Why has the Catholic Church taken so long to confront child sexual abuse? In a Conflict Zone interview in Rome, Father Hans Zollner told DW’s Tim Sebastian: "There are factors that make it difficult to change." Zollner is the head of the Centre of Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was appointed by Pope Francis as a founding member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Why the Catholic Church had become a home "for deceivers, criminal priests or abusers," Sebastian asked. "They have not had a home … they have to be taken to accountability and this is what is going to happen." Sebastian pressed further asking Zollner if the church had given the predators an opportunity to continue to abuse. "We have now instead established a system of accountability," Zollner said. Why are the review boards established by the Catholic Church in the United States working in secrecy and in some cases undermining claims from … [Read more...] about Why has the Catholic Church taken so long to address child sexual abuse?
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The former USA Gymnastics doctor will spend the rest of his life in prison for his prolonged sexual abuse by Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn Feb 5, 2018 at 1:19 pm ET • 1 min read Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to a third prison term on Monday, earning him an additional 40 to 125 years behind bars for sexually assaulting young athletes under the guise of medical treatment.The 54-year-old Nassar was previously sentenced to a 60-year federal term for child pornography charges, then 40 to 175 years for his serial abuse of underage girls and young women that he treated while serving in his role as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State athletics. This latest sentence comes after Nassar pleaded guilty to "penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries" at a popular Michigan training center for promising gymnasts. In total, Nassar has been accused of … [Read more...] about Larry Nassar sentenced to third prison term of 40 to 125 years for sexual abuse
By AFP More by this Author A Netflix series producer has filed court documents in New York alleging disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein raped, sexually assaulted and verbally abused her over a five-year period.Alexandra Canosa, an associate producer of "Marco Polo", had initially filed a $10 million suit in December, and this week amended it to further detail her allegations against the 66-year-old father of five.She said Weinstein "constantly threatened" her and "made it clear that if she did not succumb to his demands for sexual contact or if she exposed his unwanted conduct there would be retaliation, including humiliation, the loss of her job and loss of any ability to work in the entertainment business," according to documents filed Monday.The misconduct included sexual and physical assault and multiple instances of rape between 2010 and 2015, according to the updated filing.Defendants including the Weinstein Company "knew or should have known about Harvey Weinstein's … [Read more...] about Netflix producer accuses Weinstein of persistent sexual assault
By AFP More by this Author Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his ex-production company have been hit with a $10 million New York lawsuit by a former associate producer on Netflix show "Marco Polo".The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Alexandra Canosa in the New York Supreme Court on Wednesday accuses the 65-year-old father of five of violations that include sexual harassment, assault, battery and emotional distress.EMOTIONAL DISTRESSCanosa "incurred substantial physical injury, pain, suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress," said a copy of the lawsuit, seeking damages and costs "estimated to be in excess of $10 million.""The causes of action are based on repeated sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, emotional abuse, assault and battery of plaintiff by defendant Harvey Weinstein over a period of years through 2017," said the suit.The alleged behaviour happened while Canosa was employed by Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. Canosa is listed as an … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein hit with $10mn sexual harassment suit
close Video More stars come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie say they have been sexually assaulted by the movie mogul; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.' Politicians and celebrities have spoken out in the wake of numerous reports detailing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged mistreatment of women. A bombshell New York Times story was published last week describing Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct toward women spanning decades. It also said that he has made eight settlements related to the accusations. In the fallout from the Oct. 5 story, Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company - the studio he co-founded with his brother, Bob - during the weekend. Weinstein, the Times report said, settled for $100,000 with “Scream” actress Rose McGowan in 1997 following a hotel room incident. The settlement, however, didn’t admit guilt, the paper described a legal document as saying. The … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal: Hollywood reacts
Rev Christopher Goble, pictured, today pleaded guilty to possession of 112 images of child abuse which were among the most serious category A paedophile vicar who downloaded thousands of sick child abuse images which showed babies being raped has been jailed for 20 months. Christopher Goble, who once appeared on the BBC to give his 'thought for the day', was found with a staggering 1,700 indecent images of children. A court heard they included over 600 'category A' images - the worst kind - on his laptop and phone with some featuring babies being horrifically abused. Goble, a married father who served within the Diocese of Coventry, was suspended after police found his sickening hoard when they raided his home on September 30. Detectives discovered the disgraced reverend had made searches for terms such as 'incest' and 'young children' before amassing his illegal collection over five years. He also had extreme pornography of women being penetrated by dogs and horses and discussed … [Read more...] about Paedophile vicar, 44, who gave his ‘thought for the day’ on BBC is jailed for 20 months for downloading 1,700 child abuse images including babies being raped