Refusal of Abuse Inquiry Report – views wanted

An authority is refusing release of an  inquiry  report  from the 90s which relates  to  allegations  of  sexual,  physical  and  emotional  abuse  at  a residential special school with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

{Update 12 Jan 2014 The original post did not reveal the identity of the Authority, as an internal review was still going on   – The authority was Camden, the Report requested was the 1997 Barbara Kahan and Bodil Mylnarska Inquiry Report on Stockgrove Park School   and another article written after the Review is here [1], the original FOI request is here [2]}

The reason given is
”  there  is  the  possibility  that  the  young  people  who  are  now  adults may  come  across  this  report  or  extracts,  redacted  or  otherwise,  without  either  warning  or preparation.
Having  discussed  this  possibility  in  detail  with  staff  members  and  professionals  who supported these young people both at the time and subsequently we consider that, were this to happen, there is a high possibility that this  would cause these individuals to either relive their trauma or significantly impact on their emotional wellbeing adversely.  ”
Further “we  must  also  consider  the  effect  such  impact  could  have either directly or indirectly on any friends, relatives or partners of these adults who may not already  be  aware  of  their  past.  We  must  also  give  regard  to  the  current  media  interest  in historic cases of abuse. ”

Whilst this may be true,  they also have to balance this against the public interest.

I would like peoples views on
1 Whether there may be any positives for survivors or ex residents in the Report being published
2 Whether the public interest eg furthering justice, truth, transparency etc might outweigh the harm to ex residents/survivors
3 the issue of friends, relatives and partners

4 any other points

Links

[1] https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/camden-refuses-to-publish-child-sexual-abuse-report/

[2] FOI Request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1997_barbara_kahan_and_bodil_myl#incoming-431376

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17 Responses to Refusal of Abuse Inquiry Report – views wanted

  1. In my experience personally and through extensive contact with other victims/survivors, for many, or even most, there has not been enough support given, and to live with what happened is a daily struggle anyway.
    This though is a difficult one for me to answer, as it was my father that abused me, and i fought to bring it into the open, and a case against him, and then to begin the public Uk rallies 20 years ago, encouraging more to speak openly as the only means to end abuse and get help for it’s victims.
    Quite recently a report was released, and i personally know that one person was indeed severly traumatised, and needed help to deal with it, and decide whether to help to begin a new investigation, or join in with one. The only answer that i can think of to the problem, is that more help is made available………. because i,ve spoken with many people who were suddenly approached by the police during an investigation, who speak of breakdowns, loss of jobs, relationships and the lack of support, who later on, have become advocates themselves, to provide that, and also now relieved of the ‘secret’, and having found ways to begin healing, realise that it,s necessary to have openess.
    Local authorities have generally covered up, for only their own protection, have rarely shown much support or care to victims, often later on mistreating many again, by using their abuse to remove children from them.
    This cannot be highlighted and stopped without historic abuse cases being revisited, now that more parents are waking up to the fact that hiding abuse has left them vulnerable to being revictimised by services, rather than being helped.
    The key factor is effective support being offered and given.

  2. And i meant to say too, it is important to reveal reports as sensitively. as possible, and with bearing in mind that empowerment is important for the people who will be effected.

    • cathyfox says:

      Thanks very much for all your comments – very useful and heartfelt. Bearing in mind I reveal reports ( because I believe that truth, transparency and honesty are some of the first stages that are needed to achieve justness to the perpetrators, perhaps achieve the first steps of closure for the victim and to educate the public and policy makers to what is going on) what is the most sensitive way I can do this? and what links can i put to give people the help and support that they need?

      • I have been rebuilding links & lists of support……… could do with some help to create a good database for easy access……. and also to share info through. NAPAC is a good starting point for many, and has a postcode link, to find local groups. And lists other resources. I know they too are fundraising, to try and put more in place and have some workshops coming soon. If the report contains victims named, these need to be left off, or just initials, and with the reveal a note to anyone effected, reading it, listing sources of support as they are. I,ll try and get the list so far to you. But if you havn,t take a look at NAPAC, i have heard complaints that they don,t do much except refer onward, but many have also been glad to have been pointed to say their local rape crisis centre, and for the first time, been listened too, believed, and helped to begin healing, and taking their power back. One site tends to link to others, I have tended to share as many as possible over the years, so that survivors have choice, and can find a group, or site that they feel comfortable with. Also Havoca is another site worth looking at and approaching, they offer good online support, and a strongly mediated site. And then there are some fantastic blogs, like hiddenwholeness, and others that i follow, see my bloglist, where i am stunned by how brave and open so many are, and how many are gaining support through commenting on them, and being inspired, to heal.

