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UK Sexual Offences Act 2003

Many of you, dear readers, will remember the series of polls on the Sexual Offences Bill then going through its second reading in the House of Lords.

It finished the Parliamentary process last week, and is now the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Its provisions are expected to come into force in May 2004.

You can see my quick guide to most of it here (long!), with the actual Act here (longer!)

As well as changing some of the offences, they've extended the 'sex offenders register' and if you read nothing else, read this: do not accept even a caution for a sexual offence unless you have taken legal advice and are absolutely sure you would be put on trial if you declined and would be convicted.

Let's have another poll to see if they got it right :)

Poll #211202 Sexual Offences Act 2003

The Lords wanted someone accused of a sexual offence to be anonymous until charged, but the Commons rejected this and it's not in the Act. Were the Lords right?

Yes
9(90.0%)
No
1(10.0%)
Hmmm, see comment
0(0.0%)

Should it be ok to possess an idecent image of an imaginary child?

Yes
4(40.0%)
No
3(30.0%)
Hmmm, see comment
3(30.0%)

Should it be ok for adults to shag their aunt/uncle / adult neice/nephew?

Yes, and there's at least one I wish I could
1(11.1%)
Yes, though not me personally
7(77.8%)
No
0(0.0%)
Hmmm, see comment
1(11.1%)

Thanks to some lobbying by naturists, exposure (flashing) now needs you to /intend/ to cause offence, not just know that offence is caused

Yes, that sounds right
4(40.0%)
No, no-one sensible will ever be convicted of this, even people who should be
5(50.0%)
Hmmm, see comment
1(10.0%)

Would you kiss me for £1 millon?

Yes, I'd kiss you for free, the money would be a bonus
1(11.1%)
Yes, just for money though
4(44.4%)
No, the money would spoil it. I'd do it for free.
1(11.1%)
No, ewwww!
0(0.0%)
Hmmm, see comment
3(33.3%)
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