Child Abuse

5.31.19

The Murder of Charlene Downes, the British Schoolgirl Who Vanished Without a Trace

Sixteen years ago, the 14-year-old disappeared. Since then, her case has sparked an investigation into police work and has become the focus of the far-right.

12.20.18

Inside the Organisation That Rids the Internet of Child Sex Abuse

We visited the Cambridgeshire headquarters of the Internet Watch Foundation, whose analysts are tasked with searching out and identifying child sexual abuse images and videos.

12.19.18

A Woman Went to Prison After Her Baby's Dad Was Accused of Child Abuse

"I gotta be strong for my babies," she said from jail.

7.18.18

The Teenager Fighting Against Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Though her mother threatened to kill herself if she didn't marry at 13, Meghla managed to get out of it. Now, she helps to prevent other child marriages from happening.

5.1.18

The Idyllic Restaurant Chain Owned by a Homophobic, Racist, Child-Beating Cult

They don't exactly advertise their beliefs on the menus.

4.6.18

Australian Bush Cult Family Face Court Over Incest Charges

Six years ago, NSW police discovered the Colt family living in squalid conditions. The story just got worse.

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2.5.18

Melbourne Teenagers Snapchat Themselves Abusing Toddler

Police were able to trace disturbing footage posted by the teen parents, who disguised their identities with emojis.

1.22.18

How Do You Know if Your Neighbors Are Torturing Their Kids?

After 13 siblings were found badly malnourished and shackled to their beds in California, it's worth thinking about what to watch out for—and how to help.

1.18.18

What Happens Next to the 13 'Tortured' California Kids Who Escaped Their Parents?

Shackled to beds and malnourished by allegedly abusive parents who homeschooled them, the Turpin siblings are free. We asked experts how they move on.

12.15.17

The Day the Church Stopped Believing Victims

Four years ago, the Anglican church apologised to a woman who claimed she'd been raped by a Bishop as a child. Today, a report said that apology should never have been given, and the Establishment are thrilled.

12.6.17

How Christian Reform Schools Get Away with Brutal Child Abuse

Thanks to the legacy of a Texas pastor named Lester Roloff—and a glaring lack of oversight from state and local authorities—religious "schools" for troubled teens often operate with impunity.

10.16.17

Why One of the World's Biggest Rockstars Got Away with Child Abuse

Ian Watkins' crimes were a new type of appalling, yet he managed to keep offending for four years after complaints were made to police.

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