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Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
Police can be held liable for serious failures in their investigations after a landmark Supreme Court ruling linked to the case of black cab rapist John Worboys. The Metropolitan Police lost their challenge against a ruling which led to two of Worboys' victims winning compensation. Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey…
The number of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham appears to be even higher than the 1,400 figure which sparked a national outrage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay…
Save the Children has apologised to women employees who complained of inappropriate behaviour by the charity's former chief executive, admitting their claims were not properly dealt with at the time. In a statement, the charity said Justin Forsyth - who has since gone on to become deputy executive director of…
A doctor who examined a woman allegedly raped by two Ireland and Ulster rugby players could not determine whether the sexual contact had been consensual, despite intimate injuries. Belfast Crown Court was told the complainant had a one centimetre bleeding laceration on the wall of her vagina, as well as…
Oxfam has received 26 allegations of misconduct since the Haiti sex scandal erupted two weeks ago, charity chiefs have revealed. Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB's chief executive, said 16 of the claims stemmed from abroad, while 10 came from the UK. Giving evidence to the Commons International Development Committee, Mr Goldring…
Margot Robbie has defended the portrayal of domestic violence in her new film, saying that to water it down would be a "disservice" to victims. The Oscar-nominated actress stars in a biopic of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was banned from the sport after an attack on her fellow…
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