Category: sexual assault

Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, sexually assaulting woman

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Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.

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Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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“It’s wrong… it’s totally unacceptable. I’m an example of the enormous damage that it can do to people.”

That was Ron Smith’s reaction to Health Minister Greg Hunt’s refusal to condemn a controversial plan by a section of Victoria’s Liberal Party to debate gay conversion therapy.

The 71-year-old former Baptist minister is a survivor of electroshock therapy, a now discredited practice once believed to rid patients of their same-sex attraction.

“They … put a wiring on my private parts that measured temperature changes, and showed me about a thousand pictures of men and a thousand pictures of women over about a 10-day period,” Mr Smith recalls.

“When my body temperature rose when I saw the guys, which is natural for me, they delivered high voltages of electricity through wires that were attached to punish me for being gay and try to make me straight.

“It was horrific.”

Mr Smith received the treatment in 1976. It was recommended by his psychotherapist — a respected member of the Baptist community — who knew Mr Smith was gay, and promised this would change his sexual orientation. It didn’t.

via Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Vindicated’: Robert Doyle accuser ‘very pleased’ with probe findings

Tessa Sullivan said she felt “very pleased” after an investigation into Mr Doyle on Tuesday upheld four allegations against him, including that he grasped her breast.

But she says she won’t run for public office again, despite the findings, and has criticised former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett for jumping to Mr Doyle’s defence.

‘‘It is a huge vindication after 11 weeks of waiting,’’ she told ABC Radio on Wednesday.‘‘Four findings of gross misconduct really display the vulgarity and the disgusting actions by Robert Doyle towards us.’’

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Lord mayor Robert Doyle takes leave after sex harassment claim by councillor who quit

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle speaks at the opening of the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne Town Hall, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (AAP Image/Paul Jeffers) NO ARCHIVING AAP

Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle will take leave for a month while Melbourne City Council investigates explosive sexual harassment allegations against him, including an allegation of indecent assault.

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Prestigious private schools face multi-million dollar lawsuits from alleged abuse victims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Some of Australia’s most prestigious private schools are being sued for millions of dollars by men who allege they were sexually abused by teachers and staff.

Source: Prestigious private schools face multi-million dollar lawsuits from alleged abuse victims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Here’s fresh insight into Pell’s response to the child sex abuse crisis. It’s not encouraging | Opinion | The Guardian

Rather than heed the law – or follow system rules and regulations – the church continued to believe that individual priests could make individual decisions to stop abusing children

Source: Here’s fresh insight into Pell’s response to the child sex abuse crisis. It’s not encouraging | Opinion | The Guardian

Cologne sex attacks: We Germans must not confuse the issues of sexual violence and immigration | Voices | The Independent

When most of German society along with our chancellor Angela Merkel declared “refugees welcome” last summer, I was grateful, and – unusually for a left-thinking German like myself – proud of my country. Of course, it was always clear that this gesture was going to present a whole bunch of challenges. After discussing the administrative challenge (“Can we manage this”), we directly slipped into another one: the fears we might have about different cultures and habits.

Source: Cologne sex attacks: We Germans must not confuse the issues of sexual violence and immigration | Voices | The Independent