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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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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

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

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

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

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

Australian Cardinal Pell sentenced to 6 years in jail for choirboy abuse

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The judge says during the sentencing: You 'may not live to be released from prison,' accusing Pell of 'appalling offending' and a 'brazen and forceful sexual attack on the two victims'

CONVICTED. File photo of Australian Cardinal George Pell (center left). Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Ryan Adams tour in UK, Ireland cancelled after abuse claims

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The BBC reports that 10 concerts have been cancelled

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 16, 2016, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas. - Adams has been accused by several women of emotional abuse and exploiting his position as a career mentor as a means to obtain sex. An expose in The New York Times details a pattern of manipulative behavior from the 44-year-old Grammy-nominated artist, including testimony from performer Mandy Moore, his ex-wife. (Photo by Christopher Polk / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Pedophile scandals in the Catholic Church

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Here is a rundown of some of high-profile cases which has rocked the Catholic Church

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

Superstar R. Kelly charged with sex abuse, including against minors

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:14 AM

The singer faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against 4 victims, 3 of them minors

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 24, 2013 singer R. Kelly arrives for the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Spotify on May 10, 2018 announced it would no longer feature R. Kelly songs in its playlists or user recommendations, after the Time's Up movement for gender equality urged the music business to dump the R&B star over sexual abuse allegations. The move marks the first application of Spotify's new policy on "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct," which states an artist's behavior may result in changes in how Spotify promotes their content.  / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN

R. Kelly faces fresh sexual abuse allegations

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Two more women accuse R. Kelly of sexually assaulting them as teens, claiming he cornered them in his hotel room and demanded sex

Red-letter summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Pope Francis sets aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle pedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat to the embassy of the Holy See in Washington who was recalled last year after the U.S. State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws, was under arrest today in Vatican, announced on April 7, 2018 the Holy See.  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal over sex abuse claims

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Theodore McCarrick is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Pope Francis says the problem can be found 'anywhere' but is prevalent in 'some new congregations and in some regions'

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome. File photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

French priest jailed for sexual abuse

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The priest is charged for sexually assaulting 4 young female parishioners, one of whom was 9 years old when the offenses started

U.S. bishops release names of 300 Texas clergy accused of abuse

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Bishops of Texas release the names of about 300 Catholic clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse dating back 70 years

US CLERGY. The Archdiocese of Chicago is seen following a press conference by advocates for clergy abuse victims. Photo by  Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Sony Music calls it quits with R. Kelly

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Reports say that Sony Music dropped the disgraced singer after 'Surviving R. Kelly' aired, the documentary revealing the many sexual abuse accusations made against the US singer

Michael Jackson estate slams sex abuse documentary

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:13 AM

'Leaving Neverland' recounts the story of two men who allege they were sexually abused by the singer when they were 7 and 10 years old

Pope Francis vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:25 PM

'I cannot refrain from speaking of one of the plagues of our time, which sadly has also involved some members of the clergy,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis (R) takes part in an audience with the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings in the Sala Regia at the Vatican on January 7, 2019.  Ettore FERRARI / POOL / AFP

Sex abuse claims against singer R. Kelly re-upped in new documentary

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:14 AM

The R&B singer faces accusations of criminal misconduct, including having sex with several minors

SURVIVORS. The documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' includes interviews with dozens of members of the R&B singers inner circle. Screenshot from YouTube.com/Lifetime

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

U.S. Olympic Committee slammed in review of Nassar abuse case

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The US Olympic Committee is one of the institutions that allowed Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of athletes

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. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Polish bishops apologize for child sex abuse by priests

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'

POLISH PRELATE. In this file photo, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate (left) delivers his speech as Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days (WYD). Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

US bishops back transparency on sexual abuse cases

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'We absolutely have to be open and transparent (on sex assault cases),' says a US bishop

TRANSPARENT. Indiana Bishop Timothy Doherty, chairman of the committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, listens while Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB General Assembly, speaks during a press conference at the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

North Korea slams sex abuse report

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Korean Association for Human Rights Studies says the 'preposterous' report was a part of political scheme fabricated by the hostile forces to 'tarnish the image' of North Korea

RAMPANT ABUSE. File photo of women wearing traditional Korean dress at a roadside during an 'international march for peace, prosperity, and reunification of Korea' at the outskirts of Pyongyang. Phot by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korean women face rampant sexual abuse by officials – HRW

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:44 PM

'Sexual violence in North Korea is an open, unaddressed, and widely tolerated secret,' says Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth

Women wearing traditional Korean dress hold plastic flowers as they stand at a roadside during an 'international march for peace, prosperity, and reunification of Korea' at the Three Charters Monument on the outskirts of Pyongyang on September 11, 2018. The event was part of North Korea's celebrations surrounding the 70th anniversary of the country's founding. Ed JONES / AFP

U.S. opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'The archdiocese will cooperate with the United States Department of Justice in this matter,' says the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Washington diocese names 31 former clergy accused of abuse

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:41 PM

All 31 named by the Archdiocese of Washington have been expelled from the church and 17 have died

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archbishop of Washington speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, November 17, 2017.  SAUL LOEB / AFP

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A total of 167 bishops, priests, and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960

VISIT. Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (2L) and his wife Cecilia Morel (R) exchange gifts with Pope Francis (2R) during a private audience at the Vatican on October 13, 2018. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/POOL/AFP

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here is a look at how 5 countries in Europe are affected by the #MeToo movement

LAWS. There are new laws on consent and catcalling in 5 countries in Europe. Rappler file photo

Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:33 AM

Found guilty on April 26 of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, Cosby is impassive as Judge Steven O'Neill hands down the sentence on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania

SENTENCED. Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kavanaugh intensifies counter-offensive against sex accusations

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Brett Kavanaugh steps up his defense, saying 'I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I've always treated women with dignity and respect'

TRUMP CHOICE. File photo shows Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

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

Pope silent on claim he ignored abuse

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano calls on Francis to resign in a letter published Saturday in the National Catholic Register

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope declines to comment on Cardinal McCarrick allegations

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'I will not say a word about that. I think that the communique speaks for itself,' the Pontiff says

ONBOARD PRESSER. File photo of Pope Francis talking with journalists aboard a plane on June 21, 2018. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

New sex charge filed against Kevin Spacey

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The actor has seen allegations against him pile up on the heels of the #MeToo movement

KEVIN SPACEY. The actor faces a new sexual assault charge. Screenshot from Twitter.com/KevinSpacey

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

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

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal caught in abuse scandal

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Theodore McCarrick is one of the most prominent American cardinals active on the international stage. The charges make him one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims.

RESIGN. Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

'House of Cards' cast 'surprised' by Kevin Spacey allegations

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Actress Robin Wright says she and the cast were surprised and saddened over the allegations against the actor

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

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