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Former Cadet Leader jailed for historic abuse.

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Simon Taplin, 64, of Springfield Close, Lavant, was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment when he appeared before Portsmouth Crown Court on 3 June. He had been found guilty on 20 February 2024 of two counts of indecently assaulting a...

Former Havant GP jailed for sexual assaults on patients.

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Mohan Babu, 47, from Emsworth was jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court on 12 April 2024 for three and a half years after being found guilty in January 2024 of four offences of sexual assault against three women. Babu carried out the assaults between September...

Investigations into former Seaford School over sexual offences.

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Sussex Police investigating sexual offences at former Seaford school. Sussex Police received a report of a sexual assault from a man, alleged to have occurred during his time as a pupil at St Wilfrid’s School in Seaford in the 1970s and 1980s....

West Sussex child abuse survivor speaks out.

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West Sussex child abuse survivor speaks out to encourage others to come forward. A man who was sexually abused as a young boy has bravely waived his right to anonymity to “give other people hope". Steve Lewsey, who is now 51, and lives in...

Our client bravely comes forward to speak about abuse

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I am currently acting for Mr Allison in his claim against the Church for the sexual abuse that he suffered as a Choirboy when he was aged 11 to 12. Not only did he bravely come forward as an adult and ensure his abuser was jailed for his crimes, but...

Former Eastbourne Teacher jailed for sexual abuse

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Peter Turner, a former teacher and football referee from Eastbourne, was jailed for 14 years at Hove Crown Court on 29 November 2023 for repeated sexual assaults against his male victim. The assaults took place over a number of months and were related to...

Sussex Scout Leader jailed

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Former Scout Leader Daniel Williams from Hassocks, West Sussex, was sentenced to six years imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on 9 th October 2023 for the abuse of a young female member of the Scouts. Williams appeared for sentencing having previously...

Victims of crime receive 6 times more compensation at Appeal.

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Figures obtained by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) show that victims of crime risk being under-compensated to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds for their injuries through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) if their...

Gregg Wallace opens up about historic sexual abuse.

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Masterchef presenter, Gregg Wallace, has opened up about being a survivor of sexual abuse. Speaking on the Men in Mind podcast, in association with mental health charity Mind, Greg Wallace revealed that he was sexually assaulted by the husband of his...

Almost a third of NHS female surgical staff have been assaulted

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A new study has revealed almost a third of NHS female surgical staff have been sexually assaulted in the last five years. The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery (BJS) and undertaken by the University of Exeter, looked at...

Dario Gradi stripped of MBE

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Dario Gradi stripped of MBE Dario Gradi, the former Crewe Alexandra manager, has been stripped of his MBE after a complaint from The Offside Trust, an organisation founded and run by survivors of child sexual abuse in sport. Gradi received an MBE in 1998...

Rev'd Michael Hall - investigation finds 20 year campaign of abuse

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A review undertaken by the Church of England into the Reverend Michael Hall, Vicar of St Margaret’s, Tylers Green, in Buckinghamshire, from 1981 to 2000 uncovered a 20 year campaign of abuse by the Vicar upon many of his parishioners. The...

Millions of pounds paid out to people abused in the Scouts.

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Millions of pounds paid out in the last ten years to people abused in the Scouts. BBC Radio 4, for their File on 4 programme, contacted 13 law firms who specialise in child abuse claims, including Biscoes Solicitors, which revealed more than £6m has...

Raising awareness of Safeguarding in the Scout Movement

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Biscoes supports Campaign raising awareness of Safeguarding in the Scout Movement A new online campaign has been launched, called Yours In Scouting. The campaign is run by people who themselves have experienced sexual abuse as young people in The...

Sussex man charged with multiple sexual offences.

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Ian Elliott, 70, from Pulborough, already accused of 20 serious sexual offences has been charged with a further 72 offences – 70 of which are of a sexual nature. It is thought at least six male complainants have come forward. Elliott is...

Former Housing Officer Carl Button convicted of sexual assault.

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Carl Douglas Button, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, used his position as a Housing Officer to enter a woman's home and sexually assault her. The woman, in her 50’s, was subjected to a “serious and sustained attack” which Police say...

Shocking Abuse in Mental Health facilities

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Shocking figures from the NHS reveal that a single children’s mental health hospital, Taplow Manor, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, formerly privately run by Huntercombe Hospitals, with just 59 beds, reported more than 1,600 “sexual safety...

Abuse at Lower Lee Boarding School

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More than a dozen former pupils of Lower Lee Boarding School in Woolton, Liverpool who were subjected to sexual and physical abuse in the 1980’s and 1990’s have begun legal action against Liverpool City Council, who ran the school. The...

New Allegations against Brian Phelps

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Following reports published by the BBC and the Guardian in February 2023, concerning allegations of historic sexual abuse against former Olympic diver and gymnastics coach Brian Phelps, there have been multiple new allegations of sexual abuse made against...

Stephen Bear jailed for 21 months over sharing sex tape.

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Reality TV personality, and convicted sex offender, Stephen Bear has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after uploading CCTV video to his OnlyFans account of him having sex with his ex-girlfriend Georgia Harrison. The footage was taken and shared to the...

Women accuse Scouts of "silencing" allegations of abuse

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Two women who allege they were sexually abused at the age of 16 by their Scout leader, Phillip Perks, have accused the Scouts of attempting to silence them, and was even allowed to remain in his role after they first made allegations against him. Perks,...

Survivors of former Priest Michael Studdert.

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Survivors of former Priest Michael Studdert are urged to come forward. Studdert served as Chaplain at Eagle House School in Sandhurst, Berkshire. Studdert was convicted in 1988 for possession of indecent images and was jailed for four years in 2006...

Child sexual abuse taking up to two years to reach court!

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A report published by the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA Centre) has found that cases of child sexual abuse are taking up to two years to reach court from when they are first reported. The report also shows that in 2021/22, 103,055 child...

Children abused in Care Homes rated "Good".

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Children in care were punched, locked out naked and had vinegar poured on cuts, according to reports that were filed over three years before the homes were finally shut. A BBC investigation has revealed that children in Care Homes run by the Hesley Group,...

Yehudi Menuhin Music School

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Former pupils at the Yehudi Menuhin music school have made fresh claims of sexual abuse at the Surrey school. In 2003, violinist Nigel Kennedy made allegations that female students were being abused by teachers, then in 2013 a Channel 4 investigation...

Jesus Fellowship (Jesus Army) Redress Scheme

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On 26 September 2022 the Jesus Fellowship Church Trust, also known as the Jesus Army, launched a Redress Scheme following the many allegations of abuse which led to the closure of the community. The Scheme is intended to give financial redress to...

Northumberland Park Sports Centre Victims

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Police call for victims of paedophile swimming instructor to come forward! Emmanuel Brown, a swimming instructor at Northumberland Park Sports Centre in North London, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by touching at Wood Green Crown Court...

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund

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The Ministry of Justice has announced that it will award up to £26.2 million in funding for specialist rape and sexual abuse charities in England and Wales. The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund has, since 2019, provided funding for front-line...