Predators

 

 

safehorizon

 

Rape and Sexual Assault

 

It’s not your fault.

 

 

What are Rape and Sexual Assault?

 

Sexual assault is a general term that includes any forced or unwanted sexual activity, including rape, incest, sexual abuse, and molestation. Sexual assault includes any forced or unwanted touching of an intimate part of the body, such as breasts, buttocks, or genitals.

 

Rape, a specific type of sexual assault, involves any forced, manipulated, or coerced penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth, by a penis or other object. Sexual assault/rape is not a crime of passion but a crime of violence, using sex as a weapon to overpower and to degrade the victim. A rapist can be a stranger or someone the victim knows, including a spouse, date, or family member.

 


 

It’s On Us:

 

-To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
-To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
-To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
-To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
 

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Tools and Tips:
 

Consent is voluntary and mutual and can be withdrawn at any time.

 

Past consent does not mean future or current consent.

 

There is no consent when there is force, coercion, or intimidation.

 

One cannot always consent when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

 

Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.

 

Don’t just be a bystander – if you see something, intervene in any way you can.

 

Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.

 

Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re okay.

 

Get someone to help if you see something – enlist a friend.

 

Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.

 

Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.

 

Never blame the victim.

 


 

PREDATORS: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders

 

Who They Are, How They Operate,

and How We Can Protect

Ourselves and Our Children

 

By Anna C. Salter, Ph.D, first published in 2003

 

A world-renowned expert provides a psychological profile of serial sex offenders – how they think, how they deceive their victims, and how they elude the law.

 

Chapter 2: Deception

 

Chapter 9: Rose-Colored Glasses and Trauma

 


 

The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

 

“This is not an issue of sexual orientation; this is an issue of power and violence. Male sexual predators have targeted whoever is there to prey upon…” 

 

“A great wall of silence has gone up to protect the guilty.”

 

“…rapists prey on other human beings and stalk them. They wait until the victim is at the most vulnerable point in time to perpetrate their crimes.”

 

“Most sex offenders have this hidden persona that nobody ever sees but the victim. Therefore, when they’re caught, or if somebody reports, people don’t tend to believe that [report or victim] because they don’t see the ‘typical’ sex offender.”

 

“Most sex offenders are hunters. Just like any hunter, they study their prey – study their movements – study their behaviors – study the environment.”

 

“Particularly for a savvy perpetrator, to work within a relatively closed system like the military, it becomes a prime sort of target-rich environment for a predator.” 

   

“If he does it once and gets away with it, he thinks: ‘Wow, this was pretty easy. I’m gonna try it again.’”

 


 

Dispatches from the Front Lines:

 

Articles and Essays written by Andrew Vachss

 


 

People

June 10, 1991

 

The Darkest Secret

 

A STORY OF INCEST

 

MISS AMERICA’S TRIUMPH

OVER SHAME

 

By Marilyn Van Derber Atler

 

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October 7, 1991

 

A Star Cries Incest

 

ROSEANNE’S BRAVE

CONFESSION

 

By Roseanne Arnold

 


 

TOXIC PARENTS

 

Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy

and Reclaiming Your Life

 

By Dr. Susan Forward

 

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

 

THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

 

The Sexual Abusers

 


 

HEALING THE INCEST WOUND

 

Adult Survivors in Therapy 

 

By Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D.

 

 

Chapter 3: Dynamics of Abuse and the Incestuous Family

 

Chapter 4: Parent-Child Incest

 


 

Healing requires words. There is no way around a tragedy or trauma. The only way over is through, and the way you get through is by talking. Shakespeare understood this in Macbeth when he wrote:

 

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak

Whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.

 

I would not have gone down like a kamikaze pilot in my own life if I had started talking years before. Friends help, but therapists are essential for anyone who has been profoundly traumatized. I could not have survived without the professionals at Johns Hopkins. My past was a minefield. Without them to guide me through it, I would have exploded.

 

The sad thing is that no one could have convinced me to start talking. I had no idea — and could not have been persuaded — that something from so long ago suddenly could take over my life. I want others to know what I learned — if you have been traumatized by abuse, you must find a way to understand and resolve it. Even if your life seems fine at the moment, unresolved trauma neither goes away nor diminishes over time. It can erupt at any time.

 

Even if the trauma never recurs, its initial impact can have long-term effects. Depression, alcoholism and other addictions, rage, insomnia, nightmares, and low self-esteem are some of the common shoals for people who carry too much emotional cargo. They should lighten the load by finding a supportive therapeutic environment and safe place to feel terrible.

 

Richard Berendzen, from Come Here: A Man Overcomes the Tragic Aftermath of Childhood Sexual Abuse

 


 

Marilyn Van DerburA Survivor Story

 

September 9, 2014

 

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Miss America By Day

Documentary

 

March 24, 2020

 

Marilyn Van Derbur Atler had a fairytale life. She appeared to have it all–from a prominent family, crowned Miss America, enjoyed a successful television career, sought-after as a motivational speaker, named “Outstanding Woman Speaker in America”, married to her high school sweetheart, and raising a beautiful daughter. But at age 53, she revealed a sinister secret of trauma and shame: Marilyn had been a victim of childhood incest at the hands of her father. Her courageous public disclosure changed her life — from one of celebrity — to healer of tens of thousands of abuse survivors.

 


 

WIKIPEDIA

 

Causes of sexual violence

 

There are many different theories explaining the causes of sexual violence. The theories that will be discussed in this article include military conquest, socioeconomics, anger, power, sadism, traits, ethical standards, laws, and evolutionary pressures that lend some explanation to the causes of sexual violence (such as rape, molestation, sexual harassment, stalking, incest, etc.). Please note, most of the research on the causes of sexual violence has only been done on male offenders (and has largely ignored female perpetrated sexual violence) and is in no way fully developed.

 

Clinical psychologist Nicholas Groth has described several different types of rape. A detailed conceptual analysis shows that objectification might underlie denial of agency and personhood that leads to rape.

 


 

From MEN WHO RAPE: The Psychology of the Offender by A. Nicholas Groth, Ph.D., with H. Jean Birnbaum, B.A., 1979

 

Regardless of the pattern of the assault, rape is a complex act that serves a number of retaliatory and compensatory aims in the psychological functioning of the offender. It is an effort to discharge his anger, contempt, and hostility toward women – to hurt, degrade, and humiliate. It is an effort to counteract feelings of vulnerability and inadequacy in himself and to assert his strength and power – to control and exploit. It is an effort to deny sexual anxieties and doubts, and reaffirm his identity, competency and manhood. It is an effort to retain status among male peers, and it is an effort to achieve sexual gratification. Rape is equivalent to symptom formation in that it serves to defend against anxiety, to express a conflict, and to gratify an impulse. It is symptomatic of personality dysfunction, associated more with conflict and stress than with pleasure and satisfaction.  Sexuality is not the only – nor the primary – motive underlying rape. It is, however, the means through which conflict surrounding issues of anger and power become discharged. Rape is always a combination of anger, power, sexuality, and each of these components must be examined in evaluating the offender and assessing the impact of the assault on the victim and the nature of her trauma.

