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Activists topple statue of Polish priest accused of sex abuse

Warsaw - Three activists overturned a statue of a Polish priest accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk early on Thursday, local police said.

'I obeyed like a robot': Abuse survivor tells of predator priest

Paris - Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers".

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

Paris - A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

Shame of gay Catholic clerics distorts church, says author

Paris - The hidden homosexuality of so much of the Catholic hierarchy has distorted "every aspect of the church", a new book claims.

Disgraced South Korean poet loses defamation suit

Seoul - A South Korean poet once tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature on Friday lost a defamation suit against a fellow writer who accused him, in verse, of sexual abuse.

Sex abuse crusaders graduate from Vatican university

Rome - "So many children have been abused," sighs Vincent Moba, a Zambian Catholic priest who has just graduated from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University with a diploma in safeguarding children.

PM Abe vows to tackle growing child abuse in Japan

Apo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday vowed to crack down on the increasing number of child abuse cases in Japan after the death of a 10-year-old girl, allegedly killed by her abusive father, shocked the country.

Accused French priest tries to block film on child abuse scandal

Berlin - A priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys is trying to block the release of a film about a scandal that has rocked the French Catholic church and put one of its most senior cardinals in the dock.

Polish archbishop meets victims of paedophile priests

Warsaw - Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on Wednesday said he had met with several victims of church sex abuse ahead of a Vatican meeting on the issue later this month.

Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

Vatican City - Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves" -- and may still be doing so -- marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church.

French priest jailed for sexual abuse

Colmar - A French priest was Friday sentenced to five years, two without parole, for sexually assaulting four young female parishioners, one of whom was just nine when the offences started, and embezzling 100,000 euros ($115,000) to pay one of his victims.

Outcry as French orchestra hires conductor at centre of #MeToo row

Paris - A soprano who claims she was molested by veteran conductor Charles Dutoit has condemned the French National Orchestra for hiring him for a concert on Sunday.

UK stops charging forced marriage victims for own rescue

London - Britain on Wednesday announced it would immediately end its policy of asking women rescued from forced marriages abroad to take out loans to cover the cost of helping them, following a backlash.

Barbarin: Outspoken cardinal charged with paedophile cover-up

Lyon - Philippe Barbarin, the French cardinal who went on trial Monday charged with covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, is a conservative cleric who has made headlines for blunt and controversial comments in the past.

Pope vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing paedophilia as one of the "vilest" crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church.

US clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Chicago - Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old.

Egypt activist urges Sisi to pardon detained wife

Apo - A prominent rights activist appealed to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday to pardon his wife, sentenced to two years in jail for posting a video denouncing sexual harassment.

Egypt court jails activist over 'spreading false news'

Apo - An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday sent a rights activist to prison for two years over charges including "spreading false news", her lawyer and a court official said.

As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up

Paris - Millions of teenagers seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, but many of their parents are only now learning about the express-yourself video app -- often to their dismay.

Accusations pile up against jailed faith healer in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - A famous Brazilian "spiritual healer" jailed after accusations he sexually abused hundreds of female followers is facing a growing pile of other accusations related to arms possession and mass-produced "remedies.

Pope vows Church will 'never again' ignore abuse accusations

Vatican City - Pope Francis vowed Friday that the Catholic Church will never again treat abuse allegations without "seriousness and promptness", calling on abusers to hand themselves in to police.

Pope accepts US bishop's resignation over 'misconduct' with minor

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar over his "misconduct" with a minor, the Vatican said Wednesday.

CBS ex-CEO won't get severance after sexual misconduct claims

New York - Les Moonves, the onetime head of CBS, was fired for cause and will not receive a severance package in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, the television network announced Monday.

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Chicago - Jesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950.

Jesuits release list of 89 US priests accused of sex abuse

Chicago - Jesuit authorities for 20 US states on Monday released the names of 89 priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse dating as far back as 1950.

Famed Brazilian medium accused of sex abuse surrenders

S - Famed Brazilian "spiritual healer" Joao de Deus, accused of sexually abusing hundreds of women under the pretext of treating them, surrendered to authorities on Sunday, Brazilian media reported.

Shock waves of #MeToo reach the City of London

London - A series of very public sackings, suspensions and departures suggests that Britain's finance world is waking up to the toxic implications of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Hundreds march in Sierra Leone against sexual violence

Freetown - Hundreds of people demonstrated in Freetown on Saturday against sexual violence against women, days after the Sierra Leone government promised a crackdown on rape and sexual abuse.

US Senate subcommittee seeks FBI probe of former USOC chief

Washington - A US Senate subcommittee is seeking FBI investigation of former US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun for making "materially false statements" to lawmakers probing sexual abuse in gymnastics.

Arrest ordered of Brazil 'healer' accused of sex abuse

S - Brazilian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of a famous "spiritual healer," Joao Teixeira de Faria, who stands accused by hundreds of women of sexual abuse under the pretext of treating them, officials told AFP on Friday.
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