Tag: Child Abuse and Neglect

When ‘Incorrigible’ Teen Girls Were Jailed

In 1932, at the age of 12, my maternal grandmother, a talented young singer, was a victim of sexual abuse. By the time she was 15, she was performing in a Minneapolis nightclub to earn money to help her family survive. It was the Depression, and she was the youngest daughter of a widowed mother, […]

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Brooklyn Bishop Is Accused of Sexual Abuse While a Young Priest

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, sexually abused an 11-year-old altar boy during his tenure as a young priest in Jersey City in the 1970s, according to a lawyer who helped unleash Boston’s priest abuse scandal. The lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, informed Catholic officials in New Jersey this week […]

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How Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Can Make It Harder to Detect

Child sexual abuse photos and videos are among the most toxic materials online. It is against the law to view the imagery, and anybody who comes across it must report it to the federal authorities. So how can tech companies, under pressure to remove the material, identify newly shared photos and videos without breaking the […]

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Woody Allen and Amazon Settle Breach of Contract Lawsuit

Woody Allen and Amazon settled a breach of contract lawsuit that the director had filed after the company backed out of a four-picture movie deal because #MeToo allegations from the 1990s had resurfaced against him. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a one-page filing on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. […]

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Mother Is Freed After 15 Years in Prison for Father’s Abuse

A domestic violence survivor in Oklahoma walked free from prison on Friday, according to a corrections spokeswoman, after spending 15 years behind bars for failing to report that her boyfriend was also abusing their children. The woman, Tondalao Hall, was 19 when she was arrested after her boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr., abused their two children, […]

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Florida Deputy Charged With Child Abuse After Throwing 15-Year-Old to Ground

A sheriff’s deputy assigned to a public school in Florida was charged Tuesday with child abuse after school surveillance footage showed him grabbing a 15-year-old student by the neck and slamming her to the ground, the authorities said. The video of the Sept. 25 encounter at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach, Fla., starts with […]

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North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Bill to Close Sexual Assault Loopholes

For the past four decades, a loophole in North Carolina sexual assault law made it impossible for a woman to revoke consent after a sex act had begun. Another loophole, a result of a 2008 court ruling, made it legal to have sex with someone who is incapacitated if that person’s condition was caused by […]

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Convicted Rapist Released From Georgia Prison ‘in Error’

A manhunt is underway in Georgia for a convicted rapist and child molester who is serving a life sentence and was released “in error,” the authorities said. The inmate, Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, who had been incarcerated at Rogers State Prison in Reidsville, Ga., about 65 miles west of Savannah, walked free on Friday around 11:30 […]

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Woman Charged With Murder After Claiming Her Daughter Was Terminally Ill

After the Make-a-Wish Foundation was told that Olivia Gant, who was 6, had a terminal illness, it made one of her dreams come true. In 2017, the girl was transformed into a superhero Bat Princess for a day so she could save other princesses from evil villains. A local CBS station in Denver captured a […]

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19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn’t He Go to Prison?

The Manhattan district attorney’s office shocked a state judge in 2011 when it recommended that the financier Jeffrey Epstein be given the lowest possible sex offender status despite accusations that he had sexually abused dozens of girls. The judge refused, and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., later reversed his stance, saying his assistant […]

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She Was 4 and Deaf. That’s When the Sexual Abuse Began, She Said.

During the last few years, the world has received a thorough education in the psychology of sexual abuse victims — the challenges of coming to terms with trauma, of erasing shame and doubt, of summoning the courage to come forward. But what if the act of speaking your truth seemed impossible in the most literal […]

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She Saved a School From Her Armed Son, but Now She Faces Charges

An Indiana woman who called the police in December and told them that her 14-year-old son had threatened to shoot up his former school will face criminal charges if prosecutors have their way. Prosecutors in Wayne County filed an affidavit on Friday recommending six felony charges against the woman, Mary York, 43, in the episode, […]

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A Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein That Bill Gates Now ‘Regrets’

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison, managed to lure an astonishing array of rich, powerful and famous men into his orbit. There were billionaires (Leslie Wexner and Leon Black), politicians (Bill Clinton and Bill Richardson), Nobel laureates (Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek) and even royals (Prince Andrew). Few, though, compared […]

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How Do You Dress a Six-Year-Old to Protect Him From Sexual Abuse and Murder?

KARACHI, Pakistan — Hang him in public, cut him into pieces, put those in a box, and when they begin to rot, burn them and throw the ashes to the winds, said the mother of an eight-year-old who was raped and murdered in Chunian, a small town in eastern Pakistan, last month. Her son, Faizan, […]

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These Women Say a Trusted Pediatrician Abused Them as Girls. Now They Plan to Sue.

Stuart Copperman was, to all appearances, an old-fashioned pediatrician. For 35 years, he ran a bustling practice in Merrick, Long Island, where he was revered by parents as an authority on everything from colic to chickenpox. Well-dressed, affable and tan year-round, he was always available in an emergency, and even made house calls. When he […]

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Rapes and Killings of Children Haunt a Corner of Pakistan

CHUNIAN, Pakistan — When the 8-year-old Muhammad Faizan went missing on Sept. 16, he was the fourth child to mysteriously disappear in the eastern Pakistani city of Chunian since June. Three other boys had been missing for several weeks. Muhammad’s father, Qari Muhammad Ramzan, 39, braced for a long search. But devastating news came a […]

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Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention. The tension is part of a growing debate over privacy […]

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An Explosion in Online Child Sex Abuse: What You Need to Know

Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found. The spiraling activity […]

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Preying on Children: The Emerging Psychology of Pedophiles

Images of child sex abuse have reached a crisis point on the internet, spreading at unprecedented rates in part because tech platforms and law enforcement agencies have failed to keep pace with the problem. But less is understood about the issue underlying it all: What drives people to sexually abuse children? Science in recent years […]

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He Sued Over a Priest’s Abuse. Then the Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy.

Peter Saracino was in elementary school when, he said, a priest lured him away from a swimming pool and sexually abused him inside a seminary. He kept the secret for decades, even as his life fell apart. “We were raised to view the priest as another Christ,” Mr. Saracino said, “so when you get raped […]

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He Didn’t Abuse His Daughter. The State Took Her Anyway.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For the first five years of his daughter Amanda’s life, Ping N., a restaurant manager in Manhattan, lived with his little girl and her mother. He tucked her into bed at night and enjoyed spoiling her with her favorite […]

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What Jonathan Van Ness’s Story Teaches Us About the H.I.V. Epidemic

In a recent profile, Jonathan Van Ness of “Queer Eye” courageously shared his story as an “out-and-proud member of the beautiful H.I.V.-positive community” who has remade his life after experiencing childhood sexual abuse, drug addiction and shame. As a sociologist who has spent more than a decade interviewing women who are living with H.I.V., I […]

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