Teacher Gave Middle-Schooler a Lap Dance Because Students Urged Her To

A middle-schooler in Texas was violated when his teacher interrupted his third-period class to give him a full-contact lap dance at, she says, the urging of other students in the course. Because when kids say "give the birthday boy a lap dance," you listen. You don't want to be the one with the bad reviews on… » 4/26/14 6:30pm 4/26/14 6:30pm

What We Should Talk About When We Talk About the Dylan Farrow Case

Unless you shut down your laptop or smartphone and smashed them under a rock, then you've probably seen all of the articles swirling around this weekend (or past week and month) concerning the 1992 child molestation investigation against Woody Allen. In reading these articles, or seeing them bandied about on Facebook… » 2/03/14 4:30pm 2/03/14 4:30pm

Chris Brown Didn't 'Lose His Virginity' at Age 8. He Was Raped.

This weekend, Chris Brown told The Guardian that his first sexual experience happened when he was 8 years old, a claim met with doubt from some and horror from others. Brown didn't discuss what happened to him — uh, child rape, and the law is crystal clear about that — as something traumatic or hurtful; instead, he… » 10/08/13 6:00pm 10/08/13 6:00pm

Singapore Anti-Groping PSA Features Terrible Puns, Victim-Blaming ‘Tips’

Singapore, which might be one of the worst places in the world if you're looking to break the law, has apparently rolled out an anti-public-groping campaign, which would be very helpful and nice if its street-side ads didn't features incredibly creepy pictures supplemented with a litany of instructions about what… » 1/13/13 4:00pm 1/13/13 4:00pm

Homophobic Boy Scouts of America Actually Harbored Thousands of Child…

The famously anti-gay Boy Scouts of America organization has been ordered to release its fiercely protected "perversion files," which contain information about thousands of instances where trusted BSA adult leaders victimized children involved in scouting. The files, which cover incidents that occurred between the… » 10/18/12 1:05pm 10/18/12 1:05pm

When Reporting Sexual Abuse Makes Your Life Worse

As anyone who's attended a freshman orientation rape prevention seminar can tell you, sexual victimization is much more common than most people are comfortable admitting, and most sexual abuse goes unreported. And while profiles of sexual abuse victims are more diverse than fast food restaurants' Kidz Klub mascots,… » 6/22/12 6:00pm 6/22/12 6:00pm

Young Actresses Aren't the Only Ones Scarred by Sleazy Hollywood…

The classic Hollywood exploitation story involves a young/naive struggling actress, a sleazy older man, and the promise of fame. But there's another sad tale to be told: That of the male child actor, sexually abused by a man with "connections." Former child stars Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman are teaming up to… » 4/19/12 3:40pm 4/19/12 3:40pm

How Much Did Dottie Sandusky Know About Her Husband's Alleged Crimes?


Fallout from the case of Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State defensive coordinator who stands accused of sexually abusing several boys he met through his charity, has extended to the upper reaches of Penn State University. Head football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier's jobs were… » 12/27/11 6:45pm 12/27/11 6:45pm

No-Longer-Celebrated Sportswriter Bill Conlin Accused Of Child…

In yet another instance of child abuse victims being inspired to go public by the case against Jerry Sandusky, three women and a man have come forward to say that they were molested by Bill Conlin, a Philadelphia Daily News columnist and Hall of Fame baseball writer. The alleged abuse occured in the '70s, but they say… » 12/21/11 10:45am 12/21/11 10:45am

Alleged Syracuse Victim Grew Up To Be A Confessed Child Molester

23-year-old Zach Tomaselli, the third man to accuse Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him as a child, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he abused a 13-year-old boy in a similar way, but now he says he'll change his plea to guilty. Tomaselli admitted to the Associated Press… » 12/06/11 10:30am 12/06/11 10:30am

Syracuse Coach Fired Following Third Child Abuse Accusation

The Penn State abuse scandal has caused a spike in reports of child abuse, including charges against another high-profile college sports coach. About two weeks ago, two men accused Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting them when they were children in the '80s and '90s. Today a third… » 11/27/11 9:51pm 11/27/11 9:51pm

Syracuse Coach Accused Of Molestation; Chancellor Promises Investigation

In a scandal reminiscent of Penn State, two men have come forward to accuse Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting them when they were children. The university has responded swiftly, putting Fine on leave and sending an email to all students. But head coach Jim Boeheim says the… » 11/18/11 9:30am 11/18/11 9:30am

What if Penn State's Coach Had Victimized Girls?

Allegations that former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky victimized eight young boys for more than a decade while university officials turned a blind eye have been met with widespread public outrage. No one in a position of any consequence is defending the actions of Sandusky. Three top university… » 11/09/11 7:00pm 11/09/11 7:00pm

Legendary Penn State Coach Prolific At Winning, Child Abuse

This has been a weekend of complicated emotions for fans of Penn State's Nittany Lions football team. On one hand, they're number 1 in this week's Big Ten Power Rankings and have an impressive 8-1 record; it's possible the team could be headed to the Rose Bowl. On the other, former longtime defensive coordinator Jerry… » 11/07/11 12:40pm 11/07/11 12:40pm

Corey Feldman: Pedophilia Is Hollywood's Biggest Problem

In a disturbing interview last night, former child actor Corey Feldman told Nightline that "the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia." He says the "casting couch" — that is, the rumored tradition of directors and other higher-ups sleeping with young aspiring actresses — existed for… » 8/11/11 2:35pm 8/11/11 2:35pm

My Childhood Priest Is Now A Suspected Child Molester

Last week, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that 21 priests were suspended from ministry after they were cited in a scathing grand jury report as child molestation suspects—in cases that go as far back as the 1990s—involved in a larger cover-up conspiracy by higher-ups in the church. One of the priests on… » 3/15/11 5:20pm 3/15/11 5:20pm