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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

On the street: A sex worker waits for clients in Mexico City

The new suffragettes: Lydia Cacho - justice for women means the right to live in safety

A leading defender of women’s rights in Mexico, who has been kidnapped, raped and beaten in retaliation for her work, tells Paul Imison why protection from abuse is at the heart of equality

'April will forever be in our hearts': Murder victim's mother Coral Jones welcomes murder sentencing of Mark Bridger

The parents of April Jones said they were relieved by the jury's verdict finding Mark Bridger guilty of their daughter's murder.

Mark Bridger watched violent rape scene in slasher film shortly before killing April Jones

Killer viewed scene from 'The Last House on the Left' and then recorded it when screened an hour later on a +1 channel

Mark Bridger says he he accidentally killed April Jones

Full coverage of Mark Bridger guilty verdict

Mark Bridger has been sentenced to a whole-life tariff for killing schoolgirl April Jones in October of last year

A court artist's portrayal of the ordeal of a child sex abuse victim

'Court is just as traumatic': Girl who faced aggressive cross-examination aged nine says she has never recovered

Barristers and campaigners call for pre-recorded court interviews as girl who faced aggressive cross-examination aged nine says she has never recovered from her ordeal

Twitter libel: Sally Bercow says she has 'learned the hard way' as she settles with Tory peer Lord McAlpine over libellous tweet

Commons speaker's wife called the ruling 'a warning to all social media users,' as McAlpine's lawyer indicates settlement will go to charity

End Violence Against Women is highly critical of the lack of action by the Department for Education in taking steps to curb abuse through schools

Majority of parents believe sex education should be compulsory in secondary schools, YouGov poll reveals

Sex education lessons should be compulsory in secondary schools and address the issue of sexual consent, the vast majority of parents believe.

Mark Bridger denies killing April Jones

April Jones trial: Accused Mark Bridger had a string of criminal convictions and lied about military past, court told

Prosecution say former slaughterhouse worker snatched and murdered schoolgirl in a 'sexually motivated' attack

Investigation launched over German Green party's support for paedophiles in the 1980s

Paedophile group that called for legalisation of sex with children were given officially recognised position in party

(Top row) Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil; (Bottom row) Assad Hussain, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Karrar and Zeeshan Ahmed

Victims blamed for child sex abuse as Oxford council chief faces calls to quit over exploitation ring

Deputy Children’s Commissioner says senior child protection figures said the issue was of the victims' own making

Greater Manchester Police has more senior officers fighting child sexual exploitation than gun crime

Britain's second largest police force is deploying more senior officers to fight child sexual exploitation than it is against violent gun crime.

A room in an Oxford guest house used by a paedophile ring that was yesterday found guilty of child sexual abuse charges

The verdict in the Oxford exploitation trail marks an important step forward in tackling sex crime

It is essential that sexually exploited children have the confidence to put their faith in the criminal justice system. This verdict marks an important step forward

Child protection agency hails child protection record

Ceop safeguarded 790 children in 2012/13, an increase of 85% on previous year

Toy story: Gretel and Sandman in Liam Scarlett’s Grimm tale

Dance review: Hansel and Gretel - Something very nasty beneath the woodshed

The reason fairy stories have endured in the collective consciousness is not just that successive generations have been offered them as childhood fare. It's that they give a manageable shape and form to our deepest adult fears. So it should come as no surprise that Liam Scarlett, whose last ballet tackled the murky world of the painter Walter Sickert and his possible identity as Jack the Ripper, is now peering into the darkest corners of a Grimm Brothers' tale.

Comedian Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson bailed until July over sex allegations

Comedian denies any wrongdoing

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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