L’âge du consentement devrait être abaissé à 13 ans en Grande-Bretagne, selon une avocate

Barbara Hewson, une importante avocate, a suscité l’indignation après avoir affirmé que l’âge du consentement en Grande-Bretagne devrait être abaissé à 13 ans afin d’arrêter la « persécution des vieillards » dans le sillage du scandale des abus sexuels de Jimmy Savile, célèbre présentateur de la BBC.

Elle a également suscité la colère en réclamant que l’anonymat des plaignants d’abus sexuels soit retiré et que le délai de prescription soit réformé afin d’éviter que des accusations sur d’anciens faits ne soient poursuivis.

Les propos de l’avocate ont été condamnés par les organismes de bienfaisance pour enfants, après avoir comparé les abus sexuels envers les enfants à de simples « délits de bas niveau », qui ne devraient normalement pas être poursuivis.

Barbara Hewson est reconnue dans les domaines du droit public et administratif, les droits et les libertés civiles, et le droit du travail, selon le site de son cabinet. Elle a également remporté des procès devant la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme, la Cour suprême et la Haute Cour de la République d’Irlande.

Sources : Express.uk / Le Journal du Siècle

via L’âge du consentement devrait être abaissé à 13 ans en Grande-Bretagne, selon une avocate – LE JOURNAL DU SIECLE

Age of consent should be lowered to 13 to stop persecution of old men, says top barrister

A TOP female barrister has sparked outrage after claiming the age of consent in Britain should be lowered to 13 in order to stop the « persecution of old men » in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal.

Lawyer Barbara Hewson’s shocking comments have been condemned by children’s charities after she dismissed child sex abuse crimes as mere « low level misdemeanours » which would not normally be prosecuted.

Describing the recent arrests of multiple celebrities like Stuart Hall under Operation Yewtree as a « grotesque spectacle, » Hewson bizarrely likened what she saw as the post-Jimmy Savile « witch-hunt » to Soviet-era Russia.

Last month BBC veteran Hall admitted 14 indecent assaults on girls as young as nine, while Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, launched after the claims against Savile, has arrested Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter, DJ Dave Lee Travis, comedian Jim Davidson and PR guru Max Clifford. All deny any wrongdoing.

As well as calling for the age of consent to be lowered to 13, Ms Hewson also sparked anger saying guaranteed anonymity to sexual abuse complainants should be removed, and the statute of limitations reformed to prevent historic allegations being prosecuted.


The low-level misdemeanours with which Stuart Hall was charged are nothing like serious crime

Barbara Hewson

Ms Hewson, a barrister at Hardwicke chambers, sensationally said Operation Yewtree and its « attendant zealots » posed more threat to society than anything Savile did, accusing law enforcement agencies of « fetishising victimhood. »

« The low-level misdemeanours with which Stuart Hall was charged are nothing like serious crime, » she wrote for online magazine Spiked.

« Ordinarily, Hall’s misdemeanours would not be prosecuted, and certainly not decades after the event.

« What we have here is the manipulation of the British criminal-justice system to produce scapegoats on demand. It is a grotesque spectacle. »

She went on to say that « touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt » were not comparable to gang rapes or murders.

Children’s charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said to hear such « outdated and simply ill-informed » views from a highly-experienced barrister « beggars belief. »

« Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to abusing children as young as nine years old, we think most people would agree that crimes of this nature are incredibly serious, » said Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline.

« Thankfully the law, and most people, are very clear on this matter.

« To minimise and trivialise the impact of these offences for victims in this way is all but denying that they have in fact suffered abuse at all.

« Any suggestion of lowering the age of consent could put more young people at risk from those who prey on vulnerable young people. »

« Many who are abused are bullied, blackmailed and shamed into staying silent, often well into adulthood. We must always be prepared to act no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

« The actions of those who speak out also protect others from abuse and give confidence to other victims to come forward.’

Ms Hewson is regularly ranked as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 in the fields of public and administrative law, human rights and civil liberties, and professional discipline and regulatory law, according to her chambers’ website.

She has won cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court and High Court of the Republic of Ireland.


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