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One in five British festival goers have experienced sexual assault or harassment at an event, according to new research. Campaigners said the figures, believed to be the first of their kind, should be a wake-up call for the industry to start treating sexual violence as seriously as other crimes at…
Safeguarding expert, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is working with the Church of England to improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm. SCIE is seeking the views of people with first-hand experience to find out what a good response…
A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her stepfather is challenging a law which means she cannot receive compensation because she lived with her attacker. Under the so-called "same roof" rule, victims who shared a home with their abuser before 1979 are not eligible for a payout.…
A senior barrister who was reprimanded for making "offensive" remarks about a teenage sex abuse victim has lost a High Court bid to clear his name. Howard Godfrey QC said the 16-year-old girl, who had been plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, was "not unaccustomed" to drinking and was "not…
The director of public prosecutions has pledged to apologise over failures in 47 rape and serious sexual offence cases where vital evidence was withheld from defence lawyers. Alison Saunders was quizzed by MPs over the prosecutions that were stopped after issues were found with disclosure. A national review was launched…
Ministers have been urged to stump up more cash to help victims of child abuse rebuild their lives. Labour MP Sarah Champion, who has campaigned for victims of abuse in Rotherham, pushed the Government to bring forward new measures to provide more support. The number of potential victims of child…
Girls and women in their late teens and early twenties are significantly more likely to suffer abuse at the hands of a current or former partner than those in older age groups, official statistics show. Females who are bisexual, from the poorest households or suffering from a long-term illness also…
The sister of a convicted sex offender has been found guilty of posting the names of his victims online. Sophie Turner, 19, of Old Swan, Liverpool, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday of two counts of publishing the names of victims of a sexual offence and two…
The Government has formally unveiled a long-delayed consultation on proposals to deal with the toxic legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles, amid a political row over the exclusion of an amnesty for security force members.The four-month public consultation will seek to canvass views on a series of new mechanisms to…
Stalkers could be made to wear electronic tags and their victims would receive message alerts when offenders are nearby, police have said.The new initiatives were unveiled for London as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted the force had failed stalking victims in the past.The number of stalking cases dealt with…
New laws to ensure victims of domestic violence will have access to social housing when they flee their abuser have been backed by MPs. The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill protects lifetime tenancies for those who flee their home because of domestic abuse, whether they apply for rehousing…
Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split, an MP has said. Labour MP Ruth George said a lot of social housing providers were concerned about the provision in…
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