Left without faith in ScotGov & the corrupt Child Abuse Inquiry, The Scots take matters into own hands with THE PEOPLE’S INQUIRY

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Fresh Start Foundation Roadshow Launch Press Event October 26th SYHA Edinburgh

Posted on  by Andrew Peacher via Fresh Start Foundation
 

Press Event on Thursday 26th October 2017 for the Scottish Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) Awareness Roadshow Starting in Spring 2018  10Am To 3pm.

Fresh Start Foundation Ltd, a not for profit company, is delighted to announce that we, together with partners, will be rolling out a programme of child sexual abuse & Satanist ritual abuse awareness road shows throughout Scotland from Spring 2018, with the message that we will not leave any Victims & Survivors behind.

The lack of engagement with the Scottish Government’s CSA Inquiry, speaks volumes that Victims & Survivors are suffering in silence in large numbers. We are inviting you to engage with us so that together we can reach out to Victims & Survivors, to empower them by giving them a voice, so that they do not have to suffer in silence any more.

Accordingly, Fresh Start Foundation would like to cordially invite you to our Press Event on Thursday 26th October 2017, at the SYHA Edinburgh Central to announce the dates for these road shows and outline why it is so important that we all work together for Victims & Survivors.

READ IN FULL http://www.freshstartfoundation.co.uk/fresh-start-foundation-roadshow-launch-press-event-october-26th-syha-edinburgh/

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/victims-historic-child-abuse-scotland-10350757

http://www.freshstartfoundation.co.uk/fresh-start-foundation-roadshow-launch-press-event-october-26th-syha-edinburgh/

Stay tuned, I have a feeling BIG THINGS are coming..

I will certainly keep you posted 

PRESS LAUNCH on Thursday 26th October 2017

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Tom Jones claims he was pressured by a sex pest as he says abusers ‘target men too’

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/tom-jones-claims-pressured-sex-pest-says-abusers-target-men/

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  1. Tom Jones: VIOLENT THUG & alleged CHILD RAPIST  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/29/tom-jones-named-in-child-rape/
  2. Tom Jones & the CHILD RAPE allegations that just won’t go away  https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/04/27/tom-jones-2x-child-rape-allegations/
  3. POP LEGEND CHILD RAPE PROBE. Reminds me of *SIR TOM JONES* CHILD RAPE PROBE    https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/16/pop-legend-rape-probe-tom-jones/
  4. #TomJones IS A NONCE & RAPIST *FIVE* WOMEN HAVE MADE ACCUSATIONS  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/06/07/tomjones-is-a-nonce-say-five-different-women/
  5. Is #TomJones about to do a runner? LA mansion up for grabs the SAME WEEK the CHILD RAPE probe hits the headlines  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/17/tom-jones-going-2-run/
  6. You wouldn’t just so happen to be a CHILD RAPING NONCE now would you? *SIR*  https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/03/03/tom-jones-the-child-abuse-allegation-that-just-wont-go-away-part-2/

Moray man that ‘likes feet’ asked to see toes of 11 & 12-year-old

hhgghhA Moray man with a foot fetish asked to see the toes of a 12-year-old girl while she waited at a bus stop.

Alexander Atkinson, from Dufftown, approached the youngster near the town’s clock tower on September 25.

Following a brief exchange between the pair, the girl called her mother to say a man was “creeping” on her.

Atkinson appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday from custody to plead guilty to three charges.

During the conversation, he asked the girl: “You’re not wearing socks are you?”

When she told the 25-year-old that she was, he then asked whether she “liked wearing socks” before asking if he could see her feet.

Fiscal Alison Young said: “She said no and walked to the corner of the bus shelter to get away from him. The accused then walked across the road and, as soon as he did that, the girl phoned her mum to say a man had been creeping.”

Defence solicitor Matthew O’Neill revealed it had been a long-known fact that his client “likes feet”.

During his appearance in the dock yesterday, Atkinson also admitted asking to see feet of a 11-year-old girl in Hopeman on June 6 in 2010.

Mrs Young said: “The accused asked to see her feet. She asked why and he said ‘I just want to see them’ as he was also in bare feet at the time.

“The girl did remove one shoe and went closer to the accused to show him. He said she had ‘nice feet”.

Yesterday, Atkinson also admitted failing to tell police he was using an online account with the username “Speedboatmagraw” to access the internet between August 1 and September 6 this year.

Mr O’Neill explained his client had learning difficulties.

He said: “He has been told by myself, social workers and prison staff that this can be looked at as sex-offender-type behaviour.”

Atkinson, of Balvenie Street, had his sentence deferred until November 9 after he pleaded guilty to a charges of lewd, indecent or libidinous practices, intentionally communicating for the purposes of sexual gratification, humiliation, distress or alarm and failing to notify police he was using a username to access the internet without reasonable excuse.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1340425/moray-man-that-likes-feet-asked-to-see-toes-of-11-and-12-year-old/

Harvey Weinstein: police in New York & London investigating allegations

12th Oct 2017

Harvey Weinstein: police in New York and London investigating allegations

London’s Metropolitan police have opened an inquiry into the Hollywood producer’s alleged actions and the NYPD is reviewing for ‘additional complaints’

US film producer Harvey Weinstein. US film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Police on both sides of the Atlantic have confirmed they are investigating Harvey Weinstein as the scandal surrounding the disgraced producer deepens.

In London, the Metropolitan police are assessing a sexual abuse allegation made against him, while in his hometown of New York  police are carrying out a “review” looking for new complaints against him.

Scotland Yard told the Guardian on Thursday: “The Met has been passed an allegation of sexual abuse by Merseyside police on Wednesday 11 October. The allegation will be assessed by officers from the child abuse and sexual offences command.” There is no indication the complaint relates to child abuse.

Lt John Grimpel of the NYPD said in a statement: “Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD  is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter.

“No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.”

