Topic / Abuse

Kansas missionaries’ penalty for vicious abuse: 32 months!

Jim and Paige Nachtigal, a pair of missionaries from North Newton in Kansas,  tomorrow begin sentences of 32 months each for the extreme cruelty they meted out to three children they adopted from Peru. According to this report, North Newton Police Chief Randy Jordan removed the three Peruvian orphans from the Christian couple’s home three […]

UK judge prevents girl from being taken to India for FGM

A UK court has banned an Indian-origin family from flying their baby daughter to India because she is at risk of being subjected to an ‘utterly unacceptable’ genital mutilation procedure. According to this report, judge Robert Jordan at Manchester County and Family Court recently ruled that the child, who will turn two this year, is […]

Tennessee pastor allegedly abused three young boys

Ronnie Gorton, above, a married father and lead pastor of The Awakening Church in Atoka, Tennessee, was indicted this week on 47 counts of illegal relations with three underage boys. Among the charges, according to this report, are five counts of aggravated sexual battery, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual […]

N Ireland priest resigns over association with a paedophile

Dr John McAreavey, Catholic Bishop of Dromore, above, has resigned ‘with immediate” effect after it came to light that he celebrated Mass alongside a priest he knew was a paedophile. His departure, according to lawyer Claire McKeegan: Has brought to the surface yet another paedophile priest who was never investigated or exposed by the church […]

Torture of young boys a feature of this Hindu religious festival

Friday, March 2, saw the culmination of the Attukal Pongala festival in Kerala – and the outbreak of row sparked by a senior police officer who blasted the cruel treatment of young boys in the name of religion. The devout – mainly women – are invited to “experience the euphoria of religion, faith and beliefs” […]

Pope’s ‘special envoy’ blunder infuriates Scranton Catholics

There was uproar among Catholics in Scranton, Pennsylvania, when it was announced last week that Pope Francis had chosen disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony, above, to be his special envoy at an event to celebrate the local diocese’s 150th anniversary Mass on March 4. Their anger was understandable. For, according to this report, Mahony – Archbishop Emeritus […]

Voodoo in the US: five-year-old girl ‘permanently disfigured’

Sisters Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, pictured in a Massachusetts court, were arrested after they allegedly  subjected the child to a demon-busting voodoo ceremony that permanently disfigured her. According to this report, the pair also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s eight-year-old brother with a machete. The boy said his sister […]

Banned priest defends alleged abuser & insults women clergy

A row has broken out over the presence this week of disgraced Anglican priest Jules Gomes, above, at a Church House meeting in London. Formerly a priest at St Mary’s on the Harbour on the Isle of Man, Gomes addressed a February 1 meeting staged by supporters of the former Bishop of Chichester, George Bell, […]

Suspected of being gay, man is brutally beaten in SA church

Members of the Ebuhleni Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa stand accused of beating Dumisani Ngcobo, above, after accusing him of being gay. The 43-year-old from Emaswazini, near Pietermaritzburg, claimed in this report that the assault took place in January and that he was not given a chance to explain that he was not a […]

Pakistani Newsweek editor slammed over abuse tweet

The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari triggered massive protests across Pakistan – a great deal of further outrage when Fasih Ahmed, above, the editor-in-chief  of Newsweek Pakistan tweeted on January 23 that the sexual abuse of children cannot be eliminated and at times can even pave way for ‘great art’.  According to […]