Latin America

Women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual 'healer' of sex abuse

Many women accuse Brazilian spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria of abuse while claiming to 'cure' them.

Women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual 'healer' of sex abuse

Sexual assault

Australian ex-archbishop cleared of child abuse cover-up charges

Philip Wilson was the world’s most senior Catholic cleric to be held guilty of concealing child sex abuse.

Australian ex-archbishop cleared of child abuse cover-up charges

Europe

French priest and bishop convicted over sexual abuse of minors

The convictions are the latest in a series of sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Vatican.

French priest and bishop convicted over sexual abuse of minors

India

Protest against sexual abuse in Catholic church grows in India

Nuns are joined by crowds in Kerala to demand justice for those who allege sexual abuse by powerful church figures.

Protest against sexual abuse in Catholic church grows in India

East Jerusalem

Palestinian domestic abuse victims 'have nowhere to turn'

Silence is often the only option for Palestinian women subject to domestic violence, Palestinian NGO workers say.

Palestinian domestic abuse victims 'have nowhere to turn'

Asia

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

From violence and harassment to the gender pay gap and intimidation, abuse is widely reported. But is anyone listening?

Bollywood and MeToo: Film industry lifts sexual abuse taboo

Women's Rights

Venezuelan rape-survivor-turned-lawyer finally gets justice

Inter-American Court on Human Rights finds Venezuela responsible for 2001 torture of Linda Loaiza Lopez Soto.

Venezuelan rape-survivor-turned-lawyer finally gets justice

France

Tariq Ramadan granted bail in France sex assault case

A Paris appeals court grants prominent Islamic scholar conditional release after 10 months in detention.

French court grants bail to Tariq Ramadan in sexual assault case

Women's Rights

Salvadoran rape survivor faces prison for giving birth in toilet

Imelda Cortez is charged with aggravated attempted homicide after giving birth to stepfather's child in a latrine.

Salvadoran rape survivor faces prison for giving birth in toilet

US & Canada

US investigators expand Catholic child sex abuse scandal probe

At least 13 states and Washington, DC, have opened their own investigations into church sexual abuse and cover-up.

North Korea

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

New report finds unwanted sexual contact and violence widespread and perpetrators rarely brought to justice.

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

US & Canada

Google says 48 employees fired for sexual harassment

CEO Sundar Pichai says 48 staff sacked since 2016 in response to Times report that said the firm shielded executives.

Google CEO Pichai says 48 employees fired for sexual misconduct

Opinion

#MeToo movement in China: Powerful yet fragile

The movement is growing in China despite obstructions by a sensitive state, indifferent public and misogynist elites.

Maria Repnikova

by Maria Repnikova
- Weile Zhou

Maria Repnikova

United States

US Catholic Church sex abuse victims still haunted after decades

US victims of Catholic Church child sex abuse crisis are demanding reform and asking, 'How can you still have faith and trust in an institution where ... these men protected each other?'

Bulgaria

Murder suspect admits attacking Bulgarian journalist

If convicted on rape and murder charges, 21-year-old Severin Krasimirov could be sentenced to life in prison.

Viktoria Marinova: Murder suspect admits attacking journalist