or Christopher Booker’s article
“We survivors placed our faith in this inquiry. It must go ahead – for us, and for the thousands of children whose appalling suffering continues.
“… even more debilitating than the physical pain of abuse, is the loneliness: for a child who is suffering sexual abuse, fear, when coupled with exhaustion, leads to indescribable isolation. Family members are often the worst people to speak to (in many cases they are the perpetrators, or they are aware of what is happening and are doing nothing), and there is often no one else to turn to.
“… that’s what paedophiles do. They terrify, they manipulate, they threaten and they find a thousand different ways to tell their prey to shut up.
“… when many of these survivors are prepared, finally, to dig deep, open their mouths and speak out, they are met with an incompetence, mistrust, abandonment and rejection that is as appalling as it is consistent.
“… Hire Michael Mansfield, if necessary, hire 100 Michael Mansfields.
“… Offer them every possible resource, make things completely transparent and reassure us that no matter how long it takes and no matter the cost, this inquiry will happen, accountability will be sought, and we will learn from our mistakes. And then put those same exact resources into today’s child protection services to ensure that, for once, there is a chance that “never again” really means “never again”.
This article spurred us to re-open our petition to pay compensation and therapy to victims and survivors.
Dear Prime Minister,
Please acknowledge the emotional, physical and mental pain caused by fifty shades of abuse and crime.
You can’t continue to preach and practise ‘austerity’, while more and more people wake up to the dishonesty of the money system.
You can’t continue to oppress and intimidate victims, while more and more people realise who the abusers and criminals are.
Start coming clean, at least with money, while everybody’s conscience remains what it is.
A French proverb says:
there is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.