C​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​hoose a vulnerable victim group in the UK ( VICTIMS OF SEXUAL OFFENCES IN THE UK – SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS ) .Discuss the extent to which their vulnerability influences their experience of criminal victimisation; and CRITICALLY ASSESS how the UK criminal justice system could better respond to their needs. For these essay, we will only be reviewing UK based legislation, UK based victim groups and the UK criminal justice system. All written assignments must therefore be based on reading, police and government reports using a UK setting and not form international settings. The occasional non-UK reference can of course be included (especially for theories) however please try to limit these. In any event the examples used should all be UK based. 

EXPECTATIONS : – ESSAYS WILL BE EXPECTED TO HAVE BETWEEN 20-30 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE 5 KEY TEXTBOOKS; 5 KEY JOURNAL ARTICLES WRITTEN OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS OR SO YEARS. 5 GOVERNMENT REPORTS AND 5 CHARITY REPORTS. A – Answer the question You must address all parts of the set question in a coherent, efficient and convincing way. It is worth referring to the set question when drafting your assignment. It is also important to ‘signpost’ your answers to the question in the text. This means that you should guide the reader to the theme of each paragraph and how this is relevant to the overall essay question. Make it clear to the reader what you want to achieve in each and every paragraph. Be mindful of the overall narrative. Think on the themes of the paragraphs and how they best might be ordered to convey your message to the reader. Avoid long, run-on, sentences, spelling errors and contractions. Always check ​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​your work for clarity. C – Critique and evaluate Perform an objective analysis. A strong piece of work does not just describe or present information, but shows knowledge that research has limitations. No source of evidence is perfect and you should try to acknowledge both strengths and weaknesses to position your arguments. Tips: Present the evidence in context: i) What did the cited piece of evidence set out to demonstrate? ii) How did they do this? iii) What did they find? iv) Why should we trust this evidence? v) Any particular issues? It is rare that an essay will be an advocacy piece of writing where you will be asked to ‘win’ an argument. Therefore you will not ‘lose’ any marks for showing awareness of weaknesses in the evidence raised. E – Explore the wider literature The best assignments show independence on behalf of the author. Reading beyond the lecture materials shows you can find the best evidence to support the particular argument. To best critique and evaluate evidence quality, it is essential to read the primary sources of information (not just secondary citations of evidence, such as in textbooks). This allows a better understanding of how this evidence was obtained. Importantly, this involves an understanding of the hierarchy of evidence. Avoiding poor quality sources and citing more good quality sources are essential to good academic practice. Here, citation and referencing practice is also considered. Avoid over-quoting (quoting large chunks of text from another source). Avoid plagiarism (taking the words of others without attribution). Make sure citations and references are in the correct Harvard format (essential for markers to follow your evi​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​dence trail).