A Vatican department advised Ireland's Catholic bishops in 1997 not to report priests suspected of child abuse to the police, a newly revealed letter shows.

 

Obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, the letter shows Vatican officials rejected an initiative to begin the "mandatory reporting" of abuse claims.

 

The proposed policy "gives rise to serious reservations", it says.

 

The Vatican has persistently said it never instructed bishops to withhold suspicions or evidence of crimes.

 

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

 

By ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSS

 

More than 1,000 young American women have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last decade while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in foreign countries, an ABC News 20/20 investigation has found.

 

In some cases, victims say, the Peace Corps has ignored safety concerns and later tried to blame the women who were raped for bringing on the attacks.

 

San Diego, CA, January 14, 2011 – The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) is issuing the following statements in response to the Jan. 8 shooting and President Obama’s speech in Tucson, AZ on Jan. 12.

 

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

 

With the rest of the nation, the Ms. Foundation for Women was shocked and horrified by the tragic events that took place this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. Though we don't yet know the specific motivation behind these shootings, we do know that they took place in a state where violent political rhetoric has become dangerously commonplace. Where violent speech is the norm, violent action inevitably follows; where the value of some lives is diminished, the worth of all life is irreparably harmed.

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By Demian Bulwa

 

(CNN) -- Police arrested a suspect believed to be one of four men shown in a video apparently sexually assaulting disabled women in a care home and other places, authorities said in a statement.

 

Ernie Lloyd, 27, was arrested at West Hollywood Sheriff's Station on Saturday evening, said a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

 

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:2-2. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.085217

 

By Amnesty International

 

Women and girls living in Haiti’s makeshift camps face an increasing risk of rape and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

 

One year after the earthquake which killed 230,000 people and injured 300,000, more than one million people still live in appalling conditions in tent cities in the capital Port-au-Prince and in the south of Haiti, where women are at serious risk of sexual attacks. Those responsible are predominately armed men who roam the camps after dark.

 

A Colorado man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Tuesday for sexually abusing children for more than a decade at a school he founded in Haiti, including some who faced him in the courtroom and testified that he threatened to put them back on the streets if they did not submit to his advances.

 

Judge Janet Bond Arterton called Douglas Perlitz a serial rapist and molester as she imposed the sentence in New Haven federal court. She said she believed he would commit the same crimes again if he were in a similar position.

 

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