Home Affairs Correspondent,
Victims of child sexual abuse are poised to launch legal action against the Home Office over the set-up of the Government’s inquiry into allegations of high-level paedophile rings.
Lawyers acting for a number of abuse survivors intend to challenge a decision by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to exclude representatives of victim’s groups from the inquiry panel.
|Theresa May, the Home Secretary|
Victims now intend to challenge her over those comments and demand an apology.
Unless the Home Office appoints survivors’ representatives to the panel they also intend to launch judicial review proceedings in the High Court.
“We think this is necessary because they are not listening to survivors,” said Phil Frampton, of the White Flowers Campaign Group, an umbrella organisation for survivors’ groups.
“We want to rescue this from descending into farce and discrediting the whole inquiry.
“We will make representations to Justice Goddard and see what she has to say before going to judicial review.
“She said that they cannot have survivors on the inquiry panel because they lack objectivity – and that is an insult to survivors.
Don't be ridiculous! It's not an insult, it's a statement of fact. As a survivor and a blogger of child sex abuse, I can tell you that I would not be objective. It's impossible to hear those horrible stories and not get personally involved at some level.
Look at the Australian Royal Commission, there are no survivors on the panel and they are doing extraordinary work. Step back! Let your stories do the work you seek. Scream out in the press if they fail, but get the show on the road while the survivors are still alive.
“It’s like saying you cannot have a judge deciding any cases of burglary if they have been burgled.”
|New Zealand Justice Lowell Goddard|
The inquiry was established by Mrs May last summer to look into wide-ranging allegations of paedophile abuse in some of Britain's most high-profile institutions, including the Westminster political elite, the BBC and the Church.
A Home Office spokesman declined to comment.
The desperate need for an inquiry is made obvious by the hiring of Justice Goddard from New Zealand. The need to go halfway around the world to find a qualified person who isn't somehow connected to one of the accused 'VIPs' or one of those accused of covering up the Westminster pedophile/pervert ring, is an indication of just how pervasive the sickening perversion is/was in the British hierarchy.