*President Obama has been a great President and we plan to help him come back to the White House next year. But, his State of the Union speeches aren’t exactly on DVR.
But it is in one man’s home. He makes sure his children listen…or else.
A Stamford, Connecticut man, Mohamed Shohan, 49, taped the President’s speech January 25, and watched it with his son last month, according to the Stamford Advocate.
But, as his 11-year old son began to fidget and mess around, the father exploded and took the mug the boy was holding and smashed it in his face causing …
*Since becoming a household name in the entertainment industry, Tyler Perry has been quite vocal about his horrific childhood that included sexual assault and molestation.
Now he has taken the time to reach out to the 11-year old victim of the sick pedophile and former assistant coach of Penn State’s football team, Jerry Sandusky.
He wrote an open letter to the boy letting him know that he is not alone and how “courageous” he thinks he is.
He even refers to the boy as his hero because he displayed more courage than the adults that knew (more…)
*This is another story for our “Sick Ass Individual” category.
Although, there is hardly anything that we can report these days that is shocking anymore.
This particular story is just as miserably disappointing and stomach turning as any other. Except, this wasn’t an arbitrary rape case. The young girl was raped by someone she knew … her mother’s boyfriend. (more…)
*(via ColorLines.com) Until last week I had never heard of Cleveland, Texas, the small town where an 11-year-old Latina was gang raped, allegedly by 18 black males ages 14 to 27.
But since The Houston Chronicle told the victim’s story with compassion and a New York Times piece subtly blamed her; since various news outlets have essentially tried and convicted the suspects with a widely circulated mugshot collage; since Houston New Black Panther leader Quannell X sacrificed the victim in his zeal to raise questions about the police investigation; since Mujeres Unidas checked Quanell X; and since white supremacist Web sites are partying about this tragedy like it’s 1799, tiny Cleveland, has become a major example of how not to deal with rape in our communities.
My Takeaway, For What It’s Worth:
My next post will offer expert measured insights on how black men can help one another recognize and interrupt rape culture. For now, my suggested ground rules for people who believe they’re protecting black men and boys but actually enabling toxic sexual behavior:
* Adults should never participate in group sex with children. They shouldn’t be watching, taping or photographing it, either. Whether they’re arrested for it or not, they’ve committed sexual abuse.
* It should be inconceivable that a 14-year-old and a 27-year-old are sexually involved with the same girl. That is physically and emotionally dangerous for the girl; risky for the boy and criminal for the man.
* Men and boys should not have sex of any kind in a squalid, vermin-filled trailer abandoned since Hurricane Ike. If they do so, their families should be deeply concerned.
* Even if a girl says she’s 17-the legal age of consent in Texas-and seems sexually experienced; even if she seems open to making a video or down for a ‘train;’ even if her parents are oblivious and she seems vulnerable, raping her or watching it happen is a crime. No one deserves to be gang raped. No. One. Ever. If you find yourself trying to parse that one out, something is very wrong with you.
Read MORE of this report by Abika Solomon at ColorLines.com.