 

. . . The assault triggers an acute disruption of the victim’s physiological, psychological, social, and sexual lifestyle as evidenced by somatic problems, disturbances in sleeping and eating patterns, and the development of minor mood swings and fears specific to the circumstances of the assault.(1)  The sexual offense, from this standpoint, constitutes a situational crisis imposed on the victim, and the impact of the assault may disrupt the bio-psycho-social functioning of the victim for an indefinite period of time. Tragically, her victimization often does not end with the assault.

 

(1) Ann Wolbert Burgess and Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, Rape: Crisis and Recovery

 


 

CONSIDERING SEX OFFENDERS:

A MODEL OF ADDICTION

 

 By Judith Herman, MD

 

Published in Journal of Women in Culture and Society

vol. 13, no. 4

1988

 


 

WSFA 12 News

 

Male Rape

 

March 19, 2001

 

Overview [excerpt]

 

Society is becoming increasingly aware of male rape. However, experts believe that current male rape statistics vastly under-represent the actual number of males age 12 and over who are raped each year. Rape crisis counselors estimate that while only one in 50 raped women report the crime to the police, the rates of under-reporting among men are even higher (Brochman, 1991).

 

Until the mid-1980s, most literature discussed this violent crime in the context of women only. The lack of tracking of sexual crimes against men and the lack of research about the effects of male rape are indicative of the attitude held by society at large — that while male rape occurs, it is not an acceptable topic for discussion.

 

Historically, the rape of males was more widely recognized in ancient times. Several of the legends in Greek mythology involved abductions and sexual assaults of males by other males or gods. The rape of a defeated male enemy was considered the special right of the victorious soldier in some societies and was a signal of the totality of the defeat.

 

There was a widespread belief that a male who was sexually assaulted, thus “lost his manhood,” and could no longer be a warrior or ruler. Gang rape of a male was considered an ultimate form of punishment and, as such, was known to the Romans as punishment for adultery and the Persians and Iranians as punishment for violation of the sanctity of the harem (Donaldson, 1990).

 

A. Nicholas Groth, a clinical psychologist and author of Men Who Rape: The Psychology of the Offender, says all sexual assault is an act of aggression, regardless of the gender or age of the victim or the assailant. Neither sexual desire nor sexual deprivation is the primary motivating force behind sexual assault. It is not about sexual gratification, but rather a sexual aggressor using somebody else as a means of expressing their own power and control.

 

Much has been written about the psychological trauma associated with the rape of female victims. While less research has been conducted about male rape victims, case research suggests that males also commonly experience many of the reactions that females experience.

 

These reactions include: depression, anger, guilt, self-blame, sexual dysfunctions, flashbacks, and suicidal feelings (Isley, 1991). Other problems facing males include an increased sense of vulnerability, damaged self-image and emotional distancing (Mezey & King, 1989).

 

Male rape victims not only have to confront unsympathetic attitudes if they choose to press charges, they also often hear unsupportive statements from their friends, family and acquaintances (Brochman, 1991).

 

People will tend to fault the male victim instead of the rapist.

 


 

disposable culture

July 17, 2012

 

Penthouse Magazine Level Lasciviousness Normalization Leads To Moral Degeneracy In Both Boys & Men

 

In a DOJ [U.S. Department of Justice] study 1953-82, Playboy, Hustler, & Penthouse published approximately 9,000 sexual scenarios with children under age 18, an average of 8-9 images per issue.

 


 

Magic Lantern Pictures

 

Raised on Porn | Documentary Film 

Premiered September 30, 2021

 

Raised on Porn exposes the ways pornography has become the new sex education for children and unpacks the dangerous lifelong implications of this global phenomenon. Through riveting firsthand accounts, cinematic re-enactments, 3D animation, and interviews with the world’s leading neurologists, sociologists, psychologists, and therapists, Raised on Porn is filled to the brim with raw, compelling insight on how pornography is poisoning us and our relationships. This film shatters cultural myths about the “harmless” nature of pornography and provides a sobering framework to understand how this graphic genre of media has shaped our world, eliciting a desperately-needed call for change.

 


 

AGAINST OUR WILL: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller

 

The bestselling feminist classic that revolutionized the way we think about rape, as a historical phenomenon and as an urgent crisis—essential reading in the era of #MeToo.

 

As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, Against Our Will stands as a unique document of the history, politics, and sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. Fact by fact, Susan Brownmiller pulls back the centuries of damaging lies and misrepresentations to reveal how rape has been accepted in all societies and how it continues to profoundly affect women’s lives today.

 
A keen and prescient analyst, a detailed historian, Susan Brownmiller discusses the consequences of rape in biblical times, rape as an accepted spoil of war, as well as child molestation, marital rape, and date rape (a term that she coined). In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller uses her experience as a journalist to create a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.

 


 

PREDATORS: Who They Are and How to Stop Them

 

By Gregory M. Cooper and Michael R. King with Thomas McHoes

  

An inmate, incarcerated for the rape of seventy-five women, reveals in an interview that if his victims had simply put a pair of old construction boots at the front door, he would have passed by and never even considered them as potential targets. The grieving father of a murdered seventeen-year-old woman admits that he should have been more involved in his daughter’s life and paid attention to the “friends” in her immediate circle. Most of us only half-listen to the public service announcements about safety in the home. We lock our doors at night, but do little else to change habits that may make us the next victims of the dangerous individuals who are always on the watch for their next opportunity.

 

This book takes readers through the mindset of predatory criminals – their motives, various plans of attack, and way of thinking – and then teaches simple lifestyle techniques that will help reduce the risk of becoming victimized. Criminal behavior specialists Greg Cooper and Mike King provide expert analysis based on real-life cases, in addition to moving insights from victims and criminals themselves.

 

The authors make the point that the people who commit these crimes aren’t much different from the predators of the wild, preying on the weak and unsuspecting. What makes these individuals more dangerous than their instinctive wildlife counterparts, however, is that they consciously choose to inflict their will on the more vulnerable members of their own species. To protect our loved ones and ourselves requires that we truly educate ourselves about the predators who live in our society and then take appropriate action. This excellent, in-depth study will help readers lead safer lives.

 


 

PBS

FRONTLINE

January 16, 2007

 

 Hand of God

 

In recent decades, more than 10,000 children were reportedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in the United States. In “Hand of God,” filmmaker Joe Cultrera explores just one of those cases, that of his own brother Paul.

 

Paul Cultrera was molested in the 1960s by Father Joseph Birmingham, who allegedly abused nearly 100 other children. “Hand of God” tells the story of faith betrayed, and how Paul and the rest of the Cultrera family fought back against a scandal that continues to afflict scores of churches across the country.

