Latest Sexual abuse News

Another deceased Jesuit priest accused of sex abuse in Bolivia as pedophilia scandal grows

May. 26, 2023 17:00 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Spanish Jesuit priest who died in 2012 has been accused of sexually abusing a minor in Bolivia three decades ago, the latest in a string of pedophilia cases that have shaken the Catholic Church in this Andean country. Jorge Vila Despujol, who died in...

Bolivia's Catholic Church acknowledges being 'deaf' to sex abuse victims

May. 24, 2023 21:51 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia acknowledged Wednesday that the church had been deaf to the suffering of victims of sexual abuse, commenting as a pedophilia scandal involving priests is rocking the country. In a statement, the Andean...

Catholic clergy sexually abused Illinois kids far more often than church acknowledged, state finds

May. 23, 2023 17:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 450 Catholic clergy in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950, the state’s attorney general found in an investigation released Tuesday, revealing that the problem was far worse than the church had let on. Attorney General Kwame Raoul...

Writer who won $5M sex abuse and defamation award against Donald Trump files legal claim over his remarks after verdict

May. 22, 2023 17:49 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Writer who won $5M sex abuse and defamation award against Donald Trump files legal claim over his remarks after verdict.

Lawsuit: New York City hospital covered up abuse by star doctor convicted of rape

May. 22, 2023 17:06 PM EDT

A major New York City hospital ignored a star physician's rampant sexual abuse of patients, turning a blind eye to what he was doing to them behind closed exam-doom doors because his thriving pain practice was generating so much money, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. Officials...

Bill would give victims of childhood sex abuse more time to file civil lawsuits

May. 17, 2023 19:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislation that would give victims of childhood sex abuse more time to sue their abusers has stalled in a committee amid opposition from insurance companies, the bill's sponsor said. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not scheduled a vote on the...

Head of Japanese entertainment company mired in sex abuse scandal apologizes, promises fix

May. 14, 2023 20:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of a major Japanese boys-group talent agency has released a YouTube video apologizing for the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by her predecessor and promised to prevent a recurrence. Allegations against Johnny Kitagawa, a powerful figure in Japanese...

Ex-correctional officer charged with sexually abusing 3 inmates in California federal prison cells

May. 12, 2023 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former correctional officer at a federal women’s prison in California where inmates say they were subjected to rampant sexual abuse has been arrested and accused of abusing three inmates in his care, the Justice Department said Friday. Darrell Wayne Smith, who...

Jury finds Trump liable for sexual abuse, awards accuser $5M

May. 09, 2023 20:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury found Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House. The verdict was split: Jurors rejected...

Ousted Caritas chief denounces Vatican 'power grab'

May. 09, 2023 12:53 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s main charitable organization, Caritas Internationalis, is hoping to open a new chapter this week after Pope Francis fired top managers over bullying complaints. But the recently ousted head is fighting back, claiming the Vatican engaged in a “brutal power...