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Linder Myers Solicitors partners with the Maggie Oliver Foundation

Linder Myers is very excited to announce a partnership with The Maggie Oliver Foundation.

Maggie Oliver is best known as a police detective turned whistle blower. Maggie resigned from Greater Manchester Police in 2012 to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal.

During her time in GMP, Maggie worked on many high profile police operations such as Operation Augusta and Operation Span. Maggie dealt with many victims of systematic abuse, uncovering their harrowing stories. Some of these victims were as young as just 11 years old. Maggie became shocked at the repeated failures of the police and authorities to protect the victims. Allegations weren’t being recorded, offenders weren’t being prosecuted and victims were neglected.

Maggie was forced into a very difficult decision. She was the first police officer to resign and speak publicly of the police failings. In doing so she risked a prison sentence.

Many people will have seen heard about Maggie’s story from the BBC Drama “The Three Girls” which finally brought these issues to light showing the public a glimpse of what had happened to some of the victims.

In 2019 Maggie decided to set up a charity – The Maggie Oliver Foundation. Her vision for the charity was to build an amazing, caring and understanding team to help survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse. The Foundation’s mission is to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK to transform their own personal pain into power through the provision of support, guidance and a listening ear, signposting to appropriate local services where needed.

After the charity was set up in 2019 Maggie set up a pilot centre in Rochdale which will re-open once Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

More recently The Foundation launched their dedicated phone support service to provide a safe place for the survivors to be heard. The phone line has given the Foundation a national reach as well as a local one and has been very effective, especially during the pandemic. Many people are stuck at home with their abusers. The phone service provides survivors with ongoing support with a dedicated support worker so that they have a safe place to go and talk to a caring, non judgmental person who understands the trauma caused by abuse.

In addition to setting up The Foundation, Maggie has also written a book which was published in 2019. The book is called Survivors which is available to purchase at Amazon and Waterstones. The book is a gripping read and goes into much more depth about the failures of the Police and the authorities. The book also highlights the importance of support from The Foundation and the many other organisations helping survivors of abuse.

Linder Myers has joined forces with The Foundation to help survivors bring applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and to consider a civil claim against the perpetrator or the authorities that have failed them. We are very proud to be partnering up with The Maggie Oliver Foundation in the fight for justice for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. We look forward to working closely with The Foundation, working and helping them transform pain into power.

If you wish to discuss a potential claim please contact a member of our team on 0161 832 6972 or enquiries@lindermyers.co.uk.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the topics discussed please seek support through The Foundation via their website www.themaggieoliverfoundation.com.

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