Covering up Child Abuse

Rumours about child abuse, and more, involving senior politicians in Westminster were rife even when I worked in the City of London as the interface between Parliament and the banking world. It was startling to be told by insiders, almost casually, who was doing what and how, and for it to be accepted as a veiled part of parliamentary life.

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Rotherham, and the Sadness of a New Reputation

The report into child abuse in Rotherham has affected many people, far more than the victims, the criminals and the agencies who were involved in a longstanding culture of cruelty. The people of Rotherham more widely will feel shame as well as horror that so many children in their community suffered and were not heard, and they will know that the reputation of their town has been tarnished and that, however innocent, they have been touched by it.

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Child Abuse, and the Abuse of Sex

The growing, shocking truth about the extent of child abuse in the world is like the discovery of a colony of plague-carrying rats living in your home – a reality you do not want to see but that you know you must confront.

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The Tragedy that is Child Abduction – Lessons from Maria

Until recently, few people realised the extent of the tragedy that is child abduction.  A few names are remembered, like Madeleine McCann and Ben Needham, but it was the reaction to the finding of little Maria, believed to have been taken by a Roma couple, that revealed how many children may have been stolen from their real families. Thousands of people all over the world have claimed her in just a few days, and while some of them may be time-wasters, most of the parents who have contacted the Greek police have lost a blonde, blue-eyed daughter in the last few years – and want her back.

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