(LIVERPOOL) Crown Court Report: A man who sexually abused a young boy in the 1990s has been handed an 18 months sentence suspended for 2 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.10: Gross indecency with a boy under the age of fourteen years of age: Brady sexually abused his victim several times at a property in Liverpool: The victim came forward to the police in 2019: After numerous enquiries were carried out Brady was charged with several matters of gross indecency, indecent assault and inciting a boy under fourteen years of age to commit an act of gross indecency.

#AceDaileyNews Court Report: John Paul Brady, 45 years, of Brookdale, Ainsdale was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1990’s sentenced to 18-months suspended for 2yrs …..

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Speaking after his sentencing Detective Inspector Steven O’Neill said:

Thanks to the bravery of Brady’s victim who found the strength to report the sickening abuse we were able to finally bring him to justice.

“Brady’s despicable crimes have haunted his victim when he should have felt safe and cared for. In his own words he said: ‘To this day and for the rest of my life the events and specific words will stick with me’.”

“Although this result can never replace the victim’s childhood that was ruined by Brady, we hope it provides some closure and encourages others who have been subjected to sexual abuse to be brave and report it to police.”

Anyone who wants to report a sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers, or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111: Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and sexual abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.

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(BELFAST,N.I.) Laganside Court Report: Tommy Harris was sentenced to 16 years, 8 years in prison and 8 on licence, for a number of historical sexual abuse offences against a child. Mr Harris will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: Choosing to waive her anonymity, Haileigh Lamont has bravely spoken out about her experience. Haileigh, now 30, was abused by stepfather Harris for over a decade.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Man faces 16 year sentence for a number of ‘historical sexual abuse’ offences that started when the victim was 7 years old, into her late teens…..


Speaking today, Ms Lamont said:

“Since July 2020 when I reported Tommy to the police this case has taken over my life. My relationships, my job, my home, my mental and physical health, my time and my privacy have all been sacrificed. I’ve had to articulate on abuse that I never wanted to share with anyone. To say this has been distressing is an understatement, it has been a war and today – I am victorious. Tommy initially denied that my report was true, he entered not guilty pleas and pushed back to have charges dropped but I fought to expose him and have him convicted of all the charges because they represented my suffering. Knowing what I know about the justice system and how agonising it has been at times, would I do it all again? Without a doubt. You can’t do what he did to me and get away with it, there are consequences. I am ready to live my life free from this and am immensely proud of myself.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland worked collaboratively with the Public Prosecution Service to build a robust prosecution case.

Detective Superintendent Gary Reid from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Public Protection Branch said: “Haileigh has showed immense fortitude and determination in bringing her abuser before the courts to answer for his crimes: The bravery she has shown, accompanied with today’s sentencing, I hope will encourage others who have experienced any form of sexual abuse to come forward and contact the police. It is never too late to make a report: I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for someone to report historical sexual abuse, but we are here, whenever you are ready, to help and support you every step of the way: We have a team of dedicated detectives who will robustly investigate reports and who remain determined to bring anyone involved in any form of abuse before the courts to answer for their crimes, no matter when they occurred.”You can report to the police by calling 101 or reporting online. In an emergency always call 999. Once you’ve made a report, you don’t have to come into a police station, detectives can arrange to meet you at a time and place that best suits you.

Victim Support NI has supported Haileigh throughout her journey through the criminal justice system. She was able to avail of specialist advocacy support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) and get specialist legal advice and support from a Sexual Offences Legal Advisers (SOLA) within the organisation. Victim Support NI can support child and adult victims of sexual violence and abuse, regardless of how long ago the crime took place and whether or not the crime was reported to police.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit welcome sentencing

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit have welcomed the sentencing of a man at Laganside Crown Court earlier today, Friday, 5 November.

44-year-old Luong Bui was sentenced to a total of 15 years and will serve 7 ½ years in prison and 7 ½ years on licence. 12 years imprisonment for cultivating cannabis, 6 years imprisonment for assisting illegal immigration (to run consecutively), 4 years imprisonment for abstracting electricity (to run consecutively) and 3 years imprisonment for perverting the course of justice (to run concurrently).  

