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A 24-hour telephone line is now available in Northern Ireland for those who have been affected by sexual violence. The helpline is managed by the Women’s Aid Federation and has been running since 2005 for victims of domestic violence. Now it has expanded to include victims of sexual abuse. The…
A judge has defended his decision to order a 15-year-old sex abuse victim to be locked up overnight when she disappeared from court saying: "Those who decry the process that has taken place in this case should be careful what they wish for." Judge Robert Bartfield was speaking as he…
An 85-year-old former Catholic priest today admitted sexually assaulting seven children, including altar boys, after spending more than 20 years on the run in Spain. Francis Paul Cullen was extradited back to the UK last year to face the charges after being traced to Tenerife. The Catholic Church and its…
The country's top prosecutor has hit out at "new myths" suggesting sex abuse victims are financially motivated. Writing for The Times newspaper, Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, has defended prosecutions that followed the Jimmy Savile scandal. Her comments come after Dave Lee Travis, the DJ, and William Roache, the…
Members of a child sex gang responsible for raping and sexually abusing girls as young as 12 were jailed today. The men and youths, of Czech and Slovak Roma, and Kurdish backgrounds, preyed on a total of five girls, including one with severe learning difficulties, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire last year.…
Appendix to Health Working Group Report on Child Sexual Exploitation. The independent national Health Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation has published a report designed to help health services improve the health and wellbeing of children who have experienced sexual exploitation. The report makes recommendations on how NHS, local authority…
A call has been made for an "educative" inquiry into the actions of the social services and police in the Ian Watkins case. The Lostprophets singer was given a 29-year jail sentence at the end of last year and will spend a further six years on license after pleading guilty…
The Welsh rugby squad have given their support to an all Wales campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. Working with North Wales Police, players from the current Wales squad produced two short films, in English and Welsh, aimed at making people more aware of the tell-tale signs that…
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it will be "exploring the reasons" for the drop in rape referrals made by police amid claims police or prosecutors are misinterpreting official guidelines. The announcement they will be looking into the falling referral rates follows an investigation by The Independent suggesting that thousands…
We are in a time when the focus on allegations of sexual abuse is intense. Accurate and comprehensive statistics on the prevalence of sexual abuse remain elusive, but the figures that do exist indicate sexual abuse is widespread. Up to one in five adult women, and one in 20 children…
Sex offenders who breach the terms of their release should lose their right to anonymity, according to the Conservatives. The party says the move would reduce the temptation for sex offenders to abscond and make it easier for police to trace them if they do. At present, the decision on…
A child sex gang has been found guilty of a series of rapes against five vulnerable girls in Peterborough, one as young as 12 years old. Zdeno Mirga, 18, who was described by one victim as the "boss", was convicted of eight counts of rape and one count of inciting…