Latest Sexual abuse News

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,...

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...

Mother in California says she drowned 3 children to protect them from father's sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2021 02:10 AM EDT
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Mother in California says she drowned 3 children to protect them from father's sex abuse.

Former Maine corrections officer charged with sexual abuse

Apr. 15, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine corrections officer turned himself in to investigators on Thursday after facing charges of sexually abusing a former inmate. Jonathan Williams, 30, was charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual...

Missouri House delays lawmaker resignation to finish review

Apr. 15, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Thursday refused to accept a lawmaker's resignation so the Ethics Committee can fully investigate allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The GOP-led House voted 153-0 to prevent Republican...

NY school principal charged with sexually abusing 9 students

Apr. 15, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

HILTON, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester, New York-area elementary school principal was charged with sexually abusing nine students during school in a case that prosecutors say goes back at least four years. Kirk Ashton, the longtime principal of Northwood Elementary School in...

Rapper Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

Apr. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

New York (AP) — Mystikal, convicted almost two decades ago of sexual battery and recently cleared of a second allegation of rape and kidnapping, acknowledges his past puts him in a “horrible fraternity.” But the rapper says he’s ready to move on from the sexually-charged songs of his...

Former priest charged with sexually abusing children near LA

Apr. 14, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been charged with sexually assaulting four children while serving at two Los Angeles area churches two decades ago, prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher John Cunningham faces 12 counts of committing lewd acts upon a...

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...

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...