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#Sexual Abuse

# sexual-abuse - Friday 1 July, 2011

Priest apologises to victim for abuse

Paul McGennis has said he’s sorry for the ‘stress and torture’ he caused. He began abusing his victim in the eighties, when she was 10 years old.

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# sexual-abuse - Monday 30 May, 2011

Belgian church to compensate victims for abuse

The Catholic church in Belgium said that in recognition of its “moral responsibility and the expectations of society” it will ensure those who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of clergy will be compensated.

# sexual-abuse - Thursday 26 May, 2011

HIV-positive Italian priest arrested over paedophilia claims - in diocese of key anti-paedophilia Bishop

A key ally of Pope Benedict in establishing a tough policy on how bishops handle abuse allegations is hit with problems of his own.

# sexual-abuse - Wednesday 18 May, 2011

From The42 Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually abused by coach Fight

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard says he was sexually abused by coach

Former world champions says he ‘was in a lot of pain’ when he chased Olympic gold and professional titles.

# sexual-abuse - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

HSE considers cutting all core funding to Rape Crisis Network

The final decision to slash all core funding to the country’s Rape Crisis Network – which would force the current support services offered to victims of rape and sexual abuse to end – has been postponed until August pending a review.

# sexual-abuse - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Church abuse watchdog reports increase in allegations

The National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church says reports grew by 38 per cent on last year.

# sexual-abuse - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

Cork woman's appeal against school sexual abuse may be set for Europe

A Cork woman is appealing a ruling that the State is not liable for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her teacher.

# sexual-abuse - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew

A Belgian bishop who resigned last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew has been sanctioned by the Vatican – and will no longer be permitted to act as a priest in public.

# sexual-abuse - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

Dutch police arrest father of 12-year-old girl who gave birth

The father of a child who gave birth on a school trip last month has been arrested by police following DNA testing.

# sexual-abuse - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: More arrests made in connection with the murder of Dublin teenager David Byrne; Eamon Gilmore hopes Ireland will recognise a Palestinian state during his tenure; and we celebrate all things Shatner.

German father convicted of 162 abuse counts

A German man who fathered eight children with his stepdaughter and forced her into prostitution has been convicted of 162 counts of sexual abuse by a judge who called him a “pitiless egoist”.

# sexual-abuse - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

184 suspected child sex offenders arrested in international investigation

Thirteen countries were involved in major Europol operation to uncover a massive internet paedophile ring.

# sexual-abuse - Thursday 2 December, 2010

Priest's sex victim awarded highest-ever clerical abuse payout of $30m

Parish in which abuse happened is held liable for part of the award as victim argues other priests knew what was going on.

# sexual-abuse - Monday 29 November, 2010

Ratzinger 'failed to deal with suspected paedophile' - reports

A German magazine says new documents show that Pope Benedict allowed a suspected paedophile to work with children.

# sexual-abuse - Monday 1 November, 2010

Church abuse victims march on the Vatican

The international protest by victims of clerical sexual abuse ends with a candlelit march toward St Peter’s Square.

# sexual-abuse - Thursday 7 October, 2010

Abuse victims divided about meeting apostolic delegation

Irish victims of clerical sexual abuse are divided on whether to meet the apostolic

# sexual-abuse - Sunday 29 August, 2010

Belgian cardinal tried to silence abuse victim

But the victim brought a tape recording of his meeting with the cardinal to the media.

# sexual-abuse - Saturday 24 July, 2010

BRITAIN’S JUSTICE SECRETARY has proposed to significantly change UK law in an attempt to stop human rights campaigners from performing a citizen’s arrest on the Pope when he visits England in autumn.

Sky News reports that Government officials are “seriously concerned” over plans of campaigners – including noted atheist author Richard Dawkins – to prosecute the Pope under international criminal law.

The campaigners – which also include journalist Christopher Hitchens – want to prosecute Pope Benedict for his alleged role in the cover-up of clerical sex abuse.

But Conversative justice minister Ken Clarke has proposed changes to the rules on ‘international jurisdiction‘ which would require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consent to an arrest warrant.

The government denies that the plans relate directly to the Pope, however, and says that the issue was exposed when a former Israeli minister cancelled a trip after a similar warrant was sought for her arrest.

When in the UK, the Pope will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of UCD, in a Mass expected to be attended by up to ten thousand.

Clarke said “it would be appropriate to require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued to a private prosecutor in respect of an offence of universal jurisdiction.”

The move will face opposition from human rights advocates separately to the criticism of the Pope, however, as it effectively takes the matter of international prosecutions out of the hands of the courts.

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