Entries in Criminal Justice & Gaols (54)


Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them (USA)

The older authority figure wins the trust of the young target by cultivating a false friendship, having heart-to-heart conversations, giving gifts, offering protection. And then the sex ensues, sometimes forced, sometimes seemingly consensual.

It is a classic predatory tactic known as “grooming,” and no one familiar with it could have been terribly surprised when a new report from the U.S. Department of Justice declared that young people in the country’s juvenile detention facilities are being victimized in just this way. The youngsters in custody are often deeply troubled, lacking parents, looking for allies. And the people in charge of the facilities wield great power over the day-to-day lives of their charges.

What was a genuine shock to many was the finding that in the vast majority of instances, it was female staff members who were targeting and exploiting the male teens in their custody.

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The other gender divide: where men are losing out |

The feminist movement is working to tackle misogyny and its many harmful consequences, but should it address misandry, the male equivalent, too? Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

It's difficult to deny that women suffer more than men as a result of their gender, and highlighting the myriad ways in which this happens is one of the cornerstones of modern feminism – which is currently enjoying a revival in the UK and elsewhere.

But justice isn't a relative concept. If it were, we could suggest we should care less about racism against black people just because Asian people in this country are more likely to be victims of racially-motivated hate crime.

Obviously that's nonsense. But so might be ignoring issues that affect men more severely than women just because women, overall, have it worse.

Delving into the data reveals a surprising array of areas in which men might have the hardest time. Here's six worth thinking about:

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Gamarada - Men's Self Healing Program

What is Gamarada?

Gamarada, meaning ‘comrades or friends’ in the Gadigal language of the Eroa Nation is the name that has been given to our program by Uncle Shane Phillips (Tribal Warrior Association). The Gamarada men’s group emerged out of recognition of unmet needs and lost potential among men in Redfern. It is an organic, community developed and driven program which is providing a safe way for Indigenous men to come together to heal themselves and aid in the healing of others.

“Healing is a spiritual process that includes therapeutic change and cultural renewal.”

(2008 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner’s Social Justice Report).

Traditional Indigenous healing methods form the core of the program with some Eastern and Western influences. Throughout the program there is also an emphasis on practical techniques including stress and anger management and the promotion of life skills.  

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Men fare worse than women in education, health and crime (ABS)

In February 2012 the ABS released its Gender Indicators Report accompanied by a media release titled Busy mums want more paid work that completely ignored male disadvantage (see Men's Health Australia report here).

Today they have redressed this imbalance by releasing their latest Gender Indicators Report with a media release (quoted in full below) titled Men fare worse than women in education, health and crime. Congratulations are due to the ABS for focusing upon the politically unpopular side of the gender coin: men and boys. We will see whether the media release makes it through the lace curtain and gets picked up by the mass media or not.

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Child sex case: female former teacher arrested on Sydney's northern beaches

Police have laid seven charges against a female former teacher at a northern beaches high school, who is accused of grooming a teenage male student for sex.

The woman was arrested at a unit block in Dee Why at 9.15am and taken to Dee Why police station.

The crime manager of Manly Local Area Command, Detective Inspector Luke Arthurs, told media a short while ago that the unnamed women, then 46 and now 50, had been charged this morning with five counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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