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Rappler's latest stories on child sexual abuse


They're victims too: Advocacy group calls for prevention of sexual abuses on boys

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'We need to balance the good work we do with girls with good work to do equally for boys,' says Zenaida Rosales of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse

[OPINION] Addressing privacy concerns to prevent sexual abuse

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Technology makes possible a balancing of the rights to privacy and safeguarding against the online sexual exploitation of children

[OPINION] Rethinking procedures to prevent child sexual abuse

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A review of the context within which child sexual abuse is committed in the Philippines gives us a chance to rethink our approach in the treatment of offenders and, in the process, also help the survivors

Cardinal Pell gets last chance to appeal sex abuse convictions

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:15 PM

No date is set for the appeal hearing, but it is not expected before 2020

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

Ex-British Army officer paid P500,000 to watch online abuse of PH kids

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Andrew Whiddett was directly responsible for the soul-destroying abuse of children thousands of miles away from him. He thought he could get away with abusing Filipino children from the comfort of his own home,' says the NCA

ONLINE ABUSE. Andrew Whiddett, 70, pays multiple Filipino sexual abuse facilitators to watch children abused online. Photo from UK National Crime Agency

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

This champ uses jiu-jitsu to help victims of child sex abuse

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:31 PM

World champion Meggie Ochoa finds her life's purpose in jiu-jitsu

CHAMPION. Meggie Ochoa is not just a champion in jiu-jitsu but also a champion of children who have been abused and traumatized. Photo by Rappler

Netizens say sexual abuse is 'not a laughing matter'

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

While many lauded Josiah Weihman for being courageous enough to share his story, there are some who seem to disregard the issue

The effects of sexual harassment on children

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Clinical psychologist Karina Therese Fernandez, executive director of the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services, says the most common long-term effect of sexual abuse is depression

Australia failed children, national sex abuse inquiry says

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:18 PM

In total, more than 4,000 institutions are accused of abuse, with many of them Catholic-managed facilities

Even 2-month-old babies can be cybersex victims – watchdog

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:40 PM

International Justice Mission says abuse comes in many forms with children s parents even sometimes involved in their own exploitation

1 in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Feb 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

This data along with all we have heard over the past 4 years can only be interpreted for what it is: a massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers

A hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, October 20, 2016. Photo by Jeremy Piper/Royal Commission

Australian cardinal won't quit over Catholic abuse scandal

Mar 05, 2016 - 3:39 PM

Cardinal George Pell says resignation would be taken as an admission of guilt and maintains he was deceived by senior clergy

NO RESIGNATION. Australian Cardinal George Pell says he will not resign unless ordered to do so by Pope Francis, and says he was deceived by senior clergy. Photo by Lloyd Jones/EPA

So many pedophile priests a 'disastrous coincidence' – Australian cardinal

Mar 03, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell says it was a disastrous coincidence that 5 pedophile priests preyed on children in the Australian town where he was based

In this file photo, Cardinal George Pell holds up a folder outlining the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

I have pope's 'full backing' says abuse inquiry cardinal

Mar 01, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell tells an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia s most notorious pedophile priest were not of much interest to him

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is seen leaving the Quirinale Hotel in a car after giving evidence to the child abuse royal commission by video-link, in Rome, Italy, March 1, 2016. Lloyd Jones/EPA

Church 'mucked up' with pedophile priests – Vatican finance chief

Feb 29, 2016 - 9:04 AM

UPDATED Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admits the Church made grave errors and is now trying to remedy those

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is shown on a screen in Canberra, Australia, February 29, 2016 as he gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from Rome Italy. Lukas Coch/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 10, 2014

Nov 10, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Jokowi s first speech on the international stage the shocking sexual abuse of 27 boys by an Islamic religion teacher how Bandung s mayor celebrated Persib s win and more

FIRST MEETING ABROAD. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (2-R) and China's President Xi Jinping (2-L) attend a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on November 9, 2014, ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Photo by EPA

Finding my voice: A sexual abuse survivor’s story

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:38 PM

I came clean here resisting the option of using a pseudonym because I want you to know that I’m not ashamed Being a victim of sexual abuse does not define me though it has shaped me to be who I am

Suspects in Jakarta school sex abuse scandal face 15 years jail

Aug 26, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Indonesia s child protection laws stipulate a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail for child sex abuse which activists have decried as too low

SCANDAL. The prestigious Jakarta International School (JIS) has been rocked by a scandal involving a 6-year-old student who was allegedly gang raped by several members of the school's cleaning staff. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Trials to start in Jakarta school sex abuse scandal

Aug 25, 2014 - 8:24 PM

The scandal began with public allegations in April that cleaning staff at the prestigious Jakarta International School JIS assaulted a 6 year old boy

SCANDAL. The prestigious Jakarta International School (JIS) has been rocked by a scandal involving a 6-year-old student who  was allegedly gang raped by several members of the school's cleaning staff. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Google helps police catch man with child porn

Aug 04, 2014 - 3:07 PM

Google s tip on Skillern s email activity allowed investigators to get a warrant where they found more child pornography in Skillern s cellular phone and tablet

SKILLERN. John Skillern, a registered sex offender, was caught with more child pornography after Google tipped police off about his email activity. Screen shot from KHOU 11.

UN to Catholic Church: Turn in child abusers

Feb 05, 2014 - 7:26 PM

A United Nations committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed by priests and lay employees

DARK CLOUDS. A monk walks on St Peter's square on March 6, 2013 at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Lostprophets' rocker admits attempted baby rape

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:15 PM

Ian Watkins plotted the abuse of two children with their own mothers in a series of text and Internet messages

GUILTY. 'He is a determined and committed pedophile,' says prosecution lawyer. Photo from Ian Watkins Supporters Facebook

#AskMargie: May-December relationships (Freddie Aguilar)

Oct 26, 2013 - 6:07 PM

In this episode of AskMargie Dr Margie Holmes talks about Freddie Aguilar s May December relationship with a 16 year old

DSWD, Freddie Aguilar and a minor

Oct 23, 2013 - 10:48 AM

DSWD begins investigation to ensure that the welfare of Aguilar s 16 year old girlfriend is not at risk

UNDER ASSESSMENT. DSWD investigates 60-year-old Aguilar's relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Tagged photo between Marcel Duprix and Freddie Aguilar from the singer's Facebook

How to avoid online child sexual abuse

Feb 16, 2013 - 9:48 AM

The Internet has facilitated new methods of non contact sexual abuse of children