Abuse Survivors Blog

The role of sexual assault referral centres (SACRs)

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 07 Dec 2018

Sexual Abuse Referral Centres (SARCs) are a special service which provide help to victims of sexual assault and abuse.

They provide care for victims of both recent and non-recent assault, regardless of whether the victim has reported the assault to the police or not.

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Sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witness community

Written by Tracey Emmott on 23 Nov 2018

The recent conviction of a Jehovah’s Witness elder in Wales highlights once again the endemic opportunities for sexual predators within religious institutions, and the difficulty in speaking out against institutional abuse.

Church elder, Thomas Brian Jenkins, denied 20 charges of indecent assault of a young girl in the 1970s within the context of carrying out missionary activities such as “door-to-door missions” to rural properties in the Welsh countryside. 

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Talking therapies for survivors of sexual abuse

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Oct 2018

Having good support from loved ones when dealing with the psychological consequences of sexual abuse can be vital, but therapeutic support from a trained professional can also be invaluable.

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Bedford Legal Walk 2018

Written by Donna Hughes on 05 Oct 2018

On 24th September 2018, Emmott Snell once again took part in the annual Bedford Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around Bedford town which raises money for local charities providing legal advice. 

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Therapy Dogs for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 14 Sep 2018

It is well known that many victims of childhood sexual abuse suffer with psychological conditions and symptoms that affect their day to day life and ability to function.

The symptoms of these conditions are debilitating and can be treated by various traditional psychotherapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EDMR and counselling.

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Sexual Abuse in the Aid Sector – compensation for the victims?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Sep 2018

This year has seen spiralling revelations of abuse and sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable people by those working for reputable aid organisations in countries ravaged by war and catastrophic natural disasters.  

It is deeply shocking that respected British charities including Oxfam and the Red Cross have found themselves at the heart of a scandal exposing predatory staff taking advantage of the vulnerable communities they are supposed to be helping.

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What options are available for victims of forced marriage?

Written by Toslima Islam on 24 Aug 2018

A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses have not consented to the marriage and it has taken place against their will.

Physical, emotional and psychological abuse is often used to coerce individuals, who are often children (under 18), into entering these marriages.

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APIL/ACAL Abuse conference 2018

Written by Jacqui Morton on 23 Jul 2018

On 12 July 2018 representatives of Emmott Snell Solicitors attended the annual APIL/ACAL conference. 

APIL is a non-profit making organisation that has been campaigning and fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) is also a non-profit making organisation, which was set up to support and assist victims, lawyers, and professionals involved in obtaining compensation for those who have suffered abuse (sexual, physical or psychological) abuse as children.

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Claiming compensation for online sexual abuse: a novel category of claim?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 16 Jul 2018

As the virtual world becomes increasingly part of everyday life, it is no surprise that there are people who are exploiting it to commit crimes, causing deep anguish and distress.

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Sexual assaults in the work place

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Jul 2018

Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which can include leering looks, verbal abuse of a sexual nature, displaying sexually suggestive pictures or objects and unwelcome touching.  

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