luggage & handed me close to $2,000. I left shortly after and I contacted the Rochester Police Department where they did NOTHING. This is why many men & women do not come forward. Especially men. The stigma that a man can be sexually assaulted while on the job is basically taboo and unheard of.
    I’ve been publicly silent for SEVEN years. While my lawyers (The Bressler Firm) wasted a lot of time with John Travolta’s lawyer (Marty Singer) trying to reach a resolution. After MANY private meetings and multiple settlements offer and getting the runaround, the statute of limitations in New York eventually expired.
    Though he doesn’t mention Travolta’s ejaculation in the Twitter thread quoted above, Hutt claims to have kept the jeans bearing Travolta’s semen stains. He also claims that Travolta’s lawyer has offered him three different settlements of $15,000, $35,000 and $75,000, all of which Hutt has turned down.
    Hutt he claims his refusal comes from a desire to expose Travolta rather than holding out for a larger sum. He also says that he has received e-mailed death threats since sharing his John Travolta massage therapist story. 

    Gay rumors and other John Travolta massage therapist allegations

    Rumors about Travolta’s sexuality have long circulated. In a self-published 2010 book entitled You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again, author Robert Randolph claimed to have seen Travolta engaging in different male-on-male sex acts in Los Angeles’ City Spa.
    In 2012, two unnamed massage therapists sued Travolta for allegedly initiating sex during their massage sessions. Both accusers ended up dropping their cases.
    A 2013 Gawker article entitled “Travolta’s Insurer Paid at Least $84,000 Last Year Over Sexual Assault Claims” mentioned “Fabian Zanzi, a former cruise-ship employee who claimed [Travolta] rubbed his ‘erect penis’ against him.”
    And in 2013 stand up routine, comedienne Margaret Cho called Travolta “extremely gay.”

    During the bit, she mentioned the two aforementioned anonymous sexual harassment lawsuits brought by massage therapists. When asked about whether she had outed Travolta in her routine, Cho said, “not really” because that’s “like outing Liberace.” She continued:
    Ultimately, I think he’s a good guy, and I think he is suffering, and it’s sad for somebody like that, who has made such a big contribution to film and to pop culture, who are made to live under this guise of heterosexuality. I’m actually on his side.
    In a 2010 interview with The Advocate, actress Carrie Fisher also said that Travolta was gay.
    Travolta is married to American actress Kelly Preston. He is also a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, which believes in “curing” people of their homosexuality.
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    November 11, 2017

    More Accusations of Indecent Behavior by Men From Hollywood and a Self Experience

    I wanted to concentrate this weekend on the wave of people coming out with past experiences of sexual assault (intimidation or non-consensual sex between two adults or one adult and an underage victim.)
    The problem with that is there are so many of those incidents coming out this week I can't just pick one and ignore the others. I could concentrate on the LGBT ones but how can I ignore the straight men doing this which is at the core simply because there are more of them. 

    I have never seen any straight episodes but on a couple of occasions, I experienced gay ones.
    One older guy going for a younger guy, which was not appropriate.  It was at "Boots and Saddles" NYC, back 30 years ago. This guy just intimidated a younger guy who did not want to leave the place where he was, he did not want to be driven away. He kept changing his space to stay away from this straight looking gay man who thought that either he was going to drive this guy out of the bar or at the very least get him to talk to him and put his arms around him(he already did that and the guy ran off from that space).
     I was about 5 yrs older than the guy in trouble here. I admired that he decided the assaulting guy was not going to drive him out but it was obvious he didn't know anyone there. I got offended by this situation and felt bad for the guy. I interceded and had to do it very strongly which was the reason I waited to see if the guy would leave the bar. The guy and I started a conversation which was easy for me to do and that disarmed the older guy because now the younger guy and I were talking and becoming friends. It's just so happened that he left with me that night and accepted an invitation for more. I thought he had been placed on my path and he was. I felt so good being with him, we had a lot in common except he had this thing about Puerto Ricans that they all cheat. I'm sure that was his experience. I understood it until it turned on me and he would take everything I told him with a big rock of salt, not a grain. The short relationship lasted until the first date of our meeting. He cursed me out just because I moved from the place he told me to wait for him and not move. I moved because he ordered me to stay in a spot and I wanted to see how this young guy was going to take it when he saw I had my own mind and was being too aggressive.
     I was just testing him because I had to make decisions about him and me, whether this was to be stopped there or be continued. He did not want to be just friends. He warned me of what he was going to do if when he came back he did not find me there.  I was curious...He was behaving with me opposite than at that bar. He had become aggressive. Finally, he got back (never told where he was going. Maybe he was getting an engagement ring??)  He said I was cruising for someone else. Cursed me out as a Puerto Rican etc. etc. I knew he was damaged and I could not help him there. I already had issues with the guy I was semi-dating which we kept breaking up every other month. This guy I thought would be the one that will make me drop some people in my life I no longer wanted to be with but also I did not want to be alone. I was never sorry I met him even after he cursed me out; I knew he had to be hurting about something recent.

    The other experience involved someone from Hollywood who at that time spent a lot of time in NY. I didn't even know he was gay until he grabbed my crotch at the "Monster bar' in the West Village. That was 15 yrs ago and his name is Philben. I won't say whether that is his first or last name because he has come out since then. Things came out ok because of that I'm tall and 15 yrs ago I looked like an I worked out (I didn't, except jog).But he grabbed by my crotch and try to push me back to a corner (right behind me) in the bar where they had a private bathroom. When I stood my ground by staying standing and just looking at him trying to figure out what was going on. I would have met him if he introduced himself to me, etc. but that is not what he had in mind on his way to the bathroom. He wanted to take a bathroom buddy with him. So he went alone to the bathroom and by the time he came out there was a guy from his entourage who took him back to the part of the bar where they were all sitting. 

    Today's newest headlines are Richard Dreifus, this time the father, Dreifus Sr. doing the penis showtime with a woman friend. He denies it. 

    Also, there is one of the people I have the greatest respect for and that is George Takei. 
    He is accused of giving alcohol maybe laced with a drug and trying to rape a younger guy. He denies it. 
    I do believe both Dreifus and Takei are honorable men now and if they committed these assaults, their memories will come back like it did with Stacey and CK. I think eventually we'll know

    This is not going to stop because this has been an everyday occurrence, still happening with men that because they have achieved something, they think it gives them the power to grab a stranger's crotch on the way to the bathroom( I stood still and not reacted forcibly because I knew who he was).
    Someone else might have experienced a self-defense push back or punched him in the eye.

    For the others, they are or think they are in a position to be protected and assault someone's most guarded personal possession which is their sexuality. Something we are glad to share but taken away it has a hurt that stays with the person because it is something stolen that cannot be put back.

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