Articles tagged with: Sexual Offences
By Declan O’Dempsey
Today sees Universal Children’s Day celebrated.
The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide and works towards improving children’s welfare. The difficulty of protecting children proportionately from abuse, neglect and other forms of exploitation will be one of the main aims of focus for international attention on the plight of children.
More often than gross neglect or abuse, insidious forms of exploitation arising from poverty (e.g. in clothes manufacturing) will …
By Jenny James
The recent trial and acquittal of Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell raises some worrying thoughts as regards the young girl in the case. Her anonymity is preserved as the law states that of all those who allege rape should be; Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, as amended by the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, Sch 2. However, there have been press reports of her identity being leaked on Twitter and it is apparently common knowledge in certain circles.
The girl in question alleged that she was …
By Felicity Gerry
Calamitous comments by barrister Robert Colover have made the headlines this week as he referred to the victim of sexual offending as “predatory” and “sexually experienced”. The defendant was appearing for sentence before His Honour Judge Peters QC sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court for two counts of making (downloading) extreme pornography (not images of children) and one count of sexual activity with a child. He received a sentence of eight months imprisonment suspended for two years. He was 41-years-old and she was 13-years-old. The CPS, who instructed the …
By Lucy Corrin
The need for sensation alone has placed Jimmy Tarbuck’s name in the press for being questioned regarding an alleged sexual offence dating back to the 1970s. Jimmy Tarbuck is one of a seemingly never-ending stream of household names being questioned regarding historic sexual offences. Jimmy Tarbuck has merely been questioned. We do not know what the evidence is against him but we know it is insufficient at present to sustain a criminal charge. Why then are we even aware of this story?
The bedrock of our criminal justice system …
By Felicity Gerry
The BBC has reported today that the law on consent has been further defined by the Lord Chief Justice. The article reads: “A woman who agreed to sex might still be the victim of rape, the High Court has ruled. The most senior judge in England and Wales and two other judges said there was consensual penetration, but the man behaved aggressively and ignored the woman’s demand that he not ejaculate.”
In a successful application for a judicial review of a decision not to prosecute, it was recognised that …