By Joann Loviglio

 

PHILADELPHIA — More than eight years after U.S. Roman Catholic bishops vowed swift action to keep potential abusers from young people, the Philadelphia archdiocese has suspended 21 priests named as child molestation suspects in a scathing grand jury report.

 

The suspensions came on Tuesday, the eve of Lent, the Christian period for penance leading up to Easter. The priests, whose names haven't been released, have been removed from ministry while their cases are reviewed, Cardinal Justin Rigali said.

 

By Dana Ford

(CNN) -- A 30-day rape sentence given to a teacher who admitted to raping his 14-year-old student may be illegal, according to the Montana judge who imposed it.

The judge scheduled a new hearing for Friday.

By Sara Ganim

 

More than 3,500 Penn State employees who are mandated by law to report suspected abuse have been trained about their obligation since the Jerry Sandusky scandal unfolded in November.

Another 12,500 staff members who aren't considered mandated reporters -- as was the case with Mike McQueary, the assistant football coach who witnessed abuse by Sandusky in a shower in 2001 -- are being trained, too.

Amidst all the bad publicity, the misguided reactions and controversial decisions, this is a significant piece of good news for Penn State.

By Tanvi Sharma and Mark Magnier

 

NEW DELHI -- Police charged six suspects in India with murder Saturday just hours after the victim of a gang rape died, in a case that has sparked violent demonstrations and spurred soul-searching over the nation's treatment of women.

By Harmeet Shah Singh and Ben Brumfield

(CNN) -- As India grapples with how to better protect women and girls from sexual assault, a court over the weekend convicted six men in the gang rape of a Swiss tourist.

The court in the province of Datia sentenced them to life in prison on Saturday for the March rape and robbery, public prosecutor Rajendra Iwari said.

The men have denied the charges and may appeal.

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

New York (CNN) -- Eight suspects arrested in connection with a series of brutal, anti-gay hate crimes in New York City were arraigned Sunday.

 

Charges against them include harassment, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, assault, robbery and sexual abuse as hate crimes.

 

A recent study reveals that 80 per cent of transgender respondents have experienced some form of abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

 

The findings were released by the LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and the Scottish Transgender Alliance, who conducted the research.

 

Figures show that nearly half of respondents – 45 per cent – had experienced physical abuse from a partner or ex-partner. 47 per cent said they had experienced sexual abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

 

By Mark Oppenheimer

Can a bad person be a good theologian?

All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as they counsel others to behave. They may not be perfect, but they should not be louts or jerks.

 

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence call upon the Department of Defense to take aggressive steps to change the culture within the military services.
Read Call to Action.
 
 
 
 

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence call upon the Department of Defense to take aggressive steps to change the culture within the military services.
Read Call to Action.

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