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The Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Relationships and Intimacy

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(Transcript of a discussion between abuse lawyer, Malcolm Underhill , and Uxbridge based psychotherapist  Keeley Taverner . Keeley: So, building trust is a massive factor when I'm working with victims of sexual abuse and often...

The Chichester Child Abuse Scandal - Normalising the Abnormal

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Chichester is a beautiful and historic cathedral city located in the South-West, between the lively seaside town of Brighton, and the naval city of Portsmouth to the west.  For many that have visited Chichester, and Sussex more widely, they will be...

Jehovah Witness Abuse Victims Coming Forward - Just The Tip Of The Iceberg?

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It has been reported that more than 100 people have spoken to the Guardian newspaper about allegations of child abuse in the Jehovah Witness church.  Many fear that given the size of the organisation, there may be hundreds or even thousands more victims...

We believe Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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The Metropolitan Police Service has abandoned its policy of automatically believing victims of sexual abuse, according to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick. Speaking to The Times , Ms Dick said that she had “rethought” the...

Telford Child Sex Abuse Ring - Just Tip Of The Iceberg

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Idyllic Shropshire is hardly a county one would imagine a sex abuse scandal would occur in.  But unfortunately, in the past ten days, there have been a disturbing amount of reports coming from Telford about a child sexual abuse ring which could...

Shocking extent of sexual abuse in UK boarding schools revealed in new documentary

Malcolm Underhill
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The true scale of sexual abuse in UK boarding schools has been exposed in a new ITV documentary that has revealed hundreds of people are accused of abusing children in some of the UK’s leading private schools. The documentary, part of ITV’s ...

Oxfam sex abuse scandal widens following reports of abuse in charity shops

Malcolm Underhill
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The Oxfam sex abuse scandal has taken a new turn following reports that teenage volunteers in the charity’s UK shops have been abused. The charity's former head of safeguarding, Helen Evans, revealed that staff working in Oxfam’s charity...

Former football coach Barry Bennell found guilty of child sex abuse

Malcolm Underhill
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Barry Bennell, a former football coach who worked at top-level English clubs, including Manchester City and Leeds United, has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys he coached in the 1980s. The 64-year-old, who now goes by the name Richard...

If You Think the Risk of Asbestos Has Diminished...Think Again

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In 2018, you would easily be forgiven for thinking that asbestos was a concern of bygone years.  In fact, not only is asbestos still prevalent in many buildings and structures across the UK, the number of cases of diagnosed asbestos-related disease...

The Future Of Artifical Intelligence As A Tool To Help Brain Injury Victims

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It is no exaggeration to say we currently stand on the cusp of a new wave of innovations that will totally transform how humans live.  At present, we are very much finding our feet, and imagining the potential applications for technologies such as...

Victims still looking for justice over historic child abuse in Islington children's homes

Malcolm Underhill
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Islington Council has appointed a top Queen’s Counsel to investigate former Mayor Sandy Marks’ links to historic child abuse that took place in local children’s homes and the council from the 1970s through to the 1990s. Sarah Morgan QC...

New study shows a third of theatre workers have been sexually harassed

Malcolm Underhill
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Sexual harassment and bullying are “ingrained into the theatre culture” according to a new study carried out by The Stage . A poll of theatre professionals and students shows 43% have experiencing bullying and 31% have been sexually harassed...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

Why NHS delays could lead to a rise in clinical negligence claims

Malcolm Underhill
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This winter has seen the National Health Service under perhaps the heaviest pressure ever, with NHS bosses ordering hospitals to cancel tens of thousands of operations and outpatient appointments in an effort to free up capacity to cope with demand on...

Huge Victory For Asbestos Claimants In Disclosure Case

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  Dring v Cape & Ors In December 2017 the High Court ruled in the case of Dring v Cape & Ors that historical documents setting out corporate knowledge of an asbestos hazard , due to be destroyed under the terms of an out-of-court...

Child Abuse In Catholic Schools: "Everybody Knew What Was Going On"

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A recent article in The Times by its chief travel writer, Stephen Bleach, has brought to the fore the terrible abuse suffered by past students at St Benedict’s in Ealing, West London [1] . At the end of November, Andrew Soper (or Father...

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

Malcolm Underhill
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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...

Prosthetic Limbs: The Past, the Present and the Exciting Future

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If you are lucky enough to have all your arms and legs, chances are you take them for granted.  But consider for a moment what a remarkable biological machine the human body is.  Take the hand.  Its muscles are intricate enough to write...

Vaginal Mesh Implants: Women Worldwide Claim Compensation For Pain and Complications

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Professor Carl Heneghan, who specialises in evidence-based medicine, stated that some of the devices used in vaginal-based procedures had not been clinically tested.  Furthermore, he was shocked by the number of women affected. The transvaginal...

