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Oh THOSE abuse Stories...

Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sex­ual crim­i­nals. Yes­ter­day he focused on Teachers

If you pay atten­tion to the news, it’s hard to avoid the con­clu­sion that America’s pub­lic schools are staffed by sex-​crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obvi­ously, we need to end manda­tory celibacy and let high school teach­ers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been cov­er­ing for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in read­er­ship in 2013 & 2014 so for new read­ers at DaT­e­chGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some sto­ries we cov­ered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this sub­ject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sex­ual abuse scan­dal rocks Boy Scouts of Amer­ica after $18.5m payout

Organ­i­sa­tion accused of cover-​up as it seeks to keep thou­sands of ‘per­ver­sion files’ secret

Oddly this sub­ject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

The Huff­in­g­ton Post 06÷09÷10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05÷25÷11 05:05 PM ET

U.S. Swim­ming Sex Scan­dal: Abuse, Molesta­tion, Secret Tap­ings & More

U.S. swim coaches have molested, groped and secretly taped numer­ous teenage swim­mers over the past decade, accord­ing to ABC News. The net­work counts “36 coaches banned for life for sex­ual mis­con­duct over the last 10 years” by the U.S. gov­ern­ing body for swimming.

A ten year coverup odd there hasn’t been inves­ti­ga­tions going back to the 50’s

The Gothamist June 6th 2012:

Secret His­tory Of Sex­ual Preda­tors” At Horace Mann

Today, the NY Times pub­lished its big week­end mag­a­zine fea­ture online, and it’s a sprawl­ing look at decades of alleged sex­ual abuse at one of New York City’s top pri­vate schools. For­mer stu­dent Amos Kimel, who grad­u­ated in 1982, begins by describ­ing about the lush cam­pus was a world away from his I.S. 144 in the Bronx, “Shortly after my arrival, a new friend walked me around the school, point­ing out teach­ers to avoid. ‘What do you mean? Like, they’re hard graders?’ ‘No. Per­verts. Stay away from them. Trust me.’”

My take at the time:

I can’t help but won­der how­ever, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beat­ing their breasts over the rev­e­la­tion will be cry­ing for state inves­ti­ga­tions, changes in state law to inves­ti­gate both Mann & other schools?

I won­der how many future NYT sto­ries will be writ­ten about them and how many on the left will opine about the cul­ture at Horace Mann and how many national sto­ries will be writ­ten on the subject?

I don’t remem­ber see­ing any, nor about the LA scan­dals from Feb­ru­ary 7th 2012

Los Ange­les schools Supt. John Deasy told par­ents Mon­day evening that the dis­trict is replac­ing the entire staff of Mira­monte Ele­men­tary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teach­ers on lewd con­duct charges.

The unprece­dented move is intended to build con­fi­dence among the many fam­i­lies who have lost faith in their neigh­bor­hood ele­men­tary school. More than a quar­ter of stu­dents did not show up for classes Monday.

given that fact there was lit­tle reac­tion that day:

Now you would think this would pro­duce head­lines and cov­er­age all over the place. A sex scan­dal involv­ing minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV cov­er­age, I don’t see any Mau­reen Dowd columns, I don’t see any­one call­ing for a com­pre­hen­sive exam­i­na­tion of pub­lic schools and wav­ing of statue of lim­i­ta­tions for pub­lic school teach­ers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is con­cerned there IS no story.

No story there or on Feb 12, 2012 either

Even after plead­ing “no con­test” and guilty, the two admin­is­tra­tors still enjoy full employ­ment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each admin­is­tra­tor a promotion…and not a sin­gle jour­nal­ist has taken note
Dou­ble Stan­dard Abuse Scan­dals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

Even when the sub­ject was an actor like Cory Feld­man talk­ing Hol­ly­wood on Aug 10, 2011

“I can tell you that the No. 1 prob­lem in Hol­ly­wood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest prob­lem for chil­dren in this indus­try. … It’s the big secret,” Feld­man said.

The “cast­ing couch,” which is the old Hol­ly­wood ref­er­ence to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to chil­dren, Feld­man said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was sur­rounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to real­ize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were every­where,” Feld­man, 40, said.

it went nowhere And on Dec 6th 2011 there is was more from Hol­ly­wood

Mar­tin Weiss, a 47-​year-​old Hol­ly­wood man­ager who rep­re­sented child actors, was charged in Los Ange­les on Dec. 1 with sex­u­ally abus­ing a for­mer client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old dur­ing the time of the alleged abuse, reported to author­i­ties that Weiss told him “what they were doing was com­mon prac­tice in the enter­tain­ment indus­try.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fer­nando Rivas, 59, an award-​winning com­poser for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coerc­ing a child “to engage in sex­u­ally explicit con­duct” in South Car­olina. The Juilliard-​trained com­poser was also charged with pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of child pornography.

Sesame Street? Did some­one say Sesame Street:

Kevin Clash, the long­time voice and pup­peteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo char­ac­ter, has resigned in the after­math of alle­ga­tions that he had under­age sex­ual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sex­ual impro­pri­eties by a 24-​year-​old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tues­day, the gos­sip Web site TMZ reported that a sec­ond accuser, Cecil Sin­gle­ton, has now filed a law­suit in New York alleg­ing that he had an under­age sex­ual rela­tion­ship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not imme­di­ately be verified.

That was Nov 20th 2012 And the reac­tion of the left in com­ments around the web…

Appar­ently unless the per­son is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely moti­vated by money or fame and some­thing has to be done about such accusers.

I sub­mit and sug­gest that if Kevin Clash was a cler­gy­man these same folks would be out for blood and decry­ing the Church as an institution.

Exit Ques­tion: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and crit­ics have said the Vat­i­can off in Rome knew about the (legit­i­mate) scan­dal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assum­ing the truth of these accu­sa­tions I won­der how many of those peo­ple who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to over­see­ing him from half a world away knew of his age “pref­er­ences” for part­ners and looked the other way? More impor­tantly will any­body ask those ques­tions as these co-​workers, man­agers and fel­low actors are not wear­ing Roman Collars?

Even though as we reported on April 11th 2010 the stats say otherwise

Insur­ance com­pa­nies that cover all denom­i­na­tions, such as Guide One Cen­ter for Risk Man­age­ment, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher pre­mi­ums. “We don’t see vast dif­fer­ence in the inci­dence rate between one denom­i­na­tion and another,” says Sarah Buck­ley, assis­tant vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions. “It’s pretty even across the denom­i­na­tions.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this arti­cle appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive.

Of course after Tina Brown took over every­thing at Newsweek became a web exclusive.

Now in fair­ness there were some leg­isla­tive attempts in NY to focus on more than just the Catholic Church but we saw how well that went over on May 3rd, 2010

Lo and behold now that the tar­get is no longer just the church some inter­est­ing argu­ments have sud­denly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tum­bling out. The New York City Mayor is con­cerned about the poten­tial impact for tax­pay­ers. Wel­come to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen bil­lions of dol­lars, donated by them over decades, paid out in com­pen­sa­tion to vic­tims of cler­i­cal abuse and epis­co­pal fail­ure. It is tough but we have to recog­nise responsibility.

The State Asso­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties has issued a memo of oppo­si­tion cit­ing the prob­lem of “sig­nif­i­cantly aged and clouded” evi­dence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extend­ing the statute of lim­i­ta­tions is nec­es­sary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a per­son is ready to con­front the abuse that they have suf­fered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Asso­ci­a­tion has said that the rev­e­la­tion of past mis­deeds would pro­vide no extra pro­tec­tion for chil­dren. They should talk to Safe­guard­ing Offi­cials and good lay Catholics who know that the rev­e­la­tion of past crimes is a very strong moti­va­tion to pro­vide robust safe­guard­ing procedures.

The most telling line came at the end of my post:

I am sim­ply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I won­der how they will approach it? I’m sched­ul­ing this post for Mon­day morn­ing before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

They never did, the law never passed.

Mean­while while all the sto­ries above went unre­ported the story of the Church crack­ing down in sem­i­nar­ies and chang­ing rules to stop the prob­lem before it starts.(the Vat­i­can web site is loaded and the link to it has been promi­nent on the front page for years) has also been ignored except to attack it as anti-gay

Now I’m not so naïve to think that Glenn’s Insta­lance of Stacy piece will get the con­ver­sa­tion started nation­ally but I have a suggestion.

Book­mark this link and the next time you hear some­one make a snide remark about the church scan­dal & end­ing celibacy among Catholic priests cite a few of these exam­ples then go to Stacy’s site and click on the crime link for more.

THEN ask when the Pub­lic Schools, Pri­vate Schools, Hol­ly­wood, the Boy Scouts the US swim team and Sesame Street will end celibacy & allow employ­ees to marry.

Update: Stacy fol­lowed up with a sec­ond post with a new gag­gle of women teach­ers that is an excel­lent answer to those who saw the church crack­down as “anti-​gay”

This sar­cas­tic ref­er­ence to the Catholic priest scan­dal — for such were the argu­ments of “reform­ers” in that con­text — also points out the false­hood of one com­mon reac­tion to teacher sex crimes.

Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some peo­ple have mar­veled at instances of female teach­ers arrested for molest­ing teenage boys: “But she’s good-​looking — why can’t she get a man?”

The assump­tion is that sex­ual des­per­a­tion is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a mat­ter of sex­ual pref­er­ence: Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.

