Abuse and neglect of children

July 01, 2020 - 10:49 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...
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July 01, 2020 - 6:23 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said she wants to improve the protection of...
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FILE - This Thursday, April 16, 2020 file photo shows a sign announcing an elementary school in Helena, Mont., is closed. When the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States in mid-March, forcing schools to close and many children to be locked down in households buffeted by job losses and other forms of stress, many child-welfare experts warned of a likely surge of child abuse. Fifteen weeks later, the worries persist — yet some experts on the front lines, including pediatricians who helped sound the alarm, say they’ve seen no evidence yet that a marked increase has taken place. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
June 28, 2020 - 9:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States in mid-March, forcing schools to close and many children to be locked down in households buffeted by job losses and other forms of stress, many child-welfare experts warned of a likely surge of child abuse. Fifteen...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday, June 25, 2020 that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 25, 2020 - 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 1982 file photo former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme makes the victory sign after the Social Democrats election victory. Swedish prosecutors will announce Wednesday June 10, 2020 a decision in the investigation into the long unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead in downtown Stockholm in 1986. (Bertil Ericson/TT via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 5:02 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Wednesday dropped its investigation into the unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead 34 years ago in downtown Stockholm, saying that decision was made because the main suspect died in 2000. Palme was gunned down on Feb. 28, 1986,...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the inauguration of the new parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. Iran convened its newly elected parliament, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iran is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
May 27, 2020 - 10:26 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry. Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after...
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FILE - In this April 20, 2017, file photo, members of the National Bureau of Investigation and FBI gather evidence at the home of an American suspected child webcam cybersex operator during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines. The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
May 21, 2020 - 7:07 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based International...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:26 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew a notorious pedophile priest had been moved decades ago because he had sexually abused children, and should have removed an unstable priest in another parish who was also a suspected pedophile, a government inquiry concluded. A report...
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April 30, 2020 - 5:32 pm
The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities. Plaintiffs in the suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan, include women who have been athletes at...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2020 file photo, Adams Elementary School third-grade teacher Lisel Corneil, left, and fifth-grade teacher Allie Campbell are among educators who constructed from plastic drinking cups a "We Miss You All-Stars" message to their students in a fence in Spokane, Wash. With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, child welfare agencies have lost some of their best eyes and ears during a highly stressful time for families who have lost jobs and are locked down together at home. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, but across the country, states are reporting fewer calls to child abuse hotlines, worrying child welfare officials that abuse is going unreported during the coronavirus pandemic. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
April 18, 2020 - 11:05 am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, child welfare agencies have lost some of their best eyes and ears during a stressful time for families who have lost jobs and are locked down together during the coronavirus pandemic. April...
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