6 March 2013 Last updated at 07:47
Child sex abuse: New policy for police and prosecutors
"An overhaul of how police and prosecutors in England and Wales deal with alleged sexual offences against children is expected to be announced in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal [sic].
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer told the BBC there was an "overcautious" approach [sic] with victims [complainants].
He said the focus was too much on whether the victim [complainant] was telling the truth and not enough on the suspect.
"I am not advocating the test for prosecution should change," he said.
New guidelines for police and prosecutors will be drawn up, and a panel will review cases where alleged perpetrators were not charged.
Mr Starmer is keen the Savile case should serve as a watershed [sic] for the criminal justice system, BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said."
Child sex abuse victims [complainants] treated 'overcautiously' [indeed, we should be much tougher with them]
Prosecutors ordered to crack down on sex abuse
The criminal justice response to child sexual abuse: time for a national consensus
CPS and ACPO call for national consensus on tackling child sexual abuse
March 6, 2013
"Whoever named the Police trawling operation in the wake of the Savile allegations ’Operation Yewtree’ had a sense of humour. The Yewtree is famous for its slow growth and longevity, and its raucously attractive fruit which appeals to little birdies – but contains a deadly poisonous seed. Operation Yewtree has certainly lived up to that.
That seed was spawned yesterday. The private company ACPO – The Association of Chief Police Officers - are expected to approve a ‘National Scoping Panel’ to review complaints of sex abuse not pursued by Police or Prosecutors. ‘Not pursued by Police or Prosecutors’ could merely mean those cases which were reported to Police but not proceeded with because of lack of evidence, the unwillingness of alleged victims to give evidence in court; a nationwide ‘cold case’ review to see whether the guidelines for prosecution of today can be retrospectively applied to historic cases."
"The Home Affairs Committee in 2002 said that: ”A new genre of miscarriages of justice has arisen from the over-enthusiastic pursuit of these allegations”. That was in response to the last ‘moral outrage’ in the late 1990s when many were wrongfully convicted following allegations of historical child abuse in children’s homes and other institutions. There is a sense that the Police have become over cautious as a result, and a new approach is required.
Let that approach be uncontrovertibly professional and discrete; no more TV parading of victims half disguised in the shadows, no more media scoops; no more self appointed experts."
06 Mar 2013
‘The criminal justice response to child sexual abuse; time for a national consensus’
"Mr Starmer added: “If the criteria for testing their credibility match the characteristics that make them vulnerable [sic] in the first place, we have a fundamental flaw in the approach to credibility.
“This has to change. But to over steer and remove any meaningful filter in these cases would be a great injustice to innocent suspects. My own view is that by changing the focus from one that is solely victim [complainant]-specific to one that more critically tests the suspect as well, while at the same time working harder to explore patterns of behaviour and, where appropriate, links to other cases, we could find an answer."
Wednesday, 6 March, 2013
If cardinal sinners and lordly lotharios float your boat…
"What does it all mean? One obvious and grim interpretation is that victim feminism is more virulent than ever, driving zero tolerance of male transgressions (if that’s what they are) to ever more demented extremes. The good news, perhaps, is that the Lib Dems survived the crisis. Maybe the electorate as a whole doesn’t really give a damn about precisely where His Lordship’s hand was placed, or whether he “inappropriately” suggested going back to his place for a bit of hanky panky, or rumpy pumpy, or whatever words lordly lotharios use for these things. Not that I am advocating “sexual harassment” here. Just a sane sense of proportion. The thought that many voters out there have not abandoned such a sense of proportion is perhaps worth hanging onto. Or is that a case of a drowning man clutching at straws in the midst of all the tsunamis!"
Published: 9 hrs ago
Abuse cases review to stop Savile No2 [sic]
"Ex-cop Mark Williams-Thomas, who exposed the DJ, said a new approach is needed and that authorities failed [at what, Mark?] with Savile. He added: “We need to change how police view victims [complainants, Mark] when they come forward.” [a rare moment of honest lucidity, from you, Mark]
Specialist Met unit in London to tackle gang-led child sex abuse [another?]
"We've asked too much of victims", says England's top prosecutor