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Sexual assault victims are waiting up to 14 months for counselling as specialist support services struggle to cope with "unprecedented demand", MPs have warned.A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual Violence said specific support services for victims could cease to exist completely due to lack of funding…
A new hotline for reporting the sexual exploitation of children has been launched by Barnardo’s Scotland and Crimestoppers.The Nightwatch Hotline will enable people to anonymously pass on information to the charities and police if they suspect a child is being sexually abused – especially for people working in Scotland’s night-time…
A school information and communications technology (ICT) technician has been jailed for grooming and sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.Alex Barnes, 22, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of penetrative sexual activity…
A teenager will go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Scottish island of Bute.The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of abducting, raping and murdering Alesha.She was at the start of a three-week break visiting family…
An "alarming" proportion of British adults remain unclear about what constitutes rape, despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, a campaign group has said.The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition said results from a YouGov survey of nearly 4,000 people highlighted why access to justice is "beyond the reach of…
The case against a man accused of sexually assaulting a weeks-old baby in Northern Ireland has been adjourned until January 2.The infant had been in intensive care in hospital.A 25-year-old man was originally charged at Armagh Magistrates' Court with sexually assaulting a child and grievous bodily harm following an alleged…
A former resident of a children’s home confided to an ex-employee he had been raped and sexually abused as a teenager, an inquiry has been told.The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard claims the abuse happened to a boy who lived at Barnardo’s Balcary House in Hawick when he worked…
The man known as "Nick" whose allegations sparked the Westminster sex abuse probe can now be identified after a judge lifted legal restriction.Carl Beech (pictured), 50, who is accused of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink.Judge…
A former police inspector has admitted making more than 140 indecent photographs of children between 2011 and August this year.Ex-West Midlands Police officer Lee Bartram (pictured) entered guilty pleas to three charges of making indecent images of children when he appeared before a judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday.The…
Police have released CCTV footage and a detailed map of the route a suspected attacker took after he "overpowered" and "violently raped" a young woman in the basement of a commercial property in Whitechapel.The 22-year-old woman was on her way home after an evening out with friends on November 9.She…
An "epidemic" of online child abuse must be tackled with new data laws, Security Minister Ben Wallace has told MPs.He said there had been a 700% rise in child abuse being reported by tech companies in the last five years as he urged MPs to support new laws to speed…
Lawyers for the father of toddler Poppi Worthington, who was sexually abused shortly before she died, have claimed a coroner "overstepped the mark" at the inquest when he recorded the reasons for her death.Former supermarket worker Paul Worthington, 50, believed to have been granted Legal Aid, took his case to…
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