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Showing 1 - 10 of 125 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

CPS says: Rape is not 'the perfect crime'

A recent feature on Sky News described rape as ‘the perfect crime’ (99 per cent of rapes reported to Police do not result in legal proceedings – October 15 2020). The CPS is very concerned about the impact this harmful claim could have on victims coming forward. To be clear, of the thousands of people who go through the justice system every year, many are convicted of rape and serious sexual offences.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

New legal guidance for prosecutors helps to tackle rape myths and stereotypes against the changing picture of modern life

The growing exchange of naked selfies, misconceptions about the use of ‘hook up’ dating sites and discussion of why sexual assault victims may remain in contact with their attacker all form part of new draft guidance for prosecutors on rape myths and stereotypes published by the Crown Prosecution Service today.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Prosecutors and Police join forces in the North East to reduce delays in charging decisions for victims of rape and serious sexual offences

Prosecutors in the North East have been working with police to make promising strides in improving file quality and reducing delays in charging decisions for rape and sexual assault cases.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, North East News

Predatory Southend rapist sentenced

Olawale Hassan, a 34-year-old man, has been sentenced to ten years and two months today (06/10/2020) at Basildon Crown Court for the sexual assault and rape of a woman in Southend.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Mental health worker jailed for 11 years for abuse of girls in his care

A former mental health care worker has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for 21 counts of abuse against three highly vulnerable girls in his care.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, South West News

Predatory paedophile sentenced for non-recent sexual abuse

Anthony Lewis, a 58 year-old man, has been sentenced to 22 years today (24 September 2020) for non-recent sexual abuse against children.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, East of England News

Further jail term for a youth course leader for child sex abuse offences

A former youth course leader has been imprisoned further for child sex abuse carried out at a Welsh outdoor centre.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Security officer convicted of raping woman in Westminster car park

Sola Warikwah, 39, sexually attacked the victim in the back of his company car after she mistakenly got in believing that he was a taxi driver who had come to pick her up.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Man guilty of violent south London park sexual assault

A violent man, who made up a twin to use as a scapegoat for the sexual attack he had committed, has been sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, with a recommendation that he serve at least two-thirds, and an extended licence period of eight years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, London South News

Man jailed for 20 years after repeated rape of schoolgirl

A man who routinely raped and sexually assaulted a girl over a period spanning five years has today been sentenced to year years in prison.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, London North News

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