Football child sex abuse claims

Tommy Beale, Senior Associate, AO Advocates

Football teams are known for being very male-orientated environments. Players are encouraged to be brave, competitive, and avoid showing any signs of weakness. In this type of environment, it can be very difficult for victims of sexual abuse to disclose what has happened to them. They may worry about how their teammates will react, be fearful of upsetting the team dynamic, or afraid to speak out about abuse by a coach if the coach is particularly well-liked and respected by the team.

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In the news again: sexual abusers in Government

Child sexual abuse is in the news again with reports that police are investigating claims against a senior Labour MP. The claims were passed to the police by a Conservative MP, who heard numerous allegations of abuse from multiple sources over a long period. It is alleged that the Labour MP sexually abused children, including two teenage boys in a mental health facility, for over 10 years.

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