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Claims that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile are '120 per cent genuine'

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/19/claims-sir-edward-heath-paedophile-120-per-cent-genuine-police/

Claims that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile are '120 per cent genuine', police chief claims

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The police chief investigating  allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile believes the accounts are "120 per cent genuine". Wiltshire Police has been carrying out a large-scale investigation into claims made about the late former prime minister and has identified more than 30 alleged victims. A report, which is expected to be published in June, will allegedly detail how the claims are "totally convincing" and will vindicate Chief Constable Mike Veale's decision to persist with the £700,000 investigation.

 

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Operation Coniferwas launched in 2015 - ten years after Sir Edward's death - and has had a team of more than 20 police officers and staff looking into allegations dating back 50-years. But supporters of the late Tory leader have dismissed the investigation as a "witch-hunt", insisting that Sir Edward did not have the opportunity or inclination to abuse children. 

But according to The Mail on Sunday, a source has said there are a large number of allegations which are very similar and come from people who were not known to one another. The source said: "What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail. It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned."

 

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One of the former prime minister's former armed protection officers had previously dismissed the idea that Sir Edward could have abused youngsters because he was watched around the clock by police. The allegations were also said to be ludicrous because Sir Edward did not have a car and used a driver to get to wherever he went. But police have now obtained photographic evidence, suggesting that Sir Edward did have a car and did occasionally drive unaccompanied.

Throughout the investigation, Mr Veale has defended the force's actions against critics who have said it is a "witch-hunt", adding: "I will not be buckling under pressure to not investigate or to conclude the investigation prematurely." Operation Conifer launched a television appeal asking for "victims" of Sir Edward to come forward.

Previously, Peter Cracknell, a firearms specialist who spent 29 years with Wiltshire Police, has said Sir Edward would not have had the opportunity to abuse youngsters because security around him was so tight.

Mr Cracknell, who worked at Sir Edward's home, Arundells, in Salisbury between 1985 and 1990, said the long-running police investigation into claims he was a paedophile who took part in satanic abuse was "ludicrous".

 

 

 

 

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pjcowley    0

Vile rotten scumbags, fucking disgusting individuals - the damage these assholes do to a young person is often irreparable, but for as long as there are powerful forces behind protecting them, sexual abuse against kids will continue to be perpetrated.

These things make my blood boil...

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Kim    0

This was mentioned on Andrew Marr a couple of weeks ago. The guy said there is a HUGE story coming up about how this is 100% true and how it was covered up that an ex PRIME MINISTER was a paedophile. 

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:scared: This will never stop. They are and will be everywhere, it's a nightmare. 

I can't forget what M Houllebecq said in Atomized, when he postulated a world where humans don't fornicate anymore and reproduce only artificially, because  men go blank under their sex hormons and sex drives, it turns them into freaks. It's harsh but I can't but agree reading stories like this.

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jaron    0

There is a huge peadohpile community which is covered by politicians, even in Germany,

sad but true

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Lolo    0

Yes and you don't know where to start or how to prevent this. Thing is no one knows why a person develops this kind of perverse sexual orientation. And truth is, it's far more spread than we can imagine. It's scary.

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3 hours ago, Kim said:

This was mentioned on Andrew Marr a couple of weeks ago. The guy said there is a HUGE story coming up about how this is 100% true and how it was covered up that an ex PRIME MINISTER was a paedophile. 

 

It is absolutely horrifying and I do believe that what comes out in the press is just a fraction of the actual amount of crimes that have taken place but I think more and more stories will surface at some point or other. There has been a cross partisan effort to hide those crimes over decades and I do believe this cover up pattern is similar in all countries

Just seeing the new Jesuit Pope confirming that a global institution (and a State at the same time) such as the Roman Catholic Church mantains that a bit of prayer and relocating a sex offending priest (rather than holding them accountable and liable to prosecution in a lay court) is sufficient and fair to the victims is mind numbing. You just can't get your head around the sense in it or lack thereof.

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Harriet Harman talks exclusively about the Paedophile Information Exchange

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On 25/2/2017 at 9:44 AM, pjcowley said:

Vile rotten scumbags, fucking disgusting individuals - the damage these assholes do to a young person is often irreparable, but for as long as there are powerful forces behind protecting them, sexual abuse against kids will continue to be perpetrated.

These things make my blood boil...

