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R v Ian Watkins and B and P – Female perpetrators of child sexual abuse: no longer a hidden crime?

Siobhan Weare comments on the recent child sexual abuse case involving Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins and two female co-perpetrators. She suggests that the importance of the case lies in the fact that two women were involved in carrying out the sexual abuse alongside Watkins. Such a high profile case involving female perpetrators of child sexual abuse provides an opportunity to focus public and academic attention on the hidden crime of female perpetrated sexual abuse, with the potential to (re)ignite the debates surrounding the legal response to such abuse, the invocation of gender discourse within sentencing remarks, and the culpability of these female perpetrators.

Sentencing remarks here: R v Watkins, and B, and P [2013] Case No: 62CA1726112

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