Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Was Stephen Fry right to criticise victims of abuse?

Peter was on LBC Radio this morning giving his views on Stephen Fry’s comments about the victims of abuse, more particularly rape, when he told them that they didn’t have his sympathy if they were self piteous, and ought to grow up.

Fry's remarks came at the end of a 10 minute interview on the American based Rubin Show.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Was the 6 year sentence given to Adam Johnson too long or not?

Yesterday at Bradford Crown Court Judge Jonathon Rose imposed a sentence of 6 years imprisonment upon Adam Johnson, the famous Sunderland Football Player for offences of grooming, and sexual activity with a 15 year old girl, who was previously a devoted fan of his. The question is, was the sentence appropriate to the crime?

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Should the Met Police resign over Operation Midland according to Proctor?

Harvey Proctor has called for the resignation of several officers from Operation Midland upon being told that no charges will be brought against him. His statement repeats and adds to the press conference that he authored some time ago, which I have blogged about here.

The Metropolitan police have also said that Operation Midland has been closed without any charges being brought against any of the former politicians, military officers or government officials said to be involved, after a 16-month inquiry involving 31 detectives.

Read more here.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Goddard considers next steps in Janner abuse investigation

The first preliminary hearing held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) took place on 9th March at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. It marks the start of public hearings in the Inquiry’s 13 investigations. Its purpose was to consider the next steps in the investigation into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse relating to the politician Lord Greville Janner.
The public bodies under scrutiny in the Janner inquiry include the Crown Prosecution Service, Leicestershire police, Leicestershire county council, a number of care homes, the Labour party and the Home Office.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Will victims of Janner have to give sexual abuse evidence in public? Goddard will decide on Wednesday.

The opening Lord Greville Janner hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) (“the Goddard Inquiry”), will open tomorrow and hear arguments about:-
  1. Submissions on scope of the investigation; 
  2. Broadcast of proceedings; 
  3. Timetable for further hearings and applications for anonymity 
  4. Applications from those designated as Core Participants. 
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Monday, 29 February 2016

BBC Savile Report shows the need for Mandatory Reporting

The publication of the report of the Dame Janet Smith Jimmy Savile Report into the abuse committed by him at the BBC, the themes have dealt with many issues but the newspapers have highlighted 2 themes.

 Visit http://www.abuselaw.co.uk/news/peter-garsden-blog/bbc-savile-report-will-show-the-need-for-mandatory-reporting/ to read more.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Was "Spotlight" the abuse film "dark"or "light and inspirational"?

Scene from Spotlight
My usual criticism of any form of entertainment about the subject of child abuse often complains that the subject was so dark that one felt depressed rather than enlightened or inspired.

This film made me feel differently.  You can read my review by clicking through to www.abuselaw.co.uk.