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Three quarters of child abuse allegations referred to police by a public inquiry have resulted in no further action. An interim report from the public inquiry into child sexual abuse revealed that as of March, 78% of the cases passed to the authorities could not be proceeded with. This was…
A retired Appeal Court judge is to lead a major review into how serious sexual crimes are handled by the judicial system. Sir John Gillen, who will be supported by an advisory panel, will examine a range of issues brought to light in the wake of the high profile rape…
Justice Secretary David Gauke has signalled the Government could support creating a specific offence to deal with upskirting. He told MPs he is "sympathetic" to calls for further action against the practice and his officials are reviewing the current law to "make sure it is fit for purpose". Mr Gauke…
The Duchess of Cornwall has issued a rallying call in the fight against domestic abuse. At the closing session of the Commonwealth Women's Forum, Camilla addressed the "corrosive silence" surrounding the problem. "In a room this size, with over 300 women here, we know that some of you will also…
Northern Ireland's Justice Department is expected to launch a review of how serious sexual offences are addressed. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared of rape following a nine-week trial that ended last month. Victims groups have sought a review of the criminal justice system.…
A male survivor of domestic abuse has spoken of how he was "days away from death" after being abused physically and psychologically by his partner. Alex Skeel, 22, has urged other victims to speak out after his former partner Jordan Worth was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to…
GPS tracking technology which warns police and victims when a domestic abuser enters an exclusion zone would provide "vital security for victims", MPs have heard. Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader, said such an alert system would also reduce reoffending. During Home Office questions in the Commons, Ms Saville…
A fraudster who posed as Grenfell Tower survivor has been called "the worst of the human race" by real victims of the tragedy as she was jailed for four-and-a-half years. Joyce Msokeri, 47, claimed she escaped from the west London fire last year, where her husband and sister-in-law had perished,…
A police force has been fined £130,000 for losing disks containing a video interview with an alleged rape victim. Humberside Police was handed the six-figure penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office after a bundle containing sensitive details went missing. An investigation by the watchdog revealed that three disks and accompanying…
A legal challenge to overturn reporting restrictions on the rape trial of two Ireland rugby internationals will go before a judge next week. Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has said legal arguments should be put before trial Judge Patricia Smyth on April 9. Sir Declan, who was…
Stuart Olding has apologised for the hurt caused to the woman who had accused him of rape. In a statement, read by his solicitor outside Belfast Crown Court after his acquittal, the Ireland and Ulster rugby star also expressed regret and told of his relief that he had been believed.…
One of the women who won a landmark ruling over the decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys said she fought the case because she does not want others to go through the same ordeal. The woman, who can only be identified as DSD, said she was "absolutely thrilled"…
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