MoD overhauls rules for investigating sexual offences in armed forces – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2021 in armed forces, courts martial, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Complaint of sexual offences in the armed forces will be dealt with outside the chain of command in future – but military police will retain the right to investigate allegations of rape, the Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2021

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Man jailed after kidnapping woman by posing as London taxi driver – The Independent

‘A man who posed as a taxi driver before a kidnapping a young woman in central London and attempting to sexually assault her has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2021

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Victims of sexual violence let down by UK asylum system, report says – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2021 in asylum, news, reports, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Victims of sexual violence face further abuse and trauma as a result of the UK asylum process and are systematically let down by authorities, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2021

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Capacity to engage in sexual relations: the relevance of the partner’s consent – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A Local Authority (Respondent) v JB (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) (Appellant) – UKSC 2020/0133 Court of Appeal (Civil Division). The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision that to have capacity to engage in sexual relations, a person needs to be able to understand that their sexual partner must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must, in fact, consent before and during the sexual activity.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2021

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Supreme Court hands down landmark ruling on capacity to consent to sexual relations – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has upheld a Court of Appeal decision that to have capacity to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs be aware that their partner must have the ability to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2021

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New Judgment: A Local Authority v JB (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) [2021] UKSC 52 – UKSC Blog

‘The Respondent commenced proceedings in the Court of Protection seeking declarations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as to the Appellant’s capacity to consent to sexual relations. A question arose as to whether the judge should have regard to whether they had capacity to understand that the other person involved must give consent, and did in fact give and maintain consent throughout the act. The judge found that this was not relevant information for the purposes of determining if an individual had capacity to consent to sexual relations under the Act.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th November 2021

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Judges publishing porn – Transparency Project

‘On 24 November 2021, approximately 3 years after the publication of detailed anonymisation guidance warning against the publication of overly graphic sexual content in judgments, and almost a month after publication of the Transparency Review, which echoes the same issue and indicates the need for an Anonymisation Unit – a family court judge has published a judgment which is, basically, pornographic in content.’

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Transparency Project, 24th November 2021

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Man who sexually assaulted vulnerable woman jailed for 18 years – The Independent

‘A man who carried out a series of horrific sexual attacks on a vulnerable woman over several years has been jailed following a “harrowing” police investigation.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2021

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Police must do more to help child sexual abuse survivors, says Rotherham report – The Guardian

‘Police must do more to support and listen to survivors of child sexual abuse, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), following a major investigation into South Yorkshire police’s response to allegations made in Rotherham.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2021

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Sarah Everard: Chairwoman of inquiry into murder announced – BBC News

‘An independent inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard will receive greater powers if the newly appointed chairwoman is unable to fulfil her remit, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2021

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Colin Pitchfork: Double child killer arrested and recalled to prison two months after release – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2021 in children, murder, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘Colin Pitchfork has been arrested and sent back to prison just two months after being released, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced on Friday. He was let out in September after spending 33 years in jail for murdering two teenage girls in the 1980s.’

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The Independent, 20th November 2021

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Parliament to vote on bill to ban child marriage in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘A bill that would ban child marriage in England and Wales will be presented to parliament for its second reading this week and has been welcomed by campaigners as a “huge stride” forward.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2021

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Babysitter Robin James Elms jailed for sexually abusing children – BBC News

‘A man who babysat in private homes has been jailed for sexually abusing children aged between two and 14.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2021

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Loophole in the law leaves patients at risk of abuse and sexual assault – The Independent

‘A loophole in the law is leaving vulnerable patients at risk of abuse and sexual assault by unregulated private ambulance staff, The Independent can reveal. While many private ambulance providers are regulated, a small number, such as those providing services at events, those providing first aid, and those who are subcontracted, fall outside the reach of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

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The Independent, 14th November 2021

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Greenwich hotel murder: Serial abuser guilty of killing girlfriend – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2021 in domestic violence, families, kidnapping, murder, news, rape, sexual offences, women by sally

‘A “serial abuser of women” has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend at a south-east London hotel.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2021

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Rotherham CSE cases to be reviewed to improve victim support – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2021 in child abuse, children, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Child abuse and grooming cases where victims did not engage with police are to be reviewed to improve support for those affected in future.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2021

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‘Failure to remove’ claims in the High Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg looks at the lessons from an important High Court ruling on ‘failure to remove’ claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2021

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High Court refuses permission for judicial review of CPR changes – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has refused permission for judicial review of changes to the rules governing applications for permission to appeal. A pharmacist struck off for improperly touching a patient’s breasts argued that changes to CPR 52.5 made in 2016, which generally requires the Court of Appeal to determine applications without an oral hearing, were unfair.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th November 2021

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David Fuller: Independent inquiry announced into mortuary abuse – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2021 in bereavement, families, hospitals, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘An independent inquiry has been launched by the health secretary after a hospital electrician accessed mortuaries and sexually abused bodies.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2021

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David Fuller: Man admits 1987 murders and abusing corpses – The Independent

“A hospital worker has admitted murdering two women in 1987, and sexually abusing at least 100 female corpses, including children.

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BBC News, 5th November 2021

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