10 Years Since SOA2003
Today marks the 10th Anniversary since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The act came into force on 01 May 2004 and superseded most of the existing sexual offences legislation.
The first part of the new law reform created new offences which now total 71 individual offences, whereas the second part of the act deals with sex offenders and introduces new civil preventative orders.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) outlines preparatory offences, abuses of positions of trust and trafficking. It also outlines the notion of choice and freedom of an individual.
Survivors Manchester Service Director, Duncan Craig, said:
Looking back at The Sexual Offences Act 2003 now, it clearly was a significant shift in law and went further to protect individuals, including those that can be viewed as the most vulnerable. As with all law, there are criticisms of it but I think that this has done more good than harm.
However, we believe that there is still a way to go with changing attitudes and Survivors Manchester will continue to fight to ensure the voices of boys and men to be heard.