Sexual Abuse
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Accusations, denials swirl ahead of Kavanaugh hearing

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/26/18, 02:11 pm

WASHINGTON—As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, Christine Blasey Ford sent the committee signed affidavits from four people who claim prior knowledge of Ford’s sexual assault accusation against the nominee, while another woman accused him of facilitating gang rapes at parties.

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German bishop apologizes for Catholic abuses

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/26/18, 11:21 am

A top German bishop has apologized for thousands of sexual abuse cases that took place inside the Catholic Church there. “I’m ashamed for so many looking away, not wanting to recognize what happened and not helping the victims,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German Bishops Conference, told reporters. “That goes for me as well.” A devastating report released Tuesday concluded that clergy members abused nearly 4,000 people between 1946 and 2014. The report found that more than half of the victims were age 13 or younger and most were boys.

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Cosby sentenced to prison, officially classified a predator

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/25/18, 02:42 pm

Saying it was “time for justice,” Judge Steven O’Neill on Tuesday gave Bill Cosby a sentence of three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. O’Neill denied the 81-year-old comedian’s request for bail pending appeal and also declared him a sexually violent predator. Cosby’s classification as a “SVP” means he must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools, and victims.

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