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New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders

New sentencing guidelines released in today's press suggest that sex offenders could face longer jail terms if convicted for abusing their position of power. 

New sentencing factors to be considered could include the offender's behaviour and motivation,  any element of sexual grooming, and whether the offence was filmed/distributed.

The starting point for rape sentences is also set to increase to 15 years, with a greater focus on the psychological impact on the victims.