sexual offence

sexual offence

a person (A) commits an offence if he intentionally touches another person (B), the touching is sexual, B does not consent to the touching, and A does not reasonably believe that B consents. Whether a belief is reasonable is to be determined having regard to all the circumstances, including any steps A has taken to ascertain whether B consents. Where B is under 13 there is a separate analogous offence but consent is no defence at all (Sexual Offences Act 2003). If there is penetration see ASSAULT BY PENETRATION; if there is penetration by the penis see RAPE. See also CAUSING SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITHOUT CONSENT.
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Stewart William Tivendale, 22, faces 12 sexual offence charges ranging from inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity to distributing indecent photographs.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that, if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure reports are properly investigated.
According to North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones, secretly photographing underneath a woman's clothing without her consent should be a sexual offence.
On the other hand there was not one violent or sexual offence reported to have happened on Grey Street, popular with an over-30s crowd and home to busy bars such as Brown's and Barluga.
SECRETLY photographing women underneath their clothing should become a specific sexual offence, says North Wales' Police and Crime Commissioner.
SECRETLY photographing women underneath their clothing - a practice known as upskirting - should become a specific sexual offence, says north Wales' Police and Crime Commissioner.
TAKING "upskirt" photographs of unsuspecting women should become a specific sexual offence, Labour has said.
The force provided "specialist services to support victims and encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to come forward".
What this means, for example, is that if a 13-year-old boy approaches a clinic nurse for treatment of a sexually transmitted infection, or a 14-year-old girl goes to a clinic for prenatal care or for an abortion, in terms of the law the attending nurse or other healthcare provider would have knowledge of a sexual offence and would be obliged to report the incident to the police or risk penalties for failure to report.
The 47-year-old, of Ffordd Feurig, Holyhead, had been banned from seeking or obtaining pornographic material following his fifth conviction for a sexual offence four years ago.
32 of 2007 (Sexual Offences Act), which requires that 'a person who has knowledge that a sexual offence has been committed against a child must immediately report such knowledge to a police official'.

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