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Child victims of sexual abuse are never to blame

Release Date: 21 Apr 2017

Asked to comment on The Sun’s front page story regarding disgraced footballer Adam Johnson today, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

Adam Johnson was found guilty of grooming and sexual activity with a child and must take full responsibility for his actions.

His victim was exploited and left devastated by the person she idolised. She showed incredible bravery in giving evidence in court and has suffered enough.

Victims are never to blame, regardless of what they wear or what they have drunk. Convicted offenders are always at fault, whether or not they are famous.

We want other victims of child sexual abuse to have the confidence to come forward and seek justice.

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