Child abuse is found around the globe and although widespread and common, it remains a taboo subject and is often simply ignored. Many groups worldwide are fighting to change that.
Green Party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit has been accused of pedophilia. In the early years of the party, "free sexuality" with children was discussed - and it now appears the loose morals have come back to haunt them. (04.05.2013)
Child abuse is still a taboo topic, even in Germany's open society. In the face of tens of thousands of cases, however, more efforts to raise awareness may be necessary. But, are existing programs being neglected? (12.01.2013)
A severe case of child abuse that saw a father force his stepdaughter to bear him eight children has shocked Germans to the core. Now the government plans to tighten legislation on child abuse and pedophiles. (16.02.2011)
The fate of housekeepers in India has mostly played out behind closed doors. Human rights groups, however, have now turned their attention to the abuse these modern-day slaves endure. (09.01.2013)
According to a recent poll, India is one of the worst places for women who are routinely subjected to discrimination and abuse. (19.06.2012)
The gang rape and subsequent death of a young woman in New Delhi has triggered a national debate. Yet in the midst of India’s soul-searching, rapes and sexual violence continue unabated. (10.01.2013)
As the five suspects in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student appear in court, the Indian government is promising swift justice. The case has brought many deficiencies in the justice system to light. (08.01.2013)
A new law blocks Americans from adopting Russian children. Human right activists consider the ban to be an inappropriate reaction to US sanctions on Russian officials accused of committing human right violations. (28.12.2012)
Experts say the increase in sexual abuse against children in Afghanistan is due to a lax judicial system that fails to prosecute pedophiles. They also attribute it to a system that allows child labor. (20.11.2012)
The award of damages to a 12-year-old girl diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder underlines the scale of the bullying problem in Japan's schools. Authorities are increasingly being held to account for inaction. (15.11.2012)
Despite being legally banned, female genital mutilation in Egypt is on the rise, causing lifelong pains, health problems and even death for the women who undergo it. Islamists are pushing to legalize the procedure again. (22.11.2012)
The Australian government has appointed a panel to investigate hundreds of child abuse cases within the country's Catholic community that came to light this year. The probe is to cast a wide net over all institutions. (12.11.2012)
It’s a scandal that just keeps on growing: The allegations about the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile and his associates are making British people question some of their most sacred institutions. (30.10.2012)
Although sexual abuse of children is not tolerated in any society, the reasons why pedophiles pursue their urges remain unclear. A team of German scientists has been looking in the brain for answers. (14.10.2012)
A frightening increase in sex crimes in South Korea has led to the first offender sentenced to chemical castration. But critics say castration is a human right violation and won't effectively prevent sexual violence. (11.01.2013)
The international problem of online child abuse is one that continues to challenge law enforcement agencies worldwide. PhotoDNA software offers some hope in the global fight against child pornography. (15.06.2012)
France has been plunged into its third sex scandal in as many weeks by accusations that an unnamed former minister was caught having a sex party with young boys in Marrakech. (02.06.2011)
Hundreds of complaints of sexual abuse by clergy in Belgium have been made to a Catholic Church-backed commission. A report detailing cases involving children as young as two was released after a court ruling. (10.09.2010)
Malaysian law says a woman has to be 16 and a man 18 before they can marry. But the state of Malacca is now allowing children under 16 to wed with the consent of an Islamic court. The move has triggered a debate. (18.08.2010)
A former Polish archbishop and diplomat has appealed against his defrocking after a Vatican tribunal convicted him of pedophilia. Jozef Wesolowski faces further criminal proceedings in Vatican City and possibly beyond.
New laws will make it illegal in Japan to possess indecent images of children. But critics question the reasons behind the delay, saying the legislation is too little and comes much too late.
A UN committee has issued a report assessing Vatican policies concerning children in the wake of worldwide abuse scandals. It said it was "gravely concerned" about how the Church has handled the crisis.
Polls show that Brazil's incumbent President Dilma Rousseff is likely to face stiff competition from challenger Aecio Neves in Sunday's presidential run-off. Around 143 million people are eligible to vote.
Ukrainians are preparing to go to the polls in snap elections that are expected to dramatically change the make-up of the country's parliament. Polls put incumbent President Petro Poroshenko's bloc in the lead.
The German author and poet Jürgen Becker has been presented with the Georg Büchner Prize, one of the most important literary awards for the German language. Becker received the prize for his lifetime achievement.
Tens of thousands of people have marched in Rome to voice their opposition to Prime Minister Renzi's plans to overhaul the labor market. The reforms aim to tackle unemployment and reboot Italy's stagnating economy.
For weeks, the battle has raged around the Syrian town of Kobani. A few kilometers away, in the Turkish city of Suruc, thousands feel like helpless observers.
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