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The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland says meeting sexual abuse survivors is difficult for all involved, as victims do not trust the church. Speaking at the World Meeting of Families media briefing on Thursday, Bishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland, said…
A man abused for eight years by a notorious paedophile priest has said the Pope’s actions will speak louder than his words during his visit to Ireland. Sean Faloon (pictured), 39, from Hilltown in Co Down, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks of attacks by Malachy Finnegan, who died…
Nuns are among 12 people arrested over alleged historical abuse at Smyllum Park orphanage. Police Scotland said 11 women and one man, aged between 62 and 85, have been arrested as part of an investigation into the Lanark home which was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent…
Nine people have been arrested, including six youths aged between 13 and 17, as part of a police probe into the sexual exploitation of teenagers. Officers carried out a series of raids in Portsmouth and Havant on Tuesday as part of the inquiry. Hampshire Police said a number of victims…
Survivors of clerical abuse in Northern Ireland must be included in a meeting with the Pope when he visits Dublin this weekend, their lawyer said. Claire McKeegan (pictured) said she had received no response from the organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin and claimed her clients'…
An artist's impression of an alleged sex attacker has been released after the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham. West Midlands Police said the youngster was attacked as she was walking through Babbs Mill Park in the Solihull area of the city at around 2.50pm on Friday June…
Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said. On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the multi-agency probe launched in June 2017 following reports youngsters were being groomed in two local parks. Two men, aged 21 and…
Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, will be running 'Child trafficking: Children’s voices informing practice'…
Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Police said the five alleged victims were girls aged between 12 and 18, with the offences said to have occurred between 2005 and 2012. Thirty…
Former Celtic Football Club youth coach Jim McCafferty has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenager in what a court heard he had regarded as a "bit of fun". The 72-year-old, formerly of Raby Street in south Belfast, pleaded guilty in May to eight charges of sexual…
Sexual abuse at two leading Catholic schools over four decades was likely to be "considerably" more widespread than conviction figures reflect, a report has found. Monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against pupils as young as seven to protect the…
A legal action brought by the father and uncle of James Bulger over the lifelong anonymity granted to killer Jon Venables will go ahead in December. Ralph and Jimmy Bulger are challenging a High Court order made in 2001 . James's mother, Denise Fergus, is not involved in the proceedings.…
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