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What is a Victim Personal Statement and Why is it Important?

Malcolm Underhill
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It was once the case that following conviction of an offender, the courts would, when it came to sentencing, only take account of the nature of the offence and the individual before them. However, for many years now the courts have also taking account of...

Recovery and Healing From Recovery From Childhood Sex Abuse: Why the Right Support Can Be Empowering

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Transcript Hi I’m Malcolm Underhill a solicitor at IBB Solicitors . I specialise in acting for survivors of child sexual abuse. With me today is Keeley Taverner, a psychotherapist from Key4Change.com . And what I am interested in hearing...

Why Do Many Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Bury Memories of the Abuse

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  Transcript I'm Malcolm Underhill a solicitor at IBB Solicitors. I specialise in acting for survivors of child sexual abuse . With me today is Keeley Taverner, a psychotherapist from Key4Change.com Keeley, dealing with a number of...

Child Sexual Abuse and its Impact on Development, Self Esteem and Relationships

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Transcript: Malcolm: I am Malcolm Underhill a solicitor who specialises in acting for survivors of childhood, sexual abuse. With me today is Rosemary Lamaison, who is a counsellor and is interested in a range of areas but particularly, in relation...

Support For Victims of Abuse: Is Enough Being Done to Facilitate Recovery From Abuse?

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Transcript: I'm Malcolm Underhill a solicitor who specialises in acting for survivors of childhood sexual abuse . Much has been done in the last two years to support survivors… victims of childhood sexual abuse, but in my view, we're...

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. ...

Abuse at UK Boarding Schools: Why Do Victims Come Forward Decades Later?

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Transcript of the video Malcolm: I'm Malcolm Underhill, a solicitor who specialises in acting for survivors of childhood sexual abuse . With me this morning is Rosemary Lamaison , a counsellor who works with a range of clients, but is...

Sexual Abuse in the Entertainment Industry

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The public perception of once revered stars from the television and film industry has changed dramatically since the 2010s, caused by the criminal convictions of celebrities charged with sexual abuse of minors.  Entertainment industry big hitters...

The Growing Mental Health Crisis For Our Younger Generation

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This May, the Commons health and social care and education select committees made their thoughts known on the Government's proposals to make in-roads into the growing mental health crisis affected young people.  The plans, in the form of a green...

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 –...

Is the law about to change to make upskirting a crime?

Malcolm Underhill
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For many, it may come as a shock that up-skirting, the act of secretly photographing under a skirt, is not illegal in England and Wales.  It seems inconceivable that such a gross disregard for the personal privacy of another person is not an...

Royal National Institute of Blind People Investigated After Sexual Abuse Allegation

Malcolm Underhill
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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...

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

Malcolm Underhill
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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...

Sexual Abuse Awareness in 2018: Why Abuse Victims Need More Support

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(Transcript of a discussion between abuse lawyer,   Malcolm Underhill , and Uxbridge based psychotherapist   Keeley Taverner . Keeley : I'm Keeley Taverner , I'm a psychotherapist based in the heart of Uxbridge. I help...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Malcolm Underhill
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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 Society...

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

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...

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...