Contaminated Blood Scandal Victims Will Now Sue Government

Malcolm Underhill
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Over 500 victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have been given leave to seek compensation from the government [1] . The claimants are a mix of survivors and relatives of those who died after being given infected blood products.  More than...

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...

Risk of Need for Hysterectomy After Insertion of Sterilisation Device Essure

Malcolm Underhill
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An investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show has found a number of women underwent hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device, Essure , used on the NHS. Laura Linkson, who was fitted with the Essure device in 2013, told the BBC...

What is the process of recovery and rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury?

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One of the most serious injuries a person can receive is one involving brain trauma .  The brain governs everything, from our behaviour and personality, to our ability to eat, walk and sleep.  An injury to the brain can have long term...

Four Ex-Teachers At Christ's Hospital School Charged With Historic Sex Abuse Offences

Malcolm Underhill
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The community of Horsham, West Sussex is in shock after it was announced yesterday that four former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School have been charged with historic sexual abuse of pupils. The incidents took place between 1980 and 1996. Gary...

The Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Were Residents' Concerns About Fire Safety Ignored?

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The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy that has left over 79 people dead and many missing and unaccounted for.  As public and criminal investigations are launched, many questions will need answering, not least; how in 2017 could a building...

Child Abuse Compensation Claims Against GPs and Other Medical Professionals

Malcolm Underhill
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The BBC has recently reported on child abuse claims made against a Shropshire GP who died 17 years ago. [1]   Hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres are places upon which we all rely, often at times of weakness or vulnerability, when seeking...

Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Abraham Lincoln?

Malcolm Underhill
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Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to be assassinated, drawing his last breath at 7.20 am, on 15 th April 1865.  He died from a traumatic brain injury caused by a bullet, shot from almost point blank range as he watched a performance of Our...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Malcolm Underhill
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma.  Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

Will a Cycle Helmet Protect Your Head In an Accident?

Malcolm Underhill
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“Cool kids wear lids.”  “Protect your head or end up dead.”  “Keep calm and helmet on.”  These are just some of the catchy slogans associated with promoting cycle helmets.  Those in favour of making...

New Research Changes The Way We Understand Memory

Malcolm Underhill
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Extraordinary new research has been conducted into how memories are made and stored.  The findings, which contradict what scientists have believed for decades about how memories are made, could help doctors treat those suffering from severe brain...

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] . ...

Brain Injury Week 2017 - A New Me

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Action for Brain Injury Week 2017 runs from 8 th – 14 th May, and this year, those living with a brain injury are being put at the heart of the campaign.  Headway,  The Brain Injury Association , has announced that the theme of their...

We Need To Talk About Mental Health And Suicide

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If you are worried about someone’s mental health or are having suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Samaritans  on freephone 116 123 or your GP.  If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 999 [CM1]  ...

UK Schools Face Asbestos Timebomb

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Three-quarters of schools have asbestos in their buildings [1] and councils in England have paid out £10 million in compensation to those who have suffered disease following exposure to the deadly substance [2] .  Furthermore, the...

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...

Why Are Woman Still Dying In Childbirth?

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A devastated husband whose wife died in childbirth told an inquest last week that, “smirking midwives” ignored her pleas for a caesarean section [1] . Given the advances in medicine in the 20 th and 21 st century, no one would ever...

Could Spinal Paralysis One Day Be Reversed?

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In 2014, surgeons in Poland performed ground-breaking surgery on Darek Fidyka, whose spinal cord was severed in a knife attack.  Surgeons removed some of the cells surrounding the nerves that run from Mr Fidyka’s nose into his brain and...

Hillingdon Has Fourth Highest Asbestos Death Rate In London

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A new report has shown that the borough of Hillingdon has the fourth highest asbestos death rate in London. Between 1981 and 2005 there were 135 deaths in Hillingdon.  Across London 2,663 men were killed by the disease, with only Havering,...

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 Mind Unleashed: What is the Impact of a Brain Injury on Creativity?

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Science has shown that humans are wired to create.  According to Dr. Tina Seelig, Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University, “our brains are built for creative problem solving, and it...

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...

Overburdened NHS Sometimes Fails To Diagnose Minor Head Injuries

Malcolm Underhill
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This week is Road Safety Week and IBB Claims is proud to be a supporter of this event, which aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages throughout the country. Road traffic accidents account for 50% of all ...

Keeping Our Children Safe On The Road

Malcolm Underhill
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Road Safety Week commences this week.  Organised every year by Brake (the leading UK road safety charity), this is the UK’s biggest road safety event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. IBB...