Abuse Survivors Blog

Fewer rape cases lead to prosecution or conviction

Written by Bernadette James on 29 Mar 2022

Figures released in early 2021 showed that in England and Wales in the 12 month period to September 2021, only around 820 (1.3%) of the record 63,136 reported rape offence logged by the police resulted in a suspect being charged. Victims of abuse can suffer lasting trauma, and too often their experience of the criminal justice system adds to their suffering.


Out of court settlements for victims of abuse in the Boys’ Brigade

Written by Jacqui Morton on 09 Mar 2022

For decades a significant number of boys have joined the Boys’ Brigade hoping for the opportunity to experience camping holidays and residential activities and learn new skills and make friends. For most of them their experience and memories are happy ones. Sadly, there are some for whom their memories of the Boys Brigade are marred by experiences they would rather forget.


Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week in 2022

Written by Tracey Emmott on 09 Feb 2022

Sexual abuse and sexual violence is a deeply damaging reality. Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is a national event aimed at building awareness and campaigning against sexual violence and abuse.


Sexual Abuse and Assaults in Schools

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 03 Feb 2022

Channel 5’s new drama ‘The Teacher’ shines a light on sexual abuse in the teacher/pupil context and makes for deeply uncomfortable viewing.

For many, the reminiscence of school is one full of fond, laughter-full and happy memories. For others sadly it is the opposite; a place where they should have been able to safely develop academically, emotionally and socially, and regrettably did not.


Compensation and Apologies for Sexual Abuse - Spotlight on Religious Institutions

Written by Tracey Emmott on 27 Jan 2022

Childhood sexual abuse in a religious setting, perpetrated by a representative of the religion, is a profound breach of trust.

No amount of money can ever compensate for the lifelong damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse. Abuse in the context of religion is arguably more damaging as it often has the additional layer of spiritual abuse.


Female paedophiles - how prevalent are they?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 17 Jan 2022

Editor's note: This post was originally written in 2019 and has since been republished in light of Ghislaine Maxwell's conviction on sex trafficking charges.

The storyline in Emmerdale of a female teacher grooming and then sexually abusing a teenage boy throws light on cultural perceptions of women paedophiles, and how these differ from perceptions of male perpetrators of sexual offences against children. 


Abuse in Hospitals

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 29 Sep 2021

Safety during a patient’s time in hospital should be a given. On the rare occasion sadly it is not, and circumstances where hospitals have failed in ensuring the safety of their patients, can be quite shocking.


Sexual abuse by a scout master and compensation in the civil courts

Written by Jacqui Morton on 18 Aug 2021

For decades a significant number of children have joined the scouting movement hoping for adventure and the opportunity to experience new outdoor activities, learn new skills and make friends.


Police approaches and attitudes towards victims of sexual abuse

Written by Hannah Hodgson on 02 Aug 2021

A victim coming forward to speak about sexual abuse or sexual assault often takes an extreme amount of courage. To be treated with suspicion or lack of respect (however subtle that may be) is unacceptable in any case. This was highlighted in the recent Netflix drama ‘Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey’ which aptly demonstrated the differences in police attitudes and treatment of the main character, and her responses.


Flashing, Indecent Exposure and Sex Acts in public – what are your legal remedies?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 28 Jul 2021

While over 30 million people tuned in to watch England vs Italy in the Euro 2020 final earlier this month, only the 60,000 in Wembley stadium witnessed the ‘streaker’ that the rest of us were spared thanks to the discretion of the cameras.