Abuse Survivors Blog

How do you make compensation claims for food poisoning abroad?

Written by Jacqui Morton on 17 Aug 2017

It is unfortunate that many holiday makers find their well-earned break ruined by suffering from food poisoning. Recently there were reports of approximately 50 holiday makers falling ill with suspected gastroenteritis at a hotel in Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza. 

If you have been affected by food poisoning whilst on holiday you may be able to make a compensation claim. Under the Package Travel Regulations 1992 your UK tour operator has a responsibility to provide holidays to a reasonable standard. If your holiday is not to a reasonable standard and your operator breaches the regulations you can make a claim for compensation.


Are victims of revenge porn entitled to make a compensation claim?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 11 Aug 2017

The virtual world which most of us now inhabit on an almost 24 -7 basis has transformed our lives, introducing many benefits which have been positively life changing. According to a survey published last September, four out of five UK adults now have a smartphone - equivalent to 37 million people. In 2014 OFCOM reported that one in three children now have their own tablet computer. In the US teens’ ownership of smart phones has surged, in July last year it was said to have reached the 75% mark. People of all ages spend time online. 


Sexual Assault in Islamic Institutions – The Silent Victims

Written by Toslima Islam on 03 Aug 2017

Sadly, in recent years we have almost become accustomed to stories in the press about individuals using positions of authority to sexually abuse those that are vulnerable, such as children. There has been much media attention on the wrongdoings of members of the clergy such as former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball. An independent report into the horrific crimes he committed against children, over a period of 20 years or more, was published in June 2017. It accused the Church of England of “collusion and cover up”.


Client receives justice after Oxford trio jailed for sexual offences

Written by Tracey Emmott on 28 Jul 2017

Three men who subjected a victim that we represent to sexual offences have been jailed for a total of 32 years.

Our client, who was a vulnerable child in care when the abuse started, was groomed by the group of men and found herself the victim of childhood sexual abuse. She was given alcohol and drugs by the group of men and made to be drug dependent, which was then used to sexually exploit her.


Food poisoning on holiday: how to avoid it?

Written by Jacqui Morton on 27 Jul 2017

The summer holidays are nearly here and hundreds of thousands of Brits will shortly (or may have been lucky enough to have already done so) travel abroad to enjoy a well earned break. Whilst the majority will stay safe and well and return tanned, and refreshed, sadly some will have their holiday ruined by illness on holiday caused by food poisoning.

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning (food borne illness) is any illness caused by eating food containing bacteria, parasites, viruses or toxins. The food becomes contaminated when the germs get into the food.

The most commonly known food borne illnesses are :

  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Listeria
  • E Coli
  • Dysentry/Shigella 

Why are reports of childhood sexual abuse in football rising?

Written by Tim Emmott on 21 Jul 2017

Instances of abuse in sport have hit the headlines in recent years, most notably in football, where allegations of childhood sexual abuse have become rife. Over 300 clubs in the country have been directly affected by the scandal. It has been claimed by those involved that we could be facing a crisis on the scale of the Jimmy Savile scandal – described as a ‘tidal wave’ by Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association.

Some convictions have already been secured – this firm acts for one of the victims of Johnathan Bedford, for example, a former youth football coach and referee of a local youth football club in Lincoln, who got over 11 years in November last year. 

Other prosecutions are well under way. The latest instance to hit the news is that of Bob Higgins, former youth coach and scout with Southampton in the 1980s (who went on to other clubs including Peterborough). Higgins has been charged with 65 counts of indecent assault against 23 boys

The media has brought to light the prevalence of, and opportunity for, such abuse within football and is forcing clubs to address potential safeguarding shortcomings in terms of protecting the safety of their young players.


Institutional abuse in the military cadets

Written by Tracey Emmott on 11 Jul 2017

Sexual offences committed in the context of the military have reached public awareness before: we remember the death of four trainees at Deepcut barracks, and the case of military police trainee, Anne-Marie Ellement, who was found hanged in 2011 after claiming she had been raped by two army colleagues in 2009.

My experience of representing such victims in civil compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence is that they suffer unspeakable shame and often lifelong damage.

When considering an amendment to the Armed Forces Act 2006 last year, Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Jolly, expressed the belief that men and women who serve in the armed forces deserve the same level of protection as civilians. She said, "sexual assault is a gross violation which can have serious, long lasting consequences on victims, and unfortunately the military has failed to acknowledge the seriousness of this crime until now".


Examples of institutional abuse and how to speak out about it

Written by Tracey Emmott on 27 Jun 2017

For many the term ‘institutional abuse’ can conjure up images of huge Dickensian establishments, like Haut de la Garenne in Jersey, where unspeakable crimes were carried out on orphan children by the very people who were entrusted with their care.  

But institutional abuse can also be much ‘closer to home,’ in that it is simply the mistreatment of children or vulnerable adults by any system of power.

In this blog post we explore common causes and examples of institutional abuse and offer advice on first steps for survivors seeking justice and compensation

Why institutional abuse occurs


Safeguarding vulnerable adults: abuse of the elderly

Written by Jacqui Morton

Everyone in our society deserves to be treated with kindness and dignity. So it is especially shocking to discover that some of the most vulnerable adults in our community are at risk of abuse by the very people who are charged with their care.

In February 2017 the Telegraph reported that, over the last three years alone, there had been more than 23,000 allegations of abuse by care home workers against vulnerable adults. Yet of these allegations, just 700 resulted in police action and only 15 ended in prosecutions.

The vast majority of the allegations related to care of elderly people in their homes. And more than 9,700 cases involving victims over the age of 80.


Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Apr 2017

A survivor of sexual abuse by one of Britain’s most notorious paedophile shines light on stories of high level conspiracy allegedly involving senior political and establishment figures.
Stephen Briggs, now living in Scotland, has won a legal action against the school where abuse first took place, and he has been awarded a five figure sum in damages.
Mr Briggs, now 51, was 12 in 1977 when he was first assaulted, whilst a pupil at the Cavendish School in Ealing, London.