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It may be the most common kind of child abuse ? and the most challenging to deal with. But psychological abuse, or emotional abuse, rarely gets the kind of attention that sexual or physical abuse receives.

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Ousted Penn State president blasts report, says he was abused as a childupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 11:16:00

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier said he never would have ignored accusations of child sex abuse on campus because, among other things, he "personally experienced massive and persistent abuse as a child," according to a letter he sent to the school's board of trustees.

Two Philadelphia priests barred amid sexual abuse probeupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 18:09:00

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia barred two more priests from ministry on Friday amid allegations of child sexual abuse, bringing the tally to nine clergymen banned from the embattled church since May.

Sex abusers prey on kids' trust, thrive on shame and fear, experts sayupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 17:09:00

It's hard to pin down the numbers. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry says child sex abuse is reported 80,000 times a year. But experts acknowledge those numbers are just a drop in the bucket. Many more child sex abuse cases never go reported.

Learning to heal after abuseupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 17:09:00

CNN's Lisa Sylvester goes inside a center which helps children heal after abuse.

Final defense witness is not Sanduskyupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:32:00

The defense rests in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, with the defendant not taking the stand.

Do pedophiles deserve sympathy?updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:32:00

One cannot choose to not be a pedophile, but one can choose to not be a child molester.

California official arrested in videotaped beating during game of catchupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 07:02:00

An elected official in California has been arrested on accusations of felony child abuse after a neighbor videotaped him beating his stepson with a belt during a backyard game of catch, authorities told CNN Saturday.

Catholic church official to stand trialupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 01:09:00

Susan Candiotti reports on the trial of a church official accused of covering up sex abuse of children by priests.

Delibrations continue in Catholic child abuse cover-up caseupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 01:09:00

Deliberations resume Monday in Philadephia in the landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse.

Catholic child abuse cover-up case heads to juryupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 09:30:00

Jury deliberations could start Friday in Philadelphia in the landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse.

Jury deliberations could begin Friday in landmark abuse trial of two priestsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 20:46:00

Preposterous. Disgraceful. Shameful. Absurd. Ridiculous.

Accused priest: 'I was helping priests and helping victims as best I could'updated: Wed May 23 2012 18:57:00

The highest-ranking cleric to be charged with child endangerment testified Wednesday in the landmark child sexual abuse and conspiracy trial in which he and another Philadelphia priest are defendants.

Philadelphia priest: Not archdiocese's policy to tell police about abuse reportsupdated: Tue May 22 2012 20:11:00

A priest who assisted Monsignor William Lynn investigate clergy sex abuse claims testified Tuesday that it was not the archdiocese's policy to contact law enforcement or other victims of abuse.

Philadelphia Archdiocese bars 5 priests in child sex abuse scandalupdated: Fri May 04 2012 15:03:00

Philadelphia's Catholic archbishop announced Friday that five priests will not be reinstated following a church investigation into accusations of child sex abuse, though the men have a right to an appeal.

Witness says Philadelphia priest raped him at age 14updated: Wed Apr 04 2012 21:25:00

A tearful former altar boy testified Wednesday that one of two Philadelphia priests on trial in a clergy abuse case molested him during an overnight visit at the priest's apartment.

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest updated: Mon Mar 26 2012 14:28:00

Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Philly priest sex abuse case cover-up?updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on a memo that says a Philadephia cardinal ordered a priest sex abuse file shredded.

Judge rejects dismissal in child sex cover-up case against clericupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

A judge on Monday rejected a motion to dismiss charges against a Philadelphia archdiocese official accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyedupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 05:59:00

A Philadelphia archdiocese official on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children has asked a court to throw out charges against him based on a 1994 memo showing Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed.

Wisconsin girl kept in basement and starved, police sayupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 17:12:00

Wisconsin authorities have jailed the father, stepmother and stepbrother of a 15-year-old girl investigators say was kept in a basement, sexually abused and starved before being found last week.

End statute of limitations on child sex crimesupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 09:35:00

The Penn State scandal was just starting to reach a rolling boil last month when the Department of Education announced that it would be investigating the school for a possible violation of the Clery Act. A quarter century ago, Jeanne Clery was asleep in her Lehigh University dorm room when she was raped and killed by an intruder.

China busts child trafficking ringupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 11:19:00

Chinese police bust two child-trafficking rings, rescuing 179 children after a six-month nationwide investigation.

PSU students react to abuse scandalupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 04:10:00

Dave Cole, PSU student and editor of school newspaper, Onward State, discusses students' reaction to child abuse scandal. Michael McCann: Did Joe Paterno break the law?updated: Thu Nov 10 2011 01:29:00

While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won't file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state's Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky's alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse.

