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# Sex Abuse

This year
Prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against singer R Kelly after federal convictions
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case.
Last year
Ex-pope Benedict failed to act in four child abuse cases, report finds
The report analyses how abuse cases were dealt with in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising between 1945 and 2019.
All time
Opinion: 'It's like a war has ended and you don’t know who you are anymore'
Mia de Faoite documents the horror and abuse that come with prostitution and trafficking and says society must not forget these women.
Prosecutors wrap up as R Kelly sex trafficking trial moves to next stage
The defence will now begin calling former Kelly employees.
Pornhub introduces curbs against illegal content amid reports of child sex abuse and rape videos
The New York Times reported finding videos featuring illegal content on the site.
Ghislaine Maxwell asks for better prison conditions amid claims of round-the-clock surveillance
Lawyers say she is watched around-the-clock by security cameras and multiple prison guards.
Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell raise concerns that her accusers may post evidence from trial online
The socialite’s legal team argue that her accusers could misuse evidence to boost their chances in civil cases against her.
The story behind the scandal that shook US sport
Director Jon Shenk speaks about his new documentary ‘Athlete A’ and how a deeply flawed system led to years of sexual abuse in gymnastics.
Man in his 70s charged over historical sex abuse allegations
The case relates to incidents which allegedly occurred between 1978 and 1986.
Man United co-operating with sex abuse enquiry in relation to former employee
Billy Watts, an ex-caretaker, kit man and groundsman at The Cliff during the 1980s, is at the centre of the allegations.
Irish arrest in global takedown of dark web's most notorious paedophile site
The website sold the videos to users for bitcoin, which makes it extremely difficult to track the buyer.
Father-of-five jailed for 18 months after being sent two child sexual abuse videos
He had plead guilty to two charges of knowingly possessing child pornography on 31 October 2018.
Co Tyrone man (61) sentenced for committing sexual offence against 8-year-old girl
Keith Lindsay was sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court earlier today.
Cardinal George Pell lodges new appeal against convictions for child sex abuse
Pell is currently serving a six-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s.
Ex-pope Benedict XVI blames clerical sex abuse on 1960s sexual revolution
Benedict has written a 6,000-word essay for Klerusblatt, a German monthly magazine for clergy.
Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases
Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.
77-year-old man charged as part of historical clerical sex abuse probe in Belfast
The man will appear before court tomorrow.
French cardinal given six-month suspended sentence for helping to cover up child abuse by priest
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin failed to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015.
R Kelly taken into custody again for failing to pay child support
He was unable to come up with the $161,000 he owes in payments to his ex-wife and their three children.
R. Kelly pleads not guilty as court documents outline alleged sexual abuse of three underage girls
Bail for the R&B star has been set at $1 million.
Top Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were 'destroyed'
The cardinal was speaking at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling sex abuse in the clergy.
R Kelly hands himself into police following 10 sex abuse charges
He will appear in court tomorrow afternoon, a police spokesman said.
Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US
It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.
55 men arrested in England in historical child sex abuse investigation
All 55 have been interviewed and released under investigation.
Ex-youth football coach dies in car crash on day he's to stand trial for sex abuse charges
Michael ‘Kit’ Carson was accused of the sexual abuse of boys aged under 16.
'Evil, dark crimes': Australian PM apologises to thousands of victims of child sex abuse
The state apology comes after a five-year Royal Commission into child sex abuse.
The 'abuse was vile and wicked': 20 British men jailed for sexually abusing over a dozen girls
The convictions came in a series of trials that could not be reported due court restrictions.
Commission of investigation into allegations of collusion in Bill Kenneally case to begin in September
A number of survivors allege that there was collusion between the gardaí and the Catholic Church.
'I reported the teacher who abused me but he was left teaching for three years afterwards'
Damian O’Farrell was married with children when he learned that the man who repeatedly abused him when he was 12 was still teaching children.
Two more bishops resign in Chile over child sex abuse scandal
Several senior members of Chile’s Catholic Church are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by paedophile priest Fernando Karadima.
'Inexperienced and untrained gardaí' investigating allegations of child sex abuse
Special Rapporteur for Children Dr Geoffrey Shannon said there has been no significant follow-up from garda management after it asked him last year to help with training.
After being summoned to the Vatican over child sex abuse scandal, all Chilean bishops resign
The thirty-four bishops tendered their resignations today.
Pope Francis' aide to stand trial on multiple sex abuse charges
Cardinal George Pell has denied the historic allegations.
In patriarchal Japan, saying ‘Me Too’ can be risky for women
Speaking out often draws criticism rather than sympathy, even from other women.
Teenage sex abuse victim felt 'used liked a puppet' by man who blackmailed her over two years
Alan Feehily was described as “pure evil” by his victim.
Pope Francis enrages Chile sex abuse victims as he accuses them of slander
He said that until he sees proof of the sex abuse scandals in Chile, the accusations are “all calumny”.
Sexual abuse victim tells ex-US team doctor: 'You are a repulsive liar'
Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing.
Man who brought shotgun to bedroom before raping daughter handed 11 year jail sentence
The woman described how she felt sorry for her father, who she said had lost everything because of his decisions.
'I was misled': Eamon Dunphy defends visiting Tom Humphries in psychiatric hospital
Dunphy’s comments on the Tonight Show last night sparked criticism, as he said Humphries was given “just about the right sentence”.
Column: Tom Humphries was afforded a trust that makes his crimes even more odious
Tom Humphries joins a string of other abusers who have eroded the simple innocence of growing up on a glorious field, writes club camogie player and news editor Sinéad O’Carroll.