May 3, 2014

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050314)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.



  1. Men are finally speaking out, and unafraid to let it be known they were a victim, to possibly get accountability and punishment of the Bad Abusers, and to begin to change our culture.

    From today, a news article criticizing top actors and directors in Hollywood, who have their heads in the sand promoting gay relationships instead of recognize inappropriate And Unacceptable abuse.

    This article comes on the heads of the Oscars, with FINALLY open criticism of Woody Allen for his past history, and open criticism of his present fawning actresses for ignoring that history. His abused daughter finally took the risk to shed shame and weakness, to begin a new step in healing, with her Open Letter statements.

    Meanwhile, the military this week is making some progress freeing from fear its victims, who are increasingly reporting incidents: up some 50%. Men in the military, though, are still low reporters but — like the Hollywood article by Mark Judge — they are likely to join the movement to speak out, and improve the culture to one where all perpetrators should fear accountability and be actually held accountable.

    Finally, on NBC news this week, a story about that other cultural institution that — like the military and like Hollywood — cared more about its Institutional Image than the moral act of protecting victims: college campuses. They too are past a turning point, being held accountable by a Public very willing to speak out and very willing to expect accountability not only of the Abuser but on any Leaders of Institutions who incorrectly protect the Abuser.

    Due Process will occur, and false allegations will also be shunned, as those are their own form of harm against Real Victims. The generational process of culture change is, thankfully, working; and the trend is a blessed healing of old wounds and hopeful improvement for the new generations of Hollywood children, of all college campus students, and of all our military service airman, sailors, soldiers, marines, and coast guard.

    Todays news article, EXCERPTS HERE, with additional references in a follow-up post.

    May 3, 2014

    If These Hollywooders Were Priests

    By Mark Judge…for me the most interesting case involves the film Kill Your Darlings, which was released last year, and just came out on DVD in march. Kill Your Darlings is directed by John Krokidas, a well known gay activist. It stars Daniel Radcliffe — Harry Potter himself — and Dane DeHaan, who currently appears as the Green Goblin in the new Spider-Man movie. The film tells the story of the early years of the Beat writers — Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr. The central story involves Lucien Carr, a handsome and charismatic artist and provocateur who, while at Columbia University, gathers the group of writers who would later gain fame as the Beat Generation.

    Carr was also, according to many witnesses — Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, who wrote a book about the incident, and Carr’s family, the victim of prolonged sexual abuse and stalking …Kammerer was Carr’s Boy Scout Troop Leader. He followed Carr wherever the younger man went, changing cities whenever Carr would. …

    Then, on August 13, 1944, Carr killed Kammerer in a late-night altercation. The murder weapon was a Boy Scout knife. Carr spent two years in jail, the judge being lenient when the extent of Kammerer’s obsession was revealed. Electric material for a great film about sexuality, pedophilia and obsession, right? Not in Hollywood. Kill Your Darlings depicts Lucien Carr as a conflicted homosexual and David Kammerer not as a stalker but as a bright professor…

    [***] As a fan of the Beats and someone familiar with their history, this struck me not only as false history, but a something of a cover-up of child abuse. [***]

    …The Carr family was never contacted by the film’s director or the actors. The movie is a defense of Lucien Carr’s stalker and abuser, and the apotheosis of Allen Ginsberg, who made no secret about his love of young boys and even defended pedophilia. …

    This is a lie in service of child abuse. Caleb Carr makes this quite clear. My entire interview with Caleb Carr — who, like me, has gay friends and is opposed to homophobia — along with is account of the events that led up to his father killing Kammerer, can be found here.

    After my investigation was published, I wrote and tweeted to Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, who plays Lucien Carr, and Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas. I asked them to respond to Caleb Carr’s account, and to respond to more general questions about Hollywood and child abuse. I never heard back….

    In journalism, three similar events is supposed to indicate a pattern. Last year Corey Feldman detailed the sexual abuse of young people in his memoir, Coreyography. Then Caleb Carr went on the record about Kill Your Darlings. And now Bryan Singer stands accused, and not without a lot of circumstantial evidence.

    Andrew Klavan is right. If these were priests their careers would be over.

    Mark Judge is the author of A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Comment by cornfed — May 3, 2014 @ 11:29 am

  2. Related references on our changing culture against sexual abuse and assault. So we can join in being part of the solution, by improving awareness and continuing to encourage reporting:

    Military progress:

    Air Force Times

    Sexual assault claims jump 50 percent
    DoD: Victims have more confidence in system

    May. 1, 2014 – 06:00AM |

    College campus progress:
    [Need to internet search more, to find which station had this story on their evening news this week.]

    Meanwhile, Hollywood(*)

    It is too busy still advocating the already won case of Gay acceptance. They need to realize to STOP when it means abuse of young children. The older Woody Allen incident was in a time of Hollywood advocating easy sex, male-female, and chose to ignore cases of child abuse. The previous post shows the industry needs to wake up to abuse against boys, as their message WILL BE REJECTED by an interested and willing-to-speak-out public.

