Child sexual abuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) sign at its headquarters.

Sexual abuse during humanitarian operations still happens. What must be done to end it?

Human rights

The United Nations and other humanitarian systems have sought to address sexual abuse on missions for decades. Chen Reis, director of the humanitarian assistance program at the University of Denver, writes that ending sexual abuse in these contexts requires an active, comprehensive approach.

A man rides a bike by a slogan pasted on a wall reading "Avoid a rape trial: Become chief of police," in Paris, Saturday, July 11, 2020.

France’s 2nd #MeToo movement reckons with incest, child rape 


The Oxfam scandal shows that reform is needed in the humanitarian aid sector

Is this the end of the pope's honeymoon period?

Pope Francis’ efforts to stop church child abuse are falling apart

Pope Francis

The UN criticizes the Vatican over its handling of child abuse cases

Lifestyle & Belief

Woody Allen is in the spotlight again over old accusations

Global Scan

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof brought new media attention to Woody Allen’s past over the weekend, when Kristof published a letter from Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, restating her claim that Allen had molested her. In Russia, Jamaica’s bobsled team arrives in Sochi without their equipment. And a UN committee denounces the Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse, all in today’s Global Scan.

Pope Francis

A UN committee on children’s rights grills the Vatican over clergy sexual abuse

Lifestyle & Belief

The Vatican has long been a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. But today was the first time the Catholic Church had to answer the UN’s questions about its repeated failure to protect children from abuse.

Abuse victims demand newly discovered Catholic Church funds

Lifestyle & Belief

Within the 6,000-plus pages of documents released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is evidence that Archbishop Timothy Dolan moved money that may have gone to victims of childhood sexual abuse into a fund for cemetery care. Dolan calls the charges “old and discredited attacks.”

Pakistani children face high rates of incest, receive little support from family, state

In Pakistan, almost one-third of both girls and boys suffer some sort of sexual abuse. Often it comes at the hands of their own family members — and they seem to have nowhere to turn for help. So they suffer in silence, in the shadows, often for years.

The Pope accused of crimes against humanity

Lifestyle & Belief

The Pope and other top Vatican officials accused of crimes against humanity for the cover-ups of sexual assaults by Catholic clerics worldwide.