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They're victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'We need to balance the good work we do with girls with good work to do equally for boys,' says Zenaida Rosales of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

FAST FACTS: Why online sexual exploitation of children happens in the Philippines

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

On Safer Internet Day, government officials promise continuous training of front liners to rescue victims of online sexual exploitation

Lawmakers mull over ages 16 or 18 for minimum age of sexual consent

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:51 PM

One thing is for sure – lawmakers agree the minimum age of sexual consent must be raised from 12 years old, which is the lowest in Southeast Asia

[PODCAST] Making Space: Sexual harassment survivors 'fighting to fight'

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

What is it like to take your abuser to court? This is one woman's story.

[OPINION] A victim of a voyeur, and the tragedies of filing a report

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'How can the victim of a practiced voyeur have a copy of the video? How can the victim have access to the perpetrator’s database, hard drive, memory, or cloud? Must they demand it from the voyeur?

Court clears French cardinal of shielding alleged pedophile priest

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The trial court rules that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin chose not to tell the authorities of the abuse allegations 'in order to preserve the institution to which he belongs'

CLEARED. File photo of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (right), the former Archbishop of Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud

WATCH: Youth pushes PH anti-sexual harassment movement further

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Students and youth groups demand accountability in sexual harassment cases and send a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated

Prince Andrew accused of 'zero cooperation' in Epstein case

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:35 AM

Andrew denies having sexual relations with Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with friends of Epstein when she was 17

DENIAL. Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L) denies meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims. AFP file photo

Actor Cuba Gooding to stand trial in April

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actor is accused of inappropriately touching one of the women in a restaurant in Manhattan in September 2018

US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 22, 2020 in New York City. - Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr is facing trial over accusations he groped a woman in New York. Gooding, 51, was originally charged with forcible touching, a crime that can come with a sentence of up to a year in prison if convicted.A judge is expected to decide if additional women can take the witness stand in the actor's trial. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Sex delays menopause – study

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The study says intimate relations at least once a week reduce the chances of entering menopause by 28%

Model Gigi Hadid called as potential Harvey Weinstein juror

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:15 AM

American model Gigi Hadid appears as a potential juror in disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

New York opens Mario Batali probe after sex assault deal

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Mario Batali is being investigated after a business associate of his agreed to compensate former employees over sexual harassment allegations against the celebrity chef

Harvey Weinstein hit with new sex crimes charges in LA

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:38 AM

The case in California stems from a two-year investigation into allegations from several women that the disgraced Hollywood mogul assaulted them in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Harvey Weinstein leaves the courtroom in New York City criminal court on January 6, 2020 in New York City. Weinstein, a movie producer whose alleged sexual misconduct helped spark the #MeToo movement, pleaded not-guilty on five counts of rape and sexual assault against two unnamed women and faces a possible life sentence in prison. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

'Hollywood needs to step up': Sexual harassment after Harvey Weinstein

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Recent films such as 'Bombshell' and the Apple TV+ series 'The Morning Show' have earned praise for portraying predatory sexual harassment in the media world

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019, movie producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at criminal court in New York City. - The #MeToo movement sparked by sexual assault charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein brought down many Hollywood celebrities, but insiders believe the entertainment industry has a long way to go to change its culture and handling of harassment. While the conversation surrounding predators in positions of power in Tinseltown has moved into the open, the underlying behavior often continues -- as do attempts to cover up incidents by people surrounding the accused. (Photo by David Dee Delgado / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

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Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Filipina journalist files sexual harassment complaint vs Cambodia news publisher

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Khmer Times publisher, Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam or T. Mohan, has denied the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Harvey Weinstein agrees on $25 million settlement with accusers – lawyer

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reaches a settlement with dozens of his alleged sexual assault victims, with the sum shared among more than 30 of them

Bill Cosby loses appeal after sexual assault conviction

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:23 AM

US comedian Bill Cosby loses his appeal against his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago

South Cotabato police arrest aunt offering nieces for online sex

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Police rescue 5 girls aged 5 to 15 from the woman suspect

CRIME SCENE. Police cordon off the home of the suspect after the operation. IJM photo

Nearly 6,000 U.S. sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Uber and its rival Lyft face increasing pressure to cope with the growing number of complaints of abuse

UBER REPORT. Security guards stand in front of Uber headquarters as ride share drivers from Uber and Lyft stage a protest on May 08, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. bishop steps down in Church abuse scandal

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The Vatican says in a statement that it accepts the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, from the Buffalo diocese in New York state

REPLACEMENT. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger speaks to members of the media following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, during a press conference at the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on December 4, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Aaron Lynett/AFP

[OPINION] Addressing privacy concerns to prevent sexual abuse

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Technology makes possible a balancing of the rights to privacy and safeguarding against the online sexual exploitation of children

[OPINION] Rethinking procedures to prevent child sexual abuse

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A review of the context within which child sexual abuse is committed in the Philippines gives us a chance to rethink our approach in the treatment of offenders and, in the process, also help the survivors

[OPINION] What touring the Philippines taught me about sexual health in the country

Nov 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

I came across some truly eye-opening stories, including a young girl who became a mother at the age of 9 and bore her second child at the age of 10

Placido Domingo says harassment accusations 'a nightmare'

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The opera singer has been accused by at least 20 women of forcibly kissing, grabbing or fondling them in incidents dating back to at least the 1980s

PLACIDO DOMINGO. In this file photo, the Spanish tenor gives a press conference in Moscow on October 15, 2019. Domingo, who faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment, tells a Spanish publication that the accusations have been 'a nightmare.' File Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Online sexual exploitation of children is a family business

Nov 30, 2019 - 9:29 AM

In 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received more than 600,000 tips of images and videos of naked, sexualized, and abused Filipino children. This marked a 1,300% increase from the previous year.

