Selfies on the net
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Selfies on the net

This week, the NSPCC issued sensible advice to parents about sexting referring to it being “increasingly common”. It sounded so old fashioned. Teenage boys have been sending images of their knob by mobile phone since those contraptions were bigger than their member. Frankly, semi-nude pics of young people are sent via the net in the millions … 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

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Sexual Offences Prevention Orders – Tips for practitioners

Sexual Offences Act 2003 s 104 Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (imposed post-conviction) are designed to protect the public from serious sexual harm occasioned by the offender. It is now relatively well settled as to what ‘serious sexual harm’ and ‘protecting the public’ mean. Appeals founded on the grounds that the judge was wrong to determine … Continue reading