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Violence against women and girls is endemic, with widespread cases of harassment at work or public places, according to a new report. The Fawcett Society claimed the legal system was failing women, and needed fundamental reform. Research for the campaign group found that half of women had suffered sexual harassment…
The Archbishop of Canterbury has refused to declare the late Bishop Bell innocent of sexually abusing a young girl in the 1950s despite calls from his supporters to clear his name. A review published in December criticised the church for rushing to believe the alleged victim's allegations "without serious investigation…
The Director of Public Prosecutions has been criticised for suggesting people who believe they have been raped but stay silent during their ordeal may give the impression they have consented to sex. Alison Saunders said prosecutors considering rape cases must look at whether the suspect had a reasonable belief in…
Britain's biggest police force witnessed a 700% spike in the number of online child abuse cases referred to them by national investigators over three years, an inquiry has heard. The National Crime Agency (NCA) alerted Scotland Yard to potential paedophiles operating over the internet on 647 occasions between January 1…
A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are being offered jobs by retail giant the Co-op to help them rebuild their lives. Survivors of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude are being given a four-week paid work placement in the Co-op's food business. The move is being supported by…
A doctor will be sentenced for committing a string of sex attacks on patients, including women who had complained of back pain and hay fever. Jaswant Rathore was convicted at Wolverhampton Crown Court after a seven-week trial which heard he conducted unnecessary massage "treatment" to satisfy his sexual desires. The…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
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