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"Culture of Fear" in Gymnastics

Malcolm Underhill
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First published 13 July 2020 (updated 17 Septmeber 2020) The recent disclosure by prominent gymnasts may prompt a trickle of similar complaints, although if it follows the experience in other environments, it is far more likely that the trickle will become...

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

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,...

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 –...

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. ...

Former football coach Barry Bennell found guilty of child sex abuse - UPDATED

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, was found guilty in February 2018 of multiple sex offences against boys he coached in the 1980s. The 64-year-old, who now goes by the...

How Do We Protect Young Athletes From paedophiles?

Malcolm Underhill
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It is a sad truth that paedophiles are drawn to environments where there are children. Although a lot of work has been carried out over the last 20 years or so to protect children and young people, unfortunately those with wicked intent, still manage to...

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...