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Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7:47 AM
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A dating website for closeted gay priests has been operating out of the Vatican for a number of months
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Although it contains no pornographic content, critics are claiming that the site, named Venerabilis, could certainly provide an opportunity for gay priests to arrange sexual contact.
Some commentators have suggested the use of unusual buzzwords like ‘homosensible’ and ‘homo-sensitive’ suggest the website is satirical and not a real hook up venue for lonely gay priests.
Others have suggested that if it encourages two gay priests to forge a relationship with each other and leave the priesthood it will provide a worthwhile service.
When signing up to the site new members are provided with an automatically-generated user ID, but the site is reportedly full of personal email addresses, which could lead to the possible identification of dozens of subscribers.
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- Brian Witty, 42, of Middlesex, had denied raping three 19-year-old women
- Jury in Surrey finds him guilty and he’s ordered to serve at least 12 years
- Soldier had already been jailed in May last year for rape and sexual assault
Former soldier: Brian Witty, 42, of Middlesex, had denied rapes on three 19-year-old women
A convicted date rapist was today jailed for life for three more rapes on teenage women – after publicity from an earlier case led to the victims independently reporting their own ordeal. Former Army captain Brian Witty, 42, had denied raping three 19-year-old women who came forward after seeing reports of his conviction last year for another string of sex attacks. But a jury at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey today found Witty, originally of Teddington, Middlesex, guilty and he was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years of his life sentence.
He had already been jailed indefinitely in May last year for three counts of rape and one of sexual assault by penetration.
The attacks he was first convicted of took place between 1995 and 2011 . They were on victims the predator met though a dating website.
The first of these offences took place in 1989 when both Witty and his victim were 19-year-old A-level students at a Hull college . They began a relationship which ended when the two began studies at different universities. Tracking her down to her halls of residence, Witty entered her room unexpectedly, raped and repeatedly punched her.
He struck again in 1997, when he was aged 27 . First, he attacked a 19-year-old who was staying at his sister s home in Hull after the two women had been out together. Then, at the end of New Year s Eve celebrations, he lured another 19-year-old to his flat in Kensington, west London, with an offer of accommodation for the night before raping her there.
He was arrested on January 24 this year for the three more offences and charged on February 12.
Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Peter Sullivan said: The women in this and Witty s previous trial have been incredibly courageous.
Army captain: Witty was arrested on January 24 for the three more offences and charged on February 12
By revisiting these traumatic experiences and providing evidence against Witty, they have ensured that justice can been served and he has been held to account for many years of offending. I have great admiration for the dignity and fortitude they have shown throughout the court proceedings . Witty is a serial rapist who is arrogant in the extreme and has shown absolutely no contrition for his crimes.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, he made these women – and in some cases their families – give lengthy evidence, further compounding the distress and trauma he had already caused. He has left a legacy of pain and suffering which will live with many of them for the rest of their lives.
The consistency of his offending over several decades shows that he will always be threat to women and therefore I applaud the life sentence which was passed today. Sally-Ann Russell, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: Witty s predatory behaviour towards his victims has proved him to be dangerous and prolific sexual offender.
His conviction in 2012 for three rapes and one sexual assault clearly gave further victims the confidence to come forward.
Hearing: A jury at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey found Witty, originally of Teddington, Middlesex, guilty
We supported them through the prosecution process by using a number of special measures including giving evidence behind a screen in court to save them from having to directly face Witty. Witty has consistently denied all the offences put before the court but for a second time the jury has seen through his lies and convicted him of his crimes. ‘He has left a legacy of pain and suffering’
Peter Sullivan, Metropolitan Police
I would like to thank these three women for their courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution.
Their bravery has ensured that Witty is made to face the consequences of his actions and we hope that this conviction gives confidence to other victims to report their abusers and help us bring them to justice.
CPS London is dedicated to prosecuting sexual offenders and supporting victims of sexual abuse.
