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Ireland failed to protect schoolgirl from abuse, European court finds

By Sam Cage DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland failed to protect a schoolgirl from sexual abuse by her teacher in the 1970s, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday in a further blow to the reputation of the Catholic church. The court ordered Ireland to pay compensation to Louise O'Keeffe, who had won her case in an Irish court against a lay teacher who abused her when she was nine, but had her claim that the state was vicariously liable for the 1973 assaults dismissed.

Ireland liable for abuse in Catholic-run school: Europe court

An Irish woman who suffered sexual abuse as a girl while attending a Catholic-run state primary school in the 1970s won a landmark victory at the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The case of Louise O'Keeffe was the first concerning child abuse in Irish schools that the Strasbourg-based court has ruled on. O'Keeffe has fought a lengthy legal battle over the responsibility of the state for her treatment at the hands of the principal of Dunderrow National School in Cork in 1973, when she was nine.

Ireland liable for abuse in Catholic-run school: Europe court

An Irish woman who suffered sexual abuse as a girl while attending a Catholic-run state primary school in the 1970s won a landmark victory at the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The case centred on the responsibility of the state for the abuse of then nine-year-old Louise O'Keeffe at Dunderrow National School in Cork in 1973. The Strasbourg-based court said in its ruling it had found "that it was an inherent obligation of a government to protect children from ill-treatment, especially in a primary education context".

'Shocking' Salvation Army abuse claims in Australia

Children were sodomised with a garden hose, locked in outdoor cages and savagely beaten by Salvation Army majors in graphic cases of abuse detailed Tuesday to an Australian inquiry. A Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia began hearing evidence into allegations of abuse at four Salvation Army homes for children between 1966 and 1977, which counsel assisting the inquiry Simeon Beckett warned would be "shocking to many".

'Shocking' Salvation Army abuse claims in Australia

Children were sodomised with a garden hose, locked in outdoor cages and savagely beaten by Salvation Army majors in graphic cases of abuse detailed Tuesday to an Australian inquiry. A Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Australia began hearing evidence into allegations of abuse at four Salvation Army homes for children between 1966 and 1977, which counsel assisting the inquiry Simeon Beckett warned would be "shocking to many".

Horror in Philippine online child sex abuse village

In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts being streamed online to paedophiles around the world. The depraved scenes in the bungalow were being repeated in many homes throughout Ibabao, a secluded community on Cebu island where Internet child pornography had for some of its 5,000 residents become more lucrative than fishing or factory work.

Horror in Philippine online child sex abuse village

In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts being streamed online to paedophiles around the world. The depraved scenes in the bungalow were being repeated in many homes throughout Ibabao, a secluded community on Cebu island where Internet child pornography had for some of its 5,000 residents become more lucrative than fishing or factory work.

Decades of sex abuse by Chicago priests outlined in documents

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Archdiocese had a practice of moving priests accused of sexual abuse to new parishes, where they committed more abuse against children, according to documents released on Tuesday by lawyers representing the victims. The latest in a series of such abuse disclosures by Midwest church officials, the documents provided to lawyers by the nation's third-largest Archdiocese concern 30 former priests accused of abusing minors during the last half century.

Pope won't be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church's abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was likely to have fallen to about 100 in 2013 from about 125 in 2012.

Vatican defrocked hundreds of priests after abuse scandals

The Vatican revealed Saturday that some 400 priests were defrocked during the pontificate of now pope emeritus Benedict XVI, following an explosion in claims of child sex abuse by clergymen. "In 2012 there were around 100, while in 2011 there were around 300," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. But the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said these disciplinary measures were not enough.
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