Child Abuse

American Students Sing Religious Oath of Loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader

Muslim children in Houston, Texas, sang an Islamic religious song with lyrics swearing allegiance to Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader.

Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri, a London-based journalist of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, tweeted a video of the children singing. According to Jazayeri, Iran is "recruiting child soldiers in the U.S."

Iranian Teen Girl Honored Killed by Father For "Laughing with Boy at Park"

An honor-based family murder in a small town in the Fars province of Iran has once again sparked debates on the lack of laws to prevent “honor-killing” in Iran.

On June 27, the father of Ariana Lashkari shot the sixteen-year-old girl in the chest with a hunting rifle for allegedly laughing with a boy at a park, which he considered a disgrace to the family.

Islamic Leader Banned by UK Dept of Education for Homophobia & Misogyny

The decision of the United Kingdom's Department of Education to prohibit a Salafi activist from spreading his hateful teachings was welcomed by the National Secular Society (NSS). This ruling notes that several harmful sermons were published. This decision prevents the former faith school proprietor from managing private or state school teachings.

Report Reveals 330,000 Victims of Sexual Abuse By French Catholic Church

A 2,500-page report documenting more than 330 thousand cases of sexual abuse was released by a commission headed by France’s Jean-Marc Sauve on October 5, 2021. The document also counted 3 thousand priests and clergy members, including other church servants involved in the coordinated coverup. Victims and advocates believe that the report is long overdue but welcomes it warmly.

Court Case Reveals Underground Network of FGM Practitioners

On Thursday, September 16, Federal prosecutors announced that the Michigan-based physician, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is not alone in performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on minors. The prosecutors added that Dr. Nagarwala is part of an underground network of physicians and individuals in a close-knit community of Indian Muslims.

New NC Bill Aims to Change Child Marriage Reputation & Raise Age to 16

In 1965, Jean Fields, aged 15 at that time, married a man in his 20’s. She went on to have three children by the time she was 21. Fields, along with Judy Wiegand of Kentucky, are one of the few people invited by lobbyists in North Carolina to help convince the state’s congress to address the increasing cases of underage marriage. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Unchained at Last are among the groups that have pressured the state’s legislators to fix the gruesome age of consent for marriage.

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