A new report finds that the former archbishop of Canterbury helped shield Peter Ball, a bishop accused of sexually abusing 18 boys and young men from 1977 to 1992. The report concludes, “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”
Jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked after five days of deliberations. Prosecutors vowed to retry the case. Judge Steven O’Neill said, “I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory. A mistrial is merely the justice system at work.”
The director of a recent Netflix documentary on child sex-traffickers has called for legislation restricting commercial sex sites. But an expert on human trafficking argues police need them to identify –and save—the victims.
Andrea Constand is a Canadian massage therapist who has actively avoided the spotlight. This week, in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom it will be Cosby’s word against hers, with a jury of seven men and five women left to decide which is more believable in a trial expected to last two weeks.
Says an official in Iowa, where an octogenarian offender molested a 95-year-old woman, “You want people in the least restrictive setting, but you also want to be able to respond if something does happen.”
Los Angeles police and social workers believed the young girls picked up as prostitutes could best be helped through the juvenile court system. Then they realized little would change until they went after the traffickers who had made L.A. County one of the top child sex-trafficking hubs in the U.S.