    Oscars controversy, Woody Allen:

    An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow
    February 1, 2014, 3:04 pm

    from The Opinion Pages / On the Ground / by Nicholas Kristof

    Meanwhile, actress tries to duck the controversy by pleading ‘Let me remain ignorant’. How about ‘I give up my Oscar as a way to show my Apology, and to encourage my fellow Actors to be more aware of whom you chose to associate with’:

    “Even though I was expecting Cate Blanchett to win the accolade for the Best Actress at the 86th Academy Awards, when the event actually occurred, like most devoted supporters of Dylan Farrow’s statements, I must admit that I was absolutely gutted that Blanchett failed to remember exactly how difficult it is, for victims of abuse, to speak up. …

    The contours of Blanchett’s failure can be honed in through her acceptance speech, which provides a stark contrast to the actress’s charity work, showcasing the duplicitous nature of this Australian artist’s loyalty to the plights of the disenfranchised- victims of abuse.

    Blanchett is an ambassador for a telephone helpline for children of abuse in Australia, called “Kid’s Help Line.” One would assume that such an affiliation shows an acute awareness of the sensitive nature of a sexual allegations and the need to privilege such allegations- indeed, a desire to proactively participate in advancing human rights by recognizing high profile events such as the Oscars as a fantastic venue for championing important human rights causes. Yet, while speaking at length that there is money to be made and audiences like to see women cast as center stage, she sent the women’s lib movement back a hundred years, by failing to acknowledge, in her glowing tribute to one of Hollywood’s most notorious directors, the voice of a victim who has called on her directly.

    (*)A notable exception to this is the TV Series, Law and Order:SVU, especially their episode last year about college campuses. Their lead actress deserves our highest Civilian Medal for her years of contributing to this dialogue through her role as a Detective in the series.

    Comment by cornfed — May 3, 2014 @ 11:50 am

  3. College campus sample stories, from an internet search on this term:


    55 schools face federal investigation

    Updated: May 1, 2014, 6:31 PM ET

    Associated Press

    “WASHINGTON — From huge state universities to small colleges and the Ivy League, 55 schools across the U.S. are facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students.

    For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education revealed Thursday its list of colleges under investigation…

    The Obama administration’s effort to bring more attention to the issue of sexual assaults is not limited to colleges.

    Separately on Thursday, the Pentagon said that reports of assaults by members of the military have risen 50 percent since the beginning of a campaign to persuade more victims to come forward. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is ordering six initiatives to deal with sexual assaults, including efforts to get more male victims to speak up….

    Another law that campus sexual assault cases fall under is the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics on or near their campuses. It also requires schools to develop prevention policies and ensure victims’ basic rights. Investigations under this law are not included in the list that was released.


    From the sports network, I think all the major networks must have then carried stories.

    Here is the U.S. Dept of Education Press Release on the issue. >

    < U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations

    May 1, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. …

    today's list is the first comprehensive look at which campuses are under review by OCR for possible violations of the law's requirements around sexual violence.

    "We are making this list available in an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights," Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said….

    The Department will not disclose any case-specific facts or details about the institutions under investigation. The list includes investigations opened because of complaints received by OCR and those initiated by OCR as compliance reviews. When an investigation concludes, the Department will disclose, upon request, whether OCR has entered into a resolution agreement to address compliance concerns at a particular campus or found insufficient evidence of a Title IX violation there.

    The list of institutions under investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues will be updated regularly and made available to the public upon request by contacting OCR or to media by contacting the Press Office at …[list to be provided in follow-up comment, or see the bottom of the Press Release]

    Releasing this list advances a key goal of President Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to bring more transparency to the federal government's enforcement activities around this issue. The Obama administration is committed to putting an end to sexual violence… As part of that work, the Education Department released updated guidance earlier this week describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities and schools receiving federal funds to address sexual violence …Under federal law, sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent — including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion.

    OCR's [DOE Office for Civil Rights] mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by educational institutions on the basis of disability, race, color, national origin, sex, and age, as well as the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001. Additional information about the office is available at

    This list reflects investigations open as of May 1, 2014. Schools are listed alphabetically by state.
    [New comment post for the list.]

    Comment by cornfed — May 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm


    “…The list of institutions under investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues will be updated regularly and made available to the public upon request by contacting OCR or to media by contacting the Press Office at….”

    State Institution
    AZ Arizona State University
    CA Butte-Glen Community College District
    CA Occidental College
    CA University of California-Berkeley
    CA University of Southern California
    CO Regis University
    CO University of Colorado at Boulder
    CO University of Colorado at Denver
    CO University of Denver
    CT University of Connecticut
    DC Catholic University of America
    FL Florida State University
    GA Emory University
    HI University of Hawaii at Manoa
    ID University of Idaho
    IL Knox College
    IL University of Chicago
    IN Indiana University-Bloomington
    IN Vincennes University
    MA Amherst College
    MA Boston University
    MA Emerson College
    MA Harvard College
    MA Harvard University—Law School
    MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    MD Frostburg State University
    MI Michigan State University
    MI University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    NC Guilford College
    NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    ND Minot State University
    NH Dartmouth College
    NJ Princeton University
    NY Cuny Hunter College
    NY Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    NY Sarah Lawrence College
    NY Suny at Binghamton
    OH Denison University
    OH Ohio State University
    OH Wittenberg University
    OK Oklahoma State University
    PA Carnegie Mellon University
    PA Franklin and Marshall College
    PA Pennsylvania State University
    PA Swarthmore College
    PA Temple University
    TN Vanderbilt University
    TX Southern Methodist University
    TX The University of Texas-Pan American
    VA College of William and Mary
    VA University of Virginia
    WA Washington State University
    WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    WV Bethany College
    WV West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Comment by cornfed — May 3, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

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