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Former Oldest Cheerleader in the NFL Pleads Guilty to Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

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Former Oldest Cheerleader in the NFL Pleads Guilty to Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

Originally posted 06/17/2015 05:10PM

Molly Shattuck, formerly the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, has pleaded guilty to raping the 15-year-old classmate of one of her children.

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Author John Green Lashes Out Against 'Accusations of Pedophilia'; Apologizes for Using the 'R' Word

Author John Green Lashes Out Against 'Accusations of Pedophilia'; Apologizes for Using the 'R' Word

Originally posted 06/12/2015 04:50PM

Bestselling YA author John Green has taken to social media this week to address two delicate issues.

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Beatings, Rapes and Starvation: Inside a Dozen Children's Chilling Cult World

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Beatings, Rapes and Starvation: Inside a Dozen Children's Chilling Cult World

Originally posted 06/10/2015 05:55PM

It was a story that made headlines around the world.

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Why Jill and Jessa Came Forward as Brother Josh Duggar's Victims

Why Jill and Jessa Came Forward as Brother Josh Duggar's Victims

Originally posted 06/10/2015 12:00PM

When Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald came forward as victims of their brother's molestation in a tell-all interview on Fox News last week, critics accused parents Michelle and Jim Bob of persuading their daughters to defend eldest son Josh Duggar.

However, a source close to the family tells PEOPLE that the focus was always going to be on Michelle, 48, and Jim Bob, 49, until Jill stepped forward. "She, too, wanted to give an interview. Her parents were concerned because they felt she had been through enough, but she was clear – she never wanted this information public."

Indeed, the girls were more upset during their interview by what they felt was a violation of privacy than by Josh's actions, which they insisted had been forgiven years earlier, before cameras even started rolling on 19 Kids and Counting (then 17 Kids and Counting) in 2008. As a family, "we've already moved on," said both Jessa and Jill on The Kelly File.

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Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty to Lying to FBI

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Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty to Lying to FBI

Originally posted 06/10/2015 11:00AM

Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of lying to the FBI and making cash withdrawals designed to hide that he was paying someone off for his "misconduct" years ago.

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How Jill and Jessa Are Really Coping After Coming Forward as Brother Josh Duggar's Victims

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How Jill and Jessa Are Really Coping After Coming Forward as Brother Josh Duggar's Victims

Originally posted 06/10/2015 08:15AM

When it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been investigated in 2006 for molesting five underage girls – including four of his sisters – it was a shock to see two of his victims come forward and defend their brother on national television.

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Duck Dynasty's Jep Robertson Reveals He Was Molested as a Child: It Was 'Scary'

Originally posted 06/09/2015 03:40PM

After years of keeping his abuser's secret, the youngest of Duck Dynasty's Robertson clan is opening up about the sexual molestation he suffered as a child.

"I was 6, and it was on a school bus, and it was an older girl," Jep Robertson told Entertainment Tonight. "Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was an older girl that was just real mean. I think … that she was just terribly abused herself. But yeah, it was a lot of things that took place – scary stuff. It was tough."

Robertson opens up further about the abuse in his new book co-written with his wife, Jessica, called The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness.

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Dennis Hastert Hires High-Powered Lawyer Thomas Green in the Wake of Sex Abuse Claims

Originally posted 06/09/2015 11:20AM

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has hired famed attorney Thomas Green to represent him against charges of lying to the FBI and making cash withdrawals designed to hide that he was paying someone off for his "misconduct" years ago.

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald: As a Family, We 'Had Moved On' from Josh Duggar Molestation

Originally posted 06/05/2015 10:10PM



When an unearthed felony investigation from 2006 revealed that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls as a teen, the family felt that they had already "moved on" from the scandal that was making headlines across the country.

This, according to two of the victims – Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald – when they appeared on The Kelly File Friday to discuss what had happened to them when they were 12 and "9 or 10," respectively.

Host Megyn Kelly asked whether the family had felt any hesitation entering into a reality show given what was hidden in their past, but Jessa, now 22, said that the family "had moved on" by the time cameras started rolling on 19 Kids and Counting (then 17 Kids and Counting in 2008.

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