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If you are considering making a Jesus Army compensation claim for sexual abuse then our experienced team of specialist lawyers are here to help The Jesus Army is a controversial evangelical religious organisation which has hit the headlines in recent years following allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the organisation. Noted for its communal lifestyle the organisation appears to have provided an ideal environment for predatory adults to carry out abuse unheeded, with many of the allegations stretching back decades. We have recently concluded...

A woman who was abused as a child by a church youth worker has won her claim for compensation We have recently recovered compensation for a woman who suffered sexual abuse by a church youth worker when she was just 11 years of age. We identified the potential claim before the legal time limit was due to expire on the claimant's 21st birthday. However, the law does allow claims to be brought 'out of time' where sexual abuse is involved, so victims should not be...

A young man was sexually abused by a family 'friend' when visiting the man’s house to play computer games with his cousin. Although the abuser threatened to harm our client’s family if he informed anyone, he eventually found the courage to tell his family. As a result, the abuser was prosecuted and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Because the abuser had no money to pay his victim compensation, we suggested that an application was made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the CICA. We made the application on a No Win,...

Karina Evemy explains that claiming compensation can enable victims of rape related assault to make a recovery by funding rape counselling and therapy Statistics released by the government show that between 60,000 - 90,000 people suffer a rape related assault in England and Wales each year. However, although this is a shocking statistic the true figure could be much higher as many assaults go unreported. Although women are the victims of most rape related assaults, men and children are also affected. This type of assault can...

Slee Blackwell LLP have won the NSPCC 2018 Childhood Champion Award for Corporate Partner of the Year for South West and Channel Islands. This award is in recognition of our ‘outstanding efforts and contribution to the NSPCC’ alongside the impact we have made on children and young people’s lives. To celebrate the achievement and receive the award Elizabeth Duncan, a lawyer in our child abuse team with close links to the NSPCC, has been invited to the Awards Ceremony in London this...

The Supreme Court's judgment on legal liability for sex abuse by foster carers has been welcomed by lawyers campaigning for victims of sexual abuse, writes Slee Blackwell's Rachel Thain. The decision of the Supreme Court in Armes v Nottingham Council establishes for the first time the principle that foster carers are to be treated as employees of the local authority which appoints them. This means that local authorities will become what lawyers refer to as 'vicariously liable' for the conduct of foster carers and...

Cornwall has been at the heart of a number of sex abuse scandals in recent years. Due to the county’s relative geographical isolation it can sometimes be difficult for the Cornish to access specialist services and the legal sector is no exception. However, when it comes to expert legal advice in relation to sex abuse victims are able to call upon support from lawyer Elizabeth Duncan. Liz, who lives in Cornwall, is a specialist in sex abuse law and has recovered much needed...

Information recently published by the NSPCC show that the work of children’s charities is as important as ever. It can be easy to assume that child abuse, poverty and neglect happens elsewhere,  but the reality is that these issues are everywhere in our society and affect many children in our rural region. For example:- Last year Avon & Somerset police recorded 1118 sexual offences against children 555 children in Somerset were subject to a child protection plan last year There are 870 children in care in...

Scout abuse victim wins compensation despite claim being 'out of time'. John Bates has been described as the ‘Jimmy Savile’ of the Scouting world. As well as holding a position of trust as a Scout leader, he was a serving Police officer with Lincolnshire Police for a number of years. However, we now know that Bates used this persona of authority and respect to groom and sexually abuse young boys. He would be excessively tactile with the boys and groom them...

Somerset abuse lawyers, Rachel Thain and Liz Duncan, have been appointed as the PR team for the West Somerset branch of the NSPCC. Rachel has also become secretary of the branch. Liz and Rachel have strong links with the NSPCC, organising a very successful cycling event last year which help raise much needed funds. Their aim will be to continue to raise the profile of this very worthy charity that does so much for the nation’s children and in particular combating the threat...