On Thursday, French actor Florence Darel became the latest star  to accuse the producer of sexual harassment, joining a string of other high-profile actors, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie Léa Seydoux  and Cara Delevingne , who have accused the producer of sexual harassment or assault. Three women have accused Weinstein of rape.

Weinstein has said many of the details of those public accounts are inaccurate, and he has denied accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

On Tuesday, in a New Yorker article in which the three women claimed Weinstein had raped them , Sallie Hofmeister, a spokesperson for Weinstein, said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein … With respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

In a statement issued on Wednesday in response to his wife’s decision to leave him  following the allegations, Weinstein said: “I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild. Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for.”

And in video footage published on Wednesday, Weinstein told reporters: “Guys, I’m not doing OK but I’m trying. I gotta get help … You know, we all make mistakes … second chance I hope.”

In March 2015, Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez accused Weinstein of groping her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt during a meeting at his office.

The NYPD said it investigated a misdemeanor sexual abuse complaint against Weinstein and the case was referred to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The office decided not to file charges.

The International Business Times has reported that David Boies, a prominent defense attorney who has represented Weinstein’s company, though was not doing so at the time of the alleged groping incident, donated $10,000 to Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R Vance Jr, in 2015, after the alleged incident.

More details soon …

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/12/harvey-weinstein-nypd-and-london-police-investigating-allegations   http://archive.is/FPwWe 

SCREENSHOTS

 

ScotGov’s 2004 bullshite apology to victims of institutional care abuse….

Apology for victims of institutional care abuse

01/12/2004

The Scottish Parliament has heard a ‘sincere and full apology’ made to all people who suffered abuse and neglect while in institutional care in the past.

First Minister Jack McConnell told MSPs said that the victims, now grown to adulthood, had been badly wronged and deserved full recognition of what had happened to them.

The people of Scotland had, the FM said, a duty ‘to address episodes in our history in which we can take no pride’.

The abuse was physical, emotional and sexual and occurred in the very places where they hoped to find love, care and protection and it was ‘deplorable, unacceptable and inexcusable’.

The courts in Scotland are currently in the process of considering a number of cases brought by alleged victims of abuse.

Full statement by the First Minister

Presiding Officer, with your permission I wish to make a brief statement in advance of this afternoon’s debate.

I want to speak on one subject which should unite us, whatever opinions might be expressed in the debate which follows.

I have said often that I am proud to be First Minister of Scotland. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we take pride in our young people.

I believe we are the best small country in the world and I take pride in the way that Scotland has made, and will continue to make, a huge contribution to the world.

But we also have a duty to address those episodes in our history in which we can take no pride.

It is clear that some children were abused in Scottish residential care homes in the past.

Children suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse in the very places that they hoped to find love, care and protection.

Those children, adults today, deserve full recognition by us of what happened to them then. They should not have been abused. They were badly wronged.

Such abuse of vulnerable young people whenever or wherever it took place is deplorable, unacceptable and inexcusable.

Members will be aware that there are litigations currently before the courts, in which these issues are being examined. Those proceedings will establish, in accordance with the law, where responsibility lies, and what should happen as a result.

It would be inappropriate for me to say anything which would cut across the work of the courts, and that is not my purpose here today.

Presiding Officer, we should be grateful to those who, despite their pain, have brought these matters to our attention. And I am grateful to Michael McMahon and the Petitions Committee for sponsoring the debate we will hold this afternoon.

Because of the bravery of those who have suffered abuse, we now know much more about the propensities of some members of our society to abuse children.

There is now a much greater awareness in our society that such abuse of young people did happen, and we know that without the vigilance of all of us, including government and its associated agencies and authorities, it could happen again.

It is that recognition of the potential for abuse that has led to alterations to the statutory and regulatory structure in which establishments operate and how we monitor them.

It would be a mistake for us to try to fit all that happened in the past into the framework of our own knowledge and experience today, but some things are and always have been wrong.

Now that we know what has happened, it falls to us as representatives of the Scottish people to acknowledge it. It is for this generation of the people of Scotland to say quite clearly that it was unacceptable that young people were abused. And it was appalling that they were abused by those trusted with their welfare.

That is why today I offer a sincere and full apology on behalf of the people of Scotland, to those who were subject to such abuse and neglect; who did not receive the level of love, care and support that they deserved and who have coped with that burden all of their lives.

I know that MSPs of all parties are committed to do all we can to ensure no child or young person currently in residential establishments in Scotland suffers abuse.

That is why we are ensuring that inspection, regulation and standards are in place to prevent, detect and deal with abuse. And we are all anxious to do the right thing by the survivors of past abuse.

In the Committee debate that follows this statement, Peter Peacock will set out the proposals that we have been developing with survivors of abuse to support them more effectively in a range of ways and to examine the background of what happened to them.

Presiding Officer, Scotland should be proud of the contribution that survivors of abuse have made to ensuring Scotland today is a better and safer place in the future. They are truly remarkable people who have suffered in ways no one should ever have to suffer.

From today I hope they can continue to move forward in their lives certain in the knowledge that we in this Parliament, on behalf of the people of Scotland, recognise they were wronged and that we will do more to support them in the future than we have ever done in the past.  http://www.gov.scot/News/Releases/2004/12/01142431   https://archive.is/cwAmu

Man convicted of raping teenagers almost 40 years ago

29 September 2017

 

A man has been convicted of raping two teenagers almost 40 years ago.

Robert Yule, 53, from East Kilbride, attacked one victim after dragging her into a lane near Renfield Street, Glasgow, on 18 May, 1981.

He also raped a schoolgirl in Whisteleberry Road, Hamilton, after pulling her from a footpath into a secluded area.

Yule, who is known as Bruce, was found not guilty of another rape in Rutherglen in March 1992.

He claimed the teenagers had consented to have sex with him.

The Glasgow rape victim, who is now 54, told the High Court in Glasgow she was 18 when she was attacked after leaving a nightclub.

