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Source: The Guradian

'Why was their trust betrayed': Australia apologises to child sex abuse victims

Today 12:41 GMT

The Australian government has formally apologised to victims of child sexual abuse, after a five-year inquiry found governments, schools, sporting clubs, churches, charities and other institutions for decades failed to keep children safe.

“This has been a very difficult journey for many of us – hopefully, this landmark government apology will have its desired effect: to assist in the ongoing healing process of the many who have been impacted by the scourge of child sexual abuse within institutions,” he said.

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Source: BBC

MPs condemn 'vile' abuse of Theresa May

Today 11:45 GMT

"The prime minister has always been very clear that we must set a tone in public discourse that is neither dehumanising nor derogatory.

"Nobody should be subject to that kind of violent language, which I think is normalising violence in public debate at a time when we lost Jo Cox, we have had threats against Rosie Cooper, we have had other violent death threats against women MPs.". Nicky Morgan tweeted that it is "not healthy politics" to use such language, while Scottish Conservative Paul Masterton said the "snivelling cowards" who made the comments should be reported to the police. Sarah Wollaston also called them "spineless cowards" and raised the death of Mrs Cox.

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Source: Fox News

Lawyers for alleged victims blast USC’s tentative $215M settlement over abuse claims

Saturday 15:25 GMT

The University of Southern California said Friday that it would pay $215 million to settle claims of sexual abuse and harassment by a school gynecologist while lawyers for hundreds of the accusers said the amount is not enough and the school has yet to fully disclose what it knew about the doctor’s behavior.

The tentative settlement would provide compensation ranging from $2,500 up to $250,000 for women who claim that Dr. George Tyndall abused them between 1988 and 2016, Wanda Austin, USC's interim president, said in a statement.

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Source: DW

UK grooming gang jailed for sexual abuse of young girls

Saturday 08:06 GMT

British prosecutors said on Friday that 20 men in the town of Huddersfield have received prison sentences for raping and sexually abusing more than a dozen girls aged as young as 11 over a period of seven years.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Judge Geoffrey Marson was reported to have told one group of 16 men he jailed earlier this year: "The way you treated these girls defies understanding. This abuse was vile and wicked."

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Source: The Guradian

Sajid Javid lambasted for 'Asian paedophiles' tweet

Sunday 20:54 GMT

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has been rebuked by MPs and human rights campaigners for tweeting about “Asian paedophiles”.

Unless it is now Home Office policy that any time an incident is reported on, the perpetrator’s ethnicity will be mentioned, the home secretary should admit he was wrong, retract this tweet and apologise.”

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Source: CBS News

"He's guilty as sin": Former gymnast Jessica Howard slams ex-USA Gymnastics CEO

Saturday 11:45 GMT

In an interview on "CBS This Morning," former Team USA gymnast and USA Gymnastics board member Jessica Howard excoriated the organization for caring only about "money and medals" and called its ex-president Steve Penny "guilty as sin."

She recalled a time when he told her, "Why do we even have your sport, it doesn't bring in any money," referring to rhythmic gymnastics, in which Howard is a national champion.

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Source: The Guradian

Justice department opens investigation into Catholic church in Pennsylvania

Friday 20:02 GMT

The US justice department (DoJ) has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic church in Pennsylvania, it emerged on Thursday, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

The scandal blighted Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland last month and sparked a crisis in his leadership, while further weakening the Catholic church’s authority in the US and casting the deepest shadow over the institution since the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigations team in 2002 uncovered widespread sexual abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests and their leaders in that region, which later inspired the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight.

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Source: Fox News

Justice Dept. opens probe into child sex abuse in Pennsylvania clergy

Friday 20:02 GMT

The Justice Department has opened a probe to investigate child sexual abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirmed to Fox News.

The Archdiocese of Erie confirmed it has received a subpoena from the Justice Department, and "its counsel is in conversation" with federal investigators. Hundreds of priests were said to have molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials allegedly covered up the abuse, according to the report.

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Source: CBS News

Feds subpoena Pennsylvania dioceses in Catholic clergy sex abuse investigation

Friday 20:02 GMT

 The Justice Department has issued subpoenas to at least five of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania as part of a federal probe into child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church.

"It's groundbreaking if we're going to see one of the U.S. attorneys pursuing the Catholic cases," said Marci Hamilton, a University of Pennsylvania professor and chief executive of Child USA, a nonprofit think tank focused on preventing child abuse. "The federal government has so far been utterly silent on the Catholic cases."

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Source: CBS News

Former patients accuse New York doctor of child sex abuse

Saturday 20:54 GMT

Former patients of a prominent physician at a prestigious New York hospital have accused the doctor of sexual abuse when they were young children and teenagers.

The hospital has said a fund would be set up for former patients who wanted to seek counseling and that references to Archibald have been removed from the hospital's and university's websites.

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Source: The Guradian

Javier Bardem condemns 'public lynching' of Woody Allen

Saturday 09:55 GMT

Javier Bardem has spoken out in support of Woody Allen, who directed him and his wife Penélope Cruz in the 2008 comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

For now I don’t agree with the public lynching that he’s been receiving, and if Woody Allen called me to work with him again I’d be there tomorrow morning.

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Source: CBS News

Pope accuser strikes back, blames "scourge of homosexuality" for abuse

Saturday 14:30 GMT

The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it.

Vigano, who was Vatican ambassador to the U.S. from 2011-2016, was allied with the conservative culture warriors am­ong U.S. bishops, particularly in articulating the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage.­­

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Source: Fox News

McCaskill's husband was accused of abuse by ex-wife

Saturday 17:15 GMT

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, and his company once victim-blamed a woman who sued for sexual misconduct, Fox News has learned.

The accuser ultimately lost the case for employer liability after the court ruled that her claims failed because she “never returned to work.”

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Source: The Guradian

'Pope Francis has questions to answer': America's Catholics in crisis over abuse scandals

Saturday 08:05 GMT

This month, the Pew Research Center found a sharp fall in confidence among US Catholics in Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse scandals that have engulfed the church this year.

According to Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, “the scale of the crisis is now threatening to eclipse Pope Francis’ progressive agenda.


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