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On child abuse
“It is difficult not to discern in some of the critics of the police investigations into child abuse – and indeed the critics of the Government’s decision to hold an inquiry into child sexual abuse – a distaste for simply discussing the subject as well as an intolerance of the campaigners who want to see it given greater public prominence. This intolerance – demonstrated well by John Humphrys in this interview with Peter Saunders from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood – mirrors the curious tolerance our society has shown to child abuse in the past. Popular references to “dodgy uncles”, “that teacher”, and men who “like little boys” all show we know child abuse is in our midst, yet we do remarkably little about it. Schools, councils, charities, children’s homes, even the BBC have all failed in their duty of care to young people. Some have been actively complicit in the abuse of children. Many families hid it. The authorities often dismissed it. And the result was that many thousands of victims suffered the double trauma of first being abused and then ignored.” – February 9
ConHome summary: Take child abuse seriously.