6-30-15 My 25 years as a prostitute
My 25 years as a prostitute
Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don't fall into the same trap. Some people will find Brenda's account upsetting. (Webmaster's comment: Worth the read! She deserves great praise for her honestly and courage telling us what it really was like.)
6-30-15 South Sudan conflict: Army 'raped and torched girls
South Sudan conflict: Army 'raped and torched girls
South Sudan's army and allied militias "abducted, torched and gang-raped girls" during fighting against rebel forces, a UN report says. Investigators found that at least 172 women and girls were abducted and subjected to sexual violence, it added.
6-29-15 DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape
DNA helps jail Afghan father for rape
An Afghan court has passed a landmark judgement, using DNA evidence to convict a man for the multiple rape of his daughter. The victim who cannot be named to protect her safety, was abused for more than 10 years, bearing two children. Violence against women is endemic in Afghanistan and victims of sexual abuse are often themselves jailed for "moral crimes".
6-23-15 Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring
Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring
Fifteen people have been arrested on human trafficking charges as part of a joint operation between Bosnian and French police. They are accused of forcing young Bosnian women and children to pickpocket on their behalf in France.
6-23-15 Sex-themed e-books given curfew in Germany
Sex-themed e-books given curfew in Germany
Germans will be able to buy adult-themed e-books only between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00, under new rules. It follows a complaint that a sexually explicit e-book titled Schlauchgeluste was too easy for children to obtain. It follows a complaint that a sexually explicit e-book titled Schlauchgeluste was too easy for children to obtain.
6-19-15 Manitoba apologises to indigenous families for 'cultural loss'
Manitoba apologises to indigenous families for 'cultural loss'
The Canadian province of Manitoba has apologised to indigenous families for decades of forced adoptions. Hundreds of thousands of indigenous children were taken away from their parents by welfare services and put into the care of mostly white families between the 1960s and 1980s in Canada.
6-15-15 Vatican ex-envoy Wesolowski faces child sex abuse trial
Vatican ex-envoy Wesolowski faces child sex abuse trial
The Vatican is to put its former envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, on trial on child sex abuse and child pornography charges. Jozef Wesolowski is accused of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic from 2008 to 2013. He is under house arrest in the Vatican. Wesolowski, 66, is also charged with possession of child pornography, dating from his return to Rome in 2013.
6-10-15 Paedophile priests: Pope Francis set up tribunal
Paedophile priests: Pope Francis set up tribunal
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up child abuse by paedophile priests. The unprecedented move followed a recommendation from the Pope's newly-created panel on clerical sex abuse. Victims' groups have long called for the Vatican to do more to make bishops accountable for abuse on their watch.
6-10-15 The children taken from home for a social experiment
The children taken from home for a social experiment
In the 1950s, a group of Inuit children were taken from their families in Greenland to be re-educated as model Danish citizens. More than 60 years later, they want the Danish government to apologise for an experiment that did enormous damage.
6-5-15 US archdiocese faces criminal charges for role in abuse case
US archdiocese faces criminal charges for role in abuse case
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is facing criminal charges after US officials said church leaders ignored reports that a priest was molesting children. Archdiocese is charged as a corporation with failing to protect children, but no individuals were charged. If convicted, the archdiocese would be fined several thousand dollars. (Webmaster's comment: Several Thousand Dollars? Pocket change for the archdiocese. A single Sunday's collections. Hundreds of thousands would be more like it, if not millions.)
6-3-15 Canada 'cultural genocide' against First Nation - report
Canada 'cultural genocide' against First Nation - report
A study has found rules that required Canadian aboriginals to attend state-funded church schools were responsible for "cultural genocide". The report released on Tuesday found that First Nation children were often physically and sexually abused. "They were stripped of their self-respect and they were stripped of their identity," said Murray Sinclair, one of the study's authors.