Breast ironing recognised as child cruelty and assault by CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published new guidance setting out that breast ironing should be prosecuted as a form of child abuse. The guidance makes it clear to police and prosecutors that breast ironing is a crime that can be caught under existing law, even if it is said that the victim has consented. The offences to be considered by prosecutors include child cruelty and causing or allowing a child to suffer serious harm. Both crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Assault charges would also be available to prosecutors, the guidance confirms.

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