Justice Secretary says it would be wrong for him to push for more rape prosecutions – The Independent

‘Labour accuses Robert Buckland of U-turn after he says he will not use his political position to urge more prosecutions and convictions.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2021

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One third of convicted sex offenders across England and Wales avoid prison – The Guardian

‘Ministers are facing demands to explain why thousands of convicted sexual offenders across England and Wales have avoided prison. An Observer investigation found that adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13, or of engaging in sexual activity with underage teenagers, are among those who have not been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2021

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New minimum standards for rape and sexual assault victim support – Crown Prosecution Service

‘We know that when victims have good emotional and practical support from our excellent ISVA partners, and close liaison with police and prosecutors, the criminal justice process becomes more manageable for them and justice outcomes improve. Currently there is a gap on setting out what best practice looks like – this framework aims to close that gap. New minimum standards for the support of rape and sexual violence victims have today (Friday 18 June) been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th June 2021

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Justice Secretary Robert Buckland ‘sorry’ for failing rape victims – BBC News

‘Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has apologised to rape victims for low conviction rates in England and Wales and promised to “do a lot better”.’

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BBC News 18th June 2021

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The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2021 in consent, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking out.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2021

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Call to curb return to practice of barristers suspended for sexual misconduct – Legal Futures

‘Barristers suspended for sexual misconduct should face conditions when they returning to practice, such as bans from taking pupils or being featured in legal directories, a campaigning group has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2021

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Pupil victim of sexual assault by barrister “let down by system” – Legal Futures

‘A female victim of sexual assault by a male barrister has spoken about how she was let down by her chambers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS)’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2021

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PC Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2021 in guilty pleas, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘Police constable Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March while walking home in south London.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2021

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More than one in seven girls are sexually abused before they turn 16 – Daily Telegraph

‘Majority of the abuse is never reported, finds report, which also shows one in 20 boys are reportedly sexually abused before 16th birthday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2021

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Rape cases in England and Wales will be hit hard by backlog, says police chief – The Guardian

‘Rape and domestic violence cases in England and Wales will be among the worst hit from the growing backlog in the judicial system, and trials could soon start collapsing because of severe delays, the new crime commissioner for England’s second biggest force has warned.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2021

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Officers accused of sexual abuse must face investigation, says police chief – The Guardian

‘All serving police officers accused of domestic or sexual abuse should face misconduct hearings as well as criminal investigations, according to the most senior police officer for domestic abuse in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2021

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Rape prosecution review failed to engage with victims, say survivor groups – The Guardian

‘A government-led review into the collapse of rape prosecutions in England and Wales has failed to “meaningfully engage” with rape survivors, despite assurances from a minister that they had been consulted, according to groups representing victims.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2021

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Ex-police officer jailed for 29 years for child sexual abuse offences – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2021 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A former police officer and children’s football coach convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children over more than four decades has been sentenced to 29 years in jail.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2021

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Devon ex-council leader Brian Greenslade jailed for sex assaults – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2021 in assault, local government, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A former council leader has been jailed for sexually assaulting three women.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2021

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Former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter jailed for abusing boys – BBC News

‘A former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter has been given a life sentence after admitting to sexually abusing young boys.’

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BBC news, 24th May 2021

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Woman jailed after grooming vulnerable boy for sex – The Independent

‘A woman has been jailed for six years over a series of sex offences involving a vulnerable underage boy.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2021

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Retention of data on alleged rapist lawful despite acquittal in criminal proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

‘YZ, R (on the application of) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (Rev 1) [2021] EWHC 1060 (30 April 2021). The claimant YZ had been acquitted on three counts raping his former wife but details concerning these matters remain on the Police National Computer (PNC). These proceedings concerned whether such retention was lawful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st May 2021

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Government responds to inquiry into child sexual abuse in secure children’s homes – Family Law

‘The government has responded to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report about placement in secure children’s homes.’

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Family Law, 20th May 2021

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Police and prosecutors must focus on actions of alleged rapists not victims, new guidance says – The Independent

‘Police and prosecutors are to place greater focus on the actions of alleged rapists rather than their victims, after charges hit a record low. New legal guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says investigators must use an “offender-centric” approach and look closely at the actions of suspects before, during and after reported attacks.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2021

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CPS updates rape legal guidance to reflect rapid growth in digital evidence – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS has published refreshed rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) legal guidance, delivering on our ongoing commitment to make the prosecution of these crimes reflect today’s rapidly changing society.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st May 2021

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