‘The child abuse inquiry headed by under-fire Fiona Woolf was dealt a further blow on Thursday when a prominent campaigner said victims would not take part in it.
Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, who raised the alarm about prominent individuals engaged in child sex abuse two years ago, said: ‘It’s a process that survivors I’m talking to say they really don’t want to be part of.
‘I really don’t think they will cooperate with this particular process at all.’
‘A convicted child sex offender is seeking up to £100,000 in damages for being featured on a Facebook page which claims to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland, the High Court has heard.’
‘An $8 million dollar settlement has been reached in the case of the late Brother Stephen Baker.
A Boston attorney who represents 34 of the former Bishop McCort victims and several others in other states, said, ‘A victim who was outside the statute of limitations, in terms of civil cases, would receive a minimun of $60,000. A victim who’s case fell within the statute of limitations would receive $120,000,’ Mitchell Garabedian said.’
‘This is the picture which last night intensified pressure on the head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry to resign.
It shows Fiona Woolf with Lady Brittan, the wife of former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, at an awards ceremony in October 2013. This is despite Mrs Woolf telling MPs that she had had no social contact with the Brittans since April 2013.
Victims of sexual abuse, their lawyers and MPs last night called for Mrs Woolf to resign over her dinner-party links to Lord Brittan, who is likely to be called to give evidence to the inquiry about allegations – which he denies – that he was at the centre of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims.’
‘When a government is forced to call a public inquiry, it almost invariably summons a judge or senior lawyer from the liberal Establishment in the expectation that he or she will come up with the ‘right’ recommendations.
So it was that, when in July the Home Secretary Theresa May finally assented to a major inquiry into historical sex abuse among Establishment figures, she turned to an 80-year-old former judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss.
This is the way things operate: the Establishment looks after its own.
Unfortunately, Mrs May overlooked the fact that Lady Butler-Sloss’s brother, Sir Michael Havers, had been Attorney General in the 1980s, and may have turned a blind eye to the very scandals she was supposed to investigate.’
‘A victim of historical child sexual abuse has launched a legal challenge to the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating the issue.
A judicial review application, seen by the BBC, claims she is not impartial, has no relevant expertise and may not have time to discharge her duties.
Labour wants Mrs Woolf to meet abuse victims amid concerns over her links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan.’
‘Officer Joshua Herbinger has been working as a police officer for nine years.
On October 9, 2014 he was charged with sexually abusing a child less than the age of 12. He received four counts of sexual abuse, according to reports.
The child had been attending an elementary school and reported the molestation to the school staff.’
‘The head of the Government’s sprawling historic child abuse inquiry is facing demands to step down after she admitted hosting dinner parties with the former minister under scrutiny over his role in an alleged Establishment cover-up.
In a letter to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Fiona Woolf, a lawyer, said that she had hosted three dinner events for Lord and Lady Brittan and dined twice at their home since 2008.
Despite other connections with the couple, including living in the same street, she said this did not amount to a “close association” with the former minister.
But concern at her relationship with the couple is mounting, particularly as Ms Woolf was only appointed after the original choice to head the inquiry – Lady Butler-Sloss – was herself forced to step aside over Establishment and family links to Lord Brittan.’
‘Thousands of paedophiles will escape justice because law enforcement agencies cannot cope with the sheer volume of offences, one of Britain’s leading crime-fighting chiefs has admitted.
Keith Bristow, the director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was an “uncomfortable” reality that some of the 50,000 people who accessed indecent images of children each year would not end up in the criminal justice system.
Mr Bristow said the police and NCA needed to focus their efforts on apprehending the most high risk offenders who may go on to sexually abuse children.’
‘In today’s Mail on Sunday, an exposé by the respected journalist David Rose (working closely with controversial blogger Anna Raccoon) offers a rather different viewpoint on the extent and nature of the late DJ Jimmy Savile’s sexual criminality. The Slog offers a perspective on how little we really know about the motives behind the BBC accusations.’