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Ex-NFL Star Sexually Abused as Teen Speaks Out After Michael Jackson Documentary: 'I Felt Complicit'
Al Chesley was 13 when he says a neighborhood police officer began to sexually assault him.
Compelled by his abuser to keep the acts — and his shame — a secret, “I felt complicit,” Chesley tells PEOPLE after watching the HBO documentary Leaving Neverlandthis link opens in a new tab. After the documentary, Chesley joined other survivors for an Oprah Winfrey special, After Neverland, which explored child sexual assault allegations against pop icon Michael Jackson with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck and the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
The film has pushed through a barrier to propel the wider conversation into the open. “For too long the topics of male sexual assault and abuse have been considered socially taboo,” says Matthew Ennis, president of the advocacy and support nonprofit 1in6this link opens in a new tab, named for the estimated percentage of men who experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Was Sexually Abused by Her Father as a Child: 'It Started Very Young'
Child Sexual Abuse Allegations Are About More Than Your Heroes
6 Sneaky Signs a Trusted Adult Could Be a Child Sexual Abuser
Michael Jackson is now deceased and consequently he will never be convicted in a court of law, but many of Jackson’s alleged behaviors were typical of those exhibited by child sexual offenders who use grooming behaviors. Grooming behaviors are the behaviors and techniques a sexual offender employs so that they can engage in abuse without detection. Grooming behaviors are directed toward the intended victim, the child’s parents or guardians and the community at large. They generally follow a series of stages that may include selecting a vulnerable victim, gaining access to the child, developing trust of the child and their guardians, and desensitizing the child to sexual touch so the abuse can take place without detection. However, many of these grooming behaviors also overlap with behaviors that caring, involved adults engage in and thus it is often hard for adults to recognize them before abuse takes place.
The following behaviors could be potential indications of grooming.
Elderly vicar found guilty of child sex abuse after Church of England cover-up
S. Carolina megachurch has history of child sex abuse claims
Man Accused of Murder Allegedly Sexually Assaults Teen With His Wife
Brett Ratner and Warner Bros. CEO Embroiled in Lurid Sex Scandal
How Florida police snared nearly 300 — including Robert Kraft — at spas used for sex trafficking
LaToya Jackson Accused Michael of Crimes Against 'Innocent Children' in Resurfaced Clip; Later Retracted Claim
A powerful & anti-gay Catholic cardinal was just found guilty of raping 2 teen boys
TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING ADOPTED 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WITH DOLL, FOUND GUILTY
Man confessed to giving STDs to 3-year-old relative: court docs
Dog Attack Leaves Olympic Trials Qualifier With Gaping Wounds and 21 Stitches
It was just bad luck that Caitlin Keen happened to be running alone along Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails on Sunday morning, leaving her without an ally to immediately help fend off the dog that attacked her.
Having already logged seven miles earlier that morning, Keen was scheduled to meet up with a friend for a few more. But her friend was running late, so Keen set off to get a few more miles in to fill the time. Halfway through that session, the dog appeared.
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his basement on the reservation. They desperately needed a pediatrician at their hospital in Browning, Mont.
By 1995, after three years, they became convinced Stanley Patrick Weber was a pedophile and pushed for his removal from the government-run hospital.
“You’re going to have to leave,” Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house.
But the Indian Health Service didn’t fire Mr. Weber. Instead, it transferred him to another hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. He continued treating Native American children there for another 21 years, leaving behind a trail of sexual-assault allegations.
Vacaville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sexual Assault
After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice
Theodore McCarrick expelled from priesthood after sexual abuse scandal
Teacher awarded over $500K after principal sexually harassed her
CRUISE SHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT: EX-CHEERLEADING COACH ATTACKED DRUNK COLLEAGUE
Woman who alleged rape by Fairfax, Maggette spotlights issue of revictimization
Public Help Sought to Find Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Riverside
"My KKK Friends Will Burn Your Family": A Florida Woman Went On A Racist Rant Against A Black Officer
A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving.
Julie Edwards, 53, told Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputy Brandon King that her "KKK friends would burn his family" and that "niggers should've never been let out of slavery," according to a police report provided to BuzzFeed News.
Dozens with ties to Arkansas group indicted in 'racketeering enterprise'
Racist woman shouts slurs at black shopper, keys her car
Anger over mom's black boyfriend fueled hate crime, Houston police say
This man is under investigation for attacking a trans woman. He just beat a black man.
Wisconsin school investigating after students taunt rival athlete with photo that appears to show him in blackface
Mario Balotelli Says 'Really Extreme' Racism in Italy Worse Than England, France
Marseille striker Mario Balotelli says the "really extreme" racism he's witnessed in Italian football is worse than any he's seen in England or France.