 

Documentary about Jimmy Savile, the Jill Dando murder connection, members of the royal family, Cliff Richard, how Thatcher years were fundamental in this sharade etc, quite interesting but quite distressful to watch

 

 

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Spot on John Lydon of Sex Pistols on Jimmy Saviles and British politicians today: "entitled, uneducated, spoilt, out of touch"

I think you could apply those words to politicians everywhere these days, sadly

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/27/child-abuse-survivor-inquiry-name-villains-children-australia

Man sent as child from UK to Australia tells abuse inquiry: name the villains

Chair Alexis Jay asked to name and shame perpetrators of abuse of British children shipped abroad from 1947 to the 1970s

 

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The UK national child abuse inquiry has been urged at the opening of its public evidence sessions to name and shame the perpetrators of the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of British children forcibly deported to Australia by the UK government and leading churches and charities.

David Hill, one of more than 4,000 children who were sent to Australia and other Commonwealth nations from 1947 to the 1970s, waived his anonymity at the opening of the independent inquiry on Monday to make an emotional call for justice for victims.

Hill is one of 22 former child migrants who will give evidence at the hearing. Many will testify of the extreme sexual and physical abuse they experienced when they were sent to Australia as part of the child migrant programme.

He told the chair, Alexis Jay: “We will never be able to undo the wrongdoing to these children. But what is important to survivors of sexual abuse is where the inquiry is satisfied with the evidence, name the villains.

“Many of them are beyond the grave, but it would bring a great deal of comfort to the people who as children were their victims if they were named and shamed.”

Hill appeared in the inquiry hearing room in central London with a survivor who has also given up his right to anonymity, Oliver Cosgrove. Cosgrove was deported by the British state at the age of four. His lawyer, Imran Khan, said there would be no defence for institutions to say it had taken place a long time ago.

“When was it that the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children was OK? Not now, not then, not ever.”

Other survivors were seated in the public gallery at the start of a nine-day hearing dominated by the voices of people sexually abused from as young as two and three years old, after the British government sent them away from their parents into domestic and labour servitude in Australia and other Commonwealth countries.

 

Henrietta Hill, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said it was the first time the sexual abuse of the former child migrants had been investigated in a public forum in the UK.

She said the focus of the investigation was from 1947 onwards when more than 4,000 children were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and southern Rhodesia.

There were many reasons for child migration, she said. It was carried out by the British government and leading churches and charities including Barnardo’s, the Church of England Children’s Society, Cornwall county council and the Sisters of Nazareth. But it was not without its critics at the time and the inquiry heard that in 1956 a blacklist of institutions was drawn up by the British government after evidence of sexual and physical abuse came to light. It was not acted upon following political pressure from many of the charities and agencies involved.

The QC said cutting the cost to the taxpayer of looking after deprived children and providing white Anglo-Saxon labour for the colonies was one reason for the programme. Between the mid-19th century and the 1970s, more than 100,000 children were sent to the colonies.

They were taken from their parents, foster families and children’s homes, put on to ships and not told what was happening.

Some who have given testimony to the inquiry said they were abused in England before their departure and in transit to the Commonwealth, she said.

“You are likely to hear very emotional accounts from former child migrants of the decades of pain their experiences have caused,” she said.

She said one key issue the inquiry would consider was reparation and whether responses to date had been adequate. In Australia, victims from the school in Molong won a settlement from the state and federal governments of more than $20m last year. But there has been no compensation paid by the UK government to the children the British state deported in such numbers.

 

Aswini Weereratne QC, for the Child Migrant Trust which brought the issue of the forced migration of tens of thousands of UK children to light decades ago, said the 22 survivors who would give evidence had been sent from all over the country.

“It remains of fundamental importance for them ... to have their experiences heard and acknowledged in England and to have the British public share their sense of sorrow and outrage,” Weereratne said.

“There is no valid argument that their treatment reflected the practice of the time... This was not about voluntary migration, but about forced deportation.”

She said of the one of the survivors giving evidence was five years old when they were deported from Surrey, another had been taken from Swansea and placed in Western Australia and another was taken from Cornwall and sent to New South Wales.

“Many were subjected to crimes; torture, rape and slavery ... From their evidence, a number of common themes emerge. They and their families were lied to, many parents were told that their children had been adopted by loving families, some children were told their parents were dead. Some have learnt after years of searching for their records that their parents tried to get them back. One foster mother campaigned to have her foster daughter returned to her from Australia.”

One survivor, known as A6, believed she was deported after telling the reverend mother at her Catholic home about her sexual abuse there.

