Sexual offences against children include physical contact including rape or oral sex, or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing and touching both inside and outside clothing. They may also include non-contact activities involving children looking at, or in the production of, sexual images watching sexual activities, encouraging children to act in sexually inappropriate ways or exploitation and grooming a child in preparation for abuse. Some offences will be familial, some in a professional or care setting.
A child is defined as any person under the age of 18, although 16 is the age at which a person can consent to most sexual activity. A child under 13 years cannot consent to sexual activity. Sexual allegations against children involve forcing, causing or inciting a child to take part in sexual activity, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
Allegations of offences involving children can be alleged against other children or between children. If you are a parent, family member or carer for a young person facing a sexual allegation then specialist support is available. See our Advice for Parents section for more details.
If you face such an allegation, a proactive approach from the very beginning is often crucial, with your reputation and everything else on the line. At Mowbray Woodwards, we offer the full range of support, dealing not only with the police and CPS but also employers, social services and the media. For many clients, establishing your innocence must be achieved alongside keeping your job, reputation and family together.
Disclosure of relevant evidence is a vitally important topic, and ensuring that all lines of investigation are completed and challenged is critical. In a world where it can seem the 'victim' is always believed, you need to fight your corner.
We have a particular expertise and interest in representing those with Asperger Syndrome, other Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health issues generally who find themselves in the criminal justice system, and if mental health issues are involved in your case then we offer specialist support packages to ensure you or your loved on receives the right representation.
We are not the duty solicitor, we provide expert, specialist support to those facing sexual allegations. All of our team are highly experienced solicitors and advocates, representing clients in police stations and courts across the country. We are on your side, from beginning to end.
For confidential and impartial advice call 01225 485700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org