In the recent years we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of historic abuse cases involving various organisations and institutions. The latest of these trusted organisations to have their public image tarnished by reports of systemic abuse is the UK Scout Association.

Former scout leader Anthony Ball was convicted by Warwick Crown Court following allegations of abuse that spanned over two decades. Ball will face four years in jail after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent assault, three counts of sexual assault, and one charge of engaging with a child in sexual activity.

Throughout the course of the trial the court heard of Ball’s predatory behaviour as he plied victims with alcohol leaving them vulnerable and helpless to his advances. The details reveal a shocking abuse of trust as he used his position for his own sexual gratification.

As always in abuse cases this latest conviction is believed to be just the tip of the iceberg as many victims of sexual child abuse are often unable to speak openly about the ordeal they have suffered. The Scout Association is now facing intense public scrutiny as the extent of abuse is slowly revealed.

In such cases involving institutionalised abuse unfortunately instances such as these are rarely isolated, with the abuser grooming the victim, allowing the abuse to occur across a prolonged period of time. The impact of this on the victim, especially in childhood is detrimental to their emotional development, often resulting in long term psychological problems.

Hopefully the media attention that this case received will assist victims in finding the courage to come forward against their abuser as they realise they were not alone in their struggle. Understandably speaking out about past abuse for the first time can be extremely traumatic for victims as they are forced to relive past events. In such instances it is essential victims contact a solicitor who specialises in abuse as they understand the delicate and sensitive nature of each case.

Here at Farleys in an attempt to ease that initial fear victims often experience we have launched an online anonymous abuse service allowing victims to talk to a specialist solicitor in an environment in which they feel comfortable. For further information or to speak to a dedicated member of our abuse claims team please don’t hesitate to call 0845 050 1958. Alternatively please complete an online enquiry form.