Larry Nassar sits in court listening to statements before being sentenced by Judge Janice Cunningham for three counts of criminal sexual assault in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan. Image Credit: AFP

January 24, 2018

Dr Lawrence G. Nassar, former doctor for American gymnastics team, sentenced to 40 to 175 years for multiple sex crimes. Nassar accused of molesting girls for years under the guise of giving them examinations or medical treatment. Some were as young as 6. Many of them were Olympic gymnasts.

January 2017

Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) studies allegations of child abuse in 22 homes and residential institutions between 1922 to 1995.

November 23, 2017

Chinese police investigate claims of sexual molestation and needle marks on children at a Beijing kindergarten, a booming childcare industry.

September 21, 2017

Pope Francis promised to respond with the “firmest measures possible” against priests who rape and molest children, and said bishops and religious superiors who cover up for them will be held accountable.

February 27, 2017

Britain’s inquiry into historical child sex abuse finally begin holding first public hearings.

February 16, 2017

Australia’s Catholic Church pays A$276 million (Dh782 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard, the first time the total compensation paid by the church’s schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.

February 06, 2017

Seven per cent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, during inquiry into paedophilia in the church.

December 21, 2016

Children as young as four may have been molested as part of the deepening sexual abuse scandal that has shaken British football, police revealed. Several ex-professional players came forward to allege abuse at the hands of youth coaches after Andy Woodward revealed last month he was abused by a convicted child molester at Crewe Alexandra.


November 26, 2016

Leading football clubs made secret payments to buy the silence of young players sexually abused by coaches, as the growing scandal threatened to engulf the sport.

June 08, 2016

Police arrest head of a government-run children’s home in New Delhi after six girls, all under 10, accuse him of sexually assaulting them and filming the acts. The government-run home houses children rescued from trafficking, begging and labour rackets.

May 18, 2016

The United Nations says it has received 44 allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers and staff in UN missions so far this year involving more than 40 minors. The United Nations has been in the spotlight for months over allegations of child rape and other sexual abuses by its peacekeepers, especially those based in Central African Republic and Congo.

March 05, 2016

Australian Cardinal George Pell in an interview with Sky News says he will not resign from his position as the Vatican’s finance chief over the Catholic Church’s responses to child sex abuse in his homeland. Pell has denied any wrongdoing during his time in Australia’s Victoria state, where paedophile priests abused dozens of children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Compiled by Gulf News Archives