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Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed. They made up nearly 20% of the organisation's caseload in 2016-17 - compared with less than a tenth a decade ago after a huge surge in…
Scotland's Social Security Minister has challenged Theresa May to show "compassion" and end the "injustice" of the so-called rape clause. Jeane Freeman, a former Labour adviser who is now an SNP MSP, launched a fierce attack on welfare changes brought in by the Conservatives at Westminster. Of these she said…
Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has been branded "extreme" after revealing he is opposed to abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest. The Catholic father-of-six, often dubbed "the MP for the 18th century" over his old-fashioned ways, also signalled his opposition to same-sex marriage. Mr Rees-Mogg (pictured), who has been…
A heroin dealer who raped a vulnerable girl and was part of a grooming gang which gave drugs to teenagers before prostituting them has been jailed for 29 years. Another member of the Newcastle gang which caused sustained psychological damage to victims who thought they were friends was jailed for…
Actress Joanne Froggatt urged people to talk more openly about curbing sexual violence as she relived her character's rape scene in Downton Abbey. She said she was shocked when the scene, which saw household maid Anna Smith brutally attacked, triggered outage from viewers and media headlines. The 37-year-old told the…
A woman who made a string of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations cost the police more than £250,000 and around 6,400 hours of work. Jemma Beale (pictured) was found guilty in July at Southwark Crown Court of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course…
A mother will face trial accused of sexually abusing her daughter after the girl's father pleaded guilty to raping the youngster on a number of occasions. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Swansea Crown Court (pictured) on Monday where she denied two counts of assaulting…
One in seven men who reported being "raped" by women said they were physically overpowered or threatened with a weapon. A survey of 154 British men claiming to be victims of forced sex with women found that a fifth had succumbed to blackmail and verbal threats. But a high proportion,…
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