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Daughter Delivers Shocker Over Late Writer Alice Munro

Andrea Skinner says stepfather abused her when she was a child, and that Munro stayed with him

(Newser) - The literary world mourned when Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro died earlier this year at the age of 92. Now, a shocking addendum on what the New York Times calls "a dark family secret," delivered via Munro's own daughter, Andrea Skinner.
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Ad Featuring Young Girl Shown to Sex Offenders on Instagram

Meta disputes 'New York Times' test as a 'manufactured experience'

(Newser) - Instagram's algorithms are putting innocent photos of children in front of men with pedophilic tendencies, the New York Times reports, offering data from its own tests as evidence. The outlet began investigating after a maker of children's jewelry who paid to advertise her products to a mostly female...

Inquiry: Sex Abuse Accusation Against Olympic Champ Credible

USRowing strips late Ted Nash of all his honors after Jennifer Fox says he sexually abused her at age 13

(Newser) - For the past 16 months, a law firm commissioned by USRowing has been looking into allegations that the late Olympic champ Ted Nash had decades ago sexually abused a young teen when he was her 40-year-old running coach. Now, a lengthy report with the investigation's findings have been released,...

Child Sex Abuse Tip Line May Soon Be Flooded by AI

New Stanford report issues warning on longtime 'enormously valuable' service

(Newser) - A tip line set up 26 years ago to combat online child exploitation needs technological and other improvements to help law enforcement rescue victims and go after abusers, a new report from the Stanford Internet Observatory has found. The fixes to what the researchers describe as an "enormously valuable"...

Leader Quits Over Pardon in Child Sexual Abuse Case

Katalin Novák, an Orbán ally, was Hungary's first female president

(Newser) - Hungary's president has resigned amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government. Katalin Novák, 46, announced Saturday in a televised message that she's stepping down...

AI Image Generators Were Trained on Child Porn
AI Image Generators
Were Trained on Child Porn
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AI Image Generators Were Trained on Child Porn

That training helps systems produce more explicit imagery of children, though fake

(Newser) - Hidden inside the foundation of popular artificial intelligence image-generators are thousands of images of child sexual abuse, according to a new report that urges companies to take action to address a harmful flaw in the technology they built. Those same images have made it easier for AI systems to produce...

Ex-Lawmaker Served 45 Years, Faces Sex Crimes Charges

Former North Dakota state Sen. Ray Holmberg is accused of traveling to Prague for sex with minor

(Newser) - A former longtime North Dakota lawmaker has been indicted on a federal charge alleging he traveled to Prague with the intent to rape a minor. The four-page indictment against former Republican state Sen. Ray Holmberg also charges him with one count of receiving images depicting child sexual abuse. The indictment...

Ex-Cop Who Sexually Assaulted Dozens Hears His Fate

Former Philly police officer Patrick Heron, 54, is sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls—often while in uniform and in the back of his police vehicle, per the AP . Patrick Heron, 54, entered his pleas Friday after reaching an...

Fearing Rush of Abuse Suits, Archdiocese to File Chapter 11

New Maryland law removes statute of limitations

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Friday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization days before a new state law goes into effect removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse charges and allowing victims to sue their abusers decades after the fact. The step will "allow the...

Investigation Finds Pedophile Network on Instagram

'Wall Street Journal' teams with academic researchers to show how easy it is to find

(Newser) - Instagram officially views the sexual exploitation of children as a "horrific crime," and a statement from parent company Meta insists it is "continuously investigating ways to actively defend against this behavior." A new investigation by the Wall Street Journal and academic researchers suggests the company needs...

State AG Releases Stunning Report on Church Sex Abuse

Report alleges 451 Catholic clergy in Illinois abused nearly 2K children from 1950 to 2019

(Newser) - In 2018, a grand jury report was released in Pennsylvania naming 300-plus "predator priests" in the state accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over a period of seven decades. Partly inspired by those revelations, then-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan started a probe in her own state,...

State Report on Church Abuse Finds 'Astonishing' Scope

Maryland says Baltimore Archdiocese often did little to stop the torture and abuse

(Newser) - Maryland's attorney general released the results Wednesday of a four-year state investigation into the sexual abuse and torture of children by clergy members and employees of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The report covers the totality of 80 years of mistreatment, during which it says 156 members of Catholic clergy...

ABC Producer Who Abruptly Quit Faces Child Porn Charge

James Meek could face 20 years in prison

(Newser) - When ABC News investigative producer James Gordon Meek abruptly quit in April last year after an FBI raid on his home, there were concerns that the raid may have been connected to his work. Instead, it was connected to a child pornography investigation and agents found images and videos of...

'This Guy Stalked Me and Groomed Me When I Was a Child'

'LA Times' talks to woman who says she conversed for years as a young teen with Austin Edwards

(Newser) - Austin Edwards is dead, as are three others he murdered in November in California after catfishing one victim's teen daughter . But his story has been revived once more, thanks to a woman now speaking out who says the former Virginia cop similarly groomed her, pressuring her to share nude...

Her Father Raped Her. He's Dead, but the Video Lives On

Adams case reveals a glaring loophole in state child abuse reporting laws

(Newser) - The video of a man raping his 9-year-old daughter was discovered in New Zealand in 2016 and triggered a global search for the little girl. Investigators contacted Interpol and the pursuit eventually led to Bisbee, Arizona, where investigators raided the home of Paul Adams, arrested him, and rescued the girl...

A Catholic First: Cardinal Admits Abusing Minor

78-year-old Jean-Pierre Ricard says he abused 14-year-old girl in 1980s, steps down

(Newser) - Jean-Pierre Ricard has become the first Catholic cardinal to publicly admit to abusing a minor, according to reports. The French cardinal said Monday that he "behaved in a reprehensible way with a young girl aged 14" as a priest in the archdiocese of Marseille in the 1980s and "...

Convicted Pedophile Clears His Name—3 Years After Death

New Zealand Supreme Court overturns 1993 child sex abuse conviction of Peter Ellis

(Newser) - Peter Ellis, a former day-care teacher convicted of 16 counts of child sexual abuse in New Zealand in 1993, maintained his innocence until his 2019 death from bladder cancer. Usually one's death marks the end of their criminal appeal. But not in this case. New Zealand's Supreme Court...

Lawyer: Spacey Accuser Was 'Frozen' as Actor Lay on Him

Anthony Rapp is expected to testify himself as civil trial on alleged sex abuse continues in NY

(Newser) - If Kevin Spacey was bothered by the testimony this week of a man who says the actor sexually abused him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26, the 63-year-old actor didn't show it. NBC News reports Spacey "seemed relaxed" on the first day of his civil trial...

Mistrial in Case of Ex-MLB Pitcher Accused of Abusing Boy, 4

Jury deadlocks in John Wetteland trial

(Newser) - Update: The jury in the child sex assault trial of former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland deadlocked, leading the judge to declare a mistrial Friday. "We will move forward, whether this means it is resolved through negotiations or trial again is up to him," a...

Survivor Praises SBC Decision to Release Secret List of Abusers

The Executive Committee also voted to rebuke a former member

(Newser) - The depth of the problem surprised almost everyone, but the themes revealed in Sunday’s bombshell report on sexual abuse and coverups within the Southern Baptist Convention are not new to Christa Brown. She says she was sexually abused as a child by a minister, and she has been fighting...

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