Abuse Survivors Blog

The value of an apology in sexual assault claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 25 Jun 2019

Elton John’s classic ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’ is none more true in the ambit of sexual assault compensation claims than in any other context.

In representing victims and survivors of sexual assault, whether abused as children or sexually assaulted in adult life, I hear time and time again, the request for an apology. Often it is the refusal or the withholding of an apology that causes a victim or survivor to instigate a legal claim against those accountable. A lot of money could be saved by those on the receiving end of compensation claims arising from sexual assault, if only the relevant person or organisation had done the decent thing and offered a heartfelt apology in the first instance.

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Compensation for Chorister who was sexually abused by Diocese of Chichester vicar

Written by Donna Hughes on 14 Jun 2019

A victim of sexual abuse by a vicar has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil claim against The Diocese of Chichester for sexual assaults she suffered as a child.  

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Football club launches compensation scheme

Written by Bernadette James on 16 May 2019

A compensation scheme thought to be unprecedented in British sport has been set up to provide victims of sexual abuse with financial redress.

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Chorister wins compensation for sexual abuse by Chelmsford Priest

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 02 May 2019

This firm has represented a former chorister in a civil action against the Diocese of Chelmsford for sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

“Mr X” has successfully obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim for serious psychiatric harm he suffered as a child following sexual abuse by his parish priest.  

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Compensation for childhood sexual abuse - 10 FAQs

Written by Tracey Emmott on 18 Apr 2019

Where do I start?

You need to speak to a specialist solicitor. You may feel hesitant or embarrassed to discuss your claim but if you have decided to speak to a specialist firm, you will be dealt with with great sensitivity, and should be afforded the highest level of care, attention and confidentiality.

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Child sex tourism - Can there be justice in the UK?

Written by Donna Hughes on 12 Apr 2019

Child sex tourism is tourism for the purpose of engaging in the prostitution of children, which is commercially facilitated child sex abuse .

It is the sexual exploitation of children by people who travel from their home district, geographical region, or country in order to have sexual contact with children.

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Preventing child abuse and keeping your children safe

Written by Jacqui Morton on 02 Apr 2019

Child abuse can happen to any child, irrespective of their gender, race, age or background. Unfortunately, there is no way to absolutely prevent child abuse. However, caregivers can take steps to reduce the risk.

Whilst child abuse can be sexual, physical, emotional and neglect, for the purpose of this article we focus on sexual child abuse and exploitation.

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Support for victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence

Written by Bernadette James on 14 Mar 2019

If you are a victim of sexual abuse and sexual assaults (male, female, young or old) speaking for the first time is hard enough.

Making the decision to talk about what happened to you is often the biggest challenge a victim can face.

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Grooming and avenues of justice

Written by Tracey Emmott on 22 Feb 2019

Grooming is often the precursor to sexual abuse. It is also one of the common features of the most serious and protracted sexual abuse.

The perpetrator goes to great lengths to gain the trust, confidence and emotional ‘buy in’ of a victim (and their family) such that they are able to manipulate them, blackmail and brainwash them into believing that either the abuse is tolerable, indeed acceptable, or that they have no power or authority to resist it.

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Justice for victims of sexual assaults by a care worker

Written by Jacqui Morton on 14 Dec 2018

Two of Emmott Snell Solicitor’s clients (referred to in this article as Mr X and Mr Y to protect their identities) have successfully obtained substantial out of court settlements after bringing compensation claims against Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council for sexual assaults they suffered whilst placed at children’s homes.  

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