Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sir Clement Freud alleged sex abuse

Prior to a new documentary which airs on Wednesday 15th June, the BBC has reported allegations of abuse against the late broadcaster and MP Sir Clement Freud between the late 1940s and 1970s.

One of the alleged victims, Sylvia Woosley, who first met Freud when she was 10 told the ITV Exposure programme that he abused her for years.  A second anonymous woman, claimed he abused her as a child and raped her when she was 18.
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Leading Law Firm Specialising in Representing Victims of Child Abuse joins Simpson Millar LLP

Law firm Abney Garsden, one of the largest practices dedicated to claims by survivors of abuse, is to be incorporated into Simpson Millar.

Peter Garsden, who founded the firm in 1985, said: ‘This is a very exciting time for us and with the support of Simpson Millar we can add even more value to our clients and have even further added security for the important work we do, especially abuse cases...

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Bring back Indeterminate Sentences for sex offenders

For some years Peter has campaigned for a sentence for sex offenders, which meant they could not be released until they could prove they didn’t represent a danger to the community, and had addressed to the satisfaction of experts, their offending behaviour.

 The length of the life sentence imposed by His Honour Judge Peter Rook QC means that Richard Huckle may be released in 23 years’ time i.e. when he is 53 years of age because of the minimum life term ordered.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Was Stephen Fry right to criticise victims of abuse?

Peter was on LBC Radio this morning giving his views on Stephen Fry’s comments about the victims of abuse, more particularly rape, when he told them that they didn’t have his sympathy if they were self piteous, and ought to grow up.

Fry's remarks came at the end of a 10 minute interview on the American based Rubin Show.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Was the 6 year sentence given to Adam Johnson too long or not?

Yesterday at Bradford Crown Court Judge Jonathon Rose imposed a sentence of 6 years imprisonment upon Adam Johnson, the famous Sunderland Football Player for offences of grooming, and sexual activity with a 15 year old girl, who was previously a devoted fan of his. The question is, was the sentence appropriate to the crime?

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Should the Met Police resign over Operation Midland according to Proctor?

Harvey Proctor has called for the resignation of several officers from Operation Midland upon being told that no charges will be brought against him. His statement repeats and adds to the press conference that he authored some time ago, which I have blogged about here.

The Metropolitan police have also said that Operation Midland has been closed without any charges being brought against any of the former politicians, military officers or government officials said to be involved, after a 16-month inquiry involving 31 detectives.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Goddard considers next steps in Janner abuse investigation

The first preliminary hearing held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) took place on 9th March at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. It marks the start of public hearings in the Inquiry’s 13 investigations. Its purpose was to consider the next steps in the investigation into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse relating to the politician Lord Greville Janner.
The public bodies under scrutiny in the Janner inquiry include the Crown Prosecution Service, Leicestershire police, Leicestershire county council, a number of care homes, the Labour party and the Home Office.

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