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Linda Mayotte (L) and Joseph Mayotte (R). Photo courtesy of milforddailynews.com
American couple accused of raping children adopted from Kazakhstan

A couple from Whitinsville, Massachusets, is accused of raping two children adopted from Kazakhstan.

American couple accused of raping children adopted from Kazakhstan
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Australian police probe surrogate boy abused by dads

Australian police Wednesday described as "depraved" the case of a six-year-old boy obtained by his gay male parents via a surrogate and then sexually abused by them and others.

Australian police probe surrogate boy abused by dads
Dancer says Jackson sexually abused him as child
Dancer says Jackson sexually abused him as child

An Australian choreographer alleged Thursday that Michael Jackson sexually abused him for seven years as a child, a claim the late singer's estate described as "outrageous and sad."

Dancer says Jackson sexually abused him as child
Most conflict-zone sex crimes are against children: charity
Most conflict-zone sex crimes are against children: charity

Save the Children on Wednesday urged action after releasing a report claiming that most rape and sexual abuse victims in many of the world's conflict zones were children.

Most conflict-zone sex crimes are against children: charity
Pope urges determined action against sex abuse
Pope urges determined action against sex abuse

Pope Francis has given his first pronouncement on the Catholic Church's pervasive paedophile priest scandal, urging Vatican disciplinarians to act "with determination" against the scourge.

Pope urges determined action against sex abuse
Japanese diplomat gets year in jail for wife abuse
Japanese diplomat gets year in jail for wife abuse

A Japanese diplomat based in California and charged with abusing his wife has been sentenced to a year in jail and will start serving it in May.

Japanese diplomat gets year in jail for wife abuse
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SAfrican cardinal apologises for remarks on paedophilia

A South African cardinal apologised to sex abuse victims on Monday for describing paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in an interview.

SAfrican cardinal apologises for remarks on paedophilia
Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone
Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone

A US judge cleared the way Friday for a Filipina former nanny of Sharon Stone to go to trial against the US actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse.

Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone
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Pedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope

Activists fighting for truth and justice for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests hold out little hope for progress under the next pope as controversy brews over a US cardinal who covered up for predator clerics.

Pedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope
Amnesty slams S. Korea for 'abuse' of security law
Amnesty slams S. Korea for 'abuse' of security law

Amnesty International on Thursday accused South Korea of systematically abusing a 65-year-old security law in order to stifle debate and silence political opposition in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Amnesty slams S. Korea for 'abuse' of security law
Australia's apology for military abuse rapped as rushed
Australia's apology for military abuse rapped as rushed

Australia's apology to sex abuse victims in the military was criticised Tuesday as too rushed to allow the victims to witness it, even as it was welcomed as a necessary step.

Australia's apology for military abuse rapped as rushed
Australia apologises for sex abuse in military
Australia apologises for sex abuse in military

The Australian government on Monday made a parliamentary apology to victims of abuse in the military and set up a compensation fund after hundreds of claims of rape and sexual assault.

Australia apologises for sex abuse in military
BBC showed 'basic' journalistic failings in abuse story
BBC showed 'basic' journalistic failings in abuse story

The BBC showed "basic" journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse, an internal investigation has found.

BBC showed 'basic' journalistic failings in abuse story
Protesters blow whistles against New York police
Protesters blow whistles against New York police

New Yorkers blew whistles Thursday in protests against the police department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy aimed at getting guns off the streets.

Protesters blow whistles against New York police
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EU calls for halting Pennsylvania man's execution

The European Union made an appeal Thursday to stay the execution of a Pennsylvania man subjected to childhood abuse who is due to be put to death next month for killing two of his abusers.

EU calls for halting Pennsylvania man's execution
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Abortion seekers 'seven times' more likely to be abused

Women seeking an abortion are seven times more likely to report physical or sexual abuse at the hands of their partners than the US national average for domestic violence, a study published Monday found.

Abortion seekers 'seven times' more likely to be abused
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Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness

People who were hit or spanked as children face higher odds of mental ailments as adults, including mood and anxiety disorders and problems with alcohol and drug abuse.

Study shows spanking boosts odds of mental illness
Bakytzhan Nuraliyev. Photo courtesy of megapolis.kz
Every fifth Kazakhstan citizen is an alcoholic: expert

The official numbers can be easily multiplied by 10: expert.

Every fifth Kazakhstan citizen is an alcoholic: expert
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Peace Corps volunteer sexually abused in Karaganda oblast

Peace Corps volunteer who arrived in Kazakhstan to teach English accused a resident of Saran town (near Karaganda) of a sexual abuse.

Peace Corps volunteer sexually abused in Karaganda oblast