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A former Army Intelligence officer who worked in Northern Ireland during the 70s has told of how his investigation into allegations of abuse at the Kincora boys' home was blocked by MI5. Brian Gemmell, whose work involved gathering intelligence on loyalists, claimed he found out about the abuse through two…
More than 8,000 under-18s were accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. The children's charity contacted 42 police forces across England and Wales with a Freedom of Information request asking for the number of under-18s who had been…
A former youth worker with Pembrokeshire County Council has been jailed for six years after he admitted child sex offences. Michael John Smith, aged 49, was a line manager with Pembrokeshire Youth Service who was sacked after “several warnings” about inappropriate behaviour towards young people. Smith, of Prendergast, Haverfordwest, admitted…
The Children's Commissioner is launching a two-year national inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family environment including forced marriages. Maggie Atkinson (pictured), the Children's Commissioner for England, said: "Society is rightly horrified by child sexual abuse. "Most of our children are raised in secure, loving homes but I am…
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…
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…
Applications are being sought for a 1+3 Collaborative PhD Studentship beginning on 15 September 2014 funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. This project involves an exciting collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Council and Scotland’s Risk…
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…
At least 500 victims as young as two were abused by the shamed television presenter Jimmy Savile during his reign as one of the country's most prolific sex offenders, new research shows. A study by the NSPCC, commissioned for BBC Panorama, reveals confidential documents examining the extent of Savile's offending…