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Anti-rape apps create a "climate of fear" where responsibility for gathering evidence of a sexual assault is pushed on to victims, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Trent University, Canada, found personal smartphone technologies place the emphasis on women to take "routine" daily measures to…
A "barbaric and wicked" rapist who bludgeoned a woman with a paving slab on his 17th birthday and then left her for dead has been found guilty of attempted murder. A judge ruled that Charlie John Pearce's identity should be revealed to the public after the teenager - who "came…
A young boy was beaten "black and blue", as though he had been in a boxing match, after catching two nuns in an embrace, an inquiry has heard. A man said he was six or seven when one of the nuns went "mental" and "ballistic" as she lashed out at…
A nun broke a young girl's arm as she reacted to discovering the child was being sexually abused by a priest, an inquiry has heard. A witness told how she had hoped she would be protected when the nun walked in on the assault in 1970, when she was eight,…
Nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in just one week as investigators warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to groom, blackmail and abuse victims. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.…
A doctor said she suspected child abuse on examining the body of Poppi Worthington, who was 'probably' sexually assaulted by her father before her death. Home Office pathologist Alison Armour said further post-mortem examination showed the 13-month-old had reddened inner thighs and bruising and small tears to her rectum, Kendal…
A former altar boy has waived his anonymity to tell a child abuse inquiry of beatings and sexual abuse at an orphanage. William Connelly broke down in tears as he told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of his experiences at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The 69-year-old, who stayed at the…
A nun "killed" a four-year-old boy at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard. A witness, who cannot be named, said he heard the boy being beaten then never saw him again and recently found out the boy had died. The witness also said he was physically and sexually…
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