While we may welcome stiff legislation, we need to be cautious when it comes to blanket laws; there may always be the exception to the rule and extenuating circumstances.
Welcome to another week.
Russia’s Supreme Court has approved a bill which will make life sentences mandatory for anyone found guilty of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12.
The bill also features several other ground breaking measures including:
- The removal of any statute of limitations for sex crimes against children, making convictions for those guilty, regardless of when the abuse was committed, inevitable.
- Classifying the sexual harassment of minors perpetrated by people living with them as well as by those in positions of power, as an especially serious crime.
Our question this week then, is just this: should England and Wales introduce a similar bill?