Data gathering ‘may deny rape victims access to justice – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2018 in consent, criminal justice, data protection, disclosure, evidence, news, police, privacy, rape, victims by sally

The intrusive gathering of data about possible rape victims is unlawful and risks preventing them coming forward, according to London’s victims’ commissioner.

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The Guardian, 17th October 2018

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Number of supervised offenders charged with violent crimes rises 21% – The Guardian

‘The number of offenders charged with serious crimes including murder, manslaughter and rape while they were being monitored in the community has jumped by more than a fifth in a year in England and Wales, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2018

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Rape complainants’ lawyers to challenge CPS over dropped cases – The Guardian

‘Lawyers for rape complainants who have been “failed” by the criminal justice system are preparing to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2018

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Rape charges down by 23% in year despite rise in police reports – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by tracey

‘The number of people being charged with rape has fallen by almost a quarter, despite a rise in attacks being reported to police. New figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) show a 23 per cent drop in the number of rape suspects prosecuted in 2017-18 from the year before.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2018

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Police demands for potential rape victims’ data spark privacy fears – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2018 in data protection, news, police, privacy, rape, victims by sally

‘Police are demanding almost unfettered access to highly personal records and data from potential rape victims before pressing ahead with their cases, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2018

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Prosecutors urged to ditch ‘weak’ rape cases to improve figures – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2018

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Revealed: less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2018 in news, prosecutions, rape, statistics, young persons by sally

‘The crisis engulfing the criminal justice system over its approach to rape cases is revealed by startling figures that show less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2018

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Myra Hindley’s private documents reveal graphic details of Ian Brady’s sadistic abuse and violent rapes – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in child abuse, murder, news, rape, wills by tracey

‘Private documents handed over by Myra Hindley just hours before her death reveal the hatred between her and Ian Brady – as she accused him of drugging, raping and beating her.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

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Birmingham killer ‘said he might rape again’ – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2018 in murder, news, parole, rape by tracey

‘A convicted sex offender killed a nurse in her home weeks after he told probation staff he might rape again, a watchdog review has revealed.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2018

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Serial sex attacker Kirk Reid’s release request rejected – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2018 in news, parole, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘A serial sex attacker’s prison release bid has been rejected.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2018

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Loughborough ‘sexsomniac’ jailed for raping woman – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2018 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man who claimed he had sex with a woman while he was asleep has been jailed for five years for rape.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2018

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Coventry child rapist jailed for 20 years – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2018 in child abuse, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A child rapist who carried out a string of “horrendous” sex attacks has been jailed for 20 years.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2018

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Could Stephen Port have been stopped? Questions haunt victims’ families – The Guardian

Posted August 28th, 2018 in drug abuse, murder, news, police, rape, recidivists, violent offenders by sally

‘Family of Jack Taylor, 25, the serial killer’s final victim, describe the agony of the case.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2018

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Universities face balancing act with serious misconduct complaints-handling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 16th, 2018 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, misfeasance, news, rape, universities by sally

‘The challenges universities face when handling complaints of alleged serious misconduct, and the significant implications of getting it wrong, has been highlighted in a recent case involving a US university.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2018

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Stephen Port murders: police watchdog completes report – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in murder, news, police, rape, reports by sally

‘A police watchdog investigation into four murders by the serial killer Stephen Port, who drugged and raped young men before dumping their bodies near his home in Barking, east London, has been completed and its findings will be given to the victims’ families ahead of a full inquest.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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How paedophile’s hands led to his conviction – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2018 in child abuse, evidence, forensic science, news, rape, video recordings by sally

‘In July 2014, police in Manchester arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of filming himself raping a child. In the video, the face of the perpetrator was hidden but his hands were visible.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2018

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Girl ‘locked away from the world’ and abused by her parents – BBC News

‘A couple who “systematically and regularly” abused their daughter while locking her away have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2018

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Victims may stop reporting rape over fears phone evidence will be used against them, official warns – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in evidence, news, police, rape, victims by tracey

‘Women may not report rape to police because of fears material from their phones will be used to discredit them, the victims commissioner for London has warned.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2018

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Welsh Government lawyer and PC jailed for child sex abuse – BBC News

‘A police officer who raped a toddler has been jailed along with a Welsh Government lawyer for his part in child sex abuse.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2018

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Judge takes over father’s cross-examination in case involving rape allegations – and it ends up being unfair on everyone involved – Transparency Project

Posted July 31st, 2018 in appeals, cross-examination, judges, litigants in person, news, rape, witnesses by sally

‘Mr Justice Hayden is a High Court Judge who has been very outspoken about the potential for the court process to be abusive of those who are already victims of domestic abuse. In a case called Re A (a minor) (fact finding; unrepresented party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam), having permitted the unrepresented father to directly question the mother (albeit with special measures in place so they didn’t have to confront each other by line of sight) he memorably said ‘Never again’. Hayden J said it was ‘a stain on the reputation of our Family Justice system that a Judge can still not prevent a victim being cross examined by an alleged perpetrator’. Today he has published an appeal judgment overturning a fact-finding decision in a case where another judge tried to cross examine the mother on behalf of the father accused of rape because (Hayden J said) the process was unfair and the decision unsound. The full judgment can be read here : PS v BP [2018] EWHC 1987 (Fam) (27 July 2018), but this blog post explains it.’

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Transparency Project, 30th July 2018

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