Jonathan Bridge - Head of Abuse Claims, Partner - Farleys SolicitorsLeading abuse lawyer predicts further rise in reported sex crimes as BBC drama set to examine abuse and grooming scandal in Rochdale

As the BBC is set to premiere Three Girls next week, based on the true story of the victims of the Rochdale abuse scandal, Jonathan Bridge from Manchester based Farleys Solicitors is welcoming the drama starring Maxine Peake, which is set to depict the serious failings by the authorities responsible for the protection of the girls caught up in the sexual abuse rings.

Whilst the drama focuses on three individuals and how the abuse has impacted their lives,  it is thought that upwards of a dozen individuals have now bravely spoken out as victims to the sex trafficking rings, which hit the headlines in 2012, and Jonathan believes there are still  many more to come forward.

Having represented many of the victims of the Rochdale paedophile gangs, Jonathan has also advised the production team in the legal aspects of making Three Girls.

He said: “Whilst the programme will make for uncomfortable viewing,  it is  essential in terms of raising awareness on a subject that unfortunately, is all too commonplace now in society.

Year on year we are seeing an increase in numbers of people coming to us to report cases of abuse, both ongoing and historic. It is sometimes only when cases such as the Rochdale Case are brought to the public’s attention that victims and their families find the courage to speak out about their experiences and seek to find the justice they have so far failed to achieve.”

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