The Guardian brings news of welcome developments

Child sex abuse victims’ vulnerability must not be barrier to justice, says DPP

Keir Starmer QC unveils new guidelines for handling abuse after series of high-profile grooming cases

Vulnerability among child sex abuse victims should no longer be a barrier to justice, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has declared as he unveiled new guidelines for handling cases.

Victims will in future be told that other complaints have been made against suspects “to strengthen their resolve to continue with the criminal process”.

Detectives and prosecutors will also be reminded that “reluctance to co-operate with those in authority, failure to report allegations of abuse swiftly” and providing inconsistent accounts are not uncommon patterns of behaviour for child sex abuse victims.

The new guidelines are a joint response by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police to the investigation into Jimmy Savile and a series of high-profile child sex grooming cases.

“Vulnerability can no longer be a barrier to justice and I want to see prosecutors actively challenging any misconceptions a jury might have,” Starmer announced. Continue reading..

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