The sentencing follows a police investigation into the largescale cultivation of cannabis when a number of premises were searched in the Comber, south Belfast, Lisburn and Coalisland areas.

Detective Inspector Kelly said: “The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to both preventing drugs from ending up in local communities and to pursuing those intent on destroying lives through the supply of illicit drugs”.

“Drug dealers seek to make profit at the expense of causing harm and loss; they don’t care about the damage they cause, preying on the most vulnerable members in our communities”.

“Under Operation Dealbreaker we are determined to disrupt their activity and anyone involved in the drugs trade, or anyone tempted to become involved, should be under no illusion – we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts”.  

“I would appeal to anyone with information regarding the supply of illegal drugs to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org   

To anyone who thinks they might have a problem with alcohol and/ or drugs and would like to get help please visit www.drugsandalcoholni.infofor information on support services near you.

There is also a range of services available if you are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse. Information on these services is also available on this website. These services are available to you regardless of whether or not your loved one is receiving help for his or her alcohol and/ or drug problem.”

If you, or someone you know would like to seek help, you can find out more at www.victimsupportni.com or contact info@victimsupportni.org.uk. You can also contact them at one of their two Hubs in Belfast 028 9024 3133, or Foyle 028 7137 0086

The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline is free and confidential and operates 24/7.  It can be contacted on 0808 802 1414

The Assist NI service provides advocacy support to qualifying victims of sexual or domestic abuse engaging with the justice system and can be reached on info@assistni.org.uk

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.09: 2021:

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(BRADFORD, U.K) Court Report: A couple who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl have been sent to prison, after a National Crime Agency investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: In August 2019 Stanley and Schofield had a video call in which Schofield sexually abused an eight-year-old girl. Stanley took screenshots of the abuse for his gratification after he encouraged and incited Schofield:

Couple jailed for sexually abusing young girl: Robert Stanley, 36, and his partner Danielle Schofield, 34, also fantasised about kidnapping, gagging and keeping a child chained up as their ‘sex slave’.

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The NCA began an investigation in April 2020 after intelligence indicated that Stanley had accessed three Category A (the most serious) child abuse videos.

NCA officers arrested unemployed Stanley, of Feenan Highway, Tilbury, Essex, at Schofield’s home in Centenary Square, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on 23 April 2020. Stanley was released on conditional bail while the investigation continued.

Forensic examination of Stanley’s mobile phone showed he had sent Schofield a Category B indecent image of a child on 6 May 2019. She was subsequently arrested on 20 May 2020. Schofield was also released on conditional bail while the NCA’s investigation continued.

NCA officers uncovered disturbing conversations between the offenders from 19 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 in which they talked about child abuse, and also discussed alleged previous abuse of the girl and plotted future abuse.

There was evidence that Stanley had four Category B images on his phone including two screenshots he took of the video call where Schofield abused the eight-year-old girl who NCA officers identified and safeguarded.

On 30 September 2020 NCA officers arrested Stanley, in Tilbury and Schofield, in Dewsbury for serious child sexual offences. They were remanded.

At Bradford Crown Court, the duo admitted arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, taking indecent images of children and distributing indecent images of children.

Today, Stanley was jailed for four-and-a-half years and Schofield for three years and four months. They were also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and were given sexual harm prevention orders.

NCA Regional Head of Investigations Jacque Beer said: “There is no greater priority for the NCA than protecting children from sexual abuse.

“These were sickening crimes where Stanley and Schofield had disturbing conversations about their fantasies. A particular fantasy of theirs became a reality when Schofield sexually abused a child while they were on a video call.

“The NCA prioritises these cases to safeguard vulnerable children and prosecute offenders.”

Child Protection Charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.

If you are concerned a crime has been committed against a child contact your local police. For child safety advice visit Thinkuknow.co.uk

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.26: 2021:

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) Justice Dept Report: Brevard County Man Sentenced To 80 Years In Federal Prison For Producing And Possessing Images & Videos Depicting The Sexual Exploitation Of Children #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: “ This is another example of the exemplary work being done by the special agents and prosecutors working this difficult and disturbing violation,” said Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Tampa Division Michael McPherson. “We applaud the 80-year sentence handed down in this case that will ensure this predator can never prey on the young and innocent again.”

