Tag: Child Abuse and Neglect

Michigan Attorney General Announces First Arrests in Catholic Clergy Abuse Investigation

Michigan law enforcement officials made their first arrests in a statewide investigation into Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse, the state’s attorney general announced on Friday. Five former Catholic priests have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, Attorney General Dana Nessel said at a news conference. But hundreds, or even thousands, of alleged victims could still […]

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Confronting a Childhood Abuser

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Three months ago, a recording of Sterling Van Wagenen, a founder of the Sundance Film Festival, appeared on an obscure website for whistle-blowers in the Mormon Church. We spoke with our colleague about the story that […]

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They Hoped the Catholic Church Would Reveal Their Abusers. They Are Still Waiting.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. — She has watched as diocese after diocese has identified Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. She saw the victims who, after confronting decades of church silence, could edge toward a sense of closure as bishops apologized and publicly named clergy members who abused them. Yet for Janet Cleary Klinger, the […]

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Will a Documentary Take Down the Polish Government?

Following sexual-abuse scandals in the United States, Britain, Ireland and Australia, it seems that the Roman Catholic Church may be on the verge of a similar catastrophe in Poland. But whereas the blowback from previous scandals has been largely confined to the church itself, this latest crisis could take down the country’s right-wing government as […]

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‘Tell No One’: Poland Is Pushed to Confront Abuse of Children by Priests

WARSAW — Anna Misiewicz was just 7 years old when she was invited into the private chambers of her parish priest, in the small village of Topola in southwest Poland. She thought he wanted her to count church donations. Instead, she found herself alone with a predator, identified only as Father Jan A. He touched […]

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‘It’s Like the Wild West’: Sexual Assault Victims Struggle in K-12 Schools

WINCHESTER, Va. — Nausea had consumed her as her attacker pinned her arms down at a park, forced her first kiss upon her, and tried to take off her pants at the tender age of 14, and nausea resurfaced every time she saw him in the hallways of her high school. For a year, the […]

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Prince Charles Misused Influence to Shield Cleric, Abuse Inquiry Reports

LONDON — Prince Charles misused his influence to shield Peter Ball, a former Anglican bishop and old friend, from punishment after the cleric had admitted sexually abusing a young novice, an independent inquiry found this week. In an unusually tough rebuke of the future king, the inquiry concluded that “the actions of the Prince of […]

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Pope Francis Decrees New Rules for Reporting Abuse, but Not Penalties

ROME — Pope Francis introduced universal procedures on Thursday for reporting and investigating clerical sex abuse, an issue that has haunted his papacy and devastated the Roman Catholic Church he has sought to remake. The new norms, delivered in a Motu Proprio, or law decreed by the pope himself, come into force on June 1 […]

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A Priest Impregnated a Teenager. Decades Later, Should He Be Allowed to Teach?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It began last fall, when students new to Cinnaminson Middle School in New Jersey brought home rumors of a “rapist” at the school. Eventually, their alarmed parents discovered that a teacher, Joseph DeShan, had a past life as a […]

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A Burning Car With Doors Chained Shut, and a 3-Year-Old Victim

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The blaze was so intense that the heat melted the inside of the car doors. The vehicle’s back doors had been chained shut to prevent anyone inside from escaping. Trapped in the rear seat was a 3-year-old, Zoey Pereira. […]

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HBO Pushes Back in Michael Jackson Legal Fight

Two months after HBO broadcast “Leaving Neverland,” which detailed allegations of child molestation against Michael Jackson, a legal dispute between the cable channel and the Jackson estate has intensified, with HBO firing back over claims that it violated an old contract by showing the documentary. As HBO prepared to broadcast the two-part film in early […]

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Becoming Catholic in the Age of Scandal

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On the night before Easter, a group of soon-to-be Catholics stood in flowing white robes holding candles, waiting to be summoned by the cardinal. One by one, under the cathedral’s soaring ceiling and stained glass windows, he dabbed oil […]

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Woody Allen Pitched a Memoir. Publishers Weren’t Interested.

Woody Allen has been largely shunned by Hollywood. Celebrities who once vied for roles in his films now say they regret working with him. Amazon has backed out of a multimovie distribution deal with him. Now, Allen appears to be losing stature in another quarter of the entertainment industry: publishing. In the last year, Allen […]

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Judge Overturns Conviction of Ex-Penn State President in Sandusky Case

A federal judge on Tuesday overturned the misdemeanor child endangerment conviction of Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State, for his actions in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, one day before Mr. Spanier was scheduled to report for a two-month prison term. The ruling, reported by The Associated Press, represented a setback for prosecutors taking […]

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A Sundance Founder Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

A founder of the Sundance Film Festival is expected to go to prison for at least six years after he pleaded guilty in a Utah courtroom on Tuesday to molesting a young girl. The case came to light after he was recorded apologizing to a man he admitted having groped more than 25 years ago. […]

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How an Abuse Victim’s Nerve and a Hidden iPhone Led to the Arrest of a Sundance Founder

Sean Escobar had been waiting for the moment for more than a quarter-century. Over the course of an hour in September, Mr. Escobar sat at a dining room table with Sterling Van Wagenen, a founder of the Sundance Film Festival and a respected figure in the Mormon community, and asked him about a moment that […]

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New York Archdiocese Names 120 Catholic Priests Accused of Abuse

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York on Friday identified 120 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing a child, one of the largest disclosures to be made by the church. The list of priests is the latest […]

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Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found

The Boy Scouts have kept files going back decades showing that nearly 8,000 volunteers have been excluded from the organization because they had been accused of sexually abusing children, according to a review by an expert on child sexual abuse. The expert, Janet Warren, a professor at the University of Virginia, revealed the scope of […]

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Texas Couple Get 7 Years in Prison for Enslaving Guinean Girl for 16 Years

A couple who enslaved a Guinean girl for 16 years at their Dallas-area home, forcing her to cook and clean while calling her a “dog,” were each sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison, the authorities said. The couple, Mohamed Toure, 58, and Denise Cros-Toure, 58, of Southlake, Tex., who are citizens of Guinea, […]

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Couple Who Tortured 12 Children in Their California Home Are Sentenced to Life

A California couple who tortured 12 of their 13 children, starving and beating them, depriving them of sleep and sometimes shackling them to their beds with chains, were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday. “My parents took my whole life from me, but now I’m taking my life back,” one of […]

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