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22 October 2021 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

HJ Talks About Abuse: Interview with Author, John Skull

*Trigger Warning – Podcast contains discussions about abuse and violence*

HJ Talks About Abuse: Interview with Author, John SkullHJ Talks About Abuse: Interview with Author, John SkullHJ Talks About Abuse: Interview with Author, John Skull

In this week’s episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, Alan interviews John Skull, the author of “If You Can’t Take a Joke…” his memoir of growing-up in the slums of Belfast during the “Troubles” and his progression from Rathgael Training School to a successful career in the Royal Navy.

In spite of being subjected to abuse, violence and having to survive on the streets controlled by soldiers and para-militaries, he adapted and managed to retain a positive outlook on life which served him well.

Alan and John discuss the Northern Ireland redress scheme and John explains how he applied for redress under the scheme, how he has helped survivors apply and why those who have not yet done so, should apply.

Listen to past episodes of the HJ Talks About Abuse Podcast.

The redress scheme is there to compensate those who experienced abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. Those who qualify receive a compensation award. The process is a simple one, so please contact us for further information.

If you would like to communicate with John about the scheme he would be pleased to be contacted by email: [email protected].

Author bio

Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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