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Seven Somali men who were part of an inner city sex ring involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of British girls have been jailed for more than 40 years. Victims aged between 13 and 17 were preyed upon, sexually abused and trafficked across Bristol to be passed around the men's…
Fourteen Somali men have been convicted of running an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage British girls, it can be reported for the first time. Victims as young as 13 were preyed upon, sexually abused and passed around the men's friends for money…
Hundreds of prisoners may have been sexually abused behind bars, campaigners have said, prompting calls for more to be done to tackle prison rape. An independent commission on sex in prison, set up by charity the Howard League for Penal Reform, discovered the rate of sex crimes in prisons in…
Reported rapes have increased by nearly a quarter while sexual assaults overall have risen by a tenth in the last year, Police Scotland figures show. There were 1,690 reported rapes in 2013/14, up from 1,372 the previous year, while overall reported sexual assaults rose 11% to 8,604 from 7,693. A…
Angelina Jolie said a global summit to end sexual violence must send a message around the world that there is "no disgrace" in being a survivor - "that the shame is on the aggressor". On her arrival at the summit in east London, the Hollywood star dedicated the four-day event…
Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague are to co-chair the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject of sexual violence in conflict. The global summit - End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) - is a four-day event and it begins today at the ExCel conference centre in London…
More needs to be done to improve police investigation of sexual offences and to stop jurors being biased when cases come to court, senior legal figures said today. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (pictured), told reporters: "For a while, I've been concerned about how we, the police, approach…
Thousands of people took part in a late-night march in Glasgow highlighting a string of sexual assaults in the city. Organisers said the event was to reclaim the streets of the city after a number of attacks over the last few weeks. The march, named These Streets are Made for…
Society must reject the "out-of date myths" about rape and the idea that a rapist is "a man in a balaclava in a dark alley", leading legal figures have warned. New measures have been set out to tackle falling conviction rates in rape cases and the issues that prevent them…
An article examined the role of specially trained officers (STOs) in providing services directly to victims of rape and sexual offences, drawing on research in one county in England. It said that officers were often poorly supported by management and that immediate supervisors did not always view the work as…
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