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A civil case against a man cleared of rape has begun after his alleged victim raised a legal action seeking damages. Stephen Coxen, 23, from Bury in Lancashire, is being sued by a woman who accuses him of raping her in St Andrews, Fife, in 2013. Coxen (pictured) denied the…
Safeguarding expert, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is working with the Church of England to improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm. SCIE is seeking the views of people with first-hand experience to find out what a good response…
A 17-year-old Slovakian travelled to England when near the end of her pregnancy then left her son in the care of nurses three days after giving birth, a family court judge has been told. The teenager told social workers in Derby that she had become pregnant after being raped in…
A Labour MP who has been the victim of vicious abuse by trolls on social media has called for them to lose their anonymity online. Jess Phillips said Parliament needs to act against the anonymous trolls who abuse her on a daily basis. The Birmingham Yardley MP said she wanted…
The director of public prosecutions has pledged to apologise over failures in 47 rape and serious sexual offence cases where vital evidence was withheld from defence lawyers. Alison Saunders was quizzed by MPs over the prosecutions that were stopped after issues were found with disclosure. A national review was launched…
A 30-year-old man has been jailed for 23 years for drugging and raping men he met on the dating app Grindr, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Sam Ashley, also known as Davis, 30, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court after being found guilty of four…
A former resident at a Catholic-run orphanage has told an inquiry she was raped by a priest and repeatedly abused by a nun. Helen Holland, who has waived her right to anonymity, described years of "sadistic" treatment at the Nazareth House home in Kilmarnock while resident there in the 1960s…
A woman who originally walked free after falsely accusing four men of sexual assault has been jailed for four years. Anna Costin, 30, of Shrewsbury, was originally given a three-year community order after pleading guilty, in January, to seven charges of doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice.…
As part of a meeting facilitated by Gavin Robinson MP, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) met with Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to outline major concerns regarding the Universal Credit two-child cap and the associated ‘rape clause’ exemption. The UK Government’s…
A judge is expected to formally close the case of Peter Pickering - the child killer known as the Beast of Wombwell who died before he could be sentenced for a 1972 rape. Pickering died in March after suffering a heart attack at a secure psychiatric unit. He had been…
A mother and stepfather have been found guilty of raping a girl who was returned to their care after being dismissed as a "troublesome teenager" by social services. The parents, now both in their 70s, abused the girl from about the age of 10 between 1975 and 1981, during which…
More than 30 criminal investigations including 21 sex attacks are being urgently reviewed after a forensic scientist apparently botched examinations. Scotland Yard said a member of staff from its Forensic Services allegedly failed to carry out tests and lied to investigators about how the work was progressing. A total of…
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