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Football Coach George Ormond Guilty of Sexually Abusing Boys

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On 4 th July 2018, a former football coach for Newcastle United, George Ormond, was found guilty by Newcastle Crown Court of carrying out 36 individual acts of sexual abuse against 18 boys between 1973 and 1997 and sentenced to 20-years in jail. ...

The Worrying Growth of Peer on Peer Sexual Abuse in Our Schools

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The BBC recently covered a deeply disturbing story regarding peer-on-peer sexual abuse by school age children.  According to the NSPCC, cases like this involving not only secondary aged children, but also primary schoolers, happen, “thousands...

Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was a 'predatory paedophile' exposed by charity helpline

Malcolm Underhill
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A former football coach for a number of professional clubs is on trial, accused of being “a serial abuser of young teenage boys’. Bob Higgins, 65, is being prosecuted for 50 counts of indecent assault at Salisbury Crown Court –...

Royal National Institute of Blind People Investigated After Sexual Abuse Allegation

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As a society, we put a great deal of trust, faith, and responsibility in the hands of charitable institutions to advocate, protect, care, and support those who are vulnerable or disabled.  But that trust has been significantly eroded over the past...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Compensation Helps Victims Recover From Stolen Childhoods

Malcolm Underhill
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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

Malcolm Underhill
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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...