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Sexual offences against children are some of the most sensitive we handle. Some offences will be familial, some in a professional or care setting. They will range from physical contact including touching both inside and outside clothing, non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, and oral sex or rape. 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.
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 teacher, parent, family member or carer for a young person facing a sexual allegation then specialist support is available.
If you are involved in such an allegation, a proactive approach from the very beginning is often crucial, with reputation and everything else on the line. At Stone King, we offer the full range of support, dealing not only with the police and CPS but also employers, social services and the media.
Disclosure of relevant evidence is a vitally important topic, and ensuring that all lines of investigation are completed and challenged is critical.
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 involved with sexual allegations. All of our team are highly experienced solicitors and advocates, representing clients in police stations and courts across the country. We are with you, from beginning to end.
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