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Army chief lays into force
Scathing video warning posted online as Army chief David Morrison leaves little doubt about his views on another ‘demeaning’ military sex scandal.
The Australian Defence Force hierarchy knew an exploitative internet sex ring was operating within its ranks almost three years ago but did not involve police until the middle of last year, it emerged on Saturday.
Fairfax Media asked Defence when the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) began its investigation of the matter . An Army spokeswoman confirmed it first became aware of the unfolding scandal in September 2010.
NSW Police has stated that Kings Cross Local Area Command established Strike Force Civet in July last year – after being alerted in June.
Denial: Defence Minister Stephen Smith claims the military were not made to go public. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The latest revelation exposes a period of 21 months during which ADFIS conducted an internal investigation before approaching NSW Police for help.
Details of the ADFIS investigation, including its length, when it started, those responsible for conducting it and its findings, have not been made public . The Department of Defence did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Saturday.
Two years after a cadet was publicly exposed broadcasting himself having sex with a female counterpart on Skype, the Australian Defence Force has once again been rocked by sex abuse allegations, this time involving at least 17 male officers – including a lieutenant-colonel, the sixth highest rank in the army.
Calling themselves the Jedi Council, the sex ring ”picked up” women in locations such as airport lounges and bars, then filmed them performing sexually explicit acts.
The ADF went public with the revelations on Thursday when the Chief of Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, announced three personnel had been stood down and 14 others were being investigated in relation to ”demeaning, explicit and profane” emails .
He also confirmed a brief relating to the three sacked personnel had been forwarded to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith has since denied the military was forced to go public because it was about to be exposed by other agencies involved.
An ADF spokeswoman said investigators had simply needed a period of time to ”do what they needed to do” without triggering potential ”adverse effects”.
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And the Japanese have started a new one!
Previous Blog homeEyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sickThe popularity of the bizarre practice, sometimes called ‘worming’, has been blamed for a rise in cases of conjunctivitis . And it freaks us out just to think about itShare 1061 inShare1Email
Eyeball-licking: not for the squeamish . Photograph: AlamyWarning: don’t read this if you’re eating, prone to sudden bouts of queasiness or unable to even think about Un Chien Andalou without simultaneously bursting into tears and dry-heaving . Believe me, I’m speaking from experience here.
Because this is an article about oculolinctus, an eye-licking fetish that is currently sweeping across the schools of Japan like, well, like a great big dirty bacteria-coated tongue sweeping across a horrific number of adolescent eyeballs. Sometimes known as “worming” which somehow makes this whole thing worse oculolinctus is being blamed for a significant rise in Japanese cases of conjunctivitis and eye-chlamydia, which is actually a thing . It’s apparently seen as a new second-base; the thing you graduate to when kissing gets boring.
The craze is thought to stem from a music video by Japanese emo band Born (there’s a chance that the eyeball-licking scene was only included to distract everyone from the fact that the song sounds like it belongs on a menu screen for an EA Sports game about snowboarding from a decade ago, but at this point that’s just speculation). Tumblr, inevitably, is filling up with drawings and unnecessarily close-up photographs of the act, and YouTube is no stranger either . One theory about why it has taken off so spectacularly is down to the sheer number of nerve endings in the cornea .
The eyeballs are incredibly sensitive because they need to detect grit and other small particles, and the sensation of oculolinctus is supposedly akin to that of toesucking. Unwilling to try it myself because my tongue isn’t long enough, I don’t want eye-chlamydia and just writing about this has made me retch uncontrollably I can’t tell you firsthand if that’s true . Luckily, one student from the US Virgin Islands with an oculolinctus fetish has explained: “My boyfriend started licking my eyeballs years ago and I just loved it .
I’m not with him any more but I still like to ask guys to lick my eyeballs .. . it turns me on.” However, the dangers of oculolinctus are very real .
