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Germany investigating 30,000 suspects in pedophile probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'Child abuse cannot be punished like shoplifting. It is murder. Not physically but emotionally,' says North Rhine Westphalia interior minister Herbert Reul

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past 7 decades

PROBE. (From L) Members of the French Independent Commission on sexual abuse in church (Commission independante sur les abus sexuels dans l'Eglise - CIASE), psychanalyst Jean-Pierre Winter, judge Antoine Garapon, former State Council deputy-president and CIASE president Jean-Marc Sauve, and CIASE general secretary Sylvette Toche pose for a photograph as they attend their first meeting on February 8, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) It is the final avenue of appeal for George Pell – who is serving a 6-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s – to get out of jail and clear his name

PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Father of victim hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits for appeal verdict

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican number 3, is appealing against his conviction on 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s,

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016 at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney for a second of three days.  Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Co-founder of Sundance Film Festival pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Sterling Van Wagenen faces between 6 years and life in prison

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Catholic clergyman George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97

PELL TO BE SENTENCED. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way through members of the media to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

R. Kelly freed on bail, denies sexually abusing children

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:16 AM

R&B singer R. Kelly is released from custody after spending 3 nights behind bars for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate reaction from the Vatican, but George Pell maintains his innocence

CARDINAL PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

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Jun 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Interpol says 10,000th victim of child sex abuse rescued

Jan 09, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Using the worldwide database investigators analyze millions of images found on suspects computers or spotted on the internet

FIGHTING CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION. Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock addresses the 43rd Regional European Interpol Conference in Bucharest on May 19, 2015. File photo by AFP

Norway jails man over child sex abuse committed live on Skype

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:49 PM

The man is found guilty of having sent money to a family in the Philippines in exchange for organizing sex acts between children some of whom were under the age of 14 The scenes were filmed live on Skype

Turkey throws out controversial child sex bill

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The government seems keen to see the end of the uproar over the bill which would have allowed the release from jail of sex assault convicts who did not act using force threat or any other restriction on consent and if they married the victims

23-year-old who led gang rape of 14-year-old sentenced to death

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:56 PM

The murder and gang rape of the 14 year old who was attacked by a group of men and boys in April as she made her way back from school shocked the country

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Bacha bazi is not widely seen as homosexual behavior popularly demonized as a deviant sexual act prohibited in Islam and is largely accepted as a cultural practice

In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Afghan police commander Seddiqullah, 30, (L) sits alongside his subordinates as he speaks during an interview at a checkpoint in Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province. Seddiqullah voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slaves. Photo by Rateb Noori/ AFP

French police quiz cardinal over alleged abuse cover-up

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is accused of failing to remove an erring priest from his diocese

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest (R) arrives for questioning at a police station in Lyon, on June 8, 2016. Barbarin arrived early on June 8 to a Lyon police station for questioning in two cases of covering up for a paedophile priest of his diocese.   / AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD

UK pedophile gets life for Malaysia abuse

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Relentlessly you preyed on the very young a judge tells Richard Huckle who victimized children while posing as a volunteer in Kuala Lumpur s Christian communities

Dissecting a pedophile: Why are some people attracted to children?

May 26, 2016 - 5:34 PM

They look and act like you and me Except for one key difference: they’re sexually attracted to children

Is castration the best solution to deter pedophiles? Indonesians react to new law

May 26, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Indonesians have mixed reactions regarding the new law allowing child sex offenders to be punishable by chemical castration and death penalty

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it – study

May 13, 2016 - 1:00 AM

No region is untouched by this crime says a landmark report backed by the United Nations

French archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Archbishop of Lyon faces complaints for failing to inform authorities about priests accused of sexual abuse

epa00937461 An Algerian muslim attends a special prayer held by French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (L) in memory of the seven French monks killed 11 years ago at the monastery in Tibhirine, some 100 km southwest of Algiers, Tuesday 20 February 2007. Barbarin is on a two-day visit to Algeria. EPA/Mohamed Messara

Oscars 2016 best picture 'Spotlight' 'not anti-Catholic' – Vatican

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Spotlight follows a team of journalists as they investigate cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests

'SPOTLIGHT.' The Vatican says that the movie, about child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, is not anti-Catholic. Screengrab from YouTube' Photo from

Why I agree that child molesters should be castrated

Nov 03, 2015 - 3:46 PM

A man that was sexually abused as a child explains why he agrees with Indonesia s recent decision to chemically castrate pedophiles

Indonesia to castrate pedophiles

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:00 PM

This crime is extraordinary and there have been so many victims

Indonesia school staff freed after abuse convictions quashed

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:02 PM

The Jakarta High Court ruling in the men s favor and the speed of their release still came as a surprise after months of frustrated attempts to challenge their convictions

Guru Jakarta International School Neil Bantleman dari Kanada dikawal polisi setelah dijatuhi hukuman 10 tahun penjara oleh PN Jakarta Selatan, 2 April 2015. Foto oleh Adi Weda/EPA

Indonesia court overturns international school abuse convictions: lawyer

Aug 14, 2015 - 11:21 AM

A lawyer for Neil Bantleman and Ferdinand Tjiong said that the High Court in Jakarta had overturned the convictions

ON TRIAL. Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (center) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia court throws out abuse lawsuit against international school

Aug 10, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The South Jakarta District Court threw out the civil case deciding it could not accept it due to technicalities

ON TRIAL. Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (center) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin – Europol

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The sale of child abuse live streams over legitimate chat sites or video chat apps is much harder to trace than when the abuse is sold from a website

Ex-pop star Gary Glitter goes on trial for child sex abuse

Jan 20, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Gary faces 10 counts including attempted rape indecent assault and unlawful intercourse

Canadian, Indonesian on trial over Jakarta school sex abuse

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:39 PM

The crowd of about 60 supporters outside the court mostly consisted of foreign and Indonesian mothers of children at the school

Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (centre) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Bantleman and Tjiong could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia darurat kejahatan seksual terhadap anak

Nov 26, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Komisi Perlindungan Anak Indonesia KPAI mencatat pada kuartal pertama 2014 angka kekerasan terhadap anak meningkat 40 persen dibanding 2010 Sebanyak 26 persen adalah kejahatan seksual terhadap anak

Seorang gadis berusia 6 tahun korban kekerasan seksual di Banda Aceh. Catatan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Anak Banda Aceh menunjukkan dalam lima tahun terakhir ada 149 kasus kekerasan terhadap anak-anak. Foto oleh AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin

UK inquiry finds 'no cover-up' over child abuse claims

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:36 PM

A rumored 1983 collection of documents believed to contain allegations of child sex abuse against public figures prompted the inquiry with the interior ministry admitting in early 2014 that 114 files on complaints about abuse were lost

Rappler Newscast | October 31, 2014

Oct 31, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Vice President Binay tells critics: “spare my youngest daughter The Anti cybercrime head says blocking porn will cripple the child sex trade Depression and teenage pregnancies rise in Haiyan hit areas