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House of Representatives staffer faces child porn charges

BURKE, Va. (AP) — A man who works for the sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. House of Representatives has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to police. Stefan Bie...

Ex-Boy Scouts official blasts child-protection efforts

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The former youth protection director for the Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday the organization is not doing enough to protect children from sexual abuse and is still trying to mai...

Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intent...

French Church and state at odds over sex abuse confessions

PARIS (AP) — France’s government has summoned the head of the French bishops’ conference after he said that secrets shared in the confessional are above the law, as the country reels from new revelati...

Pope expresses 'shame' at scale of clergy abuse in France

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed “shame” for himself and the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France and acknowledged failures in ...

Hastert's settlement with accuser to be finalized Monday

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The deadline for attorneys to finalize an out-of-court settlement between former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse was delayed un...

Former Delaware pastor found liable for child sexual abuse

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who said her father, a former pastor of a Delaware church, sexually abused her as a child and trafficked her to other men, was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury on Frid...

Taiwanese cartoonist prosecuted for public depiction of child sexual abuse

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A famed Taiwanese cartoonist is being prosecuted for sharing a comic depicting herself and her husband “tasting” their infant son’s genitals, reported UD...

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others ...

Pakistan: What's behind child sexual abuse incidents in madrasas

A recent sexual abuse case involving a madrasa student and a high-profile religious leader in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore rocked the country. The case involved Mufti Aziz ur Rehman and his ...

UN experts call on Holy See to do more against child abuse

GENEVA (AP) — Independent human rights experts working with the United Nations have urged the Vatican to do more to stop and prevent violence and sexual abuse against children, citing “persistent alle...

Abuse victims to seek school action on Schembechler's legacy

DETROIT (AP) — Former University of Michigan football players and others who say they were sexually abused by a now-deceased team doctor are expected to call for action by the University of Michigan’s...

Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child s...

The Hartford agrees to pay $650M in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agree to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. ...

New Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan could exclude local councils

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America have filed a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that increases the proposed contribution of local BSA councils to a trust fund for child sexual abuse victi...