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Report: Boy Scouts have covered up sex abuse for decades

The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years. The “perversion files,” a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to have used for the documents, have rarely been seen by the…

Vatican struggles against Pope’s connection to child sex scandals

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after acknowledging he paid a woman $150,000 to keep quiet about a nude hot-tubbing incident that took place a quarter century ago when she was a teenager.…

GOP: Law banning child abuse in schools will lead to ‘government takeover’

A proposed law designed to prevent child abuse in schools has been lauded by children’s protection advocates, and slammed by House Republicans as an unnecessary expansion of federal government power. The House of Representatives last week passed the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which for the first time sets minimum…

Ruling means Gitmo detainees have no legal protection: rights group

A federal court ruling this week that prevented the families of two dead Guantanamo detainees from seeking damages means that “no court can hear abuse and wrongful death claims from Guantanamo,” says a human-rights group. “In dismissing the case, the district court ruled that the deceased’s constitutional claims … could…

Arrested TSA worker asked girl to be his ‘sex slave’

A Transportation Security Administration employee in Florida is behind bars this weekend after a 15-year-old girl claimed he groped her and asked if she would be his “sex slave,” according to published reports. Charles Henry Bennett, a 57-year-old TSA worker at Orlando International Airport, is being held without bail after…

Lawsuit: NYPD routinely arrests students for non-crimes

ACLU: Racial element present in creation of ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ A lawsuit filed Wednesday by five students in the New York City school system against the NYPD paints a picture of school officers who routinely abuse students and arrest them for non-criminal activities. The lawsuit (PDF), brought by the American and…

Claims: UK interrogators ‘routinely’ used sexual abuse against Iraqi prisoners

A secretive British commando unit is facing a slate of new allegations that they “routinely” used sexual abuse against Iraqi prisoners, according to published reports. Five individual prisoners singled out one female guard in particular, known to them as “Katy,” according to British publication The Times. The paper said that…

SCOTUS ruling means torture could return: civil rights group

The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by four former Guantanamo inmates who want to sue the US government for torture they say they endured during their stay at the prison camp, a move the inmates’ lawyers say could pave the way for future torture…

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