Former scout leader jailed for non-recent abuse

A former Salford scout leader has been jailed for non-recent sexual abuse.  

John Francis Parrish (18/01/1947) of Castle Gates, Shrewsbury has today, Friday 19 May 2017, been jailed for 8 years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.  

On 30 January 2015, a 56-year-old man made a report to police that he had been sexually assaulted by Parrish between 1966 and 1970.  

The man told police the abuse happened at the hands of Parrish, who was a Scout Master in Salford, when he was aged between 7 and 11.  

He said his grandson had expressed an interest in joining the Scouts and he couldn’t keep the abuse to himself any longer in case Parrish was still alive and abusing children.  

An investigation was launched and a number of enquiries were followed based on the information bravely brought forward by the man including the almost weekly occurrence that Parrish would accompany him to the toilet and sexually assault him while whispering “Be quiet.”  

Detective Constable Cathy Blain of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “This has been a long and complex investigation and I have nothing but praise for the man who so courageously came forward and reported the abuse.  

“Parrish abused his position of trust in the worst possible way and my only hope is that the prosecution brings some closure after he has suffered in silence for more than 50 years.  

“If you have any concerns at all or want to speak to someone to pass on information or report a sexual offence, you can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.” 

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.  

- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report. 

- St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral. 

- Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

- Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.

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