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Nebraska attorney general takes new steps to fight sex abuse

Jan. 27, 2021 5:26 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced Wednesday that state officials are taking new steps to support people who have experienced sexual abuse. Peterson said state officials and child advocates are offering training to law enforcement agencies on how to investigate child...

Ohio Supreme Court to consider limits of victims rights law

Jan. 27, 2021 4:44 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case that will define some of the parameters and limits of a crime victims' rights law that amended the state's Constitution in 2017. A man convicted of rape and kidnapping charges appealed his conviction to the state's highest court, which...

State Sen. Richard Cash, R-Powdersville, speaks about a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state while showing a photo of a woman he said was born from a pregnancy caused by rape on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Columbia S.C. The Senate passed the bill on an initial vote. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

S. Carolina Senate OKs initial vote to ban most abortions

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Opponents of abortion joined with some of South Carolina's most powerful Republican politicians to mark what they think may be the end of a long fight to pass a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state. Less than four hours after the governor, House Speaker and Senate...

Suit: Background check failure led to Kansas patient's rape

Jan. 27, 2021 2:23 PM EST

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas assisted living facility is accused in a lawsuit of failing to vet staff and turning a blind eye while a woman with dementia was sexually assaulted. The suit alleges that administrators at Mapleton Assisted Living facility waited six months to perform a background check on the...

Authorities: Man sexually assaulted 'numerous' children

Jan. 27, 2021 9:48 AM EST

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man accused of sexually assaulting several young children recorded the acts and then shared the images and videos with other people, authorities said. Devaughante J. Law Sr., 27, of Rankin, faces numerous counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse,...

South Carolina Sen. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in Columbia, S.C. Verdin is chairman of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee which approved a stricter ban on abortions. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Rape and incest exceptions quietly added to SC abortion bill

Jan. 26, 2021 4:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Tuesday quietly added exceptions for rape and incest to a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, likely boosting the proposal's chances of finally passing the chamber and becoming law. The action came during the first day of debate over the...

Report: Students didn't report abuse due to lack of trust

Jan. 26, 2021 1:09 PM EST

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Students at a suburban St. Louis school district where multiple sexual assault accusations have come to light through social media say they initially feared they would not be taken seriously or believed if they reported abuse. The Kirkwood school board heard a report Monday from...

In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. A Delaware judge has approved a revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy plan that provides about $35 million for creditors, with roughly half that amount going to women who've accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The judge approved the plan following a hearing and overruled objections by attorneys representing four women. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Judge OKs Weinstein bankruptcy plan with $17M for victims

Jan. 26, 2021 11:49 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has approved a revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy plan that provides about $35 million for creditors, with roughly half that amount going to women who have accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The judge approved the plan after a hearing...

Lawsuit: Priest raped boy on day of his sister's wedding

Jan. 26, 2021 8:37 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Catholic priest raped a 9-year-old altar boy on the day of his sister's wedding that the the priest officiated, according to a new lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, charges that the diocese knew or should...

In this photo released by the Colombian Migration Press Office, ex-paramilitary commander Hernan Giraldo Serna, center, is escorted upon arrival at the El Dorado airport after being deported from the U.S. to Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Giraldo, 74, was deported from the U.S. and immediately taken into custody by authorities in Colombia, where he is expected to serve time for crimes against humanity, including torture, displacement, sexual slavery and kidnapping, as well as drug trafficking. (Colombian Migration Press Office via AP)

Some Colombians fear ex-paramilitary leader deported from US

Jan. 25, 2021 7:05 PM EST

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — On the north coast of Colombia there is anxiety over the return to the South American country of one of the most feared former paramilitary commanders: Hernán Giraldo Serna. “El Patrón” (the boss) or “El Taladro” (the drill, as he became...