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Nigel Evans acquitted of all sex charges

The Ribble Valley MP, Nigel Evans, has been found not guilty of all sex charges at Preston Crown Court. Jurors acquitted the politician of 9 counts including rape.

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DPP Alison Saunders defends Nigel Evans' prosecution

The Director of Public Prosecutions has defended the decision to prosecute former Common's deputy speaker Nigel Evans over a string of sex offences charges, saying victims of sex crimes do not always consider themselves victims.

Victims themselves may not always think of themselves as victims, it rather depends on the relationship they are in with their alleged abusers.

So if someone is in a position of power, or perhaps we have seen it in grooming cases where victims think they are not victims because their abusers love them and take care of them.

So I think we should be very careful just to say 'people don't think they are victims and therefore they are not'."

– Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions

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