I'm sure this didn't cause any psychological issues in the Catholic boys forced to wear this.
The rare 19th century item is made of copper and was designed to be worn by boys so they could not commit the 'sin'. Attached to a belt it would have encased the genitalia. The bizarre antique dates back to around 1880 and was used in Catholic France. It is being offered for sale on auction website eBay with a starting price of £750.
Seller David Burns, of Curious Science, says that during a quarter of a century dealing in medical curiosities he has never had one for sale... "This is the first example we have offered for sale in 24 years. The condition is excellent. Three and half inches top to base."
An "extremely rare anti-masturbation device"
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Grace Brown created "Project Unbreakable" in October, 2011, and the tumblog appears to really be gathering momentum. The idea: "Use photography to help heal those who were sexually abused by asking them to write a quote from their attacker on a poster and photographing them holding the poster."
So many stories from so many different people. Men, too, not only women. I was so moved by this post, which includes both a photograph and an audio narrative by an elderly woman who was sexually abused as a 12-year-old girl during World War II in Germany. Do listen to her story.
"You can never forget it. It is in your brain, marked like a stamp," she says. "I still suffer from it."
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"The kids that were victims or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them."—Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno
, on the child sex abuse scandal in which he is looking more and more like a knowing enabler
for a child rapist. His former colleague Jerry Sandusky is charged with 40 sex crimes against boys
, from 1994 to 2005. Paterno has not been charged with any crime. But he's out
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