She said the last thing she saw before being dragged into the lane was Yule.

‘Evil look’

“He had an evil look, ” she said. “He grabbed me. It happened so suddenly. He forced me against a wall and he pulled and pushed me to the ground.”

The woman said she told her mother she had been raped and they went to the police station to report it.

She added: “They said I must have had too much to drink and said I was out looking for men.”

The woman said that 10 years later she came across Yule at a social event. He said he was sorry for what happened and was laughing.

Yule’s other victim, who is now 52, said she was 14 or 15 when he raped her.

She said she did not tell anyone what had happened until she was 17 when she told her best friend.

Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone asked the woman: “You accept that after this so-called rape you had sex with Bruce,” and she replied: “Yes after.”

The court heard that police opened an investigation into Yule two years ago and spoke to the woman as part of their inquiries.

Judge Norman Ritchie QC deferred sentence on Yule, who is deaf, until next month for background reports. He was given bail.

Freemasons, Pedophilia and the Case Of Keith Harding

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The case of Keith Harding provides more smoking-gun proof that pederasts infiltrated British establishment, government and Freemasonry. They are using its pervasive influence to protect their fellow perverts’ evil predations and are involved in the largest pedophile ring in the world.

The Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was founded by U.K. spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) agents and boasts of its heritage on its website. The Mercurius Lodge is known as the Spies Lodge, as over the years many intelligence officers have become members. Keith Harding was the Worshipful Master and most senior member of the Spies Lodge.

The Daily Express revealed that Lodge’s Worshipful Master Keith Harding was convicted of an indecent assault against four children, ages 8 and 9, in 1958. He became classified as a Schedule 1 offender, which meant the offence remained on his criminal record all of his life.

His name was also on a list of about 400 Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) members seized by police in 1984, the year the organisation disbanded. Harding told a friend that he kept hidden in a safe a list of more than 1,000 PIE members with prominent names, including top politicians from the Thatcher era.

Birds of Feather

Cyril Smith manspreading in Parliament

Harding socialized regularly with MPs Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith at his world-renowned workshop. Brittan was a high ranking official, including Home Secretary and at the center of controversies, such as illegal wiretapping and rape allegations. Like Jimmy Saville, it was revealed that Smith was a prolific child predator and known as such dating back to 1979. Again, we had another cover up. There are numerous rabbit holes with these characters.

The U.K. has liberal libel laws and a low bar with which to bring suits. It works effectively to shut down accusations and public revelations about pedos and rapists in prominent positions.

Harding in middle shown on BBC with his running buddy Jimmy Saville, a notorious child sex offender.

In 1980, Harding appeared alongside pedophile television presenter Jimmy Saville in a Christmas special of “Jim’ll Fix It.” He was an antiques expert who did restoration for royalty. He was subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He also ran a museum regularly visited by children. Social services reports from 1995 are said to describe his convictions as a “real cause for concern” and warned that children should not be left unsupervised with him.

Harding was married and divorced and had two children. In 2007 he established a same sex civil partner relationship. He died in 2014.

Worshipful Master is the highest honor and most senior and important functionary of any Masonic Lodge. No Mason can rise above the 18th Degree without the unanimous agreement of the entire Supreme Council. Allegedly to advance beyond the 18th Degree, members are severely vetted and background checked. Convicted pedo Harding was a 33rd degree Mason. It is a certainty that Keith Harding’s security services’ file would have been accessible to most GCHQ staff, above janitor level, at the click of a mouse.

The GCHQ is well known for its open advocacy and leadership in LBGT “rights” and issues. It lit up a colourful display at the Cheltenham home of the intelligence agency to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Inquiring minds would like to know: What are their views on pederasty? Harding’s PIE organization advocated four years as the age of consent.

In 2014, this “rights advocate” GCHQ was caught up in a revelation that they were nefariously harvesting intimate Web cam exchanges of Yahoo users. The leaked document, was unearthed the The Guardian newspaper, who stated, “Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person.”

The newspaper claimed the operation code named Optic Nerve stored images to agency databases regardless of whether individuals were suspected of wrongdoing. The operation allegedly took place between 2008 and 2012. During one six-month period, more than 1.8 million Yahoo users were targeted.

TNN Takeaway: GCHQ possesses images of nobodies jerking off on a Web cam, but they apparently don’t have the wherewithal to identify the pedo criminal background of the highest ranking member of an influential Mason Lodge with significant GCHQ presence. This is hardly isolated either. It is prima facie evidence of capture and compromise by some very nasty operatives and elements.

http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/07/18/freemasons-pedophilia-and-the-case-of-keith-harding/ https://archive.is/8FBt6

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JIMMY SAVILE QUOTES

 

 

EXTRACTS from Jimmy Savile’s autobiography, Love Is An Uphill Thing. amazon

* Great and momentous times we have had, the ladies and I. Monumental and magnificent. Tender, sometimes touching, but never turbulent. From single situations to team-handed times, girls have taught, trimmed and trained me up to Olympian standards.

* From that day to this there have been trains and, with apologies to the hit parade, boats and planes (I am a member of the 40,000ft club) and bushes and fields, corridors, doorways, floors, chairs, slag heaps, desks and probably everything except the celebrated chandelier and ironing board.

* The officeress was dissuaded from bringing charges against me by her colleagues for it was well known that were I to go, I would probably take half the station with me

* On one of my trips to France I had walked into a shop to ask a price and there was a lady behind the counter. The counter was also the same height as my pelvic bone… Hands in trouser pockets I leaned foward to speak, bit before I could utter a word over-balanced and rocked back and forth, perfectly balanced by the hips. As I couldn’t get my trapped hands out of my trouser pockets I was well stuck, and the alarmed lady summoned her husband with loud Gallic cries. He levered me upright, but as I couldn’t speak French at the time, all I could do was smile like Charlie Chaplin and bow out.

* One second I was there, the next, all that was left was an old raincoat.

