Abuse

Cruel cycle of domestic violence and homelessness in LA

Working to change LA's overprotective system that leaves survivors of abuse trapped in a cycle of homelessness.

Cruel cycle of domestic violence and homelessness in LA

Pope Francis

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases

Gerhard Mueller relieved of duties just days after pope aide Pell was charged with child sex abuse.

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases

Canada

Canadian PM urges pope to apologise for native abuse

Reconciliation with indigenous people necessary for healing after 'residential school' horrors, Justin Trudeau says.

Trudeau invites pope to Canada for apology to natives

Magazine

My piece of sky: Stories of child sex abuse

Inspired by her own experience of sexual abuse, one photojournalist began documenting the victims and the perpetrators.

Stories of child sex abuse in South Africa

Africa

Grim torture images ignite anger against Ugandan police

Photos circulating online show detained mayor hospitalised with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles.

Grim torture images ignite anger against Ugandan police

Human Rights

Mass graves in Ireland: A long history of Church abuse

When infant remains were found in a former home for unwed mothers last month, it didn't come as a surprise to everyone.

Mass graves in Ireland: A long history of Church abuse

Asia

UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka slow in addressing atrocities, UN says, calling for a clear timeline for prosecuting crimes during civil war.

UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

Human Rights

Tunisia security forces accused of harassment, torture

Tunisia denies policy of torture by state forces after group says rise in 'brutal tactics' threatens democratic reforms.

Amnesty accuses Tunisia security forces of abuses

Sexual assault

4,444 children 'abused' by Australian Catholic priests

More than 1,250 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse in Australia with few allegations pursued in cover-up drive.

'Shocking' scale of Catholic Church sex crimes revealed

Greece

Women fear 'violence and rape' in Greece refugee camps

Study casts light on conditions women endure in refugee camps as they attempt to reach northern Europe.

RRDP: Women fear violence and rape in refugee camps

Burundi

Burundi moves to quit the International Criminal Court

Lower house of parliament passes draft law to exit ICC after UN launches probe into alleged human rights abuses.

Burundi moves to quit the International Criminal Court

Indonesia

Indonesia backs death penalty against child sex abusers

Tough new punishments aimed at combating alarming rate of child sex abuse, but activists say measures will not work.

Indonesia: Death penalty, castration for child rapists

Africa

Former US missionary jailed for abusing Kenya orphans

Durham, 21-year-old volunteer, handed 40-year sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing children.

Former US missionary jailed for abusing Kenya orphans

Abuse

Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Vatican said 15 victims in Rome could not meet the pontiff as they didn't make request through proper channels.

Australian sex abuse victims dismayed at no Pope visit

Australia

Australia: Victims decry cardinal's sex abuse denials

Top-ranking Vatican cardinal George Pell denied involvement in sex abuse cover-ups, as victims still deal with trauma.

Australia: Victims decry cardinal's sex abuse denials