Entries in Mythbusters: Sexual Abuse & Assault (16)


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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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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Another female paedophile walks free


IN COURT: Pandela Carmel Salmon. Source: The Courier-Mail

A "RESPECTED" former Queensland Health employee has avoided jail despite pleading guilty to repeatedly having sex with alcohol or drug-addled boys aged 14 and 15.

Lawyers for former QH indigenous health care worker Pandela Carmel Salmon claim the acts were committed when she was deeply depressed at work - from alleged bullying - and suffering rare side effects of prescription medication.

Prosecutor Andrew Lossberg told the Brisbane District Court Salmon lured the boys into sex after alcohol and drug-fuelled parties at her Kallangur home, north of Brisbane, more than four years ago.

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Male victims overlooked because of sexist assumptions acknowledges Minister « The Men's Network (UK)

Taking The Sex Out Of Trafficking – 41% of victims are male says new report


A Government Minister has acknowledged that male victims of human trafficking are overlooked and go without support because of sexist assumptions about women being the main victims.

The news came as a new government provider of human trafficking support services revealed the 41% of the victims it helps are male. This contrasted with a YouGov survey which found the public perception was that no more than 29% of victims are male – according to a report in The Guardian.

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Women who cry wolf

On January 29, a short article appeared in the The Age online. Four sentences of this article were devoted to the fact that Police have cleared two Collingwood footballers, Dayne Beams and John McCarthy, of alleged sexual assault following grand final celebrations in 2010. It stated that Mr Beams and Mr McCarthy denied wrongdoing and co-operated with the investigation. In stark contrast to the brouhaha that erupted when allegations were made by an unnamed female in October last year, the media have by and large glossed over this story. A mere four sentences pales in comparison to the deluge unleashed by multiple Fairfax media commentators baying for blood and decrying the rampant misogyny of the AFL.