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Tuesday, 21 June 2011
"Guernsey Survivor - Zibby Yates - Fights Back"
Brave victim of Child Abuse, Zibby Yates, is starting an awareness campaign in Guernsey. Her letter to me (in blue) below, sets out her aim's and objectives with regard to child abuse in the Islands.
Unlike Jersey's main stream media, The Guernsey Press (who's article can be read here) have been very supportive of Zibby's efforts and have backed her all the way.
I have advised Zibby to start her own blog for VoiceForVictims as we in Jersey have already witnessed the power of the Blogs in bringing the truth to the masses. Justice to those denied it, will surely follow as a result of the publicity and facts disseminated by bloggers.
We wish Zibby all the very best in her courageous pursuit for justice and assistance for all those who have suffered so badly. Anyone who needs assistance, or who can offer any support or assistance to Zibby and her organisation, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any support that can be given by Jersey's bloggers, I am sure, will be forthcoming.
Good luck Lady....
Zibby Yates - A victim speaks out
VICTIMS of child sex abuse are being invited to speak out by one survivor, who tells her story in today’s Guernsey Press.
Zibby Yates, 35 (pictured), was a victim of convicted paedophile Eugene Hughes , the former judo instructor, who was arrested after multiple victims independently came forward to police.
She wants to hear from anyone who has been affected by child sex abuse, whether victims or members of victims’ families.
‘I’d like to know how Hughes and others like him have affected people’s lives.’
Anyone wishing to contact Miss Yates can do so on email@example.com. Emails can be anonymous and all will be treated confidentially. They will not be passed on to the police.
Voice For Victims Campaign by Zibby Yates
The response to the recent articles in the Guernsey Press has been so positive and overwhelming that I feel encouraged to continue to raise awareness and try to bring about positive changes for victims and their families via a campaign.
The campaign is focused on protecting children from abuse and giving victims a sense of justice.
The main arguments are:
How do we measure the value of a child and to what degree are their rights cherished and upheld?
Sexual abuse of a child is a violation of that child’s human rights in the most cruel and degrading manner. To what extent do we empathise with victims and seek to restore them?
Any society is judged by its determination to protect its vulnerable members and to provide victims with empowerment and justice.
A significant deterrent for people who seek to abuse children is sought by Voice For Victims because not only do paedophiles devastate the lives of victims and their families but they also undermine the foundation of our community, which is family life and trust.
Tougher sentencing to provide an adequate deterrent and to give victims a sense of justice.
Convicted paedophiles should not be considered eligible for parole unless deemed appropriate by a forensic psychologist.
Upon release, if a paedophile is still considered a risk to children, then he/she ought to be detained in a secure unit until psychologists are satisfied that he/she will not be a risk of children.
Transparency within the judicial process so that victims are given the opportunity to engage. Why is it so many cases don’t make it to court and why aren’t victims told why?
To be considered as part of a campaign or in the near future:
Abuse of children online
Funding for victims and their families
Psychologists to provide evidence in court
Residency of convicted paedophiles upon release.
How to get involved:
Collecting signaturesfrom friends and family for a petition.
Collecting signatures from public places, such as Town.
Helping to raise awareness by expressing support through the Guernsey Press.
Help raise awareness by explaining to the Guernsey Press how abuse has affected you and your family. This can be done anonymously.
When the petition is ready, help present the petition to policy makers. It would be great to have a decent crowd to add weight to the campaign.