This was a rape. But the media never seem to associate this word with males
More importantly I think that still in 2009 society at large refuses the association of the words RAPE and MALE. My former psychiatrist got into quite with me about it (about three months ago) and insisted that I had been 'sexually abused' that that was the proper defininition of what was done to me.
Anyway, back to this thread - while we all know that media's pupose in reporting is to stir up sensationalism with the aim of sales, still I can't help but see the silver lining here. The story of what happened to this boy got told! It was put out there in the public arena and can now serve as
1) one more example to parents of how they need to be more vigilant where their children are concerned;
2) permission to other boys who find themselves in similar situations that it's perfectly alright to come forward and disclose the abuse.
Let's also remember that this boy told, and that he was BELIEVED and SUPPORTED. When I was a boy that age, these types of abuses were NEVER mentionned let alone were they a prosecutable offense.
We have a long, long way to go before we find ourselves living in a society that ressembles anything close to parity between the genders - but we're closer now than we were in my youth and I think that that is something to celebrate and then build on.