‘United States District Judge Wendy W. Berger has sentenced Ronald Brouillard (72, Titusville) to 80 years in federal prison for production and possession of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Brouillard was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and register as a sex offender if he is ever released from federal prison’

According to evidence presented at sentencing, Brouillard sexually abused two children, ages 2 and 8, that he had access to. Brouillard produced videos of the sexual assault of the younger child on two separate occasions using his cellphone. As a result, the Court found that Brouillard had engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse involving these children. In addition, Brouillard possessed 19 videos and more than 1,500 images that depicted the sexual abuse of children between the ages of 2 and 12.

Brouillard had pleaded guilty on October 6, 2020.    

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.  

This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.16: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Court Report: A man who raped and sexually abused five children in the 1950s, 60s and 70s has been jailed for 17 years on Friday 12 March 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Kevan O’Connor aged 75, of Rawlinson Road, Old Swan was convicted of 14 offences after trial: O’Connor groomed and sexually abused his victims, in some cases over several years:

Historic Sex Abuse: ‘A man who ‘Raped & Sexually Abused Children’ during 1950’s – 1970’s has been jailed for 17 years on Friday’

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Detective Constable Claire McDonald said: “The bravery of the victims in coming forward and supporting a prosecution has meant that this man, who had ruined their lives, will now face justice and spend many years in prison: “ His vile actions has affected every area of their lives, and the emotional impact has been long lasting. They have been haunted by his assaults for decades and it cannot be underestimated how courageous they have been by facing him in court: “ I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual abuse in childhood, no matter how long ago, to seek support and consider reporting to Merseyside Police’s Unity Team. You will be supported by specially trained and experience officers, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your attacker faces justice for their crimes:

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can call officers in the force’s specialist Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111: Help and support is also available from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service Merseyside by calling 0151 666 1392:

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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AUSTRALIA: ‘ Investigating Allegations of Sexual Abuse Claims of Refugees at Nauru Detention Centre ‘

#AceNewsServices – AUSTRALIA (Naru) – October 03 – The Australian government said Friday it would investigate sexual abuse claims at its refugee detention centre on Nauru.

Ten aid workers are also to be removed from the South Pacific island following reports of coaching detainees to commit self-harm protests, Reuters reported.

Some asylum seekers reaching Australia by boat are being sent to camps in impoverished Papua New Guinea and Nauru, to face long periods of detention while they are processed.

Refugee advocates this week said women in the Nauru centre were regularly required to strip and exchange sexual favours with guards for access to the showers, prompting calls for an investigation by the opposition Labour and Greens parties.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said there were also accusations children had been forced to have sex in front of guards at the centre.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told reporters an independent investigation headed by a former integrity commissioner and working with the Nauru government had been appointed to look into the claims.

“The matters that have been brought to my attention are concerning, certainly the allegations of sexual misconduct are abhorrent and I would be horrified to think that things of that nature have taken place,” Morrison said.

Ten staff from Save the Children Australia were also being removed from Nauru, Morrison said, stressing the move was related to their professional conduct and not suspected misconduct regarding sexual abuse.

“If people want to be political activists, that’s their choice, but they don’t get to do it on the taxpayer’s dollar and working in a sensitive place like Nauru,” Morrison said.

“Making false claims and worse allegedly coaching self-harm and using children in protests is also completely unacceptable, whatever their political views or whatever their agendas.”


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Pope to meet sex abuse victims as he admits to it’s ‘Satanic Mass’

The pope has admitted it as a “Satanic Mass”

Pope Francis has likened the sexual abuse of children by priests to a “satanic Mass” – and announced his first meeting with a group of victims at the Vatican. Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back from his Middle East trip, he also said he was in favour of celibacy for priests but that the “the door is always open” to change. In arguably his toughest statement on a crisis which has beset the Church for more than a decade, he said he would show zero tolerance for anyone who abused children. Asked about his approach to bishops who were accused of sexual abuse, he said “there will be no daddy’s boys”, adding that three bishops were currently being investigated. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord,” he said.

