Abuse Survivors Blog

Beyond the cheers: Addressing coach abuse in cheerleading

Written by Megan Hickey on 27 Mar 2024

Our paralegal, Megan Hickey, has competed in national competitions as a cheerleader and is familiar with trust placed in coaches. Cheerleading is a contact sport that requires an immense amount of physical touch in order to carry parts of the routines, especially the stunting sequences. Responsible coaches are essential in this dangerous sport, not just due to its physical nature but also due to the trust involved.


Female paedophiles - how prevalent are they?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 15 Mar 2024

In light of Earl Spencer’s (the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales) allegations that he was groomed and sexually abused by a female member of staff (Assistant Matron) while he was a boarder at Maidwell School in Northamptonshire at the age of 11, it seems an appropriate time to publish our blog discussing the prevalence of female predators (originally published in January 2022). It is reported that the school in question has reported the allegations to the local authority and is urging any other pupils who have suffered similar abuse to come forward and report to them or the police.


“New Year, new resolution”: Could 2024 be the year to make the important decision to break the silence about childhood sexual abuse?

Written by Jacqui Morton on 02 Jan 2024

Christmas and New Year is often a time when we reflect on the past and make decisions for our future. For most of this, this is a happy time, and we resolve to make lifestyle changes and make plans for the future. For victims of sexual abuse, this time of the year can be poignant and bring back memories of times that they would rather forget.


Witness Appeal: Children’s entertainer admits sexual offences against boys

Written by Tracey Emmott on 15 Dec 2023

Editor's note: On 10th July 2023, we published a blog urging victims of George Holden (deceased) to come forward as they may be entitled to make a claim on his estate. The court has recently extended the time for victims to come forward. However, this will shortly end. If you were harmed or sexually abused as a child by George Holden and are considering making a civil compensation claim please contact Emmott Snell Solicitors who will be pleased to discuss this further with you.


An ‘out of time’ CICA application success story

Written by Megan Hickey on 23 Nov 2023

Jeremy Indika contacted Emmott Snell seeking justice for the sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of his childminder whilst he was a child. We advised him on an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.


Claiming for compensation against the perpetrator of abuse and sexual assault

Written by Jacqui Morton on 03 Nov 2023

Whilst by no means straightforward, it is possible for victims of sexual abuse to pursue their compensation claims against the person who assaulted them if it can be established that the perpetrator has sufficient assets (preferably property) to pay that compensation and legal costs.


An Abuse Survivor's Account - Testimonial from Mrs M

Written by Tracey Emmott on 12 Sep 2023

Mrs M, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse takes the bold step of waiving partial anonymity to share her experience of pursuing justice in the form of a civil compensation claim.


Breaking the silence: Rebekah Vardy on abuse during Jehovah’s Witness childhood

Written by Tracey Emmott on 17 May 2023

Rebekah Vardy’s Channel 4 programme ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses and Me’ in which she alleges that she was sexually abused between the ages of 11 and 15, and that the abuse was covered up by the Jehovah’s Witness leadership in the community of which she was a part, shines a light once again on how reporting of childhood abuse in religious contexts is dealt with, often inadequately.


Out-of-court settlement for a victim of abuse by a Coventry City care worker

Written by Jacqui Morton on 25 Apr 2023

One of Emmott Snell’s clients (referred to in this article as Mr G to protect his identity) has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim against Coventry City Council for sexual abuse he suffered whilst attending a council youth outreach project.


Claiming compensation against a police force for sexual assaults by an officer

Written by Megan Hickey on 06 Apr 2023

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct in 2021 found that abuse of powers for a sexual purpose was the largest form of corruption in police forces in England and Wales, and that these referrals had doubled since 2016.