 


 

Oakland Tribune

June 17, 2012

 

PAIN, PAYBACK

By Tracey Kaplan

 

WILL LYNCH IS WILLING TO RISK JAIL TIME

TO MAKE A PRIEST FACE UP TO A MONSTROUS PAST

 


 

New York
Intelligencer

Feb. 22, 2019

 

The Corruption of the Vatican’s Gay Elite

Has Been Exposed

 

By Andrew Sullivan

 

I spent much of this week reading and trying to absorb the new and devastating book by one Frédéric Martel on the gayness of the hierarchy at the top of the Catholic Church, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. It’s a bewildering and vast piece of reporting — Martel interviewed no fewer than “41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignori, 45 apostolic nuncios, secretaries of nunciatures or foreign ambassadors, 11 Swiss Guards and over 200 Catholic priests and seminarians.” He conducted more than 1,500 interviews over four years, is quite clear about his sources, and helps the reader weigh their credibility. He keeps the identity of many of the most egregiously hypocritical cardinals confidential, but is unsparing about the dead.

 

The picture Martel draws is jaw-dropping. Many of the Vatican gays — especially the most homophobic — treat their vows of celibacy with an insouciant contempt. Martel argues that many of these cardinals and officials have lively sex lives, operate within a “don’t ask, don’t tell” culture, constantly hit on young men, hire prostitutes, throw chem-sex parties, and even pay for sex with church money. How do we know this? Because, astonishingly, they tell us.

 

So much of the information in the book comes from sources deep within the Holy See. Named and unnamed, they expose their fellow cardinals and bishops and nuncios as hypocrites, without perhaps realizing that their very targets are doing the same to them. Martel didn’t expect this remarkable candor, or, clearly, what he was about to see: “Whether they are ‘practising’, ‘homophile’, ‘initiates’, ‘unstraights’, ‘worldly’, ‘versatile’, ‘questioning’, or simply ‘in the closet’, the world I am discovering, with its 50 shades of gay, is beyond comprehension.”

 


 

60 Minutes Australia

February 25, 2019

 

Richard Carleton exposes cover up of paedophile priests

 

It’s hard to imagine a graver charge. It’s against one of the most powerful men in Australia, the man who is now the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. The accusation is simply this: That Dr George Pell attempted to bribe a distressed young man, who’d been sexually assaulted by a priest – and that Pell did this to cover up a potential scandal and to protect his church. And, as you’ll see, there’s more. Money offered to silence the family of two young girls, more tragic victims of a predator in the Catholic Church.

 


 

A HOUSTON CHRONICLE INVESTIGATION

 

ABUSE of FAITH

 

In the past 20 years, a disturbing number of Southern Baptists with formal church roles have engaged in sexual misconduct, a new investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reveals. They were pastors. Deacons. Youth pastors. They left behind more than 700 victims. Read and hear the stories of those victims, and learn the depths of the crimes and misconduct of the church leaders they trusted.

 


 

SONOMA STATE STAR

March 3, 2020

 

Dad arrested in sex-cult investigation

at daughter’s university.

 

 

Leslie M. Levy, Staff Writer

 

An investigation prompted by an April 2019 article in New York Magazine, “The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence,” resulted in the arrest and formal indictment of Larry Ray on charges of conspiracy, exploitation, forced labor and sex trafficking, according to the New York Times.

 

Prosecutors claim the systematic abuse of several of his daughter Talia’s housemates at Slonim Woods 9, on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY, continued for nearly a decade. Three of his alleged victims still live together and remain loyal to Ray.

 


 

THE GURU

 

Inside Alex Vartman’s “The New Tantra”

 

Numerous former students and staff are speaking out about sexual, verbal and physical abuse by The New Tantra founder Alex Vartman. They describe a sex cult environment that has left people severely traumatized. Thousands of people have taken The New Tantra courses in over 10 countries since it began in 2010.

 


 

HUFFPOST

World News

December 20, 2018

 

Sex Abuse Allegation Against Celebrity Spiritual

Leader Opens The Floodgates In Brazil

 

More than 500 women have accused João Teixeira de Faria, a self-professed psychic, of sexual abuse.

 

By Ana Beatriz Rosa

 

It began earlier this month, when Dutch choreographer Zahira Leeneke Maus dropped a bombshell allegation on Brazil’s Globo TV: She said celebrity Brazilian psychic João Teixeira de Faria had raped her.

 

Faria, who has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and hosted “pilgrimages” around the world under his popular name, João de Deus, or John of God, denied the allegation. But Maus’ testimony inspired hundreds of other people to come forward with similar stories of abuse. Faria was arrested Sunday, just nine days after Maus went public with her accusation.

 


 

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends

 

An Unauthorized Blogography of “The Teacher” and His Cult

 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

 

81 stories of Robert Earl Burton’s abuses

 

[ed. – With the announcement that 81, not just the previously-cited 44, angels are now focusing their energies on The Fellowship of Friends, it seemed appropriate to update this post from last year. The following 81 stories, selected from hundreds, represent some of those who had the courage to speak out, and a few who never had the chance.]
 

 

WhaleRiderJune 2, 2018Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog

 

“Even today, the overall shame of being identified not only as a member of a cult but as a ‘sex slave’ — of having their control and choice, and, essentially, humanity, stripped from them — has kept many silent.”

 

mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/magazine/sex-cult-empowerment-nxivm-keith-raniere.html

 


 

Steve SuhSeptember 2, 2018

 

miaminewtimes.com/news/kashi-ashram-claims-of-rape-child-abuse-and-kidnapping-6392115

 

A lot of eerie parallels.

 


 

ton2uApril 9, 2019

 

Re: ‘sex slaves’

 

The morning newspaper had a short article about a court case involving Allison Mack who recruited human “fodder” for yet another “garden variety” cult…

 

vice.com/en us/topic/keith-raniere

 


 

WhaleRiderApril 24, 2019

 

Interesting NY Times article relative to Burton’s fraudulent use of “c-influence” and rape of his followers.

 

“…there is a clear distinction between consent and assent. Consent means ‘freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement.’ Assent means ‘agreement on the face of it.’ So, when someone tells you a lie, you can be agreeing on the face of it but you’re not knowledgeable or informed. You can assent and agree, but that doesn’t mean you’re consenting.”

 

google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/well/mind/is-sex-by-deception-a-form-of-rape.amp.html

 


 

TEDx Talks

Youth@UrsulineAcademy

June 27, 2018

 

When “Yes” Means “No”, the Truth about Consent | Joyce Short

 

Sexual assault happens, on average, every 96 seconds, and you can help change that. In her raw, ground breaking talk, Ms. Short, an author and sexual assault survivor, suggests new laws against sexual assault that can reshape our moral reasoning, address the problems the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements raised, and make the world a safer place.

 


 

Just the Facts Ma’am June 18, 2019

 

Re-posting this. Did anyone read the article?
See additional quote at bottom.

 

Unmasking the Guru

 

Our new digital world has made it impossible to believe in infallible teachers. What comes next is up to us.

 

Interview with Bernhard Pörksen by Ursula Richard
SUMMER 2019 [Tricycle]

 

Changing cultural attitudes are not the only. . .reason that public revelations of institutionalized sexual abuse have been at the forefront of mainstream consciousness. Abuse is nothing new. What is new is the way it is being revealed to the public—and what the public is doing with the information.

