Constructive dialogue with the United States is possible only if Russia is promptly provided with the investigation data on the rights abuse of the Russian children, adopted by the United States citizens, Children's Rights Commissioner in the Russian Federation Pavel Astakhov told RIA Novosti.
Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year. "I feel compelled... to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the pope said at a meeting with members of a children's charity, Vatican Radio reported. Francis said the number of guilty priests was "quite a few in number" but "obviously not compared to the number of all the priests".
United Kingdom is considering the possibility of introducing the so-called “Cinderella Law”, according to which parents who do not provide enough care and support for the children might end up in prison. Parents can face 10 years in jail for the “emotional cruelty”.
The US is re-homing adopted children at an alarming rate and one Haitian teenager is placing the blame on her original adopters for an unstable upbringing. Nita Dittenber, originally from Haiti, was adopted into many American households through the practice of private re-homing. This involves one set of parents adopting a child and then simply "re-gifting" the kid to another couple, as if they were a pet, once they become fed up with the adoptee. Although this procedure is cruel and psychologically damaging to a child, it is perfectly legal in the land of the free.
Child adoption in the United States all ends with death and denial as American parents have been found often times abusing or even killing the foreign children they had adopted. US parents could be in their homeland or raising these adopted youngsters abroad, the abuse can take place anywhere behind closed doors. One chilling case closed with a three year jail sentence for US couple Matthew and Grace Huang, who were accused of starving their eight-year-old adopted daughter from Ghana. The Qatar court had also accused the couple of planning to harvest her organs.
Even preschoolers are subject to suspension policy at US public schools, and they're disproportionately black. This trend continues as children pass on to higher grades.
An US Air Force sergeant faces 25 years in military prison after he pleaded guilty to charges that he kidnapped and sexually molested military dependent children in Germany and the United States.
Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said the arrests were part of a worrisome trend in which children are being enticed into posting sexually explicit images of themselves.
Belgium's lower house of parliament on Thursday adopted by a large majority a law allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children, making Belgium only the second country to allow mercy-killing for minors.
Four Ohio children were systematically beaten, starved and chained to their beds by their own mother, grandmother and mother's boyfriend, Juan Carlos Sanchez, also allegedly raped two girls, ages 11 and 9, while living with Bobbi Sue Pack and Edwina Louis, the police report says.
Here is a digest of some interesting reports for you to check out. An unidentified Walmart store manager ripped the corporation in an anonymous letter published on Thursday, saying practices have deteriorated over the past two decades. Criticism of America’s economic elite is dragging the country down, real estate tycoon Sam Zell said. Police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old actress Mia Talerico, the titular Charlie of the Disney Channel’s family sitcom “Good Luck Charlie”, after her show introduced a lesbian couple.
The UN has accused the Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest thousands of children over decades. And international community demands that all clergy who are suspected or known child abusers should be "immediately removed". In its report, the UN committee severely criticized the Holy See for its attitude toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion stating it should review its policies. David Clohessy, national director and spokesman for the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the largest and oldest self-help group for victims of clergy molestation in the United States, spoke to the Voice of Russia correspondent on the issue.
The Vatican said Wednesday that it "takes note" of a damning UN report accusing it of failing to stamp out child abuse, but slammed criticism of its attitude to abortion as interference.
Few organized child activities give rise to such a heated debate as child beauty pageants. They strike a nerve with some people who believe small children should not parade around in hairdos, clothing and makeup that are not age-appropriate and make them look like women. However, proponents claim it builds confidence in their children.
Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful," signaling that he would fight renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s.
Woody Allen's adopted daughter wrote publicly for the first time about her allegations that the filmmaker sexually abused her when she was 7.
Irish nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Londonderry, Northern Ireland are being accused of forcing kids to eat their own vomit and putting soiled bed sheets on their heads as a type of punishment. This is according to what the biggest public inquiry into institutional child abuse was told.
About 20 children in the US are hospitalized due to firearm injuries, and more than 6 percent of them die from these injuries. This is an outcome of a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues. The study was prompted by the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, when 20 year old Adam Lanza killed 20 kids and six adults. However since that tragic incident, at least 24 other school shootings have occurred in the country. Julie Gaither, a PhD Candidate at Yale University at the department of epidemiology and Public Health and one of the authors of the study spoke to the Voice of Russia about the findings.
The US Supreme Court appeared to have a fight Wednesday as they considered how much defendants convicted of possessing images of child pornography should have to pay in restitution to victims. Advocates for crime victims say the distribution of child pornography has exploded since the rise of the Internet. The problem is that the change in distribution model (meaning same image may have been viewed thousands of times) has created a problem for judges trying to assess how much restitution each defendant should pay.