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Air Force instructor handed 20-year sentence for abuseupdated: Sat Jul 21 2012 21:57:00

An Air Force instructor convicted of rape, aggravated sexual assault and other charges against 10 female recruits was handed a 20-year prison sentence Saturday in a military scandal that spurred investigators to examine the extent of the abuse.

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.

Penn State conspiracy of silence?updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 20:28:00

Sandusky found guilty in 45 of 48 child sexual abuse charges. Now some allege there was a cover up at Penn State

Toobin: Sandusky an evil, evil manupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 11:35:00

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin responds to jurors in the Jerry Sandusky case finding him guilty on 45 sex abuse counts.

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.

Sandusky witnesses testify about showersupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 13:20:00

Mark Geragos, Marcia Clark and Louis Kraus analyze the strategy used by Jerry Sandusky's defense team.

Tell toddlers what's private about their bodiesupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 13:20:00

Little of the reported testimony from the Jerry Sandusky trial surprises me. I have heard these stories thousands of times over the past 25 years.

New La. law: Sex offenders must list status on Facebook, other social mediaupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 12:49:00

A new Louisiana law requires sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on their Facebook or other social networking page, with the law's author saying the bill is the first of its kind in the nation.

'Invisible War': Rapes in the militaryupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 08:19:00

CNN's Randi Kaye speaks with a former military officer who says she was sexually assaulted while serving.

Why rapists in military get away with itupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 08:19:00

If you serve in the U.S. military and you rape or sexually assault a fellow service member, chances are you won't be punished. In fact, you have an estimated 86.5% chance of keeping your crime a secret and a 92% chance of avoiding a court-martial.

Photographer captures Syrian carnageupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to photojournalist Robert King, who has risked his life capturing the horror of Syria.

Report: Syrian forces are using sex abuse in crackdownupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

Syrian security forces, soldiers and pro-regime militias used sexual violence to torture people in detention and sexually abused women and girls as young as 12 in raids, a new report said Friday.

Alleged Ukrainian child porn pusher in custody in New Jerseyupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 14:39:00

After following a cyber trail stemming from an ongoing investigation into possession of child pornography, federal officials in New Jersey said Thursday they now have custody of a Ukrainian man they believe is behind one of the largest international child porn distribution rings.

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.

Women allege widespread sexual abuse at Alabama prison, nonprofit group saysupdated: Tue May 22 2012 16:41:00

Male guards at an Alabama women's prison engaged in the widespread sexual abuse of female inmates for years, a nonprofit group alleged in a formal complaint filed with the Justice Department on Tuesday.

Study finds nearly 1 in 10 state prisoners is sexually abused while incarceratedupdated: Thu May 17 2012 21:30:00

Nearly one of every 10 state prisoners is sexually victimized during confinement, according to a Justice Department study released Thursday.

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.

Justice Department investigates handling of rape allegations in Montanaupdated: Wed May 02 2012 15:10:00

The mayor of a Montana college town Wednesday welcomed a federal investigation into allegations that sexual assault and rape complaints were improperly handled.

Mother of rape victim in video speaksupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 14:57:00

The mother of a rape victim in a viral video says the South African government failed her. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports

Rape victims say military labels them 'crazy' updated: Sat Apr 14 2012 12:29:00

Stephanie Schroeder joined the U.S. Marine Corps not long after 9/11. She was a 21-year-old with an associate's degree when she reported for boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Rape Victims: Military Calls us "Crazy"updated: Sat Apr 14 2012 12:29:00

Military women say once they reported sexual assault, they were booted from the military. Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates.

Study: Sex assault complaints in military have leveled off in past three yearsupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 20:29:00

Reports of violent sexual crimes against U.S. troops have leveled off in the military since 2009, according to a new study released by the Pentagon on Friday.

Female service members sue U.S. military for alleged rape, sexual assault updated: Wed Mar 07 2012 10:41:00

Eight current and former U.S. service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed while serving in the military and were retaliated against once they reported the abuse.

Military being sued over rape chargesupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 10:41:00

Eight women filed a federal lawsuit taking on the military, alleging it is lax in confronting rape and assault charges.

N.Y. elementary school aide accused of making child pornupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 17:20:00

A New York teacher's aide previously accused of distributing child pornography has been arrested again, this time on a charge of making such pornography, possibly on school grounds.

