It was announced yesterday that BBC Broadcaster, Stuart Hall pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls. Stuart Hall was initially arrested in December when he denied the allegations labelling them as "pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious”.
The assaults occurred between 1967 and 1985. Sky news reported that Hall admitted touching and kissing 13 young girls and has been described as “an opportunistic predator”. The victims who came forward have been thanked for their bravery in coming forward. The Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, stated “This case clearly shows that the victims of abuse will not be denied justice by the passage of time and abusers will be held to account."
We hope that the conviction of Stuart Hall will provide other victims of abuse the confidence to come forward. The conviction demonstrates that perpetrators of abuse can be brought to justice no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. This conviction once again highlights the importance on naming suspects. It instils confidence in other victims that they will be believed and that they are not alone.
Since the publicity surrounding Jimmy Savile last year there has been a welcome change in society’s view of sexual abuse. It is encouraging to see that the social stigma surrounding these cases of abuse has changed. These changes have allowed victims who have been suffering alone for decades an element of hope. It is encouraging that victims no longer feel they need to suffer in silence, they can speak out and more importantly their voices will be heard and believed.
Child Abuse Lawyer of Slater and Gordon appeared on Channel 4 News yesterday commenting on the importance of the conviction of Stuart Hall to other victims.
At Slater and Gordon we have a specialist abuse team of Child Abuse Solicitors who are familiar with dealing with abuse cases and understand the difficulties in speaking out. If you would like to speak to us about any of the issues raised in this article or if you have been a victim of any form of abuse please contact a member of our specialist abuse team on 020 7657 1658/1502/1653 for free confidential advice. Any communication will dealt with in strict confidence.
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