* Think not that three score years and ten were a handicap for the Duchess. She had the energy of a teenager and could pleasure all night as long as the opportunity arose.

* Once, In London, I had a girl delivered to me in a sack. It was far too heavy to lift from the outside step and I got a touch of the horrors in case the body, for it was obvious to the feel, was dead. It wasn’t, but it was also unnecessarily dramatic because it was broad daylight and one doesn’t feel half as guilty during the day.

* I train my men well and, to date, we have not been found out. Which, after all, is the 11th commandment, is it not?

* At the age of twelve I had my first date with a real girl. She was about twenty and worked in the dance hall cashbox.

* A high-ranking lady police officer came in one night and showed me the picture of an attractive girl who had run away from a remand home. “Ah,” says I all serious, “If she comes in, I’ll bring her back tomorrow, but I’ll keep her all night first as my reward.”

* Such actions earned me the nickname from the boys of Doctor Do-Good. Many deserving cases of all shapes and sizes did I appear with and had no trouble at all. Except the last lot. Two teenage girls they were.

* The heat of the albeit innocent night had caused the girls to shed the majority of their day clothes. In some cases all. We all resembled some great human octopus. Again the knock. One of the girls rose from the human pile like Venus. Peering out of the curtain she became rigid with fright. ‘It’s my mother and father,’ she hissed. There was a silent movie pandemonium. Escape was uppermost in my mind but that was impossible.

* Six girls were selected and all of them were given matching mini-skirts and white boots. They looked good enough to eat. The first thing was that the father of one of the girls arrived and hauled her off home. She protested loudly but dad would have none of this preposterous situation.

* Talking one day, to the consultant in our casualty department at Leeds Infirmary (I’d not been doing voluntary work there long), he spoke briefly on a phone. ‘Come with me,’ he said, ‘I’ll show you some real tragedy.’

Ex-EastEnders actor Joseph Shade (Peter Beale) avoids jail for sexual offences against 3 teen girls

Ex-EastEnders actor Joseph Shade was handed an 18-month suspended jail term

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AN ex-EastEnders actor has today dodged jail after admitting sexual offences against three teenage girls while in a position of trust as a youth worker.

Joseph Shade, 24, who played Peter Beale in the soap from 1998 to 2004, confessed during his trial to sending sexual text messages to girls and touching one on the bottom.

Today at Norwich Crown Court he was handed a suspended prison sentence of 18 months.

In August, the court was told Shade’s offences were against three girls aged between 14 and 17, and happened between 2012 and 2015.

 

On the fourth day of his trial, Shade, of Sheringham, Norfolk, changed his pleas.

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The 24-year-old admitted five counts of causing or inciting a child under 18 to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust and one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

A further five sexual offence charges will lie on file.

Judge Maureen Bacon QC, sentencing Shade on Friday, told him: “You sought to engage vulnerable teenage girls in sexual activity when you were in a position of trust.”

He relied on support from loved ones after admitting offences against three teen girls

He relied on support from loved ones after admitting offences against three teen girlsAt the time, prosecutor David Wilson said: “He himself attended that youth project as a young person and got help from them.

“As he reached the age of 18 he became formally employed as a youth worker and in this capacity as a youth worker he then engaged with many young people who came from similar backgrounds and vulnerabilities as he had.

“During the course of his employment he accepts by his pleas that his relationships became too close to a number of attendees and he would engage with them by texting them messages asking them to have sex or to send sexual pictures of breasts and the like.

“On one occasion and only one occasion he touched one of them.”

Mr Wilson said Shade had no previous convictions and was “tearful and expressed a degree of remorse” when he was interviewed by police.

Shade was bailed by Judge Maureen Bacon who warned he could be sent to prison.

The ex-TV actor was charged with the offences in October following an investigation by Norfolk Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit.

The trial of Shade, who lives with his girlfriend, was due to last five to six days.

After starring in the soap Shade became a youth workerAfter starring in the soap Shade became a youth worker

Shade was handed an 18-month prison sentenced suspended for 24 months, a five-year sexual harm prevention order barring him from working with children and vulnerable adults, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

He must also sign the Sex Offenders Register and complete a 60-day offender programme.

OTHERS WHO LOST THE PLOT

HOME Alone star MACAULAY CULKIN was said to be worth £38million when he retired, aged 14. But he was later given three suspended prison terms for drug possession.

 

GARY COLEMAN, star of 1980s US sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, was bankrupt by 1999. He was charged with assault while working as a security guard and spent a night in prison for attacking his wife.
JAMIE WAYLETT, who played Harry Potter bully Vincent Crabbe, was jailed for two years in 2012 for taking part in the London riots the previous August.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4624369/joseph-shade-eastenders-peter-beale-child-sex-offences/amp/

 

MORE EASTENDERS PAEDO

 

Operation Conifer. THE COVER UP OF SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE!

http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/news/4187-operation-conifer-summary-closure-report-news

Op Conifer Summary Closure Report.      https://mega.nz/#!AvwwHLTQ

Child abuse claims against Edward Heath: key points of police report

Main points from the Operation Conifer report:

In the case of seven individual disclosures, if Sir Edward Heath had been alive he would have been interviewed under caution in order to obtain his account in relation to the allegations made against him.

The disclosures where Heath would have been interviewed under caution to gain an account are:

1961: Heath allegedly raped and indecently assaulted an 11-year-old boy during a paid sexual encounter in a private dwelling. London.

1962: Heath in the company of an unknown male allegedly indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy during a chance encounter in a public place. Kent.

c1964: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted a 15-year-old male during three paid sexual encounters. Sussex and London.

1967: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted a 15-year-old male not known to him in private during a chance encounter in a public building. Guernsey.

1976: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted over clothing an adult male during a chance encounter at a public event. Jersey.

c1992: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted an adult male after consent was withdrawn in what had been a paid consensual sexual encounter in a hotel. Wiltshire.