The myth of the 'monster' pedophileupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:34:00

I met Jerry Sandusky in the late 1990s. I was at Penn State conducting a workshop with coaches on sexual violence. It was a few years after my retirement from professional football and a decade removed from my days at Syracuse University, where I competed against Sandusky's defense on the playing field.

Joe Paterno to resign at end of seasonupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:34:00

Longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the 2011 season, he said in a statement.

4 accused of keeping children in dog cage make court appearanceupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 14:18:00

Four suspects accused of keeping children in a cage in a dirty trailer home in Nebraska attended a court hearing Thursday after being charged with felony child abuse, first degree false imprisonment and misdemeanor child abuse, officials said.

State report finds Casey Anthony 'responsible' for daughter's deathupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 05:45:00

Casey Anthony is responsible for the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, a report released Thursday by Florida's Department of Children and Families concludes.

U.S. Catholic bishops revise guidelines against sex abuseupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 23:12:00

To fight child abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revised its 2002 charter Thursday, the group said. Nicolas Cage May Be Investigated for Child Abuseupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 12:56:00

According to a police report, the actor allegedly dropped his son at the time of his New Orleans arrest

2 more retired Philadelphia priests placed on leave in abuse probeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 23:00:00

Two more priests have been placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese as part of an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

New York child welfare workers charged in historic caseupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 16:17:00

Two former child services case workers have been charged in the death of a 4-year-old girl they were supposed to be monitoring. It is the first indictment of child services employees in New York City's history.

Florida agency defends its work after children found in canalupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 22:04:00

Child welfare officials Tuesday defended their involvement with the family of a woman whose two children were found dead in a south Florida canal, saying Felicia Brown "deserved a chance to have her children back."

Officials investigated safety of kids found dead in Florida canalupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 18:02:00

Child protective investigators in Florida had "prior involvement" with the family of the two children found dead in a canal this month, an official said Tuesday.

Dad found with dead kid, body bag in carupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 22:10:00

A Florida father was found with the dead body of his adopted daughter in his truck and another severely ill child.

After authorities found 'no concerns,' police detail abuse of twinsupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 22:10:00

The same day that law enforcement records painted a grim picture of brutal, systemic abuse of 10-year-old Florida twins, one of whom was found dead in a plastic bag in her adoptive father's truck, the state child welfare agency released a report indicating that investigators had concluded there were "no safety threats" in the family's home.

Florida DCF: 'Outraged all of us'updated: Sat Mar 05 2011 21:13:00

Florida's Department of Children and Families is under fire after a girl was found dead in a pickup truck.

Florida woman charged with murder of adopted daughterupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 21:13:00

The adoptive mother of a Florida girl found dead in a plastic bag in her husband's truck has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Saturday.

Wisconsin investigates couple charged with child abuse in Oklahomaupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 19:45:00

The state of Wisconsin is investigating a couple who were foster and adoptive parents there before moving to Oklahoma, where they face charges of child neglect and abuse in a case the sheriff calls the worst he has seen.

Parents charged in abused kids caseupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 10:00:00

An Oklahoma sheriff said three adopted children were found severely abused. KWTV reports.

Sheriff: Three adopted children suffered horrific abuseupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 10:00:00

Three adopted children who allegedly suffered burns and were forced to eat pet food lived in "inhumane conditions" and might never fully recover, an Oklahoma sheriff said Thursday.

New documents detail hardships endured by Florida twinsupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 15:13:00

An independent panel has been asked to investigate the actions of Florida's child protection system in the case of 10-year-old twins, one of whom was found dead in the truck of her adoptive father while the other was rescued with life-threatening burns.

Why did Fla. children slip through cracks?updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 13:07:00

The tragic case of Jorge Barahona of Florida is yet another reminder of the shortcomings of the nation's child protective service systems.

Police: Man tried to kill himself, sonupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:49:00

Police say a man admitted trying to kill himself and his adopted son. WSVN has more.

Ten tough years for adopted twinsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:49:00

There were blood relatives in Houston who wanted to adopt.

Japan's child abuse cases on riseupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 05:04:00

CNN's Kyung Lah reports on how cases of child abuse in Japan have quadrupled in 10 years.

Japan sees alarming rise in child abuseupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 05:04:00

She is a precocious little girl, in pigtails and rainbow rimmed glasses, all spark and determination. The 11- year-old attacks origami with the mission to build a flying bird.

U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 09:26:00

President Obama is reviewing, again, what we are doing in Afghanistan. He should order our diplomats and generals to stop turning a blind eye to the widespread sexual abuse of children.

Authorities arrest suspect in Dutch child abuse caseupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 07:43:00

A substitute preschool teacher suspected of molesting up to 50 children has been arrested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the international police organization Interpol said.

