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THOUGHTS: Inquiries …

WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE JIMMY SAVILLE STORY CAME TO LIGHT …

After Jimmy Saville’s mass abuse came was revealed, people started to believe what has happened to many children in this country. So now it’s official: child abuse happens. They believe us, and now there is a government funded inquiry to look at the many institutions and organisations that abuse and abused children.

 

The Independent Inquiry Into Child abuse 

They say …

“We know that there has been systemic abuse of children within our society. How and why this abuse was allowed to continue, and further, to be accepted or tolerated is at the heart of the Inquiry’s task.

Even if a complaint is made the Survivors experience is that their word will be ignored against the word of their abuser. Who will believe the complaint made by a child against the professional reputation and authority of a career, teacher, priest?”

 


“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”

Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

 

 

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