Abuse Survivors Blog

Abuse of power and betrayal of trust: the seals of sexual abuse

Written by Tracey Emmott on 02 Jul 2020

One consequence of lockdown has been having time to watch some excellent TV programmes.

Netflix’ double ‘Epstein: Filthy Rich’ and ‘Athlete A’ are disturbing documentaries both detailing the sexual exploitation of girls and young women by men of significant power.

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Sexual abuse in the music setting

Written by Jacqui Morton

The prevalence of sexual abuse in music settings is not insignificant. Whether it be in one to one instrument or singing lessons, or in the context of choirs, churches, theatre schools, or music colleges.

The intensity of the musical endeavour involving regular physical contact in the form of regular practices, working in close proximity to others, and a common goal provides ample opportunity for grooming

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

Written by Tracey Emmott on 29 May 2020

Editor's note: This post was originally written in August 2017, and has since been updated and republished for accuracy purposes.

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 an article by Finder, as of 2019, 79% of adults now own a smart phone. Also as of 2019, OFCOM reported that 9 in 10 5-15 year olds use any device to go online.

And, with The Guardian recently reporting that most children own a smartphone by the age of seven, it's clear that people of all ages have access to the online world.

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Legal redress for victims of sexual abuse in schools

Written by Bernadette James on 15 May 2020

The Covid 19 health crisis and in particular lockdown means that children of all ages are unable to attend school and no doubt missing their friends and teachers.

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Lockdown: The rise in domestic abuse and legal compensation remedies available

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 06 May 2020

When the UK was placed on lockdown on 23rd March 2020, the government’s message was clear: you should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary. Families have been forced to spend every day together under the same roof, without the option of “popping out” to achieve some respite from each other. Whilst this is tough for most families, for the victims of domestic abuse this lockdown may actually be life-threatening.

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Revenge Porn: What to do if you've been a victim

Written by Tracey Emmott

Just before lockdown in the UK on 23rd March a global telecommunications company reported a surge by up to 50% in internet usage in some European countries.

In the UK, of their 18 million customers an increase of data usage of 30% was reported. One can only imagine what the figures are like today, as we approach our sixth week on lockdown.  

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Child abuse whilst in care - an example of institutional abuse

Written by Jacqui Morton on 23 Apr 2020

The Covid-19 health crisis and the lockdown that has proceeded are providing many with the time and opportunity to reflect on their present and past life.

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Online abuse and keeping children safe during lockdown

Written by Bernadette James on 09 Apr 2020

As the virtual world becomes increasingly part of everyday life, it is no surprise that there are people who are exploiting it to commit crimes, causing deep anguish and distress.  Even more so with the government lockdown due to the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic.  With children off of school, predatory paedophiles have access to them more than ever before. 

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Justice for another victim of abuse at a Coventry Children's Home

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 07 Apr 2020

A former resident of a children’s home in Coventry children’s home has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil action against Coventry City Council for physical and sexual abuse he suffered while in the care of the Council.

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Peace of mind when funding a child abuse compensation claim

Written by Tracey Emmott on 27 Mar 2020

Speaking out for the first time about childhood sexual abuse is hard enough.  When a person who has been abused feels compelled to do something about it, it can be difficult to know where to start. All kinds of worries inhibit a person from coming forward. Fear is a huge factor - including a fear they will not be believed, a fear of retribution by their abuser, and a fear of what it might cost them, both emotionally and financially. 

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