Choosing the right offence (2) – getting it right when prosecuting historical sexual allegations
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Choosing the right offence (2) – getting it right when prosecuting historical sexual allegations

As noted in the last blog posting, new allegations of old sexual misconduct continue to be made and the newest area is football. At the time of writing there are 350 potential victims, 98 clubs involved and 21 police forces investigating[1] with at least two defendants so far charged[2] and another 83 suspects.[3] Some of … Continue reading

“Revenge porn” – A new crime in need of a new law?
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“Revenge porn” – A new crime in need of a new law?

So ubiquitous has become the phrase ‘revenge porn’ that the Oxford English Dictionary’s next update will probably include it.  This concept covers both the posting of previously private indecent images by a disgruntled ex-partner or by a malicious hacker.  The combination of the camera phone and the internet provided the fertile ground for this rather … Continue reading

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Calling a child predatory

Barrister Robert Colover has found himself the focus of media ire for his description of a 13 year old girl during a sentencing hearing in which he prosecuted.  The NSPCC joined in the condemnation describing his language as representing “a wider pattern about how child sexual abuse cases are taken and treated in our courts”.  … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies and Consent

People have been lying to other people to get them into bed for as long as there have been beds. This and other deceptions or false promises can cause problems for the courts where the allegation is of a non-consensual sexual offence.  Courts have spent the years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act … Continue reading