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Non-contact sexual offences

Inquiry

Following the announcement that a General Election will be held on 4 July, Select Committees will be unable to meet from 24 May and will cease to exist from 30 May until after the General Election. This work has therefore closed

The recent rapes and murders of both Sarah Everard and Libby Squire by men who had histories of committing acts of incident exposure and/or voyeurism has prompted calls for non-contact sexual offences to be taken more seriously. Non-contact sexual offences generally refer to a range of sexual offences involving no physical contact between the perpetrator and the victim, such as voyeurism and indecent exposure.

This inquiry will explore the escalation of non-contact sexual offences to more serious sexual offences, such as rape and sexual assault. It will examine whether enough is being done to prevent the escalation of sexual offences, and if not, what else should be done. It will also examine the police response to non-contact sexual offences. 

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Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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24 April 2024
Inquiry Non-contact sexual offences
Witnesses Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth (Deputy CEO at College of Policing and National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls), Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe (Assistant Commissioner, Frontline Policing at Metropolitan Police Service), Commander Ben Russell (Intelligence & Covert Policing at Metropolitan Police Service), Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Furnell (Contact, Safeguarding, Crime & Justice at British Transport Police), Laura Farris (Minister for Victims and Safeguarding at Home Office), Joanna West (Director of Tackling Exploitation and Abuse at Home Office), and Amy Randall (Director for Victims and Vulnerability Policy at Ministry of Justice)
Oral Evidence
21 February 2024
Inquiry Non-contact sexual offences
Witnesses Lisa Squire (Mother of Libby Squire and campaigner), Professor Clare McGlynn (Professor of Law at Durham University), Professor Sarah Kingston (Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing at University of Central Lancashire), and Professor Katrin Hohl (Independent Advisor to the Rape Review at Independent Advisor to the Rape Review)
Oral Evidence
Home Office (NCSO0007)
British Transport Police (NCSO0006)
Crown Prosecution Service (NCSO0005)

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