Gemma Fox, Gemma is a mother of four wonderful children. Gemma is also a survivor of child sexual abuse in the family. Only one abuser faced court with less than minimum punishment. Three years ago Gemma suffered a stroke which left her partially sighted. Because of what she has suffered and witnessed Gemma fights to help all victims of abuse in any way she can. Gemma also campaigns against forced adoption as she has witnessed first-hand that injustice too children taken from loving families yet she was forced to stay when all authorities knew abuse was going on. Gemma’s one wish would be to end child sexual abuse forever.
Chris Stacey, is a survivor of Child Sex Abuse by a member of his family. Educated at Eton and Keele University, he then worked in Insurance and Pensions in London from 1987, for Scottish Widows, William M Mercer Ltd, and as a consultant for Hymans Robertson, Actuaries. In 1998 he started talking about his abuse for the first time, feeling progressively less isolated. He has been working in a successful Pupil Referral Unit in Hertfordshire with pupils from Secondary Schools in the area. He is committed to helping change attitudes towards Child Sex Abuse in the UK, giving survivors a voice. He, like many survivors and campaigners, has realised in recent years that there has been extensive Child Sex Abuse across the country including by some prominent Establishment figures. He will keep supporting and helping other survivors; and wait impatiently for most of the country to realise the full horror of the societal problem of Child Sex Abuse in the UK, and worldwide.
Cheryl Corless, Cheryl is the daughter of an Irish catholic care survivor. Cheryl was thrown in to care aged 14 where she suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse for 3 years. As an adult she has had her own children removed for the future risk of emotional harm due to abuse suffered in the care system. Cheryl believes the whole uk care system is corrupt and not fit for purpose. Cheryl believes it’s time for survivors to be heard, listened to and helped. Cheryl herself has had zero help with issues from what she suffered and instead feels like she’s spent her whole adult life being punished by professionals for being a victim. Cheryl is a well-known activist and has spent many years helping people who have suffered find a voice even risking prison in her quest.
Alan Collins, Legal Counsel to Steering Committee
Alan Collins is one of the best known solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals. He also specialises in serious personal injury cases including head and spinal injury claims. Alan represents clients in this country and internationally and has recently been working in Australia, Uganda, Kenya, and California on a series of sexual abuse cases. His best career moment was acting for the victims of sexual abuse at Green Field House, a children’s home in Berkshire. Occurring in the 1960s, it was considered to have been one of the worse cases ever to have come to public notice. As a result of the investigatory work undertaken by Alan, it was proved that the home had been the centre of what was a paedophile ring. All the victims that he acted for were compensated for the considerable harm they had suffered.
Notable high profile cases include: Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey, Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Green Field House children’s home, Robert Dando baptist church abuse case, Cyril Smith, Max Clifford, William Henry Smith School, King’s School in Rochester, Cyntwell High School for Boys, Portsmouth Cottage Homes.
Alan is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a director for the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). ACAL is a support group set up by solicitors and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for victims of abuse. Alan regularly appears on television and radio in relation to his cases including the BBC and ITV national news, Radio 4 ‘Today’, and media channels in Australia and US. Alan is a regular speaker on legal issues, and has recently spoken at the National Crime Agency, Aberystwyth University, the ACAL conference, and at a child safeguarding conference. Alan represented the Jersey Care Leavers Association at the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.
Regina Paulose, Chair of Steering Committee, J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and her LLM in International Crime and Justice from the University of Torino/UNICRI. She has presented at international conferences and has published law review articles concerning the Rome Statute, Genocide, and Transnational Organized Crime. She has been a practicing attorney since 2004.