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Oscar Wilde (AP)

The law in Wilde’s time was not overly concerned with the age of his sexual partners

'The worse the crime, the more careful we need to be in our administration of justice' (PA)

The murder of an innocent man in Bristol illustrates how gossip and innuendo can have catastrophic results

Sir Jimmy Savile claims

One abuse victim’s account offers an instructive take on attitudes to paedophilia

Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right