Ben Emmerson QC Resigns from Child Abuse Inquiry

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It has been widely reported that Ben Emmerson QC, a leading Human Rights barrister and the senior lawyer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has resigned. There are differing opinions as to the reason for his resignation, with initial sources quoting that this was due to a difference of opinion with the new…

Dewsbury Gang Jailed for Child Sex Abuse

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A gang of four men from Dewsbury were convicted on the 27th September 2016 at the Leeds Crown Court for various sex offences including rape, trafficking and grooming two teenage girls. Detective Inspector Lis Walker of West Yorkshire described the gang as “devious and manipulative.” The men abused a 13 year old and 15 year…

Abuse at Triratna Buddhist Group Retreat

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Former members of a Buddhist community allege that they have suffered abuse by the former head of the Triratna Buddhist Group, Dennis Lingwood in Norfolk. The Triratna Buddhist Group has meditation centres worldwide and thousands of members enjoy meditation and teaching. Mr Lingwood resigned from an official role in the group in 2000. Lingwood who was known as…

Shipley Scout Leader Convicted of Child Sexual Offences

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Philip Longbottom, a Scout Leader from Shipley has been convicted of 43 sexual offences including rape and sexual assault has been given a life sentence and told that he must serve at least seven years by a Judge at the Bradford Crown Court on the 23rd September 2016. Longbottom groomed, raped and abused twelve boys over…

Abuse at the Hillcroft Nursing Home in Lancaster

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Elaine Fallowfield the manager at the Hillcroft Nursing Home in Slyne near Lancaster has had her name removed from the nursing register for professional misconduct. In 2014, four care workers were convicted of abusing elderly residents at the Hillcroft Nursing Home. Elaine Fallowfield was in charge of the care home during the period of May 2010 to…

Sexual Violence in Schools a “Significant Issue”

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At a time when many children are going back to school after the summer and many parents are concerned about their children entering new classes and even new schools, it is worrying to read about the findings of the Women and Equalities Committee published in a recent report. The report deals with the problem of…

Abuse Caused Rotherham Girl to Flee the UK

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Eight men from Rotherham allegedly groomed and sexually abused underage girls between 1999 and 2003. At Sheffield Crown Court on the 13th September 2016, the main complainant in the trial and now a campaigner against sexual exploitation gave evidence that her family were so afraid of her alleged abusers that they moved to Spain. She…

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been set up to investigate institutional failings to protect children in England and Wales from child sexual abuse. You can find our more about IICSA by visiting their website: www.iicsa.org.uk The Inquiry is calling for individuals who wish to share their experiences to contribute through the…

Former St Williams Chaplain Loses Appeal Bid

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Anthony McCallen, former chaplain at St Williams Childrens Home in Market Weighton, Hull, has failed in his attempt to appeal his conviction. McCallen was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in January this year for sexually abusing 11 boys in his care. He claimed that the terms was overly harsh but the Court of Appeal disagreed and refused…

St George’s School Teacher Jailed for sexually abusing boys

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Gerard Singer aged 69, a former teacher at St George’s Boarding School based in Norfolk and then Suffolk has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing boys at the school in July. The offences took place between 1978 and1981. Singer was convicted of 27 offences which included performing sex acts…