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First Cardinal Charged With Sex Abuse of a Minor

Theodore McCarrick, now defrocked, accused of molesting 16-year-old boy

(Newser) - The Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal just reached its highest level yet inside the church. Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with molesting a 16-year-old boy decades ago in Massachusetts, reports NBC News . He is the first cardinal, former or otherwise, to be so charged. McCarrick is 91,...

FBI: We Blew It on Larry Nassar Investigation

Watchdog says dozens more athletes were abused while agency mishandled allegations

(Newser) - The FBI has admitted that its agents' conduct in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case was "inexcusable" and a discredit to the agency. The FBI issued a statement after the release of a Justice Department watchdog report that outlined massive failures in the investigation of the former Team USA...

Atlanta Linebacker Arrested on 'Indecency With a Child' Charge

Barkevious Mingo turned himself in Saturday

(Newser) - NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, has been arrested in Texas on a charge of indecency with a child-sexual contact, police said Saturday. Mingo, 30, was arrested on Thursday by police in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Jail records listed an address for Mingo...

He Was Her Stepdad, Then Her Husband. Now, a Murder Trial

More than 600K call for release of Valerie Bacot, who says Daniel Polette abused her for 24 years

(Newser) - The trial of a Frenchwoman who allegedly shot her husband to death started Monday, and the suspect herself says she deserves to be punished. But Valerie Bacot's story has infuriated activists on domestic violence who say she should be given her freedom, as her husband was also her stepfather,...

Calls Begin to Take Down Statue of Storied Coach

Bo Schembechler's son would support the move

(Newser) - As the University of Michigan confronts the sexual abuse athletes said they were subjected to by a football team doctor decades ago, reconsideration of famed coach Bo Schembechler's legacy will be included. The coach's son has said he told his father he'd been abused in 1969. Matt...

Famed Coach's Son Says He Told Dad of Abuse in 1969

Matt Schembechler says father ignored abuse by Robert Anderson at University of Michigan

(Newser) - A son of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler was among the hundreds of men who were sexually assaulted by a campus doctor , he told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. Matt Schembechler said Dr. Robert Anderson fondled his genitals and digitally penetrated him during a routine physical...

On Punishments for Church Sex Abuse, a 'Significant Rewrite'

Pope Francis signs off on first major update to penal sanctions since 1980s

(Newser) - A slew of new rules on how to handle sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has received the official green light from Pope Francis, updating a penal system that's been in place for 40 years. The Washington Post calls it "the most significant rewrite of canon law" since...

Minnesota Bishop Resigns at Pope's Request

Bishop Michael Hoeppner accused of pressuring victim to recant claim against a priest

(Newser) - A Minnesota bishop resigned Tuesday at the request of the pope after an investigation determined he'd covered up a sex abuse allegation involving a priest. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston, which is made up of some 35,000 Catholics, said an investigation was launched at the Vatican's...

USC Settles With Women Abused at Its Clinic for $1B

President hopes record payments 'provide some relief' to George Tyndall's victims

(Newser) - A group of 710 women told a judge Thursday that they've settled their legal claims against USC over their abuse by a school gynecologist for $852 million. Combined with previous payments to thousands of alumnae and students who accused George Tyndall, the university's payments will surpass $1.1...

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Author Explains Her Vow of Celibacy

Paula McClain discusses sex abuse as a child

(Newser) - When Paula McClain came out of a two-year relationship in 2019, she heard familiar voices "telling me that all I needed to do was try again with the next one, the right one." Instead, The Paris Wife author opted for celibacy. After "two failed marriages" and "...

Mia Farrow: Woody Allen Will Do Anything 'to Save Himself'

Comments come from new documentary focusing on child abuse allegations

(Newser) - Mia Farrow says her biggest regret is meeting Woody Allen, and that she's "scared" of the Oscar-winning writer/director 30 years after their tumultuous split, in a new documentary, the result of a two-year investigation. Allen v. Farrow covers the better years of Allen and Farrow's relationship in...

Another Actress Speaks Out on Marilyn Manson

Esme Bianco calls rocker abusive, says he 'almost destroyed me'

(Newser) - More than a dozen women have followed Evan Rachel Wood in naming Marilyn Manson—aka Brian Warner—as an abuser, including Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco. Bianco tells the Cut that the man she idolized as a teenager, and finally met in her early 20s, turned out to...

American Gets 15 Years for Abuse at Kenyan Orphanage

Gregory Dow, 61, started the home with his family

(Newser) - An American who ran an orphanage in Kenya has received a prison sentence of more than 15 years after being convicted of sexually abusing four girls there. Gregory Dow "traveled halfway around the world to prey on incredibly vulnerable victims," a federal prosecutor said. "His crimes are...

Evan Rachel Wood Puts a Name to Abuse Allegations

'Westworld' actor, other women say singer Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, victimized them

(Newser) - Evan Rachel Wood has previously spoken , including before Congress, about how she'd been abused and raped multiple times by a former partner. She didn't name that partner then, but a new Instagram post from Wood has changed that. "The name of my abuser is Brian Warner,"...

'We Believe You,' Macron Tells Family Abuse Victims

After a national outpouring, France to screen every child

(Newser) - Amid a national French reckoning with sexual abuse of children by family members, President Emmanuel Macron told victims Saturday: "We believe you. You will never again be alone." The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after an online movement saw hundreds...

One Family's Story at Root of 'False Memory' Movement

Katie Heaney of the Cut recounts the controversial history of a key organization

(Newser) - The idea that adults who accuse parents or others of abusing them as children might be relying on false memories is well established in society. Maybe less well-known is that this movement can be traced to a now-defunct group called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and Katie Heaney explores its...

Skater Who Said He Was Abused to Walk With $1.45M

US Figure Skating settles with Adam Schmidt

(Newser) - The start of the US Figure Skating Championships was overshadowed Thursday by news that the organization had agreed to pay $1.45 million to a former skater who claimed he was sexually abused by a coach. Adam Schmidt, 36, sued US Figure Skating in 2019, claiming he suffered "numerous...

Alexander Wang Accused of Molesting Male, Trans Models

Quite a few models are sharing stories

(Newser) - The latest big name to be hit with allegations of sexual abuse is Alexander Wang. Models started coming forward this week accusing the fashion designer of groping and other misconduct, Women's Wear Daily reports. The scandal started making headlines with a post from two industry watchdogs , one of which...

Case Gets Worse Against Netflix Star

New indictment accuses Jerry Harris of incidents with minors

(Newser) - The case against Cheer star Jerry Harris just got a lot worse. A new seven-count indictment accuses Harris, 21, of incidents involving four underage youths—including one in which he allegedly went from Texas to Florida in 2019 with the goal of having sex with a 15-year-old, CNN reports. NBC...

Elizabeth Smart Has a Surprising Reveal About Her Parents

She never directly told them about the abuse she suffered during her kidnapping ordeal

(Newser) - Responding to a question from a follower asking when she told her parents about the abuse she suffered during her kidnapping ordeal, Elizabeth Smart revealed on Instagram on Sunday that she actually never did so directly. "I never sat them all down and had a 'tell all' experience...

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