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Catholic church split over abuse scandal gravity

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis has vowed to end clerical sexual abuse, but bishops from Asia and Africa have shown a mixed response to a scandal some have termed a “Western problem”. Church leaders from around the world attended the closing mass Sunday of a month-long …

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US opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

New York, United States | AFP | The US has for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. The Archdiocese of …

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Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Instagram on Tuesday added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service. The move comes after Facebook also increased anti-harassment measures, following a survey which said young victims of online abuse feel …

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Sex abuse scandal haunts Australia’s top Catholic cleric

Melbourne, Australia | AFP | From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has seen his reputation plagued in the twilight of his career by controversy swirling around a 1970s paedophile scandal in the former gold rush town of Ballarat. To his admirers, …

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Uganda Parliament to probe sexual abuse in schools

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Parliament has resolved to set up a select committee to investigate the widespread cases of sexual harassment in educational institutions. The move followed a motion moved by the National Female Youth MP, Anna Adeke Ebaju (Ind.) praying that Parliament investigates the media allegations of sexual …

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Abusive relationships

Why it’s so hard for women to ‘just leave’ Kampala, Uganda | DANIEL G. SAUNDERS | “And so I stayed.” In a widely read blog post, Jennifer Willoughby wrote this phrase after each of the many reasons she gave for enduring what she described as her abusive marriage to former White House …

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UN peacekeepers from Ghana recalled over sex with S. Sudan women

United Nations, United States | AFP | Forty-six UN peacekeepers from Ghana have been recalled from their base in northwestern South Sudan following allegations of sexual exploitation of women sheltering at the site, a UN spokesman said Monday. The 46 police were confined to barracks in Juba on Saturday after a …

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18 new sexual abuse claims against UN peacekeepers in DRC

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The United Nations said Wednesday it had registered 18 alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers and civilian personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year. Fourteen of the allegations involve paternity cases or complainants seeking “care for children …

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