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'Egregious Incidences' of Sex Abuse Lead to $27.5M Payout

Judge found Brooklyn priests ignored signs of abuse

(Newser) - Four young men who were repeatedly raped by their catechism teacher have received one of the Catholic Church's biggest-ever settlements with abuse victims. The New York Diocese of Brooklyn says the men, who were abused between the ages of 8 and 12 and are now ages 19 to 21,... More »

Letter Makes Latest Church Sex Scandal Look Worse

Seems the Vatican heard about Theodore McCarrick's behavior long ago

(Newser) - A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned US cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church, the AP reports. Catholic News Service published the... More »

Ex-CDC Chief Frieden Arrested on Groping Charges

He allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a female acquaintance in his home

(Newser) - Another familiar name is in the news on the wrong side of sexual abuse charges. This time it's Thomas Frieden, former head of the CDC and a former health commissioner of New York City, reports Reuters . Frieden, 57, is accused of grabbing the buttocks of a 55-year-old woman at... More »

Pope on Sex Abuse: We Abandoned 'the Little Ones'

Francis denounces Catholic Church's reaction to abusive priests

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Monday delivered a strong denunciation of the Catholic Church's response to abusive priests in language anyone could understand. "We showed no care for the little ones," the pope wrote in a letter to Catholics around the world, reports the AP . "We abandoned them.... More »

Simone Biles' Leotard Sends a Message

She dresses in teal for survivors of sexual abuse, while breaking a record

(Newser) - Simone Biles had quite a night. The 21-year-old not only became the first woman to win a fifth US women's gymnastics title on Sunday, she did so while sending a message about sexual abuse. Biles wore a teal leotard, the color designated for survivors, and Biles tells the AP... More »

Asia Argento Paid $380K to Settle With Accuser of Her Own

Jimmy Bennett played her son in 2004's ' The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things'

(Newser) - One of Harvey Weinstein's most prominent accusers settled a sexual assault claim from her own accuser last year, according to legal documents. Months after she came forward with her allegations against Weinstein last year, Asia Argento paid $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in the 2004... More »

Feds: HIV-Positive Shelter Worker Sexually Abused Immigrant Kids

Southwest Key, largest operator of US immigrant youth shelters, also plagued with other allegations

(Newser) - While the controversy surrounding immigrant children separated from their parents at the US border continues to swirl, the AP reports on troublesome news out of a shelter outside Phoenix. Per federal authorities, Levian Pacheco, who used to work for Southwest Key's Casa Kokopelli facility in Mesa, has pleaded not... More »

After Finding Chilling Photos, Daughter Kills Her Father

Barbara Coombes, who was sexually abused for decades, gets 9-year sentence

(Newser) - A UK woman has been sentenced to prison for murdering her father and burying him in the garden—but only after she found his stash of child pornography that included images of herself. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, fraud, and false representation, Barbara Coombes received a nine-year sentence this week.... More »

Wrestler on Lawmaker's Denial He Knew of Abuse: 'Hurtful'

Rep. Jim Jordan says he didn't know of molestation by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State

(Newser) - The number of Ohio State wrestlers who've come forward to say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about abuse at the hands of their team doctor is rising, despite Jordan's adamant denials. After an initial report on three former wrestlers, NBC News interviews a fourth accuser, Shawn Dailey, who says... More »

Woody Allen: 'I Should Be the Poster Boy' for #MeToo

But he's not, he says, because he has great relationships with the women he works with

(Newser) - Speaking to an Argentine journalist in an interview that was broadcast Sunday night on the Argentinian news program Periodismo Para Todos, Woody Allen said he should be the poster boy for the #MeToo movement, the AP reports. Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleges he sexually abused her when she... More »

Filmmaker Needed 35 Years to Discover Secret Abuse

Jennifer Fox explores her own childhood relationship

(Newser) - Filmmaker Jennifer Fox didn't know she had such a personal sexual-abuse story to tell. Now with The Tale appearing on HBO, Fox's long-repressed childhood trauma has hit the small screen with a stellar cast including Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, Salon reports. Praised at the Sundance Film Festival,... More »

These Are the Books Weinstein Was Carrying When Arrested

One is a biography of director Elia Kazan, who was scorned by Hollywood in his day

(Newser) - As Harvey Weinstein did his perp walk into the NYPD's 1st Precinct Friday to be booked on rape and sexual abuse charges, he was spotted carrying three books—and Time has the details. One was Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. A second was a 2006 biography... More »

Outrage Grows Over USC's Gynecologist Sex Abuse Scandal

Dr. George Tyndall accused of rampant sexual abuse of patients

(Newser) - Outrage is growing at the University of Southern California, where 200 faculty members on Tuesday called for the university's president, CL Max Nikias, to step down over the university's handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former campus health clinic gynecologist. At least eight complaints were made against... More »

Gay Abuse Victim Spoke to Pope. Francis' Words Were 'Forceful'

Juan Carlos Cruz said Francis told him: 'God made you like this and loves you like this'

(Newser) - While religious conservatives have long argued being gay is a choice and even a "disorder," Pope Francis has been known to push back on those arguments, most famously with his 2013 statement : "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" Now... More »

Articles Detail Alleged Horror of Life in R. Kelly's Entourage

More accusations are published in the 'Washington Post,' BuzzFeed

(Newser) - For decades, allegations of sexual misconduct with young girls have swirled around R. Kelly, yet he continues to record music, book arena shows, and be promoted by radio stations. In the #MeToo era, however, an increasing number of women are speaking out publicly against Kelly; just this week, the Time'... More »

Arizona Rep. Alleges Coach Pressured Her Into Sex at 17

Martha McSally is running for Jeff Flake's Senate seat

(Newser) - Arizona Rep. Martha McSally says she is where she is today because of a violation. The Republican, who is gunning for Jeff Flake's Senate seat, tells the Wall Street Journal her high-school track coach at St. Mary Academy-Bay View in Riverside, RI, sexually abused her during her senior year,... More »

In His Suicide Video, a Secret That Upends an Alaska Town

Rick Martin reveals beloved school superintendent had abused him

(Newser) - Karl Ward is long dead, but some say the once-revered school superintendent in a small Alaska fishing town was not the benevolent educator worthy of having the high school gym named in his honor. A cellphone video made by a man before he died by suicide last month has given... More »

Javier Bardem 'Very Shocked' at How Woody Allen Is Treated

'I have doubts' about Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against director dad, Bardem says

(Newser) - If Woody Allen were to throw a dinner party, he could probably count on invites being accepted by Diane Keaton , Alec Baldwin , and now, Javier Bardem. In a new interview in Paris Match , the Spanish actor says he's "very shocked at this sudden treatment" of Allen, who's... More »

As Accusations Against Nassar Continue, a First

Jacob Moore is Nassar's 1st male accuser

(Newser) - The over 300 women who've accused Larry Nassar of sexual abuse have been joined by the first man, the New York Daily News reports. Jacob Moore's name appeared in an amended complaint filed against the former doctor Wednesday in federal court. The complaint states Moore was 15 in... More »

Evan Rachel Wood: I've Been Raped Multiple Times

She spoke before Congress in support of the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act

(Newser) - Evan Rachel Wood gave harrowing testimony to Congress Tuesday detailing her sexual abuse at the hands of an ex-partner, in an effort to support passage of the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act. She was raped by him while unconscious, she told a House Judiciary subcommittee, and she was "mentally... More »

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