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Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

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)

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

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

This champ uses jiu-jitsu to help victims of child sex abuse

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:31 PM

World champion Meggie Ochoa finds her life's purpose in jiu-jitsu

CHAMPION. Meggie Ochoa is not just a champion in jiu-jitsu but also a champion of children who have been abused and traumatized. Photo by Rappler


Japanese women confront grim taboo by saying 'me too'

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:20 PM

In patriarchal Japan, where a culture of silence persists when it comes to sexual assault and harassment, raising the alarm comes at a price

WOMEN SPEAK OUT. In this picture taken on January 30, 2018, Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a television newsman of raping her in 2015, poses for a picture in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

One historical sex charge against Vatican finance chief withdrawn

Mar 02, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, who denies all the claims, faces a crucial 4-week hearing starting in Melbourne on Monday, March 5, to determine if he stands trial

GEORGE PELL. 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. File photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Turkish pedophile given 'record 572-year sentence'

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:06 PM

The court in the southern province of Adiyaman convicted the janitor after it was found he raped children and would sneak into some of the pupils' beds, Hurriyet daily says

South Korea's Moon supports #MeToo, urges 'stern punishment' for abusers

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'I express my respect to the courage of the victims who spoke out about the abuses they suffered, and I actively support the #MeToo movement,' Moon says in a meeting with aides

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (C) addresses journalists covering the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Main Press Centre on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

UNICEF number two faced complaints at Save The Children

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The UN children's agency says it is unaware that its deputy director faced complaints of inappropriate behavior toward female staff before hiring him two years ago

FACING COMPLAINTS. In this file photo, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth speaks during a UNICEF media briefing at UNICEF House September 6, 2016 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as British MPs grill bosses

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

PARLIAMENTARY PROBE. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 20, 2018 shows Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring (C), Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson (R) and Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima (L) atttending an evidence session as witnesses before the International Development Committee of members of parliament at Portcullis House in London. PRU/AFP

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Matthew Falder blackmails many of his 45 victims into sending 'severe abuse images" of themselves' according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA).

MATTHEW FALDER. A handout photograph released on October 16, 2017 by Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), shows the custody image of British Geophysicist Matthew Falder who pleaded guilty to 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. File photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of 3 staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young sex workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Until when can victims file cases vs sex offenders?

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The law prescribes a certain period of time within which an offender may be prosecuted for a crime

Doctors Without Borders reveals sex abuse cases as Oxfam scandal widens

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam spreads as French group Doctors Without Borders reveals it had fired 19 staff last year for harassment or abuse

MSF. This file photo shows the entrance of the Ebola treatment center of aid agency Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in Liberia on October 3, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Coach may have known about Larry Nassar in 2011 – Aly Raisman

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:32 PM

At least 265 female athletes – including several Olympic gold medalists in gymnastics – claim Larry Nassar abused them over a period of two decades

STANDING UP. Aly Raisman is among the hundreds that Larry Nassar sexually abused. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Reebok/AFP

Nassar sentencing hearing halted as father lunges at disgraced doctor

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:05 PM

Randall Margraves hurls himself towards Larry Nassar after his two daughters had testified to their abuse at Nassar's hands. He is tackled by 3 sheriff's deputies.

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

Michigan launches probe into US gymnastics sex abuse doctor

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Attorney General Bill Schuette says his department would "put a bright light at every corner" of Michigan State University, which is under scrutiny for a 2014 investigation that cleared Larry Nassar of serious wrongdoing

PREDATOR. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar addresses the court during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The second and final leg of his weeklong South American trip includes stops in Puerto Maldonado, where he will be welcomed by indigenous people, from Peru as well as neighboring Brazil and Bolivia

WAITING. A street vendor offers posters of Pope Francis at the main plaza in the Amazonian town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on January 18, 2018. Photo byCris Bouroncle/AFP

In Chile, pope seeks forgiveness for sex abuse scandals

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Pope Francis meets alone with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile, the Vatican says

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

'Feminist' Catherine Deneuve apologizes to sex assault victims

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'It is to them and them alone that I offer my apologies,' says Catherine

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows French actress Catherine Deneuve posing for photographers during a photocall for the film "Sage Femme" (The Midwife) in competition at the 67th Berlinale film festival in Berlin.  Feminists and one of the women who accused fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape turned on French actress Catherine Deneuve on January 10, 2018 after she signed an open letter attacking the #MeToo movement for leading a witch-hunt against men. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

Netizens say sexual abuse is 'not a laughing matter'

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

While many lauded Josiah Weihman for being courageous enough to share his story, there are some who seem to disregard the issue

WATCH: Man slaps Harvey Weinstein at Arizona restaurant

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Weinstein has kept a low-profile since a wave of women accused him of sexual harassment and rape

