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Calif. Suspends Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations

Churches, Boy Scouts braced for lawsuits

(Newser) - California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom gives victims of... More »

Child Sex Convictions Upheld for Former Vatican No. 3

Pell to be stripped of Order of Australia honor

(Newser) - An Australian appeals court by a 2-1 ruling Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children . The Victoria state Court of Appeal rejected Pell's appeal of a unanimous jury verdict in December that he was guilty of molesting... More »

More Molestation Allegations Hit Former Figure Skating Coach

Adam Schmidt sues Richard Callaghan

(Newser) - A former member of the US national figure skating team said in a lawsuit Friday that he was sexually molested as a teenage boy by a coach the sport's governing body had ignored complaints about. Adam Schmidt sued coach Richard Callaghan and US Figure Skating in San Diego County... More »

Suit: Boy Scouts Hiding 'Pedophilia Epidemic'

Lawyer group says it has 800 clients in the wings and has identified 350 new alleged abusers

(Newser) - A lawsuit was filed Monday in Philly against the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a man who says a Scout leader sexually abused him for years in the '70s, and the lawyer group that filed the complaint says there's new proof that the BSA tried to... More »

Swim Coach to Girl, 13: 'I Have a Friend Who Wants to Get Laid'

USA Swimming named in civil suit over its issued warning

(Newser) - USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey was informed that a swim coach had sent sexual messages to a 13-year-old girl he was coaching, though the coach was never suspended and continued to work with young kids. "Well I have a friend who wants to get laid also. You come thru... More »

Feds Arrest R. Kelly as He Walks His Dog

13 counts include child porn, enticement of a minor

(Newser) - R. Kelly has been arrested on sex charges in Chicago for the second time this year—this time by federal authorities. The R&B singer was walking his dog around 7pm Thursday when he was taken into custody, the Chicago Tribune reports. The 52-year-old was arrested in February on state... More »

Warren Jeffs' Son, Who Said Dad Abused Him, Dead at 26

Roy Jeffs is said to have taken his own life

(Newser) - A son of Warren Jeffs who was one of the first to say the polygamist had sexually abused his own children has died. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Roy Jeffs, 26, was found dead at his Salt Lake City home on Friday. He would have turned 27 on... More »

Hundreds of Men Join Boy Scouts Lawsuit

But talking about what happened is still hard

(Newser) - Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men, the AP reports. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they... More »

USC's Own Report Suggested Gynecologist Preyed on Students

But school did not fire George Tyndall, reports Los Angeles Times

(Newser) - The University of Southern California didn't fire a campus health clinic gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of women , even after the school's own team of medical experts found evidence of the crimes as well as signs of "psychopathy." That's according to internal university records obtained... More »

Figure Skater Says Partner Abused Her for 2 Years

'I'm sorry but john hurt at least 10 people including me'

(Newser) - A former pairs partner of a figure skater who killed himself in January says he sexually abused her for years—and she wasn't the only one. Bridget Namiotka partnered with John Coughlin from 2004 to 2007, starting when she was 14 and he was 18, USA Today reports. "... More »

Report: Ohio State Leaders Knew About 'Dr. Jelly Paws'

School expresses 'profound regret' on report about Richard Strauss' sexual abuse of 177-plus students

(Newser) - An Ohio State University team doctor who died years ago sexually abused at least 177 students over a period of decades so wantonly that students described his examinations as hazing—and their coaches, trainers, other team doctors, and school leaders knew about it, per an investigative report released Friday. The... More »

In Sex-Abuse Case, R. Kelly Lawyer Says He Can't Read

The accused singer has a busy day in court

(Newser) - R. Kelly spent much of Wednesday in court, with his lawyer explaining to one judge that the singer didn't respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his sexual abuse accusers because he is illiterate, the AP reports. At the first of two hearings, Judge Moira Johnson vacated a... More »

No Jail for Man Who Kept Teen Captive for Over a Year

Michael Wysolovski has just shy of 10 years' probation to serve instead

(Newser) - A horrific case out of Georgia continues a recent pattern of men guilty of sex crimes walking away with little to no time in prison. The Washington Post reports on the April 25 sentencing of Michael Wysolovski, 33, who pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children caused by "excessive... More »

Lawyer: 7.8K Suspects Named in Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

He says expert found there were more than 12K victims

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America "perversion files" contain the names of a staggering number of suspected pedophiles and their victims, an attorney revealed Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, who represents former Scouts who say they were abused, said an expert hired by the Scouts to audit the files on suspected abusers... More »

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 »

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