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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by distant
    +6 +1

    Christian fundamentalist parents found guilty in the death of their malnourished 14-month-old son

    A Calgary jury who heard details surrounding the death of a malnourished 14-month-old child have convicted the parents of criminal negligence and failure to provide the necessaries of life. The child, named John, died in 2013 one day after his parents Jennifer and Jeromie Clark brought him to the hospital where he suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +1 +1

    Pope's Letter Urges to Pray and Fast for Child Sex Abuse Victims

    Pope Francis wrote a "Letter to the People of God" in which he requests readers to pray and fast as a kind of atonement for sexual crimes committed by members of the clergy. The letter follows the release of a report which describes in excruciating detail how hundreds of Catholic priests scattered over a total of six Pennsylvania dioceses engaged in horrific sexual abuses of children. The pope admitted that the Vatican abandoned the victims.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +20 +1

    By secular standards, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization

    Imagine for a moment that a big, admired multinational corporation, one selling a beloved product, was employing large numbers of male pedophiles and rapists, operating in rings all over the world, and that their crimes had been uncovered in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Britain, Germany and the United States, and, further, that senior executives had systematically covered up and suppressed evidence, transferring and enabling hundreds of predators, betraying thousands of victims.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    Several States Are Launching Their Own Investigations Into the Catholic Church

    Why do we know all the sordid details about the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal and cover-up in six Pennsylvania dioceses? It’s because Attorney General Josh Shapiro used his office to pursue the investigation (which began before he took office). So why aren’t other attorneys general doing the same thing? Why aren’t they demanding records from the Catholic Church and investigating allegations of sexual abuse in their own states?

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +1

    Sweden has seen a rise in reports of child and forced marriages

    Sweden has seen a rise in reports of child and forced marriages, according to a hotline established by the County Administrative Board in Östergötland County, located in southeastern Sweden. At least 130 phone calls were made in 2018 to a support hotline that seeks to help children and young people who have been forced into marriage. This is a massive increase compared with the 101 calls that were made between 2014 and 2018, according to Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +12 +1

    Kenyan girls forced into sex in exchange for sanitary products

    Girls in Kenya are forced to have in sex in exchange for sanitary products due to the prevalence of period poverty and the shame, stigma and public health misinformation which surrounds menstruation. New exclusive research by Unicef found 65 per cent of females in the Kibera slum – an area of the capital of Nairobi which is the largest urban slum in Africa – had traded sex for sanitary pads. The humanitarian charity found 10 per cent of young adolescent girls admitted to having transactional sex for pads in western Kenya.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +16 +1

    The Child-Abuse Contrarian

    Michael Holick, a renowned scientist turned expert witness, relies on his own controversial theory about a condition called hypermobile EDS to help alleged abusers avoid prison and regain custody of the babies they were accused of harming. By David Armstrong.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dianep
    +2 +1

    Child abuse leaves molecular ‘scars' in DNA of victims’ sperm, new study suggests

    Child abuse may leave marks that go even deeper than psychological trauma by physically etching itself into people’s DNA, according to a new Harvard study. Research based on a small sample of men found differences in chemical marks within the genetic code of those who have experienced abuse as children.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +61 +1

    Japan urged to ban manga child abuse images

    Japan must ban sexually abusive images of children in manga comics, despite claims that such a move would threaten freedom of expression, the UN’s special envoy on child protection has said. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio praised Japan for passing a law last year that banned the possession of abusive images of children, but said it contained loopholes that allowed exploitation to continue.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +24 +1

    Living with My Mother’s Mental Illness

    On coming to terms with a mother’s unspoken mental illness. By Fariha Roisin.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +29 +1

    The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck

    An autopsy ruled that Phoebe Jonchuck drowned. But that doesn’t explain why she died. By Lane DeGregory,

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +26 +1

    Baby Doe

    Government agencies have been trying to protect children for nearly two hundred years. Why have they failed? A political history of tragedy. By Jill Lepore.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +20 +1

    Lawmaker Hastert urged life sentences for repeat child molesters

    During nearly 30 years as a state and federal lawmaker, Dennis Hastert presented himself as a champion of children, a hardworking, humble boy from the cornfields of Illinois who learned valuable moral lessons as he rose to become one of the most powerful men in federal government as U.S. House speaker.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +30 +1

