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Cautioned rather than charged June 11, 2007

Posted by Winter in sexual violence.

Almost 8,000 sex offenders have been cautioned across England in the past five years, rather than being charged.

Offences involving children accounted for more than 1,600 of the cautions, while more than 230 were for rape.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said a caution would be given only if it was the most appropriate course of action.

The government said there were very few cases where cautions were appropriate for rape or offences against children.

Sorry, no time to analyse right now, here’s some more on this story.



1. Kate - June 11, 2007

I agree that this is worrying. It’s rather frustrating that this isn’t being further investigated and the figures analysed. I read that news story, and while I can appreciate that SOME unusual circumstances where convictions aren’t appropriate (eg. where it’s technically rape but the case involves two consenting 15 yr olds)or possible (eg the victim won’t prosecute and the police can’t proceed further) my question is, why can’t we know exactly how many of the cases are of this type? I am no expert on the law but this seems wrong.

2. Anna - June 12, 2007

Very troubling.

3. Winter - June 12, 2007

why can’t we know exactly how many of the cases are of this type?

Exactly, I want to know the details. How many dangerous rapists are out and about?

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