Abnor­mal? Cer­tainly. Uncom­mon? Not exactly.

Cue the : If the Church only had women priests or mar­ried priests or trans­gen­dered priests etc etc etc choir.

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It’s Mon­day, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dol­lars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new sub­scriber which moves us closer to our goals in a per­ma­nent way one new sub­scriber still doesn’t do the trick to per­ma­nently secure the mort­gage and pay DaM­ag­nif­i­cent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the pos­i­tive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full pay­check of 2014.

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Once we man­age that then we’ll worry about catch­ing up on the ground we’re behind.

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What do you say?




Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sexual criminals.  Yesterday he focused on Teachers

If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that America’s public schools are staffed by sex-crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout

 

Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret

Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

The Huffington Post 06/09/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

U.S. Swimming Sex Scandal: Abuse, Molestation, Secret Tapings & More

U.S. swim coaches have molested, groped and secretly taped numerous teenage swimmers over the past decade, according to ABC News. The network counts “36 coaches banned for life for sexual misconduct over the last 10 years” by the U.S. governing body for swimming.

A ten year coverup odd there hasn’t been investigations going back to the 50’s

The Gothamist June 6th 2012:

“Secret History Of Sexual Predators” At Horace Mann

Today, the NY Times published its big weekend magazine feature online, and it’s a sprawling look at decades of alleged sexual abuse at one of New York City’s top private schools. Former student Amos Kimel, who graduated in 1982, begins by describing about the lush campus was a world away from his I.S. 144 in the Bronx, “Shortly after my arrival, a new friend walked me around the school, pointing out teachers to avoid. ‘What do you mean? Like, they’re hard graders?’ ‘No. Perverts. Stay away from them. Trust me.'”

My take at the time:

I can’t help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law to investigate both Mann & other schools?

I wonder how many future NYT stories will be written about them and how many on the left will opine about the culture at Horace Mann and how many national stories will be written on the subject?

I don’t remember seeing any, nor about the LA scandals from February 7th 2012

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.

The unprecedented move is intended to build confidence among the many families who have lost faith in their neighborhood elementary school. More than a quarter of students did not show up for classes Monday.

given that fact there was little reaction that day:

Now you would think this would produce headlines and coverage all over the place. A sex scandal involving minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV coverage, I don’t see any Maureen Dowd columns, I don’t see anyone calling for a comprehensive examination of public schools and waving of statue of limitations for public school teachers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is concerned there IS no story.

No story there or on Feb 12, 2012 either

Even after pleading “no contest” and guilty, the two administrators still enjoy full employment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each administrator a promotion…and not a single journalist has taken note
Double Standard Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

Even when the subject was an actor like Cory Feldman talking Hollywood on Aug 10, 2011

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

it went nowhere And on Dec 6th 2011 there is was more from Hollywood

Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Sesame Street?  Did someone say Sesame Street:

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

That was Nov 20th 2012 And the reaction of the left in comments around the web…

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

Even though as we reported on April 11th 2010 the stats say otherwise

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this article appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive.

Of course after Tina Brown took over everything at Newsweek became a web exclusive.

Now in fairness there were some legislative attempts in NY to focus on more than just the Catholic Church but we saw how well that went over on  May 3rd, 2010

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

The most telling line came at the end of my post:

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

They never did, the law never passed.

Meanwhile while all the stories above went unreported the story of the Church cracking down in seminaries and changing rules to stop the problem before it starts.(the Vatican web site is loaded and the link to it has been prominent on the front page for years)  has also been ignored except to attack it as antigay

Now I’m not so naive to think that Glenn’s Instalance of Stacy piece will get the conversation started nationally but I have a suggestion.

Bookmark this link and the next time you hear someone make a snide remark about the church scandal & ending celibacy among Catholic priests cite a few of these examples then go to Stacy’s site and click on the crime link for more.

THEN ask when the Public Schools, Private Schools, Hollywood, the Boy Scouts the US swim team and Sesame Street will end celibacy & allow employees to marry.

Update:  Stacy followed up with a second post with a new gaggle of women teachers that is an excellent answer to those who saw the church crackdown as “anti-gay”

This sarcastic reference to the Catholic priest scandal — for such were the arguments of “reformers” in that context — also points out the falsehood of one common reaction to teacher sex crimes.

Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”

The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference:  Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.

Abnormal? Certainly. Uncommon? Not exactly.

Cue the :  If the Church only had women priests or married priests or transgendered priests etc etc etc choir.

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It’s Monday, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new subscriber which moves us closer to our goals in a permanent way one new subscriber  still doesn’t do the trick to  permanently  secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the positive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full paycheck of 2014.

Olimometer 2.52

Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.  It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

What do you say?