What has the European Court of Human Rights done for us? – The Independent

‘Campaigners and politicians have criticised Home Secretary Theresa May’s assertion that Britain should leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).’

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The Independent, 25th April 2016

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Bradford judge spares girl jail for stabbing abuser – BBC News

‘A judge has spared a teenage girl who stabbed the man who sexually abused her as a child from a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2016

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Child sex abuse images increasingly being found and removed – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2016 in child abuse, indecent photographs of children, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Nearly 70,000 pictures and videos showing child sex abuse have been removed from the internet in the past year, the UK charity leading the efforts to combat the abuse has said.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2016

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Internet watchdog finds record number of child sex abuse images – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in child abuse, indecent photographs of children, internet, news, reports by tracey

‘Record numbers of web pages containing child sexual abuse images are being detected following a dramatic rise in reports, a watchdog has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2016

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Judge offers to pay court fine of abuse victim who stabbed her abuser on his doorstep after he avoided jail – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2016 in assault, child abuse, fines, judges, news, victims, young offenders by sally

‘A judge has offered to pay the court fine of a Bradford teenager who stabbed a paedophile on his doorstep after he avoided jail for abusing her when she was just eight-years-old.’

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The Independent, 19th April 2016

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Ben Butler murder trial: Ellie ‘killed after conviction quashed’ – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2016 in child abuse, children, murder, trials by sally

‘A “hot-tempered” father accused of killing his six-year-old daughter had a conviction for assaulting her as a baby quashed, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2016

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Former Bedfordshire police officer jailed for abusing girls – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2016 in child abuse, news, police, rape, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘A former police officer has been given a 23-year sentence after using Facebook to find vulnerable girls to have sex with.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2016

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith murder: Mother jailed for at least 24 years – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, murder, news, sentencing, social services by sally

‘A “devious” and “selfish” mother has been jailed for at least 24 years for stamping her toddler daughter to death.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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Former royal aide cleared of abuse calls for sacking of Met chief – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2016 in bail, child abuse, complaints, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh who was cleared of historical sex offences says he felt “like a lamb to the slaughter” during the case. Lt Col Benjamin Herman, 81, was acquitted last year of abusing a girl in the early 1970s, when she was aged around 11 or 12 and he was working as equerry to Prince Philip. He said his family went through “absolute hell” after he was arrested in February 2013. He spent 27 months on bail before eventually being cleared by a jury in less than an hour following a trial at Blackfriars crown court in London.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2016

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Paedophile jailed for rape of 11-year-old girl – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, kidnapping, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A paedophile who kidnapped and raped an 11-year-old girl after grabbing her off the street as she walked home was branded the “living embodiment of every parent’s worst nightmare”, as he was jailed.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2016

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum Kathryn Smith guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘A mother has been found guilty of murdering her 21-month-old daughter, who died with injuries likened to a car crash victim.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

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Rochdale sex abusers jailed for offences against girls – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, conspiracy, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Nine men who committed sexual offences against eight girls and women have been jailed for up to 25 years.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

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Nine Rochdale men to be sentenced for child sex abuse – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, conspiracy, news, rape, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Nine men are set to be sentenced for a catalogue of serious sexual offences against six teenage girls in Rochdale.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

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Lowell Goddard: my child abuse inquiry is not just targeted on the famous – The Guardian

‘This is the opportunity to get to the heart of one of the biggest challenges for our generation, says inquiry chairman Lowell Goddard.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2016

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Former rector Stephen Crabtree jailed for abusing girl – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2016 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A disgraced clergyman who repeatedly sexually abused a 15-year-old girl has been given a three-year jail sentence.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2016

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Sex and the Law – Gresham College

Posted March 31st, 2016 in child abuse, crime, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘Reputations tumble; men once popular and famous but too powerful are condemned and imprisoned. Others fear their reputations will not long survive their deaths. Others will ‘get away with it’ as presumably they always have. How will all this be viewed in decades to come? Witch-hunt or confirmation that Mary Whitehouse was right all the time and the sexual revolution is to blame? If so, what should society have done that it didn’t? What should it do now apart from lock up aged offenders? And what about juries? Will they, not judges, ultimately determine how law can be fair on sexual behaviour – assuming juries can ever discuss these things candidly.’

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Gresham College, 2nd March 2016

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Regina v Goss – WLR Daily

Posted March 30th, 2016 in appeals, child abuse, law reports, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

Regina v Goss

‘The defendant pleaded guilty to three charges of rape … one charge of aiding and abetting rape, two charges of indecent assault and one charge of indecency with a child. He was initially sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment on each of the rape charges and on the aiding and abetting rape charge, and four years’ imprisonment on each of the other charges, the seven sentences to run concurrently. The sentences of 16 years were calculated by taking a starting point of 24 years and deducting one-third for the guilty pleas. Some four weeks later the sentencing judge had the case re-listed and, in reliance on the “slip rule” in Crim PR r 28.4, he changed the four sentences of 16 years to 18 years on the footing that a reduction of 25%, not one-third, was appropriate in view of the fact that the defendant had made no admissions when, much earlier, the complainant had made complaints but no prosecution had resulted. The defendant appealed against sentence. Permission to appeal was given by the single judge on the ground that it had been established in R v Nodjoumi (1985) 7 Cr App R (S) 183 that it was incorrect to use the slip rule to change a sentence solely because the sentencing judge had, on reflection, concluded that the original sentence had been inadequate. On the hearing of the appeal, however, R v Nodjoumi was relied on only as support for a submission that the sentencing judge had not been justified in concluding that the reduction should be 25% rather than one-third.’

WLR Daily, 23rd March 2016

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Four paedophiles convicted after sting operations by vigilantes – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2016 in child abuse, internet, news, police, prosecutions, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘Four paedophiles have been convicted following sting operations by vigilantes who claim they trapped them on a Facebook page explicitly dedicated to young girls dating older men.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2016

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Baroness Shields opens the 2016 International Crime and Policing Conference – Home Office

‘Minister for Internet Safety and Security, Baroness Joanna Shields, opened day 1 of the second International Crime and Policing Conference.’

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Home Office, 22nd March 2016

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Drew Review: South Yorkshire Police’s handling of abuse was ‘inadequate’ – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, complaints, news, police, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘South Yorkshire Police’s handling of child sexual exploitation (CSE) was “inadequate” and the force “regularly missed” opportunities to tackle the problem, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2016

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