Sex Abuse

  • California authorities arrest 275 child predators June 27, 2014

    Los Angeles: Authorities throughout Southern California have announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a US Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department officer. The month long "Operation Broken Heart" took place in May and involved dozens of local, state...
  • 168 children rescued from sex trafficking op: FBI June 24, 2014

    Washington: Federal authorities conducted a sweep through more than 100 US cities and recovered 168 children from child sex trafficking, the FBI has said. Some 281 pimps were also arrested in Operation Cross-Country, a week-long enforcement that Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey yesterday said can help "end the cycle...
  • Bryan Singer, director of 'X-Men' series, sued in second teen sex abuse case May 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: A British man who accuses 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager was spurred to bring a lawsuit against the filmmaker after Singer was sued by another man on similar allegations, the plaintiff's lawyer said Monday. The lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles said...
  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years January 18, 2014

    Vatican City: In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained on Friday and...
  • The Tehelka letters: Tarun Tejpal says it was a fleeting, totally consensual encounter November 23, 2013

    As a special investigation team of Goa Police reached Delhi to question Tarun Tejpal who has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman colleague, conflicting reports emerged in the media of the nature of encounter between the Tehelka founder and the young woman. Tejpal issued an official statement on Friday offering...
  • Israeli serial sex abuser adopts Indian girl: report June 7, 2013

    Jerusalem: An Israeli man convicted of sex offences against young children has gained custody of a four-year-old Indian girl through an agreement with a surrogate mother in India, according to a media report. The man legally adopted the child through an agreement with the surrogate Indian mother and under current legislation...
  • More than 150 new abuse allegations against BBC made May 31, 2013

    London: The BBC says 152 new sex abuse allegations have been made since the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted last fall. The broadcaster said on Friday the allegations have been made against 81 current and former staff members and contributors, including some who have died. It said that 25 cases of suspected...
  • Cardinals start work on timetable for pope selection amidst resurfacing of sex abuse scandal March 5, 2013

    Cardinals have gathered in Vatican City to work on a timetable to choose the next pope amidst sex abuse scandals that have resurfaced to haunt the church. ...
  • Sex abuse row: BBC to pay 185,000 pounds in damages November 16, 2012

    London: The BBC reached a settlement on Thursday with the Conservative politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal. The BBC has already apologised for linking 70-year-old Alistair McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, to child sex abuse that happened decades ago in Wales. The mistaken report,...
  • Stop tweeting our troubles, BBC chief tells staff November 14, 2012

    London: The beleaguered BBC is asking its staff to tone down the tweets. Britain's national broadcaster is in crisis over its bungled reporting of a child sex-abuse scandal. Its top executive has resigned, two more have temporarily stepped down and others are facing disciplinary proceedings. Unsurprisingly, some of the BBC's...
  • BBC Newsnight error: Two senior editors step down November 13, 2012

    More heads are rolling at the BBC over its false report over a child abuse sex scandal aired on its flagship programme Newsnight. Two more top editorial employees resigned on Tuesday pending a probe. ...
  • BBC under pressure to restore trust after scandal November 12, 2012

    London: The bungling of reports that powerful Britons sexually abused children has thrown one of the largest and most respected broadcasters in the world into a deep crisis. It is hard to overstate the importance of the BBC in British society; its influence stretches throughout the former British empire and beyond....
  • BBC chief quits over sex abuse row November 11, 2012

    London: The BBC's top executive resigned on Saturday night after the prestigious broadcaster's marquee news magazine wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal, plunging the network into further uncertainty amid a controversy that exploded after it decided not to air similar allegations against one of its own...
  • BBC apologises for airing false child sex abuse report November 10, 2012

    London: BBC on Saturday apologised for airing a report that led to a former Tory politician being wrongly implicated in child sex abuse, and admitted it was facing a "crisis of trust". A BBC report in which an abuse victim accused an ex-Tory leader of sex abuse should not have...
  • Senior BBC editor steps down amid Savile sex abuse scandal October 23, 2012

    London: The BBC faced growing fallout on Monday over sexual abuse allegations against a popular children's TV entertainer, as Prime Minister David Cameron accused the broadcaster of changing its story about why it killed a news segment on the accusations. The powerful broadcaster tried to stem the damage, saying in a...
  • UK: Sex grooming cases spark racial tensions July 1, 2012

