He Who Laughs Last: Ending the Cycle of Male Abuse

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  1. According to the US Department of Justice, 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before his 16th birthday…

    Whilst I have absolutely no issue with what some will see a startlingly high level of child sexual abuse, I am worried about this 1 in 6 figure being quoted (and the 1 in 4 figure for girls) because the details around the figures keep changing. There are reports that the age cut off is 16 and others report it’s 18 – and an inconsistency that does not serve anyone well – least of all victims.

    If anyone knows of the source of these figures ( preferably with a hyperlink to the source at the USA department of Justice which is intermittently attributed as the source ) it would be helpful to many in being able to verify claims and propagate only verified sources and claims.

    I do welcome the Initiative in creating a national Male Abuse Awareness Week. However, I do have concerns about how this initiative is run and managed by it’s founder Petra Luna. It’s sad too that in light of Sandusky case and a massively increased visibility of the issues there has been a lack of ground swell. It’s a horrible thing to consider, but the Sandusky case has in many ways been an opportunity to mobilise and build resources for child sexual abuse victims using the good will of the public towards those who have been abused, and yet there is scant if any evidence that this has occurred or anything has been built.

    If anyone has the details of where the Not For Profit/Charity status of the Petra Luna Foundation can be confirmed, that would also be most useful.

  2. Is it something like this you are looking for Mediahound: http://1in6.org/the-1-in-6-statistic/
    although none of them seem at first glance to come from the DOJ.

    • Tamen – I’ve already sourced the 1 in 6, but it’s the ongoing references that the DOJ are the one’s who published that figure research that is the issue – along with the shifting age definitions.

      I have to say that I see the lackadaisical way such figures and facts are treated as symptomatic of the poor attitudes that exists towards child sexual abuse – and boys in particular.

      Tell folks they are going to have to pay one extra dollar per week in taxes and they will be up in arms and hyper-links will be flying! Have stats that indicate that over 60 Million people in the US alone have been sexually assaulted as a child and no-one bothers to make any links!

      • I don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish with your questioning, MediaHound. The figures of 1 in 6 for boys and 1 in 3 for girls are commonly quoted. Since most crimes of this nature are not ever reported, we’re guessing. Does it do more harm or good to the cause to question these numbers when they arise? I’m not saying we should remain ignorant, but that the effect of questioning figures that can’t be powerfully substantiated, for a problem we know is widespread and extremely damaging, is to question whether we care too much. I don’t think we care enough.

  3. I can and answer that concern. The organization is called the P. Luna Foundation (not the Petra Luna Foundation.) It was founded in 2007 and is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. See http://www.plunafoundation.com/. Petra Luna is our founder but has retired from her music recording carrer and has dedicated her life to helping male abuse victims. I have worked with her for over 6 years and she is true to her cause. I did see that statistic quoted on a DOJ site at one time, but it is surely on the 1 in 6 site and that research is done by a the leading specialists in the field.

  4. With the final recognition of the covering up of the abuse of boys in care homes in the UK I really hope we can start triyng to change things. Sadly it seems that the lowest on the scale of mattering are working class boys, this has to change. Brave articles like this one will help people all over the world speak out.

    • I’m not sure that it’s appropriate to open the champagne yet! You only have to look at the history of failures and the patterns involved across the UK – But there is Jimmy Savile, who’s name just keeps popping up all over the UK in multiple child abuse scandals involving thousands of children and the majority of victims all boys. I do find it odd that so many people assume Saville was the only person in The UK with transport and able to travel so widely for so long. It’s almost as if Paedophiles and abusers are magically incapable of driving or using Public Transport.

      1) The William Goad case covering over 40 years and the whole of the UK – in excess of 3500 (Three Thousand Five Hundred) known male victims nationwide …… Police files still open.

      2) The North Wales Children’s Home Abuse Scandal (It was not one venue but dozens with children shifted from one to another when concerns were raised or the kids objected) … and that started making waves over 30 years ago…. Police files being dusted off very fast.

      3) Haut de la Garenne anyone? The obstruction due to Jersey Law – lack of resources – lack of access to media – and it’s so odd how the Investigating Police Officer just got removed and stopped doing his job … and no-one is clear about the human remains found – burned child bones and teeth – those mystery reports of the Children who vanished ….. police files unknown at this time – open? closed? never written?

      4) Jimmy Savile and friends – that goes back over 50 years – and it’s odd but Male Abuse Victims are hardly mentioned. The Solicitors who represent so many from North Wales (All male) have a burgeoning number of male clients from the Savile case …. Police files being opened – old files dusted off – some being put back in storage as victims are dead.

      Odd how the Savile case took so long to make it out into the open – given that close associates such as Paul Gadd/Gary Glitter (Convicted Time Served both UK and Vietnam) and Johnathan King (Convicted Time Served UK) and even some of the admissions made in court by yet others and how these admissions made under oath link back to Savile … and they have been court record for decades and ignored by so many.

      Some say that Savile was hiding in plain sight. It seems the only explanation. Others change the grammar slightly and say “..was being hidden..” Too many knew and did nothing – and some actively did something.

      So many of the same names keep cropping up across so many different cases ( 4 major and a number of minor cases) and after so many decades the truths are still not coming out! Institutional Delay and Denial Of Justice. Better reasons for vigilance and a proactive stance of child protection from abuse I have never seen. The best way to prevent a child becoming just a statistic twice over. First an abuse statistic and then a stat on denial of justice.

      I salute the victims and their amazing and brave work, but beyond that I have unlimited compassion for their Justifiable Despair that they are to be denied The Truth, The Full Truth And Nothing But The Truth or any semblance of Justice. I also have compassion for the holes left in the victim’s lives – that’s not holes created by the abusers, it’s the holes created by their fellow victims who supported them and who are now dead and buried and who can not now add to The Truth, even if they spoke it clearly and with great courage whilst alive. I wonder if those voices will be heard now – but I do doubt that so very much.

      ..and it’s almost ironic that there is so much recorded abuse and clergy abuse has not even been mentioned.

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