Historic sexual abuse is hitting the headlines a lot these days and uncovering some shocking findings.
The recent sexual abuse scandal in Rotherham identified as many as 1,400 children exploited by criminal gangs from 1997 to 2013. It has exposed not only the cruel depravity of certain members of society, but also questioned competence of local government and the Police.
Whilst shocking Rotherham may be only the tip of an iceberg as highlighted by Professor Alexis Jay who led the inquiry in the South Yorkshire town.
Her damning report reveals 16 years of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and accuses council bosses and police chiefs of ‘blatant’ failings. Significantly Professor Jay believes that child sexual exploitation and abuse was and is prolific and happening in a “number of towns” in different parts of the country and is not simply restricted to declining past industrial towns of the North.
Rotherham has again rightly turned our attention on the innocent victims of sexual abuse and shows that in the recent past significant numbers of children suffered in their normal every day lives at the hands of many different types of people, and not only celebrities who were abusers. Individuals or foster parents, part of the Church, worked in children’s homes, schools or social services.
Whether the individual was abused as a child, or as an adult, whether the abuse was sexual or physical, there are legal options available to victims. Options which from our experience of acting for such clients, if pursued, can help regain confidence and provide answers.
Our team of expert solicitors specialise in all types of sexual abuse, physical abuse and child abuse claims. Our lawyers are sensitive, have the utmost respect and understanding and work in the strictest confidentiality.
We wish to help the victims of abuse move their lives forwards and this can be assisted by obtaining redress. And whilst nothing can take away the pain and the memories of the abuse we can advise about claiming compensation from the individual, organisation or person that failed to prevent the abuse. Our lawyers in Ipswich, Hadleigh and Felixstowe can help. Contact James Davies for more information.