FGM: 123 victims treated in Wales last year, figures show – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2017 in female genital mutilation, news, statistics, victims, Wales by sally

‘A case of female genital mutilation was discovered every three days, on average, by maternity staff in Wales last year.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2017

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Child victims of sexual abuse in families let down by system: report – The Guardian

‘Child victims of sexual abuse within families are being let down by the system, the children’s commissioner for England has said.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2017

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Football child abuse suspects put at 250 – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences, sport, victims by tracey

‘More than 250 potential suspects and 560 victims have now been identified by officers investigating child sex abuse within football in the UK, police say.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2017

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Jehovah’s Witnesses lose appeal to block New Moston inquiry – Law & Religion UK

‘In Tayo & Ors (Trustees of Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses) v Charity Commission for England and Wales [2017] UKUT 134 (TCC), the trustees of Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses lost their appeal against the First Tier Tribunal’s refusal in 2015 – which we noted at the time – to review the Charity Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into the charity under s 46 Charities Act 2011.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th April 2017

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Thousands of domestic violence victims withdrawing from legal action after Government cuts, figures reveal – The Independent

‘More than 160,000 victims of domestic violence in England withdrew their support for charges against their abusers in 2016, a number that rocketed by almost 40 per cent compared with the previous 12 months, exclusive figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2017

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Rape victims with records of minor offences regularly denied compensation – The Independent

Posted April 6th, 2017 in compensation, criminal records, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘Rape victims are routinely denied compensation because they have convictions for minor offences such as failing to pay a TV licence, according to a new study.’

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The Independent, 5th April 2017

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Revenge porn victims complain police treated their abuser ‘like the victim’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Revenge porn victims have complained police treated their abuser ‘like the victim’ after he was given police protection at court and was not sent to jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2017

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What is it with judges and women? – The Guardian

‘Men who inflict terrible violence on their partners are walking free from courts that treat their crimes lightly.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2017

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Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation’s efforts to block inquiry squashed – The Guardian

‘A Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Manchester has lost a legal attempt to block an investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations, after failing to convince a judge that the inquiry amounted to religious discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2017

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Revenge porn crackdown: Offenders who send pictures to family members face two years in jail under new guidelines – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2017 in bills, domestic violence, families, harassment, news, pornography, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘Offenders who send “revenge porn” images to victims’ family members could face up to two years in jail under new sentencing plans.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2017

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DPP accuses judge of ‘victim-blaming’ in sex assault cases – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, Crown Prosecution Service, judges, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has launched a public attack on a sitting judge, accusing him of “victim-blaming” and peddling “discredited rape myths”.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2017

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Lord chief justice attacks Liz Truss for failing to back article 50 judges – The Guardian

‘The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has launched a forthright attack on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, for her failure last year to defend judges who were branded “enemies of the people”.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2017

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Hannah was petrified,’ say parents of student who killed herself during rape inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, news, rape, suicide, universities, victims by sally

‘Amanda and Paul Stubbs give first interview after prosecutors drop charges against daughter’s fellow student.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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New evidence links 1970s pregnancy test drug to life-changing birth defects – The Independent

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, documents, medicines, news, personal injuries, pregnancy, victims by tracey

‘New evidence has emerged linking the hormone-based drug Primodos to severe deformities or abnormalities in children, sparking fresh hope for families who have been campaigning for decades for compensation from its manufacturer.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2017

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Rape victims to be spared ordeal of cross-examination in court – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2017 in cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘New measures to spare alleged rape victims from facing live cross-examination in court will be rolled out as part of changes being made by the justice secretary.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2017

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Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming – Ministry of Justice

‘New offence of sexual communication with a child will be introduced, and measures to support victims of sex crimes accelerated.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2017

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Rape, incest and damage: but who is the real victim? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First Tier Tribunal (Social entitlement Chamber) and Y by his mother and Litigation Friend.’ The predictability of genetic disorders continues to challenge existing law. Here, the Court of Appeal had to consider whether a child born as a result of incestuous rape could claim compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) for his congenital disabilities. These were 50% predictable as a result of the nature of his conception, as opposed to 2-3% in the general population.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th March 2017

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Working together to end modern slavery – Home Office

Posted March 16th, 2017 in bills, reports, speeches, trafficking in human beings, universities, victims by tracey

‘Home Secretary’s keynote speech at event on role of financial institutions in disrupting human trafficking.’

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Home Office, 15th March 2017

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Justice reformer condemns digital criminal courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Government plans for virtual court hearings and online guilty pleas for criminal offences are poorly costed, based on weak evidence and have not been subjected to proper consultation, a national justice charity says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2017

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Vicar jailed after dying abuse victim gives evidence through eye-tracking software – The Independent

‘A retired vicar who abused a choirboy more than 35 years ago has been jailed for four years after his victim gave evidence through eye-tracking technology that translated his blinks into words.’

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The Independent, 11th March 2017

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