Grace Millane’s Trial Exposes A Dark Trend In Coverage Of Violence Against Women – Rights Info

Posted November 28th, 2019 in media, murder, news, victims, women by sally

‘The murder of Grace Millane in 2018 seized front pages of media outlets worldwide, with article after article fixated on details of her personal history. These details implied that the sexually violent nature of Millane’s death was somehow a product of her own actions, and this treatment is itself part of a much larger media trend in how violence against women is represented.’

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Rights Info, 27th November 2019

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Justice Secretary in move to challenge release of killer who hid body – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in murder, news, parole, victims by tracey

‘An urgent Ministry of Justice (MoJ) investigation has been launched after murderer Ian Simms was granted parole despite his refusal to reveal the whereabouts of the body of his victim Helen McCourt.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2019

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Dog walker finds dossier of paedophiles and victims ‘dumped by police officer by public skip’ – The Independent

‘A police officer accused of dumping documents identifying paedophiles and their victims near a public skip is to face a misconduct hearing.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2019

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Judge slams police treatment of Manchester rape victim – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘A judge has criticised the way a male police officer interviewed a teenage rape victim, saying it caused “further abuse” for the girl.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2019

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Woman nearly killed by ex-partner hits out at ‘ridiculous’ change to ‘lenient’ prison sentences for abusers – The Independent

Posted November 19th, 2019 in appeals, domestic violence, grievous bodily harm, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘A woman who almost died when her former partner attacked her with a meat cleaver has condemned the government’s new scheme which allows victims of domestic abuse to challenge sentences given to their perpetrators.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2019

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Stephen Port: jury to decide whether police blunders were a result of homophobia – Daily Telegraph

‘A jury will look at whether “prejudice” played a part in how police initially treated the deaths of serial killer Stephen Port’s victims, a coroner has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2019

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Child abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities say – Daily Telegraph

‘Child abuse victims should be given new rights to sue paedophiles caught viewing or sharing indecent images of them, children charities have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2019

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Millionaire who claimed his girlfriend died accidentally after ‘rough sex’ loses appeal against prison sentence – The Independent

‘A millionaire property tycoon who left his injured and bleeding partner to die after claiming she had been injured during “rough sex” has lost an appeal to have his prison sentence cut.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2019

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Rape victims who had cases dropped could demand review over ‘secret prosecution targets’ – The Independent

‘Rape victims whose alleged attackers were not prosecuted could have their cases reviewed in light of the exposure of “secret targets”, a watchdog has said.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2019

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Victims of bank transfer scams risk being left unprotected – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2019 in banking, codes of practice, compensation, fraud, news, victims by tracey

‘Bank transfer scam victims risk being left unprotected from January after the industry failed to agree a plan to compensate people. More than £1m a day is being lost to scams in which people are duped into authorising a payment to an account controlled by a criminal. The failure to agree a protection plan may make it more likely that the next government will step in.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2019

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Childline reports 16% increase in victims of sexual exploitation – The Guardian

‘The number of child sexual exploitation victims counselled by Childline has risen by 16% in a year, with perpetrators believed to be increasingly preying on targets online.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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Teenager jailed for murder of Ellie Gould – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2019 in bereavement, domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing, victims, young offenders by sally

‘The family of a 17-year-old girl brutally murdered by a fellow sixth-former the day after she ended their relationship have said the killer should never be released from prison.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2019

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Half of rape victims drop out of cases even after suspect is identified – The Guardian

‘Almost half of rape victims are dropping out of investigations, as a growing proportion do not want to pursue a prosecution even when a suspect has been identified, according to a Cabinet Office report leaked to the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2019

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Bail changes to be reviewed after suspected rapists, murders and paedophiles released without restrictions – The Independent

‘Bail changes made by the Conservative government are being reviewed after the release of thousands of suspected violent criminals, paedophiles and rapists.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2019

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Why The Legal Definition Of Consent Fails Victims – Rights Info

‘A British man called Jason Lawrance is appealing his conviction for raping a woman. The woman had willingly had unprotected sex with him – he told her he’d had a vasectomy – but she pressed charges after he texted her to say he had lied.’

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Rights Info, 31st October 2019

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The 39 people who died in the lorry were victims. Why does the law treat them as criminals? – The Guardian

‘As long as the justice system is focused on immigration status, not on ending modern-day slavery, desperate people will suffer.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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Ex-commissioner condemns ‘failing’ UK approach to human trafficking – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2019 in news, prosecutions, trafficking in human beings, victims by tracey

‘The former anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland has described the UK’s system for preventing people-trafficking into the country as “failing” and called for urgent reform.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2019

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Rape victims face ‘culture of disbelief’ despite #MeToo movement, says commissioner – The Independent

‘People who are raped face a “culture of disbelief” when trying to obtain justice, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a combination of myths surrounding rape and a drop in the number of prosecutions, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, meant many victims feel like they were unsupported by the criminal justice system.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2019

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Child sex abuse survivors ‘traumatised again’ by facing attackers in court buildings before hearings – The Independent

‘Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are forced to come face-to-face with their tormentors in court buildings while waiting for cases to be heard, a report has revealed.
Such shocks are among a host of failings by authorities and advisers that are regularly leaving people “at risk of being traumatised all over again” and feeling “discarded” by the justice system.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2019

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Sex abuse compensation rules ‘must change’ – BBC News

‘Rules that mean some victims of childhood sex abuse are denied compensation must be changed, MPs have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2019

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