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  • Current Event
    11 days 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
    10 days 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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 darvinhg
    +12 +1

    Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies'

    A woman working at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby. Two other women employees from the centre have been detained and are being questioned about other possible cases. Police took action after the state's Child Welfare Committee (CWC) registered a complaint.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +17 +1

    Migrant children selling sex to escape from Italy, says charity

    Migrant children are prostituting themselves in order to get a safe passage into France from the Italian border, according to a report from Save the Children Italy. The minors, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, are selling sex if they are unable to pay the €50-€150 asked by drivers in exchange for a lift across the border.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +22 +1

    Girls told to hide spoons in underwear to avoid forced marriage

    The spoons are intended to trigger metal detectors, alerting airport staff to any girls being flown abroad against their will; a Swedish national hotline received 139 calls last year about child marriage or forced marriage.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +11 +1

    Ex-Clackamas County probation officer gets 35 years in prison for raping children

    A former Clackamas County probation officer was sentenced Friday to 35 years and one month in prison for repeatedly raping two girls beginning when they were 5 and 7. Clackamas County Circuit Judge Michael Wetzel sentenced Gordon Mead Jr., 69, for first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy of the two girls, which occurred separately between 2004 and 2012, court records show. A county jury found Mead guilty of the charges on March 2.

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

    Nine-year-old child bride reportedly killed by husband in Afghanistan

    An Afghan man has been accused of strangling to death a nine-year-old girl who was forcibly given to him by her family as a child bride to pay off a debt. News of the murder emerged a day after figures were published in a joint report between the UN children’s agency, Unicef, and the Afghan ministry of labour, social affairs, martyrs and the disabled, suggesting that more than one in three Afghan girls were still being married off before the age of 18.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +15 +1

    Tennessee mom left baby in hot car to have 'one drink' on National Tequila Day, police say

    A Tennessee mom is accused of leaving her baby inside a hot car in 92-degree weather while she went inside a restaurant for one “drink." Rachel Vanwagner, 26, is charged with child abuse and neglect. The charge stems from an incident on June 24, an indictment obtained by FOX 13, said. Two people walking in the parking lot heard a baby crying and called police. Officers responded to the restaurant in Arlington and saw the baby was in the backseat of a car that wasn't running.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +4 +1

    US police find 11 starving children in New Mexico compound

    Police in the US state of New Mexico have rescued 11 malnourished children who were being kept in squalid conditions in a remote desert compound. The local sheriff's office said the children, aged 1 to 15, had no shoes, were wearing rags and "looked like Third World refugees". Five adults were found at the scene, including two heavily armed men. Police searched the site after receiving a message that read: "We are starving and need food and water."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +1

    Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

    An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week after widespread outrage over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official said on Saturday. Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts but the union between the girl and the 41-year-old trader went viral on social media and reignited calls to end child marriage.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +13 +1

    Cult leader says 'heavenly laws' directed him to take child bride

    A doomsday cult leader told a judge Wednesday he was following "heavenly laws" when he took a 7-year-old child as his bride last year. John Alvin Coltharp, 34, expressed no regret for sexually abusing the girl. Instead, he said he is Jacob from the Old Testament, among other biblical figures, and has returned to earth to promote child marriage. Family members of the child could be seen cringing in the courtroom as he spoke in Manti's 6th District Court.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Petrox
    +1 +1

    Child Bride Who Was Married to 41-Year-Old Malaysian Man Returned to Thailand for Safety

    A Thai “child bride” who was married to a 41-year-old Malaysian man back in June has been sent back to Thailand and is now under the care of local social service agency in Narathiwat. Kelantan State Government reportedly handed the 11-year-old girl to Thai authorities on Wednesday, a social activist source told The Star. The order for the girl to go back to Thailand was reportedly so sudden that the girl did not have time to pack. 'The ministry is supposed to protect the girl and rehabilitate her,' the unnamed source was quoted as saying. “It's right for the Thai

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Gozzin
    +3 +1

    Growing Up in Harrisburg, Us Kids Knew Some Priests Were Monsters. So Did the Bishops Who Are Still Pretending Otherwise.

    A grand jury exposed the grave sins the Catholic Church preferred to handle in-house and behind closed doors to get matters ‘sufficiently repaired.’

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dianep
    +15 +1

    Prosecutor: Priests 'weaponized' the faith to abuse kids

    A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the “weaponization of faith.” Some of the examples cited in the report, released Tuesday, of how over 300 “predator priests,” dating back to the 1940s...

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

    Florida Man Arrested for Twisting 2-Year-Old Boy's Nipples Off

    An inappropriate game of titty twister has lead to tragedy in New Port Richie, Florida. 28-year-old Thomas Matheson was arrested Tuesday night after twisting a two-year-old boy's nipples so hard they actually came off. According to Bay News 9, Matheson was charged with watching the boy while his mother was off at work. Matheson admitted to playing rough with the shirtless boy, but after he squeezed and pulled on the boy's nipples he apparently didn't realize that he had literally pulled the skin off. Or so he told police.

  • Current Event
    2 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.