Abuse Survivors Blog

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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The role of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs)

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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