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IPCC accidentally breaks anonymity of rape victim in online report

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

The Police watchdog has made a massive blunder after they mistakenly named a rape victim.

The IPCC published a document on their website which contained information of a rape victim and emailed it to national news outlets.

The Sexual Offences Act 1992 prevents any rape victims from being named.

It is illegal to name any victim of a sexual offence within any publication including that of the IPCC.

No information is allowed to be published about the victim that could lead members of the public to identify any proven or alleged victims of a sexual offence during his or her lifetime.

It is unclear if the IPCC will be investigated over the matter.

Recently the IPCC admitted its own investigation led to failures that led to a misconduct case collapse due to missed investigation opportunities that would have cleared the officers. 

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