Old Convictions Update

Galop client, John Crawford, has been speaking to the BBC about his experiences to overturn a conviction from the 1950s, before sex between two men was decriminalised in 1967.

You can read extracts from his interview here and the interview will also be broadcast later today.

Galop has been assisting John Crawford make the application to have this conviction removed from his records, and we can also help others who may find themselves in a similar position with a criminal record for an offence related to their sexuality which is no longer a crime.

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 abolished the offences of buggery and gross indecency. These offences largely applied to gay and bisexual men and also include men between the ages of 16 and 21 who were convicted for gay sex before the harmonisation of the ages of consent in January 2001.

Although consensual sex between men is no longer illegal, old convictions can continue to cause great harm and distress to those convicted. For example, if you have to have a Criminal Records Bureau check it’s likely that previous convictions for a sexual offence will be disclosed.

The good news is that the Home Office has introduced new guidance which allows you to remove some historical convictions and cautions for consensual gay sex from your records. There is an application form with guidance notes available on the Home Office website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/decriminalised-sexual-offences/guidance-application?view=Binary

If you would like more information or have any questions about current or previous convictions, contact Galop on 020 7704 2040 or email info@galop.org.uk



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