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  • 'Breakthrough U' Puppets Help Students Stop Gender-Based Violence

    (EDGE) A new video series, "BreakthroughU," is tackling complicated social issues, like gender-based violence, intersectionality* and culture change, issues that are at the heart of the work that Breakthrough has been doing for over 17 years. The videos employ an unusual approach -- puppets. 

  • Couple Charged With Murder Of Bisexual Son

    Anthony Avalos, 10, was beaten, locked up and starved before he died after coming out as bisexual. He suffered a brain bleed, cigarette burns, bruises and cuts all over his body.

  • Former Prep School Housemaster Accused of Abuse Decades Later

    Push ups. Sit ups. Jumping jacks. Repeat. 

    John Watkin, 59, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina can remember those exercises like they happened yesterday, even though it was 40 years ago in 1978. 

    It was punishment. All high school kids get in trouble. But this wasn’t a normal reprimand. 

    Watkin was naked and dripping wet while his housemaster, a long time teacher at the prestigious Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, sat in his brown leather chair a few feet away and watched him, instructing him on which exercises to complete. 

  • Mistrial Declared In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case

    PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors deadlocked in the case of a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy.

  • Police Criticized After Attack On Gays in Bosnia

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Police are being criticized for failing to provide adequate security for a gay film festival in Sarajevo that was attacked by a dozen masked men.

  • Pope Pressured To Act On Abuse After UN Rebuke

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.

  • Sandusky Tries to Get His Penn State Pension Back

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky described his career and retirement from Penn State by video link Tuesday as testimony began in a hearing into whether he can get back the retirement benefits he lost after being convicted of child molestation.

  • Tenn. Mother Lands in Jail After Punching Son for Being Gay, 'Too Feminine'

    A mother from Memphis, Tenn., has been jailed Tuesday after allegedly punching her own son in the face because she said he is gay and "too feminine," Memphis' ABC-affiliate station WPVI-TV reports.