Latest Sexual abuse News

Pope opens up on sex abuse cases, says church must do more

Jan. 25, 2023 07:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has shed light on the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations against East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning independence hero, suggesting that he indeed was allowed to retire early rather than face prosecution or punishment. Francis...

Man sues Denver archdiocese over abuse by convicted priest

Jan. 19, 2023 17:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man who says he was repeatedly sexually abused as a teen by his Catholic priest more than two decades ago filed a lawsuit against the now-defrocked priest and the Archdiocese of Denver on Thursday, taking advantage of a recently passed law that allows victims to sue even if the...

Trial begins for ex-New York doctor accused of sexual abuse

Jan. 09, 2023 14:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York began laying out their case Monday against Robert Hadden, a former gynecologist accused of sexually abusing scores of patients over nearly two decades, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. A grand jury...

Former Paris archbishop target of sexual assault probe

Jan. 04, 2023 07:01 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French police are investigating an allegation that the former archbishop of Paris sexually assaulted a woman who is under legal protection as a vulnerable person, prosecutors said Wednesday. Michel Aupetit, who unexpectedly resigned in 2021 after admitting to an...

'Romeo & Juliet' stars sue over 1968 film's teen nude scene

Jan. 03, 2023 18:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two stars of 1968's “Romeo and Juliet” sued Paramount Pictures for more than $500 million on Tuesday over a nude scene in the film shot when they were teens. Olivia Hussey, then 15 and now 71, and Leonard Whiting, then 16 now 72, filed the suit in Los...

While blamed, Benedict fought sex abuse more than past popes

Jan. 01, 2023 08:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is rightly credited with having been one of the 20th century’s most prolific Catholic theologians, a teacher-pope who preached the faith via volumes of books, sermons and speeches. But he rarely got credit for another important aspect of his...

In US, sharply contrasting views on Benedict XVI's legacy

Dec. 31, 2022 13:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In the United States, admirers of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remembered him warmly for his theological prowess and devotion to traditional doctrine. However, some U.S. Catholics, on learning of his death Saturday, recalled him as an obstacle to progress in combating clergy sex...

No charges filed in California elite school sex abuse probe

Dec. 28, 2022 22:59 PM EST

OJAI, Calif. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed over decades of alleged sexual misconduct at an elite private high school in Southern California even though “numerous” children were victimized, authorities said Wednesday. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the county...

Pope's vicar for Rome seeks full truth about Jesuit abuse

Dec. 23, 2022 14:53 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The pope’s vicar for Rome called Friday for the full truth to come out about a famous Jesuit priest accused of sexual and spiritual abuses against adult women, and said he was evaluating what to do with the priest’s Rome-based community and diocesan positions. ...

Cheer groups move to dismiss abuse case, racketeering claims

Dec. 20, 2022 15:18 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A series of lawsuits beginning in South Carolina have detailed the alleged sexual abuse of at least 20 cheerleaders across six states. The anonymous plaintiffs have accused coaches, choreographers and others of illicit drug provision, child pornography solicitation and rape....