Between 1990 and 1992: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted a boy aged between 12 and 14 not known to him during a chance encounter in private gardens. Wiltshire. The report said he would have been interviewed under caution over this allegation, BUT there is undermining evidence.

  • In the case of 19 individual disclosures it has been concluded that there is undermining information available such that the threshold to interview under caution would not be met.

The report adds:

  • Where it is concluded that if he had still been alive Heath would have been interviewed under caution to gain an account, it is emphasised that his account would be as important as other evidence gathered as part of the wider investigation. Accordingly it is critical to stress that no inference of guilt should be drawn from the fact that Heath would have been interviewed under caution.

It says:

  • It is clearly inappropriate to speculate what Heath’s response would have been in relation to the allegations put to him under caution in an interview. His account would have informed the next stages of the investigation strategy and investigators would have looked to check and test his account against the other available evidence.
  • In the case of a living suspect, at the conclusion of the police investigation the senior investigating officer would consider all available evidence and make a decision as to whether submit a file to the Crown Prosecution Service. If relevant, the CPS would consider whether there was sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges.

The report also reveals that:

  • During Operation Conifer, three people were arrested in relation to offences concerning alleged non-recent child abuse. Two were later released without charge and the third remains under police investigation. The allegations were not directly related to Heath.
  • Wiltshire police have made three referrals to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Each relates to alleged non-recent failings in the way Wiltshire police dealt with information raising potential concerns about Heath. No evidence was found to substantiate the concerns raised.

Cost:

  • 24 people worked on Operation Conifer in total. No more than 20 worked on it at any one time. The total cost of the two-year operation is £1.4m.

Some numbers:

  • 1,580 investigative lines of inquiry were generated.
  • 1,062 officers’ reports were generated as a result of investigative activity.
  • 284 statements were taken or reviewed.
  • Three people unconnected to Heath were arrested for offences related to child abuse.

As part of Operation Conifer, inquiries were made with:

  • Sex workers.
  • A survivors’ group.
  • The military.
  • Close protection police officers.
  • Government drivers.
  • Wiltshire police officers involved in security operations at Heath’s home, Arundells, in Salisbury.
  • Household staff at Arundells.
  • Nurses who attended Heath.
  • People connected to Heath’s boats.
  • Other police forces.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • The Home Office.
  • The Cabinet Office.
  • UK security and intelligence agencies.
  • National archives.
  • Bodleian Libraries.

NO MENTION OF THE FACT HE WAS A SATANIST!

NOWT BUT A GOD DAMN COVER UP..

BUT WHAT DID WE EXPECT??

THE TRUTH?

Operation Stovewood: 12 men charged with “historic” sex offences #Rotherham

04 Oct 2017

A dozen men have been charged with 44 child sexual abuse offences in Rotherham dating back almost two decades.

Aged between 33 and 38, the alleged offenders have been charged with rape, indecent assault, supply of controlled drugs and false imprisonment.

The offences relate to the sexual abuse of eight girls under the age of 16 between 1998 and 2003.

They are all set to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on October 24.

Three of the men – Mohammed Ashan, Masaeud Malik and Wasseem Khaliq ¬– are currently serving prison sentences at HMP Wymott, HMP Doncaster and HMP Wealstun respectively.

A total of 21 men have now been charged with almost 100 child sexual abuse offences since the National Crime Agency (NCA) launched Operation Stovewood.

The operation looks into non-familial child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013.

It is the largest ever investigation into historical CSE undertaken by law enforcement.

NCA Senior Investigating Officer Paul Williamson said: “We have now charged 21 men with over 94 child sexual abuse offences and expect this number to increase as more victims come forward. Officers are investigating more than 80 suspects and with the support of partner agencies, are currently engaging with 235 victims.

“Our focus is to bring lasting and worthwhile benefits for victims, helping to build better futures. We will listen to their accounts and investigate allegations made to identify and bring offenders to justice.

“This focus has not wavered and we, along with our partners will persist in our efforts to make Rotherham a hostile environment for child sex offenders”.

The 12 men charged:
Amjal Rafiq, 38, Rotherham
Nabeel Rafiq, 34, Rotherham
Iqlak Yousaf, 33, Rotherham
Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 36, Rotherham
Tanweer Ali, 36, Rotherham
Aftab Hussain, 38, Rotherham
Abid Saddiq, 36, Rotherham
Sharaz Hussain, 33, Rotherham
Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 38, Sheffield
Mohammed Ashan, 33, HMP Wymott

http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=30534

https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/04/rotherham-inquiry-twelve-charged-with-child-abuse-offences

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/4611260/rotherham-child-sexual-abuse-south-yorkshire-police/amp/

http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,rotherham-abuse-12-men-charged-with-44-child-sex-offences_24079.htm

Sir Edward Heath’s godson in demand for official probe into police over sex abuse claims

The godson of Sir Edward Heath has called for an official inquiry into police  handling of child sex abuse allegations against the former prime minister.

Lincoln Seligman said he believes there were serious flaws in Operation Conifer, which has investigated claims against the former Conservative   leader for the past two years.

He spoke as reports at the weekend claimed Wiltshire Police, which conducted the £1.5 million investigation, believed it would have had enough grounds to interview the late politician under caution if he was still alive.

Mr Seligman, an artist who knew Sir Edward for more than 50 years from childhood, said Wiltshire chief constable Mike Veale was “acting as judge and jury and has already convicted the man”.

Mr Seligman told the Press Association: “My suspicion is that we will learn nothing from the report except innuendo and that really takes nobody any further forward, except it leaves a dark stain over a man who can’t defend himself.

“What we are looking for is a judge-led review of a: how the police have conducted Operation Conifer and b: all the evidence it has produced.

“We want a judge to look at that who will be independent and impartial and to me that is the opposite of cover-up, because we want the truth and we believe the truth will exonerate him (Sir Edward).”

Sir Edward, who led the Conservative government from 1970 to 1974, stepped down as an MP at the 2001 general election and died at home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.