The 28-year-old joined Marseille in January after terminating his contract at Nice but told Quelli Che Il Calcio (h/t ESPN FC) he hopes to retire at Italian club Brescia.
On the subject of racism, however, Balotelli said Italy is the worst country he's played in when it comes to racist abuse: "In England, on a football level, I never saw anything like this. In France, I've not seen much—but no one is like Italy. In Italy, it is really extreme."
Ex-football coach dangled $250K for player to make porno with him: cops
A former football coach at a Minnesota middle school allegedly filmed a porno with a player after dangling the promise of a six-figure payment, according to officials.
Daniel Rolyn Laskowski, who worked at Columbia Heights Public Schools, was charged Thursday with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly recording X-rated flicks with the 16-year-old student, news station KTSP reported.
NCAA athlete disowned by family able to keep GoFundMe donations
After her parents learned she has a girlfriend, Emily Scheck, 19, a college sophomore and Division I athlete, was disowned by them in August, right before the start of the school year. She said she was left with just $20 to her name.
In an interview published last week, Scheck told LGBTQ sports site OutSports that her mother had given her an ultimatum after finding out that Scheck has a girlfriend: come home and receive therapy or be cut off from the family. Scheck chose the latter.
Figure skater Joe Johnson came out without a big coming-out moment
Joe Johnson has been quietly out for years.
MICHIGAN GYMNASTICS COACH ARRESTED FOR BANGING GYMNAST... In Public
An assistant coach for the University of Michigan gymnastics team was arrested earlier this month for having sex in public after officials say he nailed an 18-year-old member of the UM team in a car.
The asst. coach is 39-year-old Scott Vetere -- a former stud gymnast back in the day who was the 2000 BIG 10 Gymnast of the Year.
Officials say Vetere and a female gymnast were doing floor exercises in a car in the parking lot of an Ann Arbor apartment building on Oct. 8 ... when they were spotted by police and arrested for performing an indecent act in public.
Warwick Rowers include gay World Cup champ Robbie Manson in new calendar
The Warwick Rowers are including openly gay World Cup champion Robbie Manson in their latest calendar.
The big news here is that Warwick Rowers are welcoming an openly gay world champion to their calendar promotion. The sexual orientation of the individual rowers has almost never been discussed. So the fact that they would welcome a naked gay dude to the photo shoots and calendar says a lot about the actual inclusion of the members of the club.
Former USA Gymnastics president arrested on charge of evidence tampering in Larry Nassar case
The former head of USA Gymnastics was arrested and accused of removing documents linked to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case from the Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training facility in Texas, authorities said.
Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday, nearly three weeks after he was indicted by a grand jury for tampering with evidence, the Walker County District Attorney's office said.
He was detained after US Marshals tracked him to a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail while awaiting extradition to Walker County, Texas.
AP sources: US Justice Dept. investigating clergy sex abuse in Catholic church in Pennsylvania, serves subpoenas
Big time wrestler Jake Atlas defied his family by jumping out of the closet and into the ring
Name: Jake Atlas, 23
Bio: Mexican-American wrestler Atlas grew up watching pro wrestling with his folks. He spent his childhood in Mexico before coming to Los Angeles as a teen. Both his mom and his dad loved Lucha Libre wrestling–yes, the style of Mexican wrestling that involves wearing the drag of flamboyant masks and uniforms–and took Jake to see numerous matches as a kid.
As he got older, Atlas found himself drawn to cheerleading and gymnastics, though wrestling remained his first love. When he turned 18, he decided to go pro. He trained a full two years before entering his first match.
Aly Raisman: "Child Sexual Abuse Isn't A Kid Problem, It's An Adult Problem"
On Monday, Aly Raisman wrote a powerful op-ed for the Boston Globe about child sexual abuse, specifically, how the stigma associated with it can impact children from a young age. Raisman, a three-time gold medal Olympic gymnast, was one of the most outspoken survivors to come forward about Larry Nassar's abuse, and has become an advocate for sexual assault survivors in addition to a role model for young athletes.
NFL flameout admits to having sex with 12-year-old girl: police
A former standout college running back admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old girl, telling investigators that the sexual encounter was her idea, police said.
Justin Crawford, 23, was spotted by his wife standing over the young girl while he had an erection at about 5 a.m. Saturday in the living room of the couple’s Columbus home, the Ledger-Enquirer reports.
Crawford’s wife then went back to bed, but could not stop thinking about what she saw, a police detective testified Monday in a Columbus courtroom during Crawford’s preliminary hearing.