David Hill, now 71, was born to an unmarried mother in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1946 and spent time in a Barnado’s children’s home in Essex before being shipped to Australia aged 12. His mother later found him and they were reunited. He went on to a successful business and public service career and became both chairman and managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He said he was sent to Australia to be brought up by the Fairbridge farm school in Molong, New South Wales, with his twin brother and older brother after the British government had drawn up its blacklist of institutions where there was evidence of abuse. He said he estimated 60% of children who were sent to the school were sexually abused.

Hill spent years researching the abuse of child migrants at the school in Molong and wrote a book on the subject, The Forgotten Children. “It was endemic,” Hill said. “I hope this inquiry can promote understanding of the long-term consequences and suffering of those who were sexually abused. Many never recover.”

For the government, Samantha Leek QC said: “Child migration is wrong. It should not have been sanctioned or facilitated ... The lifelong consequences for those involved are a matter of deep and sincere regret.”

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WTH :blink:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-02-27/heath-investigation-detective-in-misconduct-inquiry/

Edward Heath investigation detective in misconduct enquiry

 

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The detective in charge of investigating claims of historical child abuse against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is himself being investigated for 'misconduct', Wiltshire Police has confirmed. Supt Sean Memory is currently off work through sickness - although police will not release any further details of what his sickness is. The misconduct investigation is not related to Operation Conifer or Supt Memory's work as the senior investigating officer in the Heath investigation.

 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39040995

Scottish child abuse inquiry: Senior panel member resigns

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A third senior figure on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has resigned. Glenn Houston, who was the only original panel member, cited personal reasons for his departure. He remained on the inquiry team last year after the resignation of the chairwoman, Susan O'Brien QC, and panel member Prof Michael Lamb. One survivors' group said it was "indicative of a crisis" in the inquiry which is examining allegations of child abuse in residential accommodation.

Andi Lavery, spokesman for the survivors' group White Flowers Alba, said victims were rapidly losing confidence in the inquiry's credibility. And Alan Draper, from In Care Abuse Survivors, said survivors were "at a loss" to understand what was happening.

 

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He told BBC Scotland: "There is concern that the inquiry is dominated by the legal profession, without any balance from other professional groups who have a detailed knowledge of child abuse and its impact and implications for survivors and their families. "Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied that survivors are placed at the centre of the inquiry. "The inquiry is about what happened to them and the failure of the establishment to protect them from harm. This failure is continuing."

The probe is due to report in late 2019. Mr Houston said a "change in priorities" in his working life meant he had applied for positions at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service. "I have now been successful in those applications and the appointments have been made," he said.

"Lady Smith and I have discussed the potential that at some future time, a perception of conflict of interest may arise between these appointments and my work as a panel member on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

"After careful consideration of both the time commitment required to fulfil these new roles and the potential, however small, for perceptions to arise of conflict of interest, I have tendered my resignation to the inquiry."

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31 minutes ago, XXL said:

WTH :blink:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-02-27/heath-investigation-detective-in-misconduct-inquiry/

Edward Heath investigation detective in misconduct enquiry

 

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The detective in charge of investigating claims of historical child abuse against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is himself being investigated for 'misconduct', Wiltshire Police has confirmed. Supt Sean Memory is currently off work through sickness - although police will not release any further details of what his sickness is. The misconduct investigation is not related to Operation Conifer or Supt Memory's work as the senior investigating officer in the Heath investigation.

 

I was going to say in my previous message that I wondered how long before something 'happened' to him (at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist) but sure enough, it's started already...

 

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1 hour ago, Kim said:

I was going to say in my previous message that I wondered how long before something 'happened' to him (at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist) but sure enough, it's started already...

IKR, one doesn't even have to wonder anymore, because shortly after you get confirmation or a development suggesting how the previous bit of info was just the tip of the iceberg or how it ties to previously disclosed facts and that very powerful people holding office start moving people in order to prevent the conclusion of an investigation.

Isn't it curious how as soon as new info comes out or a new scandal alltogether then suddenly you read about a resignation or about investigators investigating other investigators?

Sick days we live in but the thing is all these awful things have occurred over a much longer period of time and now in the age of technology and the rapidity and the exposure it grants it's just all blows out like a vulcano that's been sleeping for too long, it's scary and sickening but refreshing that we live in an age where it's ever more difficult to put a lid on nasty stuff in the hope it doesn't become of public knowledge. All these people, the Catholich Church, politicians etc are becoming more and more transparent by the minute

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, XXL said:

now in the age of technology and the rapidity and the exposure it grants it's just all blows out like a vulcano that's been sleeping for too long, it's scary and sickening but refreshing that we live in an age where it's ever more difficult to put a lid on nasty stuff

Sure, for as long as we have access to this technology it is possible. In a not so distant future, it might as well be decided to pull the plug on all readily available technology services for the common people, precisely because of its rapidity and exposure factor. Scary thought I know, it may happen. Some higher up could do that, let us all in the dark, no more internet, no more on line networks, nothing.

