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Baltimore church leaders handing over files amid abuse probe

Jan. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 pages of internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and is in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday. Archbishop William Lori described the...

Maryland attorney general: Hotline for clergy abuse victims

Jan. 10, 2019 5:11 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's top law enforcement official on Thursday announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school across the U.S. state, which is steeped in Catholicism like few others. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the creation of...

Family of Boy Scout killed by falling tree sues Scouts group

Jan. 8, 2019 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a 14-year-old Texas Boy Scout who was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Scout camp is suing the Atlanta-area group overseeing Scouts programs. News outlets report Elijah Knight's parents, Stephen and Courtney Knight, filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in...

Cardinal on trial in France's biggest church sex abuse trial

Jan. 7, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A Catholic cardinal and five other people went on trial Monday accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts — France's most important church sex abuse case to date. The case poses a new challenge to the Vatican, amid growing demands in overwhelmingly...

Attorney general supports longer limit for sex abuse suits

Jan. 3, 2019 7:41 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's new attorney general says he supports extending the state's statute of limitations for filing child sexual abuse lawsuits. Peter Neronha, a former U.S. attorney, says he saw the terrible toll abuse takes on victims and their families when he prosecuted such cases. The...

AP Exclusive: Big jump in US Catholic dioceses naming names

Jan. 3, 2019 5:18 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an...

Kids who assault on US bases can still escape accountability

Dec. 30, 2018 7:35 PM EST

Despite new rules addressing sexual assault among the children of U.S. service members, the federal government failed to fix a flaw that on many military bases has let alleged juvenile abusers escape accountability or treatment. New records obtained by The Associated Press underscore how few child-on-child sex...

Changes in how the military addresses kid-on-kid sex assault

Dec. 30, 2018 3:34 PM EST

An Associated Press investigation into sex assault among children on U.S. military bases has led to changes within the Pentagon's school system and how the Defense and Justice Departments handle such cases. Some of the reforms include: — Lawmakers required the Defense Department to create a new,...

Court rules mothers' drug use in pregnancy isn't child abuse

Dec. 28, 2018 1:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court ruled Friday that mothers who use illegal drugs while pregnant cannot be considered perpetrators of child abuse against their newly born children under the state's child protection law. The Supreme Court's main opinion said the law's definition of a child...

Pope Francis' early blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

Dec. 27, 2018 8:08 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. The latest development — a high-profile verdict...