 

Bernhard Pörksen is a professor of media studies at the University of Tübingen in southwest Germany, with particular research interest in the new media age. His writing regularly appears in both scholarly and popular science publications, and two of his books have been on the bestseller list in Germany. He has written or co-authored books on topics such as journalism, constructivism, and communications and systems theories, and he has received accolades for his direct and engaged appearances as a speaker, talk show guest, interview moderator, and discussion partner on radio and television as well as at conventions and public events.

 

In the following interview, Ursula Richard of the German magazine Buddhismus aktuell discusses with Pörksen the exposure and aftermath of scandals in Buddhist communities today and how we can understand the emerging role played by digital media.

 

—The Editors

 

tricycle.org/magazine/bernhard-porksen

 

Or, in print, at a newsstand near you.

 

Another quote:

 

“To sum it up: the holy man has become a broken shell, the guru is a sad or pathetic or—worst-case scenario—even criminal figure. And the image of the exalted being has to compete for attention with our personal experience and the online documentation of the guru’s disgrace.”

 


 

WhaleRider June 18, 2019

 

Just the Facts Ma’am:
Excellent article, thanks for re-posting. It brings up an important issue touched upon by Cult Survivor:

 

In conclusion, is there also a maxim relating to abuse issues? Yes. However difficult and painful it may be, at some point we have to accept the unthinkable as thinkable, in spite of our own experience of beauty, tranquility, and kindness. Seeing what is different from you, in all its strange-ness and fearfulness, might be the relevant categorical imperative to guide perception. And then investigate carefully and impartially, and act immediately to empower victims and prevent further suffering.

 

Since Burton’s current harem were trafficked presumably from a social, economic or political environment far worse than the opulent environment they are currently living in, and although they have been groomed and manipulated into being Burton’s sex slaves and probably living with the fear of deportation and therefore may not complain as a result…has this accommodation of Burton’s fraud and sexual mania cleansed the conscience of his followers and alleviated the suffering of his victims?

 

IMO, only once the guru is unmasked and demystified, so too is the suffering his victims endured unmasked and demystified.

 


 

brucelevy July 17, 2019

 

They’re ALL the same…

 

thedailybeast.com/inside-tibetan-buddhisms-rape-and-abuse-scandal?ref=home

 


 

Nancy GilbertJanuary 28, 2020

  

gen.medium.com/how-a-metoo-facebook-post-toppled-a-yoga-icon…

 

More guru abuse!

 


 

diego  July 30, 2022

 

Sun newspaper today from the U.K., a Murdoch Tabloid

 

thesun.co.uk/news/19367843/google-cult-leader-robert-earl-burton-warning

 


 

Skeptical Enquirer

 

In God’s Name

 

Part 1 of  2

 

Religious cult leader, previously charged

with sexual abuse, is again leading the flock.

 


 

PBS

Connecticut Public Radio / WNPR

 

All Cults Are Not Created Equal

 

This hour, we hear from experts whose relationships to cults are as varied as the cults themselves: From an investigative journalist revisiting the 1978 Jonestown massacre, to a British professor raised in a cult called the Exclusive Brethren, to a Canadian writer still struggling from having left the Hare Krishnas.

 

GUESTS:

 

Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on June 15, 2017.

 

According to His Highness A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness: A woman likes a man who is very expert at rape. Rape means without consent.

 


 

ABC News

Sept. 28, 2018

 

Jonestown Part 3: Jim Jones was ‘a predator,’

ex-members allege

 

Former Peoples Temple members said Jones became extreme, manipulating his congregants with blackmail and administering humiliating beatings to those who displeased him.

 


 

From WITHOUT CONSCIENCE: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare, PhD, 1993

 

Psychopathic Violence – Cold-blooded and “Casual”

 

Even more troubling than their heavy involvement in crime is the evidence that both male and female psychopaths are much more likely to be violent and aggressive than are other individuals. Of course, violence is not uncommon in most offender populations, but psychopaths still manage to stand out. They commit more than twice as many violent and aggressive acts, both in and out of prison, as do other criminals.

 

Troubling yes, but not surprising. While most of us have strong inhibitions about physically injuring others, psychopaths typically do not. For them, violence and threats are handy tools to be used when they are angered, defied, or frustrated, and they give little thought to the pain and humiliation experienced by the victims. Their violence is callous and instrumental – used to satisfy a simple need, such as sex, or to obtain something he or she wants – and the psychopath’s reactions to the event are much more likely to be indifference, a sense of power, pleasure or smug satisfaction than regret at the damage done. Certainly nothing to lose any sleep over.

 

Psychopaths often come across as arrogant, shameless braggarts – self-assured, opinionated, domineering, and cocky. They love to have power and control over others and seem unable to believe that other people have valid opinions different from theirs. They appear charismatic or “electrifying” to some people.

 

Psychopaths have a narcissistic and grossly inflated view of their self-worth and importance, a truly astounding egocentricity and sense of entitlement, and see themselves as the center of the universe, as superior beings who are justified in living according to their own rules.

 

Psychopaths are seldom embarrassed about their legal, financial, or personal problems. Rather, they see them as temporary setbacks, the results of bad luck, unfaithful friends, or an unfair and incompetent system.

 

 Psychopaths feel that their abilities will enable them to become anything they want to be. Given the right circumstances – opportunity, luck, willing victims – their grandiosity can pay off spectacularly. For example, the psychopathic entrepreneur “thinks big,” but it’s usually with someone else’s money.

 

. . . the psychopath carries out his evaluation of a situation – what he will get out of it and at what cost – without the usual anxieties, doubts, and concerns about being humiliated, causing pain, sabotaging future plans, in short, the infinite possibilities that people of conscience consider when deliberating possible actions.

 

Sexual Violence

 

Rape provides a good example of the callous, selfish, and instrumental use of violence by psychopaths.

 

Perhaps half of the repeat or serial rapists are psychopaths. Their acts are the result of a potent mixture, uninhibited expression of sexual drives and fantasies, desire for power and control, and a perception of the victims as objects of pleasure or satisfaction.

 


 

WhaleRider October 18, 2016Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog

 

‘Studies show psychopaths really do make some people feel queasy. Why? The researchers suspect it might be an evolutionary response to an “intraspecies predator”.

 

This is another one all the sources agreed on. Don’t listen to the excuses, rationalizations or outright lies. Don’t listen to what they say they will do. Pay attention to what they do.’

 

bakadesuyo.com/2016/10/how-to-deal-with-psychopaths/

 


 

SEMANTIC  SCHOLAR

 

August 6, 2018

 

Hervey Cleckley: Contributions to the study of psychopathy

 

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ashley L. Watts, Sarah Francis Smith, Christopher J. Patrick, and Robert D. Hare

 

Hervey Cleckley (1903-1984) was probably among the most influential psychiatrists of the 20th century, but the history of his intellectual contributions to psychopathy is not especially well known. Not all of Cleckley’s writings have stood the test of time, but others seem prescient, arguably anticipating current debates regarding such contentious issues as successful psychopathy and the treatability of psychopathy. Although Cleckley’s seminal writings on psychopathy are familiar to many contemporary scholars, Cleckley’s role as an expert witness and his writings on other topics, such as dissociative identity disorder, may be less familiar to many readers. Cleckley’s rich and diverse body of work is worth revisiting for its keen insights regarding psychopathy and personality pathology more broadly.

