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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Victims of child abuse told accusations could ‘ruin perpetrator’s life’, inquiry finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in child abuse, inquiries, news, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Victims of child sex abuse are often told by the authority figures they confide in that their allegations could “ruin the perpetrators life”, an analysis of over 3,200 cases found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2019

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Helen’s Law ‘may come too late’, says victim’s mother – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2019 in bereavement, bills, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A woman whose daughter was murdered three decades ago has said she is running out of time to find out where the body is.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2019

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Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds – The Independent

Posted October 14th, 2019 in news, police, prosecutions, rape, victims by tracey

‘Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2019

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Police bail decline revealed as Law Society say worrying trend means violent criminals are being released with no restrictions – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2019 in bail, Law Society, news, police, statistics, victims, violence by tracey

‘Thousands of crime suspects are being released by police without any restrictions and potentially putting victims and the public in danger, new research suggests. In 2017, the law was changed in a bid to limit the time someone spends on bail to 28 days, offering police the chance to instead release someone under investigation (RUI) for an unlimited period of time and without having to place any restrictions on them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2019

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Magistrates raise concerns over county lines defence ‘loophole’ – The Guardian

‘A legal defence for children who claim they are being exploited by county lines drug gangs needs to be monitored more closely, the Magistrates’ Association has warned.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2019

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Match.com rapist has prison term extended after lying about vasectomy to victim who fell pregnant – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2019 in internet, news, pregnancy, rape, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘A serial rapist who used dating websites including Match.com to target his victims has been given extra prison time for attacks on five more women.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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Action needed to tackle domestic abuse of over-60s, says Age UK – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2019 in domestic violence, elderly, news, victims by sally

‘More than 200,000 people aged 60 to 74 suffered domestic abuse in England and Wales in one year, according to new figures from Age UK, which warned that the total could be higher due to unrecorded abuse.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2019

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Mum faced £10k bill to move from rapist neighbour – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2019 in disabled persons, fees, housing, local government, news, ombudsmen, rape, victims by sally

‘A mother who discovered her disabled daughter’s rapist had moved next door was told she would have repay £10,000 to a council to leave her property.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2019

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Domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs ‘relieved’ about new law – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2019 in bills, cross-examination, domestic violence, news, victims by tracey

‘The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is “relieved” the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2019

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Universities ‘failing’ victims of sexual misconduct – BBC News

‘Dozens of students who reported sexual assaults to their university have said they were failed by complaints processes that left them traumatised.’

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BBC News, 17th September 2019

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More victims able to challenge ‘unduly lenient’ prison sentences – Ministry of Justice

‘Under plans confirmed by ministers today (17 September 2019), the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme will be extended to 14 new offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th September 2019

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Lawyers accuse BA of ‘swerving responsibility’ for data breach after time limit is imposed for compensation claims – Daily Telegraph

‘British Airways has been accused of “swerving responsibility” for a massive data breach by trying to limit compensation payouts for victims, lawyers claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2019

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Domestic violence killings in UK at five-year high – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, homicide, news, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The number of domestic violence killings has reached a five-year high, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Homophobic hate crime charges fall despite soaring reports – BBC News

‘Fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crimes despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward, figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2019

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Harvey Proctor attacks police watchdog after Met officers cleared – The Guardian

‘A former Conservative MP falsely accused of child rape and murder has condemned the police watchdog for clearing the Met officers who investigated the allegations, following a meeting with its director.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2019

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Man jailed for pretending to flat-share with deceased Grenfell resident in £75,000 fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 6th, 2019 in fire, fraud, news, victims by tracey

‘A pharmacist technician who posed as a Grenfell Tower resident and carried out a fraud worth more than £75,000 has been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2019

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Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 5th, 2019 in case management, civil procedure rules, consultations, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd September 2019

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Murderer of boy, five, says probation service should have done more – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2019 in children, murder, news, probation, victims by sally

‘A man with multiple convictions for violence including murdering his partner’s child has said the probation service should have done more to protect his victims.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2019

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