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Bond set for parents in New Mexico child, animal abuse case

Jun. 26, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple arrested in an abuse case marked by allegations of child beatings and tortured pets can be released on bond, a magistrate judge ruled Wednesday. Martha and Timothy Crouch made initial court appearances Wednesday, two days after their arrests in Aztec — a...

Minnesota diocese reaches $34M settlement with abuse victims

Jun. 26, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of New Ulm in Minnesota has reached a $34 million settlement in its bankruptcy case with 93 people who say they were sexually abused by priests and others, the diocese and an attorney representing survivors said Thursday. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents many of the...

Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse

Jun. 26, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joey Piscitelli was angry when Kamala Harris emerged as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It brought back the frustration he felt in the 2000s, when he was a newly minted spokesman for clergy sex abuse victims and Harris was San Francisco's district attorney....

Georgian lawmakers walk out to protest police crackdown

Jun. 25, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Opposition lawmakers walked out of Georgia's parliament Tuesday after the ruling party ignored demands for the interior minister's resignation over a violent crackdown on protesters. Throngs of protesters tried to break into parliament last Thursday, vexed by a Russian lawmaker...

Animated videos: Boy Scouts' new tactic to fight sex abuse

Jun. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Under financial pressure from sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to bolster their abuse-prevention efforts with a new awareness program featuring cartoon-style videos that will be provided to more than 1.2 million Cub Scouts across the nation. Targeted at children...

Senators press feds on commitment to Native American safety

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on proposed legislation. The...

The Latest: Senators press feds on response to Native safety

Jun. 19, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on federal legislation aimed at addressing violence against Native American women (all times local): 4 p.m. Lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after two officials...

Michigan bills add mandatory reporters after Nassar scandal

Jun. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to add athletic trainers and physical therapists to the state's list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, trying again to push through legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal after efforts last term stalled due...

USA Gymnastics revamps Safe Sport policy amid abuse scandal

Jun. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse. The organization released the new policy on Wednesday after consulting with a wide spectrum of people inside and...

Alabama orders 'chemical castration' of some child molesters

Jun. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama sex offenders who abuse young children will have to undergo "chemical castration" while on parole, under a new law, but the requirement has prompted legal concerns and appears to be rarely used in some states that allow it. The procedure uses medications that block...