 


 

WIKIPEDIA

 

Sexual sadism disorder

 


 

MENTAL FLOSS

 

9 Megalomaniacal Facts About Narcissism

 

By Jordan Rosenfeld – Feb. 9, 2017

 


 

Exploring

yourmind

 

July 28, 2022

 

Seven Traits of Megalomaniacs

 


 

Dominance and Submission:

The Psychosexual Exploitation

of Women in Cults

 

By Janja Lalich

 


 

Megyn Kelly TODAY

June 2018

 

Children Of God Cult Survivor

Speaks Out About Life Since Her Escape

 

“This cult was about control. And controlling somebody’s sexuality is one of the best ways to control somebody. Sexual abuse is always about power – it’s not about lust. So, if you control someone’s sexuality, you control the most intimate part of their soul. And then, after that, you can ask them to do all kinds of things.”

 


 

NETFLIX

2022

 

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

 

This docuseries examines the rise of Warren Jeffs in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and his shocking criminal case.

 


 

India: Gurus Gone Bad | 101 East

August 22, 2018

 

He called himself a Messenger of God. As one of India’s most powerful gurus, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh claimed to have 60 million devotees. Politicians lined up to secure his support. Disciples showered him with money in exchange for his blessing.

 

But the spiritual leader was far from holy. In August 2017, he was convicted of sexually assaulting two female followers, blowing the lid on a seedy underworld of rape and accusations of murder and mass castration within the walls of his ashram.

 


 

aeon

December 9, 2021

 

Idealising the predator

 

How did certain French intellectuals get away with

preying upon young girls, shamelessly, in public

and over decades?

 

 

By Lily Dunn

 

A British writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of the novel Shadowing the Sun (2008), and her essays have appeared in Granta. Her debut nonfiction, Sins of My Father: A Daughter, a Cult, a Wild Unravelling, is forthcoming in 2022. She is co-editor, with Zoe Gilbert, of A Wild and Precious Life: A Recovery Anthology (2020). She lives in the UK.

 

Edited by Marina Benjamin

 

In January 2020, Le consentement (Consent) by Vanessa Springora was published, a memoir exposé of Gabriel Matzneff, a well-known and much-respected French writer, but also a shameless predator of teen girls and preteen boys. Springora charts her two-year relationship with Matzneff, which began in 1986, when she was 14 and he 49, and critiques the cultural landscape that allowed it to happen, the complicity of her mother, and the intellectual and artistic circles that revolved around the Parisian neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés where they lived. A year later, there was another astonishing exposé, La familia grande (2021) by Camille Kouchner – the daughter of France’s former foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner – documenting the incestuous relationship between her stepfather, the academic and politician Olivier Duhamel, and Kouchner’s twin brother, then aged 14.

 

Springora and Kouchner broke years of silence with these testimonies, laying bare the sexual violations these men committed, and landing a bomb right into the centre of the French elite who had allowed them to escape blame for so long. The bomb site is still smoking. Yet, barely two years ago, Matzneff was given safe refuge in his own country, where the authorities chose to turn a blind eye to his unashamed paedophilia – clear to anyone with eyes to see, given that he wrote up his exploits in widely published books. He was a recipient of a writer’s allowance by the Centre national du livre (National Centre of the Book), and in 1995 the minister of culture awarded him the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of his contribution to the arts and literature. In 2013, he was awarded the Renaudot, one of France’s most prestigious literary awards (his friends were on the panel). But, paradoxically, this award was also the first unravelling, finally driving an outraged Springora out of hiding.

 


 

BREITBART

August 19, 2016

 

Edwin Mora | Washington, D.C.

 

Islamic State Keeps Price List for

Selling Sex Slaves

‘In the Name of Allah’

 

The savage jihadi group Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) maintains a detailed store-like price list for selling Christian and Yazidi girls, including 1 year olds, as sex slaves “in the name of Allah” to Turkish, Syrians, and Gulf Arabs, according to a document submitted to the U.S. State Department as evidence of the brutal practice.

 


 

TIME

April 15, 2022

 

‘Someone Has to Say What Happened to Us.’

Angelina Jolie Talks to Activist Nadia Murad

About Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

 

The UN Security Council met this week as chilling reports emerge of rape and sexual violence being used against women and children during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. One of the speakers was Nobel Laureate and justice campaigner Nadia Murad, who recently launched the Murad Code, a global code of conduct focused on gathering information about conflict-based sexual violence.

 

Raised in the ancient faith and traditions of the Yazidi people, Murad grew up the youngest of 11 children in Kocho, Iraq. She enjoyed history at school, loved playing with makeup, and dreamed of opening a hair salon one day. Instead, in 2014, her hometown was captured by the Islamic State. Fourteen members of Murad’s family, including her beloved mother, were among the hundreds of citizens who were massacred. Two of her brothers were wounded but managed to pull themselves out of the mass graves ISIS dug for their victims. Murad and the other women and girls of Kocho were abducted and held as sex slaves. She endured months of captivity before she escaped and found refuge in Germany. Since then, she has dedicated herself to securing justice for the Yazidi people, rebuilding what ISIS destroyed, and protecting other women and children against the use of rape as a weapon of war.

 


 

REALWOMEN/REALSTORIES

June 7, 2023

 

A STARTLING film about the evils of sex trafficking in America

 

“CONTRALAND” is a compelling crime documentary film that educates adults about the evils of sex trafficking in America. It’s the brainchild of Craig “Sawman” Sawyer—a former decorated member of the elite Navy SEAL Team Six. The documentary begins with actress Nancy Stafford greeting the audience with horrifying statistics about sex trafficking in the United States. Sex trafficking is a 38-billion-dollar industry that turns children into “contraband”.

 

This frightening documentary film shows how Sawyer and his team travel to Utah, Connecticut and Arizona and work in tandem with law enforcement agencies in sex sting operations, which led to 22 arrests. They host stings that lure predators only to arrest them for engaging in the desire to exchange sex with minors for money.

 

Craig Sawyer says he’s only scratched the surface and plans to make more documentaries about human trafficking in America. Share, like and leave your comment below, help us raise awareness about this cruelty.

 


 

Los Angeles Times

Dec. 27, 2022

 

Nearly 300 sue over alleged sexual abuse

at L.A. County juvenile halls and camps

 

 

By Richard Winton | Staff Writer

 

For five decades, boys and girls in Los Angeles County juvenile camps and detention halls have suffered repeated sexual assaults at the hands of probation and detention officers, according to a lawsuit filed by nearly 300 former detainees.

