Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Study examines the value of sexual assault helplines

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have conducted a study concerning the use and effectiveness of sexual assault helplines.   The results of the study identify the important need for training in immediate and long-term effects of sexual assault.

According to the study, In the US alone there are more than 1,000 crisis hotline links yet, despite their widespread use, much remains unknown about their usefulness.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Ex-priest Jailed For Historic Child Sex Abuse

The Law Of… following up on historic abuse

A former Catholic priest and children’s home worker has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for historic child sex abuse dating back to the 1970s.

Responding to the details of the case, Peter Garsden – Head of Abuse Claims at Simpson Millar LLP – explains the importance on following up on historic abuse allegations.

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Professor Alexis Jay Appointed As New Chair Of Abuse Inquiry

Following the shock resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard from her position as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Professor Alexis Jay has been appointed as the fourth Chairwoman of the abuse inquiry.

Responding to the appointment, and explaining how survivors of abuse may respond to the announcement of the new Chair, is Peter Garsden – Head of Abuse Claims.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Goddard resigns from Abuse Enquiry – why?

The shock news as Peter writes this blog is that Lol Goddard, the New Zealand judge in charge of the abuse inquiry has resigned from her post in charge of the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) some 15 months after she was appointed. She was, of course, the third chairperson after Baroness Butler Sloss who lasted a matter of a week, and Dame Fiona Woolf who resigned after criticism.

In the early days, the Inquiry was heavily criticised by survivors and the public alike due to the leader being connected with establishment figures of various types. It was also criticised for taking on a huge burden of investigation, which would mean its duration would last for many years.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Allegations of child abuse are ‘inaccurate’ says Janner’s daughter

Marion Janner, daughter of the late Greville Janner, has said in a television interview that she has “never” questioned her father’s innocence and is “absolutely” convinced his name will be cleared.

Child abuse allegations

Allegations of child abuse by the late Lord Janner of Braunstone, QC, first emerged publicly in 1991; however, it was deemed that there was not enough evidence to proceed with a charge. Another investigation in 2002 did not result in a charge, as the Crown Prosecution Service did not receive relevant documents. A third criminal challenge came in 2007, when it was again deemed that there was not enough evidence to press charges.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Secret filming case highlights risks new technology poses to children

A Head Teacher in Bristol has admitted to using a spy pen to film pupils and staff in the toilets of a primary school, prompting concerns over child safety.

Examining the implications, and highlighting the safeguarding dangers caused by improved technology, Child Abuse Lawyer Peter Garsden explains the law surrounding the case.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Teenage Girls Jailed For Kidnapping Toddler

In a harrowing case of child abduction, 2 teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, pleaded guilty to kidnapping a toddler from Primark in Newcastle and have been sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in custody.

The girls’ lawyer claimed that their actions were influenced by an older, unnamed man, who convinced them kidnap the toddler.

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