  3. It is in the public interest, including the former residents and their families, that justice be done, and be seen to be done. Any motion to keep things hidden and secret keeps the shame of abuse on the victims. Bringing it out into the open may well be the start of healing for those affected. In any case, the shame belongs to the perpetrators and therefore the spotlight should be on them, with support put in place to everyone concerned. It sounds like another disgraceful cover-up.

  4. I probably didn,t make it clear that a) coverups have always been for the benefit of abusers. b) I agree that transparancy is the first step, and always have. Hence personal battles and some victories, like being first to push for being filmed un disguised, and also named in press fully. as well as first public uk rally, which was of course covered up, otherwise we may have brought this all out sooner………. I do though want to work with people to help create workshops, events, fundraisers for independent sanctuaries, crisis centres, and effective help and hope that people in the creative arts, or musicians, can get on board to raise some massive funds, to be put to independent use, as in the past, much of the funds raised, have gone to controlled organisations, and that helps the system, to do us more harm than good, in many ways.

    • cathyfox says:

      thanks, am offline now for a while, but thanks for your support and comments

      • zoompad says:

        Stafford is also covering up the Staffordshire Pindown Report by Barbara Kahen and Allan Levy QC, I have told Stafford Police but they are more interested in intimidating victims of Pindown that lifting a finger to help them, I am one of the Pindown child abuse survivors (Chadswell Assessment Centre also known at The Wissage and Riverside they kept changing the name, near Uttoxeter) the report have been made unavailable to anyone even victims of the pimping hell house “homes” I wrote to Phil Rusking of Lancashire Police but my letter was (without my knowledge or permission) passed on to Stafford Police, I don’t believe Phil Ruskin even recieved my letter, I tried to tell him about the Pindown report being made unavailable.

      • zoompad says:

        The reason given is
        “ there is the possibility that the young people who are now adults may come across this report or extracts, redacted or otherwise, without either warning or preparation.
        Having discussed this possibility in detail with staff members and professionals who supported these young people both at the time and subsequently we consider that, were this to happen, there is a high possibility that this would cause these individuals to either relive their trauma or significantly impact on their emotional wellbeing adversely. “

        This is absolute bullshit, they don’t give a monkeys about the victims of the Pindown crimes, they deny us any support, they persecute us they only want to cover it up, the “therapy” they offer is a joke, its just even more abuse albeit very sly.

    • zoompad says:

      “as in the past, much of the funds raised, have gone to controlled organisations”

      Absolutly, and whats more those funds have been used to reabuse the very same victims of child abuse they were meant to help!

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  6. zoompad says:

    Whilst this may be true, they also have to balance this against the public interest.

    I would like peoples views on
    1 Whether there may be any positives for survivors or ex residents in the Report being published
    2 Whether the public interest eg furthering justice, truth, transparency etc might outweigh the harm to ex residents/survivors
    3 the issue of friends, relatives and partners

    4 any other points

    1) Yes, because theres Pindown victims that have been maliciously persecuted by local authorities in a futile attemp to cover the abuse up, and they deserve an apology – a PROPER apology, with no creepy strings attached!

    2) How can openness and transparency harm anyone? Lets see the evidence that being open and honest ever harmed a victim of crime – I don’t believe a single person has ever been harmed by that!

    3) It would help friends and family of the victims to understand why they can’t “get over it” and realise that its impossible to until its been dealt with. Otherwise the victim of the crime is left with a black shadow over their life, because of the cover up, its seen as their own fault they were abused!

    4) Other crimes aren’t treated like this, people who have been mugged don’t have reports supressed, people who have had things stolen dont have reports supressed, so why single out this particular crime?

  7. zoompad says:

    Peter Saunders of NAPAC falsely accused me of being aggressive when I contacted NAPAC to try to tell them about the Staffordshire Pindown and Secret Family Courts cover up and malicious persecution of the victims. I was also deliberatly sent for “therapy” by EMERGE (part of the Survivors Trust) to one of the places where I was abused as a child – and it WAS deliberate because I kept pleading with them for a different venue to St Georges Psychiatric Hospital, I explained to them that it was a trigger for me for panic attacks because thats one of the places where I was abused as a child, so I find it very difficult to go anywhere near the place, I told them that, but they said it was there or nowhere! I ended up in hospital A and E after collapsing on the way home after a “therapy” session there.

    I would never trust any organisation that belongs to Survivors Trust now, why should I, how can I, after what they did?

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