    'Britain's worst paedophile' faces 22 life sentences for abusing 200 children

    A British paedophile who wrote a manual on how to abuse children and sold videos of himself raping children and babies online is facing as many as 22 life sentences after admitting an unprecedented number of child sex offences. Richard Huckle, 30 from Ashford in Kent, pleaded guilty to 71 offences including rape, sexual assault and grooming following an nine-year campaign of abuse against children in Malaysia.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +13 +1

    British man given 22 life sentences for Malaysia child abuse

    Richard Huckle, a 30-year-old man from Kent, has been handed 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey after admitting abusing children in Malaysia. His youngest victim was just six months old, his oldest was 12. It is thought he may have abused up to 200 children over a decade. Angus Crawford reports.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +9 +1

    Parents force teen to live in backyard tent as Punishment

    Parents in New Mexico say they’re out of options with their teenage son. In an attempt to discipline their 16-year-old, they’ve started forcing him to live in tent as punishment. See the full video below.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dynamite
    +35 +1

    Michael Jackson Stockpiled Underage, Violent Pornography on Neverland Ranch, Report Shows

    Newly obtained reports from the 2003 child molestation investigation of Michael Jackson reveal that the late pop star had stockpiled gruesome underage pornography on his Neverland Ranch. During a police raid in November of 2003, his California home was reportedly found with pornography that included both adults and children, animal torture, S&M, and gore, along with "drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a variety of physicians," according to documents obtained by Radar Online.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
    +19 +1

    12-year-old girls will no longer be able to get married in Virginia

    Between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 got married in the state of Virginia. Of these girls, more than 200 of them were aged 15 or under. Last week, the authorities in the state introduced new legislation that updated rules that had until then made it legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to get married if they had parental consent and were pregnant. The changes - a move that campaigners said brought Virginia’s laws into the 21st Century - followed a long fight by activists who said the change was aimed at curbing forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +7 +1

    Church asks court to punish teenage sexual abuse victims who sued them

    A Kansas church is asking a court to punish two young girls who sued them over sexual abuse by a former Bible school volunteer by forcing them to reveal their identities. The volunteer, Kessler Lichtenegger, pleaded guilty last year to attempted rape and attempted electronic solicitation involving two girls under the age of 14, who attended the church.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +1

    Ex 'Sabado Gigante' actor gets 153-year child porn sentence

    The comedic actor who played gray-haired grandma Dona Concha on Univision's "Sabado Gigante" has been sentenced to 153 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Adonis Losada, 52, learned his fate on Wednesday, several months after a Miami-Dade jury convicted him on 51 counts of possession of child porn images on his computer. Losada still insists "there is plenty of evidence" that he didn't commit the crime, according to The Miami Herald.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +1

    Children left in blistering Mojave Desert town without shoes or water as punishment

    Three children between 5 and 7 years old were left in the scorching Mojave Desert without shoes or water Wednesday as punishment by their parents, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. The 7-year-old girl and her little brothers, ages 5 and 6, were found in Twentynine Palms on Wednesday. They were spotted by a passerby near the 74000 block of Samarkand Drive, a residential road at the edge of a patch of vacant, dirt- and brush-covered land that’s the size of three city blocks. Authorities said the children were found about 11:20 a.m. when the heat would have reached about 100 degrees...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +35 +1

    FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief

    The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as "child abuse". Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately. More than 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure, where parts of the female genitals are removed. The UN estimates a further three million are at risk of being mutilated.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
    +13 +1

    An Afghan cleric is attempting to defend his 'marriage' to a six-year-old girl

    An Afghan cleric has defended his marriage to a six-year-old girl, saying she was a “religious offering” to him. Mohammad Karim, who is believed to be in his sixties, was arrested after marrying the girl. He has told officials that he had been given the girl as a “religious offering” by her parents, Agence France-Presse reports. However, her parents reportedly claim she was abducted without their consent from the Herat province.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +35 +1

    Blood Mica: Deaths of child workers in India's mica 'ghost' mines covered up to keep industry alive

    In the depths of India's illegal mica mines, where children as young as five work alongside adults, lurks a dark, hidden secret - the cover-up of child deaths with seven killed in the past two months, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has revealed. Investigations over three months in the major mica producing states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh found child labor rife, with small hands ideal to pick and sort the valued mineral that puts the sparkle in cosmetics and car paint.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by canuck
    +44 +1

