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Court sentences 3 women in Cebu for livestreaming sex abuse

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:39 PM


The 3 online traffickers are each sentenced to between 23 and 36 years in prison and ordered to pay P600,000 in damages

House passes bill imposing stiffer penalties vs child abuse

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

An overwhelming 228 legislators vote in favor of stiffening the punishment for child abusers

They're victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'We need to balance the good work we do with girls with good work to do equally for boys,' says Zenaida Rosales of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

[OPINION] A victim of a voyeur, and the tragedies of filing a report

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'How can the victim of a practiced voyeur have a copy of the video? How can the victim have access to the perpetrator’s database, hard drive, memory, or cloud? Must they demand it from the voyeur?

Court clears French cardinal of shielding alleged pedophile priest

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The trial court rules that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin chose not to tell the authorities of the abuse allegations 'in order to preserve the institution to which he belongs'

CLEARED. File photo of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (right), the former Archbishop of Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud

Prince Andrew accused of 'zero cooperation' in Epstein case

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:35 AM

Andrew denies having sexual relations with Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with friends of Epstein when she was 17

DENIAL. Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L) denies meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims. AFP file photo

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church – report

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The report states that Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel abused as many as 60 children and that a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

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Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Nearly 6,000 U.S. sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Uber and its rival Lyft face increasing pressure to cope with the growing number of complaints of abuse

UBER REPORT. Security guards stand in front of Uber headquarters as ride share drivers from Uber and Lyft stage a protest on May 08, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. bishop steps down in Church abuse scandal

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The Vatican says in a statement that it accepts the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, from the Buffalo diocese in New York state

REPLACEMENT. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger speaks to members of the media following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, during a press conference at the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on December 4, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Aaron Lynett/AFP

[OPINION] Addressing privacy concerns to prevent sexual abuse

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Technology makes possible a balancing of the rights to privacy and safeguarding against the online sexual exploitation of children

[OPINION] Rethinking procedures to prevent child sexual abuse

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A review of the context within which child sexual abuse is committed in the Philippines gives us a chance to rethink our approach in the treatment of offenders and, in the process, also help the survivors

#RespetoNaman movement launches campaign vs gender-based violence

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The #RespetoNaman anniversary commemoration features an 18-day campaign to end violence against women by further educating Filipinos on gender-based violence issues

ENOUGH: SPARK! Executive Director Maica Teves announces #RespetoNaman’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women as part of the movement’s first anniversary of advocating for gender equality. Photo by Bianca Arreola

Cardinal Pell gets last chance to appeal sex abuse convictions

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:15 PM

No date is set for the appeal hearing, but it is not expected before 2020

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) With 80% of Filipino children at risk of being exploited online, national governments, social welfare agencies, and private telecommunications companies team up to protect against the online sexual exploitation of children

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Polish court orders compensation for 1980s victim of pedophile priest

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:55 AM

A court in Poland says: 'Sexually abusing minors unaware of the criminal nature of the acts perpetrated on them is to treat others in a humiliating and inhumane manner, which is the same as torture'

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House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

4 suspects to face charges for molesting Cebu student and uploading video online

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

A police official says the video uploader and anyone who shared the video will also be charged

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) It is the final avenue of appeal for George Pell – who is serving a 6-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s – to get out of jail and clear his name

PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Father of victim hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits for appeal verdict

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican number 3, is appealing against his conviction on 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s,

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days.  Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

Eastern Manila police general fired for abusing woman cop

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan has been relieved from his post after physically assaulting a policewoman who disobeyed one of his orders

SACKED. Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan. PNP photo

More than 400 arrested at Moscow police abuse march – monitor

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:35 PM

As police drag protesters into vans the crowd yell: 'Shame, on Russia Day, this is our country's day! Have you forgotten the constitution?'

ARRESTS. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny (C) is detained by Russian police officers during a march to protest against the alleged impunity of law enforcement agencies in central Moscow on June 12, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

6 convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

They face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment. A seventh man is acquitted while an eighth person, who was underage, faces a separate trial.

CONVICTIONS. Media gather around a Punjab Police vehicle carrying the seven accused for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, as verdict is expected to be delivered at the district court in Pathankot on June 10, 2019. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Australia's Cardinal Pell launches appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Cardinal George Pell arrives in court under heavy guard for the start of his appeal against his conviction for sex abuse

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse on July 26 at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough

R. Kelly hit with 11 new sex crime charges

May 31, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Three of the charges are for the sexual abuse of a minor

Keyboard predators: Southeast Asia's kids targeted by online pedophiles

May 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Technology is shifting the patterns of abuse in a region with growing access to broadband internet and encrypted technology

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The program by the 6 California dioceses will be managed by two independent monitors who have handled similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says

COMPENSATION PROGRAM. A photo of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Photo adapted from Facebook.

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) 6 Catholic dioceses in California launch a 'compensation program as an alternative to court proceedings for minors sexually abused by clergy

SUED. This file photo taken on April 21, 2019 shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

U.S. Catholic abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

May 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

Co-founder of Sundance Film Festival pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Sterling Van Wagenen faces between 6 years and life in prison

East Timor: police arrest ex-priest for sexually abusing girls in his orphanage

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim

Photo by Tjitse Lingsma

Ex-British Army officer paid P500,000 to watch online abuse of PH kids

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him. He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of his own home,' says the NCA

ONLINE ABUSE. Andrew Whiddett, 70, pays multiple Filipino sexual abuse facilitators to watch children abused online. Photo from UK National Crime Agency

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on 1960s sexual revolution

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The pope emeritus, who retired in 2013, blames the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally with the fight for an 'all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms'

ROME - APRIL 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepping down from his Popemobile after a procession into Easter Sunday Mass, in a crowded St Peter's Square, Vatican City - 24th April 2011 - Image

Pope Francis promises 'healing' of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests

Worshippers reach out to Pope Francis (C) as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating a mass, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 31, 2019.  Fadel SENNA / AFP

Pope issues new child abuse legislation for Vatican City

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Anyone convicted of abuse must be 'removed from office' under the new legislation

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Chile orders Catholic Church to compensate ex-priest's victims

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The court in Santiago orders the church to pay 100 million pesos – around $146,000 – to each of 3 of his victims

(FILES) In this file picture taken on January 2, 2019 Jose Andres Murillo (L) and Juan Carlos Cruz, two of the sexual abuse victims of Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima, embrace after a press conference with the Foreign Press Association in Santiago. A court in Chile on March 27, 2019 ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around 146,000 US dollares to each of the three victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima. Juan Carlos Cruz, Andres Murillo and James Hamilton had sued the Church for covering up years of sexual abuse perpetrated by Karadima, a senior Chilean cleric who was suspended for life by the Vatican. CLAUDIO REYES / AFP