“It is like a satanic Mass.”

The pope met senior rabbis during his trip to the Holy Land

He said he would hold a meeting with around eight victims of sexual abuse at the Vatican early in June. It would be attended by Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, who is leading a commission set up to study ways of dealing with the issue. Asked whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian churches, he said: “Celibacy is not a dogma. “It is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and I think it is a gift for the Church but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.” The Pontiff went on to reveal he would travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. He also suggested he may follow in emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s footsteps and retire if he felt he no longer had the strength to do the job.

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" First Sexual Abuse Case Ever Filed against Catholic Church in Poland"

#AceWorldNews says a 25-year-old man identified only as Marcin K has filed suit against the Polish Roman Catholic Church, alleging that the church is at least partly responsible for the sexual abuse the man suffered at the hands of a clergyman who is now serving a two-year prison sentence.

It is the first time in Poland that a victim sued not only his attacker but also the church as an institution. Higher-ups in the Polish church apologized to all victims of abuse last year but refused to offer financial compensation.

The UN has called on the Vatican to “immediately remove” all clergy suspected of child abuse but, in this case, the church has said it is not liable because the priest in question acted “independently” within his parish. Marcin K is seeking 47,500 euros ($64,500) in damages as well as an apology printed in the national press.

The Helsinki Foundation human rights group is helping the plaintiff in his case.

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Child abuse is not a priority for the British government – abuse survivor

#AceGuestNews says `Child Abuse is not a Priority for the British government according to Abuse Survivor’

Mr Wright There has been a worrying spate of cases of sexual abuse of children in Britain involving institutions – hospitals, care homes and even schools.

One notorious case involved the headmaster of Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire who’s due to be sentenced on Thursday.

We talk to one of the men who had suffered at the hands of the staff – Tom Perry.

The offences took place between 1959 and 1970 and involved a teacher as well as the headmaster.

Tom Perry told VoR that discovering abuse is the most difficult thing in the world, and that a further difficulty is that it is quite often in the interest of the school to conceal it.

“If we take just one example: Hospitals are also regulated activities. And we all heard that Mr Savile, when he was working at Stoke Mandeville, nurses were telling children to pretend to be asleep if he comes around.

“Now what was it that the nurses saw or heard that prompted them to tell children to pretend to be asleep if he comes around?

And why wasn’t that behaviour reported? So it starts at the bottom.

“So it is the teachers, the junior teachers, the ground staff – it is everybody. When you get that law in place it changes the culture. It is a catalyst for culture change towards child protection.

At the moment it is something that is at the back of the stove and that is the problem. It is an afterthought.”

If such a system had been in place when you were a school boy, would have it prevented you being abused?

“Unquestionably, and let me explain why. I remember my hero at school – the captain of rugby. I was a sportsman. I was the captain of rugby myself eventually.

“When the master, Mr Wright, who is to be sentenced tomorrow, didn’t turn up at breakfast – which everyone was meant to do by default, that was the rule, and he seemed to be able to flout it with impunity – it then befell the captain of rugby to take tea to the master’s bedroom. And frequently, this boy did not return. That was seen by all other members of staff.

“I knew this to be odd because I knew that members of staff had to be at breakfast. But my innocent mind couldn’t go anywhere near there being sexual abuse. That wasn’t even on my horizons. I had no clue what sex was all about, no clue at all. But I saw this and I thought that if I become the captain of rugby, that’s what I will have to do. And I did.

“And during those sessions of taking tea to the room, abuse was perpetrated on me. And the man who was my hero [the rugby captain] is also in the trial and abuse was perpetrated on him.

“Very simply, nothing is going to change. No matter the platitudes that are trolled out by schools and other institutions. No matter what is said – you can’t have a functioning child protection system without the spine of law. It is not possible.”

