Victims pull out of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

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Sex abuse victims have been “utterly marginalised” by an inquiry set up to help them, one of the victims claimed.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is examining the extent to which religious groups and local authorities failed children.

Earlier this week a latest victims group – Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse (SOIA) – withdrew from the process.

The IICSA said it had “taken on board” a number of issues raised by SOIA.

SOIA said the group had taken the decision to withdraw “with regret” but said the inquiry was “not fit for purpose”.

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BBC v Rochdale Borough Council High Court 24 Nov 2005

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This is relevant to the 1990 Rochdale “satanic abuse” case, see 2017 Jun 16 Cathy Fox Blog Two articles on “Ritual Abuse” by Richard Scorer  [1]

There had been an injunction so that no one could identify the social workers involved, in order that the children were not identified.

The children were now grown up and were aggrieved about the separation from their parents and wanted to be able to tell their stories. Therefore the injunction preventing naming the social workers was therefore challenged by the BBC so that the programme could be broadcast.

The injunction was lifted.


Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and…

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Two articles on “Ritual Abuse” by Richard Scorer

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This blog has always tackled cases alleging ritual sexual abuse, see ritual abuse category [14] This has included in UK, several court appeals and newspaper articles on Broxtowe and Esther W’s book about the Orkney abuse [14]

Whilst ritual abuse undoubtedly exists, equally it must be acknowledged some alleged cases prove not to be so.  A few hours of research does not mean a definitive answer but claims of Rochdale 1990 being of satanic abuse appear to be misplaced. The more information out in the public arena, the better (an area IICSA is conspicuously failing on).

My thanks to Richard Scorer allowing me to publish these two articles authored by him.   The first is relevant to what is known as the Rochdale “satanic abuse” case of 1990.

To put that in context, I will describe some background.

Wikipedia states

“In 1990 there was a case in Rochdale which around twenty…

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Trace An Object To Stop Child Abuse

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We came across an incredible project online, and so we had to share it.

Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, which works with member states to tackle serious international crime and terrorism, has launched a new initiative to help stop child sexual abuse online.

“Trace An Object” asks members of the public to help Europol identify the origins of specific items found in sexually explicit material involving minors. The idea is that these objects are potentially specific to one location or country and so Europol are appealing for eyes to look at these images and see if they can help to work out where these objects come from.

The project was launched just a week ago and it has already received over 10,000 contributions from the general public.

If you’d like to see whether you can identify any of the objects you can take a look at…

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Child Abuse Inquiry WILL hear Ealing Abbey Allegations

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Welcome to another week.

After leaving survivors and victims furious when it suggested that an investigation into serious child sexual abuse allegations at schools run by Ealing Abbey monks would be dropped, The inquiry has now backtracked and confirmed that it will now hear evidence on the allegations at hearings scheduled for November and December, but not before the criminal proceedings on the matter are concluded.

Inquiry Chair, Alexis Jay’s statement from the IICSA website is added below:

Following the preliminary hearing this week, the Chair of the Inquiry has announced a decision in regard to the English Benedictine case study hearing in the Roman Catholic Church investigation.  Prof Alexis Jay’s decision is as follows:

“One of the issues for determination arising out of this hearing is whether or not evidence should be heard in relation to Ealing Abbey/St Benedict’s during the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC) case study hearing…

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Medomsley – Police Incompetence or Corruption?

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I requested an internal review by Durham Police over their refusal to release very basic information in a freedom of information request, about what is going on about prosecutions for Medomsley. I said that their refusal to publish would fuel fears that they were covering up child sexual abuse again. They said I was being “accusatory”.

Lets examine that police record to see what the facts are.

Neville Husband, one of the most brutal and prolific abusers at Medomsley was investigated by Police as far back as 1967 for a possible offence under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and Post Office Act 1953.

The Director of Public Prosecutions instructed the Police in 1967 to investigate Husband,  for importing obscene and lewd photographs from Sweden, as is shown by this memo from the Governor of a Borstal at Portland, Dorset.

The Governor was HH Harrison. According to the Times 1 Feb…

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