Child abuse victims blast Theresa May for “lack of transparency” and “manipulations”

There used to be a joke on ‘Yes, Minister’, that when the government wanted to be seen to be doing something about a problem, while doing absolutely nothing at all, they’d call a public inquiry. In this case, it’s the truth. And this isn’t a matter of wry humour, but absolute disgust. May here seems far more concerned to protect the guilty, and the lives and reputation of highly placed and influential men, than give justice to the victims of such abuse. As it stands, the inquiry is a grudging, token concession to those who suffered the abuse, and as the criticism over the cut-off date for the inquiry shows, it is still trying to deny there is a problem. It’s high time the present panel were dismissed, and all of the victims’ recommendations implemented in full.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today)

Survivors of institutional child abuse have written an extraordinary letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May telling her the government’s official inquiry is “not fit for purpose” and they will no longer cooperate with it.

In the unprecedented letter, child abuse survivors and professionals accuse Theresa May’s Home Office of “obfuscation“, “lack of transparency” and “manipulations“:

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Dear Theresa May
As survivors and associated professionals, we were very much hoping to take up the invitations to engage with your Ministerial Officers to discuss the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry but we regret to say we have to decline. We, alongside many survivors, have made numerous representations to you regarding our view that the Inquiry as it stands is not fit for purpose. Its Terms of…

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