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Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

Apr. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators or institutions that did not prevent it when it...

Vermont bill would end time limit for civil physical abuse

Apr. 20, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate on Tuesday passed a proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations in civil cases of childhood physical abuse. The bill, approved by a vote of 29-0, builds on legislation passed two years ago that ended the statute of limitations for civil cases of...

Man charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old boy in Hartford

Apr. 19, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was charged with murder Monday in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old Connecticut boy whose death dismayed and angered the community and prompted state lawmakers to call for more funding for urban anti-violence programs. ...

North Dakota backs health care for fallen officers' families

Apr. 19, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed bipartisan legislation Monday that will cover the cost of health insurance for the surviving spouses and children of emergency responders killed in the line of duty. The bill, sponsored by Grand Forks Democrat...

Survivors of childhood sexual assault raise awareness

Apr. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Fatima M. Smith and two of her friends told parents and police that their cheerleading coach had sexually abused them, they were ostracized by the families of their teammates. Years later, in high school, that experience — the death threats,...

Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief

Apr. 17, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

Carlil Pittman knows trauma firsthand. As the co-founder of the Chicago-based youth organization GoodKidsMadCity-Englewood, he grieved the loss of Delmonte Johnson, a young community activist, more than two years ago to the very thing the teen fought fiercely against: gun...

The Hartford agrees to pay $650M in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Apr. 16, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agreed to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. In exchange for the payment, the Boy Scouts and its local councils would...

Germany sees drop in crime during 1st year of pandemic

Apr. 15, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany saw a drop in reported crime last year, partly due to pandemic restrictions that kept people indoors, although there was a rise in child abuse, domestic violence and cybercrime. The country's top security official, Horst Seehofer, said Thursday...

New Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan could exclude local councils

Apr. 14, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America have filed a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that increases the proposed contribution of local BSA councils to a trust fund for child sexual abuse victims but also includes the option of cutting the local councils out of the bankruptcy case...

Ex-Wichita officer sentenced for abusing minors for years

Apr. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer and school safety services director has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting underage boys for more than a decade. Alex Robinson, 58, will begin serving his sentence in Kansas after he is paroled in...