Victims of military rape deserve justiceupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:37:00

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced new initiatives to curtail what he calls "the epidemic" of rape and sexual assaults in our armed forces. In 2010, an estimated 19,000 service members were raped or sexually assaulted by other service members. Clearly, more resources devoted to counseling for victims and training for prosecutors and judges will help.

'Epidemic' of rape in the U.S. militaryupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:37:00

CNN talks to Rep. Jackie Speier, who is calling for impartial investigations of alleged rape in the U.S. military.

Dozens charged in Canada child porn bustupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 14:39:00

At least 60 people are charged in connection with one of Canada's biggest pornography busts. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Canadian authorities bust child porn ringsupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 14:39:00

At least 60 people have been charged in connection with one of Canada's largest ever pornography busts, authorities said Thursday.

For men and boys, a silver lining amid sex abuse scandalsupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 12:50:00

Advocates and therapists for survivors of male sex abuse say the recent scandals at Penn State and elsewhere may help men who were abused as children, and boys being abused today, step out of the shadows and get the support they deserve.

Panetta: "One assault is one too many"updated: Wed Jan 18 2012 20:50:00

Leon Panetta discusses sexual assault in the U.S. military, saying one assault is one too many.

Pentagon targets military sex assaultsupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 20:50:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined new measures Wednesday targeting sexual assaults against U.S military personnel, saying he has "no higher responsibility than to protect those who are protecting America."

Police break up pedophilia ringupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 13:20:00

CNN's Atika Shubert explains the police operation to crack an internet pedophile ring.

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.

Survey: 1 in 3 women affected by partner's violent behavior updated: Thu Dec 15 2011 13:46:00

More than one in three women have experienced sexual assault, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.

Sandusky's wife calls accusations 'absolutely untrue'updated: Fri Dec 09 2011 12:50:00

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's wife, Dottie, told CNN that she is angry about accusations of child sexual abuse occurring in her home, calling them "absolutely untrue."

Sandusky returns home after leaving jailupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 12:50:00

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky posted $250,000 bail and left jail Thursday.

Men dare to share sex abuse storiesupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 17:38:00

Chad, a 46-year-old father, is still afraid to tell his mother about the woman nearly 25 years his senior who used to sneak into his room at night and crawl into his bed. He doesn't want her to feel guilty.

Penn State and The Citadel: 'It's a desire to protect their own'updated: Wed Nov 16 2011 10:45:00

Two schools: one a football powerhouse, steeped in athletic glory, and the other a bastion of military tradition.

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.

One of two suspects released in connection with sex attacksupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 22:17:00

Charges have been dropped against one of two men arrested in connection with a string of sex attacks in New York City, police said Wednesday.

South Florida ICE official arrested on child porn chargesupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:17:00

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for South Florida has been arrested on child pornography charges, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Philadelphia officer faces rape chargesupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 05:23:00

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell discusses a case involving a Philadelphia officer charged with raping a woman while on duty.

Peace Corps needs new sex abuse policyupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 16:13:00

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Jessie Osmun, was arrested early this month in Milford, Connecticut, and charged with sexually abusing five girls under the age of 6 in an AIDS clinic in South Africa.

72 charged in online global child porn ringupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 19:58:00

More than 50 members of a child pornography ring who engaged in what authorities describe as "horrific" and "unspeakable" crimes have been arrested for sexually exploiting children from 12 years old to as young as infants.

5 years later, states struggle to comply with federal sex offender lawupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 23:03:00

Five years ago this week, President George W. Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act with the intention of making it the law of the land for keeping tabs on sex offenders.

Egyptian executive pleads guilty to sexually abusing hotel maidupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 20:15:00

An Egyptian executive accused of sexually abusing an employee at a luxury hotel in New York pleaded guilty Friday to sex abuse in the third degree and will also face a $5 million lawsuit tied to the case, his attorney said.

26 accused in child cybercrime crackdownupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:08:00

Twenty-six people have been arrested for possession and trading of images of child sexual assault using the Internet, the Manhattan district attorney announced Tuesday.

