Abuse and neglect of children

A group protests against a planned holiday event outside the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in Waltham, Mass. A plan to create a large drive-thru holiday lights display on the grounds of the disgraced former state facility, where mentally disabled youths once were warehoused and subjected to experiments, has touched off angry protests by activists who say it's inappropriate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 20, 2020 - 11:32 am
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A battle is underway in a Boston suburb over whether it is appropriate to hold a joyous holiday celebration at the site of a now-closed institution where developmentally disabled children were once abused, neglected and warehoused under deplorable conditions. The Waltham Lions...
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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. Close to 90,000 sex-abuse claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the deadline arrived Monday, Nov. 16 for filing claims in the BSA’s bankruptcy case. The number far exceeded initial projections of lawyers across the United States who have been signing up clients in the case since the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy protection in February in the face of hundreds of lawsuits. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File)
November 16, 2020 - 11:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Close to 90,000 sexual abuse claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the Monday deadline arrived for submitting claims in the organization’s bankruptcy case. The number far exceeds the initial projections of lawyers across the United States who have been signing...
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Jenashly Matos stands inside her bedroom in the El Atlantico neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. The 9-year-old has big dreams of one day becoming a doctor and helping people. But the challenges she faces growing up today in a poor barrio in Venezuela's capital amid a historic pandemic are hefty. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
November 09, 2020 - 6:54 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jenashly Matos may only be 9, but she has big dreams of one day becoming a doctor and helping people. The challenges she faces growing up today in a poor barrio in Venezuela's capital amid a historic pandemic are also hefty. The novel coronavirus has shut down schools in...
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Pakistani rescue workers and police officers examine the site of a bomb explosion in an Islamic seminary, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. A powerful bomb blast ripped through the Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing some students and wounding dozens others, police and a hospital spokesman said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
October 27, 2020 - 2:28 am
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others, police and a hospital spokesman said. The bombing happened as a prominent...
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Activists dressed as security guards hang a banner over an Education Ministry building in Poland, Warsaw, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to protest the appointment of new government education minister Przemyslaw Czarnek. Protesters consider the new minister to be a religious fundamentalist, who has said LGBT people are not equal to "normal people," that women were created to produce children and who has voiced support for corporal punishment.(AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
October 21, 2020 - 1:59 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and...
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Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 19, 2020 - 8:33 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister...
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A man walks by the offices of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The diocese filed for bankruptcy on Thursday because of financial pressure from lawsuits over past sexual abuse by clergy members. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 01, 2020 - 3:39 pm
A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs Thursday became the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy, seeking relief from a torrent of lawsuits filed after the state suspended the statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse by priests. The Diocese of Rockville Centre, which...
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September 25, 2020 - 8:32 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for...
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September 21, 2020 - 12:59 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students...
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A map of Germany shows the number of raid places at a press conference at the police department in Cologne, Germany, about nationwide child pornography raids, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Special police units, coordinated by the Cologne Prosecutor's Office, have raided 60 places across Germany yesterday, linked to an ongoing investigation that started last year in the city of Bergisch Gladbach. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
September 02, 2020 - 4:01 am
BERLIN (AP) — A thousand police officers in Germany raided the homes of 50 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on the online sharing and distribution of child pornography, Cologne police said Wednesday. None of the 48 men and two women suspected of involvement was arrested during Tuesday's...
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