    Rochdale: She was lonely in the way only an adolescent girl can be: No friends, no boyfriend, not much of a relationship with her parents. So she felt special when a man decades older paid attention to her, bought her trinkets, gave her free booze. Then he took her to a...
  • Parl passes bill to protect children from sexual abuse May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to protect children below 18 from sexual abuse, set up special courts for speedy trial of cases against them and provide stringent punishment extending up to life term for offenders. "The bill is gender neutral. It seeks to protect...
  • Study: 53.22 pc of Indian kids face sexual abuse May 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Aamir Khan's show 'Satyamev Jayate' is just two episodes old, but the show is getting very good response from the common viewers as well as celebrities, however some of the facts revealed on the show are shocking. The report that Aamir Khan and his guests quoted from, is...
  • Satyamev Jayate: Grisly tales of child sex abuse May 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Whom does a child turn to when the one he trusts with all of his tiny heart turns abuser? In a nut-shell, the second episode of Aamir Khan's television show Satyamev Jayate was simply heart-breaking. It brought out a common but rarely talked-about scourge of society - the...
  • Satyamev Jayate: Episode 2 deals with child abuse May 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The second episode of Aamir Khan's much talked about television show Satyamev Jayate deals with the issue of child abuse. Given the huge positive feedback generated by the pilot episode that tackled the contentious subject of female foeticide both in rural and urban India, the second episode is...
  • Satyamev Jayate: Episode 2 deals with child abuse May 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The second episode of Aamir Khan's much talked about television show Satyamev Jayate deals with the issue of child abuse, according to sources. Given the huge positive feedback generated by the pilot episode that tackled the contentious subject of female foeticide both in rural and urban India, the...
  • Vatican sets new laws on sex abuse, crimes July 16, 2010

    This was done after a series of scandals within its churches worldwide. The new "norms" will help expedite all the urgent cases on priority. ...
  • Teacher gets 30-yr RI for sex abuse of kids May 2, 2010

    Kozhikode: A 42-year-old primary school teacher in Kerala has been sentenced to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment by a court for sexually harassing girl students. A K Haridas, a teacher of the government primary school at Puliyavu in the district, was held guilty on three counts in the six cases...
  • 80-year-old Chilean priest accused of sexual abuse April 24, 2010

    Santiago, Chile: An 80-year-old Chilean priest who trained numerous clergy members, five of whom went on to become bishops, has been accused of sexually abusing minors. The church has launched a probe against Fernando Karadima Farina, erstwhile parish priest at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus de El Bosque church in Santiago,...
  • Indian priest faces jail term for sex abuse April 17, 2010

    Rome: An Indian priest who confessed to sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in the central Italian province of Abruzzo could face up to 12 years in jail. Under Italian law, the penalty for sexual violence against a child under the age of 14 ranges from six to 12 years. The 40-year-old priest,...
  • Priest accused of abuse won't fight extradition April 7, 2010

    New Delhi: A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota said Tuesday he would willingly leave his native India and try to clear his name in the courts if the United States tried to extradite him. Meanwhile, the bishop who oversees the Reverend Joseph Palanivel...
  • Pope's immunity challenged in Britain April 4, 2010

    London: Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI's planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican's implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over sex crimes by paedophile priests. More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Downing Street's web site against the pope's 4-day...
  • Pope apologises to Irish sex abuse victims March 20, 2010

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has rebuked Irish bishops for "grave errors of judgment" in handling clerical sex abuse and ordered a Vatican investigation into the Irish church to wipe out the scourge. There was no mention of any Vatican responsibility in the scandal and no specific punishments doled out for...
  • Myths versus facts about child abuse November 18, 2009

    MYTH: Men sexually abuse children as they cannot control their sexual urge. FACT: Sexual assaults are committed by people in a position of power and trust. MYTH: Sexual assaults are instinctive acts committed by strangers. FACT: Most sexual assaults are premeditated acts of aggression committed by trusted people. MYTH: ...
  • No specific law on child sexual abuse in India November 18, 2009

    Where does India's legal system stands on the issue of child abuse? ...