Some sentence levels for offences, including sexual offences, have been increasing over the last 20 years.
These laws are applied retrospectively so someone found guilty of a historic sexual assault could have two completely different sentences depending on when the crime was committed. For example, indecent assault on an underage girl carried a sentence of up to 2 years before 1960, became up to 5 years in 1961 if the victim was under 13 and went up again in 1985 to up to 10 years.
This really shows a change in culture and attitude towards sexual offenders. Is it any wonder that offenders such as Savile were able to operate the way they did?
How far we’ve come … still further to go.
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