With the story of the sexual abuse in football constantly developing, more and more victims are coming forward.
Dorset charity, Action on Abuse, say the heavy media exposure is “exactly what’s needed” to encourage victims of sexual abuse to speak out.
The support from the public towards the victims of the sexual abuse scandal in football has been evident. Five-time World Darts Champion Eric Bristow’s comments regarding the matter however, have left the 59-year-old sacked from his punditry position at Sky Sports.
Bristow, known by the darts alias ‘the crafty cockney’, had been providing punditry and commentary for Sky Sports’ darts coverage since the early 1990’s.
In a statement made by a Sky representative, it was announced they will no longer be using Bristow’s services stating: “He was a contributor to our darts coverage in the past but we will not be using him in the future.”
Dr. Zoey Pool of Dorset Action on Abuse said that Bristow’s twitter tirade is “victim shaming” as well as stating that a figure in the public eye making those comments will “discourage victims coming forward”.
Latest figures regarding the case show that 98 professional and non-professional clubs are involved and have been affected by the case, with the dedicated NSPCC helpline receiving 860 calls within the first three days of being set up.
Dorset Action on Abuse aims to “relieve the suffering and distress of men and women over the age of 16 who are survivors of child abuse in Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole.”
Contact Action on Abuse at 01202 732424