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John Crist confesses to sexual misconduct

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/07/19, 10:43 am

Comedian John Crist has canceled his tour and upcoming appearances in response to a report detailing his habitual harassment and exploitation of women. “Those closest to me—my family, team, and close friends—have known about this battle for some time, and now you do too,” he said in a statement to Charisma News, which on Thursday published the accusations against him. “I’m ashamed of my behavior, and I’m so sorry for hurting so many people.”

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Inside voices outside abortion centers

First Amendment | Court allows pro-life sidewalk counselors inside free speech buffer zones
by Steve West
Posted 10/29/19, 03:11 pm

A federal appeals court on Oct. 18 gave pro-life sidewalk counselors outside a Pittsburgh abortion facility the green light to enter the so-called “bubble zone.” Pro-life volunteers who want to speak with women entering the abortion facility can now stand closer to the door and don’t have to raise their voices to be heard, said Nikki Bruni, Pittsburgh director of 40 Days for Life. She and other volunteers tell women about nearby clinics that provide free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing, and other help.

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Proliferating child pornography

Sexual Abuse | Public outcry against online child sex abuse often misses the link to adult pornography
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/11/19, 05:10 pm

Tech companies, child protection advocates, and law enforcement agencies find themselves drowning in an ever-increasing number of child pornography cases. A New York Times investigation published late last month found reports of child porn have exploded in recent years—from 3,000 in 1998 to 1 million in 2014 to 18.4 million in 2018, which included more than 45 million images and videos.

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