Abuse Survivors Blog

Flashing, Indecent Exposure and Sex Acts in public – what are your legal remedies?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 28 Jul 2021

While over 30 million people tuned in to watch England vs Italy in the Euro 2020 final earlier this month, only the 60,000 in Wembley stadium witnessed the ‘streaker’ that the rest of us were spared thanks to the discretion of the cameras.

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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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Raising awareness of female genital mutilation

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 10 Jun 2021

The BBC soap EastEnders has been praised for raising awareness in their most recent plotline around the emotive issue of female genital mutilation (FGM). Famous for never shying away from communicating difficult and important issues, the soap focuses this delicate subject around the storyline of the character Mila Marwa. As a child, Mila underwent the horrifying procedure of FGM herself, and becomes fearful of the same thing happening to her younger sister, confronting her mother on her true reasons for sending her sister away to Africa.

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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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Witness appeal – allegation of sexual abuse by deceased priest

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 22 Apr 2021

We have recently been instructed by a person who alleges they were a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a deceased priest Reverend Canon William James ‘Jim’ Hawthorne, a former vicar of the Church of England.

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Witness appeal: Former Volunteers at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Newcastle found guilty of child sex offences

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 17 Mar 2021

We have been instructed by a victim who was sexually abused as a child whilst a resident at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Newcastle.

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Witness appeal: Nautical Training Corps Officer found guilty over child sex offences

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 08 Mar 2021

We have recently been instructed by a victim of Keith Hartle (deceased) who was a National Boating Officer in the Nautical Training Corps (‘NTC’). Our client was assaulted by Hartle over many years in the 1990’s.

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Witness appeal: Music teacher found guilty over child sex offences

Written by Jacqui Morton on 24 Feb 2021

We have recently been instructed by a victim of a former music teacher, Paul Johnson who was sexually assaulted by him over a period of many years.

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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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5 reasons to pursue a civil compensation claim for sexual abuse

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 17 Jul 2020

The purpose of a civil claim is to seek recognition for survivors in the form of  ‘damages’ or compensation for abuse suffered by them. This compensation attempts to put survivors in the financial position they would be had the abuse not occurred. Survivors have a right to pursue a civil claim, and the majority of successful claimants welcome the damages they receive. However, some survivors can be reluctant to pursue a claim, for a host of reasons including:

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