Child abuse

A map is presented showing Poland with 255 documented cases of sexual abuse of minors by the country's Catholic priests, during a demonstration in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A private foundation in Poland published the map in the latest development pressuring Poland’s church to admit and take responsibility for such abuse cases. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
October 07, 2018 - 3:27 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A private foundation published a map Sunday showing where Catholic priests in Poland have been accused of child sexual abuse, adding pressure on the church in the predominantly Catholic country to respond. The Have No Fear foundation, which represents abuse survivors, said the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, Louise Turpin appears in Riverside County Superior Court during an information hearing in Riverside, Calif. A judge has denied a request by Turpin, charged with the torture and abuse of most of her 13 children, to be considered for a mental health diversion program. Prosecutors say an attorney for Turpin made the request on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, arguing that she had been diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, Pool, File)
October 05, 2018 - 5:37 pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California judge on Friday denied a request by a woman charged with the torture and abuse of most of her 13 children to be considered for a mental health diversion program, authorities said. Louise Turpin's attorney, Jeff Moore, made the request during a court...
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This undated photo provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows Robert Brashers. Authorities said Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 that DNA evidence has identified Brashers as the man who killed three people and raped a girl in the 1990s, even though the suspect killed himself nearly 20 years ago. Investigators say they've solved three homicides and a rape case, all from the 1990s, after obtaining DNA by digging up the corpse Brashers. (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 11:15 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a Missouri motel was a serial killer and rapist who strangled a South Carolina woman in 1990 and gunned down a Missouri mother and daughter eight years later, authorities said Friday. Advancements in DNA testing...
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October 04, 2018 - 7:51 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Scout movement in Australia on Friday apologized to victims of child sex abuse within the organization that recently joined a national compensation program. Scouts Australia Chief Commissioner Phil Harrison said the apology was part of his organization's commitment to...
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October 03, 2018 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Wednesday that it is investigating whether a Georgia school district's policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice created a "hostile environment" for a 5-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted in a school...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, protesters against Brett Kavanaugh shout during a rally at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City. Some skeptics of #MeToo activism are hoping Brett Kavanaugh's angry, tearful denial of sexual assault allegations might help fuel a backlash against the year-old movement. But advocates for victimized women say it’s now too powerful to be derailed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 28, 2018 - 2:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Some skeptics of #MeToo activism are hoping Brett Kavanaugh's angry, tearful denial of sexual assault allegations might help fuel a backlash against the year-old movement. But advocates for victimized women say it's now too powerful to be derailed. The mixed reactions followed...
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September 28, 2018 - 6:36 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by the Vatican in 2011. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized the...
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File - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, the iconic Watchtower sign is seen on the roof of 25-30 Columbia Heights, then world headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Two women who were sexually abused as children say the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana, and instead expelled him from the congregation as punishment until he repented. The Thompson Falls trial that begins Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, is one of dozens of lawsuits filed nationwide over the last decade alleging mismanagement of sexual abuse claims by Jehovah's Witness clergy and members. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 27, 2018 - 12:29 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church's national organization ordered Montana clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict. A judge must review the penalty, and...
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FILE - This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. Perrault, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
September 25, 2018 - 7:56 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse, once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, according to court documents. Arthur Perrault is scheduled Tuesday to appear in U.S. District...
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Christopher Matthew Clements is arraigned via video in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Clements, a convicted sex offender who was indicted this month in the slayings of two Arizona girls who disappeared and were later found dead years ago, faced arraignment Monday on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor. (Rick Wiley/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 4:58 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — For years, police couldn't figure out how a 6-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom window while she slept in family's Arizona home, never to be seen again. Then came a call from a woman engaged to a convicted sex offender who had bounced around various states, leaving a trail of...
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