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A man has been jailed for 25 years for sexually abusing three young girls. Tony Chapman, 42, from Rotherham, was convicted of raping, physically assaulting and threatening to kill two girls following a nine-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court. The abuse took place between October 2013 and May 2015 when…
A woman jailed for five years after falsely accusing a soldier of rape has lost an appeal against her sentence. Rebecca Palmer, 26, from Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, made a series of false allegations after the victim told her he wanted nothing to do with her. London's Court of…
Writer Germaine Greer has said it is disturbing that the sort of female victimhood seen across the media in the #MeToo campaign sells to women. The feminist author, 79, said the prevalence of images of women standing up and saying they had been harassed is a "straightforward capitulation to market…
A judge has raised concerns after a woman had to appear in the same family court as an ex-partner she had accused of raping her. District Judge Simon Read said the pair had become embroiled in a dispute over their daughter. He said both had appeared at a private family…
A police force allegedly returned a laptop containing images of abuse to a man who was later jailed for rape after an investigation by another force. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating Essex Police's handling of the investigation. In a statement, the IOPC said the…
Fewer than one out of every four defendants accused of rape in Northern Ireland was convicted last year, new figures indicate. The 23.4% conviction rate last year was down slightly on the 25.7% recorded in 2015/16, according to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), which has released a specific breakdown of…
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…
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.…
The Government's rape clause is a disgrace, the SNP's Westminster leader has said as he sought to put Theresa May on the spot over claims made by her Work and Pensions Secretary that the clause could help support rape victims. Esther McVey was previously heckled as she spoke on the…
Scotland’s First Minister has branded the Work and Pensions Secretary “out of touch” for claiming the rape clause could help support rape victims. Giving evidence to a Holyrood Committee, Esther McVey was heckled as she spoke on the rape clause, where women have to prove conception through non-consensual sex to…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was heckled by members of the public in a Holyrood committee meeting covering Universal Credit and the rape clause. An audience member shouted “you can’t get into work if you’re dead” at Ms McVey as she argued Universal Credit is a “supportive system” aimed…
A Commonwealth Games swimmer found not guilty of raping a woman who claimed he forced himself on her shortly after she had consensual sex with his friend has said the past months had been "horrendous". In an emotional statement, Otto Putland, 24, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games…
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