Most sex abuse cases go ‘unsolved’ as police fail to investigate – that’s what a High Court judge said to The Telegraph in January 2016.
A year ago, in July 2015, The Guardian published:
- Thousands of child abuse victims to be invited to testify in truth project – Long-awaited public inquiry into child abuse within state and non-state institutions in England and Wales opens – the biggest public inquiry into criminality and corruption by public and private institutions in England and Wales.
The monarchy, government, politicians, church leaders, schools, hospitals and the media would all be examined, she said. Insurance companies which deny victims the truth to prevent compensation payouts, and internet providers who fail to tackle online abuse, will also be investigated.
All allegations of child abuse will be passed to the police, via the overarching operation, known as Hydrant, which is coordinating more than 660 investigations across the country, including 261 into prominent individuals.
Liz Davies, a social worker who exposed the Islington child abuse scandal in London, said she was disappointed at the lack of a separate dedicated criminal investigation running parallel with the inquiry and by the lack of investigative skills on the inquiry.
“Where are the retired police officers, where are the investigators to look at the organised element of this child abuse. I fear the perpetrators will be laughing today,” said Davies.
This year, the Guardian publishes:
Senior Anglican clergy accused of failing to act on rape allegations – Church of England priest who says he was raped by vicar when he was 16 files misconduct complaints against archbishop of York and four bishops
- Goddard inquiry truth project to hear first testimony on child sexual abuse – More than 600 people have agreed to take part and inquiry panel is encouraging more victims and survivors to come forward
It is examining five key areas of state and non-state institutions, people of public prominence, education and religion of all faiths, police and prosecuting services, local authorities and voluntary organisations, national and private organisations including the NHS, internet providers and insurance firms.
For the moment, the IICSA still write on their website
“We are required to pass on any information about child abuse to the police.”
Since I’ve won over Barnet Police who took me court over a clear attempt to stitch me up on the back of a ‘protestor’, I informed the IICSA that I don’t consider the Police safe for a number of reasons which I also spelled out in our latest update to the EU petition.
Deep sighs and high hopes as ever. But I’m definitely suffering from another version of ‘too muchness’…
Hoping you can keep your spirit up,