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Showing 1 - 10 of 137 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "CPS"

Specialist prosecutors work to overcome cultural barriers associated with rape and serious sexual offences

REMOVING cultural barriers that may prevent people from ethnic minorities in pursuing a rape or serious sexual offence (RASSO) prosecution is the focus of an ongoing programme of work at the Crown Prosecution Service.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Prosecutors given additional tools to tackle harmful myths about online dating

With studies suggesting one in three relationships now start online*, the Crown Prosecution Service has provided additional tools for prosecutors to tackle harmful myths and stereotypes around online dating head on, to reflect this rapid shift in the way people date.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS says: How we're working to overcome harmful rape myths and stereotypes

As an experienced prosecutor of rape and serious sexual offences, I never underestimate the courage it takes for a victim to report such a deeply violating and distressing event to police.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

Significant programme of work at CPS to narrow the gap between reported rapes and cases which reach court

A major programme of work to narrow the gap between reported rapes and those which reach court is underway at the Crown Prosecution Service as part of an ambitious five-year plan to drive confidence in the justice system.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS News

Nottingham knifepoint robber sentenced for rape of sex worker

A Nottingham man has been sentenced for a series of violent robberies that culminated in him raping one of the victims.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Violent crime , CPS, East Midlands News

Former Eton College teacher convicted of sex offences

A former Eton College teacher who touched schoolboys inappropriately during late-night visits to their bedrooms has been found guilty of sex offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Early discussions with police in London are helping to increase charges for rape cases

Prosecutors in London have been working closely with police in a collective effort to improve prosecution volumes for rape and serious sexual offences.

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

Child sex offender jailed for 18 years

A sex offender, who groomed children with gifts and sexually assaulted them, has been jailed for 18 years with a two-year extended licence.

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

Dangerous men convicted for killing and dismembering woman

Two men have been convicted today (9 November 2020) for their involvement in the murder and dismemberment of a Dudley woman in 2019.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Man found to have committed 10 counts of rape

A man who imprisoned and raped a woman over 32 hours has been found to have committed multiple rapes and false imprisonment.

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

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