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In the News – the global context of violence against women and girls

‘Impunity has consequences’: the women lost to Mexico’s drug war by Nina Lakhani in Jalapa Lizbeth Amores dropped off her son at her mother’s house before heading to a house party with her friend Verenice Guevara. They were last seen at a bar popular with local gangsters. The following night, María de Jesús Marthen was more »

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Custody in Crisis – Family Courts enabling and supporting abusive fathers.

Salon has published a searing indictment of the family courts in the US investigating the frequency with which violent fathers are given sole custody of their children despite documented medical evidence of physical and sexual abuse. It examines the role that “parental alienation syndrome” – something that the American Psychological Association does not recognise – more »

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Man convicted of owning 137 000 images of children being sexually abused is spared jail to start family

Richard Arrowsmith was found in position of 137 000 images and 4336 videos of child sexual abuse that he had downloaded over 4 years. 400 videos were class A (the most extreme), 255 were in category B. 186 films and 851 images were in category c. “There were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category more »

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Louis Theroux’s new Jimmy Savile documentary is a horrible misstep by @ProfKarenBoyle

The original BBC documentary by Louis Theroux in 2000 about Jimmy Savile, the former British TV star thought to have sexually abused at least 500 women and children, was uncomfortable viewing even before his crimes were common knowledge.  … Theroux revisits the moment in his new documentary, Louis Theroux: Savile. It is a statement of Savile’s power that helps more »

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The scale of historical sexual abuse in the UK is a catastrophe. We need catharsis. by Beatrix Campbell

Lowell Goddard has told us what we know – that sexual crimes against children are too big, too tolerated and altogether too much. Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned from the inquiry into historical child abuse last month, said in a memo to MPs that there was “an inherent problem in the sheer scale and size more »

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Councils to be allowed to opt out of child protection laws, by Sara Ogilvie

When should an obligation not be obligatory? If the government has its way, it’ll be whenever it relates to 80 years of essential child protections enshrined in UK law. The Children and Social Work Bill has been working its way through the House of Lords with little fanfare. But among its proposals is a deeply more »

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Perpetrator of child sexual abuse walks free from court

Gina Owen, who pled guilty to two counts of ‘causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity’ was sentenced only to a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim and placed on the  sexual offenders registry for only 2 years. The judge’s summation claimed that: “community order could put you in more »

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CSE is not self-harm

During a meeting where were discussing the definition of self-harm (I work in Mental health) someone who works with young people said that ‘you could say that CSE is a form of self-harm’. This is my response to that. No CSE is not self-harm. Saying CSE is a form of self-harm is dangerous, it places more »

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Neil Deller: Men who view images of children being sexually abused are high risk perpetrators

Neil Deller received a community order, will have to attend an “internet sex offender treatment programme”, and “five-year sexual harm prevention order under which his internet activity is controlled and monitored”. Deller pled guilty to seven offences “involving downloading and possession of child porn”. He was found in possession of “3,500 images and videos of child more »

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