HJ Talks About Abuse

HJ Talks About Abuse

We’re starting the conversation about sexual abuse to inform and offer legal support for listeners, by discussing recent cases and topics which have been ignored for too long.

Episodes

September 30, 2022 13 min

This week Danielle and Kathleen discuss the Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme, which was introduced on Monday the 26th of September. Applications are open until 31st December 2023 for victims to apply for compensation.

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The team discuss ‘The Most Hated Man on the Internet’, an American Netflix series covering the story of Hunter Moore who began a revenge porn website called ‘Is Anyone Up’, which allowed anyone to anonymously upload nude photos along with personal information.

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September 2, 2022 12 min

Alan, Kathleen and Danielle discuss a recent headline in the Associated Press in the US involving sexual abuse in the Mormon Church.

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August 26, 2022 17 min

An untold story of Warren Jeffs Texas based religious closed community, the expose looked a bigamy, abuse and peadophilia.

Leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He had been head of the church since 2002 and imprisoned in 2011.

The documentary focused on the accounts of those who had left the cult and the impact on their lives.

Warren had 78 wives in which 24 of these were under 17. One of the pe...

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August 19, 2022 23 min

Discussion of a one woman play starring Jodie Comer who plays a criminal defence barrister who defends accused rapists and finds herself a victim of rape by a male colleague. 

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August 12, 2022 13 min

Danielle and Kathleen discuss the recent BBC investigation into Calcot Services for Children, which revealed reports of abuse including grooming and child sexual abuse.

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August 5, 2022 14 min

Danielle and Kathleen discuss the recent headlines regarding abuse in the massage therapy and the increased dangers with home treatments.

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Kathleen interviews a hero of hers, Ian Ackley, a survivor of abuse in football and an advocate for other survivors. Disclosed abuse survivor Ian Ackley describes not being believed when he first publicly disclosed his abuse in 1997, and how turned this devastating experience into a lifelong quest to support victims and survivors and raise awareness.

In the decades since his public disclosure, he has worked hard to recover from the...

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Kathleen, Danielle and Feleena discuss the recent announcement of strike by the Criminal Bar Association. The abuse team discuss how the strike has come about and what the affect may be for survivors, both positive and negative, not only now but in the future.

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July 15, 2022 14 min

Alan, Danielle and Feleena discuss the Oldham Report which has recently been published. The independent inquiry was set up after allegations circulated that Oldham Council was covering up child sexual exploitation. The report examined the way child sexual exploitation was tackled between 2011 and 2014 by the council and Greater Manchester Police.

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Alan Collins Danielle Vincent and Feleena Grosvenor discuss Transport for London’s (TFL) recent campaign to tackle sexual harassment. TFL have placed posters within tubes with titles of “common” sexual harassment methods with a clear warning that it will not be tolerated.

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The abuse team discuss the recent decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, which means abortion laws are now governed by the individual state, with some states banning abortion in all instances.

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Kathleen interviews a hero of hers, Ian Ackley, a survivor of abuse in football and an advocate for other survivors. He discusses the value of his lived experiences to help provide support, interventions and a helping hand through the reporting process.

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Danielle and Feleena discuss consent to medical treatment and the possible legal recourse to the same. They discuss its relevance to the recent Netflix documentary “Our Father” regarding a fertility specialist in who inseminated dozens of patients with his own sperm, without their knowledge or consent.

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Danielle and Kathleen share their thoughts on the CPS's new advice on pre-trial therapy, and the fact that therapy notes are now able to be used as evidence in trial. They believe that personal information could be used to discredit the victim by the defence.

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An interview with Danielle, a senior associate in the abuse team and a regular contributor to HJ Talks About Abuse. She discusses her career so far, the highs and lows of working in the field and the positive impact of TV dramas on survivors coming forward.

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May 20, 2022 10 min

Kathleen and Feleena share their thoughts on the Scotland Redress Scheme, which was set up for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland. They also explain the process of submitting an application.

Read the full story here: https://www.hughjames.com/blog/scotlands-redress-scheme-hj-talks-about-abuse

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An interview with Alan, a regular host of HJ Talks About Abuse, and one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation. He discusses the high profile cases he’s worked on including the Jimmy Savile and Jersey abuse scandals.

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Get to know our new senior associate, Kathleen Hallisey in the latest episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast. Feleena and Kathleen discuss Kathleen’s passion for helping vulnerable people to combat institutional abuse, and her big move from the US to practice law in the UK.

Read the full story here: https://www.hughjames.com/blog/introducing-kathleen-hallisey

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A discussion about the recent Hugh James/NSPCC Abuse conference specifically looking at Prof. Michael Salter's talk on issues of consent when victims appear to be 'enjoying' themselves.

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