Dear Professor Jay,
THE EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF MELANIE SHAW
I write to you to illustrate my ever-growing concerns about IICSA`s continual refusal to take evidence from the very individual whose core evidence must surely be heard - that of Melanie Shaw.
Thus, it was particularly astonishing that after many emails to IICSA from myself and many, many others, that I eventually received a response from an anonymous individual who claims to represent you, stating that IICSA sees no reason to interview Melanie.
Kindly confirm personally, not through an intermediary, that this, as Chair, is indeed your view, as I believe that any impartial and informed person would regard such an opinion as being far beyond credibility.
I am sure that you will not need me to go over the background to the relentless state persecution directed against this disabled survivor of multiple rape committed at the notorious Beechwood Home, Nottingham, but there is issue that needs to be highlighted as follows.
It would seem to many that messages from concerned members of the public intended for your eyes are being intercepted by unknown individuals and if true, I would like to ascertain that you are aware of a staggering true fact about this key witness.
Approximately six years ago, Melanie was offered a substantial sum of money by Nottinghamshire County Council on the strict condition that she kept her mouth shut about the identities of her abusers and their accomplices at Beechwood, some of whom are thought to hold or have held, positions of power and influence, including within the justice system, in the Nottinghamshire area.
Melanie Shaw, a person of great courage and principle, refused to accept any gagging order on the basis of her knowledge of the sheer gravity and horrific scale of the crimes committed at Beechwood. It is understood that there are even allegations of young residents being murdered. For this amazing display of bravery and integrity, she has been since rewarded by being ruthlessly persecuted by the very state that had so blatantly failed in its initial duty to protect her.
You will no doubt be aware of the ever increasing concern, both nationally and internationally, of this current state of affairs that shames our country and all those who purport to represent us and protect victims of child sexual abuse, exemplified by the compelling example of Melanie Shaw.
It is likely that you will also be aware that this case, perhaps above all others, threatens to remove any remaining public confidence in the independence and integrity of the IICSA.
Clearly, a prompt and personal response from you in order to clarify the situation would be most desirable and in the public interest, especially for the survivors, past, present and future.