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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Man convicted of murders of two women in Yorkshire, 21 years apart – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2021 in bereavement, families, murder, news, victims, women by tracey

‘Relatives have paid tribute to two women killed by the same man, after he was convicted of the two murders more than 20 years apart. Gary Allen murdered both Samantha Class and Alena Grlakova, a jury decided. Class was killed in Hull in 1997, and Grlakova in Rotherham in 2018.’

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The Guardian, 18th 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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Victims of police domestic abuse ‘feel silenced’ – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2021 in domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions, statistics, victims by sally

‘UK police forces have received more than 800 allegations of domestic abuse against officers and staff over the last five years, BBC research has revealed.’

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BBC News, 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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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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Hillsborough disaster: Police forces agree compensation money after cover-up – The Independent

‘Two police forces have agreed to pay damages to more than 600 people after a cover-up following the Hillsborough disaster, lawyers have said. The South Yorkshire and West Midlands forces agreed the settlement following a civil claim for misfeasance in a public office on behalf of 601 claimants, solicitors representing the victims said.’

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The Independent, 5th 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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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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The Times, They Are A-Changin’ [Again] – Carmelite Chambers

‘For those practitioners who thought that a positive decision from the Single Competent Authority as to whether a defendant was a victim of trafficking is admissible, having been settled since early 2020 with the Divisional Court decision in DPP v M [2020] EWHC 344 Admin, well…think again.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 20th May 2021

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Home Office must compensate trafficked women for lack of childcare, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Home Office must compensate female victims of sex trafficking whose children had to hear details of their abuse because no childcare was available during appointments, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 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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‘Unjust’ six-month time limit for reporting domestic abuse to police must be extended, MPs urge – The Independent

‘The government must urgently extend the “unjust” six-month time limit for domestic abuse victims to report domestic physical violence to the police, according to MPs who are to raise the issue in parliament.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2021

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Dozens of vulnerable asylum seekers wrongly placed in Napier Barracks despite watchdog warnings – The Independent

‘Dozens of asylum seekers have been wrongly placed in Napier Barracks after the Home Office failed to recognise their vulnerabilities, prompting concerns that ministers have ignored warnings from watchdogs.’

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The Independent, 23rd 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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Murderer James Ford who tried to help terror attack victim freed – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2021 in murder, news, parole, rehabilitation, terrorism, victims by tracey

‘A murderer who tried to help one of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack has been cleared by the Parole Board to be freed from prison.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2021

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Contaminated blood inquiry: Matt Hancock to give evidence – BBC News

‘he health secretary will face questions about compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal on Friday afternoon.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2021

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Modern slavery survivors at higher risk of being re-trafficked due to barriers accessing legal advice, finds report – The Independent

‘Modern slavery survivors in England face “significant barriers” to accessing legal advice, leaving them at higher risk of being re-trafficked, according to new research.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2021

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