Abuse Survivors Blog

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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Sexual assault in the hospitality industry

Written by Tracey Emmott on 19 Apr 2021

Women on their own who are hotel guests, or indeed women employed to provide room service – can be vulnerable to sexual predators.

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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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Claiming compensation injuries caused by dog bites

Written by Jacqui Morton on 06 Mar 2020

There can be no doubt that being bitten by a dog is a traumatic and frightening experience that can cause debilitating psychological and physical injuries. If you have been bitten/attacked by a dog and suffered injury then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This compensation could cover any lost earnings if you’ve had time off work, the cost of any treatment as well as for the injury itself. 

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Justice for pupil sexually abused by Lincoln Cathedral School Housemaster

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 04 Oct 2019

A former pupil of Lincoln Cathedral School successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil action against the Lincoln Cathedral Dean and Chapter for sexual abuse he suffered whilst at the school.

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Restorative justice in cases of sexual violence and abuse

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Dec 2017

I recently heard the first hand account of a woman who shared her experience of restorative justice in the context of a very serious sexual offence committed against her. 

She spoke of having been victim to the most heinous of sexual crimes, yet after a period of years of counselling developed a desire to meet her perpetrator.  She wanted not only to try and understand him, but also to explain the impact his actions had had on her and her family.  For her own freedom she also wanted to offer him her forgiveness. 

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Client receives justice after Oxford trio jailed for sexual offences

Written by Tracey Emmott on 28 Jul 2017

Three men who subjected a victim that we represent to sexual offences have been jailed for a total of 32 years.

Our client, who was a vulnerable child in care when the abuse started, was groomed by the group of men and found herself the victim of childhood sexual abuse. She was given alcohol and drugs by the group of men and made to be drug dependent, which was then used to sexually exploit her.

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