As well as spreading pink-eye like nobody’s business, there’s also a risk of corneal scratching, which can lead to ulcers and blindness . Plus, there’s a strong chance that you’ll have to go to school the next day in an eye patch . At least with lovebites you could just throw on a poloneck jumper and be done with it.
Hopefully oculolinctus won’t catch on here and will remain one of those peculiarly Japanese fads such as bagelheading (injecting saline into your forehead until it swells out of all proportion, yaeba (undergoing dental surgery to give you crooked teeth) and shippo (wearing a neurologically controlled tail that reveals your moods) .
Because frankly, if oculolinctus does ever make it to these shores, I’m never going to be able to look at a lychee again.
While this is by far the most drastic of choices, it might have been something you were interested in anyway . The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have programs and positions that many women might find attractive .
2 . Hang around or get a job at a military base.
If you happen to have a military base close enough to where you live, this is perfect place to meet all sorts of single military men2 . You can get a job at the local base exchange or in an area around it where you could be sure many men in uniform will come through.
Also consider hanging around the local clubs, bars, restaurants or military supply stores.
3,.Become a Pen Pal
There are so many deployed soldiers that would love to hear from people back home right now .
So why not start contacting one or two of them by mail ? Kissmilitary.com and americanmilitarydating.com are two sites where you can get the names for soldiers or sailors to write to . You can also consider going to your local veterans hospital, or USO to see if they have any names or know anyone who would enjoy a nice letter or care package.
4.Check out Fleet Week
Fleet Week is when the Navy boats come in and dock in major cities .
There is definitely no better time to meet single military men then when they are happily on shore leave in a great city . All the bars, clubs, restaurants and stores will be loaded with cute men in uniform3 . Keep in mind however, that they will only be there for a short time, so if long term romance is what you are looking for this might not be the place to find it.
5.Meet Them Online
Probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to meet a single military man is by going online .
This way the two of you have a really good chance to get to know each other before you even meet .
Who knows where it can lead?
The latest Defence scandal has prompted calls for a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct, with experts suggesting that engrained sexism in the Army may be worse than first thought. Earlier today the Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, revealed that three personnel had been stood down over a series of explicit and offensive emails that degrade women. A further five personnel are facing suspension and nine others are being investigated, with around 90 more people implicated in the emails.
Lt Gen Morrison said he had been in contact with several of the women targeted by the emails to apologise. Defence Minister Stephen Smith says the Army should take a zero-tolerance approach to the misconduct. Australia ‘s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, made a similar recommendation when she investigated the culture of sexism in the Defence Force less than a year ago.
The email scandal involves a Lieutenant Colonel, majors, warrant officers, sergeants and corporals. Ms Broderick released the Human Rights Commission report on the treatment of women in the ADF, finding sexual harassment and abuse exist across the Defence services. She says she is appalled at the range of people implicated in this latest scandal.
“That’s what’s so abhorrent about it and it also shows the complexity of the issues that have to be solved,” she said. “Because this is just not a particular rank who are all coming together, it’s across from senior officers – Lieutenant Colonel – right through to general enlistment.” Culture of sexually objectifying women
Dr Ben Wadham spent five years in the Australian Defence Force and is now a sociologist at Flinders University. Dr Wadham, a former infantryman, says the use of images to denigrate women is a long-standing tradition in the Australian Defence Forces, but he says the involvement of senior personnel shows the problem may be much worse than previously thought. “My own experience of being involved in Facebook groups, watching soldiers engage in this sort of behaviour.. .
younger soldiers and.. . soldiers of different ranks, and the kinds of imagery – the kinds of words and meanings and names and things which come out – are often quite extreme,” he said. “This is a case of quite senior officers over a long period of time and we’ve just got to ask the question, when will military culture get this right?”
Dr Wadham says the senior ranks of those involved shows that sexism is not confined to young members of the Defence Force. “I think it also highlights many of the excuses that the Australian Defence Force has used over the past don’t hold water,” he said. “In the past, we’ve blamed it on young men .
