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Research by a team of academics at the University of Huddersfield has alerted the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) to the probability that the number of offenders who both view online images of children and who engage in contact or the physical sexual abuse of children is much…
A sexual offences liaison officer who found a rape victim in his care "attractive" has been jailed after he hacked into her Facebook account and downloaded pictures of her as a child. Sussex Police constable Martin Harris used the password the woman gave police to help investigate her attack without…
Rihanna has accused Snapchat of "intentionally" shaming victims of domestic violence and making fun of them. The singer was responding to an advert on the social media platform that asked users to choose if they would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown". Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in…
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “concerned” by the police detection rate for so-called revenge porn cases in Scotland. She said there is “still work to be done” in tackling the crime, involving intimate pictures or video of a person being shared online without their consent, and said laws made…
Shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations mounted by Britain's largest police force, a watchdog report reveals. An audit of cases found "significant weaknesses" remained apparent in Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, a year after a scathing critique exposed a catalogue of failings. The original assessment, published in November…
Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Scotland has risen in the last year, figures show. NSPCC Scotland found there were 4,762 offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17, up 9% from 4,368 in the previous year. The most common form of offence related to indecent images of…
A charity has urged Twitter to do more to help disabled users report hate speech against them on the site, claiming it remained too difficult to report disability-related abuse. Muscular Dystrophy UK said the lack of a clear option to label abusive tweets based on disability was preventing more reporting…
The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned. Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. This was a rise of 15%…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims including a girl who was ordered to eat dog food, has been jailed for 32 years. Cambridge graduate Dr Matthew Falder has admitted 137 offences, including blackmail, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child, relating to…
A man known only as Nick who claimed he had been raped and abused by a Westminster paedophile ring has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children, it is understood. The accuser, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, sparked Operation Midland after he told police he…
The Government has failed to properly implement about half of the child safety online recommendations made a decade ago, the charity says. Professor Tanya Byron made a series of "urgent recommendations" to help keep children safe online in 2008 - 10 years later the NSPCC claims the Government is "dragging…
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