Revenge pornography victims as young as 11, investigation finds – BBC News

‘Children as young as 11 are among more than 1,000 alleged victims of revenge porn who reported offences in the first year of the new law coming into effect, it has been revealed.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2016

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Secondary victims revisited: Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne – Cloisters

‘Claims by secondary victims are subject to well-known control mechanisms. The classic statement of which came in Alcock v Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police[1]:

there must be a close tie of love and affection with the person killed, injured or imperilled;
there must be proximity in time and space to the incident or its immediate aftermath;
the incident or its immediate aftermath must have been directly perceived;
the psychiatric injury must be induced by a sudden shocking event.’

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Cloisters, 14th 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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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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Tiny proportion of stalking cases recorded by police, data suggests – The Guardian

‘Only a tiny proportion of all stalking cases are recorded by police, figures have suggested, leading to calls for more training for police to recognise the crime and provide support to victims.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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What sort of justice do survivors of sexual war crimes want? – The Guardian

‘Convicting perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict is a milestone but we also need to enable survivors to build their future.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2016

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Former police officer sentenced for preying on domestic abuse victims for sexual gratification – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Michael McMillan, a former Merseyside police officer has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for seven counts of misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th April 2016

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Victim surcharge update – Sentencing Council

Posted April 8th, 2016 in press releases, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘There are increases to the victim surcharge for offences committed on or after 8 April 2016.’

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Sentencing Council, 4th 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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Victims of press intrusion deserve better than a return to the status quo – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2016 in defamation, freedom of expression, inquiries, media, news, privacy, victims by sally

‘I was one of the victims of unscrupulous newspapers that David Cameron pledged to protect in the of wake of the Leveson report. Let’s ensure he keeps his promises.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2016

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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe online fraud refund claim provokes anger – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2016 in banking, consumer protection, fraud, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘A police chief’s suggestion that banks should consider no longer refunding some online fraud victims has been branded as “astonishingly misjudged” by a consumer group.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2016

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Only one in 14 crime victims offered ‘restorative justice’ scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in news, reports, restorative justice, victims by sally

‘Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove warns quality of the programmes which offer victims the chance to confront offenders are still a ‘concern”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2016

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Abuse victims should be ‘believed’, says College of Policing – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in codes of practice, news, police, victims by sally

‘Police in England and Wales need to further encourage sexual abuse victims to come forward, the College of Policing has said.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2016

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NHS blood contamination victims hit out at ‘reforms’ which cost them up to £7,000 a year – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2016 in blood products, compensation, consultations, health, HIV, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of the worst contaminated blood scandal in the NHS’s history say they have been betrayed by the Government after plans were revealed to reduce their annual payouts. About 5,000 people – many of them haemophiliacs – who were infected with HIV, hepatitis C or both after receiving infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s, have been sent letters from the Department of Health asking for their views on “reforms” that will leave them up to £7,000 a year worse off.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2016

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Goddard Inquiry: Focus on CofE handling of abuse claims – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2016 in child abuse, Church of England, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘A public inquiry is to consider whether there was interference by the Church of England in the case of jailed former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2016

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Lord Janner faced allegations of abuse against 30 victims, hearing told – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, peerages & dignities, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Lord Janner faced allegations that he had abused 30 victims from the mid-1950s until the late 1980s, the first preliminary hearing of a public inquiry into child abuse has heard.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2016

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Why is domestic abuse still not taken seriously in UK courts? – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2016 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, sentencing, victims, women by sally

‘Female victims left in fear for their lives speak out about the failure of the justice system to punish abusers with long prison sentences.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2016

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Online abuse: ‘existing laws too fragmented and don’t serve victims’ – The Guardian

‘The chief constable leading the fight against digital crime is calling for new legislation to tackle an “unimagined scale of online abuse” that he says is threatening to overwhelm the police service. Stephen Kavanagh, who heads Essex police, argues it is necessary to consolidate and simplify offences committed online to improve the chance of justice for tens of thousands of victims.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2016

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Millions spent on legal cases that fail to reach court – Daily Telegraph

‘National Audit Office warns criminal justice system ‘not delivering value for money’, with victims facing delays, collapsed cases and postcode lottery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2016

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People-trafficking victims with children are ‘overlooked’ – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in children, news, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘Victims of people trafficking who are pregnant or have children have had their needs “systematically overlooked” in the UK, a report has suggested.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2016

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