The dumber and misinformed we are, the better for all child buggers and dirty rotten politicians alike.

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Django    0

People need to start realizing that THIS is the core of most (if not all) the problems we have. If we really knew the truth, what lies beneath the surface, we would be ashamed to be humans. 

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21 hours ago, XXL said:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/27/child-abuse-survivor-inquiry-name-villains-children-australia

Man sent as child from UK to Australia tells abuse inquiry: name the villains

Chair Alexis Jay asked to name and shame perpetrators of abuse of British children shipped abroad from 1947 to the 1970s

 

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The UK national child abuse inquiry has been urged at the opening of its public evidence sessions to name and shame the perpetrators of the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of British children forcibly deported to Australia by the UK government and leading churches and charities.

David Hill, one of more than 4,000 children who were sent to Australia and other Commonwealth nations from 1947 to the 1970s, waived his anonymity at the opening of the independent inquiry on Monday to make an emotional call for justice for victims.

Hill is one of 22 former child migrants who will give evidence at the hearing. Many will testify of the extreme sexual and physical abuse they experienced when they were sent to Australia as part of the child migrant programme.

He told the chair, Alexis Jay: “We will never be able to undo the wrongdoing to these children. But what is important to survivors of sexual abuse is where the inquiry is satisfied with the evidence, name the villains.

“Many of them are beyond the grave, but it would bring a great deal of comfort to the people who as children were their victims if they were named and shamed.”

Hill appeared in the inquiry hearing room in central London with a survivor who has also given up his right to anonymity, Oliver Cosgrove. Cosgrove was deported by the British state at the age of four. His lawyer, Imran Khan, said there would be no defence for institutions to say it had taken place a long time ago.

“When was it that the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children was OK? Not now, not then, not ever.”

Other survivors were seated in the public gallery at the start of a nine-day hearing dominated by the voices of people sexually abused from as young as two and three years old, after the British government sent them away from their parents into domestic and labour servitude in Australia and other Commonwealth countries.

 

Henrietta Hill, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said it was the first time the sexual abuse of the former child migrants had been investigated in a public forum in the UK.

She said the focus of the investigation was from 1947 onwards when more than 4,000 children were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and southern Rhodesia.

There were many reasons for child migration, she said. It was carried out by the British government and leading churches and charities including Barnardo’s, the Church of England Children’s Society, Cornwall county council and the Sisters of Nazareth. But it was not without its critics at the time and the inquiry heard that in 1956 a blacklist of institutions was drawn up by the British government after evidence of sexual and physical abuse came to light. It was not acted upon following political pressure from many of the charities and agencies involved.

The QC said cutting the cost to the taxpayer of looking after deprived children and providing white Anglo-Saxon labour for the colonies was one reason for the programme. Between the mid-19th century and the 1970s, more than 100,000 children were sent to the colonies.

They were taken from their parents, foster families and children’s homes, put on to ships and not told what was happening.

Some who have given testimony to the inquiry said they were abused in England before their departure and in transit to the Commonwealth, she said.

“You are likely to hear very emotional accounts from former child migrants of the decades of pain their experiences have caused,” she said.

She said one key issue the inquiry would consider was reparation and whether responses to date had been adequate. In Australia, victims from the school in Molong won a settlement from the state and federal governments of more than $20m last year. But there has been no compensation paid by the UK government to the children the British state deported in such numbers.

 

Aswini Weereratne QC, for the Child Migrant Trust which brought the issue of the forced migration of tens of thousands of UK children to light decades ago, said the 22 survivors who would give evidence had been sent from all over the country.

“It remains of fundamental importance for them ... to have their experiences heard and acknowledged in England and to have the British public share their sense of sorrow and outrage,” Weereratne said.

“There is no valid argument that their treatment reflected the practice of the time... This was not about voluntary migration, but about forced deportation.”

She said of the one of the survivors giving evidence was five years old when they were deported from Surrey, another had been taken from Swansea and placed in Western Australia and another was taken from Cornwall and sent to New South Wales.

