Rise in number of violent homophobic crimes being reported to police – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2014 in crime, harassment, homosexuality, news, police, victims, violence, young persons by sally

‘Some of the UK’s biggest police forces have recorded a rise in the number of violent homophobic crimes this year, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2014

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Care worker Lorenzo Bacus could have more victims, say police – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2014 in care workers, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A care worker who has been jailed for abusing a male resident at a home could have struck before, say police.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2014

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Neurosurgeon jailed for sexually assaulting six patients – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, doctors, news, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘An eminent consultant neurosurgeon has been jailed for 16 years for sexually assaulting six female patients during intimate medical examinations.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2014

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Rotherham abuse scandal: IPCC to investigate conduct of 10 police officers – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in child abuse, children, evidence, negligence, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the conduct of 10 South Yorkshire police officers in relation to their handling of reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2014

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Woman’s rape was not investigated ‘because she took her clothes off’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 18th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, consent, crime, news, police, rape, victims by sally

‘Police watchdog reveals how police wrongly presumed a rape victim must have “consented” to sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2014

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Judge hits out at system that encourages solicitors to charge barristers referral fees – Legal Futures

‘Mr Justice Green, chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, has condemned the lack of a “level playing field” for publicly funded advocates, which is leading to the practice of “selling litigation rights”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Review of the national referral mechanism for victims of human trafficking – Home Office

Posted November 12th, 2014 in reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘In April 2014 the Home Secretary commissioned a review of the National Referral Mechanism to establish whether it provides an effective and efficient means of supporting and identifying potential victims of human trafficking and whether it can, or should, cover all victims of Modern Slavery. The final report of the review of the National Referral Mechanism has now been published.’

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Home Office, 12th November 2014

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Portsmouth tattooist inked 13-year-old girl – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2014 in children, licensing, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘An unlicensed tattooist who inked a 13-year-old girl has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2014

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Jimmy Savile trust challenges victims’ compensation scheme – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2014 in BBC, charities, compensation, news, personal injuries, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A charitable trust has launched an Appeal Court challenge over the compensation scheme for people who say they were abused by Jimmy Savile.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2014

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Newport ‘slavery’ victim Darrell Simester speaks of ordeal – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2014 in forced labour, gipsies, learning difficulties, news, victims by sally

‘It was a case that lifted the lid on modern day “slavery” in Wales. David Daniel Doran was jailed last month for forcing a vulnerable man to work unpaid at a farm near Newport. Now as BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out programme delves further into the case, we take an look at some of the issues raised.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2014

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Modern slavery bill is ‘lost opportunity’, says human trafficking adviser – The Guardian

‘The government’s modern slavery bill is a “lost opportunity,” the home secretary’s former special envoy for human trafficking has warned. Anthony Steen, who advised on the legislation and chairs the Human Trafficking Foundation, said the bill, which will be debated in parliament on Tuesday for its third reading, had “yawning gaps”, and failed to focus on the needs of victims of trafficking in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2014

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Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf faces fresh pressure to quit – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2014 in child abuse, complaints, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Victims’ groups are due to meet officials from a child sex abuse inquiry and are expected to reiterate calls for the inquiry’s head to resign.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2014

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Supreme Court extends protection for asbestos victims – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in appeals, asbestos, news, regulations, Supreme Court, victims by sally

‘The Supreme Court has extended protection for victims of asbestos-related diseases, by ruling that the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 applied to all workers in factories where asbestos was being processed.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd October 2014

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Compensation paid after Catholic priests abuse claims – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in abuse of position of trust, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Compensation has been paid to 11 former trainee priests who claim they were sexually abused at St Peter Claver College in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Robbery sentences: Gun and knife use ‘should be penalised’ – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2014 in consultations, firearms, news, offensive weapons, robbery, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Robbers who use or threaten to use guns and knives during crimes in England and Wales should expect to receive tougher jail sentences, new proposals suggest.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Director of Public Prosecutions responds to Supreme Court on assisted suicide policy – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has today clarified the CPS Policy on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide in light of the recent comments of the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson and others.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

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Cellar slave girl: Salford couple must pay victim £100,000 – BBC News

‘A deaf girl from Pakistan kept as a slave for nine years by a millionaire couple from Salford is to receive £100,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2014

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Judy Finnigan and the danger of belittling rape – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 16th, 2014 in media, news, rape, victims, violence by sally

‘The broadcaster Judy Finnigan has been the cynosure of all eyes after ill-considered remarks she made on ITV’s “Loose Women” show on Monday 13 October 2014, when referring to convicted rapist and sometime Wales international and Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th October 2014

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Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2014 in forced labour, news, prostitution, victims, witchcraft by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to work in the sex trade.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2014

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End of the ASBO: “community trigger” scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, domestic violence, legislation, news, victims by sally

With the Scottish referendum dominating the headlines last month, the introduction of the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the Act”) has been somewhat overshadowed. However, fanfare or no fanfare, the Act is coming into force this month (in the main) on 20 October 2014. The Act not only marks the end of the “ASBO” but also introduces new, important powers aimed at “putting the victim first”. These powers are only useful, however, if people know about them.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th October 2014

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