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Student Set on Fire After Reporting Sex Harassment

Police negligence alleged in Bangladeshi case

(Newser) - "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime 'til my last breath," Nusrat Jahan Rafi spoke into a cellphone as she was taken to a Bangladeshi hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. She would die four days later, and now her case has gained... More »

Benedict Emerges to Pin Sex Abuse on Sexual Revolution

He publishes a 6K-word letter 'to assist in this difficult hour'

(Newser) - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has emerged from the shadows with a new letter that assigns blame for the clergy abuse crisis. In a 6,000-word letter whose authenticity was confirmed by Benedict's personal secretary, Benedict begins by writing that his remarks are intended "to assist in this difficult... More »

Star Gymnast on Abuse: 'I Denied It ... Buried It'

Simone Biles says she's stronger now

(Newser) - Simone Biles said she wanted to be seen as a top gymnast, not as a victim. She hesitated to tell anyone that she'd been sexually abused —or to confront the matter herself. "And so I denied it, and I buried it," the athlete told actress Priyanka... More »

Barbra Streisand on MJ's Alleged Victims: 'It Didn't Kill Them'

76-year-old singer facing big backlash after comments on Michael Jackson documentary

(Newser) - When someone's name is trending on Twitter, it's often because it's their birthday, they died, or they did or said something causing a whole lot of people to shake their heads. In Barbra Streisand's case, it was the latter on Friday after a London Times interview... More »

Ex-Pediatrician Guilty of Molesting Dozens of Patients

Johnnie Barto could have been stopped years ago

(Newser) - A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced Monday to at least 79 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients, as his now-adult victims blasted not only their abuser but the system that let him get away with it for so long. Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown... More »

Rosie O'Donnell Reveals What Her Father Did

'The View' co-host says her mother's death changed things

(Newser) - Rosie O'Donnell has talked about her "alcoholic, abusive" father before, but she never mentioned sexual abuse—until now, the New York Post reports. "It started very young," the 56-year-old talk show host tells Variety New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh. "And then when my mother... More »

Catholic Diocese Is Not Amused by SNL's R. Kelly Joke

Church demands NBC apologize for the skit

(Newser) - SNL has landed itself in a little holy hot water: Catholic officials in New York City are demanding the show and NBC apologize after a skit compared the Church’s sex abuse scandals to allegations against R. Kelly. The Diocese of Brooklyn released a statement on Monday heavily criticizing the... More »

Former Vatican No. 3 Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

6 years isn't long enough, victim's father says

(Newser) - The most senior Catholic ever convicted of child sex abuse is on his way to an Australian prison, and a judge acknowledged Tuesday that there is a strong chance Cardinal George Pell will die there. Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd sentenced the 77-year-old to six years in... More »

Strange New R. Kelly Evidence Comes Out—if It's Real

The singer's lawyer says it's 'just open season on R. Kelly'

(Newser) - A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The... More »

More Michael Jackson Fallout: This Time, the Simpsons

Producer cites Leaving Neverland documentary in yanking episode that featured the singer

(Newser) - Six months ago, Matt Groening proudly confirmed that Michael Jackson had voiced a character in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons. Now, after allegations of child sexual abuse in the searing documentary Leaving Neverland, it's an episode the show would like to forget about. Executive producer James L. Brooks... More »

Michael Jackson Estate Now in Major Damage-Control Mode

Sony's $250M bet on Jackson now looks risky

(Newser) - The headline of an op-ed published by Bloomberg reads "Stop Listening to Michael Jackson." The piece by Ramesh Ponnuru is exactly what Jackson's estate had been hoping to avoid following HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim Jackson sexually abused them... More »

R. Kelly Sobs, Says Parents Handed Their Girls to Him

'I'm fighting for my life,' he says in CBS This Morning interview

(Newser) - R. Kelly was tearful and angry in his first interview since pleading not guilty to sexual abuse charges . In a nearly 80-minute CBS This Morning interview that aired Wednesday, the singer told Gayle King that allegations he has been abusing women and girls for decades are untrue and "stupid,... More »

Cardinal's Lawyer Sorry for Referring to Rape as 'Vanilla'

Robert Richter issues apology after 'sleepless night'

(Newser) - The defense lawyer for the man who was once the third highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church—and who's now awaiting sentencing for attacks on two 13-year-old choirboys in Australia—is apologizing for referring to the crimes as "plain" and "vanilla." The assaults by George Pell,... More »

Detained Migrant Kids Say Staff Touched Their Genitals

Allegations made in 4.5K reports of abuse since October 2014

(Newser) - Rep. Ted Deutch described the government's 135 migrant shelters as "an unsafe environment" at a Tuesday congressional hearing on the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families, and produced some alarming stats to back up the claim. The Florida Democrat shared records showing the Department of Health... More »

Judge Sends Disgraced Cardinal to Prison

He was unswayed by reference from ex-PM

(Newser) - The former third highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church is now the newest inmate in the Melbourne Assessment Prison. Cardinal George Pell, who has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two children , will spend his first night behind bars Wednesday after being remanded into custody pending sentencing, reports Reuters . The... More »

Pope Francis: Predator Priests Become 'Tool of Satan'

Francis closes out summit on sexual abuse with harsh words, but leaves survivors disappointed

(Newser) - Pope Francis closed out a four-day summit meant to tackle the sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church for decades, reports the AP , promising that abusive priests will face "the wrath of God." The pontiff compared sexual abuse to "the cruel religious practice ... of sacrificing... More »

R. Kelly Is Put Behind Bars

The singer is jailed on a $1M bond

(Newser) - R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity, the AP reports. The 52-year-old Grammy... More »

R. Kelly Turns Himself In

R&B star is now in police custody in Chicago

(Newser) - He was acquitted over a decade ago on child pornography accusations. Now, R. Kelly is about to face the music on a whole new set of charges , and he turned himself in Friday to begin that process. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the 52-year-old R&B star, real name Robert Kelly,... More »

Jackson Accuser: He Taped Sex Act With Me, Erased It

2 subjects of 'Leaving Neverland' say star also slammed women, was jealous of Sheryl Crow

(Newser) - They've faced backlash and even death threats, but the two men who say they were abused by Michael Jackson when they were kids are still speaking out. Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the new Leaving Neverland documentary by Dan Reed, sat down with USA Today and offered... More »

Pope at Sex Abuse Summit: 'Listen to Cry of Little Ones'

Skeptics hope his vow for 'concrete and efficient measures' isn't an empty one

(Newser) - "Simple and predictable condemnations" aren't what's needed to fight sex abuse within the Catholic Church; "concrete and efficient measures" are. That's according to Pope Francis, who kicked off on Thursday a four-day global summit on the matter in Rome in front of nearly 200 bishops,... More »

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