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Former Church of England bishop charged with sex abuse

A former Church of England bishop is to be charged with sexually abusing a boy and a young man between 1978 and 1982, British prosecutors announced on Thursday. Peter Ball, 82, allegedly "misused his position and authority to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification", the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. Ball will appear in court on April 10 charged with indecent assault on a boy aged 12 or 13 in 1978, and indecent assault on a man aged 19 or 20 between 1980 and 1982.

Martyred bishop should be patron saint of abuse victims

A Dutch Catholic bishop burned alive in 1937 by Japanese troops for protecting Chinese girls from rape may become the patron saint of sex abuse victims worldwide. Frans Wiertz, who is bishop of Roermond in the southeastern Netherlands, has sent a dossier to the Vatican requesting martyred bishop Frans Schraven be beatified, one step away from becoming a saint, the bishopric said on its website on Monday. Bishop Wiertz "suggests that he be considered as the patron saint of victims of sexual abuse", it said.

Woman, six teenagers in Japan's Hyogo arrested for sex abuse

Woman, six teenagers in Japan's Hyogo arrested for sex abuse OSAKA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A 43-year-old woman and other six boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years have been arrested by police in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo in connection with the abuse of a 15-year-old junior high school student, local press reported on Tuesday.

Australian military abuse inquiry gets 2,400 complaints

An inquiry into sexual and other abuse in the Australian military has received 2,400 complaints in its first year, its head said Tuesday, admitting he was surprised and shocked. Retired judge Len Roberts-Smith, who heads the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce established by the government after it received hundreds of complaints dating back decades, said some stories were horrific. "Yes, I've been very surprised quite frankly at the range and the extent and nature... of the 2,400 complaints or complainants who've come forward to the taskforce," he told the broadcaster ABC.

Over 1,500 disabled people in Japan abused in 2nd half of FY 2012

A total of 1,505 disabled people in Japan were reported to have been abused by family members or care workers between October 2012 and March this year, the first nationwide survey by the health ministry on abuse of the handicapped showed Monday. The survey revealed there were three cases in which victims died, prompting the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry to pledge stronger efforts to prevent abuse against the disabled in the forms of violence, verbal attacks and embezzlement of their pension money.

Children blackmailed into sex abuse online: British watchdog

"Once the child has sent images, the offenders begin blackmailing them either for more indecent images or, in few cases, for cash," the center said in a statement.

Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia

An unprecedented Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse opened Monday, with warnings that widespread and "shocking" allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools. Justice Peter McClellan launched public hearings in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, announced by the government last November, saying that thousands of people had so far come forward.

British Asian girls 'hidden target of sex abuse gangs'

The sexual abuse of British girls of South Asian origin is going unreported because authorities tend to focus on gangs that target white youngsters, according to a study released on Tuesday. Although there has been a series of high-profile British court cases in which men of South Asian heritage were convicted of sexually exploiting vulnerable white girls, authorities are failing to spot cases in which men target girls from their own ethnic group, the Muslim Women's Network UK said.

U.S. says 255 suspects caught in nine-nation child sexual predator sweep

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have arrested 255 alleged child predators in the United States and eight other countries in an operation led by a U.S. agency that illustrated a growing trend called "sextortion" in which children are blackmailed into providing pornographic images of themselves, officials said on Monday.

Sexual exploitation of underage girls rampant on primetime, Parents Television Council says

By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Exploitation of underage girls is rampant on primetime, a new study by the Parents Television Council concludes. The advocacy group's research monitored more than 200 episodes of broadcast television shows during two-week network sweeps periods in 2011 and in 2012 and found that 63 percent of those episodes contained sexual content involving women.
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