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A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths, 61, (pictured) abused the girls in a number of locations including at a sex party on a…
Most Irish people believe Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent visit, researchers have said.The pontiff made his first papal trip to the Republic in August and his many protests and public pronouncements on the wrongdoing helped define the visit.But a research study from…
Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters were hit with implements such as leather straps, crucifixes and a dog’s lead at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark,…
An inquiry into decades of sexual of abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council has heard that one boy was abused in the same home his mother had been when she was a child. The Nottingham strand of the Independent Child Inquiry into…
The Nottinghamshire strand of the ongoing child sexual abuse inquiry has opened with a list of failings by both the city council and the county council over the protection of children in care. Complaints of systemic sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable children in council-run homes stretch back to the…
The Catholic Church should explicitly state if its organisational structure prevents it protecting children from sexual abuse, a lawyer for victims has said. Christopher Jacobs said "there is a degree of urgency for this information to come out" as his clients believe the Church poses "clear and present danger to…
The head of a charity which ran a children’s home has apologised after a BBC Scotland investigation alleged residents were abused. The Disclosure programme uncovered allegations of physical and sexual abuse at Lagarie Children’s Home in Rhu, near Helensburgh, Argyll. Run by Christian charity the Sailors Society, the home took…
The president of Sinn Fein has unreservedly apologised to an alleged sex abuse victim who claims the party covered up her allegations against one of its members. Mairia Cahill had demanded the apology from Mary Lou McDonald in the wake of a damning police watchdog probe into how her case…
Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86. The list includes…
Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prominent Belfast republican Joe Cahill, told officers she had been sexually abused by alleged IRA member Martin Morris - who was acquitted…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools. The call in the House of Lords for action came after a report found monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against…
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