Lords Sneer At Survivors And Defend Bishop Accused Of Abuse

Researching Reform

In our post yesterday, outlining a debate which took place in the House of Lords aiming to encourage the creation of guidelines for future investigations into child sexual abuse alleged to have happened a long time ago, we promised to publish the transcript of this discussion as soon as it was available.

The details of this meeting have now been published, and the discussion is shocking.

The debate focuses on those who have been wrongly accused of child abuse, which is not in and of itself a bad thing as being falsely accused, research suggests often through mistaken identity and factors like mental illness, is a real and important phenomenon that should be addressed. But this is not what puts the Lords to shame in this debate. It is their outright disregard for due process, personal bias and shameless protectionism that is embarrassing, and more than a little nauseating.

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