The head of the inquiry into historical child abuse has criticised powerful “vested interests” who see its work as a threat and want it to fail.
Alexis Jay, who is the fourth person to chair the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, admitted that it came close to collapse when her predecessor quit last summer.
She rejected criticism that the inquiry’s remit was too broad to reach meaningful conclusions, saying it had observed similar patterns of abusive behaviour in different settings, where too often the reaction was to move the perpetrator and protect the institution.
“Strong vested interests would like to see this inquiry implode. There are institutions which would prefer to see us fail, because we are such a threat,” Professor Jay said. “There are some powerful institutions and individuals that don’t know what we know. Like it or not, they’re going to be called to account.”
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