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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Mark Davis jailed for 14 years for abuse of boys in South Wales


A man who raped and sexually assaulted boys he met through theatre and stage groups in the 1980s and 1990s has been sentenced to 14 years at Cardiff Crown Court.

Mark Davis, who at the time performed magic and comedy routines in South Wales under the name Mark Major, befriended the boys and their families before subjecting them to serious sexual assaults.

Speaking after the sentencing Leanne Jonathan, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "Over a period of weeks and months, Davis deliberately set out to gain the trust of these young, vulnerable and impressionable boys and their families. This was a slow, systematic and callous grooming process which enabled Davis to create opportunities to carry out repeated assaults on his victims.

"Davis abused the trust placed in him by his victims and their families and his actions have left a lasting impression on all of them.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case, who have shown immense courage in coming forward to report what happened to them, despite the passage of time. It is their fortitude and bravery that has led to Davis being sentenced today. I hope that their actions may give strength to others who may be carrying similar burdens but be unsure of whether to go to the police."


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