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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...

A bitter custody battle and 3 young lives lost in California

Apr. 13, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erik Denton was supposed to see his three young children last Sunday, the one day every other week that he was allowed to be with them. Three-year-old Joanna, her 2-year-old brother, Terry, and 6-month-old sister, Sierra, had been staying with their...

2 child services workers fired, charged in fatal abuse case

Apr. 13, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Two Child Protective Service workers in northern West Virginia have been fired and charged with misdemeanors involving the abuse of a 4-year-old boy who later died, authorities said. Police in Fairmont charged Breeana Bizub, 25, and Tabetha...

Resource officer shot at Tennessee high school recovering

Apr. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

A police officer wounded in a shooting at a Tennessee high school is a 20-year veteran of the force who worked at the school, authorities said Tuesday. Knoxville Police Officer Adam Willson was recovering from surgery after being shot in the upper leg at Austin-East...

Calls to Indiana child abuse hotline down during pandemic

Apr. 09, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The frequency of calls to Indiana's child abuse and neglect hotline fell by more than 10% last year compared to the previous two years, and an expert said that may reflect the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indiana Department of...