"Consensual" Abuse: where love is lost

Recent reports in the Hampshire press have brought to light a new campaign which aims to prevent thousands of young people from being abused – even though they themselves may believe they are not victims at all.

The new scheme is the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) campaign, which has been launched by Hampshire police, to raise awareness of typical signs that can be spotted if young people are thought to be victims of abuse.

CSE particularly looks out for cases of minors who are being sexually exploited for money, power or status. The victims themselves may think they have consented as part of a committed relationship – even to the point where they may not even believe they are being subjected to any abuse.

As the CSE campaign highlights, victims can often be tricked in to believing they are in a loving relationship with somebody, but the reality is quite different.

Usually, victims will be treated to spontaneous, unexplained gifts, days out or parties where they will be given alcohol or even drugs. According to CSE’s own blog, there are a few signs that parents, carers, teachers etc., should be vigilant against:

  • Children/teenagers going missing, stays out late or is frequently absent from school
  • Changes to mood or changes to circle of friends – are they hanging around with any unusual characters?
  • Being controlled by someone else – is anyone telling them to dress or act differently to usual?

CSE also warns of two common “models” of behaviour:

  1. The boyfriend model – where a victim believes they are in a relationship with a person, but they are actually being sexually exploited
  2. The party model – where victims are lead to house parties by their abuser where older males can prey on vulnerable females.

Even though victims of such abuse may feel their relationship was consensual, chances are it wasn’t – and sexual activity with a minor is still a crime. Even if yours is a historical case, the abuse team here at Verisona Law can assist you to sensitively resolve it, seek compensation or punishment for an abuser. Why not contact us today to see how we can help?

Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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