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EVAW implores Government to speak up on justice and support for all victims of sexual offences

Responding to the announcement on the 15th June that the Government will back a Bill to make ‘upskirting’ a criminal offence, Professor Clare McGlynn of Durham University, expert on the law on sexual offences, and the End Violence Against Women Coalition, welcomed the measure but said there was more to be done. Read the full statement here

Jobs: Acorns

Acorns are recruiting for a part time Advice & Support Worker for an immediate start if possible, to cover a fixed term 9 month period of adoption leave (25 hours per week, £14, 643 – FTE £21,086). The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 29th June 2018.

Call for participants: research into experiences of image-based sexual abuse

This research is investigating the nature and impacts of ‘image-based sexual abuse’ (or what some call ‘revenge porn’) among adults through participant interviews. The only requirement is that you are over the age of 18 years and live either in Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. This invitation is open to all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion and ability. For more information or to take part in the research, visit the Images of Me website. 

 

Trauma-informed recovery service model

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a commissioned report summarising current knowledge on trauma-informed care approaches to child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. Areas covered include: defining trauma; impact of child sexual abuse and exploitation; and theories informing trauma-informed recovery. Describes a trauma-informed recovery service model, based on current research.

New website on policing and preventing child sexual abuse

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Victim Support (VS) and the Children’s Society have created a new website of resources around policing and preventing child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. The CSE Policing and Prevention website includes toolkits and guidance around such issues as: child criminal exploitation in relation to county lines; harmful sexual behaviour; supporting parents and carers; and working with children and young people who have a physical disability.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Prospect survey finds widespread sexual harassment at work

A third of women have experienced workplace sexual harassment, a new survey conducted by Prospect has found. The survey was created with the aim of finding out how often people had seen, or personally been affected by, behaviours in the workplace which amount to bullying and harassment. One element focused solely on unwanted sexual behaviour. The disturbing findings indicate that many forms of sexual harassment are still prevalent across the UK workforce.

CPS publishes outcome of sexual offences review

On 5th June 2018, The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) published the outcome of its review of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases. In January the CPS announced its senior prosecutors were assessing all cases in England and Wales in which someone had been charged with rape or serious sexual assault. More than 3,600 cases were looked at to ensure that disclosure was being managed effectively.

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