We’ve said that this is the sort of behaviour we see in broader society, even in universities . Well, here’s an example of a very entrenched culture, a predatory culture amongst a group of men sexually objectifying women.” Lt Gen Morrison was at a loss when he was asked to explain why the poor behaviour persists in the defence force.
“I don’t have one . I can’t be more honest with you than that . I can’t put a theory on it .
I certainly can’t find an easy switch to flick to turn it off,” he said. “I suspect that it’s rooted in part in human nature, but that’s no excuse either . It’s on me .
I’m responsible for this, I’m the Chief of the Australian Army. “This is a setback, but I’m going to pick myself up, use it in conversations with the workforce of Army, reflect on where things have gone wrong and try and put them right.” The email scandal comes as the Defence Force tries to recover from the 2011 Skype incident, in which a female ADFA cadet was unknowingly broadcast having consensual sex on camera.
Mr Smith says the latest scandal will damage the reputation of the Army and have a real impact in the ranks of the entire defence force.
“To the Army to the Air Force and Navy, the service chiefs, all of whom are seeking to encourage more women to join, this is a backwards step,” he said.
“This will discourage women from thinking about either joining the Army, the Air Force or the Navy, or continuing their career,” he said.
That figure, revealed in a 2008/09 Government survey, should have sent alarm bells ringing among all law-enforcement agencies.
If it did, they have done a pretty good job of hiding the fact from the public because evidence on the ground suggests that nothing has changed.
Police3 still continues with its well practised routine of either refusing to investigate rape cases and asking the victims to produce witnesses or doing such a shoddy job that the case can t stand in a court of law.
The stigma attached to sexual crimes where society in general, not just the police, has perfected the art of blaming the victim, serves to embolden the perpetrators who know they can continue to commit crimes against women4 without fear of being apprehended, prosecuted or jailed.
These schoolgoing children, some as young as ten years, are victims not only of their relatives, friends and teachers, but all too often become easy prey for men in uniform whenever they are sent into their area to restore law and order.
Such children, particularly when they end up with unwanted pregnancies, are double victims, as they do not only lose their innocence violently, they more often than not also lose the chance of continuing with their education.
As Kenyans demand and get paid billions of shillings by the British government for atrocities committed against their brothers and sisters fighting for independence, it is important to remember the innocent girls molested by men in uniform who although paid and sent to protect life and property, have at times ended up endangering lives.
The country needs to draw a line in the sand and ensure that perpetrators who stain the honour of the uniforms are, together with the teachers who bring shame to the profession, brought to book for statutory rape posthaste.
In addition to the statutory jail terms, they should be made to pay for the upkeep of their seed and the loss of future earnings of their victims.
Username Pbaz01 Definitely the worst date I ever had with this FAT NO ***** Let s call him porky but his name is Pete . I been talking to this man for about 3 months on the phone . He seemed like your typical nice guy .
We had a lot in common and he made me laugh . We talked about taking vacations together, going out to eat and meeting family and friends.
But back to pork chop . It should have been a big hint when he said to me over a message saying I just LOVE pork, really I m completely passionate about it .
At first I thought to myself OK cool he likes pork, I am not a big fan of it but i thought it was rather cute . Then he writes in a second message If you don t like pork I just don t know if we should go out . Pete .
So know I am thinking this guy is a complete wack job and I just wasted 3 months on the phone.
He came back and I am only joking hahaha said he d been I give people second chances so I said (I know, I know) His voice sounded so good on the phone, plus he always made me laugh . So finally the big day comes last weekend and we met up at a place nonetheless a BBQ restaurant.
We had 1 topic of conversation:
1 . PORK He talked about food the entire time while stuffing his face .
I was completely turned off and it s safe to say I am done with meeting men online. Sooooooooooooooo after a lovely evening where I thankfully did NOT shoot myself paid for my tab NOT his and asked him DO NOT CONTACT ME
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