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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

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 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

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial along with five others from his diocese over allegations that they helped cover up abuse.

ON TRIAL. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Spain moves to extend statute of limitations for child abuse

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The bill proposes to begin the statute of limitations for child abuse when the victim turns 30 years old, instead of 18

Davao City police files child abuse complaint vs Makabayan congressmen

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Progressive congressmen Antonio Tinio and Ariel Casilao are facing child abuse charges weeks after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio called for their bloc's expulsion from the House

CHILD ABUSER? ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (center, in white) joins a rally in Davao City on October 23, 2018 – the basis of the child abuse complaint against him. Photo from Makabayan

Child abuse complaint filed vs Sagay police over massacre case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:08 PM

NUPL's Kathy Panguban claims that the police have been using an estranged father to get his son to testify that NPA rebels are behind the Sagay massacre

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Child abuse charges vs Satur Ocampo 'laughable,' says wife

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

'They just have to invent things to pin people who are trying to do their job,' says Carolina 'Bobbie' Malay

BOOKING PROCEDURE. A policeman gets the fingerprints of former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo at the Talaingod police station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

Global task force helps save 240 child sex victims

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Victim Identification Task Force of Europol, with the help of law enforcers around world, rescues over 240 victims of child sex abuse and arrests almost 100 offenders since 2014

UNICEF: Social norms can leave children vulnerable to abuse

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Long-held beliefs and traditions are often barriers to improving the situation of children in the Philippines, says UNICEF

VULNERABLE. Social norms can at times lead children more vulnerable to being abused by someone they know.

Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Spa manager arrested for sexual abuse of minor

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Police say the 43-year-old suspect threatened the 14-year-old victim that he would post their sex video on social media if she refused to see him again

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

All 8 Catholic dioceses have either been or are in the process of being subpoenaed by New York's state attorney general

SUBPOENAS. In this file photo taken on September 7, 2015, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, is viewed in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'I've been impressed by the progress the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple have made on counter-terrorism. Now I want to see the same level of commitment from these companies and others for child sexual exploitation,' British interior minister Sajid Javid says

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

Protests after 7-year-old raped in Delhi

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Local media reports say the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home

US camp raid suspect trained children for school shootings – prosecutors

Aug 09, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Prosecutors quoted the foster parent of one of the children as claiming that Wahhaj 'had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings'

SIRAJ WAHHAJ. This handout photo released by the Taos County Sheriff's Office on August 4, 2018 shows Georgia man Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest on August 3, 2018 at a makeshift compound in Amalia, New Mexico. Handout photo by Taos County Sheriff's Office/AFP

Germany jails couple for pimping young son online

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The sentences of Berrin Taha and Christian Lais fall short of what prosectors had demanded. Taha receives 12 years and 6 months in prison, while Lais gets 12 years, followed by preventive detention.

SEXUAL ABUSE CASE. The defendant Berrin T (L) is led to the courtroom of the district court in Freiburg, southern Germany, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

SC: It takes courage for women to testify against men who abuse them

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

High Court says that 'lustful acts of men are often veiled in either the power of coercive threat or the inconvenience inherent in patriarchy as a culture’

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Vatican announces the departure of Philip Wilson, sentenced to a year in detention earlier this month after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge of concealing abuse by a pedophile priest

Australian prime minister tells Pope Francis to sack archbishop

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Malcolm Turnbull says now is the time for the Pope to take action against Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted for concealing abuse of a notorious pedophile

(FILES) A file photo taken on May 8, 2016, shows Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra. Turnbull is named in the Panama Papers, it emerged on May 12, 2016, causing an unwanted headache for the multi-millionaire former banker in the middle of an election campaign. He is listed as a former director of a British Virgin Islands company, Star Technology Services Limited, set up by Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca in the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

Australian archbishop gets 12 months for concealing child abuse

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

In sentencing, Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone says 'there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender' Archbishop Philip Wilson

Localizing response to prevent online sexual exploitation of children

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

AlamBaU provides audience-specific materials on preventing OSEC that target kids, teens, parents, and teachers

Ellen Adarna skips preliminary probe for child abuse, cyber libel case

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Instead, her rumored partner John Lloyd Cruz, shows up alongside her lawyer

New group hopes to end Catholic church child abuse

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Jose Andres Murillo, a Chilean victim of clerical pedophilia who recently met with Pope Francis, says, 'There is progress regarding clerical abuse in some countries, primarily due to brave victims who have fought to raise their voices.'

