Sexual offences

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on sexual offences. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
28.10.2014Modern Slavery Bill: Progress of the Bill
This is a note on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Modern Slavery Bill. It complements Library Research Paper 14/37 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
12.06.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Commons stages
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 had its second reading on 24 February 2014 and was carried over to 2014-15 session. Library Research Paper 14/8 The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill provides background on the proposals in the Bill. There are four parts covering criminal justice, including offences relating to extreme pornographic images and release and recall of prisoners, young offenders, secure colleges and youth cautions, changes to courts and tribunals, including strict liability and jury misconduct, and judicial review changes, which attracted much written and oral evidence.
05.03.2014Combating violence against women and girls around the world
As 8 March, International Women's Day, approaches, this note briefly surveys efforts to combat violence against women and girls around the world, focusing strongly on those that involve the UK.
26.02.2014Extreme pornography
The possession of 'extreme pornographic images' is an offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These are pornographic images which are grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene and that explicitly and realistically depict: life threatening injury; serious injury to a person's anus, breasts or genitals; bestiality; or necrophilia. There is a similar offence in Scotland but this also covers the possession of obscene pornographic images which realistically depict rape or other non-consensual penetrative sexual activity. In July 2013 the Prime Minister announced that the Westminster legislation would be amended to also ban the possession of images depicting rape.
13.01.2014Human Trafficking: UK responses
This note examines the UK responses to human trafficking, including the Government's strategy and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking and a related EU Directive. Standard Note SN/HA/6792 looks at the Draft Modern Slavery Bill published in December 2013.

Research Papers

DateDescription
02.07.2014Modern Slavery Bill 2014-15
This Bill modernises and consolidates the offences relating to slavery, and creates an Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and provision for child trafficking advocates.
20.02.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would make a number of changes to the criminal justice system including sentencing; cautions; prisoners' release and recall; and the detention of young offenders. It would also reform court proceedings and costs; establish a new system of strict liability in contempt proceedings; create new offences for juror misconduct; make changes to the conduct and funding of judicial review claims; and amend the law on extreme pornography.
09.08.2007The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Bill 130 of 2006-07
10.07.2003Sexual Offences Bill (HL);policy background (Bill 128 2002/03)
Sexual Offences Bill (HL):policy background (Bill 128 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/61.
10.07.2003Sexual Offences Bill (HL) (Bill 128 2002/03)
Sexual Offences Bill (HL) (Bill 128 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/62.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
21.06.2011VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND PREVENTION THROUGH EDUCATION
That this House is concerned that a YouGov poll for the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAWC) found that close to one in three girls in UK schools experiences unwanted sexual ...
17.01.2011SELF-HELP SUPPORT AND INFORMATION GROUP FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IN BASSETLAW
That this House recognises the role played by survivors' groups, such as Survivors Helping Each Otherin Nottinghamshire; further recognises that such groups help the victims of sexual ...
01.11.2010TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
That this House congratulates the Soroptimist International of Poole for highlighting issues of trafficking for sexual exploitation through the Purple Teardrop Campaign; recognises ...
26.05.2010ANONYMITY FOR DEFENDANTS IN RAPE CASES
That this House believes that the Government's proposal to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases sends a message to juries and rape victims that the victim is not to be believed; ...
18.03.2010HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE SEX TRADE
That this House condemns human trafficking; notes with dismay that human trafficking for the sex trade is a particularly brutal part of this criminal activity; further notes that this ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
22.10.2012Debate on 25 October: Looked-after Children
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on looked-after children on 25 October.
23.01.2012Question for Short Debate on 2 February: Human Trafficking
This Lords Library Note provides definitions of human trafficking, statistics on its incidence, and an outline of domestic and international policy to combat the problem.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses