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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

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