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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr charged over groping claim

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Cuba Gooding Jr is charged with 'forcible touching' by New York prosecutors after allegedly groping a woman in a bar

WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The World Health Organization says in a fresh report that every day globally there are more than one million new cases of treatable sexually transmitted diseases or infections

'Untarnished truth:' Pisay students spark a campus movement vs sexual harassment

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:32 PM

In the span of a week, students of the Philippine Science High School build a movement to take on the school’s highest officials and change campus culture on sexual harassment

Trudeau announces landmark investments in women's sexual health rights

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) The financial commitment puts Canada on the map as the world's leading donor to comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government would raise its funding to support maternal and newborn health around the world. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Someday they will understand why we hold each other’s hands

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Six out of 10 members of the LGBT+ community experience outright injustice

Ellen DeGeneres recounts sex assault as a teen

May 29, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Ellen shares that the sexual abuse by her stepfather happened when she was around 15 years old

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan opens up about being molested, raped

May 21, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'When men make laws that govern women’s body without their consent, I feel like I am being assaulted all over again'

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

Kings coach Luke Walton sued for sexual assault

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A female sports reporter alleges that the NBA coach forced himself on her at a hotel in California

CONTROVERSIAL. Luke Walton is already facing controversy as he takes over the Sacramento Kings' head coaching job. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

A former court assistant alleges that India's chief justice Ranjan Gogoi twice made sexual advances in the office of his official residence in October 2018

CHIEF JUSTICE. In this file photo, Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi (C) signs the oath in presence of India's President Ram Nath Kovind (not seen) during the swearing-in ceremony inside the Durbar Hall at the presidential palace in New Delhi on October 3, 2018. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: Mural shows there is 'no dress code for rape'

Mar 31, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Artists and youth leaders unveil a mural to push for safe streets free of sexual harassment

Filipina who sheltered Snowden fled PH over sexual violence

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Get to know Vanessa Rodel, who obtained asylum status in Canada years after sheltering US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

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

In conservative Mauritania, confronting sexual violence laws

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Women in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia

A picture shows the feet of the daughter of Zahra (not her real name) in the office of the president of the Association of Women Heads of Family (AFCF) in Nouakchott on January 28, 2019. Zahra related how a neighbour snatched her five-year-old daughter from her home while she was sleeping, and then raped the girl. Feminists in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia. Women's groups have helped to draft legislation to combat gender-based violence, calling for stiffer penalties for rape, criminalisation of sexual harassment and the creation of specific courts to handle sexual violence.  SEYLLOU / AFP

R. Kelly girlfriends defend superstar, deny brainwashing

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage brush off allegations that the singer brainwashes women he meets and has relationships with

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 22: R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Arizona senator says she was raped while in Air Force

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, reveals the attack in emotional remarks during US Senate subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) (R), listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / 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

Founder of Ted Baker fashion house quits over harassment claims

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin has resigned as chief executive of the company

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)

Emma Thompson refuses to work with ex-Disney animation chief over harassment accusations

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The actress departs from the movie 'Luck' after Skydance announced it hired former Disney creative director John Lasseter, who is accused of sexual harassment

British actress Emma Thompson poses on the red carpet arriving to attend the UK premiere of the film The Children Act in London on August 16, 2018. (Photo by Anthony HARVEY / 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

2 girls rescued from online sexual exploitation in Caloocan

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The siblings, aged 5 and 11, are now in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

India rape victims demand dignity at first public rally

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

India's sexual assault survivors come together in public in New Delhi for the first time to demand justice

DIGNITY. An Indian participant of the 'Dignity March' shouts slogans as the culmination of the march at Ramleela Ground in New Delhi on February 22, 2019. Photo by Chandan Khanna/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

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

New tape shows R. Kelly having sex with minor, lawyer says

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The 'new critical video evidence' suggests that the girl is only 14 years old

Rocker Ryan Adams accused of abuse, sex misconduct

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The singer has been accused by several women of abuse, including ex-wife Mandy Moore

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 16, 2019, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams performs at "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" in Inglewood, California. - 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 KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Danish airtime ban for U.S. rapper R. Kelly over sex assault allegations

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a radio we have a responsibility on who we give the airtime to. It's very serious and we feel we can't have him on the playlists," Danish media group Bauer Media says

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

Curbing sexual harassment in public spaces 'goes beyond policy'

Feb 03, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Advocates urge everyone to create an environment that encourages women to report incidents of sexual harassment

Background photo from Shutterstock

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

#SafeCities: Roundtable discussion on reporting cases of sexual harassment

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Watch the roundtable discussion on reporting sexual harassment cases in public spaces on Wednesday, January 30

Harvey Weinstein granted request to change lawyers

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Weinstein is switching to lawyers who recently represented one of his most high-profile accusers

LEGAL BATTLE. Harvey Weinstein, pictured here at a Hollywood event in April 2017, is switching legal teams. File photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter/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

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06 PM

The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers back a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street and online harassment. Illustration by Rappler

Judge dismisses Ashley Judd harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:32 PM

A US district judge says that the sexual harassment law within a professional relationship does not cover the claims made by Judd against the disgraced Hollywood producer

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

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration

Jan 10, 2019 - 11:14 PM

'I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,' says Lady Gaga of her song with the R&B singer

Ex-Disney animation chief, accused of misconduct, hired by new studio

Jan 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

61-year-old John Lasseter was hired by Skydance Media 7 months after he resigned from Disney in the midst of sexual misconduct claims made by his staff

Kevin Spacey denies indecent assault in groping case

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The actor enters a not guilt plea during the arraignment

NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey attends his arraignment for sexual assault charges at Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

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