Abuse Survivors Blog

Compensation Redress Schemes – an Effective Route to Justice?

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 26 Apr 2022

Survivors of abuse often seek justice in a variety of ways. Justice can take the form of financial compensation. While no route to obtaining compensation is perfect, in some cases, applying to a bespoke compensation scheme can have its advantages.

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Sexual Abuse and Assaults in Schools

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 03 Feb 2022

Channel 5’s new drama ‘The Teacher’ shines a light on sexual abuse in the teacher/pupil context and makes for deeply uncomfortable viewing.

For many, the reminiscence of school is one full of fond, laughter-full and happy memories. For others sadly it is the opposite; a place where they should have been able to safely develop academically, emotionally and socially, and regrettably did not.

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Compensation and Apologies for Sexual Abuse - Spotlight on Religious Institutions

Written by Tracey Emmott on 27 Jan 2022

Childhood sexual abuse in a religious setting, perpetrated by a representative of the religion, is a profound breach of trust.

No amount of money can ever compensate for the lifelong damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse. Abuse in the context of religion is arguably more damaging as it often has the additional layer of spiritual 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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Promoting Student Wellness

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 05 Oct 2020

Over recent years, there has been a shocking increase in the number of students presenting with a mental health problem. Researchers in 2019 undertook an investigation into 38,000 university students in the UK and found that, alarmingly, half of these students had suffered with suicidal thoughts. Moreover, four out of ten of these students admitted to using drugs or alcohol to cope with their problems, whilst one in three had had experienced a serious psychological issue for which they felt they needed professional help.

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Witness Appeal - Choir Master found guilty over further child sex offences

Written by Tracey Emmott on 08 Sep 2020

We have recently been instructed by a victim of a former organist and choir master Neil Turner who was sexually assaulted by him over a period of many years.  

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Peter Ball and clerical sexual abuse in the Chichester Diocese

Written by Tracey Emmott on 16 Jan 2020

Once again the Church of England is suffering the discomfort of more public spotlight following the airing of ‘Exposed: The Church’s Dark Secret’ on BBC 2 this week. The documentary details the former Bishop of Lewes’s predatory behaviour towards young, vulnerable boys and men, most of whom had joined his religious Order, and the church’s wholly negligence response to numerous complaints about him over many years.

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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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Sexual abuse by healthcare professionals

Written by Jacqui Morton on 02 Jul 2018

During the course of our lifetime most of us will require assistance from healthcare professionals including Consultants, GPs, nurses, therapists or healthcare/hospital workers. It Is fair to say that this is a time when we feel at our most vulnerable and in need of reassurance.

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