Wednesday, 23 August 2017 / Published in Abuse News
According to law, the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. Despite this, 700 cases of child sex abuse brought to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have been denied compensation as they are said to have ‘given consent’ to the sexual activities. Specialist  Child Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, investigates the legal loophole
Friday, 11 August 2017 / Published in Abuse News
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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) is evidence of the extent of child sex abuse that occurred in the past, but how does it even begin to happen? The IICSA are investigating not only what happened but how. Peter Garsden, Manchester-based Abuse solicitor, explains the true meaning of grooming and what to do
Thursday, 03 August 2017 / Published in Abuse News
Of the 13 strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), the English Benedictine Congregation and other Roman Catholic religious orders make up a single strand. It was revealed in April 2017 that Ampleforth College, in Yorkshire, would provide a case study for investigations into other institutions, but what happened at the college?
Thursday, 27 July 2017 / Published in Abuse News
The UK Charity Commission has criticised a Manchester based congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for their dealings with child abuse cases over the last 23 years. After an elder within the congregation was accused of sexual abuse in the early 90s, several efforts were made to cover-up this abuse. Gemma Pilkington, Abuse Solicitor, explains the history