Month: September 2021

Glasgow University child abuse study shows risk of mental disorders

30th September, 2021 6:18 pm

Children who have been maltreated are still at risk of developing mental health disorders up to 70 years after the abuse happened, a major study found. Research led by the University of Glasgow found a clear link between abuse and psychological problems in later life, even among those who were not diagnosed with any disorders in early adulthood. The study looked at data from more than 56,000 participants... View Article

Minister sorry for ‘woeful’ delay in setting up Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

30th September, 2021 12:30 pm

The Scottish government has apologised “unreservedly” for what was described as a “woeful and wholly avoidable” 13-year delay in setting up a public inquiry into child abuse. Lady Smith, who chairs the inquiry, had said the government “failed to grasp” the survivors’ need for justice. They were treated as if their views were not worth listening to – just like... View Article

Charity worker, 31, at Cardiff City FC sent sexually explicit messages to teenage girls who were taking part in sports course, misconduct panel hears

30th September, 2021 11:37 am

Christian Byard, 31, was working with teenagers for Cardiff City FC foundation  Byard’s messages to teenage girls on the course were ‘sexually explicit’  Despite a formal warning, he continued to send sexual messages to teens One girl said the messages had a significant impact on her mental health  A leading football club’s charity worker sent sexually explicit messages to teenage girls... View Article

WHO workers sexually abused women and girls while tackling Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Victims were ‘ambushed’ in hospitals and forced to have sex, report finds

30th September, 2021 11:33 am

Abuse was carried out by Congolese and international aid workers 2018 – 2020  Independent review found that 21 of 83 alleged perpetrators were from WHO  Victims said they were plied with drink, others reported being promised jobs Women said attackers did not use contraception and then demanded abortions  Twenty-one WHO workers sexually abused women and girls while tackling the Ebola outbreak in... View Article

Hate crimes: Call for zero-tolerance in schools in Wales

29th September, 2021 12:56 pm

There should be a zero-tolerance approach to hate crimes in schools and children should help educate parents, the father of a victim said. Kyle, not his real name, said his transgender daughter had suffered verbal and physical abuse at school. Charity Victim Support said children were becoming victims of hate crime in schools “at an alarming rate”. Of 38 children... View Article

Cambridgeshire children to receive book on domestic violence

29th September, 2021 12:48 pm

A book about domestic abuse is being sent to every primary school in Cambridgeshire in the hope of raising awareness of the issue. The Hideaway, by Cambridge writer and illustrator Pam Smy, tells the story of a boy who runs away as he cannot bear to see his mum abused by her partner. County councillor Bryony Goodliffe said the book... View Article

Sexual harassment in school: Children pressured for nudes

29th September, 2021 8:16 am

Allegations of sexual assault among classmates are being investigated by police after more than 90 schools in Wales were named in an online campaign. The Everyone’s Invited website was set up to help pupils anonymously report abuse and harassment by classmates. Some told BBC Wales it was common for girls as young as 11 to be pressured into sending nudes,... View Article

R. Kelly found guilty in sex trafficking trial

28th September, 2021 9:15 am

US singer R Kelly has been found guilty of exploiting his superstar status to run a scheme to sexually abuse women and children over two decades. Eleven accusers, nine women and two men, took the stand over the searing six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence at his hands. After two days of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty... View Article

Neglected child on brink of death after catalogue of failures by care authorities in Perth and Kinross

27th September, 2021 2:44 pm

The life of a severely neglected young child was only saved after a horrified member of the public noticed their “deathly” complexion and alerted police. Harrowing details of the case of the pre-school youngster emerged following an investigation which found “significant missed opportunities” for early and effective intervention. It was noted a “catalogue of concerns” had been raised about the... View Article

Compulsively Exercising Is A Dangerous Mental Trap

27th September, 2021 2:20 pm

BY BELLA MACKIE 12 SEPTEMBER 2021   “Everything in moderation”, “life is about balance”: phrases I recoil at whenever I hear them. I don’t have a brain that embraces balance and moderation. I veer towards extremes, and find it immensely trying when asked to plot a course which takes the middle path. It doesn’t work out that well usually. I get... View Article