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Wed 2 Nov 2016 06:00

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According to the crime survey from the Office of National Statistics, 11 per cent of women and 3 per cent of males aged 16 to 59 said they had been sexually abused as child. Tomorrow the University of York and the charity Basis Yorkshire are launching a new animation video which details the lives of real victims who have managed to build a new life for themselves. Dr Kate Brown is a lecturer in social policy and crime at the University of York.


The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has ordered an investigation into the rising cost of converting what was 2012's Olympic Stadium to West Ham's ground. Damian Collins is the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.


The UK Supreme Court will today consider whether women from Northern Ireland are currently unlawfully denied abortions paid for by the National Health Service in England. Dr Eunice Minford is a Northern Irish surgeon who had an abortion in 2001.


Checks are being carried out in schools and colleges for a substance that is often used in chemistry lessons, but could become explosive if not stored correctly. At least six schools, in recent days, have called in bomb disposal experts to carry out controlled explosions to deal with the substance 2,4-DNP. Dr Dave Kinnson is a chemistry safety adviser from the University of Southampton.


The businessman Arron Banks, who has donated more than a million pounds to UKIP, has hinted that he may stop funding the party. He was backing Raheem Kassam in the leadership contest until Kassam backed out, and has not given his support to any of the remaining candidates.


Less than a week to go until the US election and given the unpopularity of the two main candidates, the undecided voters could play a big role. The BBC’s North America correspondent James Naughtie reports.


According to the crime survey from the Office of National Statistics, 11 per cent of women and three per cent of males aged 16 to 59 said they had been sexually abused as child. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports. Sarah Champion is the shadow secretary of state for women and equality, and Paul Sanford is a member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) working group on child protection.


There is a week to go until the US elections and with Donald Trump closing in the polls, what is the state of play? The BBC’s correspondent Nick Bryant has been travelling with Hillary Clinton’s team and reports on the damage caused by the new FBI investigation. Nancy Soderberg served as deputy national security advisor to Bill Clinton.


The President of the Guinea Pig Club, the Duke of Edinburgh, will unveil a commemorative monument at the National Memorial Arboretum later today. The club was formed in 1941 by badly burned allied servicemen, many of whom had fought in the Battle of Britain, and was so called owing to the nature of their treatment. Gordon Bebb is the grandson of Sir Archibald McIndoe, the plastic surgeon behind the treatment.


Sir Jeremy Greenstock is the former UK special envoy to Iraq. 11 years ago he wrote a book about his role in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq and the aftermath in the country, but the book was blocked by Jack Straw, the then foreign secretary.


Today marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of the official high definition service of BBC television from Alexandra Palace in London. Professor David Hendy is a professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex.


The Justice Secretary Liz Truss has agreed to hold urgent talks today with leaders of the Prison Officers Association about increasing levels of violence and suicides in jails across England and Wales.


The journalism training body is considering ditching mandatory shorthand lessons for some students, but not for those entering the newspaper industry. Philip Webster is former political editor of The Times, and Kim Fletcher is chairman for the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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