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The cost of coming forward: 1 survivor's life after #MeToo

Nov. 22, 2019 3:18 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (RNS) —Megan Lively glanced down furtively to the copious notes she had jotted in a thick spiral-bound notebook resting in her lap. She was about to speak to a room full of Southern Baptist pastors about the sexual abuse she experienced, and she was nervous. Her message to more than 50...

Report: Child neglect in group homes in Massachusetts rises

Nov. 22, 2019 10:59 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A new report says incidents of child neglect in group homes in Massachusetts have increased by 55% in the past year. The report from the state’s Child Advocate’s office says that at least 184 children were neglected in group homes during the last fiscal year. More than 10% of...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids

Nov. 21, 2019 12:34 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility. The protest included scores of...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Pennsylvania lawmakers near finish on church scandal bills

Nov. 20, 2019 11:08 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Legislature moved closer Wednesday night to settling a yearslong battle over lifting criminal and civil statutes for child sexual abuse crimes in a debate growing out of Roman Catholic Church scandals. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to dramatically...

Highlights of Pennsylvania’s church scandal legislation

Nov. 20, 2019 10:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday passed a package of legislation inspired by Roman Catholic Church scandals to relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations on sexual abuse crimes. Here is a look at the bills: ___ CRIMINAL PROSECUTION There would be no statute of...

Bosnia: Lawmaker shares photos of alleged child abuse

Nov. 20, 2019 2:16 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian lawmaker on Wednesday publicly shared shocking photos of children tied to beds and radiators in a public care home outside Sarajevo, triggering popular outrage and calls for mass protests against a perceived corrupt and inefficient government structure....

Man convicted of sexually assaulting boy given probation

Nov. 20, 2019 2:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to probation in Dane County. The sentence handed down by Judge John Hyland Monday has upset advocates for sexual assault survivors and others. A criminal complaint says 45-year-old Nathan McQuillen started a...