Football Sex Abuse Claims

Beginning on November 16th, at least four former England footballers, in their 40s and early 50s, have come forward with claims of historical sexual abuse perpetrated by football coaches. The courage of these men must be admired as they described horrific sexual abuse, often done for years, while they were children. Three of these men were abused by the same convicted pedophile.

The BBC reported today that a hotline set up by the NSPCC, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, received more than 50 calls within its first two hours last Thursday. The children’s charity are expecting “many more” ex-players to follow with revelations. The repercussions of these disclosures may yet reveal a level of abuse on the same scale of Jimmy Saville. I sincerely hope more brave people come forward and the abusers convicted.