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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Baroness Newlove: Reform ‘derisory’ victims of crime compensation scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2018 in compensation, crime, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of crime are having to wait too long for compensation under a “derisory” system, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Baroness Newlove called for a change to the way court-ordered financial awards are paid after they are imposed on convicted offenders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2018

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Child sexual abuse investigation fined £200,000 after sending bulk email identifying possible victims – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2018 in data protection, fines, inquiries, news, privacy, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims. Ninety participants in the public inquiry were potentially identified by the “concerning” blunder, said the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which warned the incident had “placed vulnerable people at risk”.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2018

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Rape and domestic violence victims at risk as police fail to record tens of thousands of crimes, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, domestic violence, news, police, rape, sexual offences, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims are being left at risk by the police’s failure to investigate tens of thousands of crimes, including rape, violence and domestic abuse, a watchdog has warned.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that almost one in five crimes reported to Lincolnshire Police were not being formally recorded, meaning they are not investigated and victims cannot access support.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Gaia Pope: Police watchdog launches new probe over handling of rape allegation two years before teenager’s death – The Independent

Posted July 5th, 2018 in complaints, mental health, news, police, rape, suicide, victims, young persons by tracey

‘Police who failed to act on an allegation of rape made by Gaia Pope two years before her tragic death are under investigation in a fresh probe.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2018

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Undercover policing inquiry: victims launch legal action – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2018 in diversity, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Victims of undercover police officers have started legal action against the home secretary over the troubled public inquiry into the conduct of police spies.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2018

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Teenager sentenced after naming sex abuse victims online – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The sister of a convicted sex offender who posted the names of his victims online has been sentenced.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th June 2018

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Barry Bennell victims welcome rejection of appeal against jail term – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2018 in appeals, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences, sport, victims by tracey

‘Victims of Barry Bennell, the former football coach who was labelled “sheer evil” after subjecting junior footballers from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds of sexual offences, have welcomed the rejection of his appeal against his 30-year prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2018

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Carl Sargeant family say they are being excluded from inquiry – The Guardian

‘The family of Carl Sargeant have claimed they are being excluded from an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his sacking as a Welsh minister four days before he took his own life.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Revenge porn: One in three allegations dropped – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2018 in anonymity, complaints, harassment, news, police, pornography, victims by tracey

‘One in three allegations of so-called revenge porn are withdrawn by the complainant, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2018

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Government thwarted in bid to deport modern slavery victim who feared he would be killed if returned – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2018 in deportation, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The government has made a U-turn over the deportation of a Vietnamese modern slavery victim after The Independent highlighted his plight.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2018

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Domestic abusers still able to cross-examine victims in court – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts more than a year after the government promised to stop such ordeals, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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Garry Newlove’s killers set for release from prison as ‘frustrated’ widow calls for change in law – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 29th, 2018 in murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘Two of the three killers who kicked Garry Newlove to death are set to be released from prison, as his widow calls for a change in the law to allow victims of crime to be informed about parole hearings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2018

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Home Office under fire over ‘muddled’ strategy on slavery that fails victims – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in human rights, immigration, news, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘Anti-trafficking campaigners have accused the Home Office of a “muddled and inconsistent” strategy over modern slavery that is failing its victims, following the resignation of Britain’s first anti-slavery commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Google search reveals names of rape victims – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in anonymity, internet, news, privacy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Google’s auto-complete and related search functions are revealing the identity of rape victims who have been granted anonymity.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2018

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CPS fined £325k for losing DVDs containing victim interviews – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 18th, 2018 in encryption, fines, news, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has been fined £325,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for losing unencrypted DVDs containing interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse to be used at a trial. The sanction comes just over two years after being fined £200,000 for losing sensitive material.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th May 2018

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Victims of serious crime face arrest over immigration status – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2018 in crime, immigration, news, victims by sally

‘More than half of UK police forces are handing over victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2018

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Miscarriage of justice victims are cast aside in the UK. The details are shocking – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in appeals, compensation, miscarriage of justice, news, Supreme Court, victims by sally

‘The wrongly convicted are abandoned by the state. This week, the supreme court has a chance to change that.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2018

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Child slavery victim sues Home Office after sexual assault at Morton Hall – The Guardian

‘A Vietnamese victim of child slavery has launched legal proceedings against the government after he was sexually assaulted at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

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Disclosure ‘failings’ in rape case woman did not want prosecuted – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2018 in crime, disclosure, news, prosecutions, rape, victims by tracey

‘New failings over the disclosure of evidence in the criminal justice system have emerged after prosecutors charged a man with rape in a case where the woman involved did not want a charge to be brought.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2018

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