Tag Archive: child abuse

Londonderry: Child abuse survivor feels ‘silenced’ by the system

20th June, 2022 1:49 pm

A child abuse survivor who waited five years for her abuser to appear in court has said she feels silenced by the criminal justice system. Her abuser, Christopher Harley, 35, from Londonderry, is currently on remand at Maghaberry Prison after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a child. Cathy, which is not her real name, said the grooming started... View Article

Child abuse survivor feels ‘silenced’ by the system

20th June, 2022 1:49 pm

A child abuse survivor who waited five years for her abuser to appear in court has said she feels silenced by the criminal justice system. Her abuser, Christopher Harley, 35, from Londonderry, is currently on remand at Maghaberry Prison after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a child. Cathy, which is not her real name, said the grooming started... View Article

Star Hobson: Why do these child deaths keep happening?

30th May, 2022 1:44 pm

“Why didn’t they listen to us?” Nearly two years after Star Hobson was murdered by her mother’s girlfriend, the toddler’s aunt and step-great grandfather still have so many questions. Sitting on their sofa, I look up at the photos of Star – with her large blue eyes – on the walls and the mantelpiece. The grief at her loss is... View Article

Police face rising workload as pandemic drove rising tide of digital crime

30th May, 2022 1:38 pm

The police in Scotland are being “run ragged” by a rising tide of digital crime, with an average of ten arrests every week and claims of a backlog of property checks where the internet is believed to have been used to commit serious sexual offences. The national force said 750 arrests for offences committed online had been made since October... View Article

Children ‘underbelly of drugs trade’

16th May, 2022 1:40 pm

Fresh warnings over the link between child trafficking and cannabis farming have been made after evidence that at least 150 youngsters were forced into slave labour at illicit drugs factories in Scotland in the past three years. Alex Cole-Hamilton, the Scottish LibDem leader, said most cannabis users “probably don’t have the faintest idea” that child slavery plays a big role... View Article

Mark McAuley: Former Celtic-linked youth coach faces sexual abuse charges

19th January, 2022 1:37 pm

A former youth coach with links to Celtic and Alloa Athletic has been charged in connection with allegations of sexual abuse against young boys. Mark McAuley, 31, of Dunfermline, Fife, is facing nine charges involving four children. He is accused of sexual offences against two boys under the age of 13 and two other youths under the age of 16.... View Article

Young girls are ‘bombarded’ with sexual images online

6th December, 2021 8:50 am

Young people face a crisis of online sexual violence, with unsolicited sexual images becoming “dangerously normalised”, academics warn. A study involving young people aged 12 to 18 found that most girls had received an image of male genitalia, often from adult men who were strangers. More than half of the boys and girls who received unwanted sexual content online or... View Article

Government action following murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

6th December, 2021 8:34 am

A major review into the circumstances leading up to murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has been launched by the Government to determine what improvements are needed by the agencies that came into contact with him in the months before he died. The Government has separately commissioned four inspectorates, covering social care, health, police and probation to undertake an urgent inspection of... View Article

Priti Patel announces digital fund to fight online exploitation

17th November, 2021 8:05 am

Priti Patel has announced a £555,000 fund for tech companies to find new ways to combat child exploitation and abuse online. The home secretary, who is in Washington for talks with her US counterpart, said that social media companies had “a moral duty to end the exploitation”. The safety tech fund will aim to stamp out child abuse without affecting... View Article

Simon Howard abused girl at Castle Howard

17th November, 2021 8:02 am

An aristocrat whose family seat was the setting for Brideshead Revisited sexually abused a girl visitor and was accused of attempting to rape a woman 20 years later. Simon Howard, 65, whose family are the custodians of Castle Howard, attacked the girl at the gatehouse where he lived with his wife in the 1980s. A brain injury meant he was not fit... View Article