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The BBC has apologised for including scenes of ‘sadistic’ sexual violence in an episode of Silent Witness which broke corporation guidelines.

Officers' handling of rape cases has improved

It takes a lot of courage for women to report to the police when they’ve been through such a devastating crime as rape. The fear is that they won’t be believed and that is part of the modus operandi of the perpetrator. Plucking up the courage to talk to a police officer only to be disbelieved and then sent away – and for nothing to come of it – is therefore just horrendous.

Westminster is a steamy workplace where men dominate

All the ingredients conspire to give the men a sense of entitlement and the women too little power to fight back

Head of Cameron’s local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage

The chairwoman of David Cameron’s local Conservative branch has resigned in protest at his support for gay marriage.

Lord Rennard, former Lib Dem chief executive

Lib Dems investigate claims of Lord Rennard sex harassment

Former party chief denies that he inappropriately touched female party workers

Child sex trafficking gang trial: 12-year-old girl was taken for a backstreet abortion, court hears

A girl was taken for a backstreet abortion by a member of a child sex trafficking gang who had got her pregnant aged 12, a court heard today.

Anonymity for the accused: Rape is different to other crimes, and we need to talk about why

If there are other victims out there, naming of the accused can encourage them to speak out. But if the accused is rich and powerful, their identity can act as a shield

In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early 20s in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.

Claims that 'former police inspector acted for Jimmy Savile'

Prosecutors and police have already been criticised for missing the chance to bring the disgraced entertainer to court over the allegations before he died

Editorial: An unproven case for anonymity

The ways in which the legal system deals with accusations of rape are rightly a sensitive area. The crime is one that still carries a unique stigma for the victim, conviction rates are woefully low, and too many liken their experience of the criminal justice process to being raped all over again.

Britons are enjoying a thriving sex-life well into their sixties, a survey has shown

Over-65s enjoy good sex life and some want more

Britons are enjoying a thriving sex-life well into their sixties, a survey has shown.

Sex case defendants 'should not be named' says senior lawyer

Anonymity was granted to rape defendants under the 1976 Sexual Offences Act, but was removed in 1988

Michael Le Vell, the Coronation Street actor whose real name is Michael Turner, is due before magistrates on 27 February

ITV drops Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell from the soap amid child rape charges

He has been pulled off air from his role as garage boss Kevin Webster, pending the outcome of legal proceedings

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'Severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the US, warn health experts in Valentine’s Day announcement

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 20 million new STD cases are diagnosed every year

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