Abuse Survivors Blog

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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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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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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Breaking the silence about your child abuse: A New Year's Resolution

Written by Jacqui Morton on 02 Jan 2020

Many victims of sexual abuse live in silence and fear. It is heartening that more victims of sexual abuse are speaking out. This is thought to be as a result of the public inquiries and reporting of high profile cases in the media. In 2014 the Government set up the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA”) to look at how institutions have handled their duty of care to protect children. The inquiry set up the Truth Project which has heard from thousands of victims of sexual abuse. 

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