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Illinois child welfare employee investigated after boy dies

May. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois prosecutors are investigating a former child welfare agency employee who supervised an abuse claim involving a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy later found beaten to death, documents show. Prosecutors are exploring whether to charge Andrew Polovin with child endangerment...

This photo provided by Tara Reade, shows Tara Reade out with friends in Washington, in 1992 or 1993, during the time she worked for then- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. (Tara Reade via AP)

Biden accuser's life marred by abuse and financial hardship

May. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One thing is clear in the complicated, sometimes contradictory and often chaotic story of Tara Reade: Her life has not been easy. Her earliest childhood memory was of being abused by her father, she told her former husband, a man she would later leave after saying he abused...

FILE - In this April 20, 2017, file photo, members of the National Bureau of Investigation and FBI gather evidence at the home of an American suspected child webcam cybersex operator during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines. The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse

May. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based International Justice...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Boy Scouts of America uniforms are displayed in the retail store at the headquarters for the French Creek Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Summit Township, Pa.   Nine sex-abuse lawsuits were filed Tuesday, May 19 2020, in upstate New York against three Boy Scout local councils, signaling an escalation of efforts to pressure councils nationwide to pay a big share of an eventual settlement in the Scouts’ bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuits were filed shortly after an easing of coronavirus lockdown rules enabled courts in some parts of New York to resume the handling of civil cases.  (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Boy Scout councils under pressure to share sex abuse costs

May. 19, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine sex abuse lawsuits were filed Tuesday in New York against three Boy Scout local councils, signaling an escalation of efforts to pressure councils nationwide to pay a big share of an eventual settlement in the Scouts’ bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuits were filed shortly after...

Bankruptcy claims date set for Boy Scouts child sex victims

May. 18, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys have agreed on a November deadline for victims of child sex abuse to file claims in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. The Nov. 16 date presented to a judge Monday was worked out after attorneys for the official committee representing abuse victims objected to a...

Judge sets deadline for abuse claims vs. Harrisburg diocese

May. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge is giving most claimants until Nov. 13 to seek compensation over child sexual abuse from the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese, which sought bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The order signed last week by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Henry Van Eck also gave...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Pakistani children take part in rally against child abuse, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press collected dozens of police reports from police stations across Pakistan that allege sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas or religious schools in Pakistan, where many of the country’s poorest study. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

May. 11, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he...

Volunteers use internet to check foster kids during pandemic

May. 10, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The call usually comes around 7 each night, while Sarah Sparks is watching a movie with her two daughters on the couch. She keeps her phone close so she doesn’t miss it. On the other end of the line is a 7-year-old girl, a foster child who lives in a Denver residential treatment...

In this photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo briefs the media at Marist College, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. On Friday, the Governor extended the Child Victims Act filing deadline to January 2021 allowing extra time, allowing New York residents who were sexually abused as children to sue those responsible. The extended deadline is to make up for curtailed court services during the coronavirus pandemic. (Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

NY Child Victims Act filing deadline extended to January

May. 8, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York residents who were sexually abused as children have an additional five months to sue those responsible after Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday extended a filing deadline to make up for curtailed court services during the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for filing civil claims under...

President Donald Trump gestures during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

May. 8, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate closely in COVID-19 fight....