“Many were subjected to crimes; torture, rape and slavery ... From their evidence, a number of common themes emerge. They and their families were lied to, many parents were told that their children had been adopted by loving families, some children were told their parents were dead. Some have learnt after years of searching for their records that their parents tried to get them back. One foster mother campaigned to have her foster daughter returned to her from Australia.”

One survivor, known as A6, believed she was deported after telling the reverend mother at her Catholic home about her sexual abuse there.

David Hill, now 71, was born to an unmarried mother in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1946 and spent time in a Barnado’s children’s home in Essex before being shipped to Australia aged 12. His mother later found him and they were reunited. He went on to a successful business and public service career and became both chairman and managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He said he was sent to Australia to be brought up by the Fairbridge farm school in Molong, New South Wales, with his twin brother and older brother after the British government had drawn up its blacklist of institutions where there was evidence of abuse. He said he estimated 60% of children who were sent to the school were sexually abused.

Hill spent years researching the abuse of child migrants at the school in Molong and wrote a book on the subject, The Forgotten Children. “It was endemic,” Hill said. “I hope this inquiry can promote understanding of the long-term consequences and suffering of those who were sexually abused. Many never recover.”

For the government, Samantha Leek QC said: “Child migration is wrong. It should not have been sanctioned or facilitated ... The lifelong consequences for those involved are a matter of deep and sincere regret.”

 XXL,  This has been well known in Australia for years.  It is disgusting.  I still remember when "The leaving of Liverpool'  was produced and shown in Australia 20 years or so back.  It was a brilliant show and only touched the surface.  

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This is a very old article but interesting reading. 

IT IS A STORY that defies belief. It seems inconceivable that a British government would order the migration of tens of thousands of its children to far- flung corners of the globe, severing, at a stroke, all connection with family, country and past.

But after the Second World War, ministers, aided by respected charities including Barnardos, the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church, did exactly that, emptying the nation's orphanages of a generation of children, some as young as four, who were shipped to Australia, Canada and other outposts of the empire.

The children were told their parents were dead. In fact, many of them, destitute after the war, were very much alive and believed their children were in temporary care. When some sought to reclaim their children from the orphanages, they were told they had been adopted.

Many of the child migrants - who remember their 'new start' being smoothed with stories of exotic fruits, delicious sweets and 'kangaroos who would take you to school' - now claim that they suffered years of neglect, beatings and sexual abuse by the religious orders and charities that were supposed to care for them. British solicitors are trying to formulate a claim for 40 child migrants sent to Australia. Most are now in their fourties and are still British citizens. Legal action is already under way in Australia. John Hennessey, 55, a child migrant, says: 'We were only children and we were betrayed and abandoned by the British government.'

Child migration peaked between 1947-50, but 'orphans' were still been exported as late as 1967. Few adults knew or cared until 1986, when Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, received an inquiry from an Australian woman looking for relatives, who said she had been shipped out from Britain at the age of four.

'I wrote back saying you must be mistaken. Britain doesn't send four-year-olds out on boats to Australia. I had never heard of the policy and neither had my peers,' Ms Humphreys remembers.

'The policy was devised to populate the empire with 'good British stock', but it violated every human right imaginable and caused tremendous pain to children and their families. It was not a 'new start'. Life starts when a child is born, not when a piece of social policy tells it to.'

Today Ms Humphreys runs the Child Migrants Trust, which has already reunited hundreds of child migrants in Australia with mothers, siblings and relatives in Britain. More than 5,000 are currently seeking the trust's help in locating their long-lost relatives.

Ms Humphreys has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian government funds her office in Melbourne. The British government has given little financial support and has been largely reluctant to admit any responsibility.

A two-part drama series, The Leaving of Liverpool, which begins on BBC 1 this Thursday at 9.30pm, may change that. The series, made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, caused a storm when it was shown in Australia last year. Thousands came forward with horrific tales of abuse. Ms Humphreys hopes that it will have a similar impact here in Britain.

'For many people the drama series will be a revelation. Sadly, it is an all-too-true reflection of what these children suffered. The stories are harrowing, but what we now want to focus on is the Government's intransigence in dealing with a national scandal of enormous proportions.'

Ms Humphreys, whose salary is paid by Nottingham County Council, has just one social worker and an assistant. Three full-time researchers volunteer their time tracing families in Britain. Searches can take anything from weeks to years. Today she will be addressing an all-party group of MPs at the House of Commons, to appeal for more financial support to right past wrongs while there is still time. 'The clock is ticking away. All the time we are searching, the mothers and relatives of these people are dying.

