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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, …


Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church …


Pope Francis tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse …


Diocese holds forgiveness Mass in wake of grand jury report

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is holding a Mass of forgiveness, as the Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” …


Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …


6 more patients accuse cosmetic surgeon of sex abuse

A Camas, Washington, cosmetic surgeon previously released from jail on his own recognizance on suspicion of sexually assaulting two patients has been arrested again after being indicted for the alleged …


Gymnastics exec says she was told to keep quiet about Nassar

The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and …


USC president agrees to step down amid gynecologist scandal

The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a raging sex scandal involving a university gynecologist who is accused of conducting inappropriate exams for …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Olympian sues USA Swimming to allege sexual abuse cover-up

Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport’s national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up.


Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Pope to give Chilean bishops a dressing-down on abuse errors

The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Former foster son of ex-Seattle mayor files lawsuit

The former foster son of ex-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has filed a lawsuit against the city and Murray, claiming Murray improperly used the city’s top office to defame him and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 22, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Martha Karolyi sidesteps responsibility in Nassar scandal

Former USA Gymnastics national team coordinator Martha Karolyi says she feels for the sexual abuse victims of a former national team doctor serving decades in prison but added she doesn’t …


Looking to the future after becoming a teenage felon

In May 2009, Zachary Neagle killed his 32-year-old father, Jason Neagle, in their Caldwell home. When his defense argued that years of sexual abuse prompted the killing, national and international …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Haiti suspends Oxfam pending investigation into sexual abuse

Aid group Oxfam Great Britain will be suspended from operating in Haiti for the next two months pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its employees, a government …


Seattle faces damage claim over ex-mayor abuse allegations

The former foster son of ex-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city negligently failed to investigate his and other men’s allegations that Murray sexually abused them decades ago.


Olympic swimmer: Coach’s manipulation, abuse dulled success

An Olympic swimmer who accused her former coach of sexually abusing her as a minor described “an extensive, abusive and incredibly manipulative relationship” that spanned a decade in an emotional …


French film distributor comes to Woody Allen’s defense

Woody Allen’s French film distributor has defended the American director against sexual abuse claims, saying he has been unfairly caught up in the fallout surrounding the #MeToo movement.


Eastern Oregon man gets 212 years for abusing girl

An eastern Oregon man has been sentenced to 212 years in prison for sexually abusing a young relative.


Michigan AG vows to find out who knew what at Michigan State

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette lashed out at Michigan State University on Saturday for allowing Larry Nassar to sexually abuse girls and women for years, and he took a shot …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis retires; football coach Mark Dantonio defends himself

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio says he’s always worked with the correct authorities in cases involving sexual assault allegations. After an ESPN report detailed various allegations involving Michigan State …


Ex-gymnast to doctor: ‘You didn’t heal me. You only hurt me’

A former elite gymnast said Tuesday that a sports doctor who treated Olympic athletes overlooked what turned out to be a broken leg while he molested her in the basement …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Judge: Victims of sports doctor are ‘sister survivor warriors’

The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Sexual abuse victim to ex-doctor: ‘You are a repulsive liar’

One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor on Tuesday described the sexual abuse Larry Nassar inflicted on …


Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse

LOS ANGELES – Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was forced to sign a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

U.K. PM May urges ‘culture of respect’ after abuse scandal

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Monday for a new “culture of respect” in public life amid what she called troubling allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

French women ask Macron for attack plan against sexual abuse

Prominent French women challenged President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday to organize an “attack plan” against sexual violence and harassment, saying in a blunt verdict on the recent revelations of alleged …


Three plaintiffs in Boy Scout sex abuse case reach settlement

GREAT FALLS – Three of six female plaintiffs who claim they were sexually assaulted by an adult Boy Scout leader nearly 40 years ago have reached a settlement. The Great …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

Former Idaho lawmaker focus of sexual abuse investigation

Documents obtained Tuesday from the Idaho Attorney General’s office show that the investigation involving a former state lawmaker is for possible sexual abuse.