Facebookers changing profile pics to cartoon charactersupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 09:34:00

Why is Rocko, that one-dimensional wallaby from the '90s cartoon series, now a friend of mine on Facebook? And Charlie Brown? And Chip 'n' Dale?

Justices rule against couple still on state registryupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 11:03:00

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a California couple "living every parent's nightmare" who tried to sue local county officials for damages after failing to get off a database listing known or suspected child abusers.

Court hears appeal of couple cleared of child abuse, still on registryupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 17:39:00

The Supreme Court appeared split Tuesday over whether a California couple "living every parent's nightmare" can sue city officials for damages after failing to get off a list of known or suspected child abusers.

German bishops set out rules to stop sexual abuseupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 12:26:00

German Catholic bishops Thursday set out new rules to help prevent clergy from abusing children, following scandals across Europe.

Irish cardinal will not resign after scandals, he saysupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 09:20:00

Months after the revelation that he helped cover up for one of Ireland's most notoriously abusive priests, the country's top Catholic churchman, Cardinal Sean Brady, says he has "moved on" and will not resign.

Irish cardinal says he won't resignupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 09:20:00

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Britain, an Irish cardinal says he has no plans to resign his post.

Belgium church to begin interviews in sex abuse caseupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 02:06:00

Belgian church officials will begin interviews Tuesday in their inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy and others working for the church from the 1950s into the late 1980s.

Pope pained by Belgian child sex scandalupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 17:18:00

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI feels much pain after revelations that members of the clergy were involved in widespread sexual abuse of children from the 1950s through the 1980s in Belgium.

Catholic Church in Belgium details widespread sexual abuseupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 09:27:00

The Catholic Church in Belgium released an independent report Friday detailing hundreds of assertions of sexual abuse of children by clergy and others working for the church from the 1950s into the late 1980s.

Pope likely to meet abuse victims, archbishop indicatesupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 10:30:00

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to meet victims of child abuse when he visits the United Kingdom next week, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales indicated Sunday.

Man's 1988 child molestation conviction to be revisitedupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 22:33:00

A team of prosecutors and a panel of law enforcement, legal and social science experts are being assembled to reinvestigate the case of a man convicted in 1988 of sexually abusing children, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

Officials issue national strategy to fight child sex crimesupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 06:59:00

With child sex crimes in the United States sharply increasing, federal officials Monday issued a "national strategy" to combat child exploitation in homes, on streets and over the internet.

Holder unveils child protection strategyupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 06:59:00

Attorney General Eric Holder says its time for a new "national strategy" to combat child exploitation.

Prosecutors: Death threats made in Belgian clergy child abuse probeupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:34:00

The Belgian Prosecutor's Office said Monday it is investigating death threats against witnesses and magistrates involved in clergy child abuse cases.

Pope deplores abuse raid on Belgium church HQupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 11:37:00

A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

Cardinal should quit over abuse scandal, most Irish sayupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 08:53:00

Three out of four Irish adults say the country's top churchman, Cardinal Sean Brady, should resign for his role in hiding abuse of children by one of the country's most notoriously abusive priests decades ago, according to a poll published by the Irish Times Monday.

Pope addresses priest abuse scandalupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:45:00

Pope Benedict XVI said Friday the church must promise "to do everything possible" to ensure that the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests "will never occur again."

Pope pleads for forgiveness from victimsupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:45:00

Pope Benedict XVI asks victims for forgiveness in the church abuse scandal. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Vatican police ask women priest campaigners to leaveupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 14:44:00

Activists campaigning for the Catholic Church to ordain women as priests were asked to leave the Vatican on Tuesday.

Priest at his child abuse trial in Rome: 'I am not a monster'updated: Wed Apr 28 2010 10:34:00

A priest accused of child abuse denied the charges Tuesday in a high-profile trial taking place in the shadow of the Vatican.

Cult leader, ex-Nazi Schaefer dies in Chileupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 21:09:00

Paul Schaefer, a former Nazi who fled Germany in 1961 and founded a cult-like commune in Chile, died Saturday in a prison hospital.

Police: Man tortured 4-year-old to death for wetting his pantsupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 22:20:00

A Michigan man could face life in prison after he allegedly tortured and ultimately killed his girlfriend's 4-year-old son last week for wetting his pants, prosecutors say.

New arrests in N.J. child rape caseupdated: Sun Apr 04 2010 15:07:00

Trenton city officials announce four more arrests in a case involving a 7-year-old girl.

Pope's Irish child abuse letter fails to calm stormupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 22:24:00

Victims of child abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland have dismissed a long-awaited letter by Pope Benedict XVI as not going far enough.

Pope finalizes letter on abuseupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 02:09:00

Pope Benedict XVI has signed a letter aimed at defusing anger in Ireland over a sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.

