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St Paul's Girls' School is Latest to Face Historic Sexual Abuse Claims

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One of the UK’s leading independent schools – St Paul’s Girls’ School – has received claims of historic sexual abuse after asking ex-pupils to share stories of sexual harassment related to the recent popular #metoo social...

Why Do Victims Delay Reporting Sexual Abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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The 2 nd August 2017 saw a case of alleged sexual abuse against children reported in the media. East London doctor, Manish Shah, a GP practicing in Romford , was charged with 118 sexual offences [1] .  Dr Shah was charged with 65 counts...

How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse: Both Off Line and Online

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54,898 sexual offences against children recorded by the police in the UK in 2015/16 1 . In the NSPCC report “How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK 2017” a few key findings immerged: All UK...

Child Abuse and its Effects on Self Love and Self Esteem: Observations By a Psychotherapist

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This paper serves as a window to the observations I have made while providing support to adult victims of child abuse over a number of years in my capacity as a psychotherapist. From the view of the therapist’s chair, the legacy of child abuse...

The Shocking Cover-Up Of Abuse In Private Boarding Schools

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At the beginning of April, journalist Alex Renton wrote a detailed article in the Sunday Times about the abuse he suffered at Ashdown House, the Sussex boarding school where he was placed by his parents at the age of eight [1] . He talks of being full of...

How Nebulisers Help Those Gasping For Breath

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Few sensations are as terrifying as not being able to get enough air into your lungs.  The tightening of the chest, the hunger for air and the creeping onslaught of panic as you try to fill your lungs is one of the most frightening experiences...

NICE Releases New Guidance on Child Abuse and Neglect

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently released guidance to be considered by all practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, including social workers, healthcare professionals and lead...

Let's Be Clear On Sexual Relations Between Teachers And Students Over 16

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It’s not OK. The law is crystal clear on this issue.  Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 , any sexual relationship between someone who is in a position of trust, such as a teacher and a person to whom that trust extends, is criminal [1] . ...

Monster Paedophile Mark Frost Likely To Die In Prison

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Former teacher, Scout leader and father of an adopted child, Mark Frost, formally known as Andrew Tracey has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to 45 counts sexual abuse against children [1] . In one of the worst cases of sexual abuse ever to...

What Support Is Available For Children Who Suffer Abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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Nine in ten children who are abused will develop a mental illness by the time they are 18[1].  And a staggering 70-80% of female victims report that as a result of their experiences, they have engaged in (or are still engaged in) substance...

Can I Claim Compensation If The Person Who Sexually Abused Me Has Died?

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For people who have suffered sexual abuse, especially as a child , it may take years before they have the courage to tell the police about their ordeal.  And in the time that passes, their abuser may have died. The classic example of this is in...

The Football Sexual Abuse Scandal: What We Know So Far

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The football sexual abuse scandal is getting worse by the day.  Referrals from calls to a dedicated football abuse hotline , supported and funded by the Football Association, more than tripled the number made in the first three days of the Jimmy...

The Terrifying Trend of Online Child Grooming

Malcolm Underhill
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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children (NSPCC) has warned parents that the internet can be a playground for paedophiles.  The warning comes after it was revealed that counselling sessions for young people worried about...

Child birth and injury to mother and baby: Is compensation available?

Malcolm Underhill
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Most expectant mothers fear labour to some degree.  Thanks to advances in maternity healthcare over the last 100 or so years, in most cases, both mother and child emerge from childbirth relatively unscathed.  Some women require a little more...

The Ultimate Betrayal

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There is no greater betrayal to a child than an abusive parent.  The one person who is supposed to love and protect you, not only fails to perform this fundamental parental task, but is the deliberate cause of harm. According to the National...

Child Abuse Inquiry Loses Another Head

Malcolm Underhill
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On 4 th August 2016, the Independent Inquiry Into Child Abuse ( IIICA ) , set up by then Home Secretary, Theresa May has lost its third head in two years. Former New Zealand High Court Judge, Dame Lowell Goddard QC resigned curtly and abruptly,...

The BBC and Hollywood Paedophilia Controversy: How did the abusers get away with it?

Malcolm Underhill
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Put yourself in the mind of a paedophile.  To commit acts that provide your main source of sexual gratification, your need two things; access to a lot of children and an environment which provides you with the time and opportunity to select the weakest...

The UN Peacekeepers Child Abuse Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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“Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.” [1] It is one of the biggest scandals the United Nations (UN) has faced in decades. Women and children from conflict zones...

British Boarding Schools: Sexual Abuse Claims Still Emerging

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The aftermath of sexual abuse occurring at some of Britain’s leading boarding schools has drastically affected the lives of some former students.  In 2014, award-winning journalist, Alex Renton, wrote an explosive article in the Guardian...

Rise in child abuse cases linked to witchcraft

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The Metropolitan Police has warned that an increasing number of child abuse cases involving accusations of witchcraft and exorcism are being reported to police.  A specialist unit in London recorded 46 alleged crimes linked to faith last year- more...