No appeal over Rolf Harris sex offences sentence – BBC News

‘Rolf Harris’s sex offences sentence will not be referred to the Court of Appeal, despite 150 complaints over its “leniency”, the attorney general’s office has said.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2014

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Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial – The Guardian

‘An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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Review of the investigation of alleged Home Office failure to act on allegations of child abuse in the 1980s – Home Office

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, government departments, inquiries, reports by tracey

‘A review, led by Peter Wanless, of the investigation into the handling of information received by the Home Office in relation to child abuse allegations.’

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Home Office, 24th July 2014

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Home Secretary speech at Girl Summit 2014 – Home Office

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given by Home Secretary Theresa May on 22 July 2014 at the Girl Summit.’

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Home Office, 22nd July 2014

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Catholic Church defrocks 52 priests for sex abuse – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Catholic Church in England and Wales has defrocked 52 priests for sexual abuse since 2001. The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) also said 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2014

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Police to investigate Cyril Smith child abuse cover-up claims – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘A criminal investigation is to be launched into an alleged cover-up of child abuse at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith.The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School in Rochdale.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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Ian Watkins loses bid to reduce sentence for child sex offences – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in appeals, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Ian Watkins, the former lead singer of the Lostprophets, has lost a bid to reduce his 35-year sentence for a string of sex offences against children, including the attempted rape of a baby.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

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Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to contest 35-year sentence – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in appeals, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by michael

‘A panel of judges at Cardiff crown court will decide whether the convicted paedophile has grounds for appeal.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

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Babysitter jailed for raping boy of three – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2014 in child abuse, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A 66-year-old man has been jailed for life for raping a three-year-old boy he was babysitting.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2014

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Man and former wife abused their children, court hears – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2014 in assault, child abuse, families, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A separated couple have been convicted of sexually and physically abusing their children. The man and his former wife were convicted of sexual and physical assaults on children in the Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly areas but cleared of rape. A second man was acquitted.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2014

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Police fear being overwhelmed as 660 suspects are arrested over paedophilia – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2014 in child abuse, indecent photographs of children, internet, news, police by tracey

‘Britain’s senior police officers said they were at risk of being overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of child abuse investigations after the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2014

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Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child-abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘Lady Butler-Sloss, the retired high court judge, has resigned as chair of the panel that is due to examine the extent to which public institutions failed to investigate allegations of child abuse.

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The Guardian, 14th July 2014

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Child abuse victims to sue Government – The Independent

‘An alleged victim of historical child abuse has instructed lawyers over his intention to take legal action, claiming the Government is in breach of its obligations to victims of abuse. The victim, who has asked not to be named for legal reasons, believes the government has not lived up to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees respect for home life. Had it done so, it is claimed, many more victims would have come forward to assist the police. The victim is an alleged survivor of child abuse at Grafton Close, a care home run by Richmond Borough Council in south-west London.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2014

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Home Office’s lost child abuse files: a victim’s story – The Guardian

‘When it emerged last week that 114 files containing allegations of child sex abuse had disappeared from the Home Office, survivors began to ask questions about whether their abuse had been deliberately covered up or ignored by the authorities.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2014

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Scales of justice still unbalanced for female judges – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2014 in child abuse, diversity, equality, inquiries, judges, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘The lord chief justice admitted progress on diversity is too slow, while Chris Grayling’s offer of ‘partnership’ should be eyed warily.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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The time when child abuse wasn’t dealt with properly – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2014 in archives, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘A major inquiry has been launched into how historical allegations of child abuse were handled. The UK’s National Archives contain some appalling examples of abuse at children’s homes and approved schools from decades past.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2014

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Rolf Harris’ sentence was both lenient and excessive – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 10th, 2014 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Last week, Rolf Harris was sentenced to five years nine months’ imprisonment for 12 indecent assaults committed against four female victims – including one aged just seven or eight. The sentencing remarks can be viewed here, and a summary of the case here. There are a number of other complainants who made allegations which were not, or have not (yet), been proceeded with.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th July 2014

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Rolf Harris, indecent images and the dangers of the dark net – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘News of concern over child abuse on the dark net came within a month of the children’s entertainer and artist Rolf Harris being convicted and sentenced for historic indecent assaults on more than one complainant. The full sentencing remarks are here. Other counts for making indecent images of children were separated and then not pursued. News reports are that paedophilic search terms were entered into his computer which suggests that the searches were done on open sources. It was also reported that Rolf Harris had notes on how to delete the internet history. Paedophilic activity is often cited as a reason to regulate the internet but caution needs to be exercised so as not to lose the essential freedoms that the web was designed to achieve.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 8th July 2014

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Questions over choice of Butler-Sloss as head of child abuse allegations inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2014 in child abuse, conflict of interest, inquiries, judges, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The government faced questions on Tuesday over the appointment of a member of the House of Lords as the chair of a public inquiry into “serious failings by public bodies and important institutions” in their handling of allegations of child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2014

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NSPCC wants covering up abuse to be criminal offence – BBC News

‘The man leading a review into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse has said people who cover up such crimes should be prosecuted.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2014

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