New Elements Sexual Offences Act 2003

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  • Sexual Offences Act 2003 - NEW ELEMENTS
    • CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
      • Government has created 4 new offences directed at those who target children under 13 years of age  
      • Offence of an abuse of a position of trust has been strengthened to cover professionals who look after people under the age of 18
      • Includes those with special needs or learning difficulties so the act now specifically protects a number of vulnerable persons 
    • FAMILIAL SEXUAL OFFENCES
      • The law surrounding incest has been reformed
      • Those who can be charged with sexual offences against children has been updated to reflect the modern family
      • A child in these cases is someone under the age of 18
    • CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND PROSTITUTION
      • Public concern made sure the law was revised
      • The age has been raised to someone under the age of 18
    • PREPARATORY OFFENCES
      • Intent to commit a sexual offence is now an offence
      • Gender neutralised certain offences to do with homosexuality and public toilets
    • SEX OFFENDERS
      • Attitudes towards sex offenders has hardened in recent years

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