At the end of last month a special BBC Crimewatch programme with a helpline invited callers to report non-recent sexual offence, and on the same day (February 27) the first public hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was held.
Kato Harris knew he wanted to be a teacher from the age of 16. Helping pupils fulfil their potential was one of his driving ambitions.
The claims of ‘Nick’ that leading figures of the ‘establishment’ were involved in an horrendous paedophile ring were one of the central planks of the Met Police’s Operation Midland.
An official report for Wiltshire Police drawn up by criminologist Dr Rachel Hoskins concluded that the ‘Heath Inquiry, like the Westminster VIP Inquiry, rests on an over-active imagination.’
Matthew Scott has produced one of his most remarkable articles for the Barrister Blogger website.
File on 4 (BBC Radio 4, 19 July 2016). Dozens of people who were child patients at a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s and ’70s claim they were experimented on with a so-called truth serum. It has left them with disturbing memories and troubling questions.
The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices Below is a summary of an important research project that gives invaluable insight into the consequences of false accusations on the lives of the accused.
False allegations of sexual abuse are a regrettable fact of life. Is there any way in which the stories told by pseudo-victims differ from those of real victims? As more people are prosecuted for historic abuse and more are exonerated, the issue is clearly increasing in importance. The barrister, Barbara…
It is a familiar theme, but shocking every time: Young woman goes to therapist, her behaviour changes radically,
We often find out about defence and prosecution arguments in historic abuse trials, rarely – if ever – do we discover what members of juries in these cases were thinking.