An official report for Wiltshire Police drawn up by criminologist Dr Rachel Hoskins concluded that the ‘Heath Inquiry, like the Westminster VIP Inquiry, rests on an over-active imagination.’
Matthew Scott has produced one of his most remarkable articles for the Barrister Blogger website.
File on 4 (BBC Radio 4, 19 July 2016). Dozens of people who were child patients at a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s and ’70s claim they were experimented on with a so-called truth serum. It has left them with disturbing memories and troubling questions.
The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices Below is a summary of an important research project that gives invaluable insight into the consequences of false accusations on the lives of the accused.
False allegations of sexual abuse are a regrettable fact of life. Is there any way in which the stories told by pseudo-victims differ from those of real victims? As more people are prosecuted for historic abuse and more are exonerated, the issue is clearly increasing in importance. The barrister, Barbara…
It is a familiar theme, but shocking every time: Young woman goes to therapist, her behaviour changes radically,
We often find out about defence and prosecution arguments in historic abuse trials, rarely – if ever – do we discover what members of juries in these cases were thinking.
Do the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, and the barristers appointed to prosecute and defend those accused of historic allegations still follow due process?
Human rights and civil liberties barrister, Barbara Hewson, has written an article saying that the justice system is skewed against men in rape cases because of an over-willingness to believe those who claim to be victims.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has come under mounting criticism from multiple sources over his handling of historic abuse cases investigated by the MPS.