On Monday Pope Francis met with the victims of sex abuse and apologized for the heinous crimes committed by Catholic priests. Some believe the meeting, that is first for the current pope, comes too late and apology is not what children really need. "What kids need is decisive action from the pope. Not words, not gestures, not symbols, not meetings," says David Clohessy, executive director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to launch a full-scale inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, after an official said the government had lost files that may shed light on the matter, reports Reuters.
One of the senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday.
A new study from a leading gun control group shows that at least 100 children were unintentionally killed by gunfire in the year following the Newtown, Connecticut massacre in December 2012. The study, titled, "Innocents Lost: A Year of Unintentional Child Gun Deaths," was carried out by two gun control activist groups, The Huffington Post reported on Wednesday. The findings represent a 61 percent higher figure than the average number of unintentional gun deaths reported annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2007 through 2011.
Dozens of children have been rescued and 281 pimps have been arrested as part of a child sex trafficking sting over the past week, according to information released today from the FBI. Operation Cross Country VIII took place in 106 cities across 54 FBI divisions, the bureau announced Monday.
Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and conveyed to Britain for terrible voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said on Thursday, urging London to step up its fight against the scourge.
An American man sought in the US on child sex allegations has been convicted in Cambodia on charges he sexually abused five boys at a Christian orphanage he ran.
The owner and manager of a children's boarding school in western India have been arrested after five minors said they were raped, forced to watch pornographic films and act them out with one another, police and charity workers said. The children were made to eat faeces as a punishment if they did not comply.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday visit the northeastern village from where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted a month ago by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram, senior government officials said, according to Reuters.
Israel offered Nigeria help on Sunday in locating schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in an attack that has drawn global condemnation and prompted some Western powers to provide assistance.
The United States has no plans to send troops to Nigeria to help recover hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "There's no intention, at this point, to (put) American boots on the ground," Hagel told ABC television's "This Week" program.
The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for about 300 girls abducted from a school by the Islamist group Boko Haram, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing domestic and international outrage against the government. The United Kingdom first said it was ready to help in a news release the day after the mass abduction on April 15, and made a formal offer of assistance on April 18, according to the British Foreign Office.
The UN Committee linked pedophilia among the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church and torture, reports Los Angeles Times. According to the publication, representatives of the committee questioned on Monday for two hours Vatican priests how the church servants consider cases of possible spread of pedophilia among priests.
Sex trafficking of children is growing in many urban areas of the United States, according to a survey report Tuesday that underscored calls for more robust action.
Six top Arizona child welfare employees were fired being responsible for closing about 6,500 abuse and neglect cases without investigations. Charles Flanagan, a head of the state child welfare agency, said that the workers knew that what they were doing was against policy but took measures to keep their actions secret.
Constructive dialogue with the United States is possible only if Russia is promptly provided with the investigation data on the rights abuse of the Russian children, adopted by the United States citizens, Children's Rights Commissioner in the Russian Federation Pavel Astakhov told RIA Novosti.
Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year. "I feel compelled... to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the pope said at a meeting with members of a children's charity, Vatican Radio reported. Francis said the number of guilty priests was "quite a few in number" but "obviously not compared to the number of all the priests".
United Kingdom is considering the possibility of introducing the so-called “Cinderella Law”, according to which parents who do not provide enough care and support for the children might end up in prison. Parents can face 10 years in jail for the “emotional cruelty”.
The US is re-homing adopted children at an alarming rate and one Haitian teenager is placing the blame on her original adopters for an unstable upbringing. Nita Dittenber, originally from Haiti, was adopted into many American households through the practice of private re-homing. This involves one set of parents adopting a child and then simply "re-gifting" the kid to another couple, as if they were a pet, once they become fed up with the adoptee. Although this procedure is cruel and psychologically damaging to a child, it is perfectly legal in the land of the free.
Child adoption in the United States all ends with death and denial as American parents have been found often times abusing or even killing the foreign children they had adopted. US parents could be in their homeland or raising these adopted youngsters abroad, the abuse can take place anywhere behind closed doors. One chilling case closed with a three year jail sentence for US couple Matthew and Grace Huang, who were accused of starving their eight-year-old adopted daughter from Ghana. The Qatar court had also accused the couple of planning to harvest her organs.