Abuse Survivors Blog

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week in 2022

Written by Tracey Emmott on 09 Feb 2022

Sexual abuse and sexual violence is a deeply damaging reality. Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is a national event aimed at building awareness and campaigning against sexual violence and abuse.

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More survivors of Caldey Island abuse come forward

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Dec 2021

Editor's note: Since we reported successful compensation claims against the Cistercian Order in 2017 in respect of six survivors of abuse by Father Kotik Thaddeus, a monk on Caldey Island, more survivors have come forward.

It is reported that over 20 survivors have now disclosed abuse suffered at the hands of monks. Claims of non recent abuse involving priests and religious figures are being re-investigated by police. A public inquiry is being called for, 5000 signatures having been obtained on a petition. 

It is hoped that a public inquiry will shine a much needed spotlight on the child exploitation that occurred on Caldey Island, to learn lessons from the past and prevent future failings. As important it is vital that survivors are heard and can find justice and much needed resolution.

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Another boarding school under the spotlight for allegations of institutional abuse – Bembridge School

Written by Tracey Emmott on 15 Nov 2021

Hampshire Constabulary are currently conducting an investigation called "Operation Seaside" into allegations of sexual abuse at Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight. Bembridge School was a public school which taught children aged 9 to 17, which closed on 23rd September 1997. It was also a boarding school.

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Abuse in Hospitals

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 29 Sep 2021

Safety during a patient’s time in hospital should be a given. On the rare occasion sadly it is not, and circumstances where hospitals have failed in ensuring the safety of their patients, can be quite shocking.

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Sexual abuse by a scout master and compensation in the civil courts

Written by Jacqui Morton on 18 Aug 2021

For decades a significant number of children have joined the scouting movement hoping for adventure and the opportunity to experience new outdoor activities, learn new skills and make friends.

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Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: The Ultimate Breach of Trust

Written by Bernadette James on 01 Jul 2021

This firm recently acted for a client (‘X’), who was sexually assaulted by a vicar (‘Rev Phillip Hayllar’) when he was a child. X successfully obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim against the Anglican Church for childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Phillip Hayllar.

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Pursuing a claim for compensation against the perpetrator for sexual abuse and sexual assault

Written by Jacqui Morton on 03 May 2021

If you have been abused by a family member or friend, the only options open to you may be to pursue a claim directly against your abuser, as opposed to an organisation or establishment.

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Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week in 2021

Written by Tracey Emmott on 04 Feb 2021

Following the exposure of Jimmy Saville’s abuse in 2012 and the huge media attention that followed the public could be forgiven for concluding that in recent times sexual abuse is perhaps not quite as prevalent.

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Sexual abuse in the nursery: justice options available

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 02 Feb 2021

Recent televisions programmes have shone a light on the prevalence of female paedophiles: the current storyline in EastEnders which sees Mick Carter reliving the sexual abuse he suffered as a child by his social worker Katie, is a case in point.

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Justice for abuse victim of a church youth worker

Written by Bernadette James on 04 Aug 2020

A former member of a Church Sunday School has succeeded in a civil compensation claim arising from sexual abuse by a church youth worker and has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil action. 

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