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The Queen and the `Bolton Seven'
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The Queen and the `Bolton Seven'

Author: Nick Dearden
Publisher: Springer
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Feminist Legal Studies, 7, no. 3 (1999): 317-332
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Dearden
ISSN:0966-3622
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 439492347
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schema:description"This note examines the case of a group of gay men who, having engaged in consensual sexual acts together, became known as the `Bolton Seven' following their conviction in 1998 for offences of buggery and/or gross indecency. More particularly the note scrutinises the implications of the ages of the participants (one of whom, at 17 , was unable to give lawful consent to sexual intercourse with a man) in the light of the enactment of Part I of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 which introduces a system of compulsory registration by some convicted and cautioned sex offenders with the police (including men convicted of, or cautioned for, buggery or gross indecency). The note explores the justification for inclusion of these offences within the remit of the1997 Act together with the cultural construction of gay men as predatory and as constituting a risk to younger members of society. It also analyses some of the effects of the registration requirement in terms of it constituting a potential violation of fundamental rights such as equality and respect for private life. This discussion is located particularly within the context of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the U.K.."
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