Women journalists speak out on sexual attacksupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 12:20:00

Rebel soldiers gang-raped her, slapping and beating her while she was on assignment. She was a West African journalist trying to report a story that these soldiers didn't want told. Four years after the attack she still calls herself "empty" and "traumatized." She saw her doctor, but never told anyone else but me. Today, she insists on having her story reported -- with the hope that recounting her rape will help her quiet the terrors that replay in her mind.

Russia: Where keeping child porn is legalupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 17:15:00

Keen, bright-eyed and earnest, the little boy answers the Russian investigator's questions enthusiastically, as if describing a cartoon, not sexual abuse.

Psychologist: Proof of hundreds of rape cases during Libya's warupdated: Mon May 23 2011 11:48:00

In the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya the whispers and rumors about rape being used as a tool of war by Moammar Gadhafi's troops are coming from all corners of society, from rebel fighters to doctors and citizens, who have come in contact with families displaced by the conflict.

Woman sues site after alleged assaultupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 07:38:00

A woman sues after she says a man she met online sexually assaulted her. Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke with her. to check for sex offendersupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 20:42:00 will check members against the National Sex Offender Registry after a woman says a man she met raped her.

Why is sexual assault on campus tolerated?updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 13:43:00

Universities in the United States rarely expel students for sexual assault, according to an investigation by the federal government. And in the 42 years since it began admitting women, Yale University has not been an exception.

Utah man accused of sexually abusing kids to be freedupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 07:00:00

A Utah judge has ordered a registered sex offender who faces nearly two dozen charges of child sex abuse released on the basis that he is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

2010: 'Pedophile guide' author arrestedupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 05:51:00

"The Pedophile's Guide" author Phillip Greaves was arrested on obscenity charges. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Author of pedophilia book pleads no contest, gets probationupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 05:51:00

The man extradited to Florida for writing, publishing and selling a controversial book considered a "how-to" for pedophiles pleaded no contest to criminal charges in exchange for two years' probation, authorities said Thursday.

Sex abuse scandal roars to lifeupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 05:45:00

Twenty-one priests are put on leave as part of a sex abuse scandal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Irish abuse victims 'disgusted' at Vatican letterupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 11:18:00

Irish victims of sexual abuse are "disgusted" by a newly revealed letter in which a Vatican official expresses "serious reservations" about requiring bishops to report suspected abuse by priests to police, they said Wednesday.

L.A. authorities find first victim in videotaped sexual assaultsupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 14:41:00

Investigators have found the first victim in the videotaped sexual assaults of severely disabled women, and the woman alleges a suspect already in custody had raped her in a Los Angeles care home, authorities said.

Bail set at $15,000 for author of book on pedophiliaupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 17:47:00

A Florida judge set bail at $15,000 Wednesday for a man who wrote a controversial book considered a "how-to" guide for pedophiles.

'Pedophile guide' author speaksupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 17:47:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reacts to comments from the author of "The Pedophile's Guide" as he is taken into custody by police.

Holiday travel stokes sex crime victims' TSA pat-down fearsupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 06:08:00

It was days after her pat down that Marcia reacted.

Airport pat-down enrages diplomatupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 06:08:00

India's ambassador to the U.S. was subjected to a security pat-down at a Mississippi airport. WAPT reports.

Author of pedophile book says Florida arrest is entrapmentupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 13:41:00

A man who wrote a controversial book considered a "how-to" guide for pedophiles was booked into a Florida jail Tuesday after defending his book to reporters.

'How-to' pedophilia author arrestupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 05:15:00

Colorado authorities arrest author Philip Greaves, who is charged with distribution of obscene material in Florida.

Sexual assault reports spike in military academies, report showsupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 18:11:00

Sexual assaults at the U.S. military's three service academies increased drastically in the 2009-2010 academic year after four years of declines, a new report shows.

Federal authorities say they broke up a global child porn ringupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 09:29:00

Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.

Global child porn ring bustedupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 09:29:00

Federal authorities say they've uncovered an international child pornography ring.

Pediatrician wanted on child porn charges fleesupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 10:50:00

The FBI was searching Tuesday for an Arizona pediatrician who is accused of distributing child pornography.

Doctor facing child porn charges fleesupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 10:50:00

Authorities say an Arizona pediatrician accused of distributing child pornography fled home confinement. KNXV reports.

U.N. puts Congo sex attacks at more than 500updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 14:49:00

U.N. officials on Tuesday put the number of rapes and other sexual attacks in eastern Congo since late July at more than 500, more than double the previous estimate.