JAILED. A woman charged with online sexual exploitation of children is detained in Camp Crame. Photo by Ana P. Santos

Italian child sex offender arrested in Davao City

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Lorenzo Marchesi 'was believed to be engaging children online to lure and groom them for both online and in-person sexual exploitation,' says the International Justice Mission

ARRESTED. Police handcuff Lorenzo Marchesi at the holding facility of the Bureau of Immigration in Davao City. Photo from International Justice Mission

Cardinal Pell gets last chance to appeal sex abuse convictions

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:15 PM

No date is set for the appeal hearing, but it is not expected before 2020

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Triggered by MP's disgrace, Tunisia's #MeToo breaks taboos

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:49 AM

To document emerging testimonies from victims, Tunisian activists set up private Facebook groups including one simply named #EnaZeda, which has more than 20,000 members

ENA ZEDA. Najla Allani, director of research centre CREDIF, speaks during an interview at her office in the Tunisian capital Tunis on November 7, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Alphabet scrutinizing handling of misconduct claims

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Google would provide 'more granularity' regarding sexual harassment investigations and their outcomes, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.


WATCH: Safe spaces extend to physical, online spaces following 'Bawal Bastos' law

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

With newly signed implementing rules and regulations, legislators and the police back the Safe Spaces Act to penalize acts of sexual harassment, especially for women and LGBTQ+

Online literary journal dissolves over sexual harassment allegations

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:36 PM

'There should be no poetry as usual and convenient moving on when there are important matters to reckon with,' say 9 High Chair members of the journal's dissolution

DISSOLVED. Members of online poetry journal High Chair decided to "immediately dissolve" the publication over allegations of sexual harassment faced by some of its members.

FAST FACTS: How does the Safe Spaces Act protect you?

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Safe Spaces Act, now fully enforced, protects everyone from sexual harassment both in physical and online spaces, and not just by persons in authority

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] NEDA official accused of sexual harassment still in office

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It has been nearly 9 months since the report was submitted to the Office of the President for a resolution. The silence from Malacañang is deafening.

Ateneo admin: No formal complaints vs faculty accused of sexual harassment

Oct 24, 2019 - 8:05 PM

This comes after an apology from Ateneo President Jett Villarin, who promised to make investigations into sexual harassment cases 'more responsive, more efficient, more sensitive'

NO CASES. The Ateneo de Manila University administration says there are no formal cases filed against two professors accused of sexual harassment on social media.

[OPINION] Radical change stops sexual violence

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The ground has shifted everywhere on due process – the main objective of anti-sexual harassment and anti sexual abuse mechanisms is no longer punishment or liability, but protection and safeguarding of vulnerable persons

PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) With 80% of Filipino children at risk of being exploited online, national governments, social welfare agencies, and private telecommunications companies team up to protect against the online sexual exploitation of children

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

‘Time’s up’: Ateneo community forms coalition vs sexual violence

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The coalition dubbed 'Time’s Up Ateneo' is comprised of AdMU students, faculty, and alumni eager to consolidate efforts against sexual violence and impunity in the university

Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

[iSpeak] Owning my trauma, no matter how 'small'

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM

It took years to stir what had been living inside me for years, what had been whispering, 'me too, me too, me too'

WATCH: Ateneo admin apologizes, vows action on sexual harassment

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'We’d like to look for ways to encourage those who’ve been hurt to come forward...so that we can really stamp out these people, sexual harassment, and sexual predators," says Ateneo President Fr Jett Villarin SJ

LISTEN TO VICTIMS. Ateneo de Manila students hold up protest signs without speaking as they wait for the outcome of a dialogue between university officials and concerned students and faculty. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Ateneo community calls on admin to act on sexual harassment on campus

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Ateneo Loyola Schools Faculty Association calls for an independent review on existing investigative processes after another allegation of sexual harassment involving faculty surfaces online

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr denies groping two women

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The actor pleads not guilty in the case

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., departs his court arraignment in New York on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. - Gooding has previously been charged with forcible touching and sex abuse in relation to an alleged groping incident at a New York bar. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

'Our school is not safe': Ateneo students demand punishment for sexual predators

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ateneo says it 'does not tolerate or condone sexual harassment' but cannot be more transparent about investigations due to the Data Privacy Act

SCHOOL NOT SAFE. Ateneo students protest sexual harassment on campus and call for transparency in the administration's handling of cases. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The university has been under fire for its supposed failure to address complaints of sexual harassment posted anonymously by students on an online freedom wall

Former NBC producer accuses Matt Lauer of rape

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC in 2017 due to 'inappropriate sexual behavior,' is accused of rape by a former NBC colleague

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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