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Texas Senate restores key part of child sexual abuse bill

May. 21, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would give child sexual abuse victims more time to sue in civil court after restoring a key provision that allows them to take on institutions. Senate lawmakers approved the legislation unanimously on Tuesday after former Olympic and U.S....

Serbia introduces life sentence amid EU criticism

May. 21, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers have voted to introduce life imprisonment without parole for the gravest criminal acts, despite criticism from the Council of Europe's top human rights official. Parliament on Tuesday approved the changes to the Balkan country's criminal law with 159 votes in the...

Governor orders probe of medical board in Ohio State abuse

May. 20, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine declared the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss a monster Monday as he ordered a review of the state medical board's handling of his case decades ago and called for lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape charges. The Republican...

'Shocking': Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

May. 18, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on over the years but did little or nothing to stop him, according to a report released by the school Friday. Dr....

APNewsBreak: Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

May. 17, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the offices...

The Latest: Report doesn't say if abuse reported to police

May. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local): 3:15 p.m. An Ohio State University official says it's not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report a former doctor now accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students....

Illinois governor promises fixes to child welfare agency

May. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois's child welfare agency has reviewed 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced...

Polish lawmaker panned for excusing priest who abused girls

May. 15, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said this week...

Poland airs tougher sex abuse penalties amid church crisis

May. 14, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it...

Gymnasts testify; lawmakers won't name abuse bill lobbyists

May. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. national team gymnasts backing a Texas bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court on Monday urged the state's lawmakers to restore a key provision allowing those individuals to sue institutions. A push to expand the statute of limitations...