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22 hours ago, XXL said:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/27/child-abuse-survivor-inquiry-name-villains-children-australia

Man sent as child from UK to Australia tells abuse inquiry: name the villains

Chair Alexis Jay asked to name and shame perpetrators of abuse of British children shipped abroad from 1947 to the 1970s

 

2953.jpg?w=700&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&f

 

 

The UK national child abuse inquiry has been urged at the opening of its public evidence sessions to name and shame the perpetrators of the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of British children forcibly deported to Australia by the UK government and leading churches and charities.

David Hill, one of more than 4,000 children who were sent to Australia and other Commonwealth nations from 1947 to the 1970s, waived his anonymity at the opening of the independent inquiry on Monday to make an emotional call for justice for victims.

Hill is one of 22 former child migrants who will give evidence at the hearing. Many will testify of the extreme sexual and physical abuse they experienced when they were sent to Australia as part of the child migrant programme.

He told the chair, Alexis Jay: “We will never be able to undo the wrongdoing to these children. But what is important to survivors of sexual abuse is where the inquiry is satisfied with the evidence, name the villains.

“Many of them are beyond the grave, but it would bring a great deal of comfort to the people who as children were their victims if they were named and shamed.”

Hill appeared in the inquiry hearing room in central London with a survivor who has also given up his right to anonymity, Oliver Cosgrove. Cosgrove was deported by the British state at the age of four. His lawyer, Imran Khan, said there would be no defence for institutions to say it had taken place a long time ago.

“When was it that the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children was OK? Not now, not then, not ever.”

Other survivors were seated in the public gallery at the start of a nine-day hearing dominated by the voices of people sexually abused from as young as two and three years old, after the British government sent them away from their parents into domestic and labour servitude in Australia and other Commonwealth countries.

 

Henrietta Hill, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said it was the first time the sexual abuse of the former child migrants had been investigated in a public forum in the UK.

She said the focus of the investigation was from 1947 onwards when more than 4,000 children were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and southern Rhodesia.

There were many reasons for child migration, she said. It was carried out by the British government and leading churches and charities including Barnardo’s, the Church of England Children’s Society, Cornwall county council and the Sisters of Nazareth. But it was not without its critics at the time and the inquiry heard that in 1956 a blacklist of institutions was drawn up by the British government after evidence of sexual and physical abuse came to light. It was not acted upon following political pressure from many of the charities and agencies involved.

The QC said cutting the cost to the taxpayer of looking after deprived children and providing white Anglo-Saxon labour for the colonies was one reason for the programme. Between the mid-19th century and the 1970s, more than 100,000 children were sent to the colonies.

They were taken from their parents, foster families and children’s homes, put on to ships and not told what was happening.

Some who have given testimony to the inquiry said they were abused in England before their departure and in transit to the Commonwealth, she said.

“You are likely to hear very emotional accounts from former child migrants of the decades of pain their experiences have caused,” she said.

She said one key issue the inquiry would consider was reparation and whether responses to date had been adequate. In Australia, victims from the school in Molong won a settlement from the state and federal governments of more than $20m last year. But there has been no compensation paid by the UK government to the children the British state deported in such numbers.

 

Aswini Weereratne QC, for the Child Migrant Trust which brought the issue of the forced migration of tens of thousands of UK children to light decades ago, said the 22 survivors who would give evidence had been sent from all over the country.

“It remains of fundamental importance for them ... to have their experiences heard and acknowledged in England and to have the British public share their sense of sorrow and outrage,” Weereratne said.

“There is no valid argument that their treatment reflected the practice of the time... This was not about voluntary migration, but about forced deportation.”

She said of the one of the survivors giving evidence was five years old when they were deported from Surrey, another had been taken from Swansea and placed in Western Australia and another was taken from Cornwall and sent to New South Wales.

“Many were subjected to crimes; torture, rape and slavery ... From their evidence, a number of common themes emerge. They and their families were lied to, many parents were told that their children had been adopted by loving families, some children were told their parents were dead. Some have learnt after years of searching for their records that their parents tried to get them back. One foster mother campaigned to have her foster daughter returned to her from Australia.”

One survivor, known as A6, believed she was deported after telling the reverend mother at her Catholic home about her sexual abuse there.

David Hill, now 71, was born to an unmarried mother in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1946 and spent time in a Barnado’s children’s home in Essex before being shipped to Australia aged 12. His mother later found him and they were reunited. He went on to a successful business and public service career and became both chairman and managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He said he was sent to Australia to be brought up by the Fairbridge farm school in Molong, New South Wales, with his twin brother and older brother after the British government had drawn up its blacklist of institutions where there was evidence of abuse. He said he estimated 60% of children who were sent to the school were sexually abused.

