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Rochdale Authorities' Response to Evidence of Child Abuse was "Careless and Wholly Inadequate" Inquiry Finds

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Authorities in Rochdale failed in their response to evidence of child abuse, at the council-run Knowl View Residential School , a new report has found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report into historic abuse at the...

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...

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

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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 ...

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

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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...

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...

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 of...

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

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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 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...

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...

Compensation Helps Victims Recover From Stolen Childhoods

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Jimmy Saville, Rochdale, Operation Pallial.  These names and many more have become familiar to all of us who read the papers, but for the survivors of abuse which took place in children’s care homes, hearing these names can bring back horrific,...

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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...