HARVEY WEINSTEIN. The Hollywood mogul deals with backlash following allegations of sexual abuse and rape. File photo shows Weinstein speaking at an event at MTV Studios in March 2017. Photo by Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images North America / 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

Catherine Deneuve among French women criticizing #MeToo movement

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:01 PM

About 100 French women signed an open letter against the movement started by women in the wake of the Hollywood sexual abuse scandal

CATHERINE DENEUVE. The French actress, shown in this file photo attending a press conference for the film 'Sage Femme,' is among the French performers, writers, and academics criticizing the #MeToo movement. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Duterte threatens communist rebels who 'molest women'

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he received reports that some New People's Army members have been committing sexual abuse

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, gestures as he reiterates his vow to stop graft and corruption as well as to eradicate the scourge of illegal drugs in the country. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Australia failed children, national sex abuse inquiry says

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:18 PM

In total, more than 4,000 institutions are accused of abuse, with many of them Catholic-managed facilities

Weinstein accused of racketeering in class action suit

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The class action suit accuses Harvey Weinstein and the company he co-founded of racketeering to cover up a pattern of sexual assault by the disgraced Hollywood mogul

ACCUSED. This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows Harvey Weinstein during a photocall at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015. Valery Hache/AFP

Met Opera to investigate conductor's alleged teen abuse

Dec 03, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Met statement: 'We are working on an investigation with outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action'

ACCUSED. This file photo taken on September 04, 2007 shows US conductor James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Hector Berlioz's 'Damnation of Faust' during a rehearsal at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Miguel Medina/AFP

UN Women urges people to report sexual harassment cases

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Many women experience sexual harassment, from catcalling to severe sexual misconduct. Advocates say they must fight and speak up.

STOP VAW. UN Women's Chang Jordan talked to Rappler about ending sexual harassment in the Philippines.

Nick Carter is accused of rape

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:57 PM

Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman pens a blog detailing her alleged rape by the Backstreet Boys singer

NICK CARTER. The Backstreet Boys singer is accused of rape. Screengrab from Twitter.com/nickcarter

Sylvester Stallone denies sexual assualt allegations

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The actor has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986

SYLVESTER STALLONE. The actor denies allegations of sexual assault. Screengrab from Facebook.com/SylvesterStallone

Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of 'homophobic and abusive behavior'

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The actress said that the 'X-Men' director outed her publicly on set without her consent

ELLEN PAGE. The actress joins the wave of women who have come forward against director Brett Ratner. Screengrab from Facebook.com/EllenPage

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

'X-men' director implicated in Hollywood abuse scandal

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Brett Ratner, who directed 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and 'Rush Hour,' is accused of sexual harassment by actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn

BRETT RATNER. Actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn and 4 other women accuse Hollywood director Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct or harassment. File photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

Survivors of abuse empowered through self-defense lessons

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:03 AM

More than 70 girls from Marillac Hills, a DSWD shelter for abused women and children, and Barangay Old Balara learn basic self defense

EMPOWERMENT. Volunteer instructors from the Japanese Karate Association teach young girls basic self-defense. Photo courtesy of Mildred Fragante

Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuse

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The avalanche of painful personal stories comes amid a series of high-profile sex abuse scandals – the latest centered around powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein

TRENDING. The #MeToo hashtag trended on Twitter as thousands responded to actress Alyssa Milano's call. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Some 50 witnesses for Cardinal Pell sex abuse hearing

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:32 AM

(UPDATED) The exact details and nature of the allegations against Cardinal George Pell have not been made public, other than they involve 'multiple complainants'

50 WITNESSES. Cardinal George Pell (center L) leaves after a committal hearing relating to charges of historical sex abuse at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 6, 2017. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

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.

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Jul 26, 2017 - 8:12 PM

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Cops rescue 6 female minors being pimped to foreign tourists

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Angeles City trial court later dismisses the cases against Michihiro Suzumura due to a failure to establish probable cause

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Jul 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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547 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school – lawyer

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED In his final report on abuses at the Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral choir school between 1945 and the early 1990s lawyer Ulrich Weber says he uncovered 67 cases of sexual abuse and 500 cases of other physical violence

ULRICH WEBER. Lawyer Ulrich Weber, in charge of the clarification around an abuse scandal at the Regensburger Domspatzen boy's choir, presents his report during a press conference on July 18, 2017 in Regensburg, southern Germany. Photo by Armin Weigel / dpa / AFP

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

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

Rape within the family: The Philippines' silent incest problem

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Incest rape happens far more often in the country than official data shows, but it remains to be an unspeakable secret within families – leaving girls to suffer repeated abuse for years inside their own homes

INCEST RAPE. Lori was just 7 years old when she was raped by her uncle for the first time. Photo by Dyl Tolentino

India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

May 17, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The child told authorities she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather but a newspaper quotes the victim s mother as saying she wants the accused to be set free