Sexual offences against young persons

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- manuscript of Act to amend the law relating to actions for seduction (1887)

- copy of report of the Departmental Committee on Sexual Offences against Young Persons (1926)

- papers relating to a conference on sexual assaults on young children held on 23 Nov 1932 with proposals to amend the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 to exclude reference to raising age of consent and abolishing the defence of reasonable cause

- draft basis for bill to provide for the medical examination and special treatment of persons convicted of certain offences against children under 13, or convicted of indecent exposure proposed by Association for Moral and Social Hygiene (1932)

- report of conference on sexual offences against children held on 23 Nov 1932

Publications:

- pamphlet 'Criminal Law Amendment Bill' (1896)

- pamphlet 'Criminal Law Amendment Bill' (1898)

- pamphlet 'Criminal Law Amendment Bill' (1907) in respect to indecent assault on young persons and to the defilement of girls under 18 years of age

- pamphlet 'Prevention of immorality bill' (1911)

- pamphlet 'Minutes of evidence of the Joint Select Committee on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill and Sexual Offences Bill [HL]' 1918, London: HMSO (nos 1-9 dated from 15 Oct to 12 Nov 1918)

- pamphlet 'Report from the Joint Select Committee on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill and Sexual Offences Bill [HL] with the proceedings of the Committee' (19 Nov and 30 Nov 1918)

- pamphlet 'Summary of the Report and Recommendations of the Department Committee on Sexual Offences against Young Persons', National Council of Women (1924)

- printed letter from the Home Office dated 17 Sep 1926 on the report of the Departmental Committee on Sexual Offences against Young Persons (Cmd 2561)

- pamphlet 'Departmental Committee on Sexual Offences against Children and Young Persons in Scotland', Edinburgh: HMSO, 1926 (Cmd 2592)

- leaflet 'Chapter 42 Criminal Law Amendment Act 1928'

- pamphlet 'Sexual offences against young children. A call to action', reprinted with revision from 'The Shield', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Apr 1932 (manuscript notes)

- pamphlet 'Memorandum submitted to HM Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the need for amending the law relating to the raising of the age of consent under the Criminal Law Amendment Acts to seventeen years', Jul 1944

- pamphlet 'Sexual offences against children and young persons', the National Council of Women of Great Britain, London, 1945

For the following publications consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue:

- leaflet 'Manifesto of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene on the Sexual Offences Bill 1918 and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 1918' reprinted from 'The Shield' Jul 1918 (ref 345.025340262 MAN)

- leaflet 'Criminal Law Amendment Act 1922', London: HMSO (ref 348.022 GRE)

- pamphlet 'The criminal law and sexual offenders', London: British Medical Association, 1949 (ref 345.0253 CRI)