The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox has stepped down from a number of charity roles amid a series of sexual harassment allegations. Brendan Cox has left his role as director of the charities More In Common and The Jo Cox Foundation. Mr Cox denied allegations of sexual harassment but admitted his actions may have been "inappropriate". In a statement, Mr Cox said: "Last week I decided to step down from my public roles to face up to mistakes I made several years ago while at Save the Children. "I apologise to people I offended or upset at the time. "My actions were never malicious but they were at times inappropriate. "I take responsibility for my actions and will hold myself to a higher standard in the future." Responding to the resignation, a spokesman for The Jo Cox Foundation said: "The Board of the Jo Cox Foundation has accepted Brendan’s resignation as trustee. "Since establishing the Jo Cox Foundation, the trustees and staff have admired the integrity, … [Read more...] about Brendan Cox quits charity roles amid sexual harassment accusations
US Cardinal Sean O'Malley will head the child protection panel. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP The Vatican said on Saturday it has renewed its anti-paedophile panel as Pope Francis acts to quell the global scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. Nine new members were added to the panel, which had come under fire from two high-profile members, former sex abuse victims who quit at what they saw as a lack of reforms and obstruction at the highest level of the Catholic Church. US Cardinal Sean O'Malley was confirmed as the head of the child protection panel along with seven other incumbent members. "The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults," O'Malley said in a statement. "The Holy Father has ensured continuity in the work of our commission, which is to assist local churches throughout the world in their efforts to safeguard all children, young people, and vulnerable adults … [Read more...] about Vatican revives pope’s sexual abuse panel
NEXUS NI’s operations manager says the rise of the ‘Me Too’ hash tag on social media has united sexual violence sufferers across the world. Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Week with an open office event at its local premises on the Irvinestown Road in Enniskillen recently Nexus NI has around 650 people across Northern Ireland on a waiting list for its counselling services at present. … [Read more...] about NEXUS NI’s operations manager says the rise of the ‘Me Too’ hash tag on social media has united sexual violence sufferers across the world.
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a U.S. cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work. The renewal of the commission and the confirmation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston as its head comes as the pope is dealing with an abuse scandal in Chile that has created one of the greatest image crises of his papacy, which marks its fifth anniversary next month. The first, three-year mandate of the commission ended in December and its future had been uncertain. Its first term was marred by two high-profile resignations, that of Marie Collins of Ireland and Peter Saunders of Britain. Both were victims of clergy sexual abuse when they were young and both stepped down in what they said was frustration over lack of change and insufficient cooperation by top Vatican officials. A Vatican statement said victims of sexual abuse were among the members but … [Read more...] about Pope renews commission on sexual abuse, Vatican promises victims more say
0 Have your say A woman has claimed she was sexually harassed at the Scottish Parliament by a member of staff working for a political party, it has emerged. The claim was made in a submission to the Holyrood Standards Committee by the Women’s Rights Centre (WRC). The WRC’s Katy Mathieson said the woman had already experienced a less serious episode of “gender-based violence” at Holyrood before the recent incident occurred. Gender-based violence is a broad term which ranges from physical violence to harassment. Holyrood’s failure to respond to the first episode had discouraged her from reporting the second.The woman was quoted as saying: “It is hard to believe that the Scottish Parliament is really serious about these issues... I have another experience where I was sexually harassed by a member of staff from a political party on parliament premises – but I now have absolutely no confidence in reporting it.” A Holyrood spokeswoman … [Read more...] about Sexual harassment claim at Scottish Parliament