 

Page after page of the 359-page lawsuit filed Dec. 20 details allegations of systemic failures and horrific scenes of sexual abuse that lawyers say went unchecked by the L.A. County Probation Department, which operates the camps and halls.

 

Attorneys for the 279 plaintiffs say some of the boys and girls were victimized by more than one officer, and some officers are accused of being serial abusers, repeatedly finding new victims among those sent to the facilities over the years.

 

The lawsuit states that not only were the plaintiffs minors, they also were incarcerated, which marks the abuse under the “color of authority.”

 

The alleged assaults, dating from the 1970s through 2018, spanned a wide swath of L.A. County’s once vast and now mostly shuttered juvenile hall system, from Camp Scott and Camp Kenyon Scudder — girls facilities — to the Challenger Memorial Youth Center and the Los Padrinos, Central and Barry J. Nidorf juvenile halls.

 


 

COSMOPOLITAN

 

What really happens when you report a

rape

 

 Sexual assault and rape have never been more widely spoken about. But in the current climate, what does it really take to report it? These 15 people want to tell

you… 

 

as told to Laura Silverman  ~  October 22, 2020

 

 

With bleak new statistics from the Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, highlighting that just 14% of rape victims believed they would receive justice by reporting the crime to the police, we take a look at what the process is really like.

 

Survivors’ voices are often lost amid the noise: the blare of social media, the low-fi grumble of the legal system in action, the squeal of headlines and the chatter on our TV screens.

 

But these 15 people know what it takes to cut through that noise. They know what it takes to look stark statistics – like the fact that only 1.5% of rape cases reported in England and Wales lead to the suspect being charged or summoned to court (compared to 14% four years ago) – in the eye and do it anyway. Some saw convictions, others are the human faces of the other 98.5%. The decision to report an assault is a hugely personal one. Some go to the police straight away, others later, others not at all – but what does it feel like to go through the process? We asked. And these are their stories.

 


 

MEN ON RAPE: What They Have To Say About Sexual Violence by Timothy Beneke, St. Martin’s Press, 1982

 

A selection of interviews with men from every walk of American life provides original insights into, and disturbing revelations about the male attitude toward sexual violence in modern society.

 

 

Chapter 8

 

An Advocate for Rape Victims Responds

 

“The underlying assumption in these interviews is that if somehow women would change their behavior, men might stop raping.” ~ Adrea Rechtin

 


 

The Guardian

July 12, 2015

 

Opinion  Rape and sexual assault

 

The Cosby accusers were taught to be silent.

We must learn to hear rape victims

 

If we want to end rape culture and stop hurting rape victims, loved ones can’t continue sending messages of silence

 

 

By Ijeoma Oluo

 

There are millions of women and men waiting until it is safe to tell their story of sexual abuse. This week in New York Magazine, 35 women came forward to share their stories of being allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby. The article features a picture of the women staring us in the face, daring us to confront our complicity in this. It also included an empty chair for the women who have yet to come forward. Chances are, someone you love is waiting to feel safe enough to take a seat in that chair, and share their story.

 

I began working with Lindy West on I Believe You It’s Not Your Fault, a blog that collects stories of sexual assault and abuse survivors, over a year ago. The project started as a simple way for adult women to get messages of love and support to young women who weren’t being heard, who weren’t being believed. The deluge of messages from women and men of all ages and ethnicities showed us that this problem is so much bigger than we could have imagined.

 

The same messages that people send Cosby’s accusers: “You waited too long to report it”, “You just want attention”, “You are trying to ruin him” are messages that victims of sexual assault and abuse hear every single day. They hear it from their families, friends, pastors, teachers and the police. And since the very day that interest in the Cosby allegations fired up again, they’ve had to hear it on Facebook, Twitter and on the nightly news. Every comment blaming Cosby’s accusers for what was done to them has done immeasurable harm to all victims of sexual violence.

 


 

CBS Sunday Morning

November 29, 2017

 

Ronan Farrow on exposing Harvey Weinstein

 

At 29, Ronan Farrow wasn’t even born when Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have begun sexually harassing and assaulting women. Yet Farrow was able to stand up to the movie producer’s powerful legal and PR machine, publishing explosive exposes about Weinstein in The New Yorker. Correspondent Erin Moriarty talks with the journalist, and with New Yorker editor David Remnick, to find out why the accusations against Weinstein (and so many other public figures of late) are coming out now.

 


 

ABC News

February 1, 2018

 

Rose McGowan describes alleged rape

by Harvey Weinstein: Nightline Part 1

 

McGowan says the alleged rape happened during Sundance in 1997. An attorney for Weinstein said he “denies Rose McGowan’s allegations of non-consensual sexual contact.”

 


 

WEINSTEIN

 

FRONTLINE investigates how Harvey Weinstein allegedly

sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four

decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early

years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those

around him tried to silence his accusers.

 

 

FEATURES

 

What Happens If Someone Breaks a

Non-Disclosure Agreement?

 

March 2, 2018 article by Nicole Einbinder

 

 

What Hollywood Knew

About Harvey Weinstein

 

March 2, 2018 article by Anjali Tsui

 

 

N.Y. Governor Orders Investigation Into

DA’s Handling of Weinstein Case

 

March 20, 2018 article by Leila Miller

 


 

Megyn Kelly TODAY

May 25, 2018

 

Rose McGowan On Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest

 

Actress Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein’s earliest accusers, joins Megyn Kelly TODAY only 90 minutes after the disgraced Hollywood mogul surrendered to authorities in New York on sex-crime charges. “It’s real, it’s surreal, it’s both,” she says. “I actually didn’t believe this day would come.”

 


 

Jeremy Vine

September 4, 2018

 

Rose McGowan on being in a cult,

sexual harassment and shaving her head

 

“The linchpin moment is your encounter with Harvey Weinstein. Can you tell us about that?”

 

“That’s not something I usually talk about. In the book, it’s very much part of what was done to me by the complicity machine in Hollywood and how it took a very sweet, young girl and destroyed a big part of her, that I then had to learn how to survive because sexual assault – what it does to us is – it’s a form of murder, I believe.”

 


 

London Real

April 14, 2019

 

Rose McGowan – Be Brave

Part 1/2

 

After an acting career in Hollywood that spanned two decades, she went public with allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein. This became central in exposing systemic harassment in the entertainment industry, that shook the world and led to the #MeToo movement. Her book BRAVE chronicles her journey from childhood to Hollywood, and her mission to reclaim her life, and encourage people to question the power structures around them.

 


 

Sky News

February 25, 2019

 

Harvey Weinstein: The fall of the king of Hollywood

 

“Personally, I think he enjoyed the switch which is: Then, he comes out – he’s naked – it’s a whole different tone, the energy is different; it’s much more aggressive and angry – and he watches us…the prey – ‘OK, now what are you going to do?’ I think he loved the power struggle. I think he loved to watch in our faces – the fear – that’s what I truly believe… When you’re kind of almost hunted and treated like a piece of meat, that does something to you.” ~ Louisette

 

“It’s difficult to explain…but he is a master predator.” ~ Melissa

 


 

Politics and Prose

October 21, 2019

 

Ronan Farrow discusses his harrowing book,

Catch and Kill, with Sunny Hostin

 

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost, in Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators. In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

 


 

Channel 4 News 

December 20, 2019

 

Lysette Anthony alleges she was raped

on two occasions by the Hollywood

producer Harvey Weinstein.

