22 October 2016

Shame on Westminster

As a parent and grandparent the realisation that Britain is plagued by a minority of  predatory deviants who target children horrifies me. 

When those in power promise to act, but fail to put their words into action, the conclusion must be that the powerful are choosing to leave an open door for themselves and their fellow abusers to continue as before.  Two years ago some important amendments to Section 67 of the 2015 Serious Crime Act were promised. A simple modification to a straightforward existing act and doable at the stroke of a pen.  Prompted by the N.S.P.C.C. David Cameron promised to do just that.  Nineteen months later no amendment has occurred.

Government ministers have it in their power to act, but now are seen to be dragging their feet. Their members having closed ranks in desperate efforts to preserve their reputation. So desperate, that whatever historic cases remain undisclosed, these must be of such proportions that UK governance would be exposed as nothing more than a disgraced club of ill repute.

Read the Independant Newspaper to follow this ongoing issue here


    Sexual communication with a child

After section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 insert—

15ASexual communication with a child

(1)A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—

(a)for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, A intentionally communicates with another person (B),

(b)the communication is sexual or is intended to encourage B to make (whether to A or to another) a communication that is sexual, and

(c)B is under 16 and A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over.

(2)For the purposes of this section, a communication is sexual if—

(a)any part of it relates to sexual activity, or

(b)a reasonable person would, in all the circumstances but regardless of any person's purpose, consider any part of the communication to be sexual;
and in paragraph (a) “sexual activity” means an activity that a reasonable person would, in 
all the circumstances but regardless of any person's purpose, consider to be sexual.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine or both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.

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