Operation Conifer was launched in 2015 after he was named as a suspect in an investigation into historical child sex abuse.

Wiltshire Police will make public on October 5 the “summary closure report” of its inquiry into Sir Edward.

The findings will be passed to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, which is being chaired by Professor Alexis Jay.

Last year, the probe found no evidence that a prosecution against a brothel keeper was dropped because of threats to allege publicly that Sir Edward had been involved in sexual offences.

In November a report by Dr Rachel Hoskins, who was enlisted by detectives to examine Op Conifer evidence, was revealed.

Writing in The Mail On Sunday in November, she said she had “exposed a catalogue of fabrication” at the heart of the probe and warned the force it should immediately end its investigation into a key accuser’s “pernicious” claims of satanic ritual abuse.

The leading criminologist also branded the inquiry “a disgrace” and said that, while the force had accepted her report, she had “little confidence” police would pass the findings on to MPs.

On Sunday, the same paper reported that claims against Sir Edward include allegations of sexual assault on boys aged as young as 11, including a rape, which would have been enough to have him arrested and interviewed.

In September Mr Veale said Operation Conifer had “followed and complied with national guidance from the outset and throughout” and urged people not to speculate about the report’s findings.

Mr Seligman, whose father was a university friend of Sir Edward’s, said he had been prevented by police from attending the report’s release on Thursday.

He added: “I’m not naive about these things. I think it would have been so difficult for him to hide anything, because he was constantly surrounded by protection officers, secretaries, his general household, that he just wouldn’t have had the opportunity.

“But quite honestly, me protesting his innocence is not as important as putting right the injustice that has been done, in my view.”

He compared Conifer to Operation Midland, which investigated claims of a paedophile ring among MPs but was later discredited.

He said: “I think the Conifer inquiry must have begun before Midland ended but they seem to have learned nothing about being credulous when it comes to stories from seriously unbalanced people.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15569067.Ex_Tory_Prime_Minister_s_godson_demands_official_probe_into_police_sex_claims_investigation/     https://archive.is/RAvsL

Arundel Castle, Duke Of Norfolk, David Frost and Satanism

 

 

 

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FUNNILY ENOUGH, TED HEATH LIVED IN A HOUSE CALLED ARUNDELLS

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Arundells is a Grade II* listed house at 59 Cathedral Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, GOOGLE MAP

 

Sex offender on the run in UK after vanishing WEEKS ago but YET AGAIN #ScotCops refuse to warn public or reveal identity

27 SEP 2017 

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Police have been accused of getting their priorities “badly wrong” after failing to alert the public about the sex offender, but issuing appeals over a stolen electrical cable and a handbag thief

Police are facing criticism after refusing to warn the public after a registered sex offender vanished weeks ago.

The convicted criminal is being hunted by officers after going missing at least three weeks ago.

But police chiefs haven’t told the public anything about the person other than they are at large somewhere in the UK.

Since the sex offender disappeared, Police Scotland have issued public appeals to find a stolen electrical cable and a missing digger, and identify a handbag thief and football fan wanted for throwing a coin at a match.

But they haven’t asked for the public’s help to find the criminal – or revealed their identity or even their gender – even though appeals can see cases cracked within hours, the Daily Record reports.

Campaigner Margaret-Ann Cummings says police have their priorities wrong

The public could be crucial in this case as detectives have been unable to track the sex offender down and are in a race against time to detain them amid fears that they could re-offend or flee the country.

Campaigner Margaret-Ann Cummings, whose son Mark, eight, was killed by a convicted paedophile in Glasgow in 2004, said: “There’s a reason why the police put out appeals to catch handbag snatchers and petty thieves – it’s because they work.

“So why is it more urgent to catch somebody who chucked a coin six months ago than a sex offender who’s on the run?

“Police Scotland have their priorities badly wrong.

“No matter how hard they work, officers can’t keep an eye on 4000 RSOs, but communities understand that and they want to help and play their part in keeping themselves safe.”

Mark Cummings

Mark Cummings, aged eight, was killed by a convicted paedophile in 2004 

She added: “By keeping people in the dark about this sex offender, the force are eroding trust and goodwill.

“Every day this criminal is on the loose, it is putting people’s safety in danger and that is unforgiveable.

“I hope and pray they’re caught before they offend again.”

There are 3992 RSOs living in the community in Scotland.

They have to register details with police every year but must let the force know of a change of address within 72 hours.

As part of a monitoring regime, they will be visited by officers or social workers and some may have additional restrictions limiting contact with children, computers or public spaces.

A dozen RSOs are currently on a wanted list. Three went off the radar in August alone, with 11 believed to have fled abroad.

Paedophile Paul Vernon went on the run in 2015, but parents didn’t know

In July, it emerged that Crown Office lawyers refused Police Scotland permission to make a public appeal to catch a fugitive sex offender. He later fled abroad.

There have been several cases where the public’s help has proved invaluable in tracking down wanted sex offenders.

In 2015, teachers were warned to watch out for on-the-run paedophile Paul Vernon, who was hiding out near Oban, Argyll.

Parents knew nothing until the Daily Record published his photo. Vernon was picked up within hours thanks to a Daily Record reader’s tip-off.

A year earlier, Police Scotland were slated for waiting 11 weeks to reveal that Lorcan Halton, 45, had vanished from Glasgow.

Claire Baker MSP says the concerns must be addressed 

He had previously been jailed for lewd and libidinous ­behaviour towards young girls and was due in court again. Halton was picked up in Cavan, Ireland, within 48 hours of the public appeal.

Following Mark Cummings’s murder, the Scottish Parliament set up a committee of MSPs to look at how sex offenders could be better managed.

They recommended in 2006 that details of on-the-run sex offenders “should be provided to local communities and made available more widely, including the use of internet websites”.

Similar systems are in use in the US and Western Australia – but not in Scotland.

