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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HRA damages awarded in date rape cases – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 28th, 2014 in damages, human rights, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘This is an important summary of the principles applicable to HR damages, particularly in circumstances where there have been other payments already made arguably in respect of the acts in question. So it should be first port of call if you have an HR damages problem, not least because it gathers all the learning together.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th July 2014

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Dave Lee Travis to face retrial that includes new count of indecent assault – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2014 in news, retrials, sexual offences by sally

‘Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to face a retrial for charges of sexual assault and indecent assault as well as a new count of indecent assault, a court heard today.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2014

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DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th 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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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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Lib Dems reject Lord Rennard bid to overturn suspension – BBC News

‘Liberal Democrat officials have rejected an attempt by Lord Rennard to overturn his suspension from the party.’

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BBC News, 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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Revenge porn – are we in need of stronger laws? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Calls have been prompted largely by the rise of revenge porn itself, which in turn is attributable to the omnipresence of smartphones that allow photographs to be taken and uploaded to the internet within seconds. No specialist knowledge is required and many “apps” allow pictures to be uploaded at the click of a button. Once an image is on the internet in digital form it can be reproduced time and time again. The call for a specific criminal sanction follows considerable lobbying by campaigners and the issue receiving national attention following the revelation that the prime minister’s nanny was the victim of revenge porn. At present there is no specific criminal offence that adequately addresses the problem. Legal action and publicity in the US have also put pressure on the government to act.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th July 2014

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Sex offender avoids deportation by claiming ‘right to family life’ with kids he’ll never see – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2014 in deportation, families, human rights, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A foreign sex offender has been allowed to remain in Britain because of his “right to family life” with his two young children, even though they are about to be adopted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 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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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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GP Andrew Johnson jailed for decades of sex abuse – BBC News

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

‘A GP who sexually abused patients over more than 25 years is serving a lengthy jail sentence, it can now be reported.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2014

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700 new convictions for ‘historical sex abuse’ pushing up prison population – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2014 in news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, says sex offenders found guilty of historical crimes are partly to blame for a 1,600 year-on-year rise in prison numbers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2014

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Humberside Police officer pleads guilty to sex assaults – BBC News

‘A former police constable has pleaded guilty to four sexual assaults while serving as an officer in East Yorkshire.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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