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#UN : `Demands that the `Vatican Immediately Removes’ all `Clergy’ under `Rights of the Child’

#AceNewsServices says time for `Rights of the Child ‘ to be Heard’  

UN Rights of ChildThe United Nations demanded on Wednesday that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should also hand over its archives on sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.

The watchdog’s exceptionally blunt paper – the most far-reaching critique of the Church hierarchy by the world body – followed its public grilling of Vatican officials last month.

“The Committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.

The Vatican was expected to issue a statement on the report later on Wednesday.

Rights of a ChildThe UN committee on the Rights of the Child said the Catholic Church had not yet taken measures to prevent a repeat of cases such as Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal, where girls were arbitrarily placed in conditions of forced labour.

It called for an internal investigation of the laundries and similar institutions so that whose who were responsible could be prosecuted and that “full compensation be paid to the victims and their families”.

A commission created by Pope Francis in December should investigate all cases of child sexual abuse “as well as the conduct of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with them,” the report said.

Abusers had been moved from parish to parish or other countries “in an attempt to cover-up such crimes,” it added.

“Due to a code of silence imposed on all members of the clergy under penalty of excommunication, cases of child sexual abuse have hardly ever been reported to the law enforcement authorities in the countries where such crimes occurred,” the UN body said.

At a public session last month, the committee pushed Vatican delegates to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests that Pope Francis called “the shame of the Church”.

The Holy See’s delegation, answering questions from an international rights panel for the first time since the scandals broke more than two decades ago, denied allegations of a Vatican cover-up and said it had set clear guidelines to protect children from predator priests.

Courtesy of: Voice of Russia, Reuters


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UN Child Protection Experts: “Pressured Vatican to Reveal Extent of Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Priest’s”

#AceWorldNews says UN Child-Protection experts have pressured the Vatican to reveal the extent of Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Thursday marked the first time Vatican representatives faced such a panel since the scandals first broke more than two decades ago. Pope Francis termed it “the shame of the Church”. “The best way to prevent abuses is to reveal old ones – openness instead of sweeping offences under the carpet,” Kirsten Sandberg, chairwoman of the 18-member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, told Vatican delegates facing the panel. “We will take your questions seriously but we are not in a position to answer now,” Vatican delegation head, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, responded at the end of the session, according to Reuters.

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Guarded Optimism: “Prevalence of Rape and Sexual Abuse in the Nation’s Prisons”

#AceWorldNews says this Copy Righted Article by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica,

PREALast week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers. As we’ve reported, the department has found alarming rates of abuse by staff on youngsters in custody. In a 2013 survey of more than 8,700 juveniles housed in 326 facilities across the country, 8 percent said they experienced sex abuse at the hands of the staff supervising them. Twenty percent of those who said they were victimized by staff said it happened on more than 10 occasions. But perhaps the most surprising finding: Nine out of 10 victims were males abused by female staffers.

The prison rape elimination legislation first passed in 2003, but it then took the Justice Department nearly 10 years to study the issue and release rules for prisons and juvenile detention centers to implement. Beginning late last year, auditors contracted by the federal government started inspecting these facilities to make sure that staff members are being trained on how to prevent sexual abuse and that there are effective means to monitor it.

American University law professor Brenda Smith has devoted much of her research to studying the problem, and she and her work helped shape the legislation that addresses it. We talked to her about the difficulty of getting the bill passed, the resistance from the corrections industry, and the psychological damage suffered by young boys who are abused by the women overseeing them. This is an edited transcript of our conversation.

People who have worked in this field know that sexual abuse in prisons has been a problem for decades. Why did it take so long to get Congress and the Justice Department to act?

Violence Against Women ActI think gender has a lot to do with it. When legislation was first proposed by Rep. John Conyers in 1998, it was part of the Violence Against Women Act, and it had to get stripped out so the rest of the bill could pass.

But then, in 2001, Human Rights Watch released a report that really focused on inmate on inmate, male-on-male rape. And I think that because men could identify with the vulnerability of being sexually victimized in custody, you got a lot of traction suddenly.

