Max Clifford guilty verdicts give hope to victims of historic abuse

Max Clifford guilty verdicts give hope to victims of historic abuse

A jury has found Max Clifford, 71, guilty of eight counts of indecent assault in the first conviction under Operation Yewtree. Clifford used his celebrity status to bully girls into performing sex acts over a period of ten years. He now faces imprisonment for sexual assault on four girls.

The conviction of Clifford follows an 8 week trial at Southwark crown court in London. The jury took 37 hours to reach their verdicts showing they took their time to consider the evidence and that they took their role in the case seriously.

For my column for the Nottingham Post in March, I focused on the issue of high profile cases of historic sexual harassment and abuse having failed to produce convictions. My concern was that women would be put off from coming forward:

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