Dutch bishops launch child abuse investigationupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 09:43:00

Catholic bishops in the Netherlands have announced an independent investigation into allegations of child abuse by clergy, widening a scandal that touches countries including the United States, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Pope on scandal in Irelandupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 09:26:00

Pope Benedict XVI announces he'll sign a pastoral letter addressing the child abuse scandal in Ireland.

Top Irish Catholic ducking blame in abuse case, campaigner chargesupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 09:26:00

Ireland's top Catholic cardinal is using the "Nuremberg defense" in the face of public outrage at his role 35 years ago in investigating one of the country's most notorious child-abusing priests, an activist said Tuesday.

Cardinal apologizes for child abuse 'failures'updated: Wed Mar 17 2010 23:09:00

The head of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, admitted Wednesday that the church's response to abuse had been "hopelessly inadequate."

Pope's role adds new wrinkleupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 23:09:00

CNN's Sr. Vatican analyst discusses similarities and differences between Catholic church scandals in the U.S. and Europe.

Ex-teacher arrested in Chile; child sex abuse in Spain allegedupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:51:00

A man who used to teach at a Roman Catholic religious order's schools in Spain has been arrested in Chile on suspicion of sexually abusing children, police in Spain and Chile said Tuesday.

Ireland's top cardinal accused of ducking blame over abuse probeupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:42:00

Ireland's top Catholic cardinal is using the "Nuremberg defense" in the face of public outrage at his role 35 years ago in investigating one of the country's most notorious child-abusing priests, an activist said Tuesday.

Pope's ex-diocese suspends sex-abuse priestupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:11:00

A priest who was accused of sexually abusing children -- and whose subsequent move from one location to another the pope approved when he was a German cardinal -- has been suspended, his archdiocese announced Monday. The priest was later convicted.

Child abuse claims hit Catholic institutions in Germanyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 01:03:00

Norbert Denef says for years he couldn't speak about the crimes committed against him during his childhood in Germany.

Pope to address child abuseupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 15:37:00

The Pope will meet with Irish bishops to reassure them that child abuse will not be tolerated. CNN's Jim Clancy reports

Pope condemns child abuse as 'heinous crime'updated: Tue Feb 16 2010 15:37:00

The sexual abuse of children is not just a "heinous crime" but a "grave sin" that offends God and wounds human dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday after a two-day meeting with Irish Catholic bishops at the Vatican.

Rape victim's parents chargedupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 06:55:00

Police have charged the parents of an alleged gang rape victim with child abuse.

Rape victim's parents charged with abuseupdated: Sat Nov 21 2009 06:55:00

The parents of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by four boys in July were arrested Friday on child abuse charges, according to Arizona police.

Report: Child abuse on rise in Jamaicaupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 00:47:00

The number of child abuse reports in Jamaica increased dramatically in 2008, the nation's Office of Children's Registry reported Saturday. Mom of Missing Fla. Girl Indicted on Murder Chargeupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 18:45:00

A Florida grand jury has indicted the mother of a missing 3-year-old girl on first-degree murder and other charges

3 Texas polygamists indicted by grand juryupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 01:07:00

A Texas grand jury indicted three more members of a polygamist sect that was raided in April, a Schleicher County official told CNN on Thursday.

Five members of polygamous sect surrenderupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 20:34:00

Five members of a polygamous sect who were indicted alongside leader Warren Jeffs last week turned themselves in Monday to face sexual assault charges, Texas authorities said.

Global pedophile manhuntupdated: Thu May 08 2008 16:21:00

Interpol asks the public's help in a global hunt to find a suspected pedophile. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Photos show arrest in global pedophile huntupdated: Thu May 08 2008 16:21:00

A pedophile suspect who became the subject of an international manhunt this week after an appeal from Interpol has been detained in the United States.

Pedophile appeal nets 200 new leads updated: Wed May 07 2008 05:04:00

Interpol is chasing more than 200 leads on the potential identity of a pedophile suspected of molesting young boys, just one day after launching a global manhunt.

Commentary: A sex offender's scarlet letter updated: Mon Apr 14 2008 10:34:00

I'm cool under pressure. Cool as a cucumber, actually, eerily so. My friends and family comment on it. I think I get it from my father, the quintessential smooth operator.

Sex offender upset by signsupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 10:34:00

A Kansas sex offender is ordered to post signs on his house and car telling others about his crime. KWCH reports.

Tackling child traffickingupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 11:44:00

Homeland has organized Child Trafficking Awareness Day to address the issue on the Thailand-Cambodia border. Fallout From the War at Homeupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 15:00:00

A new study shows soaring rates of child abuse and neglect in military families after a parent's deployment

Child molester extraditedupdated: Sun Jul 08 2007 21:26:00

Child molester extradited

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