And I also think that there were some other groups that came together that were concerned about it. You had the human rights organizations; you had an organization called Stop Prisoner Rape, now Just Detention International, which was comprised of mainly male survivors. Then you had some conservative groups, like the Catholic Church, the Hudson Institute, basically what they were concerned about was the spread of homosexuality.

I also think that there was concern about 2014 well, frankly, there’s just no other way to say it because it’s actually in the statute 2014 the racial dynamics of sexual victimization in custody: That white men were going to be sexually victimized by black men. So the underpinnings of the legislation were not really that wholesome.

Edward Kennedy

But it was this group of very powerful co-sponsors, Ted Kennedy and Jeff Sessions in the Senate and Frank Wolf and Bobby Scott in the House. And so for some reason it just kind of took off like a bullet. And people like me and others who had done this work for a long time thought this legislation was going nowhere. Then the next thing we knew it had passed unanimously with unprecedented funding.

There’s a rising female population among the staffs in juvenile settings. What accounts for that? What challenges does that present?

It’s not that men aren’t qualified; it’s that they often can’t meet the requirements, which require a certain degree of education, no past criminal record, and passing a drug test. Women are more likely to be able to do that.

English: Orthophoto of Rikers Island.

English: Orthophoto of Rikers Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In New York, Rikers Island is majority female staff, 75 percent of them are African-American. And that’s very common in cities.

One of the things that people are still trying to understand is what the harm can be to a boy who has experience of abuse with an older woman in these facilities. What’s the current body of scholarship on female-on-male abuse?

The short of it is that anytime a wrong has happened, you need somebody to acknowledge that something wrong has happened. Just the fact that people can’t wrap their head around the fact that this was something that happened to you that should not have happened to you, that it’s not okay.

One of the biggest harms is that these guys are victims, but they don’t even get a chance to name their victim because there is such a huge culture of masculinity, it would be like, why are you complaining about that?

If nobody even recognizes that that’s a problem then there’s not going to be any services, or any education, or any intervention to address it. And because people don’t understand that, then what happens is it deepens the harm.

And as far as the long-term consequences?

Anger, violent behavior, depression, the same thing that happens to all victims, post-traumatic stress, hostility and aggression toward women, all of that is in the literature. Many of them were reared by women, who maybe didn’t protect them, so it solidifies this perception that women are not there for them.

And talk about the consequences for women who actually have been caught violating young boys. How often are you seeing prosecutions? How often are you seeing penalties levied against female abusers of boys?  

Well, we’ve studied this, and this whole problem of sanctions has been there from the beginning. We’ve found about 300 cases total of female-on-male abuse 2013 cases that were reported in the media between 1990 and 2013. About 30 of the cases were related to juveniles. And if I remember correctly, of those 30, there were only seven or nine actual convictions.

But what we’re looking at is how the media characterized what happened, were they characterized as relationships? And did that characterization have an impact on the prosecution or the sanction? I think that’s a huge problem, because the likelihood of their being a sanction is really related to the importance that society places on harm to that victim.

For the most part these women pleaded guilty to things that wouldn’t lead you to believe that this person had any kind of sexual relationship with a youth, so they didn’t even have to register as a sex offender. And more often than not there is nothing about their behavior that would’ve led somebody else in a custodial setting not to hire them again.

And these are just the rare cases where there was some visibility in the media. When you talk about what happens at the facility level, and there’s no coverage, the consequences consist of a termination or a resignation. And what happens is people resign and when they resign, you don’t have to say anything. That means they can easily be hired somewhere else.

Do you see any commonalities among facilities where this seems to be particularly problematic, where there is a particularly high incidence rate?

Overcrowding. And this is true with both juvenile and adult facilities. Overcrowding means there’s an inability to supervise and a scarcity of resources, so you’re going to cut corners somewhere.

Culture is also a huge issue. What is the culture of your facility? First of all, the culture of corrections, and then there is the culture of the different shifts that people are on. And it really is an 2018 okay, you cover me, I’ll cover you kind of situation.’ And the things that can go on that people feel are acceptable are really, really, really astonishing.



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