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Constant "unconsiderate" sex with a partner can be worse than rape by a stranger, feminist writer Germaine Greer has suggested. While rape by a stranger is "bloody bad luck", it does not necessarily force a woman to reassess her whole life in the way that abuse by loved ones can,…
The mother of a murder victim has said she hopes a planned support service will help other families avoid her “dreadful” experience of the justice system. Lynn Burns’ only child Sam Johnston died aged 22 after being stabbed at a party in Saltcoats, Ayrshire in 2013. Stuart McCulloch was convicted…
Victims of major disasters are set to be given extra support as ministers consult on plans to create an Independent Public Advocate, the Ministry of Justice has announced. Bereaved families will be guided through an investigative process so their voices can be heard at inquests, and directed to appropriate support…
Serious failings risked allowing prisoners to make contact with victims from jail, a watchdog has warned. An inspection report on HMP High Down said public protection assessments to determine whether mail and phone call monitoring was needed were not routinely completed for new arrivals. "This meant that some prisoners who…
A five-year-old has become the 300th person affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster to visit Cornwall through a scheme set up to help survivors. Adam Chaer-Yemlahi, who lost his aunt, uncle and three of his cousins in the fire, flew to the Isles of Scilly with charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell…
Survivors who were abused as children after being sent abroad under state-backed programmes are suing the Government for compensation. Thousands of Britons, many in care or from poor families, were sent abroad to countries including Australia and New Zealand in the post-Second World War years partly to save on care…
Actress Michaela Coel has claimed she was sexually assaulted by strangers, but said that writing about it for a new TV show has been "therapeutic". Coel, who wrote and starred in Bafta-winning E4 comedy series Chewing Gum, told the Edinburgh TV Festival of the "life-changing" experience, but did not say…
Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police have apologised for social media posts which appeared to blame victims of sexual assault. Both organisations have since removed the tweets from their accounts and instead posted a statement apologising for how the original messages were perceived. The original posts also contained a video…
Men's welfare campaigners fear an "unconscious bias" is causing police to ignore psychological abuse of vulnerable men by a partner and focus only on female victims. The comments came after it emerged that in the first year since a law against engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate…
A woman-focused rape counselling service has lost its funding because it did not do enough for men, according to its manager. Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis's face-to-face counselling service for 13 to 18-year-old girls who have faced sexual violence has been funded by BBC Children in Need for six years…
The UK's largest provider of women's refuges has welcomed ministers' decision to ditch plans to devolve funding for the network to local councils. The charity Refuge said that the proposal could have led to the collapse of provision of accommodation for women fleeing violent partners across the country. Plans were…
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged to look at how victims’ rights could be strengthened after meeting the family of a teenage girl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Relatives of Michelle Stewart (pictured) met with Mr Yousaf in Ayr to make the case for changes dubbed “Michelle’s Law”. She…
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