ISVA (independent sexual violence advisor) NEWS


In the US last week, a former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to the judge in the case. At his sentencing hearing, his victim read the defendant Brock Turner a letter describing the impact the assault had on her. Anybody that has read the powerful and inspiring statement will have been affected by it. If you have not done so, please take this unique opportunity to enter into the mind of a victim of sexual assault to get some insight into why ongoing support is so important.

Nearer to home, I was privileged to extend ISVA support to just one of ten victims of childhood sexual abuse by Peter Yates and his son Shaun. On Thursday of last week, at Preston Crown Court, Yates was convicted of seven counts of rape, 22 counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and four counts of indecency with a child.

He was handed eight 25 year sentences, 19 eight year sentences, a four year sentence and an 18 month sentence to run concurrently. Yates will serve 25 years and will only be released if deemed suitable by the parole board. His son Shaun Yates was convicted of raping a girl on two separate occasions.


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