Abuse Survivors Blog

Child sex tourism - Can there be justice in the UK?

Written by Donna Hughes on 12 Apr 2019

Child sex tourism is tourism for the purpose of engaging in the prostitution of children, which is commercially facilitated child sex abuse .

It is the sexual exploitation of children by people who travel from their home district, geographical region, or country in order to have sexual contact with children.

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Preventing child abuse and keeping your children safe

Written by Jacqui Morton on 02 Apr 2019

Child abuse can happen to any child, irrespective of their gender, race, age or background. Unfortunately, there is no way to absolutely prevent child abuse. However, caregivers can take steps to reduce the risk.

Whilst child abuse can be sexual, physical, emotional and neglect, for the purpose of this article we focus on sexual child abuse and exploitation.

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Support for victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence

Written by Bernadette James on 14 Mar 2019

If you are a victim of sexual abuse and sexual assaults (male, female, young or old) speaking for the first time is hard enough.

Making the decision to talk about what happened to you is often the biggest challenge a victim can face.

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First UK conviction of FGM

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 01 Mar 2019

On Friday 1st February, a 37 year old mother from Walthamstow, East London was found guilty of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) after mutilating her 3 year old daughter in the summer of 2017. She has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of FGM and is due to be sentence on 8th March.

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Grooming and avenues of justice

Written by Tracey Emmott on 22 Feb 2019

Grooming is often the precursor to sexual abuse. It is also one of the common features of the most serious and protracted sexual abuse.

The perpetrator goes to great lengths to gain the trust, confidence and emotional ‘buy in’ of a victim (and their family) such that they are able to manipulate them, blackmail and brainwash them into believing that either the abuse is tolerable, indeed acceptable, or that they have no power or authority to resist it.

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Sexual abuse by a Scout Master and redress in the civil court

Written by Donna Hughes on 15 Feb 2019

A victim of sexual assault by a Scout Master has successfully obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim against The Scout Association for sexual assaults he suffered whilst a member of The Scouts.

Mr X joined a Scout Group in Northwood, London, when he was 11 years old, where he met the group’s Scout Master. Mr X was soon appointed as a Patrol Leader by the Scout Master.

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The importance of training for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors

Written by Jacqui Morton on 08 Feb 2019

This week, 4-10 February 2019, is the third annual Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

This awareness week was established in 2016 to highlight awareness of sexual abuse and violence and generate discussion on this difficult topic. With this in mind it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the work of the Independent Sexual Violence (‘ISVA’) and in particular the training they undertake to equip them with the skills they may need in fulfilling this unquestionably challenging and diverse role.

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The difficulties with suing an individual for child abuse

Written by Bernadette James on 01 Feb 2019

If you have been sexually abused and are considering seeking justice by way of bringing a compensation claim, there may be options open to you as to who to pursue.

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What it's like being a Paralegal Apprentice at Emmott Snell Solicitors

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 25 Jan 2019

I have been a Paralegal Apprentice at Emmott Snell Solicitors since September 2018.

I decided that an apprenticeship was the best option for me as I didn’t want to go to university, but I still wanted to gain another qualification.

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Child sexual exploitation - financial redress?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 17 Jan 2019

The scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases up and down the country is now well documented and deeply shocking.  

We are all familiar with the grooming scandals of largely white vulnerable girls by gangs of mainly Asian men.

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