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3 Relatives Arrested After Girl, 11, Gives Birth

17-year-old admitted raping relative 100 times

(Newser) - After a couple brought a baby with the umbilical cord still attached to a Missouri hospital last week, claiming they had found the newborn on their porch, police soon uncovered the disturbing truth. At their home in suburban St. Louis, police found an 11-year-old girl who had given birth in... More »

Olympic Wrestler Says University Doctor Abused Him

Andy Hrovat adds to allegations against Michigan doctor

(Newser) - An Olympic wrestler on Thursday accused a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and said the physician's reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. Andy Hrovat, who competed for the US in the 2008 Summer Olympics, tells the... More »

Michigan Investigating Alleged Sex Abuse by Team's Ex-Doctor

Several people have made allegations involving Robert E. Anderson, who died in 2008

(Newser) - After an alumnus sent the University of Michigan an essay in July 2018, the school launched an investigation. In "My Michigan Me-too Moment, 1971," Julian Stone had written about being sexually abused in the 1970s during medical exams by Robert E. Anderson, a physician for the school's... More »

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

Organization faced flood of sexual abuse lawsuits

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America, fighting for survival amid a flood of sexual abuse lawsuits, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing early Tuesday marks the start of what is expected to be one of the most complex bankruptcies in US history, lawyers tell NBC . Changes in statute-of-limitation... More »

More Accusers Want Prison for Yang's OB-GYN

Robert Hadden avoided prison with a plea deal

(Newser) - More than 40 women have accused a New York OB-GYN of sexual abuse since Evelyn Yang—whose husband, Andrew, withdrew from the Democratic presidential race this week—said publicly that she is a victim of Robert Hadden. And they're not happy with the way prosecutors handled his case. The... More »

Court Finds Coach Lied About Hearing of Gymnasts' Abuse

Two women say they told Kathie Klages about Larry Nassar when they were 14 and 16

(Newser) - A former college coach was found guilty in a Michigan court on Friday of lying to police about what she knew of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of gymnasts. Prosecutors said Kathie Klages lied to Michigan Attorney General's Office investigators in 2018, saying she didn't remember two teenage... More »

Jessica Simpson: I Was Sexually Abused as a Child

Singer, actress is out with a memoir

(Newser) - Jessica Simpson bares all in a new memoir out next month , revealing substance abuse that nearly killed her, as well as sexual abuse as a child that she's never before talked about publicly. The abuse at the hands of a family friend's daughter started at age 6, she... More »

Investigation Calls Sex Abuse 'Open Secret' Among Amish

But women are beginning to come forward

(Newser) - It is not the typical image that comes to mind in regard to bucolic Amish communities. But a story by Type Investigations and Cosmopolitan reports that sexual abuse, including incest, is an "open secret spanning generations" among the Amish. The investigation cites a slew of factors that lead to... More »

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'... More »

She Was Captive for a Decade. But 'He Couldn't Break Me'

Michelle Knight on Ariel Castro and making the most of life

(Newser) - There's no need to be pessimistic about 2020. "You can overcome all obstacles that stand in your way," says Michelle Knight, who experienced more than enough hardships before spending 11 years as Ariel Castro's sex slave in Cleveland. "You name it, I went through it,... More »

Suit: Famed Jesuit Sexually Abused Me on Worldwide Trips

Robert Goldberg says he endured almost daily abuse as child valet for the late Donald McGuire

(Newser) - One day in May 1970, an 11-year-old boy and his sister waited outside a Chicago tavern for their mom to come out. When a priest happened by and offered the family a ride home, they took him up on it. The boy, Robert Goldberg, would pay dearly for the favor,... More »

Outgoing Gov Sets Free Man Serving Life for Child Sex Abuse

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin issued pardon for Paul Donel Hurt in case with questionable recantation

(Newser) - An outgoing governor issued more than a dozen last-minute pardons late last week, but one in particular is raising eyebrows. Per the Courier-Journal , Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin put out a pardon and commutation order Friday for Paul Donel Hurt, who was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2001... More »

R. Kelly Accuser: Here's What He Made Me Call Him

Joycelyn Savage tells her side of the story

(Newser) - Want to hear one of R. Kelly's alleged sex slaves tell her side of the story? You can, for a price. Joycelyn Savage is recounting her experiences with the jailed singer on the paid-content site Patreon , per TMZ . "I am risking my life for many others," she... More »

50-Year-Old Accusations Lead to a Lifetime Ban

George Morris, 81, was a legend in equestrian sport

(Newser) - A giant of equestrian sport has been banned for life over sexual-misconduct allegations dating back some 50 years, the New York Times reports. The expulsion of George Morris, 81, was announced Tuesday. "No matter how big a figure is in their sport, or how old the allegations, nobody is... More »

No Rape Convictions for 5 Men: Victim Was Unconscious

Lesser sentences lead to outrage in Spain

(Newser) - There was outrage in Spain on Thursday as five men were sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison for sexual abuse in a case involving a 14-year-old girl. As the BBC reports, the court acquitted the men of the more serious charge of sexual aggression, which would've... More »

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 »

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