Top police officer backs ‘Sammy’s law’ pardons for grooming victims

National lead for child sexual abuse cases supports Sammy Woodhouse’s campaign for law to pardon survivors for their crimes

Victims of grooming gangs should be pardoned for crimes they committed under the direction of their abuser, Britain’s leading child protection police officer has said.

Simon Bailey, the national police lead for child sexual abuse cases, backed calls for a new law to potentially expunge the criminal records of child grooming victims.

Bailey, who is the chief constable of Norfolk, said: “We recognise the significant and long-lasting impact that sexual abuse can have on a victim. There are numerous cases where young, impressionable children who have been groomed have committed crimes at the direction of their abuser.

“We would want to explore how Sammy’s law could help minimise the impact on these victims’ futures.”

Read on… https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/08/sammys-law-child-sexual-abuse-grooming-cases-pardon-crimes-national-police-lead

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