Former TV reporter Ben McCormack’s lawyer suggested McCormack’s online chats discussing child sex abuse were ‘fantasy talk’.
There are some online child sex abuse offences in Australia for which a defendant’s claim that they were purely fantasising could excuse criminal liability.
Being lied to?
Finding out how 'real' the relationship is between online groomers and their child victims.
New laws are needed to keep up with the growing problem of imported child sex dolls and robots.
Ivor Frank, Alexis Jay and Drusilla Sharpling testify to the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Alexis Jay seems to realise failure is not an option – but she needs to bail out what looks like a sinking ship.
New research offers valuable insights into the linguistic strategies used to groom child victims.
Indonesia recently introduced forced chemical castration for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Last week Australian Robert Ellis (centre) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girls in Bali.
Indonesia's decision to allow forced chemical castration as punishment for those who sexually abuse children is controversial.
The research data is mixed and flawed.
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A popular misconception is that most child sex offenders were once victims themselves.
Child sex offenders don’t have horns and tails. For the most part, they look and act like you and me.
Some child sex offenders don’t even realise what they are doing is wrong; they genuinely believe they are showing the children "love".
Drugs on their own aren’t sufficient.
It's time to stop panicking about paedophiles and start offering help.
The Spotlight team.
Spotlight tells the story of the investigative team at The Boston Globe which uncovered the extent of the child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston.
Not all paedophiles act on their attraction.
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The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate.
Under a pall.
Ever since the Jimmy Savile affair, the police have been investigating historical child abuse on an unprecedented scale.
IWF moves will control only the most visible child abuse images online.
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The Internet Watch foundation is to share its database of abusive image digital signatures in a drive to clean up the internet.
A woman holds up a poster as part of a protest against the the rape of women, children and babies. The protest followed the rape of nine-month-old Baby Tshepang in 2001.
A study examining why paedophiles sexually abuse young children highlights their own childhood adversities and socio-cultural factors as some of the reasons.
Here goes nothing.
The pope has announced a tribunal to shine a light on clerical abuse – but the Catholic church is in an irretrievable moral bind.
Mob rules. Encitement and entrapment.
Groups like Letzgo Hunting claim to fill the gaps left by inefficient police work, but does their approach undermine police work and treatment?
Loud and clear.
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In recent months, the UK has been gripped by cases of widespread organised child abuse – in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and even Westminster. The police’s slow and incompetent reactions (and even complicity…
Reports of child abuse related to accusations of witchcraft are on the rise in London, with 27 allegations made to the Metropolitan Police in the past year and 148 cases since 2004. Yet the people charged…
Rotherham’s reputation will now precede it.
Rotherham Metropolitan Council has released its independent report on the handling of child sexual exploitation cases in the borough between 1997 and 2013. The author of the report, Professor Alexis Jay…
Rotherham Council chief executive Martin Kimber presents a review into abuse in his area.
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The confirmation that 1,400 children were subjected to sexual exploitation over a 16 year period in Rotherham forms part of a wider picture of similar events. The Catholic Church has still not worked out…