The Sexual Offences Act 2003 repealed and revamped almost all of the existing statute law in relation to sexual offences. The purpose of this was to strengthen and modernise the law in this area. Incorporated within the Act were new and specific offences providing for ‘Offences against persons with a mental disorder impeding choice’ and offences involving ‘Inducement, threat or deception to procure sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder’. Psychiatrists may be involved in such cases to provide assessment and opinion as to whether the alleged victim had a mental disorder and because of this lacked the capacity to consent to sexual activity. Knowledge of the intricacies and implementation of these offences against people with mental disorder can aid clinicians who may be asked to provide expert written and oral evidence and opinion for court cases.
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