Latest Sexual abuse News

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nov. 15, 2018 11:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian...

Dartmouth sued following professor misconduct allegations

Nov. 15, 2018 11:29 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College was sued Thursday for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. Seven women filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Hampshire...

Accusers: 20-plus Ohio State staff knew concerns over doctor

Nov. 14, 2018 10:05 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alumni who say they're victims of sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University team doctor allege more than 20 school officials and staff, including two athletic directors, knew of concerns about how the physician treated young men but didn't stop him. The list of such employees grew...

Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

Nov. 14, 2018 9:07 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Chile: Former bishop questioned in sexual abuse case

Nov. 14, 2018 5:08 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A former Chilean bishop was questioned by authorities Wednesday about allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors by a former air force chaplain. Juan Barros was interrogated for almost four hours by prosecutor Sergio Moya in Rancagua, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the...

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault

Nov. 13, 2018 1:21 PM EST

The longtime former leader of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two women. George Hopkins, 62, led The Cadets to renown and a slew of national and world championships. He resigned from the Allentown-based group after The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily...

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a...

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

Nov. 12, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was...