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Universe man honoured by German award

February 22, 2017 ·  By The UNIVERSE

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US actor Ashton Kutcher urges end to child sexual exploitation

February 20, 2017 ·  By US & Canada for www.bbc.com

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Actor and human rights campaigner Ashton Kutcher has urged US lawmakers to support efforts to help bring an end to child sexual exploitation. At a senate hearing on Wednesday, a visibly emotional Mr Kutcher said it was time for “society and government” to defend the vulnerable. He said that he had been exposed to things […]

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POPE FRANCIS ASKS FOR FORGIVENESS FROM VICTIMS OF CLERICAL SEX ABUSE ON BEHALF OF CATHOLIC CHURCH

February 16, 2017 · 

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Pope praises courage of author who published the story of being abused by priest when he was a child The sexual abuse of children by those who have vowed to serve Christ and the church is a horrendous monstrosity that represents “a diabolical sacrifice” of innocent, defenceless lives, Pope Francis said. The church, which must […]

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American gets 50 years in jail for exploiting minor from PH

February 13, 2017 ·  By ABS-CBN News for news.abs-cbn.com

American Gets 50 Years in Jail for Exploiting Minor From PH

A 54-year-old man from Tuttle, North Dakota was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Monday after being convicted of exploiting a minor from the Philippines. Calvin Bernhardt was found guilty of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted receipts of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, counterfeit currency, tampering with witness or […]

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Collaboration boosts sisters’ anti-trafficking efforts

February 10, 2017 ·  By Michele Morek for globalsistersreport.org

Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem, right, with Blessing, a victim of human trafficking at Bakhita Villa in Lagos, Nigeria. GSR has opted not to show Blessing's face to protect her privacy. (Provided photo)

• There are 17 regional Talitha Kum member networks in over 70 countries and on five continents. Find your regional and national network here. A woman code-named “Blessing,” a Nigerian victim of human trafficking, was working as a prostitute on the streets of Italy in the fall when police arrested her and took her to […]

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Report into Jehovah’s Witness organisations released

February 10, 2017 ·  By www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

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The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 29: The response of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse was released today. The report follows a public hearing held in Sydney in July and August 2015 which examined the experience of two survivors of child […]

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Ex-Colombian president to Duterte: ‘You’re repeating my mistakes’

February 10, 2017 ·  By VJ Bacungan, CNN Philippines for cnnphilippines.com

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The former President of a country notorious for its illegal drug cartels is warning President Rodrigo Duterte that his war on drugs will likely backfire. “Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse,” said […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses did not protect children from abuse, inquiry finds

February 9, 2017 ·  By Australian Associated Press for www.theguardian.com

Justice Peter McClellan and commissioner Helen Milroy in July 2015 at the commission’s public hearing into allegations of child sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Photograph: Jeremy Piper/AAP

Organisation relies on old policies, including a two-witness rule, and has weak internal sanctions that leave perpetrators at large, says royal commission Children are not adequately protected from the risk of sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a royal commission into child sexual abuse in Australia has found. The organisation relies on outdated policies and […]

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Child abuse: Documenting Australia’s shame

February 8, 2017 ·  By Australia for www.bbc.com

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In Australia, a boy of 10 is raped by an Anglican clergyman, who cuts his victim with a small knife and smears blood over his back in a twisted ritual to symbolise the suffering of Christ. This happened in the 1960s in Cessnock, a former mining town in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but […]

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Up to 13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty

February 8, 2017 ·  By Martin Chulov for www.theguardian.com

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Thousands of other opponents of Assad died from torture and starvation at Saydnaya prison, witness reports suggest As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest […]

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