Abuse Survivors Blog

Witness appeal: Former Volunteers at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Newcastle found guilty of child sex offences

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 17 Mar 2021

We have been instructed by a victim who was sexually abused as a child whilst a resident at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Newcastle.

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Witness appeal: Nautical Training Corps Officer found guilty over child sex offences

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 08 Mar 2021

We have recently been instructed by a victim of Keith Hartle (deceased) who was a National Boating Officer in the Nautical Training Corps (‘NTC’). Our client was assaulted by Hartle over many years in the 1990’s.

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Witness appeal: Music teacher found guilty over child sex offences

Written by Jacqui Morton on 24 Feb 2021

We have recently been instructed by a victim of a former music teacher, Paul Johnson who was sexually assaulted by him over a period of many years.

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Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week in 2021

Written by Tracey Emmott on 04 Feb 2021

Following the exposure of Jimmy Saville’s abuse in 2012 and the huge media attention that followed the public could be forgiven for concluding that in recent times sexual abuse is perhaps not quite as prevalent.

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Sexual abuse in the nursery: justice options available

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 02 Feb 2021

Recent televisions programmes have shone a light on the prevalence of female paedophiles: the current storyline in EastEnders which sees Mick Carter reliving the sexual abuse he suffered as a child by his social worker Katie, is a case in point.

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Sexual abuse and assault by medical professionals

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Jan 2021

For the majority of us we consider our GP or other medical professionals to be people who we can feel safe with when having a consultation. 

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Spotlight on sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness religion

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Nov 2020

Editors note: This blog incorporates information previously published in November 2018 but provides a short update on developments since then.

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

Written by Donna Hughes on 16 Oct 2020

 

Editor's note: This post was originally written in 2019 and has since been updated for relevance.

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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Promoting Student Wellness

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 05 Oct 2020

Over recent years, there has been a shocking increase in the number of students presenting with a mental health problem. Researchers in 2019 undertook an investigation into 38,000 university students in the UK and found that, alarmingly, half of these students had suffered with suicidal thoughts. Moreover, four out of ten of these students admitted to using drugs or alcohol to cope with their problems, whilst one in three had had experienced a serious psychological issue for which they felt they needed professional help.

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Abuse of power and betrayal of trust: the seals of sexual abuse

Written by Tracey Emmott on 02 Jul 2020

One consequence of lockdown has been having time to watch some excellent TV programmes.

Netflix’ double ‘Epstein: Filthy Rich’ and ‘Athlete A’ are disturbing documentaries both detailing the sexual exploitation of girls and young women by men of significant power.

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