Category Archives: Child abuse

Oxfam: “I wish sometimes they had murdered me in my cot”

Prevent Child Abuse

By Mark Leech, Editor: The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales.

As a survivor of sustained sexual abuse as an 8-12 year old by those UK state employees into whose ‘Care’ I was entrusted, some of whom much much later were jailed, I wish sometimes they had murdered me in my cot.

The devastation is lifelong, the impact manifests itself in failed relationships and never, ever, quite trusting anyone, ever, again.

Years of counselling have equipped me with skills to recognise that when the old emotions of mistrust are suddenly ignited within me, and they can come out of nowhere, to recognise they relate to experiences 50 years ago and not the person I am interacting with – but its an uphill struggle.

Mark Goldring is the CEO at Oxfam, the original abuse may not have happened on his watch, he joined the charity much later, but his failure to reassess Oxfam incident logs when he took over, and to demand transparency at that time, means effectively he is responsible; he owns it – but to focus on Mark Goldring is to miss the important point here.

Focus needs to be on supporting those Haitian children and young adults who will, like me, go through a life of mistrust, where their childhood experience causes them to constantly strive to see ulterior motives and hidden agendas in the actions of others – motives and agendas which seem so real but which in reality are all so often simply not there at all.

To focus on Mark Goldring is to exert the same kind of bullying and abuse by media that Oxfam employees exerted over those they were sent to help; and two wrongs, however wrong, will never make a right.

Let him get on with the job of cleaning up the charity I say, focus on providing the support to its victims, because if my experience is anything to go by, they are going to need it much more than Mark Goldring ever will.

Personally I trust the Trustees of Oxfam, if they have confidence in Mark Goldring, then that’s good enough for me – they know all the facts that, despite the huge coverage, the truth is – we don’t.

Royal Met Cop Avoids Jail After Posing Online As 17 year Old Girl

A shamed royal police officer has avoided jail after he stole a dead woman’s pictures to pose online as a 17-year-old girl “for kicks”. Pc Adam Cox, 31, was working in Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection when he created an alter ego called Emily Whitehouse to exchange explicit chat with three men online. After being asked… Continue Reading

Watchdog reveals police force’s ‘poor supervision’ of child sex inquiries

Potentially crucial evidence was lost and a suspect was free to carry on offending because of “unacceptable” delays in child sex inquiries at a police force, a report by watchdogs has revealed. Inspectors examined Nottinghamshire Police’s handling of six cases relating to children aged between 10 and 14 years who were at high risk of… Continue Reading

Max Clifford to appear in court

Max Clifford is to appear in court charged with one count of indecent assault. The former publicist, who is accused of committing the offence in 1981, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said earlier this month when news of the… Continue Reading

Head teacher jailed for 8 years

A nationally-acclaimed headteacher has been jailed for eight years after she was convicted of taking two underage boys’ virginity in the 1980s. Anne Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, was once hailed as a visionary for turning around a failing school and making it one of the most improved in the country. But a jury… Continue Reading

Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years

Depraved paedophile Gary Glitter, from central London, faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls. The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was told there was no evidence he had atoned for his actions as he was sentenced for one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual… Continue Reading

Rolf Harris stripped of honours

Rolf Harris has been stripped of his Australian honours following his conviction for sexually assaulting four British girls. The disgraced television star, artist and songwriter was found guilty last year of indecently assaulting the girls, who included the childhood best friend of his daughter Bindi, between 1969 and 1986. The decision to take back his… Continue Reading

Rotherham – damning report published

A criminal investigation is to be started after a damning new report into Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation prompted the replacement of its entire political leadership with Government commissioners. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced the measures to replace the council’s “wholly dysfunctional” political leadership just moments after the authority’s entire cabinet announced its intention to resign… Continue Reading

Council not fit for purpose

A damning new report into the failings at Rotherham Council commissioned following the child sexual exploitation scandal that engulfed the town has concluded that the authority is “not fit for purpose”. Louise Casey was asked by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to inspect the council following the Jay Report last year which found that more than… Continue Reading

May to name new Chair of Child Abuse Inquiry

Theresa May is expected to announce the new chair of the troubled child abuse inquiry following the resignations of two previous holders of the post. The Home Secretary has also been considering the format of the inquiry, which could potentially involve scrapping the existing panel and replacing it with a more powerful body. The new… Continue Reading