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Abuse inquiry offers hope for justice

The scope of the inquiry will be child sex abuse cases in England and Wales and results from a string of recent accusations and prosecutions relating to prominent figures in society. Victims and support groups claim that there have been a series of high-level cover-ups after senior politicians and figures in the media came under scrutiny, with allegations of organised abuse stretching back decades in some cases. There is a general feeling that authorities let victims down at the time and afterwards, with many cases dismissed with little or no investigation. In some instances, such as that of Jimmy Savile, the abuse was an open secret in certain circles, and victims were encouraged to stay quiet due to fears of repercussions if they accused high-profile people. Savile even took legal action against some of his accusers who made statements about the abuse during his lifetime.Since the Savile inquiry after his death in 2011, which investigated both the entertainer and other key figures, there has been a far greater openness about the problem of historic and current sexual abuse at all levels of society. However, recent studies have found that there are still major failings in child protection. In Rotherham, for example, an investigation found that 1,400 children had been abused between 1997 and 2013. Two years later, though, there were still “serious concerns” about the way that South Yorkshire Police dealt with child protection cases.The new inquiry will not only examine past cases, thereby giving victims the hope of justice, but will establish the parameters within which police, local authorities and the government engage with future cases.Have you been a victim of abuse? Talk to us in complete confidence. We are experienced public law solicitors and can give you the expert advice you need. Call 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk
 

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