Eton College Abuse Survivors Praised for Speaking Out

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Liam Goggin
Partner, Abuse Claims

A head teacher at Eton College has praised former pupils for their “extraordinary courage and dignity” after speaking out about the sexual abuse they suffered while studying at the school.

Matthew Mowbray, a former teacher at Eton College, has been charged with 15 sexual offences against Eton pupils. By day Mowbray taught geography at the school, but by night, he would visit students in their bedrooms with the excuse of discussing their schoolwork before sexually abusing them.

He’s been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children and one of voyeurism after secretly filming a boy getting dressed.

Many of Mowbray’s victims are continuing to suffer with depression, anxiety, stress, and physical and psychological distress, according to Resident Judge Heather Norton QC, the judge handling his case.

Child abuse can have long lasting effects on victims, and even when their perpetrator is charged, this won’t always give victims the full closure and justice that they need.

Our Child Abuse Solicitors have supported many victims of child abuse to rebuild their lives and get the justice they deserve. We understand that talking about abuse can be extremely traumatic, but our patient and empathetic Solicitors are here for you should you decide to speak out.

Everything you tell us will be handled with complete confidence. If you decide to take legal action, we can look at handling your case on a No Win, No Fee basis or you might be entitled to Legal Aid – ask us for details when you get in touch.

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What Did Mowbray Do?

As well as visiting boys’ bedrooms at night, Mowbray downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children to his computer and edited students’ faces onto the naked bodies of unknown children.

Witness statements from the victims describe how one pupil “felt really uncomfortable and just froze,” while another told the police that Mowbray would “take photographs all the time.” One victim said he was “shocked and embarrassed” after Mowbray groped his bottom with a “forceful squeeze”.

It’s thought that Mowbray was able to get away with the abuse for so long because pupils may have felt as though their report wouldn’t be taken as seriously as it would have for a “more overt sexual act”, despite how uncomfortable the abuse made them feel.

Speaking to Matthew Mowbray directly in Court, Resident Judge Heather Norton QC said “You knew what you were doing was wrong but you continued to take the opportunities afforded to you to abuse children for your own gratification,” in the “grossest breach of trust.”

How Can Simpson Millar Help You?

If you’ve suffered at the hands of an abuser, even if it took place a long time ago, our Abuse Claims Solicitors can help you. We’ve helped many survivors get justice and compensation after they’ve courageously come forward.

We know that taking the first step to talk isn’t easy, so we’ll do everything we can to make things as smooth as possible for you. And if you decide to make a claim for compensation, one of our Solicitors will be happy to talk through your options with you.

As well as making sure you’re fairly compensated for your suffering, our experienced Abuse Solicitors can help you access a large network of support and survivor groups, so you’ll never be short of any further help and support you need.

If you’ve been affected by Matthew Mowbray during your time at Eton College, please don’t hesitate to speak out. Our compassionate and understanding Solicitors are just a phone call away.

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