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The age of criminal responsibility in Scotland should be raised, according to a group of 12 charities.

They have asked the Scottish government to increase the minimum age at which children can be held responsible for crimes from eight to 12.

The charities said they were concerned about young children having a criminal record which could affect their future.

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In the sickening Oxford sex abuse case we heard that men groomed and abused vulnerable girls "under the noses" of the authorities who showed an "almost wilful blindness". The six victims had all been in care and were aged between 11 and 15 when the abuse took place. Victims repeatedly went missing, during which time they came into contact with their abusers. Three of the girls were reported missing from residential care on 254 occasions; one went missing 126 times in 15 months. Their nightmare torture and rape happened when they were supposedly in the safe-keeping of the local authority.

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Live streaming of child sex abuse via webcams is an emerging threat, experts have warned, amid a doubling of reported indecent images.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre said children were being "abused to order".

Offenders targeted vulnerable families overseas, paying them to facilitate child abuse, according to its report.

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I had a very poignant experience in May when I taught Penn Med students during their first course on trans health, touching because 38 years earlier I had sat where they were sitting in the John Morgan building and had been lectured that I was mentally ill due to a sexual perversion. Now I was the one doing the lecturing, transmitting the science and lived reality of the trans experience of the past 38 years.

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A pilot project which supports transgender children and young people has been given a £130,000 boost.

The groundbreaking scheme, run by Brighton and Hove-based charity Allsorts will receive the money from Comic Relief and Children in Need over a three year period.

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