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Child Abuse

# child-abuse - Monday 16 September, 2013

Over thirty arrested across Northern Ireland in major child abuse investigation

22 victims, aged between 13 and 18, have been identified following a review of cases of young people who went missing from the care system.

Kenny: We have failed too many children

The Taoiseach spoke at a conference on child abuse and neglect last night.

Historic child sex abuse inquiry opens in Australia

An inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings today with warnings that widespread and “shocking” allegations will be heard.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Column: Survivors of abuse are re-traumatised by our unsympathetic, unethical legal system

Survivors of child sexual abuse seeking justice are not met with understanding or sympathy in Irish courts – rather they are attacked, derided and denied psychological support. This cannot be viewed as justice, writes Mark Vincent Healy.

# child-abuse - Monday 9 September, 2013

Column: The risk of suicide among survivors of child sexual abuse needs to be measured

To give the survivors of horrific childhood abuse the support and care they need, we must properly understand the threat that suicide poses to victims, writes Mark Vincent Healy.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Irish-born priest detained in Chile as part of child abuse investigation

Father John O’Reilly, a senior figure with the Legion of Christ, has been relieved of priestly duties while authorities investigate the “credibility of allegations”.

# child-abuse - Monday 2 September, 2013

Government urged to introduce ban on smacking children

The Children’s Rights Alliance has questioned why children are protected against abuse in school but do not have the same protections at home.

# child-abuse - Thursday 29 August, 2013

Rolf Harris charged with 13 child sex offences dating from 1980 to 2012

The entertainer was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child.

# child-abuse - Monday 15 July, 2013

China rape victim’s mother wins damages over labour camp

The mother of a child who was kidnapped, raped and forced into prostitution had been sent to labour camp because of her demands that her daughter’s attackers be punished.

# child-abuse - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Pope introduces new Vatican laws on sex abuse

The move came a day after a UN child rights committee drew fresh attention to the Catholic Church sex scandal.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

3 million children in Europe call helplines over violence and abuse

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has said new data on 10 years of helpline calls must be a ‘wake-up call’ for policy makers.

‘Urgent action’ needed to regulate access to the counselling notes of child sex abuse survivors

The RCNI has called for an end to the current system which allows a child’s intimate counselling notes, discussing their sexual abuse, to be used during a court trial.

# child-abuse - Monday 17 June, 2013

Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall jailed for 15 months for sex assaults

The 83-year-old former broadcaster admitted to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls as young as nine.

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

Over 3,000 disclosures of child abuse to Women’s Aid last year, up 55 per cent

Women’s Aid has said that the more severe the domestic violence against a mother, the more likely as child is to be abused in the home.

# child-abuse - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Many emigrants fled Ireland because they were the victims of sexual abuse

Physical and sexual abuse and parents with alcohol or drug problems were listed as some of the main reasons why people left Ireland in the past.

# child-abuse - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Man found guilty of murdering 5-year-old April Jones

The young girl’s body has still never been found, though blood and tiny bone fragments that were a near-perfect DNA match were found at Bridger’s cottage.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

One allegation of abuse within Catholic Church in 2012

The annual report of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) said two allegations of abuse have taken place since the turn of the millennium.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Seven convicted of operating paedophile sex ring in Oxford

Children as young as 11-years-old were abused by what prosecutors called “vicious sexual predators”.

Accused in Tia Sharp murder sentenced to 38 years in prison

Stuart Hazell unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty yesterday, admitting to killing the 12-year-old before stuffing her body in an attic.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Children’s Minister ‘constantly amazed’ at lack of basic services

In a recent broad-ranging interview, Frances Fitzgerald talks about schools being ‘too ashamed’ to stand up to bullying, ‘unacceptable’ waiting lists and ‘bad news’ in service inspections.

# child-abuse - Monday 29 April, 2013

Independent Welsh investigation receives 140 allegations of child abuse

Operation Pallial has now been handed over to the National Crime Agency.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Catholic child abuse: 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero convictions

“I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me,” writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

Catholic Church audits show progress in child protection

The third tranche of reviews have been welcomed by survivor advocacy group One in Four.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

HSE and Education Department also reviewing ‘Donal Lovely’ records

In 2002, the Irish teacher faced 56 charges of sexual abuse involving 11 victims but the case never went ahead.

# child-abuse - Monday 15 April, 2013

Calls for gardaí to reinvestigate Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí case

The deceased founder of one of the largest Irish colleges in the country is the subject of historic allegations of sexual abuse against dozens of children.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Man who killed girlfriend’s baby in sex assault looking for mercy

Steven Smith may face death penalty in Ohio should intent to kill be proven.

# child-abuse - Friday 22 March, 2013

Priest dismissed over complaints of child sexual abuse

A number of complaints of sexual abuse of minors against the priest have been upheld by a canonical penal trial today.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Los Angeles diocese pay out €10 million to four abuse victims

Files released last month revealed how a Cardinal had discussed how to cover up alleged crimes. He is now at the Vatican, choosing a new pope.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Mistakes in Savile case ‘could happen all over again’

A review of allegations made against Jimmy Savile during his lifetime found mistakes were made by the police between 1964 and 2012.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

European Court of Human Rights to hear Cork woman’s abuse case

Louise O’Keeffe claims that the State is liable for abuse she suffered at the hands of a school principal in Kinsale, Co Cork in the 1970s.

# child-abuse - Friday 15 February, 2013

DPP to appeal Patrick O’Brien sentence

Fiona Doyle said today that she may also pursue her mother in the courts.

# child-abuse - Thursday 7 February, 2013

Indian child sex victims ‘mistreated, humiliated’ – report

The report found that children who complain of sexual abuse are often dismissed or ignored by police and other officials.

# child-abuse - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Vatican receives around 600 abuse cases every year, says prosecutor

The Vatican’s new chief prosecutor said many of the cases date back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

# child-abuse - Sunday 3 February, 2013

‘Margaret died of her slave-related injuries’: a Magdalene daughter shares her story

“Margaret was committed to industrial school in 1954. She was 2 yrs 4 mths old. She left 49 years later in a coffin.”

# child-abuse - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Catholic Cardinal in LA removed from duties over abuse shielding

Cardinal Roger Mahony has been stripped of his administrative duties and court-ordered to release thousands of pages of confidential files on sexually abusive priests.

# child-abuse - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Fiona Doyle case has ‘filled the nation with revulsion’ – Taoiseach

The release on bail, pending an appeal, of an elderly man who repeatedly raped his daughter when she was younger was raised at Leaders’ Questions.

# child-abuse - Monday 7 January, 2013

Stuart Hall pleads not guilty to indecent assault of young girls

The 83-year-old former BBC presenter was charged in December after allegations were made to police.

# child-abuse - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Poll: Should sex offenders be electronically tagged after prison? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should sex offenders be electronically tagged after prison?

Minister Alan Shatter is expected to introduce laws to increase monitoring of sex offenders, but should they be tagged after serving their sentence?