Hill spent years researching the abuse of child migrants at the school in Molong and wrote a book on the subject, The Forgotten Children. “It was endemic,” Hill said. “I hope this inquiry can promote understanding of the long-term consequences and suffering of those who were sexually abused. Many never recover.”

For the government, Samantha Leek QC said: “Child migration is wrong. It should not have been sanctioned or facilitated ... The lifelong consequences for those involved are a matter of deep and sincere regret.”

 

35 minutes ago, jazzyjan said:

 XXL,  This has been well known in Australia for years.  It is disgusting.  I still remember when "The leaving of Liverpool'  was produced and shown in Australia 20 years or so back.  It was a brilliant show and only touched the surface.  

The Leaving of Liverpool Poster

This is a very old article but interesting reading. 

IT IS A STORY that defies belief. It seems inconceivable that a British government would order the migration of tens of thousands of its children to far- flung corners of the globe, severing, at a stroke, all connection with family, country and past.

But after the Second World War, ministers, aided by respected charities including Barnardos, the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church, did exactly that, emptying the nation's orphanages of a generation of children, some as young as four, who were shipped to Australia, Canada and other outposts of the empire.

The children were told their parents were dead. In fact, many of them, destitute after the war, were very much alive and believed their children were in temporary care. When some sought to reclaim their children from the orphanages, they were told they had been adopted.

Many of the child migrants - who remember their 'new start' being smoothed with stories of exotic fruits, delicious sweets and 'kangaroos who would take you to school' - now claim that they suffered years of neglect, beatings and sexual abuse by the religious orders and charities that were supposed to care for them. British solicitors are trying to formulate a claim for 40 child migrants sent to Australia. Most are now in their fourties and are still British citizens. Legal action is already under way in Australia. John Hennessey, 55, a child migrant, says: 'We were only children and we were betrayed and abandoned by the British government.'

Child migration peaked between 1947-50, but 'orphans' were still been exported as late as 1967. Few adults knew or cared until 1986, when Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, received an inquiry from an Australian woman looking for relatives, who said she had been shipped out from Britain at the age of four.

'I wrote back saying you must be mistaken. Britain doesn't send four-year-olds out on boats to Australia. I had never heard of the policy and neither had my peers,' Ms Humphreys remembers.

'The policy was devised to populate the empire with 'good British stock', but it violated every human right imaginable and caused tremendous pain to children and their families. It was not a 'new start'. Life starts when a child is born, not when a piece of social policy tells it to.'

Today Ms Humphreys runs the Child Migrants Trust, which has already reunited hundreds of child migrants in Australia with mothers, siblings and relatives in Britain. More than 5,000 are currently seeking the trust's help in locating their long-lost relatives.

Ms Humphreys has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian government funds her office in Melbourne. The British government has given little financial support and has been largely reluctant to admit any responsibility.

A two-part drama series, The Leaving of Liverpool, which begins on BBC 1 this Thursday at 9.30pm, may change that. The series, made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, caused a storm when it was shown in Australia last year. Thousands came forward with horrific tales of abuse. Ms Humphreys hopes that it will have a similar impact here in Britain.

'For many people the drama series will be a revelation. Sadly, it is an all-too-true reflection of what these children suffered. The stories are harrowing, but what we now want to focus on is the Government's intransigence in dealing with a national scandal of enormous proportions.'

Ms Humphreys, whose salary is paid by Nottingham County Council, has just one social worker and an assistant. Three full-time researchers volunteer their time tracing families in Britain. Searches can take anything from weeks to years. Today she will be addressing an all-party group of MPs at the House of Commons, to appeal for more financial support to right past wrongs while there is still time. 'The clock is ticking away. All the time we are searching, the mothers and relatives of these people are dying.

:gross: I am speechless. Heartbreaking. Devastating.

... omg :((((

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On ‎28‎/‎02‎/‎2017 at 10:56 PM, jazzyjan said:

 XXL,  This has been well known in Australia for years.  It is disgusting.  I still remember when "The leaving of Liverpool'  was produced and shown in Australia 20 years or so back.  It was a brilliant show and only touched the surface.  

The Leaving of Liverpool Poster

This is a very old article but interesting reading. 

IT IS A STORY that defies belief. It seems inconceivable that a British government would order the migration of tens of thousands of its children to far- flung corners of the globe, severing, at a stroke, all connection with family, country and past.

