German suspect in Madeleine McCann case going on trial over unrelated charges

BERLIN — A man who is also a suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann went on trial Friday over several unrelated sexual offenses he is alleged to have committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The 47-year-old German, who has been identified by media as Christian Bruckner, faces three counts of rape … Read more

Hungary’s president resigns over a pardon to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s conservative president resigned Saturday amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government. Katalin Novák, 46, announced in a televised message that she would step down … Read more

Trump briefly testifies at E. Jean Carroll sex defamation trial, defense rests

Former U.S. President Donald Trump greets to his supporters, as he arrives from his second civil trial after E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of raping her decades ago, outside a Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., January 25, 2024.  Eduardo Munoz | Reuters Update: Jury rules Trump must pay E. … Read more

Report on sex abuse in Germany’s Protestant Church documents at least 2,225 victims

BERLIN — At least 1,259 people working for the Protestant Church of Germany have committed sexual abuse in the last decades and at least 2,225 victims were affected by the abuse according to an independent report published Thursday. The numbers are based on the study of documents and files from the regional churches and the … Read more

Ex-Jesuit’s religious community in Slovenia ordered to dissolve in one year over widespread abuse

ROME — The Vatican has decided to shut down a Slovenian-based female religious community founded by a controversial ex-Jesuit artist accused by some women of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuses. The archdiocese of Ljubljana, Slovenia said in a statement Friday that the Loyola Community would have one year to implement the Oct.20 decree ordering its … Read more

Internal documents show the World Health Organization paid sexual abuse victims in Congo $250 each

LONDON — Earlier this year, the doctor who leads the World Health Organization’s efforts to prevent sexual abuse travelled to Congo to address the biggest known sex scandal in the U.N. health agency’s history, the abuse of well over 100 local women by staffers and others during a deadly Ebola outbreak. According to an internal … Read more

Spain’s report on Catholic Church sex abuse estimates victims could number in hundreds of thousands

MADRID — Spain’s first official probe of sex abuse by clergy members or other people connected to the Catholic Church in the country included a survey that indicated that the number of victims could run into hundreds of thousands. The survey was part of a damning report by the office of Spain’s ombudsman, or “defensor … Read more

Johnny & Associates founder Kitagawa sexually assaulted tons of of teenagers, investigation finds

TOKYO — A crew investigating sexual assault allegations by the late founding father of a strong expertise company for boy bands has discovered the fees credible, calling Tuesday for compensation for the victims and the resignation of the present chief govt. The three-month probe, which included talking with 23 victims, concluded that Johnny Kitagawa sexually … Read more

Church intercourse abuse is the elephant within the room as Pope Francis visits scandal-hit Portugal

LISBON, Portugal — When a panel of specialists learn aloud a few of the harrowing accounts they’d collected from not too long ago found victims of kid intercourse abuse within the Portuguese Catholic Church, the nation’s senior bishops squirmed within the auditorium’s front-row seats. Throughout a reside tv broadcast, the specialists reported in February that … Read more

Argentine bishop named to Vatican workplace rejects criticism of his dealing with of abuse allegations

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An Argentine bishop named by Pope Francis to steer a strong Vatican workplace that ensures doctrinal orthodoxy on Monday rejected accusations that he refused to consider victims of sexual abuse by a priest, saying he took actions when the allegations resurfaced in 2019. Monsignor Victor Manuel Fernández, archbishop of La Plata, … Read more