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Sexual Offences

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

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

Ryan Kennedy convicted of three counts of rape against three women


Ryan Kennedy has today been convicted of three counts of rape. He was found guilty at Gloucester Crown Court. The jury acquitted him of two other counts of rape and one count of attempted rape. They could not decide on the remaining eight counts alleging similar offences.

The case involved victims who had all been in relationships with Ryan Kennedy, which very quickly became controlling and abusive.

Ben Samples, senior prosecutor at the CPS said, "Ryan Kennedy convinced his victims that they had no choice but to do as they were told. He was emotionally, sexually and physically abusive, putting his needs above all else.

"Kennedy controlled his victims by emotional manipulation and, in one case, raped his victim as a punishment.

"Consent must be freely given and can be taken back at any point. In this case the victims' protests were ignored, and they then felt it would be futile or dangerous to do anything but submit to all that Kennedy demanded. I would like to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward, which can often be difficult and daunting."

Details of the convicted charges:

Three counts of rape, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003


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