 

It is not about sex, it is about domination and control. That’s what the British actress tells us tonight, as she makes new allegations . . .

 

She is one of around 80 women alleging harassment, sexual assault or rape by Harvey Weinstein. He has always denied having non-consensual sex. He faces a criminal trial in the New Year centred around the allegations of two of the women. We put Ms Anthony’s new claims to him today and his representative told us that “allegations are not certainties.” They said that Mr Weinstein has the right to due process and the presumption of innocence in his upcoming trial. Our exclusive – and at times harrowing – extended interview with Lysette Anthony includes graphic details concerning her allegations which some people may find distressing.

 


 

The Guardian

March 26, 2019

 

Michael Jackson’s life showed us the

journey from abused to abuser

 

The maltreatment he suffered was devastating but not sexual.

Did that help fans believe in his harmless, ‘lost boy’ persona?

 

By Hadley Freeman

 

Jimmy Savile. Harvey Weinstein. R Kelly. Kevin Spacey. We are not exactly short these days of celebrities accused of exploiting their fame to mask predatory behaviour. Yet the Michael Jackson case is different. And that’s not just because he is, still, so passionately defended by some – including, most recently, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross – while he also, simultaneously, did so little to mask his predatoriness.

 

In his lifetime, he talked happily about sharing his bed with little boys, and was rarely photographed more than six feet away from one, even after he was publicly accused – four times – of child sexual abuse (by Jordy Chandler, Gavin Arvizo and two boys who accused him of molestation during the Arvizo trial – Chandler and one of the boys received financial payouts). But with every other high-profile story of child abuse, the adult predator is presented solely as just that: an adult predator, a fully formed, inexplicable monster.

 

With Jackson we have, uniquely, witnessed an entire life of abuse played out in front of our eyes, in which the once-adorable little boy, whose father notoriously physically abused him, grew up to become himself the most notorious abuser in modern music.

 


 

JEZEBEL

January 26, 2019

 

Michael Jackson Documentary Leaving Neverland Is

‘Shocking, Sad, Disturbing, Devastating’

 

By Emily Alford

 

A four-hour documentary dedicated to detailing stories from survivors of Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse premiered at Sundance on January 25. Jackson’s camp has preemptively called the doc “outrageous and pathetic.”

 


 

The New York Times

July 13, 2019

 

Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender.
The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.

 

 

By Jodi Kantor, Mike McIntire and Vanesa Friedman
 

[Update: A federal judge denied Jeffrey Epstein bail.]

 

A strange thing happened when Jeffrey Epstein came back to New York City after being branded a sex offender: His reputation appeared to rise.

 

In 2010, the year after he got out of a Florida jail, Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos dined at his Manhattan mansion with a British royal. The next year, Mr. Epstein was photographed at a “billionaire’s dinner” attended by tech titans like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. A page popped up on Harvard University’s website lauding his accomplishments, and superlative-filled news releases described his lofty ambitions as he dedicated $10 million to charitable causes.

 

. . .Over a decade ago, when Mr. Epstein was very publicly accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, he minimized the legal consequences with high-powered lawyers, monetary settlements that silenced complaints, and a plea deal that short-circuited an F.B.I. investigation and led to the resignation announcement on Friday of a Trump cabinet official who had overseen the case as a prosecutor. Socially, Mr. Epstein carried out a parallel effort, trying to preserve his reputation as a financier, philanthropist and thinker.

 

“I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender,’” Mr. Epstein told The New York Post in 2011. “It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”

 


 

Sky News Australia

  August 18, 2019

 

Exploring the life and death of Jeffrey Epstein

 


 

NETFLIX

2022

 

Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich

 

Stories from survivors frame this documentary detailing the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a socialite and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein.

 


 

THE

NEW YORKER

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S LAST CAMPAIGN

 

How the Hollywood producer lost control of the story

during his criminal trial in New York.

 

By Ken Auletta

May 30, 2022

 


 

PBS

FRONTLINE

June 21, 2022

 

Weinstein (full documentary)

 

The inside story of how Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women, and the elaborate ways he tried to silence his accusers. (Aired 2018)

 


 

60 Minutes Australia

May 16, 2021

 

Former models expose the ugly truth of

the beauty industry

 

First there was Harvey Weinstein, and then Jeffrey Epstein, two men so corrupted by their own power and money they thought it entitled them to sexually abuse any woman or teenager they lusted after. Now one of the icons of the world of modelling stands similarly accused of being a sex fiend. His name might not be familiar to those outside the beauty industry, but for decades Frenchman Gérald Marie, now aged 70, was the super-agent who decided, or torpedoed, the careers of supermodels. He even married one of the most famous of them all, Linda Evangelista. But a 60 MINUTES global investigation has uncovered more than a dozen former models with shocking accusations about him. They say he’s a predator who ritually abused and raped young women – including minors. As Tara Brown reports, the women are now demanding that Gérald Marie be held accountable for his depravity, and it seems prosecutors in France are finally taking notice.

 


 

dreading (crime and psychology)

June 15, 2022

 

The Case of Kevin Spacey: An Open Secret

 


 

BuzzFeed News
October 19, 2016

 

A high-profile defense attorney from Florida, Cheney Mason, is now representing “Jane Doe,” the plaintiff in a New York federal civil court case where she is accusing Donald Trump of raping her in the ‘90s when she was 13 years old, according to court documents filed Monday.

 


 

Jimmy Kimmel Live

October 2, 2018

 

EXCLUSIVE – Stormy Daniels Details Sex with Donald Trump

 

In Stormy’s first interview for her new book Full Disclosure, she talks about meeting Donald Trump in Lake Tahoe, the details of the night they spent together in his hotel room, demonstrates how she spanked him with a magazine, witnessing a phone call he had with Hillary Clinton, reveals what she found in his bathroom, why she prayed for death during sex with him, and picks which mushroom resembles Trump’s penis the most from a line-up Jimmy provided for her.

 


 

The Atlantic 

September 11, 2020

 

Donald Trump Is Waiting for You in First Class
‘I Moved on Her Very Heavily’: Part 3

 

Story by E. Jean Carroll

 

In her 2019 memoir, What Do We Need Men For?, E. Jean Carroll accused Donald Trump of rape, in a Bergdorf’s dressing room in the mid-1990s. After the president denied ever meeting her and dismissed her story as a Democratic plot, she sued him for defamation. Carroll was not, of course, the first woman to say that Trump had sexually harassed or assaulted her, but unlike so many other powerful men, the president has remained unscathed by the #MeToo reckoning. So in the run-up to the November 3 election, Carroll is interviewing other women who alleged that Trump suddenly and without consent “moved on” them, to cite his locution in the Access Hollywood tape. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet … And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy.”

