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A former Crown Office boss is to lead a task force set up to prevent sexual crime involving young people. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Catherine Dyer would bring a "wealth of experience" as he announced the appointment to MSPs at Holyrood. The expert group was created in response to…
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by a woman who claims she was raped in an attempt to bring a private prosecution against her alleged attacker. Waiving her right to anonymity Emily Hunt said she was told by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that they would not be bringing charges…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law is set to come under scrutiny at the UK's highest court. The case centres on the current law which makes it an offence for a woman to abort with a fatal foetal abnormality or where the pregnancy arises through rape or incest. Tuesday's proceedings in…
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…
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