Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Victim Hits out as Sex Offenders Cautioned

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Victim Hits out as Sex Offenders Cautioned

Article excerpt

SEX offenders are being given cautions instead of jail sentences despite admitting their guilt.

Police forces across the region have handed out cautions to people who have admitted carrying out offences such as rape and child abuse.

The police cautions mean the offenders never appear in court, their names are never made public and they never risk going to prison.

A woman who has been the victim of a sexual assault said it was outrageous that sex attackers were not being put before the courts.

She said: "I can't believe it that people are admitting they have done something this serious but the police don't take them to court."

The 26-year-old said it would do nothing to improve confidence in the police. She explained: "All this is going to do is send a message out to victims that it's not worth your time reporting an attack to the police because even if they do find the person responsible they might effectively get away with it."

Cautions have been issued for offences including rape, buggery, gross indecency with children and grooming. …

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