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Report damns Church of England over handling of abuse

London - The Church of England was on Tuesday criticised in a damning report for protecting predatory priests rather than young victims of sexual abuse.

UN bodies including UNICEF, WHO probe DR Congo sex abuse reports

Geneva - UNICEF on Wednesday became the third UN agency to launch an internal inquiry into sexual abuse of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), promising "serious consequences" for any culprits.

Paris official who resigned over paedophile links also accused

Paris - A deputy mayor of Paris who resigned last month in the face of protests over his links to an author who made no secret of his paedophilia, has himself been accused of sexually abusing a minor in a New York Times report he has vehemently denied.

World championship skater opens up about China abuse

Fpo - A world championship figure skater has opened up about physical and mental abuse she allegedly suffered while training in China, which included being kicked, hit and called insulting names.

New Vatican manual advises bishops to report sex abuse claims to police

Vatican City - The Vatican released guidelines Thursday for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.

Maxwell ignored FBI orders during arrest: prosecutors

New York - British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell ignored the orders of FBI agents during her arrest on sex-trafficking charges, prosecutors said Monday as they urged a US judge to deny her bail request.

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 mn bail

New York - Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers asked a New York court Friday to release her on bail of $5 million, insisting she will stay in America to fight sex abuse charges related to Jeffrey Epstein.

Polish Church faces reckoning over sex abuse

Warsaw - Jakub Pankowiak's story of sexual abuse by a local priest is shaking up Poland's Catholic hierarchy, amplifying calls for full transparency after decades of cover-ups in the former communist country.

JK Rowling says she is survivor of sexual assault

London - "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling revealed on Wednesday she is a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Russian historian goes on trial for chopping up lover

Sanktpeterburg - The trial of a decorated Russian historian accused of murdering and dismembering his young lover began Tuesday in a case that has fuelled intense debate in Russia over domestic violence.

Vatican investigates Polish bishop for abuse cover-up

Warsaw - The Vatican has given the go-ahead for an investigation into a Polish bishop suspected of covering up sexual abuse of children by clergy -- a subject that has long remained taboo in predominantly Catholic Poland.

Russian women stuck in lockdown hell as abuse surges

Moscow - Ineta Akhtyamova's husband flew into a rage in late April, about a month into Moscow's coronavirus lockdown.

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades: inquiry

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell was aware of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, according to findings of a top-level inquiry released Thursday.

Refugee women facing greater violence risk during crisis: UNHCR

Geneva - Displaced women and girls are facing a heightened risk of gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday.The UNHCR said they may be forced into "survival sex" or child marriages.

Harvey Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

New York - For decades, Harvey Weinstein was untouchable, reigning over Hollywood as the mega-producer Meryl Streep famously called "God." On Wednesday the convicted rapist was contemplating spending the rest of his life in prison.

Convicted rapist Weinstein to learn prison term

New York - Harvey Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison when he is sentenced by a New York judge Wednesday, two weeks after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Lyon - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who failed to report an alleged paedophile priest, the Catholic Church in Lyon said Friday.

Weinstein taken to New York's infamous Rikers jail

New York - Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was taken to New York's notorious Rikers Island jail on Thursday, ten days after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

Germany's under-fire Catholic Church seeks new leader

Berlin - German bishops began key talks on Monday to choose a new leader to steer the country's Catholic Church through a controversial reforms process and settle compensation demands from sexual abuse victims.

Trump, accused of sexual misconduct himself, hails Weinstein verdict

New York - Harvey Weinstein's sex crimes conviction was a "great victory" for women, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday -- without acknowledging the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct he has faced.

Trump says Weinstein conviction 'sends very strong message'

New Delhi - Harvey Weinstein's conviction for rape and sexual assault was a "great victory" for women and sends a "very strong message", US President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

'Age of empowerment,' accusers hail Weinstein convictions

New York - Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul's sexual misconduct sparked the global #MeToo movement.

Weinstein trial: key moments in the scandal that sparked #MeToo

New York - Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after horrific stories of the disgraced movie mogul's sexual misconduct began to surface.

Harvey Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

New York - For decades, Harvey Weinstein was untouchable, reigning over Hollywood as the mega-producer Meryl Streep famously called "God." On Monday he became a convicted rapist facing up to 29 years in prison.

Weinstein convicted of sex assault, rape in 'new era' for #MeToo

New York - Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault but acquitted of the most serious predatory charges, a verdict hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.

Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape

New York - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of sexual assault and rape but cleared of the most serious predatory sexual assault charges.

French mental health charity accuses founder of sexual abuse

Paris - An international mental health charity based in France accused its revered Canadian founder on Saturday of sexually abusing several women.

Deaf Argentine abuse survivors target pope with defiant message

Geneva - Three deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina say they want Pope Francis finally to live up to his promises of reform -- and they are taking their call directly to the Vatican this week.

Weinstein jury to begin deliberations

New York - Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of ex-Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday in his high-profile sex crimes trial that marked a watershed moment in the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein jurors urged to deliver 'unpopular' acquittal

New York - Harvey Weinstein's defense team urged jurors to be "unpopular" Thursday and acquit the ex-Hollywood titan of rape and predatory sexual assault charges, suggesting he was a victim of the #MeToo movement.
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