Scottish Government ­guidance also states that, when RSOs disappear, “the matter should be treated with the ­appropriate urgency and ­seriousness” and that “all possible enquiries” should be made to trace them.

Related: Moment sex offender is snared by paedophile hunters outside Parliament

 

Labour’s justice spokeswoman Claire Baker said: “It is worth asking why the police won’t issue a public appeal in this case.

“Sex offenders present a risk to the public and it is vital that they are properly monitored. This situation raises concerns that must be addressed.”

Police Scotland refused to release any details about the offender. A spokesman said: “Protecting the public is a top priority.

“Releasing information in ­relation to an RSO where it is assessed that the threat to public safety is low would neither be justified nor proportionate.

“Such a decision is constantly reviewed throughout the course of inquiries until such time that they are apprehended or their ­whereabouts established.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-offender-run-after-vanishing-11243600   https://archive.is/iINt9 

AS CAN BE SEEN BELOW, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY CASE 

Concern at lack of paedophile disclosures 

 

Documents destroyed at Scottish sex abuse care home where teen girls were abused

29th July 2017

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RECORDS from a children’s residential home in Edinburgh where children were sexually abused were destroyed by the city council despite strict regulations which stipulate that files must be retained for 100 years.

St Katharine’s was supposed to be a refuge for traumatised young girls but council carer Gordon Collins took advantage of his position of trust to groom, molest and rape teenagers between 1995 and 2006.

Another member of staff who worked there was jailed in 2008 for possessing 239 pictures and 70 video clips of children being abused. Around 30 of the images owned by Kevin Glancy showed the most extreme level of abuse, level five.

One former resident who was at St Katharine’s secure unit for a year in the late 1990s – when Glancy worked there – has revealed that on her first night “aggressive” male members of staff tried to strip-search her and she heard screams for help from other residents in nearby rooms. Last month she submitted a Freedom of Information request to obtain copies of records relating to her time in care but was told the files were “destroyed” due to an “administrative error”. The woman who is now in her 30s fears a “cover up” and called on the City of Edinburgh Council to reveal how many records were shredded. Her call for transparency has been backed by organisations that support survivors of child abuse.

St Katharine’s is one of eight local authority establishments under investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The inquiry is also looking into eight institutions run by religious orders, six boarding schools and four charities including Barnardo’s and Quarriers.

In response to the former St Katharine’s resident’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request an Information Rights Officer said: “I am afraid that upon searching for your information it became apparent that historic information relating to your time at St Katharine’s Unit has been destroyed”.

The Information Rights Officer noted in the letter that it is “normal practice to keep information relating to children in care for a period of 100 years” and blamed an “administrative error” for the failure to retain files. The council worker “profusely apologised” and pledged that the local authority’s Records Management team would carry out a review.

The woman who submitted the FoI has asked not to be identified, but she told the Sunday Herald: “I was shocked. My worry is it’s a cover up and I want to know how widespread it is. I really want to know exactly when my files were destroyed and who worked in the office at the time.”

She is not ready to speak about what happened to her while at St Katharine’s but said on her first night “two aggressive male staff members who towered over my 15-year-old frame told me they needed to perform a strip-search”. She resisted and was locked in a room overnight where she heard “banging and horrific screams for help coming from the room next door.”

St Katharine’s became notorious after it came to light that former employee Gordon Collins abused children between 1995 and 2006. He carried out the attacks at two council-run residential units – St Katharine’s Secure Unit and Northfield Young Persons Unit. Four girls were assaulted, aged between 13 and 15. One girl was told she was beautiful, and given cigarettes and sweets. Another was molested over the course of a year.

One of the victims was raped after Collins went into her room at night. The teenager – who had been placed in the home after a series of violent attacks by her stepfather – was repeatedly raped by Collins over the course of a year.

Collins was jailed for six years in June last year, then the sentence was increased to 10 years by Lord Brodie following an unsuccessful appeal in November. Brodie said Collins “committed an appalling series of offences involving the predatory sexual abuse of four vulnerable teenaged girls” when he was “in a position of trust” and noted that Collins has “shown no remorse and continues to deny responsibility for the offences”.

Another former St Katharine’s employee, Kevin Glancy, was jailed for 15 months and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years in 2008 for possessing child pornography. Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie said at the time: “It’s quite clear that the children involved here had been the subject of serious abuse. You are part of the audience that perpetrates that such abuse is sustained.”

The Sunday Herald contacted the Information Rights Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council, Douglas Stephen, who confirmed that the local authority had launched an investigation into why files were destroyed. He also warned that the destruction of records may be more widespread. Stephen said: “Unfortunately we don’t know if it’s an isolated incident. There is a team investigating. It’s particularly unfortunate that this has happened and we are offering support. I don’t think it’s a systematic error, it appears to be an administrative error. Something has gone wrong and we need to find out what has happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Alan Draper of the organisation In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS) said the destruction of children’s records is “potentially criminal”. He said: “To claim that it was an administrative error is an unacceptable excuse. I suspect it is probably widespread. It seems rather convenient to destroy records from a time period when abuse was taking place. The abuse inquiry must hold people to account for these organisational failures. The destruction of records also raises questions about whether it was deliberate and whether policeshould be investigating.”

David Whelan of FBGA (Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes) said destruction of records will be a “major issue” for the abuse inquiry. Whelan was abused in care and spent two years battling for his records before Glasgow Social Care Services admitted there were none. He said: “There are huge concerns about organisations getting rid of records which could be used in the inquiry as evidence. In some cases these records could have helped with the investigations. This new evidence that records were destroyed by this local authority raises further concerns about how widespread the problem is. The fact that it’s relatively recent makes it all the more serious. You would not expect records to disappear after the 1980s. The destruction of records also raises questions about why they were destroyed, particularly in relation to this case.”

