Latest Sexual abuse News

French Catholic Church starts compensating sex abuse victims

Sep. 30, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s Catholic Church has paid financial compensation to 23 victims of child sexual abuse by priests or other church representatives under a recently launched reparation process, the body in charge of compensation decisions said Friday. Representatives of the...

Vatican sanctions Nobel laureate after Timor accusations

Sep. 30, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse scandal caught up with a Nobel Peace Prize winner Thursday, with the Vatican confirming that it had sanctioned the East Timor independence hero, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, following allegations that he sexually abused boys there...

Advocates list 100s of allegedly abusive California priests

Sep. 29, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse delivered a list of more than 300 publicly accused abusers to the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco on Thursday as they urged him to release his “secret” files on credibly accused priests. The Survivors...

New federal prisons chief vows to fix troubles, regain trust

Sep. 29, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new director of the federal Bureau of Prisons vowed Thursday that “the buck stops with me” when it comes to fixing the crisis-plagued agency, ticking off a list of top priorities, from solving a staffing crisis to ending widespread misconduct. Colette...

Ex-Chicago cop faces civil rights charge for sexual abuse

Sep. 28, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer has been indicted on a federal civil rights charge for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing someone while on duty, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. James Sajdak, 64, of Chicago, was charged with one count of deprivation of rights...

WA--Washington Digest, 1pm update, WA

Sep. 28, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

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French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry

Sep. 28, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Sexual and physical abuse in France's porn industry is “systemic” and lawmakers should better regulate the production of videos and protect children who are “heavily exposed” to the content, according to a French Senate report released Wednesday. The report,...

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Sep. 28, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the...

Sex abuse allegations spread against cheerleading industry

Sep. 27, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

Sprawling allegations of abuse against cheerleaders reached Tennessee on Monday in a case that escalates the accusations facing some of the sport's top institutions. An adult coach sexually assaulted teenage boys at Premier Athletics, according to allegations in a federal lawsuit...

Rules sought for 'gooning,' taking troubled kids to care

Sep. 27, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Within what's known as the secure transport industry, it's called “gooning.” Brawny men show up under the cover of darkness and force a teenager into a vehicle, taking them against their will to a boarding school, foster home or treatment center. The process is...