But after the Second World War, ministers, aided by respected charities including Barnardos, the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church, did exactly that, emptying the nation's orphanages of a generation of children, some as young as four, who were shipped to Australia, Canada and other outposts of the empire.

The children were told their parents were dead. In fact, many of them, destitute after the war, were very much alive and believed their children were in temporary care. When some sought to reclaim their children from the orphanages, they were told they had been adopted.

Many of the child migrants - who remember their 'new start' being smoothed with stories of exotic fruits, delicious sweets and 'kangaroos who would take you to school' - now claim that they suffered years of neglect, beatings and sexual abuse by the religious orders and charities that were supposed to care for them. British solicitors are trying to formulate a claim for 40 child migrants sent to Australia. Most are now in their fourties and are still British citizens. Legal action is already under way in Australia. John Hennessey, 55, a child migrant, says: 'We were only children and we were betrayed and abandoned by the British government.'

Child migration peaked between 1947-50, but 'orphans' were still been exported as late as 1967. Few adults knew or cared until 1986, when Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, received an inquiry from an Australian woman looking for relatives, who said she had been shipped out from Britain at the age of four.

'I wrote back saying you must be mistaken. Britain doesn't send four-year-olds out on boats to Australia. I had never heard of the policy and neither had my peers,' Ms Humphreys remembers.

'The policy was devised to populate the empire with 'good British stock', but it violated every human right imaginable and caused tremendous pain to children and their families. It was not a 'new start'. Life starts when a child is born, not when a piece of social policy tells it to.'

Today Ms Humphreys runs the Child Migrants Trust, which has already reunited hundreds of child migrants in Australia with mothers, siblings and relatives in Britain. More than 5,000 are currently seeking the trust's help in locating their long-lost relatives.

Ms Humphreys has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian government funds her office in Melbourne. The British government has given little financial support and has been largely reluctant to admit any responsibility.

A two-part drama series, The Leaving of Liverpool, which begins on BBC 1 this Thursday at 9.30pm, may change that. The series, made by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, caused a storm when it was shown in Australia last year. Thousands came forward with horrific tales of abuse. Ms Humphreys hopes that it will have a similar impact here in Britain.

'For many people the drama series will be a revelation. Sadly, it is an all-too-true reflection of what these children suffered. The stories are harrowing, but what we now want to focus on is the Government's intransigence in dealing with a national scandal of enormous proportions.'

Ms Humphreys, whose salary is paid by Nottingham County Council, has just one social worker and an assistant. Three full-time researchers volunteer their time tracing families in Britain. Searches can take anything from weeks to years. Today she will be addressing an all-party group of MPs at the House of Commons, to appeal for more financial support to right past wrongs while there is still time. 'The clock is ticking away. All the time we are searching, the mothers and relatives of these people are dying.

 

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http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15123835.Victims_threaten_to_abandon_child_abuse_inquiry_over_anonymity_fears/

ABUSE survivors are threatening to abandon a public inquiry into historic sexual crimes in the Scottish care system after it emerged their identities would be revealed to the alleged perpetrators.

Lady Smith, head of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, has said anyone accused of abuse, or any institution alleged to have overseen abuse, will be told the name of the person making the allegations "in the interests of fairness". Previously the inquiry's rules appeared to suggest this was only a possibility and identification would only occur if it was in the interests of its work.

However, last night an inquiry spokeswoman insisted there had been no change of policy and published clarification of its stance. But this has failed to appease many who were abused in care amid fears they will face intimidation or retaliation from their abusers. Lawyer Simon Collins, who represents In Care Abuse Survivors Scotland (Incas), has warned that many of its members will quit the inquiry if they are identified.

Lady Smith, who is the lone figure spearheading the inquiry after every one of the original panel resigned, has said that while those claiming to be abused would generally be able to expect anonymity there would be exceptions.

 

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Britain's wide ranging inquiry into historical child sex abuse scandals has finally begun holding its first public hearings. It's one of the largest ever undertaken in the UK and was set up in 2014 by the now-Prime Minister Theresa May when she was interior minister after a series of abuse scandals that shocked the public. 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, XXL said:

Britain's wide ranging inquiry into historical child sex abuse scandals has finally begun holding its first public hearings. It's one of the largest ever undertaken in the UK and was set up in 2014 by the now-Prime Minister Theresa May when she was interior minister after a series of abuse scandals that shocked the public. 

 

 

 

 

 

Britain and Australia's shared shame.  Disgusting how these children were treated and I hope it all gets completely exposed.  

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