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England and Wales's most senior public prosecutor has accused a judge of propagating a "victim-blaming culture" around rape cases. Judge Philip Shorrock, a barrister for almost 40 years, said in most trials the alleged rapist was "unsurprisingly" acquitted because both people involved had been drinking or taking drugs and there…
Leading judges have been urged to overturn the child sex abuse conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty by a jury following his suicide during a trial. Darren Turk, 54, hanged himself while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15 at…
An alleged child sex offence is recorded by police every 10 minutes, an investigation has revealed. Forces around the UK logged a record 55,507 suspected sexual crimes against under-18s in 2015/16, figures obtained by the NSPCC show. This indicates that police are registering reported offences including rape, sexual assault and…
Sheffield will turn the spotlight on tough issues such as human trafficking, recovering from drug addiction and policing during a week of hard-hitting public events. Social Justice Week (April 3-7), organised by Sheffield Hallam University's pioneering centre for human rights, the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, is a week…
The family of murdered five-year-old April Jones have called for sex offenders to remain on the register for life. April's mother, Coral, and sister, Jazmin, were speaking ahead of a Parliamentary debate on Monday over handing tougher sentences to child sex offenders. Five-year-old April was snatched from outside her home…
A female judge who warned women they are at greater risk of being raped if they get drunk has been accused of victim-blaming by a police commissioner. Lindsey Kushner said there was "absolutely no excuse" for sex attacks but warned that men gravitate towards vulnerable women, as she jailed a…
Three alleged victims of the late Lord Janner are not pursuing their compensation claims against his estate. On Thursday in London, Senior High Court official Master McLoud was told by lawyers for the estate that each agreed to "abandon for all time and for all purposes all and any claims"…
An awareness-raising campaign aimed at challenging common misconceptions about how victims respond to rape has been launched. The Rape Crisis Scotland project hopes to address the "myth" there is a right way and a wrong way for people to react during or after an attack. Entitled I Just Froze, the…
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