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COURT RULES NONCONSENSUAL SEX WITHOUT VIOLENCE DOESN’T COUNT AS RAPE
A Spanish court has cleared two men who had nonconsensual sex with a woman of rape because their actions weren’t “violent” enough to warrant such a verdict.
The victim’s “vulnerable nature” and prior alcohol intake allowed the pair to have sex with her without resorting to violent acts, the ruling said, according to the BBC.
The court jailed the men for sexual abuse rather than sexual assault—Spain's legal equivalent to rape.
The perpetrators—an uncle and nephew—received sentences of four and a half years. Sexual assault crimes can result in prison terms of up to 15 years in Spain, the BBC stated.
'SHOOTING NOV 14': 12-YEAR-OLD STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY WRITING THREAT IN SCHOOL BATHROOM
A middle school student was arrested after a threatening message was discovered written on the wall of one of the bathrooms.
A student at Cypress Lake Middle School in Fort Myers, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday after she confessed to making a written threat in school. Newsweek does not share the name of minors unless they’re being charged as an adult.
In an effort to determine the source of the written threat, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office sent officers to the middle school to speak with students, according to the press release. After students were addressed, a 12-year-old student confessed to having written the threat, according to a press release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The student was charged with one felony count of a written threat to do bodily harm or mass shooting and booked at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC).
Former cop who abused troubled young men killed his ex-lover to hide evidence
Joseph Mlyniec was a volunteer firefighter, Rotary and Town Board member, and sheriff’s deputy in his small upstate New York hometown. Now he’s been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing his former lover and friend.
Mlyniec had a dirty secret. He would lure troubled young men back to his farmhouse where he would force them to have sex in exchange for food and money.
When his friend, Robert Irvine, got wind of what was going on, Mlyniec panicked. Fearing exposure, he shot Irvine four times in the driveway of his home and called police to confess to the crime.
Mlyniec pled guilty in court this week and Irvine’s friend and family finally got their chance to confront him.
Conversion Therapy Is Still Happening And It's Killing LGBTQ Teens
This year, two movies about conversion therapy (or the idea that homosexuality and queerness are curable diseases) have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same title by Garrard Conley, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily Danforth, tell the stories of two teenagers from religious communities whose families enroll them in programs that promise to rid them of their same-sex attraction.
As someone from a religious background, I was moved by how realistic both films were about the pain of growing up in a community that rejects a major facet of your identity. But what I truly found to be one of the most emotional moments of Boy Erased was, in the film's final moments, when modern day conversion therapy facts started to appear on-screen. The film says that 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy.
And it’s entirely true— conversion therapy is a reality. It’s still fully legally in 36 states, and strains of it run through too many religious communities to count. It's estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ teens will be subject to conversion therapy by a healthcare provider, and nearly 60,000 will be subject to "treatment" from a religious counselor before they turn 18.
Kentucky Baptist Convention severs ties with churches that support hiring gay employees
Wife Swap Killings: Son Charged with Killing Mom, Brother Before Shooting Himself in Head
Having recently recovered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an Ohio bluegrass musician whose family appeared on an episode of the ABC show Wife Swap is now facing murder charges in the 2017 deaths of his mother and brother.
Jacob Timothy Stockdale, 26, turned himself in after learning grand jurors had indicted him on murder charges stemming from the fatal shootings of his brother, 21-year-old James William Stockdale, and his mother, Kathryn Barbara Stockdale, 54.
'LGBT' flyers — picturing Lady Liberty, Gun, Beer and Trump — sent to Nashville gay bars
The acronym “LGBT” typically stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. However, flyers sent to Tennessee gay bars last week with the acronym emblazoned on them were not interpreted by the local community to be supportive of gender and sexual minorities.
Gay bars in Nashville received pamphlets with the acronym and images of the Statue of Liberty (L), a gun (G), a beer bottle (B) and President Donald Trump (T). The gun pictured in the flyer, an assault rifle, is similar to the one used in the shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, advocates pointed out.
All 15 Texas Catholic dioceses to name accused priests
All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Dallas said in a statement Wednesday.
Texas bishops decided last month to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of their effort "to protect children from sexual abuse" while promoting "healing and a restoration of trust" in the church, the statement said .
Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said the investigation constitutes a "major project" because it will include all 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of D.C. archbishop Wuerl, amid criticism of the cardinal’s handling of abuse claims
Retired priest, accused in more than 130 sex abuse cases, dies at 97
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
Weeks-Old Baby Dies After Being Stolen by Abusive Dad, Who Took Him After Mom Fled Relationship
Horrific Video of ‘Gay’ Teen Boy Murdered in the Street Sends Shock Waves, Grief Over Social Media
A horrific video of a teen boy dying in the streets of Baghdad has gone viral after being posted to social media by his attackers, who killed him for looking gay.
The brutal slaughter caused the boy’s name, #Shermeen Sarbast, to trend on Twitter.
White supremacist, anti-immigrant posters pop up in Queens
As New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer headed out for a jog in Queens last Sunday, something out of the ordinary quickly caught his eye: an anti-immigrant poster geared toward anyone who might be sympathetic to white nationalist messaging.
The text wasn’t subtle. Addressed to “all citizens of the United States of America,” it read: “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They have broken the law.” There, underneath the text, was a phone number for ICE. “Have a nice day,” the poster closed.
CALIFORNIA DIOCESE RELEASES NAMES OF 34 CATHOLIC PRIESTS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
California’s Diocese of San Bernardino this week released 34 names of the Catholic priests it says have had credible allegations of child sexual abuse made against them since 1978. On Twitter, the church said it was “an action of transparency intended to promote healing.”
Some of the alleged incidents described next to the priests’ names date back to the 1960s. Many of the men have been permanently banned from ministry in the diocese or are deceased. Some priests were arrested or suspended, while others were reported to the religious order.
Texas pastors file federal lawsuit seeking license to discriminate against LGBTQ people
A group of pastors in Texas have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn civil rights law that protects minorities. The loving Christians want a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Police Removed A Texas Yard Sign Showing A GOP Elephant With Its Trunk Up A Woman's Skirt
Police in Texas removed an anti-Republican political sign from a woman's yard Tuesday night last week, amid nationwide rancor over the Senate's vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
CNN COMMENTATOR SLAMS TRUMP'S RECORD ON GAY RIGHTS: 'TO CREDIBLY BE CALLED LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY STAND UP FOR FREEDOM'
CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon has slammed President Donald Trump for his record on LGBTQ rights, saying, “To credibly be called leader of the free world, you have to actually stand up for freedom.”
Avlon was speaking on Wednesday morning's “Reality Check” segment on the CNN show New Day. He was reacting to the news that the Trump administration will no longer grant visas to the same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials. The policy went into effect on October 1, reversing a policy that has been in place since 2009.
“As in so many other cases, the Trump administration's stated purpose seems innocuous,” Avlon said. “Gay marriage is allowed in the United States, so why allow same-sex partners when unmarried heterosexual partners are not allowed in the country? But that ignores what it would do to diplomats from the many countries that do not recognize gay marriage or, much worse, still criminalize being gay.”
Facebook apologizes after filtering system repeatedly blocks LGBTQ ads as ‘political’