Dave Sharp, who is a spokesman for SAFE (Seek And Find Everyone abused in childhood), which is working to encourage abuse survivors to contact the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, said: “There are many people including myself who have spent years trying to get hold of records of our time in institutions in Scotland. The effect this has on your life is devastating. There are many examples of adults who have come forward years after being abused looking for their records to try and get some kind of understanding of what happened to them.

“If you search online for facts and figures about historical child abuse in any country and in any language you will be bombarded with information about the wheres and whys – but when you start asking questions in Scotland you are met with this great big brick wall of silence. Everyone has to wake up and see what has gone on. There are far more organisations, including local authorities, that were involved in the destroying of records than people really think. This is yet another reason why there has to be a national public awareness campaign about the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.”

Janine Rennie, Chief Executive of Wellbeing Scotland, a charity which supports survivors of abuse, said: “Records are evidence which can help survivors in achieving justice, either criminal or civil. The destruction of records is not an administrative failing, it is destruction of evidence, intentionally or in error. It is happening too often and to ensure justice and redress for survivors for the harm caused, those responsible for destroying records must be held to account.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “The statutory requirement on local authorities is to retain records for 100 years relating to a child who is looked after…the Scottish Government would expect all local authorities to comply with this statutory duty.”

A spokeswoman for City of Edinburgh Council apologised for the “administrative error” and said they are “investigating the circumstances which led to the error”, as well as providing support to the woman affected.

A spokesman for COSLA, the association of local authorities, said: “We are fully committed to working with both survivors and agencies to ensure the removal of barriers to justice for survivors of historical child abuse. We fundamentally support the coming Limitation Act and recognise that a key aspect of implementing this legislation is access to files and records. We know this requires transparency and sensitivity and councils will do everything in their power to make records available.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry said it has “invested in a wide-ranging public information campaign” and is encouraging survivors to call 0800 0929300 or emailing talktous@childabuseinquiry.scot

Councils in Scotland systematically destroyed care home records

A report into abuse in Scottish children’s homes found that senior council staff in Scotland ordered the destruction of records.

The dossier – Historical Abuse Systemic Review Residential Schools and Children’s Homes in Scotland 1950 to 1995 – by Tom Shaw, former chief inspector of education in Northern Ireland, said: “Some people in key positions, such as senior managers, seemed to lack understanding about the significance of records, what records existed and where. Some senior people in local authorities, voluntary and religious organisations were guarded and even unwilling to help. The review also learned that senior people had ordered records to be destroyed.”

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937 was the main law in place to ensure preservation of public records during the period of the review.

The report, published in 2007, said: “The absence of adequate public records legislation means that local authorities aren’t consistent in how they deal with archives or manage records. Many have archives, but archivists complain of lack of funding and of little value being placed on their work. There is no guidance on how to identify and keep records and when it’s acceptable to destroy records.”

The review’s survey of local authority archivists revealed a litany of problems with retaining records. All records after 1996 are on recycled paper, which is “unlikely to survive in the long term”, the report said. One archive holds no records specific to children’s residential establishments, and attempts to find the information from council departments failed. Another archivist said they were instructed to destroy records in 2004.

The report also noted that: “Senior people working in social work departments had ordered records associated with children’s residential services to be destroyed. These included children’s files and management records.”

“I sat on my bed, terrified, not sure what was happening to the girl next door, wondering if I would be next.”

The words below are extracts from writing by the former St Katharine’s resident who submitted the FOI but discovered her records had been destroyed. She has asked not to be named.

“Yesterday, I sat in therapy, discussing this feeling I have that I am invisible, insignificant, that I could disappear and nobody would notice. That I am inferior to everybody else, that there’s something different about me that makes me less than human.

“These beliefs don’t come from nowhere. A lot of them can be traced back to the time I spent in a secure unit when I was a teenager. I had been placed there after spending several years being moved around different hospitals struggling with an eating disorder and several suicide attempts.

“I had been told I was going to a secure unit for my own safety, but I wasn’t told what this really meant, or what it would be like when I got there. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened on my arrival.

“I was taken to an ‘interview room’ that was more like a cupboard where I sat across from two aggressive male staff members who towered over my 15-year-old frame. They told me they needed to perform a strip-search before I could enter the unit. I refused, and insisted on a female member of staff being present. Nobody had requested this before and I was locked in this suffocating room for hours before a female staff member was found in a nearby children’s home. ‘Welcome to secure,’ I was told.

“I was then taken to my room and told that because of the trouble I’d caused, there would be a delay before someone could come search my belongings and they would come back later. I was locked in my room, sitting on my mattress, waiting. Nobody came back that night. I listened as everyone got ready for bed, shouting threats at each other and the ‘new bitch’ who’d delayed their cigarette break. I listened to banging and horrific screams for help coming from the room next door. I sat on my bed, terrified, not sure what was happening to the girl next door, wondering if I would be next.

“I have never been as scared in my life as I was that night. Nor have I ever felt so vulnerable, so powerless, so alone. It hit me like a thousand bricks that I was trapped, and although people knew where I was, I had no way of getting out or calling for help. I felt like a ghost. I had vanished from my own life.

“My memories of the months that followed are patchy. My fear levels shot through the roof that night and did not come down.

Part of processing this experience involved putting in a request recently to see my files from that time in my life. I wanted to know what was documented, what gaps in my own memories could be filled in.

“I received a letter yesterday from my local authority telling me that due to an admin error, all my records have been destroyed. Deleted. As if they didn’t matter. As if they were irrelevant. As if they were too much bother to deal with so why not just get rid of them. As if they were young people who were just ‘too difficult to cope with’.

“Files and records can be destroyed but experiences have a lasting impact. If I don’t share my story I might not realise that it’s like your story. Or his story. Or part of her story. If I don’t share my story, it stays my secret and my shame. And I stay invisible. Instead of coming into the light, and hoping that others will join me.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15442377.Revealed__Documents_destroyed_at_Scottish_sex_abuse_care_home_where_teen_girls_were_abused/    https://archive.is/6XDKY

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