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French victims of child abuse speak out in new #MeToo wave

PARIS (AP) — “I was 9. ... It was my father. He raped me until I was 17.” The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online mo...

Michigan man sentenced to prison in drowning of autistic son

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison for manslaughter in the death of his autistic teenage son, who drowned after spending hours in an icy...

Waitress credited with helping boy after noticing bruises

A Florida waitress who noticed bruises on an 11-year-old boy flashed him a handwritten note asking him if he needed help, and when he nodded yes, she called the police, authorities said. ...

HHS leaders: No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Top officials overseeing child welfare at the Department of Health and Human Services say they’ve seen no solid evidence to bear out warnings that serious forms of child abuse would su...

Court: Parents of child who killed himself can sue educators

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old student who killed himself after being persistently bullied can move forward with a lawsuit against the Cincinnati school district that alleges wrongful ...

Europol: Online child abuse rose during COVID pandemic

Cases of online child sex abuse are up this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the EU's crime agency said on Monday. Europol director Catherine De Bolle told Germany's Funke ...

In South Africa, child homicides show violence 'entrenched'

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — At night, Amanda Zitho worries her little boy is shivering and cold in his coffin and yearns to take him a blanket. She knows Wandi’s dead and gone and it’s senseless, b...

In Georgia, Warnock brings faith and activism to the arena

ATLANTA (AP) — In 2008, when Barack Obama was under fire for a sermon his former pastor delivered years earlier, the aspiring president distanced himself from the preacher’s fiery words that channeled...

Rights groups condemn Hungarian ban on same-sex adoptions

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday condemned a new Hungarian law that effectively bans adoption for same-sex couples and applies a strict Christian conservative viewpoint to the...

DOJ probe of Catholic church abuse goes quiet 2 years later

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia joined the long line of ambitious prosecutors investigating the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of priest-abuse complaints. ...

Woman hides daughter in southern Taiwan apartment for 12 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A child missing for 12 years has finally been found as an adult trapped in her mother's apartment in Kaohsiung for over a decade. After having been missing for 12 y...

California man charged with decapitating son, daughter

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California father of four has been charged with decapitating his teenage son and 12-year-old daughter and abusing his two other boys, prosecutors said. ...

Dad pleads guilty in autistic son's backyard pool drowning

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The father of a severely autistic 16-year-old Michigan boy who drowned in a family pool has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors accused ...

Missouri suspect in Chinese wife's disappearance denied bond

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia man charged with killing his Chinese wife, who has been missing for more than a year, will remain in jail without bond, a judge ruled Monday. Joseph E...

Judge refuses to dismiss media charges in Pell trial

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Supreme Court judge in Australia's Victoria state on Friday dismissed submissions from news media organizations and journalists that there is no case to answer on charges...