 

Carroll’s lawsuit took a dramatic turn this week, when the Justice Department intervened in an attempt to take over the president’s defense, asserting that Trump was acting in his official capacity when he claimed not to know Carroll. Meanwhile, a White House spokesperson denied all of the women’s allegations, calling them “decades-old false statements” that had been “thoroughly litigated in the last election and rejected by the American people.” Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.

 


 

New York DAILY NEWS

September 24, 2020

 

Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath

 

 

By Alan D. Blotcky and Seth D. Norrholm

 

“Get rid of the ballots” and “there won’t be a transfer,” said Donald Trump on Wednesday. This comment is a direct and dangerous expression of his anti-democratic intention. If unstopped, Trump may well destroy our 244-year-old democracy.

 

It is time to stop pulling punches. It is time to stop relying on political pundits to weigh in on Trump’s behavior, which they often soften and even normalize.

 

We are psychologists, and we are convinced Donald Trump is a psychopath. His malignant behavior over the past four years is growing and escalating right before our eyes. Trump’s psychopathy will change us forever if he is not stopped.

 

This is not hyperbole. This is not an expression of “a left-wing agenda.” This is a mental health opinion based on thousands of hours of documented behavior by this president.

 

Trump is the most psychiatrically disordered president in history.

 


 

MSNBC

May 5, 2023

 

The E. Jean Carroll witness decision

that could haunt Donald Trump

 

Should the jury be entitled to hear from any of Trump’s other accusers? That was the weighty question Judge Lewis A. Kaplan had to decide.

 

 

By Carol C. Lam, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California

 

On Thursday, E. Jean Carroll officially rested her case. This means a jury in New York City will soon be asked to decide whether Donald Trump raped, and then later defamed, the former magazine columnist and media personality. The general public will draw its own conclusions about the civil lawsuit, a remarkable event not only because Trump is the former president of the United States, but also because he is a presidential candidate once again. But because jurors are instructed to reach their decision only on the evidence they see or hear in the trial, the decisions U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan makes about what evidence comes in — and what does not — are of enormous importance.

 

This week, the jury heard from four key witnesses likely to be top of mind for the jurors when they begin their deliberations. Two women — Lisa Birnbach and Carol Martin — testified that Carroll talked to them shortly after the attack in 1996 and that her account back then was consistent with her testimony at trial. This evidence is important corroboration of Carroll’s testimony — that is, it was introduced to show that the rape allegation was not a recent fabrication. (Trump has denied Carroll’s claims, calling them a “scam.”)

 

But Judge Kaplan’s more fraught decision was whether to allow Carroll’s legal team to introduce evidence from two other witnesses: Jessica Leeds and Natasha Stoynoff.

 

Dozens of women have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct of some kind, up to and including assault. Trump was never indicted on criminal charges for any of these alleged acts, and the statute of limitations has expired on most of them. (He also claims he has never forced himself on any woman.) The battery (i.e., rape) claims that were in Carroll’s lawsuit were made possible only by a temporary 2022 law that extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault lawsuits. In that sense, it is an alternative means of holding Trump accountable outside a criminal courtroom. Given the unusual situation, should the jury be entitled to hear from any of Trump’s other accusers? That was the weighty question Kaplan had to decide.

 

He did so in a 23-page opinion. Kaplan ruled that Leeds, who said Trump sexually attacked her when she was seated next to him on a plane, and Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine who said Trump sexually assaulted her while she was at Mar-a-Lago covering a story, should be allowed to testify.

 


 

NETFLIX

2023

 

In the Name of God: A Holy Betrayal

 

This docuseries examining the chilling true stories of four Korean leaders, claiming to be prophets, exposes the dark side of unquestioning belief.

 


 

UnHerd

May 30, 2023

 

‘I will never call my rapist father a woman’

 

Sexual predators are finding new ways to hide

 

 

By Julie Bindel, an investigative journalist, author, and feminist campaigner. Her latest book is Feminism for Women: The Real Route to Liberation. She also writes on Substack.

 

“I have no respect for those criminal sex offenders who want to make life easier for themselves,” says Ceri-Lee Galvin. “My father wasn’t dysphoric about his male genitals when he was abusing me.”

 

Ceri-Lee is a bright and confident 24-year-old who juggles taking care of her young child with training to be a paramedic. In contrast to the loving family and happy life she now has, her childhood was pure hell. For nine bleak years, she was sexually abused and raped by her father, an ordeal that began when she was just eight years old.

 

But Clive Bundy, the man that subjected Ceri-Lee to unimaginable hurt and terror, has recently discarded his old life and now identifies as a woman. Ceri-Lee has felt compelled to speak out, in condemnation of a justice system that helps dangerous sexual predators to evade detection and to potentially target other child victims in female-only facilities.

 

In 2016, Bundy was arrested by police that had been monitoring his activities online. When they searched his laptop, they found numerous child abuse images, including a record of his abuse of Ceri-Lee. Bundy was jailed for 15 years but served half of that sentence, before being released a few weeks ago on licence.

 

Prior to his release, Bundy announced his decision to leave prison as a woman, stating that he has changed his name to Claire Fox.

 

It may not be coincidence that his chosen name is that of a high-profile campaigner who has used her seat in the House of Lords to argue that transgender activism endangers free speech and women’s rights.

 

Last month, Baroness Fox asked — in an online article entitled “A ‘Trans’ Paedophile Stole My Name” — why Bundy chose to troll her in this way. “I can only speculate. One commentator suggests that sex offenders, specifically paedophiles, select the names of well-known people so that an internet search will only turn up the famous person, and not them.”

 


 

HUFFPOST

May 31, 2023

 

Actor Danny Masterson Found Guilty of Raping 2 Women

 

Prosecutors had said Scientology officials protected the “That ’70s Show” actor for years after he drugged and sexually assaulted the women.

 

By Drusilla Moorhouse

 

A jury has found “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson guilty of raping two women at his Hollywood Hills home in the early 2000s, according to The Associated Press.

 

The jury was not able to come to a verdict on an additional count of rape involving a third woman.

 

This was the second trial for the 47-year-old actor and Scientologist . . .

 

The original trial ended on Nov. 30, 2022, with the jury deadlocked on all counts after extended deliberations, which had to be restarted when two jurors got COVID.

 

Masterson pleaded not guilty to the charges and didn’t testify in his own defense in either trial.

 

The judge ruled that more evidence related to Scientology could be heard in this second trial ― allowing former Scientology official Claire Headley to testify as an expert witness to push back on church denials about its policies and principles, which critics have described as controlling and abusive.

 

The women, who are no longer Scientologists, testified that the church barred them from reporting the assaults to police, blamed them for the alleged rapes, and harassed, intimidated and stalked them. Headley, who sued the church in 2009 after years of rising through the ranks of its Sea Org religious order, testified that “it is policy that you do not call police” without “specific authorization” — and that “by the laws of Scientology, it would be a high crime” to report a fellow Scientologist to the police without permission.

 


 

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May 17, 2023

 

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