Child abuse is probably the widest known type of abuse. Here the abuser can be a member of the same family, relative, friend or stranger.
The abuse usually starts with the grooming process, and then escalates to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Child Abuse however can be any form of cruelty towards a child, who is any person under the age of 18.
Abuse can take place in many different locations from the home to a residential care home, or whilst the child is in the care of any public body or institution.
The effect that abuse causes is usually catastrophic, life long, and includes a full gambit of physical and mental symptoms too numerous to mention in one sentence. You can read more about the typical effects under any of our sub pages;
- individual abusers (often family or friends),
- foster parents,
- operators of children’s homes and schools,
- social services departments which placed children in care, or failed to protect children being abused at home
- government bodies
- religious organisations
- charitable foundations
- criminal gangs.
Why don’t children tell?
- are threatened with violence if they do
- are scared that no one will believe them
- are ashamed or embarrassed
- feel they are to blame for the abuse
- have been told that a sibling, pet, or loved one would be hurt
- don’t always have the words to describe or explain the abuse
- don’t understand what is happening to them is wrong
- want to protect the family, or even the abuser(s)
- “love” the abuser and don’t want to lose the good parts of the relationship.
- feel powerless to stop the abuse.
We understand exactly why people delay and always take this into account with new clients.
We also understand that disclosure can be a very painful and slow process
Most of our client are aged between late 20’s to retirement age. It is not uncommon for all or any of the factors leading to delay to apply to any victim of abuse.
The law does its best to take time delay into account, as long as the evidence that the abuse took place can still be put before a Court of Law. Often this starts with only the victim/survivor’s version of events. It is our job to find more evidence to support it with help from various different sources.
We sue individual abusers, their employers, foster parents, operators of children’s homes and schools, social services departments which placed children in care, or failed to protect children being abused at home, religious organisations and charitable foundations.
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