Some people go to prison, and others go to rehab. Deposed Hollywood plutocrat Harvey Weinstein is reportedly going to rehab. After decades of both alleged and admitted patterns of abusive and coercive behavior, the year-old Weinstein appears to be seeking a do-over.
Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show "proof" to be believed, saying he realized it was a "slap in the face" to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down on defending a Chilean bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest, and he repeated that anyone who makes such accusations without providing evidence is guilty of slander. Francis issued the partial mea culpa in an airborne press conference late Sunday as he returned home from Chile and Peru, where the clergy abuse scandal and his own comments plunged the Chilean church into renewed crisis and revived questions about whether Francis "gets it" about abuse.
S hould the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Addyi pill for female sexual dysfunction? The question has been asked repeatedly ever since the agency endorsed the drug last summer, following an orchestrated campaign that charged FDA officials were biased against such drugs for women while men had many options to combat impotence. The regulator was then criticized for approving the drug, despite safety concerns and data showing the pill was not very effective.
An Israeli-based spiritual institute has fired its main rabbi over sexual abuse claims, less than two years after several prominent American religious figures rallied to defend him against earlier allegations. At least five female students and staff members have come forward to accuse Rabbi Mordechai Gafni of luring them into sexual relationships through intimidation, psychological manipulation and deception. Late last week, Gafni, an Orthodox-trained rabbi who has become a star of the New Age-style Jewish Renewal movement, was dismissed from his position as the head of Bayit Chadash, a center on the Sea of Galilee that he co-founded six years ago.
For a private boarding school that prides itself on being progressive and close-knit, it was a jarring admission. In a letter mailed to alumni and posted on its websitethe Solebury School for the first time acknowledged and apologized for sexual abuse of former students at the hands of faculty from the s to the s. Administrators said that the claims surfaced only in the last two years, and that they hoped their announcement would help the victims while holding the small Bucks County school to its own standards.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT has publicly admitted that it has sinned--if only inadvertently--against women scientists. A report from an MIT faculty committee posted on the university's web site this week concludes that MIT's School of Science has provided a better work environment for male faculty than for women. The report was produced by a nine-faculty-member committee, set up by science dean Robert Birgeneau inafter molecular biologist Nancy Hopkins and two other tenured women science faculty members had polled their colleagues and found that women were getting less money, office space, and access to research resources and positions carrying greater responsibility.
Christian has done something that seemed like a good idea at the time, but it made someone else unhappy enough to threaten vengeance, and now Christian is truly sorry. So he does what any decent person would, which is make a video mea culpa on his phone and send it to his victim. There are social forces and economic structures at work, he says, large historical tendencies that both extend and extenuate his guilt.
Left leaning publication The Saturday Paper published in December last year the account of an anonymous Greens volunteer who alleged she was travelling home in a car with Greens members after an election party in when the man raped her. She alleged the senior volunteer held her down in the back seat of the car, inserted his fingers inside her vagina and whispered in her ear that he hated her. She said she reported the incident several times and attempted to get the party to take action against the man, and found herself gradually excluded as a result.
The Vatican orders up such emergency visits only on rare occasions, such as when American bishops were summoned in after the clerical sex abuse scandal exploded in the U. Fernando Karadima. Francis strongly defended the bishop during his January visit to Chile despite accusations by victims that Barros had witnessed and ignored their abuse. Anne Barrett Doyle, of BishopAccountability.