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Wednesday, 6 March 2013
"States Of Jersey Forced Into A Committee Of Inquiry Into Decades Of Child Abuse"
A six million pounds Committee of Inquiry in to historical child abuse in Jersey will go ahead.
Politicians today debated the terms of reference for the inquiry which were unanimously supported by 43 votes to 0.
Summing up at the end of a short and dignified debate, the Chief Minister Senator Gorst said, "The stories this inquiry hears will shock and surprise the community. The victims need our support through the process.
"Victims will play a part in creating the right framework to protect islanders into the future."
The only sticking point in the debate was whether the Chairman, who is yet to be appointed, would be able to decide for himself how prosecution files of previous child abuse cases are examined.
The Council of Ministers wanted that to be done by off-island lawyers with prosecution expertise.
But Deputy Montfort Tadier, who's brought the amendment won the day.
Opening the debate, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said: "A Committee of Inquiry offers victims a trusted forum to share their experiences and for a healing process to begin."
He also repeated an apology to victims first made by government in 2010.
The horrors of abuse that happened at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne have cast a long shadow over Jersey.
Ever since they came to light in 2008, there have been calls for a transparent investigation into historical child abuse in States-run children's homes.
The budget for the inquiry is £6million.
Among the costs, a chairman who'll be paid £576,800, and two other members, one on £342,000, one £256,500.
But the biggest cost of all is the lawyers. Those for the inquiry team have £750,000 at their disposal. Lawyers for witnesses could tot up to £1,350,000.
It could take two years to gather evidence, call witnesses and come forward with conclusions.
If there's even a whiff of political interference in the process, this one-time opportunity to learn the truth could be lost forever.
Britain reviews child sexual abuse policy after Jimmy Savile scandal
A broadcast journalist holds a copy of the report entitled Giving Victims a Voice outside New Scotland Yard in central London on Jan 11, 2013. The report by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) details 50 years of allegations of sexual abuse by former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile. Britain's top prosecutor announced a shake-up on Wednesday of the way sexual abuse of children is dealt with in the criminal justice system to prevent a repeat of the Jimmy Savile scandal. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's top prosecutor announced a shake-up on Wednesday of the way sexual abuse of children is dealt with in the criminal justice system to prevent a repeat of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Keir Starmer said police and prosecutors needed to change the way they assessed the credibility of victims and should examine potential suspects more closely for patterns of behaviour and links to other cases in deciding whether to pursue an allegation.
The announcement follows public horror at revelations that Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, used his fame as a star presenter on BBC television and radio to sexually abuse hundreds of children over four decades.
"We cannot afford another Savile moment in five or ten years' time," said Starmer, the director of public prosecutions.
Abuse committee of inquiry terms agreed
THE terms of reference for a committee of inquiry into historical abuse are to be widened to include non-States run care homes, the States agreed this afternoon.
The Council of Ministers had lodged an amendment to their own proposition to allow people who suffered abuse in non-States run homes and at the hands of third-party providers of services for children, such as sport and youth clubs, to raise concerns with the inquiry.
Previously, the proposed inquiry was just going to focus on States-run care homes.
Deputy Montfort Tadier, who has worked with the Council of Ministers and the Jersey Care Leavers Association to ensure the terms of reference meet the needs of abuse victims, had also lodged an amendment to enable the inquiry to examine decisions to prosecute individuals relating to historical child abuse in the Island however it sees fit.
So the Abuse Survivors, a few good cops, a few good politicians, the JCLA, and the Jersey Bloggers finally win through.
No doubt that many in Jersey won't be getting much sleep tonight, but they don't deserve a peaceful night for the misery, pain, and death that they have caused.
Also those who have covered up child abuse will be quaking in their boots this evening, waiting in future months and years for that knock on the door to finally arrive. To let them know that they didn't get away with it, and that they never could.
None of these bastards did the right thing whilst they were afforded the opportunity, and for them, hopefully humiliation, disgrace and prison.
The survivors now have their dream chance to end the torment that they have suffered for decades, that one window of opportunity to find some peace and closure, we all need to stay vigilant to make sure they get that opportunity for I feel that the shenanigans are not yet over....
And a thought for the poor souls who never made it....
A small & deserved tribute to Jersey Bloggers
"Role Of Honour"
The Abuse Survivors
JCLA Daniel Wimberley
Francis Le Gresley
Monty Tadier Roy Le Herissier
Leah McGrath Goodman
Everyone Who Has Spoken Out In Support Of The Cause.
"THE VOTE" & who didn't!!! Why, the usual suspects of course.