Olympian sues USA Swimming alleging sex abuse cover-up

May 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

It is written in the lawsuit that 'no one did anything to protect plaintiff as a minor from inappropriate grooming and ultimate molestation'

#TIMESUP. Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith takes further action after opening up about her sexual abuse story. Photo from Twitter (@ArianaKukors)

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Whitney Houston sexually abused as child says Cannes documentary

May 18, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'Whitney,' is made in cooperation with the late singer's family and premiered at the Cannes film festival

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Whitney Houston performs at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Ellen Adarna faces charges over Instagram story of minor – reports

May 15, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Ellen Adarna is sued for child abuse after taking video of a minor and posting it on Instagram without permission

WATCH: Stop the silence

May 05, 2018 - 9:54 AM

'These are stories of children we cannot be silent about,' Bahay Tuluyan says in its compelling video depicting the devastating impact of child abuse

An open letter to my childhood molester

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

To many people who still think that forgiveness is the only way I can move on and retrieve the part of myself that my molester took from me, I say be quiet and listen

Child footballers 'offered boots and underwear for sex work'

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:19 PM

A scandal in Argentina reveals that young players for football giant Independiente prostitute themselves to adult men

EXPLOITATION. Young footballers in Buenos Aires, Argentina have been encouraged to prostitute themselves to adult men in exchange for a pair of boots or underwear. Photo by Shutterstock


U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

Turkey considers chemical castration for child abusers

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Chemical castration, which involves using drugs to reduce libido, does not prevent a person from experiencing sexual urges indefinitely

Gymnastics doc abused at least 265 women and girls, court told

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Prosecutors say at least 65 victims are to confront Larry Nassar in court, in the last of 3 sentencing hearings for the disgraced doctor who molested young girls and women for two decades

FACING THE COURT. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Eaton, County Circuit Court on January 31, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Tough recovery ahead after California siblings 'ordeal'

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:29 AM

13 malnourished siblings found confined by their parents in a suburban California home – 3 of them chained to the furniture – face a difficult road to recovery, police say

PROBE. Mark Uffer (C), CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center speaks as Susan von Zabern (L), Director of Department of Public Services and Dr. Sophia Grant (R), Medical Director of Child Abuse and Neglect at Riverside University Health System looks on during a press conference in Perris, California on January 16, 2018, where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children held captive by their parents. Frederick J Brown/AFP

The effects of sexual harassment on children

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Clinical psychologist Karina Therese Fernandez, executive director of the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services, says the most common long-term effect of sexual abuse is depression

Ahead of pope's Chile visit, priests accused of child sex abuse

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Almost 80 Roman Catholic clergy have been accused of sexually abusing children in Chile since 2000, a US-based monitoring group says

SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL. Aerial picture taken on January 4, 2018 showing the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, where Pope Francis will be giving mass during his upcoming visit to Chile. Javier Torres/AFP

9 children rescued from 'child pornographer' in Leyte

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:02 PM

The suspect allegedly abused 9 children, including her 8-year-old daughter

RESCUED. A child is escorted by a social worker. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

Horror in Taiwan over siblings' abuse deaths

Oct 18, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The case sparks an emotional public response, with some calling for the death penalty, which can be handed down for serious crimes in Taiwan

Teachers to get online training on child abuse intervention

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Safe School for Teens website trains teachers how to properly respond when a student tells them that he or she is being sexually abused – whether at home or in school

EQUIPPING TEACHERS. Teachers can now learn how to properly respond to child abuse reports through the Safe Schools for Teens website.

Cardinal Pell denies sex abuse charges in Australian court

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell a top advisor to Pope Francis denies all charges of historical sexual abuse at his first appearance in an Australian court

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. Mal Fairclough/AFP

2-year-old boy, 6 others rescued from Bacolod cybersex den

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The victims include the children nieces and neighbors of the alleged operator of the cybersex den

Locator map of Bacolod City

Even 2-month-old babies can be cybersex victims – watchdog

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:40 PM

International Justice Mission says abuse comes in many forms with children s parents even sometimes involved in their own exploitation

Vatican finance chief charged with child sex abuse

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:15 AM

UPDATED Cardinal George Pell the Vatican s finance chief and the highest ranking Catholic cleric to face such charges had been interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over the allegations

CHARGED. In this file photo, the Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops on March 19, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Mandaue mother arrested for pimping daughter online

May 28, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Local police caught the mother in the act of live streaming her 15 year old daughter s online show to a foreigner

CHILD ABUSE. A mother was caught live streaming her teenage daughter's 'show' to a foreigner in exchange of money. Photo by IJM