At the European elections next May, voters will face a fundamental choice about what kind of country they want Britain to be. An inward, backward-looking country that pulls up the drawbridge on its allies in Europe and attempts to navigate the challenges of the 21st century alone. Or one that is willing to embrace international cooperation in the fight against organised crime and new threats such as cyber-attacks, human-trafficking and online fraud...
Not much has changed for women in India. While the international arena can help, ultimately change has to come from within the country. Merely a change in law is not enough; a change in attitudes is also necessary to transform Indian society and make it a better place for women.
Today's overhaul of the guidelines for sexual offences, which the NSPCC has been calling for, is an important step forward in both recognising the harm done to victims and in justice being done.
A time where the Houses of Parliament are hosting an auction for the proceeds of a Banksy wall piece to be donated to charity, where the NYC Department of Transportation has made street art a priority, judges are pardoning artists due to their obvious talents and we bear witness to the ultimate irony - Walmart selling prints of Banksy's 'Destroy Capitalism' to the mass market.
Has there ever been a murder mystery story quite so compelling as the Lord Lucan scandal? The reason this mystery continues to fascinate is not so much because of the tragic murder, but because we are still captivated by one single dominant question: what on earth happened to the Seventh Earl of Lucan?
Like many organisations across the public sector, law enforcement agencies are expected to continuously improve their performance. Even when crime levels are low or falling, isolated failures are often put in the spotlight. This can in turn adversely impact public perceptions and decision-makers' reactions.
Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.
I was sold for sex from a very early age by the adults in my life, I didn't want or like what they did but I was powerless to stop them, I couldn't comprehend any of the long-term lifelong problems it would cause... I just knew it was bad horrible and I wanted it to stop... The victims are viewed as ink on paper, dots on a screen, un-saveable lost souls with no rights, no voice and no choices. Pornography is a legitimate business that sells consenting adult sex. Child abuse images are crime scene photographs.
The life of a ghost-writer is never a dull one. Earlier this year I visited a prison in Hull to meet with convicted murderer Kevin Lane, who has served 19 years of a life sentence. He wanted me to help him with his book.
Experiences of sexual violence are many and varied, so rather than speaking 'for' survivors, I speak as one. I share my experience in the hope that some of the stigma will be broken down & that others might feel safe sharing their stories too.
Last year, 1.2 million women and 800,000 men reported domestic abuse, up 10% in the past three years. In the same time frame, the number of cases the police referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fell by 13%. In essence, fewer perpetrators were stopped and more victims remain at risk.
The UK has a proud history of exporting goods and know-how. Sadly, incidents of this are few and far between in the modern age. But our legal services and court system is a key and growing export, admired and used across the globe.
Our gut instinct to punish criminals must be tempered by the realisation that children are innocent. These kids are victims themselves. They should not become a currency of revenge. Taking them into account at their parent's sentencing does not weaken our prosecution system. It does not make us less protected from crime. It does the opposite.
One of the great hurdles that the Drivers' Union must overcome is the raw emotional blackmail of the charity sponsored grieving mother who is shamelessly exploited on TV to perpetuate the "speeding kills" myth. I am delighted to join Keith Peat and his highly experienced team of real experts to get evidence backed road safety measures in place and lose the profit motive which does such disservice to our motorists and drives a wedge between middle England and the police.
This week I read that a ten-year-old boy had been found guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl on more than one occasion over a period of two years. During the trial it was revealed that the boy, now 13, had spent hours watching online porn from the age of nine...
The existing consent at 16 law was introduced over 100 years ago in a puritanical Victorian era. Since then, society has moved on to more informed and enlightened attitudes about sex... Given that the average age of first sexual experience is 14, then an age of consent of 14 might be more realistic and reasonable than 16.