The Crown Prosecution Service has announced they are changing the way they approach victims of sexual abuse as a child.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said “the pendulum had swung too much against the child”, and that police and prosecutors should not discard accounts of abuse because the alleged victims had criminal records, had drink or drug problems or were unreliable. After all, these factors made them more vulnerable to predators, who knew their victims were unlikely to be believed.
In addition to the victim’s account, Starmer says the CPS will also look carefully at the suspect’s account by looking at the context, looking at the pattern of behaviour, making the necessary links and considering how a case can be built. A new panel will be formed to review old cases of sexual abuse that have not been pursued by police or prosecutors.
In January 2013, the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC produced a joint report which revealed that post-Jimmy Savile there has been a surge in child abuse allegations, both historical and current. The NSPCC’s Peter Watt says “we must seize the opportunity if we are to make a lasting change.”
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The following link http://www.jordanssolicitors.co.uk/child-abuse/how-we-can-help/our-current-cases/ provides a list of Homes against whom complaints of abuse have been made. If you have been abused at any of these Homes or indeed any Home not on the list, please contact us for advice.
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