The most recent estimates suggest that 1400 girls have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of vicious gangs in Rotherham. Many say they were beaten and intimidated.
Doubtless many were too scared to come forward and it remains to be seen how many others will tell their stories, now that the truth is beginning to come out.
Nothing can undo what has happened, but there is a good chance that a civil claim would be successful, against the perpetrators or against the local authority where social workers had failed to protect the young people who were being abused and were under their care.
Protecting your anonymity
If you suffered child abuse you have a right to full anonymity. By law, the media cannot disclose your identity and it will not appear on court documents that the public can see.
The vast majority of cases are settled out of court, but given the past intimidation, you would be able to give any evidence asked for out of sight or even from another location, with your voice disguised.
Because of this it is unlikely the perpetrator or their associates would ever discover your identity.
It is important to make sure your Solicitor has high security standards. For example, we shred all paper records before disposal and we have strict confidentiality procedures.
The perpetrator or perpetrators may or may not have any money to pay you compensation. This is something we would investigate before bringing a claim against them.
There may be other parties you could claim from, such as local authorities or any organisation that was legally responsible for your safety at the time.
Failing this, the Government has a compensation fund for victims of crime. To qualify, you must help the police with their investigations and be able to support your allegations with the basic facts.
If you have suffered abuse and would like to discuss your situation, please call us in confidence and we can look at the options with you, without any cost or obligation.
Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.
Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.
The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.
- Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.
Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence
- County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).
National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs
- Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.
- Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.
- Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.
- Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.
- Permanent carers, temporary carers