    The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

    The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +25 +1

    Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem

    The boy with the machete is watching us. We’re sitting in an SUV in the middle of a rugged, red-dirt road about 10 miles outside the city of Abengourou, in eastern Ivory Coast. It’s just after 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and the early morning haze hasn’t yet burned off, so a mist hangs over the fields around us. We’ve been slowly bumping along on our way to meet some farmers in a nearby village called Appoisso but stop for a moment to take in the scene. Suddenly the boy is standing right next to us. He looks curious, but wary too. We scramble out to greet him. In French my translator asks him his name.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +30 +1

    Turkey accused of legalising sex with children

    Turkey's constitutional court has prompted anger after voting to scrap a law that automatically categorises sexual acts with children between the ages of 12 and 15 as sexual abuse. Judges in the country's highest court voted to annul the provision by a narrow margin, in response to an application from a district court which complained the law did not differentiate between age groups in cases of child sexual abuse. The complaint also said the law failed to take into account the “consent” of victims in cases where the child victim was between the ages of 12...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +15 +1

    Ex-DJ Denning admits child sex offences

    Former BBC DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to 21 child sex offences committed between 1969 and 1986. The 75-year-old, from London, admitted the abuse of 11 boys as young as eight. He denied three other offences. Denning, who was arrested in a police inquiry into the Walton Hop Disco for teenagers in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, will be sentenced on 6 October. He was part of the original line-up that launched Radio 1 in 1967, but left two years later.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wetwilly87
    +15 +1

    Video Shows Five Children Executing Prisoners in Syria

    The blue-eyed white boy, identified in the video as Abu Abdullah al-Britani, is one of five children carrying out executions of Kurds in the city of Raqqa. The boys, believed to be from Britain, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Uzbekistan, make statements in Arabic before raising their handguns and executing the kneeling men in front of them.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rawlings
    +2 +1

    Disturbing New Details Emerge in ‘Horrific’ Killing, Rape of New Mexico Girl (Warning: Graphic Content)

    Candles, flowers and stuffed animals mark the memorial for a 10-year old girl, who New Mexico police said was brutally murdered. Three people arrested in the case include her own mother. Victoria Martens had just started fourth grade at an Albuquerque elementary school and celebrated her 10th birthday Tuesday. On Wednesday, she was killed in what police described as a “horrific” crime.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +30 +1

    Woman grows up, becomes a policewoman and catches the man who sexually abused her

    A woman who was sexually abused from the age of eight has seen her attacker put behind bars 15 years later, after she became a police officer and secretly taped his confession. Erlis Joseph Chaisson, 47, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact in Texas in August. He has been given a life sentence and two separate seven year sentences for the indecency convictions, to be served consecutively. He will not be eligible for parole for 42 years.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by timex
    +7 +1

    Female paedophile living streets away from victim after being released early from prison

    A female paedophile jailed for abusing a Birmingham schoolgirl is living streets away from her victim after being released from prison. Paula Smith told last month how she was raped and sexually assaulted by 137 people from the age of 13. Schoolteacher William Hannah, 66, his girlfriend Dianne Whitehouse, 61, and Ian McGlasson, 50, were sentenced to a total of 19 years.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +1 +1

    American man arrested in Nepal on charges of child sex abuse

    An American who has been a frequent visitor to Nepal has been arrested in the capital's tourist district on charges of sexually abusing children. The Central Bureau of Investigations said in a statement Monday that Kenneth Joseph Coombs and a local man arrested with him were being held for further investigation. Five boys were rescued after police raided Coombs's hotel room in Kathmandu over the weekend. The raid was initiated after police got information from boys who had been abused there.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +30 +1

    Ohio boy, 4, seen in disturbing picture with heroin OD'd adults, gets new home

    A 4-year-old Ohio boy pictured in police photos in the back seat of a carwhile his grandmother and her boyfriend were slumped over from a drug overdose is moving in with other relatives. Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator Dane Walton tells The Associated Press that the boy’s great uncle and great aunt in South Carolina petitioned the court for custody, which was granted Monday by a judge.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +8 +1

    Child sex sting nets 22 suspects, including pastor who worked in schools

    The men come from any number of backgrounds and range from young to old. In the end, Pensacola police said, they were united by a common goal: having sex with minors. During a five-day stretch that ended Sunday, all 22 of the men -- including a pastor from a Florida church -- were dragged down by "Operation Undertow," an Internet sting in which undercover agents lured suspected child predators via computer to an undisclosed Florida location, police said.