Abuse Survivors Blog

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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Teen victim of grooming wins 5-figure compensation sum

Written by Toslima Islam on 25 May 2018

Our client (referred to as Miss M to protect her identity) has been successful in her claim against her former school in respect of grooming and sexual assaults committed against her by a teacher between c. June and August 2013.

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Compensation for sexual abuse against more than one organisation

Written by Tracey Emmott on 03 May 2018

Sexual abuse in childhood by a person in authority is the ultimate betrayal.  

Often that person represents an institution and may be a religious leader such as a priest or imam, a teacher, a Scout leader or a sports coach.

Where the abuser is acting in two capacities at the same time, a civil compensation claim may be directed against two organisations.  

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Justice for institutional abuse victims at the hands of Deputy Head

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Apr 2018

Yet another example of institutional abuse is highlighted in the settlement agreement reached by 2 victims of non-recent sexual abuse by a teacher.

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Institutional abuse in the Chichester Diocese 

Written by Tracey Emmott on 23 Mar 2018

The Church of England is currently suffering the discomfort of a public spotlight of IICSA – the largest public inquiry ever undertaken in the UK.  The C of E is not alone in its scrutiny, the Roman Catholic Church having already been the subject of IICSA, together with several other institutions including local authority children’s homes.

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Can we put an end to institutional abuse in boarding schools?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Feb 2018

The concept of sending one’s child away to a school where they also live is thought to be something quintessentially British. 

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