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‘Child Sex Abuse’ Category

Sex Traffickers Use Tech, the Internet to Lure, Exploit Victims

Sex Traffickers Use Tech, the Internet to Lure, Exploit Victims

Sex trafficking has increased rapidly in recent years in the U.S. and worldwide, thanks in large part to modern technology and the internet.

“Traffickers are quick to adapt their business model to suit their needs and increase their profits, so, of course, they follow online trends,” said Tiphanie Crittin, a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) justice officer at the...

Another Catholic Diocese Files Bankruptcy as Sex Abuse Lawsuits Mount

Another Catholic Diocese Files Bankruptcy as Sex Abuse Lawsuits Mount

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is the latest diocese to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy following a wave of civil lawsuits filed by victims who were abused by clergy and other church employees dating back to the 1950s.

Facing more than 250 lawsuits, church officials in Sacramento said the bankruptcy declaration clears the way for legal settlements with victims.

“There are...

Sex Abuse Victims are Coming Forward and Making a Difference

Sex Abuse Victims are Coming Forward and Making a Difference

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we salute victims of sexual abuse who are making a difference by bravely coming forward to demand justice.

Their bravery is making a difference. Recent research has documented a growing demand for schools to be held accountable for failing to protect students, along with a surge in large monetary awards and settlements against schools for...

Maryland Catholic Diocese Probe Reveals Staggering Sex Abuse

Maryland Catholic Diocese Sex Abuse Report

Maryland Catholic Diocese Probe Reveals Staggering Sex Abuse

A long-awaited report by Maryland’s attorney general has uncovered more than 600 children molested over 80 years by 150 Catholic priests and others connected to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which spent decades covering up the crimes.

“The staggering pervasiveness of the abuse itself underscores the culpability of the Church hierarchy,” the report said. “The sheer...

Report Uncovers Widespread Child Sex Abuse in Baltimore Archdiocese

Baltimore Archdiocese Child Abuse

Report Uncovers Widespread Child Sex Abuse in Baltimore Archdiocese

Hundreds of children were sexually abused by more than 150 different Catholic priests associated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, according to an explosive investigative report recently made public.

More than 600 children were abused over a span of 80 years, although the report acknowledges the number of victims is likely much higher. The report also levels blame on church leadership...

Culver City School District Sex Assault Lawsuit Set for October Trial

Culver City School District Lawsuit

Culver City School District Sex Assault Lawsuit Set for October Trial

Lawsuit: Ninth-grade teacher groomed and sexually assaulted female students in 1974

CULVER CITY, Calif. — The Culver City Unified School District will go to trial October 23 in a lawsuit filed by a former student who alleges she and at least one other student were systematically groomed and sexually assaulted by a ninth-grade social studies teacher in 1974.

According to the...

San Diego Diocese Hid Assets from Sex Abuse Victims, Lawsuit Claims

San Diego Diocese Controversy

San Diego Diocese Hid Assets from Sex Abuse Victims, Lawsuit Claims

Across the country, the Catholic Church has faced staggering monetary judgments and settlements in litigation filed by victims of abuse at the hands of priests and church workers. The growing legal liabilities have driven some dioceses to file for bankruptcy after determining that their assets could not cover the mounting legal costs. However, one diocese is being accused of hiding assets to...

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy and Sex Abuse Settlement Plan Rejected by Court

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Rejection

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy and Sex Abuse Settlement Plan Rejected by Court

In February 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as costs increased to defend itself against child sexual abuse allegations. More than 84,000 people had joined a lawsuit against the nonprofit organization that included claims of abuse committed by Boy Scout leaders and volunteers stemming from the 1960s. The victims then had a say in the structure of the...

Southern Baptist Leadership Mishandled Sex Abuse

Southern Baptist Sex Abuse Allegations

Southern Baptist Leadership Mishandled Sex Abuse

After years of parishioner reports and a 2019 investigation by reporters at the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) released a report detailing sexual abuse allegations against pastors, church employees, and officials. The report shows lack of action on the part of individual churches and the greater leadership to cover up allegations and resist any...

Call for Swift Action to Pass EARN IT Act – Keep Kids Safe

Child Safety

Call for Swift Action to Pass EARN IT Act – Keep Kids Safe

A bill in Congress aimed at preventing online child exploitation is making its way through Congress as reports of explicit images and videos of children are rising.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children received 29.3 million reports of images and videos to its cyber tip line in 2021, the highest number of reports ever received in one year.

“While the...

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