Former mathematics teacher accused of abuse

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The prosecutor said in court that the victims, now all in their late teens, 20's and 30's had made claims with "striking similarities".

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Allegations of abuse against former teachers and careworkers are sadly all too common. As one High Court judge said, one of the most pernicious fruits of abuse is silence. Consequently it may take many years before abusers are brought to book. In the North Wales Inquiry, the allegations made by children in care went all the way back to the early seventies and ended around the mid eighties.

Blake Lapthorn is instructed in at least two such cases involving historic allegations of abuse, Ford Baptist Church in Devon and St Benedict's School in Ealing. The success of a compensation claim depends very much on the preceding criminal allegations, but a criminal conviction is not a pre-requisite.

Malcolm Johnson

Associate - Personal Injury team

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