California Senate passes tougher sentencing laws for sex offendersupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 20:38:00

A bill that seeks to increase prison sentences and extend parole terms in California for certain sex crimes against minors was passed in a unanimous vote by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Former Alabama prosecutor arrested on enticement, child porn chargesupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 08:44:00

A former Alabama assistant district attorney who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes against minors is accused of enticing what he thought was a teenage girl online for sexual purposes, authorities said.

Thousands of sex offenders receive U.S. passportsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 20:06:00

Thousands of registered sex offenders have received U.S. passports, including at least 30 federal employees, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by CNN.

Report: Passports issued to sex offendersupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 20:06:00

Report finds over 4,000 instances of passports issued to registered sex offenders. CNN's Abbie Boudreau reports.

Fighting pedophilia in Thailandupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:11:00

Thai police give CNN's Dan Rivers rare access to their operation against pedophiles.

Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex touristsupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 12:11:00

He seemed a little confused and unsure of his surroundings. Karl Kraus sat alone in a cell, his blue, watery eyes following me as I entered the holding area of a Chiang Mai courthouse. Karl Kraus is 90 years old, hard of hearing, frail and, according to the police, a dangerous pedophile.

Supreme Court: Sex offenders can be held indefinitelyupdated: Mon May 17 2010 14:17:00

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to keep some sex offenders behind bars indefinitely after they have served their sentences if officials determine those inmates may prove "sexually dangerous" in the future.

Vatican says sex abuse suit lacks meritupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 08:49:00

The Vatican said a lawsuit accusing it and Pope Benedict XVI of covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in the United States has no merit.

Lawsuit demands Vatican name priests accused of sex abuseupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 15:20:00

An Illinois man is suing the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in Wisconsin.

Pentagon: Sexual assault reporting up among troopsupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 20:35:00

Reports of sexual assaults among U.S. military service members rose 11 percent last year, according to a study released by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

What to do with sex offenders?updated: Tue Jan 12 2010 19:55:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether sex offenders can stay in state custody after their prison sentences end.

Can sex offenders be held after serving criminal sentences?updated: Tue Jan 12 2010 19:55:00

The police photograph is chilling. In grainy black and white tones, it shows 13-year-old Martin Andrews sitting in a makeshift box, his leg chained. The look in his eyes is one of fear, fatigue and disbelief. He had just been rescued from a nightmare.

Rape victims offer advice to today's college womenupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 18:06:00

If you are already in college or headed there, sit down. If you're the parent or friend of a student, listen up.

Irish Catholic Church covered up child abuse, report saysupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 18:24:00

The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities in Ireland covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s, according to a government-commissioned report released Thursday.

Girl gang-raped for hoursupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 14:48:00

A 15-year-old girl is gang raped on school grounds. Could it have been prevented? CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Sex offender roundup nets 106 fugitivesupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 17:10:00

Operation Shepard, a four-day sweep for fugitive sex offenders in Colorado, has led to 106 arrests, according to the US Marshals Service.

Hillary Clinton visits Africaupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 08:41:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lays out commitment and expectations during an 11-day, seven nation trip to Africa

Girl, 9, details rape in Congo to photographerupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 08:41:00

The young girl whispered in a hushed tone. She looked down as she spoke, only glancing up from her dark round eyes every now and then. She wanted to tell more, but she was too ashamed. She was just 9 years old when, she says, Congolese soldiers gang-raped her on her way to school.

S.Africa fights rape crisisupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 02:23:00

Rape is shockingly common in South Africa but some are fighting to changing attitudes towards women.

South Africa fights rape crisisupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 02:23:00

Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, is a densely populated melting pot with some of South Africa's worst social ills: poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and crime.

Court to consider delays in sex offenders' freedomupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 18:08:00

The Supreme Court will review a federal law allowing convicted sex offenders deemed "sexually dangerous" by the government to remain in prison even after they have completed their sentences.

Scottish court convicts 8 men over child sex abuseupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:40:00

A Scottish court has convicted eight men of child sexual abuse in what police say is the largest pedophile ring ever dismantled in Scotland.

Pedophile gang convictedupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:40:00

Eight members of a pedophile gang are convicted of numerous abuse and child pornography offenses. From ITN.

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