Child abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry
A Jehovah's Witnesses assembly gathering of 30.000 believers in Villepinte, Paris, in 2011
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Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been ‘a considerable number’ of complaints against the group
9 Mar 2018
Priest celibacy should be voluntary, says child abuse report
The chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan
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Priest celibacy should be voluntary, says child abuse report

A five-year inquiry into institutional child abuse in Australia has delivered its findings
15 Dec 2017
Paedophile hunters: should police work with vigilantes?
Man on bench, grooming
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Paedophile hunters: should police work with vigilantes?

Volunteers have come to play a crucial role in prosecutions - but professional warn their help is a double-edged sword
18 Oct 2017
Twenty thousand underage girls ‘marry illegally every day’
A 15-year-old girl prepares for her wedding in Bangladesh
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Twenty thousand underage girls ‘marry illegally every day’

World Bank says one in three girls in developing world is victim of underage marriage
12 Oct 2017
Should police work with anti-paedophile vigilantes?
A community playground outside a housing estate in Fulham
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Should police work with anti-paedophile vigilantes?

Role of unauthorised volunteers in convictions is growing, but serious concerns remain
18 Sep 2017
Edward Heath paedophile probe widens
Ted Heath in May 1970
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Edward Heath paedophile probe widens

The independent child sex abuse inquiry will examine an ‘explosive report’ on the former PM
11 Sep 2017
Three Girls: Petition calls for award for Sara Rowbotham
Sara Rowbotham
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Three Girls: Petition calls for award for Sara Rowbotham

More than 130,000 demand social worker, played by Maxine Peake in BBC1's Three Girls, be acknowledged
22 May 2017
BBC drama Three Girls denies pushing 'far-right agenda'
Three Girls
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BBC drama Three Girls denies pushing 'far-right agenda'

Controversial three-part series about Rochdale child abuse case described as one of TV's toughest watches
9 May 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos loses book deal over child abuse comments
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Milo Yiannopoulos loses book deal over child abuse comments

Video emerges of Breitbart editor referring to relationships between 13-year-old boys and older men
21 Feb 2017
Football sex abuse: Le Tissier was 'given naked massage'
Le Tissier
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Football sex abuse: Le Tissier was 'given naked massage'

Ex-England star describes 'very, very wrong' experiences while a young player at Southampton
7 Dec 2016
Abuse victims name senior figures amid hush-money claims
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Abuse victims name senior figures amid hush-money claims

'Former manager' reported to be involved, while allegations spread to former QPR scout
6 Dec 2016
Ex-Chelsea footballer 'paid £50K to keep quiet on abuse'
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Ex-Chelsea footballer 'paid £50K to keep quiet on abuse'

Gary Johnson says he was assaulted by talent scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s and paid for his silence
2 Dec 2016
Football sex abuse scandal: Who is coach Barry Bennell?
Barry Bennell
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Football sex abuse scandal: Who is coach Barry Bennell?

Convicted paedophile at centre of allegations is in hospital after being found unconscious
28 Nov 2016
Football sex abuse: Three more players speak out
Football Abuse
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Football sex abuse: Three more players speak out

Another two Crewe Alexandra youth players reveal their ordeal, while claims spread to Newcastle United
25 Nov 2016
Rotherham child sex ring: six guilty of exploiting girls
Rotherham child abuse scandal
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Rotherham child sex ring: six guilty of exploiting girls

'The harm you have caused is of unimaginable proportions,' judge tells gang of six
26 Feb 2016
Rotherham sex abuse trial: girls 'groomed with sweets'
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Rotherham sex abuse trial: girls 'groomed with sweets'

Court hears details about the alleged abuse of 12 young girls by seven people, including two women
11 Dec 2015
Seven in eight child sex abuse cases 'go undetected'
Rotherham child abuse scandal
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Seven in eight child sex abuse cases 'go undetected'

Children's commissioner believes hundreds of thousands of victims are missed by authorities
24 Nov 2015
Harvey Proctor accuses police of 'homosexual witch hunt'
Harvey Proctor
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Harvey Proctor accuses police of 'homosexual witch hunt'

'I'm a homosexual. I'm not a murderer or a paedophile,' former Tory MP tells reporters
26 Aug 2015
Who was Edward Heath? And what was his secret?
Ted Heath
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Who was Edward Heath? And what was his secret?

Rumours followed Ted Heath throughout his parliamentary years: but it's never been claimed he was a paedophile – until now
4 Aug 2015
Rotherham: charity given £3m to help victims of sexual abuse
Rotherham child abuse scandal
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Rotherham: charity given £3m to help victims of sexual abuse

Children's charity Barnardo's receives funding from the Government in the wake of the child abuse scandal
3 Aug 2015
Police investigations into child abuse 'often inadequate'
Police
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Police investigations into child abuse 'often inadequate'

Inspectorate of Constabulary accuses police of not listening to victims of child abuse and neglect
2 Jul 2015
Why reports of sex offences against children are on the rise
Teenage victim of sexual abuse in Rotherham
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Why reports of sex offences against children are on the rise

Police are recording at least 85 sexual assaults every day as reports jump by more than a third
17 Jun 2015
Rotherham authorities warned of sex abuse 12 years ago
Rotherham child abuse scandal
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Rotherham authorities warned of sex abuse 12 years ago

Author of 2003 report cannot understand why nobody responded to multiple child rape claims
5 May 2015
Smacking children: should it be made illegal?
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Smacking children: should it be made illegal?

Controversial debate reignited over whether smacking constitutes reasonable punishment or child abuse
5 Mar 2015
CHILD ABUSE: teachers face jail when failing to react
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:(EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) A teenage girl, who claims to be a victim of sexual abuse and alleged grooming, poses in Roth
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CHILD ABUSE: teachers face jail when failing to react

Cameron reveals new proposals, as 'damning' report on child sexual abuse in Oxfordshire is published
3 Mar 2015
Rotherham scandal: Labour's failings leave door open to Ukip
The Mole
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Rotherham scandal: Labour's failings leave door open to Ukip

Former MP Denis MacShane says being 'Guardian reader and liberal leftie' may have held him back
28 Aug 2014
Missing paedophile dossier: MPs expected to call on Brittan
The Mole
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Missing paedophile dossier: MPs expected to call on Brittan

Outrage at file’s disappearance: it would have ‘rocked the Commons’ if action had been taken, says the Mail
3 Jul 2014
Paedophile dossier: Leon Brittan statement 'disappointing'
The Mole
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Paedophile dossier: Leon Brittan statement 'disappointing'

Former Home Secretary remembers 'a bundle of papers' - but does not recall officials taking it further
2 Jul 2014
SAVILE ABUSE: claims reach 500, including child aged two
Jimmy Saville at The Bupa Great North Run
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SAVILE ABUSE: claims reach 500, including child aged two

Children's charity NSPCC says Jimmy Savile may be the 'most prolific sex offender' it has ever encountered
2 Jun 2014
Cyril Smith abuse claims: police investigate cover-up
Cyril Smith, the Liberal MP for Rochdale
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Cyril Smith abuse claims: police investigate cover-up

Police are already investigating allegations of decades of abuse, made after death of the larger-than-life MP
28 Apr 2014
Dawkins and Hitchens planto have Pope arrested
Pope Benedict XVI
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Dawkins and Hitchens planto have Pope arrested

Lawyers say atheists Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins may have case against Benedict
12 Apr 2010
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